Category: Upstate

29 Nov 2013

Safe Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping has officially begun. As we go in search for the perfect gift for everyone on our list, there are a few things to remember to keep yourself – and your gifts – safe. • Shop with a friend. Thieves are most likely to approach someone alone. • Park in a well-lit area. Survey your surroundings before leaving your vehicle or approaching your car with your arms full of packages. • Make sure your car is locked. That’s a good practice anytime – not just when you’re shopping. • Keep your wallet close by and never leave it unattended. There’s no bigger panic than a missing wallet, and thieves can spot an easy target. • Ask the merchant to run your debit card as...
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20 Nov 2013


The nights are getting longer and the weather is getting colder…so I’m ready to cocoon in my Carolina home and binge. As alarming as that sounds, I assure you that I’m not doing myself any harm other than eyestrain and an ever-widening bottom. I’m referring to binge-watching, the latest television trend. To “binge” on TV is to watch voluminous hours of television in one long sitting. Are you guilty? My personal demi-god, Bruce Springsteen, recorded a song in the early 1990s called “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).” 20 years later, I have hundreds of channels (and still nothin’ on), but thankfully I also have a DVR, on-demand cable, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Netflix. I have all the technology I need...
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8 Nov 2013

Carolinas’ Housing Recovery Marches On

In terms of the stock market, a long-term trend is categorized as one lasting a year or longer. Based on the first nine months of 2013, I’m comfortable saying that the housing recovery is clearly trending in the right direction. In September, we saw the third best month for home sales since 2009. Only July and August 2013 were stronger sales months than September. The numbers speak loudly. Allen Tate Company is averaging 45 listings per day, 68 sales per day and 57 closings per day – up 18 percent, 23 percent and 30 percent respectively over 2012. Year-to-date, Allen Tate has closed 16,758 homes, up from 12,758 at the same time last year. In the latest edition of Carolinas Market Update, I...
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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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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. 

19 Apr 2013

Gamble On

The two names I recognize today on the horse racing scene are Angel Cordero, Jr. and Calvin Borel. Between the two of them, they have paid out in lifetime winnings over $165,000,000. On Saturday April 20, 2013, neither of these jockeys will be participating in the Block House Steeplechase in Tryon, N.C., but plenty of mountainside gambling will be taking place. The races Cordero and Borel participate in are much different as compared to a Steeplechase. A Steeplechase reminds me more of the Outlaw Josey Wales or Hoss Cartwright style of horse riding across the countryside either in pursuit of an outlaw or escaping from a bounty hunter. The name “Steeplechase” originates in the British Islands where jockeys would race from...
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17 Apr 2013

Growing in Greer

greerIn January 2008, Allen Tate Company entered the Upstate market, opening offices in Greenville and Easley/Powdersville. Just one year later, Allen Tate enhanced its Upstate reach with an office in downtown Greer.

We’ve enjoyed four great years serving the greater Greer community and all points to and including the vibrant city of Spartanburg. We are most appreciative of the wonderful buyers and sellers who have given us the opportunity to help them achieve their homeownership goals. And we’re very excited about growth in the area, especially the $35 million inland port slated to open in September.

While we have enjoyed our home in historic downtown Greer, we simply began to outgrow our space as more and more great agents chose to hang their hat with Allen Tate. Like a growing family, it was time to find a new home.