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A one year paid membership to The Members Club at Woodcreek Farms and Wildewood is supplied by Executive Construction Homes.* With several hundred acres of nature preserves you can enjoy walking trails and tranquility during your newfound free time. Perfect for relaxing, there are over a dozen lakes and several parks scattered throughout the community. The tennis court features four lighted clay courts and two lighted hard courts also involving activities with the cooperating Members Clubs. *As with all memberships, the incentive is subjective to the normal approval process.

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Take Your Weekends Back.

The Villas at Woodcreek Farms is proud to offer “free” weekends and the lifestyle you have been searching for in a sought after golf course neighborhood. With an established homeowner’s association, your home’s exterior and yard is maintained. No more stress of weekly, monthly or annual chore lists involving your yard or exterior. We have you covered.

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Designed with the new homebuyer in mind, Executive Construction Homes has created plans with owner’s suites on the main level, generous living areas, designer kitchens and expansion opportunity for creative minds. With options for those who need in-law/teen/multi-generations suites, extra living areas or even work from home- The Villas at Woodcreek Farms offers it all. With eco-friendly features such as tankless water heaters, energy saving floorplans, brick exteriors, and environment friendly flooring, you can save money and have more time back in your life…Love Where You Live.

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The Villas News

By Eddie Yandle 17 Nov, 2017
South Carolina is teeming with history, culture, and nature and no visit to Columbia is complete without taking some time to see what our neighboring cities have to offer!
By Eddie Yandle 17 Nov, 2017

Some Highlights:

  • Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most “ Return On Investment” (ROI).
  • While big projects like adding a bathroom or a complete remodel of a kitchen are popular ways to increase a home’s value, something as simple as updating landscaping and curb appeal can have a quick impact on a home’s value.
By Eddie Yandle 17 Nov, 2017

Mortgage interest rates, as reported  by Freddie Mac , have increased over the last several weeks . Freddie Mac,  along with Fannie Mae,  the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors,  is calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.

This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact that they may no longer be able to get a rate below 3.5%. However, we must realize that current rates are still at historic lows.

Here is a chart showing the average mortgage interest rate over the last several decades:


By Eddie Yandle 17 Nov, 2017
By Eddie Yandle 09 Oct, 2017

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile  from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for not currently owning a home, as not being able to afford one.

This brings us to two major misconceptions that we want to address today.

1. Down Payment

NAR’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 39% of non-homeowners say they believe they need more than 20% for a down payment on a home purchase. In actuality, there are many loans written with a down payment of 3% or less.

Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner  than they ever imagined with new programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

2. FICO® Scores

An Ipson survey revealed that 62% of respondents believe they need excellent credit to buy a home, with 43% thinking a “good credit score”  is over 780. In actuality, the average FICO® scores  of approved conventional and FHA mortgages are much lower.

The average conventional loan closed in August had a credit score of 752, while FHA mortgages closed with a score of 683. The average across all loans closed in August was 724. The chart below shows the distribution of FICO® Scores for all loans approved in August.

Bottom Line

If you are a prospective buyer who is ‘ready’ and ‘willing’ to act now, but are not sure if you are ‘able’ to, let’s sit down to help you understand your true options.

By Eddie Yandle 09 Oct, 2017
Spirits Alive!
Thursday, Oct. 12
Tours every 30 minutes from 6 - 9:30 p.m. (Last tour begins at 8:30)

Grab your flashlight and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. These are some of our most popular tours and a great way to get in the mood for fall!
By Eddie Yandle 06 Oct, 2017
The Villas is about easy, MAINTENANCE- FREE LIVING!
 Take your weekends back and spend time doing what matters most. 
Brick luxury homes in a gated community surrounded by walking trails, tennis, golf, restaurants and shopping.
Woodcreek Farms!

Augusta III- MLS 429052-  $432,161
355 Turnwall Lane- 3 BR, 3BA, Bonus Room, 2967 Feet

Sawgrass III- MLS 429245- $395,139
361 Turnwall Lane- 4BR, 3BA, Bonus Room-2750 Feet



Torrey Pines I- MLS 432717-$382,323
362 Turnwall Lane- 3 BR, 2BA, Study/Dining, 2340  Feet


All Pricing and Plans are subject to change without notice.    All plans/renderings/photos displayed on website and marketing materials are conceptual and subject to change. Please see sales contract for your home’s specific sales specifications and design, as all homes pricing, options and features are subject to change without notice. Homes to be complete to industry standards.


By Eddie Yandle 17 Jul, 2017

G arden Workshop | Perennials in the Southern Garden

July 29  | 10 a.m. - Noon  
Join Historic Columbia for a Garden Workshop and learn about southern garden perennials and southern garden design, execution and maintenance. Special guest David Poston, senior horticulturist at Moore Farms Botanical Garden  in Lake City, S.C., will share some of his favorite garden perennials that thrive in warm, humid climates. In addition, Historic Columbia’s garden experts will be on-hand to share the ins and outs of show stopping perennials that are easily able to fit within your southern garden. More information here

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017
By Eddie Yandle 10 Mar, 2017

 A  recent survey found that South Carolina was a top destinations for movers in 2016.   mmatney@islandpacket.com   Mandy Matney

BY MANDY MATNEY

mmatney@islandpacket.com

The Palmetto State is the place to be, apparently.

South Carolina recently ranked as the No. 5 state for inbound movers, according to the   United Van Lines’ National Movers Study , which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.


By Eddie Yandle 03 Mar, 2017

RESNET’s HERS Index has been getting a whole lot of press recently. It’s steadily gaining traction with builders and home sellers, who are  marketing their homes via HERS Index Scores . Homebuyers are now comparing houses based on their scores before they decide to buy.

After all, a lower  HERS Index Score  means a more energy efficient home, which translates into lower energy costs for both homeowners and potential homebuyers.

  • A standard American resale home is rated at 130 on the HERS Index.
  • A standard American new home is rated at 100 on the HERS Index.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 50 is 50% more energy efficient than a standard American new home.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 150 is 50% less efficient than a standard American new home.

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, you have to get an energy rating.

What’s an Energy Rating and Where Can I Get One?

A home energy rating is a comparative analysis of how energy efficient your home is when compared to similar homes. In other words, a  certified RESNET Home Energy Rater  will conduct a series of tests on your home to ascertain how efficiently it’s performing. Based on the performance results, the rater will issue the home a HERS Index Score (which shows how well your home rates in terms of energy efficiency) and provide you with a detailed report highlighting the energy problems in the home.

What’s Tested during an Energy Rating?

A certified RESNET Home Energy Rater will conduct testing (i.e., an air leakage test, duct leakage test and combustion safety testing) in such areas as:

  • All exterior walls (both above and below grade)
  • Floors over unconditioned spaces (e.g., garages or cellars)
  • Ceilings and roofs
  • Attics, foundations and crawlspaces
  • Windows and doors, vents and ductwork
  • HVAC systems, water heating system, and thermostats

Why Get an Energy Rating?

As a homeowner, an energy rating provides you with a good idea about issues like:

  • How much your home is really costing you
  • How you can cut your energy costs
  • Discover cost-effective ways to increase your home’s comfort level
  • Help add to your home’s resale value

If you’re in the market to buy a home, well, there’s  no better way to establish the real cost  of one than by its HERS Index Score.  The cost of a home is more than just the mortgage – it’s also your monthly energy bills. By reviewing homes by their HERS Index Scores, you can tell which one is more affordable, sort of like comparing the MPG (miles-per-gallon) stickers on new cars.

The housing industry is changing and the HERS Index is leading the charge. Therefore, it makes good sense to contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater for an energy audit; as they say, knowledge is power and knowing your HERS Index Score can lead to a whole lot of power – literally!

By Eddie Yandle 23 Feb, 2017

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By Eddie Yandle 18 Nov, 2016

Home Considerations for Seniors

Regardless of the type of home design, seniors need to choose homes with suitable amenities, locations, and other considerations for their preferred lifestyle. Buying affordable new homes for seniors does not equate to an isolated, cramped abode.

Amenities

The home and community amenities are some of the most important considerations for new homes for seniors. Items to evaluate include:

  • Main level living for better accessibility
  • Spacious floor plans for family visits, hobbies, and other    activities
  • Smaller lot sizes for easier upkeep
  • Energy efficiency for lower utility bills
  • Senior-friendly features designed with aging in mind, such as  easy-to-open door handles  instead of knobs, shallower steps, and rocker light switches

In addition to interior features, however, many seniors are interested in community amenities as well. Popular options to look for include:

  • Fitness facilities, including pools, tennis courts, and whirlpools
  • Community landscaping and walking trails
  • Meeting spaces for larger gatherings
  • Elegant architecture and building design

Locations

Even the most well-designed community or home, however, can be a financial blunder if it is not in a suitable location. Many seniors lead full, active lives and a new home should have easy access to major transportation routes. Public facilities such as libraries, museums, art galleries, resorts, shopping centers, and other community features should also be nearby. Seniors with health concerns may also want to consider their new home's proximity to health care and emergency facilities.

Upkeep

The upkeep and maintenance of a home can be intense, but affordable new homes for seniors are often designed to minimize or eliminate these concerns. Many homeowners' associations, for example, include landscaping, snow removal, and other basic maintenance, therefore allowing the homeowner to enjoy their new home rather than spending all their time caring for it. Homes designed with seniors in mind are less likely to need extensive renovations to accommodate reduced mobility that may come with aging, and smaller lot sizes can be easier to care for.

By Eddie Yandle 02 Nov, 2016

A favorite hors d’oeuvres or side dish for parties, holidays, family reunions and potluck dinners, deviled eggs are the star of the show on National Deviled Egg Day which is observed each year on November 2.

Deviled eggs are such a well-loved food that for which specially designed carrying dishes and plates have been made. The deli section of the grocery store prepares packaged deviled eggs, and they can be found in some convenience stores, too.

Deviled eggs, also known as eggs mimosa, stuffed egg, salad eggs or dressed eggs, are hard boiled eggs which have been shelled, cut in half and filled with the hard-boiled egg’s yolk mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard. Eggs are quite versatile when it comes to making simple dishes elegant. The deviled egg is another example of taking the humble egg and being able to add one or two favorite ingredients to make a dozen eggs a beautiful centerpiece.  By using colorful relishes, spicy peppers, pimentos or savory herbs, deviled eggs take on an entirely new flavor profile, demonstrating once again just how delicious this family favorite is for special occasions.  Make them a little more creamy with sour cream or a bit more tart with added vinegar, and just about every palate can be satisfied. From the traditional paprika garnish to crunchy bacon, or a little caviar, anchovy or herring, there is some devilish experimenting that can be done.

The first known print reference referring to the term “deviled” about food, appeared in 1786. It was in the 19th century that it came to be used when referring to spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Basic Deviled Eggs recipe .

Use #NationalDeviledEggDay to post on social media.

By Eddie Yandle 31 Oct, 2016

Why Do Baby Boomers LOVE SC?


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In a recent article, on  Sparefoot, Elizabeth Whalen  created a list of the the top 15 places in the USA that are becoming "Baby Boomer Boom Towns". Columbia, SC is on this list, cited as number 11 in preference. It is no wonder, with equal travel destinations in close proximity why it takes a place on this list, but there are other interesting "factoids" to accompany this exciting growth.

Members of the Baby Boom generation were, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, born between mid-1946 and 1964, making the earliest Boomers 67 years old and around retirement age. Because of the recession and housing crisis, some Baby Boomers have delayed retirement.

11. Columbia, SC

Columbia ’s downtown revitalization has won acclaim, as has the University of South Carolina. While its economy is growing steadily, the city isn’t attracting as many Baby Boomers as other areas on our list, but it may in the future: Housing is affordable, and health care workers are relatively plentiful.


Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.3 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.4 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent

Housing affordability index: 228.9

Total health care workers per capita: 0.042


Interestingly enough, shortly after these numbers where released, plans for a new maintenance free luxury neighborhood where started by Eddie Yandle, a leader in the home building industry within Columbia, SC. In 2015,  The Villas at Woodcreek Farms, began it's start as one of the premiere choices for folks who seek a maintenance free lifestyle, but like to still have a detached single family home, a yard, and live in a luxury style community. The community features a private gate with access codes, tucked into the Country Club Community of Woodcreek Farms. The neighborhood allows close proximity to nearby interstates for a quick commute to Charlotte, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Fort Jackson. For more information, please  visit the community website.

By Eddie Yandle 25 Oct, 2016
Warning : If pressure washing, painting and year-round yard-work is something you enjoy, then a maintenance free community may not be for you. 
By Eddie Yandle 18 Oct, 2016

According to   Freddie Mac’s   latest   Primary Mortgage Market Survey ,   interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.47%. Rates have remained at or below 3.5% each of the last 16 weeks, marking a historic low.

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows what impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments at or about $1,100 a month.

By Eddie Yandle 13 Oct, 2016

School is back in session, the holidays are right around the corner, you might not think that now is the best time to sell your house. But with inventory below historic numbers and demand still strong, you could be missing out on a great opportunity for your family.

Here are five reasons why you should consider selling your house this fall:  

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index   from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now!

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

According to NAR’s  latest Existing Home Sales Report , the supply of homes for sale is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market at 4.7-months.

This means, in most areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.

There is a pent-up desire  for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity  as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market this fall.

Also, as builders regain confidence in the market, new construction of single-family homes is projected to continue to increase over the next two years, reaching historic levels by 2017. Last month’s   new home sales   numbers show that many buyers who have not been able to find their dream home within the existing inventory have turned to new construction to fulfill their needs.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Fannie Mae   announced that they anticipate an acceleration in home sales that will surpass 2007's pace. As the market heats up, banks will be inundated with loan inquiries causing closing-time lines to lengthen. Selling now will make the process quicker & simpler.  

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.3% over the next year, according  to CoreLogic . If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

According to   Freddie Mac’s   latest   report , you can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate around 3.46% right now. Interest rates are projected to increase moderately over the next 12 months. Even a small increase in rate will have a big impact on your housing cost.

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.  

That is what is truly important.


By Eddie Yandle 07 Oct, 2016

Pinewood Lake BINGO

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Event date: 10/18/2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Enjoy BINGO at Pinewood Lake Park and bring non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
By Eddie Yandle 07 Oct, 2016

Regional Recycle Day

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Event date: 10/15/2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Residents can drop off recyclables at this Regional Recycle Day event. Acceptable materials include electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, pesticides and tires and paper shredding will be available. No commercial materials accepted.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Oct, 2016

Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.


Richland County Serves as
Receiving Ground for Hurricane Evacuees

 
Richland County emergency personnel  worked around the clock this week in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. The County's Emergency Operations Center elevated its readiness level to OPCON 3 on Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians evacuated the coast and headed inland. Richland County serves as one of the area’s designated host counties for coastal evacuees.  

Richland County emergency services staff assisted the state with transportation logistics and provided resources for evacuating coastal residents. Public Works employees continue to prepare for flooding and debris buildup in low-lying parts of the County as Hurricane Matthew brings rain and wind to the Midlands today and tomorrow.

Richland County Government offices remain closed today but payments and other information are accessible online at www.rcgov.us.   The C&D Landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off Center are open today and closed Saturday. The Drop-off Center will open normal hours Sunday, although the landfill will be closed. Both will operate regular hours beginning Monday. Curbside collections will remain on regular schedules unless weather conditions change significantly.

The County's Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport is closing at 8 p.m. today and will operate reduced hours Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Normal hours expected Sunday.

For the latest evacuation information, visit   www.scemd.org.   For updates from Richland County, visit   www.rcgov.us   and follow Richland County on Twitter ( @RichlandSC ) and Facebook ( /RichlandSC ).

 
Richland County Remembers Flood Victims
at Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony



Richland County commemorated the one year anniversary of the historic October 2015 flood with a memorial plaque dedication that remembered flood victims and recognized first responders. Councilmembers presented a replica of large plaque that will be installed inside Council Chambers. It includes the names of the nine people who lost their lives in Richland County as a result of the flood.

During the ceremony, Council Chair Torrey Rush thanked emergency personnel for their selfless service and stated that the County will continue to rebuild flood-damaged communities until every life affected is on a clear road to recovery. Watch a recording of the plaque dedication ceremony by clicking   here.


 

 


Annual Richland County Tax Sale Set for November

The annual Richland County Tax Sale is set for Monday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Township Auditorium. For details about the sale, visit   www.rcgov.us   and click the "Tax Sale" slide at the top of the page, or click   here.  For more information, contact Richland County's Delinquent Tax Manager Shirley Tapp at 803-576-2256.


 
Tour Richland County's New Decker Center!

Residents can get an inside look at the soon-to-be-opened Decker Center at a special preview event. A former shopping center, the building has been transformed into a County facility that will house Central Magistrate Court, a Sheriff's Department substation and a large meeting space for community events.

This sneak peek event is 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Decker Center, 2500 Decker Blvd. Guided tours will be begin at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. To attend, please register online by clicking   here.

The Decker Center tour is part of a Richland 101: Special Edition series. Richland 101 is a free, multi-week course that teaches participants the basics of Richland County Government. The next session is Spring 2017. Email   pio@rcgov.us   for details.


 
Residents Reminded to "Trash the Poop"

Richland County Stormwater Services, Lexington County Stormwater Management and the City of Columbia are reminding residents to "Trash the Poop"!

When it rains, pet waste left on the ground is washed into local streams and rivers, polluting the water. Pet waste has three times more pathogens in it than human waste, and those pathogens can cause diseases in humans and animals alike when they they contaminate waterways.

To help mark the importance of responsibly picking up pet waste, several family events are planned throughout October:
  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct 13, Gibson Park, 241 Gibson Road, Lexington
  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 20, Pinewood Lake Park, 1151 Old Garner's Ferry Road
  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 28, Finlay Park, Columbia
During the events, staff will install pet waste stations and talk more about the "Trash the Poop" campaign. Residents can participate in activities and get free goodies. A pet and human costume contest will be part of the Oct. 28 festivities.
 

 

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District 1

Bill Malinowski
803-932-7919

District 2
Joyce Dickerson
803-750-0154
803-518-8033

District 3
Damon Jeter
803-254-0358

District 4
Paul Livingston
803-765-1192

District 5
Seth Rose
803-779-0100

District 6
Vice Chair Greg Pearce
803-783-8792

District 7
Chair Torrey Rush
803-206-8093

District 8
Jim Manning
803-787-2896

District 9
Julie-Ann Dixon
803-206-8149

District 10
Dalhi Myers
803-908-3747

District 11
Norman Jackson
803-223-4974
 

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Richland County Council conducts regular session meetings the first and third Tuesday of each month at
6 p.m. in Council Chambers. All meetings are open to the public. View Council agendas, minutes and a calendar of events at www.rcgov.us.
 

Upcoming Events


Regional Recycle Day

Richland and Lexington county residents can drop off electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, tires and pesticides and have up to five bags or boxes of paper shredded at this regional recycle event. No commercial or business materials accepted.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oct. 15

Irmo High School
6671 St. Andrews Road



Aerofest 2016

Aerofest features antique and warbird aircraft, vintage motorcycles, food trucks, face painting, a jump house and more. Attendees can take a ride on a Ford Tri-motor ($75), and Cocky will make a special appearance. Adults, $5 donation; kids under 12 free. Free parking.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 15
Jim Hamilton-
L.B. Owens Airport

1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia
For more information, click here   or call 803-771-7915.




Backyard Composting 101

This free, hands-on workshop will teach participants how composting can reduce waste, improve soil health and add nutrients to soil without using fertilizers. Register by Oct.12
by emailing williamsc3@rcgov.us   or calling 803-576-2491.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 15

Ridgewood Park
Community Center
805 Crest St., Columbia




BINGO
at Pinewood Lake Park


Enjoy a morning of BINGO at Pinewood Lake Park and help support Harvest Hope Food Bank by bringing two non-perishable food items per person to this fun,
community event.

Oct. 18
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Pinewood Lake Park,
1151 Old Garners Ferry Road
For more information,
call 803-262-6667.

 

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By Eddie Yandle 29 Sep, 2016

We are celebrating today (and everyday) at our decorated model home, where you can tour our new home and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. Stop in today or call for your showing. Directions to our Model Home in the Columbia, SC- Click Here!


NATIONAL COFFEE DAY (From Nationaldaycalendar.com

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!



Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.

From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.

 

When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.

The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.

When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!

 

There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the  Sufi  monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan , as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.

Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.

 

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HOW TO OBSERVE.

Enjoy a cup or two of your favorite coffee. Use #NationalCoffeeDay to post on social media.  Here is a list of National Coffee Day Specials .

By Eddie Yandle 19 Sep, 2016
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SELLING, NOW IS THE TIME If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market. Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist of realtor.com, in a recent article revealed that: “Would-be buyers face a dilemma: There will be more homes on the market over each week of the next three to four months, but there will also be even more prospective buyers. We are entering the busiest season of home buying with the lowest amount of inventory in three years. To be competitive, buyers should get pre-approved for a mortgage and be ready to act quickly if they find a home that meets their needs.” Smoke goes on to say: “Listings are growing as they normally do this time of the year, but because demand has been growing faster than supply, homes are selling faster. So the monthly trend is the normal seasonal pattern, but the year-over-year decline is reflective of demand being stronger than supply for more than a year, which is resulting in fewer homes available and faster-moving inventory.” In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies. Bottom Line As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas
By Eddie Yandle 19 Sep, 2016
Housing supply is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market. This means, in most areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market this fall. Also, as builders regain confidence in the market, new construction of single-family homes is projected to continue to increase over the next two years, reaching historic levels by 2017. The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.
By Eddie Yandle 11 Sep, 2016
Model home - the Villas at Woodcreek Farms is an exclusive maintenance free gated neighborhood of energy efficient, open concept design homes within a country club community setting. Now pre-selling phase 2. Golf course lots available. Additional new plans available soon. Model open daily.

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  Elgin,   SC   29045
5 bed   3 bath   2,750 sq ft  


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