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14 March
2017

Top 10 Rules for Staging Homes

Spring is a popular time for considering a move and selling your current home.  Matthew Finlason of HGTV gives his home staging tips to help you get ready for a home sale.

1. Grab them from the curb.

You've seen them. Buyers hunkered low in their cars in front of your house, doing drive-bys before deciding whether to request a showing or attend an open house. Make these potential buyers fall in love with your home from the street by adding potted plants and flowers, power-washing patios and walkways, weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. It's your first chance to make a good impression, so you've got to make it count.

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09 February
2017

10 Great Southern Love Stories

By Caroline Rogers for Southern Living

Romance is sweeter in the South.

Our Southern love stories are the stuff that fairy tales are made of. From country music stars to star-crossed lovers from our favorite books, there’s nothing quite like a Southern love story. We love to look back on Southern love stories because they teach us about the power of persistence, commitment, and kindness. They are stories we’ll never forget. They are relationships that make us simply starry-eyed with nostalgia. Let’s revisit the dreamy love stories of Elvis and Priscilla, Johnny and June, and Allie and Noah. These are the stories that make our hearts flutter, and for good reason. A romance played out on a Southern stage, walking underneath the mossy oaks, talking on the front porch, sharing a glass of sweet tea in the parlor…we just can’t think of anything to top that. Enjoy these Southern love stories and don’t forget to tell your Valentine just how much you love them.

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13 January
2017

Seven Steps to Becoming A Champion

Adapted from realestatechampions.com

What is a Champion? What does it take for someone to become a Champion? What makes some people Champions and other people not?  Here are seven attributes:

1. A Champion realizes there is a price to pay. To be a Champion in any area of your life there is a price to pay. The price is either in time or resources. You have to be willing to invest your time and resources, or both.

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14 December
2016

Words To Live By in 2017

The following is "An Open Letter To My Students" written by Alastair Knowles, professional business coach and Clemson alumnus.

Dear Students,

I want you to know that what I have the opportunity to do daily, is one of the most rewarding opportunities one could hope for - getting to help you better understand the world you interact with, yourselves, your goals, and how you can better position yourselves to accomplish them...what could be a better job? It also affords me the opportunity to learn from and be shaped by you - which continues to make me a better person and professor. Thank you for allowing me to exercise this opportunity, and know that I do my very best everyday to make some kind of positive impact on your lives.

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29 November
2016

Making Your Holidays Happy

5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

Many people look forward to the holiday season and the start of a new year. It often provides an opportunity to spend quality time with family, take a few days off from work, or go on a winter getaway.

While the holiday season can be a fun and joyous time, it can also be very stressful. The combined effort of shopping, attending social events, and entertaining guests can quickly become too much to handle. A poll by the American Psychological Association shows that 8 out of 10 people anticipate increased stress over the holidays. In some cases, the increase in stress and anxiety may even lead to depression. The Mayo Clinic reports that depression is often an unwelcome guest during the holidays.

Though the holiday season can be a difficult and stressful time, there are several ways to minimize stress and anxiety so you can thoroughly enjoy this festive time of year.

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21 October
2016

13 Destinations to See Fall Leaves in the South

By - published September 2015 in Southern Living

Fall is so close, the weather is teasing those in the Southeast with mild temperatures and low humidity. Now if only the leaves would follow suite and change colors. In the Southeast, we only have a few more weeks of anticipation, as leaves begin to dawn bright bursts of orange, yellow and red starting as early as mid-September and peaking through mid-November. Plan a trip to one of these 13 destinations to see fall leaves.


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27 September
2016

Your Home's Fall Checklist

(From Better Homes & Gardens' web site, bhg.com)

Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with-in the average person's ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it's worth the expense. You'll save money -- and maybe even your life.

Here's the checklist at a glance. Click Read More for more detailed guidance.

  • Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
  • Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
  • Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
  • Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
  • Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
  • Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
  • Head-off gas problems. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
  • Keep the wood fires burning brightly. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
  • Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.


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07 September
2016

College Football Roundtable: Best Pregame Traditions

College Football season is back!  Here are just some of the traditions we look forward to at this time of year.  From ESPN.com's post by Brandon Chatmon on June 10, 2016

We continue our national roundtable series with a fun look at which school has the best pregame tradition in each Power 5 conference. This topic is sure to inspire debate among fan bases across the country. Here's how our panel voted:

ACC: Clemson’s Howard’s Rock

They call it the most exciting 25 seconds in college football for a reason -- it’s that cool. Clemson players and coaches touch Howard’s Rock before every game and run down the hill into Memorial Stadium, with balloons being released into the sky as the school’s fight song plays. Night games in Death Valley make the tradition all the more entertaining. We’d be remiss, though, to not also give a mention to Virginia Tech, as the Hokies’ “Enter Sandman” entrance is pretty special too. -- Matt Fortuna

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23 August
2016

7 Tips to Survive the End-of-Summer Blues

Written by Samantha Boardman, MD for Huffington Post - Psychiatrist, Writer and Blogger www.PositivePrescription.com

End of summer blues is a common affliction. I see it in my office, I hear about it from friends and in the spirit of transparency, Labor Day is more bitter than sweet for me. Transitions are hard and the end of summer can be particularly difficult for a number of reasons.

On a symbolic level, the end of summer signifies the end of fun for many people. No more carefree summer days, no more leaving work early on Fridays, and no bonfires or barbecues to look forward to. Even for people who don’t have kids, the “back to school” mindset can awaken anxieties of long ago about returning to school. The change in temperature and light also play a role. Days are undeniably getting cooler and shorter and for those sensitive to light, this can contribute to the end of summer blues.

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28 July
2016

Moving This Summer?

Many people move or obtain second homes during the summer.  Here are some helpful tips from HGTV to help make it go a little more smoothly...

Clear things out. If you haven't used it, get rid of it by creating a "charity" and a "recycle" box to help in sorting.

Always prepare a "load-last" carton that contains items you want access to right away, like a coffeepot, filter and coffee grounds; paper plates, cups, and napkins; paper towels, telephone, flashlight, basic tools and anything else you may not want to hunt for on moving day. Place difficult-to-locate items such as hardware and the remote control in a plastic sandwich bag. Add a label and put it in your "load-last" carton.

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27 June
2016

4 Patriotic Recipes for 4th of July

From the International Business Times, July 27, 2016

What better way to celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday than serving four well-known patriotic dishes this Fourth of July? Direct from government sites and historic documents, this roundup of authentic dishes, including Senate Bean Soup, Senator’s Favorite Crab Cakes, Presidential Mac & Cheese and White House Cookies, is sure to be a hit at any Independence Day celebration. 

Here are the recipes for four easy-to-make, patriotic menu ideas for this July Fourth:

SENATE BEAN SOUP

It might be July, but if you want your Fourth of July celebration menu to follow tradition, you might want to consider cooking up some Senate Bean Soup. According to the United States Senate, this hearty concoction, which includes beans, ham (and sometimes even mashed potatoes!) has been a specialty in the Senate’s restaurant since the early 20th century after first being requested by Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho.

To make Senate Bean Soup, you will need: 2 pounds of dried navy beans, four quarts of hot water, 1 ½ pounds of smoked ham hocks, 1 onion, 2 tablespoons of butter and, if desired, salt and pepper. (Recipe serves 8.)

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02 June
2016

6 Fun Things To Do in Clemson This Summer

Whether you are an outdoor lover, art aficionado, history buff, golfer or just looking for interesting things to fill the lazy days of summer, Clemson has plenty to offer.  We've compiled a list of just six of the many ways to enjoy life in the Upstate.

1)  FORT HILL PLANTATION - Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive

Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun, South Carolina’s pre-eminent 19th century statesman, from 1825 until his death in 1850. The antebellum plantation home, office and kitchen are furnished mostly with family artifacts.

It was through a succession of Calhoun-Clemson women that Fort Hill came into Thomas Green Clemson’s possession. In 1888, Clemson bequeathed the Fort Hill plantation and cash to the state of South Carolina for the establishment of a scientific and agricultural college. He willed that Fort Hill “shall always be open for the inspection of visitors.”

Today, Fort Hill is just as Thomas and Anna Maria Calhoun Clemson envisioned — preserved, restored and open to the public for tours.  Located on the campus of Clemson University.

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11 May
2016

Selling a Home This Spring?

Spring is typically the busiest time for buying and selling homes, and many people are also looking to downsize.

According to US News and World Report Real Estate, here are 10 things you can do to prepare your home for the spring selling season:

1) Fix all the small stuff. 

You may or may not want to have your home inspected before you list it, but know that the buyer will have an inspection before the sale is finalized. If they find small problems, they will worry that there are larger maintenance issues that they can’t yet detect. “They don’t expect to find problems, and when they do they really start to become wary,” Hildebrand says. “That can kill a deal.”

2) Get rid of oversized and excess furniture. 

The less furniture you have in your house, the larger it will appear when buyers are touring it. Sell or donate pieces you don’t plan to move to your new home, and store large or ugly pieces. You can rent storage pods, fill them yourself and have them delivered to your new home.

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21 April
2016

The Legend of Issaqueena

A few miles from Patrick Square, the Oconee District of Sumter National Forest is home to some of the most beautiful natural attractions Upstate South Carolina has to offer.

Just past the popular Stumphouse Tunnel, a short 100-yard walk down a gently sloping path gives visitors a spectacular view to one of the area’s prized gems: Issaqueena Falls.

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15 March
2016

5 Reasons to Buy New vs. Resale

In your search for a new home, many questions will run through your mind. What neighborhood should I live in? What are my must-have features? What is my price point? There's also a question of whether to purchase new construction or a resale property.

Some homebuyers go into the process knowing they're going to buy a resale. A traditional or older home can have character or a distinct charm they prefer, and in some real estate markets, resale properties cost less than new construction, allowing buyers to get more space for the same price of a new home.

In the end, the decision to purchase a resale or new construction depends on what you can afford and what you're looking for in a new property. But if you have the option of going either way, there are benefits to choosing a newly built home.

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09 February
2016

Relocating to the Southeast? Here's What To Expect...

Originally posted by Marian Schaffer, Southeast Discovery on December 24, 2015

If you have lived in the northern states most of your life, here are a few things you can expect if relocating to the Southeastern region for your retirement or a second home.  Perhaps you’ve lived ‘north’ most of your life because a) you grew up there and never left, b) it’s where you built your life or c) it’s where employment always kept you.

Whether you’ve considered Tennessee, North and South Carolina or Georgia – here are some attributes we think you’ll discover if you choose to live in the Southeast region…

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13 January
2016

Dabo's Safe Seat

From Jon Gordon's newsletter dated January 11, 2016

I wrote this newsletter before heading to Phoenix for the College Football national championship. I have worked with Clemson the last four years and it's special to see a team you have watched compete, struggle, learn, and grow, have the opportunity to play for a championship. But to me, sports is about more than wins and losses. It's about relationships and impact. Regardless of what team you root for, as you read this I hope you will think of ways to build your own connected team.

There are a lot of reasons why the Clemson University football team is playing in the national championship game Monday night.

Whether it’s Dabo’s supersized belief in his team, his courage to call a fake punt pass (that led to a first down) to a 300lb defensive lineman creating a huge momentum shift in the college playoff, great coaching by the offensive and defensive coordinators, a special and gifted QB, timely defensive stops and fortuitous plays in key games during the season, or a group of players with the rare combination of size, speed and talent, Clemson has been a force of belief, will and skill.

But for all the talk about Dabo's fun personality and down to earth coaching style, Deshaun Watson’s duel threat ability, Wayne "Train" Gallman’s running and Shaq Lawson’s habit of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, there’s one big reason for Clemson football’s success that hasn’t been mentioned and I believe it could be one of the biggest of them all: Dabo’s Safe Seat.

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04 January
2016

New Year...New Home?

The following is an excerpt from an Economic Letter by UCLA Anderson Forecast Senior Economist David Shulman. The UCLA Economic Letter is published by the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and offers compelling observations related to the nationwide housing rebound.

After a long, hard slog, housing starts (both single- and multifamily) are poised to approach the long-term average (1959–2014) of just under 1.5 million units in 2016. We forecast housing starts of 1.14 million units for 2015 and 1.42 million units and 1.44 million units in 2016 and 2017, respectively. This level of activity is well above 1 million units recorded in 2014 and the 2009 low of 550,000 units.

This activity is far from the mid-2000s’ boom level of above 2 million units a year, but it will yield some compelling new trends in the coming year.

1. Higher mortgage rates are coming, but they will not meaningfully cut into housing activity until 2017.

Low mortgage rates have been with us for years, credit standards have eased with respect to FICO scores, and downpayment requirements have been reduced. To be sure, we are not going back to the “wild west” lending standards of 2005, but compared with 2010 and, yes, early 2014, mortgage credit conditions have decidedly eased. Thus, we do not believe that higher mortgage rates will slow housing activity until 2017, because a rise in rates will initially hasten buyers into the market out of fear that rates will go much higher. Time will tell whether or not this assumption is too heroic.


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15 December
2015

The Legacy of Santa Claus

From biography.com.

Synopsis

Born in Patara, a land that is part of present-day Turkey, circa 280, St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who helped the needy. After his death, the legend of his gift-giving grew. St. Nicholas transformed into the legendary character called Santa Claus, who brings Christmas presents to children around the world.

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17 November
2015

The Sound and Story of Frank Howard's Field

From 100 Things Clemson Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Lou Sahadi

Clemson’s Memorial Stadium is aptly known as “Death Valley.” With a seating capacity of better than 85,000, the stadium is one of the largest on-campus venues in the country and by far one of the noisiest. Opposing coaches hate to bring their teams into Death Valley and understandably so.The Tigers are practically unbeatable there. After the 2013 season, Clemson’s home record had a 72% winning rate.

It was because of the thunder of the crowd in a sea of orange that the NCAA rules committee passed a new amendment in 1982 to its 1978 rule governing crowd noise. Instead of two warnings per snap, the rule was changed to two warnings per game with a violation resulting in a penalty on the home team. In the ACC, the rule is referred to as the “Clemson Rule.”

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26 October
2015

Can Living at Patrick Square Make You Healthier?

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Elizabeth Shreeve for Urban Land Magazine in January 2014 entitled "Open Spaces and Active Transportation."

Active open spaces, including pedestrian and bike routes that link to jobs, homes, and community destinations, play a key role in the creation of sustainable, healthy places. By integrating aesthetics, recreation, and green infrastructure, these multi­­functional landscapes produce economic efficiencies and boost consumer appeal, especially for the rising demographic of empty nesters, generation Y, and people who value physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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15 September
2015

The Perks of Retiring in a College Town

Retirees find college towns support an active, interesting and enriching lifestyle.

(from Point of View, Raymond James, September 1, 2015)


There's a new trend in retirement housing: dorms. Well, not quite. But 60-plus renowned universities have built or are planning to build continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) near their college campuses, according to The New York Times. Names include Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State, among others. Countless more are designing courses aimed at this senior class. Why? Because today's retirees are looking for the unique mix of lifelong learning, transportation, healthcare and activities that a university provides.


Shucking traditional golf or beach retirements in Arizona, California and Florida, today's baby boomers are recreating retirement on their terms, preferably something with a sense of adventure, and many are finding that moving to a college town fits the bill. These towns are centered on the college or university and take on a lot of the same character. They can be found in small-town New England or larger cities across the country. Choices abound for those who find this lifestyle appealing.

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17 July
2015

Welcome to the New Urbanism

The New Urbanism (also known as Traditional Neighborhood Development or TND) has a fifty-year history in the United States, almost defying the term “new.” But the name distinguishes it properly from the original “urbanism,” which was tradition for cities and towns all over the United States prior to World War II. Both homes and businesses were built around pedestrian access or public transportation. The idea of the “grinding work commute” was known only in metropolises; most people lived close to work, shopping, schools, doctors, and all the other necessities of daily life.

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17 June
2015

Benefits of a Traditional Neighborhood Development

There’s a movement in the real estate industry that has been steadily growing in our country – the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). A TND is a comprehensively planned community that utilizes a variety of housing types and land uses in a defined area. In a TND, homes or apartments, educational facilities, civic buildings and commercial establishments exist within walking distance of each other. Public and private spaces are equally important, which gives the community balance between homes and businesses. And a TND is connected by streets and lanes that accommodate cars, while also encouraging pedestrian and bicycle traffic. By including one or more civic spaces, most often a square, a park, or a green, a TND provides a gathering place for its residents that encourages a strong sense of community.

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18 April
2015

Shifty Shoppers: How Retail is Responding

You would have to have your head in the sand not to notice that the world is shopping differently. Walmarts are getting smaller; Sears closed its flagship store in Chicago last year; J.C. Penney is struggling to find a reason to exist. As analyst Jason Moser put it on a recent NPR broadcast, “Does the world really need a Sears at this point? I don’t think it really does, actually, and I think the numbers bear that out.”

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18 February
2015

7 Things Not to Miss in Clemson

There’s a lot to love about Clemson. There are the many opportunities the university provides, the natural beauty of the area, great people, and of course, there’s Clemson Tigers football. Is there anything more exciting than the beginning of a Clemson Tigers football game? Maybe not in all of college football. The Tigers have had a great run under Coach Swinney and they’re just one of many things we love about our town.

Naturally Clemson gets a lot of visitors for the football games, and there’s lots to see and do beyond a fall afternoon at Death Valley. If you look beyond the stadium, one may find the skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a house dating back to 1716, a $3.25 cheeseburger, an amazing heirloom garden, and one of the best fresh water lakes in the Southeastern US.

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01 February
2015

Patrick Square 2014: The Year in Review

As we look forward to 2015, sometimes it’s good to take a look back and reflect upon where we have come as a community. And Patrick Square is a unique community, at that.

Patrick Square got off to a blustery start in January, 2014. Upstate South Carolina received a dumping of snow that created a winter wonderland for its residents. And, Patrick Square held a “Best of Winter Days” photo contest in February; photo entries were submitted to the Patrick Square Facebook page.

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27 November
2014

A Strong Sense of Family

“Kids everywhere. That’s the endearing memory of my childhood. We all knew each other, and there was always plenty to do. And when I first saw Patrick Square, it reminded me of the neighborhood I grew up in. And I wanted my kids to have that same experience, that sense of community. That’s why we moved here.”

Jacob Dean is an entrepreneur and a professional photographer. He’s been self-employed since 2006. Jacob is one of our earliest supporters. He moved his family to Patrick Square in 2012. His parents and aunt soon followed. In January he’ll move his office into the commercial space above Rick Erwin’s Clemson. And then he’ll be able to walk to work. And he hopes to convince his sister to move into Patrick Square as well.

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13 November
2014

Holiday on the Square 2014

Mark your calendars and make plans now to join us for our first annual Holiday on the Square, Friday, December 5th.

Patrick Square is forming a new tradition with Holiday on the Square, a holiday party and tree-lighting ceremony taking place in the Town Center. This event will coincide with the Holiday Market sponsored by Clemson Farmers’ Market, also taking place that day in our Town Center.

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30 October
2014

Fright Night in the Square

It’s Halloween! And for many people, that means dressing up in costumes, taking the kids trick-or-treating, attending parties, and eating too much candy.

No matter what your preference, everyone wants to have a fun and safe Halloween. And, Patrick Square is a great neighborhood for all ages to celebrate the holiday without fear.

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24 September
2014

Meet the 100th Homeowners!

Patrick Square is growing at a rapid pace—a fact marked by a major milestone. Recently, the 100th home was sold to Hugo Sanabria and his wife, Inna. They and their son, Emmanuel, will be moving into their newly-completed home at the end of this year.

The Sanabrias first saw an ad for Patrick Square while they were living in Germany and preparing to move to Clemson. The family moved to the area in January 2014 when Hugo was hired by Clemson University. Once in the area, they saw the Patrick Square billboard on Highway 123, found the neighborhood and decided to check it out in person.

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18 September
2014

Classes, Canals, and Other Curiosities in Clemson

“So who’s been to the Panama Canal? Can I see a show of hands?”

I looked around cautiously. Of the 20+ folks in the room; I and the lecturer were the only ones with our hands down. The lecturer, an imposing gentleman with the memorable name of Myles Standish, shrugged his shoulders and announced perhaps he should plan a visit before teaching this class again. The class was an abbreviated history of the Panama Canal.

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16 July
2014

Protect Your Home While You’re Away

Another school year has ended and for many, that means family vacation time. This is the time we look forward to all year as an opportunity to rest and unwind.

Unfortunately, thieves look forward to this time of year as well. According to the FBI, the highest rates of burglaries occur in the months of July and August – prime summer vacation time.

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12 June
2014

What is a TND?

The acronym TND stands for Traditional Neighborhood Development, a comprehensive planning system that includes a variety of housing types and land uses in a defined area. The variety of uses permits educational facilities, civic buildings and commercial establishments to be located within walking distance of private homes.

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14 May
2014

Our Front Porch

Welcome! Please make yourself at home. It’s easy here at Patrick Square, with captivating new homes and versatile floor plans, familiar Southern architecture and exceptional amenities. Plus the walk-to convenience of the rapidly evolving Town Center, whose shops, restaurants and businesses will offer exciting diversions for residents in the neighborhood and beyond. All just moments from Clemson University. Most important: the friendliest, most engaging neighbors you’d ever hope to chat with on your own front porch. Please explore our online “neighborhood,” then call or come by. We want to hear about you and your family, and help you fulfill your South Carolina Upstate real estate dreams.

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