Roger Martin and Life in the Loop

 

Sept. 30, 2006

Jo Anna Ide - 3rd Quarter 2006 HAR Top Producer

Jo Anna Ide - Roger Martin Properties
Jo Anna Ide - Roger Martin Properties

The Houston Association of Realtors has named Jo Anna Ide a Top Producer for the 3rd quarter of 2006.  Jo Anna is recognized for her work with buyers.

Congratulations Jo Anna Ide!

Roger Martin

Sept. 30, 2006

Roger Martin - Top Producer 3rd Quarter 2006 HAR - For Sellers

Roger Martin - Roger Martin PropertiesThanks to the Houston Association of Realtors, who has named me one of their 2006 3rd Quarter Top Producers for my work with real estate sellers.  And to my clients - I literally couldn't have done it with out you!

Roger Martin

Sept. 30, 2006

Roger Martin - Top Producer 3rd Quarter 2006 HAR - For Buyers

Roger Martin - Roger Martin Properties

Thanks to the Houston Association of Realtors, which has named me one of their 2006 3rd Quarter Top Producers for my work with real estate buyers.  And as always, thanks to my many clients who made this award possible.

Roger Martin

June 30, 2006

Roger Martin - Top Producer 2nd Quarter 2006 HAR

Roger Martin - Roger Martin PropertiesThanks to the Houston Association of Realtors, who has named me one of their 2006 2nd Quarter Top Producers for my work with real estate buyers.  And thanks as well to all of my fantastic clients who made this award possible!

Roger Martin

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 Forbes.com

Houston Cheapes City for SinglesHouston is the Cheapest City for Singles to live, according to a humerous post by Forbes.com.  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, Forbes.com

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