Columbia SC Real Estate Blog

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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Sept. 5, 2012

Flipping Houses

Smart Real Estate IncomeFlipping homes is a smart way to generate real estate income.  Flipping homes can be done by anyone who buys a house. If done correctly the flip will provide  a good financial gain. The flips also improve neighborhoods and provide homes for people.

Growing up I watched my Mother flip houses. I spent many weekends  watching her paint, change light fixtures, hang ceiling fans and do yard work at various properties. These were her flip houses. Mom would purchase homes that were dirty, dingy and needed small repairs. She would use her own sweat equity to keep costs down and then would rent the property out or sell the property when the project was finished. She was a successful flipper and that is where my love of real estate began.

Flipping Tips:

  1. Location, Location, Location - Try and find the worst home in a good neighborhood or the smallest home in a good neighborhood. The return is better on these properties because they allow buyers with less money to live in their dream neighborhood.
  2. Good Bones – Make certain the home has good bones. Get a home inspection or have someone you trust crawl under the house and look in the attic, check plumbing and electrical, ensure the foundation is in good shape. You don’t want costly surprises.
  3. Negotiate -  Always try to get a better deal. You don’t want to leave money on the table by not asking for  a reduction.
  4. Sweat Equity – Do as many improvements you can without paying for labor. This keeps costs down.
  5. Neutralize -  Use a neutral pallet of colors that will appeal to many tenants or buyers.

 Are you considering flipping houses? I can help!

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Aug. 27, 2012

Elmwood Park - Reduced For Quick Sale

Elmwood Park Real Estate

                                      Columbia SC Real Estate - Lake Murray Homes For Sale

            Call Tonya Graves today for a private tour of Columbia SC!

Aug. 6, 2012

Tara Price Joins Capital City Realty

Tara Price - Lexington SC Real Estate Professional

Capital City Realty is excited to welcome Tara Price to their sales team!

Tara Price is a Columbia SC Real Estate expert with many years of full time real estate experience. Tara has worked in general brokerage and on site new construction sales. Tara has excelled in all areas of real estate sales.

Tara has worked with some of the largest real estate brokerages in Columbia and Lexington, SC. She chose to join Capital City Realty for the boutique atmosphere and the way Capital City Realty helps its agents succeed. We at Capital City Realty are driven to succeed and look forward to many future real estate sales with Tara.


Want to learn more about one of Columbia SC's best real estate professionals? Tara Price - Lexington SC Real Estate Agent

Call/text (803) 606-4284 or email Tara today:

                                              Tara Price Lexington SC Real Estate Agent



Posted in Real Estate Agents
July 27, 2012

Columbia SC Foreclosures

Columbia SC Foreclosures are Down

Columbia SC Foreclosures are down more than 7% from last year. Columbia SC is home to The University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson, South Carolina government and many thriving small businesses. These factors help Columbia SC real estate find stability even when South Carolina's other cities suffer.

South Carolina Foreclosures

  • Columbia, SC - 2,867    down 7%
  • Myrtle Beach - 2,570       up 46%
  • Charleston, SC - 3,764    up 7%
  • Greenville, SC - 2,673     up 21%
  • Florence, SC - 573          up 270%
  • Spartanburg - 1,045       up 17%

Data from RealtyTrac

Columbia SC Downtown


If you are considering making a move to South Carolina - come to Columbia SC!

Columbia SC real estate is priced right and its a great place to live and work.


July 27, 2012

Cockaboose For Sale

Columbia SC Cock-a-Boose For Sale                    

USC Gamecock Football Fans, do you know about the tailgating Cock-A-Boose? They have been referred to as the “Ultimate in Tailgating”.

In 1990 a Columbia SC business owner transformed 22 old railroad cabooses into Cockabooses and made Columbia SC Gamecock tailgating history.

The Garnet and Black Cockabooses seldom come up for sale. This week Cockaboose Unit T-10 was listed for sale. It is a great value for a USC tailgating spot.

Cockaboose Unit T-10 has a unique tailgating interior and upper deck. Cockaboose Unit T-10 comes with 50 passes to get your football friends into the tailgate area for each home game and 5 parking spaces.

  • USC Gamecock Cock-a-boose
  • T-10 Key Road
  • $175,000


Gamecock Cockaboose

USC Cock-a-boose


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July 22, 2012

2213 Gadsden Street

Elmwood Home For Sale in Columbia SC

Columbia SC's most historic neighborhood, Elmwood Park. This 100 year old + aged home is like new and completely renovated.

  • 2800 + square foot
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • 4 Gas Fireplaces
  • Front Porch
  • Rear Deck
  • Fenced Back Yard
  • Side Driveway

Elmwood Home 

Elmwood Columbia SC

Elmwood Park Real Estate

Downtown Columbia SC Homes

Elmwood Park Rear Deck

Call/Text (803) 238-8612 or email


July 20, 2012

3030 Lindsay Street

Earlewood Home For Sale - Just Listed

Earlewood is a historic downtown Columbia SC neighborhood. Earlewood is highly desirable due to its great parks and close proximity to The Vista, USC, hospitals and highways.

3030 Lindsay Street is an all brick home. It has been updated to include a nice bathroom and "Ikea" styled kitchen. The home sits on a great street (location, location, location) and is a mere 4 homes away from one of Columbia's best parks.

Priced to sell at $85,500. Make this your home today!

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Large Fenced Yard
  • All Kitchen Appliances
  • Screened Porch

Earlewood in Columbia SC 

 Downtown Columbia SC


3030 Lindsay Street Earlewood Home 

Columbia SC Real Estate Earlewood Kitchen

Earlewood Park Earlewood Dog Park

Call your Columbia SC Real Estate Expert today!

Tonya D Graves (803) 238-8612 or


July 5, 2012

Demetra Caldera Joins Capital City Realty

Demetra Caldera - REALTOR

Capital City Realty welcomes Demetra Caldera to their sales team!

Demetra Caldera is a Columbia SC Real Estate expert with many years of full time real estate experience in residential real estate sales. Capital City Realty is thrilled with Demetra's decision to join the team and looks forward to many future real estate sales together.

Demetra utilizes Internet technology, and great customer service. She ensures her real estate clients have the most up to date information available and the best experience possible whether buying or selling.

                                                       Demetra Caldera

Want to learn more about one of Columbia SC's best real estate professionals? Demetra Caldera - Columbia SC Real Estate Expert

Call/text (803) 920-5720 or email Demetra today: 

                               Capital City Realty

Posted in Real Estate Agents
July 2, 2012

Exclusive Buyer Agency

Choosing a Real Estate agent is an important decision. If you are looking for a real estate agent to provide you Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty and Diligence...look no further. We at Capital City Realty understand real estate and are full time real estate agents in Columbia SC.

In 1983, a Federal Trade Commission study revealed that over 72% of all home buyers nationwide mistakenly believed that they were represented by the agent who was showing them homes. As a result, laws requiring agents to disclose exactly who they represent have been passed all over the country. When consumers became aware that most agents worked for the seller, they began demanding their own representation. Buyers agents are becoming invaluable to homeowners searching for fair representation.

Capital City Realty offers exclusive buyer agency services. Because of this you can be sure that we will work to negotiate the best possible terms and price available for our buyers. We strive to:

  • Provide you with all material facts that could influence your decision
  • Make ourselves available when its most convenient for you
  • Listen to your needs and respond promptly
  • Use objectivity when assisting you in viewing and selecting properties
  • Demonstrate loyalty to you by using skills and experience to seek, find and negotiate the most favorable property of your choice.
  • Attend all property inspections for hands on experience of your property.


Tonya D. Graves
Capital City Realty
A Boutique Real Estate Firm
(803) 238-8612  Mobile (803) 782-0312  Fax