Author: Karen Murray

27 Mar 2018

A foundation to ‘do life’

Anyone who has ever built a home knows that the first step is laying a solid foundation to support the rest of the structure. For someone experiencing homelessness, the same principle applies. While housing is the solution, supports must be in place to help a household become secure and stable. According to a point-in-time count conducted in January 2017, 574 people – nearly half of them women and children – were experiencing homelessness in Guilford County, N.C. The problem is widespread; more than 3,000 children in the public school system there have experienced homelessness or are at risk. Approximately 300 students at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro (as well as students at other area colleges) are “couch surfers” – constantly...
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22 Mar 2018

Team Player

March 29 marks the opening day of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. And for the first time in 50 years, all teams will be in action. Boys – big and little (and girls, too) – will dream of the chance to play in the "Big Leagues" – or think longingly of what might have been. As a young man, Andy Bovender dreamed that dream. And then he lived it. Talk to professional business recruiters, and they'll tell you that former athletes often make excellent sales people, managers and team leaders. Today, Andy and his business partner, Debbie Hooker, run the 16-member, three-office Bovender Team, one of the top producing real estate teams with Allen Tate Realtors. For the third consecutive year,...
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22 Feb 2018

A hand ’with’

Ada Jenkins believed. As a black school teacher during the Great Depression, she believed in the power of education to change lives - and the power of a community to help. When the Davidson Colored School burned to the ground in the 1930s, Jenkins rallied the community to raise funds for a new brick schoolhouse. The school opened in 1937 and served black students for three decades prior to desegregation in 1966. Today, that brick schoolhouse still stands, serving as a beacon of help and change for families impacted by poverty in northern Mecklenburg County. Its name honors the woman who believed change was always possible: The Ada Jenkins Families and Career Development Center.  "We exist to help people in our community build lasting...
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13 Feb 2018

Love – and real estate

Houses are like spouses. They come in all shapes and sizes. They have unique features and challenges, and all need a bit of regular maintenance and TLC. Sometimes you have to look for a while before you find the right one. Occasionally, you know right away that you found the perfect match, and it's not long until you close the deal. But what happens when spouses sell houses? At Allen Tate, there are dozens of agent couples who work together "in the business." Here are a few stories of what happens when love meets real estate. ***** Sometimes, when you spy the perfect home, the timing just isn't right to make a move. That's what happened for Lindsey Strider, who crushed on her...
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25 Jan 2018

For the love of art

Art tells a story - a shared story between the artist, the art and the individual experiencing it. At the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, stories are created, nurtured and shared daily. Much like the artists it supports, VAE is a diverse hub for artists, a venue to advance artists' careers, and a voice to influence positive change for the creative community. It has been around for 38 years, but much has changed during those four decades, said Brandon Cordrey, an artist and former gallery manager who joined VAE Raleigh in 2013 and leads the organization as director. He's passionate about the organization's mission and the unique populations it serves. "Our first challenge is getting people to understand that we don't just serve...
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28 Dec 2017

Inspiring wonder, creativity and lifelong learning

As children, many of us experienced the wonders of a kaleidoscope, a cylindrical tube with colored pieces of glass and reflective mirrors that creates ever-changing magical patterns with a turn of the wrist. This fascinating integration of art, creativity and science is the inspiration for Kaleideum, Winston-Salem's "newest" museum – only it's not really new at all. In July 2016, SciWorks and the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem merged to become Kaleideum. SciWorks, founded in 1964, became Kaleideum North and the Children's Museum, founded in 2004, became Kaleideum Downtown. Both organizations were originally founded through efforts spearheaded by the Junior League of Winston-Salem. "Kaleideum combines the best features of both organizations, fusing arts, literacy and STEM into an integrated approach to learning," said Elizabeth...
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19 Dec 2017

Advocating for Animals

Next week, some lucky children will wake up to a Christmas surprise - a new puppy or kitten. And hopefully, Fido and Fluffy will be lucky to have found good, forever homes. Many animals in North Carolina are not so lucky, however. Some are born into puppy mills or surrendered or admitted as strays to already overcrowded animal shelters. Some are neglected, abused, left by the side of the road, or discarded as they grow older. Roberta Wall's passion always has been to make positive changes for homeless animals. Along with many others, she’s made some great strides. In 2010, Roberta, an Allen Tate Realtor® and team leader of The Wall Team in the Greensboro-North Elm office, was instrumental in changing North Carolina...
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28 Nov 2017

Keeping the giving going

Today is #Giving Tuesday, a global day of collaborative giving through donations, service and advocacy. At Allen Tate Companies, giving is part of our core beliefs. As the leading real estate company in the Carolinas and one of the top 10 independent brokers in the country, Allen Tate is fortunate. But we don't take our 60 years of success for granted. We give back so others can move forward. In the past 20 years, Allen Tate Realtors® and employees have contributed more than $4.73 million to local communities through its Tate Cares giving initiatives. We focus our giving in three areas - ones that we believe make the most impact on quality of life in our 43 local communities: public education, arts...
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9 Nov 2017

A different kind of agent

A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare. Unfortunately, there were more than 465,000 instances of missing children reported to law enforcement in 2016 alone (including endangered runaways). To most of us, missing children are the faces on the milk carton, the topic of Nancy Grace or something that happens to other people. Allen Tate Realtor® Carl Jones knows those other people. He's helped locate their missing children. After a 30-year career working with the FBI and NCIS, Jones spent five years as part of Team Adam, a special task force of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Team Adam is named for Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old who was abducted from a Florida shopping mall in 1981 and murdered. Adam's case...
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24 Oct 2017

Learning by doing

Kids are innately curious. Since he was a toddler, my oldest son (now 22) would take apart anything to see how it was made or how it worked. Toys – and later, my electronics and appliances – were never safe in his hands. Today, he’s an industrial designer. Learning through experience – aka experiential learning – makes learning personal. Students learn more quickly, retain more information, think more creatively and grow from their mistakes. Entrepreneur Richard Branson summed up it up well: You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing - and falling over. Thanks to support from the Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF), students in Kannapolis City Schools (KCS) are learning by doing. The foundation, an independent nonprofit...
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