Mel's Columbia, SC Blog

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Checklist for South Carolina Relocation

South Carolina... A Great Place to Live.

The Checklist:  Print PDF version

Mel Coker
Realtor - Chapin, SC
MLS Search

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Irmo Home For Sale

NEW Listing: 146 Stonemont Drive in Irmo

This is a really nice home near great Lexington District 5 schools and Lake Murray.  The home is in excellent condition with a number of updates and has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.  The home is priced right to sell at $205,000.

For complete information, CLICK to view my virtual tour.

For Sale in the Irmo area

To see this home OR any other home, contact:

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
SEARCH Irmo, Lake Murray and Columbia homes

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Most Patriotic State? South Carolina.

Want to live in the MOST patriotic state?

Yes, it's true.  The real estate website, Movoto, performed a study to find the most patriotic states and the least patriotic states.  Interesting stuff.   SOUTH CAROLINA came out #1 !!!  Of course, we knew that here in South Carolina.

We have the largest Army basic training installation in the USA at Fort Jackson, the Marine Corps Parris Island, Shaw Air Force Base and a number of other important military installations.  The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum is even located in South Carolina!  A high number of military retirees choose to live in South Carolina.   Friendly South Carolina is the America-loving winner!

TOP TEN MOST PATRIOTIC STATES: (notice that 6/10 states are in the South?)
  2. Maine
  3. North Carolina
  4. Wyoming
  5. Virginia
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Alaska
  9. Alabama
  10. Arizona
Read about the Military presence in South Carolina

Interesting, a while back, I read a study that also ranked South Carolina as one of the most friendly and well mannered states.  What are you waiting on?

Least Patriotic States: (California absolutely worst) (no Southern states listed!)
  1. California
  2. Minnesota
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Vermont
  5. Hawaii
  6. Michigan
  7. New Jersey
  8. Kansas
  9. Connecticut
  10. Oregon
 Want to  move?  I can help.  Contact Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.  
I am a life-long Columbia area resident.  I know Columbia real estate... and, Lake Murray, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, West Columbia, Cayce and other surrounding areas.   If you are ready to escape one of the 10 least patriotic states, contact me and allow me to serve as your buyer's agent and I will provide a $500 Lowe's gift card at closing when you mention this article to me during our home hunting time.

Mel Coker is located at the "star"
Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007

REMAX 2.0 Personal Real Estate App

It's here now from Mel Coker - your Columbia and Lake Murray Realtor:
The updated RE/MAX real estate app.  It's FREE and it's state-of-the-art COOL!

3 Easy Steps:
  1. CLICK -
  3. Enter "melcoker" when app asks for "agent key"
Get the RE/MAX Search App from Mel Coker

Ready to BUY or RELOCATE?  Contact Mel Coker.  Life-long Columbia area resident.

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

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:

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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