MENUCANCEL
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!

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

 

www.FrontPorchRealtyNC.com

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

Email:  mariacplazas@gmail.com

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  

Email:  tennis2001@embarqmail.com

 

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 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
Email: jdurham@localfirstbank.com
Website: www.LocalFirstBank.com

 

 

Filed under: Community | Guest Blog Post
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: bit.ly/2rTCVl.

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: bit.ly/2rTO7hJ.

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: apexnc.org/532/Olde-Fashioned-Fourth-of-July.

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: boothamphitheatre.com.

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: bit.ly/2tbFC5n.

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: http://tinyurl.com/yb8ophcu

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: hollyspringsnc.us/358/July-5th.

Filed under: Community
Thursday, June 8, 2017

AGENT of the MONTH SPOTLIGHT

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

Email: heatherbdunn@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April 2017 AGENT OF THE MONTH…

AGENT of the MONTH SPOTLIGHT

donya

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!

Monday, April 10, 2017

 

AGENT of the MONTH SPOTLIGHT 

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

ATTENTION Fuquay-Varina BUSINESSES:fv-paw

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.

THANK YOU Owen!


owen at deskowen postcards

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

Email: ejessee@wcpss.net

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

fv-paw

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!

card

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!

bengal-backer-postcard

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

Broker/Owner

Front Porch Realty

Monday, December 12, 2016

hsp-business-park-2

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!

hsp-business-park-3

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

Broker/Owner

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.

commercial-bus-tour-nov-2016-1

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!

commercial-bus-tour-no-2016-2

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

Broker/Owner

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!

 

Sincerely,

 

Laura Moody McCorry

Broker/Owner

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!

Collage Front Outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage Foyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage Coffee Bar

 

 

Collage LR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage MB Bath

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
DayInDowntown2015-sq

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,

Laura

 

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 Realtor.com 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,

Laura

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, rlee@wcpss.net 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!

FBLA Gboro group

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!
laura