July 19, 2020

6 Updates You Can Make To Your Kitchen Without Renovating

Thinking about saying goodbye to your outdated kitchen in favor of a fresh, bright space to entertain friends and cook family meals, but shocked with how much a kitchen remodel actually costs?

Don’t worry, there’s still tons of budget-friendly things you can do to update your space without the huge cost of remodeling. And the even better news? Turns out inexpensive kitchen updates pay off big time when you sell your home, with homeowners recouping an average of 85% of their investment.

 

Did you know that a minor kitchen renovation project costs around $22,000 and a major kitchen remodel can set homeowners back $65,000? Good thing you can make tons of small tweaks to your kitchen to improve the overall aesthetic without having to spend thousands. Here are our favorite ways to update your kitchen without renovating.

#1 Paint

Never underestimate the power of paint. You can choose to spend a couple weekends painting your outdated kitchen cabinets yourself, or opt to have them professionally resurfaced. Even painting cheap laminate cabinets a fresh new hue will dramatically update your space, too. Just look at the dramatic transformation in Angela Marie’s kitchen thanks to a little paint.

 

Update your kitchen hardware

You’d be surprised what updating your hardware does to elevate the look of your kitchen. For a dramatic look you can try matte black or even the updated brass fixtures that are becoming more and more popular. We love how Jenna transformed her kitchen by simply switching out her chrome handles with matte black ones.

 

Replace your sink

Adding a farmhouse sink instantly changes the look of your kitchen and brings it up-to-date. From stainless steel to white, and even soapstone, there’s tons of options to choose from. While you’re at it, replace your hardware, too.

Add a DIY range hood

A pretty range hood can make quite a statement, and for a fraction of the cost and a little effort, you can transform your space with your own DIY range hood. Look how this beautiful range hood instantly elevates the look of this kitchen.

 

Consider butcher block counter tops

If a little paint can’t solve your kitchen problems, but it’s not in the budget to upgrade to quartz or granite, consider butcher block countertops. Butcher block is a small fraction of the cost of quartz countertops and is actually quite beautiful, and can instantly update your space. Look how beautiful the butcher block looks in this gorgeous kitchen.

 

 

Change out light fixtures

Find trendy statement pendants to instantly change the look of your kitchen without breaking the bank.

JULY 14, 2020 - BY MARKETING@ALLENTATE.COM

July 18, 2020

4 Tips To Win A Bidding War When Buying A House

Although Covid-19 has impacted our economy, the housing market has not been negatively affected. Compared to the great recession of 2008, where the housing market was at the center of the crisis, home prices are actually rising, not falling. 

Rising housing prices are a result of the lack of supply, as there are many buyers entering the market every day and simply not enough inventory to keep up— which can lead to multiple offers and bidding wars.

According to a recent survey conducted by Realtors Confidence Index, on average there were about 3 offers on a home that closed in May, up from about 2 in April. 

If you’re on the hunt for your next home and concerned about potentially being caught in a bidding war, don’t worry— we have some helpful tips to help you come out on top. 

Helpful hint #1: Get pre-approved

Getting pre-approved is quite possibly the most important step you can take in the beginning of the home buying process. You should do this before you ever step foot in a Realtor’s office and before you even browse for properties online.

Unlike a pre-qualification, which is traditionally an automated review of your credit report, credit score and stated application information, a pre-approval scrutinizes every aspect of your creditworthiness.

A pre-approval determines exactly how much you may borrow under a specific mortgage program. It’s also a great way to distinguish your offer in a highly competitive, low inventory market. In other words, once you’ve obtained your pre-approval you can shop for homes with confidence! Get pre-approved now and shop for homes with confidence.

Helpful hint #2: Get your mortgage from a local company

Would it surprise you to find out that shopping locally for a mortgage is actually one of the best things you can do when it comes to having your bid accepted?

“A lot of people think that the highest bid is the one the seller automatically chooses— and ultimately there’s a lot more to it than that,” says Allen Tate Mortgage’s Vice President of Loan Origination, Lisa Green.

“Good Realtors will advise their clients to look beyond the dollar signs of the offer— not that offer price isn’t something that’s important, because it is, it’s just not the only thing sellers should consider,” says Lisa. “Just like conditions are important to weigh in the decision process, sellers should also think about whether or not the prospective buyer has been vetted and truly pre-approved by a local lender.”

Having a local lender who understands the market is key, Lisa explains. “Having market knowledge enables an underwriter to easily tackle each element involved in going from contract to closing.”

Find a local, experienced mortgage professional with Allen Tate Mortgage today.

Helpful hint #3: Make a clean offer

Normal contingencies— things like an inspection or available financing— are to be expected and won’t throw the seller off.

On the other hand, attaching too many contingencies to your offer— especially in a seller’s market— could seriously impede your ability to get the offer accepted. Work with your Realtor to decide which contingencies are best to include in your offer.

Related reading: Requesting repairs after a home inspection: What’s acceptable and what’s not?

Helpful hint #4: Understand the market

In a seller’s market each home for sale may receive multiple offers, due to low home inventory levels. So you’ll need to come to the table with a strong offer or you’ll likely be kicked to the curb fairly quickly.

Fully understanding the market can help you be highly competitive. Your Realtor will work to pull data from recent home sales that match or closely resemble the value of the home you want to purchase. Use this information to make a competitive offer.

Want to get a head-start on gaining market knowledge in a specific area or neighborhood? Sign up for Market Report and keep track of current listings, average list price, days on market and more!

JULY 16, 2020 - BY MARKETING@ALLENTATE.COM

July 17, 2020

Do You Really Need 20% Down

A 20% down payment is often thought of as the gold standard when it comes to putting money down towards the purchase of a home. 

Many first-time home buyers are quickly discouraged when they realize that purchasing a home requires a fifth of the home’s total purchase price up front. But what they don’t realize is that a 20% down payment isn’t their only option.

Dispelling the 20% down payment myth

First time home buyers struggling to come up with a sizable down payment need not worry— loan options for every buyer and budget exist, with down payment options ranging from 0 to 20%.

Common loan programs available to first time home buyers

Conventional loans: 3 percent down

Available through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, these government-backed loans offer borrowers some pretty appealing mortgage options. Qualified buyers can purchase a home with as little as 3 percent down thanks to the good folks at Fannie and Freddie.

FHA loans: 3.5% down

FHA loans are often the best option for first-time buyers. Less than stellar credit and not a lot of cash up front? FHA loans are your saving grace. Home buyers that go through FHA to finance their home are able to do so with as little as 3.5 percent down.

VA loans: 0 down

For members of the military, veterans, reservists and National Guard, loans backed by Veterans Affairs can be obtained without any down payment. PMI or private mortgage insurance that is typically required for loans obtained without a minimum down payment of 20 percent is not required with VA loans— another huge plus.

USDA loans: 0 down

Backed by the United States Department of Agriculture, eligible rural and suburban home buyers can qualify for zero down payment loans with low interest rates. If the hustle and bustle of big city living has never been your scene, sit down with a lender to check and see if the home you’re interested in meets USDA criteria.

Related: Loan programs for first-time buyers in North Carolina 

Factors to consider when determining how much to put down on a home

Typically, buyers aim to put down 20% to avoid PMI, or Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI is required for buyers that put less than 20% down and is added to your monthly mortgage payment. You can expect to pay about .3 to 1.5% of the total loan value in PMI. 

For many first time buyers it can take years to save for a 20% down payment and during that time, especially in a fast-growing real estate market, buyers can miss out on building equity on their new home.

Once you have a loan to value ratio of 80%, you can request your PMI be taken off before it automatically falls off with a loan to value ratio of 78%. 

In markets where homes are quickly appreciating, coupled with low interest rates, buyers that go ahead and put down a down payment they can afford might be quickly surprised at how fast their home appreciates, thus getting rid of their PMI sooner, rather than later. 

Bottom line: First time home buyers can build equity faster by going ahead and buying a home with a down payment that fits their budget

Rather than delaying home ownership for years, many first time buyers can capitalize on today’s low interest rates and a quickly appreciating real estate market when they find a loan program that fits their budget.  

 

Courtesy of Allen Tate Realtors - MAY 27, 2020 - BY MARKETING@ALLENTATE.COM

April 22, 2020

Change Your Door Color

Now that spring has officially sprung in the Carolinas, it’s the perfect time to get outside and refresh your home’s exterior. Giving your front door a colorful coat of paint is a fun weekend DIY project and an easy way modernize your curb appeal. Bring the personality of your home onto the front porch so your guests feel at home before they even step inside.

Cheerful Yellow

A timeless partner to a blue brick home, a yellow front door is always a burst of sunshine. Whether you opt for a pale buttercream or a more vibrant and glowing shade, yellow is the best way to make a bright first impression. Add some honey charm with SW 6903 Cheerful.

Rustic Red

A rustic, sun-baked red is a charming way to achieve that farmhouse look you may be going for. This warm shade is such a classic choice that it’s practically a front door neutral. If you’re looking for more of an eye-catching shade, opt for a fiery, tulip red, which is sure to to be the cherry on top of your front porch. Try SW 7593 Rustic Red or Benjamin Moore’s Vermilion.

Black Magic

High contrast has come into the spotlight this year. What better way to follow the trend than by painting your door a dramatic shade of black? This familiar color can often seem like a safe choice, but against the right backdrop, a black door can give your home that bold and sophisticated “hello.” Try SW 6991 Black Magic.

Beautiful Blue

Give your friends and family a peaceful and inviting welcome as they step through your blue front door. An easy and elegant way to refresh your exterior, blue will brighten your entry and create an exciting pop of color. For a bright and free-spirited hue, try Behr’s Partly Cloudy or Valspar’s Celestial Blue.

Go Green

Green offers subtle hints of spring and foliage and is the color of good fortune. Green is the perfect color to experiment with both neutral and vibrant tones. A pale, muted gray creates a polished look while a vibrant green is more playful and bold. Try SW 6732 Organic Green or Benjamin Moore’s Shades of Spring.

 

Original Post Allen Tate Blog MARCH 24, 2020 - BY MARKETING@ALLENTATE.COM

April 22, 2020

Virtually visit NC & SC spots!

Running out of shows to binge watch on Netflix? Mix things up and get a virtual breath of fresh air when you visit some of North and South Carolina’s most unique destinations and museums, virtually!

The Blue Ridge Parkway virtual experience

Explore all 469 miles of beautiful scenery from the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smokey Mountains Park, virtually.

Explore Asheville
Discover amazing Asheville using Google street view. From Graggy Gardens to Black Mountain, and even the gardens at Biltmore, you’ll easily get lost in the wonder of the North Carolina Mountains.

Go underwater at the South Carolina Aquarium
Each weekday at 10 am you can virtually visit different environments within the aquarium, and then at 1 pm, you can tune in for Family Nature Challenges.

Experience Bryson City


If Elk watching, whitewater rafting or ziplining sound like more your speed, get your adventure on when you discover Bryson City all from the comfort of your own couch.

Discover Raleigh
From Museums to family-friendly attractions and even something for Arts and Cultural lovers, Raleigh’s got it all. Take a virtual vacation to visit North Carolina’s state capital.

Ride Roller Coasters at Carowinds

The ultimate experience for thrill seekers– spend some time virtually riding Carowinds’ largest roller coasters.

Visit Riverbanks Zoo 
Each weekday at 10 am, gather the kids and watch as keepers at Riverbanks Zoo take viewers behind the scenes with some of their wildest animal friends.

 

* Original Post AllenTate.com/blog and marketing@allentate.com

March 20, 2020

Floor Plans

Take some time to play these with the whole family and get going!

 

The floor is lava! Take any pillows, pieces of paper, towels - whatever and lay around the house.

Don't touch the floor. Super simple. Here is a video to help with rules and items from the actual board game. 

 

I love! WhatsUpMoms videos and these are all about Spy Games to do in the house!

 

5-Minute Craft Kids is hysterical with their 20 Fun and Easy Games for Kids AND Adults...see which ones to

use inside!

 

And even 5 super Easy DIY dog toys to keep the whole family entertained!

Enjoy! Please give feedback and tell us how any of these turned out for you! Or add your own!

 

Posted in Community, Fun Times, Kiddos
March 20, 2020

Greenways Here

The Mecklenburg County greenway system is quickly becoming one of the finest in the nation. Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places. Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that promote water quality, help reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for all to enjoy. There are currently 52 miles of developed greenway trails in Mecklenburg County, with more being built every year. 

In conjunction with many surrounding cities, our Greenways will result in over 100+ miles sooner then we think.

Check out all the maps and locations to start your journey!

     
 
Trail Partnerships with Links Below:

Carolina Thread Trail:
 The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of over 1,500 miles of greenways and trails that will reach 15 counties and 2.3 million citizens. It links people, places, cities, towns and attractions. When you see the Carolina Trail Logo on mile markers and trail maps, that will indicate that particular greenway is a section of the Carolina Thread Trail. For more information please visit: Carolina Thread Trail


Lake Norman Bike Route: In years to come, the Lake Norman Bike Route will take shape as a continuous, multi-jurisdictional bicycle route that will encircle Lake Norman, segment-by-segment. It will connect prominent destinations, neighborhoods, and various local bicycle facilities within the surrounding areas; providing a safer, useful, and attractive transportation and recreation resource for a wide range of bicyclists. When you see the Lake Norman Bike Route, it will indicate that particular greenway is a section of the Lake Norman Bike Route. For more information please visit: Lake Norman Bike Route
 

TrailMarkerWEB.jpgCross Charlotte Trail: In Cross Charlotte Trail is a partnership between Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte that strives to develop a 26 mile contiguous trail that will connect from the SC/NC State line to Cabarrus County. Once completed, the Cross Charlotte Trail will allow residents to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other. Approximately 140,000 residents and 130,000 jobs will be within walking distance of the proposed trail and the adjacent greenways that connect to it. For more information please visit:  Cross Charlotte Trail

 

TrailMarkerWEB.jpg Mooresville to Charlotte Trail: The Mooresville-Charlotte Trail is a partnership between the following Jurisdictions: Mooresville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Charlotte, Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties for the development of a north-south trail to connect and activate trails that would connect with corridors for the greenway master plans for each jurisdiction. For more information please visit:Mooresville to Charlotte Trail

CNIP.png The Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program: (CNIP) makes strategic investments in larger, multi-neighborhood geographies to more comprehensively address a broad array of community needs, consistent with the goals of the City’s Community Investment Plan (CIP).​ Connecting neighborhoods to major employment, institutional and retail areas through a network of streets, sidewalks, greenways and bike lanes. For more information please visit: Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program

 

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Posted in Community, Fun Times
Jan. 29, 2020

7 Dog Friendly Spots

7 Lake Norman Dog-Friendly Places To Take Your Pup

Everything becomes instantly better whenever a dog is involved, and that’s a fact. When I first moved to Lake Norman, the first thing I noticed was the fact that it is super dog-friendly. I love taking my dogs with me when I explore the Lake Norman area, and I’m sure they’re just happy to be out of the house. There are so many restaurants, parks, and trails for us to go to without worrying whether or not they’re allowed. If you’ve got a furry friend, I highly recommend taking them to any of the places below. You will not be disappointed, and I’m sure your pup will love you for taking them on fun, new adventures!

Restaurants and Bars

Photo via @coop_and_capo

 

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

19607 Statesville Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is an indoor/outdoor dog park that’s perfect for any pup. While your dog is running around, you can sit at the 21+ sports bar and enjoy a drink. This bar is open to furry children only, and they also offer doggy daycare, overnight boarding, and baths!

Photo via @jasper_and_palmer

 

Yappy Hour Bakery

Check out their Facebook here.

This activity is more for the pups than it is for humans. The Yappy Hour Bakery is an all natural, gourmet, mobile dog bakery that offers a ton of different dog treats. They make some greats birthday cakes too! (For dogs, of course.)

Photo via @carolinaandmain

 

Cafe 100

100 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

At Cafe 100, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your pup on their outdoor patio.

 

Birkdale Village

16725 Birkdale Commons Pkwy, Huntersville, NC 28078

Birkdale Village is a beautiful outdoor shopping center here in Huntersville. On the weekends, you can find a bunch of people walking their dogs throughout the shopping center. Birkdale Village is so pet-friendly, you’ll even find several water dishes for your pup to drink from outside of some of the stores. There are also many restaurants that allow you to dine with your dog in their outdoor seating areas.

Outdoors

Photo via @awalkwithholly

 

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

6211 Sample Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078

The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve has 16 miles of hiking trails that weave their way through different terrain. From the trails, it’s easy to find beautiful views of the lake, streams, and the forest. The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve welcomes pups as long as they’re on a 6-foot or shorter leash, and you can even bring your horse! It’s the only Mecklenburg County property that’s completely open to horseback riding.

Photo via @williecorleyy

 

Jetton Park

19000 Jetton Road/Cornelius, NC 28031

Jetton park is a 104-acre lakefront part that’s perfect for hiking on a beautiful day!

 

Swaney Pointe K-9 Park

18441 Nantz Road/Cornelius, NC 28031

Swanet Pointe K-9 Park is a four-acre, fenced-in, off-leash area for dogs. It’s located in Ramsey Creek Park, and has two areas that operate larger dogs from smaller dogs.

Jan. 14, 2020

Kids Eat Free Around Town

56 kids eat free deals in Charlotte restaurants

POSTED BY
Jody Mace
Courtesy "CharlotteontheCheap.com"

Kids eat free charlotte
Save money every day by knowing where the “kids eat free” deals are around Charlotte.

We contacted every one of these restaurants in March, 2019 or later to verify the deals but keep in mind that they can change their deals at any time.

Also, in many cases there were several locations of a restaurant, and when we called them we got varying information. And finally, it’s possible that the person who gave us the information wasn’t 100% sure of the details.

So a good practice is to call the restaurant before heading out if “kids eat free” is crucial. Just follow the links below to get to the website and find the phone numbers there. Please find them on the restaurants’ websites.We will continue to update and add to this list. We are also including some kids’ meal deals that are not free, but are very inexpensive.

At the bottom of this list are deals that are available on multiple days of the week.

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Sunday

Libretto’s Pizzeria
Two Charlotte locations:

  • Parktowne: 1600 East Woodlawn Road, Charlotte; 704-877-7702
  • Ballantyne: 15205 John J. Delaney Dr, Suite A, Charlotte; 704-714-1442

All day Sundays, kids eat free from the kids menu, 1 kid per adult entrée. Includes tea or fountain drink. Ballantyne location might be changing soon.

Monterrey Restaurante Mexicano
8914 Pineville Matthews Rd (Park Rd.),
Charlotte
(704) 541-6664
Sundays, kids 12 and under get one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult combo or big plate. Drink not included.

Zapata’s
Lake Norman location: 19905 NC Hwy. 73, West Catawba Ave., Suite 102, Cornelius; (704) 987-8890. Kids eat free all day. Drink not included.
University Plaza location: 8927 J.M. Keynes Drive, Suite 900, Charlotte; (704) 503-1979. Kids eat for 99 cents all day.
Ballantyne Commons East location: 15105 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte; (704) 752-6869. Kids eat free all day. One per adult entrée purchase.

Crunch Bistro
6414 Rea Road
Charlotte
(704) 362-0077
Sundays, one free kid’s meal per adult entree purchase. Includes drink and side of fruit or chips.

Monday

Sonny’s BBQ
All Charlotte, Concord and Mooresville locations:
Mondays, kids 12 and under get one free meal per adult purchase of at least $8.99. Drink included.

Village Inn Pizza
Kids eat from buffet for $1.99 per paying adult. Kids 3 and under eat free at the buffet every day.
Westpark Shopping Center, Statesville; 704-873-1101

Cabos Mexican Restaurant
10 years and under eat free all day, drink not included, one per adult entree.
6676 Carmel Rd, Charlotte 704-759-9886

Afton Tavern
Kids meal free with adult entree purchase.
355 John Galt Way, Concord 704-262-7866

Firenza Pizza (Belgate Shopping Center)
Every Monday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., kids eat free a the Belgate location. Buy one signature or 4-topping pizza and get up to 2 kids’ cheese pizzas for free. Dine-in or carryout.
6925 University City Boulevard, Suite 420, Charlotte, 28262

Tuesday

Pizza Peel & Tap Room
All locations:

  • Cotswold: 4422 Colwick Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, 704-714-8808
  • Plaza Midwood: 1600 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, 704-790-7335

Matthews Station: 110 Matthews Station St., Charlotte, NC 28105
Kids eat free Tuesday, all day. Kids age 12 and under. Receive up to two complimentary kids’ menu meals (regularly $4.49 each) with the purchase of one adult meal. Dine-in only. All kids’ meals are served with your choice of milk, chocolate milk, apple juice or soda. Red rover & blue monster beverages are $0.99 ea. and float beverages are $1.99 ea. Refills on milk are $0.99 ea. Details on Kids Eat Free deal.

Rocky’s Pizza
10310 Wilmington St. Huntersville
(704) 727-5080
Kids eat free on Tuesdays all day at Rocky’s Pizza. One child gets our bambini combo deal free of charge when one adult spends $15 on food. For ages 10 and under. The child also gets a voucher for a free kid scoop of ice cream next door at Baskin Robbins. Must be used the same day.

Cantina 1511
Kids Eat Free (one Child per One Adult) 4 pm. to 10 p.m.

  • Stonecrest at Piper Glen: 7708-Rea Road 704-752-9797
  • Park Road Shopping Center: 4271 Park Road 704-331-9222

Moe’s
Kids eat free all day every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrée of at $5 or more. Dine in only. Drink included. At the following locations:

  • Monroe location: 2925 Monroe Way Monroe, NC 28110; 704-225-7623
  • Dilworth location:1500 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203; 704-377-6344
  • Rock Hill location: 1910 Cinema Dr. Rock Hill, SC 29730; 803-980-6637
  • Concord location:1497 Concord Pkwy. Concord, NC 28026; 704-262- 7992
  • Huntersville location: Northcross Village 16933 Kaufinger Street, Suite #180-J Huntersville, NC 28078;704-896-2206
  • Ballantyne location: 14825 John J. Delaney Dr. Charlotte, NC 28277; 704-369-5020
  • Waxhaw location:8133 Kensington Dr., Unit C Waxhaw, NC 28173; 704-843-9355
  • Indian Trail location: 6443 Old Monroe Rd Indian Trail; 704-776-9785

 

 

 

Golden Corral
NOTE: Kids under 3 are free every day

  • Charlotte location: Under 3 free, 10 and under eat for $1.99 after 4 p.m. 2 kids per adult. 9430 South Blvd.; (704) 643-2345
  • Concord location: Under 3 free, $2.99 children ages 4-12; 2 kids per each paying adult, after 4 pm. 1540 US Hwy. 29 North; (704) 782-0044
  • Rock Hill location: Under 3 free, Kids 10 and under eat for $2.99, 4-8 p.m. 1031 N. Anderson Road; (803) 328-0327

Wolfman’s Pizza
Kids eat free with the purchase of a $8 adult purchase from 5-8 pm.
Only Cotswold location:
Cotswald: 106-B S Sharon Amity, Charlotte, NC 28211 (704) 366-3666

Andele Mexican Restaurant
Kids eat free all day with an adult entree.
1096 Hwy 29 N, Concord. (704) 262-3506

Kickstand Burgers
Kids 12 years and under eat for free all day on Tuesday. One kid per $7 adult entrée.
1101 Central Ave, Charlotte (704) 332-1010

Rusty’s Deli & Grille
Free kids meal with drinks and chips after 4 pm on Tuesdays. Purchase of an adult entree is required.
Quail Corners Shopping Center-8512 Park Rd. Charlotte (704)554-9012

Bang Bang Burgers
Kids eat for free with the purchase of an adult entree. One child’s meal per each adult meal purchased. All day.
2001 E. 7th St., Suite D (704)375-4505

The Gateway to Athens
The Gateway to Athens
360 NW Exchange St. #107
Concord
(704) 788-2174
Kids 12 and under eat free all day on Tuesdays with adult meal purchase of $10.75. One child meal per each adult meal purchased, dine-in only. Drink included. Orders are not valid for punch card.

Bob Evans
Huntersville and Charlotte only.
Kids 12 and under eat free all day on Tuesdays, 1 per adult entree;
Huntersville: 16706 Northcross Drive, Huntersville, NC, 28078 (704) 896-8846
Charlotte: 9253 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 599-5414

Denny’s
Several area locations.
Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kids 12 and under eat free from designated items on kids’ menu, two kids per adult entrée purchase

  • Sunset Road (704) 597-9224
  • Concord (704) 979-7474
  • Gastonia (704) 879-4717
  • Mooresville (704) 664-4884

Hawthorne’s New York Pizza
All area locations:
Tuesdays, kids eat free with each $7.50 adult purchase. Ages 12 and under.

Texas Roadhouse
All locations
Kids 12 and under eat free Tuesdays from 4-10 p.m., one per adult entrée. Drink included

Macado’s
All area locations
Kids 12 and under eat for $1.00 Tuesdays from 4-9, up to two kids per one adult entrée – maximum four kids per table/party. Drink included.
Charlotte: 8650 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213; 980-207-3508

McAlister’s Deli
Kids eat free Tuesdays from 4-9, up to 2 kids per adult entrée, ages 12 and under. Includes a drink. Dine in only. Drink included. Recommend calling ahead to confirm.

The Pizza Peel and Tap Room
Cotswold; 4422 Colwick Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 704-714-8808
Plaza Midwood; 1600 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 704-790-7335
Kids 12 and under eat free all day Tuesday, 2 kids per adult entrée. Drink included.

Harvey’s
Two locations.

  • Harvey’s in Huntersville: 13812 Cinnabar Place, Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 947-5080
  • Harvey’s Cornelius: 19906 N Cove Road, Suite A, Cornelius, NC 28031 (980) 231-5936
  • Kids 12 and under eat free Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday’s at Harvey’s in Huntersville is also ½ off bottles of wine.
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • All locations.One free kid entrée per adult entrée purchase on Tuesdays starting at 5 p.m. Drink included.

 

Wednesday

JJ’s Red Hots
All three locations
All day Wednesday kids 12 and under eat free, one per adult entree, drink included

  • Uptown, 400 South Tryon St. Suite R2; 980-207-4922,
  • Dilworth, 1514 East Boulevard; 980-225-8880
  • Ballantyne, 15105 John J Delaney Dr, Charlotte; 980-335-0601

Fort Mill Carolina BBQ
Kids 10 and under get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée and a drink. Dine-in only.
737 Stockbridge Dr., Fort Mill (803) 548-7400.

Captain Steve’s Charlotte
Kids 10 years and under on Wednesdays After 4 p.m kids eat free with purchase of adult entree, 2 kids per adult, drink included, Dine-in only.
8517 Monroe Rd, Charlotte (704) 535-1400

Captain Steve’s Fort Mill & Harrisburg
After 3:30 pm on Wednesdays kids eat free with the purchase of a drink and adult entree

1975 Hwy 21 Bypass, Fort Mil (803) 547-2340

5645 Hwy 49, Harrisburg (704) 455-1222

Flying Biscuit
Kids Night every Wednesday after 4 p.m. Kid’s meals are $1.99, drink not included.
7930-A Rea Road, Charlotte; 704-295-4440

Foster’s Grille
5-9 p.m. Kids eat $1 with the purchase of an adult meal. Drink included.
8520 Pit Stop Court, Concord; 704-979-3663

Tryon House Restaurant
215 E. Exmore St.
Charlotte
(704) 527-6545
This location only, kids eat free Wednesdays after 4 pm. 1 kid per adult. Drink included.

East Coast Wings and Grill
Kids eat free Wednesday after 4 p.m. with purchase of an adult entrée of $10 or more.

  • Charlotte location: 9711 Northlake Centre Pkwy (704) 494-4174
  • Harrisburg location: 7326 Caldwell Road, Harrisburg, NC (980) 258-0752
  • Kannapolis location: 2263 Spider Drive, Kannapolis, NC (704) 720-051
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  • Zaxby’s
  • Several area locations.
  • Kids eat for 99 cents after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. One kid’s meal per adult entrée.
  •  
  • Thursday

Pure Pizza
Thursdays at 1911 Central Avenue, 980-430-1701
Kids eat free all day, one per adult entrée of $10 or more. Drink not included.
Central Avenue location only

Friday

Saturday

The Roasting Oven & Grill
Kids 9 and under eat for free between 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with purchase of entrée. Drink not included.
855 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill 803-547-5522

More than one day

 

Fran’s Filling Station
Mondays and Tuesdays, kids under 12 eat free. One free kids’ entrée with the purchase of one adult entrée. Available for dinner in the taproom only, while space permits.
2410 Park Road, Charlotte, 28203

Cici’s Pizza
Several area locations. Every day, kids age 3 and under get one free buffet with each paying adult. Drinks not included.

Steak ‘n Shake
Several area locations.
All day Saturday and Sunday get one free Kids Plate for every $8 purchase. Good for dine in only. No drinks included with kids meal. Ages 12 and under.

IKEA
Free baby food for every adult meal purchased in restaurant

Red Bowl Fort Mill
On Mondays and Saturdays, kids 10 and under eat for 99 cents. 1 kid per adult. No drink included.
845 Stockbridge Dr, Fort Mill, SC; 803-802-5666

Sports Page Food and Spirits
Charlotte location: 8400 Bellhaven Blvd; 704-399-4417
Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays after 5 p.m.. 1 kid per adult entrée. Dine-in only. Drink included.

At these locations, kids eat free Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 5 p.m. 1 kid per adult. Dine-in only:

  • Denver: 179 Cross Center Dr; 704-827-6283
  • Mooresville: 128 Argus Ln; 704-662-8851 

Shoney’s
8531 N Tryon St.
Charlotte
(704) 549-4397
Kids age 4 and under eat free Monday through Friday all day, 1 kid per adult entrée.

Jersey Mike’s Subs
Matthews: 2332A Matthews Township Pkwy; 704-847-0410 and Stonecrest: 7828 Rea Rd Suite A, Charlotte; 704-540-1140: Kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesdays after 4 pm, includes drink. One kid per purchase of adult sub.

Harrisburg: 7234 Caldwell Rd, Suite C3; 704-454-3040: Kids 12 and under eat free all day on Sundays. One kid per adult meal.

Firehouse Subs

  • Kannapolis-2251 Spider Drive NE; 704-721-1100 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos free; after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Huntersville-9826 Gilead Rd.; 704-992-2282 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for 99 cents; after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Indian Trail-14039 Hwy 74 E.; 704-893-2888 Buy one medium or large combo and get up to 2 kids combos for free, all day Wednesday and Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Mallard Creek-2700 W. Mallard Creek Church Rd. Charlotte; 704-503-1111 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for 99 cents; after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • North Lake Mall-9335 Center Lake Dr. Charlotte; 704-494-3330 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for 99 cents; after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Pineville-9101 Pineville-Matthews Rd.; 704-341-6116 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for free after 4 p.m Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Steele Creek-12806 S. Tryon St. Charlotte; 704-588-9988 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for 99 cents; after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Whitehall-8516 South Tryon St. Charlotte; 704-583-0444 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for 99 cents; after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Matthews-1808 Windsor Square Dr.; 704-708-5555 Buy one medium combo and get up to 2 kids combos for free, all day Wednesday and Sunday, 12 and under only.
  • Gastonia-2290 East Franklin Blvd.(Gaston Mall); 980-888-0927 Kids eat free all day Sundays and after 4 on Wednesdays, up to two kids combos with the purchase of one adult combo.
  • Speedway Blvd.-7712 Sossamon Lane Concord; 704-979-3737 Buy one adult combo, get up to 2 kids combos for 99 cents each, after 4 pm Wednesday and all day Sunday.

Golden Corral Monroe
Kids eat free ages 3 and under, ages 4-8 years eat for $4.99, ages 9-12 eat for $5.99.
2507 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe; (704) 226-9718.

The Randazzos’ Grid Iron
Children 10 and under eat free including desert at dinner time, per paying adult entree, all day, every day,
13105 South Tryon, Charlotte 28278; (704) 588-1130

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
Kids free all day, includes drink, Monday- Thursday, one per adult entrée purchase
911 E Morehead St., Charlotte; 704-377-3808.
http://www.dilworthgrille.com/

IHOP Rock Hill
Kids ages 12 and under eat free Mon.-Thurs after 3 pm. Adult must buy an entree, drink not included.
2797 Cherry Road, Rock Hill; 803-325-1705.

Salsarita’s
One free Kids Meal (chicken, ground beef or cheese) per adult entrée. Kids must be 12 and under. Tuesday 4 -8 p.m, and all day Sunday, Dine-in only. Valid at the following locations:

  • Cotswold location: 304 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 704-442-0655
  • Huntersville location: 14230 Reese Blvd. West 704-875-7272
  • River Gate location: 12807 S. Tryon St. 704-587-7093
  • Indian Land location: 8374 Charlotte Hwy 803-560-0067
  • Salisbury location: 120 Summit Park Dr. 704-870-3037
  • Mooresville location: 688 Bluefield Rd. 704-799-7403, Tuesday only, after 5 p.m

Denny’s
Several area locations.
Tuesdays and Saturdays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kids 12 and under eat free from designated items on kids’ menu, two kids per adult entrée purchase

  • Sunset Road: 4541 Sunset Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216; 704-597-9224
  • Concord: 8031 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC 28027; 704-979-7474
Dec. 20, 2019

Your Home Ownership Journey

Allen Tate President/CEO Pat Riley shares milestones to plan for.

There’s an old saying that there are three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location. But while location is certainly important, homeownership is really more of a journey, not a fixed destination.

“When you take ownership of your home, it’s called a closing. But this is really when the homeownership journey begins, not ends,” said Allen Tate Companies President and CEO Pat Riley.

  • Market Update. Riley recommends a quarterly update to keep up with recent sales and current trends in your neighborhood.
  • Insurance Physical. Once a year, homeowners should “shop” their insurance coverage to make sure they are getting the best rate and coverage/
  • Mortgage Refinance. This decision must be made strategically, said Riley, based on what type of loan you have, interest rate, closing terms and how long you plan to stay in your home.
  • Maintenance and Repairs. Regular home maintenance and repairs need to be part of your budget. A home warranty can help with unplanned system and appliance failures.
  • Cosmetic Updates. Today’s buyers don’t want homes that are dated. Riley recommends a home physical every 3-4 years to review your home’s features and colors.