Options Realty & Consulting is not just another KY real estate company. We recognize the growing change in the way consumers want & expect real estate services to be delivered and paid for. It is our goal to stay on the leading edge of meeting that expectation. We understand that the "one size fits all" philosophy that real estate agents and brokers have operated under for years, and most still do to this day, no longer works for many consumers in today's market. We take pride in offering experienced, professional, quality services while remaining sensitive to the changing needs of our clients. Our innovative, hybrid approach to selling real estate combines the best of Discount Brokerages & Full Commission Realtors with the freedom of a For Sale By Owner. We believe that an experienced, knowledgeable agent can truly bring added value to the transaction and that is why none of our options will ever leave you on your own.

"The true value of a real estate professional is no longer found in the delivery of data and information but in the interpretation of that data & information" - unknown

Our "Protect Your Equity" programs for sellers & our "VIB - Premier Cash Back" program for buyers both hinge on us working with serious buyers and sellers. It works off of a shared risk model that will literally save our buyers & sellers thousands of dollars.

Please check out our "Seller Options" & "Buyer Options" pages for complete details.

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Chris D. Hembree (502)693-2334  

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Chris D. Hembree - Principal Broker/Owner
Cell Phone: 502-693-2334
Email: chris@optionsrealtyky.com

 


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Dear Chris, We can't thank you enough for all the hard work you put into selling our house. The process was very easy and a positive experience on our end. You lead us with good advise from your experience which resulted in a quick sell in a short period of time. I can't say enough but obviously would highly recommend your services to the Great People in Carrollton. S Shelton S Shelton
I gave Chris a call when my fiancé and I decided to purchase our first home. We had no clue about some of the things to look for and he was very informative and helpful. He made sure we took the time to look before we settled, and sure enough we found our dream home. He never once made us feel pressured and kept us informed all during the process. Thanks so much Chris, you are amazing. Will definitely recommend your services without hesitation! K Lawrence
We appreciated the friendliness of Chris Hembree when selling our home. He listened to us and was very helpful through the whole process. We honestly would have been lost in the process if we tried to do it alone. We are definitely going to use Chris when we are ready to buy our next home. Thanks for all your help Chris! M Snow
We just wanted to let Chris know that he exceeded all our expectations of a realtor.  He went the extra steps to find us the house we wanted.  Chris was not like any other realtor we have met. He most definitely had our interests in mind and was not out to make a quick buck by pushing us into anything. He was very patient with us and actually listened to what we wanted.  Not only does he understand real estate, but he is also very knowledgeable in construction and was able to tell us a lot about the houses we looked at and how they were built.  Chris also did a lot of research into the area of the house and taxes. He also helped us find the right financing for the house.  He stayed in contact with us and was with us every step of the way through the whole process of buying a house.  We highly recommend Chris Hembree to anyone looking for or selling a house. He is not like any other realtor we have met, more like a friend.  As long as he is in real estate he will always be our realtor. We greatly appreciate all that Chris did for us.  Thank you for everything.  James and Molly Palmer
First and foremost, I am not the type of person that normally writes reviews. However, this was such a great experience for that I can't not write one. Chris turned out to be a great realtor, a positive person, and, most importantly in this situation, a pragmatist. He always shot straight with us, let us know as soon as there was anything to report, and worked diligently under our (I'll admit it) unrealistic timelines. Here is our story as told by my wife: When the house we had always admired came on the market unexpectedly, we sent an email to inquire about the property. We are so fortunate that Chris Hembree replied. Not only did he show us the house within 24 hours, he listed ours and had it under contract within four days. Chris was very accessible to us and answered all questions timely and was very knowledgeable. It was evident that he worked very hard for us throughout the process and paid great attention to detail, always keeping our best interest in the forefront. Having used other realtors in the past as well as selling on our own, working with Chris Hembree proved to be a great decision. We would definitely hired him again and highly recommend him. jared m kelley
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REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: September 2018 Highlights

The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) survey[1] gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions.[2] This report presents key results about market transactions from September 2018. View and download the full report here.

Market Conditions and Expectations

  • The REALTORS® Buyer Traffic Index registered at 51 (61 in September 2017).[3]
  • The REALTORS® Seller Traffic Index registered at 41 (45 in September 2017).
  • The REALTORS® Confidence Index—SixMonth Outlook Current Conditions registered at 53 for detached single-family, 44 for townhome, and 43 for condominium properties. An index above 50 indicates market conditions are expected to improve.
  • Properties were typically on the market for 32 days (34 days in September 2017).
  • Eighty-one percent of respondents reported that home prices remained constant or rose in September 2018 compared to levels one year ago (85 percent in September 2017).

Characteristics of Buyers and Sellers

  • First-time buyers accounted for 32 percent of sales (29 percent in September 2017).
  • Vacation and investment buyers comprised 13 percent of sales (15 percent in September 2017).
  • Sales of distressed properties (foreclosed or sold as a short sale) accounted for three percent of sales (four percent in September 2017).
  • Cash sales made up 21 percent of sales (20 percent in September 2017).
  • Twenty percent of sellers offered incentives such as providing warranty (9 percent), paying for closing costs (8 percent), undertaking remodeling (3 percent), and providing appliances (1 percent).[4]

Issues Affecting Buyers and Sellers

  • From July–September 2018, 74 percent of contracts settled on time (73 percent in September 2017).
  • Among sales that closed in September 2018, 73 percent had contract contingencies. The most common contingencies pertained to home inspection (55 percent), obtaining financing (42 percent), and getting an acceptable appraisal (42 percent).
  • REALTORS® report “low inventory” and “interest rate” as the major issues affecting transactions in September 2018.

About the RCI Survey

  • The RCI Survey gathers information from REALTORS® about local market conditions based on their client interactions and the characteristics of their most recent sales for the month.
  • The September 2018 survey was sent to 50,000 REALTORS® who were selected from NAR’s 1.3 million members through simple random sampling and to 10,912 respondents in the previous three surveys who provided their email addresses.
  • There were 5,003 respondents to the online survey which ran from October 1-10, 2018. The survey’s overall margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level is one percent. The margins of error for subgroups and sample proportions of below or above 50 percent are larger.
  • NAR weighs the responses by a factor that aligns the sample distribution of responses to the distribution of NAR membership.

The REALTORS® Confidence Index is provided by NAR solely for use as a reference. Resale of any part of this data is prohibited without NAR’s prior written consent. For questions on this report or to purchase the RCI series, please email: Data@realtors.org


[1] Thanks to George Ratiu, Managing Director, Housing and Commercial Research and Gay Cororaton, Research Economist for their data analysis and comments to the RCI Report.

[2] Respondents report on the most recent characteristics of their most recent sale for the month.

[3] An index greater than 50 means more respondents reported conditions as “strong” compared to one year ago than “weak.” An index of 50 indicates a balance of respondents

who viewed conditions as “strong” or “weak.”

[4] The difference in the sum of percentages to the total percentage of sellers who offered incentives is due to rounding.

September 2018 Existing-Home Sales

  • NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this September was down 3.4 percent from last month, and dropped 4.1 percent from last year. September’s existing-home sales reached a 5.15 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, which was the lowest since November 2015 when the index reached 4.78 million.

  • The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $258,100 in September, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. This marks the 79th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

  • Regionally, all four regions showed growth in prices from a year ago, with the West and Northeast both having the biggest advance of 4.1 percent. The South had a gain of 3.0 percent. The Midwest had the smallest gain of 1.9 percent from September 2017.
  • September’s inventory figures are down from last month to 1.88 million homes for sale. Compared with September of 2017, there was a 1.1 percent increase in inventory levels. It will take 4.4 months to move the current level of inventory at the current sales pace. It takes approximately 32 days for a home to go from listing to a contract in the current housing market, down from 34 days a year ago.

  • From August 2018, three of the four regions experienced declines in sales. The South had the biggest decline of 5.4 percent followed by the West with a dip in sales of 3.6 percent. The Northeast had a dip of 2.9 percent. The Midwest region was flat showing no change in sales.
  • All four regions showed declines in sales from a year ago. The West had the biggest drop in sales of 12.2 percent. The Northeast had a decline of 5.6 percent followed by the Midwest with a decline of 1.5 percent. The South had the smallest drop in sales of 0.5 percent. The South led all regions in percentage of national sales, accounting for 41.0 percent of the total, while the Northeast had the smallest share at 13.2 percent.

  • In September, single-family and condominiums sales were both down 3.4 percent compared to last month. Single-family home sales fell 4.0 percent and condominium sales were down 5.0 compared to a year ago. Both single-family and condominiums had an increase in price with single-family up 4.6 percent at $260,500 and condominiums up 1.50 percent at $239,200 from September 2017.

How much of my income goes towards housing?

With rates rising and home price growth starting to slow, I started to consider how much income is used towards housing in this current economic climate. Mortgage rates are trending upwards to near the highs of 2011 at 4.98 percent, home prices are still rising but at a slower pace, and the median income has been steadily rising although an even more modest pace than house prices. These factors go into how much of a person’s income goes towards housing expenditures and whether housing is a burden for potential homebuyers. This blog will highlight some of the factors and show states and regions where housing is less of a financial burden.

Home Price vs Median Family Incomes

Home prices since 2000 started to outpace in comes but started to turn towards the end of 2007, until home prices plummeted during the Great Recession. In 2008, incomes grew making it favorable for potential homeowners to buy a home. It took home prices about 4 years to recover, beginning in 2012. Around 2014 home price growth began to bloom and once again, prices started to outpace incomes. This pace has continued until recently, as home price growth has slowed making owning a home affordable. As of the second quarter of 2018, family incomes have increased by 52 percent since 2000, while housing prices have increased by 95 percent, or nearly doubled the level in 2000.

Payment to Income and Mortgage Rates

Let us look at the amount of money homeowners had to commit from their income to be able to afford a home. In 2000, when interest rates were 7.90 percent, homeowners had to spend about 19.6 percent of their income to be able to afford a home. In 2006 when rates were around 6.50 percent, homeowners had to spend 22 and up to 24 percent of their income on a home. In the wake of the Great Recession in 2009-2010, mortgage rates started to fall, so the share of income that went to paying a mortgage declined. In 2013 when rates were down to 3.47 percent, the mortgage payment on a median priced home was 11 percent of the median family income, putting less pressure on household incomes. Since that time rates have continued to decline, much to the benefit of potential homeowners. Anything above 30 percent is considered burdensome on households, but below that range would be typically affordable. On a regional level, the West requires a higher portion of your income, which has eclipsed the 35 percent mark. The Midwest, being the most affordable region, requires the least percentage of median family incomes. The Midwest started around 15 percent and, at times, dipped below 10 percent and is currently hovering back around 15 percent.

House price to Income Ratio

A ratio between 2.5 and 4 is normal and healthy price to income ratio for the housing market. As of August 2018, the median price of existing homes sold was 3.5 times of the median family income. The Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) produced a map showing the US home price to income ratios. The ratios range from under two to over eight. As the map below illustrates, costal markets have much higher ratios, indicating significantly higher home prices compared with incomes. The West Coast region has affordability issues, with several areas posting ratios above eight, including San Diego, Los Angeles and the San Francisco metropolitan area. Small pockets in the Northeast reach above five, mostly clustered around New York City and Boston. The Miami/ South Florida Region also posts low affordability. In comparison, The Midwest region has ratios in the 2-3 range, in line with historical averages.

Jobs generated vs GDP Growth rate

The Gross domestic product (GDP) has hovered around 3 percent and has had to withstand the tech bubble, wars and several crises. In 2009, both jobs and GDP took a dive but rebounded the following year. GDP and jobs have grown solidly after the Great Recession. Unemployment has been below 6 percent ever since 2014, which is good for economic progress and potential homebuyers.

Even with rising rates and higher home prices, potential homebuyers have plenty of reason to join the market. Real Estate is still affordable in several states and regions. The job market is strong, GDP is at a healthy level and consumer confidence is high. New homes and existing inventory figures are now improving, although still modestly, but the increase in inventory is helping tame price growth.

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