Koozies Are The New Facemasks…

 

A few nights ago after the family had gone to bed, I was sitting around watching the tennis channel when an idea just popped into my head out of nowhere.

I got up and walked to where Jen keeps the koozies, cut one in half, and made a pretty fly mask out of it. Felt great, looked stupid, but who cares?

Fast forward to the next night and I thought, “Hmmm…what if I punch some holes in this thing and messed around with it a little.” Well, I turned it inside out and pulled iPhone earbuds through it and then poked a small hole in the front and used the earbud wire cinching thingy to pull and hold it to my face with some taut. This also made it multi-purposeful, as I can listen to a podcast or talk on the phone with no problem.

A nice little surprise happened when I stretched the bottom piece a little and it became a little red doggie tongue. 🙂

Anyway, we all have some extra time on our hands so I thought I’d share some silliness. That all said, if you need a mask in a pinch, go find a koozie, cut one side of it and there you go.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

 

The Courts of Arcadia Neighborhood.

Friends and readers, please check out 149 Sanibel Circle in The Courts of Arcadia Neighborhood, just off of Trenholm Road!

The Courts of Arcadia is a small, luxe neighborhood that took a while to take off and gain popularity, sort of like The Preserve, Olde Park, or perhaps even King’s Grant.

KG is much larger, to be sure, but I mention it because in real estate timing is a thing, and the neighborhood’s stories are not too different. Fast forward to today, all of the neighborhoods I mentioned are now thriving with streets lined with dog walkers and healthy price points.

That all said, the “write-up” is below. The Courts of Arcadia is only minutes to anything Downtown Columbia, Forest Acres, I-77/I-20, Forest Lake CC, and The Rockbridge Tennis & Swim Club!

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about this awesome house and neighborhood, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com. As you can see it is not far away and a pleasure to show!!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Gorgeous all-brick home on corner lot in gated community. Features hardwood & tile flooring, high smooth ceilings, heavy molding, & recessed lighting. Grand foyer provides a stately entrance. Flex room off of foyer has pocket French doors & is currently used as a formal living room, but can easily be the 4th bedroom with its private walk-in closet. Across the foyer is the living room/office with pocket French doors and custom built-ins. The greatroom in the center of the home features a gas log fireplace & built-ins, and flows into the formal dining room that overlooks the backyard. The spacious kitchen features granite countertops, 2 pantries, breakfast room and breakfast bar, island with prep sink, and tons of cabinet space. Master bedroom on main floor has a bay window and separate his & hers full bathrooms (both are handicapped equipped). His bathroom features a separate shower, linen closet, and walk-in closet. Her bathroom features a separate shower, whirlpool garden tub, make up area, and walk-in closet. The second bedroom on main floor has a private closet and shares the full bath in the hallway. Upstairs above the garage is the 3rd bedroom, which could easily serve as an in-law or teen suite as it features a private bathroom, private closet, sitting area, washer/dryer, and wetbar. Downstairs you have a laundry room with sink, 2 car garage, & entrance to backyard which also includes a ramp to the garage. Curb appeal galore with the front fenced courtyard. Come see!

 

Real Estate Is Moving!!!

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 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

Walk Correctly, Friends…

Friend and counselor, Charlie Moore, brought up something I’ve been meaning to type about for a long time and I guess just never did.

He’s right on!

This is especially relevant today as we are all at home, and one of the fun activities we can do is to take a walk as a family. That said, the streets are clogged with cars, golf carts, and runners/walkers.

This isn’t only a safety thing, it’s a learning opportunity for all of us and our kids.

Thank you, Charlie, for bringing it up!

Franklin Jones

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.