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

Monday, November 25, 2013

Where are the Greater Columbia Area Registered Sex Offenders?

So, where are the Greater Columbia (SC) registered sex offenders?
Everywhere, unfortunately.
And, they are everywhere in other places all over the USA too.

Recently, I saw an article that indicated the highest percentage of registered sex offenders  in the USA were in Arkansas.  This made me wonder how the various areas in Greater Columbia compared to each other.   Early in 2013, I had completed my 500th real estate closing, so I decided to list the top 14 zip codes by number of my closings (accounting for 88%) and then make comparisons.   All zip code areas analyzed were below the South Carolina average percentage and significantly below that of Arkansas.

One zip code, 29036, was significantly lower for the number of registered sex offenders than any of the other 13 zip codes.  The 29036 zip code is an area Northwest of Columbia and includes the town of Chapin, surrounding area and many homes on Lake Murray.   The four zip codes with the lowest percentages in my analysis were 29036, 29072, 29229 and 29073.

Two zip codes, 29045 and 29070, were significantly higher than other zip codes.  The four highest percentages for registered sex offenders in my analysis were 29045, 29070, 29170, 29016.

View the Analysis by Mel Coker HERE.

Resources for Sex Offender Registries:
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
Safety Tips for Children

Created for information purposes only and to remind home buyers and homeowners of resources to check information related to this important topic.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
To BUY or SELL in Greater Columbia, contact Mel Coker.
(803) 388-8011
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Change Your HOME HVAC Air Filters

The MOST simple and best return on value for home maintenance?
Regular changing of home air filters!

I change my home air filters quarterly:  March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.
I use NORDICPURE Air/Furnace Filters.  The quality if as good or better as Filtrete and are priced much better with FREE shipping.  I use NordicPure brand filters with MERV rating of 8 to 12.

Go to the NordicPure page and click on AIR, then click on the left column for the size filter you need. As an example of pricing, 20x24x1 filters for MERV rating 10 are only $8.84 EACH when buying 6.   Similar quality filters for 3M brand are about double this price.

Change your home air filters regularly with high quality NordicPure filters!

We buy NordicPure AC filters!  Great pricing, free shipping and fast delivery.

Mel Coker changes filters quarterly

Mel Coker 
Columbia, SC Realtor
 RE/MAX Metro Associates

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What is Your Home or Start Page?

Get it from Mel Coker.

The first web page that I personally wrote HTML for was my own HOME page.  It was finished and posted to the World Wide Web way back on September 24, 1995.  That was over 18 years ago - in the very early days of the Internet.   And, that page is still there.

Check out my personal home/start page above.  It's got most everything you need on one clean page:  Google search box (and Bing, Wikipedia, Amazon) and the best links for news, weather, sports and financial.   Also, there is more: South Carolina links, travel, health & fitness, government and even my newest link for Diffen - compare almost anything (under the cool section).  All the BEST links are on this one page.

Please take a look at my HOME page and consider making it YOUR HOME PAGE.

A Better Home Page
Mel Coker's Home Page

Mel Coker
Columbia Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

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.  

PLEASE take 4 minutes to watch this video:  I FOUGHT FOR YOU

History of Veterans Day website
Veterans Day is 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!

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor