Updated Shandon Homes Can Move…

Thanks To This Closing, We Are Among The Top 10 (Closed Sales), In-Town Realtors for 2007. I Am Humbled and Grateful. I Owe Everything To The Best Real Estate Network In Columbia…..Bar None.

We “closed out” ’07 with a bang, when this awesome home on Duncan St closed in late December. At 2700 sq.ft., this house closed at a respectable $444,000. The price/ft. is $164.44. In short, Shandon is standing strong.

This home is one of the nicest “re-do’s” that I’ve seen in all of Shandon. Pretty much everything is immaculate.

This is a great example of, if you have a “move in ready” in-town home, at a respectable price, it will sell.

Congratulations to the Buyer and Seller of this Shandon Stunner…

The Corn Caucus Has Spoken…

“HOLY” HUCK!!! It looks like Chuck Norris can kick butt, after all. I hear Huck may bring Ric Flair out when the campaign hits South Carolina. I guess they think Flair’s “Figure 4 leglock” is a little more effective in the south, than a Hollywood roundhouse kick. Nevertheless, it looks like its going to be Mitt vs Huck in a heavyweight fight.

Obama’Rama! Early in 2007, I asked a powerful Democrat, “Who’s running the Obama campaign in South Carolina”. His answer was interesting…”Obama’s not a campaign, He’s is a movement.” I have to admit, the email made me raise an eyebrow. As of tonight (with a little help from the Bill Richardson campaign), it looks like he may be on to something.

Great Friends + Cool Place = Good Times….

No matter where you are, bringing in the New Year is always great, as long as you are with family and/or friends. We ended ’07 and rang in ’08 with traditional vittles, big time college football and an overall grand time.

As expected, we arrived in Columbia around 2 o’clock today. Of course, we miss being at the beach. Having said this, we are ecstatic to be back in Columbia. For some reason (thank goodness for anxious buyers and sellers), it is difficult to be away from the midlands for many days at a time.

Jenna, you do a great job as group photographer…

Driving 2+Hours To Sit On The Couch, And Loving It…

In a few hours, the couch will be turned in to a racing saddle…

As expected, we capped off the Holiday Season with a full day of couch sitting. Between eight beachgoers, I estimate that today, we’ve collectively spent 70+ (the number would be higher, but two visitors had to leave after lunch) on the couch. We have flipped from game to game, all day long. At the moment, Hawaii is receiving their share of an SEC beatdown at the hands of UGA.

Of course, we had to eat. We’ve “thrown down” all day long on pork tenderloin, hoppin-john and collards, till we are green in the face. All of it was great. If superstition holds true, I should expect to win two or three lotteries this year.

At 10:00 am tomorrow (check out time), the butt sitting abrubtly ends. After we visit Litchfield By The Sea to get our Starbucks, the 2008 horse race that is Columbia’s real estate market will begin. I can’t wait….

Off to Litchfield for New Years…

Well, now that the Christmas travels are over, we decided to hit some extra asphalt…to the South Carolina sand.

SC Is Growing: Maybe We’ll Pick Up a Congressional Seat In a Few Years…

Census estimates State ranks 10th in growth

Migration helps S.C. add 77,601 residents in year

By JAMES T. HAMMOND – jhammond@thestate.com

Migration, particularly from the Northeast, has helped boost South Carolina’s growth rate to one of the highest in the nation.

South Carolina ranked No. 10 among the 50 states in rate of population growth in the past year, growing 1.8 percent with 77,601 residents added between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.
South Carolina’s population has grown by 9.9 percent, or 395,893 people, since the 2000 Census, and 68 percent of the growth is due to migration into the state, according to the population estimates.

The state now has more than 4.4 million residents, according to the new estimates. The State


Above is a map of where “Bowl Season” will be taking place. Please note that the Palmetto State, is geographically surrounded by bowl game host states.

Wouldn’t it be nice if South Carolina could get in this mix?

Well, many people in the marketing business say that, “any P.R. is good P.R.” In this instance, it looks like I need to subscribe to this school of thought. It seems as though state house “bad boy” has chosen to have a little bit of fun with us this Christmas season.


FITSNews – December 21, 2007 – If you’ve never visited the action-packed, “thrill-a-minute” website that is Franklin Jones “Real Team”, what the hell are you waiting for, people?
Sure, you might assume that a blog devoted exclusively to the Coldwell-Banker share of the Columbia, S.C. real estate market would be boring, but nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from his drop-dead gorgeous looks, there’s just something about this guy’s gripping prose and exquisitely-crafted witticisms that keep us coming back for more. Like when he refers to homes on the outskirts of Columbia’s lily-white neighborhoods as “border junk,” for example. Ahh … the poetry.

In addition to his probing social commentary, the site also features plenty of red-eyed red hot pictures of Franklin, who as far as we can tell is the closest thing to James Bond you’re going to find in South Carolina … assuming he learns how to tie a bowtie, anyway.

Plus – as much as we hate to admit it – his recap of this year’s Talbot’s fashion show was a helluva lot better than our hackneyed write-up, especially the part where he tells the Junior League girls, “In my bias, you are the best philanthopic organization in the midlands.”
Well “in our bias,” Franklin, you are a damn sexy beast … and we’re sure your brilliant marketing ploys will help you navigate the housing market downturn just fine.



King’s Grant; Columbia’s “Strongest” Neighborhood in ’07

The Columbia neighborhood that hasn’t missed a beat.

So far this year, 17 homes have closed in King’s Grant. The average price is $584,204.00. The average price/ft. is a strong $167.22. My biggest listing in KG is one of the “boat drivers”, closing at $179.21/ft. It is the 2nd highest price sold in 2007, at $650,000. Compare with the list below…
Heathwood – $148.67
Shandon – $147.24
Lake Katherine – $140.88
Wales Garden – $149.05

Keep in mind, that these older neighborhood boundaries are not as easily defined as a gated ones. Therefore, there is some “border junk” that may need to be considered. I simply did a quick search of what neighborhoods the listing agents labeled their listings.

I should mention too, that it is not a perfect market in KG. Houses are staying on the market a little longer than usual. One reason for this is that Sellers set their price too high in the beginning, to “see what will happen.”

At the moment, there are 3 houses on the market in KG, and 2 are “Pending Contract.” In my view, two of them (both patio homes on Oakman) are “aggressivly priced.” At the moment, I know of four (maybe 5) “secret houses” that will sell if I bring a buyer.

I realize that new, gated neighborhoods aren’t for everyone (I live in Shandon). I just thought it may be interesting to folks what Columbia’s leading neighborhood is getting for their homes.

Congrats King’s Grant!