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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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Local Events Happening in Raleigh, NC

If you are looking at new construction in Raleigh NC and are interested in learning about local events in the Raleigh, NC area, this article will help get you started. There’s plenty to do in and around Raleigh North Carolina; here’s just a few of the exciting October events. There’s always something to do for all ages and tastes.

Zinda

Looking for a late night experience like no other while you’re in town looking for new homes in Raleigh, NC? Check out Zinda between 10PM and 2AM. Starting in October, the venue will be hosting DJs that are more than happy to mix things up. There’s no one style of beats, but rather a lineup of talent that will keep you guessing what’s next. From hip-hop mash-ups to the latest Top 40 tracks, you’ll get a taste of everything here. DJs mix it up every Friday and Saturday and there are some great drinks specials offered.

Durham World Beer Festival

The beer festival will take place in Downtown Raleigh on October 10th between 12PM – 8PM. Hosted at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, this is the festival’s 20th year running and promised to be the best yet.

Food Truck Rodeo

If you’re more of a foodie looking for adventure, be sure to check out the Food Truck Rodeo in Downtown Raleigh, NC on October 11th, from 1PM – 6PM. Food lovers can indulge in an array of delectable treats served inan over-half-a-mile long line of food trucks.

Live Music

For live entertainment, head over to The Oxford every Friday and Saturday night between 10PM and 1AM. All the favorite local bands are on the line up and you can enjoy some top notch food and drinks, minus a cover charge. For a seriously relaxing end to the week, kick back and listen to the best bands in town, including Four Founders, Redline, Scarlet, Restless, Skinny Bag o’ Sugar and Rockzilla.

Halloween

Raleigh, North Carolina loves a good Halloween holiday. There’s plenty going on, but we have to recommend the most exclusive masquerade ball at Common 414. There’s set to be a 3 Ring Circus, plenty of live entertainment, acrobats, jugglers and more.

For family fun, be sure to get to the pumpkin carving party in Art Alley on October 29th starting at 5:30pm. Take along your own pumpkin, pay the $4 entrance fee and the organizers will provide carving tools, decorations and inspiration for the best jack-o-lanterns in town.

Thanksgiving is Just around the Corner

Grab the kids and get into the spirit of Thanksgiving at the A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party on November 21st starting at 10am at the Arts Council.Get your last minute Thanksgiving errands done while the kids relax and make holiday crafts to take home. Stick around for the show complete with pretzels, buttered toast and popcorn. The cost is $13 per child and includes craft supplies.

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McKee Homes Partners with Helping A Hero

By Margee Herring and John Rives

McKee Homes Partners with Helping A Hero to Build Home for Wounded Army Veteran SGT (Ret) Jonathan Rivenbark

dedication ceremony

Residents of the Legacy Lakes community in Aberdeen, NC, welcomed new neighbors on Tuesday, August 18, when SGT (Ret) Jonathan Rivenbark and his wife moved into their new home. Built by McKee Homes and provided to the Rivenbark family with only a $50,000 mortgage, the home is part of the Helping A Hero program which works with builders, suppliers, landowners and communities nationwide to provide homes for disabled veterans. The Rivenbark residence features wider door openings and hallways, lower counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, zero-threshold entries at showers and exterior doors, and a sidewalk surrounding the home to better accommodate SGT (Ret) Rivenbark’s disabilities and wheelchair.

“We were delighted to be a part of this worthy effort to provide for our nation’s veterans in a manner that honors their service, supports their families, accommodates their continued recovery and assures their independence,” said Pat McKee, president of McKee Homes. Each Helping A Hero home is provided with a minimal mortgage in planned communities where veterans receive ongoing support from neighbors, home owners associations, and other nearby service and veterans organizations. McKee Homes has previously built three adaptive homes for military veterans, though this is the first time we have partnered with Helping A Hero.

McKee Homes contributed $50,000 toward the price of the home through its Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund. They also coordinated well over $200,000 in contributions of labor, material or both from building suppliers and vendors eager to support the project. Developer Mountain Real Estate Capital donated the lot at Legacy Lakes, near Pinehurst. The Dedication Ceremony 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.

Introducing Our Traditional Elevation Floor Plans in Mid South Club

By John Rives

McKee Homes is introducing four new elevation styles for our most popular floor plans. The first new elevation style to be unveiled is the Traditional elevation floor plans, at our upscale Plantation Pointe community, located in Mid South Club, a private gated community in Southern Pines, N.C., catering to those seeking country club-type living.

Old Clubhouse Drive at Plantation Pointe in Mid South Club

Plantation Pointe is located within easy access to the main Mid South Club entrance and overlooks the clubhouse and driving range. With only 19 lots in an ideal location, this community will sell out quickly. Plantation Pointe provides its residents easy access to the community’s many amenities and is walking distance to the tennis courts, driving range, golf course, clubhouse, and pool.

Plantation Pointe Sitemap

The Traditional floor plans have all the great features of McKee Homes’ standard floor plans but with brick instead of stone and clean lines for a more traditional look.

The first four homes built in Plantation Pointe include many upgrades and are absolutely stunning. The homes include 9′ smooth ceilings downstairs, antique nickel hardware throughout, upgraded decorative light fixtures, two-panel cottage style interior doors, designer ventilated closet shelving system, crown molding and chair rail in selected areas and USB ports in the kitchen, master bedroom and tech room. The master bedroom has a trey ceiling, walk in closet, attached master bath with garden tub and separate tiled shower and also includes ceramic tile flooring.

Beaufort Traditional Elevation

The exteriors include long lasting cement board lap and pre-stained shake siding, oversized two-car garage with 8′ high garage door, 30-year architectural roof shingles as well as gutters installed on entire home. Irrigation system installed in front and back of home and Home Team Pest Defense TAEXX® Built -in Pest Control System.

The next elevation style to be release will be the Craftsman in Knightdale Station. We are beginning construction of our first Craftsman style homes in Knightdale Station next to the new 76-acre park in the town of Knightdale, NC.

McKee Homes 2014 in Review

By John Rives

McKee Homes continued its growth in all areas including homes built, homes sold, staff, and community involvement in 2014 and even made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. ranking no. 562 nationally and no. 13 in North Carolina.

McKee Homes staff, 2014

While some of our most popular neighborhoods such as Patriot Park Village in Fayetteville, N.C. and Forest Hills Pointe in Aberdeen sold out last year, we opened some highly anticipated new communities including Plantation Pointe in Mid South Club which is within walking distance of the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts and close to the Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines. Another popular new neighborhood is Hanover Reserve in Wilmington, within five minutes from downtown and some of the best beaches in the area. Construction began in The Willows and Lanvale Forest in Leland in 2014 as that area continues to see growth and has become a popular tourist and retirement destination. While we started Summerwind Plantation in Garner at the end of 2013, it saw major growth in 2014 and has become one of our most popular and fastest growing neighborhoods.

The McKee Homes staff grew dynamically in 2014 with the expansion of our construction team to include Kevin Kozlowski as Director of Construction and two additional builders, Paul Endricks and John Sykes. Tish Oakley joined our team as Director of Purchasing, Matthew Meyerhoeffer is our new Purchasing Estimator, Jennifer Buckwalter became our new Production Coordinator and Erin Buchanan joined the team as our new Purchasing Coordinator. McKee Homes continues to attract some of the best professionals in the area and has become one of the area’s premier builders.

McKee Homes settled in to the new office and Design Center in downtown Fayetteville in 2014, and our Selections Coordinator Amy Kahler has done a great job adding the finishing touches and samples to the Design Center where she meets with new home buyers to walk them through the selections process.

McKee Homes’ commitment to giving back also grew in 2014 as we became the Presenting Sponsor for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Eastern North Carolina Walks, which include the Smithfield, Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville and Raleigh areas, raised a grand total of $349,971.41 to help North Carolina families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

McKee Homes has continued to grow and build a dynamic company through the past five years and is looking forward to more growth, prosperity and community involvement in the coming years.

Cost of Custom Homes Vs Personalized Production Homes

By John Rives

If you are considering the purchase of a new home, you may be trying to decide whether to buy a custom home or a personalized production home. There are very distinct differences between a custom home and a production home; therefore, you should spend some time learning the specific details of each before you make any decisions. Some of the questions you will need to have answered are:

Cost: What is the square foot cost for each type of home?

Time to Build: How long does it take to build each type of home?

Pros/Cons: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of home?

Options and Selections: What options and selections will you get to choose?

Warranty: What level of new home warranty should you expect with each type of home?

Touch Points: How much personalized service will you get from each type of builder?

Learning everything you can about the different types of new homes selections available will allow you to make a more educated decision about which option is best for you and your family.

This article will focus on cost of custom homes vs personalized production homes. Please read our series of articles on this topic for more information and answers to the above questions.

Cost of Custom Homes

When building a custom home, you generally acquire your own land, design your own floorplan (or have it designed) and submit it to the builder. Additionally, you will be directly involved in the planning and development of every aspect of your new home.

It’s extremely hard to determine the cost per square foot for a custom home because there are so many variables. But as a general rule, a custom-built home will cost you twice as much as a personalized production home will. And the land cost is usually not included in that figure. You can expect the cost of a new home to average between $200 and $400 per square foot.

Hiring an architect to design a custom home will generally cost between 2-15 percent of the total construction costs, however the architect, or a representative from their firm, will usually oversee the project to make sure everything is done correctly.

It is possible to buy home plans online for less than $2,000 but it’s a good idea to pay an architect an hourly fee to review the plans before using them make sure they will work on your building site and meet the local planning and building department codes.

You will also need to pay for a building permit for your home which can add several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars to the building costs depending on the region where you are building. Most custom home builders will include this cost in their contract, but it’s important to verify this to avoid unexpected costs for your project.

Additionally, custom homes often cost more to build than the final appraisal amount, requiring a significant cash down payment by the homebuyer in order to procure a mortgage on the home.

Cost of Personalized Production Homes

When having a personalized production home built, it’s customary for the home and land to be offered as a package deal. You will have the ability to choose from a variety of home floorplans and new home options; therefore, with a personalized production home, you will still have the opportunity to customize your home to a certain extent.

A personalized production home is a great option for those who want to customize their new home but don’t want the expense of having a custom home built. Or spending the time and hassle of trying to find just the right piece of land, at the right price, in a convenient location.

Just like a custom-built home, the cost per square foot for a personalized production home can vary widely depending on the home’s variables. However, with a production home, you won’t be paying separate costs for the land and for the home. The average cost per square foot of a production home can range between $75 and $115 or more depending on the builder, the location and the quality of materials being used.

Production homes builders offer a variety of floor plans to choose from, so there is no additional cost for plans or architects. All of the floor plans have been built many times before so there won’t be any surprises or design problems as often happens with custom homes. Production builders have their floor plans modified to meet building codes for each region and neighborhood they build in, so all of the planning has been taken care of in advance. The building permit and all fees are paid by the builder and included in the cost of the home.

Additionally, production homes are priced to meet comparable homes in the area and therefore generally appraise at or above the offered price.

The Bottom Line

The decision about whether to buy a custom home or a personalized production home is a very personal one and one only you can make. You should take as much time as you need to study all your options, and then will you be able to make the decision that is right for you and your family.

If you find yourself torn about which direction to take, you may want to visit some personalized production home builder locations to get a feel for what they have to offer. If after that you don’t find anything that suits your needs, you can always contact a custom home builder to compare the costs and options they have available.

Buying a Home – New vs. Preowned

By Julie Russo

Is it better to buy a pre-owned (resale) home or a new home? There are pros and cons to think about with both purchases. Buying a newly built home is like buying a cupcake with frosting on it. With a new home, you know exactly what you are getting under the frosting. On the other hand, a resale home could be that same cupcake with frosting or it could possibly be something much less desirable dressed up to look like a cupcake. It’s up to each homebuyer to decide which to choose, but personally, I want the cupcake with frosting.

If a homebuyer chooses to purchase a new home, they have more options to choose from and a question to ask themselves: “am I ready to embrace my creative side?” If the answer is yes, they can start from the ground up and pick a lot, floorplan, features and options in the neighborhood where they would most like their new home built. Builders have lined up all the contractors, picked out great locations and have the design coordinator on standby. Also, many creative types have already developed a ‘baby book’ to chart the process of building their new home and nobody judges them. Everyone loves a baby, just sayin’.

If a homebuyer is not channeling their ‘creative animal’ at the point of purchase, or needs to move sooner than a new home can be built for them, they can buy a new home that is already built, sometimes referred to as “move-in ready.” There are some move-in ready homes that can still be personalized depending on the builder and buyer’s prerogative.

With a resale home, someone has already made the creative decisions for the buyer. Before a mortgage can be secured for the home, the buyer will need to get a termite inspection and the entire home will need to be inspected by a qualified home inspector. Any problems found by the home inspector will need to be repaired before the buyer closes. If the home has a septic system, the septic system will need to be inspected and tested by a qualified professional and the tank may need to be pumped.

Most buyers want to personalize a home once they buy it and fix or upgrade anything they don’t like about the home. Resale homes often need much more maintenance than a new home, so the homebuyers need to be prepared to spend several fun-filled weekends engaged in DIY projects or spend additional money to hire a contractor, have strangers in their home and be a temporary construction manager in order to get the home the way they want it. Resale home buyers should get cost estimates on any work they want done before purchasing the home to make sure their budget will allow for the improvements and maintenance of the home.

What about the money? Most people assume they will pay less for a resale home over a new home, however in the long run, that is often not the case.

With new construction the homebuyer controls the costs by choosing the plan, the features, the upgrades and the location or subdivision they have their home built in.   The new homebuyer will also have all the latest and greatest energy efficient building materials such as windows, appliances, insulation and heat and cooling systems. In the long run, the new homebuyer will save money every month because of the home’s efficiency. Another money-saving benefit of purchasing a new home is the new home warranty. Some builders even include an additional warranty in the purchase cost of the home that goes beyond a traditional new home warranty. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty is an example of such a warranty. McKee Homes includes a full 2-10 warranty with all new homes, which covers the home’s systems for two years and the structure for a full 10 years.

In the end, it is up to each homebuyer to decide what is best for them. With new homes they get more input into having the home built the way they want it, they don’t have to spend every weekend doing projects and maintenance, they can rest easy knowing the home is covered by a new home warranty and they save money on energy costs every month. With a resale home, the initial cost may be lower, but until they purchase the home, they really don’t know for sure what’s under that frosting.

McKee Homes Builds Specially Adapted Housing

By John Rives

Adapted housing and adaptive home design are used in homes to allow people who are restricted to a wheelchair to have free access to most areas of the home including bathroom facilities. An adapted home can help someone confined to a wheelchair feel more self reliant and self confident. It allows them to do many things for themselves that they would otherwise need to have someone else help them with.

specially adapted home bathtub

The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grants to veterans or service members who meet qualification standards. SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment.

McKee Homes is one of the few homebuilders in North Carolina that is experienced with the SAH guidelines, processes and additional inspections; and will meet the necessary requirements with our adaptive floor plans and new home construction.

One of the main aspects of adaptive design is making sure that someone in a wheelchair can navigate entrances, doorways, hallways and living spaces with plenty of room to maneuver and turn around. Countertops, light switches and wall outlets need to be at the correct height so someone in a wheelchair can easily reach them. This is especially important when it comes to bathroom facilities such as toilets, sinks and showers.

specially adapted home shower

The best adaptive housing floor plans are single-story homes with no stairs and easy access to the house from the garage. The entrance to the home should be covered and have plenty of room to open the door. McKee Homes offers over a dozen single-story floor plans which can be easily adapted to meet the specific requirements of wounded veterans, aging retirees, or other physically disabled people. One of the communities we build in, The Cottages at North Ramsey in Fayetteville, N.C., close to Fort Bragg, includes all exterior home and yard maintenance taken care of by the homeowners association.

specially adapted home porch

McKee Homes has worked with many disabled veterans and even adapted some of our two-story homes for those with specific needs. We are happy to discuss the customization of almost any of our floor plans to meet the needs of anyone who is physically disabled to make sure their new home feels like home and help them feel comfortable and self reliant.

McKee Homes Now Building In Wilmington, NC

By John Rives

Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC is home to three of North Carolina’s finest beaches. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are all within a 25 minute drive of each other.

With a 230-block National Register Historic District, one of the largest in the U.S., Wilmington offers a wide variety of architectural styles and its historic downtown area has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, developed as a tourist attraction, which is home to many boutiques, eclectic shops and vibrant nightlife venues.

Enjoy fresh local seafood and regional specialties at over 40 locally owned restaurants and pubs in downtown Wilmington’s historic river district, many featuring live music.

The population of Wilmington is a little over 100,000 with the median age around 35 years old. The median income is just over $35,000 and the average price of a home is approximately $216,000.

McKee Homes is very excited to begin building new homes in Wilmington, NC.

Hanover Reserve

Hanover Reserve is one of McKee Homes newest neighborhoods located in scenic Wilmington. Location and Value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town including beaches and shopping.

Hanover Reserve

Give us a call at 910-208-9305 for quick information about any of our new homes and neighborhoods in Wilmington.

Hanover Reserve floor plan elevation renderings

You can view information and available homes and lots by visiting our Hanover Reserve page

Homes starting in the mid $200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,900 Sq. Ft.

From downtown Wilmington take Market Street towards Ogden. Turn left onto Torchwood Blvd. Take Torchwood until it dead ends and turn right onto Courtney Pines and then your first right onto White Rd. Take and immediate left onto Rabbit Hollow Drive. The end of Rabbit Hollow drive runs into Hanover Reserve, or Eastbourne Drive.

Hanover Reserve

McKee Homes New Neighborhoods for 2014

By John Rives

liberty hill open house

Liberty Hill

Come visit Liberty Hill on Saturday, April 12, 2014 for an open house with fun events for the whole family. There will be an Easter egg hunt, photo booth with Easter bunny, face painting, coloring contest, and an ice cream truck. Tour the open houses in the neighborhood to see beautiful new homes starting in the $200’s.

Liberty Hill is an exciting new neighborhood nestled in the plush and established Kings Grant subdivision! Located just north of Fayetteville near the I-295 connector, 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and 5 minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to eateries and shopping!

Liberty Hill is located near North Ramsey Street and I-295. Take Shawcroft Road from North Ramsey Street approximately 1.3 miles and turn right onto Williwood Road. Go approximately 400 feet and turn right on McCoy Cross into Liberty Hill.


Legacy Lakes

Just minutes from Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fort Bragg, Legacy Lakes is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, and natural lakes. Amenities include the Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links, the Plantation House Racquet and Fitness Club, 6 lighted tennis courts with the finest clay surfaces available, resort-style pool and pool house, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three natural lakes.

Homes starting from the low 200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,600 Sq. Ft.

Take US 1 (Sandhills Blvd) to US 15/501. Go approximately 2.2 miles and turn left into Legacy Lakes. Take the first right on Kerr Lake Road and go approximately 0.4 miles to Warren Lake Road, on right.


Hanover Reserve

Hanover Reserve is one of McKee Homes newest neighborhoods with new homes for sale in scenic Wilmington. Location and Value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town including beaches and shopping.

Hanover Reserve

Homes starting in the mid $200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,900 Sq. Ft.

From downtown Wilmington take Market Street towards Ogden. Turn left onto Torchwood Blvd. Take Torchwood until it dead ends and turn right onto Courtney Pines and then your first right onto White Rd. Take and immediate left onto Rabbit Hollow Drive. The end of Rabbit Hollow drive runs into Hanover Reserve, or Eastbourne Drive.


Coming Soon: McKee Homes will soon be building in the following neighborhoods.

Mid South Club

Mid South Club, in Southern Pines near Pinehurst, is a gated golf community with clubhouse offering some of the most stunning golf views in the area. The  clubhouse includes a grill and member’s room as well as a golf pro shop. In addition to the clubhouse, there is an eighteen-hole signature Arnold Palmer golf course. There are also tennis courts and a beautiful outdoor pool and cabana area for members.

Mid South Club

From Hwy 1 South, take the Midland Road exit and turn right onto Midland Road. Turn left onto Palmer Drive. The gate house is located on Palmer Drive, which can also be accessed directly from Knoll Road as well as Midland Road. From Hwy 1 North, take Hwy 15/501 exit in Aberdeen to Voit Gilmore Lane. Continue on to S. KNoll Road and turn right on to Palmer Dr. The gate house is located on Palmer Drive.


Willows

The Willows in Leland, NC, near Wilmington, is just minutes from Golf and the Beach. The community features new homes for sale and amenities including a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts. Over one-third of this community is dedicated to conservation area.

Coming from Wilmington on Highway 74/76 take the first Leland exit.  Turn right off the exit onto Village Rd. Then take the first left after the Methodist Church onto Northgate Dr. into the subdivision.

McKee Homes is one of the fasted growing new home builders in Eastern North Carolina and will soon be building in many new neighborhoods in Raleigh, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, and Wilmington.