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March 7, 2019

Vacation Home: How to Turn Your House Into A Dream Rental

Vacation Home: How To Turn Your House Into A Dream Rental


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Vacation homes are no longer solely for the extremely wealthy; with so many options on the market these days, it’s easier than ever to find a great getaway that won’t break the bank. That’s why so many people are looking for a place to stay during spring break, summer vacation, and the holidays, which gives homeowners the chance to make some extra money by renting out their place. If you’ve ever thought about turning your home into a rental, there’s no time like the present. The key is to figure out how to do it without spending a ton of money so you’ll get the most return on your investment.


Fortunately, there are several ways you can get started. If your home is less than 10 years old or has been well-maintained, you might only need to take care of some small repairs and update a few things. You can also clean and declutter, which will make a big impact and will help you see the potential in your home. It will also make room for more guests, which will allow you to charge more for the rental.


Here are a few things to think about when it comes to turning your home into a vacation rental.


Keep the air clean

The air in your home is an important part of keeping everyone healthy, and one of the easiest ways to keep it clean is to ensure that the air filters are in great shape. These filters will trap dust, pet hair, and other debris and can throw it all back into your home if they become full, so it’s important to change them out regularly, especially during the hottest and coldest months. With a filter subscription service, you can have new ones sent right to your doorstep as soon as you need them, and it will save you money over time.


Make some space

One of the best ways to attract guests is to offer quite a bit of space in which they can stretch out and relax. Families often travel together, meaning your home will be a huge draw if they know they can rely on having plenty of rooms and beds. If you have a spare room that’s currently full of belongings, consider putting everything into storage in order to provide additional space for your renters. If you’re looking for an inexpensive 5x5 storage unit in Columbia, CubeSmart Self Storage has rentals for as low as $29 a month.


Update the bathroom

While many vacation rentals offer hot tubs and pool tables, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on those extras if you take the time to update the things you already have. The bathrooms may need a little love, but you can spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint, a new shower curtain, and perhaps some new fixtures and lighting. Add some fluffy towels to give your guests a little taste of luxury.


Don’t forget the exterior

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside when it comes to attracting guests, so don’t forget to landscape, change out light bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and add small details like hanging flower baskets or a sweet doormat. Curb appeal isn’t just for homeowners; your renters will want to pull up to a house that welcomes them and gives an impression of comfort and relaxation.


A vacation home is a great way to earn some extra income, but you have to be prepared to keep up with the maintenance in order to keep your guests happy and to ensure that you’ll have plenty of renters in the future. Keep a checklist of tasks so you won’t fall behind; not only will this help you keep up with the maintenance, it will help save you money in the long run.


Blog by: Erin Reynolds

Posted in Weekly Blogs
Feb. 28, 2019

87 Ridge Lake Drive, Columbia, SC 29209




Welcome home to 87 Ridge Lake Drive, Columbia, SC 29209!

Stunning views are the highlight of this spacious 3 bedroom, 3 full bathroom home located in the Reflections subdivision. Reflections is conveniently located close to I-77, Garners Ferry Road and the Fort Jackson Army Base.


This home offers new paint, floors and fixtures throughout that highlight the open layout of the first floor, which includes the living area, dining area, a large eat in kitchen, one bedroom and a full bath.



Downstairs you will find two additional bedrooms with attached baths and a large screened porch overlooking the lake.


There are two outside areas off the main floor. Fish right from your deck or relax on the enclosed patio.

Enjoy maintenance free living at your own private getaway in natures backyard!

This home is zone for Richland One schools: Caughman Road Elementary, Hopkins Middle and Lower Richland High School.

At just $127,900 this property won’t last long. For more information or to view this property, please contact our agent, Brandi Clarkson.


Posted in Listings
Feb. 26, 2019

Madison Park

Madison Park is a new community located in Lexington, South Carolina, built by Mungo Homes. Homes in Madison Park are priced from the low $200’s to the low $300’s and offer a variety of features.

There are both one- and two-story homes available, all with open floor plans and formal living and dining rooms. The homes in Madison Park range from 3-6 bedrooms, 2-4 bathrooms and 1675-4238 square feet.


Many Different Styles of Homes


Open Floor Plans

These new homes in Madison Park offer a variety of indoor options, including brushed nickel lighting & hardware, 9’ ceilings on the first floor, energy efficient packages for HVAC and lighting and even water saving faucets and shower-heads.


Stylish Kitchens


Luxurious Bathrooms


Spacious Bedrooms


Residents of Madison Park will attend Lexington One Schools; Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington Middle School and Lexington High School.

Madison Park is conveniently located, close to Lexington High School and plenty of shopping, dining and of course, Lake Murray.



The neighborhood features nature trails, ponds, sidewalks, a community pool with cabana and a playground for the kids.



Pool with Cabana

Community Playground

To search all homes for sale in Madison Park, please click here, or contact one of our agents today to take you to see these great homes in person.  

To view our brokerage’s listing in the Madison Park subdivision, please click here.



Posted in Neighborhoods
Feb. 26, 2019

111 Avensong Drive, Lexington, SC 29072


Welcome home to 111 Avensong Drive, Lexington, SC 29072!

Located in beautiful Madison Park, this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home was built in 2017 and offers more than 2100 heated sq ft. and 2-car garage.


This beautiful home features an open eat-in kitchen and living room area.


The high ceiling owner's suite has a bathroom that offers a double vanity with separate tub and shower.


Two large bedrooms are located on the main floor with a 4th bedroom upstairs; this bonus room makes a great media room or 4th bedroom.



A privacy fence surrounds the backyard, making it the perfect spot for entertaining family and friends.

Relax and enjoy Madison Park’s neighborhood pool and playground.


Residents of Madison Park will attend Lexington School District 1 schools; Lake Murray Elementary, Lexington Middle and High Schools.


To view this home or for more information, please contact our agent Jason King

Click out the virtual tour by David Rae

with Christensen Financial

360 video will pan up, down, left, and right to allow you to see all the different angles of the property.

Posted in Listings
Feb. 25, 2019

*Not Available* 1167 Lake Shire Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

Welcome home to 1167 Lake Shire Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170! 

This great 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is located in the established Hamlet South neighborhood, convenient to I-26, I-20 and Hwy 1. All on one level, this home offers over 1,000 square feet with an open concept.


The front of the home features a rocking-chair front porch, great for relaxing with a cup of coffee. The living room is open to the kitchen and dining area, offering a spacious feel with lots of natural light. The owner’s suite has a walk-in closet and private bathroom. There are two additional bedrooms that are spacious as well.



The backyard is fenced and has a large deck and patio area. This low maintenance home has a new roof and newer vinyl windows.


This great home is zoned for award-winning Lexington One Schools, White Knoll Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

Priced at $124,900, this home won’t last long! To view this home or for more information, please contact our agent, Jason King.



Posted in Sold Listings
Jan. 29, 2019

Rent vs. Home Ownership (with Jessica Canaday)


Jessica Canaday, Real Estate Agent with J. King Real Estate, talks about the benefits of home ownership, knowing when to transition from rent to home ownership, and the correct steps to make that move.



  Today I would like to plant a seed to turn your rent into home ownership.



Let’s ask the right questions to help you make an informed decision.


How long will you be living in your home?  The longer the better.  Home ownership creates stability in your community, financially, and professionally, just to name a few.


What is your financial situation?  I can partner you with a local lender to advise you on what you can buy and when to transition your rent into home ownership.


Gene Robertson with Movement Mortgage can answer all of your lending questions.




“What can I afford to buy?” With little to no money down a $1200 monthly payment can get you into a $180,000 home.


Gene has provided an interesting graphic to help you visualize the benefit to turning your rent into a mortgage payment.



Let’s look at your options. Please call me today for more information.

Jessica Canaday, J. King Real Estate, 803-413-3995





Posted in Weekly Blogs
Jan. 29, 2019

Buyers Why Use an Agent (with Jason King)


Jason King, Broker in Charge at J. King Real Estate, talks about why buyers should use a real estate agent to represent them during a purchase transaction. Contact Jason today to get started looking for your new dream home.  



Top 3 Reasons You Should Use a Professional Real Estate Agent During a Purchase Transaction:

             1.   We are here for you. Our agents walk you through the process step-by-step, making it easier for you.

      2.   Professional Negotiations and Expert Advice. You have a professional on your side to negotiate the deal and provide expert advice.

      3.   No cost to you. You have an expert professional there to negotiate the deal and provide expert advice, usually at no cost to you. Usually the seller pays the commission in the transaction.





Posted in Weekly Blogs
Jan. 23, 2019

Movement Mortgage Lunch and Learn with Gene Robertson

Yesterday our team had the great pleasure of meeting with Sr. Loan Officer Gene Robertson from Movement Mortgage. He shared some helpful information with us, and we want to share it with you!

Gene Robertson, Sr. Loan Officer


Movement Mortgage was created in 2008, by co-founders Casey Crawford and Toby Harris with the mission to be a Movement of Change in the mortgage industry. Since they opened their business in the height of the housing crash with just 4 employees, they have continued to grow as a company and now have over 4,000 employees dedicated to serving you with quality service and lending.


    Casey Crawford            Toby Harris        


Movement Mortgage is a direct lender, which means they can be more flexible with qualification guidelines and underwriting than a bank might be, they can get the job done in a timely manner and can save you money.

Gene shared with us about Movement Mortgage’s upfront underwriting, which will confirm upfront if your loan will work and prevents encountering any issues later on, when you’re already half way through the home buying process. They also have a 7-day processing system, so you know your loan will close on time, or sooner if you have the need.

With Movement Mortgage being a direct lender, they are able to offer several different loan options to choose from that are right for you and your current financial situation. South Carolina State Housing loan programs are great for first time home buyers and these programs provide down payment assistance.

One of which is called the South Carolina Palmetto Home Advantage Program. This program is for first time home buyers as well as repeat home buyers and offers up to 3% to 5% of the loan amount, through a forgivable second mortgage with a 10-year term and zero interest rate. This is not a grant.

The second is called the Hardest Hit Fund. This program is for first time home buyers only (cannot have had ownership in a home in the last three years) and offers up to $15,000 in down payment assistance, closing costs and/or prepaid items. This down payment assistance is also forgivable, through a second mortgage with a 10-year term and zero interest rate.

For more detailed information about these programs or any other lending products offered by Movement Mortgage, we encourage you to contact Gene Robertson with Movement Mortgage today. He is a lending expert and will be happy to walk you through the process and get you the information needed for qualification and can walk you through the process.

You can even apply online through Movement Mortgage’s website or app on your phone. Check it out here.

Once you know you’re ready to find your new home, contact one of J. King Real Estate’s agents to get the search started. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home.


Posted in Events
Jan. 9, 2019

*SOLD* 376 Kitti Wake Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

376 Kitti Wake Drive





This 4 bedroom home features a country living feel on a lovely lot while being conveniently located in West Columbia. A large circular driveway welcomes visitors as well as the huge rocking chair perfect front porch.



Step inside to a fully renovated first floor featuring an open floor plan. The formal living room, dining room, kitchen and family room flow perfectly to reveal a special surprise outside.


Step out onto the huge stamped concrete screened porch that leads to your private backyard. Plentiful space for a pool, pets and children to run and play.

The upstairs of this home features a large master suite with vanity area and a walk in closet. The master bath also features a jacuzzi tub.

3 additional bedrooms and another full bath are also located upstairs. Interior has fresh paint, brand new flooring on the first floor, renovated half bath downstairs, as well as several recent upgrades throughout the home.

Contact our agent Brandi Clarkson to view this home today!

Posted in Sold Listings
Jan. 7, 2019

Regatta Forest


Regatta Forest is a new home community, conveniently located near Lake Murray, Columbia and Irmo, South Carolina. Homes in the neighborhood are convenient to interstate 26 and 20, so the location is great for all different work commutes. Harbison Boulevard and downtown Lexington are also just a short drive away, which all provide several options for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Residents of this new community are zoned for the award-winning School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties.

This all brick community has homes built by Eastwood Homes and Great Southern Homes, giving buyers several different home design options.



Great Southern Homes Regatta Forest Sales Office: 305 Berlandier Lane, Irmo, SC 29063

Eastwood Homes Regatta Forest Model Home: 312 Berlandier Lane, Irmo, SC 29212


These beautiful, all brick homes in Regatta Forest start in the mid $200’s and go up to the mid $300’s. Homes in the neighborhood range from 1-2 stories, 3-5 bedrooms and all feature lush landscaping, garages and some even offer finished basements.

The Great Southern Homes in Regatta Forest were designed and built with the environment in mind. These homes were designed to minimize the environmental impacts to the surrounding areas and built to exacting GreenSmart Standards. The community is filled with wooded landscaping, protected natural areas and quiet forests that provide a quiet and beautiful setting.

Directions: Take Interstate 26 to exit 102A. Continue through Irmo toward the Lake Murray Dam. Just before the lake, turn right onto Highway 6 (North Lake Drive). At the first light, take a left onto River Road.  Regatta Forest will be on your right-hand side.  

To view homes for sale in Regatta Forest, check out our neighborhood search here, and contact one of our agents today. 

Posted in Neighborhoods