Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lake Murray's July 4th Celebration

The 2016 July 4th Celebration on Lake Murray is July 2nd!

The 27th annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray will be Saturday, July 2nd this year.  Join the fun activities this year as the 2016 Boat parade theme is "SALUTING OUR TROOPS."

The BOAT PARADE begins promptly at Noon on July 2nd.  You must be registered to participate (it's FREE!).  Registration is open now through June 23rd.  Registration form AND boat parade rules are at or stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center or call 781-5940 or the links below.
Registration forms:
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Prizes!  1st - $800, 2nd $500, 3rd $300, 4th $200

The LAKE MURRAY FIREWORKS show is at 9:00 p.m. on July 2nd.   It is viewable from both Dam park sites and from most places on the lake.  Be safe and watch out for other boats on the lake that evening... it will be crowded! Tune in to 98.5 FM or 106.7 FM to hear the show and patriotic music.

More information on all activities at
Please consider supporting the show with a donation:    (I did.)

Have fun, be safe and Happy 240th Birthday America!

Lake Murray's 27th Annual 4th of July Celebration!

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor
(803) 318-2007
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Chapin,SC
Lake Murray MLS Search

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Boat To An Outdoor Church Service on Lake Murray?

Is it possible to boat over to a church on Lake Murray for an outdoor Sunday morning service prior to having fun on the lake?  YES!

Established in 1847, Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Murray near Dreher Island State Park.   Lakeside services are conducted from the third week of May through the third week of September. Services begin at 8:30 AM and dress is casual.

 The outdoor lakeside worship service began during the summer of 1970 under the direction of
Location Map - Click for Larger Image Size
Reverend Clarence L. Richardson.  
Today, over forty years later, these outdoor services have grown in popularity and attendance.  Worshipers come by boat, car, or on foot to sit beneath the shady trees along the beautiful waterfront.

Where to go to church on Lake Murray:

(outdoor service)
Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church
49 Macedonia Church Road; Prosperity
May 22 - September 18, 2016  - 8:30 a.m.

Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church on Lake Murray

A Peaceful Place on Lake Murray

Lake Murray Worship Pavilion

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC  
(803) 318-2007
Lake Murray Homes Search:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Buying a Home in Columbia, SC is Cheaper Than Renting!

Why Buying a Home in Columbia, SC. Is Cheaper Than Renting

GUEST ARTICLE: By Hannah Goodman of Trulia

Whether you are looking for an inexpensive place to retire, a quiet place to start a family, or your very first starter home, consider Columbia, South Carolina. This southeastern capital city gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year and offers a variety of activities and attractions for all ages. With an average listing price of just $137,500, there’s an affordable home in Columbia to be found for every budget. In fact, a recent study by Trulia showed that Columbia ranks in the top three metros where buying a home beats renting for retiree’s, just behind New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The report assumes a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment and 25 percent tax bracket for households moving every seven years.

Where Buying a Home Beats Renting
U.S. Metro
Median Home Value, Mar 2016
Median Rent, Mar 2016
% Cheaper to Buy a Home Than Rent, Mar 2016

Note: Negative numbers mean that buying costs less than renting, while positive numbers means buying is more expensive than renting.

Not sure where to start on your house hunt?  Young people and students will be happy in Rosewood, with its close proximity to University of South Carolina, Midlands Tech and Fort Jackson.  The older generation will likely find the perfect home to fit their needs in Earlewood, a quiet residential area just a few short minutes from Downtown Columbia’s many amenities. 

Lake Murray - Another Popular Choice For Greater Columbia Living!