Author: Allen Tate Companies

18 Sep 2012

Cleaning Brick

Brick is a popular building material in the Carolinas. While it’s very attractive, durable and low-maintenance, even brick requires some occasional TLC.

Lightly soiled bricks can be cleaned with water and a wire brush. Each section should be wet down and then scrubbed.

More heavily stained bricks – algae, mold, mildew or rust – require a specific cleaning solution. A good all-purpose solution is a bucket of hot water, 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda.

17 Sep 2012

Allen Tate President Pat Riley Named 2012 MeckEd Education Champion of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2012) –Pat Riley, president and COO of Allen Tate Company (, the Carolinas’ real estate leader, was honored as the 2012 Education Champion of the Year at the MeckEd Annual Community Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Charlotte.

MeckEd is an independent non-profit and champion for public education whose mission is to inform, educate and engage the community around the issues facing public education in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

17 Sep 2012

Decrease in “Underwater” Mortgages Points to Market Recovery

Allen Tate’s Pat Riley addresses topic in Carolinas Market Update


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2012) –The number of homeowners “underwater” on their mortgages fell by 25 percent since Q4 2011, and nearly 2 million additional homeowners are only 5 percent away from a balanced equity position, according to CoreLogic.

That’s a strong sign of a steadily recovering real estate market, said Pat Riley, president and COO of Allen Tate Company (, the Carolinas’ real estate leader. Riley takes a closer look at how underwater homes affect market recovery in the September-October edition of Carolinas Market Update, a bi-monthly real estate video series produced by Allen Tate.

10 Sep 2012

Allen Tate Agents Get “In the Pool” for SummerFest

More than 300 outgoing referrals sent during summer contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 10, 2012) – If you invite Allen Tate agents to your pool party, you’d better make plenty of room, because they are sure to show up in numbers.

That’s what happened during SummerFest 2012, an Outgoing Referral (OGR) contest sponsored by Allen Tate Relocation. Agents and employees were asked to submit an OGR – defined as a referral of anyone who plans to buy or sell real estate outside of the Allen Tate market area within the next 24 months.

5 Sep 2012

Time to Downsize?

coupleIf your nest is empty, it might be time for a new nest. And today’s empty nesters have more options than ever. But even if retirement is years away, it’s never too early to think about where you might spend your golden years.

Many empty nesters struggle between maintaining the family homestead and moving to a smaller, more manageable home with the features they’ve always wanted. Like any home purchase, the decision to downsize – or not – is highly personal and dependent upon a number of factors, including health, distance from family, lifestyle and cost.

Two options that are becoming increasingly popular with individuals preparing for the future are active adult and continuing care retirement communities.

4 Sep 2012

Allen Tate Relocation Names Garrett Wyckoff, Jr. as Vice-President of Corporate Services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 4, 2012) –Allen Tate Relocation and Corporate Services, a division of the Allen Tate Company (, has named Garrett J. Wyckoff, Jr. as vice-president of corporate services for the company’s Triangle region.

In his new role, Wyckoff will provide relocation services to companies and employees moving to the Triangle region. Additionally, he will work with economic development organizations and local Chambers of Commerce to provide information and assistance to companies considering a move to the Triangle.


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