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 - 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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February 2019 Existing-Home Sales

  • NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this February, bounced back and was up 11.8 percent from January 2019. Despite the month over month gains, sales of existing-homes dropped 1.8 percent from February 2018. February’s existing home sales reached a 5.51 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, the highest since March 2018.

  • The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $249,500 in February, up 3.6 percent from a year ago. This marks the 84th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

  • Regionally, all four regions showed growth in prices from a year ago. The Midwest had largest gain of 5.4 percent followed by the Northeast with a gain of 3.8 percent. The West had an increase of 3.0 percent followed by the South with an incline of 2.5 from February 2018.
  • February’s inventory figures are up from last month 2.5 percent to 1.63 million homes for sale. Compared with February of 2018, there was a 3.2 percent increase in inventory levels. It will take 3.5 months to move the current level of inventory at the current sales pace. It takes approximately 44 days for a home to go from listing to a contract in the current housing market, up from 37 days a year ago.

  • From January 2019, three of the four regions showed inclines in sales while the Northeast was unchanged. The West had the biggest gain of 16.0 percent followed by the South with an incline of 214.9 percent. The Midwest had the smallest increase of 9.5 percent.
  • Two of the four regions showed declines in sales from a year ago and the Midwest was flat. The Northeast had the only gain in sales of 1.5 percent. The West had the biggest decline of 7.9 percent followed by the South with the smallest drop of 0.4 percent. The South led all regions in percentage of national sales, accounting for 43.4 percent of the total, while the Northeast had the smallest share at 12.5 percent.

  • In February, single-family sales were up 13.3 percent and condominiums sales were unchanged to last month. Single-family home sales fell 1.4 percent and condominium sales were down 5.0 compared to a year ago. Single-family homes had an increase in price up 3.6 percent at $251,400 and condominiums modestly rose 3.1 percent at $233,300 from February 2018.

Retail Trade Challenges and Opportunities in 2019

E-commerce continues to challenge brick-and-mortar retailers, especially department stores and sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores. However, the retail trade sector is still facing bright prospects in growing metro areas that are attracting people, jobs, and housing. The trend towards integration of online and offline shopping, mixed-use commercial/residential development that requires a strong retail anchor, and the tax incentives for Opportunity Zone projects are factors that will support the growth of brick-and-mortar retail stores in 2019.

E-Commerce and Retail Trade Trends in 2018

In 2018, electronic and mail order sales totaled $598 billion, or 12.7 percent of the $5.3 trillion in total retail sales in 2018, up from a mere four percent of the market in 1992.[1] Electronic shopping & mail order sales outpaced warehouse clubs and super store sales ($481 billion) and department store sales ($149 billion).  Department store (excluding leased space) retail sales (think Sears, JC Penny, Marshall Field’s, Filene’s Basement, and the like[2])  have shrunk since 2000 from $231 billion to just $149 billion by 2018. Warehouse clubs and super stores (think Sam’s Club/Walmart, Costco, BJ’s) sales have risen robustly along with e-commerce sales since 2000, but sales have been overtaken by e-commerce sales since 2016.

Department stores (excluding leased departments) and sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores have been hit the hardest, with sales contracting in 2018 for these sub-retail sector markets. In 2018, sales of department stores excluding leased space and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores sales contracted while electronic and mail order retail sales rose 10 percent. E-commerce sales outpaced the growth of total retail sales (4.7%) and all retail subsectors except sale of gasoline stations (12.7%), fuel dealers (23.5%) and men’s clothing stores (12.7%). Men’s clothing stores appears to be doing better in the face of the e-commerce compared to women’s clothing stores (3.3%) (perhaps because it still makes sense to fit an expensive suit at the store). Jewelry store sales also still rose strongly (8.2%) (perhaps because shoppers still want to try on the jewelry before making a purchase).

Just last February 15, Payless ShoeSource announced it was closing some 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico after it had filed for bankruptcy in 2017. This brings to 4,287 announced store closings in 2019, following on the heels of 8,139 announced store closures in 2017 and 5,524 in 2018, according to CoreSight, a website that tracks the retail market.

Implication on Jobs and Income

With brick and mortar retail trade sales on the decline and e-commerce retail sales on the rise, job creation has shifted towards transportation and warehousing, which are the logistics supports of e-commerce sales.   In 2018, the retail trade sector created a mere 14,000 net new payroll jobs in 2018, while transportation and warehousing created 216,100 jobs. Retail trade job creation in 2018 slightly rebounded from the 87,900 jobs lost in 2017, although this is paltry compared to the average of 223,000 jobs created in the retail trade sector during 2012–2016.

What’s the implication of this shifting in jobs from retail to logistics for the economy and for workers? If workers can find a job quickly in other sectors such as in warehousing and transportation, their incomes are likely to be higher.[3] Retail trade workers are generally the least paid among all other major groups of workers, receiving on average $594 weekly compared to transportation and warehousing workers who receive on average $948 weekly and wholesale trade workers who receive on average $1,210 weekly (as of February 2019).

Retail Trade Opportunities  

Opportunities for the growth of retail trade varies across metro areas, creating jobs in growing metro areas that are attracting people, jobs, and housing. Factors that will support the growth of retail trade in 2019 are the trend towards integration of online and offline shopping, the development of mixed-use commercial/residential areas that require a strong retail anchor, and the tax incentives for real estate development projects in Opportunity Zone areas.

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and the increasing online presence of warehouse and discount stores demonstrates the growing interconnection between online and offline (physical, brick-and-mortar) shopping.  Walmart or Target customers can now order online and have same-day delivery or pick up at a nearby store. Related Cos., the real estate developer of the Hudson Yards—New York’s biggest mixed-use commercial development that opens in March 2019—just acquired Quiet Logistics, a distribution and logistics company that specializes in catering to primarily online retailers because primary online retailers have also set up shop in Hudson Yards.[4]  Grocery stores and restaurants/fast foods are also offering online ordering and delivery companies (e.g., Uber Eats, Grub Hub) or have tied up with delivery companies (DoorDash for McDonald’s orders ).

The trend towards mixed-use commercial and transit-oriented development will continue to prop up the demand for brick-and-mortar/physical stores around which mixed-use, transit development is anchored on (e.g., Harris Teeter is the anchor for the Merrifield development near the Dunn-Loring Metro station in Falls Church, VA). The just opened 28-acre Hudson Yards in New York City has a seven-story mall, office and residential properties, a hotel, school, cultural center, parkland, and public space.[5]

The tax incentives for projects in Opportunity Zone areas is another positive factor that will support the construction of brick-and-mortar stores.[6]

The shift from ‘big box’ development to small format stores in urban areas, such as what Walmart and Target are doing in the Washington, DC area[7], also presents a growth opportunity for brick-and-mortar retailing.

To be able to take advantage of these opportunities, brick-and-mortars will need to enhance their logistics (warehouse, packaging, distribution, last-mile delivery), use technology to improve the customer’s experience at all phases of the shopping experience from product search (e.g., using visual search instead of text search) to the check-out, physical delivery, or pickup, and to understand that the physical store is a place to create brand impact and awareness.

Retail Trade Employment Still Growing in Half of Metro Areas

While the retail trade sector is facing huge challenges from e-commerce sales on a national scale, retail trade employment is still growing in metros that are attracting people, jobs, and housing construction. Of 405 metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions[8], 47 percent created net retail trade jobs over the past three years from 2015 Q4 to 2018 Q4. Below are the top metro areas which created 5,000 or more retail trade jobs during this period.

  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (39, 100);
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (14,300);
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (10,000);
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul- Bloomington, MN-WI (9,200)
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell (8,600);
  • Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (7,200);
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (6,900)
  • Austin -Round Rock, TX (6,000)
  • San Francisco -Oakland-Hayward, CA (5,900)
  • Jacksonville, FL (5,900)
  • Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC (5,900)
  • Columbus, OH (5,600)
  • Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (5,400)
  • Provo-Orem, UT (5,200)
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (5,200)
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN (5,100)


[1] Source: U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Sales, seasonally adjusted, downloaded from Haver Analytics

[2] Think of brick and mortar big names that have shuttered—Sears, Marshall Field’s, Hecht’s, Kids R’ Us, Woolworth, Filene’s Basement, Borders, Crown Books, Kaufmann’s, Linens ‘n Things, Sports Authority, Herman’s, Hhgregg, Circuit City, Comp USA, FAO Schwarz,— or have had major store closings such as Macy’s, JC Penny, Kohl’s, Lord & Taylor, and Toys R’ Us

[3] The mean duration of unemployment is 8.9 weeks in January 2019. The average duration has been on the downtrend since 2011 with the average duration at 22 weeks.

[4] Bisnow, “Related Cos Makes Inroads into Logistics to Provide Amazon Alternative”; see https://bit.ly/2T8njar

[5] Globe St. “Hudson Yards Open: Going Inside Vessel”, https://www.globest.com/2019/03/18/hudson-yards-opens-going-inside-vessel-slideshow/?kw=Hudson%20Yards%20Opens:%20Going%20Inside%20Vessel%20%28Slideshow%29&et=editorial&bu=REM&cn=20190318&src=EMC-Email&pt=NewYork

[6] Bisnow” Developers Sign Trader Joe’s for Silver Spring Opportunity Zone Project”; see https://bit.ly/2CnqwgR

[7] DC North Star “New Target Store Coming to DC”; see http://dcnorthstar.com/target-georgia-avenue/

[8] Divisions are part of metropolitan areas, so there is some double-counting of the total number of metro areas and divisions. However, when we get the share of metro areas and divisions which have negative retail trade growth to the total number of metro areas and divisions, there is no practically no double counting.

Boom or Bust for Spring Homebuying?

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.

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