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Friday, January 17, 2020

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

– welcome home, laura

Monday, December 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

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

Items Needed:

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for helping our young adults Dress For Success!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Front Porch Realty has taken an in depth look at our local housing market, see our 3rd quarter snapshot HERE. We are beginning to see a very slight shift into a more balanced market, especially in the higher sales price brackets above $400,000. We are also seeing a trend of more re-sale homes hitting the market, most likely the result of interest rates remaining super low and new home developments popping up all over the place offering hard to resist incentives.

FRONT PORCH REALTY continues to have a handle on all things LOCAL. We offer Buyer Representation at no cost and strongly encourage anyone looking into purchasing a new construction home to have their own agent looking out for their best interests. One of our recent Fuquay-Varina new home clients had this to say; “Our Front Porch Realty agent took the time to spell it all out for us and gave their honest opinion about location, quality, and pricing. I highly recommend Front Porch Realty and we intend on using them in our future realty endeavors”.

FRONT PORCH REALTY offers the residents of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs a LOCAL professional real estate firm to handle their real estate transactions. We love moving our residents into, and across town, and showing off all we have to offer. If you haven’t had a chance to glance at our website, please take a moment, we love showing off how special our towns are!

We are here to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors.
Stop by one of our offices, send us a message, or give us a call and let us help you get moving too!

Friday, September 20, 2019

What better way to experience a unique growing community than to attend a local artisan market?

Introducing the creators of TRIANGLE POP-UP, Sarah Moody and Max Rivera! Sarah has a unique artist flare that shines in the quality of artists and makers she attracts to every one of their Triangle Pop-Up market events. Every artist puts their heart and soul into their handmade items to produce quality gifts for others or a special treat for yourselves. When Max stepped up the business end of these local markets, TRIANGLE POP-UP took off running and hasn’t looked back. Their markets are popping up at Raleigh Food Halls, local breweries, the Campus of NC State and more!

Max and Sarah are big COMMUNITY supporters so promoting local businesses with local artists has just come naturally for them. Their markets have grown to as many as 75 artists and always include special local food trucks too! They have even added various local raffles to benefit local fundraising efforts. Triangle Pop-Up venues gain free top-notch social media advertising, not to mention highly elevated business traffic on POP-UP Market Days.

Visit Triangle Pop-Up’s website to learn more about:

* Becoming a Triangle Pop-Up Venue
* Application to be an Approved Artist
* Sponsoring one of their upcoming Pop-Ups Events

Be sure to follow them on social media so you don’t miss a single event!

Like them on Facebook
Follow them on Instagram

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

There’s so much going on over the course of this weekend that you won’t want to miss any of it! From live music, arts, shopping, and so much food, including the famous chili cook-off!

The festivities begin on Thursday, October 3rd with a concert in downtown Varina District by Chairmen of the Board. This concert is held outside, rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs, but not your pets! Can’t get enough music? Come back out all day on Saturday, October 5, 10 am- 4 pm to see all this FREE music:

Paige King Johnson 11am – 1230 Beer Garden
Crush 1pm -4pm Beer Garden
City Dirt Trio 1130 am Main Street Stage
Garland Mason2pm Main Street Stage
Jason Damico & Maverick Rose11am – 12pm Community Showcase
Whiskey Pines1230 – 2pm Community Showcase
Tony Drake Trio 230pm – 4pm Community Showcase

And so much more!

Artist Village

KidZone and Rock Wall – The Kid Zone offers free mechanical rides from 10 am – 4 pm. The free Rock Wall offers thrills for older kids.

Food Trucks – More information on Food Trucks is coming soon!

Mayor’s Walk – Starting at 1pm at the Main Street Tent

Museum Tours – The museum complex will be open during the Celebrate Fuquay festival

Chili Cook-off – Individuals, businesses and non-profit groups show off their cooking skills and compete for prize money and bragging rights! Attendees vote to determine the People’s Choice winner. A panel of judges determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners through a blind-tasting. Tasting begins at 11am until the chili is gone…come early!

And of course, stop by the Front Porch Realty booth and say hi! Agents will be around for some casual, no obligation, local real estate conversation!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What is Labor Day and why do we celebrate? There have been several official start dates for Labor Day. It seems it actually started in Toronto, Canada in 1872 before being celebrated for the first time in New York City in 1882. Oregon was the first state to make it an official holiday in 1887. Labor Day began as a demonstration for workers rights but has evolved into a celebration and recognition of the last unofficial day of summer and officially the last appropriate time to wear white. Although, Emily Post says that’s not true anymore, especially in warmer climates like ours here in North Carolina. So go ahead and wear your white shoes, pants, anything you want and celebrate!

Here are a few activities we found happening in the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs area for the holiday.

Rock Solid Warrior Labor Day Grand Opening Celebration is happening Monday, September 2nd from 7am – 1130pm. Check here for more details! Something for all ages and fitness levels!

5-Year Anniversary Walk Around Bass Lake! Monday, September 2nd at 630pm. Come on out for a 1.75 mile walk and celebrate the 5-year anniversary of this meet-up group! This is a great event for first-timers to come out and meet some fellow members. As always, dogs and kids are more than welcome to come along as well. We will go counter-clockwise around the lake, so if you arrive late, just head clockwise and eventually we will run into each other.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Front Porch Realty and Front Porch Realty Holly Springs have once again teamed up with the local Coldwell Banker HPW office to gather school supplies for local schools. Our school supply drive has always been extremely successful, thanks to all of you! The students and the teachers are extremely grateful for our support!

We will collect through the month of August. Drop off locations include:
Front Porch Realty Fuquay-Varina office – 604 N Main Street Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Coldwell Banker HPW office – 528 N Main Street Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Front Porch Realty Holly Springs office – 208 Premier Drive Holly Springs, NC 27540

School supply lists:
Fuquay-Varina Elementary School
Fuquay-Varina Middle School
Holly Ridge Elementary
Herbert Akins Elementary
Lincoln Heights Elementary

The lists above can give you an idea of what the students and teachers need this year. But don’t feel like you have to stick strictly to these lists. We’ll take any new items and make sure they get delivered to the right people. Thank you again for your help in this way! This is something we look forward to every year.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Welcome Home to 5241 Linwick Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC | Marcom Place

MARCOM PLACE is located on the “North” side of Fuquay-Varina and is full of transitional 2000-3000 square foot homes on .5 acre – 1 acre sized lots. This charming neighborhood is one of the most established in Fuquay-Varina and you don’t see homes come up for sale in it very often, better hurry!

“We were first attracted to our home because of the quiet neighborhood and large yard, this has been a great home for my family and my kids have thrived here and made lifetime friends. Marcom Place is an amazing place to live“.

This 3/4 Bedroom open plan has already been tastefully updated for you. Bamboo flooring, new carpet, an updated kitchen, and even a new roof and siding make this home a rare find.

This is not your typical 3 Bedroom plan; there is a formal Dining Room with french doors that is now being used as a Home Office and the 2nd floor boasts 3 Bedrooms PLUS a Bonus/4th Bedroom and Nursery/Office off of the cathedraled Master Bedroom. Lots of room to grow!

“The open floor plan makes this home a great gathering place for friends and family.”

Offered at $325,000.

Visit this link to see more photos and details of this lovely home.

There will be an OPEN HOUSE Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 1-4 pm with Front Porch Realty’s own Dave Pinette.

Monday, June 10, 2019

There’s something for everyone in Lakestone Village!

This quaint neighborhood sits just North of the town of Fuquay-Varina right off of Highway 401 / Main Street. Established in 2004, Lakestone offers a variety of home styles and price ranges from the $200,000’s to the $400,000’s. Most are on small lots giving the neighborhood a Charleston feel complete with porches and tree-lined streets. Lakestone offers an easy commute to Raleigh, Fayetteville and is even a short 120 minute ride to North Carolina’s coast. Lakestone Village also has a high walk-ablilty score; take an evening stroll to Kohls, Applebees or several other retail establishments and restaurants nearby.

The concept for Lakestone Village incorporates single family homes, town homes, and a Village Center with quaint shops and services offered. Those who aren’t familiar with the neighborhood might not know there are two beautiful natural lakes in the “Village-Style” community with walking paths. There is also a gazebo, childrens park and a swimming pool. The L.E.A.K (Lakestone Events and Activities Planning committee) puts on regular social events for residents including pool parties, egg hunts, yard sales and more! See what they offer here.

Click here for what is currently ACTIVE on the market in LAKESTONE VILLAGE and be sure to let us know if you would like to view any of these homes or any others available in neighborhoods just like this one.

Front Porch Realty has listed 1629 Lake Glen Drive, in Lakestone Village and we can help you buy or sell any home in the area. Feel free to contact us a HERE!

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