Martha Turner


Martha Turner

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Martha Fuller Turner is a leading Realtor, creative entrepreneur, humanitarian, teacher, and family woman with a unique blend of energy, optimism and humor.

Born in 1940 and raised in the east Texas town of Hemphill, Martha developed her passion for hard work in her family's store, Fuller's Dry Goods, Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer. After graduating from North Texas University with a major in education and a minor in music, she married and began a fifteen-year career teaching music and geography in elementary school. Martha especially loved her final and longest position at River Oaks Baptist School in Houston. During this time she remodeled, built and sold a number of houses and real estate became her passion. She retired from teaching in 1979, earned her real estate license, joined a local real estate firm and immediately became a top producer. In 1981, despite a severely difficult business climate, Martha and her friend Nancy Owens opened Turner Owens Real Estate. In 1986 the company became Martha Turner Properties.

Martha was determined that her company would be successful despite any obstacle. At a time when residential real estate was little more than a part-time dalliance for many agents, she envisioned a new kind of real estate firm grounded in knowledge of the market and the law. Every agent would be a committed, principled and experienced professional; every client would receive personal attention; and each transaction would be handled accurately and efficiently. Martha adopted "Excellence" as her watchword, and it remains central in the culture of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.

Today, Martha Turner is a recognized industry leader in Houston and throughout the United States. She has developed Martha Turner Properties into one of the finest independent residential real estate companies in the country. Her personal commitment to agent development, client service, innovative business practices and service to the real estate community has earned her professional recognition and respect. In 2009, she was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, one of only seven women to be so honored in the organization's history at that time.

Believing in the essential value of service, Martha has assumed numerous civic, philanthropic and professional leadership roles. She has been a member of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of the United Way since 2001. Her efforts in support of health care, women's organizations, the arts, and education have been widely recognized and have earned her a reputation for generosity and commitment to service. In 2014, after topping 2 billion in sales, Martha Turner Properties was purchased by Sotheby's International Realty to become Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.

As Chairman Emeritus, Martha will continue to be involved in company activities and will continue to enjoy the many wonderful personal relationships established over the years with special clients, agents, and staff.