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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!
Monday, April 22, 2024

Living in Fuquay-Varina we are blessed with abundant sunshine, making solar panels an enticing option for many homeowners. But before you jump on the solar bandwagon, it's important to weigh the benefits and risks.

Shining Benefits:

  • Environmental benefits: Solar energy is a clean and renewable resource, reducing your carbon output and contributing to a greener future.
  • Financial Freedom: Over time, generating your own electricity can significantly reduce your dependence on the grid, potentially leading to substantial savings.
  • Government Incentives: The federal solar tax credit currently stands at 30%, significantly reducing the upfront cost of installation. North Carolina also offers various incentives like property tax exemptions and rebates. To learn more about these incentives, CLICK HERE!
  • Boost Your Home's Value: Studies suggest homes with solar panels can sell faster and for a higher price.
  • Low Maintenance: Modern solar panels require minimal upkeep, just occasional cleaning to maintain efficiency.

Shadows to Consider:

  • Upfront Investment: The initial cost of purchasing and installing a solar panel system can be significant.
  • Sun's Schedule: Solar panels rely on sunshine, so they're less effective on cloudy days and don't generate power at night. Battery storage systems can help mitigate this, but add extra expense.
  • Not a Perfect Fit: Not all roofs are suitable for solar panels. Factors like size, angle, and shading from trees can impact efficiency.
  • Location, Location, Location: Places with consistent sunshine see greater benefits from solar panels.
  • Moving On Up? The benefits of solar panels might not transfer fully to the next homeowner, potentially affecting your return on investment if you plan to move soon.

The Verdict: Sunny with a Few Clouds

If you're intrigued by the possibility of solar power, Fuquay-Varina offers excellent sunshine and several reputable solar installers. Research different systems, consult with a local solar professional, and obtain multiple quotes to determine your best course of action. Remember, a well-informed decision paves the way for a brighter future, both financially and environmentally!

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Quaint, one-street neighborhood Purfoy Place has only a few lots left to build on! Currently there are 4 active homes, CLICK HERE to see what's available!
ACT FAST Only a few days left in January and that means only a few days left of our AWESOME incentive - $20,000 USE AS YOU CHOOSE! SERIOUSLY, anything you choose, buy-down rate, closing costs, a fence, a kitchen appliance package...the possibilities are endless!
Contact your ONLY Independently-Owned Real Estate Experts at Front Porch Realty to learn more about this awesome incentive, what's available in Purfoy Place, and what is to come!


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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Fuquay-Varina Middle School Traditional School

"The FVMS community will empower students to contribute to a dynamic society by meeting their unique needs through ever-evolving and meaningful learning,  enhanced with technology, while providing a positive, nurturing environment."
Home of the Bengals!
Mission: We will ensure that every student is Celebrated, Challenged, and Connected at Fuquay-Varina Middle School. 
Main Office: 919-557-2727
School Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kris Clark, Principal

Fuquay-Varina Middle School, formally known as Fuquay Springs High School or "The Old Red Building", was constructed around 1918 on the corner of Ennis and N Academy Street. Fuquay-Varina Middle School has ample amounts of History behind it's construction. One interesting artifact that still resides inside of the since re-constructed Middle School is the School Bell that was used back when the school first opened.
Although still uncertain, these are the most up-to-date dates found for the School up until the new High School was built on Bengal Blvd.
  • Fuquay Springs High School 1918 (first graduating class 1922)
  • Fuquay-Varina High School 1967 (first graduating class)
  • Fuquay-Varina Junior High School 1975 (with move of high school grades 10-12 that year)
  • Fuquay-Varina Middle School 1977
  • Ninth grade left the campus for Bengal Blvd in 1977.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Gemstone Homes has a special offer going on for 2 of their beautiful, custom new construction homes in PURFOY PLACE!
Let us repeat that, Gemstone Homes is giving $10,000 TO USE AS YOU CHOOSE on your home! This could apply to your closing costs, blinds, appliances, fixtures, WHATEVER YOU WANT!
PURFOY PLACE is located just outside of Fuquay-Varina, about 7 minutes from the Historic Downtown Fuquay-Varina Area. All lots are just shy of half an acre with curb and gutter, enjoy a sidewalk on the North side of neighborhood, and a Mail Kiosk at the entrance of PURFOY PLACE.
Contact your Local Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Experts at Front Porch Realty today to learn more!
For location and more details visit us HERE!
LOT 13
294 LAMBERT LANE 4 Bed / 3 Bath $550,000

LOT 20
462 LAMBERT LANE 3 Bed / 2½ Bath $525,000

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