Category: Carolinas

7 Jun 2010

What Does Quality of Life Mean To You?

The long term health of a real estate market is impacted by several factors. Previously, I discussed the importance of supply and demand. Another factor that plays an equally important role is quality of life. Unlike supply and demand, quality of life is not objective.   What does it really mean?  How would you measure it?  How could it be impacted positively or negatively?

A recent survey from Portfolio answered all of these questions by comparing the performance of the country’s 67 largest metro areas in 20 statistical categories.  The highest scores went to well-rounded markets with healthy economies, moderate costs of living, light traffic, impressive housing stocks, and high powered education systems.  And…drum roll please….

Raleigh, NC ranks #1 and Charlotte, NC ranks #16.  Our only 2 qualifying metros and they are both in the top 20.

1 Jun 2010

New Construction vs a Short Sale or Foreclosure

foreclosure1What can I say…I’m a new homes guy. I grew up in the business and have been involved with new construction for 33 years, so I guess I’m partial to “brand spanking new homes”. Re-sales and new homes have always battled each other. Now there are two more competitors that have entered the ring and are getting much attention. They are short sales and foreclosures.

So how do you decide which is the best VALUE for you? The old adage that the cheapest price isn’t always the best deal holds true here. So, let’s take a look at your options.

We’ll begin with the short sale which is usually a distressed property that the owner can no longer make the payments on. As a result, owners negotiate with the bank to let them pay off the loan at an amount lower than that of their mortgage. What is unfortunate is that, oftentimes, these owners cannot afford the negotiated monthly payment which means that they cannot afford to properly maintain the property. The result is disrepair. It may seem like you are getting a “deal” but after all the repairs are made…is it really? In addition most short sales are sold “as is” with no warranties, which means you have no remedy if there is a major problem with the home! To say however, that there are never warranties would be incorrect. Just be sure to specifically ask if the home comes with one.

27 May 2010

City of Charlotte: Start Your Engines

On May 12, I was fortunate to attend the opening ceremonies of the NASCAR Hall of Fame It did not truly sink in until I was there, but what an amazing event to be able to say I was there!

Having attended many NASCAR races over the past 25 years, I know a little something about NASCAR and instantly recognized several drivers and others involved in the sport. One of the first was Ernie Irvan which is a name that many won’t recognize as he retired in the late 1990’s after being involved in an accident.

Opening the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. is a great honor and opportunity for the city and region. As a sport, NASCAR has a tremendously large and dedicated fan base that has been waiting years and years for something like a Hall of Fame to open. Given where many people within the industry are from and where a majority of the teams are located, Charlotte, N.C is an ideal fit. It is a great place to not only see a race but also vacation with beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountains, including the Blue Ridge and Appalachians, being only 2-3 hours away.

26 May 2010

To Market! To Market!

“How is the market doing?”  If I had a dime for every time someone asked me that … Over the past 24 months that seems to be the question on everyone’s mind.  I am happy to report that the market is recovering.

The health of any real estate market is based on the principle of supply and demand.  Supply and demand is generally impacted by three factors:  the availability of jobs in the market, consumer confidence, and the cost of home-ownership.  Moving one step above that is that fact that all real estate markets impact one another, especially in an area like the Carolina’s where many people relocate from other parts of the country.  If you can’t sell your house where you currently live, then you most likely can’t purchase in your new location.  Or if you have to sell for less where you currently live, then you might have to purchase differently in your new location.

25 May 2010

Oh to Be in the Carolinas in the Morning!

Sitting back and reflecting on the real estate industry, I am amazed at all that we have been through. There is no denying that over the past decade, we have lived through some extreme highs and extreme lows together. That being said, if we take a step back to examine the real estate market since 1950, it is clear that we are continuing to see forward progress. Today, we are adjusting and recalculating from a 5-year hiatus, which is why I felt the need for the Allen Tate Company to create a blog where myself and my Allen Tate team members can share with you information about home ownership. This is a very important topic to us and is one that covers buying and selling homes, mortgages and insurance, relocation and renovation as well as the state of national, regional and local housing markets.

As the sun rises on the residential housing market in America, there is an extra ray of light shining on the place I call home.

The I-40/85/77 corridor has been named among one of the strongest metropolitan areas in the country. In a nutshell, the Carolinas represent a region poised for unparalleled growth and attention. Why is this, you may ask? I attribute it to the economic diversity of our job clusters, climate (who could possibly say no to this weather?!), pro business attitudes, work ethic, quality of life, and cost of living to name just a few.

24 May 2010

Paging Dr. Tate!

Mr. TateDuring the recent commencement ceremonies held at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, our founder and chairman, Mr. Allen Tate, was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Mr. Tate is the epitome of a Carolina man and the honorary degree reflects his five decades of business leadership and civic engagement across the region.

When he began entertaining the thought of career in real estate, Mr. Tate knew that he wanted to do more for people than simply selling their homes; he wanted to help them. That desire and drive led him to establish the civic-minded Allen Tate Company a few years after graduating from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

During his incredibly successful career in the Carolinas, Mr. Tate has or is currently serving on the boards of the University of North Carolina – Charlotte Foundation, the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, and the Piedmont Public Policy Institute, among many more.  He has also served as chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, among others.

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