Changing Lives Through Real Estate.

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month our office has its monthly Agent Leadership Council meeting. After our meeting today one of our awesome REALTORS, Gena Banks, took me to the side and began to tell a story.

She proceeded to tell me that while her family was together they started talking and sharing stories.

She went on, saying, “I just wanted you to know that in one of our office ZOOMs, you said that you learned from another agent at a Keller Williams Mastermind to, ‘Be Where Your Feet Are,’ and how much sense that made to me. I shared that with my family in that moment and look at this picture and check out what he made from that.”

She held her phone up to my face with the photo above.

My head leaned forward and my eyebrows raised. I stood tall and gave her a few giant side squeezes and told her how awesome this was multiple times. Honestly, what I really wanted to do was fall on the damn floor.

For context, this is a successful REALTOR that moved her license to KW Palmetto, married to a successful husband, that just purchased an awesome lakehouse with a big water view that is showing me that I made some sliver of an impact on her day.

While most of you know I’m not a big reader, I know there’s a book called, “Be Where Your Feet Are.” That said, this credit goes to my friend and mentor, Jen Davis, from Springfield, Missouri. She’s the one that introduced me to the concept and, looking back, resonated perfectly with so many people and our personal/professional journey as we tried, many times not hard enough, to have a work/life balance.

Think of it. If our feet are with our families on a gorgeous sunny beach or at Disney World and our minds and hearts are in our iPhones, we kinda suck where our feet are. We’re failing badly with the people our bodies are beside. We’re fakes. We are missing it, and they are missing us. We are posers.

I understand that bills need to be paid and goals want to be met and I know the mantra, “Listen, babe, these sales are why we can be on this vacation in the first place!” I’ve been there and told my wife these things many times while in the same breath I’m on the phone with termite and HVAC inspectors in the hotel room, while my kids were running on the beach waiting on daddy to take them in the ocean. That said, if you’re doing this, you’re failing your family, the friends and families you are with, and you are failing you.

Thank you, Gena Banks, for sharing this story with me today! Thank you, too, Jen Davis, for having such a servant’s heart and sharing with our group so I could share to mine!

Franklin Jones

Bolen Hall @ King’s Grant, 29209!

By the time many of you wake up Friday morning this awesome house will be on the market in one of Downtown Columbia’s most popular Neighborhoods – King’s Grant!

Many folks love the front four cul-de-sacs before the “big stop sign” in King’s Grant (Airy Hall & Bolen Hall) for the easy in/easy out access to the Neighborhood.

Well, here ya go!!! – 24 S. Bolen Hall Court, Columbia, SC 29209. 

As many of you know, King’s Grant has an active neighborhood pool and swim team, 5 tennis courts (w/ lights), 24-hour gate service, walking trails, fishing ponds, clubhouse, visiting blue herons and white egrets, herds of whitetail deer, and, currently, five goslings waddling around the streets and creeks.

DM, or text 803-447-8683, or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com for the details of this house and others that are on their way to the market and I’ll tell you what I know.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

 

Thank You, Columbia, SC! The Neighborhood Co. – KW Palmetto.

I could go into many paragraphs of storytelling here but I’m just going to get on to how thankful my teammates and I are to our buyer and seller clients, raving fans, referral partners, appraisers, lender partners, closing attorneys, inspectors, and contractors for the opportunity to be included in the image above.

To pull back the curtain a little, it took roughly $10 million in real estate sales to be included in the Top 10 of the April 2021 list of the Keller Williams Carolina’s Region. That’s pretty much bringin’ the noise for one month of sales volume…

For some perspective, some of the awesome groups above have a few dozen team members. That said, it’s quite amazing what our company, KW, provides to let us serve our clients at the highest level and achieve endless opportunities!

BIG SHOUT OUT to Elizabeth Ross, Liz Black Fischer, Elizabeth Laffitte, Sarah Penn, Sara Green, Meghan Hesley, and Meredith Honeycutt, and perhaps more than all of us in sales, Amy Ackerman Cartin, for turning in a stellar month and providing Top-Shelf service to our amazing buyers and sellers.

Thank you so much and let’s do it again often!!

Franklin Jones

PS – We are breaking price per foot records all around the Midlands and aren’t afraid to keep pushing. If you would like to know what your house may sell for, give us a shout and we will tell you what we know. Some of you may not care, and some of you may have your eyes pop out of your heads with surprise, relief, and happiness. This market could be a life moment and/or opportunity for you, a family member, or a friend.

No strings to see what the neighborhood numbers say.

Milford Park Neighborhood w/ a Pool!

Check out this awesome house that just hit the market in the Milford Park Neighborhood!

This 3 BR/2Bath beauty will is sure to sell quickly. Here’s the write-up –

Beautiful move-in ready home in Milford Park has curb appeal galore! Features hardwood floors, high smooth ceilings, and neutral colors. Formal dining room with wainscoting and formal living room with French doors are off the bright foyer. Cozy living room with fireplace and sound system centers this split floorplan. The kitchen is semi-open to the living room via the breakfast bar, and features stainless appliances, tiled backsplash, breakfast nook, and pantry. Owners suite with tray ceilings, double vanity, garden tub, separate shower, water closet, and walk-in closet. 2 more bedrooms share a hall bath, and upstairs FROG is perfect for playroom, office, or theater. Screened porch over looks landscaped fenced backyard with salt-water fiberglass pool. Solar panels help reduce your electric bills. Zoned for Lex/Rich Five schools.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in this house for sale or others that we have coming to the market, please contact Sara Green @ 803-924-1157 or email Sara@TheNeighborhoodRE.com.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Thank You, Junior League of Columbia.

Tired of Going To The Water Store!!!

Every now and then when I had our oldest daughter in the car by myself we would go to Morganelli’s Spirit’s Store on Forest Drive. As a dad that didn’t want to leave his kiddo in the car, I would take her inside the store with me. Whoever was at the cash register of the family-owned and operated business at the time would always offer her a sucker or dum-dum. This was obviously exciting for her, and it was fun to watch her anticipate being asked by the cashier (This is no longer practiced as it is not allowed on the liquor side of the building).

Over time, Finley started asking from the back seat, “Daddy. Can we go to the water store?” I had no idea what she was talking about for a few days or even a week until she said, “The store that gives suckers, Dada.” I caught on that she meant freakin’ MORGANELLI’S!

I mean, think of it. She was two feet tall and all she ever saw was the wall and shelves of vodka so she always just thought it was water. #WellDuh!!! On one ride in the car she doubled down and asked, “Why do you get the same water every time, Dada?”  Hahahaha

Anyway, now that we have three kiddos it’s a little more difficult to unload the car, meander through the store, pay, and get back in the car. So, Jennifer finds herself going to the “water store” while on a Target run (or wherever she goes to get out of the house).

That all said, looks like she’s tired of going to the damn water store!

Check out her piece in the Post & Courier.

Nice, Babe!!!

Franklin Jones

Commentary: Support Delivery of Beer and Wine in SC

By: Jennifer Sparks Jones

May 1, 2001

When COVID-19 reached South Carolina, our family was hit hard. Like so many of you, we had to adjust to a new normal. But we have remained grateful for small blessings.

For example, small blessings like grocery delivery apps made it possible for our family, with loved ones who are among the most vulnerable to sickness, to have the groceries we need delivered to our house.

The peace of mind that came with being able to have more ways to shop and get groceries delivered safely as a pandemic ravaged the country was invaluable. We remain thankful for these opportunities.

We will continue using delivery apps, such as Shipt, even as South Carolina reopens because of the safety and convenience they offer. Not only do shoppers, who observe public health-focused protocols, help us avoid exposing vulnerable family members to unnecessary infections, they also provide busy parents, professionals and others with relief, when they simply do not have time to make it to the store.

But, even as we return to normal, there is a critical effort underway in the General Assembly that would make using delivery apps even more convenient.

This would be a game-changer for businesses and families. We are already proud of the way businesses have adapted during the pandemic, offering delivery options for a variety of products. But, as one local grocery store manager said in a recent television interview, customers have been asking grocers when they can count on safe delivery of beer and wine. While it is a tremendous benefit to be able to count on a grocery delivery app for many essential needs, it is more than inconvenient to have to go back out to pick up beer and wine.

Elected officials in Columbia are listening to these customers, their constituents, and that is something we can all be excited about.

Of course, some may have questions about a safe delivery bill. For example, a few have suggested that it would make it easier for minors to access alcohol. However, lawmakers have taken these concerns into consideration and mitigated them.

State Rep. Beth Bernstein, a champion of this bill in the House, and state Sen. Ross Turner, a champion in the Senate, have worked with their colleagues to ensure measures are in place to help prevent the delivery of alcohol to minors. The bill would establish rules for home delivery of beer and wine across the state, requiring multiple layers of checks and balances to help make sure deliveries of alcohol are made only to adults of legal drinking age.

I am grateful this bill has passed the House. Now, the Senate has work to do. As senators weigh a vote on this legislation, it is critically important for them to hear directly from constituents about why they support the safe delivery of beer and wine. Your voice can make a difference.

Please contact your senator directly or through safedeliverysc.com and ask them to support safe delivery of beer and wine.

Jennifer Sparks Jones lives in Columbia with her family.

Newest Downtown HotSheet Is Here!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 1:42 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 42 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, with a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown Columbia properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com .

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Lake Marion Living @ Manning, SC!

Check out the awesome house on Lake Marion in Clarendon County Liz Black Fischer just closed!

Monsterous – MMA style fighting striped bass, Volkswagon size catfish, and “big water” views right off the dock of 1149 Lakeview Drive in Manning, SC!

Here’s a description from a local website –

The Santee Cooper reservoirs have long been known as an angler’s paradise and the recent capture of the largest Lake Moultrie blue catfish ever observed (136 lb., 6 oz.) only solidifies this reputation. State records currently held are: Largemouth Bass – 16.2 lb., Black Crappie – 5 lb., along with records for Chain, Shellcraker, Warmouth, Catfish, and Flathead.  But the jewel of the Santee-Cooper system is the striped bass which attracts fishermen from all over the country.  Lakes Marion and Moultrie are the best freshwater striper fisheries around.

Further, there are two awesome golf courses just minutes away at Wyboo Plantation. 

This one closed this week but call/text Liz Black Fischer 803-460-9050 or email Liz@TheNeighborhoodRE.com and she will tell you what she knows about Manning, Clarendon Co., Lake Marion, and Wyboo Plantation!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Havin’ Fun In The Neighborhoods!

We tracked down all the winners of the first annual Neighborhood Company NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge! Check ’em out!
1st Place – GINA SMITH
2nd Place – BRADLEY YOUNG
3rd Place – NATALIE HAZZARD
It was a super fun “event” with about 150 players participating. Congratulations to the winners and we hope to see you next year!
Thank you!!!
Franklin Jones and The Neighborhood

Award’s Day @ The Neighborhood Co!

If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’re likely aware that it’s very much awards season within the real estate sales industry.

On behalf of The Neighborhood Company – Keller Williams Palmetto, I want to thank our clients, friends, family, raving fans, and referral partners for another wonderful year. While the medals in the image above are fun, the core joy of our profession derives from the happiness of our buyer and seller clients.

Congratulations to Elizabeth W. Ross, Liz Black Fischer, Elizabeth Laffitte, Sarah Penn, Sara Green, Meghan Hesley, and Meredith Honeycutt for making The Neighborhood Company the Top Producing Group within our Downtown franchise, and Amy Ackerman Cartin for making it happen behind the scenes!

Special shout out to Elizabeth Ross and Liz Black Fischer for qualifying for The Central Carolina’s REALTOR Association Circle of Excellence! This award is given to real estate professionals that achieve a certain level of sales production, combined with a standard of involvement within our local professional association.

Congratulations to our buyers and sellers and we look forward to an awesome 2021!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones