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Jan. 22, 2013

Rice Music House

3214 Devine Street Rice Music House

Rice Music House

3214 Devine Street, the Rice Music House building in Columbia, SC is gone but not forgotten.

On December 21, 2012 the wrecking crew demolished the building.

Devine Street Corridor

The property had been for sale or lease before demolishion.

Today the lot is cleared and ready for the next chapter.

Local Points of Interest 

  • Rice Music House has been a landmark in Columbia. With a rich history of accomplishments the business relocated to the Villages of Sandhills.
  • Rice Music House is SC’s oldest piano retailer pianos. Their first location opened in 1924 in Spartanburg. The Columbia branch opened in 1935, the same year they were awarded the Steinway & Sons franchise.
  • 1924 first Rice Music House opened in Spartanburg
  • 1935 in August a Columbia branch opened
  • 1935 awarded STEINWAY & SONS franchise
  • 2004 Rice Music House sold to SuMohan Acquisitions a SC Corporation
  • 2012 3214 Devine Street Building demolished

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Posted in Retail
Jan. 3, 2013

NE Columbia Home With Pool

Renovated 5 BR Home w/Inground Pool NE Columbia $109,900

                                    100 Pintail Lane Columbia, SC  29229 


  • NE Columbia Home For Sale
  • North Springs Neighborhood
  • Renovated 5 Bedroom house
  • Inground pool
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Vaulted ceilings with skylights
  • Granite counters
  • New kitchen appliances
  • Hardwoods


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Dec. 31, 2012

Columbia SC Famously Hot 2012

Columbia SC celebrates the new year 2013 with a free party, live music, fireworks and a ball drop at Midnight.

Celebrating and bringing in the New Year 2013 can be fun and free in Downtown Columbia SC.   Columbia SC 2012

Entertainment begins around 6:20 with the Reggie Sullivan Band followed by Terrance Young, DJ BizMarkie, Atlantic Starr and the Wallflowers.

Things will amp up around 11:50 with Midnight Fireworks, countdown to the ball drop and other festivities.  

Columbia SC vendors will be selling food and soft drinks. Beer, wine and champagne will also be available.

Visit the big tents at Resolution Row at the corner of Lady and Main Streets to record your 2013 resolutions on the big canvas banner.

General Admission is free and includes admission to The Zone to watch college football games.

General Admission Entry Locations:

1.      Washington Street @ Main Street

2.      Sumter Street @ Lady Street 

3.      Assembly Street @ Lady Street

Parking is free at 5 locations:

1.       Assembly Street @ Washington Street

2.       Washington Street @ Lincoln Street

3.       Pendleton Street

4.       Taylor Street @ Sumter Street

5.       Taylor Street @ Assembly


Famously Hot NYE Map 2012





Posted in Columbia SC Events
Dec. 28, 2012

Mortgage Rates Continue To Fall

I remember my first mortgage in the 1990's and the rate was around 10 percent. Jump forward to 2005 and home buyers were thrilled with rates as low as 6%. Present day is December 2012 and a month ago we saw the lowest rates since 1971.

  • Current  30 year fixed rate 3.35%
  • Current 15 year fixed rate 2.65%

Todays low mortgage interest rates allow home buyers to get more for their money. Low mortgage rates are also stimulating the real estate sales. Columbia SC home sales  are up 15% over the same period in 2011.

Interest rates vary depending on credit score, loan type and loan size. Contact a South Carolina loan originator for more information and a quote.

Mortgage Banker Ingrid LeeIngrid Lee 

Mortgage Banker

Phone (803)665-3765



Written by Tonya Graves - Columbia SC real estate sales 

Dec. 10, 2012

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Nov. 29, 2012

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Oct. 31, 2012

Forest Acres Waterfront Home

Forest Acres Waterfront Home 

4815 Circle Drive Columbia, SC  29206


  • 2100 + square foot
  • Ranch Style Home
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Baths
  • Satchelford Elementary
  • Brockman Montessori
  • Home Office
  • Screened Porch
  • Large kitchen
  • Gas Fireplaces
  • Amazing Pond Views
  • Multiple Patios
  • Large Private Lawn
  • Dock
  • Shed
  • Workshop

Forest Acres Waterfront Home   

Den with Built Ins  

Dock on Pond in Columbia SC

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This home is located on Springbranch Pond in Forest Acres. The location feeds to great Columbia SC schools: Satchelford, Crayton and AC Flora. Call or email me for a private showing: (803) 238-8612



Oct. 1, 2012

Columbia SC New Listings

Columbia SC Newest Listings October 2012



1211 ASHLAND DRIVE Unit #316, Columbia SC 29229


1211 ASHLAND DRIVE Unit #316, Columbia

                                                Gorgeous, 2 story, energy-friendly 'eBuilt' home! Ever-popular Remmington offers a deluxe main-level owner's retreat with an optional 4' extension featuring private bath ...                                               

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.5
  • Courtesy of Lake Carolina Properties, LLC

119 ERICA COURT, Lexington SC 29072


119 ERICA COURT, Lexington


  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.5
  • Courtesy of ISave Realty





  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of ISave Realty

104 AMBERLY COURT, Columbia SC 29212


104 AMBERLY COURT, Columbia

                                                Beautiful and Well Maintained, Crown Molding throughout Home, Sprinkler System in Front Yard, Under Contract with Home Pest, Fernch Drains in Backyard, Alarm System                                               

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of TurnKey Realty

940 SCHOFIELD LANE, Columbia SC 29229


940 SCHOFIELD LANE, Columbia

                                                Nice ranch style home that has a living room, kitchen, five bedrooms,two full bathrooms, master bedroom downstairs, screen in porch and two garage. Property is in good co...                                               

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 2.5
  • Courtesy of Kelpat Real Est Professionals


422 WINCREST LANE, Columbia

                                                *** Huge price reduction *** Priced to sell! 2 bedroom, 2 bath patio home. Living room, dining area, kitchen has a breakfast bar, all appliances, refrigerator, stove with...                                               

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of Merrilyn Hall Realty Inc

208 RABUN STREET, Batesburg SC 29006


208 RABUN STREET, Batesburg

                                                Investors take note! Property has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Living room with fireplace. Has had fire damage. Tons of potential!                                               

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 1.0
  • Courtesy of Merrilyn Hall Realty Inc

105 DUPRE MILL COURT, Lexington SC 29072


105 DUPRE MILL COURT, Lexington

                                                Immaculate with lots of updates - just move in!  New roof approximately 4 months old,   new stainless steel appliances less than 1 year old, new light fixtures / ceiling ...                                               

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of RE/MAX Real Estate Services

524 LOCKSHIRE ROAD, Columbia SC 29212


524 LOCKSHIRE ROAD, Columbia

                                                Lovely Home, huge family room with fireplace, lots of back yard, private and shaded. PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD SUBJECT TO 24 CFR 206.125                                               

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of The Phil Wilson Company

1025 BUTTERCUP CIRCLE, Blythewood SC 29016


1025 BUTTERCUP CIRCLE, Blythewood

                                                WoW! Home is a two story floor plan, 4BR/2.5BA, Formal Living and Dining,family room located off the kitchen with a gas log FP, eat-in kitchen with walk-in pantry, The ma...                                               

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.5
  • Courtesy of Kelpat Real Est Professionals


325 EAGLE FEATHER LOOP Unit #Lot 64, Columbia

                                                Quality built single family home in a gated community near Ft. Jackson (Gate 2). This home features front & rear porch, Exceptional Kitchen with large island, breakfast a...                                               

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.0
  • Courtesy of Fowler Realty & Land Svc LLC


432 HAWKEYE COURT Unit #Lot 46, Columbia

                                                THE VISTA PLAN- Located in the gated, side walk community of Eagle Park, minutes from Ft. Jackson gate #2. The home features 3 Bedrooms & 2.5 Baths with open kitchen and ...                                               

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.5
  • Courtesy of Fowler Realty & Land Svc LLC


398 EAGLE FEATHER LOOP Unit #Lot 65, Columbia

                                                THE HEYWARD- New floor plan from Rex Thompson Builders! Minutes from  Ft. Jackson's GATE 2. Quality built 3 Bedroom & 2.5 Bath plan with open kitchen and great room, Stan...                                               

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.5
  • Courtesy of Fowler Realty & Land Svc 
Sept. 18, 2012

Columbia sc real estate data August 2012


 Columbia, SC Real Estate Data (August Data)


Total Sales in the previous 123 months (Ending date 8/31/12): 7,212

New Construction Sales in previous 12 months: 1,753

Foreclosure Sales in previous 12 months: 1,035


Total Sales in the same period one year ago (Ending date 8/31/11): 6,327

New Construction Sales in the prior year: 1,564

Foreclosure Sales in the prior year: 915 

Total Sales in July 2012: 726            Columbia SC Real Estate                                                                     

  • Total Sales in July 2011: 616
  • Total Sales in August 2012: 779
  • Total Sales in August 2011: 629


  • New Construction Sales in July 2012: 157
  • New Construction Sales in July 2011: 158
  • New Construction Sales in August 2012: 180
  • New Construction Sales in August 2011: 138


  • Foreclosure Sales in July 2012: 93
  • Foreclosure Sales in July 2011: 86
  • Foreclosure Sales in August 2012: 110
  • Foreclosure Sales in August 2011: 96

Inventory* on-hand (Columbia Metropolitan Area = ALL): 11.3 months
Last month it was 12.0 months.  The trend has been improvement. 

* Inventory based on previous six months of sales as recommended by FannieMae 08-30 page 3. 

11 Months of inventory indicates a weak (or Buyer's Market) with downward pricing pressure.  Inventories have been dropping for several months indicating that the local market may be beginning to stabilize.
The sales mix in the Columbia Metropolitan Area is about:  23% New
Construction, 14% Foreclosures and 63% Existing Home Sales.  This appraiser estimates that about 3% of the Existing Home Sales were "Short Sales."
Source: HURST APPRAISAL using CMLS sales data. Liability is limited to the price paid for this report.


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Sept. 10, 2012

Waffle House Opens in 5-Points Columbia SC

Waffle House is Now Open and they never close. Two months ago the building at 916 Harden Street, Columbia SC was leveled in one day. The following Monday building from the ground up began.

Last Wednesday the first customer placed the first order at Noon and Waffle House was open for business in 5 Points, Columbia SC. It is located on the corner of Harden and Stark directly across from Chick-fil-A.

This Waffle House location has plenty of convenient parking. You can park on the street or in a beautifully landscaped parking lot.

University of South Carolina and Benedict College students, residents of downtown Columbia, Shandon, Forest Hills, Melrose Heights and Rosewood will appreciate this new neighbor. 

Waffle House Columbia SC 

Drop in or Call Waffle House (803) 799-0313 to place a To-Go Order.

Call Tonya at (803) 238-8612 for residential real estate information in Columbia, South Carolina.


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