Category: Triad

6 Nov 2013

Strength in Numbers

There’s an old saying – “There’s strength in numbers.” Looking at the real estate market right now, that saying has never been more accurate.  Take a look at some numbers we’re pretty excited about. In the past 12 months*: At the end of July, the United States was seeing 12.4 percent gain in home price. In the Triad Region, the average home price is up 13.7 percent and the median home price is up 9 percent. In Asheboro, the average home price is up 14.7 percent and the median home price is up 16.7 percent. In Burlington, the average home price is up 20 percent and the median home price is up 17.7 percent. In Greensboro, the average home price is up 18.5 percent and the median...
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4 Nov 2013

Rockin’ with the Carolina Panthers

When I was in school, we heard a lot about the 3 R’s – reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. Today, we’ve added another “R” to the list – rock. Just about every K-12 school in the Carolinas has a large rock in the school yard. I’m talking about the enormous painted boulder that serves as a banner, billboard, birthday card and display of every form of school spirit. The rocks may have originated because of our jagged Southern topography, but if you think about it, the school spirit rock is one of the first forms of social media. Always original, constantly changing and worth checking often, just to make sure you don’t miss something newsworthy. This year, Allen Tate Company found a really cool...
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30 Oct 2013

A Property Wish List Provides Focus

When heading to the grocery store, it’s usually best to bring a list of what you want. That way, you don’t get distracted by splashy sales and promotions and forget to buy the items you really need. How about keeping a shopping list–or a wish list– handy during your house hunt? It’s easy to get sidetracked by gleaming new appliances and lose track of the essentials you were hoping for in the first place. Making a wish list ahead of time also helps you focus, and it can help your Allen Tate Realtor® by providing guidance into what matters most to you. Here’s a sampling of topics to consider including when jotting down your list: - What is your ideal price range? - How...
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23 Oct 2013

Home Sweet Haunted Home

A fun tradition at Halloween is to visit a “haunted house,” filled with various ghosts and ghouls. But would you want to live in a real haunted house? According to legend, the older a home, the greater chance it could be haunted because of the number of souls who have lived there. If something happens that causes a tear in the energy, such as a violent death or extreme grief, a spirit may become trapped between this world and the next. The Carolinas are full of houses said to be haunted. Dare if you will to visit these homes with spooky histories: The Blakney House in Monroe, N.C, is believed to be haunted by William Blakney, a greedy miser. It is said that...
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20 Sep 2013

The Carolinas Are Becoming A Brewery Destination

The movie Sideways was on TV recently. It’s the tale of two middle-aged buddies taking a week-long road trip into California’s wine country. And while the premise of that film should have me charting a course through North Carolina’s wine country (maybe later), it’s craft beer that I crave for my own sideways adventure this Fall. With over 100 craft breweries in North Carolina alone, there should be no shortage of destinations. Here are my five picks when I’m somewhere on the road in the Carolinas: Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, SC, has been brewing award-winning beer for 15 years. Their flagship brew is called River Falls Red Ale. Chances are you can sample some at Greenville’s Euphoria Festival later this month. The...
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19 Jul 2013

On-the-Road for a Burger

burgerI am a carnivore. I’m not proud of it. But I do love a good burger. And while Summertime is the right time to burn some ground beef on the George Foreman,  I still prefer seeking out my burgers somewhere on-the-road in the Carolinas. Here are my 5 picks:

In Charlotte and Raleigh, I am a fan of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Their Classic Southern Burger, topped with chili, American cheese, relish, mustard, and slaw, is a winner … but be sure to ask for plenty of napkins. I also enjoy the basic (and I mean basic) cheeseburger at O’Malley’s Pub in Raleigh. Basic…cheddar cheese…lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard (no mayo) … and a side of onion rings. Oh, and a pint of Guinness. Perfection.

26 Jun 2013

Bouncing Back Big

carolinas map

I’ve mentioned numerous times that the Carolinas were fortunate to be among the last in to the housing downturn – and among the first out.

Last week, my remarks were further validated when four Allen Tate markets in North Carolina made the list of America’s 25 fastest growing cities since the recession

The cities included Charlotte (No. 4), Greensboro (No. 9), Raleigh (No. 12) and Durham (No. 14). Each experienced double-digit population growth between 10.3 and 15.8 percent from 2007 to 2012.

Interestingly, 17 of the 25 ranked cities (population greater than 200,000) are located in the South and are largely suburban cities and lower density, spread-out municipalities. In comparison, major cities in the Northeast experienced only minimal growth during this time period, with Washington, D.C. as the best survey performer (No. 27) with 7.8 percent growth. New York has only grown 0.3 percent since 2007, while Chicago’s population has dropped 3.4 percent. 

14 Mar 2013

3.1415926535…Pieces of Pi

Pi DaySo today, March 14,  is “International Pi Day”…a day I have even less use for than I do “Wiggle Your Toes Day” (August 6), “National Bubba Day” (June 2), or “I Forgot Day” (July 2).

Pi, my Wiki research tells me, is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant…the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter…which is about 3.14159. I say “about” because mathematicians seem to enjoy calculating Pi out to a massive number of digits. The record is now 5 trillion digits, set in August 2010 by Alexander J. Yee and Shigeru Kondo. Can you say “boys with too much time on their hands?”

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be expressed exactly as a ratio of two integers. Oh, of course…why didn’t you say so in the first place? (I don’t like explanations that make me feel dumber than a bag of hammers.)

So what can I get out of this Pi Day? I rarely need to know the circumference of a circle, and trigonometry is not my thing. So, I say we make this Pi Day one that gives us many reasons to indulge in the Carolinas’ best pies.  Let me loosen my belt now.

7 Mar 2013

The ACC Tournament is back in Greensboro!

Coliseum GreensboroAs Dick Vitale would say, “we’re back in Greensboro for ACC basketball baby!”  This year marks the return of both women’s and men’s basketball tournaments to the Greensboro Coliseum in consecutive weeks.

The City of Greensboro has been very, very busy approving upgrades to our Coliseum in anticipation of these basketball tournaments:

New scoreboard – installed in December, 2012

  • Top ring of the scoreboard is as long as a school bus!
  • 4-sided LED screen with each being 26-feet wide – the old scoreboard was 9-foot wide.
  • Add a new sounds system in the arena and it will feel like sitting in an IMAX movie theater!
  • One person operates this scoreboard….with 9 computers…

New seats

  • New seats will have cushioned seating and the lower bowl will be installed prior to this year’s tournament.  Upper-level seats will be replaced by the 2014 tournament; however,  400 seats have been removed around upper-level overhang to provide better experience for seats underneath
  • New seats will have more space between seats – approximately 1 to 2 inches wider, which will reduce seating by approximately 1,600.  This will be a new total seating capacity of 21,009, down from 21,637 – sacrificing seats for comfort!
30 Jan 2013

Furniture Shopping in the Carolinas

High Point FurnitureIf your New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to buy a new home, then good for you. And once you find that perfect home, you’ll need new furniture, right?

Well, you’re in the right place, as North Carolina is famous for furniture. In fact, High Point, North Carolina is home to the world’s largest furniture market that happens each spring and fall.  Industry professionals and insiders introduce new products and launch their latest designs at the High Point furniture market that will be available in furniture stores and outlets after the market ends. It’s like buying fashion that has just debuted on the Paris runway.

So where do you start your search for great furniture made here?

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