Roger Martin and Life in the Loop

 

Feb. 19, 2013

1422 Gardenia Dr - SOLD in Oak Forest

1422 Gardenia Drive is a classic Garden Oaks cottage! This well-maintained home features formal living and dining rooms, updated kitchen and separate breakfast room, den, two bedrooms and one full bath.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $373,600
  • House Size: 1,442 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,380 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #43585586

Features

  • Neutral Corian counters
  • Deck, lighted gazebo with ceiling fan
  • Hardwood floors
  • Crown molding
  • Plantation Shutters
  • Walk to Oak Forest Elementary School

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Feb. 15, 2013

WUSA Girls Softball - Kickoff Parade

The Kickoff Parade of the WUSA Girls Softball season.
 

This is one of those moments that demonstrates why I LOVE living in West University Place.  Check out these delightful munchkins!  This annual parade celebrates the kickoff of the West U Girls Softball season.  No question - this is home-town living at its best!

The parade is sponsored by one of our neighborhood sports organizations - the West University Softball Association (WUSA).  WUSA is one of the largest fastpitch softball organizations in the country, with over 500 girls on over 50 teams.  The players range from 4 t0 15 years old for the regular spring and fall season, and from 7 to 16 years for summer tournaments teams.  The teams compete on a number of local playing fields, including the grounds of West University Elementary School; Pershing Middle School; and the new "South Campus" down Stella Link.

WUSA lists its priorities as "safety, fun, skills and winning, in that order."  The all-volunteer organization strives to strike a balance between competition and participation.  For example, the rules require all player to rotate onto the filed at least one inner per game.

For more information about this excellent neighborhood program, check out the WUSA website.

Roger Martin

 

Feb. 13, 2013

Texas Construction Jobs Up in 2012

Construction Jobs Up Across Texas in 2012Good news from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas!  Looks like Texas construction jobs were up in 2012...

Construction employment grew at an annualized 6.7 percernt rate through the first 10 months of the year, making the sector -- which includes residential, commercial and industrial building -- the second-fastest growing in the Texas economy after mining and logging, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data adjusted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  Nationally, construction jobs declined 0.2 percent over the same period.  Nevada, still recovering from a severe housing bust, recorded an 11 percent construction employment drop during the period.

Despite robust growth, Texas construction employment remains 11 percent below its May 2008 peak.  Nationally, it's down 28 percent from the April 2006 peak, at the height of the housing boom.

We can see all of that happening here in West University Place (specifically) and in Houston (generally).  Again, we are bucking the national trends.   I'd say that is a testament to the strength of our local economy!

Roger Martin

Dec. 31, 2012

Roger Martin - HAR Top Producer 4th Qtr 2012

Roger Martin of Roger Martin PropertiesMany thanks to the Houston Association of Realtors, who has named me one of their fourth quarter 2012 Top Producers for my work with real estate sellers.  And thank you, also, to all my wonderful clients and friends who have made this award possible.

Roger Martin

Dec. 29, 2012

Houston Real Estate - Healthiest Market in US, per Trulia

Houston real estate healthiest in nation per Trulia

On December 21, 2012, Jed Colko, Chief Economist with Trulia named Houston the healthiest real estate market in the nation.

Houston earned top marks because we have...

  • Strong job growth (as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).  This factor drives housing demand.
  • Low vacancy rates (as determined by the U.S. Postal Service).  Our vacancy rates are low enough to encourage new construction, but not so low that inventory and sales are restrained.
  • And low foreclosure inventory (as determined by RealtyTrac), because foreclosures tend to drag down a recovery.

Based on these three factors, the Houston real estate market is the Number One Healthiest market in the country!  As real estate professionals, we deal with this great market every day.  But it is wonderful to have it confirmed by outside sources.

Roger Martin

Dec. 28, 2012

3743 Harper St - SOLD in Southside Place

3743 Harper St

3743 Harper Street is a traditional 2 story brick home in Southside Place.  The home has hardwood floors, new double-pane windows, a recent HVAC system, and updated kitchen and baths.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $797.500
  • House Size: 2,032 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Buyer Represented by: Roger Martin
  • MLS #60006467

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Dec. 28, 2012

6442 Buffalo Speedway - SOLD in West University Place

6442 Buffalo Speedway is an exquisite French Traditional-style home, with 4 bedrooms and 3.5. Features include a grand spiral staircase, a downstairs master suite, a stone fountain, and a European-style courtyard.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $1,250,000
  • House Size: 5,042 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,500 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 50120835

Features

  • Grand three-story spiral staircase
  • Hardwoods, crown moldings, travertine
  • Downstairs master suite
  • 2nd floor den, bedrooms, and baths
  • 3rd floor game room
  • Three-story elevator
  • Island kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances
  • European-style courtyard with fountain

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Dec. 18, 2012

4029 Southwestern Street - SOLD in West University Place

4029 Southwestern Street's stone-and-stucco turret-style entry opens to an elegant and understated home. Features include a pool, stone floors, high ceilings, crown molding, and neutral colors.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $1,320,000
  • House Size: 4,390 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,750 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 5 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 67042754

Features

  • Grand entry hall with spiral stair and backyard views
  • Crown molding and neutral colors throughout
  • Upstairs game room
  • Master suite with sitting area and study
  • Master balcony with stairs to backyard and pool
  • Heated salt water pool with spa and rock waterfall
  • Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and professional-grade appliances

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Dec. 11, 2012

Susan Paul, Former West U Teacher, Publishes Book

Tunes for Teachers, by Susan PaulCongratulations to Susan Paul, teacher extraordinaire, who has just published her first book titled “Tunes for Teachers”!

I first met Susan Paul when my son Christopher was in second grade.  She was then – and still is – one of the most creative people I have ever met.  Among the teachers and parents of West University Elementary School, Susan Paul was known for her ability to create topical ditties and songs on the spur of the moment - and on any topic.  Who else would have made up songs about metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks?  I kid you not.  Now she has published those ditties in her first book "Tunes for Teachers".  Counting her years as a primary teacher at West University Elementary School, Susan Paul has been teaching early childhood students for over thirty years.  In addition to teaching kids, she also teaches teachers.  Susan Paul has spent five years providing professional development to teachers with the Houston Independent School District.  Now she has founded STRIDES Educational Services to serve both teachers and students.  For teachers, Susan offers consulting, coaching, and professional development.  But children (and especially gifted and talented children) remain her heart’s work.  STRIDES serves up storytelling sessions and a private Preschool offering enrichment for four-year-olds.

Susan Paul as the Cat In The Hat, STRIDES Educational Services

And just ask Susan about her birthday parties and tea parties!  Using costumes, props and puppets, Susan brings our favorite children’s stories come to life. These story-book characters entertain the kids while teaching important life lessons.

So well done, Susan Paul - we are proud of you and your accomplishments!

Roger Martin

 

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Dec. 11, 2012

Roger Martin Visits Santa Clause at Edloe Deli

Roger Martin meets Santa Claus at the Edloe Deli in West University PlaceYes Virginia, there really IS a Santa Claus.  And Roger Martin spotted him at the Edloe Deli this week.  But who is who?  Roger is the white-bearded gentleman who is NOT wearing the red suit.  Santa is the other guy.

Happy Holidays to you all!