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Friday, June 18, 2021

Did you run out of ideas for Father’s Day? Don’t worry Front Porch Realty has your back! We have two great events going on in the Fuquay-Varina area. You have to love these local small businesses coming up with new things to-do.

WANDER MARKET

This Sunday at the Oaklyn Spring Brewery in Fuquay there will be local artists, live music, slow roasted meats from Wandering Moose food truck & some of the best beer in the Triangle will make for a unique way to hang with the Dad’s in your life. This event is fur baby friendly so bring the whole family to enjoy the day and celebrate dads!

Date: Sunday, June 20th
Address: 2912 N Main St. Suite 100, Fuquay-Varina NC 27526
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm

DAD PARTY

The Mason Jar Lager company is hosting their very own Dad Party! All are invited: dad’s, soon to be dad’s, and those celebrating dad’s! LITE is returning this summer and having a special father’s day release. Jeffrey Amendola of Amendola Family Cigars will be here rolling and selling his cigars. And La Republica will be serving their delicious food all afternoon!

Date: Sunday, June 20th
Address: 341 E Broad St. Suite 1051, Fuquay-Varina NC 27526
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Home Sweet Home at 218 Ballentine Street | Fuquay-Varina, NC 

This vibrant cottage home has everything you need from an open floor plan to a gorgeous backyard! It has been newly-fenced and recently remodeled making the home feel like new. There’s a great amount of space between the living area and kitchen. No bumping into anyone as you walk around. Once you make it to the deck out back you won’t be able to resist how amazing the greenery is all around the home!

The current owners love the“landscaping and outdoor space, all the natural lighting that comes through inside the house and huge yard for entertaining guests!”

There is plenty of room to gather and relax on the sprawling deck. Downtown Fuquay-Varina is just a short walk for some dinner and shopping. When you’re home you will feel a great amount of privacy but due to the location you get to be close to town which it makes it so easy for running errands.

The home sold in 48 hours and is now UNDER CONTRACT but if you are in search of a home similar to this one contact us HERE. One of our real estate professionals can get you started on the process as soon as you’re ready!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Love the outdoors? Are you and your family excited to get out this summer after the long quarantine days? The perfect place is closer than you think.

Fuquay has 20 recreation parks and 500 acres of land to be explored. You can even pick the park that best suits you and your family! Each park is unique with its own mix of possible outdoor activities. Some parks include picnic shelters, parks, baseball/softball fields, and/or tennis courts.

Hilltop Needmore Town Park & Preserve is one of the best parks you can go to for riding your bike or for going on walks. They have numerous trails and open from sunrise to sunset. You can find a variety of plants as well as animals through the trails making it a great spot for photography. Just be careful not to get too close!

It’s a place to relax, exercise and just be able to enjoy. Some residents come together at the park to have yoga sessions or the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association will hold events at the park. You can visit their website to see the latest events to come or SIGN UP for our monthly newsletter to stay up to date on things to do in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

It’s certainly no secret how CRAZY the housing market is across the nation and our little neck of the woods is certainly no different!  Our current housing inventory is super low so we thought we would share a few thoughts and tips for getting a seller to say YES to YOUR offer!

The “norm” has always been to include a pre-qualification letter with your offer, but now we need a pre-APPROVAL letter.  This basically means all of your numbers have been verified through actual documents that you have provided to your lender and your file has been through preliminary underwriting. If you have cash, which is getting much more common in this market, we will need “proof of funds” from your lender.  Speaking of your lender, it is much more preferable to use a LOCAL one.  Our local lenders know our market and the norms for lending on the homes in our market, they will also be ordering appraisals from local appraisers which certainly can make a difference for an opinion of value.

Your offer needs to be super “clean”, and by that we mean; do not ask the seller for ANYTHING…not to pay for any of your closing costs, not to buy you a home warranty, and especially not to do anything out of the ordinary like cutting down the big tree next to the driveway.  Offer a quick closing and offer for the sellers to rent back from you, preferably for free, or whatever will make it more convenient for them.

You would think the seller will most likely want to accept an offer that nets them the most money, however this is not always the case.  Having a professional, experienced, buyer’s agent is super important in this market.  Your agent will guide you through the terms for your offer to help make it the most favorable. They will also be able to professionally communicate to the seller’s agent your personal situation and how “easy” of a transaction they vow their buyer will be.

Finally, and this is a big one, be prepared to put down a sizable due diligence deposit with your offer. This is non-refundable, albeit a credit at closing, funds straight to the seller while you are getting your due diligence done. Essentially you are “buying time off the market”, so if you are serious about wanting to purchase their home it better be worth it to the seller. This number is ALMOST as important as the sales price because it is going to tell the seller how serious you are and whether you are likely to terminate your offer prior to closing.  It is not unusual to see $10,000-$25,000 of due diligence being put down with an offer these days.

With all this being said, are you thinking of selling your home?  Now is the time to do it!  Be sure you have an experienced, professional, agent to help you out so you don’t leave any of your equity on the table!   I promise you, the right agent on your side will net you the most from your sale with the least amount of headaches!

We have numerous Real Estate Professionals here at Front Porch Realty who are happy to talk you through the process! They can get you started on that home search once you’re ready to go! You can call now at 919-577-0175 to speak with the agent on duty TODAY!

Hope you all have a happy Summer!

 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Looking for something a little different? You have to try out Little Portugal! Owned by Rosemary and Helder Pereira, you are going to feel like you are right at home in their restaurant.

If you haven’t had Portuguese food then what better way to have your first taste than at Little Portugal. It’s rare to find authentic food around town.

One of the top sellers off their MENU are the pastries, like their custard tart dessert! They are quick to sell out so make sure to stop by before they run out. They do hold a variety of pastries, cheese and sausages that you can purchase while your food is being made.

Little Portugal & Appliance Rehab are celebrating their first birthday and are inviting you to come join them! It is also to celebrate Fuquay-Varina’s first ever Dia De Portugal (Portugal Day). They will have food, activities and live music for this family affair.

Event Details:
Dia De Portugal
June 12th, 2021
12 pm – 5 pm
736 N. Main St. Fuquay-Varina, NC

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Operation Fly Our Flag is having their own event located at The Mason Jar Lager Company in Fuquay Varina off of E Broad Street. The annual event is to remember the fallen and honor those who have served. Head out on Sunday, May 30th, from 12pm-4pm for live music, raffles, a food truck, and beer! No cost!

For more information: https://fb.me/e/e18HKRjyL

Niche Wine Lounge on N Main Street in Holly Springs has the perfect way to end your Memorial Day. With Cousins Maine Lobster food truck @5pm, live music starting @5:30pm and half price glasses and bottles of wine all day Monday, May 31st, you can’t go wrong.

For more information head to their website: https://www.nichewinelounge.com/ or Stay Happening’s blog to keep up with current events: https://stayhappening.com/e/monday-food-truck-and-wine-special-with-cousins-maine-lobster-E2ISTLBKVFW

For a family event and some time outdoors, head out to Lillington this memorial day. Stroller Strong Moms is hosting a walk to remember those who served this country. All are welcome!

For more information and details: https://fb.me/e/OvWUeyrk

Friday, April 30, 2021

Are you a juice fanatic or trying to improve your eating habits? This is the spot for you. It’s FRESH, it’s HEALTHY and it’s ORGANIC! Juicehaus has quickly become one of our local favorites located in the center of Downtown Varina within walking distance of our office. Their juices are designed to target specific body systems which we find amazing. The perfect “pick me up” for yourself on a busy day or for someone you know that is feeling under the weather. Their drinks are also perfect for that pre and post workout.

The JUICEHAUS MENU gives you an endless variety of beverage options to choose from. From their Kombucha on draft to Cultivate Coffee. We love seeing local shops working together!

Don’t miss one of the Juichaus’ latest trends, the Clear and the Develop, perfect for helping your exocrine and digestive systems. Of course, you can always Build Your Own; Choose any fruit or vegetable to add to your juice along with any organic boost support for any of your body’s systems!

 

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Monday, April 19, 2021
Traditionally SPRING is the time of year homeowners start thinking about getting their homes ready to sell.  Around Fuquay-Varina, it’s a SPRING housing market all year long!   I can’t even remember a time we saw a season of sluggish real estate sales.  Even with our record low inventory of homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina, there are some traditional home prep items you don’t want to skip.
Lots of us remember those dreaded days of Mom’s “Spring Cleaning”…this is when all of the curtains came down and the mop buckets came out.  Who remembers washing down all of the walls of your house along with every inch of baseboard and every window inside and out?  Well, Mom was right, the absolute first item to tackle when preparing your home for the market is making it smell and look clean and clutter free. Usually this task can be easily mastered by just taking it one room at a time.
The number one item we suggest when we are called to a home to help a seller prepare for hitting the market is PAINT.  By far, a fresh coat of paint gives the single greatest return on your list of home improvement projects.  We highly recommend hiring a professional, this is no time for that brush mark on the ceiling or splatter on the door.  The professionals will get the job done swiftly and you may even decide you don’t want to sell when they are finished!
Besides any obvious repairs that may be needed, another big “must” before hitting the market is to freshen up your curb appeal.  This is best done by standing on the street and looking at your home. What catches your eye?  Pull those weeds, trim those bushes, plant some color.  This will take a weekend but will be well worth it!  We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, your buyer is most likely going to start online with photos, lots of them, and believe me they will look at them often and very closely.
We are currently experiencing a frenzy of homebuyers that would like to live in Fuquay-Varina, we have less than a 1 month supply of homes on the market at all price points.  If you are thinking of selling we encourage you to speak with a local real estate professional to learn how they can help you achieve your goals.
Call us NOW at 919-577-0175 and we can help you sell your home TODAY!
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Q1 2021 is looking a lot like Q1 2020 with our LOCAL robust Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs real estate sales and extremely low inventory. Continued low interest rates along with some “recovery” from Covid has added to our un-balanced market. New construction neighborhoods have had to slow down sales by releasing only a limited number of lots per month as home construction materials continue to be harder and harder to come by.

Take a look at our quarterly MARKET UPDATE HERE. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions to add to our report!

This quarter’s numbers show just how un-balanced our market is; as I write this report there are only 80 homes ACTIVE on the market right now for sale in all of Fuquay-Varina, Wake county and there are 459 homes UNDER CONTRACT. (Per our Triangle Multiple Listing Service). As an office we are continuing to see multiple offers above sale prices and homes being sold way above appraised values. Buyers are having to make super strong offers with high due-diligence funds and short due-diligence periods, we just put a town home under contract with $15,000 due diligence!

We are here to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors. Please consider Front Porch Realty YOUR LOCAL real estate professionals! Please LIKE US on Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t already and please let us know if we can help you get moving too!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Spring is finally here and Easter is coming! You know here at Front Porch Realty, how much we love to support our local community. This weekend will be packed full of events and we have curated a list of options for you if you needed some ideas. The list focuses on the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs areas. From sweet hopping events to Sunday services. 

Piney Grove Baptist Church

  • Sunrise Service – The Break of Dawn
    (Sun, April 4th 6:45am – 7:30am)
    Start your Easter with a sunrise service outdoors! It’ll be a cozy morning. Watch the sun rise as you enjoy the music. Breakfast will be served right after the service to top it off.

 

Fuquay-Varina UMC

  • Easter Egg-Venture
    (Thurs, April 1st – Sun, April ^th)
    RSVP for some ultimate fun (safely of course). FVUMC have created an event for the family to enjoy but keeping them safe at the same time! It’ll be a six day event to space out time for everyone and not over-crowd.
  • Sunrise Service on the Front Lawn
    (Sun, April 4th 6:45am)
    Join the community for the morning sunrise on Easter Sunday. You will need to bring your own chairs and be sure to wear comfortable shoes for when walking over the grass.

 

Sunrise United Methodist Church

  • Easter Alive
    (Sun, April 4th 8:30am – 10:30am)
    Feel Easter come alive as you experience significant events that led to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. After the service there will be a fun craft activity and an egg hunt for the kids.

 

 

The Vineyard Church of Holly Springs

  • Easter at the Vineyard
    (Sun, April 4th 11am)
    Enjoy Easter Sunday service outdoors in celebration of the resurrection of life along with worship. Then to finish such a beautiful morning. Lunch will be served by Annie Bell’s Catering!

Evangel Church

    • Easter Egg Hunt
      (Sat, April 3rd 12pm – 1pm)
      This egg hunt will be great for the kids to enjoy! If you already had plans for Sunday, this won’t get in the way. It should be warm out this Saturday so go get that sunshine. Spring is here!

We are so happy Spring is here and hope that you all have a blessed weekend!

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