Wanna Live In Shandon, SC?!

Not long ago we introduced 232 Walker Street (between Duncan and Monroe) to Columbia’s real estate market. At around 2,400 sq. feet, this Shandon home has an open floor plan, modern kitchen with granite slab and new backsplash, an awesome screened porch complete with embedded hot tub, large deck, fully fenced backyard, covered parking, circular driveway, and a private master bath that looks and feels like it belongs in a sleek hotel suite.

This section of Walker Street is right in the middle of Columbia’s popular Shandon neighborhood. If you know Shandon well, you may know of the vacant lot on the corner of Duncan and Walker St. This house is right next door. It’s a desireable spot, to say the least!

If you or anyone you know would like to know more or view this home, please call 803-220-4447 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com .

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

For Sale! Macgregor 29206.

Check out this awesome bungalow style home in 29206!

3709 Macgregor Drive has around 2,150 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. As you can see, ‘Macgregor,’ has major curb appeal and the interior is awesome, too. Features include hardwoods, smooth ceilings, crown molding, plantation shutters, designer lighting and colors, screened porch, sun room, and an awesome/modern owner’s suite that includes a large bath and closet.

While the house is super attractive, the star of this show may be the location. Nestled in the Heathwood/Belmont area 3709 Macgregor is only minutes to anything Downtown Columbia or Forest Acres. Further, the house is zoned for a popular and award winning school combo of Satchel Ford, Crayton, and A.C. Flora.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about 3709 Macgregor Drive, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Elizabeth@MyColumbiaHome.com . As you might imagine, we’re never more than a few minutes away and the house is a pleasure to show.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Polished Home Hits Market @ Shandon!

SimsFrontSimsDiningSimsPorchSimsBackIf you asked someone, “OK, what’s the most convenient home in all of Columbia?” 614 Sims Avenue may be in the top five. It may be #1, depending on who you ask.

Consider two points; 1) It’s pristine and if you wanted to move in tomorrow, it’s ready. 2) You’re in the mix of everything that is Shandon Neighborhood and the Devine Street corridor has to offer. You can walk to a plethora of restaurants, bars, grocery stores, coffee spots, and retail outlets, as all this is only steps away. Here’s the real trick; You can walk back. 🙂

Want breakfast? Step to Eggs Up. Want pizza? Step to Za’s. Wanna cook rib-eyes in a hour? Walk to EarthFare. Are you sneezing? Need a Claritin-D? Step to CVS. Want a margarita? Walk to Cantina. Need to hit a Junior League meeting? Walk in the door. Need to jog a few miles with no big hills? Go. Welcome home!

614 Sims Avenue is beautiful. Features include wide plank hardwoods, curved staircase entrance, stellar owner’s suite, designer colors, and an enclosed back patio ready for dinner or cheering for the Gamecocks. The front and backyards are perfect.

If you would like to know more about 614 Sims Avenue please email Franklin@FArealtygroup.com or call 803-447-8683. It’s a beautiful home and as you can imagine, a pleasure to show.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Keller Williams Hits New Orleans Big.

KWNewOrleansKWNewOrleansFunWhat a week! As you may have seen on Facebook and Instagram, many of the Keller Williams Realtors from our office headed to New Orleans for a very large time. By large time, I mean two things. 1) Yes, we had a lot of fun! 2) We were there with over 15,000 Realtors from around the globe. Let me let that sink in for a sec: 15,000 Realtors that work under the same brand, in one place.

This was my first time to New Orleans. While we didn’t do much geographically beyond Bourbon Street and the convention center, everything was within walking distance. Walking the streets, there was a lot going on. A little bit of everything, really.

As far as the convention itself, I was once again impressed. If you remember, last year Amanda and I drove her van to Orlando. The event popped the eyes out of our heads as we jumped in head first and learned full scale about the company we had joined only a week earlier. While we knew about KW, their national convention (Family Reunion) was an important event for us to attend. Fast forward to last weekend, and it was an encore performance. This year we had time to book flights and Elizabeth and Amy joined us. You may recognize Dale Roberts in the picture above. They joined KW some months ago and made the trip, too (Alex is taking the pic). We all had a big time!

Most of the breakout sessions are amazing. Some rooms hold 100 Realtors, some hold 1,000, and some sessions attract 2,000+ attendees. It’s so fun to be with like-minded, career-building folks from around the United States that are as ravenous as we are to learn more and be better people and make better lives for our families. Note: in years past I would have typed “and make better Realtors of us.” While that’s true too, this is a bigger picture company and “Family Reunion” embraces this. It’s about taking your world to the next stage, and then the next. It just so happens that Amanda and I were further along than most when we joined the company which makes it an automatic fit.

This all said, you may have noticed a long pause between blog posts. Well, as I was telling my wife and sweet girls goodbye last Friday, I noticed my power cord was nowhere to be found. I left it at the office! I traveled all the way to New Orleans with a laptop and no power. UGH! Some of my friends have mentioned, “dude, how long did y’all stay up?” It wasn’t that. After all, it’s 3:26AM as I’m typing this… I just didn’t have a way to boot up. :/

We had such a good time. Shout out to our spouses and clients that endured while we were away. As most of my friends and clients know I rarely leave the Devine Street/Forest Drive corridors, and wouldn’t do it or want the team to leave Columbia if I didn’t think it was worth it.

In all I think we learned a lot, made great contacts, and know the experience will make us better spouses/parents/Realtors.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Thank You, Paul, For Sharing This Info!


Wednesday morning I got a notification “DIingGG!!” from KW’s incredibly active Facebook page. Turns out fellow Realtor, Paul Arvay, saw somewhere that this blog has been recognized as “Best Real Estate Blogs – 2016.” Ok, pretty cool!

What does this mean? –  Someone outside of Columbia, SC has read and paid a little attention to this blog. What does this do? – Makes me feel good. What do I do with this info? – Blog about it, of course haha.

This “award” got me thinking so I did a little research. According to the back end of this site I’ve been blogging since May of 2007, and have written more than 1,250 posts. If you’re a longtime reader, you’re aware most of my years were with the Blogger platform, but my buddy Wesley Donehue and www.PushDigital.com helped me make the change to WordPress.

Truth told, 1,200 posts have probably aged my ars. I mean, this is A LOT of late night sugar free Red Bulls. To illustrate in real time; I have three daughters, Jen and I are to board a plane for a long weekend in NYC, it’s 1:44AM, and I’m typing. As many of you know from past posts, if Jen and I go to Anderson, Clinton, Manning, Litchfield, or wherever, I post. If I travel to a real estate training event or Amanda and I go to a KW convention, I post.

When folks ask me, “I’m thinking about starting a blog! What do you think What should I write about?” 90% of the time I say in a very monotone voice, “Don’t do it.” To Realtors, inspectors, lenders, lawyers, politicians, parents, patients, philanthropists, etc, etc, etc., I ask the same question; “What are you going to write about?” Even after asking and I advise as truthfully as I know how, their blogs go dormant after three to five posts.  I just say, “I’m tellin’ ya….”

What I’m getting at is relevant and consistent blogging is a time warping, thought tossing beast.

It’s flattering to be mentioned in this list of blogs. There are hundreds of thousands of Realtors in the United States tens of thousands of blogs.

Naturally, t’s nice to be recognized. I’m not sure how he ran across the info, but big thanks to Paul Arvay for bringing it to my attention.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Downtown Columbia’s HotSheet!

HotSheet2This 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 2:33 AM, the site featured 42 new listings for sale.

Like the last HotSheet, there are a lot of good looking homes on this list and in some super popular neighborhoods. 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 from 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@FArealtygroup.com .

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Downtown Columbia’s Newest Listings!

hot-text-fire-flamesThis 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 2:11 AM, the site featured 44 new listings for sale.

Like the last HotSheet, there are a lot of good looking homes on this list and in some super popular neighborhoods. 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 from 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@FranklinandAmanda.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Brennen Address Verification; Go.

BRENELEM_SPRINGFEVER_02_092310If you live inside or near the Brennen Elementary School zone (or listen to every day Downtown, Columbia conversation), you’ve likely heard about the new address requirements in order for a child to attend. Below is a PSA to hop on whatever you need to do to verify your address with the school.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Address Verification Dates:

A reminder that registration will be held three (3) days in July and August. We have selected the following three (3) days and times for registration.

Weds., July 22 8:00am-3:00pm / Weds., July 29 12:00PM-7:00PM / Weds., August 5 8:00AM-7:00PM

During this time you will need to bring the most current information with you to register for classes. Examples of what can be used to document residency are:

-One (1) from the following: a copy of the current year’s tax return (the portion that shows the address) or a W-2, or lease agreement. CAR TAX BILLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

-One (1) from the following: Utility bills with the SERVICE address to the domicile (cable, electric, water, or land-line phone bills) CELL PHONE BILLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

-Brennen reserves the right to require additional proofs of residency when deemed necessary.

If the required information is not provided, your child/children will not be placed in a classroom.

We are very excited to have this process in place and will continue it each year. Should you have any questions, please contact Brennen’s Registrar at 738-7204.

About 30 Good Shots In The Arm.

Botox-shots-550x309Remember the now decades old, “Never Let Them See You Sweat,” marketing campaign? The slogan became so popular that it became a mental mantra regarding doing business in today’s society.

The obvious messages were, “If you’re sweating, you’re nervous.” “If you’re sweating, you may be weak.” “If you’re sweating, you can’t look sharp.”

Well, guess what? I sweat and deal with it the best I can. Over the years, if someone has noticed my less than dry dress shirt, honestly, I’ve just hoped they chalk it up as, “Well, it’s Columbia, SC… and he’s a hard worker.” What else am I going to do, as I have a super annoying thing called hyperhidrosis.

What does that mean? I sweat my ars off. It could be 25 degrees outside and my armpits are going off like a RainBird drip system. Some of my friends kick it off as, “Oh, that means your body is working right.” MmmHmmm. Over the years I’ve been through four dry cleaners, scores of shirts, and too many suits. Undershirts just make it worse, and more uncomfortable.

I’m actually kinda lucky in that my situation is limited to my armpits (Sorry if that’s too graphic, given our digital relationship…but I’m comfy enough to go with it). After all, some folk’ s palms and feet are part of their condition.

Even my closest friends or fellow Realtors have never seen me in a blue dress shirt, ever, or a golf shirt that’s not black, white, or dark blue…depending on the situation. In 20 years of attending USC games, I’m not sure I’ve ever worn garnet. Not once.

I’ve taken two prescriptions for years now. One is a pill, and one is a liquid application. For years I’ve been a little timid about going to the next levels; 1) Clipping my glands (Probably not happening). 2) Botox.

About a week ago I took the plunge and finally made an appointment for Botox injections. Over the years I’ve asked about insurance coverage for injections and everyone has pretty much laughed in my face. Well, I’m 42 years old now, and am at a point. I made an appointment and showed up despite insurance declinations and just paid out of pocket. Half naked, and 15 injections in each arm later, I’m a completely different person. Not kidding – no exaggeration.

Who cares, and why am I typing about sweating on a real estate blog?? Well, I may be able to help someone, of course. After all, some folks may not know anything about hyperhidrosis and/or if they have it, or their options. That all said, at present, Botox is my new and proven answer. So far it has changed my world.

Thank you!


‘Party House’ Issue Making Noise.

EvansSt.Per this article @ The State Newspaper, residents intertwined with USC student living are trying to do something about the havoc that comes with owning a home next to a ‘Party House.’ I get it, and I get it.

‘I get it,’ because now I’m 41 years old with three little girls. No way my wife is letting a party house wake the twins up over and over again, waiting on the police to bust up a rager or crappy hour.

‘I get it,’ too, because I know of what they speak. While I never ‘lived’ in a party house, I was certainly there. I can remember “The Crack House” (I have no idea about the nickname), “The Soccer House,” and all sorts of other houses near campus. The house in the pic above used to be awful. I mean full up g to y on the grody yard stick.

Remember the now very much abolished and defunked, “Alcoholidays?” #OOOOF. Well, that’s the house. It’s the house my buddy got jumped and was sent to the hospital, and walked back into society with a steel plate in his head. It is the house where buddies would jump the train only a few feet from the front yard, and one fella passed out and woke up in Kentucky or Tennessee (It wasn’t me, so I don’t remember). It was full of dogs (and what dogs do), barf, dip spit, very old Columbia, SC summer heated beer, cig butts everywhere, and overall rancidness.

This pic above actually makes the house look pretty sweet. From 1991-95ish, it was awful, with many awesome (some not awesome at all) life memories in folk’s heads across the country.

Anyway, I could type down memory lane all night, but here’s the article. I can certainly understand where the primary resident property owners are coming from. Issue #1: It’s very difficult for a property next to a “party house” to enjoy the market value, marketability, or appreciation it would receive otherwise. FJ

USC-Area Neighborhoods Speak Out Against Student ‘Party Houses’


hcahill@thestate.comMarch 24, 2015 Updated 15 minutes ago

COLUMBIA, SC — The homes in the Old Shandon, Lower Waverly-MLK and University Hill neighborhoods – each a few blocks or less from the University of South Carolina – once were populated with a wide variety of families and homeowners in clean houses with groomed lawns.

Now, many of those families have moved away, and the neat lawns are often filled with empty and crushed beer cans, flattened party cups, fragmented beer bottles and empty kegs – all of it left over from loud, late-night parties thrown by the students who primarily reside in the blocks around Five Points.

“They are always having parties and music noise and the houses are overcrowded,” said 80-year-old Alfred Davis, who lives in Old Shandon. “It’s not even a neighborhood no more.”

It was in one of these homes, at 2319 Lee St., after another late-night party, that USC freshman 18-year-old Charlie Terreni Jr. was found dead last week. St. Patrick’s Day decorations were still hanging from the weekend and a keg sat on the front porch of the home.

Although the cause of death has not yet been released by the Richland County coroner’s office, Davis said he isn’t surprised that someone might have died as a result of the parties that have been held along his street.

“The way they carry on and the way they think, I feel like something was going to happen sooner or later, because they do so many outrageous things,” Davis said.

Davis said he will have lived in the neighborhood for 50 years this June. Flanked and fronted by large houses with USC students as tenants, Davis and his wife, Ernestine, are the only ones on that stretch of the block who aren’t renters. Their home sticks out, with a green lawn and flowers – absent cigarette butts, coolers and piles of trash bags found in front of many other homes.

“It’s nothing like it used to be at all,” Davis said. “This was a family neighborhood when I moved in. It turned a 360.”

Kathryn Fenner, vice president of the University Hill Neighborhood Association, said her neighborhood, too, is scattered with these homes. She believes that one of the reasons the homes have become party houses is because the landlords don’t live nearby.

“We have three prominent landlords in the neighborhood, and 90 percent of the rental properties are owned by them,” Fenner said. “We have had more of a problem with the ‘Brand X’ landlords: They own one house; they don’t have professional property management; they don’t have anybody on site. These three people live in the neighborhood; we know were they are. If we had a problem with their property, we could call them up.”

Fenner said one of the problems she ran into while working with the city’s code enforcement task force was hunting down the “slum” or problem landlords, many of whom didn’t live in the city. Since code enforcement agents would have to serve them in person, they often found themselves driving around the state only to find that they lived somewhere else in the nation.

“How do you serve someone in Arizona?” Fenner said. “We tried to get landlord registration” in the city, but some people opposed it. “We ultimately did not get landlord registration, but we did get a requirement that they have to have a business license if they have one unit. At least there is an address in any event for service.”

Those kinds of what Fenner calls “party houses” are often what goes bump in the middle of the night for the Davises. They said they are often awakened by the repeated thud of loud music and shouting coming from neighbors’ homes. Some nights, Davis said a congregation of anywhere from 50 to 100 young people gather at the houses and throw parties, especially during festival and game-day weekends.

Davis said one night he called the police three times, asking them to go to their neighbors’ house to quiet down a party. On the third call, Davis said a plainclothes officer told him he would do what he could, but he couldn’t promise Davis anything.

Ernestine Davis said that one time, one set of neighbors offered to send the Davises out to dinner so the students could have a small get-together that they said would be over by 7 or 8 p.m.

“Doesn’t that sound dumb to you?” she said. “We didn’t agree with that. We said ‘no.’ Why do I have to leave my house for you to have a party?”

Just across the street from the Davises, at 2412 Lee St., the remnants of a large beach-themed party from the St. Pat’s in Five Points weekend could still be seen in Frank Sarnowski’s backyard.

“You can smell the beer, can’t you?” Sarnowski said as he walked into his backyard, where just days before, partygoers were drinking and using the bathroom. “If I hadn’t yelled at them to clean it up – well, I would have cleaned it up anyway – but there would have been at least 100 beer cans out here.”

Sarnowski, who is a personal property appraiser for the state and has lived on the corner of Queen and Lee streets for 35 years, said an elderly couple once lived next to him, a teacher across the street and another couple who had been in their home since 1910. Now his neighbors have been replaced by students who he says are associated with Greek life at USC.

“They’re not very respectful of the more residential neighbors that live here,” Sarnowski said. But he acknowledges that at one time he was 20-something and liked to party.

Sarnowski said that if police began to show more presence in the area, the parties would not be as bad.

“They responded when I have called, and I think they do well once you call,” Sarnowski said. “I just don’t see their presence until someone calls. When you got 100 people standing in the street at two houses having a party, they should at least come by and check on it.”

Columbia police respond when called, they say.

But Alfred Davis said it is the fault of the city and the police that the party problem has gotten so bad. “Sometimes you get so tired of fighting it and leave it alone,” Davis said. “I call the police a lot, but sometimes I just give up because there is no point of me fighting it.”