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Welcome to the PORTER HOUSE INTERNATIONAL Realty Group, your premier resource for all real estate information and services. We hope you enjoy your visit to this website and explore everything it has to offer, including real estate listings in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. There is information for Home Buyers and Sellers, informative Videos and more About Us, your professional REALTORS® in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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A Porter House Clients' Testimony

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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Sponsor Webinar: Growing Your Business With a Real Estate CRM

IXACT Contact is a software company that offers CRM and email marketing products to real estate professionals. It’s hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 22, at 1 p.m., Eastern time, on using its CRM product to grow your business. Shannon McGee, a company business development executive, is the host.

From IXACT:

Wondering exactly how a real estate CRM can help you better manage and grow your business? Join this information-packed webinar and see specific real-world examples of how a robust real estate CRM can make it easy to keep in touch and stay on task with all your clients, prospects, and important referral sources.

In this webinar, IXACT Contact executive Shannon McGee will show you how IXACT Contact’s real estate CRM can help you to:

1. Keep in touch effortlessly with everyone in your database so you stay top of mind.
2. Ensure that you never miss another client birthday or move-in anniversary – both excellent relationship building opportunities.
3. Nurture and stay top of mind with all your prospects so you get the listing and not your competition.
4. Identify high quality leads – hiding in your database!
5. Stay organized and in control of all your listings, closings, and active buyers.
6. [BONUS!] Create a professional online presence and generate leads with your own customizable, mobile friendly, agent website.
7. [DOUBLE BONUS] Double your social media lead generation with automated social media content posting!

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This is a sponsor webinar. REALTOR® Magazine is promoting it, but it isn’t participating in it, hasn’t reviewed the content, and is not endorsing it.

Two Ways You Can Commit a Fair Housing Violation Without Even Knowing It

While the Fair Housing Act’s purpose—barring discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of residential property—may be easy to understand, navigating the many intricacies of the landmark statute can be tricky even for experienced real estate professionals, said experts on the 1968 law who spoke during a recent event in Fairfax, Va.

The event served as a commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act, and was organized by the Fairfax County of Human Rights and Equity Programs and sponsored by the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and the Prince William County Human Rights Commission.

Panelists talk about the Fair Housing Act during a training session in Fairfax, Virginia.

The challenges stem from the fact that the law requires real estate professionals to ensure their clients not only have equal access to properties, but also that they drive the selection of the neighborhood or home they want to live in. Even a well-meaning effort to match a client with property you think they would like can have legal consequences.

For example, if you are working with a Korean family that is looking for a home to purchase, taking them to neighborhoods where you know other Asian-Americans live could run afoul of the law if the clients did not specifically ask to go to those neighborhoods. That’s according to attorneys from the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division and Legal Services of Northern Virginia who served on the panel.

Panelists also advised caution when taking steps aimed at ensuring the safety of your clients. While it might seem reasonable to steer a family with young children away from a home they are looking to buy or rent that has lead-based paint, for instance, doing so would violate the law if the family was aware of the presence of the paint and still wanted to live there. It’s not against the law to market homes with lead-based paint to families with children and let them live there as long as they have been made aware that the hazardous paint is present.

What’s the Best Way to Ensure Appraiser Independence?

Professional appraisals are the foundation on which stable real estate markets are built, so ensuring appraisers are able to do their jobs to the best of their ability is vital to the industry. That’s why a report from the federal government on appraisal quality is welcomed. Two economists with the Federal Housing Finance Agency in a working paper found that appraisals ordered by appraisal management companies, AMCs, are no more likely to be overvalued than appraisals ordered directly by the lender.

“The results indicate no clear evidence of any systematic quality differences between appraisals associated and unassociated with AMCs,” say the economists, Jessica Shui and Shriya Murthy.

Although both types of appraisals have similar levels of overvaluation, according to the researchers, AMC appraisals tend to be more prone to contract price confirmation and super-overvaluation (above 6 percent). And both types have the same level of mistakes, even though AMC appraisals tend to use more comparable properties in the analysis.

AMCs are entities that are intended to let lenders maintain an arm’s length distance between them and the appraiser. They’ve been a part of the industry for decades but it wasn’t until after the mortgage crisis about a decade ago that their use became a big part of the industry. That’s because the Federal Housing Finance Agency entered into an agreement with the state of New York to encourage their use for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transactions. Once their use in New York was set, Fannie and Freddie extended it to all of their transactions, making the use of AMCs a national policy. Later, their use became even more standardized by the federal government.

NAR takes the position that AMCs are one way to encourage appraiser independence. Under its Responsible Lending Principles, NAR supports the principles of appraiser independence that AMCs are designed to facilitate, but the association also recognizes that alternatives to AMCs can provide the same conformity to appraiser independence rules.

The FHFA’s report is a top segment in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. The video also looks at the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation from the European Union. The rule takes effect later this month and while most web companies have been aware of the rule for a while, for many people it comes as a surprise and they wonder if it’s something they have to concern themselves with. The short answer is, they probably do. That’s because the E.U. has said it plans to enforce it across the board, which means it could try to take action against a company even if it’s American and caters to Americans.

Under the rule, anyone who resides in the European Economic Area is entitled to certain privacy rights. Thus, if you have a website and a European resident comes to it to, say, browse listings, you can’t put a data-tracking cookie on their computer without getting their permission upfront. Right now, that permission is implied and they have to choose to opt out. So, this rule flips current U.S. practices on their head. Instead of them opting out, you have to ask them to opt in.

The rule requires other things as well, but, bottom line, expect to make changes to how you track people who come to your site.

You can expect lawsuits once the E.U. tries to enforce the rule in the United States, but separate from that, large web operations that want to cater to as many people as possible are probably going to make the changes regardless of what the E.U. does. Eventually, that will change the standard in this country.

The video also looks at the latest home sales figures, which are up, despite persistent inventory shortages, and an upcoming webcast NAR is hosting to let people know what REALTORS® will be talking to members of Congress about when they come to Washington for the 2018 Legislative Meetings later this month. There are four talking points: indexing some tax reform provisions to inflation, reauthorizing flood insurance, improving Fair Housing, and protecting net neutrality.

Watch video now.

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