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Friday, July 30, 2021

New custom build homes have become a HOT topic throughout the triangle and we highly recommend having a buyer’s agent behind your back. Teresa Ennis and Laura Moody talk about how, yes, we would want you to be able to look through these new neighborhoods but you must be cautious. The on-site agents try to convince clients to use them instead since they are with the builder. What they don’t tell you is that they represent the builder so they aren’t thinking of what’s really best for you. With a buyer’s agent they try to take into consideration all the factors that would better help you in the building process!

When you start your new home build, be sure to have inspections and a surveyor to ensure no issues may arise in the near future. Things can be easily missed during construction and you would not want to deal with that later on. Front Porch Realty has years of experience and have a good idea on what these builders are like for these new communities.

View Teresa and Laura’s video chat HERE.

If you are looking for some great support in your search of a new construction home, our real estate professionals are happy to help get you started!

Contact us at 919-577-0175 or learn more by sending us a message HERE.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

FRONT PORCH REALTY agent, Donya Clark and FRONT PORCH REALTY Owner and Broker-in-charge, Laura Moody, recently had a discussion about appraisal addendums and how they’ve become quite important when putting in an offer. The market is tough for our buyers right now and FRONT PORCH REALTY agents understand the challenges of putting in a winning offer!

Multiple offers are being submitted for homes these days, often at sales prices much higher than what we believe the homes will appraise for. The buyer’s lender will NOT loan more money than the value of the home is worth and this is determined by a licensed real estate appraiser. To assure the sellers that you will not use a low appraisal to try and re-negotiate your terms, an APPRAISAL ADDENDUM can be added to the Offer To Purchase. This attorney written addendum lets the homeowner know the buyer is willing to pay their offer price regardless of what the home appraises for. In other words, the buyer has the cash difference available to bring to closing if the appraised value ends up coming in less than their offered price.

Watch Donya and Laura’s video chat HERE.

All of our FRONT PORCH REALTY agents strive to make buying a home a positive and professional experience for you. With interest rates at all time lows, its a great time to purchase a home, just make sure you have an agent on your side, Buyer’s Agency representation will not cost you a thing at FRONT PORCH REALTY!

Begin your home search now by calling or messaging our Agent on Duty today!
919-577-0175 or send us an email HERE.

Monday, July 12, 2021

We are all excited to see our local economy up and running again, however our housing market is still facing many challenges!

The new market update shows us just how low our inventory of homes is; less than a 1- or zero-months’ supply across all price points.  We included “Coming Soon” listings in our “Active” supply numbers, “Coming Soon” status means the home cannot be shown to any buyers yet, the owners are getting them ready for the market. Our local buyers are so desperate for a home they are buying them sight unseen, across all price points!  As of this writing, we ONLY have 119 homes for sale currently in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina according to our local TMLS, and that includes any advertised new construction that may not even be built yet.

View our Q2 Market Update HERE.

Front Porch Realty has added 3 brokers to our office this year, including one at the North Carolina coast. We now have 12 professional real estate brokers to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors. Please consider Front Porch Realty YOUR LOCAL go to real estate company. Don’t forget to LIKE US on Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t already! Let us know if you are thinking of selling your home, it is a fantastic time to maximize that equity!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

We are halfway through the year and Independence Day is already here! 2021 has been a wild ride and we are happy to see Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs consistently growing with new developments and more people moving to town. With businesses opening up more, it’s great feeling like things are coming back to normal! If you’re in the area we have quite the list of events for you this year!

Fuquay-Varina Independence Day

We have all been waiting for this! Awesome music, amazing local food vendors and the outstanding fireworks! The Town of Fuquay-Varina is going all out this year to celebrate and we are so excited.

Saturday, July 3rd from 6pm to 10pm
South Park
900 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina NC 27526

 

Stars, Stripes, and Sunflowers

It’s sunflower season and they are kicking things off with one heck of a concert! Bring your own chairs or blanket to enjoy the music. You will have 5 acre’s of sunflowers to walk through and take photos. It’ll be one BIG party with local breweries coming in and serving their best drinks for the summer!

Friday, July 2nd from 6pm to 11pm
CATHIS Farm Events
544 Falcon Rd, Lillington NC 27546

 

Holly Springs Independence Day

Continue the celebration out in Holly Springs! Nothing can beat the 20 various food trucks they’ll be having or the live music that will be going on. Bring family and friends to see the best firework show to come!

Monday, July 5th at 6pm
Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
Grigsby Ave, Holly Springs, NC 27540

 

Fuquay Fireworks Pre-Party

Join the pre-celebration party at Oaklyn Springs Brewery! There will be drinks and you’ll be able to get a bite of some authentic Chicago style hotdogs with some veggie styled options. This will be a great stop if you’re feeling really hungry!

Saturday, July 3rd from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Oaklyn Springs Brewery
2912 N Main St. Suite 100, Fuquay-Varina 27526

We hope you all have an amazing 4th of July weekend!!!

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

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