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Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

Take a look at the 2018 Market Update of our local housing inventory. We saw little or no change in the volume of homes closed in our area of the county as compared to 2017. However, average sales prices were up and average days on market were down. We are still deep in a seller’s market as most markets have less than one month supply for re-sale homes, and a two or three month supply for new construction homes. We expect another robust sales year in 2019, however we may not be seeing a real estate “frenzy” again this year, which in my opinion, is a good thing. Healthy, steady growth will be much more beneficial for all of us.

FRONT PORCH REALTY had some exciting changes in 2018. We unveiled our new logo and launched our new website featuring “Our Towns”. We have also added five new real estate agents to our team and upgraded our Holly Springs location. We Live, Eat, Play and SELL Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs!

We will be hosting the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on February 7th at our Fuquay-Varina office, please SAVE the DATE we would love to see you there. We will be kicking off our 10 year Anniversary year-long celebration!

We are here to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors. Please consider Front Porch Realty as YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals! Please LIKE us on Facebook if you haven’t already, we are always posting LOTS of local news and happenings around town!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As we approach the New Year it is a great time to buy a new home. If sellers are listed at this time of year, you know they need to sell and there’s sure to be less competition when making offers.

Would you like to do a Rent vs. Own Comparison? Need to get Prequalified? Wondering what the current rates are? Interested in Prepayment Savings? All this can be discovered on my webpage, click here.

If you prefer to meet face to face contact me at 919-762-3502 and we can set up an appointment today.

I highly recommend hiring a realtor to help you. The seller typically pays the realtor and they work for you, helping you negotiate the contract and find the perfect home.

Happy House Hunting!

Shellie King
Senior Mortgage Banker/NMLS # 919284
First Citizens Bank

919-762-3502

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Thursday, October 4th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM in the Varina Business District
Festivities begin with one of Soul Music’s all-time great groups, Chairmen of the Board.

Join us for the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
Downtown Fuquay-Varina

Here’s a MAP of the main areas:

* Museum Tour
* Mayor’s walk
* Artist Village
* KidZone and Rock wall
* Chili Cook-off
* And lots of food trucks – See the full list here

There’s lots to see and do this coming weekend in Fuquay-Varina. All of us here at Front Porch Realty love our town and we love a good celebration, be sure and stop by our booth for some neat give-a-ways and to say “hi”!

Monday, September 17, 2018

All the staff and families of Front Porch Realty are safe, well and very grateful after Hurricane Florence! But we know that not everyone in this area or even our state are able to say the same. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this storm, including all the medical, safety and emergency personnel. If you are like us, you want to find a way to help. One way to pitch in are with donations that will make their way to the people who are most in need.

Here’s a list of items that are needed:

Non-Perishable food
Baby food
Bottled water
Gatorade
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Wipes
Diapers
Powdered Milk
Batteries and Flashlights
First Aid Kits OR Items- Band-aids, Neosporin, Bacitracin, Gauze
Kids and Adult Toothbrushes
Toothpaste / Mouthwash
Shampoo, Conditioner, Brushes, etc.
Feminine Hygiene Products
New Socks and Underwear-Women, Men, Kids
Dog Food
Cat Food
Cat Litter
Puppy Pads
Bleach
Trash bags
Mops/Brooms
Laundry detergent

These items can be dropped off at the following locations:

Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce – 112 N Main Street, Holly Springs
Trellis Pointe Apartments – 2000 Trellis Pointe Drive, Holly Springs
Flooring By Design – 212 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs
Bass Lake Draft House – 124 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs
Carroll’s Tire and Auto Center – 404 N Main Street, Holly Springs
O2 Fitness – 256 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs
Holly Springs Eye Associates – 608 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs
Firehouse Subs – 413 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs
The Mason Jar Tavern parking lot – 305 S Main Street, Fuquay-Varina
FV Police Department – 114 N Main Street, Fuquay-Varina
Holly Springs Police Department – 750 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs
Morrisville Police Department – 260 Town Hall Drive #C, Morrisvile
Revelry Barber & Shave Shop – 101 S Main Street, Fuquay-Varina
Warehouse – 3313 Durham Drive, Raleigh
Project 919 Truck – 8246 Cleveland Road, Clayton

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The charm of this all brick 4 bedroom CUSTOM home will grab you the minute you walk in the front door. The front porch and sprawling, private, yard welcome you into this impeccably maintained home. Extensive crown and chair moldings, “real” masonry fireplace with gas logs, along with the owner’s custom upgrades truly can’t be matched. 2 bedrooms down and 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor for all kinds of living possibilities. There is also plenty of dormer and walk-in attic space. The architectural designed screened-in porch provides the perfect relaxation or entertaining space. The .95 acre lot is private and expands into the wooded area, complete with fire pit. Over sized shed conveys for extra storage. The side-entry 2 car garage has a painted floor and built-in work bench and peg board. This one is a gem!

Visit this link to see photos and details of this lovely home and please let us know if you would like a private viewing.

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 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

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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