Mel's Columbia, SC Blog

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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Buying in Columbia, SC is Cheaper Than Renting!

Why Buying a Home in Columbia, SC. Is Cheaper Than Renting

GUEST ARTICLE: By Hannah Goodman of Trulia

Whether you are looking for an inexpensive place to retire, a quiet place to start a family, or your very first starter home, consider Columbia, South Carolina. This southeastern capital city gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year and offers a variety of activities and attractions for all ages. With an average listing price of just $137,500, there’s an affordable home in Columbia to be found for every budget. In fact, a recent study by Trulia showed that Columbia ranks in the top three metros where buying a home beats renting for retiree’s, just behind New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The report assumes a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment and 25 percent tax bracket for households moving every seven years.

Where Buying a Home Beats Renting
U.S. Metro
Median Home Value, Mar 2016
Median Rent, Mar 2016
% Cheaper to Buy a Home Than Rent, Mar 2016

Note: Negative numbers mean that buying costs less than renting, while positive numbers means buying is more expensive than renting.

Not sure where to start on your house hunt?  Young people and students will be happy in Rosewood, with its close proximity to University of South Carolina, Midlands Tech and Fort Jackson.  The older generation will likely find the perfect home to fit their needs in Earlewood, a quiet residential area just a few short minutes from Downtown Columbia’s many amenities. 

Lake Murray - Another Popular Choice For Greater Columbia Living!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lake Murray Waterfront Home For Sale - Chapin, SC

For Sale: 219 Ranch Lake Road near Chapin, SC on Lake Murray

This 3 bedroom and two bath home is direct waterfront on Lake Murray with a private dock.   The home is only 4.2 miles from Chapin.   With approximately 1600 square feet, the home also features a screened porch and deck.  There have been a number of recent updates, including HVAC and roof.

For complete details, visit the online features page:

The offering price is $289,900 - priced for a quick sale!

 RealBird Virtual Tour  |  Brochure

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
Lake Murray Homes Search

Monday, January 25, 2016

Move South for Warmer Weather! Columbia & Lake Murray, SC

To my Northeast friends... Tired of the snow and blizzards? Move to friendly and (relatively) warm Greater Columbia or Lake Murray (SC).

Average temperatures and snowfall in Columbia, SC:
January   High:  56 degrees  Low: 34 degrees  
February  High:  60 degrees  Low: 37 degrees
March  High:  68 degrees  Low: 43 degrees
Average ANNUAL snowfall for Columbia, SC is only 1/2 inch!
Average ANNUAL hours of sunshine: 2825
What are your averages?   View this website to get your numbers

 Ready to move?  Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants.   Mel sells all over Greater Columbia, including Lake Murray, Chapin, Irmo and Lexington.

Mel Coker

Cell: (803) 318-2007
MLS Search and Register At My Website

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Columbia, SC is the Place to Buy in 2016!

Columbia, SC is in the Bargain Belt!

TRULIA recently posted an article, "Housing in 2016", that identified COLUMBIA, SC as being in Markets to Watch in 2016.    This area was included in the
Trulia Reports:  Columbia, SC is in the Bargain Belt!
the "Bargain Belt" of affordable housing.   Columbia, SC was #7 in a national survey of markets that have strong potential for growth.

Key components of the analysis included: strong job growth, high affordability, high number of inbound searches and a large share of millennials.   For the full and informative article, CLICK HERE for 2016 Housing Predictions.

Columbia is a GREAT place to live.   We also have pleasant year-round weather, highly rated school districts, fun recreational opportunities and Lake Murray and a vibrant downtown area.

Ready to move or have questions?  Contact Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.   I am a life-long Columbia area resident.

(Trulia information and graphic used with permission of Trulia).

Mel Coker
Realtor, ABR, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
Columbia & Lake Murray MLS search:
Lake Murray Blog:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chapin Area Garage Sale

There will be a GARAGE SALE this Saturday, June 27th (2015) in the Chapin area. 
The address:  271 Hilton Village Drive, Chapin, SC 
(The Village at Hilton subdivision).

Directions: Take U.S. Highway 76 from Irmo or Chapin to Wessinger Road; then turn left on Indian Fork; Village at Hilton subdivision on left; bear left on entrance circle.

The sale starts at 7:00 a.m.  Join us!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Digging in your yard or at your property?

Digging At Your Property in South Carolina?

South Carolina 811 is a FREE service to contact to have underground utility services
marked prior to anyone doing large or small digging projects.  Safe digging is everyone’s responsibility. Notifying SC811 of your planned excavation can help prevent damages that can result in fines, utility service interruption and physical injury – even death.  And, it's the law.

Every digging project requires a call to 811.  Hitting an underground utility line while digging can harm the environment,cause serious personal injuries, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially incur fines and repair costs.

You can reach South Carolina 811 by dialing 811 within SC or calling our toll free number 888-721-7877 or visit the website: 

For a normal notice, the locate request must be entered into our system three full business days, not including the day the notice was submitted, before digging may begin.  SC811 does not physically mark the underground utility lines, but notifies the member facility operators and they are responsible for having the lines located. Facility Operators only mark the lines they install and maintain, which does not include privately owned lines.

Diggin'?  Always contact first!
More information for Homeowners
Don't be THAT GUY!

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Columbia, SC Real Estate


Mel Coker has the resources and professionalism to help you.  I sell Columbia, Lake Murray, Chapin, Irmo, Prosperity, Lexington, and West Columbia.   I am a life-long Columbia area  resident and have over 500 real estate closings.

Call (803) 318-2007

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Mel Coker

Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC