Check Out The Newest HotSheet!

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 2:48 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 72 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, with 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@TheNeighborhoodRE.com .

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

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I Had A Wonderful Birthday(s)!

One of the good things about a birthday falling the day before Independence Day is that everyone has the day off after it. With the 4th falling on a Wednesday this year it almost makes it feel like I’ve had a birthday week (or two or three days, anyway).

The pics above are a few birthday ‘cakes’ I’ve enjoyed. The first one is the one Jen and my girls baked. It was awesome and we’re still enjoying it. The scene above is of the girls singing to me a few minutes after I woke up. They just couldn’t wait for friends to come over later and that was OK by me. (Yes I sleep in a collared shirt…)

The second pic above is when I took the girls to Eggs Up Grill. On the morning of the 4th, one of my buddies took a photo of his family woofing down some hash browns at Waffle House and sent it to a group text with the owner of Eggs Up, Drew Hampton, as one of the recipients. I knew Jen had some errands to run and that we had a date at the community pool early that afternoon. That said, not to let my buddy be outdone, I asked Jen to trade cars with me (I don’t have car seats in my car at moment) and I wheeled Jen’s minivan over to support my Eggs Up in the hash-brown wars. I took our picture of a ‘better breakfast,’ and in the crossfire I was presented with the beautiful blueberry birthday muffin. (Side note: Please excuse Ivey’s hair bomb. We were both fine with it haha).

The third photo is from when five of my team members treated me to a late lunch at 1801 Grille. I wanted to go to Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe but remembered that the owner sent out an alert on Facebook that they’d be closed for a few days for summer vacation, so I requested 1801. We all had a big time and yes everyone not pregnant had a drink as we all dispersed soon after because the 4th was the next day.

As you can see I had a great birthday on all levels and can’t wait for what the next year holds for life with my family and the best friends in the world!

Thank you!!!

Franklin Jones

Columbia’s Updated HotSheet!

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 3:08 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 75 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, with 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@TheNeighborhoodRE.com .

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Lost Trophy @ Arkansas Triangle.

I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a world or national championship slip through a team’s hands like we did Wednesday night.

If you aren’t aware, the Arkansas Razorbacks were winning in the 9th inning of a game that would win the title for them (Arkansas won game 1 the night before), with the opposing team down to their last out, and the batter down to his last strike, when the rather routine pop-up happened.

I feel for the fellas in the pics above, the other players on the team, and the program as they lost the game later in the inning, and subsequently the College World Series in Game 3 the next night. These young men will remember this for the rest of their lives.

All they had to do is catch that one baseball before it hit the ground. Either one of them could have attempted the catch. None of them did.

I don’t know whether to feel bad for them or chalk it up as a teaching moment.

Maybe both.

Ugh, either way.

Congratulations, Oregon State University.

Franklin Jones

Raising The Bar @ Shandon, Again.

I have good news for Shandon Neighborhood homeowners! At 3:00 Monday afternoon 3405 Yale Avenue closed for $320,000. The house is 1,453 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. What’s the big whoop? Well, if you do some quick math, the property closed for $220.23/foot, and that’s a thing.

Further, the listing fetched four offers in about five/six hours time, two of which were over original asking price.

Am I asking, or do we deserve credit for this? That’s not what I’m getting at. Sure, we provide good photos, supplied tact and finesse during the deal, and had the guts to go for it. That said, some of the credit goes to the current real estate marketplace, but most of the credit goes to the seller. The house is sharp.

Now, TO BE CLEAR, not every Shandon home will fetch such a number. Why, then, is this a big whoop for the neighborhood? Answer; Beginning Monday, 6/25/18, every listing that fetches an offer/contract within a like price range or similar features will be able to use this sale as a comparable sale. In short, for 12 months appraisers will be able to use this “comp” to help other sales.

Some folks get on to me for listing a house for too much money. Insert the theory of, “If you don’t try to raise the bar, then how can home values ever rise?” Translation – I’m not scared to ‘go for it’ (and neither was this seller).

Congratulations to the buyer, our seller, and Shandon Neighborhood.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about Shandon or other Downtown Columbia real estate values, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@TheNeighborhoodRE.com.  We would love to be in contact with you!

Remember, Don’t buy the house; Buy the neighborhood. (Proverb)

Thank you!

Franklin Jones – The Neighborhood Co.

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The Last USC Spurrier Visor?

This afternoon I did a little market(ing) research. I’m pining whether or not to order the old school (big a**) visor for our next round of ‘Neighborhood’ schwag. I asked around the office for where I may be able to find a sample to purchase one for some research and development, and Liz Black belted out, “Palmetto Promotions?”

Today I found myself at Palmetto Promotions where I rekindled an old relationship with Chip Prezioso. As I was describing what I wanted, he led me to a shelf, “Franklin, this is the last one.” I thought, “Seriously?”

Apparently, Wednesday I bought the last Carolina Steve Spurrier, “signed” (stitched) visor ever produced. For context, Palmetto Promotions owns the “Steve Spurrier Official Signature Line.”

It’s interesting because I’m not really a star-struck guy, but I know Chip sold thousands of the visors. Two/three years removed from the OBC’s retirement, and I have the last visor of them all.

Kinda interesting at least, kinda fun at most.

See Yahoo.com for context below.

Thank you!!!

Franklin Jones

“South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is so boss that he has his own autograph on his South Carolina hat.

How many coaches can say that?

Scratch that, how many coaches would actually wear a hat with their own autograph embroidered in it for the nation to see? Just one — the Ol’ Ball Coach.

[Related: South Carolina QB completes 20 passes in a row]

He’s rocking that hat while watching his Gamecocks demolish SEC newbie Missouri. So, at this point he probably feels like he can do whatever the hell he wants. Actually, he probably always feels that way. In fact, he went into the postgame press conference, gave a brief statement and left.

Like a boss.”

Happy Father’s Day HotSheet!

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 3:08 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 71 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@TheNeighborhoodRE.com .

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Our Flag Has Always Been ‘GorJay.’

Wednesday I came upon an interesting read from the folks at COLAToday.com. As much as I like to think I know about our state, the debate about the crescent moon on the South Carolina State flag is not one of them. I knew about the controversy regarding the tree not being ‘uniform’ on all flags and schwag, but always thought the symbol in the corner was a moon and never questioned it or heard any differently.

It’s thought-provoking, actually. Think of all the businesses in The Palmetto State that are named in honor of the crescent moon. Thinking further, what of the Order of the Silver Crescent? Should that not be a thing? (For context: The Order of the Silver Crescent was initiated by Governor David Beasley in 1997 as a companion award to the Order of the Palmetto and was intended to honor the achievements of South Carolinians aged eighteen or younger. In May 1999 Governor Hodges determined that the Silver Crescent would be awarded to persons of any age for exemplary community contributions and achievements. Each honoree received a certificate decorated with a large crescent moon, signed by the governor, and bearing the governor’s seal of office.)

Either way below is a good read. Thanks to the folks at COLAToday.com for the conversation!

Franklin Jones

Here’s the thing: as is often the case when it comes to history – we’ve lost track of some of it. And now, modern-day historians disagree on what we’re actually looking at when it comes to the state flag.

Confused? Don’t worry – we’ll explain.

The story begins with one man: Colonel William MoultrieFrom his fort on what is now Sullivan’s Island (near Charleston), Moultrie defended the Charleston Harbor from British warships.

Fort Moultrie | Photo by: @walk_with_steve

For nine grueling hours on June 28, 1776, British battleships pounded the Lowcountry’s Fort Sullivan with cannon fire – but to no avail. That’s because its walls were fortified with palmetto logs – which absorbed the force from the cannonballs, rather than shattering.

Eventually, the Redcoats withdrew. Of course, they did go on to carry out a successful siege of Charleston – but thanks to the fierce protection by the palmetto logs, today, Fort Sullivan (now Fort Moultrie) was still standing by the end of the Revolutionary War.

How does that play into the story of our state flag, you ask? Two ways. One – because the life-saving work of the palmetto logs can be attributed in the sabal palmetto ultimately being designated South Carolina’s State tree. And two – because Colonel Moultrie designed a flag that hung at Fort Sullivan– one that eventually inspired the design of the state flag.

The Fort Moultrie Flag

The Ft. Moultrie Flag | image public domain

Col. Moultrie chose blue to be the color of the flag so that it would match the color of his soldiers’ uniforms.

The crescent, with the word “liberty” written across it, also paid homage to their uniforms: their caps were adorned with silver crescents, along with the words “Liberty or Death.” (Or was it a gorget? More on that below.)

Does this all look familiar? It should. After the war ended, state leaders used this flag as a basis for the design of the official state flag in 1861The word ‘liberty’ was taken out, and, of course, the palmetto tree was added.

Crescent Controversy

A gorget for an officer of the South Carolina Infantry Regiment | image public domain

The crescent, positioned over in the top left corner, seems to welcome the comparison of a moon shining over a palmetto tree. But a lot of people will tell you that it’s not a moon at all– but a crescent-shaped piece of armor worn across the throat called a “gorget.”

Some argue that the gorget symbol was worn on the hats of soldiers as a way of paying tribute to the days of wearing body armor. And being that the crescent symbol on the flag was taken from the uniforms, that would mean the symbol on the flag is also a gorget – not a moon.

Historians have scoured records from the time in an attempt to identify the object, once and for all. They even read Col. Moultrie’s diary in the hopes it would shed some light on the mystery – but even in his most private confessions, Moultrie only referred to the symbol as a “crescent.”

50 Shades of Gray Areas

The most popular versions of the S.C. state flag | photo via @PickSCFlag

Believe it or notthe crescent isn’t the only point of contention on the flag.

As lawmakers never established any official guidelines on what the flag should look like, there isn’t a universally accepted design. The consequence of having no solidified design is that the position, placement, size + color of the symbols varies depending on the flag maker.

Lawmakers even reviewed the issue this year – after it was brought to their attention by Newberry-based political consultant Scott Malyrerck. But the session ended last month, without any flag-related legislation reaching the Senate floor.

I’ve grown up thinking of the state flag as bearing a palmetto tree + a crescent moon, and never realized that the issue was up for debate. It’s an interesting theory for sure, but I think I’m still on Team Crescent Moon.