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19 Apr 2018

To protect and serve

In today's busy real estate environment, it's not unusual for a Realtor's phone to ring or ping with a text from a client when they are meeting with another one. Most agents will ignore it or politely excuse themselves for a moment. But when Val Hubber's phone sounds an alert tone, everyone stops and listens – and most understand. Because that's what happens when your entire family – and many of your clients – work in law enforcement. When Val – an award-winning Allen Tate Realtor® in the company's Easley/Powdersville office – married her husband Damon 30 years ago, he worked in manufacturing but had a strong interest in the police academy. "So I knew that's where we were going," Val said. "But...
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20 Mar 2018

5 questions to ask before becoming a landlord

Whoever first decided to categorize rental properties as a source of passive income, clearly was not a landlord. Just ask Allen Tate Regional Vice President Tony Jarrett. “If you’re thinking of becoming a landlord, either by purchasing investment properties or by renting out a home you’re not currently living in, then there’s work to be done!” Jarrett has assisted many successful landlords throughout his real estate career; but he knows of some disappointing outcomes, too. So Jarrett’s first advice to anyone considering a role as landlord is to get definitive, detailed answers to these five questions: How do I disconnect my emotions from the property? If you are transitioning a property from “home, sweet home” to a rental, those nostalgic feelings about...
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20 Feb 2018

2018 tax tips for homeowners

The holidays have passed, Valentine's candy is 75% off, and the stores are already bursting at the seams with all-things-green, so it must be true: Tax season is upon us. Tax time got you working up a sweat? You're not alone. Turns out 100% of Americans dread April 15th with a passion. Turn up the love and dial back the hate in the love-hate relationship you have with taxes with these 5 tips. Mortgage interest “The largest tax break available to homeowners is directly tied to the monthly payment you’ve made each month, as for most, a significant portion of your total amount due goes towards interest,” says Lisa Green, VP of Loan Origination for Allen Tate Mortgage. The good news here is...
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29 Jan 2018

Eight ways to mix up your space

As the last box of holiday decor is safely tucked away, and the final bite of pecan pie consumed, you may look around your house and think that it looks, well, bare. And while most of us are ready to declutter our home after the holidays, there’s nothing like a mini home makeover to breath new life into a tired old space. Don’t worry about breaking the bank for these simple solutions though, because we’ve rounded up eight inexpensive ways to go from dismal to delightful. Pack it up If you hate your room but love your furniture, try looking at things from a different perspective. Sometimes the best way to revamp a living space is by seeing it completely empty. Removing...
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13 Jun 2017

Perfect patios

Ah, sweet summertime. The kids are out of school, the temperatures are rising and the outdoors are calling! If you're like us, you likely want to soak up as much summer as possible--and what better space to do that than some of these gorgeous patios? 226 Ethan Drive, High Point, NC 27265 712 Woodcliff Court, Waxhaw, NC 28173 8501 Society Place, Raleigh, NC 27615 12627 Ninebark Trail, Charlotte, NC 28278 14001 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28278 20817 Pointe Regatta Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031 802 Northern Shores Point, Greensboro, NC 274455  ...
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26 May 2017

Do you wanna buy a house? Here’s step 3: Pick the right one

Ah, the fun part--finally. We’ve got a lot to cover to get you ready to ace the home search process like a pro, so we’ll get right down to it. Step 1. Make your wish list Wanted: Charming 1950’s-style bungalow. Open floor plan, updated kitchen and bathrooms and space for furry friends to roam around outside needed. Must be within walking distance to grocery stores, shopping and restaurants. When you close your eyes and think about what your future home looks like what do you see? Whatever you desire, write it down--and don’t forget to bring this along with you during the house hunt! Here’s some common factors you might want to consider while you create your list: Style: Is there a particular look...
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24 May 2017

Life in the fast lane

Jesse Samples Jr. never planned to become a race car driver. But the road of life brought some exciting twists and turns that sent Samples, now an Allen Tate Realtor®, on a high-speed journey most could only imagine. At 4, Samples was given a go-cart by his uncle, who helped manufacture carts sold through the Sears catalog. Samples was too short to reach the pedals without extensions and learned to ride in his grandparents' yard. A few years later, Samples' parents divorced and he lived with his father in Charlotte. They spent the weekends riding go-carts but entered some local races for fun. That year, they won the local track championship; the next, they won state championships in North and South Carolina; and...
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28 Apr 2017

A little dough on the side

Food makes up some of our strongest memories - a childhood treat, a romantic dinner, a special meal associated with a holiday or vacation. In fact, research suggests that the part of the brain that is critical for memory has strong connections to parts that are important for emotion and smell. For Jamie Eliahu, food memories from her grandma's kitchen in New York are vivid: matzo ball soup, brisket, meatloaf, noodle pudding. And lots and lots of onions. "My grandma is an amazing cook. She's 92. To this day, she still follows a recipe exactly, even when she's made something hundreds of times," said Jamie, an Allen Tate Realtor® with the Margulies Team in the company's Raleigh-Falls of Neuse office. Her husband,...
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28 Mar 2017

Take a walk on the wildflower side

Last spring, during a long weekend in the most visited National Park in the U.S., the Great Smoky Mountains, I took a trail touted as the best wildflower display in the park. My day along the easy Porter’s Creek Trail allowed for plenty of time to bend down and get face to face with beauties such as trillium, Solomon’s seal, Bloodroot, Hepatica, Crested Dwarf Iris, Wild Geranium and many, many more. It was the spring break I needed. So this year, I’ve decided to try to find some wildflower walks a little closer to home in the Carolinas and hit as many as I can before the summer sun shines. I uncovered that one of the largest displays of Rocky Shoals Spider...
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21 Mar 2017

High flying in high heels

Some of us harbor secret dreams – and regrets – of a road not taken. But some of us listen to that inner voice and seize the opportunity, no matter the risk. When Keaira Huffman was young, she imagined herself on television as a famous broadcaster. Her brains and talent landed her a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina to study broadcast journalism. She stayed for exactly three days before coming home. That's because another dream was calling this young woman, now an Allen Tate Realtor® in the company's Greer, S.C., office. She wanted to fly. Huffman was no stranger to aviation; her grandfather often entertained her with tales from his days flying in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s....
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