Thank You Columbia, SC!!

While there are more pressing issues and circumstances going on in the world, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate wonderful accomplishments when they come along.

There is a lot to this story, locally and nationally, but I have to give a shout-out to Marti Bedell. She is and was a top-producing local REALTOR that I didn’t know well and didn’t do many deals with. I’m not sure of this, but she may have built the first real estate team in the Midlands. I was young and trying to sell my face off, and didn’t listen very well the first time KW came calling. Marti and I were at different points in our careers, too, I suppose. What I’m trying to say is that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and Marti did, opening the first KW franchise in the Midlands.

Only 10 or so years ago there was a catchphrase, “Keller, Who?” Today, Keller Williams Realty is the largest real estate company in the U.S. with over 180,000 REALTORS and three “Market Center” franchises in the Midlands.

Last week the top-producing REALTORS were awarded the Circle of Excellence Awards by our local Central Carolina Association of REALTORS.

Of the tons of real estate companies in The Midlands, Keller Williams REALTORS received 33 COE awards among three offices, 2nd only to the company that currently has 45 recipients among seven offices, respectively.

To qualify for the Central Carolina REALTORS Association “Circle of Excellence,” the REALTOR must achieve a certain level of production, sales volume or units sold, combined with a level of participation within the Association for the year.

Congratulations to all of the 173 Circle of Excellence Winners of over 4,000 real estate professionals! I am particularly proud of our KW Palmetto recipients (pics above in no particular order) and honored and happy to be in business with you!

Thank you!!!

Franklin Jones

Current 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 12:50 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 60 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

Opportunity, Accordingly..

I’m a little bit ashamed, embarrassed, pissed off, and proud, depending on who’s comments I’m reading. The way some salespeople and/or business owners have reacted and portrayed the act of buying or selling a home as it relates to The Federal Reserve cutting rates to almost 0% is all over the freakin’ board.

One of my REALTOR friends in Charlotte, David Upchurch, went blunt about it, and perhaps the best, quick explanation came from my KW friend and leader in Greenville, SC, Moses Nickerson. See both quotes below.

That all said, the professional and responsible thing to do is contact your mortgage broker/banker. If nothing else, send them a text ping. Frankly, they are expecting it, and so is their staff. If you or anyone you know would be interested in contact names/contact info I love and trust, please give anyone on our team a call/text/email and we will tell you what we know regarding each lender’s specializations, as every broker/bank is different. I’m at 803-447-8683 and Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com.

Here’s an article that explains the difference between Fed Reserve interest rates and mortgage rates.

Are we in a time whereby it may be advantageous to your family/portfolio to buy, sell or invest in real estate? For sure, but everyone’s situation is different.

My best advice that has served me well over the years – Be safe, wise, and steady.

Check my friend’s quotes below…

Franklin Jones

“If your Realtor is telling you, Feds cut rates so you need to buy a new home now. You need a NEW Realtor. Not the same thing.” David Upchurch – REALTOR Charlotte, NC.

“Okay folks… federal reserve rates do not immediately affect mortgage rates. However they will likely create some opportunities we haven’t seen in decades over the next few weeks. It’s a great time to start that conversation and watch as this unfolds. It could very well create a phenomenal opportunity to buy or sell in different ways.

As interest rates drop, it does create crazy opportunities. For instance at the beginning of 2019, rates were often around 5%… now they’re bouncing all over from low threes to 3.5% and whatever your loan officer tells you that hour. 😂However… even though they’re bouncing around; money is still effectively around 15% cheaper then it was at the beginning of 2019. (I’m not talking crazy volatility today; I’m talking a year and a half trend here)

So for you bargain hunters… that means the mortgage cost for a 200,000 home is going to be about the same as a 170,000 home at the beginning of 2019. Or if you’re not the bargain hunter but the “buy one get one” kinda person who wants the most for your money… for the same approximate monthly cost; you could now buy about a 230,000 house instead of a 200,000 house at the early 2019 rates and monthly cost.

So… either real estate is ~15% off or you can get ~15% more for your money in comparisons to ~15 months ago. Lots of 15s. 😂

Most important thing in all this; find a mortgage professional you can trust and get the numbers for your unique credit situation. Let me know if we can help connect you with some great ones! Text or message me: 864.660.9876.” Moses Nickerson – REALTOR – Greenville, SC.

Newest HotSheet 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 4:44 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 64 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

LET’S..GO..SCRUNCHIES!

I have to tell ya…I had fun on Saturday morning.

My daughter that is the least engaged in anything and doesn’t give a crap about much, Ivey, had her first soccer game early Saturday morning and it was amazing.

Many of you may have seen a few pics on Dorothy Robinson Beaudreau’s Facebook post and you know what I’m talking about.

Waking up on Saturday morning I’m betting most of the parents thought, “Good grief this is early. Why are we doing this? This sucks, and this game is going to suck.” I actually had a dad tell me later Saturday night the exact words, “Dude, I thought this was going to suck.”

It did not suck.

It was an awesome experience that I won’t soon forget, and The Scrunchies played their arses off and what had been a rather timid and docile group of girls completely came alive for their game on a cold Saturday morning.

Shout out to my friends and fellow girl dads, Beau Beaudreaux and Morris Lyles, for keeping everything straight and subbing in and out with the anxious Scrunchies on the sidelines.

I’d also like to point out images two and three above. As we were walking to Baskin Robbins to celebrate Ivey’s victory my Fitbit started being cranky and I looked down and I had 10,000 steps by 10:20ish AM. That may be a record for me…haha

After further analysis, please check out the “calories burned” during a Scrunchies game (Saturday @ 8:50 AM) compared to playing tennis for relatively the same amount of time. I was stunned. If you know me, I love me some tennis and am very active and “gettin’ it” while I’m out there. That said, I burned more cals with the Scrunchies than on the tennis court minute vs. minute.

All that to say, if you’d like to get some great exercise while having some fun, coaching a six-year-old soccer team may be your ticket.

I had forgotten how much fun this was. My buddy Damon Jeter and I used to coach a few teams on the NECSA fields on Polo Road some years ago.

Congratulations to the Scrunchies and I’m happy for my friend and also girl dad, Reeves Rutledge, as he’s back in town and takes over as coach.

The Scrunchies have created a team culture of fun and playing hard. We are 1 and 0, our momentum is infectious and powerful, and our pony and pigtails are high and tight!

LET’S. GOOOO. SCRUNCHIES!!!

If you can’t tell…I love being a girl dad. 🙂

Franklin Jones

Profilin’ Liz Black Fischer!

As many readers and friends know, Liz Black (very recently changed to Liz Black Fischer) and I have a special relationship. I have known Liz since she was three years old, as she is my late wife’s niece.

I will save that larger story for another day, but in the meantime, I need you to get to know Liz the outstanding and killer REALTOR who closed 30 deals her first year!

Liz’s answers to some fun questions are interesting. It’s obvious she loves Columbia and her USC Gamecocks!

I want to point out one thing that she omitted in her answers. She chose to mention that she is left-handed instead of telling you that she’s a multi-time winner on the South Carolina pageant circuit & also a former Miss South Carolina contestant! #modesty

If you or anyone you know is interested in buying,  selling, or investing in real estate or would like to discuss your real estate plans or goals for the year, please call/text Liz @ 803-460-9050 or email Liz@TheNeighborhoodRE.com. You can also check out her website @ Liz.TheNeighborhoodRE.com

Insta @SouthernLizing

FB @Liz Black Fischer

Now check out Liz below.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Favorite Street In Columbia – “Devine Street! All roads lead to home! Devine Street will take me all the way to my hometown, my current home, my church, my favorite places to shop and into Downtown Columbia.”
Favorite Restaurant In ColumbiaThirsty Fellow – Located between KWP (Keller Williams Palmetto) office and Founders Park. I spend a lot of my time in between both places so Thirsty Fellow is not only conveniently located but very delicious!
Favorite  Annual Event – South Carolina vs Clemson baseball series. The neutral-site game this year will be played at Segra Park! The neutral-site game has traditionally been played in Greenville. I am so excited to show off Columbia and Segra Park to fans who are coming into town for the game.
Favorite Quote – “Remember, every day some ordinary person does something extraordinary. Today, it’s your turn” – Lou Holtz
Pet Peeves – Judging a book by its cover! This applies to more than just books.
Favorite Books or Podcasts – Crime Junkie Podcast, Think Like a CEO with Gary Keller Podcast, American Housewife by Rhonda Rich.
Favorite Musical Artist(s) – Hootie and the Blowfish
Favorite Beach Town To Go On Vacay – Murrells Inlet, SC – Seafood Capital of SC! Yum!
Who Is Someone You Admire & Why? Ellen DeGeneres – Ellen has had a successful career, given back to others and has stayed true to who she is all while making us laugh.
What Is Something Most People Don’t Know About You? – I’m left-handed! Both of my parents are as well. I didn’t like being left-handed as a child but now it’s one of my favorite conversations starters.
Favorite City Outside of Columbia, SC – Minneapolis, MN in the summertime, otherwise Nashville, TN.
Favorite Sports Teams Or Players/Athletes – All Gamecocks sports…even cllub level. I’m ALWAYS pulling for the Gamecocks.
Name a Daily Habit (other than showering and brushing teeth) – Daily gratitude journal, every morning I write down three things that I’m thankful for from the day prior. it’s made me look for the good in every single day and more appreciative for the little things in life. Things as small as not having to wait in a long line at the grocery store to big things like finding the right home for my clients.
How Many Time Keller Williams BOLD Grad? – X2!
What Are Some Causes You Care About? – I’m a proud member of The Junior League of Columbia. I love being a part of the organization. I’m able to help my community through volunteerism and fundraising. JLC is close to my heart because I know that my efforts are making a difference in the lives of others in the city I’m so proud to call home!
What Would Be Your Personal Motto? – You can be bitter or better, you can’t be both.

Lake Katherine, Columbia.

Check out 1426 Woodbine Drive —> FAST!

Super’ness, Elizabeth Woodring Ross, put this good looking Lake Katherine home on the market T-O-D-A-Y and I think we had something like 10 showings scheduled and are currently evaluating three or four offers.

As most readers know, I’m going to magnify that the strong point of this house is the super popular NEIGHBORHOOD! There are a few secret sauces to Lake Katherine, and if I could mix a cocktail it would be the community, proximity to everything Downtown Columbia and Forest Acres, SC has to offer, and the trifecta of Brennen/Crayton/Flora school zone.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about this cool house in Lake Katherine, please call/text Elizabeth Ross at 803-917-3889 or email her at Elizabeth@TheNeighborhoodRE.com.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Columbia’s HotSheet 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 11:54PM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 48 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

Keller Williams Palmetto Has Arrived, BIG TIME!!!

As many of you know we’ve been in Dallas, Texas for almost a week w/ 18,000 KW family members and I have a lot to unpack from such an awesome experience, and I’m not talking about my messy a** suitcase.

The first item I’m going to address is how proud I am of our Market Center. (Within our brand, we refer to a KW independent real estate brokerage as a “Market Center.”)

Saturday night (2/15) was a proud moment for me and a lot of others. Around 7:00 PM, 1,000 or so REALTORS from North and South Carolina gathered at The Hyatt Regency in Dallas to celebrate 2019. Collectively we broke all kinds of sales records. This (Carolina’s) Region is super strong and the enthusiasm and numbers show it.

What I’m really getting at is how proud I am regarding the pics above. If you know me, you’re aware that my real estate journey has been wonderful. My wife, Jennifer Sparks Jones, encouraged me to get into this industry when I had less than $200.00 in the bank (she paid my electric bill at 1919 Atascadero Dr. the month I was in real estate school, mind you).

Fast forward through endless stories of awesomeness as well as hard life lessons learned, the top brass of the Carolina’s Region of the #1 real estate company on earth (180,000 REALTORS) announced that Keller Williams Palmetto (Columbia, Downtown) achieved the #2 status for Launching Market Centers in the Region. Even more exciting, in my mind, was that we were the #5 performing new Market Center within the Keller Williams Realty International system (KWRI). We are talking….on earth!!!

Our friends in The Outer Banks, NC (KW OBX) barely beat us out for the top spot in the Carolina’s Region, respectively. I’m not sure when their official start date was, but ours was April 1, 2019 (for any MLS statistics wonks reading this, Keller Williams Palmetto’s 2019 numbers only reflect nine months, compared to everyone else’s 12 and our super new office still ranked in the Top 10 brokerages in the Columbia, SC market). Even so, I’m OK being just behind a cool beach town as the OBX price point is triple and quadruple Columbia’s.

When I took this leap of faith to be part of the Keller Williams family, I was told, “KW doesn’t work like that,” and, “Franklin, you’re not going to be able to do that here.” Over 80 REALTORS & staff on the KW Palmetto roster later and we…..are…..doing….this!

Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who is a part of this and helped get us here. Now the honeymoon is over as having the label of, “Launching MC,” it’s now time to compete and grow to what our REALTORS and this franchise can really become.

I can’t express through this keyboard how proud I am to fly the Keller Williams banner.

If you are interested in an awesome career please call/text 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com or call/text Matt Carroll @ 803-309-3202 or email Matt@ColumibaSCHouses.com and we will tell you our vision and the opportunities available at this company (Matt serves as the Director of Growth/Team Leader for of the office).

Keep in mind, too, KW is the #1 training company in the world among all business & industries, and now a world-class tech company.

Raise your hand! We would love to talk to you about joining us on our journey and having a conversation about what you can become, not just in real estate, but life. #ChangingLivesThroughRealEstate

Thank you!

Franklin Jones – Keller Williams Palmetto

*The numbers in the 3rd image above is 2019 Carolina’s Region (North & South Carolina).

Family Reunion @ Dallas.

WOW, Check out those pics above!!!

Some awesome REALTORS from our Market Center (KW Palmetto) and almost 50 from Columbia’s three Market Centers landed in Dallas, Texas on Friday and will be here until Tuesday afternoon learning from the best REALTORS in the world, and the #1 real estate company in the country (sales, training, tech). We’re learning how to be the best we can be for our clients, our teammates, and most of all our families.

Let me ask you this, “Are you doing your job to the best of your ability, or are you doing the job the best way it can be done?”

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Another “writer downer” that I love, “Ask yourself this question. Are you a businessman that has a family, or are you a family man that has a business?”

When Geoff Woods, VP of The ONE Thing, said this to the breakout session today, I said to the people around me, “Boom, y’all.”

The pics above were so cool to see as over 18,000 learning-based Keller Williams REALTORS are in Dallas, Texas from Thursday to Tuesday. Think of it like this. The amount of KW REALTORS that are at the “Main Stage” once a day would sell out the Colonial Life arena every morning we were there. After the main stage event of the day, we all move to the break-out sessions that most apply to our individual businesses as some teams sell 300 – 3,000 homes per year, and some REALTORS are brand new to the industry.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about a career in real estate sales, or if you are currently a REALTOR and would like to know more about this company, please call/text 803-447-8683, email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com, or hit me up on FB. I would love to share what I know!

A big thank you and shout out to Dallas, Texas for having us and for putting on such a great show!!

#KWTrainingMatters

Thank you!

Franklin Jones