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,, 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.

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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, December 13, 2017

Real Estate brokers have sometimes been accused of “shortening our words” or using terms that we think everyone already knows!  So, here’s a little helpful guide, if you have trouble navigating real estate terminology!

What it says versus What it means

conveys with sale … it will STAY with the home

EIK … eat in kitchen

SS … stainless steel

HDW, HWF, Hdwd ….. hardwood floors

WIC …walk-in-closet

FDR ….. formal dining room

MLS...multiple listing system

FSBO ….. for sale by owner

Pre-approval …  based on information you are able to provide to the lender.  This will look much better than a pre-qualification to the seller.

Pre-qualified ….  based on a 5 minute phone call to the lender and only on what you tell the lender.  This is needed in order to even make an offer on a home.

due diligence funds …the funds the buyer gives the seller at time of contract to “buy time” off the market while they do their due diligence

due diligence or DD…all of the inspections and loan process, etc a buyer can exercise on a prospective home during their due diligence time period

Due diligence money- is non-refundable The good news is the money is typically credited towards the purchase of the home at closing.

Earnest money is “good faith” money. The buyer is showing the seller they are serious about buying the home.

contingency … a contract on a home that is dependent on you selling your existing home

3 BR/2BA  3 bedrooms and 2 baths


I’m sure we’ve missed a few, feel free to leave comments with any you might still be wondering about and we’ll do our best to define them.

We are here to help you navigate your real estate needs and ALL the terms that come along with that!

Welcome home!

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



Front Porch Realty recently sat down and spoke with Corey Mullen, at Clay Hamilton’s State Farm Insurance in Fuquay Varina, about the importance of having homeowners insurance and how it works.

Your home is your refuge after a long day of work. It’s the hub of everything that really matters, where you can relax with your family. So you shouldn’t trust just any company to protect it. You should go with an insurer with the financial strength to cover a wide variety of losses, trusted by more homeowners than any other insurer. That’s State Farm®. When the unexpected hits home, a good neighbor can help.

Think of homeowners insurance as financial protection for what the future might bring. For example, if your home were damaged by a fire, or burglars broke in and stole your belongings, your policy could help pay to rebuild your home or replace your possessions.
Without a policy, you’d have to cover those expenses out of your own pocket. So if you’re a homeowner, homeowners insurance is an absolute necessity.

What’s covered?

Your policy could help pay for a variety of property and liability claims:
• Your house: This includes your home and other structures on your property, such as a detached garage or a shed.
• Your possessions: This includes personal belongings inside your home, such as your clothing, furniture, and electronics—and with limitations—certain valuables. It could even cover belongings you take with you while away from home.
• Financial protection against lawsuits: In certain situations, your State Farm Homeowners Policy could help protect your finances by paying for damages which you’re legally responsible for, and even your legal defense. For example, the policy could help cover legal defense costs if a visitor accidentally got hurt at your place and took you to court.

Other costs covered by the policy
Your policy may also help pay for:
• Removal of your damaged property after a fire, or other loss covered by the policy.
• Temporary repairs necessary to protect covered property from more damage.
• Extra expenses for your household to live elsewhere, if your home is uninhabitable because of damage covered by the policy.

What’s not covered?

• Water damage caused by flood.
• Liability for business-related activities
• Liability for intentional injury or property damage
• Damage caused by earthquake or mudslide
You may want to talk to your agent about a separate earthquake policy.
With coverage directly through the federal government. There is generally a 30-day waiting period for the policy to go into effect


A “deductible” is the amount that you are responsible for when you file a claim. Your deductible can be a fixed amount, such as $1,000 or $2,000, or a percentage of the coverage amount, such as one or two percent. So if your home is covered for $200,000 and you have a one percent deductible, your deductible is $2,000.

Here’s how a deductible works: say you file a claim for $10,000 after a burglary, and you had chosen a fixed amount deductible of $1,000. So the policy covers you for $9,000 and you are only responsible for $1,000.

Generally, the higher your deductible, the lower your premium. But with a higher deductible, your financial responsibility would be higher if you file a claim. Your agent can help you determine the deductible that’s right for you.

Coverage Caps

Your State Farm Homeowners Policy has coverage limits on certain types of property, such as computers, collectibles, jewelry, and other valuables.

Here’s an example: Suppose your home had been broken into and your computer and printer were stolen. If the policy limit for home computers and equipment was $5,000, the policy would reimburse you up to that limit after your deductible has been met.

How much coverage will you need?

The choice is yours, but State Farm recommends you choose a coverage limit at least equal to your home’s estimated replacement cost: the amount necessary to rebuild your entire home. (The replacement cost isn’t the same as the market value, which is the price you can expect your home to yield on the market.)

If you choose a coverage amount less than the estimated replacement cost, you may not be eligible for certain coverages. Since no one can say what the exact cost will be to replace your home in the future, you’ll need enough coverage to account for unforeseen circumstances.

For a replacement cost estimate, you can ask a contractor, hire a professional replacement cost appraisal service, or ask your State Farm agent to help you develop an estimate. Make sure to point out any architectural details or unique building materials that affect your estimate.

As your life changes, your home may change along with it. We recommend you review your homeowners’ coverage if:
• You move, improve your existing home, or build a new home.
• You add a fire and/or burglar alarm system.
• You purchase items—such as home computers, jewelry, and furs—that might exceed your basic coverage.

To help make sure your coverage is up to date, it’s a good idea to review your policy with your agent every year.
Extra coverage you just might need. Depending on your situation, you may need separate, broader coverage for additional financial protection.

Have concerns about your personal liability? A Personal Liability Umbrella Policy (PLUP) for extra liability coverage in increments of $1 million, in case you’re sued for damages that exceed your State Farm Homeowners or Auto Policy liability limits.
Own jewelry, fine arts or other valuables? Other policy options or a Personal Articles Policy (PAP), which can give you higher coverage limits or broader protection.
Work out of your home? Other policy options for home business coverage, which may cover your business-related property and liability. You may also want to consider a separate, more comprehensive business policy for your home-based business.
Want to protect yourself against identity fraud? Adding the Identity Restoration Coverage Endorsement to your State Farm Homeowners Policy. It offers coverage for specific expenses caused by identity fraud and case management services to help counteract the effects of identity fraud.

Clay Hamilton and Corey Mullen are available to answer all of your insurance questions.


Clay Hamilton Jr Insurance Agency Inc.


Clay Hamilton, Agent

1000 N Main Street Suite 101
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Phone: 919-586-7828


License: NC-7967940
State Farm Bank® NMLS #: 139716
NMLS ID#: 145495
MLO License#: I-153271

Cory Mullen, Insurance and Financial Sales Advisor

1000 N Main Street Suite 101
Fuquay-Varina, N.C 27526

Office 919-586-7828

Cell at 919-356-3607

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  



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

Friday, July 7, 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer Appleby, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – June 2017

Jennifer is a new agent with Front Porch Realty, who has hit the ground running!  Congrats Jennifer for executing more real estate contracts in the month of June than any other Front Porch Realty agent!  Jennifer treats all of her clients, and potential clients, like gold and goes above and beyond to ensure they are comfortable with their real estate transaction.

Thank you Jennifer Appleby for all of your dedication as a real estate professional with us here at FRONT PORCH REALTY!

Jenifer and her family have called Apex, NC home for over 20 years. What does Jennifer love most about selling real estate?

It’s the people I meet, that I would otherwise not have known, and the life stories they share with me. The chance to make a difference in their lives by helping them buy or sell one of the largest investments in life is what I love most about selling real estate. Easing stress and burden for clients feels good!

I also love that each day is different and every deal provides a unique set of challenges. Each house is different, each client is different. Sure, there are regular tasks, but no two days are ever the same.

Finally, as someone that loves learning, real estate provides a smorgasbord of things to learn. Market trends, social media and the things that just pop-up in every deal means there is always something new to learn.

Jennifer can be reached at

Phone – 919.818.7663

Email –

Filed under: Miscellaneous
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!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Who needs a Buyers Agent Anyway? I just want someone to show me a house! Do I really need an agent “on my side”?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!

Buyer's agent Kim, assisted Brooks and Linsey with the purchase of their new home!

Buyer’s agent Kim, assisted Brooks and Linsey with the purchase of their new home!

Thankfully, for the homeowners and perspective homeowners of NC, the NC Real Estate Commission has given us AGENCY.  This means when a consumer wants to buy and/or sell real property in our state, they can be represented in various ways by a real estate broker.

Working with Real Estate Agents in North Carolina

Did you know that having a buyer’s agent represent you is 100% FREE. Meaning for anyone entering into a Buyer’s Agency Agreement with a Front Porch Realty Broker, we don’t charge a single fee!  

That’s right, you can have a professional agent working for ONLY YOU when you purchase a home for absolutely no cost. And we highly recommend hiring one, here’s why:

Not only is your Buyer’s Agent going to assist you in finding the perfect home for you, they are also going to help you make an informed offer and strategically negotiate that offer because we know what it takes in our current competitive seller’s market of today to get YOUR offer accepted. Once you are under contract for your new home, we are seasoned in getting you through the entire due diligence process and on to closing.


A recent Front Porch Realty Buyer client, Molly explains “…when buying a home, it is very important to have an agent on your side because they are able to guide you and inform you of all of the possible situations that are important to investigate about a possible property.  If we didn’t have a Buyer’s Agent with our last home we wouldn’t have ever taken the extra steps in researching the property… because we just didn’t know what we didn’t know!”


Interested in buying a home? Contact FRONT PORCH REALTY today and let us work for YOU!

Monday, April 10, 2017



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


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, December 12, 2016


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!


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


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, 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!




Laura Moody McCorry


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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Friday, October 2, 2015

15464_MBA_TRID-Resource_Page_Graphic_2“Know Before You Owe” Begins October 3, 2015

Real Estate professionals and lenders have been getting ready for the new government lending guidelines for awhile now.  Historically, when a consumer purchased  their home with a mortgage they were bombarded by paperwork requirements and disclosures throughout the entire home buying process. While absolutely necessary, this process can also crush  the “fun” of buying their dream home!

Typically, when “closing day” finally arrives, the buyer’s are relieved as they have taken off work, already have their things packed on a moving truck, have slept on a mattress on the floor the last 2 nights, and have already transfered utilities.  The buyers are ready to sign on the dotted line and get their keys!  Meanwhile, their HUD-1 closing statement (the document that tells them where all their money is going) may have been changed a half dozen times or so in the last 24 hours alone.

As of tomorrow, not anymore!  If a loan application is made by the consumer after October 3, 2015, the “closing statement” a borrower will sign at the closing table will now be ready for review 3 BUSINESS DAYS prior to closing so that any questions can be answered and the buyer has a better understanding of the exact terms of their loan.  If any changes need to made, the 3 business day wait will begin again.  So what does this mean exactly for the buyer, seller, the real estate professionals, lenders, and closing attorneys involved in the real estate transaction?  Currently, we write contracts to “close” on a home after 30-45 days but we are being warned by lenders to go ahead and add an extra 7-14 days to the approval process.  Essentially, we all need to work towards 2 closing dates; the “closing” of the paperwork being approved by all and then at least 3 business days later the “at the table closing” paperwork, where all documents are signed, the transfer of the deed is recorded, and a seller gets their proceeds and the buyer gets their keys!

While, in the beginning this might be a little scary for all those involved as we all anticipate delays in the closing process; I see, in the not so distant future, the initial kinks getting worked out and the closing process improving for all parties involved.  No more of the last minute “morning of closing and we don’t even know if we are closing or not” scenarios that cause stress on every buyer and seller out there!  Here is an article from with more information and of course you can call our office and speak to one of our experienced realtors to help answer any further questions.  signing contract

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.

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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 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,


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

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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.

Welcome Home, Laura


Thursday, May 22, 2014

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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!

Welcome Home, Laura

Fuquay-Varina Community Support at Teen Day 2014


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Name:  2013 Year End Wake County Housing Market Update


Wow!  Real Estate in the Triangle continues to be a buzz word and we are certainly enjoying the buzz here in Southwestern Wake County as well.  Our 2013 market finished strong with most areas showing 6 months or less of inventory.  I know here, at Front Porch Realty, we did not experience the usual “halt to real estate” over the holidays as in years past.

With a 13% increase in sales from 2012, Front Porch Realty is poised to sell some real estate!  In response to this increasing demand, we have added two new brokers to our team – one at each of our offices in Cary and Fuquay Varina.  We have also added a Luxury division with our Fine Homes by Front Porch branding.  Front Porch Realty will continue to market and provide excellent representation to our clients at all price points, with added specialty services for our luxury properties.

All of our markets are still showing a crossover to more of a seller’s or balanced market.  The year-end report shows at least a 20% increase of homes SOLD for almost the entire area. In addition, average sales price and price per square foot have gone up and days on market have all gone down.  It’s a great time to make a move!

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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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WOW! This is the 2nd time in less than a week that I tried to make an appointment to show a house that just came on the market but it was already under contract! Both of them SOLD in 4 days!  I believe we are having a big housing shortage of homes around $200,000-$250,000 in Southern Wake County, especially with a Master Bedroom on the first floor!

If you are thinking of selling in this price range please give us a call, it’s a great time to make a MOVE UP while mortgage rates are still at all time lows!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Luxury Real Estate in Southern and Western Wake County, NC

Did you know that a large part of our real estate market is considered luxury property?  Properties valued at $500,000 or more in the Triangle are “luxury”, this is about 10% of our active listings!  

The brokers of Front Porch Realty have recently become certified by the internationally recognized Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.  This intense training prepared us for the specialized niche of marketing these very unique properties.  We now have access to marketing tools normally used in what you would consider a high-end market; Miami, New York, Vale, etc.    We have also solidified our skills to best negotiate these properties for our buyers.

We will be highlighting these listings as they come on the market, meanwhile you can use these links to search all luxury properties in the Southern and Western Wake market, the links are updated in real time so you won’t miss a thing!

Whether you are looking for an equestrian oasis, a golf haven, acreage, or just that special estate to call home, we can show you any home for sale on the market.

Let us know if you would like your own private tour of a fabulous property!

 Visit our website and search all of the Triangle listings for sale here

$500,000 and up
Angier, Lillington and Buies Creek:
$500,000 and up
$500,000 and up
$500,000 and up
Holly Springs:
$500,000 and up
$500,000 and up


Welcome Home, laura