Building firm in West U good move for Martin
By JUDE PATRONELLA, Homes Correspondent
Two years after settling into the city of West University Place with his wife and their young son, Roger Martin knew that it definitely was the “small town in Texas” he wanted to live in and develop a full-service boutique real estate company.
He proceeded to establish Roger Martin Properties in 1989 and has kept the company located in West University. His company has become a well-known real estate firm in the community and in surrounding areas of Houston.
Martin’s affinity for West University began with the decision to move there from the suburbs of Houston because he and his wife considered it “one of the most kid-friendly neighborhoods” to raise their son, who was 18 months in 1987.
He already was familiar with the home-buying process, having been a Realtor since 1974 and successfully worked in an Austin and Houston real estate practice helping people buy and sell residential properties. Also, he was licensed as a Texas real estate broker in 1976.
“I was destined to work in real estate. My first real job when I was a teenager was working for a Realtor, mowing yards in Midland… and while attending college I was very involved in the housing co-op movement,” said Martin, who began his real estate career in Austin after graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelors of arts degree. Martin moved to Houston in 1982 and married Anne Ayers, a geologist.
Several years ago, she joined Roger Martin Properties and serves as office manager for the company, which now includes eight agents and four staff members.
“We have a high ratio of staff members in relation to the number of agents associated with the firm so we can offer our clients excellent service. Our staff includes an in-house technical adviser and photographer. We do our own virtual tours and photographs for each listing,” Martin said.
“Also, we maintain a high-speed print shop so we can produce our brochures and mail-out information. If pertinent facts in the listing of a property changes, we immediately alter our printed material, which is much quicker than going to a print to have it done.”
In addition to working in West University, the agents at Roger Martin Properties specialize in many Houston neighborhoods, including Southside Place, Bellaire, the Rice University area, the Texas Medical Center, Southhampton, River Oaks, Southgate, Tanglewood and the Memorial Villages. Martin said his company will help people sell and buy homes in all areas of greater Houston.
“We will do whatever it takes to assist people with their residential needs,” said Martin, who has physically helped people move their belongings and given them rides to and from the airport.
“Over the years we have grown with our customers and become good friends with them. Many have repeated business and referred new clients because they know we are dependable in our service and an excellent source of information.”
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