March 9 – March 15, 2008

>>>Last Weeks New Listings

220 Hampton Trace Ln. Is For Sale


Creme Puff in Popular Hamptons, is Move In Ready…
This Hampton Trace home has just over 1,900 sq.ft., 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths and great curb appeal.

Some of its features include shining hardwoods, eat-in kitchen w/ glass cabinet doors, nice screened porch and neutral colors w/ designer touches througout. The home also has a brand new master bath with granite double vanity and tile shower. Click HERE to view more pictures.

Call/Text (758.1669) or email (fjones@cbunited.com) if you would like to view this Hampton Trace Cream Puff. It is offered for $250,900.

King’s Grant Home On The Market; Airy Hall Ct.

What a Great Front Door!

This nice looking home is on Airy Hall Ct., which is the first street in the neighborhood (after entrance, take first right). I will post details as soon as I know them.

$489,000. 2,854 Sq/Ft. 3 or 4 bedroom w/ 3 baths, all on one level…

Could There Be a Tougher 5 Game Stretch? Jeesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does USC have the toughest schedule in the nation?

USC finally got rid of the annual back, to back, to back challenges known as “Orange Crush.” However, with Arkansas and LSU thrown in, I’m not sure it’s going to make much difference. As one of my buddies wrote today, “Last 5 Games…Maybe Garcia has an ‘S’ under his jersey.”

vs. North Carolina State
at Vanderbilt
vs. Georgia
vs. Wofford
vs. UAB
at Mississippi
at Kentucky
vs. LSU
vs. Tennessee
vs. Arkansas
at Florida
at Clemson

King’s Grant Pine Tree Alters Weekend…

My Saturday/Sunday went from lazy to hazy because a pine tree fell on this King’s Grant home.
When this house on Ravenwing became a victim of the huge winds on Saturday, I had the great task of babysitting this nice Schnauzer. A few buddies decided to help babysit, as we watched the Duke/UNC basketball game.

Since the wife was in her hometown for the weekend, a few of us decided to take a quick trip to the Publick House so we could have ourselves a wing night.
The dude sitting with the visiting dog, is researching an upcoming trip to Vegas. I can’t tell if he is mesmerized, or just confused…
That pine tree turned a lazy nap filled weekend, into a house full of unhealthy vittles and living room full of Star Wars bar scene lookin’ characters.
P.S. I have no idea why the dogs left ear is bent…

March 1 – 8, 2008

>>Columbia’s New Listings…

U.S. Mortgage Defaults Outpace Columbia, SC


Comparatively speaking, Columbia, SC homeowners are making their payments…

A South Carolina political blog (http://www.fitsnews.com/) wrote about foreclosure stats today. While the stats are true, I want to remind Columbia residents that most “doom and gloom” numbers are national in nature. The “home builder” that wrote the first comment (seen below) is dead on. The map above (please squint) reflects the relative health of South Carolina’s mortgage situation. FJ

MORTGAGE DEFAULTS REACH RECORD HIGH
FITSNews – March 6, 2008
– In the latest sign that our national economy pretty much blows at the moment, mortgage defaults reached an all-time high today. At least that’s according to the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, who may be a bunch of lying bastards for all we know. Assuming they’re not, though, here’s the bad news courtesy of the NYT:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported Thursday that the number of loans past due or in foreclosure jumped to 7.9 percent, from 7.3 percent at the end of September and 6.1 percent in December 2006. Before the third quarter, the rate had never risen past 7 percent since the survey began in 1979.

Comments»
1. home builder – March 6, 2008
While the rest of the country may be in the tank, South Carolina is in better shape, although perhaps not in great shape. Foreclosures are actually down in South Carolina. While the coastal market is not performing well, the midlands and upstate real estate markets are only down slightly from what were historic highs.

You Mean So Much, Yet So Little…

National Powerhouses Try To Change The Rules in The Middle of the Game…
Michigan and Florida are always major players in almost all facets of the American goings on, including major college sports. However, these two states do not matter at all when it comes to the Democratic nomination process. This is too bad, as their party leaders, decided that their states should not be counted.
Whether Democrat or Republican, most are going to agree that the Democratic Party will lose a ton of crediblity, if they are allowed to conduct a “do-over.” If they allow a “do-over,” the GOP should (and will) run commercials that tout that they are “the party of law and order.”
When the party leaders elected to move their election day to the forefront of the process, in order to cash in on media frenzies that go along with early voting, they (knowingly) forfeited their clout. Even the candidates agreed not to campaign in these states, if they broke “party rules.”
I would think that Michigan and Florida would recognize that given the sheer size of their populations (shoot, Detroit alone has more people than South Carolina), they would by default, make a huge media splash on their respective election dates. They decided otherwise, and therefore don’t (and shouldn’t) count.
The media is tagging the “do-over” effort, as an attempt to “move the goal posts, during the middle of a game.” Well sorry, you just can’t do this.
I’m sure that the Michigan and Florida football teams would have loved to have a few “do-overs,” during their football seasons. However, we all know the season was set, the points were on the scoreboard and the clock read 00:00…and that was that.

Two Stately Homes Hit The Market…

We put these two homes on the market this week…

The first home is located on Amherst Avenue. This part of Amherst in within that little pocket of houses that sits between Devine and Millwood. Currently a very nice duplex, it could easily be converted into a single family residence. Currently, the owner lives on one side, while a tenant supplements his mortgage from renting the other. This in-town home is offered at $439,900.

The second home is on N. Kings Grant Dr. This awesome house was built for entertaining. It has a very open floorplan from kitchen to great room. The dining room ceiling even reaches 20 something feet. This desireable lot sits very high, and backs up to Fort Jackson. I can’t remember the last time a King’s Grant home was for sale, that backed up to the Fort. It also features a pool, pool house and a covered whirpool hot-tub. This home is on the market for $539,900.

Feb. 25 – Feb. 29, 2008

>>This Weeks New Listings…