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Monday, April 17, 2023

Are you an investor with rental properties in Wake County, North Carolina? Check out Front Porch Rentals!

  A local company located in Fuquay-Varina, NC and serving Wake County and surrounding areas. We would love the chance to take care of your investment property and set you up to get a return on your investment as soon as possible! There are lots of great reasons to hire us, but here are a few that are especially beneficial to investors like yourself:
  • We are LOCAL! No traveling for you, and you can be sure that someone physically has eyes on your property to be sure that it is being cared for properly.
  • Maintenance & Repairs: Most maintenance, we will handle for you. The tenant will contact us directly if there is an issue, and we will facilitate the fix. We will also inspect the property and schedule routine maintenance as needed.
  • You will have your own owner’s login to our software so you are able to view any relevant information to your property at any time, as well as run a variety of reports making reconciling your financials a breeze.
  • Most importantly, we will free up your time! With us handling tenant screening, move-in coordination, marketing, lease and lease renewals signing, repairs, property inspections, etc., it gives you more time to find your next investment!

Please contact us for more information or if you have any questions.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
With the hot months upon us, many of us forget how important it can be to have your HVAC system serviced regularly to ensure you are getting the best performance from your system. Regular HVAC maintenance can help improve the efficiency of your system, extend the lifespan, and reduce energy costs on your bill. Your LOCAL Fuquay-Varina HVAC experts at B&J Heating and Air Services are ready to help keep you cool this Summer season! Providing excellent Customer Service for over 20 years!
Being a homeowner is one of the most rewarding feelings however, at times being a homeowner can be slightly tricky. Maintaining your home as a whole is top priority and though you may be top of your game regarding this, there will almost always be a situation where you need an experienced professional. How do you know when it's time to call a licensed professional? Here are some of the top signs your HVAC needs servicing -
  • Your system is not cooling your home effectively or efficiently.
  • Your system is making unusual noises (high pitched squealing, banging, clicking, buzzing, hissing, rattling, or other unusually loud sounds).
  • Your system is leaking water (or some other substance).
  • Your system is tripping the circuit breaker
You can easily set up an appointment with B&J Heating and Air Services by filling out their online contact form, calling their one of TWO lines to speak with someone about getting on schedule, or send them an over an email and they will reach out to you. Be sure you have all of your information regarding your HVAC system ready and available for use (system brand, year, warranty if applicable) for a more speedy scheduling!
"I personally can say that B&J Heating and Air Services exceeded by expectations. I have been experiencing issues with cooling my home the past couple of summers however this summer it was clear I needed a professional to pinpoint the issues. I had one business come out assess the problem, thinking it was a simple fix I followed instructions and still, NO cold air coming from my vents. A trusted source mentioned I need to reach out to B&J Heating & Air to help me and sure enough, Ben came out about 2 hours after our first call and was able to figure the problem and offered solutions and would be back that following Monday (SLOW freon leak causing NO cold air and a sky rocketing bill). Once the weekend passed Ben was back with a fix to my problem and I had my unit back up and running in no time and all at a great price! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BEN AND HIS TEAM AT B&J Heating and Air." -Haylee Kinlaw (Front Porch Realty                                                                         Marketing Manager)  
Don't ignore any potential maintenance problems with your unit like I did! Contact B&J Heating & Air Services today whether you are having issues, your system needs a good clean, or any other service seen fit to keep your system in good health!

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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, February 27, 2023
There's a new Property Management Company in town; Front Porch Rentals!

Do you own a home that you would like to rent out, but don't feel like dealing with the hassle? They would love to help! Looking for the perfect rental home for yourself? They can help with that too! Fuquay-Varina's #1 Local Source for Property Management!

Don't forget to follow along with Front Porch Rentals Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know! ✔️📲


  • Convenient tenant portal for submitting rental applications, paying rent, submitting maintenance requests, signing lease agreements, etc.
  • Thorough background and credit checks on all applicants in order to find the best tenant for your property.
  • Modern-day software streamlining all financial transactions, so money gets to owner and vendors quickly.
  • Property assessment to determine the rent value of your home.
  • Property inspection and recommendations to ensure your homes is rent-ready.
  • On-going inspection of your property while occupied to confirm that it is being cared for, to your standards.
  • Owner portal with ability to run financial reports.
  • Coordinate tenants' access to community amenities.
  • Handling of late fee billing; eviction process when necessary.
  • Move in/out photography, video to market property for quick rental.
  • As part of annual lease renewal: re-analyzation of rental fees, property inspection, and renewal paperwork.

Contact Front Porch Rentals today to learn more -

(919) 439-4511

Thursday, February 9, 2023
Valentines day is right around the corner and we have one important you have your plans set yet? If not, follow our locals guide to a romantic evening around Fuquay-Varina with your significant other or your best friends!
  1. Forget flowers? Want something extra beautifully special? First stop, Head to Flowers on Broad Street to pick up a bouquet from Donna and her team! From fresh cut roses to gorgeous tulips, stunning lilies and huge hydrangeas, you're sure to find the perfect bunch for your special someone!
  2. Just a short couple of steps away, your second stop awaits. Start off your romantic/fun evening out by grabbing a beer from Oaklyn Springs Brewery! With tons of beers on-tap to choose from and a friendly smile behind the counter it will be the perfect way to kick things off!
  3. Now let's eat! Hop in the car and take the quick drive over to Garibaldi for an authentic Italian Cuisine experience (you might want to call and make a reservation before-hand)! They have multiple dishes that'll set your taste buds afire while enjoying cozy, dim-lit dinner! The menu at Garibaldi's is top-of-the-line, don't miss out!
  4. Whose ready for some action? Head on over to Inner Beast Hatchet House for a unique experience throwing axes! Whether you are a first-timer or you have thrown axes before, grab a beer and enjoy yourself! (Be sure to wear closed toed shoes!)
  5. End your wonderful evening with a stroll around Mineral Spring Park. BUT FIRST, Coffee! Grab your favorite pick me up from The Mill before heading over on your walk! Mineral Spring Park offers benches and picnic tables if you would rather sit and enjoy the quiet OR feel free to walk the path beautifully lit with globes. Make sure to check out the mineral spring itself right below the gazebo, PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THE WATER! Want to learn the history behind Mineral Springs Park? Read our blog post to learn all about it!
None of the above your cup of tea? That's okay, we have SO much to do in Fuquay-Varina:
  • It may be February and cold out, but Pints Ice Cream has more to offer than you would first believe! Beer & Ice Cream flights? YES PLEASE!
  • Vicious Fishes Tap & Kitchen is sure to hit the spot with their versatile menu! A go-to spot for locals and pass-byers, their beers are top-notch and their drink menu is superior!
  • Grab a delicious cup of Coffee from Cultivate Coffee Roasters! Cold or hot, your cup is guaranteed to be freshly brewed!
  • Looking for flowers AND more? Check out The Garden Hut! Filled with whimsical outdoor and indoor décor and beautiful plants and flowers to fill your indoor and outdoor spaces! You're sure to enjoy walking around this little shop with so much for the eye to see!
  • Want authentic food but not craving Italian? How about some Mediterranean cuisine? Check out Nil's Mediterranean Cuisine in Downton Varina! With a recently new owner taking over, you won't be disappointed! Their food is exquisite and their customer service goes above and beyond!
We hope this list we've put together sparks a little journey for you and your partner or friends!
Our Valentines Day poem to you -
Roses are red, Violets are blue,
Looking for a Home? We'd Love to help YOU!

Looking to buy and/or sell your home? Contact your local Real Estate Experts at Front Porch Realty! We love our town and know you will too!

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