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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Watch Out for Lightning in South Carolina

Spring and Summer are optimal times for Lightning in South Carolina!
I published an eBook in May 2009 titled Lightning Awareness & Safety in South Carolina as a public service.   I'm #2 on a Google Search for "South Carolina lightning."

All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.  Pay attention to warnings and take appropriate safety measures.  Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning.  On average, about 60 people are killed each year by lightning in the United States.  

A recent analysis shows that South Carolina ranks #9 in total deaths from lightning in number and per capita.  South Carolina ranks #5 in lightning strikes per state.  Just a few years ago, a boater was killed by lightning on Lake Murray.

Lightning is a serious danger!   When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.
Cool link:  StrikeStarUS - a real time lightning locator network

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Your Home: April 2011

My CRS newsletter for April features articles on:
Contractural Obligations, Herb Gardening Made Easy and Hardwood vs. Carpet

CLICK HERE for the April 2011 Your Home Newsletter

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC

First Time Home Buyer?

Columbia, SC First Time Home Buyer?
Mel Coker will guide you through the process!

Homebuying is still an important key to financial success.   Think about it... Do people of higher net worth generally rent or buy homes?  They BUY their own home!  You can too and it's an easy process.   NOW is a great time to buy:  LOW mortgage rates and a great inventory of homes at great values.

Call Mel Coker at (803) 388-8011
Mel's Columbia SC Real Estate website

Call Mel Coker to Buy a Columbia Area Home
(803) 388-8011 or email:

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia SC Real Estate website
Columbia, SC
Each office is independently owned & operated

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Columbia, SC Pictures

More Columbia, SC Pictures:
I've snapped a few more pictures with my new Sony DSC-HX5V camera.

A View of Columbia's skyline from Finlay Park
CLICK for Panoramic View

State House - Columbia, SC

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cool Panoramic Pictures!

Coolest & Best Value Digital Camera - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V
I just bought a new camera for my real estate business and websites that I own and operate.  It's the amazing Sony DSC-HX5V.  I got it at a great price (only $229) from Amazon.  This camera does wide angle really well (for my home interior shots) and an amazing job on automated sweep panoramas (no "stitching" in separate software) .  It also has many other cool features at an incredible price.

Check out my first sweep panorama - taken at our Lake Murray home:

Lake Murray - Panoramic Shot with Sony DSC-HX5V

Want one?  Buy Your Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V 10.2MP CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 3.0 inch LCD

More cool pictures coming soon!