American Tobacco Campus by Jeanette Hussey FMRealtySchool may have just started for schools operating under the traditional calendar and while colleges are back in session, it’s still the so-called “final weekend of summer” thanks to the Labor Day holiday on Monday. In Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities, some folks head to the beach one last time, some head to the mountains while still others may be on an extended final week of vacation. But, for those of us remaining in town, we need some ideas of what fun and exciting things we could do right here in our own backyard. Well, you’re in luck! We have a few for you to work with.

College Football is back!

We cannot start off this blog post without mentioning that both the North Carolina State University Wolfpack AND the University of North Carolina Tarheels each have home games this weekend – the 1st home game for both schools.

Also, up this weekend for a first game at home – the Duke University Blue Devils play Elon. Coming off their best season in 2013, the crowd there should be ready and raring to go!

College football in our communities is a BIG thing. Big. Even if you don’t pay allegiance to any particular team, if you enjoy the game, you may have options to choose from (We do not guarantee tickets are available for each game. Please see links associated.)

Get outdoors!

If you’re not into college football (no need to gasp; you can breathe), the weather should cooperate for some great opportunities for outdoor recreation at Kerr, Falls, and Jordan lakes. Perhaps, you’d rather go hiking in Umstead or Eno River State Parks instead, OR take a bike ride on the miles of trails available on the Tobacco Road or Neuse River Trails. If you’ve got little ones, there are various parks in the area as well that offer enjoyment for the kiddos too (we venture to guess Pullen Park in Raleigh might be a little busy this weekend)!

Check out these events around town too!

If you’re into motorcycles and music, be sure to check out the 10th Annual Bull City Rumble in Durham on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We’re not just talking about any motorcycles either. We hear there will be vintage British, European, and Japanese models there too, among other categories. Do check out their official website for more information.

If you’ve got kids or you just happen to love crafty drama, you might want to go see The Painted Bird by Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens Forest Theater -

THE PAINTED BIRD is an enchanted pageant of weaving colors, huge puppets, rabbits, mice, and hedgehogs! It is a story of where we came from and how we got here. From the little creatures of the fields and forests, emerging from the brown earth, to the lumbering beasts of green sunlit pastures, all dancing to the rhythms of life. It is a story of time and forgetfulness.

See an outdoor theater performance, stroll the Gardens afterwards and then head to Maple View Farms in nearby Hillsborough for some fantastic ice cream on this last “unofficial” weekend of summer!

Downtown Raleigh Signage FMRealtyFor the history buffs out there, if you haven’t taken a Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour before, why not do it this Saturday! The tours run each Saturday at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm from equally historic Mordecai Park in downtown Raleigh. Take the tour and then stop at City Market to do some shopping and grab lunch or dinner at any of the fantastic restaurants the city has to offer.

And then there’s the BIG one in downtown Raleigh this weekend – The African American Cultural Festival. Celebrate the African American culture through arts, music, special performances, and of course, food. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday in the heart of Raleigh’s downtown community along Fayetteville Street (expect road closures in the area too, by the way).


And if none of those ideas strike your fancy, check out our ideas for what to do in the Triangle for free or reduced cost too. Either way, we hope you enjoy this Labor Day weekend here in the Triangle!



by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director

Have you noticed the slight change in the weather here in The Triangle? Mornings are a bit cooler than normal and afternoons have been glorious! It’s gotten us thinking about the Autumn harvest season, fall decorating, and the delicious goodness that can come from our kitchens (you know we’ve got you thinking about mom’s apple pie now!).

One of the things we’ll be working closely on as the rest of 2014 winds down is our Pinterest Boards of ideas for decorating and recipes to share. We start with our “Fabulous Fall Decor” and “Fantastic Fall Recipes” Boards -

Follow Fonville Morisey’s board Fabulous Fall Decor on Pinterest.Follow Fonville Morisey’s board Fantastic Fall Recipes on Pinterest.

The kids are back in school now, most vacations are over (oh there may be one last get away Labor Day Weekend), and everyone is getting back into the swing of things – homeowners AND home sellers.

Our Fabulous Fall Decor Board will be chock full of ideas for both, especially those of you either currently selling or planning to sell your homes in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities. We’ll “pin” easy ways to incorporate fall decor into the overall look of your home as you open it up to prospective buyers. We’ll add ideas that are simple yet colorful, not too splashy or over the top. The goal is to showcase your home this Fall season with just a hint of orange, brown, beige, and gold tones in the accessories & decorations you may wish to use during this season.

For the Fantastic Fall Recipes Board, we’ll add traditional flavors of fall, cooking, baking and even some healthy fall recipes into mix. We venture to guess your mouth is watering as you read this with the mere mention of “pumpkin spice breads” or “baked apple pie” or whatever flavor of fall strikes your fancy! Homeowners in the Triangle will delight in what we find (we hope!).

So, please join us on Pinterest. Follow along and if you have any ideas for pins for us, shoot us a message on Pinterest or post a link in the comments below.

In the words of one of our pinned fall decoration ideas -

Happy Fall Y’all!


FM Lending: Why Choose the 15-Year Mortgage?

August 20, 2014

The following contribution comes from Steve Fitzpatrick, Senior Mortgage Consultant for FM Lending based out of ourFM Lochmere sales office in Cary. Today’s homebuyers generally opt for the 30-year mortgage for its affordability, stability and flexibility. However, for some buyers the 15-year mortgage might be a better choice. A 15-year mortgage can save interest, build […]

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Triangle Housing Market Watch: Days On Market DOWN 6%

August 18, 2014

Great news for home sellers AND buyers! The Triangle housing market this summer doesn’t seem to be slowing down too much at all. Three significant positives come out of our monthly Market Minute Report – Total Triangle: Units Sold UP 1% vs. a year ago Median Sale Price is UP 4% vs. a year ago […]

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Fonville Morisey Preston Delivers 348 Pounds of Donations on Behalf of Stop Summer Hunger

August 15, 2014

In the final week of our FM Stops Hunger food drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, our Fonville Morisey Preston office in Cary delivered 348 pounds in donations equivalent to 293 meals. Way to GO, FM Preston! Each of our 11 Fonville Morisey offices collected donations on behalf of the […]

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Community Spotlight: A Gem of a Garden at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham

August 14, 2014

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director One of the many perks of living in The Triangle region of North Carolina (the area that makes up Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities) is its plethora of public and private parks. Sarah P. Duke Gardens located on the Duke University campus in Durham holds a […]

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REALTOR Tip: Choosing the Right Kind of Spray Paint for Your Home Project

August 7, 2014

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director While the title suggests any home project, we’re going to specifically concentrate on one of our tips from our recent blog post on inexpensive ways to add curb appeal when selling your home – using paint. In that piece we touched upon how adding a touch of paint […]

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In the News: 5 Accolades for Triangle Communities Summer 2014

August 5, 2014

Back in April, the team at Penny Realty Group at Fonville Morisey Inside the Beltline Office showcased 15 reasons to move to the Triangle. We’ve had many accolades added since then! For this particular blog post we wanted to highlight 5 of them here (in order of date of release). ConventionSouth Magazine names 3 convention […]

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Fonville Morisey Croasdaile Delivers BIG for “Stop Summer Hunger”

August 1, 2014

Our food drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s “Stop Summer Hunger” program ends today. Each week throughout our FM Stops Hunger collection, we have highlighted an office that delivered the most in donations for the previous week. This week, we tip are hats to our Fonville Morisey Croasdaile office in […]

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REALTOR Tip: 4 Inexpensive Ideas for Curb Appeal for Triangle Home Sellers

July 31, 2014

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director As the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is especially important for the home seller. You don’t get a second chance for that, but if you’re first impression isn’t so stellar, then make your second impression STUNNING. Let’s say, […]

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