Allen Tate Company Names Teri Ainsworth as Branch Leader of Cary-Searstone Office

22 Jul

Allen Tate Company, the Carolinas’ leading real estate company, has named Teri Ainsworth as branch leader of the company’s Cary-Searstone office at 5015 Winston Hill Drive in Cary.Teri Held-Ainsworth

In her new role, Ainsworth will train, manage and mentor more than 35 agents and staff.

An award-winning Realtor® with more than 22 years of experience, Ainsworth has held positions as sales agent, team sales leader, assistant managing broker and managing broker for several national franchise real estate companies. She has also worked as division sales manager for a new homes company in Raleigh.

She holds the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Accredited Buyer Representative Management (ABRM) designations and is a Buffini Certified Mentor.

Prior to her real estate career, she was vice president of marketing and sales for a design firm. She studied special education at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and marketing at Clayton State University in Jonesboro, Ga.

An active industry and community volunteer, Ainsworth has held various positions on local real estate boards, and is currently a member of the Raleigh Association of Realtors, where she serves on the Community Service Committee.

She has served as a director, coach and volunteer for the Sunshine League in Georgia, a baseball league especially for children with physical and intellectual disabilities, and is currently a coach for the Miracle League in Cary. She has also completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk (60 miles) in Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis.

“Teri will be an excellent addition to the Cary-Searstone team. She brings a broad base of real estate experience and excellence to the position, and we know she’ll be successful,” said Phyllis Brookshire, president, Allen Tate Realtors®.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Ainsworth resides in Apex. She enjoys boating, hiking, kayaking, reading and spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter.


Allen Tate Contribution Supports GEC Rising Sixth Grade Summer Camp

20 Jul

Thanks to a generous donation of nearly $10,000 from the Allen Tate Companies, 46 rising sixth graders at Greenville Early College (GEC) will have enhanced opportunities during a summer camp at Furman University the week of August 3-7.

Kathy Weeks, Allen Tate RVP Upstate, presents a check to Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster

Kathy Weeks, Allen Tate RVP Upstate, presents a check to Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster.

The Rising Sixth Grade Summer Camp, serving students from six middle schools, will familiarize students with their new peers, teachers and other school and district staff and ease the transition from elementary to middle school. Students will learn about GEC expectations and daily procedures and will participate in many team-building, testing, and technology-rich activities throughout the week.

The donation from Allen Tate, the Carolinas’ leading real estate company, will be used to purchase backpacks for each student, along with school supplies, school t-shirts, books, daily lunch and drinks. Allen Tate is the sole corporate sponsor of the camp.

“What a tremendous start to the 2015-2016 school year our sixth graders will have!” said GEC Principal Tiffany Estes. “Without Allen Tate’s donation, we would not be able to provide any of the items on our wish list. We are so grateful to Allen Tate and their generosity to help make this such an amazing experience for our students as they transition from elementary to middle school.”

“We are extremely pleased to sponsor the Greenville Early College summer camp. The Allen Tate Companies are passionate about public education and understand its critical importance to families making home-buying and relocation decisions,” said Kathy Weeks, Allen Tate regional vice president, Upstate.

Greenville Early College serves students in grades 6 through 8 with a focus on literacy, mathematics, and critical thinking skills, and the opportunity to enroll in dual credit classes once in high school. Beginning this fall, The New Tech program will utilize a project-based learning approach to engage students in a dynamic, rigorous curriculum to solve complex, real-world problems through collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Greenville Early College students have multiple opportunities to visit college campuses to explore enrichment and academic activities. Upon successfully graduating from Greenville Early College, students will have the opportunity to apply to Clemson University, Furman University, USC Upstate, and other colleges and universities.

The company’s contribution is part of more than $23,000 raised in the Upstate as part the 17th Annual Allen Tate FUNday, a series of regional events held each fall where Realtors and company vendors “pay to play” and raise money for local public education organizations. To date, FUNday has raised more than $1.52 million for public education across the Carolinas.

Allen Tate Realtors® Ranked as America’s Best Real Estate Agents

15 Jul

Top performers ranked on 2015 REAL Trends The Thousand

Thirty-eight Allen Tate Realtors® and real estate teams have been ranked among America’s best real agents, according to 2015 REAL Trends The Thousand, an annual awards ranking sponsored by REAL Trends, the nation’s leading publisher of trends and analysis of the residential real estate brokerage industry, and the Wall Street Journal.

The agents and teams were ranked nationally and by state in six categories: individual agent by transaction sides, individual agent by sales volume, individual agent by average sales price, agent team by transaction sides, agent team by sales volume and agent team by average sales price.

Ashley Richardson, an Allen Tate Realtor in the Lake Norman office, took top honors among Allen Tate agents, with a national ranking of No. 141 in the category of individual agent by transaction sides, with 154 transaction sides in 2014.

The Andy Bovender Team in the Allen Tate Charlotte-Providence @485 office, was tops among Allen Tate teams, with a national ranking of No. 163 in the category of agent team by transaction sides, with 285 transaction sides in 2014. The Bovender team was also ranked No. 197 in the category of agent teams by sales volume, with $88,986,613 in 2014.

Other Tate teams ranked in the top 25 percent nationally were Team Honeycutt in the Allen Tate Concord office, at No. 194 and Smith Marketing in the Allen Tate Greensboro-Green Valley office, at No. 203 in the category of agent team by transaction sides.

The following Allen Tate agents and teams were recognized:


  • Cindy Crisp – Charlotte-Ballantyne
  • Andy Bovender Team – Charlotte-Providence @ 485
  • Marlyn Jamison – Charlotte-SouthPark
  • Melissa Baker – Charlotte-Steele Creek
  • Amy Baker, Cathy Staskel & Associates – Charlotte-University City
  • Team Honeycutt – Concord
  • Sherri Stinecipher – Fort Mill
  • John R. Bolin, Wendy Eaves, Cathy Young – Gastonia
  • Dixie Dean, Ashley Richardson – Lake Norman
  • Richard Kirkley – Lancaster
  • Robin King – Lake Wylie
  • Karen Anderson – Matthews/Mint Hill
  • Kim Hamrick, Sandy Johnson, Shannon Lawrence, Vickie Kessinger Team, Wendy Thomas – Rock Hill-Ebenezer Road


  • JoAnne Baggerly – Burlington
  • The McGarrigan Group, Smith Marketing, Diane Thompson – Greensboro-Green Valley
  • Kim Mathis, Roberta Wall, Angie Wilkie – Greensboro-North Elm
  • Vivian Wilborne, Carol Young – High Point
  • Ramilya Siegel – Oak Ridge
  • The Banner Team, Brooke Cashion, Pam Matthews – Winston-Salem


  • Martha Bick – Chapel Hill/Durham
  • The Wolborsky Group – Raleigh-Falls of Neuse


  • Missy Rick – Easley/Powdersville
  • Kathy Sheehan – Greer

Baby Boomers Are Among Today’s Top Home Buyers

14 Jul

Consumers 55+ will buy more than half of new U.S. homes in next 5 years

The summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record in the Carolinas – and the real estate market is heating up as well.

One of the strongest segments of today’s home-buying public is the Baby Boomers. Born from 1946 to 1964, the Baby Boomer generation controls almost 70 percent of the disposable income in America and half of all Consumer Product Goods spending.

According to a recent Metrostudy report, this group of 79 million Americans will buy more than half of new U.S. homes in the next five years.

“The Baby Boomers are no longer your Grandpa’s generation. They are owning their freedom and their choices. They are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to real estate,” said Pat Riley, president and COO, Allen Tate Companies, in the July-August edition of Carolinas Market Update, a bi-monthly real estate video series.

And what you might believe about the real estate preferences of Baby Boomers is likely wrong. According to a Merrill Lynch/Age Wave survey:

  • 83 percent of Baby Boomers choose to retire in the same state. Those who move do so to be closer to family.
  • Half of Baby Boomers do not downsize when they move. In fact, 30 percent upsize to make room for family to visit or live with them.
  • Fewer than 10 percent make renovations to their home to prepare for aging. Of those who do, a third add a home office because they plan to continue working.

“Two-thirds of Baby Boomers say they are living in the best home of their lives,” said Riley. “If you’re in the market to buy a home, don’t be surprised if you find yourself competing against a determined Baby Boomer.”

Carolinas Market Update is targeted to consumers in the Charlotte, Triad, Research Triangle and Upstate S.C. regions. It is produced every other month by the Allen Tate Companies and features information, statistics, trends and predictions about the real estate market in North and South Carolina.

Allen Tate Realtors® Support Public Education in the Upstate

6 Jul

Public Education Partners of Greenville County receives $5,000 contribution from company’s Annual FUNday

In the spirit of investing in the communities it serves, the Upstate, S.C. offices of Allen Tate Realtors recently presented a check for $5,000 to Public Education Partners of Greenville County (PEP).

The contribution is part of more than $23,000 raised in the Upstate as part the 17th Annual Allen Tate FUNday, a series of four regional events where Realtors and company vendors “pay to play” and raise money for local public education organizations.

The Upstate event, an evening reception held September 24 at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville, S.C., featured games, prize drawings, and silent and live auctions. Additional FUNday events are held in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.

Since it began 17 years ago, FUNday has raised more than $1,380,000 for public education across the Carolinas.

“We are extremely pleased to present this check to Public Education Partners of Greenville County. Allen Tate is passionate about public education and understands its critical importance to families making home buying and relocation decisions. FUNday gives everyone at Allen Tate a chance to directly impact the local school systems and organizations committed to quality education,” said Kathy Weeks, regional vice president, Allen Tate Realtors, Upstate region.

“FUNday celebrates the spirit of working together, having fun and giving back to the communities that have been supportive to our company,” said Weeks.

“Your contribution will be instrumental in deepening the connections between our schools and the community,” said Neil Grayson, chair, PEP board of directors.

Funds will be used to support PEP activities including the Make Summer Count reading program, which reaches 18,000 low-income elementary school students from 28 schools.

Allen Tate is the Carolinas’ largest real estate company with 40 offices in the Carolinas, including five in the Upstate region.


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