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Fonville Morisey Receives Accolades From Triangle Business Journal and Indy Week

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director

In our post about the Triangle housing market watch and what to look for 2014, we mentioned that the year 2013 finished off with “the best sales totals in 7 years” (according to the National Association of REALTORS®). There’s proof in that in many ways right here in our Triangle market.

For many of our Fonville Morisey Sales Associates it was a fantastic year as evidenced by the recognition received in both The Triangle Business Journal’s annual list of the Top 25 Residential Real Estate Agents and Real Estate Teams as determined by closed transactions. The full list is not available online, but you can read an article about the annual awards here. Congratulations to the following Agents and Teams who made The List -

Triangle Business Journal’s Annual The List: Residential Real Estate Agents (sales* closed by Agent 2013)

Debbie Van Horn, Fonville Morisey Lochmere $26.7M

Tracy Santrock, Fonville Morisey Preston $23.6M

Kimberly Pardue, Fonville Morisey Vandora $14.9M

Sharon Kowitz, Fonville Morisey Preston $14.6M

Triangle Business Journal’s Annual The List: Residential Real Estate Teams** (sales closed by Team 2013)

Veneta Ford Group, (Veneta Ford) $56.9M

Drum Realty Group, LLC (Angela Drum) $42.9M

Triangle Specialists (Elias & Kristina Godoy) $35.8M

The Kelly Cobb Home Team, Inc. (Kelly Cobb) $35.7M

Jeanne Hendren Realty Group (Jeanne Hendren) $26.4M

Capps Group Team (Paul Capps) $26.3M

*rounded to the nearest 100,000.

**Teams are first listed as they are on our website for easy reference. In ( ) is the name listed in the TBJ’s The List.


Additionally, every year the Triangle’s independent periodical – Indy Week – asks for nominations and votes for their “Best of The Triangle” awards. This year over 7,500 of their readers voted and the results are in. Fonville Morisey was a Finalist for “Best Real Estate Agency”. MANY thanks to their readers for this honor!

Fonville Morisey Sales Associates and staff work hard to help families in the Triangle purchase or sell their homes. We are proud of the efforts of those above as well as ALL of our Fonville Morisey Sales Associates serving the families of our Triangle communities.

If you’re in the market to purchase a home or would like to sell yours, please contact one of our Sales Associates today!

If you’d like to leave a note of congratulations below, please do! We’ll be sure to let them know.







Fonville Morisey Holds Triangle Komen Race for the Cure “Rally Day”

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director

For the past six years, Fonville Morisey has steadfastly raised funds and awareness for Breast Cancer research and a cure through our participation in the Triangle Affiliate of the Susan. G. Komen Race for the Cure. Our offices compete against each other in raising money for the cause as we as a collective team participate on Race Day as well. This year, we did something a little different to keep the momentum going…and momentum we got!

On Tuesday, May 20th we hosted a Komen Race “Rally Day. Offices that participated decorated, held office fundraisers, and had a short presentation by their Team Captains and/or Management Teams. Many thanks to the following Offices for their participation -

Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill

FM Chapel Hill Komen Rally Day 2014 FMRealty
Fonville Morisey Corporate

FM Corporate Komen Rally Day 2014 FMRealty

Fonville Morisey Falls (Raleigh)

FM Falls Komen Rally Day 2014 FMRealty

Fonville Morisey Lochmere (Cary)

FM Lochmere Komen Rally Day 2014 FMRealty

Fonville Morisey Stonehenge (Raleigh)

FM Stonehenge Komen Rally Day 2014 FMRealty

Fonville Morisey Wake Forest

FM Wake Forest Komen Rally Day 2014 FMRealty

Whether bake sales or silent auctions, these offices collectively raised OVER $5200 to add to our overall Fonville Morisey Team goal!

Many offices have also held separate fundraisers throughout the last couple of months as well. In fact, our Fonville Morisey Preston office hosted a “Pinko de Mayo” event on Cinco de Mayo.

FM Preston Plinko de Mayo FMRealtyFM Preston celebrates “Plinko de Mayo”

Breast Cancer has affected many members of our Fonville Morisey family and our loved ones. This is THE major fundraiser we host every year, and our participation levels on Race Day are typically in the hundreds bringing our company together for one common cause.

If you’d like to participate with us or donate, please select a team via our Fonville Morisey Komen Team Link.

To see more images (and some video!) from the offices that participated, please check out our Facebook Page 2014 Komen Triangle Race for the Cure Facebook Album.

Again, thanks to ALL who made this “Rally Day” a success!

Fonville Morisey Career Development Offers Discount to Military Personnel

Contributed by Sharon Pelt, Vice President of Career Development

“It doesn’t matter what kind of company you are or what industry you’re in, veterans have the skills that you’re looking for,” said Lisa Rosser, CEO and founder of The Value of a Veteran, a human resources consulting and training firm. ~ From the Forbes article – Military Vets Bring Talent, Leadership to the Work Force

We couldn’t agree more.

Fonville Morisey Career Development is pleased to announce that we are offering a discount on our pre-licensing courses for all active duty and retired military personnel.

Garner Veterans Memorial FMRealty

With the war in Afghanistan winding down, it has been estimated that by the end of the year some 220,000 service personnel will be flooding the job market. With a still struggling economy it may be difficult for many to transition to new careers.

For some, a real estate career may be a great fit. For others, just having the opportunity to take a real estate course may be a stepping stone to other opportunities.

In the month of May when we pause to honor those service members who will never come home, we want to reach out in some small way to help those who are returning and seeking to rebuild their lives.

For more information on a real estate career, or how to sign up for a class and receive the discount, please visit We look forward to hearing from you.

Image of the Garner Veterans Memorial courtesy of Fonville Morisey Realty. Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.


It’s Time for Fonville Morisey’s Open House Event 2014 – Come See!

If you are looking for a home in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities this spring, THIS is the weekend for YOU!

Fonville Morisey’s annual Open House Event takes place THIS Sunday. With OVER 140 homes as listed for sale by Fonville Morisey agents in our Triangle market, the doors will be WIDE open that afternoon.

Whether you’re looking for a 4 bedroom/2 bath in Hillsborough, a 3 bedroom/2 bath in Fuquay-Varina, a 4 bedroom/2 bath in Chapel Hill, or a 3 bedroom/ 3 bath townhome in Cary, we’ve got a GREAT selection of homes for sale in our communities to choose from!

What about a 1 bedroom/1 bath in downtown Raleigh? We’ve got that too!

Looking for a home with a screened-in porch and a wooded back yard in Durham or one with an expansive back yard and good-size laundry room on the first floor – perfect for families in Wake forest? Look no further than our Open House Event!

How ’bout a 3 bedroom/2 bath with rocking chair front porch, curb appeal to die for AND a water view?

4737 Waterford Cove Drive Raleigh FMRealty

The weather forecast is calling for sunny and 80 degrees on Sunday. A perfect day for some house hunting!

To see more of our Open House offerings this weekend (including some for Saturday as well!), do check out our full Open House listing on

FMRealty Open House Event 2014

C’mon in! We look forward to seeing you.


Links and image are current at time of publishing. Image of 4737 Waterford Cove Drive in Raleigh courtesy of TMLS and


Fonville Morisey Sales Offices Participate in Buffini and Company Success Tour Virtually

FMRealty Buffini Success Tour Flyer

Fonville Morisey stays a step ahead when it comes to the tools and educational opportunities we offer our Sales Associates. Yesterday, all of our Fonville Morisey Sales Offices participated in an extensive virtual training by the exceptional folks at Buffini and Company. Simply titled “Brian Buffini’s Success Tour“, the tour -

is the ultimate combination of training and motivation for people who want to succeed in this new era of real estate” (from the Brian Buffini’s Success Tour website)

Brian Buffini is a world renown presenter, an expert in real estate, and when you combine the two – anyone who gets a chance to hear him speak always walks away with actionable tips to incorporate into their real estate business. With this “new era” as he calls it, our Sales Associates learned tips & tricks, tools and then some as well as social media strategy that they can now utilize in their real estate business.

FM Lochmere Buffini Success Tour Our Fonville Morisey Lochmere Office fully engaged!

Yesterday’s LIVE HD webstream training sessions were sponsored by our own FM Lending and Guaranty Title.

To see additional pictures from around our Sales Offices, please visit our Facebook photo albumBrian Buffini Success Tour.


Fonville Morisey Congratulates Kelly Cobb as 2014 Long & Foster Gold Team President

Well this is exciting news!

Kelly Cobb FMRealtyOur own Kelly Cobb of the Kelly Cobb Home Team, a satellite office associated with our Fonville Morisey Lochmere Office, was recently appointed President of the Board of Directors for the 2014 Long & Foster Gold Team. Way to go, Kelly!

Long & Foster’s Gold Team is an agent-led organization with a Board of Directors elected by their peers that provides networking, education and business development opportunities, as well as special programs for Long & Foster agents that earn Gold Team status.

Kelly is a native of Smithfield having earned her BA from Meredith College and her MA in Adult and Community Education from Appalachian State University. Kelly is active both professionally and in the community, working with many volunteer organizations. Kelly served as Raleigh Chapter President for Women’s Council of REALTORS® and she served as North Carolina State Chapter President Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She is a member of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Mary Kay Pendergraph, General Manager of Fonville Morisey had this to say about Kelly -

“Kelly’s endless enthusiasm and dedication to the real estate industry will ensure another successful year for Long & Foster’s Gold Team and all its members. With Kelly at the helm, the Gold Team will reach new levels in their educational programs and networking opportunities.”

We know Kelly will serve the Board well and wish her the very best!

If you’d like to send your best wishes to Kelly, please comment below. She’d love to see them!


Fonville Morisey Participates in Professional Clothing Drive to Benefit Durham Rescue Mission

The following contribution is from Fredrick Yebuah, Sales Associate out of our Fonville Morisey Falls Office. Thank you for organizing this project and sharing your story, Fredrick!

FMRealty Clothing Drive Durham Rescue Mission

From November 1st through the 18th, Fonville Morisey is holding a clothing drive consisting of gently used professional business attire that will be donated to the men and women the Durham Rescue Mission serves.

While attending the Christian Community Development Association national conference in New Orleans in September, Fredrick met fellow Triangle resident and the Durham Rescue Mission’s Executive Director, Reverend Ernie Mills. Upon returning from the conference, the two met again and discussed the needs of the Mission. One of the areas noted in that discussion was a clothing drive, but not just any drive. Rather, a professional clothing drive.

Program participants are required to wear business attire. Reverend Mills explained the positive effects of professional dress upon actions, outlook, and attitudes in that when program participants start to see themselves in a different light, transformation begins. The requirement also adds a layer of discipline and accountability and prepares participants for professional work environments.

As Fredrick states -

“The Durham Rescue Mission provides shelter for over 400 homeless men, women, and children. It also provides vocational training and job placement, among other program resources. This project correlates to what we do here at Fonville Morisey, so it seemed fitting that our company embrace it. Thanks to Fonville Morisey’s agents and employees for their generosity in giving to such a great cause.”

The Durham Rescue Mission is Durham’s oldest and largest long-term homeless shelter providing food, clothing, permanent supportive housing, vocational training, Biblical counseling, job placement, education, accountability and more to broken men, women and children in the Triangle. Their doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As they are a nonprofit organization as well, they completely rely on the gifts and volunteer efforts of individuals and organizations around the community. They do not receive any local, state or federal government funding.

Time to clean out your closets!

ProfessionalAttireGently used professional attire for men and women can be dropped off at the following Fonville Morisey Sales Offices – Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill, Fonville Morisey Croasdaile, Fonville Morisey Falls of the Neuse, Fonville Morisey Inside the Beltline, Fonville Morisey Lochmere and Fonville Morisey Preston.

Remember, we’re accepting donations from November 1st – November 18th!

We thank you for helping us help our fellow citizens in the Triangle through this effort. And special thanks to Fredrick for leading the charge!




Repost: Our Tribute to 9-11 First Responders

Flag Wake County NC FMRealtyIt’s the 12th Anniversary of the tragic events that took place in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011. On this day every year, we reflect not only on the tragedy of the thousands of lives that were taken that day and the heroes that did their best to overtake the hijackers of the four aircraft involved, we also reflect on the First Responders, many of whom also gave their lives unselfishly to save others. In fact, we celebrate First Responders everywhere.

On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 two years ago, we produced this video of many of our Fonville Morisey family of employees and Sales Associates who shared their memories and/or their thoughts of the day. A few of our Sales Associates were there in New York on that day, a couple are prior military, and several had friends or family affected by the events while others just wanted to share how we in the Triangle community responded in the days after the tragedy. It’s an 8-minute long video but it’s still so moving and so touching to hear and remember, so that we will never forget.

Here’s to our First Responders everywhere. We salute you!

Image of American Flag courtesy of Ruth Hauser. Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.


The REALTOR Foundation of the Triangle – Fresh Start Used Clothing Drive is NEXT Week

In our quest to serve families throughout The Triangle, helping them buy or sell a home isn’t the ONLY thing we at Fonville Morisey do for our clients. Fonville Morisey is committed to assisting local area nonprofits that specifically help families within Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and surrounding communities. Whether it be through Breast Cancer awareness & fundraising through our participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure every year or helping to fight hunger as a Social Media Ambassador for The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina or the countless charitable organizations each of our sales and satellite offices associate with, Fonville Morisey takes great pride in serving the families in our communities. This month, is no different.

Get ready to clean your closets THIS weekend!

she wasn't kidding when she said she had nothing to wear
jamelah / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Beginning Monday, August 12th – Friday, August 16th, two of our Fonville Morisey offices are serving as drop-off points for the Fresh Start Used Clothing Drive hosted by The REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle. Fonville Morisey Preston in Cary and Main Street Associates – Fonville Morisey in Fuquay-Varina will be open to receive collections for this worthy cause.

The Fresh Start Used Clothing Drive is the first of its kind for The REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle. The collection of new or gently used clothing (amongst other items) will benefit InterAct of Wake County Thrift Stores – Pass It On in Fuquay-Varina and Pass It On Too in Raleigh.

“InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault.  One way that InterAct does this is through sales in their two thrift shops in Fuquay-Varina and Raleigh.” (REALTOR Foundation of the Triangle)

What specific donations would help these families?

  • New and gently used -
    • business attire
    • scrubs
    • jeans
    • infant / toddler / child / teen
    • coats / hats / gloves
    • shoes – tennis, work, dress
  • NEW IN PACKAGE ONLY: Socks/ Underwear (adults & children)
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Dirty or stained items or items in need of repair

How should you package your donations?

It is requested that you place clothing items in well-tied plastic garbage bags while shoes and any accessories (think belts) should be bagged separately.

You may also give books, CDs, or DVDs as well. Please put those in boxes.

Are tax receipts available?

Yes, they are available upon request. It is recommended that if you wish to receive a receipt, you take your items directly to the RRAR offices at 111 REALTORS Way in Cary.

If you have any questions about this Drive, please contact Clarence Holmes at 919-302-6323.


Fonville Morisey Preston is located at 1903 High House Rd in Cary. Main Street Associates – Fonville Morisey is located at 528 North Main Street in Fuquay-Varina.

Remember, the Drive runs August 12th-16th. The REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle hopes to see their first Drive of this kind be a HUGE success. We hope to many of our clients and community members as well as Fonville Morisey family do what they can to give to this very worthy cause too.

Let’s work together to give these families a “Fresh Start”!


Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina “Stop Summer Hunger” Program – 500K Meals Short

But there’s still time!

As a proud Social Media Ambassador for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, we got word today that their annual summer campaign – Stop Summer Hunger – is 500,000 meals short of its goal of 3 Million meals this summer. The campaign runs June 1st – July 31st. That means the organization only has six days left to meet the goal…and you can help!

Donate funds or food by visiting the main Stop Summer Hunger webpage and clicking the appropriate button that works best for you.

That’s it. That’s all you need to do!

For the past two summers, Fonville Morisey, has raised more than 5,000lbs in non-perishable food donations thanks largely to the efforts of each of our 11 branch offices. This September, we’re participating in their 24-Hr Telethon as part of Hunger Action Month.

FM Preston Food Bank CENC Food Drive 2011 FMRealty

Just some of the collection from our Food Drive in 2011

Fonville Morisey full believes that while helping our buyers and sellers find a new or sell their current homes throughout the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities is what we do daily, we must also help the families we serve by giving to various causes throughout the year. The Food Bank of CENC being one of them. We encourage you to give to the Food Bank TODAY.

For more information on the Stop Summer Hunger program and other ways how you can help, please visit the official webpage.

Together, we can make a difference in our community. Thank you!