Olde Park @ Forest Acres!

When Olde Park Neighborhood was developed, it created an opportunity for folks to live in a new & luxe home within the Satchel Ford/Crayton/Flora school zone. For those interested in such an opportunity, 13 Creek Manor Lane just hit the market and you need to see it.

New everything with an awesome kitchen, cork floors, and a super sleek master suite, “Creek Manor” is minutes to everything Forest Acres, Downtown Columbia, and I-77. Check out that screened porch!

Over the last few years, Olde Park Neighborhood has become a tight-knit, fun neighborhood complete with a traffic gate and a neighborhood pool which is awesome in the days of summer!

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about 13 Creek Manor Lane or Olde Park Neighborhood in Forest Acres, please call/text 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com. As you can see this home is a pleasure to show and we’re never more than a few minutes away!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Check The New HotSheet!

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 1:15 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 55 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

Front Porch Life @ Ascot!

Check out this big brick beauty!

If you need everything in a home, 182 Ascot Woods Circle @ Ascot Neighborhood may be the place for you!

5 bedrooms and 4,500 square feet of spacious luxury and Dutch Fork High!

I’ll let the remarks and link lead the way.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Gorgeous executive brick home is only 2-years young and is move-in ready! Features hardwood floors, high smooth ceilings, architectural molding details, upgraded lighting, and decorator colors. Formal dining room with coffered ceilings and butler’s pantry. Formal living room is perfect for an office or playroom. Soaring vaulted ceilings in the greatroom that flows into kitchen via breakfast bar in this semi-open floorplan. Spacious kitchen with eat-in area, island with more bar seating, stainless appliances, granite counters, and pantry. Master bedroom suite on main floor includes tray ceiling, sitting room, his/hers walk-in closets, double vanity, whirlpool garden tub, separate shower, and water closet. Beautiful iron spindle staircase leads to upstairs where catwalk overlooks greatroom. 4 more good-sized bedrooms upstairs, each with ample closet space and high ceilings. Finished bonus room is perfect for theater, office, or playroom. Home has tons of upgrades including central vac system, sound system, sprinkler system, and landscape lighting. Enjoy the outdoor spaces with the expansive front porch and fenced backyard that includes screened porch and grilling patio with built-in gas line. Ascot neighborhood includes equestrian paths, walking paths, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, & playground. Award-winning schools. This is a must-see!

Willowbrooke @ Lex, SC!

Lovers of Lexington check out 351 Buckthorne Drive in the popular Willowbrooke Neighborhood!

“Buckthorne” has 2,616 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with an awesome bonus room complete with a closet that could easily be a 5th BR!

This house is awesome and the neighborhood is smack in the middle of Lexington, but two things jump out to me. 1) That kitchen!!! 2) The house is directly beside the neighborhood pool. It’s like having your own pool without the hassle! #SuperConvenient

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about 351 Buckthorne in Willowbrooke Neighborhood, please call 803-220-4447 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com 

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Sylvan @Forest Acres, SC!

Blog readers that want to be Downtown and/or Forest Acres, please check out 5912 Sylvan Drive!

This completely redone home is replete with updates throughout its 2,600+ sq. feet. Check out the kitchen!

As awesome as the house is, the star of the show is, well…the neighborhood. Smack in the middle of Forest Acres Neighborhood, Sylvan is minutes away from anything along the Forest Drive/Trenholm corridor (Groucho’s, for instance) and everything Trenholm Plaza has to offer (Starbucks, Fresh Market, Tazza, Scout & Molly, BLD, Publix), I-77, and super close to Downtown Columbia!

5912 Sylvan is zoned for one of Downtown Columbia’s super popular Satchel Ford, Crayton, A.C. Flora school trifectas.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about this updated home on Sylvan Drive, please call/text 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com. As many of you already know and/or can tell, we’re never more than a few minutes away and it’s a pleasure to show.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

 

Kawana Rd. @Heathwood!

A few days ago 736 Kawana Road hit the market in one of Downtown Columbia’s super popular neighborhoods – Heathwood!

“Kawana” has 2,4oo square feet and is replete with modern amenities. The style of the home often fetches the phrase, “This feels like a mountain house in the middle of Columbia.”

As unique as the property is, the floor plan is set up as THE perfect Downtown Columbia mother-in-law suite opportunity.

While the unique opportunity is awesome, the real “star of the show,” is the location (Neighborhood). 736 Kawana is a half block away from the popular Heathwood Park and the two tennis courts that come with it.

Further still, “Kawana” is zoned for the award-winning school combo – Brennen, Crayton, Flora.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about 736 Kawana Rd., please call/text 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com . As you know, we’re never more than a few minutes away and the home is a pleasure to show!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Check The New HotSheet!

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 12:50 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 68 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

Every Day is Father’s Day.

Father’s Day was AWESOME!

When my girls wake up from their slumber and realize a holiday is in the air, the day rises to a new level. Right on schedule, 2019’s Father’s Day was no different.

The notes and hand-made booklets left around the house are so creative and meaningful, pool time has more hugs, and my favorite foods are everywhere. Further, golf cart rides with Jen and my babies may be my favorite thing in the world to do, and as you may be able to tell from the pics above, we took a few extra laps today. (The third pic above is of Finley taking me to be by ourselves by the pool, so she could read a book that she wrote for me).

I rounded out the day by sneaking in a cage match (tennis) before I joined the fam and friends at the neighborhood pool.

I love and appreciate how much we love each other and enjoy each other’s company, and how much my family loves ‘dad.’

Around here, I feel like every day is Father’s Day.

Franklin Jones

End Of Month Closings???

My good friend, Dorothy Beaudreaux @ Chicago Title Insurance Company , brought it to my attention that one of our mutual closing attorneys wrote a diddy regarding why so many real estate closings take place at the very end of any given month.

His premise: Why do real estate agents stack so many closings on the 30th and 31st of the month only to cause unnecessary strife for all involved (most importantly, their clients)?

Gary makes valid points, and although his words read as though he’s typing to real estate agents, the post is worth reading through the lens of a buyer, as well.

I should report and brag on Gary Pickren a little, as it is well deserved. Gary is super involved within our trade organization, locally known as Central Carolina REALTORS Association (CCRA), and serves on various committees. He also teaches classes to real estate professionals throughout the year, many of which count towards our CE requirements.

Blair | Cato | Pickren | Casterline is a law firm located in The Vista District of Downtown Columbia, SC that specializes in real estate closings. As you can see from the post below, the firm represents A LOT of buyers and sellers throughout the Midlands and closed 1000’s of transactions.

I encourage my fellow REALTORS to read below and take the advice into consideration on future deals.

Shout out to Dorothy!

Thank You!

Franklin Jones

“The last day of April was on a Tuesday.  Blair Cato closed something like 25 houses on that day. On Wednesday I think we closed only 3 or 4. Those closings were mainly the ones that moved from Tuesday because lenders could not get the loan package done in time. As an experiment I asked several of my buyers when they were moving into their new house. Everyone said this weekend. So I am wondering why in the world did their agent schedule the closing for the last day of the month if they weren’t moving for three days.  Plus, who closes on Tuesday??!?!?

I asked a couple of the real estate agents why they scheduled the closing on Tuesday. They all said because it was the last day of the month. “So what?”, was my response. I got a few puzzled looks. One agent tried to offer a reason saying “because of interim interest. You know, they only pay one day of interim interest on the last day of the month.”  I just nodded. I didn’t want to embarrass him by reminding him that if his buyer closed on Wednesday, the first day of the month, she would have paid no interim interest. (I will explain interim interest in my next post). I also did not mention the fact that the buyer paid interest on the house she was selling so it was just a wash. More importantly, I did not tell him that the buyer was now paying interest on a house she was not even moving into until the weekend. It seemed to me no one bothered to ask the client what was best for her.

My point is we have become programmed when writing contracts to automatically select the last day of the month to close. The whole industry needs to stop this. Closing on the last day of the month is rarely in the best interest of the buyer. Ask your client when they want to move into the house. Not everyone’s life revolves around a monthly calendar.

Additionally, the end of the month pretty much sucks for everyone. It is organized chaos. If we had 25 closings on the last day of the month, think how many closings the lenders had. If a problem arises at the end of the month the lenders, appraiser and title agent rarely have resources that can be dedicated to resolving the issue and keep the closing on track. Even if the issue can be resolved, the loan package is likely to be last minute so the client and your schedule will be disrupted. The closing we be rushed, final numbers late and your last impression won’t be great. Save yourself the headache of delayed closings and last minute settlement statements. Remember better closing experiences mean more referrals for you.

Plus, we all owe our clients the best experience from the time you entered agency until the closing is complete. Help give your clients the best closing experience by helping them select a closing day that is less hectic and works best for them.”

“This Heat Is No Joke This Year.”

PSA………..Check this out!

A REALTOR friend of mine, Brenda Starnes, took the pic above and explained what’s what. Apparently, the owners of the burned house put a cardboard box into their Herby Curby. The house next door’s window reflected the sun’s rays onto the cardboard and set it on fire, which melted the vinyl siding of the home.

Many of you can imagine, as a lot of us created this effect as kids with a magnifying glass and a dry leaf? Remember?

I know we don’t sell many homes with vinyl facades in Downtown Columbia, SC, but I thought this may be worth a post for our REALTOR friends that do and for family and friends that may own homes with vinyl or know folks who do.

Like Brenda’s post reads, “This heat is no joke this year. Don’t keep cardboard near your house.”

Tell your friends where applicable.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones