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

Friday, July 29, 2011

Horse Riding Vacations

Mel & Barbara Get in the Saddle Again! 
Looking for a neat horseback riding vacation?  I have two suggestions.

Barbara and Mel on High Mountain Ride - 2000
 Our first significant horseback riding experience was at a Colorado dude ranch.   We visited Waunita Hot Springs Ranch in 1996, 1998 and 2000.   We have missed this place greatly and hope to return in the near future (we got stuck on lots of Caribbean vacations).  This is a great family owned ranch high in the Rockies - the ranch is located at approximately 9000 feet elevation.    The riding program is fantastic and there are a number of other activities included such as jeep excursions, camping, river rafting trip, fly fishing and more.   Towards the end of the week, there is a ride of about 5-6 hours to Stella Mountain at over 12,500 feet!  Of course, the scenery is spectacular.
  CLICK HERE to visit the Wauntia Hot Springs Ranch website.

This past week, we made a 2 1/2 hour drive over to Madion, Georgia to visit the Southern Cross Guest Ranch.   We had a a two night stay that included riding one morning.   This is also a beautiful place.  The ranch encompasses approximately 250 acres and they have about 200 horses.   Qualified riders (a comfortable degree of horseback riding experience) may ride on the ranch's many miles of trails or open pasture.  This operates as a bed and breakfast or all-inclusive.   Packages are available that have different meal and riding plans.  It's a short drive from Columbia... Barbara and I highly recommend Southern Cross.
CLICK HERE to visit the Southern Cross Guest Ranch website.

CLICK HERE to view my Animoto/YouTube Video for our Southern Cross Ranch Visit
Animoto Video

Barbara and Mel: Southern Cross Ranch - July 2011

Get in the Saddle soon at one of these great ranches!

Buy or Sell in Columbia - Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX

RE/MAX Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction
Results from the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM, recognize RE/MAX for providing the highest overall consumer satisfaction for both home buyers and home sellers.

When you need to BUY or SELL in the Greater Columbia area (including Irmo, Chapin, Lexington, Lake Murray, Northeast Columbia), contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Metro Associates.  Mel is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC
(803) 388-8011
Each office is independently owned and operated

Friday, July 15, 2011

FREE Investment Property Analysis

Real Estate Analysis FREE was created to provide a free property analysis solution for investors.   Real Estate Analysis Free is investment software that quickly analyzes property data to produce sophisticated facts and figures.  The program generates a detailed report complete with charts and graphs.   It's FREE!  

This project was developed as a Master thesis project at Czech Technical University.   Another great tidbit discovered by Mel Coker for the benefit of those reading Mel Coker's blog articles.

Ready to BUY or SELL in Greater Columbia, SC?
Contact:  Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Fishing is Great at Lake Murray

Tournaments are hosted frequently on the lake, including the Forest Wood Cup at Lake Murray in August 2008.  Lake Murray is known as one of the most productive lakes in the Southeast for largemouth bass and striped bass.  Lake Murray state record fish include: white bass, white perch, white crappie, and white catfish. 

View Mel Coker's "Fishing at Lake Murray" web page for the following information:  fishing reports, fish attractor location, Lake Murray map purchase link, freshwater fish guide, South Carolina fishing regulations, South Carolina fishing license purchase information, Lake Murray area weather info and more.

View my Lake Murray websites for up-to-date information:
Lake Murray
Lake Murray Blog

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Grilling!

We love to grill during the summertime!  This weekend, it was Certified Angus Strip Steak.  It was great!   Weber, on their website, says that America loves to grill steak more than anything else.  

The Weber Grill Company has created a really good Steak Boot Camp guide.  If you love to grill steaks, check this out: 

Steak Boot Camp Guide by Weber

Mel Coker
Columbia SC Real Estate
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Home Ownership DOES Matter

BUYING Your Home Is The Smart Financial Move!
•Historically, home owners’ net worth has ranged from 31 to 46 times that of renters.
•A fixed-rate mortgage will not change for up to 30 years; rent typically increases 3% per year.
•Every home purchased pumps $60,000 into the economy.

Ready to buy a home in the Greater Columbia, SC area?  Contact Mel Coker - a lifelong Columbia area resident.

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC real estate website
(803) 388-8011
RE/MAX Metro Associates

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