19 Apr 2018

To protect and serve

In today's busy real estate environment, it's not unusual for a Realtor's phone to ring or ping with a text from a client when they are meeting with another one. Most agents will ignore it or politely excuse themselves for a moment. But when Val Hubber's phone sounds an alert tone, everyone stops and listens – and most understand. Because that's what happens when your entire family – and many of your clients – work in law enforcement. When Val – an award-winning Allen Tate Realtor® in the company's Easley/Powdersville office – married her husband Damon 30 years ago, he worked in manufacturing but had a strong interest in the police academy. "So I knew that's where we were going," Val said. "But...
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12 Apr 2018

Learn how to buy a home with gift funds

Remember when you were little and Grandma or Grandpa asked you what you wanted for your birthday? You likely handed them a JCPenney or Sears catalog with one or two (or 10, if you’re being honest) dog-eared pages of toys you’d like to add to your growing collection. These days the answer to that same question is probably a little easier: You’d like cold, hard cash. Why? Because being an adult is expensive, Grandma. And because you’ve been dying to give your roommate a 60 day notice and get your own place. Using gift funds to purchase your first home? Then you need our guide. Who can you receive a gift from? If you’re going the Fannie, Freddie, or VA Mortgage (conventional loans) route,...
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5 Apr 2018

4 tips to make moving a breeze

A lot of you are on the move in the Carolinas. And moving can be, as some of the old timers here would say, “a job of work.” While it does take time and some heavy lifting, with some planning, your move can go smoothly and you’ll be in and settled at your new home before you know it. Just to be sure, we talked to some people who had recently moved, and asked them to share their first-hand tips on how to make moving a breeze. Clean out First, before any packing starts, purge. Then go back and purge some more. This task is easy to work in if you are selling a house and getting it ready to go on the...
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