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What selections do I get to choose for my home?

When a homebuyer asks the above question, they are really asking, “How much can I personalize my new home?” The answer depends upon if the homebuyer is purchasing a presale home, which is a home that has not yet been built, or an available Showcase home, which is a home that is either completely built or is in the process of being built.  This article will focus on the presale home-buying experience.  If a homebuyer purchases an available inventory home, the amount of personalization that can still be done will depend on the house’s build process stage.  Please see the McKee Homes Building Process article for more information on each stage of the building process.

Once a homebuyer, chooses their floor plan, and finalizes the paperwork involved in securing the home of their dreams, the fun begins.  Some of the selections or personalization can be done at the same time as the initial paperwork.  Also, at this time, some homebuyers may want to choose their interior colors, exterior colors and features, bathroom and kitchen tiles, and plumbing and lighting fixtures.

If the homebuyer is not sure of what selections they want, that’s okay as our expert Design Consultant will schedule an appointment with them at our design studio located at 109 Hay Street, Suite 101 in Fayetteville, NC. The design studio has a variety of selections available to touch, see and experience, including carpet samples, kitchen and bath tile, exterior finishes, lighting and plumbing fixtures, and kitchen cabinet options.

Normally the selection’s process follows the sequential order listed below:

  1. Exterior selections: siding type and color, front door and color, roofing type and color, window, trim and shutter color.
  2. Interior selections: paint color, counter tops, cabinets and flooring.
  3. Plumbing and lighting fixtures
  4. Appliances

For a complete list of selections, please see the McKee Homes Selections Process article.

If a homebuyer is unable to visit the design studio, other arrangements will be made to accommodate the buyer’s needs.  All the homebuyer’s questions regarding selection options will be answered during this appointment.  To ensure that McKee Homes adheres to the time allotted to build a home, we encourage the homebuyer to make their selections within 14 days of signing the new home contract.

McKee Homes come with beautiful standard features, which are listed on the “Standard Feature Sheet”, available on our website neighborhood pages, and can be found at the model home in the homebuyer’s desired neighborhood.  A McKee Homes’ Sales Representative and/or Design Consultant will also be able to share these standard features with you.

If a homebuyer would like to choose an option that is not included in the standard feature package,  the Design Consultant will fill out a “Change Order Form”, which will be added as an addendum to the homebuyer’s contract. See our Additional Options and Change Orders article for more information about this process.

It is normal for a homebuyer to feel excited and a little bit anxious during the home-buying process.  McKee Homes’ employees are committed to making this experience a positive one.  They are available to answer questions and help the homebuyer in anyway they can.  The homebuyer can also visit the McKee Homes website design studio page.

By Julie Russo and John Rives

McKee Homes Building Process Guide

Buying a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience for any homebuyer. In an effort to make sure that the homebuyer is involved in building their home and that their experience is positive and enjoyable, McKee Homes has created a homebuilding guide for presale buyers.  This process also insures that all chosen options and selections are correct and that the home is completed on time.

For a detailed description of each stage of the build process, please see our complete Building Process PDF file.

Preconstruction: Once a homebuyer has chosen a neighborhood, lot and floor plan for their new home and a contract has been signed by both parties, a preconstruction meeting is scheduled with the homebuyer and a representative from McKee Homes. The construction process, features, and options will be reviewed with the homebuyer at the preconstruction meeting and a timeline will be set to ensure that the home is completed by the close date on the contract. If any changes to the structure of the home have been requested by the homebuyer, these will be reviewed and the completion date of the home may be changed to allow for the additional work to be completed.

1. Prepare site 4. Pour Foundation
2. Foundation 5. Rough framing
3. Foundation Inspection

Pre Rough-In Walk Through: The homebuyer is invited to join the project manager on a pre rough-in walk through of the framed house. This walk through will give the homebuyer a chance to discuss the in-wall rough wiring, plumbing and HVAC which will be installed prior to drywall according to the selections and options they have chosen for their new home.

6. Rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC 8. Insulation
7. Framing and Mechanical Inspection 9. Insulation Inspection

Pre Drywall Walk Through: Another walk through with the project manager and homebuyer can be scheduled at this point to go over all utilities that will be covered up by the drywall to make sure everything is in the correct location.

10. Drywall 13. Interior Finish
11. Interior trim, cabinets and paint 14. Exterior Finish
12. Exterior Work 15. Final Inspection

Final Walk Through: The McKee Homes project manager will schedule a walkthrough with the homebuyer to acquaint them with the new home, its features and the operation of various systems and components. They will also explain the warranty process and give the homebuyer an informational packet that includes the appliance and equipment manuals, as well as explain the homebuyers’ responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep. This is also an opportunity for the homebuyer to point out any items that need to be corrected or adjusted. A final punch list will be created at this time based on any items that need to be corrected or adjusted and one more pre-closing walkthrough will be scheduled with the homebuyer.

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

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.

Liberty Hill Grand Opening

Liberty Hill Grand Opening

McKee Homes is excited to introduce our latest premier community in north Fayetteville, Liberty Hill, located in the established Kings Grant Subdivision.

Located just north of Fayetteville near the I-295 connector, 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and five minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to schools dining, shopping and freeways.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 at 844 Liberty Lane in Fayetteville, McKee Homes will host the grand opening of Liberty Hill.  This is a family friendly event with door prizes, refreshments and a coloring contest for the children.  Four Sears $50 gift cards will be given away, and a beautiful “Celebration” gift basket valued at $150 will be raffled off after the event. The coloring contest winner will be awarded a $50 gift card to Chuck E. Cheese’s.

McKee Homes is also offering incentives for buyers who write a contract or reservation over the weekend. Any buyer that writes a contract or reservation on a completed home by January 19, 2014 will receive free blinds for their new home. Reservations must be converted to contracts by January 31, 2014 and the incentive is only valid for standing inventory homes.

Call us at 910-672-7296 or send us an email for more info.

We will be building some of our most popular floor plans in Liberty Hill such as the Beaufort, Biltmore, Brooks, Clark, Nelson, Potter and Sanborne with prices starting in the low $200’s ranging from 2,300 to 3,600 sq. ft.

Price Range:from the low $200’s Sq. Ft. Range:2,300 to 3,600 Sq. Ft.
Schools:Howard Hall ElementaryPine Forest Middle SchoolPine Forest Senior High Utilities:Public WorksSouth River ElectricPiedmont Natural Gas

Location:

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.

Liberty Hill Map

 

McKee Homes Building in Legacy Lakes

McKee Homes is now building new homes in Legacy Lakes, a 400-acre master-planned community with a variety of Aberdeen, NC real estate options and a spectacular collection of luxury amenities, all at an unprecedented value.

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.

Legacy Lakes

Legacy Lakes is a rare blend of natural beauty, wholesome community, and award-winning golf. With beautiful new homes starting in the low $200’s, and covered by a 2-10 warranty package, McKee Homes is offering one of the best new home values in the Sandhills.

We will be building some of our most popular floor plans in Legacy Lakes such as the Beaufort, Biltmore, Brooks, Clark, Nelson, Potter, Riddick and Sanborne with prices starting in the low $200’s ranging from 2,300 to 3,600 sq. ft.

Price Range:
from the low $200’s

Sq. Ft. Range:
2,300 to 3,600 Sq. Ft.

Schools:
Aberdeen Elementary School
Southern Middle School
Pinecrest High school

Utilities:
Electric: Progress Energy
Water: Public Utilities
Sewer: Public Utilities

Location:
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.

Summerwind Plantation Map

By John Rives

McKee Homes Now Building in Summerwind Plantation

McKee Homes is now building in Summerwind Plantation—one of Garner’s newest communities, located near I-40 and Highway 42 in the Cleveland area of Johnston County just 10 miles south of downtown Raleigh, NC.

Summerwind Plantation

Summerwind Plantation features new single family homes from the $170s and amenities include a pond along with a proposed pool and bath house, which is slated for summer of 2014. Convenient to both Raleigh and Fayetteville/Fort Bragg!

McKee Homes Summerwind Plantation floor plans include Biltmore, Daniels, Finley, Nelson, and Sullivan.

Price Range:

$170’s to $230’s

Sq. Ft. Range:

1,700-2,300 Sq. Ft.

Schools:

Johnston – West View

Johnston – Cleveland

Johnston – Cleveland

Utilities:

Water and Sewer: Johnston County Water and Sewer

Power: Duke Energy

Gas: PSNC Energy

Location:

From Raleigh: take the I-440 Beltline to I-40 South toward Garner/Clayton. Take Exit 312 (Hwy 42). Go right at top of ramp and then immediate right on Glen Rd. Summerwind will be 1/4 down on your right. From Fayetteville, Take I-95 North to I-40 West. Take Exit 312 (Hwy 42). Go left at the top of ramp and then turn right on Glen Rd. Summerwind will be 1/4 down on your right.

Summerwind Plantation Map

McKee Homes Building in Liberty Hill

McKee Homes is now building in Liberty Hill—a new community just north of downtown Fayetteville behind King’s Grant subdivision. McKee Homes also hosted the 2013 Fayetteville Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s in this new community on September 7 of this year.

2013 walk to end alzheimer'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!

McKee Homes River Glen floor plans include Beaufort, Biltmore, Brooks, Carter, Clark, Finley, Lily, Nelson, Potter, Riddick, and Sanborne.

Price Range:
$230’s to $280’s

Sq. Ft. Range:
2,000-3,500 Sq. Ft.

Schools:
Howard Elementary School
Pine Forest Middle School
Pine Forest Senior High<

Utilities:
Public Works
South River Electric
Piedmont Natural Gas

Location:
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

liberty hill

Buy a New Home While Interest Rates Are Still Low

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While some homeowners are refinancing their existing mortgage to get a better rate and lower their monthly payment, there are many homeowners and renters that are shopping for new homes. With the overall inventory of available houses still tight, it makes sense to buy a new home as the initial cost is about the same as a pre-owned home but there is a large savings in energy bills and maintenance. In addition, homebuyers can often get the features they want in a new home without having to spend their weekends, remodeling a pre-owned home that they just purchased.

A typical family of four will spend over $4,000 a year on utilities and over $3,000 a year on maintenance for a 15 year old 2,500 sq. ft. home. With an energy efficient new home, the utility cost will be around $3,000 a year and maintenance costs are almost zero. That results in a savings of over $4,000 a year with the additional benefit of having more time on weekends to do something other than home maintenance.

In addition to being more energy efficient, new homes generally have more bathroom space, larger closets, higher ceilings, efficient kitchen design, and more storage space. Home buyers that are looking for communities with amenities such as swimming pool, clubhouse, golf course and walking trails, will also benefit from buying in a new modern community where the amenities are newer, well designed and maintained.

McKee Homes builds beautiful open floor plan homes in desirable neighborhoods in the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC areas. Large open kitchens with granite counters and hardwood flooring, plenty of storage space, mud rooms, bonus rooms and finished third floors are just a few of the features offered to families looking to get the most bang for their buck.

Our neighborhoods are family-friendly and all within a short drive to Fort Bragg. We have two communities in Anderson Creek Club offering amenities such as golf, swimming, and tennis. The Cottages at North Ramsey, in one of the best location in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, offers detached townhome style cottages with exterior maintenance and lawn maintenance included which are ideal for busy professionals, military families, and retirees.

The McKee Homes website has detailed information about our neighborhoods, floor plans, and available properties. If you have any questions, you can start a live chat with one of our agents right on the website, or just give us a call at 910-672-7296. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect home in the best neighborhood for your family.

Buy a New Home and Get Exactly What You Want

With the recent rise in mortgage interest rates, many home buyers are ready to get off the fence and make a purchase before the rates go up even further. The biggest problem facing home buyers in the current market is low inventory of homes for sale. With a large number of buyers competing for a limited number of homes for sale, it can be difficult to find a home in a desirable neighborhood and buy at a good price.

There are still many home owners who would like to sell their homes but are waiting to see if the prices will continue to rise, or are still upside down on their mortgages and can’t sell until the prices go up considerably. This is keeping the inventory of homes for sale very low and making it difficult for home buyers to find a good home to buy.

Fortunately there is an option that is a win-win for home buyers. It can cost the same or less to buy a brand new home in the current real estate market as it would to buy a pre-owned home. One of the advantages of buying a new home as opposed to a pre-owned home is that you can purchase the home before it is completed, which can give you the option of customizing the finishes to get exactly what you want instead of having to settle for something that’s isn’t exactly what you were looking for. With most previously owned homes, the home buyer will have to spend additional money after they buy the home to change paint colors, wallpaper, and other finished to get the house they way they want it. New homes also come with a full warranty which you generally don’t get with an pre-owned home.

kitchen with granite counters and hardwood laminate flooring

Another advantage of buying a new home is that they are much more energy efficient than pre-owned homes, the appliances are brand new, and the economic life of the house is longer. The new building codes offer up to 15% better energy savings than homes built in previous years.

McKee Homes builds beautiful open floor plan homes in desirable neighborhoods in the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC areas and gives home buyers more house for less money. Large open kitchens with granite counters and hardwood laminate flooring, plenty of storage space, mud rooms, bonus rooms and finished third floors are just a few of the features offered to families looking to get the most bang for their buck. Our neighborhoods are family-friendly and all within a short drive to Fort Bragg. We also offer detached townhome style cottages with exterior maintenance and lawn maintenance included which are ideal for busy professionals, military families, and retirees.

Customizing

McKee Homes offers presale agreements for customers who want to select options for their new home such as floor coverings, counter tops, paint color and other available options.  McKee Homes will work with you to make sure you are getting the new home that meets your family’s needs.

Neighborhoods

McKee Homes offers homes in some of the best neighborhoods in the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC area including The Cottages at North Ramsey, Forest Hills Pointe, James Creek South, Oakmont, Patriot Park Village, River Glen, Sinclair, and The Cottages at Carriage Creek and Valley Stream in Anderson Creek Club.

Financing

McKee Homes’ preferred lender is Caliber Home Loans. Caliber Home Loans provides excellent home financing services, competitive pricing, local processing and local decision making. McKee Homes has partnered with Caliber Home Loans in order to offer our customers priority treatment through the dedicated Caliber Home Loans team. Priority treatment means lower rates, lower closing costs, and faster close times. Caliber Home Loans offers VA loans, USDA loans, FHA loans, conventional, fixed rate, and adjustable rate loans. There are also no-money-down options for qualifying VA and USDA loans.

The McKee Homes website has detailed information about our neighborhoods, floor plans, and available homes. If you have any questions, you can start a live chat with one of our agents right on the website or just give us a call at 910-672-7296. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect home in the best neighborhood for your family.