Goodbye! Farewell! So Long! Cheerio!

Over the past week we’ve had to say goodbye to two great employees, Danielle & Sarah.

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Danielle has left the rental business and moved over into the insurance field while Sarah is starting a new semester at USC! They will both greatly be missed!

Here are some of our photos from the going away party:

We wish both Danielle & Sarah the best of luck in the future!!

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Get to know our staff – part 4

We know everyone is looking forward to the weekend and so are we! We wanted to end this week with our final three team member profiles. We’ll start off with Rebecca, our broker-in-charge and the founder of Columbia Property Management. Then we have Bonnie, who works remotely and is our advertising specialist and Sarah, who works part time at our front desk in the afternoons.

Rebecca

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Job title: Broker-In-Charge

How long have you worked for CPM: since 2004

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: Mary Baldwin College & USC – Art History major

Do you have any pets: 4 – 1 dog (Olive), 1 cat & 2 horses

Where are your favorite places to eat: Hampton Street Vineyard & Terra

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: I have done all of the jobs at CPM and I like the job I have because it’s exciting to see when all of the moving parts come together to provide great property management service to our customers

What would your superpower be: the ability to talk to animals

Favorite book: Lonesome Dove

If you could live anywhere: on a horse farm in Northern Virginia

Bonnie

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Job title: Advertising Specialist

How long have you worked for CPM: since May 2009

Where are you from: Raleigh, NC

Did you go to college: Majored in Business Administration at Furman University in Greenville, SC

Do you have any pets: Remy, a boykin spaniel

Where is your favorite place to eat: Terra

What would your superpower be: flying

Favorite movie: My Best Friend’s Wedding

If you could live anywhere: I’m happy living in Raleigh, NC 🙂

Sarah

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Job title: Part-time Front Desk Office Administrator

How long have you worked for CPM: one month

Where are you from: Greenville, SC

Did you go to college: USC – Statistics

Do you have any pets: 1 (very fat) cat

Where is your favorite place to eat: The Melting Pot

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive, of course!

What would your superpower be: teleportation

Favorite movie: every Marvel movie

If you could live anywhere: Aruba

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks for tuning in every week to learn more about our staff!

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Get to know our staff – part 3

We hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! This week we’d like you to read about some of the faces of our company who represent us out in the field and here in the office. Josh and Erin show our properties to prospective tenants and Jessica works at the front desk where she helps prospective tenants, current tenants, and anyone else who comes in our office!

Erin

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Job title: Leasing Agent

How long have you worked for CPM: since April 2017

Where are you from: Irmo, SC

Did you go to college: USC & Midlands Tech – Associates in Arts

Do you have any pets: Beta Fish

Where is your favorite place to eat: Café Strudel

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Robin

What would your superpower be: flying

Favorite movie: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

If you could live anywhere: Italy

 

Josh

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Job title: Leasing Agent

How long have you worked for CPM: 9 months

Where are you from: Greenville, SC

Did you go to college: USC – Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Physical Education

Do you have any pets: Two rowdy dogs. One very unintelligent black lab and a feisty 2 ½ year old German shepherd. Cooper and Stella respectively.

Where is your favorite place to eat: Burger Tavern 77. Best burger in the state.

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Applications. It would keep me occupied and I like doing research.

What would your superpower be: Flying. This way I could get to properties and places faster.

Favorite movie: The Dark Knight

If you could live anywhere: Italian beach.

 

Jessica

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Job title: Front Desk Office Administrator

How long have you worked for CPM: one month + a few days

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: South University, originally for nursing, but due to my dislike for germs, I decided to take up Healthcare Management & Admin.

Do you have any pets: no pets

Where is your favorite place to eat: anything Mexican

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive, because she gets to sleep all day.

What would your superpower be: the ability to read minds

Favorite movies: Top 3: The Little Mermaid, The Sandlot and The Talented Mr Ripley

If you could live anywhere: I’d rather live on a yacht floating around the world.

 

Check back with us next week for more staff profiles!

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GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF – PART 2

We hope everyone has been enjoying their week so far! Last week we started off with three of our internal employees who handle things behind the scenes. This week we’ll be profiling three of our employees who directly work with our tenants and owners.

Danielle

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Job title: Turnover Maintenance Coordinator

How long have you worked for CPM: 3.5 years

Where are you from: Bluffton, SC & Myrtle Beach, SC

Did you go to college: USC – majored in Business Administration

Do you have any pets: 1 kitty cat

Where is your favorite place to eat: anything Mexican

What would your superpower be: teleportation

Favorite movies: Across the Universe or Breakfast at Tiffany’s

If you could live anywhere: England

 

Margaret

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Job title: Maintenance Coordinator

How long have you worked for CPM: 6 months

Where are you from: Gilbert, SC

Did you go to college: Midlands Tech – majored in Marketing

Do you have any pets: a Shih-Tzu, Toy Poodle & a Lab

Where is your favorite place to eat: I like all different types of food

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: I love mine!

What would your superpower be: flying

Favorite movies: Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing & How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

If you could live anywhere: right where I am

 

Jennifer

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Job title: Applications Processor

How long have you worked for CPM: 2 years & 2 months

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: USC – majored in Marketing & Mangement

Do you have any pets: 1 tortoise, Chomper

Where are your favorite places to eat: Cantina 76 & Groucho’s

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive’s assistant

What would your superpower be: freezing time Zack Morris style

Favorite movies: 10 Things I Hate About You & Sandlot

If you could live anywhere: New Orleans, LA

 

 

Check back with us next week for more staff profiles!

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Get to know our staff – part 1

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! We thought we’d kick off this week by sharing a little bit more about our team! We’ll be doing these throughout the summer so check back with us as we share!

Robin

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Job title: Accounts Payable

How long have you worked for CPM: 10 months

Where are you from: Camden, SC

Did you go to college: USC – dropped out after two years, but my major was economics

Do you have any pets: 2 cats, Ralph & Finlay

Where is your favorite place to eat: New Orleans, LA

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Olive!

What would your superpower be: invisibility

Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes

If you could live anywhere: French Riviera!

 

Tiffany

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Job title: Broker / Assistant Broker-in-charge

How long have you worked for CPM: since January 2nd, 2006

Where are you from: Chester, SC

Did you go to college: USC – majored in Psychology

Do you have any pets: 1, Siamese cat

Where is your favorite place to eat: Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Charlotte, NC

If you could have any other job at CPM, what would it be: the other support pet!

What would your superpower be: read minds

Favorite movie: Silence of the Lambs

If you could live anywhere: a remote island

 

Susan

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Job title: System Administrator

How long have you worked for CPM: seven years

Where are you from: Columbia, SC

Did you go to college: Midlands Tech – majored in science

Do you have any pets: 1 cat & 1 dog

Where is your favorite place to eat: Bonefish Grill

If you could switch jobs with anyone at CPM, who would it be: Tiffany

What would your superpower be: healing powers

If you could live anywhere: a private island

Tune in next week to learn more about us!

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Hoof & Paw Benevolent Society

We’ve been working with Hoof & Paw Benevolent Society over the past year to help raise funds and awareness for everything they do to support animals.

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We are happy to say that last December we were able to raise $1,000 to help their cause with Olive’s Campaign!

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Be sure to check out Hoof & Paw’s website for more details of the services they provide! They also have a great blog to follow as well, you can read their blog here: Hoof & Paw blog

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Put a little spring in your step!

 

We’ve had a long, cold winter, but spring is finally upon us! To help you get out of the winter blues, here is a list of some great events coming up.

First Thursdays on Main: The first Thursday of every month, the Columbia Museum of Art hosts events along with local shops on Main Street.

Soda City Market: Open year round every Saturday morning from 9am – 1pm! Check out their site for a list of different vendors.

Vista After 5: Features local music every Thursday night starting April 5 – May 10 in the Tin Roof/Music Farm parking lot. Free entry with a bar for those 21 and over.

Rhythm of the River: Free outdoor concert every Saturday night starting April 14 – May 26 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Ampitheater. Free entry with food trucks and a bar for those 21 and over.

Back to the Roots Festival: City Roots is celebrating their 10th Growing Season! They will have fun hands-on farm learning experiences with great music, food, and drinks. Saturday April 28, $15 a ticket.

Taste of Africa: “The Annual Taste of Africa Festival (TOAF) has as its mission to expose and showcase to the midlands of South Carolina the culture of the African Community here in South Carolina through the continents diverse people, art, food, fashion, and music, in a fun-filled family-friendly environment.” Saturday, April 28, $7 a ticket

Spring in Sesqui 5K: The race will be held the Sesquicentennial State Park and starts at 10 AM on Saturday April 28, 2018. $30 registration fee.

See Spot Run 5K: “See Spot Run is a family and pet-friendly run/walk through the scenic downtown Earlewood Park neighborhood. Funds raised benefit the Humane Society’s low-cost Spay/Neuter program. Bring your best friend and join us! $25 entry fee also provides a Humane Society T-Shirt.” The race is Saturday, April 28.

Brookland Brunch: “Soda City and West Columbia’s new Brookland development have partnered to bring you our city’s first and only riverside brunch, every Sunday from 10AM-2PM at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.”

Greater Columbia Record Fair: “The largest local market to find vinyl. Vendors from across the Southeast bring everything from well-loved classics to rare and highly collectible finds. Along with record sifting, fairgoers can grab food and drinks provided by The WhigThe War Mouth, and The Belgium Waffle truck, plus DJ sets by The Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul.Sunday, April 29 from noon – 5pm. Free event.

Cinco de Mayo Street Fest: “The Language Buzz hosts its 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Street Fest from 11am until 3pm. This family friendly event features a Mariachi band, salsa lessons, authentic street food, games, face painting, door prizes and more! All proceeds benefit The Language Buzz Foundation, a non-profit working to create opportunities for all children to become multi-lingual and globally aware.” Saturday, May 5 from 11am – 3pm. Free event.

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Happy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

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We are in the holiday spirit here at CPM! We recently had our White Elephant holiday party and made sure to wear our favorite ugly holiday outfits!

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Olive was pooped partying with all of her CPM friends and took a nap with Santa!

Are you looking for ways to get in the holiday spirit? Here are some help resources to find activities all around Columbia:

MerryChristmasColumbia.com

The State’s Holiday Listings

ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

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One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to visit Saluda Shoals park to see their fantastic holiday lights! They have the Midland’s largest drive-through light show, plus you can meet Santa! Read more about the festivities on their website.

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!!

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Helpful Holiday Tips

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Winter is arriving soon so we wanted to share some information with you to make sure you are prepared for the cold weather and to make sure your home is secure if you are going out of town for the holidays.

As we are expecting freezing temperatures this winter we wanted to provide you with some tips on how to protect your property from frozen/burst pipes:

* Allow hot and cold faucets to drip during extreme cold weather as this can help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. You may want to open cabinets doors to the kitchen or bathroom sinks if the sink backs up to an outside wall.
* If you open a faucet and no water comes out, this is a sign that your pipes are frozen and you will need to contact the office at (803)931-0044 for more information.
*Disconnect any garden hoses from the hose bib on any exterior spigots and allow these spigots to drip or use the inexpensive covers from a hardware store or home improvement store.
*SCE&G suggests setting your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter months as your heating systems will run more efficiently at this setting.
*If you will be away from your property for an extended period of time during the winter months, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save some on the heating bill but leaves the property susceptible to frozen pipes and heating system complications.

If you will be leaving town for part of the holiday season, we wanted to provide you with some tips to help prevent break-ins:
* Don’t post your travel plans on social media.
* Make sure your doors and windows are locked and secure.
*Set your alarm if you have one.
*Have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail, packages and newspapers. If you are leaving for an extended time, contact the Post Office to put your mail on hold.
*Leave a light on, or have a lamp set on a timer so it seems like someone is home.
*Safeguard your valuables, don’t leave important things out in the open.
*Make sure your renter’s insurance is up-to-date in case something does happen.

If you do experience a break-in, please first notify the police, then call the office phone or emergency phone after hours so we can assist in securing your property.

This is also a great time to check your AC filters & smoke detector batteries as you are hanging up holiday decorations!

Don’t forget:

Olive’s Campaign will be running through the end of November. Olive & CPM are working to raise money for Hoof & Paw. They are a non-profit organization who helps animal shelters throughout the greater Columbia area. You can read more about her campaign here: Olive’s Campaign

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!!

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Olive Visits Oreo

Olive paid a to visit Oreo, a friend of Hoof & Paw, out at a local farm earlier this week. She wanted to tell Oreo all about the fundraiser we are doing for Hoof & Paw! Oreo was very impressed with the money we’ve raised! So far, we’ve raised $372 and this includes donations made through GoFundMe and in the office.

Here are some photos from their visit:

 

Olive and Oreo ask that you stop by our GoFundMe page to read more about our fundraising:  Olive’s Campaign

Have a wonderful weekend!

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