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27 Sep 2018

Explore this eclectic artist retreat in Winston-Salem designed by Catherine French Design

Catherine French Design Chapel Hill, NC
When traditional meets unconventional and eclectic — that’s where the excitement begins. This traditional two-story Colonial in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Winston-Salem was completely transformed into an eclectic artist retreat by the talented team at Catherine French Design. This full-service interior design firm is based in Chapel Hill, but maintains active projects all along the East Coast, ranging from luxury new construction homes to relaxing condos by the sea. The team of five at Catherine French Design offers a diverse range of experiences, talents and areas of expertise. Catherine “Cat” French launched the company after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Cat’s enthusiasm for her work and years of experience...
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13 Sep 2018

Cheers for chairs

When Laura Shoun’s students returned last month to Southside High School in Greenville, S.C., the biggest change to her classroom was something they barely noticed. And Shoun is completely fine with that. Like many teachers, Shoun is used to equipping her students with pencils, paper and other tools of learning, often out of her own pocket. Most of the students in her physics classes live at the poverty level, in single-parent homes. Some have parents in jail or who abuse substances. Some are foster children, live in hotels or are, at times, homeless. “The last thing they need when they come to school is another challenge,” Shoun said. Physics is a hands-on kind of subject. Students often work together in teams to build...
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28 Aug 2018

How well do you know your homeowners insurance?

When was the last time you gave your homeowners insurance policy a good read? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably haven’t paid much attention to it since you purchased your home – unless you’ve had to file a claim. You might not even know what your policy covers, or the deductible you would pay if something happened to your home. “Your homeowners policy might not be a compelling page-turner, but it’s important information,” said Robin Price, president, Allen Tate Insurance. “No one ever thinks they’ll need to use their insurance, and when they do, it’s too late if they don’t have the right coverage.” That said, keep in mind that coverage, limits and deductibles will be different from policy to policy and...
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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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