Congratulations to Virginia Chenault, who has been named the Realtor of the Week by the Houston Chronicle. See the article, below...
Clients Won't Let Their 'Go-To' Realtor Retire
By Jude Patronella, Homes Correspondant
"Since 1979, Virginia Chenault has been selling real estate throughout Houston, making friends along the way, with many clients who continue using her service as their Realtor because once they work with her, there is a bond.
"'I work for the sake of my clients. I've gone to Austin to speak with state legislators on their behalf.... Also, I have helped clients avoid the process of foreclosure on numberous occasions,' said Chenault, who holds a Texas real estate broker's license, a BBA from the University of North Texas and a teaching certificate for all levels. 'And in return, many of my clients call me back to ask me to represent them in new transactions ... which is a real compliment. Besides, I can't quit selling real estate even if I wanted to, because my clients tell me I can't retire due to the fact they don't want to work with another Realtor.'
"Chenault is a native Houstonian whose father immigrated from Sicily, Italy, and owned several businesses and rental properties in Houston. She never wanted to own rental properties; however, marvels at the first thing she did after becoming a Realtor was to purchase a duplex and garage apartment. Since then Chenault has purchased numberous rental properties and assisted clients in buying and selling investment properties.
"Roger Martin, broker/owner of Roger Martin Properties, first met Chenault when he move to Houston after marrying his wife Ann. Martin and Chenault formed a great friendship that led to her joining the Roger Martin Properties office in the West University area.
"'When Roger came to Houston, he sat right next to me at Carriage Realty and when he was about to become a father I gave him a baby shower in the office,' Chenault said. 'I kept up with him when he opened his company, and now I am a member of Roger Martin Properties. He is a good business man and his wife Ann is a good office manager. I am proud to be associated with them.'
"She's worked through the ups and downs of the Houston real estate market for the past 31 years and knows the city is a survivor. Her current take on the economic situation regarding the country's housing market sets Houston apart from other cities as still being active. 'Houston always recovers sooner than other cities and in comparison to the early 1980s, the city is much more diversified and the salaries are higher,' Chenault said. 'If people spend their money right and don't buy more than they can afford, they can't go wrong.'"
Well done, Virginia Chenault!