Columbia, South Carolina - Big Town, Small City

July 26, 2021

112 Royal Woods Road, Columbia, SC 29210


Located in beautiful Royal Woods subdivision, this 1.5 story, 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home has 2645 square feet of lovely living space.

The large living room is perfect for several couches and chairs, as well as a big screen TV.

The dining room and the large eat-in area of the kitchen will accommodate large tables, perfect for those big gatherings.

The kitchen has a breakfast bar, bay window, granite countertops, a pantry and recessed lighting making it bright and airy.

The master suite has a high, trey ceiling, with ceiling fan, a private walk-in closet and a bathroom that features a double vanity, separate water closet, separate shower and a whirlpool tub.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a bathroom with a double vanity, tub and shower and both have ceilings fans and private closets.

The FROG (bedroom 4) has a vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan and a private bath.

The over-sized screened porch and beautiful backyard is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

View the MLS listing at

Posted in Blog, Listings
July 22, 2021

211 Westwood Avenue | Columbia, SC 29203


Located in historic downtown Columbia , Keenan Terrace, this 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom has beautiful upgrades and room to spare.

The kitchen offers custom cabinets, granite countertops, a breakfast bar and beautiful flooring.

The formal dining room has attractive built-ins and hardwood floors.

The formal living room features a striking natural gas log fireplace.

The first master has a ceiling fan, a walk-in closet, a private bath and hardwood flooring.

The second master has a ceiling fan, a private bath and hardwood flooring with his and her closets.

Bedroom 3 also has a walk-in closet.

Your flex rooms include a mudroom, sunroom and family room.

Additionally, you have a workshop for your favorite projects.


View more details using the listing link

Posted in Listings
July 14, 2021

How to Fix Up Your Home to Sell It Quickly

When preparing your house for sale, it’s easy to get carried away by major house improvement projects. In some cases, complete makeovers are not necessary. A few repairs on high-impact areas will equally increase your house’s value by improving its functionality and general appearance. To help you navigate the house makeover, J. King Real Estate shares some helpful tips on areas with a high impact.

Complete the Necessary Repairs

When you've lived in your house for a while, you get used to some of the flaws and learn how to live with them. This is a sign of neglect for new buyers, so ensure you fix all those things you keep overlooking. 

For instance, you can start by inspecting your windows. If some need to get repaired or replaced, get in touch with contractors that offer window repair services. You’ll find that rates change depending on the type of windows you want and the type of services you need. 

For best results, be specific in your search, using keywords like ‘casement window repair near me’ to find a specialist. You can find information on some companies online, so start by reading a few customer reviews to check the quality of their work. Another option is asking them to refer you to satisfied customers. Verify their credibility, and check if they have insurance and a valid license.

Outside your house, check for large cracks on the pathways, missing shingles, patio pavers, and tuckpointing. Fix loose railings and broken windows, panes, and doors for security purposes. Adding a wooden deck will drive your house value up and accelerate the time frame as well. If you already have a deck, look out for cracks in floorboards and refinish the surface. 

You can consult the J. King Real Estate team to highlight the crucial repairs your house requires to save you both time and money.

Replace the Roof

Most buyers will go for the house with the newest roof to avoid the cost of repairing leaking roofs. A new roof will help you sell your house faster, and it will recoup the money you spend on resale by about 107%. If it’s beyond your budget, you can consider negotiating a lower price with potential buyers.

You can do some repairs for a relatively new roof, such as fixing any leaks or replacing some shingles. Regardless of your experience in DIY jobs, it's always advisable to hire a professional due to the risky nature of the work. 

If you're more inclined on DIY, here are some tips:

  • Take care not to cause more damage by breaking the tiles or features like the chimney.

  • To protect you from slipping, wear shoes with rubber soles.

  • Ensure you have someone on the ground as a lookout.

  • If there’s bad weather like wind or rain, don’t attempt going to the roof.

Double Glaze the Windows

Living near a public road or public amenities can be noisy sometimes. This harms the value of your house. To curb this, you can double-glaze your windows. Double glazing will reduce the noise level considerably and help in retaining heat. This will drive your house value up as it becomes more energy efficient.

Install a Backsplash

Adding a backsplash in your kitchen adds value to your house. You can install one behind the hob. It will protect the paint or wallpaper from splatter when cooking, leaving no stains in the kitchen. It also forms a water barrier to prevent mold or mildew from growing.

You’ll find different designs and materials such as ceramic tile, glass, metal, or wood. When selecting the perfect one for your house, keep in mind the theme you have in the kitchen. Besides the added convenience, it will enhance the overall beauty of your house.

Remove Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings were once popular, but now they reduce the value of your house and can potentially discourage buyers. They were banned from use due to the presence of asbestos, which is hazardous and carcinogenic.

Having them removed will add a modern look to your house. With the right equipment, you can remove them yourself, but ensure you take precautions. The removal process disturbs the fibers, which can end up in your lungs. Before you start, have the material tested for asbestos by professionals. 

Fill Holes and Cracks in the Walls

As time goes, wear and tear can lead to the wall plaster getting holes, cracks, or chips. Before applying a fresh coat of paint, ensure you repair these imperfections. It will improve the general appearance of your house and drive the value up.

Knockdown Walls to Create Open Plan Living Spaces

Most house buyers today prefer open-plan living spaces. Such rooms bring in lighter inside your house, make the house seem more spacious, and allow the rooms to have multiple purposes. You can leverage this plan to make your house more valuable. 

Again hiring a professional is advisable to avoid knocking down load-bearing walls and other potentially costly damages, as well as accidents and injury. And finally, reach out to the J. King Real Estate team for assistance. Call 803-386-9488.

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Posted in Blog
July 13, 2021

107 Dutch Point Rd | Chapin SC 29036


Located on beautiful Lake Murray, this 4 bedroom 3 bath home has 95 feet on your own year-round cove.

You have deeded lake access and a private dock in this lakeside community.

Walk into a beautiful, spacious living room with exposed beams, gorgeous floors and a floor to ceiling brick pass-through fireplace.

Upon entering the oversized kitchen, you will see the other side of the fireplace facing the kitchen, granite countertops, an island, lots of cabinet space and a beautiful tile flooring.

The large master bedroom features a walk-in closet, double vanity, built-ins and a low-threshold shower.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 are roomy with private closets.

Upstairs, bedroom 4 has a bonus room and shared bath.

Outside, the pergola shaded deck provides a picturesque view of the lake.

The backyard is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

All this and Chapin schools.

You may view more pictures and specific details by viewing the listing page. Click here to view the listing page for 107 Dutch Point Road, Chapin, SC 29036.

Posted in Lake Murray, Listings
July 12, 2021

How to Buy a Home Together and Keep Your Relationship Intact

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How to Buy a Home Together and Keep Your Relationship Intact


You’ve decided to buy a home with your partner. You love each other, you get along well and you want to spend the rest of your lives together. It’s time to start looking for your dream home! Well, not exactly. Before you go shopping for the place of your dreams, take some time to look at the reality and make a good plan together. 


As Americans continue to relocate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a hot housing market, 64% of millennial homeowners have at least some regret about purchasing their current home, according to a new survey.


So how do you begin to navigate this bumpy road? Talk, talk and more talk. Sit down with your partner and work out a budget. Consider your finances and what you’re able to afford. Speak with a financial advisor and a lender to help you decide what you can afford. Then look at your monthly income, how much you have for a down payment and what kind of monthly payments you can realistically take on. Once you have a budget decided, stick with it. Know exactly how much wiggle room you have, if any, and what you’d have to give up if the perfect home costs more than expected. 


Then talk about what kind of home you would like and where. Do you like the suburbs or the city, or somewhere in between? Do you want a basement? A yard? A garage? Understand that throughout the process, you’ll need to compromise. You may not get everything you want, and your partner won’t get everything he or she wants, either. 


When it’s time to start shopping, let your real estate agent know what you’re looking for and why. She’ll keep your needs in mind when searching for the right home for you. When you’re looking at homes, try to keep your partner’s needs in mind and don’t just focus on getting what you want. Your partner needs to know that you hear what they have said and understand their needs.


Soon, you’ll feel like every free moment is spent looking at homes. Don’t let this be the case. Remember that your relationship needs nurturing, too. Take time to spend together at dinner, out for a walk or just sitting in a café and chatting about something other than your house hunting. When you are touring homes, take that time to learn about your partner and understand his or her thought process. You might learn something new. 


When it’s time to make an offer, don’t be afraid to act. When the market is good for sellers, buyers are jumping on the best homes. If you are hesitant and want to think about it overnight, you might miss out on the best house and have to start the search all over again. 


Buying a home is a big decision, and you should make sure your relationship is strong and likely to last at least as long as you plan to stay in your home. Having some good stress  and conflict management skills can help you navigate this time together more easily. Remember why you came together in the first place, and focus on how great it will be to buy a home together. Then once you’re settled, you’ll look back on that time with fond memories. 

Posted in Blog
July 12, 2021

School Supplies Drive | Supporting Epworth Children's Home

Your efforts to support the Epworth Children’s Home last year, during Christmas, was a grand success. The J King Real Estate brokerage is looking to help again. This time our focus is helping the Epworth Children’s Home with supplies for the upcoming school year. Epworth is a facility, located in Columbia, SC, that cares for children from severely stressed family systems and their goal is to nurture and love them by providing education, counseling, medical care and spiritual enrichment. Their aim is to break the destructive cycle of abuse, neglect and shame and replace it with an opportunity for each child to live a life of self-respect, responsibility and productivity.



The organization has created a wish list with Amazon to make it easier for us to donate to their organization. When you purchase using this wish list, the needed amounts are automatically adjusted to help the organization and the children get exactly what they all need. The wish list also makes it easy by automatically populating the Epworth Home’s shipping address.


Listed below is a link to the Epworth website which will take you to the Epworth’s web page where you can read about their specific needs and links to help them this season. Although the list is extensive, we want to encourage you to send at least one thing. We could really make a major impact on their lives by doing this simple thing. Please take action by August 7, 2021, to accommodate their school supplies needs. If you are not using their wish lists, their shipping address is Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.


Direct link to Epworth's Amazon School Supplies List


If you would like to look at other donation opportunities, please view this link

Posted in Blog, Events
July 8, 2021

1617 Van Lingle Ave | Columbia, SC 29210


Located in St. Andrews Acres, this all brick 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has a 1 car carport and a rocking chair front porch.

In a traditional ranch style, this home has beautiful hardwood floors and has been freshly painted.

The eat-in kitchen features solid surface countertops and beautiful tile flooring.

The 3 bedrooms and the living room all have ceiling fans.

There is a newer HVAC system, newer roof and a new septic system installed in 2020.

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

Posted in Blog, Listings
June 30, 2021

292 Watkins Point Road | Batesburg SC 29006


Located on beautiful Lake Murray, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has a wrap around porch to view your 174' water front property with large cove year round water.

The living room features cathedral ceilings, a gas log fireplace and hardwood floors.

The natural cabinets, bar and eat-in kitchen has room for your gourmet meals.

The master bedroom features a walk-in closet, separate water closet and whirlpool bath and shower.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 are ample sized for family and guests.

The flex room, currently used as an office, could be used as a 4th bedroom.

The large partially finished basement has a full bath.

All this with a private dock and a back deck with magnificent views.

Posted in Blog, Listings
June 23, 2021

101 Brass Court | Lexington, SC | 29072


Located in beautiful Silver Creek, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home sits on a large corner lot in a cul-de-sac with a rocking chair front porch.

The living room features high ceilings, hardwood floors, an inviting wood burning fireplace and a ceiling fan.  

The kitchen has new granite countertops, stained cabinets and a lovely eat-in area in front of the bay window.

The formal dining room has room for large family gatherings.

The first floor master suite features a ceiling fan, double vanity, separate shower and garden tub.

The additional bedrooms all have private closets and ceiling fans.

Additional flex space is available with a large FROG, with a closet, that could be a 4th bedroom, office or playroom.

The oversized garage easily holds 2 cars and room for a work area.

The stunning deck and backyard is perfect for entertaining family and friends. 

For more information, check out the MLS listing at

Posted in Blog, Listings
June 15, 2021

127 Old Hall Road | Irmo South Carolina

Located in beautiful Heatherstone, this 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home has an open concept with great living space and dining room with a conveniently located half bath on the main floor.

The eat-in kitchen has a large amount of cabinet space, counters and beautiful tile flooring.

The master bedroom features his and hers walk-in closets, a ceiling fan and a private bathroom.

All bedrooms are located on the second floor. With attic storage, a garage door opener, smoke detectors and a security system, this is a great house.

The huge deck and backyard are perfect entertaining family and friends.

Conveniently located to shopping and restaurants. All this and the award winning Lexington/Richland School District Five.

For more details and pictures, view the listing at

Posted in Blog, Listings