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, 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 -

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Top 10...

We have the good fortune of talking to many different people.  We get questions about restaurants and breweries and places to find good wine often, so we thought we would put together our current top 10 of where we go to regularly and included their websites for additional information.  There are many great places to visit but just wanted to name a few...go give them a visit - you will not regret it!

Top 10 in no particular order:

Mozelles - Winston-Salem, NC  

Full Moon Oyster Bar - Jamestown, NC 

Miss Orrs Kitchen - Winston-Salem, NC

Blue Rock Pizza and Tap House - High Point, NC

Lighthouse - Winston-Salem, NC

Fitz's on Main - Kernersville, NC

Joymongers - Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC

Southern Roots Cuisine - Jamestown, NC

Hops Burger Bar - Greensboro, NC

Blue Water - High Point, NC

Wise Man Brewery - Winston-Salem, NC

Monday, April 30, 2018

The New Long Branch Trail...

Urban centers are becoming more and more popular and the cities that are growing are using innovative and creative ways to offer different amenities.  Recently, a good example of this is in Winston-Salem when the Long Branch Trail opened for use.  

The new trail is a partnership between the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the City of Winston-Salem, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Rail Division.

This new "urban greenway" runs north to south and will allow downtown residents, workers, and anyone else who wishes to to walk, run, bike or simply enjoy the nice weather in a downtown setting.  Eventually it will connect to the Salem Lake Trail and provide for approximately 20 miles of trail for the public use.  

The short clips gives you an idea of how the urban greenway looks and feels.  What do you think?  Would you use this trail?

The Long Branch Trail - downtown Winston-Salem

The Long Branch Trail - downtown Winston-Salem

Monday, April 16, 2018

Why Wouldn't You Want a Trusted Advisor?

#WhyWait - Why wouldn't you want to use a buyer's agent?  

When a buyer in the marketplace gives the "emphatic NO", we get that bewildered look on our face.  In the following short clip, Brooke goes over some reasons WHY you NEED one.  

To learn more, see "Working With Real Estate Agents" Brochure – this important information explains real estate agency and what it means for the consumer.

Working With Real Estate Agents