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Friday, April 3, 2020

Now more than ever the Triangle Multiple Listing Status of COMING SOON is going to be very helpful for sellers and buyers.

Our local TMLS just released new “rules” for real estate professionals regarding the Coming Soon status for the homes coming on to the active market, and not a minute too late! In no relation to the current Covid-19 crisis, MLS was set to release this new ruling on April 1st. The “old” rule dictated that “Days on Market” would begin to accumulate as soon as a home was entered into MLS, whether it was in “Active” status (available for agents to show their clients) or “Coming Soon” status (not available for showings yet). Anyone that’s been active in the real estate market lately knows this is not good. The homes in Coming Soon status would accumulate Days on Market (DOM), however they were not being able to be shown; when the home status was switched to “Active” it had already accumulated DOM which gave it a “stigma” to a potential buyer of “There must be something wrong with that house, it’s been on the market a week already and hasn’t sold, let’s PASS on seeing this one and move on to the next home”. This predicament was causing homes to be sold without going into TMLS, in other words “pocket listings”. This tactic may have made some buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals happy but this was also causing some sellers to not receive their “highest and best” offer terms, as well as keeping homes “off the market” causing buyers to not have a chance to make an offer.

If you are thinking of putting your home on the market after our immediate threats of Covid-19 are over, let us know! We can get you “on the market” in “COMING SOON” status in MLS complete with a sign in your yard without ever coming in contact with you or any family member! Front Porch Realty agents do this FULL TIME, let us handle these delicate situations for you. We are highly professional and experienced and can make your home selling, or buying, transaction go smoothly even in these unprecedented times. Real estate is deemed an essential service and we have put 3 families in their dream homes just this past week!

Contact us today for details and Stay Safe, hopefully this will all be over soon.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


Hot on the market this one will surely not be around long!
This adorable home has large rooms, lots of hardwoods, and is open and bright. The kitchen is beautiful with loads of cabinetry and a large center island.


Austin Farms subdivision does not have an HOA and is located just a few minutes outside the town of Fuquay-Varina.


Offered at $255,000, CONTACT US today for your own private tour.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


This 3 bedroom/ 2 bath home was just listed in a convenient Triangle location! Stunning laminate floors in this open, transitional ranch plan. The large living area is open to the kitchen /dining area complete with granite, stainless steel appliances, and custom soft-close cabinets.


Enjoy your rocking chair front porch as well as a screened in porch in the back overlooking your private fenced in yard!


All of this situated on a 1/3 acre cul-de-sac lot and very convenient to the US 70 bypass. Offered at an exceptional price of $227,000.

Contact us today for your private showing. Here is the listing agent, Donya Clark, to give you a sneak peak!

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

This 3 bedrooom, 2 bath home sits just outside the city of Fuquay-Varina on a beautiful .67 acre lot in the subdivision of Neil’s Crossing .

Pine floors and plantation shutters add to its charm. There is even a gorgeous sunroom for relaxing and entertaining.

With a 1st floor Master Bedroom and 2 niced-sized bedrooms on the 2nd floor this home is offered at an exceptional price of $235,000, it is priced to sell!

Contact us today for your private showing.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Welcome Home to this brick-front beauty! This custom transitional home boasts a bright, open floor plan, gleaming hardwoods throughout the first floor and an extensive trim package throughout.

The kitchen has loads of beautiful custom cabinets, granite, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and sunny breakfast room.

The Master Suite is located on the first floor with a large tiled Master bath complete with whirlpool tub, separate oversized shower and a large walk-in-closet.
The 2nd floor has 2 nice-sized bedrooms and a Bonus Room that could also be used as a 4th bedroom. There is also a home office on the 2nd floor as well as walk-in attic storage.

Right off of the kitchen is a screened porch for enjoying your landscaped fenced yard.

Located on 1/3 of an acre in an established downtown Angier neighborhood right off of highway 210 makes this an ideal location for a commute to Raleigh as well as Buies Creek and Fayetteville.

View more detailed information and additional photos HERE. This beautiful home is exceptionally priced to sell at $304,000.

Contact us today for your private showing.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Happy New Year!

As the Owner of Front Porch Realty with 24 years of selling SW Wake county real estate, I take an in depth look at our local real estate market every quarter. You can view our 2019 Year-end Market Update HERE. Volume of homes sold has increased across the board as expected, however we saw a slight shift of new construction homes sold towards a more balanced market. Average sales prices have increased about 4% resulting in our average price per square foot in Wake county $130-$140 for re-sale homes and $140-$150 for new construction homes. We saw little or no change in the average days on market across the board, in our area homes are going under contract in about 30 days or less.

It’s a great time to buy and sell in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina! If you are thinking about selling “the easy way” to Zillow, Open Door, etc PLEASE talk to us first. These companies typically charge 8-10% commission on top of leaving lots of your equity on the table. There is a reason these investment companies want to buy your home! I promise we will take care of all of the details for you AND it will cost you much less. In addition, if you are out there looking at new construction homes, be sure and utilize our FREE Buyer’s Agency. The on-site agents at the new construction neighborhoods represent the builders and look out for THEIR best interests, not yours. Why not have an agent on your side? Learn more about NC Agency HERE.

We will be hosting the Fuquay Varina Chamber Business After Hours event on February 13th at our Fuquay Varina office, please SAVE the DATE we would love to see you there. The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce will be honoring our elected officials and presenting the quarterly Excellence in Education award.

If you would like my quarterly market update delivered to your inbox, let me know. In addition, if we can be of any assistance to you with your real estate needs, I am certain you will be extremely satisfied with any of our Front Porch Realty real estate brokers level of professionalism and expertise.

– welcome home, laura

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Holly Springs has so many opportunities to enjoy the holidays this year and Front Porch Realty of Holly Springs is here to keep you in the know!

Shows offered by the Holly Springs Cultural Center:

*Monday, December 9th at 10 am – Monday Morning Movies showing Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
*Saturday, December 14th at 7:30 pm the Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will perform Jazz to the World.
*Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 pm Holly Springs Community Band presenting “Happy Holly-Days” .

*Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 and 4:00 pm Come see the story of the Nutcracker Ballet brought to life! This interactive storybook adventure will allow the whole family to experience the magic of The Nutcracker through dance, crafts, and a tea party. After our 20 minute presentation of the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, guests will be invited to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tea party with all of your favorite characters, a craft, and tea party snacks. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, December 7th from 9:30 am – Noon to the Holly Springs Farmers Market, for FREE Photos with Santa! Bring your kids, bring your pets, and bring your camera!

Wednesday, November 27th through Monday, December 15thSanta’s Mailbox will be located outside of Town Hall . Holly Springs Run Club volunteers will run the letters to the North Pole so that Santa can answer them before Christmas. **Kids who want to hear back from Santa by Christmas Eve should include their name and home address.**

Saturday, December 7th, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Breakfast with Santa
Sunrise United Methodist Church, is hosting this FREE event.

The event will include:

Breakfast
Music
Games
Crafts
A Christmas story
Visit with Santa

Please plan to stay for the whole event to enjoy all the activities. No pre-registration is required.

Main Street Christmas
Friday, December 13, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Holly Springs Town Hall and Cultural Center
This is a FREE event!

Event highlights include:
Visit with Santa at Town Hall until 7:15 p.m. (Please plan to visit Santa early)
Hayrides downtown
Refreshments at the Cultural Center
Live entertainment
Stories with the Nutcracker
Crafts for kids at the Cultural Center
Mistletoe Market (Artisans) at the Cultural Center
Holiday Open Houses with Downtown Businesses
The annual Town tree lighting on the Cultural Center lawn at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 am.Holly Springs Christmas Parade
New this year, the parade route is extended one block, just past the new Town Hall Commons development. The parade is going aerial! Weather permitting, the Bandit Flight Team is performing a national anthem flyover to kick off the parade at 11 a.m. The team flies vintage aircraft to preserve military Warbird heritage and as an opportunity to salute veterans.
Pre-parade performances: Enjoy an hour of performances at select locations along Main Street when the road closes at 10 a.m. in preparation for the parade. This event is held Rain or Shine.

Saturday, December 21st, 2019 – 6th Annual Suggly Sweater Run
Fun Run at 10am and 5k at 10:30 am at Sugg Farm Park
Come dressed in your “favorite: ugly sweater! Bring your kiddos and your family to enjoy the fun run and then some fun festivities after you run/walk!

From all of us at Front Porch Realty, we hope you have a joy-filled and safe holiday season!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Fuquay-Varina is buzzing around the Holidays! Front Porch Realty is your Local RealtorĀ® and we’re here to you keep you in the know of all the activities going on around Our Town.

First up is the Town Tree Lighting, Thursday December 5th at 6:00 pm. This is FREE to the public and Fun for all! Located in the parking lot across from The Mason Jar Tavern and Shoppes on Main. There will be performances by local choral groups, an ice-skating rink (from 4 pm – 9 pm), sledding (from 5 pm – 9 pm), and a visit from Santa himself! And a Downtown Sleigh Ride beginning at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the FVDA office located at 108 Raleigh St. on Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $3 per person with a maximum of 4 tickets. First come, first served basis. This event is Sponsored by the Town of Fuquay-Varina.

Coming up Friday, December 6th at 7:30 pm & Saturday the 7th at 3:00 pm is the Fuquay-Varina Chorale Holiday Concert. Tickets are available online here and at the Fuquay Varina Arts Center.

Next up is the Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade,Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 3:00 pm in Downtown Fuquay. The parade route will begin at the corner of Fuquay Avenue and Academy Streets (by Williford Funeral Home), and finish up right here at the Front Porch Realty office at the corner of Woodrow and Main Streets. This event is rain or shine! Check out the parade route map here.

The Christmas Parade is followed up by the Dasher’s After Party on Depot Street. The Mill will have hot chocolate, food trucks and adult beverages available while shopping the Stocking Stuffer Market. Don’t forget to wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater for the Ugly Sweater Contest and fun prizes and of course bring the kiddos for FREE pictures with Santa!

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Would you like to become a “Friend of Downtown?”

Since 1993, Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association has been dedicated to building our community by supporting local businesses and by private investment in our historic core. The activities and programs they’ve created bring foot traffic and customers to our two down towns and educate residents on the importance of the support local movement. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association works hand-in-hand with the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, but also have many self run events to offer the community.

Here are a few of the events hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association:

BBQ, Blues and Brews
Ghost Tours in Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Trick or Treat in Downtown
Chili Cook-off
Dinner on Depot
En Plein Air
Candy Hop
Play the Quay Miniature Golf Tournament

And here are two events that will be going on in the next several weeks!

Downtown Sleigh Ride Thursday, December 5th
Cash for Christmas Saturday, December 7th

We’re a Friend and we’ll see you around town!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fuquay-Varina High School will soon have a CAREER CLOTHING CLOSET!

The Fuquay-Varina Business Alliance is kicking off a CLOTHING DRIVE November 15th – December 15th, 2019
What a great time to clean out those closets!

Items Needed:

Men’s and Women’s Suits
Blazers / Sport Coats
Dresses / Skirts
Blouses and Dress Shirts
Polo Shirts / Collared Shirts
Slacks and Khakis
Ties / Belts
Dress Shoes

We ask that these professional clothing donations be in ready-to-wear condition. CLEAN and on HANGERS with no stains, odors, tears, or missing buttons.

Donation DROP-OFF at the following Fuquay-Varina Locations:

Front Porch Realty 604 N Main St.
FVHS | Front Office 1704 Old Honeycutt Rd.
Edward Jones | Office of Robin Wellings Loftus 502 Broad St.
Edward Jones | Office of David Hernandez 604 Stellata Dr.
Fuquay Coworking 1000 N. Main St.
FV Chamber of Commerce 121 N. Main St.

This closet will house business professional attire and provide confidence for students to ace a job interview, networking event, and/or internship experience.

Thank you for helping our young adults Dress For Success!

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