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Kings Grant Home For Sale; Columbia, SC…


Home For Sale On S. Kings Grant Dr.

This home boasts 3214 sq/ft, with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. It’s on the corner of S. Kings Grant Dr. and Trimblestone, facing the main “drag.”

It features an open plan, granite countertops and blonde hardwoods. I apologize for the blurry picture. It was taken from a camera phone, that was in a hurry!

Call or email if you want to see inside. The house is offered for $545,900….

It Is Done…


Obama Crosses Finish Line; South Carolina Picks The Winner Again…
Now that the great states of Montana and S. Dakota have voted, there are no more states left. It is done. Senator Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee to take on Senator McCain this fall. Didn’t we already know this months ago?

Senator Clinton is staring in the face of history. This must now be an incredible bitterweet feeling for her. Do you remember our school history books, where the 40 something portraits of Presidents took up both pages? The pages usually had a blue background, with each Presidents head inside an ornate, oval frame. Well, imagine being the only woman on that page. What an awesome feeling it must be for her, but now so awful. Timing can be a terrible thing to one, while a wonderful thing to another…

On the flip side, history continues to stare at Sen. Obama. Timing, combined with a speech has done this. One speech. One speech at the Democratic National Convention four years ago, propelled this man to the forefront of American politics.

Being so close to making history, I know that Hillary is dying inside. One speech, four years ago propelled a man to national prominence. At the time, Obama was supposed to help John Kerry to the White House. Tonight, it looks like that speech may have made a President.

As Hillary accepts that she will not be the big winner, Obama may be finding his picture in an oval, on the blue pages of our kids history books…

Kings Grant Listing Is Under Contract…

This home in King’s Grant is Under Contract Pending Inspections. Hope everything goes well!!!!!!!!!!!

Cool Boat Ramp Only 5-15 Minutes Away From Columbia Neighborhoods


Congaree Access At The End Of Rosewood Dr…
If anyone in town wants to go fishing, but doesn’t want to hassle with driving to Lake Murray or Lake Wateree, this little well kept secret is perfect. If you aren’t from Columbia, you probably don’t know that there is a great boat ramp at the end of Rosewood Drive. That’s right. There is a perfectly good river access point that sits 3 minutes from Shandon, Wales Garden and Rosewood.

After about five hours looking for a dinky engine part for the jon boat, we found ourselves PADDLING in the middle of the Congaree River. We threw our lines in the water for about two hours, only to catch a backache and sore butt cheeks. It was a good time though…

On Sunday night, we decided to hit the dock at the same ramp for some midnight catfishin’. It was packed with people. There was a campfire to the left, and a little girl in a sleeping bag to the right. No one had caught anything all night until my brother threw his bait in the water. He caught a nice cat on his second cast. The folks around us were pleasant, but miffed. Nothin’ like a slimy river-cat, chompin on drippin chicken liver in the middle of the night. Note; We don’t wrap our livers in panty hose. Our livers soak in the nude….

A good time was had by all. I just wanted readers to know that they can be cruisin’ the Congaree in 5 -15 minutes, from anywhere in downtown Columbia.

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KING’S GRANT HOME FOR SALE





10 Tombee Ct. Is For Sale…

This home on Tombee Ct. has the ever popular open floor plan. For convenience, there are two strategically placed staircases.

The home also features a huge master, with sitting area. Even better, the master bath has a private sauna.

As great as the house looks during the day, it lights up in awesome fashion at night.

The best part about the house, is the back patio. From what I’ve seen, it’s second to none in King’s Grant. Further, the lot backs up to the “nature trail,” which is a nice asset in the neighborhood.

Call or email for details or if you would like to see 10 Tombee Ct…

Columbia, South Carolina MLS “Rules”: A Few Thoughts…


All Real Estate May Not Be Local, According To Feds…

It looks like the federal lawsuit concerning Columbia’s MLS system, received some attention today. I can sympathize with some of the thoughts of the filers of the suit. Having said this, I can also understand why some of the rules are in place. Here are a few thoughts regarding some of the bullet points in the newspaper.

1) Membership Fees: $5,000 (Now $2,500). This really doesn’t hit the day to day licensee. As I mentioned in a previous post, our dues (as licensees) are much lower than this, and we pay them quarterly.

I must say though, that MLS has an in town office that’s staffed with 3 full time employees. We enjoy state of the art technology which includes, but not limited to, full service web function, lockboxes (infared), lockbox keys (infrared), MLS key safety fobs (access to MLS is prohibited for safety purposes w/out an ever changing code).

If the MLS is charging too much, then I suppose the fees should be lowered. It seems as though the federal gov’t shouldn’t set prices, though.

I hope the safety of my sellers is not compromised, or the speed of my services suffer, because some folks think a fee is high.

2) Allowing Home Offices: I really don’t see what the big problem with this is, although I can see why it was put in place. Can a lawyer practice law at home? I don’t know. I’m know he/she can “work” at home, but I’m not sure a law firm can domicile on the kitchen table. Can a doctor? Some folks may say, “well that’s different.” Maybe, maybe not.

Any real estate practitioner can work at home. The problem is that the liability “brunt” does not lie with that salesperson. The “buck stops” with our Broker In Charge. We are simply sub agents of our broker. I would think that it’s not too much to ask for a professional business that deals with peoples escrow monies, access to every home on a market and 5 years worth of documents of tens of thousands of our neighbors information, not be asked to have a store front. It’s going to be a hum-dinger when some broker/owner has to explain to a judge, that the dog ate his files.

As I said, I can see it both ways. I don’t see how a broker domiciling at home, can have their clients best interest in mind, when they are responsible for 10-1000 licensees. Maybe they can make this rule “size sensitive.” Maybe if they have five or less licensees, they can domicile at home. Who knows…

To the lady who said, “It’s basically a huge monopoly.” Think of it like this. A non-lawyer can’t own any part of a law firm. However, this is not state law. But, in order to practice law/own a firm in South Carolina, the lawyer must be a member of The Bar Association. Well, to be a member of The Bar..you must be a lawyer. Get it???

Further, in South Carolina any and all real estate transactions (including refi’s,) must be closed by a lawyer (no Title Companies allowed – see above). Want to talk about monopolies? Now, guess which state has one of the least “title problems” in the U.S. You got it…. South Carolina. The MLS is not a “monopoly.” It is a system…

The old rule of our profession was “Let the Buyer Beware.” Today it’s, “To Protect the Public.” Tomorrow the theme may be, “Let the Buyer And Seller Beware…?”

Hmmmmmmmmmmm……..

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