Mel's Columbia, SC Blog

Greater Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, Lexington and Lake Murray.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

BUYING A Home is The Smart Move!

Paying Rent now?   Probably not best for you financially.

If it seems like rent increases have been unusually high recently, that's because they are.  Recent news reports reflect this:
  • A new report from Trulia shows that the perception of rising rents is more than a feeling among renters; it’s a fact.  Trulia analyzed prices in 25 rental markets in the United States and found an average annual increase of 3.9%.   This figure is a huge increase when compared with inflation or income growth. Generally speaking, incomes are not keeping pace with rent increases, putting renters in an even tighter position.
  • RealFacts found that rents are up nationwide in 39 of the 41 markets they analyzed.
  • Forbes reported reported recently that buying is much more affordable than renting in all of the 100 largest metro areas in the nation. 
  • Mortgage lender Freddie Mac, reported that buying is an average of 41% cheaper than renting nationwide.
  •  Researcher Reis sees apartment rents rising an average of 3.3% in 2014.
  •  An article in THE STATE newspaper in April 2014: "...These are good times for U.S. landlords.  For many tenants, not so much.  With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year."
Call Mel Coker To Defeat the Rent Monster:  (803) 318-2007

  • With a fixed rate mortgage, the largest part of your monthly payment (principal and interest) will NEVER go up.  You're locked in!
  • With a down payment, oftentimes your payment to BUY a home is LOWER than a rent payment
  • Pride of Ownership!
  • Deductions on your tax returns for mortgage interest and property taxes effectively further reduces your monthly housing cost payment
  • While rental amounts have continued to go up the past few years, housing prices on average have dropped over the past 5 years or so to make home ownership more affordable
  • You build equity with buying a home - stay in an apartment or rental house for any amount of time and you will walk away with ZERO or NOTHING.  As home prices start to increase and you pay down a mortgage balance, you will build equity in your home!  One day you will OWN your home - it's still the American Dream!
 How to Get Started:

It's easy, contact Mel Coker with RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants.  Mel will help you get started with FREE mortgage pre qualification (a VERY important first step).  Then,  Mel, using your home search criteria, will examine the Multiple Listing Service to find appropriate homes and email to you for review.  Then, the fun part - viewing homes to make you a home owner!  Select a home and with Mel's negoiating skills, get the best price for your NEW or resale home.   Mel will assist you with appropriate home inspections and be with you all the way to the closing table.  

You will be proud to own your home home.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007

Friday, March 28, 2014

Want a NEW PLACE For Your Retirement? Choose Columbia, SC.

Greater Columbia is a great place for retirement!   Surrounding friendly areas include: Lake Murray, Lexington, Irmo and Chapin.

In Columbia and South Carolina, you WILL notice smiling faces and friendly people.  Also, you will find reasonable home values and taxes, nice weather, excellent medical care, year-round golf, a beautiful lake (Lake Murray), and a reasonable cost of living.

Ready to MOVE?  Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants.  Call (803) 318-2007

Need More Information?  Call Mel or view the resources below:

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

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The BEST Real Estate APP is from RE/MAX and Mel Coker.

Looking for Columbia area real estate or real estate anywhere?
Get this app from RE/MAX and be ready when you need instant real estate information.  When you start the app, it instantly finds homes nearby based on your current location.  Or, search by address for a specific home or use home search criteria.  There are many more cool and useful features too.

You can easily connect your app with MEL COKER by entering my AGENT CODE on the pulldown app menu.   Download this app now, while you are thinking about it, and enter my agent code:  04811121.


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Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
Columbia, SC MLS Search

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mel Coker - Lake Murray, Chapin and Columbia Realtor

I am now HERE: RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants in Chapin, SC - but, serving all of Greater Columbia: Lexington, Irmo, Lake Murray, Northeast Columbia

Call (803) 318-2007 or email or visit my website for any Lake Murray or other Greater Columbia real estate information.

Mel Coker at RE/MAX office in Chapin, SC  - close to Beautiful Lake Murray

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Office Agency for Mel Coker

Breaking News:  Mel's job is all about MOVING and now he has made a MOVE!
Mel is still with RE/MAX, but, now at: RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants in Chapin, SC.

Mel  sells ALL of Columbia, including: downtown Columbia, Lexington, Chapin, Lake Murray, Irmo and Northeast Columbia.  Ready to buy, sell or relocate?  Contact Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.
SEARCH Lake Murray and Columbia Area homes with Mel's NEW search site:
Best Lake Murray & Columbia Area homes

Social media is ablaze with news of Mel's move...

New Office Facebook Post:

Got the news?   Mel Coker is now at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants.

Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Mel's Favorites: Ole Time Meat Market

Mel's FAVORITE PLACES: Ole Timey Meat Market
6352 St. Andrews Road; Columbia 29212

Yes, it's my favorite meat market.  I particularly enjoy the bacon wrapped filet mignon, pork chops and chili.   They have a large selection of meats, fish, vegetables, sauces and marinades.  Stop by Ole Timey Meat Market soon.   They are located on St. Andrews Road just down from Irmo High School.

FACEBOOK: Ole Timey Meat Market: St. Andrews Road

Ole Timey Meat Market: 6352 St. Andrews Road

More favorites coming soon!

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 318-2007   |  Columbia MLS Search

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Home Exposed to Heavy Winter Snows? Move to South Carolina.

Want to get away from snow?  Many people do and many choose Greater Columbia, SC.

I had a call yesterday from a couple in New Jersey.   His biggest reason for looking to retire in the South?   Tired of all the snow in New Jersey.  He's ready to check out beautiful Lake Murray.

When you're ready to move to a beautiful place with friendly people and WITHOUT THE SNOW, contact Mel Coker, a life-long Columbia resident and learn about Columbia, Lake Murray, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin and Greater Columbia.

CLICK: My SNOW brochure

Don't let the SNOW get you down... Move to Columbia, SC
 Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
(803) 318-2007

Saturday, December 7, 2013

South Carolina is a NICE Place to Live!

NICEST place to live?   May just be SOUTH CAROLINA.

A nice place to live?  South Carolina.  A rude place to live?  Ohio.   Marchex, an advertising technology company, conducted a survey of over 1/2 million phone calls to various customer service numbers.   Highlights and the lows:

South Carolina is #1 in courtesy (lots of "Thank you" and "Please")
Ohio is #1 in "Most Likely to Curse" AND #5 in "Least Courteous"

My unscientific BEST and WORST places to live based upon my analysis of this study:
BEST: South Carolina
Other nice places: Arizona, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia.
Other crude places: New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennnessee

Ready to leave one of the CRUDE states (Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee)?    Contact Mel Coker when you're ready to move to Greater Columbia, South Carolina (Columbia, Lake Murray, Irmo, Chapin, Lexington) and mention "South Carolina is NICE" and you will receive a $500 Lowes Gift Card at closing (offer good December 7, 2013 thru December 31, 2014.

Lake Murray Sunset - Photo by Mel Coker

Mel Coker
Realtor - RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC Real Estate