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A Porter House Clients' Testimony
I can't say enough good things about Porter House International Realty Group, especially with my realtor Jasmyen Porter. I was selling my home in Upper Marlboro in Nov 2018 and received an offer (actually a few offers) in just a week. Jasmyen helped me to get the best price for my house and worked with the buyer and his realtor/lender while dealing with government shutdowns and buyer down payment programs that delayed the closing for over two months! I knew I was in good hands and that she was pushing it along and keeping my interests at heart while I was able to move out and do what needed to be done! I'm super thankful for the team and their support. Would highly recommend them to others!Keisha Pierce
Teaming up with Cheaz & Jasmyen Porter of Porter House Realty was definitely a blessing. They exceeded our expectations and delivered with excellence. We had a contract on our home and needed to find a place to live in a short period of time. We started off with one approach and then changed midstream. The Porters accommodated us and the change midstream seamlessly. Their customer service was on point the entire time. When it came to finding homes to consider, they quickly learned our preferences and tastes and provided us with several options. We could not have researched and seen the properties that met our search criteria without them. Not only did they assist us with finding a home, but during the process, they gave us sound guidance and supported the decisions we made. On top of that, they educated us on the process and all of the players in the process. While we have sold and bought homes before, they provided us insight on some things that we did not know. They made us feel like we were important to them. They were professional and showed us the positive of every situation. We will definitely team up again with them and would recommend them to anyone. Our only regret is that we did not retain them to handle the sale of our current home in addition to helping us find a new home. They were just that good!
Completely Satisfied!Damon and Karen McClure
Your brokerage...I really love it! You guys made everything in the home buying process easy to understand. The staff helped me every step of the way. I especially appreciate the way you lead me through this process, being a first-time homebuyer and never having bought a home on my own before. I am really in love with this couple's dynamic too! The Porter's make you feel at home even when just visiting their beautiful office. I highly recommend Porter House International Realty Group. They are AWESOME!Areyon Butler
I started looking to purchase my first home. Having traveled that road in 1996, my interaction with the realtor I had back then left a bad taste in my mouth, and ended in my deciding not to purchase but to stay in the renters’ market.
A little gun shy after my initial attempt at home ownership, I moved forward in 2015, by choosing to go with Jasmyen and Cheaz Porter as my Realtor. The comparison in service and customer focus was undeniably night and day. Remax was a machine, only concerned with getting their bottom line met, in contrast, Jasmyen and Cheaz, being very astute in their sector, understood my needs and put them first. They listened, and supported “my” decisions. The first home I selected was a home some realtors did not want to show me, they said “no, it’s a heap”. However, when Jasmyen took me to see the house, which did require a great deal of renovation, she saw my vision and moved to make it happen. The owner of the home was not easy to work with, so I passed on the home.
Wouldn’t you know it! Within days Jas and Cheaz had a long list of homes for me to see. They knew my taste, and understood my personality in relation to the type home that would make me feel at home and they remembered that I wanted to eventually use my first home as a rental property. The fourth house their staff member showed me was the one! Perfect, clean, great finishes and enough room for me to put my own stamp on it! Less than 3 months after finding my home, I was moving in! They also helped me find a great Mortgage banker who was able to advise me on the best route to go for financing as a Veteran. From selection, to appraisal, to inspections Title work and banking, the Porters are the power team to work with if you are looking for a starter home, a fixer upper, or your dream home. Great customer focus, awesome listening and directional skills. They never allowed me to become discouraged with anything that seemed to be alarming to me. I felt and feel valued, heard and supported. A year after my purchase, their team and the outside services that support their process have checked in on me and let me know that they are there to help both now and in my future purchases.
This is unparalleled service. I am a big customer service person. The Porters are a great product, but their sensitivity to customer needs and wants, their consummate drive to give clients the best home and best experience in home buying is unmatched. Their faith and integrity guides them in all they do. They are the complete package in helping you to find what you want in a home, and understanding the larger implications of homeownership both financially, economically and socially. I love my home, my neighbors, my neighborhood and I love Cheaz and Jasmyen Porter!!! Thank God for such an awesome connection.
Thank you Porter House International Realty Group for all your help. Thank you for your professionalism. Thank you for being there when I needed somebody most. You are EXACTLY what we need in this world today people that we can trust. The team that you have is Terrific. Ms. Tracey was there every time I called, she had a great spirit on her. She always brightened my day when I spoke to her. She was right on point with all the information that I needed, answered every question, and she always called me right back. That meant a lot to me. God bless Porter House International Realty Group
Posted on 14 Mar 2019
by Lawrence Yun, PhD., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President
Home prices reached an all-time high in most markets in 2018. Homeowners benefited greatly as a result, with their overall net wealth rising by a cool $1 trillion. A typical homeowner’s wealth is estimated to have reached $254,000 while that of a typical renter stood at only $5,000. Looking ahead, home values are poised to advance further in 2019, albeit more modestly. However, home sales slumped badly in the closing months of last year. Persistent sales declines are nearly always associated with dampening home prices and homes sitting on the market for a lengthier time.
Posted on 13 Mar 2019
by Nadia Evangelou, Research Economist
The state and local tax (SALT) deduction allows taxpayers to deduct state and local tax payments on their federal tax returns. The new tax law, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, instituted a cap on the SALT deduction. Starting from the 2018 tax year, the maximum SALT deduction that taxpayers are able to claim is up to $10,000. In contrast, before the new tax law, there was no limit. This blog focuses on what the reduced deduction means for taxpayers, especially in high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey. However, let’s first understand how the state and local tax deduction works.
What is the state and local tax deduction?
Taxpayers who itemize their deductions, and therefore don’t take the standard deduction, can deduct what they’ve paid in certain state and local taxes. The SALT deduction includes property, income and sales taxes. To be more specific, a taxpayer who itemizes can deduct property taxes but the taxpayer needs to choose between deducting income and sales taxes. Taxpayers of states with high income taxes typically opt to deduct their state and local income taxes while taxpayers of states with high sales taxes typically deduct their sales taxes. Generally, taxpayers deduct property and income taxes using the SALT deduction.
Nationwide, 30 percent of the taxpayers used the SALT deduction, while the average SALT deduction was $12,540 in the 2016 tax year.
How will the reduced SALT affect taxpayers by each state?
Starting with the 2018 tax year, taxpayers’ SALT deductions are limited to $10,000. However, especially in high-tax states, itemizing taxpayers typically pay an amount higher than this limit. Let’s take a closer look at where most taxpayers claim the SALT deduction and how much they deduct on average.
NAR calculated the percentage of taxpayers that used the SALT deduction and the average deduction for 50 states and DC. In the 2016 tax year, the states with the highest percentage of taxpayers using the SALT deduction are in the Northeast and West regions. The percentage claiming the deduction ranged from 17 percent in West Virginia to 46 percent in Maryland in 2016. In the meantime, the average deduction ranged from $5,130 in Alaska to $21,780 in New York.
For instance, more than 40 percent of the taxpayers claimed the SALT deduction in California, New York and New Jersey while the average deductions in these three states were all over $18,000.
SALT deduction by income level
While the SALT deduction is used across all income levels, the amount of SALT deductions by lower, middle, and upper income taxpayers provides insight into how those taxpayers benefit. Nationwide, almost 40 percent of taxpayers earning between $50,000 to $75,000 per year and more than 70 percent of taxpayers earning $100,000 to $200,000 per year used the SALT deduction. For income brackets above $200,000, almost all of those upper income taxpayers claimed the deduction.
When looking at the total amount deducted by income bracket, it is clear that the SALT deduction benefits taxpayers across all brackets. Specifically, taxpayers earning more than $100,000 deducted above $10,000 (the new limit) on average. These taxpayers represent 14 percent of all taxpayers nationwide.
For more detail information and to scroll across the various parts of the U.S., see below:
Posted on 11 Mar 2019
by Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist
Homeownership has been associated with positive social outcomes, and is also the largest source of wealth among homeowning households. In 2016, the median net worth among homeowners was $231,400, with housing wealth making up 85 percent of wealth (average net housing wealth was $197,500).
Housing wealth contributes positively to the homeowner’s and children’s economic condition, because home equity can be tapped for expenditures such as investing in another property (which can generate rental income), home renovation (which further increases the home value), a child’s college education, emergency or major life events, or expenses in retirement.
Housing wealth (or net worth or equity) is built up over time via the home price appreciation and the principal payments that the homeowner makes on the loan. The chart shows the change in housing wealth (equity) as of 2018 for a home buyer who purchased a typical single-family existing home in the United States 5, 10, 15, or 30 years ago. Over these holding periods, most of the wealth gains are from the appreciation in home values. For example, if one purchased a home five year ago (2013), a home buyer would have typically gained $79,488 in wealth (equity), of which $64,200, or 81 percent is from the home price appreciation ($197,400 in 2013 to $261,600 in 2018). Homeowners who move typically do so in 10 years, so a homeowner who bought a home 10 years ago (2008) would have $91,081 in home equity gains as of 2018). The longer the holding period, the larger the increase in wealth due to home price appreciation and the cumulative principal payments, which reduce the loan balance.
If you had purchased a home just five years ago in these metro areas, here are the typical gains in home equity that you have due to home price appreciation and the principal payments you’ve made:
Metro areas with home equity gains of $200,000 or over for a home purchased 5 years ago:
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Sta. Clara: $620, 410
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $393,561
Boulder, CO: $264,395
Anaheim-Sta. Ana-Irvine, CA: $218,773
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA: $216,613
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA: $205,659
Metro areas with lowest equity gains (loss) for a home purchased 5 years ago:
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ: ($8,593)
New Jersey City-White Plains, NJ-NY: $3,336
Cumberland, MB-WV: $6,215
Trenton, NJ: $7943
Elmira, NY: $8,705
Use this data visualization to explore the typical increase in housing wealth across metro areas as of 2018 if you purchase a home 5, 10, 15, 30 years ago. These are typical gains and are illustrative of the magnitude of the wealth gains over time. Actual wealth gains will vary by property:
 Lawrence Yun and Nadia Evangelou, Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing, Realtor® University The Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies; https://realtoru.edu/real-estate-studies/journal/
 Federal Reserve Board, 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances
 Brad Finkelstein, 7 reasons why consumers are tapping into home equity, The American Banker, June 26, 2018; https://www.americanbanker.com/7-reasons-why-homeowners-are-tapping-into-their-home-equity
 The price appreciation can be thought of as ‘capital gains’ while the principal payments can be thought of as a conversion from liquid asset (cash) to an illiquid asset (house).
 To be clear, these are changes in wealth or home equity between two time period or over n holding periods. If one wants the level of the home equity at a point in time, one has to add the down payment.
 These calculations are illustrative of the magnitude of the housing wealth gains; actual change in home equity will vary by home.