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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!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Imagine moving to a new state and picking out your new home site unseen! That is exactly what some of our buyer clients are doing these days, but we recently had a special surprise Holiday love story we just had to share!

We got a call one day from a young man moving to the Triangle area from Massachusetts. He had found a 5 bedroom home online that he and his fiance were very interested in and wanted to know if we could “show” it to him while he was still out of state as he did not have any immediate plans to come to the area. Of course we were excited to be able to help him and as we were headed Holly Springs way he said ” you may as well face-time my fiance, she can pick out our home better than I can!”. So, long story short, we face-timed with Ms. Fiance and we got their dream home under contract for them and were on our way to closing.

When Mr. Massachusetts arrived the day before closing, we were a little nervous about meeting him at the house knowing he was closing on it the very next day but had not seen it in person yet! However, all went well at our walk through and we learned the cutest love story we have ever heard…

Ms. Fiance was not in Massachusetts with Mr. Fiance at all, she was in Arizona and would not be arriving in Holly Springs for another week! Mr. Fiance told us that they had been middle school sweethearts years ago but were broken up when they were caught kissing by Ms. Fiance’s mother! They remained friends all through school and college never to date again and would occasionally reach out to each other over the years however one of them was always in a committed relationship so they never had a chance to rekindle their young love.

One day deep into Covid-19 quarantine, Mr. Fiance had just been through a break up and vowed to stay away from relationships for at least a year. However, Covid social distancing gave him lots of time to think so he decided he would reach out to his long lost love. It was unbelievable, she was not in a relationship either and had also vowed to be on her own for awhile. They talked, and face-timed, and talked and face-timed some more and within 8 months learned they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together! They decided on Holly Springs NC and saw each other for the FIRST TIME in 17 years 1 week after they purchased their new home!

This is Jessica and Jereme reunited for the first time at their home in Holly Springs!

If you are thinking of a move to the Triangle area let us help you find your dream home too! Contact us HERE.

Merry Christmans and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

We all see lots of NEW HOME communities popping up all over Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs so we wanted to take a few minutes to explain what it means to have a BUYER’S AGENT representing YOU when buying a new home. The good news is; it is absolutely FREE! Yes, you read correctly, having Buyer’s Agency representation in North Carolina means you have an agent on your side looking out for YOUR best interests and it doesn’t cost you a thing! Read all about NC Agent representation HERE. Everyone loves to look at new homes and the “on-site” agents are there to welcome you in and tell you all about what the neighborhood and builder has to offer. Just remember, the on-site agent is looking out for the BUILDER’s best interest, not YOURS.

The builder group is most likely going to require a non-refundable builder deposit, especially if you are starting the process from the ground up because the builder will be building a home specific to what YOU pick out. This deposit will be a credit towards the purchase price at closing, however if you don’t close on the home you will risk losing your deposit. The builder is also going to base your new home costs on expected pricing of the time of your construction, which most likely will be higher than was used for the existing inventory in the neighborhood. Don’t be surprised if your “custom pre-sale home” ends up costing much more than the inventory “spec” homes that are already in the neighborhood for sale.

The professional real estate brokers of Front Porch Realty are experts at knowing how to negotiate for YOU at a new construction neighborhood for an existing spec home or a pre-sale home. We can help you navigate through the builder contracts and negotiation process as well as the inspection process along the way to a smooth closing.

We also have many local trusted lenders that offer “Construction to Permanent loans” which takes some risk off the builder and may help you save money with your new home financing. In this situation the Buyer applies for the construction loan at the beginning of the build process and at a time of completion of the home the lender converts the construction loan to a mortgage.

Our area is booming with new construction! If you were thinking of buying a new construction home for the new year we are happy to help. We have worked with many local, regional, and national builders and have started Pre-Sales for our new custom homes in Fuquay-Varina for Purfoy Place. Pick out your perfect lot and build your dream home TODAY!

Filed under: Community | Tips for Buyers
Friday, November 6, 2020

Front Porch Realty highly supports our local shops and events around the area. Here we have put together suggestions of activities friends and family may enjoy. They will definitely pick up your spirits and have you thrilled for the holidays to come. You can get a head start on Christmas gifts, take photos, try delicious food and enjoy yourself above all else!

18th Annual Holiday Open HouseGarden Hut                                                           

Saturday, November 7th at 9am

Join the Garden Hut as they celebrate their 18th year of hosting their Annual Holiday Open House. There will be newly themed trees, locally produced products and more! They do recommend bringing canned or non-perishable food to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry as well.

Holiday Open HouseKnB’s Marketplace 

Saturday, November 7th from 10am – 4pm

It will be a jolly good time to bring the family for this lovely event. There will be live music, door prizes, and the children will get to see Santa himself! It’ll be a great holiday photo opportunity.

DIY Wall Hanging Macrame W/ PlantThe Sassy Cow, LLC 

Saturday, November 7th from 2pm – 4:30pm

Reserve your spot today or for a group of friends and attend this fun little workshop together. For $75 per person all materials will be included for you to make your own Macrame Heart Plant Holder. Stacey will be your host in guiding you with a step by step process.

Bringing Back BrunchSir Walter Coffee & Kitchen 

Saturday, November 7th & 8th at 8am – 2pm

The return of brunch is finally here! Grab something delicious to bite while you relax on a wonderful morning. They recommend trying their Bloody Mary or Mimosa Flight while they’re there.
Saturday, November 7th from 9:30am – 12pm
There will be a large variety of local vendors at the venue. Baked goods, natural/organic products, hand-made items and more!
Saturday, Novmber 7th from 10am – 3pm

The first Flea on Main market of the month. There will be lots of vendors the day of to pick out the perfect gift for the up coming holidays! It will be held in a large courtyard area to help keep distance and keep everyone safe. Face Masks are encouraged.

One Year Anniversary CelebrationThe B Hive     

Saturday, November 7th at 10am

Love shopping locally? Come find fun gift items for the family and help The B Hive celebrate this special occasion. From fun card games, clothes and wonderful toys for the children. You will have numerous options to choose from. They wrap gifts as well for you.

We hope you are able to attend these events/activities and that you have an amazing weekend everyone!

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Here is a chance to own a little slice of Wake county history and make it your own! Located just right outside of Fuquay-Varina city limits this park-like setting is a rare find.

The owner’s have been told that some rooms of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home date back to pre-Civil War. A long circular drive leads you to this nostalgic farmhouse with over 2000 sqft of history. Wide-plank heart of pine flooring graces the gorgeous Sunroom and can be found in a couple of additional rooms. The home will need your personal updating and possibly structural work too, but imagine the possibilities!

The sprawling grounds have grapevines, pear and pecan trees, brick walk-ways and a beautiful brick patio plus a gazebo. As if this isn’t enough the property has a large “Barn” with room for a woodstove and a masonry fireplace and even a mini-kitchen. The family remembers their father making monthly lunches for the “old Cupboard crew” in the barn; brunswick stew, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pig pickins’.

In addition there is a large packhouse on the property and a vintage smokehouse. This photo shows the old homeplace when there were still dirt roads and all was farmland. The date is unknown.

This photo shows the Homeplace in the 1980’s. My has our city grown!

One of the fondest memories of the family is their customary Sunday before Christmas dinner and decorating the home for Christmas. Mr. Lawrence also provided an annual New Year’s Eve Breakfast for the community!

The Lawrence family was a family of sharing and community love and they would love to share their homeplace with someone that will love it as much as they have.

For more information and photos of this beautiful home check it our HERE and please contact Front Porch Realty for your own private tour of this beautiful property!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Front Porch Realty was recently invited to a special webinar presentation by Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist, Douglas D. Duncan. Of particular interest to us was Covid-19’s expected impact on our US and of course our local, housing industry.

To our surprise, and great appreciation, we have not seen a disruption of our sales at all from Covid-19 but we can’t help suspect that this huge un-expected disruption of our labor market will eventually trickle down to our housing sales industry and into our local sales activity. There is no doubt there has been in a surge in re-finances in 2020 as more and more homeowner’s have decided to stay in their current homes. Homeowners have had plenty of “home-time” to get all kinds of indoor and outdoor home-improvement projects done. Even if they might have been pondering selling this year, there is fear of where they will go as inventory in all price-points is low. This has added to the cycle of low inventory especially for those baby boomers entering into the home ownership market for the first time.

Good news, according to the Fannie Mae market experts, we should be back to the end of 2019 numbers by the end of 2021, of course we will have lost 2 years of usual growth. Unlike other “recessions”, Covid has hit very specifically. The service and entertainment industries were and continue to be hit hard but other industries have hardly been affected or even actually improved sales. Interest rates are expected to drop even lower in 2021 and most likely stay low for about 5 years. Housing demand will remain way ahead of supply for awhile, prices will continue to go up due to demand and rising building costs.

We want to send a big THANK YOU to one of our trusted local lenders, Shellie King of First Citizens Bank, for this special informative invitation. FRONT PORCH REALTY agents are always ready to help you make a decision about selling and buying a home, we are great listeners and advisers and we will always have your best interests in mind. We can sell all over the Triangle, NC region as well as the greater Wilmington, NC region however we SPECIALIZE in Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Willow Springs, Angier and Lillington.

We can’t wait to help you get started today! Contact us HERE

Thursday, September 10, 2020

6636 Whitted Road | Fuquay-Varina

This adorable ranch home is situated on 1.5 acres of land and has an attached basement. There are 3 Bedrooms and 2 1/2 Baths with an open floor plan, easy access from the living room to the kitchen/dining area. It gives the house a more spacious feel, great place for entertaining guests.

Towards the back you will find the gorgeous screened porch that is fairly large. It is definitely the biggest highlight of the home. Perfect for relaxing and hanging out with friends or family. You can sit back and enjoy the view of the whole yard. The backyard has a great amount of space, children would surely enjoy being outdoors and if they  are interested in checking out a park you will find three that are close by. Only under half a mile away is Falcon Park, Action Park, and Library Park.

The home sits on a large wooded lot that backs up to the Bentwind’s Golf & Country Club, only a two minute drive from the home.

Offered at $299,000.

Visit this link to see more photos and details of this stunning home and Contact us today for your own private viewing!

Friday, September 4, 2020

3552 Bainford Drive | Marcom Place | Fuquay-Varina

Ranch style homes have become more in-demand lately and it is not easy to find one with a good amount of yard space. This Marcom Place home has a spacious floor plan with a great yard to enjoy. The neighborhood is wonderful and sits right in Fuquay-Varina. It has an updated custom-kitchen with a wooded floor and granite counter tops. The appliances throughout the kitchen were recently upgraded making the home feel more like-new!

Towards the back of the home you will find yourself a spacious sun-room! A place for entertaining guests or simply relax enjoy some bird watching. It’s the most refreshing part of the home.

The home is merely right across from the Bentwinds Golf & Country Club. If you or a loved one enjoy a round of golf we recommend this home for you!

It’s not far from retail shopping areas and is about 12 minutes away from Downtown Fuquay-Varina. Then you will find local parks like Hilltop Needmore Town Park & Preserve, a great place for exploring; wooden paths, various plant species and natural bridges.

Offered at $340,000.

Visit this link to see more photos and details of this stunning home and Contact us today for your own private viewing!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dreaming of that vacation home on the NC coast? You don’t have to wait any longer, Front Porch Realty is now a member of the Wilmington greater area MLS! We have been helping our clients for years at the coast so we have finally decided to make it official. From Topsail Island through Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure beaches down to Oak Island and beyond, we have you covered. We are ready to help make your coastal lifestyle a reality.

Wilmington is an incredible area to call home or own a timeless investment. Ever think about owning an airbnb? Have a student attending UNCW? There is always a traffic flow of visitors, tourists and locals.

The area has so much to offer and we’re not just talking about the beach. Take the time to check out their Historic Downtown area where you’ll get to taste fresh local seafood and regional specialties at locally owned restaurants and pubs. Go out on the town with family and friends, you will have the time of your life.

Then when you’re looking for more mellow activities to do, there are historic tours and cruises you can go on. You may come to find one that will take you across the river and aboard the Battleship North Carolina! Every second will be a new adventure.

Check out this amazing view of Wrightsville Beach!

Just adore the area? We can help you in the coastal areas as well as inland in the communities and beaches surrounding Wilmington and beyond.

Contact us today and we will get you started!

Filed under: Community | Tips for Buyers
Monday, August 10, 2020

We are hosting our Annual Back to School Supply Drive here at our Front Porch Realty office in Fuquay-Varina! Whether the kids will be going to school this fall or studying at your kitchen table they will still need the proper materials. Let us come together as a community to support these young students. All donations will be collected throughout the month of August and will be donated to schools in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.

For those being home-schooled we are open for you to drop by the office and pick up some supplies as well!

Here are some ideas of items you can donate:

  • Notebooks
  • Agendas / Planners
  • Backpacks
  • Pencils and Erasers
  • Pencils Cases / Pouches
  • Pens – Blue, Black, and Red
  • Pocket Folders
  • Binders
  • Highlighters
  • Glue
  • Rulers
  • Index Cards
  • Coloring Materials – Markers, Crayons, and Colored Pencils
  • Scissors

 

Thank you again for your help! The students,teachers and families will be grateful for this act of kindness. We can’t wait to deliver the supplies to our local schools!

If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us!

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