Category: Buying

19 May 2017

Do you wanna buy a house? Here’s step 2: How much can you afford?

We see you, potential homebuyer. Once you decided to stop renting and start looking for a place to call your own, you’ve been crusin’ through Pinterest’s home section like it’s your job. And good thing your dream home board has unlimited storage because you’re definitely saving every other pin, all the while adding to your ever-evolving can’t live without list. While compiling no less than 4,756 photos of updated, craftsman-style, open floor plan bungalows is certainly a fun step in the home buying process, a more important exercise in this stage of the game is figuring out just how much house you can afford.  Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds--here’s how to make sure your dream home doesn’t...
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12 May 2017

Do you wanna buy a house? Here’s step 1: Choose the right Realtor

Congratulations! You’re about to embark on one of the largest financial decisions in your life as you purchase your first home. And with experts predicting rent prices only increasing, not to mention the fact that current mortgage rates are very low, historically speaking,  affording a home has never been easier on your wallet. And here to give you the lowdown on the whole process, comes a series of blogs designed to help you successfully maneuver through your first home buying experience. First up on your checklist is finding the right Realtor for you--because, after all, your Realtor is your biggest ally, your confidant, and your self-appointed BFF for the next six to nine months. In other words, choose carefully. Why you need a...
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2 May 2017

8 signs you’re ready to buy a home

It’s spring and it’s in the air. You want to live in that house. You have to have that house. But are you ready to buy that house? Here are eight signs to help you know if it’s a dream, or a reality. 1) You’ve got your financial act together. Clean credit report, check. Little or no debt, check. And, there are other ways your financial house should be in order before you can make your move. Do you make enough money or have income from other sources that make the house affordable? Do you have funds for the downpayment and closing fees? It all adds up. Can you cover it? 2) You’re ready to settle down for a while. Before you...
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20 Apr 2017

The best moments happen at home

If I close my eyes, I can still hear the familiar sound of the click-clack, clickity-clack my little red radio flyer made as it came hobbling down the road. Still day dreaming, I recall my favorite black converse sneakers covered in dust from the unsettled dirt road I walked upon each Saturday morning as I made my way to our neighborhood grocery store. Located just a few minutes from my childhood home, the trip to the grocers seemed at least a mile away to my small, ten-year old frame. Like clockwork, I would park my wagon outside A & P Grocery, and recognize the same, friendly faces that stopped by the store each week hoping to find something to please...
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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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