Category: Upstate

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.

3 Apr 2013

Hiking Through Greenville

Paris MountainRecently I was asked what the difference was between hiking and walking. I had the same indifference until I decided that this was the year that I wanted to add hiking to my ventures. I knew that it would be a healthy way to enjoy the outdoors and local parks but I was ignorant to the strength and energy it required.

Luckily living in Greenville, South Carolina, I discovered that I only need to travel five minutes to enjoy a beautifully scenic park filled with adventurous trails. Whether you want to take a walk in the woods or hike the mountain trails; Paris Mountain in Greenville offers an enjoyable escape.

Paris Mountain State Park offers trails for everyone. You can take an easy walk around Lake Placid or loop the partially strenuous Sulphur Springs.  With fifteen miles of trails you can find the level of difficulty and length to match your dexterity. An hour hike after work is a great way to exercise and transition your mind. Mountain bikes also add a little excitement but if you prefer not to be interrupted, Saturdays are for hiker only.

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.

25 Jan 2013

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

Shoveling SnowMost people prepare to sell their home in the Spring. However, if you are selling your home during the winter months here are three simple showing tips to consider:

Shovel the snow.  The last thing you want is a fall on your property.  Do a daily check of your sidewalks and driveway.  Shovel the snow and treat patches of ice to remove the risk of someone falling.  Don’t forget to assess the patio and deck too.  And mind those steps.  Stairs can be treacherous in the winter.

Warm it up.  Buyers will remember a warm, toasty home on a cold winter day.  Even if the house is vacant, the heat needs to be on.  A warm, cozy and comfortable house may even encourage a buyer to spend some extra time looking.

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