Lynne Comer

Allen Tate Companies® is a locally owned, independent real estate and homeownership Family of Companies established in 1957. Its flagship, Allen Tate Realtors®, is ranked number one in the Carolinas and in the top 20 nationwide. We pride ourselves on offering exceptional service for clients throughout the buying and selling process — and beyond.



When H. Allen Tate Jr. was growing up in South Carolina, he received career advice from his father, a grocer. His father suggested he go to Charlotte and enter the real estate business. His father instilled in Tate a passion for sales and customer service from a young age. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Tate took his father’s advice. In 1957, Allen Tate Co., Inc. opened its doors at 112 S. Tryon Street in Charlotte, selling real estate and insurance. It was a one-man operation at the time with one simple goal — to provide exceptional customer service and a “one-stop shopping” experience for buyers and sellers.

Tate eventually became a strategic advisor for the company. He had complete confidence in President Pat Riley and the Allen Tate Companies leadership team, entrusting them to carry out his vision and lead the company far into the future.


From its humble beginning in Charlotte, Allen Tate Companies steadily grew into a regional real estate giant, and now serves the Carolinas with offices from the Upstate of South Carolina to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Allen Tate employs more than 1,600 real estate professionals and is consistently ranked as the number one agency in the Carolinas.


Today, we remember the life of this wonderful man and the legacy he left behind. H. Allen Tate Jr. mentored and inspired many people in his lifetime, and paved the way for the ideals and values the company still holds to this day. In Tate’s own words, “The journey will never end.”



A Family of Companies

Allen Tate’s original philosophy of “one-stop shopping” still continues today. Our comprehensive Family of Companies is designed to assist customers with every facet of homeownership — including mortgage, insurance, relocation, builder services and title. And of course, we promise to provide our renowned excellent customer service every step of the way. From listing your home for sale to exchanging the keys at closing, we make it easy.



Independent Real Estate Company

Although the company has steadily grown into a major brokerage in the region, Allen Tate stays true to its local roots. We are a proud founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, an international network comprised of the world’s market-leading independent real estate companies. While our reach is worldwide, Allen Tate remains independent. We are adamant about staying locally owned and locally run, because we live and work here, too. We understand the intricacies of the communities we serve, including the real estate market, schools, parks, restaurants, shops, and other features and attractions.


Plus, our wide reach throughout the Carolinas makes us accessible from the Upstate region of South Carolina to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Our local focus in a wide range of communities throughout the region gives us an unbeatable advantage.



Red Penguin Service

Allen Tate has an exceptional reputation of providing top-notch customer service and working hard to improve the community. Our goal is to make a difference in people’s lives, whether or not they are our clients. We achieve this by remaining trustworthy, relevant and passionate advisors in the real estate space, and by building valued relationships with those we come in contact with. We call our high level of customer service “Red Penguin Service” — a service level that stands out in a sea of sameness. Since 1957, this service level makes our clients smile, improves our communities, and remains unrivaled in the real estate industry.



Our Partnership With the Carolina Panthers

We really are your neighbors — on the sidewalk and at the stadium. Since 2007, Allen Tate Realtors® has been an Official Partner of the NFL Carolina Panthers. We are two “home” teams working together to deliver the best experience for clients and fans.