Author: Karen Murray

13 Sep 2017

Keeping it real

When Randy Clift was first introduced to the guitar by his friend's father, he thought the instrument was bulky and ugly. But the tone was "awesome," and young Randy was hooked. Today, Randy, an award-winning Allen Tate Realtor® in the company's Charlotte-Center City office, balances his professional life between helping buyers and sellers and performing as a recording artist with his band, Randy Paul & The Revelry. Randy was only about 9 or 10 when he started taking guitar lessons at a local music school. He remembers his first student recital – and his fellow performer, Taylor Hawkins, now the drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters. In 7th grade, he played his first show for money. "I had to obtain a fake ID...
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25 Aug 2017

A crowning achievement

It was a simple postcard that helped a shy, small-town girl from Castalia, Ohio become a national beauty queen. "I was an only child, shy, awkward and studious. I always had my nose in a book," said Cynthia Pensiero-DeFazio, an Allen Tate Realtor® with the Union County-New Town Road office. One day, the mail included a postcard for the Barbizon Modeling School. Cynthia's mother thought this would be a good opportunity, and enrolled her daughter. After completing the classes, Cynthia did some runway modeling and at 15, entered the Miss Teen Ohio pageant. "It was a great experience. I met Halle Berry," said Cynthia. "Then I chose to focus on school." Fast-forward a few years to 1995. Cynthia's friend saw an ad in the newspaper...
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3 Aug 2017

All in the family

As children, many of us go through a stage where we want to be the exact opposite of our parents. And yet, we wake up one day and realize that somehow, we've become them. Following in the family footsteps happens often in real estate. In fact, there are currently more than a dozen Allen Tate Realtor® teams made up of family members across the company's footprint in North and South Carolina. Here are a few of their stories. ♦♦♦ One of the most valuable things Phyllis Wolborsky (pictured above) has learned in her 48-year real estate career is to treat clients well. "Our clients have often said they have felt like a part of our family in the way they were treated. I taught...
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20 Jul 2017

A generous serving of culture and community

As food nourishes the body, art nourishes the soul. On September 8, both will come together during two simultaneous events expected to draw hundreds to the streets of uptown Charlotte and downtown Cornelius. The Arts & Science Council presents its third annual Culture Feast, a unique event where residents and visitors share a community table while enjoying arts and cultural performances. ASC Culture Feast “We have seen how people from different neighborhoods, backgrounds, socio-economic levels, race and ethnicities talk and connect with each other through arts and cultural experiences as well as a wonderful meal,” said ASC President Robert Bush. In 2016, Culture Feast drew more than 500 people, who lined tables along N. Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. This...
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29 Jun 2017

A safe haven: Family Crisis Center

Most of us take for granted a safe place to call home. But for victims of domestic violence, home can be a volatile and dangerous environment. Fortunately, there is a safe haven in Randolph and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1978, Family Crisis Center serves victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse through multiple locations in Asheboro, Archdale and Troy, N.C. “At the Family Crisis Center, we deal with tragedy every day; yet every day, we have a success. When someone comes to our office for help or calls our crisis line, that is the first step – and the step that requires the most strength and courage,” said Dare Spicer, executive director, Family Crisis Center. “Domestic violence and sexual abuse...
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27 Jun 2017

It’s hurricane season again: Are you covered?

If you’ve ever heard a summer weather forecast – sunny, highs in the mid-80s, chance of late afternoon thundershowers – you might decide that it’s not too hard to be a meteorologist. But when it comes to predicting hurricanes, the process is highly scientific, utilizing analog data, statistical models, atmospheric conditions and ocean temperatures. According to recent reports, the 2017 hurricane season is shaping up to be pretty busy--already experts are predicting more action than historical hurricane activity. So while the power company, emergency responders and municipal officials can plan, drill and equip for the worst, what can you do as a consumer and home owner? “As much as science helps set the stage, hurricanes can be unpredictable when it comes to...
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16 Jun 2017

Father knows best

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an observation about dads: You can always tell what their favorite year was, because they're still wearing clothes from it. For their unique fashion sense - and many other reasons - dads are pretty memorable. And while we sometimes fail to realize their wisdom in our youth, the life lessons and advice dads give us are irreplaceable when we grow up. David Huss' dad was a sales manager for a car dealership. His name is Noah Carse Huss, or N.C. for short - but his family calls him Bill (go figure). David, who leads the Frantilla and Huss Team in the company's Charlotte-Ballantyne office, calls him Pops and remembers a large map of the United States on...
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24 May 2017

Life in the fast lane

Jesse Samples Jr. never planned to become a race car driver. But the road of life brought some exciting twists and turns that sent Samples, now an Allen Tate Realtor®, on a high-speed journey most could only imagine. At 4, Samples was given a go-cart by his uncle, who helped manufacture carts sold through the Sears catalog. Samples was too short to reach the pedals without extensions and learned to ride in his grandparents' yard. A few years later, Samples' parents divorced and he lived with his father in Charlotte. They spent the weekends riding go-carts but entered some local races for fun. That year, they won the local track championship; the next, they won state championships in North and South Carolina; and...
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9 May 2017

Beyond the classroom: The school district of Pickens County

Helping children gain the skills they need to survive and thrive in the world is a primary function of public schools. But critical learning often extends beyond the classroom. Unfortunately, enrichment programs at public schools are often limited by financial resources. Allen Tate Companies understand that. Through the company’s annual FUNday for Public Education, Allen Tate Realtors® and employees raise money for public school programs and organizations that give children and teachers enhanced opportunities. The School District of Pickens County in Easley, S.C., which serves 16,500 students, is one recipient of FUNday proceeds. Here, students benefit from Allen Tate’s investment in three educational programs: Y Mentors, Camp iRock and the FIRST LEGO League West State Championship. “Partnerships with businesses like Allen Tate are...
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28 Apr 2017

A little dough on the side

Food makes up some of our strongest memories - a childhood treat, a romantic dinner, a special meal associated with a holiday or vacation. In fact, research suggests that the part of the brain that is critical for memory has strong connections to parts that are important for emotion and smell. For Jamie Eliahu, food memories from her grandma's kitchen in New York are vivid: matzo ball soup, brisket, meatloaf, noodle pudding. And lots and lots of onions. "My grandma is an amazing cook. She's 92. To this day, she still follows a recipe exactly, even when she's made something hundreds of times," said Jamie, an Allen Tate Realtor® with the Margulies Team in the company's Raleigh-Falls of Neuse office. Her husband,...
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