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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

West Columbia NEW Home Community: Parrish Plantation

NEW Homes, GREAT deals in Parrish Plantation
West Columbia, SC

Ready for a NEW home at a GREAT price in 2011?  Call Mel Coker, your Greater Columbia new home relocation specialist.  Call Mel at (803) 318-2007.

4 BR; over 4000 square feet; priced at $254,900
 This new home, built by D.R. Horton, is the Murray III-F model with 4200 square feet.  The home features a spacious kitchen with maple cabinets, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a bonus room makes up the entire third floor.  All of this on a nice sized lot for only $254,900.  This home has been reduced over $41,000 for a quick sale.

Parrish Plantation is located in the West Columbia area between off U.S. Highway 1 and between Interstates 26 and 20.   It's conveniently located to Columbia Metropolitan Airport, downtown Columbia, Lexington Medical Center and even Fort Jackson is an easy drive by Interstates 26 and 77.   Parrish Plantation has a nice community pool overlooking a pond and a low annual HOA fee.

SPECIAL:  Call Mel Coker for FREE buyer representation and Buy a NEW home with Mel Coker as your buyer's agent, close by March 31, 2011 and receive a $500 Lowe's Gift Card at closing.

To buy this home or any other NEW home in the Greater Columbia area, call Mel Coker now.

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011
email  |  Internet

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Columbia, SC!

In the Christmas spirit today, I've written HTML for a new webpage: Christmas in Columbia, SC.  Check it out when you have a chance.
Christmas in Columbia, SC webpage

I hope you and your family have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Kelly, Barbara & Mel Coker

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Call Mel Coker to BUY your home in 2011:  (803) 388-8011

High Electric Bills? Part 2 of 3

High Electric Bills This Winter?
3 Simple Steps to Lower Utility Bills

#1 - Insulate Interior Outside Wall electrical outlets and light switches
Read Part 1 in my series to see my motiviation for Step 1
I bought Duck outlet and switch plate foam covers from Amazon.   For maximum safety, turn off power at the breaker box.   Put the foam insulation pad behind the plate on all outside wall outlet boxes and switch plates.   One online resource mentioned also putting these foam covers outside on exterior electrical outlet boxes.   This is an EASY and INEXPENSIVE way to save on the cost of energy.

Duck Brand 1285359 Socket Sealers Variety Pack, 18 Outlet Sealers and 6 Switch Plates, White

I added socket sealers to all exterior walls

#2 - Replace those old fashioned incandescent light bulbs with CFLs
These bulbs have come down significantly in cost; last longer and use less wattage for comparable light.  So, you save money in several ways.   I recommend buying quality CFLs with the Energy Star rating.  For a 60 watt incandescent bulb, you can replace this with a 13 watt compact fluorescent light (CFL).   Do 20 of these in a home (I changed 52 in my home), and you've gone from 1200 watts to 260 watts.  They also burn much cooler (saving money in summertime cooling costs).
View Mel Coker's CFL web page

GE 13-Watt Energy SmartTM - 8 Pack - 60 watt replacement

I changed out 52 bulbs!

#3 - Change Your Heating/Cooling HVAC filters regularly
This is another important and easy step.  I change my two HVAC filters quarterly with premium electrostatic air filters from NordicPure.  Clean filters protect your inside living environment and your HVAC equipment.   They also allow your system to not run as much or long thereby SAVING ENERGY!
View Mel Coker's Clean Air web page
buy quality NordicPure HVAC 12 MERV electrostatic air filters directly from the manufacturer

Change HVAC filters regularly!

Of course, even bigger savings can accrue from cutting back on those appliances that really eat up electricity:  home heating/cooling heat pumps; water heaters; and dryers.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

High Electric Bills? Part 1 of 3

High Electric Bills This Winter?  Analyze Your Electric/Gas Bills!
Recently on a very cold night, I was working in my walkout basement and went to plug in a laptop on an interior outside wall electrical outlet. I was amazed at the amount of cold air coming in through the receptacle.  I have lived in the home for 8 years and never noticed this previously. This particular night, the outside temperature was about 20 degrees. On the other side of this exterior wall is an unheated outside storage room.

I decided to take action! First, I decided to analyze my utility bills over the past 4 years.  A summary of my electric bill analysis follows (I am on Mid Carolina Co-op).   Over 3 years (2008-2010):

  • My annual usage has increased only 1.62% per year.  From 2007-2009 annual usage remained fairly constant (actually slight decreases for 2 years).  There was a spike up in 2010 (11.75% increase) due to a malfunctioning HVAC system for about 2 months.
  • The bad news:  cost per kilowatt hour has increased 6.52% per year over the past 3 years.   This compares to an annual increase in the Consumer Price Index of only 1.65% over the same period.
  • My electric bill cost has increased 7.88% per year
  • In 2007, my cost per KWH was 8.48 cents; in 2010 the cost was 10.21 cents.  The cost from 2009 to 2010 remained about constant, but watch out for coming increases (nuclear plant under construction).
  • Good news about electric rates in South Carolina... we are below the national average!  For 2009, the national electric rate (cents per kilowatthour) was 11.58 cents; for my bills the average was 10.21 cents - that's 11.83% lower than the national average!
Want a wake-up call?  Analyze your electric/gas bills on a spreadsheet.  Get your monthly bill cost, divide by the monthly KWH and you will have your average cost per KWH (in cents).  You may be able to get these through your utility company website or making a call to customer service.  Knowing these costs precisely will  enable you to want to take action for future energy savings.

What can you do?  Watch out for my PART TWO coming in the next day or so - I'll have THREE SIMPLE STEPS FOR HOME ENERGY SAVINGS AND BETTER HOME COMFORT.     You will be able to perform these 3 steps to cut your energy usage and save money. 

How We Use Energy in Our Homes (2007)

Really Cool! Part THREE:    Watch my NEW Kill AWatt Electricity Usage Monitor in use.

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Real Estate Today RADIO!

Real Estate Today on the Radio and Mel Coker's Websites
Another benefit for visiting Mel Coker's BLOG or website(s)!   As a member of the National Association of Realtors, I have access to the new REAL ESTATE TODAY radio program on my website.

Welcome to the radio show about all-things real estate with award-winning broadcaster Gil Gross. We deliver everything you need to know about your home, from buying and selling to improving its value... even the current state of the market.  Listen, Join, and Share in the American Dream!

Mel Coker
Realtor, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 223-6214

Saturday, December 4, 2010

6 Facts YOU MUST Know When Dealing With ANY Problem

Stuff I like...   Business advice from Bob Parsons!
I've got "Bob Parsons 16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General" posted in my office.  I also have all of my websites hosted with his company, GoDaddy.  Bob has been quite a success in his business life - he is the Founder, CEO and sole owner of GoDaddy.  He also served in Vietnam and won a Purple Heart.

Read Bob's Profile at  |  Read "An Interview with Bob Parsons" (excerpted from: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times)

From time to time, I'll post some of his interesting videos.  Here is episode #38:  6 Facts YOU MUST Know When Dealing With ANY Problem .
Watch it and learn... it's COOL!

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
All offices are independently owned & operated
Columbia SC Real Estate
(803) 223-6214

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Coker family in Columbia, South Carolina!

I did some reading today on the orgins of Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Thanksgiving Day began as a tradition at the end of the harvest season to express thanks for one's material possessions and spiritual blessings.

The first recorded Thanksgiving ceremony took place on September 8, 1565, when 600 Spanish settlers, under the leadership of explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed at St. Augustine, Florida, and immediately held a Mass of Thanksgiving (with a feast and celebration) for safe delivery to the New World. Of course, the Pilgrims had Thanksgiving observances in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the early 1600s. As President, on October 3, 1789, George Washington made a proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America.  Thanksgiving Day has been a holiday in the United States since 1863.

The History of Thanksgiving: The History Channel

Mel Coker

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Coming Soon: More Video for Columbia, SC Real Estate

Coming Soon:  More real estate video related to Columbia, SC real estate

Featured videos soon to be in production:  Buying tips, Selling Tips, Community information, Home tours, mortgage information, local service providers, Lake Murray information, Fort Jackson information.

It will all appear on my WellcomeMat webpage. IS the place for real estate video (the real estate version of YouTube).

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC

BUY NOW! It's the Smart Choice.

It's a GREAT time to buy a home in the Greater Columbia area.  I can assist you with homes in: downtown Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Lake Murray, Blythewood and Northeast Columbia.

When you're ready to BUY a home, contact MEL COKER:
Telephone: (803) 388-8011

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Shopping: Vol. 2

BLACK FRIDAY starts early at

Starts Monday, November 22nd - new deals all day through November 27th. is the world's largest store!  I shop here regularly for great prices, great selections and helpful customer reviews on products.   Plus free shipping is sometimes available and delivery is fast.

CLICK HERE to shop at

Christmas Shopping: Vol. 1

GREAT Buys at!   Many orders qualify for FREE Shipping, PLUS $5 OFF on your first order of just $25 (limited time offer).
I buy here.   Try it and you will be pleased with great prices and fast shipping.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit - Still Available for Military

Home Buyer Tax Credit Still Available for Military Personnel (Under certain circumstances)
The Home Buyer tax credit expired back on April 30, 2010.  HOWEVER,  for qualified service members who are ordered on a period of official extended duty, these dates are extended. For these home buyers, the tax credit applies to sales with a binding sales contract in place on or before April 30, 2011 and closed by June 30, 2011.

Additionally, qualified service members who sell or move from a tax credit home within three years of the initial purchase due to official extended duty are exempt from the recapture rule.  (Typically, homes that are sold or that cease to be used as a principal residence within three years of the initial purchase are subject to recapture of the tax credit.)
CLICK HERE to read the rules
To buy your home in Greater Columbia, South Carolina, please be sure to contact Mel Coker.  I know the rules!   And, I offer FREE and professional buyer representation.   I also assist you with the mortgage process, home inspections and all aspects of closing.  NOW is the time to buy with an excellent selection of homes in the Columbia area and historically low mortgage interest rates.   I have excellent referrals for VA loans.  I sell homes in Northeast Columbia (near Fort Jackson), Southeast Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin and at Lake Murray.
To BUY your home in Columbia, SC, contact Mel Coker:
Internet: Columbia Real Estate
Office Telephone: (803) 223-6214


Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-Pro
Columbia's exclusive CyberStar Realtor!
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Each office is independently owned and operated

Veterans Day: 2010

A Salute to Veterans from Mel Coker, Columbia, SC Realtor!

This federal holiday was initially known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1917. The holiday officially began in 1926 and in 1954 the holiday name was changed to Veterans Day.

History of Veterans Day website
Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. PLEASE BE SURE TO THANK A VETERAN FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!

I've created a webpage with information for the Columbia, SC Veterans Day parade and to honor our veterans. Please check the page out as it contains other information such as: Veterans Day links, pictures from our Memorial Park in Columbia, SC and the name of America's most decorated soldier from ANY international/foreign war (HINT: it's not Alvin York or Audie Murphy and he WAS born in South Carolina!).
Click Here for: Military in South Carolina

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
– George Washington
General and Commander-in-Chief & First President of the United States of America

Columbia, SC Vietnam Memorial

Monday, November 8, 2010

Considering a Home Purchase? In Greater Columbia, Call Mel Coker

NOW is the time to BUY a home in Columbia!
I sell Columbia, Fort Jackson area, Chapin, Irmo, Lake Murray, Lexington, West Columbia.
When you're ready to BUY, contact Mel Coker:
Google Voice Number: (803) 388-8011
email:  melcoker at
Internet:  Columbia, SC Real Estate

32 Homes SOLD in 2010!  I'm ready to assist you NOW.  Please call or email Mel Coker.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Back from Mexico (Cancun & Tulum)

Cancun / Tulum, Mexico
Barbara and I just returned from our 16th trip to Mexico.  We had a great time (again)!

CLICK HERE for my Cancun/Tulum Music Video

For our 16th trip to Cancun, we booked this time at Me Cancun by Melia.  But, I made a change to our booked itinerary.   After booking our Cancun hotel, I decided to book nights down at Tulum, Mexico.  I initially booked 3 nights at Cabanas Tulum.   However, we had so much fun in Tulum, we decided to stay an extra night.  So, we stayed in Cancun for 2 nights, drove our rental car down to Tulum (2 hours South) for a 4 night stay and then returned to Cancun for 2 more nights.

The highlight our our trip was our time in Tulum.  Tulum is definitely much different from Cancun.   Cabanas Tulum "hotel" was a great place to stay and all of the restaurants we visited were great too.  Also, we visited Tulum Pueblo (the town) and a cenote for the first time.  On the way back to Cancun, we stopped off in Puerto Morelos for a brief visit and dinner.

When you're ready to visit Cancun, Tulum or the Rivera Maya, contact me by email for suggestions and tips.
Mel's Cancun webpage

Tulum Resources:
Tulum Bulletin Board
Tulum Maps
Tulum - TripAdvisor
Cabanas Tulum


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Columbia, SC Real Estate Update

Columbia, SC Real Estate Update: 1st in a Series

Columbia, SC Housing Report
 Home sales in the Columbia area are down the first nine months of 2010 compared to the same period last year.   This was also the subject of an article in THE STATE newspaper yesterday.   CLICK HERE to read the article.    I will provide more details in this blog article and plan to have two more blogs coming soon with more detail.   Get your best update and snapshot of the Columbia real estate market by reading my blog posts!

The 3rd quarter was a really bad quarter for the Columbia real estate market.   Sales were down 29.4% in the 3rd quarter of 2010 compared to the 3rd quarter in 2009.    Average prices were up a modest 2.09%.

For year-to-date in 2010 (thru September 2010), sales are down 4.3%.  Average prices are up a modest 1.89%.    Obviously the year-to-date stats were helped by the first time homebuyer tax credit that was in effect for contracts written and accepted by April 30, 2010.

Personally, my stats are a little different.   My closings thru September 2010 were up 20% compared to the same nine month period last year.   And, I've got 4 closings scheduled for October.   But, there is no doubt that our market is still down and in "erratic" mode.   But, it's a GREAT TIME TO BUY A HOME!  Call Mel Coker at (803) 388-8011 to buy your home in Greater Columbia.

More stats:   At the end of September 2010, there were 8396 properties for sale.  This compares to 7217 as of the end of September 2009, an increase of 16.3%.   And there is enough inventory (based on sales rate compared to remaining inventory) to last 13.09 months.   This is an increase of 21.7% over the same period last year.   Normal market inventory accumulation would be in the range of 6 months.

The last positive growth period in Columbia real estate sales was the 1st nine months in 2007.    During this period, there were 9304 closings compared to the 5773 closings in the same period this year.  That's a 38.0% drop.   Also, during this nine month period in 2007, the inventory accumulation was 7.69 months.   Average prices have dropped since then by 6.95%.

Coming in future blog posts:  further detail on the above stats, including specifics in the most popular areas of Columbia real esate (Irmo/Dutch Fork; Lexington and Northeast Columbia); Lake Murray real estate update.   Be sure to read (or subscribe to my blog posts) for the most detail about what's happening in the Columbia real estate market.

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Join Us at Nutty Back Door this Thursday!

Join Mel & Barbara at Nutty Back Door
Thursday, October 14 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Located in Hilton area at Wessinger Road
 I've recently met the really nice owner, Ron Robbs,  of the Nutty Back Door and the Get-N-Go in Hilton.     Barbara and I have been there for dinner several times now.  It's very good and reasonably priced.  I want to help Ron get some more business by introducing you to this really good "locals" place to eat.  I've had the wings several times and they are great!  He also has a very nice salad bar.

The Nutty Back Door and Get-N-Go convenience store is located at the same location as the old PDQ.  It's between White Rock and Chapin at the intersection of U.S. Highway 76 and Wessinger Road in the Hilton area.

Join us this Thursday night as we stop in for dinner again at the Nutty Back Door.   Ron is offering a special: buy one dinner and get the 2nd of equal or greater value at 1/2 price.   All of the meals are very reasonably priced.   I will be giving away a few door prizes.  Join us this coming Thursday night.  If you know you are coming, please send me an email so I can give Ron an idea of a potential crowd.  Email:    Barbara and I will be there about 6:30 p.m.   Please join us!

Barbara with Nutty Back Door Owner, Ron Robbs

 Nutty Back Door
2101 Wessinger Road; Chapin
(803) 945-9250

CLICK HERE: Read my restaurant review at UrbanSpoon

Sunday, October 10, 2010

South Carolina Rolls Over #1 Alabama

We were there!   South Carolina's Gamecocks beat the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 35-21 in Williams-Brice Stadium yesterday afternoon.  

End of Game!  Gamecocks Beat #1 Alabama 35-21
 Barbara and I were there for the exciting game.  It was really a dominating performance by the Gamecock football team.   Alabama was the #1 ranked team in the country coming into the game; was the defending national champions; and had won 19 straight games.

Read the story at Gamecocks Online

The University of South Carolina campus was the setting yesterday for ESPN's College Game Day show and the 3:30 game was the CBS national game of the day.  The stadium was really rocking for this game!

This great win was the third time this year, a Gamecock men's sports team beat a #1 ranked team.   Early this year, the men's basketball team beat #1 ranked Kentucky.   Early this summer, the South Carolina baseball team beat #1 ranked Arizona State and went on to win the College World Series and become national college baseball champions.

As a result of the big win, South Carolina has moved from #19 to #10 in the Associated Press college football poll released today.   This win also moved Coach Steve Spurrier to #2 all-time in SEC wins... behind Alabama's legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant.

CLICK HERE: Watch the ESPN Video recap
CLICK HERE:  Stephen Garcia

Gamecock Flag Flys at Lake Murray
 Mel Coker
Columbia Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Friday, October 1, 2010

Foreclosures Continue to Swell

Foreclosures / Short Sales Continue to Hamper Any Real Estate Recovery

According to RealtyTrac Inc., homes in the foreclosure process sold at an average 26 percent discount in the second quarter as almost one-fourth of all U.S. transactions involved properties in some stage of mortgage distress.  The discount reflects the average sales price of homes in the foreclosure process compared with properties not in distress, according to RealtyTrac.

Home seizures in August reached a record for the third time in five months, with more than 95,000 repossessions, RealtyTrac said earlier this month. Home prices dropped in July, the eighth consecutive year-over- year decline according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

CLICK HERE To Read the Entire Article

Basically, foreclosures are adding to a swelling U.S. housing supply as the national unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent and the end of a federal homebuyer tax credit dampen purchases.   This makes sales of exisiting homes and new homes very difficult.

Nevada had the highest proportion of distressed sales of any U.S. state in the second quarter, with 56 percent of all transactions involving properties seized by banks or at risk of foreclosure. Arizona ranked second at 47 percent, while California was third at 43 percent.   Top foreclosure cities are: Las Vegas, NV; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Orland, FL.

In South Carolina, the counties with the highest number of foreclosures are:  Horry,  Greenville and Charleston.  CLICK HERE for foreclosure activity by county

Need Help with your mortgage?  Click on the resources listed below: - Are you at risk of foreclosure and losing your home?
Help for America's Homeowners

Mel Coker, Columbia's Internet Realtor!
 Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 223-6214
Ready to BUY or SELL in Columbia, SC?  Contact Mel Coker.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Beatles in Lexington! (Almost)

The Return returns to Lexington October 8th!  Buy your tickets now!
The Return has been reviewed as the most authentic Beatles tribute band in the world!

The captivating, fun, exciting spirit that came to be known as "Beatlemania" is alive again in the Return-the world's most authentic and entertaining Beatles tribute band. These four lads, all in their early to mid-twenties, have carefully and skillfully recreated the Beatles experience by not only performing all the great songs of the original four, but also by sporting the same suits, boots, mop-tops, musical instruments, and gear. 

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center in Lexington is hosting The Return on October 8th.  The event begins at 7:00 p.m., tickets are $35, tax-deductable and on sale now at Wingard's.  Be sure to park at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and a shuttle buses  will take you back and forth to Wingard's. 

The Art in the Garden event normally sells out and tickets will not be sold the day of the show, so stop in today or call 803 359 9091, and purchase your tickets.  Ticket price includes: a delicious dinner prepared by Dupre Catering; beverages from Sam's Fine Wines & Spirits; art from the works of leading Midland's artists; a silent auction; and a two hour concert by the world's greatest Beatles Tribute Band, The Return (, which begins at 8:00.  The 5th annual Art in the Garden benefits Lexington Interfaith Community Services.

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center

Barbara and I attended the 3rd annual Art in the Garden (2008) and saw The Return for the first time.  We saw The Return for the second time last year in a concert at Winthrop University.  Both shows were great.  We've got our tickets already for the concert at Wingard's Nursery.   Call to get your tickets today!
Click to view Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center Video of 2008 The Return show

The Return Website
Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center Website

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dropbox: Recommended by Mel Coker

Mel Coker uses Dropbox!
 Dropbox: Great for File Backup and Anywhere Access 
Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.  It's EASY and FREE (up to 2 GB).  Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed.  Because copies of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.

With Dropbox, your files are always in sync.  Let's say you're editing a document in the Dropbox folder at home. As soon as you press Save, Dropbox will sync this file to all your other computers and mobile devices instantly and automatically. It's as if you saved the document to all of your computers. This gives you the freedom to work anywhere and always have the files you need.

Dropbox lets you share files easily.  You can easily share entire folders or photo albums with Dropbox. Simply put the folders you want to share in your Dropbox, and invite people to them. You can also send people links to specific files within your Dropbox. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects.

With Dropbox, online backup is automatic.  Any file you put into your Dropbox folder is automatically backed up to our servers. Even if your computer has a melt-down, your files are safe on Dropbox and can be restored at any time. While our free 2GB account is perfect for backing up your documents, we offer larger accounts (up to 100GB) for backing up your music and video collections.

My important files are always installed in my Dropbox folder.  Then I have access to my Dropbox files  on my home PC, work PC and my laptop travel PC.   I can also access these files on my iPhone.  I use Dropbox all the time.  If you don't do any backup of critical and important files or if you need files access from multiple PCs, you should install Dropbox now.
Get Dropbox Now - with an extra 250 MB of storage

As I said previously, Dropbox is FREE for up to 2 gigabytes of storage.  There are reasonable cost plans for more storage  (Great if you have lots of photo and music files to backup).  CLICK HERE and get 250 MB of free account storage (2.25 GB) because of your referral from Mel Coker.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ready to Buy a Car in Columbia, SC?

Mel Coker's Car Buying Experience - Columbia, SC
I was ready for a new car last week and after a fairly extensive review of vehicles, I settled on a 2011 Honda Pilot (those miles pile up on my vehicle selling homes all over Greater Columbia).  I talked with 3 different Honda dealerships - two in the Greater Columbia area and one in another town.  My new Honda Pilot drives and looks great!

If you are ready for a new Honda (or used) vehicle, I highly recommend David Moody at Honda of Columbia. David Moody was very professional in his sales approach. I feel I received a very good deal on my new Honda and a very fair trade-in allowance. When you're ready to buy a new Honda, call David Moody at Honda of Columbia: cell (803) 315-1153 or at the dealership (803) 256-0156. Let him know that Mel Coker sent you over.  Click here for the Honda of Columbia website
Honda of Columbia is located between West Columbia and Lexington on U.S. 378 at I-20 (4333 Sunset Boulevard).

David Moody presents keys to Mel Coker at Honda of Columbia

Mel Coker

NEW LISTING: Chapin Home for Sale

I have a nice NEW listing in Chapin. This home is beautifully maintained and is near excellent Chapin schools. Stoney Pointe subdivision is located adjacent to Lake Murray.

CLICK HERE for more information

Call Mel Coker for further information: (803) 223-6214

Chapin SC Home For Sale







Single Family Home

Main Features

3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 1490 sqft


215 Walkbridge Way
Chapin, SC 29036

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RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Open House Sunday - Belfair Oaks in Irmo

Open House Sunday!  Three Homes to View in Belfair Oaks (Irmo)
Sunday, September 12 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

I have three Open Homes this Sunday in popular Belfair Oaks in Irmo.  Please plan to stop by.   All are very well maintained homes and are competitively priced.   Directions: Broad River Road (U.S. Highway 76/176) to Kennerly Road; left at Belfair Subdivision.

Belfair Oaks is Irmo's friendly subdivision!  Homeowners enjoy a great community pool and covenient location.   River Springs Elementary School is adjacent to the community and many children take the easy walk to school. 

Open Houses this Sunday, September 12th from 1-3 pm:
401 Hollenbeck Road - $210,000
124 Hunting View Drive - $215,000
318 Genessee Road - $209,000

401 Hollenbeck Road

124 Hunting View Drive

318 Genessee Road

Ready to BUY a home?  NOW is the time to buy a home with historically low mortgage interest rates.    Nathan Ballentine, of Wells Fargo Home Mortgages and a preferred mortgage professional of Mel Coker's real estate team, will be on-site to answer mortgage questions and for easy and free mortgage pre-qualification.

Please stop by this Sunday, September 12th to see these beautiful homes in Belfair Oaks (1-3 p.m.).

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 318-2007

Monday, August 30, 2010

Selling Your Home in Columbia, SC

Selling Your Home in Greater Columbia, SC?
I can help. The market is still slow with buyers. When you list your home for sale, you need a Realtor with an edge! Mel Coker has that edge with Internet Marketing. Mel has had a published website since September 1995. That's the frontier days of the Internet.

Call Mel Coker to discuss his highly effective Internet marketing plan and competitive commission rates. Read Mel's informative PDF selling brochures:
Is My Home Priced to Sell?
Is My Home Ready to Sell?
10 Tips to Sell Your Home in a Buyer's Market

Call Mel Coker at (803) 223-6214.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stuff for Your Home - Great Prices from Amazon

Need Patio, Lawn and Garden Stuff for Your Home?
Try Amazon. Great Selections and LOW Prices.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New Listing - Belfair Oaks in Irmo area

New Home Listing: Popular Belfair Oaks in Irmo, SC
Click Here for Virtual Tour

Irmo (S.C.) Home for Sale







Single Family Home
For Sale

Main Features

4 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 2296 sqft


401 Hollenbeck Road
Irmo, SC 29063

To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the "Like" button below:

Mel Coker

Mel Coker

RE/MAX Metro Associates
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Listed by: RE/MAX Metro Associates

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