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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, November 15, 2017

Fuquay-Varina Bengal Proud!

I was recently asked to speak to a group of local Fuquay-Varina Middle and High School students as a business owner in the community.  I wanted to share my experiences, in hopes that more business members in our community would be inspired to volunteer. Each activity took me less than an hour.  I know that hour could lead to a big impact on these young adults as they begin to think about their future. As always, I know I got more out of it than they did!

My friend, colleague, and educator, Mr. Rodney Jenkins, is the Career and Technical Education Coordinator for Fuquay-Varina Middle School. He recently approached me and asked if I would speak to his entrepreneurial class.  My topics included: why I started my own business, what’s involved with owning my own business, the hardest part, the easiest part and more.  I brought along my company’s advertising goodies like stadium cups and pens, and tossed some candy to the students that participated.  The students had awesome questions and provoked my own thoughts on why I do this.

I was overjoyed to hear the students decided they are going to arrange a “field trip” to visit our office sometime soon.  I can’t wait to see them again!

There are so many opportunities to get involved with students in Fuquay-Varina. I was also asked to address the first Fuquay-Varina Youth Leadership Group conference. This initiative is the first of its kind for Fuquay-Varina and the students selected to participate. I was asked to speak about Front Porch Realty’s application process and how I determine good candidates for our firm.

Laura Moody recently addressing both students and staff.

These bright, energetic high-schoolers had so many great questions for me!  They are eager to learn how to make a difference in our town and they are striving for greatness.  I commend the staff of Fuquay-Varina High school for working so diligently to start this leadership program and make a difference in these student’s lives. Imagine all the lucky businesses that get to hire these young folks someday!

If you are interested in helping any of our community schools in ANY way please contact our office or join the FV Business Alliance. Our next meeting is coming up soon!

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Food Cupboards garden

621 W Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs

The Food Cupboard

Did you know that Holly Springs has a very busy food bank?  They work in conjunction with area grocery stores and the Raleigh food bank.  It’s called the Holly Springs Food Cupboard and they serve 1000’s of Holly Spring residents every month.  This giving group even has their own garden that produced over 2000 lbs of fresh food last summer! The Holly Springs Food Cupboard welcomes your volunteerism in many ways and even has group projects for your civic and student groups.

 

Front Porch Realty recently visited the Cupboard’s ribbon cutting with the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate their recent addition, giving them much needed space to serve their clients.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that make this Cupboard happen.  God Bless You!

 

Holly Spring Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Huge crowd gathered for Holly Springs Food Cupboard ribbon cutting!

 

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Happy fall!

Laura Moody

Broker/Owner Front Porch Realty

 

www.FrontPorchRealtyNC.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

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

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

What does Maria love most about selling real estate?

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

 

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

Maria can be reached at:

Cell:  919.623.7341

Email:  mariacplazas@gmail.com

Friday, August 11, 2017

Congratulations to Teresa Ennis, Front Porch Realty’s Agent of the Month – July 2017

Teresa has been a Triangle real estate agent for more than 30 years!  She delivers top notch professionalism and service to all of her clients, 100% of the time and this is evident with her booming referral business. 

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

Teresa is a Harnett County native and is very active in the Fuquay Varina and surrounding communities. She’s also a prestigious member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.   

What does Teresa love most about selling real estate?  

“I love the challenge of finding buyers their perfect house and meeting such nice people, I always make new friends.”

 

Thank you for lighting up the office Teresa!

Teresa can be reached at:  

Cell:  919.810.0138  

Email:  tennis2001@embarqmail.com

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

AGENT of the MONTH SPOTLIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for making us smile Heather.

Heather can be reached at

P: 919.219.1941

Email: heatherbdunn@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April 2017 AGENT OF THE MONTH…

AGENT of the MONTH SPOTLIGHT

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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!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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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!

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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!

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What it takes to be a Bengal Backer

 

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

Laura Moody

Broker/Owner

Front Porch Realty

Monday, December 12, 2016

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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!

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Annie Thieret of Front Porch Realty enjoying a great lunch!

 

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

Laura Moody

Broker/Owner

Front Porch Realty

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

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

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

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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!

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

Laura Moody

Broker/Owner

Front Porch Realty

 

 

 

Tuesday, 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 Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage Coffee Bar

 

 

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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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

It’s no surprise our Southwest Triangle Market is HOT this season and our quarterly numbers are certainly proving that.  This quarter I have decided to show numbers of a more narrowed down section of our county by reporting only Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Cary.  I have also included data comparing re-sale homes to new construction homes as our new starts have certainly heated up this year as well with new construction homes being a significant part of our real estate sales.

2nd Q 2015

In summary, all markets are showing healthy new construction activity.  Surprisingly, in most price-points re-sale homes are showing “price per square foot” as high as new construction and “days on market” just as low, if not lower, than new construction.  Builders are staying very competitive.  Holly Springs is the only market that is actually showing a measurable increase in number of units sold this 2nd quarter 2015 as compared to the same quarter last year with a 27% increase.  The other towns show 1-6% increase of total units sold.  It should also be noted that our table shows only active and closed sales; calculating months of inventory for this purpose we are considering “pending” sales as “active”.

FRONT PORCH REALTY has settled in to our new Main Street Fuquay office and are enjoying being part of the Link between our two downtowns.  We have started a new seminar series on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6-7 pm.  This casual seminar is for potential clients that are just starting to think about a move.  We offer a relaxed format with wine and cheese as well as visits from some of our trusted local professionals that also are involved in the selling or buying real estate transaction.  Please send over anyone that you believe can benefit!

What’s a Buying and Selling Seminar Anyway?

We love selling Fuquay and the surrounding area, we are helping buyers move across the country as well as those moving across town. With 19 years of experience selling our Triangle market, excellent communication skills and broker support team.

Welcome Home,

Laura

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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

 

Welcome home,

Laura

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

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

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

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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!
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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
http://fvhs.wcpss.net/
919-557-2561
rlee@wcpss.net
 
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Thank you in advance for your time,

Laura

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.

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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

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Once again, I have taken an in depth look at our Southwestern Wake real estate market.  Just as the front page of the News & Observer reported a couple of weeks ago; “Area home sales improve, but sellers remain scarce”, we are seeing this scenario in our Southwestern part of the county.  We are seeing multiple offers and contracts coming in above sales price.  I am seeing such a low number of new homes coming on the market, buyers have to make quick decisions or they will miss out.  New inventory is low, but sales prices have not increased enough for sellers to feel confident enough to try selling, again, in some cases.  Distressed standing inventory is down as well as builder speculative standing inventory, this brings good news for our re-sale market as sales prices will begin to increase again.

Below is a summary of our entire area; months of inventory along with average average sales price and average days on market.

Sales-by-City-Q1-2014

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

Market Update Q1 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 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, I know how to sell real estate!  My communication, expertise, and sales support team is un-matched as evident in being the only boutique real estate company serving Southwestern Wake county.

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

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.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Every quarter I compile sales data and statistics from our local Triangle MLS;  its a great way for me to analyze my pricing strategies and see our whole REAL real estate picture, usually backing up what I already could feel was happening in our Southern Wake real estate market.  Always good to have quantitative data to back up what you are buzzing about!

Below is a summary of our entire area; months of inventory along with average price per square foot and average days on market are all  improving, all good indicators of our appreciating market.

Sales by CITY Q3 2013

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

Market Update Q3 2013

Our “summer” season lasted longer than usual as our Southern and Western Wake county markets have continued to appreciate and rebound.  All areas have lowered their months of inventory in most of their sales price ranges and we are showing balanced and even slight seller markets for some sales prices across the region.

This is good news for sellers, and continuing  great news for buyers as mortgage rates have stayed extremely low and mortgage companies are continuing to lighten up on lending.

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

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 www.FrontPorchRealtyNC.com

Apex:
$300,000-$500,000
$500,000 and up
Foreclosures
Angier, Lillington and Buies Creek:
$300,000-$500,000
$500,000 and up
Foreclosures
 Cary:
$300,000-$500,000
$500,000 and up
Foreclosures 
Fuquay-Varina:
$300,000-$500,000
$500,000 and up
Foreclosures
Holly Springs:
$300,000-$500,000
$500,000 and up
Foreclosures
Morrisville:
$300,000-$500,000
$500,000 and up
Foreclosures

 

Welcome Home, laura

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

Welcome Home, laura

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!

Welcome Home, laura