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McKee Homes New Neighborhoods Opened in 2018

McKee Homes has opened six new neighborhoods in Eastern North Carolina in 2018. We have new neighborhoods located in Wake Forest and Fuquay-Varina near Raleigh, Pinehurst and Aberdeen in Moore County, and on the coast in Wilmington.

Raleigh Area New Neighborhoods

A 2017 Forbes study analysis of census data shows the Raleigh metropolitan area is the fastest growing in the country over the past year. The Raleigh area increased in population by 47% from 2000 to 2012.

McKee Homes is now building in seven neighborhoods in and around Raleigh and will be opening a new townhome development in Wake Forest later this year.

Raleigh new neighborhoods

Copper Pond (Fuquay-Varina)
From the mid $300’s; 2,225-3,637 sq. ft.
Copper Pond features 50 large lot homesites in a quiet country setting just minutes from downtown Fuquay Varina. There are seven floorplans with many options and upgrades available.

Falls Creek (Youngsville)
From the low $300’s; 2,225 to 3,972 sq. ft.
Falls Creek is a beautiful new home community in Franklin County just over the Wake County line in the quaint town of Youngsville, NC near Wake Forest. There are seven floorplans with many options and upgrades available.

Moore County New Neighborhoods

Moore County includes Pinehurst, known as the Home of American Golf™, Southern Pines often referred to as “Horse Country” as well as Aberdeen, Whispering Pines and other small communities.

McKee Homes is currently building in 11 communities in Moore County including three at Mid South Club and two at Legacy Lakes. Our Moore County communities offer everything from country living to country club living.

Moore county new neighborhoods

Sandy Springs (Aberdeen)
From the mid $200’s; 1,900 to 3,350 sq. ft.
Sandy Springs in Aberdeen is just minutes from The Academy of Moore School, Aberdeen Primary, Aberdeen Elementary and Southern Middle School. There are nine floorplans with many options and upgrades available.

Villas at Forest Hills (Pinehurst)
From the high $200’s; 1,950 to 2,900 sq. ft.
Conveniently located just minutes from Pinehurst Resort, The Village of Pinehurst, The Country Club of North Carolina, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Villas at Forest Hills is walking distance to the Pinehurst No. 7 clubhouse. There are three townhome floorplans available.

Wilmington Area New Neighborhoods

Wilmington has too many local attractions to list and is home to some of the nicest beaches in the area. It’s not only a popular tourist destination but more and more people are moving to the area for business and retirement. Between the historic downtown area, the fresh local seafood and vibrant nightlife, there’s a lot to enjoy in Wilmington.

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Cameron Trace (Wilmington)
From the high $200’s; 1,800 to 3,939 sq. ft.
Cameron Trace is in a quiet, private part of Wilmington yet has easy access to I40 / College and N. Market offering privacy and convenience. There are seven floorplans with many options and upgrades available.

Clay Crossing (Wilmington)
From the low $300’s; 2,200 to 3,600 sq. ft.
Clay Crossing is a quaint twenty-one lot community perfectly situated off Darden Road between Middle Sound Loop Road and Wendover Lane in Wilmington. There are seven floorplans with many options and upgrades available.

More New Neighborhood Phases and Communities

We have also added new sections in many of our existing and newer neighborhoods. We started building in Midlands at Bedford in 2017 which is located between Fayetteville and Raeford near Fort Bragg and began building in Highlands at Bedford in early 2018.

We have added the new community of Eagle Point at Mid South Club in Southern Pines and have just opened new sections in Evergreen at Flowers Plantation in Clayton and Lanvale Forest in Leland near Wilmington.

Visit the McKee Homes website to find out more about McKee Homes new neighborhoods, floorplans and quick move-in homes or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Builds 2018 Idea House

McKee Homes is working with the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville and the local building community on an exciting project called the 2018 Idea House. This amazing new home will feature some of the latest design ideas, technology innovations, and cutting-edge products all under one roof.

The 2018 Idea House is being built using one of McKee Homes’ most popular floor plans, the Beaufort Craftsman. The Beaufort floor plan features an expansive family room and kitchen layout that includes a breakfast area, center island and optional gourmet features. The relaxing master suite offers an immense walk in closet, a garden tub and a separate shower, as well as dual sinks which round out this beautiful private retreat.

McKee Homes helped get the land at a discounted price for the 2018 Idea House in our Village at Rockfish subdivision. Many of our vendors and the HBA are donating time and supplies to the project. One of our Builders is overseeing the construction of the home that the Fayetteville HBA will use to showcase unique and innovative features which are usually found in custom homes not available for touring.

The new home will be on display on specific dates from July 20 to Aug 19. Visitors will be able to tour, ask questions, and receive detailed literature about the features and design of the home. There will be a diverse array of products and techniques throughout this home.  The Idea House will be placed on the market and be for sale on Monday, August 20, 2018. After the public touring ends, more information on how to purchase the home will be available.

For more information about the 2018 Idea House including the tour schedule and photo gallery, please visit www.2018ideahouse.com

Idea House Information

  • Floorplan: Beaufort Craftsman
  • Ft.: 3,643
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Garage: 2-car
  • Owner’s Suite: Upstairs

Neighborhood Information

The Village at Rockfish is located near I-95 and Hwy 87. Only 10 minutes from downtown Fayetteville and 20 minutes from Fort Bragg. The development borders Rockfish Creek. With direct access to Interstate 95, it’s only a short drive to Raleigh or the coast. Village at Rockfish has a pool and pool house available to residents of the neighborhood.

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McKee Homes Introduces Two New Single-Story Ranch Floorplans

McKee Homes has just introduced two new single-story ranch floorplans. The Caldwell Classic and the Owen Classic were first built in Summerwind Plantation in Garner, NC as prototypes and have now been added as permanent floor plans to our Classic Collection.

There is a big demand for single-story ranch floorplans from first-time home buyers as well as existing homeowners downsizing from larger homes after children have left the nest.

Single-story ranch floorplans and homes have always been very popular but often hard to find in newer neighborhoods. With the cost of homes and interest rates rising, McKee Homes has introduced these two new floorplans to meet the demand of home shoppers looking for three-bedroom, two-bath homes at around 2,000 sq. ft.

The Caldwell

The 1,910 sq. ft. Caldwell Classic has three bedrooms and two full baths. The main living area includes a formal dining room, large kitchen island, walk-in pantry and mudroom with a bench and cubbies. The master bath has separate shower and garden tub with walk-in closet that leads directly into the laundry room.

There is plenty of convenient storage with a large 70 sq. ft. storage room as you enter the house from the garage, across from the laundry room. Options for the Caldwell include deluxe master bath, covered front porch and rear patio.

The Owen

The 2,061 sq. ft. Owen Classic has three bedrooms and two full baths with an additional room that can be used as a study, den or fourth bedroom.

The Owen has a large kitchen island, walk-in pantry and trey ceiling throughout the main living area that makes the home feel open and spacious. The Master bedroom comes with dual vanities, water closet, large shower, and walk-in closet. A covered porch completes the package of a home loaded with features.

These are both highly functional open single-story ranch floor plans and are a great addition to the McKee Homes Classic Collection.

More Information

For more information about these new single-story ranch floorplans by McKee Homes, please visit our website floorplans page or give us a call at 910-672-7296 to talk with one of our friendly online sales consultants about where these new ranch-style floorplans are being built.

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Buyer’s Agents Profit Working with McKee Homes Online Sales Team

McKee Homes is offering Realtors working as buyer’s agents a unique opportunity to partner with our skilled and knowledgeable online sales team to streamline and simplify the sales process. This relationship frees up the buyer’s agent to work with more buyers and takes much of the work out of the process for them.

How McKee Homes’ Online Sales Team works with you as a buyers’ agent:

  • Our online sales team will answer questions and provide pricing, feature sheets and floor plans seven days a week.
  • We will Cc buyer’s agents when dealing directly with their clients so the agent is always in the loop.
  • We work side-by-side with buyer’s agents to promote the sale.
  • We deliver an incredible and unique home buying experience to buyers and their agents.
  • Our online sales team has been trained to work with any member of the sales team, whether it is a McKee Homes’ sales consultant, or a buyer’s agent.

According to Jayne James, the McKee Homes Online Sales Manager, “You have a loyal online sales team working with, and watching out, for you. We’re going to confirm with every lead that comes in to us who their agent is and then report back to you. We are going to answer the phone (even at 9:30 on Friday night)—okay, maybe we’ll respond with a text…

We’re going to begin an experience for you and your buyers that I know you’ll appreciate. We’re going to keep an eye on who’s visiting each of our models and let you know so-and-so snuck in last weekend without telling you. We’re also going to give you the details on our hottest inventory before it hits our marketing channels.

Bottom line—we’re going to help each other make money as well as help your buyers attain the home of their dreams”.

In addition to the benefits of using our online sales team, McKee Homes onsite representatives work for McKee Homes and can only sell McKee Homes.  They also take the work out of writing a contract by preparing our own McKee Homes contract with the buyer’s info and delivering it directly to the buyer’s agent to present to their buyer.

“Scharina and the Online team have provided great product updates and always keep me informed about current sales promotions.  I don’t have to look far to help my buyers discover something to meet their price point and must-haves in local McKee Homes.”
Audra Holland
Agent with GO Realty
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

To find out more about creating a working relationship with the McKee Homes Online Sales Team, please give us a call at 910-672-7296 to speak with Jayne, Tracy or Scharina or contact us via email.

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Tankless Water Heaters

How They Work

Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However, a tankless water heater’s output limits the flow rate.

Typically, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons (7.6–15.2 liters) per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, however, even the largest, gas-fired model cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. For example, taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time can stretch a tankless water heater to its limit. To overcome this problem, you can install two or more tankless water heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate tankless water heaters for appliances — such as a clothes washer or dishwater — that use a lot of hot water in your home.

Many homeowners, however, see benefits of a tankless water heater beyond energy savings.

Hot water on-demand

Tankless water heaters are known as demand-type water heaters, they provide hot water only as needed.  They don’t produce the standby energy losses as the standard water heaters so in turn it saves you money! You also never run out of hot water!

Earth-friendly Benefits

Tankless technology allows maximum energy efficiency and reduces your carbon foot print.These heaters also save space with a compact design, last longer and are better for the environment because a rusty tank doesn’t end up in the landfill.

 

Click to see why choosing McKee Homes is a SMART MOVE and all the other options we offer including being Apple Homekit compatible!

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New Home Plumbing and Lighting Fixtures

When it comes to personalizing a new construction home, choosing plumbing and lighting fixtures is near the top of the list for most home buyers. McKee Homes installs Delta plumbing fixtures and Kichler lighting fixtures in all our new homes, so you can rest assured that you are getting a great product. Of course if you want to upgrade the fixtures and finishes in your new home, we have you covered there as well.

Plumbing

The plumbing standard for our Contemporary level homes is chrome finish Peerless for kitchen and baths. We offer nickel finish Leland in the kitchen with a choice of Linden, Ashlyn and Lahara styles for baths in our Signature level homes.

Plumbing upgrades include different finish options such as chrome, brushed nickel, matte black and Champagne bronze. All of the finishes are durable, easy to clean, won’t show fingerprints or water spots and match well with accessories and other fixtures.

For the kitchen there are touch activated options and pot filler and soap dispenser options.

Bathroom options include a Slide Bar hand shower, rain shower heads and even shower heads with new H2Okinetic Technology which sculpts the water into unique wave patterns giving the feeling of more water without using more water.

Lighting

McKee Homes offers four standard lighting package choices for our Contemporary level homes and seven for our Signature level homes. Of course there are many upgrade options as well including pendant lighting in the kitchen, ceiling fan upgrades and foyer and dining fixtures.

Indoor lighting from Kichler may include chandeliers, pendants, bath lights, ceiling lights, wall sconces, flush fixtures, cabinet lighting and ceiling fans.

lighting upgrades

Courtesy of Kichler

New Home Selections

When you buy a McKee Homes, one of our expert selections coordinators will invite you for an enjoyable visit to our design studio where you can touch, see and experience plumbing and lighting fixtures as well as floor coverings, cabinets, exterior finishes and more.

For more information about McKee Homes plumbing and lighting fixtures, please visit our design studio web page or call us at 910-672-7296

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What Is A HECM Loan?

If you are close to retirement age and have been looking into downsizing your home or various refinance options to increase financial stability, you may have come across something called a HECM loan. So, exactly what is a HECM loan?

The HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) for Purchase loan option is for homebuyers who are age 62 or older. HECM is a type of Reverse Mortgage that allows the homebuyer to purchase their dream home without making any monthly payments. Depending on the buyer’s age, they will need to provide a down payment of anywhere from 35-50% of the purchase price and never make another mortgage payment for as long as they live in the home. There is also a refinancing option for those who wish to use the HECM loan program but want to stay in their current home.

Some advantages of a HECM loan over a traditional 30 year mortgage or paying cash are:

  • Compared to traditional financing, you can increase your income each month by not having to make a mortgage payment.
  • Under many circumstances, you don’t have to wait until your current home sells to use the program.
  • Purchase your next home without depleting a large portion of your life savings.
  • Interest gets added to loan balance.
  • Closing costs are included in the mortgage.
  • The HECM is the only program that if the home ever sells for less than the loan balance, neither the borrower nor the estate is responsible for paying the difference.
  • Use money saved from no monthly mortgage payments to invest, travel, spend on family, or any unexpected expenses.
  • Similar to paying cash, you are only responsible for paying property taxes, insurance, and any homeowner association fees, as well as maintain the property. However, with paying cash, you would put more money upfront for the same benefits as the HECM for Purchase.

What are the qualifications for a HECM loan?

  • You or your spouse must be 62 or older.
  • The home you are purchasing must be your primary residence.
  • Per HUD guidelines, down payment funds must come from your verified assets, including, but not limited to traditional bank accounts, investments, 401K, CD’s, money market account, money made from sale of current home, or a gift.

What types of homes are eligible for the HECM for Purchase program?

  • Single Family Home (existing or new construction)
  • Condo
  • PUD (Planned Unit Development)

What are the homeowner responsibilities?

There are only a few items you will need to take care of once you move into your new home after closing. These include:

  • Property Taxes
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Flood Insurance (if applicable)
  • Homeowners Association Dues (if applicable)
  • General maintenance of the home

Other advantages of the HECM for Purchase program include:

  • Asset protection
  • Independent HUD counseling
  • Title to home stays in borrower’s name
  • No pre-payment penalty
  • No maturity date
  • You can stay in your home until the last borrower vacates

Each person’s financial and life situations are different so it’s a good idea to investigate all your options before choosing your next mortgage. If you are interested in learning more about the HECM for Purchase program, ask your lender if they offer HECM loans and have them go over the advantages and disadvantages of HECM versus other types of mortgages with you.

If you are interested in using the HECM for Purchase program to purchase a McKee home, please contact us at 910-672-7296 for more information or to set up an appointment to go over the program, answer any question you may have and find out what you can expect during the entire loan process.

If you are thinking about down-sizing and looking for a single-story or ranch-style home for ‘aging in place’, please visit our single story homes web page for floor plan and neighborhood information.

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Lanvale Forest New Home Community in Leland, NC

Lanvale Forest by McKee Homes is a charming community of new homes that boast both quality and value.

Lanvale Forest is nestled in the heart of North Brunswick County only minutes from Downtown Wilmington. The Community offers a pool and bath house, sidewalks and street lights.  Enjoy living near Wilmington with the lower cost of living & taxes that are associated with the town of Leland.  Leland is a new, up and coming area that gives residents the convenience of proximity to Wilmington while choosing from a variety of beaches in either Brunswick or New Hanover County.

Lanvale Forest Video

With 1,300-2,400 square feet homes starting in the mid $100’s just a short drive from downtown Wilmington and some of the best beaches in the area, it’s easy to understand why Lanvale Forest is such a popular community.

The Leland/Wilmington area is a fantastic place to explore with your family and show off to visiting guests. From strolling brick-lined streets to splashing in the sea at Wrightsville Beach, there’s something for everyone. There’s also Battleship North Carolina – a time capsule of 70-year-old naval history for you to explore. And Middle Sound Marina is a beautiful, hassle-free place to launch your boat.

After a day of work or play, come home to the tranquil streets of Lanvale Forest. The community has its own private pool and bathhouse for splashing with the kids and catching up with the neighbors.

Elegant home exteriors give a welcoming first impression, with charming entries and professional landscaping. Step inside and you’ll find large, spacious layouts with designer details such as decorative light fixtures, cottage-style arched doors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

From the beach life to a quiet haven, have it all at Lanvale Forest by McKee Homes – a place your family can grow for years.

Location: Old Forest Dr NE, Leland, NC 28451

Price Range: From the high $100’s
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,300-2,400 Sq.Ft.
Schools:
Elementary School: Town Creek
Middle School: Leland
High School: N. Brunswick

Amenities: Pool and pool house

Lanvale Forest Location Map
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Legacy Lakes Golf Club Community in Aberdeen, NC

As you enter the stunning Legacy Lakes golf club community in Aberdeen, NC you realize why so many have decided to call it home. Legacy Lakes is nestled in the heart of the Sandhills and provides easy access to all that this wonderful area has to offer. Legacy Lakes is just a short distance from downtown Southern Pines and The Village of Pinehurst. Both towns are charming, historic areas that feature local shops, arts and many restaurants. Legacy Lakes is also a short commute to Ft. Bragg and Camp Mackall, making it a unique place to call home for our local service members.

Watch Video to see amenities and homes in Legacy Lakes.

Legacy Lakes Video

Here at Legacy Lakes you have all the amenities at your fingertips. Panoramic views of the Legacy Links golf course is just one of the perks of living in a golf course community. The Sandhills region of North Carolina is a golf mecca featuring over 40 championship courses. Right here inside Legacy Lakes there is a 4.5 star, Jack Nicklaus Design Group golf course that has ranked one of GolfWorld’s top 25 public courses. If golf is not your thing, don’t worry! We have a wonderful clubhouse, pool, fitness center, Pilates studio and 6-clay tennis courts for you to enjoy.

McKee Homes features two different sections of homes inside Legacy Lakes. We offer single family homes in the patio-lot section with sizes ranging from 1,700-3,600 square feet and our newest project, The Preserve at Legacy Lakes, features 20-golf front lots that will feature single story homes geared to the active adult lifestyle with sweeping views of the 2nd and 3rd holes of The Legacy Links golf course.

No matter what cycle of life you are in, McKee Homes offers a comfortable, affordable, home for you to enjoy inside Legacy Lakes. Many of the residents gather for special events hosted by the HOA throughout the year, to include a movie night by the pool, live music on the activity lawn and the annual holiday party at the clubhouse. Homeowners even host their own residents’ happy hour at the clubhouse once a month.

Amenities

  • Golf-Course: Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links
  • Clubhouse: Clubhouse with fitness center
  • Tennis: 6 lighted clay courts
  • Pool: Ourtdoor Swimming pool
  • Nature: 3 natural lakes and walking trails

Model Home Hours
Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat: 11 am ─ 5 pm
Sun: 12 pm ─ 5 pm
Wed, Thu: By Appointment Only

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Will interest rates continue to rise in 2017?

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose by just over a quarter of a percent recently to around 4 percent. That’s the largest one-week increase in over three years. What does that mean for home buyers? Will interest rates continue to rise in 2017?

Even though the rate hike has many home shoppers hitting the pause button on signing up for a new home mortgage, it’s important to remember that the rates are still at an historic low. In case you’re a Millennial and don’t remember interest rates above 7 or 8 percent, the rates in the 1980’s were in the teens. Although they’ve been historically low for the last six years, you have to go back 60 years or more to find interest rates below five percent before 2010. I got my first mortgage in 1992 and was thrilled to get 9.9 percent on a fixed rate loan. I would have killed for 4 percent.

Will interest rates continue to rise in 2017? The most likely answer is yes, but that’s not necessarily a bad sign. Generally speaking when the economy is strong the interest rates go higher, and when times are economically tough, the Fed lowers the rate in order to make it easier for consumers and businesses to borrow and spend, which pumps more money into the economy to help it recover.

So, if you are considering buying a new home in 2017, should you buy or should you wait? Most mortgage advisors would recommend locking in your rate as soon as possible to get the best rate.  It’s important to remember that your credit score is probably a much larger determining factor in what rate you might pay when getting a mortgage than the benchmark interest rate at this point. So, make sure to manage your credit rating and don’t make any large purchases on your credit cards or buy a new car anytime soon if you plan on buying a house this year.

McKee Homes works with a few mortgage companies which we refer to as our preferred lenders. These companies all provide excellent customer service and are going to give our homebuyers the best rates so they get a mortgage that works for them. We continue to see very positive survey reviews from our homebuyers in regards to our preferred lenders. In fact we pay all closing costs when buyers use one of our preferred lenders, and to lighten the sting of the interest rate hike, we are even giving our homebuyers free blinds and an upgraded refrigerator on all homes that are currently under construction or move-in ready until March 31, 2017.

For more information on our preferred lenders and our buyer incentives, please visit our Buyer Incentives web page or give us a call at 910-672-7296.