McKee Homes Epcon Communities

McKee Homes is currently developing over 20 communities in Eastern North Carolina, three of which are Epcon communities.

The Cottages at North Ramsey an Epcon Community

What’s an Epcon community? Epcon is a home building company offering franchises to other builders dedicated to serving the luxury, low-maintenance, ranch-style home niche for consumers looking to downsize from their existing home. The homes are specially designed with high-end features and options and built with 36″ wide doorways inside the house and easy access with no stairs between the inside and outside areas. With an Epcon home, homebuyers know they can live in the home into retirement without having to make any modifications to home.

The Salerno floor plan

McKee Homes offers Epcon homes in The Cottages at North Ramsey in Fayetteville with all exterior home and yard maintenance taken care of by the HOA. It’s an ideal situation for busy professionals, military families and retirees who don’t want spend their free time maintaining their home’s exterior and yard.

We also offer Epcon homes in The Cottages at Carriage Creek and Carriage Glen in Anderson Creek Club where landscaping and yard maintenance is taken care of by the neighborhood association. With all the luxury amenities of a golf club community available there, it’s a real benefit to homeowners not to have to spend their weekends maintaining their yards.

Epcon Communities Franchising Inc. (Epcon) celebrates two important milestones in 2016: 20 years of franchising anchored on a rock-solid foundation of 30 years of homebuilding experience.

“Over the past 30 years, we’ve mastered the concept of low-maintenance, lifestyle housing down to a science,” says Tim Rini, Vice President of Franchising, “Population demographics indicate that we’re just now at the tip of the iceberg in terms of demand. As we celebrate these important milestones in Epcon’s history, we’re ready to meet this underserved market with fast-to-market, winning home solutions for our Franchise Builders.”

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Housing Outlook Very Strong For 2016

By John Kamin

2016 Housing Outlook

The housing outlook for 2016 looks very strong. For the first time in three years it seems even the most conservative economic experts are in agreement. This year will be the best since the housing recession of past years.

The indicators that these experts rely on are all looking better for the coming years, starting with this year. Household formations will top 1.25 million in 2016…this is a large driver of new home sales. The rental market is very tight causing rents to increase significantly. Combined with low mortgage interest rates, buying a home looks even more affordable. The “Home Purchase Sentiment Index” from Fannie Mae has two compelling improvements for December of 2015. First consumer sentiment improved with regard to income, job security, and economic outlook. Secondly, more consumers now believe that it is a good time to sell a home.

What does all this mean for McKee Homes? First time buyers are coming into the market and we are well positioned to appeal to them. Great plans at very affordable prices…and we include features that are optional elsewhere. With special financing available many buyers will not need a down payment…usually a barrier to purchasing.

Why is being confidant about selling a home good for McKee? Because most move up buyers need the equity from their current home…and do not want to sell in a “down market”. Selling their current home gives them the opportunity to purchase a new home with the features they want.

With an improving economic forecast and the government raising interest rates, most of these experts are predicting mortgage interest rates to be 4.75%-5% by the end of the year. This may not seem like much…but here is what it means.

For the average buyer of a McKee home, the principal and interest payment will be $134 higher by the end of 2016…over thirty years this amounts to $48,240!!!

Or put another way, a buyer could add $28,000 in options today for that same $134 per month additional payment.

The other compelling factor for purchasing sooner rather than waiting is the increasing price of homes. Even Robert Schiller, the foremost housing expert, is anticipating prices rising 4-5%. Based on our average sales price that means prices will go up by almost $12,000 this year.

All this bodes well for McKee homes in 2016. Let’s make it happen together!

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McKee Homes 2015 Year In Review

The New Year is upon us and continued growth is expected for the new home building industry in Eastern North Carolina. As we look toward our goals and tasks for the New Year, January is also a time of reflection on the previous year, and 2015 was a very good, and very busy year for McKee Homes.

McKee Homes passed the five year mark in 2015 and is anticipating continued growth in 2016. The McKee Homes staff has doubled in size over the last year and a half and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of 5000 fastest growing privately held companies for the last two years.

Growing a home building company is not just about selling more houses, but is also about creating better and more efficient processes to be able to handle the increased production and customer service. McKee Homes has put some great people in place to make sure it will continue to serve the Eastern North Carolina new home market with its well-designed and built homes, expert staff, knowledgeable and friendly sales team and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty package.

In addition to being recognized by Inc. Magazine, McKee Homes made Professional Builder’s 2015 Housing Giants list at #259 in 2015, and had one of its neighborhoods awarded Best Looking Neighborhood in Fayetteville. Pat McKee, President of McKee Homes, received the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Family-Owned Small Business of The Year award and was inducted as the 2016 President of the Fayetteville Home Builder’s Association.

McKee Homes Team McKee Tee-shirts for the 2015 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer's

McKee Homes continued its commitment of giving back in 2015 by sponsoring the Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Wilmington Walk to End Alzheimer’s as well as being involved in several local and national charities.

The 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, N.C. was the 5th annual Walk hosted and sponsored by McKee Homes in Fayetteville, N.C. as well as the highest attended Walk so far, raising over $90,000 to support Alzheimer’s Association® initiatives, which include Alzheimer’s care and research, and raising awareness of this devastating disease. Over the past five years, the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s has raised over $250,000.

McKee Homes also worked with HelpingAHero.org and Mountain Real Estate Capital to build a home for a wounded veteran at Legacy Lakes in Aberdeen, N.C. The Dedication Ceremony on August 18 at which SGT (Ret.) Rivenbark and his wife, Yulia, assumed ownership of their home drew a crowd of neighbors, friends and dignitaries, including Lt. Governor Dan Forest and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

McKee Homes is one of the few home builders in North Carolina experienced with the Specially Adapted Housing guidelines, processes and additional inspections, required to design and construct adaptive floor plans for the physically disabled, including wounded veterans and aging retirees.

To get more information about McKee Homes and see floor plans and available properties, please visit McKeeHomesNC.com or call 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Building in Anderson Creek Crossing

Anderson Creek Crossing

McKee Homes is now building in Anderson Creek Crossing just outside the main gates of Anderson Creek Club in Harnett County, NC just north of Fort Bragg between Spring Lake and Lillington. We are building our Craftsman elevation floor plans in this new community designed for individuals and families that want beautiful new homes, luxury amenities and 24/7 security without the high cost.

Our Craftsman elevation floor plans include all the great interior features of our Classic floor plans with the addition of custom exterior details that give the homes distinctive elegance and refinement. A blend of stone, siding and specially styled roof lines and supports give our Craftsman floor plans a custom upscale look.

Anderson Creek Crossing will be an amenity-rich new home community with easy access to new schools, daycare, Fort Bragg, and the Championship Anderson Creek Golf Course.

The amenities in Anderson Creek Crossing will be developed over time as the new homes are being built. The master plan for this community includes:

  • Gated Entrance with Guard House for 24/7 Security
  • Expansive, Luxurious Lodge-style Clubhouse
  • Full Fitness Center Complete with Locker Rooms and Showers
  • Pool with Outdoor Snack Bar
  • Community Pavilion and Event Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Huge Playground
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • New Schools and Daycare Nearby
  • Less Than 15 Minutes to The Gates Of Ft. Bragg
  • 100Mbps High Speed Internet
  • Quick Access to 4.5-Star Championship Anderson Creek Golf Course

Anderson Creek Crossing will develop into a robust bustling community growing to a total of 1,000 homes. Anderson Creek Commons Commercial Center– the latest addition to the Anderson Creek Club Developments, is less than a mile down the road and includes convenient store, gas station, full service restaurants, bakery and church.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable new home community with country club amenities close to shopping and schools, contact McKee Homes to get more information on the community and our new Craftsman elevation floor plans.

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Best Budget Hotels in Wilmington, NC

Planning a trip to the largest historic city in North Carolina but are not sure where to stay? Whether you are visiting on vacation or are in town for a business trip, you just may find yourself wanting to stay! While you begin dreaming about new homes in Wilmington, NC, here are several suggestions for your upcoming short-term stay.

Types of Lodging
In addition to the numerous hotels and motels around town, there are many different types of lodging available. There are condos for rental, quaint guest rooms available by the night, and suites with full kitchens for those who want to eat in occasionally. Some hotels are located on the beach while others are conveniently placed in the historic downtown. Here are four budget-friendly hotels worth considering:

Ramada Inn Conference Center
This hotel offers standard rooms in a convenient location, with affordable and competitive rates. The room includes free breakfast, with an on-site restaurant if you want to stay in for lunch or dinner.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
The TownePlace Suites by Marriott prides itself on being friendly and welcoming, the perfect base for your Cape Fear getaway. It offers competitive rates, even over holiday weekends, and each suite includes a full kitchen with a stovetop and refrigerator. The hotel is close to downtown and includes a 24-hour on-site business center.

Beach House Inn and Suites
Although located about twenty minutes from the city, the Beach House Inn and Suites might be worth considering! The property includes a variety of suites and oceanfront rooms, with easy access to sites and events in the area.

Riverview Suites at Water Street Center
Depending on when you are traveling, you may be able to get a decent rate at the Riverview’s affiliate, the Hilton Riverside. However, staying at the Riverview might be worth it thanks to its all-suites design, complete with full kitchens so you can prepare some of your own meals. Guests at either hotel can enjoy the fitness center, heated outdoor pool, and more.

A Word to the Wise
If you are traveling for vacation, you may want to consider staying at a bed and breakfast or in a vacation rental. However, these may be more costly than a hotel for a short-term stay. Do you have flexible travel dates? If you are looking for a place to stay on a budget, consider traveling during off-peak times. Hotel rates tend to rise during the summer tourist season, so try coming a few weeks before or after. With some competitive shopping, you should be able to find the perfect place to stay within your budget.

If you decide that coastal living is for you, contact McKee Homes for more information on new construction in Wilmington, NC. Our energy-efficient homes are expertly crafted and built in the area’s most attractive, up-and-coming neighborhoods. Let us help you find your dream home.

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Craftsman Style Floor Plans in Knightdale Station

By John Rives

If you’ve been searching for Raleigh new homes, and want a family-friendly neighborhood conveniently located to good schools, new amenities and parks, our new Craftsman style floor plans in Knightdale Station may be exactly what you’re looking for.

McKee Homes began building our Craftsman style floor plans at Knightdale Station in the town of Knightdale, only 15 miles from downtown Raleigh, during the summer months of 2015. With our model home now open, and many new homes almost completed, it’s time to unveil the Craftsman style floor plans by McKee Homes.

Craftsman Style Floor Plan

The Craftsman Style Floor Plans

The Craftsman style floor plans include all the great features of our Classic floor plans with custom exterior details that give the homes distinctive elegance and refinement. A blend of stone, siding and specially styled roof lines and supports give our Craftsman floor plans a custom upscale look.

The customized version of the new Craftsman style floor plans at Knightdale Station are referred to as the Craftsman KS styles and include a trellis over the garage doors.

Knightdale Station sitemap

Knightdale Station

With over 800 homes in the planning stages Knightdale Station will be the town’s largest master-planned community with homes starting from the $280’s.

At the center of Knightdale Station is Knightdale Station Park, a 76-acre park in Eastern Wake County. It includes two miles of paved trails, picnic shelters, the Ashley Wilder Dog Park, athletic fields, restrooms and a large playground.

With the addition of the new Aquatics Center, YMCA, and Thales Academy elementary school, Knightdale Station is becoming one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Eastern Wake County.

For more information about Knightdale Station and our Craftsman style floor plans, please contact McKee Homes or visit our Knightdale Station web page.

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Fun Local Events in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington NC

Are you hoping to relocate to a friendly, arts-oriented community along the Southeast Coast? Many people are building new homes in Wilmington, NC to enjoy the city’s temperate weather and year-round festivities and events, from street fairs to flower festivals. Whether you are in the area for a few days or are considering staying long-term, here are several fun, local events to check out:

Events for Hobbyists

Are you interested in antiques, gardening, or old films? The city is home to countless small hobbyist festivals, including the:

  • Cucalorus Film Festival: This is one of the biggest events in the area, attracting more than 14,000 people from around the world to view over 200 films in historic downtown theaters. In addition to films, the festival includes kid-friendly activities, workshops, keynote speakers, and programs on dance, social justice, and more.
  • North Carolina Azalea Festival: Many locals say that it never truly feels like spring until after the North Carolina Azalea Festival, held every year in April as the flowers reach peak bloom. This five-day event, which began in 1948, includes a street fair, horse show, home and garden tours, and the crowning of the Azalea Queen, Princesses, and Belles.
  • Wine and Chocolate Festival: This much-loved weekend event includes tastings, food demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.
  • Model Railroad Show: Held in January each year, the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society Show and Sale has something for everyone! Dozens of vendors set up booths and working model train displays, with free clinics on display techniques for those interested.

Music Festivals

This coastal city attracts and celebrates music of all kinds, including these three annual events:

  • North Carolina Jazz Festival: This festival is typically held in early February, attracting big names and local musicians alike for over 35
  • Cape Fear Blues Festival: Held during the last weekend of July each year, this festival attracts local, regional, and national blues musicians. Formal concerts and more casual live performances are presented across the city in various venues.
  • Airlie Garden Concert Series: Are you more interested in hearing a mix of different styles of music? Airlie Gardens hosts two-hour concerts twice a month from May to September. Bring a blanket and picnic supper to make it a perfect evening out.

Community Events

Additional community events abound in the city, giving both tourists and locals the chance to feel at home. Here are three local gatherings worth attending:

  • Coastal Living Show: This annual, two-day event serves as a fundraiser for the local Woman’s Club and attracts vendors from across the city. Visitors can stop by over 80 booths for gifts, products, foods, and services that tell you all about life on the coast.
  • Riverfest Street Fair: Typically held in early October, this enormous street fair celebrates the city’s heritage with live performances, fireworks, food, and crafts.
  • Riverfront Farmers’ Market: Offering the very best produce and treats from local farmers and business owners, this farmers’ market is open nearly every Saturday between April and December.

The city’s annual events include additional festivals for music, seafood, flowers, and more. With so many great events year-round, you would be missing out if you chose to live anywhere else! Contact McKee Homes today for more information on new homes in Wilmington, NC.

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5 Best Restaurants in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC restaurants
If you are considering contacting home builders in Wilmington, NC, then you must already know some of the benefits of living in this historic, arts-oriented city. However, did you know that the area is also known for its large number of high-quality, must-try restaurants? The best places are sprinkled throughout town, from the area around the university to practically anywhere along the waterfront. As the locals say, throw a rock and you will hit a good restaurant! Here are five of our top picks:

  1. Genki Sushi
    Genki Sushi is the place to go for fresh, authentic sushi. Everything on the menu is hand-prepared or homemade, including the sauces. The restaurant offers a true Japanese taste experience, with dishes like shrimp tempura and udon noodles. Plus, the owners are candid about the menu, using pi-water for drinking and cooking, with no chemicals or MSG in sight.
  2. Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi
    Are you looking for a top-quality menu that includes sushi as well as vegetarian and organic dishes? Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet is highly rated by locals and tourists alike. You can visit its original location on Front Street as well as its locations in the mall and near the university. Another option is Nikki’s Hibachi Steak House, featuring hibachi dining along with the restaurant’s famous sushi.
  3. Cape Fear Seafood Company
    If you prefer your fish pan-seared, grilled, or otherwise prepared, stop by the Cape Fear Seafood Company. This locally owned restaurant prides itself on offering dishes with fresh ingredients in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy the extensive wine list, local art on the walls, and not-to-be-missed menu.
  4. Caprice Bistro
    For a taste of Europe with French and Belgian cuisine, plan a visit to the Caprice Bistro. Stop by the upstairs lounge for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, or enjoy a meal of fresh mussels, trout, or lamb downstairs. More favorites include the French onion soup, bistro steak, and fresh pasta.
  5. Paddy’s Hollow
    If you want comfort food in a great environment, look no further than Paddy’s Hollow, a pub located in a restored cotton warehouse. The restaurant has numerous beers on tap to complement entrees including grilled salmon, shrimp po boy, and shepherd’s pie. Locals cite it as a great place to stop for dinner before going out for the night, or anytime you want a meal in a great atmosphere.

Bonus: The Peppered Cupcake
No list of great restaurants would be complete without an option for dessert! This little shop offers gourmet cupcakes crafted with unique flavor combinations. Flavors include apple crisp, bourbon black cherry and vanilla cobbler, German chocolate, maple and bacon, and crème brûlée. Their everyday menu includes seven flavors, with other varieties depending on the day.

You may not be able to try dining at all of these restaurants unless you move to the area! Contact McKee Homes, expert home builders in Wilmington, NC, for more information on finding your perfect home.

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Top 5 Budget Hotels in Raleigh, NC

Are you looking at new homes in Raleigh, NC and need a place to stay for a few days? Or maybe you’ve moved out of your home while home builders in Raleigh, NC are renovating your living space. The Raleigh area has some great budget-friendly hotels for a comfortable stay. Some are even pet-friendly. Here are the Top 5 Budget Hotels in Raleigh, NC.

  1. Econo Lodge Inn and Suites
    Just a few minutes from the downtown area, off the I-440 and U.S. Highway 1, you will find the Econo Lodge. Convenient to the Convention and Conference Center, Alltel Pavilion and the North Carolina State Capitol Building, guests can enjoy free Internet access, coffee, deluxe continental breakfast and free local calls – perfect when you need to talk to your home builders in Raleigh, NC.
  2. Days Inn
    Great location, good value and free Wi-Fi are all on offer at Days Inn. Comfort and cost-savings are the key criteria here and the hotel boasts 135 pet-friendly rooms complete with all the usual amenities to make your stay feel like home-away-from-home. There are two restaurants adjacent to the property and a selection of museums nearby.
  3. America’s Best Value Inn-Crabtree/Raleigh
    Convenient location, attractive rooms and wallet-friendly prices attract guests to the three story hotel. There’s also a free deluxe continental breakfast, guest laundry and on-site fitness facilities. The hotel is situated close to the North Hills Mall and is the perfect base from which to explore Raleigh homes for sale.
  4. Super 8, Raleigh
    Free local calls, parking and free breakfast as well as pet-friendly rooms can be found at Super 8. All rooms have cable TVs, refrigerators, internet access, microwaves and work desks. Just 1 mile from the Crabtree Valley Mall, Super 8 is also close to the Exploris Museum, Convention Center and only 14 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
  5. Best Western
    If you want to stay somewhere a little more upscale without breaking the budget, try the Best Western. The hotel in North-Downtown sits in a prime location and offers guests free parking, breakfast and Wi-Fi. The three story hotel is pet-friendly and boasts premium cable, coin laundry and an outdoor pool to cool off in after a long day of looking for Raleigh homes for sale. The hotel is a quick 3 miles from many of the downtown attractions, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of Art. It also sits a mere five miles away from the Time Warner Pavilion at Walnut Creek as well as Crabtree Valley Mall. It is 15 miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Being close to the best Raleigh has to offer doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Staying in a budget-friendly hotel is one of the best ways to spend more time discovering the Raleigh, NC area while looking for new construction in Raleigh, NC.

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Community Involvement Near Raleigh, NC

McKee Homes doesn’t only focus on Raleigh homes for sale, we view ourselves as community developers, too. Our founder, Pat McKee, founded the business on a passion for building affordable, quality homes in North Carolina. Besides building energy-efficient homes with custom options in Eastern North Carolina including Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pinehurst, Raleigh, and Wilmington, we actively support projects with several organizations in our community, particularly those close to our company’s values.

Raleigh Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Raleigh Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

From 2011-2013, McKee Homes was the presenting sponsor for the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s and made a commitment in 2014 to be the Chapter Wide Presenting Sponsor for all of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Eastern North Carolina including Raleigh, NC.

North Carolina Military Appreciation Baseball Game

McKee Homes has previously sponsored an NC State military appreciation baseball game that took place at Doak Field, Dail Park. Among the service men and women from North Carolina, numerous military groups represented different bases, including Special Airmen from Pope Air Force Base and the Wounded Warrior Project. The day includes fun pregame activities in the open space between Dail Park and Doak Field as well as Lee Dormitory which was named in honor of North Carolina’s most famous alumni, Gen. William C. Lee, who was also Father of the U.S. Airborne Division.

The state has military roots that date back to 1887. Over the years, North Carolina has produced more generals and admirals than any other state, so we feel passionate about supporting our service men and women.

McKee Owners Are Hands-On in the Community

McKee owner, Julie Russo, doesn’t only manage Raleigh homes for sale, but is actively involved in our community, particularly through her volunteer work at some of the schools in Wake County and Raleigh.

With over 20 years spent as an elementary teacher and math coach in Nash Rocky Mount Schools and Wake County, Julie has developed the tools to be able to understand and give back to our community’s children. Julie still visits classrooms in Wake County and has plans to begin work with Knightdale Elementary School.

Julie enjoys nothing more than bringing her two passions together: helping McKee Homes build a strong education-business relationship and teaching elementary school. To find out more about Julies’ work, visit structuresofequality.com

If you are interested in Raleigh homes for sale and getting involved in the local community, please contact McKee homes to get more information.

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