Columbia SC Real Estate Blog

April 24, 2012

Columbia SC Real Estate Listings

Columbia SC Homes For Sale

The Columbia SC market is heating up! Whether looking for a Lexington SC home or a downtown Columbia home in Shandon or Heathwood, Capital City Realty ensures you have access to all the available real estate data. Below you will see a break down of all homes for sale in Columbia SC by price. Have you been pre-approved for a Columbia SC home loan? If not, email and get your approval today.

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April 22, 2012

Columbia SC Homes SOLD 1st Quarter 2012

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Columbia SC SOLD Homes

          17 homes
          Average Price $267,294
          $124/sq ft

          7 homes
          Average Price $411,929
          $142/sq ft

          17 homes
          Average Price $150,744
          $77/sq ft

          4 homes
          Average Price $153,472
          $101/sq ft

          4 homes
          Average Price $396,250
          $139/sq ft

          2 homes
          Average Price $196,750
          $102/sq ft

          1 home
          Average Price $115,000
          $59/sq ft

          2 homes
          Average Price $716,000
          $121/sq ft

          1 home
          Average Price $395,000
          $134/sq ft

April 20, 2012

Shandon Homes For Sale

Shandon Homes For Sale

Shandon is a downtown Columbia SC neighborhood. Shandon has been a popular Columbia SC neighborhood since the early 1900's. Shandon homes for sale offer a stable housing market with no large dips in price for Shandon homes for sale. Shandon homes sell quickly for good prices.

The residents of Shandon enjoy tree lined sidewalk streets. Shandon is located within walking distance of great restaurants such as Diane's on Devine, Saludas and Garibaldis. Shandon homes are also convenient to USC and many other offices, banks and law offices. Shandon home owners can walk to nearby 5-Points or The Shoppes at Devine. Shandon is a short drive to Lake Murray, Lexington and all of Columbia SC.

Do you want to buy or sell a Shandon home? We can help! Contact Capital City Realty to learn more about Shandon homes for sale.


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April 16, 2012

Necessary Home Security Features

When you consider the value of your home, you are really thinking about a number of different factors that combine into the ultimate value. For example, you want to consider how your home looks, how it functions, how well it is maintained, and what particular features it has that make it appealing. Part of each of these considerations is your home security system, which needs to be of the highest quality for your home to achieve its maximum worth and capability. So, with this in mind, here are a few words on some of the most important features that your home can enjoy through the use of a professional home security system.

• House Alarm – The most basic, and most important, of all home security features, any modern home needs to be equipped with an alarm. This security feature – usually a wireless one in newer systems – not only alerts you in the event of a break-in or intrusion, but also automatically alerts the authorities while simultaneously likely scaring off the intruder. A house alarm is an absolutely essential element of a security system.
• Motion Detectors – Despite the fact that your alarm should serve as the main element of your system, you should still equip your home with failsafe features that can protect you in the event that the alarm, for any reason, fails you. Motion detectors inside your home can serve the same function as the alarm if an intruder somehow gets inside.
• Smoke Detectors – Home security also has to deal with accidental dangers, such as home fires. For this reason, investing in smoke detectors is certainly advisable, as these features can detect smoke, in many cases, when you and your family cannot, because you are not there or are not close enough to the source of the smoke. This can be the difference between life and death.
• Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Similarly, your home can also fall victim to a harmful carbon monoxide leak, which in many cases is something that is undetectable by human senses. Unfortunately, it is possible to become a victim of this gas without even realizing it, which is why installing these detectors is essential.
• Yard Sign – Finally, and most simple of all, you should attempt to procure a yard sign from whatever home security company you use. A sign in your yard indicating that you are protected by a security system will scare off most potential intruders, as no criminal is looking to get caught by the authorities for tripping a security system. A yard sign is an excellent first line of defense.

- Mark J. is a professional freelance writer and programmer at He has worked with a number of clients in different fields including technology, education, security, and business.

Posted in Home Security
April 7, 2012

Columbia SC Real Estate Sales Data

Columbia, SC Real Estate  Snapshot – March 2012 Edition (February Data)


Total Sales in Previous 12 Months: 6,560 Total Sales in Year Prior: 7,088 Change: Down 7.4%

Total Sales in February 2012: 455 (one extra day) Total Sales in February 2011: 417 Change: Up 9.1%


Foreclosure Sales in February 2012: 73 (one extra day) Foreclosure Sales in February 2011: 75 Change: Down 2.6% February 2012 Foreclosure Sales as a Percentage of Total Sales: 16%


New Construction Sales in February 2012: 123 (one extra day) New Construction Sales in February 2011: 104 Change: Up 18.2% January 2012 New Construction Sales as a Percentage of Total Sales: 27%


Current Inventory on the Market: 7,841 Current Absorption Rate: 495 units per month (based on 6 months sales) Months of Inventory: 15.8 months (last report was 15.4 months)


The Market is: A Buyers Market (WEAK)

Pricing Pressure is: Downward


Source: Hurst Appraisal, Lexington SC using CMLS sales data. 

Feb. 28, 2012

Columbia SC Real Estate Sales Data

Columbia, SC Real Estate Snapshot – February Edition (January Data)

Total Sales in 2011: 6,449
Total Sales in 2010: 7,209

Change: Down 10.5%
Total Sales in January 2012: 417

Total Sales in January 2011: 350
Change: Up 19.1% 

Foreclosure Sales in January 2012: 75
Foreclosure Sales in January 2011: 65
Change: Up 15.4%
January 2012 Foreclosure Sales as a Percentage of Total Sales: 18% 

New Construction Sales in January 2012: 104
New Construction Sales in January 2011: 86
Change: Up 20.9%
January 2012 New Construction as a Percentage of Total Sales: 24.9% 

Current Inventory on the Market: 7,685
Current Absorption Rate: 500 units per month (based on 6 months sales)
Months of Inventory: 15.4 months 

The Market is: A Buyers Market (WEAK)

Pricing Pressure is: Downward


Source: Hurst Appraisal, Lexington SC using CMLS sales data.

Feb. 27, 2012

South Carolina's Strong Economy

South Carolina’s Economic Recovery is Strong

South Carolina ranks #9 nationwide in employee growth rate for the year 2011. SC’s manufacturing
sector grew 5.5% in 2011 with the addition of 11,600 new jobs. Real estate home sales in the Columbia
SC market
 jumped nearly 16% in January 2012 from the previous year.

Considering relocating to a new state? South Carolina is a state that is in the top quarter of states
recovering from recession. Contact us for information on homes for sale in Columbia, SC.

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Posted in SC Economy
Jan. 26, 2012

Bethany Way - REALTOR

Capital City Realty welcomes Bethany Way to their sales team!

Bethany Way is a Columbia SC Realtor with many years of full time real estate experience in new home sales as well as general brokerage experience. Capital City Realty is thrilled with Bethany's decision to come onboard and looks forward to many future real estate sales with Bethany. 

Bethany 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.

                                                       Bethany Way Real Estate Agent 

Want to learn more about one of Columbia SC's best real estate professionals? Bethany Way - Columbia SC Realtor 

Call/text (803) 873-4096 or email Bethany today:

                               Capital City Realty

Posted in Real Estate Agents
Jan. 11, 2012

Downtown Columbia SC Home For Sale

Downtown Columbia SC Home For Sale

Looking for a completely renovated home in Downtown Columbia SC

This home was completely renovated in 2004 and it shows! New kitchen, new baths, fresh paint, updated fixtures, new roof, gorgeous hardwoods and all new appliances. This home has great basement storage, a huge party deck and a beautiful fully fenced backyard. Lots of thought & planning created the perfect southern landscaping. Located minutes to USC, the Vista, and all downtown Columbia SC. Great community!

Downtown Columbia SC Home For Sale


Call for a private tour today! (803) 238-8612 Tonya D Graves REALTOR

I can sell any Columbia SC Real Estate on the market. Calll or email me for more information on buyer agency.


Nov. 28, 2011

7 Northfield Ct For Sale

7 Northfield Ct


Move-In Condition Home in Cul-de-sac w/Beautiful Flooring, High Ceilings, Large Rooms, Walk-in Closet

 & Double Vanity

3BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $107,500
Year Built 1994
Sq Footage 1,373
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size Unspecified
HOA/Maint $0 per month
7 Northfield Ct, Columbia, SC 29229
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This “move in ready” home has been well maintained, has a brick front, is located in a cul-de-sac and seems larger than it is because of its high ceilings and large rooms. The large great room has a corner fireplace, vaulted ceiling and beautiful laminate flooring. The laminate flooring extends down the hallway. The large master suite has a walk-in closet, double vanity, separate shower and a palladium window over the garden tub. The kitchen has a large eat-in breakfast nook, tile flooring, a lot of cabinet storage and is open to the great room. This home has two additional bedrooms and another full bath. The large backyard has a view of woods from your deck. There is a sm
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