Congratulations to Jo Anna Ide, who has been named REALTOR OF THE WEEK by the Houston Chronicle. The article is included below...
Education foundation of Realtor’s career
By JUDE PATRONELLA, Homes Correspondent
Having made her mark as an educator who became principal of West University Elementary School, Jo Anna Ide went on to immerse herself in another career as a real estate broker in association with Roger Martin Properties.
“I have loved houses since I was a little girl. I can remember getting my mother to take me out to look at homes for sale,” said Ide, a native Texan from Texarkana who moved to the Bayou City to attend the University of Houston – where she was a cheerleader, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, and a doctorate in business administration.
While she was principal, Ide would go out into the community to talk with people about activities and plans for the school, generating a lot of interest from business owners in support of the school. Through the effort she got to know Roger Martin, the broker/owner of Roger Martin Properties, who worked as a community partner for West University Elementary and often donated computers and other necessities for students.
After working on numerous projects with Ide for a number of years, Martin witnessed the manner in which she interacted with people, and recognized her potential for becoming a successful Realtor. He suggested that someday she should consider a real estate career.
Eventually, Ide followed through with his advice and became licensed as a Texas real estate agent eight years ago. She went on to become a leading Realtor with Roger Martin Properties and attained a real estate broker’s license and the Graduate Realtor Institute and Accredited Buyer Representative designations.
“It was very hard leaving my job as a principal, but I had done it a long time. However, the transition was easy because my experience of working with parents and teachers proved to be beneficial in my new career,” Ide said, who quickly built a large real estate practice with referrals from people she previously worked with and has known through various associations.
Ide also developed a successful practice by offering the best of service she could provide. Realizing that whatever she does, Ide wanted to be knowledgeable as possible and for that reason, she pursued an advanced continuing education in real estate . . . “for a better understanding of my profession, especially the legal aspects for both buyer and seller clients.”
Being an educator, Ide feels it is very important to stay up to date with everything going on in real estate. In line with that motivation, Ide’s business has flourished, earning her recognition as a top producing Realtor in residential sales from Roger Martin Properties, the Houston Chronicle’s Sold On Your Realtor contest and the Houston Association of Realtors.
In addition to staying abreast of the real estate industry, Ide keeps a close watch on trends and values in the great Houston housing market. She promotes listings in the city’s close-in residential communities, including River Oaks, Memorial, West University, Bellaire, Southampton and the Rice/Medical Center area.
Ide also works with buyers in any area they choose to live, having sold homes in Kemah, Pearland, Clear Lake and other outlying areas.
Ide markets her listings through the advertising programs available at Roger Martin Properties, which covers publications, brochures, mail-outs and Internet Web sites. She also conducts Realtor and public open houses, and has met and sold numerous homes to people who have stopped by to view a property she has listed and held open for the public.
“I go through every single aspect in real estate transactions with my clients, from the beginning to the end. I have helped them with attaining or cancelling service from utility companies, insurance and repair referrals, and anything else they need. I’ve also watered my clients’ lawns, and taken care of their children, dogs and cats because I enjoy helping in any way possible,” Ide said.