Columbia SC Real Estate

Columbia Luxury Homes and Real Estate are stationed in the Capital of the great Palmetto State – a charismatic, sultry southern city in the heart of South Carolina. Offering the best in Columbia SC real estate, this is the second planned city in the United States.  There is some rich history to be found on a walk down Main Street, or through the University of South Carolina horseshoe where Civil War soldiers were nursed and quartered. Columbia is also up with the times having a number of downtown areas offering all kinds of festivals, shopping, entertainment, and over 450 restaurants and trendy food trucks.

Columbia Luxury Homes and Real Estate

Columbia is the largest city in the state of South Carolina and has a current residential population of approximately 130,000.  The city is the county seat of Richland County, but portions of the town also extend into neighboring Lexington County.  Columbia covers an area of 134.9 square miles and lies at the convergence of the Saluda and Broad Rivers, which then form the Congaree River.

Columbia is currently experiencing a revitalization of its downtown area.  Big name performers and shows have been coming to town since the construction of the Colonial Life Arena in 2002, and the Congaree Vista District has been boosting the local economy with its eclectic mix of art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Columbia Schools

Richland County Schools and many private schools offer enriching and resourceful education to Columbia’s children, but it doesn’t end at high school graduation.  Columbia is also home to the University of South Carolina fighting gamecocks. Williams-Brice football stadium is a popular tailgate spot for everyone in Columbia on college game days. There are also several other colleges and universities surrounding the city, which include:

  • Allen University
  • Benedict College
  • Columbia College
  • Columbia International University
  • ECPI University
  • Luthern Theological Southern Seminary
  • Midlands Technical College
  • Fortis College
  • South Carolina School of Leadership
  • Virginia College

Columbia Attractions and Entertainment

The Columbia Metro Convention Center, the South Carolina State fairgrounds, and performances at The Koger Center for the Arts are just a few places to find diverse entertainment in the heart of the city.  However, residents of Columbia are not limited to urban amusement. Lake Murray is a short 20-minute drive down I-26 and provides excellent opportunities for water sports and sunny leisure activities. The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden has been named one of the nation’s 10 greatest zoos. It is home to more than 2,000 animals and there are events held throughout the year for all ages, such as wine tastings and the kid’s spring break zoo camp.  Other local attractions include:

  • South Carolina State Museum
  • EdVenture Children’s Museum
  • Five Points neighborhood for unique shopping and dining
  • Town Theatre, the country’s oldest community theatre in continuous use
  • Trustus Theatre, Columbia’s professional theatre company
  • The Nickelodeon Theater which showcases art house films
  • The South Carolina Shakespeare Company
  • McKissick Museum
  • The Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
  • The Richland County Public Library, named the 2001 National Library of the Year
  • The Columbia City Ballet
  • The South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Columbia City Jazz Dance Company
  • The Palmetto Opera
  • The Columbia Choral Society
  • Alternacirque, a professional circus
  • Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Congaree National Park

In addition, Columbia hosts a number of festivals and annual events that are sure to delight residents and visitors alike, including:

  • The South Carolina State Fair
  • Riverfest Celebration
  • Artista Vista
  • The Greek Festival
  • FamilyFest
  • Eau Claire Renaissance Faire
  • Main Street Jazz
  • Jubliee:  Festival of Heritage
  • The Southeastern Piano Festival
  • The Finlay Park Summer Concert Series

More Information about Columbia Luxury Homes and Real Estate

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  • South Carolina Real Estate Market Strong in 2013

    Now that 2013 has come to a close, it’s time to take a look at all the data from the real estate market to see just where we stand.  The great news is that the South Carolina market has shown incredible improvement over the last year!  Sales are up, as are home prices.  Here’s a look at how it stacked up. South Carolina 2013 Market Stats South Carolina Realtors released their report detailing market activity for 2013.  Here’s what the numbers reveal: Home sales have increased by 17.9 percent from 2012 December 2013 home sales were up 11 percent from December 2012 New listings in the state increased by 5.5 percent in December 2013 Pending sales were up 1.2 percent Median sales price was up 3.5 percent to $163,000 Average days on the market decreased 12.3 percent to 114 days Foreclosure rate dropped to two percent in November 2013, slightly below the national average of 2.1 percent and down from three percent in November 2012 This is all great news if you’re planning to buy or sell a home in South Carolina!  Experts agree that we are seeing a recovery in the market nationwide and these improvements are predicted to continue well into the New Year. Regional Data Also Good for Columbia In addition to a strong performance by the state of South Carolina, the Columbia region is also showing gains overall in the housing market.  Here are some local stats to chew on: Columbia area home prices increased by … Read more »

  • Spring into the Columbia Real Estate Market

    Spring is here and the season keeps getting better. Columbia has some very encouraging news to report in regards to the housing market. A good indicator of the housing market is how many building permits are being pulled. Those numbers are outstanding. In January building permits for new construction homes rose 49% over the same month in 2011. Likewise, February was up 14% and March was up 31%. These are hard numbers that shows people are out there buying homes. This is great for the real estate industry but also great for our overall economy. Now is the time! The average days on the market has remained steady from 2011. This is a nice change as well. Over the last 4 years the average time on the market has increased every year. With those numbers holding steady that is a sign that we are about to see it peak and start to fall. Interest rates are still incredibly low and there are a number of programs available for people to buy a home with little money down. A final bit of information that Realtors will analyze is the absorption rate. This is a ratio of the number of homes on the market versus the number of homes sold for every month. The higher the number the worse it is. A higher number says it will take more months to sell a home, this year our absorption rate numbers have gotten better every month compared with 2011. This is probably the … Read more »

  • Columbia, South Carolina Real Estate Broker Participates in ERA Real Estate President’s Circle Business Forum

    Eddie Wilder Shares Strategies for Recruiting Successful Agents as Part of Industry Panel Discussion PARSIPPANY, NJ – October 21, 2010 – From October 18-20, ERA Franchise Systems LLC, an innovative franchising leader in the residential real estate industry, hosted their top 200 brokers from across the country at the 2010 ERA® President’s Circle Business Forum in Florham Park, N.J. This year’s program, built around the theme Leading a Smarter Community, provided participants with the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and their top-producing peers how to implement crucial business strategies for growth in today’s real estate market. Eddie Wilder, ERA Wilder Realty, Columbia, S.C., served as part of a three-member panel on the topic of recruiting. Recruiting qualified real estate agents has never been tougher than it is today, yet it is a crucial element to generating business growth and profitability. While access to listings has increased exponentially due to technology and the internet, consumers rely on the agent for local information and an understanding of the industry. In this session, Wilder provided valuable insight on how to build relationships and attract new agents to the business today. Above photo, from left to right: Melody Bohrer, Vice President, Broker Services, ERA Franchise Systems LLC; Eddie Wilder, ERA Wilder Realty; Roger Herman, ERA Herman Group Real Estate; Doug Van Nortwick, ERA Sellers, Buyers & Associates “A long-time ERA executive once told me that ‘Recruiting cures all ills’,” said Wilder. “I have always used recruiting as a tool to build the culture … Read more »

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  • Real Estate Agents Take on 2012 in Northeast Columbia

    Welcome to our blog post for the Northeast office of ERA Wilder Realty! We have exciting times in Columbia and in the Northeast office. 2011 ended very well for us. We were one of the top ERA Wilder Realty offices and one of the best in all of Columbia. We pride ourselves in being the best and we want to be even better in 2012. The better we are, the more we can do to help you, the client! One special note is our office finished as the number one office for area 30, which is the Elgin area. So far in 2012, things continue to improve. For those of you that are looking for a home we have several programs that set us apart. We are continuing our work with HUD homes so for those of you looking to buy a foreclosed home, we have a large supply of homes to choose. We also have an ongoing relationship with some of Columbia’s top builders. If a new home is what you are looking for then we will certainly have something that can fit your needs. Are you considering selling your home? ERA is continuing their industry leading programs with our Sellers Security Plan which will guarantee your home sale. We also have Goldstar homes for those homes that are truly exquisite and set themselves apart from the rest. Goldstar homes have been inspected, are priced right, and in great condition. Ask one of your ERA Wilder Northeast agents if … Read more »

  • Real Estate News This Week – October 4, 2010

    Links of interest we’ve found this week Real estate tech gets more social http://ht.ly/2PrS3 Twitter Etiquette for Realtors and Mortgage Brokers http://ht.ly/2PrYd Don’t Get Caught in Social Media Hamster Wheel http://ht.ly/2PrZG How to Find Prospects Looking for Property on Twitter http://ht.ly/2Ps2k Marketing tip #63: Facebook should be a part of your video strategy http://ht.ly/2PsbO  

  • Real Estate News This Week – September 13, 2010

    Links we’ve found to be helpful:  How to Use Social Media to Engage with Your Customers http://ht.ly/2rl3t ‎5 Secrets of Highly Effective Twitter Users http://ht.ly/2qmdM 5 Super Easy Ways to Promote Your Business with Video http://ht.ly/2qm2f Practitioners Can Add Listings on LinkedIn http://ht.ly/2lyu6 Put property listings in a lot of places http://ht.ly/2jUE0 Top 10 Social Media Tools to Find Your Referral Champions http://ht.ly/2eLfu How Real Estate Pros are Using Social Media for Real Results http://ht.ly/2c5LL News Flash: Social Networks Are About Connecting People http://ht.ly/2tZzT

  • Real Estate News This Week – November 8, 2010

    Want to know what’s going on in the world of real estate and web media? Take a look at some links of interest we’ve found this week. 3 Tips for Maximizing Engagement With Facebook Likes and Shares http://ht.ly/36hmt U.S. Mobile Data Traffic To Exceed 1 Exabyte in 2010 [REPORT] http://ht.ly/36hpF Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers  http://ht.ly/38T4g From Blighted to Cool Green; Low-Cost Upgrades Cut Energy Bills http://ht.ly/38T7K 3 Tips to Effectively Manage Your Time http://ht.ly/38ThJ

  • Outdoor Activities in Columbia

    With the weather getting warmer in Columbia, there are many ways to take advantage of the outdoors around you. Riverwalk The Riverwalk in Cayce is a 3.5 miles of paths that run along the Congaree River with many different outdoor activities. The trail passes under two bridges and offers extraordinary views. The trail next to the river gives runners and walkers a scenic route. It is also a great place to take dogs on a walk. The Riverwalk Park Amphitheater hosts many events during the year, including concerts and plays. Riverwalk also has tables scattered along the trail that are great for a picnic outside. There is also a canoe launch area. Lake Murray  Lake Murray has dozens of marinas, boat landings and ramps making it easy to find a place to put your boat into the water. If you don’t have a boat, there are many places to rent a boat for a few hours or days. Lake Murray has other activities if you don’t own a boat; there are many parks and recreation areas to spend swimming or cooking out with friends. Lake Murray also offers tackle and bait shops to go fishing. If you are unsure about fishing, guides can help you find the best spot.  Congaree National Park Congaree is the only national park in South Carolina, and is one of the last old-growth swamps in the eastern United States.  The wetlands are open for public to see. The park has many different hiking trails, along … Read more »






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