Open Letter to Potential Carolina Panther Bandwagon Fans

Dear Potential Panther Bandwagon Fan,

WELCOME!  We are so glad that you have decided to join with us in cheering on our Carolina Panthers.  There are some things that you will need to know about our team and our fan base before you decide to join us.

Something you probably noticed right off  is our Southern Hospitality.  If you have experienced a rude fan of ours here and there, bless their hearts, they are from the North.  We love them anyway.  However, we have been known to give you a squeeze while walking down the street after your team’s loss.  We do care about your feelings because we have been there many times before ourselves.

We are super excited that we are going to Super Bowl 50.  It’s been a long, long road for our fairly new  team (we’re 20 years old BTW), but our players have earned this and we are dancing in the streets.  Speaking of dancing, you may have noticed the celebrations that happen in the end zone.  That is due to a little man by the name of Braylon Beam.  He’s a pretty neat kid who happens to be battling CANCER.  He was made an honorary coach during the pre-season and has seemed to rally our guys so much they consider him to be a good luck charm.  Well the dancing came from him.  He’s been dancing his way through chemo and has encouraged others to dance along with him including our players.  So to make fun of a player dancing in the end zone is the same to making fun of a kid with CANCER.

We love it in the end zone!  Did you know that when we get a touchdown, our QB  Cam Newton gives a kid in the stands the ball?  Almost every kid in Charlotte has a game ball.   OK, not really, but isn’t that awesome?

That brings me back to Cam Newton.  He’s great and I couldn’t think of a better role model for kids today.  Aside from a dumb thing in college (and who didn’t do dumb stuff in college), Cam is very entrenched in our community here in Charlotte.  Actually all of them pretty much are.  Cam has a foundation, Thomas Davis has a foundation; I think most of them have a foundation.  They all give BACK to the community in some way! One Friday night this past September, Cam Newton was invited by another little boy with cancer to come trick or treating early because the doctors didn’t think he would make it to his favorite holiday, Halloween.  Cam not only showed up but he brought with him an ice cream truck and went trick or treating.  Sadly, this fellow Panther fan did pass away not too long after.

You may have heard recently that all full-time employees (including interns) of the Carolina Panthers are going to Super Bowl 50 on the owner of our team, Jerry Richardson.   But did you know that Mr. Richardson wanted our team and our stadium to reflect both Carolinas so he shipped in dirt from all the counties in NC and SC to the construction sight of what is now Bank of America Stadium so that our pride could extend from the mountains to the coast.   That Carolina pride is also found in our team logo.  The shape of both NC and SC make up the head and body of the Panther.

Mr. Richardson’s commitment to the Carolinas is so strong that in the wake of the Charleston Church shootings, he did not want the families of the victims to have to worry about funeral expenses in the wake of that horrific tragedy.

There are so many other great things I can tell you about our team but let me lastly explain our team cheer #KEEPPOUNDING.  Keep Pounding has become a team mantra in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coach, Sam Mills. Mills first used the phrase “Keep Pounding” as a coach in an emotional speech to the team prior to the Panthers’ playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 2, 2004. He spoke about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Mills asked the players to “Keep Pounding.”  Sadly Sam Mills passed away after a brave battle with cancer.   His spirit and the spirit of Keep Pounding continues on not only on game day but it also encourages cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones to always “Keep Pounding” to overcome obstacles in their lives.  So again, to make fun of our cheer is the same thing as making fun of people with CANCER.

Again, we are excited you have chosen to join our bandwagon.  We hope to make you a fan for life!  Be respectful, be nice, roast the other team a little but in the end just KEEP POUNDING!

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Go At Throttle Up

30 years ago today, hundreds of thousands of students, office workers, travelers and fellow astronauts listened intently to the countdown for the liftoff of mission STS-51-L.    73 seconds later, NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challengerbroke apart and the lives of seven brave crew members were lost.

“The future doesn’t belong to the faint-hearted, it belongs to the brave,” President Reagan said that evening. “The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.”

We remember Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist today.

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How to Identify a Quality Property Management Company

When it comes to property management in Charlotte, you don’t want to go with a second-rate company. Your properties are your livelihood and your investment for the future, and the way that a property manager handles those homes directly affects your current income and your potential for income in the future.

Here are three ways that you can tell a quality property management company from one that you might regret using.

Employee to Rental Ratio

The more properties that a management company can take on, the more money they make. You want to make sure that they have the manpower to handle the properties that they have, as well as the properties that you are planning to give to them.

Hands-on Approach

You need to ask how often the property manger is planning to do a formal inspection of your properties. A quality property management company will do regular inspections to ensure that there is no damage or other issues, while other property mangersmay only collect rent and allow everything else to be automated.

Listening Skills

Do a person-to-person interview with the property manager that you are considering. A quality property management company will listen to you and make sure that they understand what you expect completely. If you interview a property manager that interrupts or cuts you off it probably means that they will care little for what you require from them.

There’s A Chill In the Air…FINALLY!

Our weather is (finally) changing and low temperatures are forecast to be below freezing both this week and next.

Low Temperatures = Frozen Pipes!

A few minutes spent winterizing your home can prevent soggy carpets, sagging ceilings, wet clothes, ruined furniture and the inability to take a hot shower.

Here are some tips:

  • Where is your water cut-off valve?
    • Do you know where & how to quickly turn off the water to your unit if a pipe bursts?
      • The cut-off valve is probably in a closet or garage.
      • Check out our DIY video at www.trlawing.com/videosfor easy instructions
  • How about any outside faucets?
    • Disconnect & drain all garden hoses
    • Shut off the pipes to outside faucets, if possible.
    • Wrap or install covers over all outside faucets
  • How about your foundation vents?
    • Close all foundation vents.
    • It saves money on your heating bill too.
  • How about your irrigation system?
    • Drain your irrigation system
    • Turn ‘off’ the irrigation system controller
  • Look Up
    • Are there dead limbs overhanging your car, porch or roof?
    • Move your car?
  • Keep kitchen & bath pipes warm
    • Open the cabinet doors under kitchen and bath sinks to prevent freezing.
    • If shower pipes are on outside walls, leave the shower head dripping on sub-freezing nights.
  • Check all windows
    • Are they closed?     Locked?
  • Check all exterior doors
    • If you can see daylight under a door, place a rolled towel in front of it.
  • Pets
    • Does your pet have adequate shelter, dry bedding, food & water?
  • How about your furnace filter?
    • If you change furnace filters every 90 days, your furnace will run lessand your interior air will be cleaner.
    • Check out our DIY video at www.trlawing/videos for easy instructions.
  • How about your fireplace?
    • If you use your fireplace in the winter, close the doors.
    • If the firebox is cold, close the chimney flue to save heat.
    • Have you changed the batteries in your CO/Smoke Detector lately?
  • Is your car prepared?
    • Do you have a scraper, blanket, flashlight & snack food in your car?
    • Is your gas tank at least ½ full?   It adds weight and prevents condensation.
  • Will you be out of town?
    • Have someone check your home regularly.

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Your Residential Rental Specialists

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How To Rent Your Home

There are several reasons you might be interested in learning how to rent your home. Perhaps you’ve taken a job in another state, or maybe you’re ready to up-size your home to accommodate your growing family, but you’re not ready to let that perfect little cottage that became your first home go. The list of possible reasons you want to learn how to rent your home is almost as long as the list of things you should consider before you become a landlord.

Consider Hiring a Professional Property Manager

Renting a home often requires substantially more knowledge and effort than most amateur landlords realize at first. Once you’ve gotten a few years or homes under your belt, a lot of the details may become second nature, but if you’re just getting started, it’s wise to at least consider employing a professional property manager whose sole job is making sure things go off without a hitch (and stay that way.) Experienced property managers will help you price your rent to cover your mortgage and their fees, advertise it when it’s vacant, help you navigate taxesand legal issues, and handle those undesirable emergency phone calls, just to name a few.

Purchase Insurance

Having homeowners’s insurance is essential when you’re the primary occupant of the home, but it does not include additional coverage you’ll need when you have a renter. Landlord insurance (or rental property insurance) helps to protect you against unforeseen damage your tenant my impose on your property and legal action they may take upon you. Keep in mind that your renter will still need to obtain separate renter’s insurance.

Hire Professionals

Even if you choose to proceed without the assistance of a professional property manager, a lawyer and an accountant are almost certainly necessary for the success of your rental endeavor. Your accountant can help you ensure that you’ve fulfilled your tax duties in terms of reporting when April comes around. An attorney should review your lease agreement and help you establish criteria for your prospective tenants that fall within the Fair Housing Act guidelines.

Get an Inspection

Head off potential problems with a professional inspection before your lease agreement is signed. This could help protect you from possible legal issues if you have underlying hazards with plumbing or electrical. Plus, it’s always nice to have an up-to-date value when it comes to your house.