Author: Allen Tate Companies

14 Feb 2011

Facebook Gets a Facelift

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Facebook got another Facelift. That’s right, another Facelift. As if all the previous pulling, sculpting, modifying and updating wasn’t enough…they’ve revamped themselves yet again. If you were to line up Facebook next to Joan Rivers, I’m pretty sure Facebook would come out on top for having had more work done. While some of Facebook’s updates have gone undetected this one is sure to turn more than just a few heads.

On February 10, Facebook released one of the most anticipated updates for those who own, modify and manage a Facebook Page. As is the case with most, these new “upgrades” will certainly be put under the magnifying glass. We’ll scrutinize, analyze and perhaps criticize but, in my humble opinion, I think that these updates are a step in the right direction given how many businesses, brands and companies are using Facebook to communicate with their customers.

11 Feb 2011

New Property Assessment in Mecklenburg County

How Do I Appeal My New Property Assessment in Mecklenburg County – Your Realtor Can Help

Since February 8th, when many people began to get their “Notice of Real Property Assessed Value”, our phones have been ringing off the hook with questions. Therefore, I wanted to address your concerns in this blog post.

First, please note that this is not your new property tax bill. This is a revaluation of your home by Mecklenburg County.

Remember that the assessor is trying to place a fair market value on your home. This assessment is not setting your tax rate or tax bill. The job of setting the tax rate belongs to the Board of County Commissioners. The BOCC will determine our property tax rate during the county budget process sometime in June. Your first new tax bill will be sent this September and will be based on the new assessed value AND the new tax rate. Therefore, we will not know how this reassessment affects our tax bill until the tax rate is set in June.

10 Feb 2011

Allen Tate Insurance Gets a Makeover

Did you know Allen Tate Insurance strives to be the best option for your insurance needs?

And did you know that Allen Tate Insurance really got a makeover?

New Website. New Look. Same Service. Same Results.

Clarity was our goal while designing a new website that is both intuitive and easy to navigate. The website strengthens our relationship and brings us closer to our family of insured’s in our effort to constantly provide the best service possible.

9 Feb 2011

Tell the Research Triangle What YOU Think

Wake County Economic Development is developing a plan and strategy to attract highly talented professionals to the Research Triangle Region. Recently, our Corporate Services Manager, Renee Daniels gave area overview tours to the consultants who are charged with designing the marketing and branding campaign.  The consultants gained insight on the quality of life, cost of living, real estate market and all the things that make our Region a great place to be.  Wake County Economic Development is now sponsoring a survey to hear from YOU on what you value most and why you chose to call our Region your home.

8 Feb 2011

The Great Debate: Carpet vs. Hardwood

Have you ever considered replacing your flooring but had a hard time deciding what covering to use? Or have you ever tried to decide between two homes that you liked but weren’t sure if you liked hardwoods in one vs. carpet in the other?

I never really considered flooring until a few years ago when I moved from my home which had predominately hardwood to my new home which was 50% hardwoods and 50% carpets. I never knew what impact the flooring in the new home would be on my family’s allergies! All of the sudden, my family had contracted allergies. Most notably, I saw a huge change in my son. He seemed to always have a cold or a sinus infection and I had to take him to the doctor several times during those first months. I could not for the life of me figure out what had changed until discussing it with his pediatrician. He was the one that pointed out the difference flooring can make and the correlation to our illnesses and allergies.

7 Feb 2011

Have You Ridden the Train Lately?

Have you ridden the train lately?

I have.  With a footprint from Raleigh to Greenville, SC and 36 offices and 1400 REALTORs to visit, I have been taking advantage of the train service from Raleigh to Greensboro to Charlotte to Greensboro to Raleigh on a regular basis. When I tell people I ride the train they are always shocked and then usually comment about their desire to take the train more often.

Have you ridden the train lately?

When I tell people I ride the train they are always shocked and then usually comment about their desire to take the train more often.

4 Feb 2011

Attack of the Termites

My father has been in real estate some 30 plus years and has just recently had some serious bouts with termites in one of his homes.Termites are no laughing matter and in speaking with a colleague of mine, he described the following story:

“I was working in my yard a few years ago and noticed that the previous homeowner laid black plastic down on the ground around the foundation.  I knew this was a major no-no when trying to keep insects away from your house.  You are providing insects with insulation and a weather barrier of protection from Mother Nature’s controlling reach.

3 Feb 2011

Toyota + Allen Tate + Real Estate

A piece of Toyota technology is making Allen Tate open houses more accessible than ever.

Last weekend, we unveiled our new Open House ad in the Winston Salem Journal HomePlace insert. In the right hand corner of the print ad you’ll find something that looks like a barcode. What is it you may ask? Well, that square looking barcode is called a QR code and is a two-dimensional code that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. There has been a lot of buzz recently about the marriage between real estate and QR codes…and for good reason. If used correctly, QR codes are a great asset for those in the real estate industry.

2 Feb 2011

Charlotte is in the Spotlight!

Charlotte, North Carolina – Home of the 2012 Democratic National Convention!

Who would have thought … five, ten years ago, that this could even be a possibility? Politically, we will let the pundits discuss why Charlotte was selected over St. Louis. I would like to look at it from the perspective of where Charlotte has been and where Charlotte is going.

Charlotte would not have even been in the Top 10 to qualify for such a large event, had it not been for some tremendous public-private partnerships to set the stage many years ago.  Corporations, government and private individuals worked hand-in-hand to create an environment that will put Charlotte in the spotlight for years to come.  You could say (as it relates to travel and tourism) that Charlotte has arrived!

1 Feb 2011

Gongaware Calls It for Pittsburgh…Citing Cost of Living

So the pundits and talking heads are busily analyzing the relative merits of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania vs. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Apparently, there is some big competition looming between the two cities. Not one to miss a good debate, I thought I should weigh in.

As an Allen Tate, REALTOR®, I have access to a wealth of tools because of our affiliation with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a major real estate network comprised of the best locally and regionally branded residential firms. (Our network sells $250 billion in homes annually, more than any national franchise brand.) Among those tools is Onboard Informatics, a valuable resource for Allen Tate clients and our associates who need to research and compare communities.

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