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2 Lost Creek in Chestnut Plantation Columbia SC Home For Sale

In Columbia Real Estate on June 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This attractive home in Chestnut Plantation is ready for you to move in. The neighborhood has amenities for many different lifestyles. Residents may stroll along the sidewalks or nature trails, play a game of tennis or just relax by the community pool and clubhouse. You will be impressed with the soaring ceiling in the entry foyer of this home, the bright natural light and hardwoods invite you in to the space. The well-appointed kitchen is both functional and a place to gather with family and friends. The living room has a feel of spaciousness with its high ceilings, hardwood floors, and fireplace. Enjoy the big game or gather together on those special holidays. Large formal dining room features crown molding, wainscoting, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Fantastic master suite will feel like going on vacation every time you enter. The double trey ceilings lend architectural interest while the master bath features double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower. Master also features his and her walk-in-closets, and huge sitting area that could be used for exercise. Four additional bedrooms and finished bonus room will allow you to accommodate as much company as you can handle. In addition to all of the recreational activities available in the community this home also features a back yard wooden deck and play area. Call agent today about taking a tour of this exceptional home. Also inquire about special deal on closing costs with preferred lender and lease to own option. Ellyn Nester 803-348-4602

 

Columbia Real Estate for Sale The Gates at Williams Brice

In Columbia Real Estate on July 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Enjoy the splendid view of Williams Brice stadium and the surrounding area. This condo has a great vantage point for all of the game day action. The spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is perfect for entertaining guests or your best clients. The kitchen with its granite counters, large island and open layout will make preparing game day meals a snap. The master bath features double vanity, garden tub, and plenty of room for all your things. The guest bedroom, and guest bath, is on the opposite side of living space from master for maximum privacy. The lush landscaping and flowering plants in the common area court yard will remind you of a resort setting. Relax pool side while watching the game on large flat screen TVs, while cooking some steaks on one of the stainless grills. Cool off with a dip in the pool or soak your tired muscles in the Jacuzzi. Do not miss the chance to own this special property. Call today to arrange your personal showing. Or take virtual tour now.

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Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Homes for Sale in Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as Columbia Startup Homes, Columbia Median Homes, Columbia Upscale Homes, Columbia Luxury Homes, Columbia Million Dollar Homes, and Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists.
Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

Columbia SC Real Estate For Sale 2541 Chatsworth Windsor Lake

In Columbia Real Estate on July 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

This sharp all brick ranch in Windsor Lake is ready to move in. The large shady lot, attached carport, and cement patio are some of the exterior features of the home. The interior features gorgeous exposed hardwoods in formal living room and dining room. Kitchen has large bright eat-in area, built in pantry closet, and ample kitchen cabinets. The knotty pine family room would make a great place to watch the big game or take a Sunday afternoon nap. The three large bedrooms feature a private bath in master and a shared guest bath in hall. The back yard has landscaped natural areas that will keep mowing to a minimum. Call today to see this special home. Take virtual tour of home now.

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Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Homes for Sale in Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as Columbia Startup Homes, Columbia Median Homes, Columbia Upscale Homes, Columbia Luxury Homes, Columbia Million Dollar Homes, and Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists.
Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

Columbia SC Patio Home for Sale in Senior Adult Community Agape Village

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 8:40 am
June 27th, 2010 3:50 AM

Sharp two bedroom two bath patio home in age restricted Agape Village. Enjoy a virtually maintenance free environment at a reasonable price. Our all inclusive regime will simplify your life and give you more time to do the things you love. Beautiful community center with work out equipment, large meeting room with kitchen facilities for personal use or group functions. Sprinkler system, walk in closet in master, low curb shower, and gas fireplace are just a few of the amenities that make these homes special. Call today to arrange a tour.

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Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

Columbia SC Real Estate Benefit

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 3:26 am
June 7th, 2010 4:36 PM

Real Estate Benefit Program Helps Another Agape Senior Employee

On Tuesday, June 1st, Lyndsey Plyler became the second person to take advantage of the real estate benefit program that is available to all Agape Senior employees. The program was designed to help the employee navigate through the home buying or selling process by providing professional guidance for each step along the way.

Lyndsey started her journey to become a homeowner with one simple email to the EXIT Agape Real Estate Services office about five weeks ago. The email said, “I need help.” This provided the team with a perfect opportunity to turn that simple request into a success story. Most Agape Senior employees spend every hour of every day helping our precious senior adults. The job is demanding and can be all consuming. To help and support the dedicated employees that provide that exceptional care is a privilege.

The benefit program provides experts in the professional services of real estate, insurance, legal, and finance. This team approach improves the process by providing clear channels of communication, quicker response time to problems, and, ultimately, a better experience for the client. The program also provides discounts and rebates that will save the employee over $1000.00 on a medium priced home.

The real estate benefits team, EXIT Agape Realty (real estate), Harrell & Martin (legal), GMM (insurance), and Crescent Moon Mortgage (finance) would like to congratulate Lyndsey on her new home and wish her great things for the future.

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Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

Columbia SC Employee Real Estate Benefit Program

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm
May 26th, 2010 12:31 AM

 The road to achieving the American dream is often paved with hard work, knowledge, and professional guidance. Fortunately for Agape Senior employees a team of professionals has been assembled to help with that process.

The Legacy Care Real Estate Benefit program was introduced as an employee benefit several months ago. Legacy Care allows an Agape Senior employee the choice to use preferred providers in all or some of the professional services required to purchase, sell or refinance a home. The program includes service fee discounts and cash back rebates to the employee that is a principal in a real estate transaction.

We are proud to announce our first Legacy Care client, Sharon Davis, closed on her new home on Thursday, May 20. Sharon is a great example of today’s modern well-informed consumer in the housing market. Sharon took advantage of a down payment assistance program that is being offered by Richland County. A requirement of the program is that the recipient attends classes that teach the home buyer the ropes of purchasing a first home.

Sharon was now armed with the information from her classes and she took the next step by putting the Legacy Care team to work for her. Legacy Care mortgage specialist Bill Oliver, worked with Sharon to pre-qualify her for a mortgage. Being pre-qualified before looking for a home is a smart way to narrow your searches to the homes in your price range. It also provides for a much stronger offer to the seller when submitting a contract with a pre-approval letter from a lender.

Catherine Thornton a certified first-time buyer agent with Exit Agape, then began working with Sharon to find her the perfect home. The services of a good buyer’s agent are invaluable during this part of the process. The agent will evaluate potential properties for current value, submit and negotiate the purchase contract, coordinate the inspections, and negotiate the repairs from the inspections.

Once the purchase contract is accepted by all parties, it is then sent to our preferred real estate attorney, Jeremy Martin. Jeremy has been working with Exit Agape for over two years and was involved in the majority of Agape Village closings. Jeremy performs all of the necessary legal work to ensure the property is titled properly and that there are no liens or claims against the property. He also performs the closing, ensuring all documents are properly signed and recorded.

Communication between all the parties involved in getting a real estate transaction to closing is crucial. We believe that our team approach in providing professional services is a real advantage to the employee. It was gratifying to see how excited Sharon was on the day of closing at our office in West Columbia. The entire Legacy Care team would like to thank Sharon for giving us the opportunity to help.

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Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

Columbia SC Real Estate Nightmare or Nirvanna

In Columbia Real Estate on May 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm
May 16th, 2010 6:05 PM

When is the last time you had a real estate closing that was on schedule? Do you ever get a response from a bank in a timely manner on a short sale? When your buyer clients are getting down payment assistance, tax credits, and seller paid closing costs, do they think they should be getting a better deal? Do your seller clients believe there property is unique and should not be affected by a down market? Do you hold your breath every time an appraisal is ordered for a property under contract? Do you wonder how the new HUD is easier to understand? Do you find it interesting that third party addendum on foreclosures are often longer than the sales contract and usually conflict with it? Isn’t it funny that a lot of people think that you can work for free?

If you are about ready to throw yourself off a tall skyscraper, hold on. Think about the client that told you that they would never have been able to get through the sale of their property without your help. Remember the couple that just moved to your area and said that you really saved the day finding the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood. Can you remember the feeling of accomplishment when you helped a first time buyer realize the American dream? What about the satisfaction of resolving a housing problem for a senior client?

Fortunately, or unfortunately the nature of the beast seems to be incredible highs and incredible lows. Staying professional and focusing on the positive can be a good remedy for coping in today’s market.

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Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

Columbia SC Downsizing Advice for Seniors

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 at 2:41 am
April 29th, 2010 9:44 PM

A lot has changed in real estate in the last 50 years. For the senior client that has been in the same house for all of those years the thought of selling and moving can be overwhelming. A home is more than just a house; there are precious memories of family, friends, special occasions and more. There is an immense amount of stuff that can accumulate in a home that has been lived in for fifty years. It is very difficult for most people to sort through all of that accumulation and know what to keep and what to donate or put in the trash.

Here are 5 ideas that could help if you are contemplating selling your home in order to downsize into a more manageable space.

1. Talk to a realtor that has experience working with senior clients. A good realtor will offer valuable advice about the best way to present your home to a new generation of buyers. He/She should also walk you through what to expect while your home is listed, and everything that is involved in the process from purchase offer to the closing table.

2. Consider hiring a company that specializes in helping people downsize. It is not practical or wise to think you will be able to bring all of your possessions into your new home. Moving is the perfect opportunity to weed out the clutter from the jewels. There are also some innovative ways to save your memories without keeping the actual item associated with the memory.

3. Talk to someone that has already gone through the process. It is helpful to hear other people talk about how they solved and dealt with the same issues you are currently facing. You may feel more confident that you are on the right track.

4. Enlist the help of your family if possible. There are probably a lot of items in your home that belong to your grown kids. Ask them to go through the items and take the things that they want. They should make the decision whether it is something they want to save or not.

5. This can be a very stressful time. Try to keep a positive attitude. Nobody likes change, but usually with change comes new opportunities. Think about the advantages of downsizing and the reason you wanted to do it in the first place.

There are a lot of different housing options available to a senior that would like to downsize. Your realtor should be able to find the type of community that will best suit your new life style.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

West Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Properties for Sale in West Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as West Columbia Startup Homes, West Columbia Median Homes, West Columbia Upscale Homes, West Columbia Luxury Homes, and West Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in West Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists. (803) 454-3504 

Columbia SC Palmetto Trail Adventure

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 1:59 am
Columbia SC Palmetto Trail Adventure
April 8th, 2010 9:15 PM

Life is strange. It seems that whenever you learn something new or read about a particular event or experience, it has a way of working its way into your own reality. The latest example of this phenomenon for me happened when I finished reading A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson. The book was a hilarious account of the author’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail. I was very intrigued by the fact that Mr. Bryson just decided one day that he was going to attempt such an ambitious hike and that for the most part he carried through with the plan.

About two weeks after finishing the book I was having a conversation with Mike, the minister of my church. He was telling me about a hike he had completed recently. Mike said he had hiked a 6.5 mile section of the Palmetto Trail from Peak, SC, to Pomaria, SC; I had a vague recollection of reading something years earlier about a trail that stretched across the state of South Carolina. Immediately the wheels started spinning in my head. I could be the Bill Bryson of the Palmetto Trail. I could walk each section and then recount my adventures to my adoring fans: the Today Show, Jay Leno, maybe even PBS.

The next day I was on Google getting all of the pertinent information to start my adventure. I found it very interesting that one of the sections of the trail actually crosses over the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia where I reside.Mike had mentioned that the section he hiked did not have any real scenic vistas since it went through mostly bottom land. I was not sure what bottom land was, but it sounded okay for my first attempt at the trail.

Not being a person that likes to go into remote areas by myself, I had to rally the troops on the home front. I have been known to get lost in a subdivision after making two turns and then spending the next 30 minutes trying to get back out. I needed someone with me that could get us back out alive. My almost fifteen-year-old son and my ever skeptical wife were likely suspects. I really had to sell the adventure side of the hike and then throw in the educational element for good measure.

My son, Drew, had the brilliant plan to share our adventure with one of his high school buddies. This was perfect: another kid violently torn from his PS3 and forced to walk in the wilderness. How could I resist?

The morning of the hike was a gorgeous spring day with the temp around 58 degrees. The forecast was calling for the low 90s by the afternoon. Only in South Carolina can it go from 58 to 90 in three hours. The trip to the trail head was uneventful except for my attempt to turn east from the main highway instead of the clearly marked west on the map and the big green sign that pointed to Pomaria the other direction. With disaster narrowly avoided the adventure continued.

We arrived at the first trail head, which was a small parking lot next to a trestle bridge that spanned the Broad River. This was starting to get exciting. The old iron bridge formed part of the trail. I looked at my companions to try and gauge their excitement. Let’s just say it was getting exciting for me. We left one car and continued the trip to the second trail head. This turned out to be a grass parking lot behind Wilson’s Grocery, bait, beer, gas, and stuff store.

After reading a brief history of the town, and about the rail line that formed the trail on the information board we finally started our hike. There was nothing but nature for the next 6.5 miles. I don’t know if you have ever walked on a railroad bed that has been converted to a trail before, but we quickly found that the gravel used for the bed made for a challenging walk. The trail itself was perfectly flat. I marveled at the fact that no matter what the land was doing beside the trail, the actual trail was always perfectly flat. I tried to imagine designing the perfect shoe that would adjust to the infinite number of angles my foot would contort to on each step in the gravel.

Certain sections of the trail had more dirt and grass built up, and the gravel was more embedded in the soil. These were welcome sections along with the smooth boards that spanned the 13 or so trestles along the trail. It was easy to imagine an old steam engine in the 1800s puffing and hissing along the narrow corridor. I couldn’t help wondering about the men that actually built the line. I could almost hear them say after the track crossed the same river for the third time, “Really, do you think this is the best route?”

We did not encounter another soul on the trail, although there was one other vehicle parked in the grassy lot where we started. I proudly informed my son and his friend Hunter, that they were probably now in a very elite minority for having hiked this trail. I don’t believe I heard any response from this proclamation.

We did encounter some wildlife along the trail. A large bird that I quickly identified as a Turkey Hawk flew across the trail, and I was told in unison that there was no such species. We also had some quail half scare us to death as several took off just inches from where we were walking. I have heard helicopters take off with less noise.

All in all I was pleased with the adventure. It took us approximately 2 ½ hours to complete the hike. All of the surrounding woods and grass lands were in full bloom, and the brilliant colors of the wisteria against the green backdrop were beautiful.

I had noticed a small diner on our way into the town of Pomaria earlier and I suggested we reward our accomplishment with a cheeseburger. This time I got a reaction from the teenagers.

We arrived at the M&N Café and ordered cheeseburger baskets and cold sodas. The food was delicious after the long hike; the French fries were especially crisp and fresh. The M&N is a family-run restaurant. Two of the owner’s daughters were running the place the day we stopped. The friendly service combined with good old American food is worth the stop.

After proudly announcing to our server that we had just completed the trail, she said we were only the second group that she had ever met that hiked it. I quickly looked across at my son to see if he had grasped the significance of that statement. I got the universal eye roll that told me all was well with the world.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

West Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Properties for Sale in West Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as West Columbia Startup Homes, West Columbia Median Homes, West Columbia Upscale Homes, West Columbia Luxury Homes, and West Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in West Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists. (803) 454-3504 

219 Patio Drive Columbia SC: Beautiful patio home in Lost Creek Community

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm
 
 
This patio home located at 219 Patio Drive in the Lost Creek subdivision is a special property. Lost Creek is located just outside Harbison State Forest and is surrounded by nature. The tall brick wall that encloses the back and side yard of the home creates a tranquil private courtyard area to garden or just relax. This home was the former model home for the community and has only been lived in since 2000. Everything about this home is geared toward a low maintenance carefree lifestyle. The all brick construction, one year old roof, and 1.5 year old HVAC system ensure the buyer will not have any major expenses for many years to come. With everything on the main level you will never have to worry about lugging groceries up stairs. The home features many nice upgrades and has been meticulously maintained. The two car garage is heated and cooled and could easily be converted to game room or other living space. The living room features a large atrium with towering live plants. The sun-room sitting area off of master bedroom overlooks courtyard and has access to screen porch. You must see this unique home to appreciate.

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