31 Aug 2016

Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmatic and Realtors®

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If you’ve ventured out even for a short trip in the past few weeks, you know. The stores are crowded, the lines are long and traffic moves at a snail’s pace. It’s that annual pilgrimage called Back to School. If you’re a parent – or a student yourself – your kitchen table is likely filled with papers to sign, supply lists to purchase and nightly rituals to adopt. But it’s a beautiful craziness that reminds us there is so much opportunity to learn. At Allen Tate, we go back to school, too. Every year, for the past 19 years, we’ve committed to making sure kids in our regions have the tools, resources and opportunities to succeed. Each fall, the Allen Tate FUNday raises money...
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29 Aug 2016

Unique, Different and Creative Home Improvements

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Would you like to make some changes around the house, but want something different that makes your space special? Check out these products, DIY ideas and projects for some different and creative improvements around the house. The difference is in the details. Consider your gutters. Boring. Consider the area where the water runs out and ruts your yard. Irritating. Add a splash of panache with a decorative splash block and make it interesting while solving a problem. Add architectural detail and interest in an instant with decorative molding on an accent wall. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, take a hard look at your staircase handrail. Is it just like everyone else’s? Is it big, without making a big statement? There are so many new options and...
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26 Aug 2016

What do seniors want in community amenities?

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#FlashbackFriday Now that Baby Boomers are the dominant home buyer profile for senior housing, they are sounding off loud and clear on what amenities they want. It’s no longer just about what’s inside the gates of the community, but also how close is that grocery store? The traditional retirement community is still thriving. The golf course, clubhouse, concierge services and exercise facilities are still a requisite in retirement communities. However there seems to be a trend of retirees desiring to age in place in their current communities. Research conducted by AARP discovered that the discerning retiree/senior, whether in a retirement community or aging in place, is looking for other conveniences besides the recreational or social. So what are these savvy Baby Boomer buyers wanting...
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