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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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A Ten-Year Analysis of the May 2018 Existing-Home Sales Figures

Every month NAR produces existing-home sales, median sales prices and inventory figures. The data is released with a one-month lag (so the May data is released in June) and is reported on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. We also provide a perspective of the market relative to the same month one year ago and relative to the previous month and comment on the potential direction of the housing market.

In this blog post, I look at how the  May 2018 data looks like in comparison to each of the last ten May months and the ten-year May average,  which is an average of the data from the past ten May months. I also compare the May 2018 data against the May 2008 figures.

Inventory trends. One noticeable factor that stands out in this ten-year period is the significant drop in inventory. Comparing figures from May 2008 through May 2018, inventories across the U.S. are down by a considerable 50.4 percent. The drop in inventory stands in sharp contrast when compared with population growth. The population in 2008 was at 304.1 million, while currently is up 328.1 million[1], an increase of 7.4 percent compared to ten years ago. Single-family inventory in May 2018 was down 48.3 percent and condominiums have fallen by a significant 63.4 percent.

Broadly, May inventory figures over the ten-year time period have declined substantially, having only modestly increased in a few instances. It was not until 2010 that the U.S. and single-family experienced gains even though condominium inventory was still down. In 2012, inventories had their biggest dip in both single-family and condominiums with condominiums having a decline of 30.9 percent. Also in 2012 total inventory declined 21.1 percent while single-family fell 19.6 percent. Inventories have continued to decline since 2015 and condominiums have reach double figures at 11.6 percent this year. There are also currently fewer homes available for sale in the U.S. this May than the ten-year May average.

Months’ Supply. In May 2018, the U.S. had the fastest pace of homes sold relative to the inventory when months’ supply was 4.1 months. In 2008, the U.S. had the slowest relative pace when it would have taken 10.8 months to sell the supply of homes on the market at the prevailing sales pace. This was also the case for the condominium market, which had the biggest challenge in 2008 when it would have taken 14.2 months. Similarly, for 2008 single-family properties, it would have taken 10.4 months to sell all available inventory at the prevailing sales pace. The ten-year national May average months’ supply is 6.6, with single-family at 6.5 months’ supply and condominiums at 7.7 months’ supply.

Existing-Home Sales. The total number of existing-homes sold (EHS) in the U.S. for May 2018 was higher than the ten-year May average. Regionally, the May 2018 sales in all four regions were above the ten-year May average, with the Midwest and South showing the highest percentage increase.

Comparing May of 2008 to May of 2018, there were 31.2 percent more homes sold in 2018 across the U.S. Regionally, the South led with the largest gain of 40.6 percent, followed by the Midwest with a gain of 31.3 percent. The West had an uptick in sales at 24.5 percent. The Northeast region’s sales advanced 15.3 percent over the ten-year period.

Along with noticeable increase in sales, the past ten years also registered steep increases in home prices, especially during the last five years. The trend is illustrated by the comparison between the latest median price and the 10-year average of median prices. The national May 2018 median home prices was $246,800, a 25.6 percent difference from the 10-year average. The comparison is reflected in similar fashion across all four regions, as well.

Median Home Prices. Comparing May of 2008 to May 2018, the median price of a home increased by 27.5 percent across the U.S., as well as in three of the four regions. The West led all regions with a gain of 38.7 percent followed by the South with 33.4 percent. The Midwest experienced a gain of 28.9 percent.  The Northeast was the only region to experience a price decline, of 1.1 percent.

The year-over-year percentage change in median prices is a reminder that home prices were down in 2008 following the aftermath of the bubble and economic recession. In May 2008, prices were down across the U.S., with the West region posting the biggest drop falling 16.4 percent. The trend accelerated in 2009, when prices for the U.S. and the four regions reached the lowest point during this ten-year period, as the West prices fell 27.8 percent.  The trend for median home prices began to turn upward in 2012, when all regions showed price gains, except the Northeast, which had a slight decline of 0.6 percent. The following year, 2013, price growth strengthened in the U.S. and the four regions with the West leading with a gain of 19.0 percent.  Price growth has remained strong across the U.S. in the ensuing years. In May of this year, prices continued on an upward trend across all regions, except the Northeast. The West had the highest year over year price change compared to the U.S., at 7.2 percent vs. 4.9 percent, respectively. The Midwest registered a 4.2 percent advance, while the South posted a 4.5 percent gain. The Northeast recorded a 1.8 percent year-over-year decline in May 2018.

Median Family Incomes. Median family incomes continued to rise over the ten-year period and have risen to $75,312 as of May 2018. However, the increase in family incomes came at a slower pace than home prices. Median incomes grew 18.5 percent during the May 2008 – May 2018 period, compared to median prices which rose 32.1 percent.

Mortgage Rates. Home sales have grown strongly over the past decade also due to a low interest rates environment. May mortgage rates have dropped favorably over the last ten May months. In 2008 rates had risen to 6.10 percent but fell to 4.95 percent by 2009. The ten-year average mortgage rate has been 4.48 percent and the rates are down 22.8 percent from ten years ago.

In summary the May housing market over the last ten years has seen home sales increase along with prices while inventory levels have been trending downward. The West has been leading all regions in prices while the South has been leading in home sales. The housing market has bounced back since the recession, job growth and the economy had recovered. Mortgage rates are on the rise while the pace of incomes are not keeping up with home prices.  Population and job growth will need a steady supply of new and existing housing to assure that the dream of being a home owner can still come true.


[1] Based on the United Nations estimate as of July 12, 2018. https://www.census.gov/popclock/

May 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.71 percent this May, up 17.5 percent compared to 4.01 percent a year ago.

  • Housing affordability declined from a year ago in May moving the index down 10.2 percent from 157.2 to 141.2. The median sales price for a single family home sold in May in the US was $267,500 up 5.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Nationally, mortgage rates were up 70 basis point from one year ago (one percentage point equals 100 basis points), while median family incomes rose 2.7 percent.

  • Regionally, the West recorded the biggest increase in home prices at 7.0 percent. The South had an increase of 5.8 percent while the Midwest had a gain of 3.2 percent. The Northeast was the only region with a drop in price of 3.0 percent.
  • Regionally, all four regions saw a decline in affordability from a year ago. The West had the biggest drop in affordability of 11.2 percent. The South had a decline of 10.2 percent followed by the Midwest that fell 9.9 percent. The Northeast had the smallest drop of 2.2 percent.
  • On a monthly basis, affordability is down from last month in three of the four regions. The Northeast had a modest gain of 0.6 percent. The South had a decline of 3.0 percent followed by the West with a dip of 2.1 percent. The Midwest, which had the biggest dip in affordability of 5.7 percent.
  • Despite month-to-month changes, the most affordable region was the Midwest, with an index value of 175.5. The least affordable region remained the West where the index was 100.2. For comparison, the index was 143.8 in the South, and 161.1 in the Northeast.

  • The economy is doing well and job creation is solid. Mortgage applications are currently down 8.8 percent and mortgage rates are continuing to rise. The price for building a home is increasing combined with a shortage in labor is contributing to higher home prices. New homes are currently increasing and this trend will ease the lack of inventory. Home prices are up 5.2 percent while median family incomes are only growing 2.7 percent.
  • What does housing affordability look like in your market? View the full data release here.
  • The Housing Affordability Index calculation assumes a 20 percent down payment and a 25 percent qualifying ratio (principal and interest payment to income). See further details on the methodology and assumptions behind the calculation here.

Selling Your Home Solo to Save Money? You’ll Actually Make Less Than You Think

Some homeowners opt to sell their residence without a real estate agent to get around paying a commission and make more of the profit. Forty-three percent of people (down from 48 percent last year) who sell without a real estate agent think that if they sell themselves, they’ll end up doing a little extra work in exchange for not paying a commission or closing fee. According to the research, however, what they actually get is a lot of time spent hustling to make the sale and a final selling price that is less than what the market can bear.

Do you have a lot of extra time to market your home and do all the work to meet and greet properly? Are you versed in local trends on the housing market and know the latest regulations for closing a sale? Do you have a list of potential buyers ready to view your home? Eighty-nine percent of all homes sold in 2017 were sold with the assistance of an experienced real estate professional, according to the 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Most leave it to the professionals, yet there is still a small group of people who prefer to do it themselves. Eight percent of home sellers chose to list themselves, known as For-Sale-By-Owners (FSBO) home sales. That number has steadily declined since 2004 where only 82 percent of all home sales were agent-assisted and 14 percent of homes were listed FSBO. FSBO sales are currently at an all-time low since data collection began in 1981.

Picture This: are you a single female seller, early sixties, selling a single-family home or mobile in a suburban or rural area? If so, you might want to consider working with a real estate agent.

Let’s break it down further. Thirty-eight percent of all FSBOs—that’s only three percent of the total home sales in 2017—were homes sold to people where the buyer knew the seller selling to a friend, neighbor, or family member. However, 62 percent of FSBO home sales—five percent of total homes sold—were sold by the owner to someone they didn’t know. According to the 2017 Home Buyers and Sellers Profile report, sellers cited creating yard signs, listing their homes online on multiple websites, spreading the news through word of mouth, putting out classified ads, displaying on social media, hosting an open house, and registering with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. That’s a lot of work just on marketing and finding potential buyers.

The time it takes to sell a home on the market was a median of two weeks for FSBO sellers and three weeks for agent-assisted homes, but again many of the sales are arms-length transactions. Forty percent of all homes were sold in less than two weeks last year. Most FSBO homes sales were located rural areas (22 percent), urban area or central cities (19 percent), or small towns (16 percent). Sixty-six percent of FSBO sales were detached single-family homes, compared to 81 percent of all homes sold. Thirteen percent were mobile or manufactured homes, compared to three percent of all homes sold. FSBO sellers typically had lower incomes than those who worked with an agent. The median income of all FSBO sellers was $86,500 and for those who sold only through an agent was $102,900. Those who sell themselves have the perception that they have less money to pay for assistance when selling their home and opt to go it alone.

As it turns out, FSBO make less money on their home sales than buyers who work with a real estate agent. According to the report, the median selling price for all FSBO homes was $190,000 last year. When the buyer knew the seller in FSBO sales, the number plunges to the median selling price of $160,300. For homes sold with the assistance of an agent, the median selling price was $250,000 ̶ that’s $60,000-90,000 more for the typical home sale. According to NAR’s 2017 Member Profile, seventy-five percent of all real estate agents get paid by a percentage commission split between two agents representing the buyer and seller.

Talk to an agent and find out what they suggest for the commission and then do the math yourself. The closing price for the agent-assisted seller is likely going to be way above an FSBO. In reality, homes sold by the owner make less money overall. Based on these closing numbers, why not save yourself time and make more money by working with a real estate agent that is excited to sell your home?

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