Castle Hills is Their Extended Family

Castle Hills is Their Extended Family

Tino and Jasmin Patel think Of Castle Hills as their extended family.

First there are their families at Castle Hills for Kids Only, the school they started over a year ago. Then there are the many families they have helped find a home and a mortgage in Castle Hills through their ReMax Experts agency and Homewithloan mortgage company. Finally there are the many friends and neighbors they’ve known while raising their own family in Castle Hills.

The great thing is that in all aspects of their lives and businesses, the Patels treat everyone like family. After all, Castle Hills is home.

They say to sell something well you have to believe in the product. Tino Patel believes in Castle Hills. He and his wife Jasmin have been married 24 years have raised two beautiful children in the area and have been a strong part of the community for many years.

Tino has successfully helped over 5,000 clients buy and sell homes as well as finance mortgages. It helps to own your own mortgage company, making the process much simpler for buyers. He has programs available for all kinds of buyers and because he knows the community so well, it’s easy for him to customize everything to the buyer’s specifications – from finding the perfect home, to developing the perfect payment plan.

“Because we live in the community and have two businesses here, we know a lot of people,” said Tino. “We can also help you pay off your debt at a very low rate while property values are high.”

As direct lenders they successfully funded over $155M last year. They can also help with inspectors, better insurance rates and everything else a homebuyer needs.

Tino is also very involved in his community. He serves on several boards for non-profit organizations. He won the Rising Star Award from the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce (Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch), served on the Capital Board, Planning and Zoning Commission for city of Carrollton, was the N. Texas Director of the India Association of North Texas (IANT) for two years, the president of the DFW CLPS for three years, and a leader in the Patel Organization for three years.

“I love being a one stop shop for homebuyers because I’m all about customer service,” said Tino. “I especially enjoy showing homes in Castle Hills because we love living here.“

Castle Hills for Kids Only is a school designed to be very family-oriented. The Patels structured their curriculum to help children make the transition to full-time school by learning life skills from something as difficult as potty training (yes, they teach that) to something as essential as manners. They also have a full academic curriculum that includes English, math, science, history and many electives including sign language, Spanish and much more.

“We aren’t corporate, we’re private so we can be a little more flexible and friendly,” said Jasmin, who also discussed how the school is flexible to parent schedules. “That affords us the opportunity to bring in new ideas.”

It also means that the teachers and staff are focused on giving students individualized attention. Parents say there is a closeness and a family-feel to the school that gives them a great deal of comfort when they bring their children. It’s not unusual to see the kids hug their teachers before they leave.

“We know the name of everyone who walks through the door,” said Director Jessica Thomison. “By knowing each child, we can tailor to his or her learning methods.”

They use the Abecka and Applebaum (ATI) curriculums though they also have added their own creative niche. It all starts with the infants learning to crawl and also learning sign language in order to communicate with the teachers. They help with their first steps and their first words. Toddlers are taught to be respectful, use their words instead of actions, to share and to adjust to structure and routine.

In the library, they have touch screen interactive monitors and iPads for the afterschool classes to learn. However they are also big fans of tradition – namely drawing and handwriting on paper. Some other classes offered include music, dance, technology classes, piano lessons, physical movement, dance, and STEM classes for a well-rounded education.

The “Afterschoolers” are helped with their homework and during the summer they take field trips and create fun projects.

Included in tuition are nutritional meals including breakfast, lunch and snacks, something you don’t often find at a school or included in the price.

“We don’t have to follow the corporate guidelines so we try to make the whole experience enjoyable for the kids,” said Tino. “Some of them have such fun they don’t want to leave.”

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