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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chapin Area Garage Sale

There will be a GARAGE SALE this Saturday, June 27th (2015) in the Chapin area. 
The address:  271 Hilton Village Drive, Chapin, SC 
(The Village at Hilton subdivision).

Directions: Take U.S. Highway 76 from Irmo or Chapin to Wessinger Road; then turn left on Indian Fork; Village at Hilton subdivision on left; bear left on entrance circle.

The sale starts at 7:00 a.m.  Join us!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Digging in your yard or at your property?

Digging At Your Property in South Carolina?

South Carolina 811 is a FREE service to contact to have underground utility services
marked prior to anyone doing large or small digging projects.  Safe digging is everyone’s responsibility. Notifying SC811 of your planned excavation can help prevent damages that can result in fines, utility service interruption and physical injury – even death.  And, it's the law.

Every digging project requires a call to 811.  Hitting an underground utility line while digging can harm the environment,cause serious personal injuries, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially incur fines and repair costs.

You can reach South Carolina 811 by dialing 811 within SC or calling our toll free number 888-721-7877 or visit the website: 

For a normal notice, the locate request must be entered into our system three full business days, not including the day the notice was submitted, before digging may begin.  SC811 does not physically mark the underground utility lines, but notifies the member facility operators and they are responsible for having the lines located. Facility Operators only mark the lines they install and maintain, which does not include privately owned lines.

Diggin'?  Always contact first!
More information for Homeowners
Don't be THAT GUY!

Mel Coker
Realtor, ABR, CRS, GRI, ePRO
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
Columbia / Lake Murray MLS Search

Monday, February 23, 2015

Columbia, SC Real Estate


Mel Coker has the resources and professionalism to help you.  I sell Columbia, Lake Murray, Chapin, Irmo, Prosperity, Lexington, and West Columbia.   I am a life-long Columbia area  resident and have over 500 real estate closings.

Call (803) 318-2007

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Mel Coker

Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEW Listing Near Lake Murray - All Brick Home in Chapin area

12 Hilton Glen Court
Chapin, SC  29036

This all brick home is beautiful!  It's priced to SELL at $279,900.  Located in Village at Hilton subdivision, this home is only 3.7 miles to a free public boat launch ramp on Lake Murray.  Located in the Hilton area, this is between Irmo and Chapin - a great location!

For Sale in The Village at Hilton - near Lake Murray

Great Room with Fireplace

Summary Features:
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms
  • app. 2500 square feet
  • Great room with fireplace
  • Master bedroom on main level
  • Deck overlooks nice backyard that adjoins natural area
  • Community pool, pond and walking pathways
  • Excellent Chapin area schools (Lexington District 5)

For more information and pictures:
CLICK HERE for online tour

Call Mel Coker for a showing appointment on this home or any other home near or on Lake Murray.  Lake Murray is South Carolina's awesome lake!  Call (803) 318-2007.

Mel Coker

Lake Murray Realtor & Resident
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
Lake Murray & Columbia Homes - MLS Search

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ready to Escape the Cold & Snow? Move to Columbia, SC.

Tired of long, cold, snowy winters?
Consider Columbia, South Carolina.
(Including Lake Murray, Lexington, Chapin, Irmo)

Greater Columbia is Friendly.  We have a reasonable cost of living.   Excellent values in home prices and reasonable home taxes.  And, we have nice weather and typically snow-free winters.  Ready?

Contact Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.

RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
CLICK HERE for Internet MLS Search

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lake Murray Sales Report - Covering 2006 - 2014

What's Happening At Lake Murray?

The Most Comprehensive Lake Murray Market Analysis Follows...

The Golden Year (The Standard)
The Year was 2006...
  • The average closed price in 2006 was $558,387.  This was an all-time high and represented a 19.2% price increase over 2005.
  • The all time high in annual sales was in 2005 with 162 closings (at that time) and 2006 saw a slight decrease to 141 closings.
  • The average days on market (DOM) was "only" 125 days in 2006.
  • There were 11 homes sold for $1 million or more
  • The year 2007 began the downturn with slightly lower numbers for sales and average sales price

The Downturn (The Bad)
2008 - 2012
  • 4 straight years of average closed price decreases (2007 - 2010)
  • Average closed price during this period $488,604 (a 12.5% decrease) with the lowest point being in 2012 at $457,489 (an 18.1% decrease from 2006)
  • Average annual closings decreased to 113 with a low of 88 in 2009
  • Average DOM was up significantly to 208 days with a high in 2011 of 243
  • During this period just 4 homes per year (on average) closed at $1 million or more

The (Partial) Recovery (The Not So Bad)
  • Average closed price during this period up 5.98% over 2012
  • Average price in 2014 was at $479,951 - still down 14.0% from 2006, however, this is up 4.9% over 2012
  • Closings averaged 180 per year, up 59.3% over the previous 5 year period
  • Average DOM down to 196 days - down 5.8%
  • During this period, 7 homes per year closed at $1 million or more
  • 183 closings in 2014, an all-time high
Home closings criteria for analysis:  Waterfront on Lake Murray; minimum 75 feet water frontage; single family home with minimum 1200 square feet; minimum price $150,000.  For DOM, 25% added to compensate for sold listings that had expired and/or withdrawn status and ultimately re-listed and sold.

More interesting data:
There are four Multiple Listing Service areas:  Irmo/Chapin, Lexington, Newberry County, Saluda County - the Lexington and Chapin areas accounted for 79% of all closings on the lake.
Prices in the Lexington / Chapin areas were 55.9% higher than the average for Newberry and Saluda counties combined.

Lake Murray Living is GREAT!

  • 151 homes for sale waterfront on Lake Murray
  • Average asking price is $665,632 - notice this is significantly higher than the closed average for 2014
  • In 2014, for the homes closed, the final average asking price was $514,839 (compare to the current overall asking price).   The average price reduction was 6.78%
  • Conclusions: many homes are overpriced and buyers are drawn to the homes priced to sell; lower priced homes attract more buyers
  • 20 homes for sale at $1 million or higher - enough to last almost 3 years at recent sales

To view or print my detailed Lake Murray market analysis, CLICK HERE FOR PDF REPORT.

The most important NEWS here is that NOW still is the time to BUY a home on or near Lake Murray.  To BUY or SELL on Lake Murray, Contact Mel Coker.  I know Lake Murray.  I SELL Lake Murray.  I live on Lake Murray.

Mel Coker
Mel Coker on Lake Murray

RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007

MLS Internet Search

Mel Coker on the Internet

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year - Columbia, SC Real Estate

Is this the year you move to Greater Columbia, including Chapin, Lexington, Irmo and Lake Murray?  Columbia is a GREAT place to call home.  Make your SMART move in 2015... move to Greater Columbia and contact MEL COKER for real estate professionalism.

Contact Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
email Mel Coker