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Monday, September 20, 2021

EXCITING NEWS FOLKS! Cleveland Draft House off of E. Broad Street will be opening September 27th! If you have been following along since they announced Cleveland Draft House some time ago you know it has been a long wait but we are finally in the home stretch! The restaurant chain currently has two other locations located in Clayton and Garner, NC. If you have had the pleasure of stopping by one of their 2 other locations before, you know we are in for a treat here in Fuquay Varina.

Specializing in Burgers, Ribs, and pretty much all American Cuisine you are sure to find a tasty bite to eat to curve your hunger. Cleveland Draft House is a full service restaurant and Bar with 50 beers on draft. The atmosphere offers the best of both worlds. During the daytime you can catch families of all ages enjoying a meal together, companies grabbing lunch together, but head over at nighttime and you can enjoy trivia nights (TBD), play pool, or throw some darts with friends. Starting next Monday September 27, 2021 enjoy the Cleveland Draft House experience we have all been patiently waiting for!

They are still hiring line cooks, please click the link below to fill out an application if interested.

APPLY HERE

Friday, September 10, 2021

One of the best events known to happen in Fuquay-Varina is The Mill Market!

Triangle Pop-Up hosts various markets throughout the triangle and surrounding areas, but this is where it all started! Creative director, Sarah Moody made Triangle Pop-Up in support of local artists and has worked hard to do so over the years. She now has a 4 member team helping her expand.

You can find all sorts of quality handmade goods at The Mill Market from food, candles to jewelry. You are sure to discover a fun treat that will draw you back each time the market is held. Not only can you shop but The Mill features $3 Mimosas so you can sip and shop. To top it all off, a local artist performs which really sets the mood! It is truly an experience for friends, family, and all ages.

If you are wanting to become a vendor or simply know more you can inquire by going to the Triangle Pop-Up website when you click HERE.

Front Porch Realty has been honored to sponsor The Mill Market and would love to see you there! Stop by and say hey to one of your agents! You’ll get a free “swag” bag to carry all of your goodies and talk to some of the best Real Estate Professionals in the area!

UPCOMING POP-UPs YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS:

Saturday, September 11 (11:00am – 3:00pm) : Pop-Up for Pups at Big Boss Brewery
1249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27604
Click Here to learn more!

Saturday, September 18 (10:00am – 2:00pm) : The Mill Market at The Mill
146 S Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Click Here to learn more!
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Let’s take a peek inside the local housing market in Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, and all surrounding areas in the Triangle. You may notice housing inventory is at an all time low right now. Front Porch Realty has seen both sides of the market including the good and the bad and the ugly. With the housing market as crazy as it is lately, we find ourselves writing fantastic offers to buyers that do not make the winning bid along and on top of that some of our listings are selling without the buyer having one showing!

With advertisements for so many services popping up every other website I am sure you have come across the “online, easy way to sell your home” ads, maybe even before you came to this blog post. Sure, it may sound amazing to not have to prep your home to be sold and you may be surprised with how much equity you may have. The one thing we can assure you of – listing your home with a local real estate agent and letting your home go on the open market will net even more equity than online. There are quite a few catches to these online real estate companies you may not even be aware of including charging upwards of 10% commission on top all kinds of hidden fees. Think of it like this, they are making their money on the front end then will go turn around and immediately sell your house for more.

Please talk to your local Real Estate Agent, you will be surprised to find there is not much prep to be done to sell your home! Heck, most homes are selling “as is” without the buyer even seeing the home in person! Your local real estate professional will have a much better insight on your local market versus an online company that most likely is out of state and has zero clue of the local housing market in your area. At the end of the day, there will be hidden fees, service charges, inspections fees, that could cost you from 6%-13%…NO THANKS!

If you’re thinking of selling, now is a fantastic time! FRONT PORCH REALTY Owner and Broker-in-charge, Laura Moody, recently had a chat with one of our FRONT PORCH REALTY agents, Melissa Zappia. See what they had to say HERE!

Contact us for more about the real estate market or sign-up for our MONTHLY NEWSLETTER where you’ll stay up to date on community events, new listings and what’s happening in the real estate world – click HERE.

Friday, July 30, 2021

New custom built homes have become a HOT topic throughout the Triangle and we highly recommend having a Buyer’s Agent helping you through your home buying process of a new construction home!

Front Porch Realty Brokers Teresa Ennis and Laura Moody recently chatted about what it really means to have an agent on your side when purchasing a home. We encourage our buyer clients to browse through new construction neighborhoods, we just want you to be aware that the “on-site” agents in the model homes WORK FOR THE BUILDER.  It is perfectly fine to get information and pricing from them, just remember not to talk to them about anything you would not want the builder to know, they legally have a fiduciary duty to the builder they represent. At first communication at a new construction neighborhood be sure and tell the on-site agent that you have an agent representing you. You will likely need to fill out a form with your info as well as your agent’s info.

Your Front Porch agent will suggest you have a pre-drywall home inspection as well as a finished home inspection. You are making a huge investment!  No worries, we will set this all up for you and coordinate the timing with the builder. We also highly recommend a new survey, the one the builder will give you at closing will be from before the home was built. You will want an accurate updated survey, especially if you plan on putting up a fence in the future.

Front Porch Realty has 25 + years of experience selling new construction homes in the Fuquay-Varina area and the best part is our representation as your Buyer’s Agent won’t cost you a thing!

View Teresa and Laura’s video chat HERE.

View the North Carolina Real Estate Commission Working With Real Estate Agents HERE.

If you are looking for some great support in your search of a new construction home, our real estate professionals are happy to help get you started!

Contact us at 919-577-0175 or learn more by sending us a message HERE.

Monday, July 12, 2021

We are all excited to see our local economy up and running again, however our housing market is still facing many challenges!

The new market update shows us just how low our inventory of homes is; less than a 1- or zero-months’ supply across all price points.  We included “Coming Soon” listings in our “Active” supply numbers, “Coming Soon” status means the home cannot be shown to any buyers yet, the owners are getting them ready for the market. Our local buyers are so desperate for a home they are buying them sight unseen, across all price points!  As of this writing, we ONLY have 119 homes for sale currently in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina according to our local TMLS, and that includes any advertised new construction that may not even be built yet.

View our Q2 Market Update HERE.

Front Porch Realty has added 3 brokers to our office this year, including one at the North Carolina coast. We now have 12 professional real estate brokers to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors. Please consider Front Porch Realty YOUR LOCAL go to real estate company. Don’t forget to LIKE US on Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t already! Let us know if you are thinking of selling your home, it is a fantastic time to maximize that equity!

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!

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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