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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!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
In the bustling world of real estate, the decision to sell your home is a significant one. It's not just about listing a property; it's about navigating a complex transaction that holds loads of emotional and financial weight. In such pivotal moments, the expertise and dedication of a local real estate agent can make all the difference.   At Independently Owned and Operated Front Porch Realty, we understand the unique charm and enticement of the Fuquay-Varina community. Our roots run deep here, and our commitment to serving our neighbors is unwavering. Here's why choosing a local real estate agent like us is paramount:  
  • Community Knowledge. Selling a home isn't just about the property itself; it's about understanding the neighborhood, schools, amenities, and local market trends. Our agents live and breathe Fuquay-Varina, giving them an intimate understanding of what makes each area unique. From the bustling downtown scene to the tranquil suburban streets, we know the ins and outs of our community and we cannot wait to show you around!
  • Personalized Service. When you choose Front Porch Realty, you're not just another transaction; you're family. We prioritize personalized service, taking the time to understand your unique needs and goals. Whether you're a first-time seller or a seasoned investor, we tailor our approach to ensure a seamless experience from start to finish.
  • Top-Tier Marketing. Selling a home requires more than just sticking a "For Sale" sign in the yard. Our marketing strategies are second to none, leveraging the latest social media trends and techniques to showcase your property in its best light. From professional photography to targeted online campaigns, we leave no stone unturned in maximizing your home's exposure.
  • Passion and Commitment. At Front Porch Realty, real estate isn't just a job; it's our passion. We genuinely care about the people we serve and the communities we represent. Every member of our team is dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction, at the end of the day your success is our success.
  • Full-Service Experience. Selling your home involves plenty of moving parts, from negotiations to paperwork to closing. With Front Porch Realty, you can rest assured that we'll be with you every step of the way. Our comprehensive approach covers all aspects of the transaction, allowing you to relax and enjoy a stress-free selling process.
  When it comes to selling your home in Fuquay-Varina, don't settle for anything less than the best. Don't trust your most valuable asset to just anyone—trust the local experts who know, care, and are truly invested in your success.






Monday, March 27, 2023

If You're Thinking of Selling Your Home, Spring is the Perfect Time

Traditionally we have all heard; “Wait until the Spring to put your home on the market!” While Spring is a fine time to sell your home, what I have learned while selling homes in Fuquay-Varina for the last 30 years is there really isn’t a “bad” time to sell your home in the Triangle area of North Carolina!
Yes, Spring brings the school-minded families out hoping to get all settled in a new home before school starts but we all know Wake county doesn’t have a “traditional school calendar” and hasn’t for a very long time. Of course, LOTS of our transplants that are looking for homes in our area are coming from areas of the country where they only know the traditional school calendar of September to May. So, Spring makes a perfect time to sell your home.
Spring also entices us all to do our “Spring Cleaning” ...does anyone else remember washing walls with a bucket and sponge and windows inside and out with a vinegar bottle and newspaper on their Spring Break?? After a good cleaning out from our winter months, putting your home on the market to sell is a great idea!
I have seen over the years that if someone is looking for a home in the winter months, they “have” to move and are very serious. We don’t have to worry, most years anyway, about moving in the snow or bitter cold but we know our “transplants” do! I have always told my owners that were thinking of putting their home on the market in the fall or winter but they want to “wait until Spring”, why wait until you have lots of competition out there? May as well sell when no one else is! It’s all about supply and demand!
Speaking of supply and demand, we are STILL seeing a shortage of homes in Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding areas. We just put a home on the market last Friday afternoon and received multiple offers before the weekend was up! Yes, the mortgage interest rates are going up, but rising rates are not stopping buyers needing a home in our area! Buyers know they can always refinance their home loans when the rates head downward again.
Front Porch Realty is the only LOCAL INDEPENDENT real estate company in Fuquay-Varina. We all eat, live, and play here and most of all we KNOW our Fuquay-Varina real estate market. We consistently have buyers from all over the country contacting us as they find us on Google and can quickly see we are the LOCAL leader of Fuquay-Varina. I publish a hyper-local quarterly Real Estate Market Update, let me know if you would like to receive it by email or snail mail. Oh, and Front Porch Realty just partnered with Front Porch Rentals offering Property Management for our local homeowners!  
Let us know how we can help you!
-Laura (Moody) Evans, Broker/Owner
Front Porch Realty | 604 N Main St Fuquay-Varina | 919-422-4542
Monday, November 22, 2021
This gorgeous townhome did NOT last long! Only 3 days on the market and 6 offers later, 631 Whitetail Creek is UNDER CONTRACT! This area is continuing to grow and the market is CRAZY! Now is the time to sell your home if you have been thinking about it! Be sure to contact your local Front Porch Realty team for all of your selling and/or buying needs. We update our website with new listings, be sure to check it out! Lovely ranch end unit. 2BR and 2 full baths. Fireplace in living room. In town amenities.
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