Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Celebrates Its Agents!

by fmrealty on October 16, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Sales Office. Recently, they held an “Agent Appreciation Day” celebrating their Sales Associates and all they do for their clients and community. Kudos to all!

FM Chapel Hill 2014 Agent AppreciationOur Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Sales Associates work tirelessly all year long assisting their clients with the purchase or sale of their homes in and around Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Orange County and surrounding communities. Being a real estate agent is a 24/7 job. Even with the close of the sale, our agents have built relationships with their clients and that relationship continues on. Our agents enjoy what they do and we wanted to reward them for all of their hard work!

The Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill office was decorated with 50 mums, one plant for every agent. Each included a card with the agent’s name and the number of years they have been with Fonville Morisey. We kicked off the morning with delicious breakfast pizzas delivered by Rollie Olin of State farm and then opened our weekly sales meeting with a gas card drawing courtesy of Denise Lee of Guaranty Title.

Probably two of the highlights of the morning were the “Guess My Secret” game and our special guest, master of martial arts, Hardee Merritt.

FM Chapel Hill 2014 Agent Appreciation safety trainingWith “Guess My Secret” agents played in teams where team members matched “secret facts” to the right person (the person that “owned” the fact). The winner of the game received a gift card sponsored by Jan Windsor of HSA Home Warranty.

Our special guest, Hardee Merritt of Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts gave a wonderful presentation that included practical safety tips to keep our agents safe on the job as well as a self-defense demonstration.

But the fun didn’t stop there!

Our sales meeting closed with a fun game of “Friend BINGO” which allowed team members to learn more about one another and talk about things of a more personal nature.  Winner received a gift card sponsored again generously by Jan Windsor of HSA Home Warranty.

FM Chapel Hill 2014 Agent Appreciation lunchWe enjoyed a fantastic lunch – a Mexican Fiesta – with food from Cinco De Mayo courtesy of our in-house FM Lending lender, Dan Shedrick and drinks were courtesy of Robert Maitland.

And because its flu season, our local Walgreens set up a flu shot clinic in the office to provide our agents with flu shots to help everyone stay healthy through the winter months.

Throughout the day, prize drawings continued courtesy of Tracey Law with agents winning prizes such as t-shirts, wine, flowers, picture frames, free manicures, gift cards and more!

“It was so much fun… games, food, prizes! Thank you Jennifer, Karen, Lauren, Brent and Dan for all your hard work on this event, and for all you do to support us throughout the year!!!” ~ Kay Dunson

Karen O’Dwyer added -

“Thank you so much for such a great day.  You went above and beyond to show your appreciation!  It was a lot of fun to hang out with the people in the office and I’m so happy to be a part of such a fantastic team!”

There was no question that our agents enjoyed the pampering, the helpful tips AND the fun!

 “Thanks so much for the fun day!! It is great to be part of the Chapel Hill team!” ~Beth Creaghan

And we can’t thank each of our sponsors enough for making this event what it was. Without your generosity in helping us show our appreciation for our fantastic agents and staff, we couldn’t have had this wonderful day for them. So, thank you! Now…what are we going to think of next year?!

We close with a great big THANK YOU to our own FM Chapel Hill Sales Associates and Staff. Keep up the GREAT work!

Images courtesy of FM Chapel Hill. To see more, please visit their Facebook Album on their official Facebook Page!


It’s National Fire Prevention Week. Educators across the country are teaching the children in their charge all kinds of tips & tricks to prevent (or escape from) fires in their homes. Some schools bring in guest speakers or even one of the BIG fire trucks from their local fire department!

NFPA Fire Prevention Week 2014 FMRealty

Fire Prevention Week began as a way to recognize and commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That fire lasted a day, killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed over 17,000 structures. HUGE doesn’t even describe the depth of that tragedy. The International Fire Marshal’s Association established Fire Prevention Week as a means to remind homeowners and keep the public informed of fire safety.

As real estate agents, many of our clients are either getting ready to list their homes for sale in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities, have listed them, OR we have buyers interested in purchasing them and as such, those same buyers have to go through a home inspection during the closing process. In both cases, it’s important that homeowners are aware of what they need to do to ensure their home is inspected for fire safety. With it being Fire Prevention Week, we thought we’d look at three most crucial tips to prevent fire in a home.

1. Check Your Wiring

Your home’s electrical system can be a primary source of a fire if it’s not tended to properly. Ensuring your have replaced faulty wires, you are not overloading electrical outlets, you’re routing extension cords properly and as basic as it sounds – you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions before plugging an appliance into an electrical outlet – all contribute to fire prevention. For more tips on proper care for your home’s electrical system, check this link with the National Fire Prevention Association.

2. Keep Your Outdoor Grills at a Safe Distance

This time of year, we’re still outside grilling our favorite steaks, chicken or the day’s catch. Be sure to place your grill far enough away from the structure, including railings and under eaves, etc. That’s the first and most important thing. Additionally, it’s also important to keep your grill clean of grease from previous use, and that includes in the trays below. If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure you use the right amount of fluid, store that far enough way from the grilling surface AND let the coals completely cool before putting the grill away. For more tips here, visit the NFPA’s PDF on grilling safety.

3. Fire Prevention Safety for Kids

This should go without saying, but the tip from the NFPA that struck us the most was -

“A grown-up always stays in the kitchen when food is cooking on the stovetop.”

So true! Monitoring your stovetop and what’s cooking on it is more important than you think. Fires have been started by a simple spark caused by a faulty burner, but also, if you have young children in the home at the same time who don’t know any better, they too could knock a pot over or inadvertently turn up the temperature of the cooking surface, or what have you. That too can start a fire. Additional tips for children can be found on the NFPA checklist for kids and families. We’d also like to share this video from the NFPA shared by our own North Carolina Department of Insurance too -

Of course, you can find MANY more tips about fire prevention safety on the National Fire Prevention Association webpage for Fire Prevention Week.

The bottom line is no matter if you currently own or are selling your home, take the time this week to ensure your home is safe from fire. Taking the steps now will prevent a fire in the future…and if you’re planning to sell your home, it’s better to find out (and fix) what issues your home may have before the inspection of it for the prospective homebuyer too.

Image of Fire Prevention Safety Week courtesy of the National Fire Prevention Association. Used by permission.





The Annual Parade of Homes is Here!

October 1, 2014

It’s that time of year when the various associations of new home builders around our Triangle community open up several of the homes they’ve built to the public for touring. This gives the building companies of these new homes a chance to showcase their product, but it also gives future (and current) home buyers an […]

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The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s #FoodBank24 24-Hour New MediaTelethon is Here!

September 25, 2014

As a Social Media Ambassador for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina we wanted to share our excitement for their annual event – #FoodBank24. On Friday, September 26th beginning at NOON until Saturday, September 27th at NOON, the Food Bank is hosting a one of a kind telethon – a new media […]

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Triangle Housing Market Watch: Current Contracts UP 17%

September 24, 2014

Around mid-month each month of the year, data for the Triangle housing market is released giving home sellers and home buyers in the communities we serve (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas) an idea of what the market looks like. News outlets such as the News and Observer and the Triangle Business Journal report […]

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In the Community: Celebrate With The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation on October 10th at Annual Oyster Roast

September 17, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Sharon Pelt, Vice President of Career Development with the Fonville Morisey Center for Real Estate Studies who is also a member of the Board of Directors for The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation. Here she shares a little history of our State Capitol building and invites our readers to […]

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10 Tips to Keep REALTORS Safe While on the Job

September 12, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Jan Pulley, Sales Associate with the Fonville Morisey Highway 54 office in Durham. She recently attended the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® safety seminar and shares the tips she learned as part of REALTOR® Safety Month. Thanks for sharing, Jan! I struggle with a healthy dose of fear in […]

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Fonville Morisey’s Beth Smoot – 2014 Finalist for REALTOR Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award

September 10, 2014

Real estate agents really know their communities…and we’re not just talking about the statistics on home sales or home prices either. In order to best serve their clients, they need to know their communities inside and out, backwards and forwards, and every way in between. Many of our Fonville Morisey Sales Associates spend time in […]

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Celebrate “Cheese Pizza Day” in The Triangle!

September 5, 2014

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director with contributions from Kim Skiba (FM Relocation), Jenna Simmons (FM Lending), Jennie Logan (Guaranty Title), Allison Manella (FM ITB, Admin), and Sales Associates Sara DuChon (FM ITB), Bo Bromhal (FM ITB), Laura Pedersen (FM Wake Forest), Kelly Cobb (FM Lochmere), Kelly Mathews (FM Vandora – Garner), Catherine Baldwin […]

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Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom – “A Massive Pub Inside of a Barn Without the Hay”

September 4, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Carla Bartolomeo, Sales Associate with our Fonville Morisey Highway 54 sales office in Durham. Carla experienced Tyler’s Taproom for the first time recently and couldn’t wait to tell us all about it. Thanks, Carla! Being originally from the New York City area, I’m always excited when I find a […]

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