Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


April 1, 2006

Houston Economy - Update by the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas

Houston Economic UpdateThe Houston economy displayed strong jobs growth, handily outstripping both Texas and the U.S. as a whole.  Check out this recent article from Bill Gilmer, economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas....

April 2006

Revised employment data show Houston’s job growth over the past 12 months at 2.9 percent, faster than both the United States at 1.6 percent and Texas at 2.6 percent. The revisions pull the job growth more closely in line with recent movements in the Houston unemployment rate, coincident index of economic activity and local purchasing managers index, all of which show the Houston economy accelerating and pulling away from the nation...

Bill Gilmer, Houston Economic Update, the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas

Of course, it is axiomatic that "real estate is local".  So strong jobs growth for Houston translates directly into a strong real estate market for Houston.  Good news, people!

Roger Martin

Oct. 19, 2005

Roger Martin Moves Roger Martin Properties

Entry of Roger Martin PropertiesI recently move my company into a new office, as reported by the West University Examiner...

Just Around the Corner

October 19, 2005

The Roger Martin Properties staff has moved to a new office, but clients shouldn't have any trouble finding them--the relocation covered only a few hundred feet and the site itself has a history of offering convenience to customers.

'It works beautifully,' says Ann Ayers Martin, vice president. 'You'd never know you were standing in the middle of a former 7-Eleven.'

The 6115 Edloe St. site, just south of Rice Boulevard, was chosen to provide more space and, hopefully, fewer obstacles.

'We moved to a corner that will have less construction,' Martin says. 'We've had construction to deal with every summer for the past five years.'

It took about three months to complete the relocation from 3646 University Blvd, where Roger Martin Properties had been located since 1999. Martin gives creit for much of the transition's sucess to architect Bill May, a former West University Place city councilman and mayor pro tem.

'It works beautifully--it's comfortable and gorgeous,' Martin says. 'That's the skill of the design work.'"

By Beverly Denver, West University Examiner

I look forward to a long and prosperous stay in our new offices!

Roger Martin



April 17, 2005

2005 MS 150 - Roger Martin DID IT AGAIN!

 Roger Martin has completed (again!) the MS 150 Bike Ride

April 16-17, 2005 - The 2005 MS 150 marks my second completion of this grueling bicycle tour.  This year, I rode in honor of a friend with Multiple Sclerosis. I printed her photo and pictures of all my sponsors on a bandana and kept it with me during the ride. So we all rode together, a tad sweaty but united in spirit. Like last year, I stayed overnight with my wonderful “host mom”, who pampered me all over again.  The surprise this year, however, was at the finish line.My biking buddy, Larry Massey, is the former president of the Houston MS chapter and is still one of their biggest fund-raisers. How can I put this? This guy is connected!

So much so, that he was asked to ride in with Governor Rick Perry. And as Larry’s lowly biking buddy, I got to tag along. They transported us all to a staging point where we formed up into a cavalcade. We’re talking black limos, movie cameras, press crew – the whole political parade scene. Then with flags flying and motorcycle cops in attendance, we pedaled the last few miles into Austin. The crowds went wild, of course!

I don’t think there is any way that I can ever top that experience.  I am therefore declaring the 2005 MS 150 my last-ever. I am not hanging up my wheels, by any means.  I definitely intend to keep riding the less-crowded training routes that precede the big race. But next year, I think I will let another rider take my slot!

Roger Martin


Sept. 30, 2004

Jo Anna Ide - Top Producer 3rd Quarter 2005 HAR

JoAnna Ide, Broker Associate with Roger Martin PropertiesThe Houston Association of Realtors has named Jo Anna Ide a Top Producer for the 3rd quarter of 2005.  Jo Anna is recognized for her work with buyers.  Congratulations Jo Anna!

Roger Martin

July 9, 2004

Houston ranks as Cheapest City for Singles - by

Houston Cheapes City for SinglesHouston is the Cheapest City for Singles to live, according to a humerous post by  It is good to know that Houston is a great, affordable place to live - not just for families in the classic Single Family Homes, but also for our younger singles.  Check out their critera!

July 9, 2004

"Everything is bigger in Texas, except the prices. The best example: Houston, the cheapest city in which to live as a single. Our criteria to determine single-living affordability: the cost of a six-pack of Heineken, the price of a medium-size Pizza Hut pizza, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment and the cost of a movie ticket."

Davide Dukcevich,

Pizza, beer and a movie -- sounds like a good time to me!

To read the full article, click here.

Roger Martin

April 18, 2004

2004 MS 150 Bicycle Ride - I MADE IT!

Roger Martin and Larry Massey completed the 2004 MS 150 bicycle ride

I am pleased to report that my biking partner, Larry Massey, and I completed the full, two-day 2004 MS 150 bicycle ride on April 17-18, 2004– and it really was uphill and against the wind.  Honest!

Larry is the one who talked me into tackling this event.  For several years, he was president of Houston’s MS chapter. We trained for this race together.

The 2004 MS 150 was an amazingly well-organized event, with water, pit stops, and bike repair offered all along the route. Most of the 15,000 riders stay overnight in the tiny community of LaGrange, which puts a definite strain on the town’s capacity.  The parks become huge tent cities; other riders use the local hotels. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce organizes a “Put Up a Pedaler” Program, whereby local residents host a biker in exchange for a donation to a local charity.

My “host mom” was a jewel!  She called ahead to get my breakfast preferences, picked us up and dropped us off at the starting line, and fed us all a spaghetti supper at her church. I was entirely pampered.

I might even do this again. Although my pride was slightly injured when I was passed on the last hill by the tiny blonde on the pink Barbie bike, all tricked out in pink streamers and a ding-a-ling bell!

Many thanks to all my generous sponsors.

Roger Martin

March 19, 2004

Houston Real Estate Market - Spotlight, by

Spotlight on Houston Real Estate MarketThe Houston real estate market is in the the spotlight, according to

March 19, 2004

"... One reasen why the Houston real estate market has been growing at a sustainable rate, according to local brokers, is that there has been a measured amount of new inventory introduced to the market.  Houston developers learned a valuable lesson after the housing market took a tumble in the 1980s. At the time, new housing inventory was brought on the market at the same time that the economy turned south. In 1983 the Houston appreciation rate on homes went into negative territory, where it stayed until it crawled back into positive territory in 1990..."

Betsy Schiffman,

To read the full article, click here.

Well done!  The Houston real estate market is good place to work (and live!) and it is good to be nationally-recognized by an organization such as

Roger Martin

March 4, 2004

MS 150 - Bicycling Challenge to West University Residents!

Roger Martin issues a bicycling challenge to the West U Rotary Club

March 4, 2004

I am issuing a bicycling challenge to West University Place to join me as I tackle the MS 150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin.  When I lived in Austin, I bicycled everywhere.  But here in motorized Houston – well, not so much.

So I have challenged my friends to find small ways to get out of their cars more often.  And I practice what I preach.  Here I am, in line at a West U Rotary Club breakfast meeting – and I rode my bike to get there!

So join me:  Get out and move.  Ride your bike.  And I will see you at the MS 150!

Roger Martin

Jan. 1, 2004

Roger Martin - 2003 HAR Top Producer

Roger Martin - Roger Martin PropertiesThanks to the Houston Association of Realtors, who has named me one of their 2003 Top Producers for my work with real estate buyers.  And thanks as well to my great clients who made this award possible!

Roger Martin

Feb. 2, 2003

Jo Anna Ide - Houston Chronicle "Sold on My Realtor" Award

JoAnna Ide, Broker Associate with Roger Martin Properties

Congratulations to Jo Anna Ide, for winning the "Sold on My Realtor" Award!  Your superior people skills have been recognized by the Houston Chronicle ...

How did you decide to become a realtor? 

"You know the old saying about turning something negative into something positive? I have always had a passion for houses since I was a little girl.  I would make my parents pull over to look at any house I thought was interesting or that "might be for sale".  I love all kinds of architecture - old and new - and have always enjoyed remodeling and decorating homes.  I am very much a perope person and I love working with clients helping them find just the right home, neighborhood and schools for their children. Having worked as a teacher and principal for many years, I feel that I have an advantage in educating  clients on the best neighborhoods for the home they want for their families and the schools and programs they want for their children."

Why should someone use a realtor when buying a home? 

"I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful couple relocating to Houston from Dallas with two teenage children. The family is very close and the parents wanted the children to feel that they were very much involved in the process because it was a hard move for them leaving their friends and school behind. To give the kids ownership and involvement in the process we wrote a very professional and legal addendum requiring their signatures, that stated that the children had the final approval on the River Oaks home they eventually bought."

Troy, Adriana and Braydon Jones said...

"Jo Anna Ide of Roger Martin Properties, our then supportive realtor and now friend, truly understood our special needs.  We moved into the new property less than on week before the birth of our son Brayden Michael Jones. She made it happen and we thank our lucky stars for aligning us with the greatest realtor on this planet.

"Jo Anna Ide is the consummate professional with a huge heart for people which makes the home buying experience memorabale, kind and special.  Exceptional service combined with a fun and memorable home buying experience make her the choice realtor."

Well done, Jo Anna Ide!

Roger Martin

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