Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


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

>More Great Southside Place Homes for Sale


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


  • 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

>More Great West U Homes for Sale


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


  • 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

>More Great West U Homes for Sale


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!

Dec. 3, 2012

Holiday Tasks for Real Estate Agents

Holiday Tasks for Real Estate Agents

As real estate agents, we are well aware of the cyclical nature of our business.  Few folks start their home searches during the busy family holidays.  And existing clients rush to close their houses by year-end, driven both by the desire to spend the holidays in their new home, and by the wish to capture their tax credits.

Inevitably, this natural cycle leads to a “hole” in our real estate schedule.  What are real estate agents to do?

Don’t fret.  This slack time in the real estate market is the perfect opportunity to get the jump on next year’s business.  Here are some suggestions…

  • Draw up your list of active clients.  Put it in writing – which will insure that no one slips between the cracks.  Send cards or drop off thoughtful client gifts.  Be personal, not pushy.
  • Update your contact management list with current emails, phone numbers, etc.  This is the perfect time to collect mailing addresses - think of all those holiday cards you receive.
  • Review your personal marketing campaign.  If it worked, do it again.  If it didn’t, make changes accordingly.  If you didn’t get around to it, schedule it now.
  • Take care of all your routine healthcare checkups.  Visiting the doctor, the dentist, and the gynecologist now will free up your time later when the market is busier.  Keep exercising – it keeps your brain from turning to mush.
  • Read all those business books you haven’t gotten had time for.  Swap insights with a friend.
  • Circulate to all the holiday parties you can.  Be sociable – the exposure will serve you well in the long run.
  • And yes – relax and spend time with your families.  After all, they are the reason we do this.

Your clients will come back just as soon as the holidays are over.  As a real estate agent, you must be prepared to hit the ground running when they are.  Giving yourself the gift of preparation could just be the best gift of the holiday season!

Roger Martin


Dec. 1, 2012

701 Bering #804 - SOLD in the Galleria

701 Bering #804 is a townhome with one bedroom, one and a half baths, and a loft. The combined living/dining room features two-story windows flanking a wood-burning fireplace, and the unit has a brick patio attached as well.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $169,900
  • House Size: 1,154 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 75066009


  • Open floor plan with combination living/dining room
  • Updated kitchen with solid surface counters and a Bosch dishwasher
  • Downstairs half bath
  • Spacious master down and loft upstairs
  • Large walk-in closet and full bath
  • Two car garage
  • Excellent location in the Galleria
  • Quiet complex, unit is close to the pool

>More Great Galleria Homes for Sale