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.









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

Bonus....
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





Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ready to fluff?

Recently, we put a YouTube video of us "landscape fluffing" a home that we are getting ready to put on the market and sell. First impressions are important and help set the tone.  Curb appeal is very important when selling a property.  This is a very good and inexpensive way to get your home in tip-top shape for the market!  Below, we've included some before and after pics and the video to explain more.

Is your home looking tired?  Fluff it!




Before...
 After...




Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter!

On this most important and holy time, we simply wanted to pass along a Happy Easter to you and your family.  Enjoy the weekend and this important celebration!






Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Great Honor Happened Today....

REALTORS Give Back...and What A True Honor!

We had an incredible time this morning at the Centers for Exceptional Children in Winston-Salem. We put out easter eggs for the annual easter egg hunt the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS does in conjunction with school. 

The Centers for Exceptional Children is "dedicated to serving children with special needs and their families".  They operate under the belief that "every child deserves the chance to realize their fullest potential in life. While others may focus on the challenges of the children we serve, we see possibilities. Possibilities for confidence, happiness, achievement and self-reliance.  For more than 65 years, The Centers for Exceptional Children has been providing a critical combination of support services, programs and facilities dedicated to one thing: helping children with special needs and their families thrive."

What an incredible group of children and a huge thanks to the teachers, staff, volunteers and others who really do a wonderful job with these exceptional kids. We thank them for brightening our day...Happy Easter to all! 





Thursday, March 15, 2018

Meet THE Hollie Breazeale!

We are excited about Hollie joining Brooke Cashion and Associates - Allen Tate.   Hollie is going to be and already has been a great addition to the team.  Take a moment to watch this short clip about Hollie...#WhyWait



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Winston-Salem's Ardmore...

Finding the right home can be tough in a tight inventory market like we are currently experiencing.  However, we are seeing some softening of the inventory challenge as supply increased in February and we are in the process of listing a lot of property and those will be hitting the market place soon.  

Currently, we are showing a lot in the Ardmore area of Winston-Salem.  For your benefit and ease, we have compiled a list of homes currently for sale in Ardmore.  Please click the link below to see the full list, a map and information about the homes.  


We are happy to assist you should you have more questions!



Monday, March 12, 2018

Do pools impact my home value?

This is a question we often receive moving closer into the summer.  However, today, March 12, it is snowing and as we work and watch the cold snow fall, ironically, we found ourselves thinking about the warm sun and the cool water of a pool.

The answer is that it all depends...but you should think of it, not necessarily as an investment but more of an enjoyment.  We have lived in two different homes with pools--both have been in-ground pools.  Our first pool was already there when we bought it.  It was a nice pool, well maintained but was daily maintenance when opened and had a lot of wood decking. That wasn't bad, but it wasn't optimal either.  As well, the pump was very close to where the lounge chairs were so when the pump was running which was most of the time in the summer, there was always noise.  We added additional landscaping to improve the aesthetics of our pool area and that made it much more enjoyable.  We did not have a problem selling the house with the pool and we did not see any sort of premium or negative.

When we moved into our current home, it did not have a pool.  Given the fact we are on acreage decided to build a concrete, salt-water pool.  We love it, as were able to design it as we wanted to.  It is relatively low maintenance even though we leave it open all year long.  However, several years later there are some things we would have done differently.  For example, we probably would have added more concrete pool decking would have added bench seating in the pool. Other considerations would have been to make it deeper and a darker colored bottom.  Several times per year we wish we would have made it a little bigger in general as our friends spill out of it.  Because we do not live in a neighborhood with a neighborhood club or amenities and because our home sits in the middle of acreage we think the pool will be seen as a positive when it is time to sell and we personally believe it adds to the marketability of the property.

The other thing we learned is that you can do anything you want with a pool, especially a concrete pool.  Get creative and have fun with it.  After all, that's what summers is for!  

If you are considering putting a pool in or buying a house with a pool, maybe ask yourself, do I see this as an investment or enjoyment?  Take a look a the pools below and daydream on this snowy day!

If you have specific questions about pools feel free to reach out.







Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Is NC only about Charlotte and Raleigh?

Do you ever ask yourself, why? Why has Charlotte seen so much growth?  Why is Raleigh booming?  Why do we only think of Charlotte and Raleigh when thinking about North Carolina?

North Carolina is a great state.  It is a growing and changing state and one that has captured the attention of many from across the country and globe.  As natives, we sure are proud of the Old North State!    While Charlotte and Raleigh are two of the country's great cities, there are many others in North Carolina that deserve attention, comparison, and visits.  Pay attention to the Triad...we sure are bullish about its future opportunities!



The Triad is made up of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem and many other cities and towns in a 12 county region of the state that is geographically located in the center-west of North Carolina.

It is conveniently located along the East Coast of the US and can serve approximately 70% of the nation's population within two days by truck.  This is an amazing stat and one that many businesses look at.

Our workforce is strong - 650,000+ strong; and yes, just like all areas of the country there are workforce issues but thankfully we are well positioned to help fix the issues with the many and great educational facilities.  Here are a few - Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, UNC-Greensboro, Guilford College, North Carolina A&T, High Point University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College - all world class facilities and ones that are growing and seeing national and global attention.

Our transportation network is strong and getting stronger.  Because of the growth and the needs of our area, we are currently seeing approximately $2 billion worth of transportation construction and improvements underway.  When I-74 is complete, it will have a 30,000 job regional impact - new jobs studies tell us!  We have an unbelievable hidden gem in the Piedmont-Triad International Airport and one of North Carolina's only inland ports in Greensboro that feeds not only our area but the entire East Coast.

Compared to our counterparts around the state, we have a low cost of living and competitive wages.

We have affordable housing ranging from under $100,000 to several million dollars and we are seeing a lot of cranes around the Triad building new buildings of all kinds.

We have world-class business parks with well-known, respectable world-class companies and brands.

We have world-class healthcare facilities with some of the globe's leading researchers, doctors and nurses.

We have a growing and vibrant entrepreneurial and innovation network and facilities that allow for the next Fortune 500 companies to not only move here, but to grow here.

We have many great cities but the three bigger ones are all working on their core downtown areas and those are growing and are vibrant.  If you have not been to one of the downtowns on a weekend evening, GO!

We have an incredible Farmers Market where you can buy of plants, vegetables,  meats, interesting knick-knacks and all kinds of cool things.

There is a cultural scene like no other.  From street festivals, to symphonies to Old Salem, which frankly is more authentic than Williamsburg, to great art scenes and talent galore!

Did you know the state's largest economic event is in High Point twice per year - the High Point Furniture Market brings in thousands from around the globe.  If you ever get a chance to go, GO!

There are a ton of sporting opportunities.  If you don't play sports we have numerous minor-league teams in the Triad that you can support and go see live.  For the kids, t here are a ton of ways for the kids to participate in all kids of different sports and excel at those.

For the food and drink lovers - the food scene is awesome and growing.  There are plenty of great restaurants, pubs, breweries, distillers and we are minutes from the Yadkin Valley Wine region which is becoming nationally known with some really cool vineyards.

These are just a few - the Triad is full of opportunity and we are excited about its future, especially as people get sick and tried of all the traffic in the Charlotte and Raleigh regions. What's not to love?!?!  You can have a robust lifestyle and a laid-back southern-style all in the same location.

Go for it...BELIEVE in the Triad...WORK in the Triad...LIVE in the Triad...PLAY in the Triad...WORSHIP in the Triad...RAISE a family in the Triad...RETIRE in the Triad...GRADUATE AND STAY in the Triad!

#WhyWait





Tuesday, February 06, 2018

With Wall Street Volatility....What's Going on With Your Home Value?

We are sure you have seen in the media that Wall Street volatility has returned in earnest.  As the media goes into hysteria on a day-to-day basis, it is important to remember that markets will bounce up and down.  The macro economy is strong.  Important economies like real estate are strong as well across the nation and thankfully, North Carolina is in the top 10 residential real estate markets nationally.  But given that the stock market and Wall Street are what is driving the narrative, what does this mean for our LOCAL real estate market?

As we predicted in an earlier blog post, we think mortgage rates will be increasing over 2018.  As a matter of fact we have already started to see this and rates are UP to around 4.25-4.5%.   This is important as this impacts what your mortgage payment will be at the least depending on your situation.

As we review the data from January 2018 we are seeing some signs that things are picking up pretty quickly in this new year.  For example in ALL price ranges in the TRIAD MLS system:

-the AVERAGE Sales Price was $180,000, up from $173,000 a year ago
-the number of new listings is up month over month
-average days on market is up to its highest level since March 2017
-months supply is up month over month, and
-the percentage of list to sales price is down to 97.3% 

All this means is that now is the time to enter the market if you have been considering it.  We think 2018 will be a strong year, however as we get closer to spring and the number of homes on the market increases, competition will increase meaning a seller could be in a less competitive position.

Do you go to the doctor on a regular basis for a check-up?  Do you meet with your financial advisor on a regular basis to make adjustments as necessary?  Do you go through an annual review at work? 

Have you ever thought about a simple home valuation check up?  Where are you positioned in the marketplace?  Are you considering "updating" your home or would you be better off to sell it?  Shouldn't you know what your valuable asset is doing for your financial position?

Touch base with your professional REALTOR today - in these market environments, it is important to stay abreast of your financial position.

If you do not have a professional and experienced REALTOR, reach out today for a "no strings attached review".





Monday, February 05, 2018

Go ahead - showcase the wine!

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile” 
― Homer

Have you ever gone to a winery and really loved that Carneros Pinot Noir that you were tasting?  Do you remember thinking to yourself, "I really want to buy this bottle or two and keep it for a special occasion, however, I do not have a good place to store it."  Do you have a lot of wine bottles stored and want to show them off or use as decorations?  Ever thought about how wine needs to be stored?

Here is a pretty cool idea - why not build a wine cellar/storage in your own home!

In the Houzz article, 7 Steps to Create a Connoisseur's Wine Cellar, you can get a few good ideas about how to start a wine cellar in your own home.  The following seven steps serve as a couple good ideas to think about and consider should you want to create you own wine cellar/storage area:
-Location
-Size of Space
-How to Keep the Wine Cool
-Lighting
-Door/Entry Style
-Humidity
-Displays

So go for it!  Make you own home a home for great wine!





Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is an awesome referral network that is LOCAL and GLOBAL and one that is not a publicly-traded organization. It is made up of independent real estate companies from across the globe who share best practices, build relationships and most importantly, create a network of the world's greatest Realtors in order to serve our clients needs best.  
Because Brooke Cashion of Brooke Cashion and Associates is one of the Top 100 Realtors in the Allen Tate Companies in NC/SC and on the RealTrends Top Producer list as seen in the Wall Street Journal, she was invited to participate on a top producers panel in Las Vegas.
Take a moment to hear from Brooke about her time in Las Vegas and what it means for you! Also, if you need to discuss how we can help you find the best agent for your real estate needs in Australia, the UK, China, in another state in the US or simply in another city in NC, don't hesitate to ask. Would love to connect you with the right fit!