Category: Relocation

4 May 2015

Getting your learn on in the Carolinas

If you are looking for a great place to continue your education, look no further than the Carolinas. We are fortunate to have many public and private colleges and universities offering 2-year, 4-year and graduate degrees – and experiences as diverse as the students who attend each. For example, on the Relocation team, Tara Beth graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina – routinely ranked among the very best schools in the nation. In addition to a reputation for stellar academics, Duke is also well-known for exceptional athletics. Of course, Tara Beth exhibited her “Blue Devil spirit” throughout March as Duke advanced to the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament. Ginger, another member of the Relocation team, moved to Charlotte a few years...
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27 Mar 2015

Buyers Are Moving to the Carolinas

If you plan to list your home for sale this year, there’s a 17 percent chance that it will be sold to someone from outside the region – or maybe even outside the country. In the Carolinas, we’re fortunate to have companies relocating and expanding in our markets. And that means new residents, from across the country and in some cases, from around the world. This is a great time to reach buyers moving here from other places if you’re looking to sell. But you must expose your home locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – to reach the widest range of possible buyers. In the March-April edition of Carolinas Market Update, I talk about the importance of connectivity. Last month, I took the helm...
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9 Mar 2015

Buying a home abroad

Have you ever considered buying a home abroad? Shows like House Hunters International can make living in another country like Costa Rica or Grand Cayman look pretty enticing. But living abroad is more common than you might think. Maybe you have a college student studying abroad, or perhaps your company offers the opportunity to transfer to an international destination. I just returned from the Leading Real Estates Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Annual Conference in Las Vegas – where the Allen Tate Company was honored to win several awards. There are 52 countries who are members of the LRE network, and more than 30 of them were represented at the conference. The conference is a great place to network and make connections...
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2 Feb 2015

Try Someplace New

Can you believe we are a month into the New Year already? If your resolutions for 2015 included “trying something new,” now is a great time to try a new dining spot in the Carolinas. One of the best ways to discover new restaurants is to ask friends and colleagues for their favorites. My Relocation team members, across the Carolinas, offer these recommendations of new places and old favorites that never disappoint. Barbara in Raleigh had two recommendations – both Italian. She loves Caffe Luna, which is located downtown in Moore Square. It offers excellent Northern Italian food – and reasonably priced wine. The owner’s wife owns Nicole's Art Studio and her paintings are on display in the restaurant. She’s also fond of...
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1 Dec 2014

Who’s your neighbor?

Walter Payne, left, president of ImageMark and Donny Hicks, executive director of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, speak during the tour presentation. Each year, the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (EDC) sponsors a tour of area businesses. It is always interesting to see who “lives” right in our backyard – and spend some quality time with the folks who help make it happen. Gaston County EDC is one of the busiest and most robust economic engines in the Carolinas. The staff of five is committed to making Gaston County a profitable location for businesses to call home. The commission focuses on business retention and expansion, as well as workforce development. On the tour, which highlighted the Gaston Technology...
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12 Nov 2014

Thanks to our friends and family

As we’re nearing the end of another year, it’s a good time to reflect on real estate in the Carolinas. Overall, 2014 has been a good one. As I share in the November-December edition of Carolinas Market Update, our gains have been slow and steady, both in home sales and in price appreciation, with no significant fluctuations. Interest rates are holding, and while inventory remains tight, we are trending toward the type of balanced market that will sustain over time. And that’s right where we want to be. In the coming months, many of us will spend time with family as part of holiday activities, and celebrate those who are important to us. At Allen Tate, we are thankful for our Family of...
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16 Oct 2014

Luxury on the Carolina Coast

One of the great perks of living in the Carolinas is the proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Whether it’s the lure of year-round golf, fresh seafood right off the boat, coastal architecture or simply the crisp ocean air, many people just can’t get enough of coastal living and purchase a vacation home, or even a permanent residence, in one of the many communities on the coast. Sunset Beach, North Carolina is no exception. Perhaps that’s why Southern Living magazine has chosen it as the site of their next Custom Builder Program Showcase Home. Is it time to follow your dream of owning a home near one of the Carolinas’ beautiful beaches? If so, contact Allen...
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6 Oct 2014

The Cost of Relocating

You’ve decided to move – maybe for a job, or to move closer to family, or to retire to a warmer climate. There are lots of different reasons for moving, but regardless of reason, there are some basic costs you can expect with relocating to a new place. Selling your home. When you’re ready to move, you need to get your home ready to sell. A good Realtor® (I can help you with that!) can make suggestions regarding repairs or other enhancements to make your home marketable. That could mean cutting down the dead tree in your yard or replacing the broken seals on windows. You may incur other costs as you negotiate a contract with a buyer, i.e. you agree...
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8 Sep 2014

What I love about living in the Carolinas

It’s been 15 years since I received the call about moving to Charlotte to run the Relocation division of the Allen Tate Company. While I was excited about the opportunity, I was a bit nervous about moving to “The South.” I wondered what it would be like and if we would fit in. Of course, I wondered if my Northern accent would be that obvious. I’m sure many people have shared my thoughts when they are considering a move here. But fear not – The South is a pretty awesome place. Consider these experiences I’ve had in just the past two weeks: The Helpful Traveler – I was boarding my flight in Buffalo to return to Charlotte. A man in his mid-30s was standing...
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6 Aug 2014

Should you hire movers or do it yourself?

You’ve made a decision and know you’ll be moving. Whether it’s across the city or across the country, the big question is to hire movers – or do it yourself. The answer is different for everyone depending on budget, schedule, time and difficulty of the move. Where to start Start by assessing your belongings – what things you need to move and what items are ready for the trash or Goodwill. This step will save time and money, since movers charge based on weight. Time and resources Do you have the time to move yourself – and do you have the help you’ll need? A self-move can be an option if you have several able-bodied (and willing) friends and not much heavy furniture. When we...
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