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Monday, July 2, 2018

With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday this year, we will be celebrating all week long!

Here’s how Our Towns will be celebrating our Nation’s Birthday:

Fuquay-Varina will have its annual JULY 3 Celebration at South Park. Gates will open at 6 pm with food vendors, music, and the splash pad will even be open! Coolers are welcome, alcohol and pets are not. The fireworks are planned for sundown, however weather may change their timing. CLICK HERE for all of the details.

Holly Springs will hold their annual celebration on JULY 5 at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park. The fun begins at 5:30 pm and will include food vendors, kids inflatables and crafts, and even skydiving demonstrations. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 pm (weather permitting) and last for about 20 minutes. Your friendly pets are welcome! CLICK HERE for more details of this event.

Happy Birthday America!

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!

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
Email: alex_macklin@ucbi.com
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, ejessee@wcpss.net, 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:  https://unsplash.com/

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, 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!

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