Mel's Columbia, SC Blog

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

Monday, September 22, 2014

Retirement Location - Columbia, SC

Ready for Retirement?  Planning for Retirement?

Consider Greater Columbia, SC / Lake Murray.

Consumer Reports Magazine recently named South Carolina as one of the current top five places for retirement.   Columbia IS a great place to call home for retirement.

CLICK:  Mel's Columbia Retirement Page

What's GREAT about the Columbia area for retirement?
  • Friendly people
  • Reasonable home values
  • Reasonable cost of living and taxes
  • Lake Murray
  • Downtown Columbia for shopping, dining and entertainment
  • Numerous Parks and Recreation opportunities
  • Nice weather!  Mild and typically snow free winters
  • Excellent hospitals and medical care facilities
  • And, more...

What MOVES You?  Retirement?  Call Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.
Call Mel Coker. Drive straight to Columbia, SC.
Visit Mel's Websites:
Columbia MLS  |  Mel

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HGTV & RE/MAX The Right Home Sweepstakes

Be sure to enter the RE/MAX & HGTV TheRightHome Contest.
The contest runs thru September 18th and you may have one entry per person, per day.

So, enter the contest now:  #TheRightHome Sweepstakes
Anyone can enter!

Choose Mel Coker for Your Columbia and Lake Murray Realtor

When you're READY to BUY or SELL, remember to call Mel.

Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
Columbia / Lake Murray MLS Search

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lake Murray On INSTAGRAM

Now I have a LAKE MURRAY INSTAGRAM account...
So, please visit and FOLLOW me.
New listings and fun Lake Murray pictures.

Lake Murray Realtor on Instagram:

Lake Murray Realtor is on Instagram

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Live Happy in Greater Columbia, SC

Do you live in an UNHAPPY CITY?  The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research just released a study with a listing of the unhappiest metro areas with a population of over one million.   Weather is a big factor in being happy and many of the 10 unhappiest areas have really cold and hard winters.  Another factor for stress in the unhappiest cities are high housing costs.  Some of the cities have severe economic struggles and are losing population.

The Top Ten Unhappiest Metro Areas:
"Top of Rock Cropped" by Dschwen - English Wikipedia.  Used with permission

1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA

Mel's suggestion for a HAPPY PLACE TO LIVE:  Greater Columbia, SC
Home on Lake Murray

Friendly people, reasonable home values and taxes, nice weather with mild winters (usually NO snow), highly rated school districts, good employment opportunities, exciting recreational opportunities, beautiful Lake Murray, fun retirement living.

Ready to move?  Contact MEL COKER.
Mel Coker - Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
Columbia & Lake Murray MLS Search

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet Mel Coker Online - Columbia, SC Real Estate

No, I don't Twit or Tweet, but, I do have a Facebook business page, have EyeJot video email and have two blogs, Instagram and a Youtube Channel.   Additionally, I have several websites for Columbia, Lake Murray and real estate information.  Watch my short video.

Mel Coker
Columbia & Lake Murray Realtor
(803) 318-2007
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Search Lake Murray & Columbia MLS 
Columbia, SC Info  |  Lake Murray Info

Friday, June 27, 2014

Contact Columbia & Lake Murray Realtor

Need to contact a professional, friendly and innovative Columbia, SC Realtor?
Contact Mel Coker - a lifelong Columbia area resident and RE/MAX Realtor:

NEWEST & Coolest way to contact Mel - send a video email:
EYEJOT Video email

Telephone:  (803) 318-2007



Columbia / Lake Murray MLS Search:

I would be pleased to assist you with relocation, buying or selling.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Chapin, SC
Click Here for my Resume'

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

For Sale: Century Old Home in Williston, SC

Offered For Sale in Williston, SC:
5403 Springfield Road

There's something about a 100 year old home that a new home can't match. Whether you're attracted to the exterior detailing of a turn-of-the-century home or the unique interior features, new houses can't match the charm or the construction styles of an older house. 

This home was constructed sometime between the 1890's and 1905. The home has extensive updates, but retains the charm of a 110 year old home with features like a parlour room, "wavy" glass windows, Tiger Oak trim finishes, heart pine floors and 8 fireplaces. 

This home has been beautifully restored and updated and features 5 large bedrooms in just over 3200 square feet.  The home is convenient to Aiken (SC) and Augusta (GA).

For complete details, visit my online tour or my Animoto video tour

Marketed by Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recommended Online Mortgage Calculator

Best Online Mortgage Calculator?
The BEST online Mortgage Calculator that I know of is linked below. Pull your mortgage info and enter on this calculator to see where you stand.  You will need to know: your mortgage amount, term of loan, interest rate and initial payment date.  It's easy, so try it out.

Best Feature: in addition to a standard feature of allowing extra prepayments starting on a given date, the calculator will also allow for 5 one-time prepayments or annual prepayments. Recommended by Mel Coker!

Ready to BUY or SELL in Greater Columbia, SC? (including Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Lake Murray)
Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
"Voted Best Realtor by Readers of Lake Murray Life Magazine"
(803) 318-2007
Mel's MLS Search website