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Destination Carolinas!

4 Dec

carolinas mapWe frequently hear media reports about yet another company moving to the Carolinas. This is great news – translating to job creation, home buyers and overall economic growth. But did you ever stop to think WHY their employees would want to move here?

In 1999, I had the opportunity to relocate to the Carolinas to operate the Relocation Division of Allen Tate Company. My first question was “What could the Carolinas and Charlotte offer my husband and me?” We would be relocating from exciting Atlanta, home to the World Series Atlanta Braves and host to the recent summer Olympics. Could the Carolinas offer us the same kind of opportunities?

We began to explore that question – and found many of the same things that many relocating families find today.

Climate – My hometown in Pennsylvania is covered in snow for several months of the year, so weather was a huge factor for me. In the Carolinas, we enjoy an average of 214 days of sunshine per year. That meant more 60+ degree days for my husband and me to ride our motorcycles. This year, I was able to take a ride every month, including January, February and March.

Entertainment – The Carolinas have an incredible amount of entertainment options available. For sports fans, we have Carolina Panthers football, Carolina Hurricanes hockey and Charlotte Bobcats basketball.  Double and Triple A baseball teams are located throughout the Carolinas. And we can’t overlook NASCAR – we’re a racing Mecca and home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

For music lovers, we have plenty of great concert venues, for every taste. Recently, we caught the Eagles at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena, and the following night they played in Greensboro. It’s also great to take in a show in one of our many theaters that host major productions like “The Lion King” and “Wicked.”

Getaways – When it’s time for a break, you have the beach AND the mountains, both accessible in just a few hours. And there are plenty of interesting places for day trips, too.

It’s clear that the Carolinas have a lot to offer, but more than anything, I hear company leaders and employees talking about the people here. We are genuinely nice! Even the people who aren’t “from here” are nice; I guess it’s contagious. We are friendly, inviting and make you feel glad you’ve made the Carolinas your home.

Perhaps this holiday season, you will visit family who would like to be closer to you. It is possible that the Carolinas has what they’re looking for in a second home, or as their next destination. Once you’ve convinced them that they can’t live without you (or the kids or grandkids) and the Carolinas is the “place to be,” Allen Tate Company is here to help make their move easy. 

DJ Stephan Blog  

By DJ Stephan (President, Allen Tate Relocation)

Rockin’ with the Carolina Panthers

4 Nov

TateRock_Crpd_smWhen I was in school, we heard a lot about the 3 R’s – reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. Today, we’ve added another “R” to the list – rock.

Just about every K-12 school in the Carolinas has a large rock in the school yard. I’m talking about the enormous painted boulder that serves as a banner, billboard, birthday card and display of every form of school spirit.

The rocks may have originated because of our jagged Southern topography, but if you think about it, the school spirit rock is one of the first forms of social media. Always original, constantly changing and worth checking often, just to make sure you don’t miss something newsworthy.

This year, Allen Tate Company found a really cool way to celebrate the school rock and other things important to us: education, arts and culture, and our “home team” partner, the Carolina Panthers.

The 5th Annual Spirit Rock Contest, sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and Allen Tate, invites North and South Carolina schools to show their Panthers pride and artistic talents at the same time.

To enter, schools should create a Panthers-themed design on their school rock and submit photos by December 6, 2013. The contest is open to all public and private elementary, middle and high schools in North and South Carolina. Ten winning schools, selected by a community panel of judges, will receive grants to support school art projects, ranging from $400 to $1,000 for the top rock.

School art teachers or administrators should submit two unique photos of their school rock featuring a Panthers design. Photos should be a minimum file size of 1 MB per image and should be emailed to Brad.Wornick@Panthers.NFL.com no later than December 6. For additional information, call 704-358-7807.

Top finishers will also be featured on a slide show on www.panthers.com and in an upcoming issue of the Panthers fan magazine, Roar.

We are thrilled to be the official sponsor of this event and provide arts grants to deserving students throughout the Carolinas. We’re proud to say YOU ROCK!

Pat Riley
President and Chief Operating Officer

A Drive Along the South Carolina Coast

19 Aug

BeachA few weeks ago, we invited you along on our tour of the North Carolina coastline. But one of the wonderful things about the Atlantic coast is that it spans both Carolinas. Won’t you join me as we continue our journey … through the 187 miles of South Carolina shoreline?

The Grand Strand

This 60-mile span of white sand beaches stretches from Little River to Georgetown and attracts 15 million visitors each year.

  • Little River – Popular for the Blue Crab Festival. Wine lovers will enjoy LaBelle Amie Vineyard.
  • North Myrtle Beach – The Shag – official dance of South Carolina, originated here. You’ll find everything from fishing piers to fine restaurants and family amusement parks. Visit Barefoot Landing for shopping, dining and entertainment.
  • Myrtle Beach – The Hub of the Grand strand. Experience water parks, roller coaster rides, water sports from banana boats to parasailing, and more than 100 championship golf courses.
  • Surfside Beach – This small town, laid-back, child-friendly environment offers two miles of pristine beach.
  • Garden City – Two reasons to visit here: a long fishing pier (668 feet) and foot-long hot dogs at Sam’s Corner across from the beach.
  • Murrells Inlet – A fishing village and Salt Marsh nature preserve that is considered the Seafood Capital of South Carolina.
  • Pawleys Island – Home of Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. You’ll find village-style shops that include the Original Pawley’s Island Hammock Shop, and Brookgreen Gardens, featuring a sculpture garden, wildlife preserve and zoo.

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You Better Believe That You Can Achieve It

15 Jul

Market Update for CarolinasBelieving you can achieve is half the battle when facing any challenge. It’s that same kind of confidence driving buyers back to the Carolinas’ real estate market in 2013.

In the latest edition of Carolinas Market Update, I talk about confidence and its considerable impact on today’s real estate market. There are plenty of good reasons to be confident right now. Appreciating home values, more realistic comparables, and a modest increase in interest rates have consumers asking “when do I pull the trigger for my next life move?”

The “confidence factor” is key to a stable and healthy real estate market. As home values continue to appreciate, buyers have a returned confidence in knowing that they can sell their home at a certain price, and buy a home that will increase in value at the same or greater pace. Continue reading

Success in Today’s Real Estate Market

24 Jun

80380382So you are hearing the good news that real estate markets across the Carolinas are improving and you are thinking is this the time to sell or buy?  The answer is a resounding yes!

It is true the real estate markets in most, if not all, communities has greatly improved.  But no matter how good the real estate market is, you need to take steps to insure the greatest likelihood of success whether you are buying a home or if you are selling your house.  Here are three easy steps to help guide you to success:

1. Get pre-approved for your mortgage loan.

Today’s financing is complex so why take a chance finding your dream home and then realize you cannot get the loan?  Many buyers get pre-qualified for the loan, which has no substantive verifications – it’s a snap-shot into the big picture of the buyer’s ability to get the loan based on what is said.  A pre-approval takes more steps to verify all your income documentation and your debt-ratios qualify you for the loan in order to buy that dream home.  With a pre-approval your offer is solid with only the appraisal of the property being the contingency – it’s like having a green light in a busy traffic intersection!

For sellers in the market, if you have priced your house right and have it in great condition, you could get multiple offers.  If so, you want to look at those offers that have buyers with solid financing options, and in writing.  In this improving market, you don’t want to take a chance on a buyer who hasn’t confirmed their financial ability to buy your house because you risk losing that buyer who does have good financing!

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