Author: Allen Tate Companies

30 Jan 2017

Big game approved

Fact: Americans will consume an estimated 1.25 billion chicken wings this Sunday. Need a space to chow down on some wings while you watch the big game? We've got you covered with our picks for the best game-viewing spots in the Carolinas. 3508 Willow Grove Court, Greensboro, NC 27410 627 Canvas Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587 114 Baybreeze Court, Mooresville, NC 28117 143 Barksdale Lane, Moorsville NC 28117 1509 Reflection Pointe Boulevard, Belmont, NC 28012 229 Cedar Lake Drive, Statesville, NC 28625 8403 Skye Lochs Drive, Waxhaw, NC 28173   18616 Hammock Lane, Davidson, NC 28036...
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27 Jan 2017

#FBF Before closing, don’t do these 5 things

You’re approved! The contract is signed on the house, the closing date is set and you are ready to go! But hold on. Don’t go buying new appliances for the new house or a new car for the new commute just yet! Why? Because your credit is monitored right up to the day you sign the contract. Lenders will question any big transaction or change in financial status until you have the keys in hand. So be aware that not only is a credit check run when you apply for a mortgage, but another is run just before you close. So avoid these 5 things before closing on your home—or risk losing it before it’s even yours! Don't change your job status. Banks...
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20 Jan 2017

Beat the blues. Banish the blahs.

So it’s winter in the Carolinas. And yep, our friends and family in more hostile climates make fun of us when we whine, pout and post memes of how much we want to be at the beach with bare feet. Nevertheless, the struggle is real, and winter woes can sneak up on us before we can say “Jack Frost.” Science agrees. According to WebMD, the gloomy and shorter days each winter in much of the country is biologically felt to some degree by an estimated one in four of us, magically ending by April and the coming of springtime weather. For most people, it manifests as the winter blahs, and keeps you in an "I-can't-wait-for-winter-to-end" state of mind. It can also...
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16 Jan 2017

Real estate 2017: Still looking good

Wonder what’s in store for the Carolinas’ real estate market for 2017? No major changes, but that’s a good thing, according to the experts. In 2016, Allen Tate Company ended the year with 22,194 closed sales units and $5.45 billion in closed sales volume, a respectable increase over 21,565 closed units and $5.16 billion in closed volume in 2015. That’s a trend Allen Tate President and CEO Pat Riley is comfortable with – the kind of steady growth that helps normalize and sustain the market. In the January-February edition of Carolinas Market Update, Riley talks about factors that helped define the past two years – and are expected to continue in 2017. “Low inventory will propel higher than average price appreciation (5-6 percent). Builders...
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13 Jan 2017

6 ways to mix up your space

As the last box of holiday decor is safely tucked away, and the final bite of pecan pie consumed, you may look around your house and think that it looks, well, bare. And while most of us are ready to declutter our home after the holidays, there’s nothing like a mini home makeover to breath new life into a tired old space. Don’t worry about breaking the bank for these simple solutions though, because we’ve rounded up six inexpensive ways to go from dismal to delightful. Pack it up If you hate your room but love your furniture, try looking at things from a different perspective. Sometimes the best way to revamp a living space is by seeing it completely empty....
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11 Jan 2017

Get cozy

As temperatures dip, we're encouraging you to keep calm and cozy up to these 12 inviting spaces to keep warm this winter. 605 Chicken Foot Creek Road Woodruff SC 29388 4 Yeamans Hall Court Spartanburg SC 29306 2420 Vintage Hill Drive Durham NC 27712 115 Bay Port Lane Mooresville NC 28117 130 Wildwood Cove Drive Mooresville NC 28117 2510 King Arthur Drive Monroe NC 28110 114 Hoskins House Court Mooresville NC 28117 3422 Sharon Road Charlotte NC 28211 109 Saddletree Road Lincolnton NC 28092 631 Saint Cloud Drive Statesville NC...
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6 Jan 2017

#FBF Oh deer!

I love our house. It’s back off the road in what I call the “country,” and on any given night, you can see stars for miles. We live on a few acres of land, and it suits us better than the hustle and bustle of city living. But there’s one big drawback: deer. While these seemingly gentle creatures are beautiful and carry with them a sense of quiet magic, deer plus country roads plus vehicles equals a deadly combination. In the Unites States, there are more than 1.5 million deer-related car accidents each year. That’s over 1.5 billion in damages! And it’s not just the country roads are a susceptible to deer collisions. It’s not unusual to see deer near major highways, residential subdivisions...
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4 Jan 2017

Living healthy in the new year

It’s the new year, but instead of talking about eye roll-worthy topics such as dieting, dropping bad habits or joining the gym, what about exploring a few things in 2017 that make real sense for real life? First step’s a doozy Did you find a fancy step-tracking device under the tree this holiday season? Or are you just curious how the generally recommended 10,000 steps a day changes up things in your day? Are you thinking about starting at 3,000 steps a day and working up from there? No matter your motivations, just get moving. Healthcare professionals pretty much agree it’s good for you, whatever your age or body type. And you don’t have to go all high tech. A $9 pedometer from...
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30 Dec 2016

New Year’s Eve at home

If there’s no place like home for the holidays, shouldn’t that include New Year’s Eve? Staying in is in, and we have a few ideas to make it an evening to remember. Dance the night away People who may be shy about dancing in public most likely will be willing to cut a rug at home. Make a dance mix tape with music to please all generations present, or dance along with the special New Year’s Eve shows on television. Even if your signature move is more swing your partner than doing the Dab, who cares? You’re at home! Mix up some mocktails and cocktails After everyone has worked up a thirst dancing, they’re going to want drinks. Kids will love festive sparkling grape...
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28 Dec 2016

Real Estate resolutions for 2017

  What positive changes do you plan to make in 2017? If you are looking to lose weight, stop smoking or eat healthier, we wish you well, but we probably can’t help you. But here are a few “real estate resolutions” to consider that can save you time, money, frustration or all of the above in the New Year: I will only buy or sell a home with the assistance of a professional Realtor (ideally, an Allen Tate Realtor®). Unless you have previous experience in real estate (and even if you do), going the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) route is just a bad idea. Real estate can be complicated and even a simple mistake can be costly. You need a professional. ...
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