Newest List of Columbia, SC Homes For Sale!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 12:18 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 86 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, within a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Open Houses! 6/24 & 6/25.

A couple of weekends ago I was looking for the Open House section of the Sunday edition of the newspaper. When I found it, I was a little surprised to see how short the list was.

After doing some research, I found a tab on our site that allowed a search for Open Houses. This tab was not available in this market until a few months ago when, apparently, our local MLS changed its rules about the feed that goes out.

That said, now that it’s available, I’m going to try to pump out the Open House list every Friday or Saturday. Currently the list is showing 75 Open Houses this weekend. This number will fluctuate as Realtors add to the list.

There was some discussion about doing this that went something like this, “Buddy, do you want to guide/introduce your readers and clients to other Realtors?” I told them I’m good with it. After all, I’d rather provide knowledge anywhere I’m able.

Same rules apply as The Hotsheet. If you don’t want to “register,” or poser register (put in a fake email and/or phone number), you can at least enjoy the Gallery Page.

I hope you enjoy this and have fun looking around!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Manner’s Camp? “Yes, Sir!”

After work a few of my buddies and I ran into each other at Publick House on Devine St. While we were sitting there talking junk or whatever, one of the other dads asked, “You got your kids going to any camps this summer?” I answered, “I guess, some. I know Finley had Manner’s Camp this week.”

Slow couple of silent seconds tick by.    .    .   and laughter ensues.  “Well yoooou’re the worst damn father ever.”

The moment was super funny and while everyone was making fun I got to tell them about our dinner last night.

At present our dining room is almost useless. It may be in the category of negative because we have to heat and cool this never used space. We may use it once a year, if that.

Thanks to Manner’s Camp, Wednesday night may have been our ‘one’ for 2017.

Finley decided to bring her new ‘manners’ to dinner last night. Here’s the scene: We had more of our dishes, silverware, and stemware out than Jennifer and I haven’t used in months, perhaps years.

Finley had them in all the right places, too. She told Jen, Ivey, Nora, and me where to place our napkins while seated and where we should put them when we were properly excused. She told us when we were allowed to pick up our forks for the first time, and not to place our elbows on the table. She told us not to eat too quickly, and not to eat too slowly. She continued to show us how our silverware should be placed when finished eating our meal. (Tip!; I learned from Mimi, the matriarch of our family, when we moved back to Anderson, SC: In the most genuine Southern charm I can type, “Dalin’ bo’way. (pause) Yoa’silva should be placed on your plate at fora’clock. You neva want yoa’knife and fowark to look like the are in’a fight with one’anotha.”)

Check that. Got it, Mimi! I’m 43 now and it’s still clear!!!

I should host freakin Manner’s Camp!

I won’t take you through the entire dinner, but our graduate had a whole piece of white bread properly draped over our bread plates (the bread was bigger than the surface of the plates, btw). Further, she cut up and plopped out the biggest, gnarliest glop of butter for service on two butter plates these eyes have ever seen.

Further still, I tried to pass every request to the right the best I could.

To bring it all home, I think Ivey farted a few times and Nora asked about Ivey’s exposed left boob, so, there’s that.

In all, Finley’s dinner was awesome. It’s the most dishes we’ve had to tote from table to sink in forever, but it was fabulous.

To my good friends at Publick House that I laughed with about this (and anyone reading); I get where Manner’s Camp would sound stupe and/or terrible, and yes I’m crass at times, but Finley had a lot of fun! Manner’s Camp helped reinforce something that Jen and I think are important – Manners Matter.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Start-up Cleaning Concept Hits Downtown Columbia.

Tidy Up Bins!

Now serving Kings Grant, Gregg Park, Lake Katherine, Shandon, Heathwood, and Forest Acres! www.tidyupbins.com

Posted by Tidy Up Bins on Friday, June 9, 2017

You may have heard about the latest innovative service going around some of Columbia’s Downtown neighborhoods. I you’ve heard about TidyUpBins.com….Awesome! If you haven’t, I’m glad you’re here and check out the video above.

Here’s what’s what: Subscribers to the program get a text message reminding them to leave their herby-curby on the street on trash day. Tidy Up Bins comes to your house, turns your nasty trash can upside down on an innovative trailer, and blasted at 2000 PSI at 200 degree temp. The water used is reclaimed and taken to a water reclamation plant to be properly dealt with.

Why is this awesome? The answer is two-fold:

1. By default, the hurby-curby is the grossest loose item on a property. It’s a large vessel of a funky, putrid, and rancid cocktail of bugs, maggots, bacteria, and all kinds of dead stuff. Further, these grody containers are often domiciled at a convenient place, as in, an easily reached and well traveled area (think kids and pets).

2. It’s inexpensive.

The concept of Tidy Up Bins may not be for everyone. That said, when I throw a cost/benefit analysis on it, I’m going to give it a try. After all, our herby-curby sits in an uncovered spot all week long and is often not properly closed and exposed to whatever nature puts in it. Further, I don’t have the water pressure to get any real funk out and even if I did, the water run-off and/or bleach or applicable cleaning product would  ultimately go in a neighbors yard or in the storm drain.

Check them out at info@TidyUpBins.com or call 803-873-9300. Tidy Up Bins currently serves King’s Grant, Gregg Park, Lake Katherine, Shandon, Heathwood, and Forest Acres.

We’ll be signing up in the next couple of days and I’ll let you know how it goes!

Thank you!!!

Franklin Jones

Every Day Is Father’s Day! :-)

For Me, Every Day Is Father’s Day!!!

Anyone make a little barf in their hand? 🙂

I don’t mean to be a complete cheese ball – I’m just saying that I’m a dude at total peace being a dad and so abundantly surrounded by love and affection that I can’t imagine anything more. Of course, this is when my sweet and beautiful daughters are not being total s*&^ heads.

Just kidding. Sort of. That said, even when they’re being, “not nice,” I try to be good at making things right in their worlds.

All this sounds great but, truth told, I’m pretty sure I’m not doing anything worth a crap without Jennifer being the mom she is.

Here’s the real deal; I didn’t know who I was before these babies made me a dad, and so much of the world makes more sense and things are much clearer now.

Happy Father’s day! My socks are awesome.

Franklin

Open Houses; 6/17 & 6/18.

A couple of weekends ago I was looking for the Open House section of the Sunday edition of the newspaper. When I found it, I was a little surprised to see how short the list was.

After doing some research, I found a tab on our site that allowed a search for Open Houses. This tab was not available in this market until a few months ago when, apparently, our local MLS changed its rules about the feed that goes out.

That said, now that it’s available, I’m going to try to pump out the Open House list every Friday or Saturday. Currently the list is showing 38 Open Houses this weekend. This number will fluctuate as Realtors add to the list.

There was some discussion about doing this that went something like this, “Buddy, do you want to guide/introduce your readers and clients to other Realtors?” I told them I’m good with it. After all, I’d rather provide knowledge anywhere I’m able.

Same rules apply as The Hotsheet. If you don’t want to “register,” or poser register (put in a fake email and/or phone number), you can at least enjoy the Gallery Page.

I hope you enjoy this and hope you have fun looking around!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Choose A Flag, Columbia, SC!

OK apparently we need to freshen up our look and therefore get to choose a new flag to represent the City of Columbia. Check out the rules, resources and other city flag designs below. The first graphic above is the collection of designs that you need to rank in the survey and also make comments on.
At this time, I won’t opine.  🙂
 Disclaimer: I don’t know the original source of the verbiage below. I got it all from Survey Gizmo, which is the place you go to vote for your favorite design.
 Thank you!
 Franklin Jones
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Share Your Thoughts!

 The Columbia Design League and One Columbia for Arts and History are proud to announce that 19 finalist designs were chosen by the members of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA)
 
Now, we need your help to make sure that the next flag of the City of Columbia truly represents all residents of the city. Please review each design and provide a numerical rating (the higher the number, the more you like the design and believe it would be a great flag for the City of Columbia). Don’t forget the five principles of flag design! And, take a look at some examples of good city flag design including Portland, Phoenix, Chicago, South Bend. Then, share any comments or thoughts about that design.Ratings and comments will be collected until July 10, 2017
 
The ratings and comments gathered during the public input period will inform the selection jury, the body that will make the final design recommendation to Columbia City Council. Take a look at all 19 finalist designs then go through the designs one by one to provide your thoughts about each design. 

SC’s, “Front Porch?” We’ll See.

Below is an interesting read I saw a day or two ago about using a monetary prize to transform the State House grounds into somewhat of a playground or, “Front Porch,” for a spell.

I appreciate the overall mission of the project and see Mayor Benjamin’s vision of, “connecting the dots.” I get the lens of Gov. McMaster and S.C. Dept. of Administration, too.

Either way, check it below…

FJ

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia won a $195,000 foundation prize to transform the South Carolina Statehouse grounds into a temporary park called “The State’s Front Porch” filled, at times, with cafes, hammocks, putting greens, beach chairs and umbrellas, and ping-pong tables.

Sound fun? Not to state officials whose job it is to maintain the historic grounds that includes seven large buildings and 31 monuments and markers.

The S.C. Department of Administration fears the city cannot create fun zones at the Statehouse while “maintaining the appropriate decorum, aesthetic or level of dignity required for the grounds,” agency director Marcia Adams wrote to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin last month.

In addition, the city listed the state as a partner on the grant application without getting approval to use the grounds or coordinating with South Carolina officials, Adams’ letter said.

Benjamin took his argument to Adams’ boss, Gov. Henry McMaster, who grew up in Columbia.

“The goal of this idea is to ensure our citizens … view the Statehouse as their front porch,” Benjamin wrote to McMaster this month. “Imagine a welcoming and inviting entrance that is more than a walkway or place for rallies, protests and celebrations.” The mayor pledged the city would monitor events to prevent damage to the grounds and keep people out of danger.

Columbia wants to hold activities on the grounds, such as outdoor meetings and pop-up movie nights, twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Benjamin said. He wants to start a year’s worth of events this fall. The city already helps pay for South Carolina officials to hold Statehouse tours on Saturdays so a key attraction is open on weekends for visitors.

Benjamin told The Post and Courier that he met with McMaster on Friday and said the governor was receptive about the city’s efforts to bring more activity to the Statehouse.

“This is a unique space,” the mayor said. “You can do it in only one place in the state.”

But McMaster stopped short of endorsing the city’s “Front Porch” project and told Benjamin that he needed to get proper state go-ahead before moving forward, said Brian Symmes, the governor’s spokesman. The Administration Department said in its letter that the city would need “legislative action” for its plans.

The city approached the administration department in January and were told to work with the legislative committee that oversees the grounds, said John Fellows, Columbia’s planning administrator. The Statehouse Committee does not meet often and, after a hearing was canceled last month, the city was told to handle its requests with the administration department, which then issued its letter not supporting the project.

City leaders remain hopeful about speaking with administration agency officials to develop events and activities on the Statehouse grounds, Fellows said.

“We want to know what they would be willing to do,” he said.

Columbia was one of 33 projects to win a piece of a $5 million award from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for innovative community projects. The awards were announced Monday.

 The Statehouse is an 18-acre hub surrounded by two entertainment districts, Main Street and The Vista, and the state’s flagship college, the University of South Carolina. The city hopes to capture some of the increased traffic from people living and working downtown, and coming out on the weekends for events, including the weekly Soda City market.

“It’s a chance to connect the dots,” Benjamin said.

The Statehouse is already a popular spot in Columbia that attracts thousands of visitors and students who tour the historic building each year as well as many people who use the grounds to exercise, take wedding and prom photos, and even play Pokémon Go.

The grounds also often are used for rallies and demonstrations. The Administration Department confirmed reservations for 237 events at the Statehouse last year. The grounds drew worldwide attention two years ago with the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the north side of the Statehouse after the Charleston church shootings.

“We feel that with the many tragedies that have brought the people of South Carolina together,” the city wrote in its proposal for the foundation prize, “the Statehouse has become not only a symbolic gathering place but also a source of unity and positive change.”

OPEN HOUSES: 6/10 & 6/11

A couple of weekends ago I was looking for the Open House section of the Sunday edition of the newspaper. When I found it, I was a little surprised to see how short the list was.

After doing some research, I found a tab on our site that allowed a search for Open Houses. This tab was not available in this market until a few months ago when, apparently, our local MLS changed its rules about the feed that goes out.

That said, now that it’s available, I’m going to try to pump out the Open House list every Friday or Saturday. Currently the list is showing 77 Open Houses this weekend. This number will fluctuate as Realtors add to the list.

There was some discussion about doing this that went something like this, “Buddy, do you want to guide/introduce your readers and clients to other Realtors?” I told them I’m good with it. After all, I’d rather provide knowledge anywhere I’m able.

Same rules apply as The Hotsheet. If you don’t want to “register,” or poser register (put in a fake email and/or phone number), you can at least enjoy the Gallery Page.

I hope you enjoy this and hope you have fun looking around!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Enter The Yes-How Principle.

Check out some big picture and every day life wisdom a business owner within the Keller Williams family posted a week or so ago. Seth Campbell is a super-star within the real estate industry. He’s an Operations Partner within the KW system, a Regional Director for KWRI, and owner of The Five Doors Network which is highly successful KW expansion model real estate team (over 1,000 transactions/year).

While I’ve never met him, I believe my first knowledge of Seth came from listening to a podcast called The Whiteboard, which is a show that was made popular by the owner’s of Pipeline Wizard.

As my buddy, Dan Hamilton, posted on Facebook, “Incredibly simple yet profound mindset shift here…I can think of many ways to put this principle into practice. Thanks for sharing, Seth Campbell.”

I can see where some folks may have their crawl-space ruffled by this, and that’s OK. I understand on the surface of this topic there may not be enough “NOs” in this world. After all, our kids have a million toys, phones, etc. and so many folks in business and life want to say “yes,” when, truth told, they can’t follow through on their promises. That said, what Seth is saying is there is a path to a “yes,” but if the “how” isn’t introduced with it and the inquirer doesn’t want to make the “how” happen, then the “no” is on them.

Further, there is certainly a fresh-air, sense of positivit(y) about it.

As awesome as Seth’s post is, my favorite part may be the small comment exchange that ensued on Facebook. Dan’s answer is good, and Seth’s makes you want to say, “Oh, snap.” You’ll see at the bottom of the post.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

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One of the most fundamental leadership lessons I ever learned was the Yes – How Principle.  There I was, years ago, an up and coming manager at McDonald’s pressing on one of my leaders that we could be better, accomplish more, perform at a higher level.  I had that same passion and high expectations back then, I was just a lot rougher around the edges in my leadership.  I was crossing the line with him… one of my greatest mentors ever, and he explained something to me that has forever shaped my leadership, my mindset, my parenting, and my husband skills.  He explained that there are two kinds of people in the world, the YES-HOW people, and the NO-WHY people.  The YES-HOW people would hear a new idea, solution, mandate, standard, urgent need, etc and automatically respond with a form of “YES” and immediately go to:

  • “Here’s how I think we can get it done.”
  • “I’m ready to learn how.”
  • “How have others made this happen?”
  • “How can we get that implemented right away?”
  • “I’m not sure I even know how to do that, yet I’m ready to go for it.”

The NO-WHY people automatically respond with a version of “NO” and go to:

  • “That won’t work because…”
  • “Here’s why that’s a bad idea…”
  • “Here’s why I can’t get that done…”
  • “I’m too busy, don’t know how, why why why why…”

At the time, unfortunately, he was explaining it to me because I was a NO-WHY person and decided to switch teams.  Now, as a rule, in our organizations, we only subscribe to YES-HOW.  It works in all things, even the difficult ones.  Someone outside of my 20% wants a meeting?  Yes, here’s how… in 3 months, or after you take this class, or after you achieve this milestone, or after my 20% is done, or here’s how to be in the inner 20% circle, whatever.  My son wants a toy at the store?  Yes, here’s how… save up and buy it with your money.  Would you like to learn how to make some money? I read somewhere that kids hear 6 NO’s from their parents for every YES and that’s why they grow up to stop dreaming and believe they won’t be able to take risks or accomplish certain things.  I’ve decided to keep my kids’ brains defaulting to YES and HOW as they enter the world.  I believe it will take them far and it can do the same for the people around you in leadership.  Every time you hear yourself saying “NO” figure out how you could’ve done a YES-HOW and see how much that opens the possibilities for the people around you.

Chris Slick Being YES-How has its curses, though. Because if you don’t have a team around you that also thinks the same way–you’re going to be stuck doing all of the “How” by yourself some days.
Dan Hamilton
Dan Hamilton That’s why you use it for hiring too!
Chris Slick
Chris Slick That’s why they pay you the big bucks!
Seth Campbell
Seth Campbell Yes I can do that, here’s how… I accept your resignation and find someone else who will get it done .