Allen Tate Company Announces Prowl the Den Winners

17 Nov

On November 14, when the Carolina Panthers were gearing up to beat Tennessee in Nashville, 25 Panthers’ fans and their guests were sneaking a peek around the Panthers’ house at Bank of America Stadium. No worries however: these folks earned the right as winners of Allen Tate’s Prowl the Den contest.Prowl the Den Winner Laura Davis

The 25 lucky winners and their three guests each were treated to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour that included visits to the locker room, weight room, PantherVision studio, Gridiron Club, press room and kitchen, in addition to a tailgate party and a chance to run onto the field while being cheered on by the Top Cats and Sir Purr.

Winner Laura DavisThe Prowl the Den contest was the latest in a series of Allen Tate promotions to celebrate the company’s 9-year partnership with the Carolina Panthers. This was the third year that Allen Tate sponsored the event, which received more than 15,000 entries.

Laura Davis, a second-grade teacher and Panthers fan from Chapel Hill, N.C., was selected as the Grand Prize winner – receiving four suite tickets and four field passes for the January 3, 2016 home game vs. Tampa and four replica Carolina Panthers jerseys.

“When I heard my name called, I was completely stunned. I’ve been a Panthers fan since 1995 and watching the games with my family has always been a tradition. It’s a big part of who I am,” said Davis. “Winning this grand prize is something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, and it meant the world that Allen Tate could make this dream come true.

Davis, who attended the Prowl the Den tour with her father John, brother Sam and college friend Sarah Hoehn, said she will invite three friends (who are fellow Tar Heels and Panthers fans) to the Tampa game.

In addition to Davis, this year’s Prowl the Den tour participants included:

  • John Abernathy, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Kevin Belk, Huntersville, N.C.
  • Tara Briley, Conover, N.C.
  • Wendy Burgess, Pelzer, S.C.
  • Helen Corley, Huntersville, N.C.
  • Drew Davis, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Bill Fangman, Belmont, N.C.
  • Raquel Greer, Concord, N.C.
  • James Hamm, Bahama, N.C.
  • Latricia Harris, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Dawn Herndon, Oak Ridge, N.C.
  • Duane Hockaday, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Rita Hood, Brown Summit, N.C.
  • Meghan Hu, Fort Mill, S.C.
  • Crystal Layne, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Mandy Merck, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Rodney Porter, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Mark Stilling, Fort Mill, S.C.
  • Jonathan Teaster, Mooresville, N.C.
  • Kevin Waid, Mooresville, N.C.
  • Carmen Wall, Easley, S.C.

Allen Tate Realtors® Raise $20,000 for Public Education in the Upstate

12 Nov

Allen Tate Realtors® in Upstate South Carolina recently raised more than $20,000 to benefit public education, as part of the company’s 18th Annual FUNday event.IMG_2425

For the past 18 years, Allen Tate agents, employees and guests have gathered each FUNday and “paid to play” to raise money for local public education organizations. This year, four separate regional FUNday events took place through the company’s footprint in North and South Carolina. To date, FUNday has raised more than $1.52 million for public education across the Carolinas.
More than 200 people attended the Upstate event, An Enchanted Evening, held November 3 at the Hyatt in Greenville. The festivities included a silent and live auction, wine pull, reception and dancing. Special drawings included the Great Restaurant Giveaway ($1,500 in gift cards), drawing for an aquamarine and diamond ring, and a 50/50 raffle.

_MG_2345“Our guests enjoyed an enchanted evening with classic gold and silver tablescapes, adorned with twinkle lights and beautiful centerpieces of white hydrangeas and roses,” said Lindsie Sink, FUNday Upstate event co-chairperson. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of so many caring agents and generous sponsors, we were able to raise more than $20,000 to support public education organizations in the Upstate.”IMG_2365

Local education organizations that will benefit from Allen Tate FUNday dollars include Greenville County Schools, Pickens County Schools, Spartanburg County Schools District #6, and Public Education Partners Greenville County (PEP).  FUNday is made possible through the support of national, regional and local sponsors.

Company-level sponsors included 2-10 Warranty, Arrow, Quantum Digital and

_MG_2350Upstate event sponsors included:

Dean’s List: Crown Communities

Doctorate: Ryan Homes

Master’s: Tony DiPasquale Law Firm, DR Horton, Legendary Communities

Bachelor’s: J. Terry Laws Attorney, Babb & Brown, Candid Home Inspections, Community Journals, First Choice Termite and Pest Control, Heckman Law Firm, Investment Inspections, Kwik Kerb, Lanier Law Firm, Salle Galloway Inc., SC Inspector and Steamatic.

Miscellaneous donations were received from Gigi’s Cupcakes, Greenville Pest Control and Carol Williams.

Allen Tate is the Carolinas’ largest real estate company with five offices in the Upstate – Greenville-Midtown, Greenville-Woodruff Road, Easley-Powdersville, Greer and Simpsonville – and total of 41 offices in North and South Carolina.

Despite Strong Housing Market, Few Sellers Choose to “Go It Alone”

10 Nov

Only 9 percent of homes are For Sale by Owner

In today’s real estate market, homes in good condition that are priced competitively don’t stay on the market very long. Savvy buyers keep their eyes open and are prepared to write an offer quickly when they find the right home.
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So you might think that more sellers are taking the Realtor® out of the process – and listing the home themselves to save marketing dollars.

Quite the contrary, says Pat Riley, president and CEO, Allen Tate Companies, in the November-December edition of Carolinas Market Update, a bi-monthly real estate series.

Only 9 percent of home are FSBO – for sale by owner – and that has not changed in the last 3 years, according to the National Association of Realtors. Of those, nearly half knew the buyer – a family member or friend – which mean true FSBOs are even a smaller percentage of today’s market.

“Marketing – while very, very important – is only a small part of the real estate equation. Sellers understand that a professional Realtor offers you is much, much more,” said Riley.

A Realtor helps you:

  • Price your home correctly
  • Stage your home effectively
  • Identify necessary repairs and enhancements to get your home ready for sale
  • Showcase your home through quality photography
  • Expose your home to the real estate community
  • Expose your home to the widest range of potential buyers through the right websites

In addition, a Realtor is prepared to immediately respond to inquiries about your home and is available for unbiased showings. Realtors are familiar with mandated disclosure and discrimination law, and is an expert in negotiating inspections, warranties, and what is included with the home.

Interestingly, 92 percent of all home buyers also elect to use the services of a Realtor.

“So why would it even make sense to represent yourself as a seller when your buyer has a professional by their side?” said Riley. “You only pay if your Realtor does the job and gets results.”

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 Relocation Named U.S. Real Estate Service Partner of the Year

5 Nov

Allen Tate Relocation and Corporate Services, a division of the Allen Tate Company, has been named U.S. Real Estate Service Partner of the Year by TheMIGroup, a leading partner of global Relocation_4C
relocation management solutions.

The award, which was announced in April in Portugal and recently presented, is part of TheMIGroup Worldwide Partner Network™ Awards, which are based on a set of evaluation criteria and are a benchmark for excellence in the global relocation industry.

DJ Stephan, president of Allen Tate Relocation and Corporate Services, accepted the award at a recent meeting of the organization.

Allen Tate Insurance Names Robin Price as President

3 Nov

Allen Tate Insurance, part of the Allen Tate Family of Companies, is pleased to announce that Robin Price has been named president.Price, Robin

Price joined Allen Tate Insurance as a sales agent in 2003. She was promoted to sales manager in 2006 and to vice president of sales in 2008 and has helped the agency grow in both number of customers and reputation as an industry leader. As president, she oversees a team of licensed insurance agents and professional support staff who serve nearly 15,000 customers in North and South Carolina.

Price began her insurance career as an underwriter with a large national carrier and then moved to the agency side of the business. Prior to joining Allen Tate, she worked as a sales producer for a national insurance brokerage firm. She is an active industry leader, having served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Charlotte chapter.

“Robin has been a core part of the growth and reputation of Allen Tate Insurance in the Carolinas. We’re excited about her new role and we’re confident that Robin and her team will continue to provide the best insurance products, with choices, to Allen Tate Insurance clients,” said Fred Hines, managing partner, Allen Tate Insurance.

Price enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband, Danny. They have two children and two grandchildren.


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