Author: Allen Tate Companies

15 Jan 2019

How to become a real estate agent in NC

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If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, people admire your unstoppable work ethic, and you love building relationships with people, you could be the perfect candidate for a career in real estate. But where do you even start? If licensing, course work and selecting a firm seem overwhelming, you can relax. We've laid out each step in the process of becoming a real estate agent in North Carolina. And if you find yourself with questions, we're here to help. Contact us any time with your questions and we'll gladly help you through the process - because we know firsthand how fulfilling a real estate career can be. Step 1: Know the Requirements The requirements for obtaining a license to practice real estate vary from state to...
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6 Dec 2018

What is a good credit score to buy a house?

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One of the keys to unlocking your dream home is understanding the state of your financial health, not wealth. If you will be using a lender to finance your home, you will need to know what is a good credit score to buy a house. While income, savings and downpayment are important, it’s your credit score that will qualify you for a loan and help determine the kind of interest rate you will pay. Before we dive too deep into what is a good credit score to qualify for a home loan, let’s start with the basics to help keep your head from spinning. What is a mortgage? This doesn’t have to be complicated. A mortgage is a loan issued by...
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28 Nov 2018

How to buy a house in 2019

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If you’ve never purchased a home before, the thought of buying your first home can seem like a daunting process. In 2018, we saw low housing inventory levels coupled with buyers’ insatiable demand for affordable housing create a pretty strong seller’s market. Experts are predicting a more balanced market for 2019, citing rising new housing construction to help create a more favorable housing landscape. So how do you navigate the road to home ownership? Here’s everything you’ll need to know about how to buy a house in 2019: Review your credit score Unless you’re paying all cash for your new home, mortgage lenders will want to see a copy of your credit report. Why? Because your credit report is a pretty clear indicator of how responsible...
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15 Nov 2018

Home maintenance tips for new homeowners

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Do the words "home maintenance" make you want to crawl under a blanket and hide? Buying a house is likely the biggest investment you'll ever make, so it's easy to see how taking care of it could seem like a daunting task. But some simple planning makes it all doable. Why home maintenance is important Home maintenance might not be as enjoyable a weekend activity as catching a football game or hosting a cookout, but it's well worth taking the time to do it when you consider the alternative: expensive emergency repairs. According to J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly, you can save up to $100 of eventual repair costs for every dollar spent on home maintenance. In addition to avoiding the expense and...
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8 Nov 2018

9 Charlotte restaurants open on Thanksgiving this year

Restaurants in Charlotte NC open on Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you’ve probably started thinking about how you want to celebrate. While this holiday is a great opportunity to share a great meal with family and friends, it can often mean hours of cooking and cleaning. What if there was another option? For those of you who prefer to not spend the holiday working over a stove, we have good news. There are plenty of fantastic Charlotte restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving this year. Most of them will be serving gorgeous prix-fixe menus, so you can sit back and relax and focus on spending time with your loved ones. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites below and no matter which one you choose., they’ll...
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7 Nov 2018

10 reasons you should consider moving to Greenville, SC

Reasons to move to Greenville, SC
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find the quaint city of Greenville, South Carolina, known for our raging art scene, affordable living and gorgeous scenery. With less than 100,000 people living here, Greenville is perfect for those looking for a balance between the big city and small town feel. No matter where you visit in Greenville, you’ll find that this place is steeped in Southern tradition and American history. It’s perfect for new families, college students and retirees alike! We are so confident that you’ll love it here that we rounded up 10 incredible reasons why you should consider moving to Greenville.   1. There’s an abundance of outdoor activities year round Photo courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC Greenville is settled in an...
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25 Oct 2018

Handmade home decor you can buy from North Carolina Etsy shops

North Carolina Etsy shops home decor
There is no better place to shop unique, crafted and curated gifts than Etsy. This online marketplace is the hub of handmade, individually designed and one-of-a-kind works of art. When you combine home decor then throw in the creativity of North Carolina creatives, you’re in for quite the treat. So whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself, your home, or a friend, shop local for your home decor from one or more of these amazing Etsy entrepreneurs. Happy shopping!   Belle Decor Designs Asheville | Shop on Etsy Specializing in vintage, farmhouse and shabby chic decor, Ally Mignaud creates wall hangings and pieces of art that would find a place amongst any design style. Products in her Etsy shop include painted...
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16 Oct 2018

10 pumpkin patches near Charlotte you can visit this fall

Pumpkin Patches Near Charlotte
The woods and farmlands of the Carolinas are already the perfect setting for a farm getaway, but when you add the attractions of fall, things get even better. These include everything from you-pick pumpkin patches and wagon rides to corn mazes and even apple cider slushies. We rounded up ten local farms and markets in and around Charlotte where you can join in the fun. From pumpkin lots in the heart of town to secluded family farms just a few minutes out, we think there’s a spot on this list that could become your new favorite family tradition!   Anne Springs Close Greenway Fort Mill, South Carolina During last three weekends in October, Anne Springs Close Greenway transforms into a fall harvest paradise. Complete...
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