Friday, September 14, 2018

With fall, comes cooler weather...

Want to warm up the house this fall?

"We can hardly believe it, but summer is quickly coming to a close. The kids are back in school, apple-picking is on the weekend agenda, and pumpkin is starting to show up again in the local grocery stores! While the world around you is transforming for the new season, it’s also important to make your home look the part. 
We love fall because it gives us the opportunity to really make our homes feel cozy with throws, wreaths, autumn-scented candles and warm decor. In our opinion, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. 
We spoke to Lauren Nicole Designs — a talented interior designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina — to get the inside scoop on current design trends and...."

Monday, August 13, 2018

The State of Economic Development in the Triad

Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Leak, Executive Director of Winston-Salem Business Inc., which is the economic development arm of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

Winston-Salem Business Inc. "is the only local agency that conducts external economic development marketing. WSBI promotes Winston-Salem and Forsyth County as an excellent business location and provides unparalleled customer service to clients and consultants interested in locating businesses in our community."

We appreciated Bob taking some time to speak with us.  As you'll see in the video, there is a lot going on and tremendous opportunity for our region.  


Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Are baby boomers to blame?

Recently, there was some positive real estate news concerning the Triad real estate market and we were interviewed by several news outlets.  We'd like to thank Spectrum News 14, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Greensboro News and Record for paying attention to this important economic factor.


We thought that it was an interesting headline...but NO, baby boomers are not to blame.  It is no one's fault.  But it is more of the market conditions, but the sentiments are accurate.  

Frankly, it would be nice to see a little bit more inventory.  There are a ton of buyers in the marketplace and a few more listings would help drive a stronger local economy.  See below for the story:

“Buyers are in the market, but frankly we still need more folks to consider selling,” said Brooke Cashion, the association’s president.

“Inventory is becoming more of an issue with only a three-month supply. We would like to see more of a four-to five-month supply.
“However, Winston-Salem is a stable housing market with nice steady growth, and not the spikes we need to try and avoid.”

Thursday, July 19, 2018

All this is yours!


Have you ever found yourself in this situation?  It can be frustrating.  When looking to get your home on the market, make sure you take into account clutter!  Are you ready to list your home in this hot sellers market?  Below are a few tips from to make your experience better and more profitable!

Much like buying your first home, selling your first home can be tricky if you don’t know what to expect. So rather than navigate the unknown on your own, let me be your guide! Here’s 5 tips to help lead you through this new endeavour.
Find the right listing agent
Your first step is to choose the right listing agent. You’ll need someone who can leverage their expertise to get your house sold, and this is certainly no small feat.
During the listing appointment, the right listing agent should present you with a full marketing plan as to how they plan on successfully selling your home in a timely manner and for the right price. You’ll also want someone who can accurately price your home, provide home staging tips, and effectively negotiate with buyers when the time comes. And just as importantly, your agent will advise you once a buyer is under contract to buy your home to make sure you get to the closing table. Make sure you feel comfortable with your agent; sometimes you may need to interview more than one agent to find the right fit for you.
Consider a pre-inspection
Your home needs to be in pristine condition if you want it to sell quickly, but more than just ridding every nook and cranny of dirt and dust, consider going the extra mile and having a pre-inspection done.
Your Realtor® can provide you with a recommendation for a good home inspector who will be able to zero in on potential pitfalls that could scare off buyers. Get ahead of the game by fixing any serious issues and feel confident that come closing time there won’t be any red flags. A pre-inspection can possibly prevent any surprise repair expenses once you have a buyer.
Enhance your curb appeal
I’ve heard too many stories of would-be buyers driving up to a home for sale, only to speed away before ever stepping foot on the ground all because of a horrible first impression.
Make sure buyers make it past the front door by dedicating enough attention and detail to your home’s exterior. Strategically placed and well-maintained landscaping goes a long way towards amping up your home’s outward appearance. Give your weathered trim and front door new life by applying a fresh coat of paint, and consider using a pressure washer to excavate dirt that’s taken up residence on your sidewalk, driveway and porches.
Stage to sell
Remember when your mother used to harp “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” when you were younger? Who knew she was actually giving sage advice you’d need to recall as prep to sell?!
Cut down the clutter by boxing up items not essential to what you might need to continue living in your home comfortably. You’ll need to make sure buyers can envision themselves living in your home when they tour it, so make sure to remove personal items while you show your home. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it–you never know when you might receive a frantic phone call from a Realtor whose client desperately wants to see your home.
Oh, and don’t forget about your furry friends. Get a game plan together now for how you’ll keep them occupied while someone is viewing your home.
Be patient
We’ve all heard stories about houses that go on the market in the morning and are sold by the time dinner’s ready, and while this is certainly every seller’s dream timetable, experts say it isn’t exactly the norm.
According to Realtor.com, the median amount of time a home spends on their site is 65 days–this is measured from the time the for sale sign is planted in the yard to the moment the new buyers walk in the front door. This number will of course fluctuate depending on a number of variables, and everything from inventory, location, condition, price and time of year can make time on market ebb or flow.
Phyllis Brookshire
President, Allen Tate Realtors®

Monday, July 09, 2018

Are you ready for a "flood" of information?

Have you ever had to have a flood insurance policy on your property?  There is a huge issue going on in our nation's capital concerning flood insurance that you are probably not hearing much about.  In the following post, we briefly discuss it:


The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire on July 31.  If it expires, this will cause many challenges to the real estate market right when things are going well.  

This is important because our area has a number of properties included on the FEMA Flood Zone Maps.  Depending on qualifications of the property, the property could be eligible for the NFIP program which helps keeps flood insurance cost down on consumers.  

Reforms are also needed to the NFIP program.  From the National Association of Realtors, "as currently structured, the NFIP is not financially sustainable over the long run. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program is not charging enough in premiums to cover expected claims in catastrophic loss years, and has already borrowed over $30 billion from taxpayers to make up the difference." 

We have been talking to our elected representation in the US Congress.  In their responses, action is highly possible and it is our hope that a viable solution comes together.  Stay tuned or see some challenges ahead!  

If interested in more information, just give us a shout!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Small Businessperson of the Year...

On May 24, 2018, Brooke Cashion of Brooke Cashion and Associates - Allen Tate was named the "Small Businessperson of the Year" by the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce.

The Small Businessperson of the Year is chosen based on several criteria:
-demonstrated a history of managing or operating and established business of less than 100 employees and have shown growth in the number of employees
-shown continued sales growth over the years
-have used creative approaches to business
-contributes to the community

According to the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, this year there were a record number of nominees for this award making the process of selection very tough.

"I am truly honored and humbled and I thank the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce for this wonderful award.  I look forward to continuing being involved and most appreciate all of the support from family, friends and many others!"

To learn more about Brooke, visit our home on the web - http://brookecashion.com

Below are some pictures from the awards ceremony and Brooke's acceptance speech.