We are pleased to share the following announcement on behalf of Howard Hanna’s subsidiary in the Carolinas, Allen Tate Realtors®.
Real estate leader expands coverage to North Carolina’s Highlands/Cashiers region
Allen Tate Realtors® announced today that it has joined forces with Pat Allen Realty Group in Highlands, N.C., an independent residential brokerage firm serving Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire, and surrounding areas.
This announcement marks Allen Tate’s entry into the North Carolina Highlands/Cashiers region and adds two new offices: Allen Tate Realtors Highlands-Downtown at 295 Dillard Road and Allen Tate Realtors Wildcat Cliffs/Cashiers Road at 5121 Cashiers Road.
The 64-year-old company operates a total of 48 local offices spanning the Charlotte, Triad, Research Triangle, High Country and Highlands/Cashiers regions of North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina. Allen Tate is the Carolinas’ leading real estate company, with 19,949 closed transactions and $6.15 billion in closed sales volume in 2020.
Established in 2010, Pat Allen Realty Group is a market leader for secondary and vacation homes, as well as primary residences. The firm has 16 experienced Realtors serving clients in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire, Scaly Mountain, Cullowhee, Glenville, Lake Toxaway. and Sky Valley (GA). In 2020, Pat Allen Realty Group closed 131 transactions totaling more than $101 million in closed sales volume.
Pat Allen and daughter Julie Osborn will join the Allen Tate leadership team as branch leaders and brokers in charge. Allen has worked as a Realtor for 17 years and oversees the Highlands-Downtown office. A native of Georgia, Allen moved to Highlands in 1994, where she owned the Morning Star Inn and led the Harry Norman Realtors office.
Osborn, a former occupational therapist for the Mayo Clinic, began her real estate career in 2007 with Harry Norman Realtors in Atlanta. She joined her mother at Pat Allen Realty Group in 2014 and oversees the Wildcat Cliffs/Cashiers Road office.
“Allen Tate Companies and Pat Allen Realty Group have had a mutual respect and admiration for each other since Pat Allen’s days with Harry Norman Realtors. We’re both family-owned, independent, community-based professional companies. We have grown together, and together, we will bring added exposure and unparalleled personal service to this special market. We will provide the tools necessary to maximize exposure to buyers throughout the Carolinas, to the Howard Hanna feeder markets in New York, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and throughout the world,” said Pat Riley, president and CEO of the Allen Tate Companies.
“We love the people and the culture at Allen Tate. We’ve had a great relationship with Pat Riley through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. As we’ve seen other small firms join franchise companies, it was important to us to remain independent,” said Allen.
“In the past 2-3 years, the second homes market has grown exponentially. Our team has grown, and we want to continue to grow with quality agents. Joining forces with Allen Tate will give us exceptional resources that will allow us to effectively compete,” said Osborn.
“We welcome Pat and Julie to the Allen Tate leadership team. This team has excelled in the second homes marketplace and will be wonderful partners to learn from and grow with moving forward,” said Phyllis Brookshire, president, Allen Tate Realtors.
Allen and Osborn are both active in the local community. Pat Allen Realty Group has been a long-time sponsor of the Highlands Food and Wine Festival and Allen Tate will sponsor the Grand Tasting and Sunday Shindig festival events in November. The firm is a large supporter of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society and also supports the International Friendship Center, Highlands Literacy & Learning Center, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Highlands Playhouse and Highlands Performing Arts. They believe that giving back to the community makes their success possible.
Allen is a member of the Rotary Club of Highlands and is a candidate for the Town of Highlands board of commissioners. Osborn serves on the board of directors for the Cashiers- Highlands Humane Society, served as the president of the Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors in 2020 and is a supporter and sponsor of Extra Special People, Inc., a Georgia-based recreational program for persons with disabilities.
In 2019, Allen Tate Realtors opened its first offices in Western North Carolina, joining forces with Blowing Rock Investment Properties. Allen Tate now operates full-service real estate offices in Blowing Rock and Boone, serving the northeastern part of Western North Carolina known as the High Country. The Highlands/Cashiers offices are located in the southwestern part of Western North Carolina, serving Allen Tate customers looking to purchase a primary residence or second or vacation home in the southern Appalachian Mountains and Nantahala National Forest regions.
In 2018, Allen Tate Realtors entered into a partnership with Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Howard Hanna Real Estate, creating the No. 1 privately owned real estate firm in the nation, with more than 13,000 agents and employees in more than 400 offices across 11 states.