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Nov. 21, 2017

108 Brafield Place, Irmo, SC 29063

Welcome home to 108 Brafield Place in Irmo South Carolina!

This 3 BR 2 BA low maintenance, one level home is conveniently located in the Riverwalk neighborhood.  Zoned to the award winning Lexington/Richland School District 5 and located close to the interstate, shopping and so much more, this home is perfect for anyone looking to buy their first home to someone wanting to downsize.

This home boasts great curb appeal with its country cottage exterior. The front porch is cozy and inviting, ready for your rocking chairs. The decorative glass front door adds an elegant touch to the home and welcomes you as you enter.

The large living room has high tray ceilings and a wood burning fireplace, perfect for a chilly night.

The kitchen has lovely stained cabinets and matching appliances with tile flooring. The eat-in breakfast area with large bay window looks out onto your privacy fenced back yard, perfect for your fur baby or children to enjoy. The new deck will be your favorite place to grill or lounge with friends.

The master bedroom delivers the WOW factor with its cathedral ceiling and large, beautiful double window that lets in natural light.  A private bathroom with double vanity, garden tub, separate water closet, shower, and walk-in closet, make this master bedroom one you won’t want to leave.

  

The second and third bedrooms are a nice size and have hallway access to the 2nd full bathroom; perfect for children, roommates or guests.

Come visit this cozy, move in ready home today!

108 Brafield Place Irmo, SC 29063

For more information contact our agent, Jason King.  He would be happy to answer your questions. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov. 20, 2017

151 Pine Mast Ct, Columbia, SC 29209

Welcome home 151 Pine Mast Ct, Columbia, SC 29209!

This is a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom traditional home in the East Lake neighborhood.  You will be in the award winning school district, Richland 1.  Close to I-77, Fort Jackson, shopping and 15 minutes for downtown Columbia.

This open floor plan is perfect for entertaining.  New granite counter tops and matching stainless steel appliances.  New laminate floor throughout the house.

The large master bedroom with private bathroom with a garden tub.  You will have 2 additional bedrooms with private closets.  You also have a 2nd full bathroom.

  

Move in ready!  On the cul-de-sac!

151 Pine Mast Ct, Columbia, SC 29209

For more information contact our agent, Jason King.  He would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Posted in Listings
Nov. 20, 2017

101 Sarazen Ct, Blythewood, SC 29016

Welcome home, 101 Sarazen Ct, Blythewood, SC 29016!

This is a beautiful 3 bedroom 2 full bathroom and 1 half bathroom home in the Long Creek Plantation neighborhood in Blythewood, South Carolina.  This is a well-established neighborhood with large yards and a private golf course.  The Windermere Club is the Midland's finest private golf facility, located near Columbia on beautiful Lake Windermere, only minutes from the state capitol of South Carolina.  This home is in the award winning school district, Richland 2.  Close to the interstate, shopping, and so much more.

  

When you walk in the front door the hardwood floors and crown molding make a nice statement in the formal living and dining room on your right and left with over 9 foot high ceilings and a natural gas fireplace.  The kitchen features granite counter tops, and a smooth surface stove with matching stainless steel dishwasher and above microwave. You will also have a large pantry.  The living room has carpet and double sliding doors that lead out onto the screened in porch.

The large master bedroom has his and hers walk-in closet with a private bathroom with 2 entries, one through the closet and the other leading out into the master bedroom.  A nice space to unwind from your day.   The master bathroom has a shower tub with whirlpool and a double vanity.  You will have 2 additional bedroom with private closets and another full bathroom with a shower tub.  The half bath down stairs is perfect for guests when entertaining on the large back deck.

 

The screened in porch, deck and fenced in back yard is the feature the will win you over on the home.  The ivy covered lattice over the back door provide shade and greenery.  The extra extra-large back yard has a more than enough room for a play set and trampoline.  The trees provide the right amount of shade for the perfect back yard. 

      

A traditional two story house with wood fiber-Masonite siding and an attached 2 car garage on the corner lot.  There is a large Mud room leading out to the garage.  The HVAC had a full replacement of components and duct work in 2014.  This home is the right size and the location is perfect!

For more information please call Jason King, he would love to answer your questions. 

101 Sarazen Court Blythewood, SC, 29016.

 

 

Posted in Listings
Nov. 16, 2017

Rent with Roommates or Buy Your Own Starter Home?

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

Millennials love to rent, right? Turns out renting is more of a financial need than a preference. Gathering the money needed for a down payment, all while balancing student loan debt and steep rent prices, is no easy feat. However, buying is beyond advantageous – to the point where you can save more money owning your own home than you would renting with a roommate.

Although buying is less of a bargain when you compare the costs to splitting the rent, the savings hold true in many major markets – including Columbia.

Rent vs. Buy

Before diving directly into the costs of buying a starter home versus renting with a roommate, consider the standard rent vs. buy gap for the Columbia real estate market. The median home price (as of Sept. 2017) is $125,952, making it one of the more affordable cities in the state.

Because year-over-year rent price growth has outpaced home price appreciation, Columbia’s rent vs. buy equation has tilted in greater favor of home ownership in recent years. In 2012, it was 40 percent cheaper to buy. In 2013 and 2014, buying was less advantageous at a 38.6 and 38.8 percent savings, respectively. It wasn’t until 2016 when home ownership passed the 50 percent threshold, albeit marginally. In 2017, buying a home in Columbia is the best deal seen in five years.

With 20 percent down on a 30-year fixed mortgage with a 3.75 percent interest rate, Columbia home buyers now save 52.6 percent compared to renters. Keep in mind, this calculation assumes the alternative is paying for a median-priced apartment at $1,200 per month entirely solo. Further, to reach this number, buyers must stay in their homes for at least seven years and fall under a 25 percent income tax rate.

Buying a Starter Home in Columbia

Fortunately for first-time home buyers in Columbia, the metro-wide median starter home price is an affordable $59,533. With 20 percent down, or the recommended amount needed to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI), starter home buyers would owe $11,900 upfront for the down payment alone.

Using a mortgage calculator reveals that the monthly payments for a starter home, again with a 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate of 3.75 percent, would equal $335 – including principal, interest, taxes and insurance. Keep in mind, this total does not include Homeowners Association dues, which are more common in condominiums and other residential developments with amenities to maintain. 

On the other hand, splitting the median rent two ways means each person pays $600 per month for the duration of their lease. Already, buying your own starter home is considerably cheaper (on a monthly basis) than renting with one roommate. However, there are other expenses to consider, like the down payment, attorney’s fees and maintenance incidentals.

After averaging out all costs of home ownership and renting, buying a starter home in Columbia is still 45.3 percent cheaper than renting with a roommate. 

Keep in mind, not every neighborhood benefits from such affordability. Homes in Elgin and listings in Lake Murray typically see higher list prices – even for entry-level homes – that could alter the potential savings. Before you start your search, use a home affordability calculator to estimate your potential buying power and compare that to your current rent.

Overall, Columbia ranked among the top 10 cities where being a starter homeowner pays off, according to Trulia’s most recent Rent vs. Buy report.

Given the clear financial advantages of home ownership, getting started on your first home search in Columbia is both exciting and somewhat alleviating. Some choose home ownership for its apparent savings, but the investment potential and the bragging rights are second to none. 

To launch your starter home search the right way, contact the Columbia real estate experts at J. King Real Estate today.

 

Posted in Weekly Blogs
Nov. 14, 2017

7522 Irmo Dr. Suite #2, Columbia, SC 29212

Available to Rent today!

7522 Irmo Dr. Suite #2, Columbia, SC 29212

This is a great open space in the city of Irmo perfect for a multitude of business.  A large rental space that could be used for yoga, cross fit, group fitness, and so much more.  The city of Irmo is thriving and the small business community is growing.  You will be neighboring with Cardinal Chiropractic, Family First Security and J King Real Estate also in the building.  This building is right off busy Lake Murray Blvd behind the Wendy’s.  You will have your company signage on the new back lite sign by the road, great marketing space.

 

This is 800 square feet of open space, additional space available to expand if needed.  This unit has a reception area when you walk in the front door.  A long counter waist high with an open cut out.  The door to the main area makes this a perfect waiting room and reception. 

  

Huge open space for group workouts.  The entire back wall has chalkboard paint that can be used for motivational quotes and to track your client’s goals.  There is a built-in storage space perfect for retail.

There is also a bathroom for you and your clients and customers. 

In additional to all of this space you will have a large hard surface patio outside with a back yard area.  This space can be used on a nice day to get outside. 

    

7522 Irmo Dr, Suite #2, Columbia, SC 29212 available for lease.

 

For more information please contact Jason King.  He would love to answer any questions you have about this rental space.

 

 

 

Posted in Listings
Nov. 10, 2017

70 Shoreline Dr, Columbia, SC 29229

Welcome home 70 Shoreline Dr, Columbia, South Carolina 29229!

This beautiful 4 bedroom 3 full bathroom 2 half bathroom southern living floor plan is in The Buffs of the Lake Carolina neighborhood.  This neighborhood has a lot to offer, with parks, pools, nature trails, lake living, golf, and so much more.  The Bluffs is the only 10-time award winning “Community of the Year”.  The community offers easy access to dining, bars, spas, great shopping, and the YMCA. Children will attend the award winning Richland Two School District.

This is a true southern front porch with room for at least 12 people to sit and talk, a swing and ceiling fans to keep you cool on the hot South Carolina nights.  The side entry double garage is the perfect way to come home.   The foyer is a nice statement when you walk in the front door.  You will have your formal dining on the left and a true formal living room on your right.  This beautiful living room has a wood burning fireplace, hard wood floors, and built-in custom shelving on each side of the fireplace.  The crown molding in the house is custom and really sets this home apart from any other.

The doorways have beautiful custom arches and the extra-large entry to the dining room has columns. The hardwood floors are throughout the house.  Walking into the kitchen the first thing you will notice is the double oven gas top stainless steel range.  This is a true chef’s kitchen with an extra warming drawer under the microwave and the appliance lift out in the large island that will seat three in addition to the eat-in area with a bay window to let in the natural light.

The master bedroom on the main floor has 10 foot high ceilings and French double doors that lead out to the balcony-deck.  The master bathroom with a whirl pool tub, separate shower, double vanity, and custom built-in storage and an extra vanity with mirror and access to the walk-in closet you will be ready for your day.  A place to rest, recharge and relax.

 The second floor has three additional rooms and two full bathrooms.  The 2nd bedroom has a full bathroom for privacy.  The FROG has been finished with a built-in desk area and entertaining space big enough for a pool table and more.  The office upstairs has a custom built-in desk with bookshelves and pocket glass French doors.  One of the best custom features upstairs is the hall space and the two full size beds for extra places to sleep.

 

The backyard is just the right size for entertaining and relaxing.  You will have a back deck, hard surface patio and more than enough space.  There is a custom natural gas line outside for your BBQ grill.  The patio has enough space for at least 8 people and a fire pit.  The landscaping gives the right amount of privacy.  There is so much more to see in this house it is a most see!

For more information contact our agent Jason King.  He would be happy to answer any of your questions.

70 Shoreline Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29229

 

 

 

Posted in Listings
Oct. 19, 2017

11 Hickory Point Lane, Elgin, SC 29045

Welcome home to 11 Hickory Point Lane!

This is a beautiful 4 bedroom 3 full bathroom traditional home in the Hickory Point subdivision.  Close to I-20 you will be minute from the interstate.  Hickory Point subdivision is in quite Elgin, South Carolina.  Elgin will give the privacy you have been looking for with convenience of small town living.  You love living on the cul-de-sac. Minutes from the town of Elgin you will have everything you need from shopping, restaurants, grocery store, and more. 

When you arrive home to this beautifully landscaped yard and pull into the two car garage you will know you are home.  The living room will welcome you and your guests from the hardwood floors to the wood burning fireplace.  The high tray ceilings really open up the space.  The eat-in dining area and kitchen is the perfect place for breakfast.  The formal dining room is a nice place to entertain with two large floor to ceiling windows, crown molding and chair rail.  The hardwood floors put the formal in formal dining.

The master bedroom has a private bath with a double vanity, separate shower, and a garden tub and walk-in closet.  The large room is more than enough room for you to recharge after your day.

The second bedroom is perfect for guests or kids and a full bathroom with a shower tub.  Enjoy the finished FROG that is the fourth bedroom with a private full bathroom, separate shower.  The enclosed garage can be used as a Rec room or office space.  

  

One of the best features is the backyard with a deck and fire-pit.  The back yard is big enough for a green lawn and a large gravel patio with a round boarder made with pavers.  The fire pit is in the center and perfect for any time of year.  All this with no HOA and great schools.

For more information contact our agent Jason King.  He would be happy to answer any of your questions.

11 Hickory Point Lane, Elgin, SC 29045

Posted in Listings
Oct. 19, 2017

166 Peach Grove Circle, Elgin, SC 29045

Welcome home to 166 Peach Grove Circle!

This is a great 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo in the Peach Grove Villas neighborhood in Elgin, SC.  Low maintenance, care-free living at it’s best.  Home owner’s association takes care of the yard maintenance, landscaping, sprinklers, and water.  The neighborhood green areas, clubhouse, common area maintenance, pool, road maintenance, termite bond, and street lights are also maintained by the home owners association.  The easy side entry 2 car garage is perfect with a garage door opener.  All of this in a private gated community minutes from shopping and dining.

The hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, and natural gas fireplace make a nice statement when you walk in the front door.  The kitchen has matching stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, a stone tiled back-splash, stained cabinets, pantry, free-standing smooth surface range with microwave above. eat-in breakfast bar and dining room.  The electric washer and dryer are in a large mud room leading to the over-sized 2 car garage.  You will have more than enough storage space in the attic with pull-down access.

  The carpet and cathedral ceilings in the master bedroom make for the perfect place to rest. The walk-in closet, private bathroom with separate shower will be the perfect place to get ready for your relaxed days.  You will have an additional bedroom with large closet and full bathroom perfect for when you have company over.

The back patio is a hard surface slice of heaven with a privacy fence for the perfect get away right in your back yard.

 

For more information contact our agent, Jason King.  He would be happy to answer any of your questions.

166 Peach Grove Circle, Elgin, SC 29045

Posted in Listings
Sept. 14, 2017

40 Roseangel Ct, Columbia, SC 29229

 

Welcome home to 40 Roseangel Court!

This beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom all brick home is located in The Summits Hills, one of The Summit neighborhoods.  The Summit is a large neighborhood with a number of smaller neighborhoods within it.  Summit Hills is a quiet neighborhood with all brick houses.  40 Roseangel Court is located on a peaceful cul-de-sac right across from a playground.  You will be close to shopping, schools, and more.  Richland 2 school district is an award winning district.  Rice Creek Elementary school is less than 10 minutes from the house.  Kelly Mill Middle School and Ridge View High School are great schools for your children to attend and blossom.

 

  

When you pull into the spacious two car garage or park in the driveway you will know you are home.  The thick green grass and tasteful landscaping make the perfect statement.  When you walk in the front door the light from the large living room window illuminates the high ceilings and new laminate floors.  The fireplace will be perfect for cool winter nights.  Another large window in the eat-in kitchen with new flooring.  The kitchen has a high bar for breakfast and stainless steel appliances. 

        

The master bedroom has tray ceilings with a ceiling fan and private bathroom.  The walk-in closet will give you more than enough space for your wardrobe.  The double vanities have counter space and cabinet space underneath.  The separate shower and garden tub make for the perfect master bathroom.

     

The second and third bedrooms are across the hall from the master suite and share a large full bathroom.  The additional bedrooms have ceiling fans and private closets.  Perfect for children, guest bedroom, an office or study.  Extra storage in the hall linen closet.  This home has an extra room upstairs room that can easily be converted into a fourth bedroom or media room off the kitchen above the two car garage.  

      

 

 

The backyard is extra-large with a sprinkler system for easy to maintain landscaping.  The large back deck has enough room for a grill and a table and chairs.  If you need more seating room the hard surface patio will accommodate a four piece lawn set and an umbrella table with chairs.  All of this and you still have a large backyard for a play set, trampoline, and room to entertain and relax. The privacy fence & motion lights surrounding the home give you the security and peace of mind to sleep comfortably in your new home.

  

For more information contact our agent Jason King.  He would be happy to help you with any of your questions.

 

40 Roseangel Ct, Columbia, SC 29229

 

 

Posted in Listings
Sept. 14, 2017

Commission

 Where does it come from?

One of the first questions people always seem to ask an agent when selling their house is, “How much is your commission?”  Of course, this is a legitimate question because many times an agent’s commission plays into how much the house is listed for.  Every home owner wants to get what their house is worth and still be able to pay the agents involved.  Traditionally, when selling a home, 6% of the sales price is paid to the agents in the transaction.  It is split between the listing agent (the one who sold your home) and the buyer’s agent (the one who brought the buyer).  However, did you know that by law in SC there is actually no SET commission rate that agents have to be paid?  Now does this mean that if you are planning to buy or sell a home that you should start with negotiating commission?  Well….maybe.  Let’s break it down.

Selling your home: Most real estate companies require their agents to charge 6% when listing a home.  This ensures that everyone is getting paid, including the agent and the brokerage. So depending on who you chose to list your house, you may not have an option.  However, because J. King Real Estate is a smaller boutique agency, we can offer you options when selling your home.  From traditional full service 6% listings to flat fee listings, our agents can provide you with what best meet your needs.

Buying a home: Are you looking for a home and concerned about who is going to pay the commission?  Worry no more, because it is already built into the price of the home!  The sellers are responsible for paying your agents commission.  Basically, they are paying your agent to bring you (the buyer) to the closing table. Of course, many times there are negotiations to be made, but that is why it is wise to have a real estate agent representing you.  Negotiating contracts and terms is our job, it’s our service and duty to you, the client.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

J. King Real Estate is home to honest agents, providing genuine service. 

Give me a call, Jennifer Brock, and see why we’re different!

 

 

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