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
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!

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Happy fall!

Laura Moody

Broker/Owner Front Porch Realty

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

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

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

What does Maria love most about selling real estate?

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


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

Maria can be reached at:

Cell:  919.623.7341


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  



Thursday, June 8, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for making us smile Heather.

Heather can be reached at

P: 919.219.1941


Wednesday, May 3, 2017




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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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

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


owen at deskowen postcards

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





Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Fuquay-Varina Bengals

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

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


F-V Business Alliance Meeting Dates

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

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

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

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


What it takes to be a Bengal Backer


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

Laura Moody


Front Porch Realty

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

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

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


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


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

Laura Moody


Front Porch Realty




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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

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

See our 2015 Sales by City Comparison

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

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

Friday, October 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

Welcome Home Hartmans!

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Collage 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

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,



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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


Welcome home,


Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

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

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

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!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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

4th Q 2014 Home Sales by City

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

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

4th Q 2014 City and subdivision

Welcome home! laura

Friday, January 9, 2015

clubworx banner

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

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

Welcome Home, laura

Thursday, December 4, 2014

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

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

Visit the MILL soon, before the secret is out!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Commercial Real Estate Bus Tour

Commercial Real Estate Bus Tour


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

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



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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello Fellow Business Owners of Fuquay Varina, FBLA

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

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

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

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


Thank you in advance for your time,


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

3rd Q 2014 Home Sales by City

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

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

Market Update 3Q 2014

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

Welcome Home, Laura

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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


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

Market Update Q2 2014

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

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

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

teen day 1

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


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

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Fuquay-Varina Community Support at Teen Day 2014


Friday, April 4, 2014

Torrenti Cycles


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


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

Monday, March 10, 2014

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

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

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

imagesFuquay Varina Chamber of Commerce

Friday, February 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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

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

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

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

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

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