Columbia Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information about the Greater Columbia, SC area, covering everything from local Real Estate market statistics and Columbia, SC home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about Columbia, SC  and want to help you find your place here to call home. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

April 10, 2018

Columbia, SC Homes for Sale in Lake Carolina Brookshire

Columbia, SC Homes for Sale in Lake Carolina Brookshire Just on the other side of Jeep Rogers YMCA in highly desired Lake Carolina, near the last Kelly Mill Road entrance you will Brookhire. Brookshire is an established single family home community with many of the homes in the neighborhood being built around 2005.

  Homes in Brookshire are mostly brick sided with vinyl accents and can range widely in size with some homes reaching North of 4,000 square feet in living space. Tree lined streets and large lots continue to make Brookshire a popular community.


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Posted in Lake Carolina
April 10, 2018

Columbia, SC Homes for Sale in Lake Carolina - Executive Courtyards

Columbia, SC Homes for Sale in Lake Carolina Executive CourtyardsLocated on the far end of Lake Carolina in the Centennial section of the Northeast Columbia, SC community you will find Executive Courtyards. Executive Courtyards is a small all brick neighborhood that boasts garden style homes that start around 2,000 square feet with all living spaces on one level and typically a finished room over the garage.

  Executive Courtyards at Lake Carolina is zoned for award winning Richland Two schools which include Bridge Creek Elementary, Kelly Mill Middle School located in Lake Carolina, and Blythewood High School.


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Posted in Lake Carolina
April 10, 2018

Sunrise at Lake Carolina in Columbia, SC

Homes for Sale in Lake CarolinaOf all the wonderful amenities that the ever popular Northeast Columbia, SC community of Lake Carolina has to offer, the stunning 200 acre man made lake at the heart of the neighborhood has to be the most popular. Here with the calm glass like water reflecting the start of a brand new day at sunrise, it's easy to see why so many residents love this pristine body of water.

  There's nothing unusual about seeing pontoon boats, motor boats, paddle boards, or kayaks making their way across the lake.

Homes for Sale in Lake Carolina There are 2 boat landings located in Lake Carolina on either end of the lake. One off of Lake Carolina BLVD and the other in Sunset Park near Sandy Glen. And yes there are indeed plenty of fish in the lake that offer an excellent fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels. From Large mouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Crappy, bream, and even the occasional Bow-fin.

  So if you're looking for a community in Columbia, SC that offers awesome amenities, great schools, and has a private lake, then maybe Lake Carolina is the spot for you.


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Posted in Lake Carolina
April 10, 2018

New COnstruction Homes for Sale in Lake Carolina

New COnstruction Homes for Sale in Lake CarolinaIf you are familiar with the Woodleigh Park community in Lake Carolina, then you may also know that this popular community has opened a new phase and is now offer new construction homes right here in Lake Carolina. Located just across from The Jeep Roger YMCA soccer fields near Kelly Mill Road, Woodliegh Park is also within walking distance of Lake Carolina Elementary, Kelly Mill Middle School, and the Lake Carolina community dog park. There are currently two builders with home available, Fortress and Mungo Homes. Shown is the Mungo Model that's almost ready to open. So if you are looking for a home in Northeast Columbia and you would like community with many top notch amenities, then maybe a new home in Woodleigh Park is the place for you.


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Posted in Lake Carolina
April 10, 2018

Selling a Home in Blythewood, SC Remember the Curb Appeal

Selling a Home in Blythewood, SCIf you are selling a home in Blythewood, SC, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of success. Price and condition will always be large factors in selling a home, as is location of course.

  For the purpose of today's tip, we will start by focusing on part of the condition portion of selling a home in Blythewood, SC.

When preparing your home for sale, it's always a great idea to pay attention to curb appeal.


The first thing that buyers see when the approach your house is the exterior. These days the first trip to the house to see it in person is basically the second showing. With so many virtual tour, photographs, and video walk throughs available online, buyers for the most part have a good idea that they like a house for sale in Blythewood, SC before they see it in person. They of course may not be sure about the community and area in which the house is located and there's is little if anything you can do about those, but you can do everything in your power to improve the appearance of your exterior to ensure it has great curb appeal to invite buyers inside. And since most of them have already made up their minds whether or not they are really interested in your home for sale prior to entering, then it's well worth the investment to put your best foot forward.


Make Sure the front yard is cut and clean.

Keep the grass cut, trimmed, and edged. No one wants to see a jungle waiting for them when they pull up and remember you're trying to make a good first impression. If the front yard has trash or is unkempt, buyers will immediately feel like the rest of house is not taken care of either.


Make sure the front porch and or doorway and the walkway leading up to the house is tidy and uncluttered.

Again edging the walkway if there is one goes a long way toward a neat appearance. If you have furniture at or near the entrance, make sure it's clean and presentable.


Make sure the exterior and siding of the homes for sale is clean.

No matter what type of siding is on the house, it can get dirty. Be sure you pressure wash the exterior of the home before you put the home up for sale. After it has been listed it's too late.


Take a good look at the front door and determine if it looks good.

If the front door it not a flattering color or if it has faded or the paint is damaged, you should really put a fresh coat of paint or two on the door. It's all a part of the curb appeal, so a fresh coat of paint can go along way toward making you home for sale in Blythewood, SC more inviting to would be buyers.


Along the same lines as trimming and edging, be sure any and all plants, shrubs, or bushes are neatly trimmed and shaped as well.

Properly placed bushes and shrubs can go a long way toward improving the looks of your landscaping, but that will backfire if they are not properly maintained. If bushes hang or block walkways or cover windows, they really need to be trimmed back and cut to a nice level height.


As I stated earlier, when selling a home in Blythewood, SC there are many things to take into consideration. While they are all important, making sure that you use curb appeal to make your home more approachable can go a long way toward achieving your ultimate goal of selling your Blythewood, SC home.


If you or anyone you know is planning to sell your home in Blythewood, SC, or anywhere in the greater Columbia, SC area, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. If you are interested in seeing what you home is worth, fell free to contact me for a free market analysis. - 803-730-9601 or visit Blythewood, SC Homes for Sale.


April 9, 2018

Fishing and Real Estate. It's All About Presentation and Technique

Community Fishing Dock in Lake CarolinaOne of my favorite past times has always been fishing. Not sure why I latched on to it the way I did, but I just love it. Luckily I live in a community with a lake and I get to sneak over to it on a regular basis. I have a handful of lures that I have simply mastered using and it doesn't really matter what kind of weather we have or what time of day it is, if there are fish nearby, I will catch one. I do indeed like to try some new lures once and a while, but I almost always revert back to tried and true methods and techniques whenever the bite is tough and I know if I just give it time, it will produce.

 One quick trip to any sporting goods stores will reveal an endless array of lures and baits of all sizes, shapes, and colors imaginable. And on any given day, with the right conditions, any of them may indeed work and put a fish on the bank. Anyone walking through the store has access to every lure on the shelf. Just grab what you want and go to work at any body of water. But in order to make them really work their best, it takes the right presentation and technique.

Sunrise at Lake CarolinaWhen it comes to real estate, lures are basically the same way. We all have access to the same things. We all have access to the same sites, the same tools, and every other gadget imaginable to help find buyers and sell houses. So what makes one agent any better than any other agent out there, well, it's not the tools but how well you use them. It's all about the presentation and the technique that you use to get the most out of the tools you have a on hand. And just like fishing, I have a few that I have mastered over the years and I know that no matter what the market is like, if I just give it time, it will work.

  Sure I like to try new things from time to time and I have even found some success in my efforts to add a new tool to the box, but not at the cost of sticking to what I do best.


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April 9, 2018

Market Square at Lake Carolina

Market Square in Lake Carolina


 Located in the heart of the town center in Lake Carolina is a beautiful green area know as Market Square. Market Square plays host to several events throughout the year, but with Spring here, next month one of my favorite events will gear up for the season. The Lake Carolina farmer's market will start in April and never disappoints. Each Thursday starting at 2pm, there will be tons of local produce, craft vendors, and food trucks lining the streets and invading the square. April is right around the corner and I can't wait to see my favorite returning vendor and any new ones we have this year.


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Posted in Lake Carolina
April 9, 2018

New Homes for Sale in Blythewood, SC Under $400,000

New Homes for Sale in Blythewood, SC Under $400,000 New Homes for Sale in Blythewood, SC Under $400,000  With new construction homes still setting the pace for our market, Blythewood, SC has remained no exception. Fortunately there are still plenty of new homes for sale to choose from and with builders like Mungo Homes, Fortress Homes, DR. Horton, and Essex homes all recently opening new home communities in Blythewood, SC, you now have more choices. Most of these new homes will start below $400,000.

New Homes for Sale in Blythewood, SC Under $400,000One such new home community in Blythewood, SC is Long Cove located just across from Blythewood Middle School in Longcreek Plantation. Long Cove is brand new with lots still being cleared at the moment and features hardiplank sided new homes that start out around $275,000 and offer many stunning features like granite counter tops, tile and hardwood floors and is zoned for award winning Richland 2 schools.



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Posted in Market Updates
April 9, 2018

Local Spotlight - Freeway Music in Northeast Columbia, SC

Freeway music in Northeast Columbia, SC Located in a office complex just behind The Publix at the corner of Hardscrabble and Lee Road in Northeast Columbia, SC you will find one of the most awesome music schools in Columbia, SC. Freeway Music offers an incredible opportunity for students of all ages to take lessons on a wide variety of instruments and vocal lessons as well.

  The instructors and the owners, who also teach at Freeway Music, are knowledgeable, energetic, great to work with, and passionate about their craft. My Son has been taking Ukulele lessons from Freeway for several months and loves it and my 5 year old daughter just started piano lessons. When I say that the teachers are great with students of all ages, I truly mean it. My Son always looks forward to his lessons and I could not be more happy with the results. So if you are looking to take up an instrument and need a place to learn the craft, I highly recommend you pay a visit to Freeway Music in Northeast Columbia, SC. You'll be happy that you did.


Freeway Music in Northeast Columbia, SC is located at 101 Rice Bent Way Ste 2 Columbia, SC 29229

You can reach them by phone at (803) 865-1151

Feel free to visit their Facebook page at Freeway Music

Posted in Local Spotlight
April 9, 2018

The Gervais Street Bridge in Columbia, SC

The Gervais Street Bridge in Columbia, SC


Stretching 1,415 feet across the wild and beautiful Conagree River and connecting downtown Columbia, SC to West Columbia, The Gervais Street Bridge is easily one of Columbia's most recognizable landmarks. There are ruins all along the river of bridges that came before, some were burned too slow the encroachment of Sherman's troops and some washed away by past floods.

  The Gervais Street Bridge as we know it today opened in June of 1928 and was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980.




The Gervais Street Bridge in Columbia, SCA reinforced concrete, arched bridge, The Gervais Street Bridge at the time it was built was the widest roadway in the state of South Carolina and remained the only bridge across the Congaree River until 1953. While the bridge herself has not change much since 1928, the city around her certainly has and she even plays host to an annual dinner that is served right on the bridge itself, which is of course shut down for the dinner.

 The Gervais Street Bridge is easily explored and photographed from the Cayce River Walk in West Columbia, SC.