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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Is Yours Clean? (Your Home Air Filters)

Improving Air Quality in Your Home
Research has found that in homes across America, the quality of indoor air can be worse than outdoor air.

There is nothing EASIER & More Cost Effective Than Regularly Changing the HVAC Filters in Your Home for CLEAN AIR.  This also certainly improves HVAC system operation and helps to prolong the life of this expensive equipment.

I see MANY dirty air filters in homes that I show to prospective home buyers (both homes in need of overall repair and otherwise nice homes). I highly recommend buying premium filters. An electrostatic air filter with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of 11 or higher better protects your inside living environment and your HVAC equipment. A MERV number is used to help compare filters. The MERV efficiency rating is the filters ability to capture specific micron sized particles. A higher MERV rating indicates a better performing filter. A typcial $1 fiberglass filter will have a MERV rating of 1 or so. To easily remember, change your filter at the end of each quarter.   CLICK HERE for Mel Coker's Home Clean Air web page.

I've recently ordered another supply of high quality MERV 12 air filters from NordicPure.  My filters (ordering 6 at a time) were $8.83 each (FREE shipping).    Filtrete (3M) filters at Wal-Mart range in price from $13.88 to $19.88.   Buy your filters online today and change them on December 31st and quarterly thereafter.

Click Here to Buy NordicPure Air Filters

Buy Your Direct from the Manufacturer (NordicPure), High Quality Home Air Filters Here

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vacation Planning Time: Vacation Ideas 2010

Ready to Plan/Book Your 2010 Vacation?
We're involved in the vacation rental business at Hilton Head Island, so we know that at year-end many people start planning and booking vacations for the new year.   I will have a series of weekly blogs (starting next week) with suggestions for vacation planning for 2010.  Be sure to check back (or subscribe to my blog) to see these cool vacation ideas.  I will also have a list of cool iPhone apps related to travel.

Upcoming "Vacation Ideas" blogs:
Hilton Head Island (our vacation villa is located here)
Cancun, Mexico
Waunita Hot Springs (Dude Ranch in Colorado)
Negril, Jamaica
Charleston, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC

Mel Coker

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Boeing 787 First Flight

Boeing's New 787 Dreamliner Makes First Flight on December 15th!
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be built in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The new plane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 10:27 a.m. local time. After approximately three hours, it landed at 1:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field.  The flight marks the beginning of a flight test program that will see six airplanes flying nearly around the clock and around the globe, with the airplane's first delivery scheduled for fourth quarter 2010.

On November 20, 2009, Boeing held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the second final assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner program at its Boeing North Charleston facility. The facility also will have the capability to support the testing and delivery of airplanes.   This is a BIG economic benefit for South Carolina.  Congratulations to Boeing!

Fox News Article
Read Boeing Press Release
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Monday, December 14, 2009

WANTED! Columbia, SC Home Buyers

Columbia, SC Home Buyers

Now is really the time to BUY a home.  Here are the reasons:

  • Incredibly low mortgage interest rates
  • Federal Tax Credit Has been extended and EXPANDED
  • Home prices have moderated and/or decreased
  • Home ownership is always a smart financial move
 View my NEW website that explains all of the Tax Credit rebates - first time homebuyer rebate of $8000 and the move-up/repeat homebuyer rebate of $6500.  There have been other changes too that are beneficial.

Also, ready about the Mel Coker stimulus rebate!

CLICK HERE to see the Mel Coker Homebuyer Tax Rebate website

More info: Homebuyer Tax Credit Changes

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC
(803) 223-6214

Thursday, December 10, 2009

FHA Loans - A GREAT Financing Option for Your Home Purchase

Low home prices. Historic interest rates. Tax credits. Stimulus packages. Bailouts. There's a lot of chatter about how these factors affect the real estate market, but not enough talk about a no-brainer financing option... FHA Loans.

Key Points About FHA Loans:

  • The borrower must meet standard FHA credit qualifications (there's no set credit score barometer, but a borrower's debt-to-income ratio is heavily considered).
  • The borrower is able to finance the upfront mortgage insurance premium into the loan. The borrower will be responsible for paying an annual premium.
  • The FHA mortgage requires a low 3.5-percent down payment, and that money can come from a variety of sources, including parent gifts and HUD downpayment assistance grants.
  • Closing costs are also low - typically 3 percent of the total purchase price - and may be covered by the seller in today's market. They can also be incorporated into monthly payments.
  • Eligible properties are one-to-four unit structures, and each state has a purchase price limit (as high as $400,000) for FHA loans.
  • If a buyer finds a fixer-upper, the FHA 203(k) program can help the person purchase or refinance the property, with the cost of repairs and improvements included in the loan.
  • FHA home mortgages aren't just for first-time homebuyers. FHA refinance loans can help people get out of toxic debt situations caused by subprime mortgages with high interest rates.

CLICK for more Info: Why Should I Consider an FHA Loan

Ready to buy a home in Columbia, SC? 

Telephone: (803) 388-8011

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

West Columbia Home For Sale - Quail Hollow

Beautiful Home for Sale in Popular Quail Hollow Subdivision
There is not a more convenient location in all of the Greater Columbia area than Quail Hollow!  This home is convenient to everything (within 10 minutes to ALL of this): downtown Columbia, Irmo, Lexington, Riverbanks Zoo, Lexington Medical Center, Intersates 26, 20 and 77, and Columbia Metropolitan Airport.  Also within easy driving is Lake Murray and Fort Jackson. As an added bonus to this friendly neighborhood, residents may choose to join the Quail Hollow Swim & Racquet Club.

This home has approximately 4109 square feet.  Special features include an over-sized executive study, gameroom in the basement, screened porch, private backyard with pool and spa.  Recent upgrades include: all new carpet throughout the home, granite counters in the kitchen and the entire home interior has been repainted.

Priced to sell quickly at $359,900.

More information or schedule an appointment to see this home: Call Mel Coker (803) 318-2007
Virtual tour
Mel's RE/MAX Virtual Tour
Mel's RealBird Virtual Tour

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Own a Website or Blog?
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You can do this for your website(s) or blog(s).  You will earn 20% commission on all sales through your website or blog.  You can even customize the selection of posters and art to the theme of your website or blog.   Click HERE or HERE to view two websites I created with easy coding supplied to me.  You can also put simple banners or search boxes on your blog too.  It's easy!  You have to sign-up first.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NEW LISTING - Irmo/Dutch Fork area

Home for Sale in Chestnut Hill Plantation
74 Upper Loop Way / Columbia, SC

I have a new listing for sale in the popular Chestnut Hill Plantation subdivision.  The home is in excellent condition and has 4 bedrooms.  Looking for your first home or a move-up home?   NOW is the time to buy with low mortgage interest rates and the extended and expanded Federal Tax Credit.

Chestnut Hill Plantation has excellent amenities for homeowners.   There is a very nice and expansive community park with clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, playground area and access to the Broad River.  There are also miles of walking paths (sidewalks) throughout the community.

CLICK HERE for my virtual tour website

RealBird Virtual Tour

Animoto "Buy a Home" Christmas Card

Mel Coker
(803) 223-6214