Archive | January, 2011

Rapport Equals Results

31 Jan

I was taught at a very young age that being a good listener is just one of the keys to success.

As an Eagle Scout, I learned that part of having a good rapport with someone is being able to have a TWO-way conversation with them. The importance of your words is complimented by the focus that you give to what the other person is saying.

As a freshman in college, I learned from my chancellor, along with other campus leaders, that I could strengthen my relationships with people by returning the conversation — by keeping the ball in the other person’s court. Continue reading

Top Five Do-It-Yourself Tools

28 Jan

I am a lot of things — but handy is not one of them!  I am the idea creator but I fall short when it comes to implementation. Lucky for the people in my life who end up taking these projects on, I am an excellent gift giver and a savvy shopper.

With the way that things have gone lately, many homeowners have turned to the “Do-It-Yourself” mentality to save on expenses that oftentimes add up quickly. That being said, when it comes to DIY, the right tools can make all the difference in the world. I’ve done my research and wanted to share some of the coolest tools for the do-it-yourselfers in your family: Continue reading

REALTOR® Code of Ethics Bars Sexual Orientation Discrimination

27 Jan

The headlines jumped out at us in 2010: “Head of Scandal-Ridden NC Highway Patrol Resigns” “Misconduct at NC State Bureau of Investigation Forensics Lab” “NC Examines ABC Boards’ Ethics Policies.” In this era of scandal, corruption and unethical behavior, it’s good to know that all Allen Tate agents are REALTORS®…meaning we pledge to a Code of Ethics that is among the most comprehensive of any industry.

Allen Tate agents support ethical conduct which obligates us to the obvious: respect for the public and respect for the properties we represent. But our Code extends beyond that. Respect, courtesy, and trust for our peers in the business is paramount to our success, our ability to cooperate fully with one another, and the positive image of the professional REALTOR®. Continue reading

And the Award Goes To…

26 Jan

It is officially awards season: the Golden Globes, the Grammy’s, Screen Actors Guild and the Academy Awards.  From the red carpet to the grand finale, we eagerly anticipate our award show of choice to see what outstanding entertainment performances will be recognized.

But January isn’t just about entertainment because January is also awards season in the Real Estate industry. Here’s a shout out to some Allen Tate REALTORs who have been recognized by the peers for their performance in 2010: Continue reading

Greensboro Hosts the AT&T US Figure Skating Championship

25 Jan

The Triad has been a destination for sports lovers for years with the Wyndham Championship and the ACC Tournament topping a long list of sporting events with deep roots to our communities. This month the Triad adds another jewel to its sporting crown, hosting the 2011 AT&T US Figure Skating Championship from January 22-30th at the Greensboro Coliseum. This flagship event for our state brings together nationally and internationally acclaimed figure skaters who will gather to compete in the ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing competitions. Continue reading

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