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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

For Sale in Irmo - Nursery Road

NEW Home for Sale Listing from Mel Coker:
6636 Nursery Road in Columbia (Irmo area)

This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. The master bedroom is downstairs and two bedrooms are upstairs. A bonus room downstairs is used now as an office, but, it could be a libary or have another use. The home square footage is approximately 1830. This home is priced right at $163,900.

The home is located adjacent to Nursery Road Elementary School. So, if you have elementary aged children, you will have great convenience for school days. The school district is the highly rated Lexington School District 5. The back yard also backs to a schoolground play area and is fenced.

Talk about location... less than 4 miles to beautiful Lake Murray and only minutes to great Irmo area shopping, dining and Columbiana Centre mall.

To learn more about this home or to schedule an appointment, contact Mel Coker. Call (803) 749-5800 or toll-free (888) 528-2258 and ask for Mel Coker.

Check out the cool online tours for this home!
Mel's Real Estate tour page
RealBird tour page
Mel's "Walk-about" YouTube Video (available in HD!)
Animoto Tour
Mel's RE/MAX tour

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Your Dream Home Come True in Columbia, SC!

NOW is the time to buy your dream home. The American Dream of home ownership is still alive and well! There are many great reasons to buy now... very reasonable home values in the Greater Columbia area, LOW mortgage interest rates, great selection of homes, special deals with local home builders, first-time Federal homebuyer tax credit and more.

When you're ready to buy in Columbia, South Carolina, contact Mel Coker:
(803) 749-5800 office
(888) 528-2258 toll-free
NEW! >> Columbia REO/Foreclosure Homes

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mel's Home Improvement Tip of the Week

Kitchen updates show one of the greatest returns at resale on a national basis. A kitchen update can be as simple as replacing old appliances. Be sure to buy ENERGY STAR appliances to help save money on energy bills.

Call or send me an email to request to sign up for my Lowe's Realtor Benefits Program materials that I can send to you, including the FREE "Inside Out" e-newsletter and the HGTV email. Both contain valuable tips, links for more information and discount coupons. Email your name & email address to:

Mel Coker's Real Estate website
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

CyberStars Realtor Summit

I attended my first CyberStars Summit this past week in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was THE best real estate seminar or conference I've ever attended (and I have been attending various real estate classes/seminars for 10 years)! I joined CyberStars in late 2007 and this was the first annual summit that I was able to attend. It really was awesome. There was a tremendous amount of learning and positive attitude about the real estate and housing industry. Real estate still should be your first and most important investment strategy!

The Cyberstars, founded by Allen Hainge with 4 original members, has grown to include approximately 200 real estate agents from the United States, Australia, Bahamas and Canada. It's a very exclusive group of real estate agents. There are only 3 Cyberstar Realtors in South Carolina and I am the only Columbia area member. Each CyberStars member agent must:
  • be a leading sales associate in his or her marketplace
  • have a demonstrated commitment to the use of technology and a custom website
  • share real estate technology ideas and strategies with other CyberStars
The end result: better client service, more productivity, knowledge sharing and more fun!

CLICK HERE to see the CyberStars lineup

It was amazing to be in a large room with top real estate agents sharing real estate and business technology and ideas in a very fast-paced learning environment. Every agent in the room had a laptop PC. It was awesome to see over 110 PCs in one room!

Over time, I will be sharing some strategies and tips that I have learned. I have already implemented a few (example: click to see my Columbia Buyer's Guide in Issuu ebook format) and more will come. Watch my blog for exciting CyberStars idea implementations from Mel Coker.

Mel Coker with CyberStars President & Founder, Allen Hainge

Mel Coker
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RE/MAX Metro Associates
CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Cyberstars Member

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Update - Chapin Girl's Basketball

An update on Chapin High School Girl's Basketball

My daughter, Kelly, is enjoying a great season in high school girl's basketball. Yesterday, THE STATE newspaper ran a front page article on the team in the Sports section. This picture of some of the Chapin seniors was from The State newspaper on January 13, 2009.

After a victory last night over A.C. Flora, the team is now 14-2. Check out the boxscore from the newspaper (January 14, 2009):

The players: Kelly, Ashlee, Kelli, Layla, Amy, Alexa, Savannah, Becca, Bonnie, Kasey, Hannah, Jordan, Natalie, Lindsey

Chapin Girl's Basketball Team: 2008 - 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

2009 Real Estate off to a Great Start!

Mel's first 2009 home sale!

Congratulations to Steve & Rebecca Sansonetti for purchasing a home in Lexington's Wellesley subdivision. This beautiful new home was built by Shumaker Homes. The Sansonettis's got a great deal on this beautiful new home and are going to get a LOW mortgage rate (4.5% or lower). NOW really is a great time to buy a home! I even temporarily named the waterfall in the community "Sansonetti Falls."

The most exciting "deal" in this new home is that the home is a Green Certified home. The home is built for energy efficiency and comfort. The community too is a great deal... great location, great schools and great amenities. Want to know more about this community and prices? Call Mel Coker.

I had "blogged" about this wonderful community back in August 2008. Click here to read my blog.

When you're ready to buy a home in Wellesley or ANY OTHER home community in Lexington, Irmo, Columbia, Chapin, Blythewood or at Lake Murray, be sure to contact Mel Coker at RE/MA Metro Associates.
Call (803) 318-2007

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Lake Murray listing

For Sale on Lake Murray
I've got a brand new listing for sale on Lake Murray! My clients have had the interior completely repainted. The home is beautiful inside. With a mostly brick exterior (some stucco on the front), the home is virtually maintenance free on the outside. On 149 feet of Lake Murray water frontage, there is a nice dock and boat lift. From the deck, the westerly view offers beautiful sunsets.

This beautiful home is approximately 3300 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. The master bedroom is downstairs and there is a second master bedroom upstairs. Both bedrooms upstairs on the back side feature balconies overlooking Lake Murray. Hardwoods are downstairs except in the master bedroom. The kitchen is very spacious with lots of cabinets. There is another room... A bonus room (oftentimes called a FROG in this market). This room works great for a media room, exercise room or game room. In fact, the pool table in the room stays with the home as a bonus.

This home is located at 49 Bay Court in Plantation Pointes Subdivision in Newberry County. The home is priced to sell at $512,500.

For complete details and more pictures, visit my virtual tour websites:
Mel's Lake Murray home listing webpage
Mel's RealBird listing page

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year's Resolutions for your Home

New Year's Resolutions For Your Home???
Recently, I did my 2009 New Year's blog. Of course, most personal New Year's resolutions revolve around issues like losing weight, better fitness, better financial management and so forth. I decided it was a good time to create a website for New Year's resolutions for your home! Implement some or all and you will have a happier, safer and more valuable home.

View my web page for all 9 tips with more detail, including important safety tips and reminders and coupons.

  1. Home Safety
  2. Pratice Home Fire Safety
  3. Check for Radon if Necessary
  4. Check Water Quality
  5. Change Light Bulbs
  6. Improve Energy Efficiency
  7. Update / Renovate / Redecorate
  8. Change HVAC filters
  9. Improve the Outside

Read the web page and you will learn: the leading cause of deaths in a home, when and how to check water quality, easy ways to save energy, the value of landscaping to your home's value, how to get a Lowe's discount coupon and much more.

CLICK HERE to view Mel's New Year's Resolutions for Your Home webpage

Coming soon... a report on Columbia real estate in 2008.