19 Oct 2017

Insuring your haunted house

What does Robin Price, President, Allen Tate Insurance, think about all the Halloween celebrations coming up in the Carolinas? It seemed a worthy question, because it looks like we are all in for Halloween, which is second only to the Christmas season in consumer spending for decorations. Robin even mentioned she had seen in Property and Casualty 360, that according to the National Retail Foundation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, and 71 percent of Americans plan to hand out candy, with nearly half also decorating their homes. So which witch where? We can’t get enough of Halloween stuff, for the inside and outside of our houses, with elaborate displays that range from haunted houses in...
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17 Oct 2017

In the driver’s seat

Most weekends, Allen Tate Realtor® Tammy Rice is a racing widow. Her husband Chris is crew chief for Blake Koch, No. 11 driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and travels the country on the racing circuit from February through November. Tammy is used to the racing life; as a child, she watched her dad Butch Michael race on dirt tracks in North Carolina and Virginia. But as an adult, Tammy has been content with a supporting role, and spends most weekends helping her real estate clients in the Triad, where’s she’s part of the Smith Marketing team. Earlier this month, however, Tammy was in the driver’s seat. On October 6, Tammy was one of 11 women to participate in the 7th Annual Better...
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12 Oct 2017

Everything you wanted to know about closing costs

When you’re buying a home there’s tons of new terms and processes you’ll be learning as you go, so it’s likely that upon hearing your Realtor utter the words “closing costs” for the first time, they went in one ear and out the other. And if that’s the case, don’t feel bad; suffice it to say, you’re not alone— a survey released last week found that over half of all first-time home buyers were surprised by the closing costs required to close on their soon-to-be home. Keep reading and you won’t be able to claim ignorance the next time these words find their way into a conversation. Closing costs: Explained I won’t waste any time beating around the bush here— closing...
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