Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NEW Listing - Lake Murray Home For Sale

New Lake Murray Listing from Mel Coker
Heavenly Home... 130 Heavens Edge Court; Chapin SC

The Quick Facts:  4 bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths; all brick construction; walk-out basement; app. 3400 square feet; extra rooms: bonus room, basement den; beautifully maintained; screened porch; deck; great Chapin area schools.  Priced to sell at $539,000.

229 feet on Lake Murray lot with private dock - great Chapin area location is much closer "in" than many Chapin homes.  This home is located in the Hilton area between Ballentine and Chapin.

Call to arrange your private showing with Mel Coker.  Call (803) 388-8011.

CLICK HERE for virtual tour:  130 Heavens Edge Court

Mel Coker
Lake Murray's Realtor
(803) 388-8011
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC
Each office is independently owned & operated

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lake Murray Music Video

Click to watch my Lake Murray images in a cool music video!

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011
Columbia SC Real Estate

Friday, January 21, 2011

QR Codes - Scan A Code and Win!

A little more QR code information from Mel Coker & A Contest

Mel's QR code (above)
 This is the post where I will present a little more QR code information and invite you to learn and win.   Winning a surprise gift from Mel Coker has never been so easy and educational!   Learn about QR codes and then get your QR reader for your smartphone.  QR codes are coming and I've got 'em for Columbia real estate!

I'm on the leading edge for using these new technology "enhanced bar codes" in marketing my real estate listings for Columbia.   It's a bonus for buyers and sellers.  When you're ready to BUY or SELL and want the most in professionalism and technology, call Mel Coker.  Call (803) 388-8011.
CLICK: View my latest QR code marketing brochure

CLICK:  Scan it!  Bringing Mobile Marketing Technology to Real Estate

Now...  get a QR reader app for your smartphone (like QuickMark for the iPhone) and start scanning.  Scan this image below to earn your free gift from Mel Coker.  Get to the right Internet page and you'll see what you win, what you will be eligible to win and the short list of rules/restrictions.  It's EASY and you'll have fun learning how to scan a QR code!

Scan this QR code
Get Your QR reader app

Mel Coker
Columbia's Technology Realtor (exclusive CyberStars Realtor)
Columbia, SC Real Estate
RE/MAX Metro Associate
Each office is independently owned & operated
(803) 223-6214

Sunday, January 16, 2011

QR Codes - Used by Lake Murray's Realtor: Mel Coker

QR Codes Used by Mel Coker in Columbia, SC
I first started using QR codes in early 2010 for my real estate marketing.   As far as I can determine, I was the first Realtor in Columbia to use QR code marketing (actually, I don't know of anyone even currently using this).

What is a QR code?
QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are 2-dimensional bar codes that have actually been around since 1994. They have widely used throughout Japan and in parts of Europe. With the increased adoption of mobile phones, they are increasing in popularity in the United States. QR Code is capable of encoding the same amount of data in approximately one-tenth the space of a traditional bar code.
QR Readers:  Search on your mobile device for "QR Reader"
To the right is an example of a new QR code I just created with my picture embedded!   Scan it with your mobile device and a QR reader:
Get your QR scanner now.  In my next blog post, I'll post a QR code that directs you to a webpage giving you a FREE surprise (Lexington, Newberry, Saluda, Kershaw and Richland counties only)!
Now, here here are QR codes for a NEW Lake Murray waterfront home listing - both home info & Google Map info:

Scan for Mel's Virtual Tour Website
 for 130 Heavens Edge Court

Scan for Home Location on
Google Maps

Finally, the marketing brochure I create highlights home features with QR codes incorporated.  Someone driving by the home, gets my maketing piece from the brochure box, scans with a QR reader on their mobile device, and instantly on their mobile phone have access to complete information about the home!   Cool.

Listing Brochure by Mel Coker
with QR codes

Considering SELLING your home?  Call Mel Coker to get the MOST in creative marketing!

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 223-6214

Saturday, January 15, 2011

BUY THIS Waterfront Home on Lake Murray!

New Waterfront Listing on Lake Murray

More Details Coming Soon.
SCAN QR Code with your mobile device

Home Location on Google Maps

Watch for my next post on QR Codes!  Then, I'll feature this new home listing.  Can't wait???  Call Mel Coker at (803) 388-8011.

Mel Coker
Your Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Columbia, SC

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lake Murray Map & Poster

Need a quality Lake Murray map or poster?

Kingfisher has produced quality lake maps for boating, fishing and lake recreation for many of America's best lakes since 1970.  Order your Lake Murray map or poster by clicking on the link below:

Order Kingfisher Lake Murray Map and/or Poster

The Lake Murray topographic map is waterproof and tear resistant.  It features: marina listings, lake structure and area roads.

You may also be interested in the Lake Murray aerial poster.  I have these framed in my home and real estate office.   The Lake Murray poster is a 24" x 36" print.  This image is a composite of twelve individual aerial photographs acquired by the National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) in March 1999 at a flying height of 20,000 feet. The original color infrared photographs were digitally processed and enhanced to create artificial color.  It looks great!  A South Carolina aerial poster is also available for purchase.

Monday, January 10, 2011

SNOW today at Lake Murray and in Columbia

A BIG Snow Day in the Greater Columbia area and Lake Murray

Mel Coker at Lake Murray measuring snowfall
Snow started around midnight last night and continued all morning until about mid-day today.    Late this morning, my wife and I went out for some pictures at our home on Lake Murray.  It was beautiful!   I measured the snow and found an accumulation of about 5 inches.   Snow continued to fall for awhile afterwards.  

Snow is almost rare in the Greater Columbia area, so this is a big event: all schools were closed, most government offices closed, many businesses closed and lots of fender benders on the roadways.

SNOW at Lake Murray: Monday, January 10, 2010
(click on picture for larger image size)

in the Greater Columbia area over the next few days. 
Melting snow will freeze to create dangerous driving conditions!

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

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dreher Shoals Dam - 81 years old!

NEW Webpage at
Dreher Shoals Dam

I've done the research, HTML coding and it's now complete... My new webpage with an overview of Dreher Shoals Dam.   Most people seem to refer to this engineering marvel as the Lake Murray Dam, but, the official name is Dreher Shoals Dam.
CLICK HERE: Dreher Shoals Dam

Read my webpage and you'll discover: when it was planned, when it was finished, the length and much more.  I've also got some really cool pictures.  Please take a look soon to learn more about the fascinating history of Lake Murray's Dam:  Dreher Shoals Dam.

Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray

S.C. Highway 6 - Just Completed in 1930

Dreher Shoals Dam - Engineering Marvel in 1930

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor & Lake Murray Resident
(803) 388-8011
Lake Murray Website
Lake Murray Real Estate

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Mel Coker in Columbia, South Carolina!

Mel & Barbara at Brookgreen Gardens
2010 was a very good year for me in Columbia real estate sales.  I had 30 closings in 2010.  That's a 30.4% increase from 2009.   Soon, I will post several blog articles on my analysis of real estate activity in the Greater Columbia area.  Watch for these articles soon.

In 2011, I will be promoting NEW home sales.  New homes offer excellent value and builders have become much more competitive with pricing and built-in amenities.   Already for 2011, I have 4 new homes closed or under contract for closing.   Watch for more information coming soon.

In 2011, I will continue to post articles about Columbia area real estate, Lake Murray, home improvement, energy savings ideas, Columbia happenings and much more.   If you want to get my articles as they are posted, please email me and ask for a FREE subscription to my blog and you will get my posts immediately by email.

Barbara and I greatly enjoy vacationing and I will post some articles about our Surfside Beach rental and other vacation ideas, including our favorite destination: Cancun.   Now may be the right time for you to consider buying a beach vacation/rental home.  If so, I know the right contacts, so give me a call.   Congratulations to my buddy, Steve Borden, on the acquisition of his new Myrtle Beach property last year!

My Lake Murray websites are popular with Lake Murray residents, visitors and those interested in Lake Murray real estate.  I will continue to post items of current interest in my Lake Murray blog.
Lake Murray Website
Lake Murray Blog

Please have a safe and healthy New Year.   Call me for any Greater Columbia area real estate need that you may have.

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
All offices are independently owned & operated
(803) 223-6214