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

Friday, July 31, 2009

GREAT Subs in St. Andrews / Irmo Area

Sub-Station II in St. Andrews
31 years of GREAT SUBS!

Jack and Kirti Shah have owned Sub-Station II in St. Andrews since 1978. I met Mr. Shah in the late 1980's (about 20 years ago) and have been eating delicious subs at their restaurant since then. They have great food, reasonable prices and friendly service. I'm partial to the "Ultimate" sub.

Stop in to see Mr. and Mrs. Shah at 736 St. Andrews Road. They are located in St. Andrews Shopping Center just off I-26 exit 106. The telephone is: 798-7505.

Mention my name, Mel Coker, during the month of August 2009, and you will receive a FREE 22 ounce drink with a $5 purchase or more.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Downtown Columbia Home for Sale

Located in Historic Earlewood
Columbia, SC Home for Sale
Located close to everything in downtown Columbia: The State House, University of South Carolina, City Parks, Riverbanks Zoo, and much more.

This vinyl construction home is only 13 years old and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The owner has painted all of the interior and has new floor coverings. All appliances are NEW also: stove, refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher and vent hood. There are many more nice upgrades. This home is priced to sell at $143,500. You may be eligible for the $8000 federal tax credit and special incentive mortgage programs. Call Mel Coker to see this home.

20 Lindsay Street Home for Sale Virtual Tour

US Airways | Miles Away

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Technology from Mel Coker, Columbia SC Realtor

Laser Measuring!

I've added new technology to my real estate business! I just bought the Prexiso X2 Laser Distance Measuring Tool to add a new "dimension" to my real estate business.

The Columbia MLS does not require or allow room measurements in the data fields submitted by listing agents. Typically, I have found that this information is never posted in agents' websites for online listings either.

I decided to buy a laser measuring tool to add this information to my online tours. My aim is for this to be a benefit to both sellers and buyers. It's more marketing information provided for my seller clients AND because so much "buying" of real estate is done long distance via the Internet, it's an obvious benefit to have this information available online.

Check out my newest listing where I have posted measurements using this new device:
20 Lindsay Street - Downtown Columbia

My new laser measuring tool is easier to use, faster and more accurate than a tape measure or ultrasonic measuring device.

When you need the BEST in Columbia real estate service, contact Mel Coker, your Columbia SC CyberStars Realtor.

Mel Coker via email!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

10 Tips To Sell Your Home in a Buyer's Market

HOME SELLING 101: Columbia, SC

Selling in a buyer's market, with an oversupply of homes and/or falling home values, does not occur often, but certainly presents challenges. My top ten tips listed here should help you and most tips are applicable in any home selling environment.
  1. Prepare Yourself for Market Conditions
  2. Make a Good First Impression
  3. Prepare Your Home for Showing
  4. Hire an inspector
  5. Make repairs
  6. Special touches inside the home
  7. Select the Best Selling Agent
  8. Set a Competitive Price
  9. Offer a Home Warranty
  10. Be Flexible and patient
  11. Contact Mel Coker - Columbia's Internet Realtor!
Click Here for my Home Selling Tips webpage with all of the tips above more fully explained. I also have a link (with my membership in the Lowe's Realtors Benefits group) to allow you to receive a 10% off coupon at Lowe's.

Ready to discuss selling your home? Call Mel Coker at (803) 749-5800. I will be happy to discuss my marketing plan and very competitive commission structure. Mel Coker is the exclusive CyberStars Realtor for Columbia, South Carolina real estate.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Big Dig!

Cool Stuff Category (I'll have more of this from time to time)
Did you ever dream of digging a hole so deep it came out the other side of the earth? Where would you end up? Well, with this cool online site, you can find out. It's cool!

Scientifically speaking it would be impossible to dig a tunnel through to the other side of the world, but it’s fun to pretend! If you attempted to dig a hole to the other side of the Earth, you would be digging through: More than 12 000 kilometres of solid rock and molten magma; Rock reaching temperatures up to 6000 ÂșC; Extreme pressures up to 300 million times greater than the pressures we experience on the surface of the Earth!

I live in Chapin, South Carolina. My hole would come out about 1500 miles west of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Try it for some fun!
Starting the Big Dig near Chapin, SC!

End up in the Indian Ocean!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Never a Better Time for First-time Homebuyers!

NOW is the time to buy your first home!
Why pay rent and buy a property for someone else? People that buy homes have more wealth - that's a fact. When you're a homeowner, you build equity (net worth) and enjoy substantial tax benefits. Plus, you will have pride of owning your own home!

There are several INCREDIBLE reasons to buy a home NOW! Call or email Mel Coker when you're ready to buy.

1.) $8000 Federal Tax Credit - When you're a first-time homebuyer (not owned a home within the past 3 years) you will get $8000 credit when you file your next federal tax return. That's $8000 FREE! This credit runs out soon... you have to close on your home on or before November 30, 2009.
Click Here for more information
My Previous Blog on First-time Homebuyer Program

2.) GREAT FOUNDATIONS Mortgage Program from Homeowner's Mortgage
This program will match your payment to purchase a home. It's more FREE money, but, only only limited funds are available for the program. ACT NOW! Quick Details: available to first-time homebuyers; can be used for downpayment and/or closing costs; income limitaitons apply; maximum match not to exceed $10,000; program is limited in time due to funds allocated by government.

The program matches your down payment at a 5:1 ratio. Example: you put down $2000 and this program will match that with $10,000! Click Here for more program information

For more information, you must contact Mike Wetzel at Homeowner's Mortgage. Tell Mike that you are working with Mel Coker at RE/MAX. Call Mike at: (803) 609-3177 or email:

3.) LOW Mortgage rates - mortgage interest rates are near historical lows! You save big money because you pay a lower interest rate. Call Mel Coker for a referral to an excellent mortgage professional.

4.) Home prices have moderated - Home prices have moderated or in some cases decreased in the Greater Columbia area. In most cases, you will have more negotiating power due to an abundance of inventory.

Ready to BUY a home in Greater Columbia? Contact Mel Coker, your Columbia Realtor:
Office: (803) 749-5800

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Irmo Listing

WOW! Five Bedrooms - All Brick in Irmo

I've got a wonderful new home offered for sale in the popular Irmo area. It's an all brick home with 5 bedrooms and priced at $279,000. It's priced to sell quickly at under $87 per square foot! This beautiful home is less than 1 mile to both Dutch Fork middle and high schools.

For more information, CLICK HERE or call me for a showing appointment.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lake Murray

Lake Murray Update:

Want to know what's happening at Lake Murray and with Lake Murray home prices? Be sure to visit my Lake Murray website and Lake Murray blog. On my latest blog, I provide stats on home price changes over the past 5 years along with other market conditions. Check out my Lake Murray website, blog and eBook for the best Lake Murray information online.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our Cancun Vacation

We recently completed another great vacation in Cancun. It was our 12th visit to a Palace Resorts in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. For this trip, we had 18 fun-loving people enjoying a wonderful time in Cancun (including 9 graduating seniors from Chapin High School).

If you want a GREAT vacation at a GREAT price in Cancun, Riviera Maya or Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), please contact me. As a Palace Resorts Premier member, I can offer you my very special member pricing (too low to publish). Click here to view Palace Resorts website.

All Palace Resorts are all-inclusive. The resorts and rooms are beautiful and include excellent amenities and service. No other company offers what Palace offers including free select excursion trips (visit Mayan ruins at Tulum or Chichen Icha for free!), free calls back to U.S. and much more. My special member pricing gives you even more, including a free massage, manicure and pedicure. Call me soon for a great Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, or Punta Cana vacation.

Watch my Cancun music video: