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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Real Estate Forecast: Outlook from RE/MAX Agents

A survey of RE/MAX agents in December 2011 revealed the following:
  • 39% of RE/MAX agents believe that prices have already hit bottom
  • Nearly three-fourths of agents say their markets will have emerged from declining home prices by the end of 2012
  • 62.1% of agents predict good to very good sales in 2012
  • Half of closings were significantly delayed due to bank procedures (22.7%), financing (14.5%) and appraisals (8.7%)


CLICK on link above for complete graphic

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

LOW Mortgage Rates!

With historically low mortgage rates available now, you're able to save BIG money on your mortgage loan, or buy more home than you could in the past for the same dollars.  It's a great time to buy a home.  Don't procrastinate, get started now.

Call or email Mel Coker to buy a home in the Greater Columbia (S.C.) area.
Office:  (803) 223-6214
Columbia, SC real estate website
Columbia, SC MLS Search

Interest rates today are at 4.0% (or lower) for a fixed rate 30 year mortgage.  Visit my mortgage professionals page to contact a Columbia area mortgage professional:

Savings Example:  (these LOW rates can save you BIG money)
$150,000 mortgage amount with 30 year fixed mortgage at 4.0%
$716.12 monthly (principal and interest only PI)
Back in late 2008, this mortgage would have been at 6.0%
$899.33 monthly (P&I only)
Monthly savings = $183.21
Savings over 30 years = $65,956

Mortgage rate (30 year fixed) Since January 2007

Reproduced with the permission of

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mortgage calculator and Mortgage rates

Mortgage rates are at historical lows!
NOW is the time to buy a home.  Want excellent mortgage contacts for Columbia, SC?
Visit this webpage:

Use this excellent mortgage calculator:

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

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Real Estate Outlook from RE/MAX

RE/MAX 2012 Top 10 Housing Predictions

Dave Liniger, the RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder (along with his wife), talks about his Top 10 Predictions for 2012.  He also discusses his ideas on how to speed up the recovery.  Take 3 minutes (and 16 seconds) to watch this interesting video.

CLICK HERE: Dave Liniger's Top 10 Predictions for Real Estate in 2012

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon

One of the major assets I use in my marketing is the RE/MAX balloon.  I use it on my websites, some clothing and caps, business cards, brochures, and more.  I have even sponsored a RE/MAX balloon event at my daughter's school previously.  Did you know this is one of the most recognized marketing images in the United States?

The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon, the most recognizable RE/MAX image, debuted at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 1978. The balloon's prolific image has appeared on countless yard signs, bus benches and billboards, as well as in television and print advertising campaigns since that time. Like other household names, the RE/MAX Balloon has helped the brand stay in the forefront of consumers' minds. The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon fleet has more than 100 balloons flying in nearly two-dozen countries across the globe. It's one of the largest hot air balloon fleets in the world, and the largest fleet in North America.

Ballooning with RE/MAX brochure
(about Hot Air Ballooning)

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