Friday, June 8, 2018

12 Oaks is a true LIFESTYLE neighborhood complete with clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pool pavilion, fitness center, social events as well as numerous parks and trails and of course it’s award winning Jack Nicklaus golf course. From Townhomes to Executive Homes, 12 Oaks offers choices for all stages of living. Prices begin in the low $300,000’s and range to $1M plus.

2018 12 Oaks Neighborhood Snapshot *compiled from TMLS market data

Stats of new construction homes sold since Jan 1, 2018:

57 PENDING & SOLD homes
Average SOLD price $581,682
Average square footage 3104
Average Sold price / square foot $188
Average Sales Price / List Price is 99%

Stats on re-sale homes sold since Jan 1, 2018:

34 PENDING & SOLD homes
Average SOLD price $512,000
Average square footage 3180
Average SOLD price / square foot $160
Average Sales Price / List Price is 98%

Thinking of making a move to 12 Oaks? Visit the links below for what is available today. Be sure to contact us for FREE Buyer’s representation, keep in mind the on-site agents of the new construction homes are working for the Builders. Why not be represented by a professional, for FREE? Visit the WORKING WITH REAL ESTATE AGENTS Brochure for info on how YOU can be represented.

12 Oaks New Construction homes for sale

12 Oaks Re-sale Homes for sale

Monday, May 21, 2018

It’s almost time for Fuquay-Varina’s Freedom Balloon Festival! 2018 will be the 3rd year the Balloon Festival has called Fuquay-Varina home. Our town will come even more alive than usual as we celebrate our nation’s veterans and military families. The festival will feature competitive balloon flights, tethered rides, evening glows and loads of entertainment, food, and a Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce sponsored Arts & Craft Village.

For all of the details be sure and download the Project Uplift USA app to plan your entire weekend. You will also want to check out the town’s website for the details of where to park, what to bring and what not to bring HERE.

The hot-air balloons fly in the morning and early evening, weather dependending, when the air is most stable but there is plenty to do all day long!
Here is a quick glance at the major balloon activity, be sure and check out the full FESTIVAL SCHEDULE HERE.

Friday, May 25, 2018
2:00pm – Festival Grounds Open to the Public. Food Vendors and Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
5:00pm – Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow

Saturday, May 26, 2018 and Sunday, May 27, 2018
6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights
6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides​
6:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension or Fly-in Event
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow

Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day Events at Fleming Park
6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights
6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides
12:00pm – Festival Closes

We will see you at the festival!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Congratulations to Donya Clark, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – APRIL 2018

Congrats to Donya for her sales and listings volume for April 2018, Donya sold more real estate in the month of April than any other Front Porch Realty agent! Ms. Clark is also Front Porch Realty’s irreplaceable Office Manager, thank you Donya for all of your dedication to Front Porch Realty and to your clients as their trusted real estate professional.

What does Donya love most about selling real estate?

Real Estate allows me to focus on one of my favorite things – people! I love meeting, serving, and helping people in one of the most important areas of life, buying or selling a home.

Donya can be reached at

Phone – 919.819.6564

Email –

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to Annie Thieret, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – MARCH 2018

Congrats to Annie for her sales and listings volume for March 2018, Annie sold more real estate in the month of March than any other Front Porch Realty agent! Annie is our Broker-In-Charge of our Holly Springs office and still finds the time to make all of her clients feel like they are her only ones. Thank you Annie Thieret for all of your dedication to your clients as a real estate professional.

What does Annie love most about selling real estate?

I am very proud of what I do. Whether it’s assisting buyers in finding one of their life’s most valuable assets, or helping sellers with the marketing and sale of their home as they get ready for the next chapter in their life. How exciting is that!

Annie can be reached at

Phone – 239.810.3254

Email –

Monday, April 30, 2018

By now, you’ve heard Front Porch Realty’s exciting news; we have elevated our brand and we have a new custom website! We are still the same “Front Porch Realty” you have known for years but have begun to concentrate our business in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. We are already the #1 Independent real estate office in these two towns and our goal is to become the #1 real estate company overall. We want to become top of the mind status for you and all things real estate!

Here is our quarterly 1st Q 2018 snapshot of our local housing inventory. We are still deep in a seller’s market, especially for re-sale homes; new home inventory is up 17% across the Triangle while re-sales inventory is down 15% from the 1st quarter of 2017, according to our Triangle Multiple Listing Service 1st quarter market stats. This imbalance of supply is causing record increases in sales prices; average sales price of new construction is up 9% and average re-sale homes sales prices are up 10%. Inventory is still low on our end of the county and demand is high. As we can see from our 1st quarter local data, months of inventory are very low at most price points at less than 2 and units sold have increased across both markets.

We are here to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors. Please consider Front Porch Realty as YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Soon you will see artists dotting the streets of Fuquay-Varina’s two downtown districts. Some are very well-known and have traveled from afar for this annual event and some are local aspiring artists. We do know that all will bring Fuquay-Varina’s beauty to life on their canvases right before our eyes. I am sure you have noticed the paintings of past years En Plein Air events beautifully transformed into murals displayed all around town on the exterior walls of our historic retail shops and restaurants. This year’s event even includes a special Student’s En Plein Air Event sponsored by the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council. Students will have a chance to have their art displayed in the new Fuquay-Varina Performing Arts Center opening this Summer.

The fun begins Friday, May 5th, 2018 at 12 noon and continues throughout Saturday, May 6th, 2018. A live auction of the original paintings will be held on Saturday evening in the heart of Fuquay-Varina’s downtown historic district on Depot St.

For all of the details visit the the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization District’s website.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Front Porch Realty chatted with local veteran lender Alex Macklin about finding the right mortgage for your needs. Alex has been a community leader in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs for over 20 years and is wonderful at explaining the mortgage process to our clients.

Finding the right mortgage financing program for your new home or construction/permanent project can be complex. Allow me to navigate the complex mortgage products for you and tailor the best financing option for your needs.
With over 20 years of experience in the mortgage business, I can help connect you with the right resources to ensure a positive experience.
From the first-time buyer to the seasoned buyer and even the person who wants to build a new home, I can help prepare you so that you enter into the home buying/building process with confidence.
I encourage clients to take advantage of my free loan pre-qualification service and to make this your first step in the home buying process. The Real Estate market is blazing hot right now and there are multiple offers coming in for most homes on the market. It is important to have your ducks in a row when you are ready to make an offer so that you can increase your odds of having the winning bid. Most purchase offers must be accompanied by a loan pre-qualification letter to ensure that you are a serious and qualified buyer. Don’t lose your opportunity to buy the home of your dreams by skipping this important first step.
Since 1950, United Community Bank, “The Bank That Service Built” has provided our clients with the service level of a community bank but with the resources of a larger bank. UCB offers all of the standard Conventional, FHA, USDA and VA loan programs but we also offer niche portfolio products that help us offer financing to a broader client base.
One example is a cost savings single-close construction to permanent program for clients who wish to build and finance a new home. By closing the construction and permanent loan at one single attorney closing, there are no additional fees at the end of the process. The program also allows for a one time float down option on the interest rate when the home is complete so you can capture the best rate the market has to offer while at the same time receiving rate protection during the construction period.
Other unique product offerings include:
• Conforming and Jumbo Portfolio loans
• Special 100% financing programs with no Mortgage Insurance for Medical Doctors and Dentists
• PATH affordable housing program for the purchase of an owner occupied primary residence with 100% financing, fixed interest rate and no mortgage insurance for certain census tracks within United Community Bank’s footprint

Join me and the team at Front Porch Realty to make homeownership a reality!
Alex Macklin
Vice-President/Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator
United Community Bank Mortgage Services
325 N. Judd Parkway, Suite 200
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Phone: 919-586-3115
Website: United Community Bank

Friday, March 16, 2018

Our towns have several “fun for the entire family” events coming up!

The town of Fuquay-Varina will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at South Park on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2 pm. Children age 10 and under are invited to collect thousands of eggs, be sure and bring your Easter basket and camera, the Easter Bunny will be there! For more details visit the town site HERE. Don’t miss the Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association’s annual Candy Hop going on in both of Fuquay-Varina’s downtown districts Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 2 – 4 pm. Downtown merchants will supply treats and watch for the Easter Bunny and Spring Chick, they will be shopping too! For all of the details visit the facebook event HERE.

Holly Springs will be hosting an Easter Bunny Festival at the Holly Springs Towne Center on Saturday March 24, 2018 from 11 am – 2 pm. There will be treats and goodie bags, a bounce house, games, prizes and more. Visit this LINK for more information!

Filed under: Community
Sunday, March 4, 2018

March in Wake County means crocus and daffodils sprouting from their winter rest and red bud trees blooming their brilliant pink. With our sprinkling of 80 degree days, our area golf courses are being groomed and the tee times are filling back up. Golf is a year round sport here in NC, but the fair weather golfers are glad to see the fair days of March! Here is a snapshot of our Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina golf course communities. Let us know which one, or all, you would like to tour!

12 Oaks offers a Jack Nicklaus course that will challenge golfers of all skill levels. This is a true lifestyle neighborhood complete with clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pool pavilion, fitness center, social events as well as numerous parks and trails. From Townhomes to Executive Homes, 12 Oaks offers choices for all stages of living. Prices begin in the low $300,000’s and range to $1M plus. There are plenty of new construction homes as well as previously owned homes for sale at 12 Oaks.

Sunset Ridge is home to Devils Ridge Golf Club. Devil’s Ridge is a private, 18-hole course that was awarded 4 stars by Golf Digest. Sunset Ridge not only offers golf but year-round tennis, a world class aquatic park, and numerous parks and walking trails. Custom homes start in the high $300,000’s and range to about $1M. Most of the homes in the neighborhood were built in the 1990’s – 2010 and feature private, large wooded lots ranging from 1/3 to 2 acres.

Bentwinds Golf & Country Club is a private club just a quick 10 minute drive down to Fuquay-Varina, nicknamed “The Breeze” it is said to never play the same way twice. Bentwinds offers a social calendar for all ages, as well as pool and tennis and a waterfront clubhouse/restaurant/bar. Homes in the neighborhood are all custom and are situated on large 1/3 – acre wooded lots. Bentwinds Bluffs, Augusta Place, and Johnson Pointe are all a short golf-cart ride away with new and re-sale homes up to $1.2M.

Filed under: Community | Miscellaneous
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Attention Fuquay-Varina LOCAL businesses…Did you know our Fuquay-Varina schools have a BUSINESS ALLIANCE group that does an phenomenal job of joining the resources of our local businesses with our local students together to the benefit of both groups.  We meet every 3rd Thursday morning for an hour rotating at our local Middle and High Schools.  
FVHS has ready, willing, and able Junior and Senior students looking for internships at our local businesses. The students will get credit for working in your business for free! There is no doubt our bright young adults will surprise you with their enthusiasm, leadership, and social skills.

We invite you, and challenge you, to join us!  The impact you will have on the students, and your business, will surprise you, come make a difference in your community.  Fuquay-Varina has one of the strongest Business Alliance groups in Wake County and we are making a DIFFERENCE for our future.

Can’t make it to a meeting but would love to help? Contact Dr. Emily Jessee,, at FVHS and become a Bengal Backer.

Next meeting:  March 15, 2018 at FVHS.

Contact us for more information, or just show up. I promise, you will be even more rewarded than the students!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Would you like to add photographic flair for free, use Unsplash!

Here at Front Porch Realty we’re always on the lookout for new sources of free photos; we use photos in newsletters, blog posts, social media and presentations.  We are happy to find Unsplash and introduce you to a service which offers fantastic, crowd-sourced photos that can be downloaded and used in your own projects.  They offer beautiful, free pictures in the categories of Business, Nature, People, Technology, Food, Travel, and so many more!

Best of all, Unsplash’s photos don’t look like stock photos.  While their inventory isn’t especially deep (yet!), there are still lots of hight-resolution images with truly eye-catching, creative views.

Save yourself some cash and grab some great pics here at their website:

We’re sure that no matter what your picture needs are, you’ll find something to use with this great and free tool!



Filed under: Community | Miscellaneous
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Real Estate brokers have sometimes been accused of “shortening our words” or using terms that we think everyone already knows!  So, here’s a little helpful guide, if you have trouble navigating real estate terminology!

What it says versus What it means

conveys with sale … it will STAY with the home

EIK … eat in kitchen

SS … stainless steel

HDW, HWF, Hdwd ….. hardwood floors

WIC …walk-in-closet

FDR ….. formal dining room

MLS...multiple listing system

FSBO ….. for sale by owner

Pre-approval …  based on information you are able to provide to the lender.  This will look much better than a pre-qualification to the seller.

Pre-qualified ….  based on a 5 minute phone call to the lender and only on what you tell the lender.  This is needed in order to even make an offer on a home.

due diligence funds …the funds the buyer gives the seller at time of contract to “buy time” off the market while they do their due diligence

due diligence or DD…all of the inspections and loan process, etc a buyer can exercise on a prospective home during their due diligence time period

Due diligence money- is non-refundable The good news is the money is typically credited towards the purchase of the home at closing.

Earnest money is “good faith” money. The buyer is showing the seller they are serious about buying the home.

contingency … a contract on a home that is dependent on you selling your existing home

3 BR/2BA  3 bedrooms and 2 baths


I’m sure we’ve missed a few, feel free to leave comments with any you might still be wondering about and we’ll do our best to define them.

We are here to help you navigate your real estate needs and ALL the terms that come along with that!

Welcome home!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fuquay-Varina Bengal Proud!

I was recently asked to speak to a group of local Fuquay-Varina Middle and High School students as a business owner in the community.  I wanted to share my experiences, in hopes that more business members in our community would be inspired to volunteer. Each activity took me less than an hour.  I know that hour could lead to a big impact on these young adults as they begin to think about their future. As always, I know I got more out of it than they did!

My friend, colleague, and educator, Mr. Rodney Jenkins, is the Career and Technical Education Coordinator for Fuquay-Varina Middle School. He recently approached me and asked if I would speak to his entrepreneurial class.  My topics included: why I started my own business, what’s involved with owning my own business, the hardest part, the easiest part and more.  I brought along my company’s advertising goodies like stadium cups and pens, and tossed some candy to the students that participated.  The students had awesome questions and provoked my own thoughts on why I do this.

I was overjoyed to hear the students decided they are going to arrange a “field trip” to visit our office sometime soon.  I can’t wait to see them again!

There are so many opportunities to get involved with students in Fuquay-Varina. I was also asked to address the first Fuquay-Varina Youth Leadership Group conference. This initiative is the first of its kind for Fuquay-Varina and the students selected to participate. I was asked to speak about Front Porch Realty’s application process and how I determine good candidates for our firm.

Laura Moody recently addressing both students and staff.

These bright, energetic high-schoolers had so many great questions for me!  They are eager to learn how to make a difference in our town and they are striving for greatness.  I commend the staff of Fuquay-Varina High school for working so diligently to start this leadership program and make a difference in these student’s lives. Imagine all the lucky businesses that get to hire these young folks someday!

If you are interested in helping any of our community schools in ANY way please contact our office or join the FV Business Alliance. Our next meeting is coming up soon!

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Food Cupboards garden

621 W Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs

The Food Cupboard

Did you know that Holly Springs has a very busy food bank?  They work in conjunction with area grocery stores and the Raleigh food bank.  It’s called the Holly Springs Food Cupboard and they serve 1000’s of Holly Spring residents every month.  This giving group even has their own garden that produced over 2000 lbs of fresh food last summer! The Holly Springs Food Cupboard welcomes your volunteerism in many ways and even has group projects for your civic and student groups.


Front Porch Realty recently visited the Cupboard’s ribbon cutting with the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate their recent addition, giving them much needed space to serve their clients.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that make this Cupboard happen.  God Bless You!


Holly Spring Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Huge crowd gathered for Holly Springs Food Cupboard ribbon cutting!



Friday, October 20, 2017

FRONT PORCH REALTY has exciting news; we are the #1 LOCAL Independent Real Estate firm in southwestern Wake County!

See our 3rd quarter local real estate market snapshot . It is no surprise that we are still in a seller’s market; inventory is still extremely low across the Triangle.  Know that in this competitive market, Front Porch Realty brokers are equipped with professionalism and the expertise to help both our seller and buyer clients navigate multiple offer situations.  If we can be of any assistance to you or someone you know, rest assured they will be extremely satisfied.

Please watch our website, Facebook, and Instagram for all housing, and other local news around town and to see our new listings as soon as they hit the market.

If you would rather receive this report either by email or snail mail please contact Laura .

Inventory is low, it’s a great time to sell.

Happy fall!

Laura Moody

Broker/Owner Front Porch Realty

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Congratulations to Maria Plazas, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – August 2017

Maria has been selling the Triangle since 1991!  Real estate is Maria’s passion and she is committed to helping the Latino community.  Originally from Chile, Maria’s native language is Spanish and of course she is also fluent in English.  Maria has an entire team of Spanish speaking professionals at your service including; inspectors, attorneys, banks and mortgage companies.

Thank you Maria Plazas for all of your dedication as a FRONT PORCH REALTY real estate professional!

What does Maria love most about selling real estate?

“Meeting new friends and clients from all over the country and helping them discover their dream.”


Thank you for being such a great role model at the office Maria!

Maria can be reached at:

Cell:  919.623.7341


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We recently had an opportunity to catch up with Eric Coates of Detailed Home Inspections Inc. about the affects that water can have on your home. Here is what he shared with us.

Water is not your house’s friend!

I really do love my job. However, there are days that I do not like my job. Hurricane Matthew came
through our area in 2016. It dumped 10 inches of rain that day. I had the privilege of performing two
home inspections that day! I am a Boy Scout – so, I am prepared for the rain. I have a good rain suit,
waterproof boots, waterproof equipment/tools, etc. However, having the right equipment does not
make it any easier to work in the rain. Even though I may not like it, I can learn a LOT about a house in
the rain.

Other than people, water causes more problems to a house than any anything else. Your house is made
of many materials that can decay and/or be damaged by water. Water is not your house’s friend! If you
don’t manage the water at your house, it will cause problems. Houses are built to keep water out and
to keep water away. You need to maintain your house so that it keeps the water out and away.
There are many things that you can check yourself. Here is a beginning list. Once you do all of this,
contact me and I will be glad to help you create a longer list!

1. Look through your attic for stains. Take a flashlight up there and scan through the attic looking
for stains. Take a close look at roof penetrations such as plumbing vent pipes, exhaust pipes,
bathroom fan pipes, etc. Turn the lights off and look for signs of light in the attic. Naturally, you
will see light at the attic vents and you may see indirect light at the roof penetrations. But,
make sure you do not have a beam of light coming it. If there is an HVAC unit or a water heater
in the attic, look at the equipment and around the equipment for stains or signs of leaks.

2. Get a pair of binoculars and check out your roof. Stand at a distance and scan back and forth
over your roof. Look for damaged/broken/missing shingles. Look at the roof penetrations for
signs of problems.

3. Look around the exterior at the siding/trim for decay. Decayed wood can allow water
infiltration, which will cause more decay. Water infiltration can cause damage to the structural
components that you cannot see. If wood is cracked, it may not be decayed but it can be on the
path to becoming decayed. Take a close look at areas where two types of materials touch each
other such as siding and wood. Look for cracks/gaps in seams/junctions.

A properly installed gutter and splash block diverts water away from a house.

4. Walk around your house one day in the rain. It is not going to hurt you to get wet! Check to see
how the water is running off the roof and out of the gutters/downspouts. Look at the water on
the ground and make sure that it is draining away from the house. Water NEEDS to run AWAY
from your house.

A healthy, dry crawl space should not look like this!

5. Now, here is the hard part – GO IN YOUR CRAWL SPACE! I will tell you ahead of time – there are
spiders in your crawl space. There may be other animals – so, be careful. Make a lot of noise –
talk to yourself and bang on the wood components. Any animal that is in there will want to get
away from you. If you run into an animal, LEAVE! There are many problems that can happen in
your crawl space. Before you go in the crawl space, run water through every plumbing fixture,
i.e. sinks, toilets, showers, clothes washer. Look around the crawl space for signs of water. Is
there condensation on the HVAC air ducts/equipment or the floor structure? Is there water on
the ground/plastic? Is the insulation hanging/dangling/drooping? Does it smell musty?

Regularly inspecting your crawl space can help you spot leaking pipes before they have time to do serious damage.

6. When you run water through the plumbing fixtures, look for leaks. Get into the cabinet under
the sinks and look for any leaks. Look around/under the toilet. Look at the ceilings below the
bathroom for stains. Make sure that you don’t have any leaks.

This is a beginning list of things to check. But, this covers a lot of the items that can allow water into
your house. Once you start looking at these items, you will learn what is normal and what is abnormal.
It will get easier with practice. If you have questions, take a picture and send it to us. We will try to help
you with it. If you are not comfortable doing these things, we can help you with that too! Go forth and
check out your house.


Eric Coates
NC Licensed Home Inspector
Detailed Home Inspections Inc.

Filed under: Guest Blog Post
Wednesday, August 16, 2017



Front Porch Realty recently sat down and spoke with Corey Mullen, at Clay Hamilton’s State Farm Insurance in Fuquay Varina, about the importance of having homeowners insurance and how it works.

Your home is your refuge after a long day of work. It’s the hub of everything that really matters, where you can relax with your family. So you shouldn’t trust just any company to protect it. You should go with an insurer with the financial strength to cover a wide variety of losses, trusted by more homeowners than any other insurer. That’s State Farm®. When the unexpected hits home, a good neighbor can help.

Think of homeowners insurance as financial protection for what the future might bring. For example, if your home were damaged by a fire, or burglars broke in and stole your belongings, your policy could help pay to rebuild your home or replace your possessions.
Without a policy, you’d have to cover those expenses out of your own pocket. So if you’re a homeowner, homeowners insurance is an absolute necessity.

What’s covered?

Your policy could help pay for a variety of property and liability claims:
• Your house: This includes your home and other structures on your property, such as a detached garage or a shed.
• Your possessions: This includes personal belongings inside your home, such as your clothing, furniture, and electronics—and with limitations—certain valuables. It could even cover belongings you take with you while away from home.
• Financial protection against lawsuits: In certain situations, your State Farm Homeowners Policy could help protect your finances by paying for damages which you’re legally responsible for, and even your legal defense. For example, the policy could help cover legal defense costs if a visitor accidentally got hurt at your place and took you to court.

Other costs covered by the policy
Your policy may also help pay for:
• Removal of your damaged property after a fire, or other loss covered by the policy.
• Temporary repairs necessary to protect covered property from more damage.
• Extra expenses for your household to live elsewhere, if your home is uninhabitable because of damage covered by the policy.

What’s not covered?

• Water damage caused by flood.
• Liability for business-related activities
• Liability for intentional injury or property damage
• Damage caused by earthquake or mudslide
You may want to talk to your agent about a separate earthquake policy.
With coverage directly through the federal government. There is generally a 30-day waiting period for the policy to go into effect


A “deductible” is the amount that you are responsible for when you file a claim. Your deductible can be a fixed amount, such as $1,000 or $2,000, or a percentage of the coverage amount, such as one or two percent. So if your home is covered for $200,000 and you have a one percent deductible, your deductible is $2,000.

Here’s how a deductible works: say you file a claim for $10,000 after a burglary, and you had chosen a fixed amount deductible of $1,000. So the policy covers you for $9,000 and you are only responsible for $1,000.

Generally, the higher your deductible, the lower your premium. But with a higher deductible, your financial responsibility would be higher if you file a claim. Your agent can help you determine the deductible that’s right for you.

Coverage Caps

Your State Farm Homeowners Policy has coverage limits on certain types of property, such as computers, collectibles, jewelry, and other valuables.

Here’s an example: Suppose your home had been broken into and your computer and printer were stolen. If the policy limit for home computers and equipment was $5,000, the policy would reimburse you up to that limit after your deductible has been met.

How much coverage will you need?

The choice is yours, but State Farm recommends you choose a coverage limit at least equal to your home’s estimated replacement cost: the amount necessary to rebuild your entire home. (The replacement cost isn’t the same as the market value, which is the price you can expect your home to yield on the market.)

If you choose a coverage amount less than the estimated replacement cost, you may not be eligible for certain coverages. Since no one can say what the exact cost will be to replace your home in the future, you’ll need enough coverage to account for unforeseen circumstances.

For a replacement cost estimate, you can ask a contractor, hire a professional replacement cost appraisal service, or ask your State Farm agent to help you develop an estimate. Make sure to point out any architectural details or unique building materials that affect your estimate.

As your life changes, your home may change along with it. We recommend you review your homeowners’ coverage if:
• You move, improve your existing home, or build a new home.
• You add a fire and/or burglar alarm system.
• You purchase items—such as home computers, jewelry, and furs—that might exceed your basic coverage.

To help make sure your coverage is up to date, it’s a good idea to review your policy with your agent every year.
Extra coverage you just might need. Depending on your situation, you may need separate, broader coverage for additional financial protection.

Have concerns about your personal liability? A Personal Liability Umbrella Policy (PLUP) for extra liability coverage in increments of $1 million, in case you’re sued for damages that exceed your State Farm Homeowners or Auto Policy liability limits.
Own jewelry, fine arts or other valuables? Other policy options or a Personal Articles Policy (PAP), which can give you higher coverage limits or broader protection.
Work out of your home? Other policy options for home business coverage, which may cover your business-related property and liability. You may also want to consider a separate, more comprehensive business policy for your home-based business.
Want to protect yourself against identity fraud? Adding the Identity Restoration Coverage Endorsement to your State Farm Homeowners Policy. It offers coverage for specific expenses caused by identity fraud and case management services to help counteract the effects of identity fraud.

Clay Hamilton and Corey Mullen are available to answer all of your insurance questions.


Clay Hamilton Jr Insurance Agency Inc.


Clay Hamilton, Agent

1000 N Main Street Suite 101
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Phone: 919-586-7828


License: NC-7967940
State Farm Bank® NMLS #: 139716
NMLS ID#: 145495
MLO License#: I-153271

Cory Mullen, Insurance and Financial Sales Advisor

1000 N Main Street Suite 101
Fuquay-Varina, N.C 27526

Office 919-586-7828

Cell at 919-356-3607

Friday, August 11, 2017

Congratulations to Teresa Ennis, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – July 2017

Teresa has been a Triangle real estate agent for more than 30 years!  She delivers top notch professionalism and service to all of her clients, 100% of the time and this is evident with her booming referral business. 

Thank you Teresa Ennis for all of your dedication as a FRONT PORCH REALTY real estate professional!

Teresa is a Harnett County native and is very active in the Fuquay Varina and surrounding communities. She’s also a prestigious member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.   

What does Teresa love most about selling real estate?  

“I love the challenge of finding buyers their perfect house and meeting such nice people, I always make new friends.”


Thank you for lighting up the office Teresa!

Teresa can be reached at:  

Cell:  919.810.0138  



Friday, August 4, 2017

Real Estate Market Update

Here is Front Porch Realty’s quarterly local real estate market snapshot.   Mortgage interest rates and Triangle demographics are still causing a major shortage of homes in the Triangle as well as our end of the county.  Sales prices are up a healthy 6-7 % across the Triangle with our average sales price about $300,000 and average days on market 36 days.  We are still experiencing frustrated buyers in the under $300,000 price range at our end of the county with days on market being reported in hours, not days.

Check out our 2nd quarter numbers here:  2nd Quarter 2017 

Here’s another view of the market in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties from the Triangle MLS.

Sales prices are up a healthy 6-7 % across the TriangleAs you can see from our numbers, if you are considering selling your home and believe it would fall below that $300,000 price point, now would be a great time to sell! Give us a call today!

FRONT PORCH REALTY continues to grow and provide the existing residents of Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and our bordering counties as well as the new residents looking to make our area home, a strong professional sales team.  Please watch our Facebook and website for all of the housing news around town and to see our new listings as they hit the market.

Welcome Home- Laura

Thursday, July 27, 2017

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller’s market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the challenge of finding a home, most homes (especially the desirable ones) have multiple offers, making it harder to get into the home of your dreams.

But buying a home in a hot market isn’t impossible! You just have to approach it strategically and stack the deck in your favor to find – and successfully buy – the right home for you and your family.

Here are four tips for buying a home in a hot market that will put you a step ahead of the home-buying competition:

1. Make Your Offer As Attractive As Possible


When faced with multiple offers, sellers are going to go with the offer that’s the most attractive, both in offer amount and the actual terms of the offer. So if you want to stand out from other potential homebuyers and make an impact on the sellers, you need to make your offer as attractive as possible.

The first thing you can do to make your offer attractive is to put more money down towards the house. Cash offers are always the most attractive, but that’s unrealistic for most people. So if you can offer a larger down payment than the standard 20%, that will immediately make your offer stand out.

If you don’t have extra cash, there are other ways to make your offer more attractive to sellers. You can offer a short inspection period and agree to take the property as is, which will sweeten the deal for sellers (just make sure you know what you’re getting into; obviously, any large repairs discovered during inspection can add a significant cost to owning the property). Or, if the owners want to stay in the house longer (for example, to finish out the school year), you can offer to rent the home back to them after purchase and delay your move in.

Anything you can do to make your offer more attractive to sellers will up your chances of landing a home in a hot market.

2. Be Willing To Be Flexible


In a hot market, the sellers are the ones holding the cards. And if you want to find a home, you need to be willing to be flexible.

Chances are, when you find a property, there are going to be things about it that don’t fit your image of your “perfect” home. But if you wait too long on a property or ask for too much from the sellers in terms of repairs or changes, you risk losing out to other people who are ready to make a move.

Don’t budge on your non-negotiables; you want to be happy with your home purchase and not feel like you moved too quickly out of fear you wouldn’t find another property in such a competitive market. But don’t let a great home slip through your fingers because you aren’t willing to be flexible in your wants and needs in a home. Because in a hot market if you’re not willing to be flexible, someone else will be.

3. Be Willing To Be Aggressive


While you always want to get the best deal possible on your home purchase, a hot market isn’t the time to go in with an ultra conservative offer. In sellers markets, houses routinely go for well above asking price. And while you don’t necessarily have to make an offer that’s above asking price, if you want to land a home in a hot market, you need to be aggressive.

If you find a property you love, talk to your real estate agent to come up with a strategy to make your offer aggressive and competitive. Look at the recent sales in the neighborhood to get an idea of what homes are selling for and make sure your offer is in line with the recent comps. Make your offer competitive, but don’t commit to more than you can comfortably pay.

4. Write A Personal Letter


It seems like a minor detail, but when you’re looking to buy in a hot market, is a good idea to write a personal note to the sellers.

When faced with similar offers, many sellers end up following their emotions and going with the potential buyer they most want to sell to. And by writing a personal, sincere letter that introduces yourself and your family and lets the sellers know why you want to purchase their home, you can differentiate yourself from other potential buyers, appeal to their emotional side, and land the home.

Buying in a hot market isn’t easy, but it’s possible. And with these tips, you’ll put yourself a step ahead of the competition and get yourself a few steps closer to buying your home.

To view homes that we currently have listed or that are currently on the market please visit our website.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer Appleby, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – June 2017

Jennifer is a new agent with Front Porch Realty, who has hit the ground running!  Congrats Jennifer for executing more real estate contracts in the month of June than any other Front Porch Realty agent!  Jennifer treats all of her clients, and potential clients, like gold and goes above and beyond to ensure they are comfortable with their real estate transaction.

Thank you Jennifer Appleby for all of your dedication as a real estate professional with us here at FRONT PORCH REALTY!

Jenifer and her family have called Apex, NC home for over 20 years. What does Jennifer love most about selling real estate?

It’s the people I meet, that I would otherwise not have known, and the life stories they share with me. The chance to make a difference in their lives by helping them buy or sell one of the largest investments in life is what I love most about selling real estate. Easing stress and burden for clients feels good!

I also love that each day is different and every deal provides a unique set of challenges. Each house is different, each client is different. Sure, there are regular tasks, but no two days are ever the same.

Finally, as someone that loves learning, real estate provides a smorgasbord of things to learn. Market trends, social media and the things that just pop-up in every deal means there is always something new to learn.

Jennifer can be reached at

Phone – 919.818.7663

Email –

Filed under: Miscellaneous
Thursday, July 6, 2017

What It Means to Bank Local

We chatted with Janice Durham, VP, Branch Manager of the Fuquay-Varina First Bank location, about what it means to bank locally and keep your dollars not only in state but right in your own hometown.

Banking local and shopping local share the same goal: to ensure your dollars have the largest impact on your community. Reports show that of every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 goes straight bank into the community (compared to $43 when shopping at a large chain).

Similarly, by choosing a local bank over a large, national bank means that your dollars stay here for investment in small business development; in the organizations that lend and provide services to your friends, family, or neighbors; and in the community itself.

What Makes a Community Bank Different?

What people might not know about community banks is that at our core, written in our charter, is our commitment to invest our time and resources in the towns and cities we’re in. This means you’ll not only know our bankers, because they’re your friends and neighbors, but you’ll also seem them out at local events and working with area nonprofits.

We take great pride in the hours of volunteering and the money donated to local causes by the staff in our branches, and we know our bank can prosper only when the communities we serve prosper. As a community bank, we are motivated every day to proactively mend the fabric of our neighborhoods while supporting growth in the local economy.

And in most cases, it means warmer, friendlier, personal service.  That’s true at a mom and pop restaurant or hardware store on the main street in your small town, and it’s true for banks.  It’s hard to know your customers and truly care about them if you are managing a banking operation from another state.  We know our clients and we work to find individualized solutions when they have financial needs—and most importantly, those decisions are made here.

Side note: be sure to check out our Dream it, Do It campaign at HERE and see how we’re donating to local charities and helping our customers’ dreams come true!

What About Financing?

The process itself is similar in that we all follow federal lending guidelines, but again, the experience is completely different at a local bank.

It’s impossible to place a value on having a person with whom you have a relationship, who you can call when there are questions during the lending process, helping to lead you through a complex process. If you opt to use an online service, or even a large national bank, I’m not sure where you go when there is a question or problem.

With a local bank, you have a personal banker who has taken the time to learn about your family and your business needs and you can reach them directly to collaborate on a solution. So whether it’s for personal banking or for your business, we can offer better service and better understanding of your needs by a person who cares about your success and is driven to help.

How to Get Started

The first step is really just to walk into your local branch of a community bank (or call or visit the website, but we’d really like to meet you in person). Your personal banker will want to hear about what you hope to do, be it as simple as opening a savings account or buying a new home, or as complex as a business loan to turn your dream into a reality.

And they will guide you through the process to bring that dream to fruition.  We are standing by, ready to help, just tell us what you hope to do and enjoy having a personal banker at your disposal.


Since 1935, First Bank has remained committed to the idea that our customers are meant to achieve financial independence, to prosper, and to pursue the passions that drive their dreams. Our bank rewards this passion with award-winning financial solutions and support from local teams that give you the individual attention you deserve and empower you to reach your financial goals. It’s uncompromising excellence in a remarkably personal package. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

Janice L. Durham

NMLS# 1314662

Vice President
First Bank
Fuquay Varina Branch Manager
135 N. Main Street
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Phone: 919-577-9001



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Friday, June 30, 2017

Come on out and celebrate Independence Day!

There are several locations locally that will be having Independence Day Celebrations with fireworks. Be sure to check out the Dates, Times and Info below.


July 3

Fuquay-Varina – Gates to South Park open at 6 p.m. and a free concert featuring Spare Change begins at 7. There will be fireworks, inflatables and food vendors. Bring a blanket or chair to watch the fireworks. Alcohol is prohibited. Info:

Garner – Featuring performances by the NC Symphony and Bull City Syndicate, the celebrations kick off at 5 p.m. at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road). The evening will end with fireworks. There will be concessions provided by local non-profit organizations, as well as crafts and inflatables for children. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Info:

July 4

Apex – The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Parade of Wheels at noon, which children 12 and under can take part in. Other activities will include inflatables, karaoke, face painting and sno cones. Pets are not allowed. Info:

Benson ––Benson’s July 4th Celebration takes place at Benson Singing Grove (400 E. Main St.) from 5:30-9:30 p.m. They’ll have food, games, entertainment, and live music, raffle and fireworks. Info: 919-894-5117.

Cary – From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., the town of Cary will be having its Fourth of July celebration in Koka Booth Amphitheatre. There will be watermelon eating contests, a ferris wheel, a scavenger hunt and music provided by the NC Symphony and the Cary Town Band. Fireworks will start after the NC Symphony’s 7:30 p.m. performance concludes. The event is free, save for some of the amusement rides and 4-seat pub tables. Pets, hula hoops and weapons are prohibited. Info:

Clayton – Catch food vendors, raffles, basketball competitions, cornhole and inflatables at Municipal Park (325 McCullers Drive) starting at 4 p.m. Fireworks will start after dark. Live music, inflatables and rides will continue running after the fireworks are over to provide an alternative to sitting in traffic. Info:

Lillington – The fun will begin on Tuesday, July 4th, at the river (beside Howard’s BBQ 100 Main St., Lillington, NC) from 2-6 p.m. We will have a DJ, food and drink, inflatable water slides, our second annual duck rodeo, and our annual duck derby. The fun will continue at Lillington Park (Lillington Ball Fields 405 S. 1st St., Lillington, NC) from 5-9 p.m. with a DJ, food and drink, and much more. Our annual fireworks display will begin at dusk. Info:

July 5

Holly Springs – From 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, there will be patriotic festivities including fireworks at 9:15, face painting, live music and inflatables. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Bringing your own fireworks, including sparklers, is prohibited. Info:

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This week we have a “Guest Post” written by one of our Mortgage Professionals, Jennifer Miller with Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company.

To Buy or Not to Buy?


You’ve heard the news reports on the housing market in our lately – low inventory, good prices, quick sales – and maybe you’re wondering where you fit into this latest market swing.

We should probably start with the news reports.  Yes, it’s true that in some price ranges, namely homes priced under $300,000 there is low inventory.  The same cannot be said for higher priced homes, especially those priced above $500,000; there are still plenty of homes available at that price point.  And yes, the appraisals are coming back at reasonable levels; meaning that in many cases the appraised value and the sales price are matching up; although that’s not always the case.  As far as quick sales, well that depends on how you define “quick”.  Most people are closing in the normal 30 to 45 day range.


When you’ve got a home to sell…

So, should you pursue your dream home, or the home that’s closer to work so that you can eliminate that 45 minute commute you face twice daily?  Putting your house on the market requires effort, commitment and sometimes, money.

The effort and money come in once you’ve had a Realtor to your home for a preliminary meeting.  The first order of business is deciding whether you feel comfortable listing your home at a price comparable to what other homes in your area are selling for.  If the answer is yes, then it’s likely that your Realtor will want you to change or improve your home in a few areas.  You may need to “de-clutter” and pack away your belongings that you’re not using every day to make the home appear larger.  You may be asked to paint, install new carpet or work on the landscaping to improve the homes’ curb appeal.  Depending on how handy you are; you may be able to do some, or all of those things yourself; without having to pay a professional.  Certainly, that is the least expensive way to go.  If you can’t do these things on your own or if you’re too busy to attempt them you may find yourself shelling out up to $2,500.00 to cover these costs.


This is where the commitment component kicks in: if you’re not really committed to selling your home, chances are that you’re not going to be very motivated to get all this work done.  Realtors are fairly savvy these days when it comes to assessing their clients’ needs and wants.  If you want a nicer home but you don’t really need one your Realtor may decide that you’re not the right client for them.


What if you’re not currently a home owner?

Maybe you’re a young professional who’s never owned a home before, or maybe you owned a home previously in another state or at a different time in your life.  If you’re wondering whether a good time to buy is now, the short answer is yes!

As I said at the beginning there is some low inventory with homes priced under $300,000.00; however, if you don’t look for a home then you surely won’t fine one, and there are homes to be found even in that price range.  So what else do you need to consider in a home purchase?  First, do you have enough money to buy a home?



The Price Tag…..

There are several loan programs available that will get you into a home for zero or a very low down payment with reasonable interest rates.  But you will need to have some cash to cover expenses like the appraisal ($450) which is paid upfront and out-of-pocket in the home buying process.  You will also need money for closing costs, which come due on the day you sign the promissory note at closing.


If you don’t have enough cash to cover the closing costs, talk to your realtor about negotiating these into the sales contract.  There is an easy way to handle this scenario.  Let’s say that you want to purchase a home that’s listed at $187,500.00.  You would like to pay $185,000 for the house and you know that you need $5,000 to help cover closing costs.  Simply ask your Realtor to write the offer to purchase for $190,000 with the seller paying $5,000 in closing costs.


Show me the Money…

But how do you know how much closing costs are going to be?  And, how do you know if you earn enough money to be able to qualify for a mortgage loan to begin with?  Now we come to the crux of the matter.  The best way to answer these questions is to call me and start the application process.  With just a little information, I can quickly see if you can be prequalified for a mortgage loan.  I can also make sure that you’re taking advantage of the best loan programs available.

Home-ownership is part of the American dream; and with interest rates still at historically low levels now is a great time to explore your options.  Call me today and let’s get started on getting you into the home of your dreams!






Jenny Miller
Loan Officer
NMLS: 1054076

Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company
6736 Falls of Neuse Road Suite 120
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 919-448-5355



Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company, Inc. NMLS # 1788. Licensed in North Carolina L-127865. Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company, Inc. is not affiliated with the Real Estate Agent and/or Brokerage identified in this advertisement, you are not required to use Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company, Inc. to obtain mortgage financing. This advertisement is provided for informational purpose only. Not all borrowers will qualify. This is not a commitment to lend. [Insert and program and/or additional disclaimers]. Equal Housing Lender.




Thursday, June 8, 2017


Congratulations to Heather Dunn, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – May 2017

Heather is the shining light of our real estate office and I am positive she is a ray of sunshine for all of her real estate clients!  Heather is always popping up with all kinds of new business and all kinds of happy clients.

Thank you Heather Dunn for all of your dedication as a FRONT PORCH REALTY real estate professional!

Heather is an eastern North Carolina native and has called the Triangle home since 2001. She has been selling real estate since 1997! What does Heather love most about selling real estate?

“I love helping my clients find their “home”, not just a house.”

Thank you for making us smile Heather.

Heather can be reached at

P: 919.219.1941


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

To FSBO or not to FSBO, that is the question…

It’s no secret that the Triangle Area Real Estate Market is busy. Why not just be a For Sale by owner and save a little cash?

FSBO cartoon sign

We can totally understand why a NC Homeowner might be enticed to sell their real property “on their own” in this busy Real Estate market.  You have worked hard to build up the equity in your home…why give it all to an agent?

From Larissa, a recent FRONT PORCH REALTY Seller Client ” …Selling you home is always stressful but working with a professional real estate professional ensures that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that your best interests are kept in mind while your home is being marketed and sold so that you can get the highest return on your investment…”




  • NC has disclosure laws that EVERY homeowner must follow, whether they are using a real estate agent or not.
  • NC purchase contracts now have a due diligence clause to help the seller with their real estate sale, a professional knows how to negotiate all of the facets of the purchase contracts and their addenda to get you through a smooth transaction.
  • A perspective buyer entering your home will most likely be represented by their own personal Buyer’s Agent and YOU are paying for that representation whether you have hired an agent or not!

Did you know it is illegal for anyone in the state of NC to pay a “referral fee” to a non-licensed person?  Yep, it is actually a felony. It’s better to avoid this and stay out of trouble!

We sell real estate FULL TIME and we have a professional state license to do so. We are experts in this Market and we want to work for you.

So…why not leave it to us?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017




Congratulations to Donya Clark, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – April 2017

“I love helping people find their dreams in a home and I love the different personalities of each and every home I show!”

This Lady does it all. Not only is she a licensed Real Estate Broker but she is Front Porch Realty’s Office Manager. Her patience and enthusiasm are vital to Front Porch, and as Office Manager she handles our marketing, transactions, and day-to-day business for both the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs offices.

Donya has been part of the Front Porch Realty Team since 2013 as Office Manager and became a Licensed Agent in 2016. Her husband and three children moved to North Carolina from Maine in 2003 and have called Fuquay-Varina home ever since!

Thank you Donya Clark for all of your dedication as a FRONT PORCH REALTY real estate professional!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Who needs a Buyers Agent Anyway? I just want someone to show me a house! Do I really need an agent “on my side”?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!

Buyer's agent Kim, assisted Brooks and Linsey with the purchase of their new home!

Buyer’s agent Kim, assisted Brooks and Linsey with the purchase of their new home!

Thankfully, for the homeowners and perspective homeowners of NC, the NC Real Estate Commission has given us AGENCY.  This means when a consumer wants to buy and/or sell real property in our state, they can be represented in various ways by a real estate broker.

Working with Real Estate Agents in North Carolina

Did you know that having a buyer’s agent represent you is 100% FREE. Meaning for anyone entering into a Buyer’s Agency Agreement with a Front Porch Realty Broker, we don’t charge a single fee!  

That’s right, you can have a professional agent working for ONLY YOU when you purchase a home for absolutely no cost. And we highly recommend hiring one, here’s why:

Not only is your Buyer’s Agent going to assist you in finding the perfect home for you, they are also going to help you make an informed offer and strategically negotiate that offer because we know what it takes in our current competitive seller’s market of today to get YOUR offer accepted. Once you are under contract for your new home, we are seasoned in getting you through the entire due diligence process and on to closing.


A recent Front Porch Realty Buyer client, Molly explains “…when buying a home, it is very important to have an agent on your side because they are able to guide you and inform you of all of the possible situations that are important to investigate about a possible property.  If we didn’t have a Buyer’s Agent with our last home we wouldn’t have ever taken the extra steps in researching the property… because we just didn’t know what we didn’t know!”


Interested in buying a home? Contact FRONT PORCH REALTY today and let us work for YOU!

Monday, April 10, 2017



Lisa Notini

Lisa Notini


Congratulations to Lisa Notini, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – March 2017

Lisa ALWAYS gives 110% to all of her buyer and seller clients. She goes above and beyond to listen attentively and if she doesn’t know an answer to any question her client might ask her, she will find someone who does! Lisa works diligently to find her buyer’s that perfect home, and has even matched up sellers and buyers lately when they didn’t even know they needed to be “matched”.

Thank you LISA NOTINI for all of your dedication as a FRONT PORCH REALTY real estate professional!


Lisa is a Boston native who relocated with her family six years ago to Fuquay-Varina. She thought she would stay here for a few years until she decided where she would settle but Lisa loved our town so much that she decided to call Fuquay-Varina home. She is now selling homes to others who love the Triangle area as much as she does.  Lisa and her husband, Doug are at the tail end of raising 13 – yes, thirteen – children!

“Believe me, if I can manage and negotiate raising such a large family, then I can be a strong and great advocate for you during one of your most important purchases or sales of your life, your home.”

– Lisa Notini

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Did you know our own Fuquay-Varina High School has ready, willing, and able Juniors and Seniors looking for internships at local businesses.  The interns will receive high school credit for helping your business and invaluable professional experience!

FRONT PORCH REALTY is proud to introduce their Spring Semester 2017 star intern; Owen Findley. Owen helps in our office 4 times a week with marketing, general administrative duties and anything else we need.  Owen doesn’t hesitate to take initiative and has contributed great social media ideas to help Front Porch Realty grow.


owen at deskowen postcards

Please contact Dr. Emily Jessee at FVHS for more information.





Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Fuquay-Varina Bengals

Do you own a business or work in Fuquay-Varina? Did you know our Fuquay-Varina schools are in need of our help in any small way we can give?

The F-V Business Alliance is a group of Business Owners and School Personnel that meet every month to brainstorm bringing together the business expertise and the classroom along with the classroom to the business environment!


F-V Business Alliance Meeting Dates

No time to attend ANOTHER meeting every month? That’s alright!

Please take 30 seconds to join the F-V Business Alliance as a Bengal Backer. Here you will sign up to receive emails detailing where you can donate your precious gift of time, or money. No experience is necessary, and most volunteer needs are only about 30 minutes.  Some examples of what’s needed are having a mock interview with students preparing for a competition, hosting a car wash for a fundraiser, or donating food for an event.

Of course, we would LOVE to have you at our next meeting, December 15, 8:30 am at FVHS.

I promise, you will be even more rewarded than the students!


What it takes to be a Bengal Backer


Celebrating 20 years of helping the people of Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding area!  Please share our name with your co-workers, employees, relatives and neighbors and please think of Front Porch Realty as YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals!

Laura Moody


Front Porch Realty

Monday, December 12, 2016


New development possibilities

A big THANK YOU to the Town of Holly Springs Economic Development Department for inviting Front Porch Realty to their latest business park round table discussion on November 29th.  Ms. Kendra Parrish, Director of Engineering, did an excellent job of educating us about the growing infrastructure of Holly Springs along with some exciting DOT improvements coming to traffic lights and new and existing roadways.  Ms. Irena Krstanovic, Interim Director for the Department of Economic Development, shared the area opportunities for business and retail growth and how we can continue to “sell” Holly Springs.

Thank you Annie Thieret, Broker-in-Charge of our Front Porch Realty Holly Springs office for making this happen.  And a big shout out to Rodney’s Custom Cut Sign Company for hosting our awesome lunch!


Annie Thieret of Front Porch Realty enjoying a great lunch!


Celebrating 20 years of helping the people of Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding area!  Please share our name with your co-workers, employees, relatives and neighbors and please think of Front Porch Realty as YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals!

Laura Moody


Front Porch Realty

Monday, November 28, 2016

commercial-bus-tour-nov-2016-3What an awesome event the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce sponsors every year!

About 30 real estate brokers, developers, builders, investors and town officials boarded a bus on November 15th from the Fuquay-Varina Community Center to venture out into our quaint, booming, and sprawling suburb of Fuquay-Varina.

We saw existing buildings and raw land for sale.  We also heard about exciting new projects under way, re-habbing existing historical buildings as well as large new construction projects!  All exciting news for our little neck of the woods.  Click this link to see all the plans.  We even got to tour our new state-of-the art Public Works Facility and enjoy lunch provided by Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts restaurant Flavors.


What a joy it was to see all of the interest from local and  Raleigh-Durham professionals in what Fuquay-Varina, NC has to offer!


Celebrating 20 years of helping the people of Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding area!  Please share our name with your co-workers, employees, relatives and neighbors and please think of Front Porch Realty as YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals!

Laura Moody


Front Porch Realty




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Here is a snapshot of our local housing activity.  Housing, and the lack there of, in the entire Triangle seems to be the buzzword these days, and our market is no different.  Inventory is still low and demand is high, causing sales prices to soar and days on market to decrease to almost 0 in some price points!  Enclosed is a detailed look at all of our activity by price point and area.  With all of the growing we are doing on our end of the county I changed my reporting a bit; as always I welcome any feedback.  I have reported “pending” listings separately from “active”, this is the first time I have seen the need to do this, so this is great news for our thriving town.

1st Q 2016 Home Sales

I know you must have a plethora of real estate professionals in your “circle” but I would love for FRONT PORCH REALTY to be your “top of the mind” company when it comes to real estate in the Fuquay-Varina/Holly Springs area.  I am celebrating 20 years of selling real estate this year and would personally like to invite you the FV Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Front Porch Realty will be hosting Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm – 7 pm.  Hope to see you there!

We are super excited to announce a new way of giving back to our community. Front Porch Realty and Sherry Riano’s team at DNJ Gateway Mortgage have teamed up to offer Benefits for Heroes for our community teachers, medical, military, police, and fireman personnel, with special discounted mortgage and real estate perks totaling a savings of over $1,000. Please help spread the word.

Please join me in celebrating 20 years of helping the people of Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding areas and pass our name to your co-workers, employees, relatives and neighbors.   Please think of Front Porch Realty as YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals!




Laura Moody McCorry


Front Porch Realty

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy New Year!  While all of us in the housing industry are trying to catch our breath, I took some time once again to look at our year end local SW Wake county real estate numbers.  I was both surprised and pleased to see that Triangle MLS reported the Fuquay-Varina/Holly Springs market 3rd in the Raleigh housing market for market share for 2015.  With our crazy growth, I decided to add an even more in depth comparison of re-sale homes to new construction in our region.  According to the TMLS report, the Fuquay-Varina/Holly Springs market also showed a lower than average Days on Market of 50 (the Triangle average was 60) as well as a higher than average sales price increase of 7.5% (the Triangle average was 5.6%).

Across the board, re-sale and new construction of all SW Wake markets showed an increase in number of solds, sales prices, and price per square foot, as well as decreased days on market compared to 2014 year end.  This is not surprising news as we are deep into a “Seller’s Market”.  There are just not enough homes out there for sale, new or re-sale, to satisfy the buyers pouring in to our market.  Now is the time to sell your home!

See our 2015 Sales by City Comparison

FRONT PORCH REALTY has had lots of excitement going on this past year too!  We have added 3 more real estate brokers, 2 of them bilingual; we can now help consumers speaking French and Spanish.  We have also JUST moved our long standing Cary office to Holly Springs.  Watch for some exciting news about our Holly Springs office coming soon.

Front Porch Realty loves selling Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding area, we are helping buyers moving across country as well as those moving across town. I will be celebrating my 20th year selling real estate this year and am proud to offer Fuquay-Varina a team of experienced professionals to make everyone’s dream come true!  Please like our Facebook page to stay up on all of our LOCAL real estate news.

Friday, October 23, 2015

When I first got word that my past clients, Ashlee and Fred, wanted to view a 50 year old home in the heart of Fuquay Varina, I knew there had to be a mistake.  I had just moved them to their brand NEW dream home in the Fleming Fields subdivision just outside of town, only 2 years earlier!

But it was true…Fred had seen the historic “Elliott Homeplace” (as in Fuquay’s iconic Elliott’s Pharmacy) come on the market and had to see what it had to offer.  With its sprawling 6000 square feet of 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms he knew it would be perfect for his family of four boys to “spread out”.  The gorgeous brick home was nestled right in the heart of Fuquay on 2 1/2 acres.  Fred and Ashlee’s boys could walk to the F-V Mineral Spring Park, the library and to bustling downtown Fuquay.  Not to mention explore the beautiful wooded acreage around the home.

This is when reality set in….Ashlee took one look at the home and knew every square inch of it would need to be updated but she also knew they could do this historic home justice and once again make it beautiful!  With the Elliott family as neighbors, Ashlee and Fred knew they wanted to make them proud that their family home would now become the beloved “Hartman Homeplace”.

Ashlee and Fred put their heart and soul into their new home and this is the result.  Well done!

Welcome Home Hartmans!

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Collage MB Bath

Friday, October 2, 2015

15464_MBA_TRID-Resource_Page_Graphic_2“Know Before You Owe” Begins October 3, 2015

Real Estate professionals and lenders have been getting ready for the new government lending guidelines for awhile now.  Historically, when a consumer purchased  their home with a mortgage they were bombarded by paperwork requirements and disclosures throughout the entire home buying process. While absolutely necessary, this process can also crush  the “fun” of buying their dream home!

Typically, when “closing day” finally arrives, the buyer’s are relieved as they have taken off work, already have their things packed on a moving truck, have slept on a mattress on the floor the last 2 nights, and have already transfered utilities.  The buyers are ready to sign on the dotted line and get their keys!  Meanwhile, their HUD-1 closing statement (the document that tells them where all their money is going) may have been changed a half dozen times or so in the last 24 hours alone.

As of tomorrow, not anymore!  If a loan application is made by the consumer after October 3, 2015, the “closing statement” a borrower will sign at the closing table will now be ready for review 3 BUSINESS DAYS prior to closing so that any questions can be answered and the buyer has a better understanding of the exact terms of their loan.  If any changes need to made, the 3 business day wait will begin again.  So what does this mean exactly for the buyer, seller, the real estate professionals, lenders, and closing attorneys involved in the real estate transaction?  Currently, we write contracts to “close” on a home after 30-45 days but we are being warned by lenders to go ahead and add an extra 7-14 days to the approval process.  Essentially, we all need to work towards 2 closing dates; the “closing” of the paperwork being approved by all and then at least 3 business days later the “at the table closing” paperwork, where all documents are signed, the transfer of the deed is recorded, and a seller gets their proceeds and the buyer gets their keys!

While, in the beginning this might be a little scary for all those involved as we all anticipate delays in the closing process; I see, in the not so distant future, the initial kinks getting worked out and the closing process improving for all parties involved.  No more of the last minute “morning of closing and we don’t even know if we are closing or not” scenarios that cause stress on every buyer and seller out there!  Here is an article from with more information and of course you can call our office and speak to one of our experienced realtors to help answer any further questions.  signing contract

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fuquay-Varina HSAugust was “back to school month”.  So Front Porch Realty hosted a school supply drive to help local Fuquay Varina schools and the many area teachers that buy extra supplies for their students in need.

Originally this was a challenge to our fellow Fuquay Varina businesses to collect what they could, get a little free publicity, and then I would deliver the supplies to our FVMS and FVHS counselors.

To our pleasant surprise, we ended up getting several visitors from within the community.  Many of them wanted absolutely no recognition for their donations and were thrilled to find a place where they could drop off extra supplies and know that local families would benefit! We collected book bags, calculators, markers, lots of paper and notebooks and even cash donations that got turned into Walmart gift cards.  I wish you could have seen the looks on the counselors faces and heard their gratitude when I brought in 4 huge tubs of supplies to our schools.

I have promised the schools that we will do it again.  Watch Facebook this winter for details and THANK YOU Fuquay Varina for supporting local schools.

Friday, September 25, 2015

We heart Fuquay Varina!It has been amazing to watch and be a part of the tremendous growth of our “little town,” Fuquay Varina. Way back when, I used to have to search and search for something for my kids and I to do on a beautiful fall weekend and it most likely involved leaving Fuquay and traveling to Raleigh, Cary or beyond. Now, I cannot keep up with all of the fun events the Downtown Association, Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations have planned for us!

Don’t miss what I believe is the 1st annual BBQ, Blues and Brews festival tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th on Broad St. in downtown Fuquay from  3 – 8 pm rain or shine.  Come hungry!

This Sunday, September 27th, is the Out of the Darkness Walk to heighten awareness of suicide prevention. 1:00 pm check-in time and 2 pm walk .  ( Front Porch Realty is a proud sponsor of this event! )

Save the Date for Our Day in Downtown festival that has now turned into our DAY AND NIGHT in Downtown festival. Saturday, October 10th, 12 – 7 pm in our downtown historic district. You do not want to miss this event, fun for all ages!

And of course there is always the dog park and loads of other parks.  Both downtown and uptown shopping.  And local restaurants and breweries galore!

I sometimes go a whole 2 weeks without ever having to leave Fuquay!

BBQ, Blues and Brews

Monday, July 13, 2015

It’s no surprise our Southwest Triangle Market is HOT this season and our quarterly numbers are certainly proving that.  This quarter I have decided to show numbers of a more narrowed down section of our county by reporting only Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Cary.  I have also included data comparing re-sale homes to new construction homes as our new starts have certainly heated up this year as well with new construction homes being a significant part of our real estate sales.

2nd Q 2015

In summary, all markets are showing healthy new construction activity.  Surprisingly, in most price-points re-sale homes are showing “price per square foot” as high as new construction and “days on market” just as low, if not lower, than new construction.  Builders are staying very competitive.  Holly Springs is the only market that is actually showing a measurable increase in number of units sold this 2nd quarter 2015 as compared to the same quarter last year with a 27% increase.  The other towns show 1-6% increase of total units sold.  It should also be noted that our table shows only active and closed sales; calculating months of inventory for this purpose we are considering “pending” sales as “active”.

FRONT PORCH REALTY has settled in to our new Main Street Fuquay office and are enjoying being part of the Link between our two downtowns.  We have started a new seminar series on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6-7 pm.  This casual seminar is for potential clients that are just starting to think about a move.  We offer a relaxed format with wine and cheese as well as visits from some of our trusted local professionals that also are involved in the selling or buying real estate transaction.  Please send over anyone that you believe can benefit!

What’s a Buying and Selling Seminar Anyway?

We love selling Fuquay and the surrounding area, we are helping buyers move across the country as well as those moving across town. With 19 years of experience selling our Triangle market, excellent communication skills and broker support team.

Welcome Home,



Monday, June 15, 2015

conference tableOnce a month Front Porch Realty hosts a Buying and Selling Seminar, so I thought I would tell you a little more about it here:

I came up with the idea of having a seminar because it seems like our sellers and buyers are learning about the buying and selling process online more and more these days.  I, myself, admit to “googling” whenever I come across anything unfamiliar that I want to find more information about; I think something as life changing as “moving your family” deserves a little more personal attention.  A good real estate professional wants to know your dreams, hopes and goals for your next home and wants to be able to guide you through this process.  Zillow, Trulia and just can’t do that!  I thought maybe a low key, no obligation setting like a seminar was the way to help. We have so much to offer as professional and experienced real estate brokers.  Yes, real estate has changed over the years, but we still hold a NC state license that is held to a very strict standard with the NC Real Estate Commission; legally and ethically. Our profession truly is more than sticking a sign in your yard and unlocking a door!

At our seminar I talk about what it really means to “have an agent” representing you in a real estate transaction, whether it be buying or selling or both. I talk about what we, as Front Porch Realty, look for while marketing a home for sale or helping you pick a home that best meets your needs and wants. I talk about all of the different legal and disclosure obligations of all parties to the transaction and property, and I talk about the importance of pricing as well as marketing your home. I also talk about the Offer to Purchase Contracts and all of their addenda.  Contracts are much more than “lots of blanks to be filled in”.  There are strategies and negotiation points on every page of the contracts and I believe that is where a lot of our skill and professionalism is proven.

We also invite some trusted contractors and inspectors that we have used over the years to come say a few words; as sellers and buyers the chance of needing a contractor is very likely as you prepare your home for the market and/or work on improvements for your new home.

I invite you to spread the word of our seminar to anyone you feel may benefit and come have some wine and cheese wine and cheesewith us!

Front Porch Realty Real Estate Seminar 

*Every 3rd Thursday of the month

*Fuquay Varina office 604 N Main St., across form CVS 

*Reserve your seat today or just come on by!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FRONT PORCH REALTY was able to attend the monthly F-V Chamber of Commerce “WAKE-UP Fuquay!” breakfast meeting last week.   What a great way to learn about all that our Chamber does for us and our community.

I knew that Wake Tech was growing, but did you know that they offer LOADS of FREE seminars for the general public and businesses?  A Wake Tech representative was at the breakfast to tell us about a sampling of the free seminars including topics like Linkedin, IRS business organization, Quickbooks, and attracting more clients.  See their Summer schedule here.  We were also brought up to date on their newest Morrisville campus set to open soon.

Wake-Up! FuquayThank you Wake Tech and F-V Chamber of Commerce!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

EN PLEIN air mayor photoFRONT PORCH REALTY was able to attend Fuquay’s 4th annual En Plein Air Art Event on April 17, 2015.  For those of you, like us, wondering what En Plein Air means, it’s French,  meaning of “open air”.   How wonderful it was to see these talented artists around our historic Fuquay and Varina districts capturing our buildings and streets in such a true artist fashion.  We had artists from as far away as Asheville and Wilmington coming to Fuquay Varina to compete, that is wonderful!en plein winners

See the FV Downtown Revitalization Association’s website and the announcement of the 2015 En Plein Air Winners.  Thank you  Fuquay Varina Downtown for doing such a great job promoting our town.   You are making it real easy for us to sell Fuquay Varina!


Welcome home,


Thursday, April 23, 2015

FBLA logo2What an honor it has been to be able to work with the awesome young adults of Fuquay Varina High School’s Future Business Leaders of America group. After competing at the regional level, thirteen of these bright students have just moved on to state level at the NC State FBLA conference in Greensboro. A record nine of these students have placed in their competitive events and qualified for the national competition in Chicago June 29-July 2, 2015.

Please join FRONT PORCH REALTY in helping to fund their trip to Chicago.  Contact Mr. Bob Lee, M.Ed., Special Populations Coordinator, FBLA Advisor, FVHS, 919-557-2561, for details on how you can contribute.

The success of these bright students says so much for their leadership advisor, Mr. Bob Lee.  Mr. Lee has continually increased the FBLA membership at the high school along with going above and beyond to help his students compete at that high level.  How fortunate are both these hard working kids and FV High School, to have Mr. Lee’s dedication!

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Laura McCorry with FVHS students at the FBLA’s State Competion.


Monday, March 30, 2015

chamber banquet photoFRONT PORCH REALTY recently attended this popular F-V Business Community event held this year at Bentwinds Golf & Country Club.  

Besides enjoying great networking opportunities and plenty of food, a surprise tribute was made to our beloved police chief, Larry Smith, who will be retiring March 31, 2015 after 10 years of service to Fuquay Varina. Chief Smith has been instrumental in Fuquay, integrating all parts of our community, especially various children and teen programs like the  Police Explorer Program.  This program provides teens an introduction to law enforcement careers and the highly successful Teen Day Fuquay, a distracted driving program targeted at Fuquay-Varina teenagers. Wow, we will miss him!

All of the year’s volunteer efforts were acknowledged as well as lots of awards given for special individuals and businesses. See all of the recipient winners here on the F-V Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.abbr logo

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TMJTI am so excited about one of Holly Springs newest restaurants; The MASON JAR TAVERN.  I have been there 3 times in the last few weeks and I never go out to eat!   

There are way too many items on the menu I am dying to try like the Pimento Cheese Shrimp and Grits, Chicken and Waffles and the S’more in a Jar.  The Black Bean Tacos and Pimento Cheese Sliders were delicious!  I even got two meals out of the Turkey Delicious Melt.  Every meal has been prepared with the freshest ingredients and the service has been delightful.

Check out their menu here.mason jars

With an outside patio area and a well-stocked bar, what a fun dining experience for date night or take the family! Tell them Front Porch Realty sent you.

Welcome Home!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

 To no one’s surprise 2014 was a great year for our Triangle real estate market! All of our local markets showed an increase in average sales price as well as an increase in price per square foot and decrease in days on market.  That means homes are selling fast!

4th Q 2014 Home Sales by City

This shortage of homes for sale has helped our sellers to be able get out from under water and have the confidence again to sell. Mortgage rates stayed extremely low for the year which was a key factor in fueling buyer activity.

See how 2013 compared to 2014 and how a few of our Fuquay Varina local neighborhoods shaped up in 2014.  This should give you a good picture of what’s to come in 2015!

4th Q 2014 City and subdivision

Welcome home! laura

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Front Porch Realty learned lots of exciting news while attending  CLUBWORX  Fitness Club  FV Chamber Business After Hours meeting last evening.   Not only does Clubworx offer all of the fitness equipment, training and classes you could ever desire in addition to a full size basketball court and indoor and outdoor pools;  They are getting ready to add a huge addition of a Crossfit center!

My family has been a member, as well as Front Porch Realty as a corporate member, of Clubworx since they were located in the “old downtown Cooley’s building”.  How wonderful and exciting to see Clubworx grow as Fuquay grows and support this family friendly facility! Clubworx

Welcome Home, laura

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Mill For those of us that love to stay right here in Fuquay to meet a friend for a quick coffee or a glass of wine after work, it’s here!  Thank you to the local couples that have invested in a beautiful building in downtown Fuquay Varina and took the time, resources and energy to transform it into an absolutely beautiful meeting spot.  I truly could not believe I was in Fuquay when I walked in!

Not only can you enjoy fresh baked goods from StickBoy Bread Company up the street; there are fruit, cheese and cracker platters available as well. You can even order from Anna’s Pizza and the Meeting Corner across the street and they will deliver their delicious Cuban cuisine. The Mill

Visit the MILL soon, before the secret is out!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Commercial Real Estate Bus Tour

Commercial Real Estate Bus Tour


I had the privilege of hopping on the Fuquay Varina Chamber of Commerce’s 5th annual Commercial Bus Tour last week.  What a fantastic opportunity to ride along with investors and other brokers from Raleigh and other cities of NC.  l was pleasantly surprised to see such great interest from so far away!  Fuquay is booming as we saw from our tour of vacant lots and office/retail space available all amid the construction of new buildings currently going up right before our eyes.  

We concluded our tour at Wake Technical College’s culinary restaurant, what a treat! commercial bus tour book cover



Contact Front Porch Realty today for your private tour of Fuquay Varina’s commercial real estate as well as any other real estate need!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello Fellow Business Owners of Fuquay Varina, FBLA

As many of you may know, I have a passion for helping the schools and children of our community.  Recently, I responded to an announcement in one of the latest Chamber Thursday Forecasts about Fuquay Varina High School needing some help with their Future Business Leaders of America Club. I had the PLEASURE of meeting with their group two weeks ago to talk about resume writing and interviewing.  I learned of how much these High School students would love to do an unpaid (or paid!) internship with a Fuquay Varina business.

I will be offering an internship with my company in the Spring and would love to see some more local business owners do the same.  These kids are extremely intelligent and mature and I believe any of them would be an asset to any of your businesses.

If you can find a way to offer any kind of internship in the coming year please get in touch with the FBLA chair, Mr. Lee.  Mr. Lee and his group have been a pleasure to work with and I know you will find it as rewarding as I have!

Bob Lee, M.Ed.
Special Populations Coordinator
FBLA Advisor
Fuquay-Varina High School
FBLA group


Thank you in advance for your time,


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Once again I have taken an in depth look at our Southwestern Wake county real estate market.  2014 3rd Q is showing some great numbers in the housing market!  Average sales prices across our area are showing a healthy economic gain of 2-3 % increase over last year.  Days on Market are averaging about 50 days in our part of Wake County, which is lower than the average 66 Days on Market for the rest of Wake County.

3rd Q 2014 Home Sales by City

Look for our next Market Update to include more detailed statistics of our market; for example new construction will be included as well as actual subdivision data. We also have some exciting news to share about Front Porch Realty!

It is still a FANTASTIC time to make a move; interest rates this week are showing rates that were last seen in June of 2013.  We are helping buyers moving across country as well as those moving across town. With 18 years of experience selling our Triangle market, excellent communication skills and a sales support team that is unmatched, we can guide you in a smooth successful transaction from contract to close.

Market Update 3Q 2014

If you would rather receive this report by email please let me know. In addition, if we can be of any assistance to you or your clients, rest assured they will be extremely satisfied with our level of professionalism and expertise.

Welcome Home, Laura

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I have taken an in depth look at our Southwestern Wake real estate market.  We are a busy group these days!   We are seeing multiple offers and contracts coming in above sales price as well as more homes entering the market for sale.  Average days on market have decreased in some markets by as much as 25%, a product of our busy start to 2014.


The following link shows a more detailed look at each of our city areas and their price ranges respectively.

Market Update Q2 2014

It is a FANTASTIC time to sell your home; if you, or someone you know, have tried to sell their home in the last few years unsuccessfully, this is a great time to get on the active market again.  Feel free to contact us for our exclusive proven marketing program.  With 18 years of experience selling our Triangle market, excellent communication skills and a sales support team that is unmatched, we can guide you in a smooth, successful transaction from contract to close.

If you would like to receive my Quarterly Market Update personally just let me know and I will be happy to add you to our email distribution and /or to our snail mail hard copy distribution.

Welcome Home, Laura


Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Fuquay-Varina held their 4th annual Teen Day Saturday, May 10 at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center and South Park. What an awesome program put on by The Town of Fuquay-Varina Police Department!  As the mother of a middle schooler, it was great to hear that this was a “cool” event that all the middle schoolers and some high schoolers were attending.  For the Town and our Police Department to take such an initiative investing in our future drivers is huge!  There was free pizza, free t-shirts, and driver simulation activities to show teens what it feels like to drive while impaired or texting.  The music and DJ were great; they delivered a low key, non-preachy, message to the young adults about how serious this matter is.  My teen even came home with her friends telling me that they signed the pledge banner to Never Drink or Text While Driving.


Thank you Fuquay-Varina Town Police; FRONT PORCH REALTY will definitely help sponsor this program next year!

Welcome Home, Laura

Fuquay-Varina Community Support at Teen Day 2014


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Once again, I have taken an in depth look at our Southwestern Wake real estate market.  Just as the front page of the News & Observer reported a couple of weeks ago; “Area home sales improve, but sellers remain scarce”, we are seeing this scenario in our Southwestern part of the county.  We are seeing multiple offers and contracts coming in above sales price.  I am seeing such a low number of new homes coming on the market, buyers have to make quick decisions or they will miss out.  New inventory is low, but sales prices have not increased enough for sellers to feel confident enough to try selling, again, in some cases.  Distressed standing inventory is down as well as builder speculative standing inventory, this brings good news for our re-sale market as sales prices will begin to increase again.

Below is a summary of our entire area; months of inventory along with average average sales price and average days on market.


The following link shows a more detailed look at each of our city areas and their price ranges respectively.

Market Update Q1 2014

It is a FANTASTIC time to sell your home; if you, or someone you know, have tried to sell their home in the last few years unsuccessfully, this is a great time get on the active market again.  Feel free to contact us for our exclusive proven marketing program.  With 18 years of experience selling our Triangle market, I know how to sell real estate!  My communication, expertise, and sales support team is un-matched as evident in being the only boutique real estate company serving Southwestern Wake county.

If you would like to receive my Quarterly Market Update personally just let me know and I will be happy to add you to our email distribution and/or to our snail mail hard copy distribution.

Welcome Home, Laura

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Name:  2013 Year End Wake County Housing Market Update


Wow!  Real Estate in the Triangle continues to be a buzz word and we are certainly enjoying the buzz here in Southwestern Wake County as well.  Our 2013 market finished strong with most areas showing 6 months or less of inventory.  I know here, at Front Porch Realty, we did not experience the usual “halt to real estate” over the holidays as in years past.

With a 13% increase in sales from 2012, Front Porch Realty is poised to sell some real estate!  In response to this increasing demand, we have added two new brokers to our team – one at each of our offices in Cary and Fuquay Varina.  We have also added a Luxury division with our Fine Homes by Front Porch branding.  Front Porch Realty will continue to market and provide excellent representation to our clients at all price points, with added specialty services for our luxury properties.

All of our markets are still showing a crossover to more of a seller’s or balanced market.  The year-end report shows at least a 20% increase of homes SOLD for almost the entire area. In addition, average sales price and price per square foot have gone up and days on market have all gone down.  It’s a great time to make a move!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Torrenti Cycles


I am no competitive cyclist, but I would like to recommend Torrenti Cycles  for all of your bicycle tune-up and repair needs.  Owner, Danielle Castelli, was quick and attentive to my online request for service.  I requested help with surprising my husband with a bike tune-up as a birthday gift.  I couldn’t miss her as she drove up in her very cool Torrenti Cycle big yellow van!  Yes, that’s right, she will come pick up your bike, repair it, and bring it back to you, all for a very competitive fair price.  She will also fix on site if you prefer!


I was very pleased with Torrenti Cycles professionalism and promptness.  And I wanted to make sure Wake County knows she is out there.   Whether you ride for fun or competitively, I believe Torrenti Cycles can be a great asset for peace of mind on the road or on the trail.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WOW! This is the 2nd time in less than a week that I tried to make an appointment to show a house that just came on the market but it was already under contract! Both of them SOLD in 4 days!  I believe we are having a big housing shortage of homes around $200,000-$250,000 in Southern Wake County, especially with a Master Bedroom on the first floor!

If you are thinking of selling in this price range please give us a call, it’s a great time to make a MOVE UP while mortgage rates are still at all time lows!

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Filed under: Miscellaneous
Monday, March 10, 2014

Front Porch Realty attended Mayor John Byrne’s, “State of the Town” address last week held at Golden Corral.  Mayor Byrne was excited to thank all in attendance for being such a vital part of making our growing town what it is. Fuquay-Varina boasts a strong economy and a financially sound government. He announced our 32% increase in single family housing construction permits and a new 50 acre shopping center off of NC Hwy 55 and Powell Road in Fuquay-Varina,.  Mayor Byrne stated that the shopping center’s developer cited the presence of sidewalks throughout the community as a key factor influencing his choice to develop in Fuquay. 

Mayor Byrne also talked about our town youth sports program and our recently celebrated Teen Day that drew more than 1000 teens (now that is an accomplishment!), and enthused about our town’s first dog park,  sharing that the free, 8 acre park has stayed very busy entertaining doggies from Fuquay Varina and  neighboring towns.

It was great to see the breakfast room filled with fellow business owners and chamber members.  A big thanks goes to Golden Corral for opening its doors early with breakfast for us all and to Spring Arbor Assisted Living for sponsoring this F-V Chamber of Commerce event.

imagesFuquay Varina Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Every quarter I compile sales data and statistics from our local Triangle MLS;  its a great way for me to analyze my pricing strategies and see our whole REAL real estate picture, usually backing up what I already could feel was happening in our Southern Wake real estate market.  Always good to have quantitative data to back up what you are buzzing about!

Below is a summary of our entire area; months of inventory along with average price per square foot and average days on market are all  improving, all good indicators of our appreciating market.

Sales by CITY Q3 2013

The following link shows a more detailed look at each of our city areas and their price ranges respectively.

Market Update Q3 2013

Our “summer” season lasted longer than usual as our Southern and Western Wake county markets have continued to appreciate and rebound.  All areas have lowered their months of inventory in most of their sales price ranges and we are showing balanced and even slight seller markets for some sales prices across the region.

This is good news for sellers, and continuing  great news for buyers as mortgage rates have stayed extremely low and mortgage companies are continuing to lighten up on lending.

If you would like to receive my Quarterly Market Update personally just let me know and I will be happy to add you to our email distribution and/or to our snail mail hard copy distribution.

-Welcome Home, laura

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

           Wow! I just found out that our membership in the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing also gives us membership into Proxio, THE International MLS translated into 19 languages.  This gives FRONT PORCH REALTY a huge advantage to be able to market luxury homes to high net worth buyers across the globe.  Not only can we market our properties directly but we will be networking with 450,000 real estate professionals in over 115 countries!









Welcome Home,  laura

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is  OUR Housing Market REALLY Showing Signs of Improvement?

With lots of buzz in the local and national news right now over our housing crisis showing signs of improvement;  I thought I would share what I am seeing in our local Raleigh Triangle market, including the southern and western Wake County areas of Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, NC. 

Inventory is still high, although in certain very desirable areas (closer to RTP) inventory is definitely low in all price ranges.  Other areas show lower inventory in the lower price ranges, we are even seeing multiple offers coming in on lower-end properties (<$175,000).  I am also seeing banks set their sales prices very low day one on the market, a major change over last year at this time.  As a result of their low pricing, they are moving their inventory very quickly and have streamlined their whole “market to offer” approving process.  As these distressed properties are sold quickly we also have good news, according to CoreLogic in Realtor magazine;   that the “shadow” market is also declining, in other words the number of houses not yet in the foreclosure process but heading towards it are down 10% from this time last year. 

Watch for my 1st Quarter Market reports due out mid-April as I take an in-depth look at our local market and how we are improving in each of the Triangle, Wake County areas at every price point.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Luxury Real Estate in Southern and Western Wake County, NC

Did you know that a large part of our real estate market is considered luxury property?  Properties valued at $500,000 or more in the Triangle are “luxury”, this is about 10% of our active listings!  

The brokers of Front Porch Realty have recently become certified by the internationally recognized Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.  This intense training prepared us for the specialized niche of marketing these very unique properties.  We now have access to marketing tools normally used in what you would consider a high-end market; Miami, New York, Vale, etc.    We have also solidified our skills to best negotiate these properties for our buyers.

We will be highlighting these listings as they come on the market, meanwhile you can use these links to search all luxury properties in the Southern and Western Wake market, the links are updated in real time so you won’t miss a thing!

Whether you are looking for an equestrian oasis, a golf haven, acreage, or just that special estate to call home, we can show you any home for sale on the market.

Let us know if you would like your own private tour of a fabulous property!

 Visit our website and search all of the Triangle listings for sale here

$500,000 and up
Angier, Lillington and Buies Creek:
$500,000 and up
$500,000 and up
$500,000 and up
Holly Springs:
$500,000 and up
$500,000 and up


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Friday, February 24, 2012

The Crooked Creek Golf Course is one of two golf communities located in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Located about 15 min southeast of downtown Raleigh, this neighborhood offers an 18 hole semi-private golf course, a practice range, a 6,000 sf clubhouse with a grill room and fully equipped conference rooms. The neighborhood also includes walking trails, a playground, Swim Club with competition swimming and Tennis Club.

Homes in this neighborhood range from the $200,000’s-$500,000’s. Most are nestled in private lots with mature trees. Check out our featured listing in this neighborhood. 5709 Butterchurn Way is a rare find with 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms priced at only $349,900. It is nestled in a cul-de-sac on 1/3 of an acre. There is a bedroom with its own private deck and full bath on the first floor, great for guests, in-laws, or teens.

View full listing information of this lovely home on our website 5709 Butter Churn Way, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Please visit us at our OPEN HOUSE  March 18, 2012   2:00 pm-5:00 pm

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

pricing your house rightAll of us that own our home  have the mentality “Our house is worth much more than the one down the street”. Of course this makes sense to us because we bought it,  and regardless of how long we have owned our home, we have made it special just for us. We have spent money on it, we have cleaned it, we have loved it.

In today’s “buyer’s market” I have increasingly had the challenge of helping a seller to see why it is so very important to price their home “right” from day one. With most price ranges in Southern Wake Co seeing at least a 6-12 month supply, we do not want a new listing to hit the market “over-priced”. What does this say to the potential buyer out there?

Mr. Qualified Buyer: “ Wow, this looks like a nice house, but why in the world would we want to go see it when it is priced so high compared to other similar homes? If the seller’s have started out with an unreasonable asking price, I expect they will think their house is so great they will not negotiate much. If we did indeed work out an agreeable price I am sure they won’t do any repairs because they will think they are not getting enough money for their home anyway! “

And then, this is what happens when the seller does not get any showings, or many, and they finally start agreeing to reduce their price;

Mr. Qualified Buyer: “Wow, this looks like a nice house, seems to be priced reasonably, but if it is priced so well and looks great why in the world has it been on the market for 8 months?? Let’s move on, there must be something wrong with this one. “

And then, if Mr. Buyer indeed decides to go ahead and look at the ‘previously overpriced’ home, and wants to make an offer it can look like this;

Mr. Qualified Buyer:  “Ok, I really like this home…it is priced fairly well, looks great, but since it has been on the market so long I would like to make a very serious, very low, offer on it!”

Poor Mr. Homeowner will end up selling his home for less, and it will take him much longer,  than if he just would have Priced It Right in the first place!

There has never been a time in my real estate career that I have showed more homes. My average buyer has sees at least 15-20 homes and sometimes still wants to see homes even if we are under contract to buy one already! This doesn’t count the 100’s of homes I am sure they have browsed online and decided not to view!

My Dear Home Sellers; we have to price your home right for our market right from the start to give it it’s best chance to sell!

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Filed under: Tips for Sellers
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

With all the talk about foreclosures and short-sales, I thought it might be helpful to try and explain exactly what a “short-sale” is and how it may benefit a buyer and a seller. A “short-sale” is just what it sounds like…the sale is shorted. When a home sells for less than an owner owes on their mortgage note(s), and the seller cannot come up with the difference to pay all that is owed, the mortgagor may accept a short payment. The lenders are much more open to this idea than they used to be because of the down economy and increased number of homeowners falling into default on their mortgage payments. The bank does not want to foreclose on your home! It costs them lots of money to take possession of your home and put it back on the market to sell.

If you are a homeowner needing to sell your house because of job relocation and/or a financial hardship, a short-sale may be an option for you. We need to decide on a market expected sales price and then see if all your expenses and payoffs can be covered. If not, contacting your mortgage company(s) is the first step. We can help you through the short-sale process as we have done many of these alternative type of transactions in the last couple of years.

For a Buyer looking at a “short-sale” home to purchase, patience is the key. Sometimes the banks can take a long time (30-90 days) to give an answer on a sales contract as to whether or not they will accept the “short”. The listing agents have to prove market time of the property, and prove that they have achieved the ‘highest and best’ offer for the bank. Once a bank approves a short-sale offer things can move very quickly to closing which will result in most likely ‘a below market price’ for the buyer and an avoidance of a foreclosure for the seller.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Recently I was asked by a Buyer Client the details of building a custom home. We have been looking at custom new construction and bank owned new construction homes in the Southern Wake area as we patiently wait for their existing home to sell. While there are some beautiful homes out there and some fantastic deals, not any one home stood out as having everything they would like in their new home.

A pre-sale (contracting with a builder to build a specific custom home for you) is a great option when:

1. There is no standing inventory that you love.

2.  You know you want to live in this home for awhile.

3.   You would like to customize your features as much as possible.

Because the builder is going to build a house just for you he will most likely require a non-refundable deposit (credit towards the purchase price at closing) because he is at a little bit of a risk if you do not end up closing on the house. The builder will also base costs on current construction prices, which may be higher or lower, than were used for existing inventory.

Banks and Mortgage companies are starting to offer Construction to Permanent loans again, which takes some risk off the builder. In this situation the Buyer applies for the construction loan and at time of completion of the home the lender converts the construction loan to a mortgage.

There are many beautiful lots available in the area, some at deep discounts and even bank owned. We have worked with many custom builders and will be happy to help you find a lot, plan, and builder to build your dream home!

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Filed under: Tips for Buyers
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Over the last couple of years the popularity of buying a home with “instant equity” almost seems to have become expected. I believe I have showed and sold more bank-owned property and short-sale property than I have ‘normal’ non-distressed homes; even though there are many homes in today’s market priced extremely competitively.

Although buying a ‘deal of a home’ , especially at today’s record low rates, may seem like a no-brainer, it has occurred to me that I have needed to gently question some of my buyers to make sure they are buying the “right” house for them, not just the “best deal in town”.

If your wish list for your next home includes a garage, a yard large enough to fence your dog and your 4 children, and a downstairs Master Bedroom; then the bank owned home you just found online on .12 acres, no garage, and all the bedrooms up should not get you excited, even if it is priced $150,000 under it’s tax value!

I caution my buyer clients that they are making one of the single largest purchases in their life, it is an important one. They will move their family into this home and mostly likely stay for at least the next 5-10 years. Is it really a deal if you paid “$150,000 under value”, re-modeled and added a 2 car garage for $100,000, had to take the kids and dog to the park to stretch their legs, and you still don’t have a Master Bedroom downstairs?

I encourage you ‘deal seekers’ to not pass up the locally, privately owned homes that are loved by their owners in every way…you may just find your very own ‘best deal in town’!

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Filed under: Tips for Buyers
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Who doesn’t enjoy seeing Holiday lights during Christmas Season? Please make sure you add Lake Wheeler Rd near the intersection of Hilltop-Needmore in Fuquay-Varina on your ‘must see’ list!

Mike Schulz, owner of AFFORDABLE HOME INSPECTIONS, has done an incredible job sharing Holiday joy with his spectacular light show! His lights are actually set to music and they will astound you, I personally have taken several groups there already this season and am warmed every time I go!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Looking for a taste of the arts? Look no further than our own STARS Theatre and Art Center. Newly opened (but not a new theatre group!) in our old Belk’s 2 story building downtown; what a perfect location for owner’s Cindy Verian’s theatre group. The character of this old downtown building brings to life Cindy’s remarkable theatre performances.

I recently saw one of STAR’s Dinner Murder Mystery Theatre productions, and wow, was I entertained. The show was hilarious from the moment I walked in the door. Non-stop entertainment, dinner, and even a very surprising mystery ending! I was seated with guests from N Raleigh and Chapel Hill, hooray for Cindy for opening this Triangle-wide entertainment hotspot!

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