Category: Buying

7 Feb 2017

Why virtual reality will change the real estate industry

Some would say the future is here. And if you’ve used virtual reality headsets to play video games or, say, virtually explore a rainforest, you’ll know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, read on. Because soon, home buyers might be able to put on a virtual reality headset and feel like they are touring a home, walking from room to room, and getting a feel for the place without ever leaving their Realtor’s® office. This means that if you are a buyer, you could “look at” a place in another part of your city, in another state, or even country. If you are a seller, buyers can tour your house no matter where they are standing. Many Realtors involved in the...
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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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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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14 Nov 2016

Killer Kitchens

What better space to prepare a delicious holiday meal and all the fixins' than a beautiful kitchen? Take a look at some of our current listings with swoon-worthy kitchens! 8403 Skye Lochs Drive, Waxhaw NC 28173 17915 Kings Point Drive, Unit I 4038 John S Raboteau Wynd 18810 Halyard Pointe Lane 12611 Ninebark Trail   1104 Overlook Ridge Road   626 E Whitaker Mill Road   8529 Bournemouth Drive   121 Ramsford Lane  ...
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4 Nov 2016

Is it time to downsize? #FBF

Ready to have some fun? Ready not to spend your weekends doing home maintenance and cleaning? Ready to pack away the princess’s playthings and have a grown-up guest room? Then you might be ready to downsize. The upsides to downsizing Most of the time, we think of downsizing when the kids have grown-up and moved out, or when we’re looking at a more senior lifestyle. But today, choosing less space often has more to do with a desire to live simpler—whether you’re retiring or just want a cozier, eco-friendly, low-maintenance home. According to BecomingMinilmalist.com, there are many different reasons you may decide you want to live larger by living smaller. Smaller is easier to maintain and clean. Going small can free your mind and your...
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21 Oct 2016

Curious About Housing Activity In Your Neighborhood? #FlashbackFriday

Every homeowner is curious about home values in their neighborhood and how the current market activity may be affecting their home’s value. At Allen Tate, we’ve made that really easy for you! “Market Report” is an exclusive tool developed by our firm to keep you abreast of real estate activity in your neighborhood. It provides a summary of all the properties for sale, properties under contract and recent sales. It allows you to link to full property details on each home including photos, and then summarizes all the statistical data for the properties included. We currently send in excess of 86,000 Market Reports monthly to homeowners who have subscribed to the report. It’s like receiving your stock investment portfolio statement every month –...
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21 Sep 2016

Take a walk through the neighborhood

Hop in your car, jump on any major highway on a weekday morning, and you'll see why homeowners are increasingly preferring to live in walkable communities. Honestly, we're tired of the traffic, know that driving isn't good for the environment and have come to terms with the fact that hours confined to our cars is time not spent doing healthy things for our bodies or our lives. According to a recent Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), homebuyers prefer walkable communities and those with easy access to public transportation. A similar survey of consumers by the National Association of Realtors® also found that walkable communities are growing in popularity among Americans, especially Millennials. But it's not just...
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26 Aug 2016

What do seniors want in community amenities?

#FlashbackFriday Now that Baby Boomers are the dominant home buyer profile for senior housing, they are sounding off loud and clear on what amenities they want. It’s no longer just about what’s inside the gates of the community, but also how close is that grocery store? The traditional retirement community is still thriving. The golf course, clubhouse, concierge services and exercise facilities are still a requisite in retirement communities. However there seems to be a trend of retirees desiring to age in place in their current communities. Research conducted by AARP discovered that the discerning retiree/senior, whether in a retirement community or aging in place, is looking for other conveniences besides the recreational or social. So what are these savvy Baby Boomer buyers wanting...
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24 Aug 2016

What I wish I would have known before I bought my first home

Uh oh! Here it comes: that dreaded feeling of buyer’s remorse—that coulda, shoulda, woulda moment when you realize if you woulda done your homework like you shoulda, you coulda been outta this mess, right?! And because it’s best to learn from others’ mistakes rather than your own, here’s what I wish someone would have told me before I purchased my first home. I wish I would have known where to begin When you don’t know where to start, buying your first home can be overwhelming. Do you meet with a Realtor®, look at homes online or set up an appointment with a mortgage lender first? “Meeting with your mortgage lender first gives you a clear picture of what you qualify for so that you’re...
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