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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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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!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

In Front Porch Realty’s 25 year history, there has never been a better time to sell your home than in today’s market! We have a low inventory of homes across all price points and an influx of buyers from all over the country. Super hot LOW interest rates are adding to our buyer pool as first time buyers strive to leave their high-priced rentals and apartments. Multiple offers within days, and even hours, way above list prices are fast becoming the “norm” at FRONT PORCH REALTY.

According to our latest Triangle MLS stats, our local inventory is down a whopping 80% from 2020 and our Days on Market is down 68%! Not only is Front Porch Realty selling our listings extremely quickly, we are also accepting offers way over list price with the buyers signing appraisal addendums willing to pay their offer prices regardless of what their lender’s appraised value comes in. Below is a snapshot of February’s 2021 Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs MLS activity, courtesy of our local Triangle MLS.

 

 

Thinking about selling this year but not quite ready? Our “COMING SOON” option may be the perfect solution for you! Potential Buyers are able to get a “sneak peak” of your home before you are ACTIVE on the market ensuring a very quick sale with mimimum showing exposure of your home.

Find out what your home is worth HERE, no obligation, just info, we are LOCAL experts and are here to help!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 has been quite the year for surprises and hardships and we are all ready to bid it farewell! FRONT PORCH REALTY has been working hard to find some great New Year’s options and wanted to share what we have found with all of you! All are held locally within the Triangle. If you’ve been stuck at home and just dying to get out and do something fun, now is the time to do so!

New Year’s Eve Five Course Meal – Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing

From 4:30pm to 9pm (201 S Boylan Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603)

Enjoy a special evening at the Wye Hill. Wind down, relax and socialize (at a distance of course). Bring your friends or family to join you as you spend your last moments of 2020 together! For safe distancing the setting will be held outside on their heated, covered and cozy patio. It’ll be a perfect night as you enjoy the 5 course meal they will be serving and their amazing dessert to top it off.

New Year’s Eve Light Show – Holland Road Lights

Starts at 5:30pm (409 Holland Rd, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526)

A fun-filled drive by experience as Holland Road Lights wraps up another season with an outstanding show. Enjoy a spectacular light show and hear hard hitting beats, nothing will stop those hips from moving! There will even be free glow sticks while supply lasts!

WRAL Nights of LightsWRAL TV

Starts at 5:30pm ( 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603)

Take a drive through Dorothea Dix Park and check out the mile long holiday lighting. You can’t get any safer than watching the show from your car. Don’t miss the last day to see it!

N.W.L. Un-New Years Eve Party – Niche Wine Lounge

From 6pm to 10pm (109 N Main St, Holly Springs, NC 27540)

Toast at 8:30pm for the New Year! Eat good food and jam to live music played by Liz Reedy. Festivities will take place on their heated outdoor seating area.

Lights On The Meadow Lights On the Meadow

From 6pm to 9pm (9301 Hay Meadow Ct, Raleigh, NC 27603)

This family began sharing their joy 23 years ago! Celebrate with them and see their light show. You may even see some favorite characters such as Frosty, Rudolph, and Mickey and catch a glimpse of Santa himself. They have over 40 inflatables to enjoy! You will want to tune to channel 88.3 FM to listen as the lights dance to the music. This will be a fantastic treat for the kids!

A Night To Remember, A Year to Forget – Tin Roof Raleigh

Starts at 6pm (304 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603)

Come join the crew as they toast 2020 goodbye and say “hello” to the new year! Table reservation will be required. They will have packages that include Champagne for the Table, Appetizer Platter, your choice of Domestic Bucket of Beer or Bucket of Seltzers. Fees will apply once you reserve.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from our FRONT PORCH family to yours!
We are here for you for any local real estate need you may have! Let us know HERE!

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