Don Patton's Blog Posts

Moving into a New Home

Now that you have secured your new home you have to move in. With so many things to do to get your home ready, you have a lot of work ahead of you. A lot of that is for the future though. To survive

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What do you need to know about closing costs?

There are a lot of different phases of the home buying process. The part that most people imagine and hope for someday is the day you get the key and can finally move into the house. Usually the

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Moving into a New Home

Now that you have secured your new home you have to move in. With so many things to do to get your home ready, you have a lot of work ahead of you. A lot of that is for the future though. To survive

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How Schools Can Affect Your Home Value

When it comes to buying a house, there are many factors for a potential buyer to consider. Everything from a home’s layout to kitchen to the yard. In the end, though, the most important factor

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6 Ways to Show More Gratitude Every Day

Gratitude has been shown to create a positive attitude which leads to better overall health. It can help fight stress and even boost the immune system. Showing gratitude helps you and everyone

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Being a Good Houseguest

There is usually a time of the year that you want to get away from work and school and other responsibilities and go on a vacation. You might not always get to go to a fancy resort or go camping.

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What you need to know about mortgage insurance

Homeowners insurance and title insurance may not be the only kinds of insurance you need when you buy a home. Many buyers also have to purchase mortgage insurance, which lenders require for

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Focal Points in the Home

As a good photographer knows, you should always choose a subject for the photo. Whether it be a person, a faraway mountain peak, or the faint glow of a sunset, there should still be a focal point of

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Finding the Best Realtor

Whether you are deciding to move so you can get into a larger space, for a job relocation, or just wanted to a new location, there are all kinds of things that you will need to think about to make a

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How colors can help sell a home

There are a lot of things that can make or break the sale of a home. The most obvious things that can break a deal would be a home with lots of repairs or fixes needed. Another would be a showing

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What is an escalation clause?

The real estate market can be similar to the stock market. Just like the stock market, it is cyclical. During the spring and fall, the market heats up; then in summer and winter, it slows down. Just

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Converting Closets to Office Space

For many, the dream is to have a significant home with lots of living space. Unfortunately, having lots of space is often too expensive or not possible in the area where you live. When someone works

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Upgrading your Home’s Exterior

There are a lot of things you can do to add value to a home. You can upgrade a kitchen, add another bedroom or do your best to stage the house. When most people look at home, the first impression

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The Advantage of Buying over Renting

Even back to the early beginnings of America, it has always been the dream of the citizens to own a piece of their property and to be able to own their own home. Though it is a pretty significant

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What you need to know about HOA fees

If you are thinking of buying a condominium or a home that is part of a planned community, you have likely come across the term “homeowners’ association” or HOA. In short, the HOA

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When Is the Right time to buy your first home?

Are you growing tired of renting? Or perhaps you’ve recently graduated from college and are looking to set down some roots? Whatever the case, buying your first home is an exciting prospect.

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Some Ways to Create a Walk-In Closet

Not every home you come across will come complete with a walk-in closet of your dreams. That doesn’t have to be a deal breaker though. It also doesn’t mean you have to accept that you&

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Things you should know before you buy your First Home

With all the different options out there for a first- time home buyer, it can be overwhelming. There are different types of loans, hundreds of different homes in an area in your price range, and

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6 Ways to Show More Gratitude Every Day

Gratitude has been shown to create a positive attitude which leads to better overall health. It can help fight stress and even boost the immune system. Showing gratitude helps you and everyone

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Tips For Buying A Home In Spring

Spring is coming and that means a lot of things. We are going to start seeing more light in the morning and evenings, the flowers are going to start blooming, and of course, the real estate market

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Save Money At The Grocery Store

Saving money at the grocery store is simply being a smart consumer, but cutting coupons isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re one of those people that forgets to use their coupons until they’ve

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Why A Kitchen Is So Important In Selling A Home

When selling a home, it is always important that your house looks appealing to prospective home buyers. When someone looks at your house for the first time, they usually see the kitchen. For most

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Things You Forget To Clean

Keeping a home clean and clutter free is essential not only for a better state of mind for your family but also a better way to keep everyone healthy. That requires a lot of work. There are a lot of

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Saving Money For A House

It is a competition. Everyone is in on it. Your hard-earned money is the prize and everyone wants a little piece of it. There is fine dining, jewelry, cars, vacations, clothes, sports equipment and

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