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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. Dallah Herman
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 Sincerely! Edward bonds
For the past three (3) years or so my wife and I had been discussing purchasing a new home. Although the reasons varied as to why we both agreed that how we purchased it and with “whom” would be as big of a decision as location and price range. My wife was all in on the search for the “Perfect” home and enrolled in a few mailers that would send her houses for sale. I had one rule, “I am only going to visit and see houses that fit all of our criteria and that she was truly interested in purchasing. I did not want to do weekly treks across the state and compare qualities of different homes. She, on the other hand, would leave the office to do a drive-by and then tell me about her ventures later. I saw that this was going to wear us down and she was growing weary in her search and the “Perfect” house did not present itself. I nudged my wife into meeting my good friend Cheaz Porter and his wife Jasmyen of Porter House International Realty at an event and invoked the conversation with her and them that we were in the market for a new home. My wife said that she would not bother Jasmyen every time she drove to see a house but would call her when her interest was high. Fast forward to June, 2017 my wife found a home in Upper Marlboro, MD that she was very excited about. So excited that I rode there with her and liked it myself. I texted Cheaz from the driveway of the house and he scheduled a visit the next day. Porter House International met us at the home only to find out that the owners had contacted Jasmyen previously to be the listing agent for the home. I said to myself, this is a perfect match because the Porter House International is everywhere. Jasmyen gave us a good offering price with a competitive contingency scale. A week later we found out that the owners went with another offer. On July 16, 2017 we all were attending a family cookout when Jasmyen said she had the perfect home for us and that she was the listing agent. In fact the owners put the house on the market on Friday July 14, 2017. She pulled up pictures of the home on her phone, handed it to me and walked away. My mouth dropped!!!! I handed the phone to my wife and her eye popped out her head. We arranged to see the house on Monday 7/17/17 at 10:00 am and at approximately high noon we made the decision on the driveway of the house to put a contract on it. By 4:30 pm that same day (7/17/17) the contract was ratified!!!! We closed on the house on August 25, 2017. This was the smoothest, no stress, and effortless process ever with Porter House International Realty Group. Jasmyen and Cheaz listened to every detail that we were looking for in a new home and they exceeded expectations and delivered as advertised. If we are ecstatic about this experience how you think the previous owners feel about having their home listed by Porter House International Realty Group, and sold in less than three (3) days. If you are looking for attention to detail, absolute knowledge of the Real Estate Market coupled with a stress-free and effortless experience – Look no further than Porter House International Realty Group. Eric & Diana Konohia
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Property Values By State from 2005-2018

Home price appreciation is an important topic in today’s economy. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), we can analyze the gains and losses of property values over time. I estimated the median property values by state in 2018 using the FHFA index and the median property values from the (ACS). I then calculated the growth rate from 2005 -2018. [1]

The states with the highest estimated median property values in 2018 are The District of Columbia ($677,473), Hawaii ($649,272), California ($566,311), Massachusetts ($428,161) and Washington ($384,740).

The states with the lowest estimated median property values in 2018 are Alabama ($148,827), Oklahoma ($139,385), Arkansas ($135,733), Mississippi ($123,586) and West Virginia ($120,720).

On a regional level, the estimated price growth appears to be the strongest in the South, West, and Midwest. Price growth is weakest in the Northeast states. Overall, all regions are displaying strong to moderate growth in property values. Below is a breakdown of the Census four regions by state.

 

  • In the South, which typically leads all regions in sales, The District of Columbia led the region with 76 percent estimated price growth from 2005 to 2018. Maryland experienced 1 percent annual price growth and since 2005, home prices have grown 21 percent.

  • In the West, the least affordable region[2], Montana led all states with 88 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Despite the strong price growth in California since 2012, prices have only increased by 19 percent since 2005. Nevada shows a 9 percent price change over this time turning around any previous loss in value.

  • In the Midwest where affordability is most favorable, North Dakota led all states with 115 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Illinois, while having the smallest growth in the region had an estimated 12 percent price growth over this time.

  • In the Northeast where sales and price growth is typically slow, Pennsylvania lead the region with a 48 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Rhode Island, while having the smallest gain of all states, increased 6 percent price change over this time. Rhode Island is one of two states that turned around a negative property value over this time compared to 2017.


[1] I used the FHFA expanded data set not seasonally adjusted data.

[2] Based on NAR housing affordability index

Can Homeowners Cope with Lower Home Prices?

With interest rates on the rise, home prices have started cooling off.[1] On the one hand, the cooling of home prices in high-priced metro areas makes a home purchase more affordable, saving households nearly $50/month on a median-priced home.[2] On the other hand, falling prices also erodes the wealth (home equity gains) of current homeowners and can drive homeowners in a negative equity position (when the value of the home is lower than the remaining loan balance). How will declining home prices affect current homeowners and how does the current decline in home prices in some areas compare with the home equity gains?

The table below shows the home equity gains for homeowners who purchased a home in 2012 Q1 as of 2018 Q3. The home equity gained is the difference between the estimated value of the property purchased in 2012 Q1 in 2018 Q3 less the outstanding loan balance as of 2018 Q3.[3] Nationally, over the period 2012 Q1 through 2018 Q3, a homeowner who purchased a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 has gained $96,187 in home equity, which is equivalent to 41 percent of the estimated value of the home in 2018 Q3, at $235,119.

Of the 160 metro areas for which NAR calculates the median sales price, the metro areas where homeowners accumulated the largest home equity gains during 2012 Q1 – 2018 Q3 based on the purchase of a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 were San Jose-Sunnyvale-Sta. Clara ($591,576;56% of the estimated home value of $1.06 million as of 2018 Q3); San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward ($527,610; 57% of the current home value of $920,715); Urban Honolulu, HI ($337,013; 35% of current home value of $990,009); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale ($374,565;49% of current home value of $768,634); and Boulder, CO ($329,608; 50% of current home value of $657,692).

The metro areas with the lowest home equity gains during 2012 Q1- 2018 Q3 based on the purchase of a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 were Cumberland, MD ($4,847; 6% of current home value of $79,343); Decatur, IL ($10,753; 12% of current home value of $86,302); Fayetteville, NC ($15,431; 11% of current home value of $138,627); Montgomery, AL ($17,641; or 15% of $119,252); and Peoria, IL ($17,679; or 14% of current home value of $128,818).

 

How do these equity gains compare with the price declines in high-cost metro areas thus far?  

We use the median list price in October 2018 on Realtor.com and look at the year-over-year change and compare these changes to the equity gains as a share of the current home values. In October 2018, median list prices declined in several high-priced metro areas compared to one year ago, but these declines are modest compared to the equity gains measured as a percent of the current home value: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Sta. Clara (-0.1%); San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (0%); Sta. Maria-Sta. Barbara (-7.8%); Salinas ( -6%); Sta. Rosa ( -7.1%); Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura ( -2.1%). Among the 500 metros tracked by Realtor.com, the steepest decline in the median list price in October from one year ago was Denver-Aurora-Lakewood (10%).

In 301 of the 500 metro areas tracked by Realtor.com (60 percent), the median list price of homes for sale on Realtor.com were still up in October 2018 compared to one year ago.  List prices rose in areas such as Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue where prices are more affordable than in California ($555,050; 12.1%); Boise City, ID ($330.048; 15%); Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN ($241,450; 15%); Greensboro-High Point, NC ($223,625; 14.5%);Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise ($325,000; 14.5%), and Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA ($216,760; 14%).

 

In summary, homeowners have built up a sizable equity since 2012 that is larger relative to the price declines that have occurred thus far in several high-priced metro areas. Moreover, home prices are still appreciating in lower-priced metro areas. Given the strong underlying economic fundamentals in 2018— strong employment growth, the demographic boost from the 25-44 age group which includes the millennials, and safer underwriting standards and level of household debt—it does not yet appear likely that home prices will crash to a level that will wipe out this home equity gain. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun forecasts no recession ahead that could cause a collapse in job growth which will impact the demand for housing.

 


[1] The earliest indicator of the direction of home prices—NAR’s median home prices— rose 4.3 percent in 2018 Q3, the slowest average rate for the quarter since 2012 Q1. The home price indices of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller, and the U.S. Census Bureau for new 1-family homes also show a slower price appreciation in 2018 Q3 (FHFA, 6.3%; S &P CoreLogic Case-Shiller, 5.7%; U.S. Census Bureau 1-family homes, 2.3%) compared to the pace of appreciation in 2018 Q1.In 500 metro areas tracked by Realtor.com, the median list price of homes for sale declined in 199 metro areas (40 percent), with the largest declines occurring in high-priced metro areas.

[2] At the current 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 4.83 percent with a 10 percent down payment, every $10,000 decline in home prices results in a saving of $47/month.

[3] I estimated home equity by subtracting the loan balance as of 2018 Q3 to the current home value as of 2018 Q3. I estimated the current home value by applying a home price appreciation factor using FHFA House Price Index (FHFA HPI 2018 Q3/ FHFA HIP 2012 Q1). I assumed that a homeowner purchased a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 at the average median price in 2012 Q1 of $158,333 financed by a 30-year fixed rate mortgage of 3.6 percent (2012 Q1 average) and a 10 percent down payment.

October 2018 Pending Home Sales

  • NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that October’s pending home sales pace was down 2.6 percent last month and fell 6.7 percent from a year ago.
  • Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract to purchase on them but have yet to close. They tend to lead existing-home sales data by 1 to 2 months.
  • All four regions showed declines from a year ago. The West had the biggest drop in sales of 15.3 percent. The Midwest fell 4.9 percent followed by the South with a decline of 4.6 percent. The Northeast had the smallest dip in sales of 2.9 percent.
  • From last month, three of the four regions showed declines in sales. The West region had the biggest drop of 8.9 percent. The Midwest fell 1.8 percent followed by the South with a dip of 1.1 percent. The only region with an incline in sales was the Northeast, which had a modest gain of 0.7 percent.
  • The U.S. pending home sales index level for the month was 102.1. September’s data was revised up to 104.8.

  • In spite of the decline, this is the pending index’s 54th consecutive month over the 100 level.
  • The 100 level is based on a 2001 benchmark and is consistent with a healthy market and existing-home sales above the 5 million mark.

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