Monday, January 25, 2016

Lake Murray is the Place to be in Wintertime (and Summer)

To my Northeast friends... Tired of the snow and blizzards? Move to friendly and (relatively) warm Greater Columbia or Lake Murray (SC).

Average temperatures and snowfall in Columbia, SC:
January   High:  56 degrees  Low: 34 degrees  
February  High:  60 degrees  Low: 37 degrees
March  High:  68 degrees  Low: 43 degrees
Average ANNUAL snowfall for Columbia, SC is only 1/2 inch!
Average ANNUAL hours of sunshine: 2825
What are your averages?   View this website to get your numbers

 Ready to move?  Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants.   Mel sells all over Greater Columbia, including Lake Murray, Chapin, Irmo and Lexington.

Mel Coker

Cell: (803) 318-2007
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chapin, SC Update #1

Chapin, SC - NEW Growth

Chapin is a small town approximately 20 miles Northwest of Columbia, South Carolina via I-26
West.  The town is known by many as the "Capital of Lake Murray."   The shores of this beautiful lake are only a few miles from Chapin.  There, homeowners and visitors enjoy a lake of 40 miles in length with approximately 600 miles of shoreline.   Chapin area residents have one of the finest school districts in South Carolina - Lexington Richland School District 5.

An update on what will be new in the Chapin area in 2016:

Chapin Furniture will open a new store at 660 Columbia Avenue.   It's conveniently located at exit 91 on I-26 and will open around mid-year in 2016.

Publix is building a new grocery store at Chapin Crossing at 1150 Chapin Road.  This store is expected to open in the fall of 2016.   It will have about 46,000 square feet of space.   There will be other stores in this development to be announced later.

Sonic is expected to build a new restaurant on Chapin Road and open in 2016.

Chapin Park (possibly to be re-named), a new park developed and operated by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is expected to open by the end of 2016.   This 70 acre park situated between  Eptings Camp and Old Bush River Roads was developed in conjunction with community needs and participation.   The park will feature six baseball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, play area and a state of the art splash pond.   Click here for a site plan.

And, close to Chapin will be the Greater Columbia area's first Costco store.  This store is under development now at Piney Grove Road and I-26 (exit 104).  This is only 13 miles from Chapin exit 91 on I-26.  The store will open in 2016.

 Chapin is a GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!  Ready to move or retire to Chapin and the Lake Murray area?  Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants.  Call Mel at (803) 318-2007.

Chapin, SC Area Map

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007  |  email:
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Lake Murray and Columbia are in the Bargain Belt of Real Estate Values!

Columbia, SC is in the Bargain Belt!

TRULIA recently posted an article, "Housing in 2016", that identified COLUMBIA, SC as being in Markets to Watch in 2016.  This area is labeled as the
Trulia Reports:  Columbia, SC is in the Bargain Belt!
the "Bargain Belt" of affordable housing.   Columbia, SC was #7 in a national survey of markets that have strong potential for growth.

Key components of the analysis included: strong job growth, high affordability, high number of inbound searches and a large share of millennials.   For the full and informative article, CLICK HERE for 2016 Housing Predictions.

Columbia is a GREAT place to live.   We also have pleasant year-round weather, highly rated school districts, fun recreational opportunities and Lake Murray and a vibrant downtown area.

Ready to move or have questions?  Contact Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.   I am a life-long Columbia area resident and currently live on Lake Murray.

(Trulia information and graphic used with permission of Trulia).

Mel Coker
Realtor, ABR, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Will 2016 Be The Year For Your Move to Lake Murray?


This may be the  year you decide to move to a beautiful and friendly lake in the South.  If so, you
need to consider Lake Murray near Columbia, South Carolina.   Mel Coker is the Lake Murray expert to assist you with relocation and finding the right home.

Mel is a life-long Columbia area resident and has lived on Lake Murray for over 12 years.  Call Mel for assistance in finding the right Lake Murray home or lot.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
Internet:  (MLS Search)