Author: Allen Tate Companies

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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23 Dec 2016

#FBF Get some fresh air

In our area, many bright winter days call us outside, into the crisp air and under Carolina blue skies to get a breath of fresh air. Luckily, our area has an extensive network of greenways to make it fun and easy. The Swamp Rabbit Trail in Upstate South Carolina goes roughly from Greenville Tech to Furman University. It is popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists and features routes through Cleveland Park and the opportunity to detour to Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Traveler’s Rest. The Rails to Trails Conservancy is active in the NC Triangle, creating and maintaining greenways and trails including the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail. Escapes into the great outdoors in the NC Triad area are accessed via 11 miles of Piedmont...
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21 Dec 2016

Presidential Priorities

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill The life of a Realtor® is busy – meeting with buyers and sellers, coordinating appraisals and inspections, attending closings, staying in touch with past clients, prospecting new business and keeping current on technology and other real estate topics. Whew. And while a real estate career offers flexibility, healthy market conditions often mean prioritizing business obligations with personal relationships and responsibilities. So who has time to volunteer? At Allen Tate, dozens of agents each year dedicate time, energy and knowledge to serve the real estate industry through their participation on boards, committees and as part of special activities and events. A few take service to the...
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16 Dec 2016

#FBF Keeping it fresh

Keeping meals healthy and fresh—even through the winter months—has never been easier in the Carolinas. From year round farmers’ markets to home delivery services, you can get the homegrown goodness you crave even in winter! Year-round Farmer’s Markets For fresh produce, farm to fork meats, cheese and more, the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market is open all year and features North and South Carolina growers. At the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, you’ll find a variety of vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, meat, pastries, honey, tea, coffee and beer grown or made within 60 miles of Chapel Hill. The Market at 501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC is an indoor facility with free admission, Wi-Fi, and plenty of free parking. They are open Saturdays 7 a.m.-12 noon year round. The...
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12 Dec 2016

Tips for hosting the perfect holiday gathering

For those of us whose lineage includes Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, and the like, the opportunity to entertain a group of friends or family is likely a welcomed request; while for others, the thought of hosting a dinner party is akin to getting a root canal--in other words, it’s not so pretty. Whether you’re a hostess with the mostess or a hot mess, here are some tips for a successful party. Ambiance Create a relaxing atmosphere by building a playlist of your favorite tunes prior to guests arriving. Make sure the music is loud enough to be appreciated but no so loud that your guests have to strain their ears during a conversation. Looking for a way to kick...
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9 Dec 2016

#FBF Keeping your home warm this winter

During the winter months when the temperatures dip below freezing it can feel like you’re playing a never-ending game of catch up to try and keep your home warm. So rather than watch the Benjamins fly out the doors, windows, nooks and crannies of your home, follow the advice below. Eliminate drafts Locating and sealing energy-draining drafts in your home can save you between 10 and 20 percent on your energy bill, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And while most people assume windows and doors are the biggest draft offenders, experts warn that other elements like recessed lights, wiring holes, electrical boxes, plumbing vents and support elements in your basement and attic can be equally concerning. Pick a windy day and carefully...
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5 Dec 2016

Currently craving: cozy spaces

A crackling fire is the perfect backdrop to a crisp winter night.  Find the perfect fireplace to curl up to when you browse some of our coziest listings below. 115 Bay Port Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117   130 Wildwood Cove Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117   314 Beaten Path Road, Mooresville, NC 28117   3422 Sharon Road, Charlotte NC 28211   6712 Green Hollow Court, Wake Forest, NC 27587   546 Quaker Meadows Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715   1104 Overlook Ridge Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587   1022 Wessington Manor Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715   185 Point View Court, Denton,...
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