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June 2, 2020

Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

When you’re ready to find your next home, you’ll probably begin by looking online or driving around a neighborhood that you like. Then, you’ll begin to look for real estate agents that may be able to help you find the exact house of which you’re dreaming. You may hear a phrase that’s fairly common at the beginning of the buying process, “are you pre-qualified for a mortgage?”. Allow us a moment to explain how getting pre-qualified actually helps you find your dream home.


We would love to talk with you about your home buying needs. Our brokerage works with different lending specialists on a daily basis. Working with these specialists helps us build our relationships. If you would like to meet someone that can help you get pre-approved, please feel free to reach out to us for a personal referral or call your own lender.


When you work with a lending specialist to get pre-approval, or pre-qualified, it provides you a great deal of information about your current situation. This information can be used to your advantage when trying to figure out which home to make an offer. The website has published a very detailed guide that helps you answer the question, "How much house can I afford?".


The lending specialist helps you understand your current position and explains how much buying power you have. One of the perks for using a lending specialist is they understand the loan products that are being offered in the area where you’re looking. Some products offer different terms, different closing costs, and even different down payment options. When you’re looking to make such a large purchase, you want to make sure that you understand your options; this gives you and the seller a piece of mind.


Once a lending specialist helps you understand your buying power, your real estate agent can help you create the search to find your dream home. Once you’re pre-approved, you and your real estate agent will have a better position when you negotiate the offer.

Finally, a lending specialist helps you understand how to improve your buying power. Sometimes life gets in the way and we have debt that we’re working to pay off. A lending specialist can sometimes offer you advice about which debts to pay off before others. Different lending companies consider debts in different ways. If you are working on paying off debts, there is no need to worry.


At J. King Real Estate, we invite you to begin with the end in mind. Getting a pre-approval letter from a lender can give you the information you need and deserve to have a successful home searching process. Lending specialists play a critical role in helping you understand how much buying power you currently hold. The right one can also help you realize what you need to work on financially to be ready for a new mortgage. Knowing this information, coupled with the right real estate agent, can put you in a great position to buy your new home. Reach out to us for a personal referral to a lending specialist and find out how much buying power you hold.

Posted in Blog
May 27, 2020

132 Angel Garden Way in Columbia, SC


Located in beautiful, gated Angel Garden neighborhood.

This home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
The home has been remodeled to look like new!

The open concept is highlighted by new fixtures, new flooring, a gas fireplace, a breakfast bar with gorgeous new quartz counter tops, and fresh paint throughout.

There are 3 large bedrooms with new carpeting and beautiful nature light windows.

Located on a corner lot, adjacent to large common area.

The large backyard is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

All this with a safe and private gated community convenient to shopping and entertainment.

To view the full listing for this home, 132 Angel Garden Way in Columbia, South Carolina.

Posted in Listings
May 18, 2020

559 Bronze Drive, Lexington, SC 29072

Welcome to 559 Bronze Drive

Located in the beautiful Enclave at Silvercreek, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home offers a roomy 2599 square feet.

Built in 2016, this home has an open concept with a private dining room.

The home features one level living with a bonus room over the garage.

The kitchen features tiled back splash, painted cabinets, granite counter tops, an island, pantry and eat-in area.

The over-sized master suite is highlighted by a sitting area and a master bath that features a water closet, double vanity and separate tub and shower.

The large backyard and patio is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

Want to find out more about this property? Contact Jason King or text him at 803-318-4712.

Posted in Listings
May 5, 2020

Restaurants in the Irmo Area Offering Outside Dining

Are you just like the rest of us, looking for somewhere to sit down and enjoy a meal? We have all experienced cabin fever during this COVID-19 pandemic. As our South Carolina Governor works his #AccelerateSC plan, we are right here supporting our local businesses. Here is a list of restaurants that we have talked to recently. These are all local to the Irmo area and are serving diners outside or on their outdoor patios. We will update this list as more information becomes available. If you know someone that is open for outdoor dining, and is not already on this list, please reach out to us and submit their name.

As we called and talked to each of these restaurants, each wanted us to know that they're taking every precaution necessary to keep their customers, staff, and products safe during this reopening. Many cited that they have checklists of what the CDC, SCDHEC, and SC Governor all recommend as safety precautions and that they're currently using them to conduct business. One of these precautions are single-use, or to-go, containers being used instead of traditional dining sets (like plates, silverware, and cups/glasses). Of course, they're taking precautions by having their servers wear masks and follow proper hand washing procedures. Their goal is to help the community reopen without putting anyone in harm's way.

Note that these are listed in no particular order. The information listed below is accurate as of May 5, 2020, however may change due to the ever-changing situation regarding the COVID-19 threat and our state's response to the threat.

Hemingway's Music Pub

Hours: Noon - 8:00 PM (all week)

Address: 7467 St Andrews Rd Ste 11, Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 749-6020

Anything special to note? They did note that they've installed hand sanitation stations throughout the restaurant to help improve safety and comfort.

Links to Hemingway's online:

Hemingway's Music Pub on Facebook

Hemingway's Music Pub on Instagram

Hemingway's Music Pub online


Lucky's Burger Shack

Hours: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM (all week)

Address: 7811 Broad River Rd., Irmo, South Carolina 29063

Phone: (803) 749-0048

Anything special to note? They told us that they're excited to get back to serving our community and can't wait to see everyone!

Links to Lucky's online:

Lucky's Burger Shack on Facebook

Lucky's Burger Shack on Instagram


Bistro on the Boulevard

Hours: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM (all week)

Address: 1085 Lake Murray Blvd, Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 369-1332

Anything special to note? They are offering normal dinnerware unless you request disposable, one-time use dinnerware. They also have an option to request a single server and that server will be your only point of contact through your dining experience.

Links to the Bistro online:

Bistro on the Boulevard on Facebook

Bistro on the Boulevard on Instagram

Bistro on the Boulevard online


Silver Fox Grill

Hours: 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM (all week)

Address: 7444 Broad River Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 749-0611

Anything special to note? They are making sure to stick to the recommended guidelines and are ready to see everyone again.

Links to Silver Fox Grill online:

Silver Fox Grill on Facebook

Silver Fox Grill on Instagram


B's Restaurant and Sports Pub

Hours: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (all week)

Address: 2742 N Lake Dr, Columbia, SC 29212

Phone: (803) 781-5656

Anything special to note? They're being sure to follow all of the appropriate guidelines in order to keep everyone safe. They are offering a Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 9.

Links to online:

B's Restaurant and Sports Pub on Facebook

B's Restaurant and Sports Pub on Instagram


Wings N Ale at the Dam

Hours: 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM (all week)

Address: 1605 N Lake Dr, Lexington, SC 29072

Phone: (803) 399-1959

Anything special to note? They're currently running a limited menu with daily specials. Be sure to ask about their daily specials. To spice things up, they will introduce Touchless Triva this weekend.

Links to online:

Wings N Ale on Facebook

Wings N Ale on Instagram


Alodia's Cucina Italiana


Address: 2736 N Lake Dr, Columbia, SC 29212

Phone: (803) 781-9814

Anything special to note? 

Links to online:

Alodia's Cucina Italiana on Facebook

Alodia's Cucina Italiana on Instagram

Alodia's Cucina Italiana Website


Social Grill

Hours: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Sunday - Wednesday) & 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Thursday - Saturday)

Address: 1002 A J Amick Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 764-1594

Anything special to note? Come on by and see all your friends!

Links to online:

Social Grill on Facebook

Social Grill on Instagram

Social Grill Website


Carolina Wings

Hours: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Address: 1000 Marina Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 851-4500

Anything special to note? They're working hard to try to make the reopening feel as normal as possible.

Links to online:

Carolina Wings on Facebook

Carolina Wings on Instagram

Carolina Wings Website


East Bay Deli at Broad River Road

Hours: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (all week)

Address: 7688 Broad River Rd A, Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 708-3188

Anything special to note? They're offering outside dining and curbside pickup. If you order online (for delivery or pickup) they're offering a 10% discount.

Links to online:

East Bay Deli on Facebook

East Bay Deli on Instgram

East Bay Deli Website



Hours: 11:00 AM - Midnight (all week)

Address: 6226 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

Phone: (803) 661-6138

Anything special to note? Live music on Tuesday nights.

Links to online:

Schooners on Facebook

Schooners on Instgram


Have we missed your favorite restaurant? We apologize that it isn't already on the list. Please drop us a comment below and we'll be sure to reach out to get them listed.

Posted in Blog
March 23, 2020

*SOLD* - 517 Suttalee Lane, Irmo, SC 29063


Don’t miss this amazing home in Chelsea Park. Chelsea Park is a beautiful neighborhood in Irmo, SC.

This property is listed by Jason King of J King Real Estate. If you'd like full details and to see more pictures, go to the 517 Suttalee Lane, Irmo, SC 29063 listing.

Enter through the 2 story Foyer to an updated house with new paint and new flooring.

4 Large bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. Off the garage entrance is a great mud room/ utility room.

This open floor-plan has a formal dining room, large open living room w/ fireplace, eat-in kitchen and a bar top island.

The sun-room and bonus media rooms are great places to relax.

The Living Room and Media Room are wired for surround sound.

The Master Bedroom features a walk in closet, an extra-large bathroom with a 6’ soaker tub and double vanity.

Don’t miss the built-ins and window bench seat in the 2nd bedroom.

Hang out on the front porch or in the large backyard that is completely fenced.

Enjoy the patio or tinker in the workshop with double doors and extra pull down storage.

All this in award winning Chapin Schools!

Posted in Blog, Listings
March 18, 2020

*SOLD* 128 Loskin Lane, Lexington, South Carolina 29073


Located in beautiful Maple Grove, this 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home is move in ready.

From the covered front sitting area to the over-sized fenced backyard, you will enjoy many updates throughout.

This home has a good sized living room with a gas fireplace and separate dining room.

The kitchen features a tiled back-splash, solid surface counter tops, an eat-in area, an island and a pantry.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a master bath that features a separate shower and garden tub.

Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are large with access to the second full bath.

Outside the screened porch and patio offer a great setting; you will enjoy a huge fenced backyard, perfect for entertaining friends and family.

Posted in Listings
March 4, 2020

*SOLD* 2433 Putnam Street, Columbia, SC 29204

This home is located in the Forest Acres area. It features three bedrooms with two bathrooms. The exterior features brick and is all one level home.

Upon entering the beautiful sitting room, you will move into the kitchen and living room.

The kitchen features granite counter tops, tile flooring, painted cabinets and a pantry.

The interior of this home is complete with a master bedroom.

There are also two guest rooms and two full baths.

The large back yard has an over sized patio, perfect for entertaining friends and family, with plenty of green space.

Conveniently located to the University of South Carolina and downtown shopping and dining.

Posted in Sold Listings
Feb. 18, 2020

*SOLD* 3 Waterside Court - Irmo SC 29063

Welcome to 3 Waterside Court!

Located in the Waterford neighborhood this 5 bedroom/3.5 bath home has a surprise around every corner.

The first floor features a large family room with a gas fireplace, a formal dining room along with a eat-in kitchen that includes an island, bar and beveled granite counter tops!

You will be delighted to find the master on the main floor with access to the screened in porch, a tray ceiling, bay window and newly remodeled master bath shower.

To finish the first floor off step thru french doors into your office or perhaps a nursery.

Upstairs enjoy the view of the open floor plan as you find a loft and 4 more bedrooms, one of which has its own private bath.

Go ahead and invite all your friends and family over and entertain them on your HUGE screened in porch, BBQ on the deck or hang out around the fire pit.

Zoned for award winning School District Five, close to shopping, dining and all the neighborhood amenities.

Click here to view the full listing for all photos or to schedule a showing with our agent, Brandi Clarkson.

Posted in Blog, Listings
Feb. 17, 2020

*UNAVAILABLE* 112 White Falls Circle, Columbia, SC 29212


112 White Falls Circle
Columbia, SC 29212

Located in the established neighborhood of Coldstream, this five 5 bedroom home has it all!

The main level features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, formal living and dining, a large family room and an eat-in kitchen!

Downstairs you will find a finished basement that includes a laundry/mud room, a bonus room which could be an office or exercise room and garage access.

Wait that's not all.....virtually unheard of in this price range this home features a mother-in-law suite/apartment in the basement as well. The suite features a full kitchen, living area, 2 bedrooms and a full bath plus access to the sunroom.

Outside escape in your own private oasis with an in ground pool, 2 decks and the neighborhood lake right at your back door.

Contact Brandi Clarkson for a showing, (803) 463-8142.

Posted in Listings
Feb. 10, 2020

"Stock the Station" - Support Irmo Fire Foundation

“Stock the Station” is a great way to support our community in Irmo. The Irmo Fire Foundation is hosting this supplies drive to help the wonderful firefighters that serve our community. There is a new firehouse in Irmo, located on Childs Street.

This is our chance to join with the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce to help promote this great cause. We’re inviting the public to drop items at the J. King Real Estate office, 7522 Irmo Drive, Suite 4, Columbia, SC 29212 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM. We will collect these donations through Wednesday, February 19, 2020 and make one large donation on the following Friday, February 21st. In addition, J. King Real Estate and our agents are committed to providing our own donation to the “Stock the Station” cause. If you are interested in helping, please check the list of needs on the chamber’s website.


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