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Martin matches buyers to properties
By JUDE PATRONELLA, Resource Correspondent
Since establishing Roger Martin Properties in 1989 as a small real estate company promoting professional and personalized service, Roger Martin and his agents have been a success in the areas of West University, Bellaire, Southside Place, as well as the Houston area.
His company signs appear in front of newly constructed and resale homes, and on vacant lots. Many of the Roger Martin Properties’ listings are advertised on billboards facing commuters on San Felipe, Buffalo Speedway and Weslayan streets.
The listings cover a variety of single family homes, townhouses and patio homes in West University, Bellaire, Southside Place and the Houston neighborhoods of Southampton, Braes Heights, River Oaks, the Rice University and Medical Center areas and the Upper Kirby District.
“We are selling our listings as fast as we can get them,” said Martin. “The market is solid across the board, and the Inner-Loop is popular with many people wanting to buy older homes and remodel them or buy new construction.”
The popularity of the three adjoining cities of West University, Bellaire and Southside Place is overwhelming. Martin said that a majority of residents feel they have bought into a small-town atmosphere with separate city services, and easier access to city officials when there is a problem.
He said most residents also enjoy being surrounded by Houston and its outstanding amenities.
“Each city has its own individual flavor, and it is good to have an agent who is familiar with and knowledgeable about the neighborhoods. It’s easy to show potential buyers the borders of the adjoining cities.
“The street signs are white in Southside Place; blue in West University; orange in Bellaire; and green in Houston,” said Martin. “And it’s important to share knowledge about zoning laws, restrictions and other pertinent information.”
Martin emphasizes to sellers that a home in good condition will bring a top price from people who don’t have time to remodel. He said while there are people wanting to find homes to reconstruct, the majority want to buy homes in clean, solid condition.
He advises sellers to get their property in good condition before putting it on the market.
A native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas, Martin started working in the Austin real estate market in 1974. After moving to Houston in 1982, he worked with several large real estate firms before opening Roger Martin Properties.
Martin and his wife, Ann Ayers Martin, are residents of West Unversity and are active in community affairs. They have worked as sponsors for many activities at West University Elementary School and Pershing Middle School, and next year Ann will serve as chairman of the West University Park Lovers Ball.
With education of great importance to Martin, he takes a special interest in helping improve schools. His interest in education also extends to sharing his real estate knowledge with clients.
“I like to educate buyers and sellers about the market by giving them enough information to be comfortable with their decision,” Martin said. “Statistics are an indicator, not an absolute, which makes real estate both an art and a science. There’s a lot that goes into the decision to buy and sell, and a good agent helps clients sift through information.”
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