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Thursday, June 20, 2024

I think we can all agree that North Carolina summers can get hot. The perfect solution? A day at the Splash Pad! Located at 900 S Main St., this splashtastic spot is open daily from 10am to 7pm, all the way through Labor Day weekend.

Here's the all you need to know on enjoying the Splash Pad:

  • Residents: A free Splash Pad Card is required for entry (proof of residency needed).
  • Non-residents: A small fee of $2 per person applies.
  • All ages: Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Packing for Splash Pad Fun:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks (if you plan on staying for a while)
  • Cash (for non-residents and any snacks you might buy from vendors)

Beyond the Splash Pad:

Looking for more ways to make a splash this summer? Dive into these awesome ideas:

  • Explore the Great Outdoors: Visit Fuquay-Varina Mineral Spring Park, hike the trails, or have a picnic under the shade of the trees in one of Fuquay's many trails and parks!
  • Cool Brews and Local Eats: Take a brewery tour at Aviator Brewing Company, or grab a bite to eat at one of the towns many restaurants / breweries.
  • Support Local Businesses: Support local artisans and farmers every Saturday from (until Sept. 7) at the Fuquay-Varina Growers Market. Located in the Chamber parking lot from 9am-12pm.
  • Arts and Culture: Immerse yourself in Fuquay's vibrant arts scene or check out one of their awesome kids summer camp programs. Visit their website for more details on whats to come!

.. So get out and explore all that our charming town has to offer!

Friday, June 14, 2024

🏳️‍🌈Come one, come all, come as you are!🏳️‍🌈

The Fuquay-Varina Pride Celebration is happening THIS SATURDAY, June 15th. Get ready for a day jampacked with some of your favorite local businesses celebrating the strength, courage, and resilience, contributions and achievements made by members of the LGBTQ+ community.

What's in store? Check it out -

8am Workout of the Day: Stonewall at Crossfit Shoofly
10am Fuquay-Varina Pride Strut from Council Gym to Town Hall (all ages) (0.5 miles)
11am-12pm Fuquay-Varina Growers Market (Chamber parking lot)
12pm-4pm Fuquay-Varina Pride Celebration at Mason Jar Lager Co. (all ages)
3pm-6pm Crazy Glaze Pride Paint Day (tickets required, 8+)
4:30pm-6:30pm Teen Social at Stick Boy Bread Co. (13-17 year olds)
7pm-10pm Crazy Glaze Pride Paint Night (tickets required, 8+)
9pm-1am Pride After Dark: Karaoke at The Brick (21+)
Thursday, June 6, 2024
Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a relaxing escape, this one is for you! Today, we're setting our sights on Harris Lake / Harris Lake County Park, a hidden gem located right outside of Fuquay in New Hill, North Carolina.

A Fisherman's Paradise:

Cast your line and experience the thrill of reeling in a trophy bass, a catfish, or other fresh water fish that are abundant in the lake! Harris Lake, a sprawling 4,100-acre man-made wonder, is a haven for anglers. Bass fishing tends to be named supreme here, with frequent tournaments testing the skills of seasoned fishermen!

Beyond the Reel: A Park for All

Harris Lake County Park, situated on a 680-acre peninsula, is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with nature. Spread out a blanket under the NC sunshine and soak up the beauty of the surroundings. Feeling energetic? Lace up your shoes and explore a network of biking and hiking trails that weave through the park.

Family Fun Awaits:

Planning a day out with the family? Harris Lake Park has something for everyone! Let the kids loose on the playground while you pack a picnic basket and find the perfect spot under a shady tree. The park also boasts open play areas, perfect for frisbee throws (there's even a disc golf course), impromptu soccer games, or just kicking back and enjoying the fresh air.

Learning and Exploring:

The park caters to curious minds too! Designated educational areas provide opportunities to learn about the local wildlife found in the park. Keep an eye out for informative signage or consider joining a guided program offered by the park rangers.

Bonus Tips:

  • The park offers picnic shelters with grills available for rent, perfect for a memorable gathering.
  • Don't forget to check the park's website or social media pages for upcoming events or educational programs.
  • The park is open daily from 8am to sunset, with closures on major holidays.
Let Harris Lake be your summer escape! Check out their informative brochure HERE!
Monday, June 3, 2024
I am Laura Evans, the owner and Broker-in-Charge of Fuquay-Varina's Independent real estate firm; Front Porch Realty.  I have been selling our local real estate since 1996 and have gained insight over the years, seen the ups and downs, and so much more! Here are my thoughts on the recent National Assocition of Realtors® lawsuit and settlement...I have said it will be "Business As Usual" for Front Porch Realty and I am still declaring this, here is why -  
Here at Front Porch Realty, we have always been professionals when helping our seller and buyer clients.  At first contact we review the North Carolina Real Estate Commission's WORKING WITH REAL ESTATE AGENT DISCLOSURE and enter into an Agency Agreement with them.  That way ethically, and legally, we can represent our client(s).
Traditionally, the sellers in North Carolina have paid their agent's commission and their agent shares part of that commission with the agent that brings the buyer. This is one of the major changes dictated by the lawsuit. This compensation agreement has always been spelled out in our Agency agreements with great explanation to our seller clients, however "buyer's agent" commission has also always been displayed on our local MLS for buyer's agents to see.  With the recent lawsuit settlement changes, local MLS platforms will no longer be able to display any commission or fee a seller, or seller's agency,  is willing to pay to a buyer's agent. With this now in place, some agencies will need to either get their commission paid by their buyer client OR request the seller pay their commission when writing an offer to purchase.
At first glance, this may be a more "fair" way for agents to get paid for their services (the actual buyer they are representing pays them) however, forthcoming I see lots of unfortunate possibilities for buyers, as well as home sellers.
What if the Buyer does not have the funds to pay for their representation?  
They won't be able to get proper legal representation for one of the biggest money transactions of their life?
What if a seller offers to pay a Buyer's Agent for one offer and not another?
I see big Fair Housing red flags.
What if a neighboring home is offering a large Buyer's Agent compensation and you are not offering any compensation to Buyer's Agents?  ( Buyer's agent compensation will be allowed to be displayed in all marketing of homes)
Is your home going to get "passed over" by buyers that can't afford to pay for their representation?
      To me, this ruling is an unfortunate step backwards in the world of buying and selling homes.  Commissions have ALWAYS been negotiable, and will continue to be.  Front Porch Realty agents hold themselves to the business ethics standard proclaimed by the National Association of Realtors® and we will continue to do so.         The second big rule change stemming from the NAR lawsuit is that Buyer Agents MUST enter into a written Buyer Agency Agreement with their buyer CLIENT prior to showing them a home. This is another "Business As Usual" practice for Front Porch Realty.  We KNOW there are lots of agents out there that will show prospective buyers homes at the drop of a hat, whether qualified or not, this has never been our practice at Front Porch Realty.  As a seller, do you really want a non-qualified buyer touring your home? We have practiced teaching and educating our buyers on what to do when entering the housing market to position themselves into the best possible scenario to buy a home. The key term here is CLIENT. Of course buyers will still be able to find an agent that will jump for them anytime, day or night, to show them a home in hopes they can "make the sale".  Rest assured, Front Porch Realty agents put a lot of time, effort, and professionalism into helping our buyer client's find a home and get them through offer to close.       Let us know how we can help you in your next real estate adventure!       -Laura Evans   Click HERE to get in contact with Front Porch Realty TODAY!
Thursday, May 23, 2024

Calling all craft beer lovers and adventurous sippers! Fuquay-Varina's downtown scene just got a whole lot more exciting with the launch of their brand new Social District. That's right, folks – starting today (Thursday, May 23rd!), you can grab a brew from your favorite local spot and enjoy it while strolling through the designated district.

Cheers to Weekend Wanderings🍻

Here's the scoop:

  • Hours: Thursdays & Fridays from 4pm-9pm, Saturdays from 12pm-9pm.
  • The Essentials: You gotta be 21+ to participate, and your drink must be in an official Fuquay-Varina Social District cup. Boundaries will be clearly marked, so you know exactly where you can roam with your beverage. All drinks must be consumed and disposed of within the district boundaries.
  • Supporting Local: Look for participating businesses with a special window cling, depending on the color of the sign depends on if they are taking part in the district fun or not. GREEN = Beverages may be brought into the establisment BLUE = Beverages are sold here and outside beverages are allowed RED = Beverages are not allowed in establishment

The Social District is a fantastic way to support our amazing local breweries and establishments all while exploring the charm of downtown Fuquay-Varina in a whole new way. 🍺Picture this:

  • Brewery/Resturant hopping: Visit multiple breweries, sample their latest creations, and enjoy them outside in the beautiful weather.
  • Lively evenings: Take your beverage to an outdoor concert or browse the shops with a refreshing beer in hand (in a Social District cup, of course!).

This is the perfect chance to experience our growing town in a fresh, new way this summer. Grab a cold one from a local brewery, soak up the atmosphere, and explore the charming shops and eateries around town. It's a win-win for everyone – you get to enjoy your favorite brews outdoors, and our local businesses get a boost.🍸

Cheers to summer, cheers to local brews, and cheers to Fuquay-Varina!

Check out the participating businesses below - FUQUAY DISTRICT - Fainting Goat Brewing Company Happy's Country Club Inner Beast Hatchet House Revelry Barber & Shave Shop El Cantarito Bar and Grill The Mill Original Strength Institute Curated Craft Marketplace Brus on Main Anna's Pizzeria Merle Norman Cosmetics & All Things Girly Boutique Ruby James and Maren Mays Abshure Realty Group Mason Jar Tavern Casa Amigos Cocina Mexican Bar Family Optical Graff Creative Pass It On Thrift Store KnB's Marketplace Brus on Main Vicious Fishes VARINA DISTRICT - Pints Aviator TapHouse Aviator Pizzeria & Beer Shop Aviator Smokehouse Oaklyn Springs Taproom Rebel PT Big Chat Salon Mason Jar Lager Company J&S New York Pizza Lollipops Children's Boutique Nil's Mediterranean Cuisine Moonlight Liquor Lounge Live View Studio

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