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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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Build Equity Faster and Pay Lower Taxes With A New Home

Buying a new home will help you build equity faster and pay lower taxes compared to buying a used home. New homes help you build equity faster because you don’t have to spend as much money on maintenance and repairs. Owners of newly built homes generally pay lower taxes over the first two years as well.

Build Equity Faster

Owners of newly built homes can save up to 15% on homeowner’s insurance and their homes have higher resale value and appreciate more than used homes.

The expensive systems in a new home such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical, as well as kitchen appliances, are new and under warranty so there’s no worries about spending large amounts of money on replacing them.

A 10-year-old home can cost as much as 580% more in annual maintenance and improvement than a newly built home. It’s hard to build equity in a home if you have to replace expensive systems and appliances.

Average cost to replace these common items:

  • Roofing: $15,000
  • HVAC System: $5,000
  • Kitchen Appliances: $2,500
  • Water Heater: $2,000

Lower Taxes

According to NewHomeSource.com, owners of newly built homes generally pay lower taxes over the first two years. In addition, home owners in general can deduct their mortgage interest from their taxes.

The Tax Benefits of Home Ownership in 2018 page at MortgageCalculator.org has quite a bit of information on deducting mortgage interest and states that “In the new tax bill for 2018 interest paid on HELOCs and home equity loans is no longer tax deductible, while interest on up to $750,000 of mortgage debt still is.”

Lower Closing Costs

Many home builders work with lenders to reduce or eliminate closing costs for their home buyers. McKee Homes will pay closing costs up to 1.5% of the sales price when using one of our preferred lenders.

Conclusion

Because you can build equity faster and pay lower taxes, and in many cases pay lower or no closing costs, it makes sense to buy a new home as one of the best investments in your family’s future

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McKee Homes Floor Plan Collections

McKee Homes offers over 20 unique floor plans with up to six different front elevations per floor plan. There are seven unique elevations grouped together in collections referred to as floor plan collections.

Trying to find and pick out the perfect floor plan for their new home can be confusing, or even overwhelming, for home buyers. This article breaks down the floor plans, elevations and collections in a simple easy to follow way that will make it easier to understand how to find the perfect floor plan on the McKee Homes website or while talking to one of our online or onsite sales consultants.

Floor Plans are grouped into three categories

  • Single Family Home (SFH)
  • Epcon (SFH or attached)
  • Townhome

Collections refer to the front elevation style of our homes. Each SFH floor plan has up to six different front elevation styles. Our Epcon floor plans have up to three different front elevation styles.

Single Family Home Collections

  • Classic
  • Coastal
  • Craftsman
  • Craftsman KS
  • European
  • Traditional

Epcon Collections

  • Classic (single-story)
  • Craftsman (single-story)
  • Bungalow (similar to Craftsman with the addition of second-floor guest suite)

Townhomes do not offer more than one front elevation per floor plan, although there are usually 2-3 unique floor plans offered in each building.

Each McKee Homes neighborhood offers specific floor plans and floor plan collections, although many neighborhoods offer home buyers the option to choose their home from a different floor plan collection if they write a contract before the home is built, which we call a pre-sale home.

To view McKee Homes floor plans, go to our main floor plans web page. Click on any of the floor plans shown to see which floor plan collections, or front elevations, are available for that floor plan.

On the floor plan group page, you will see the default elevation at the top with options such as a side-load or three-bay garage. Just below the top image you will find the Choose Elevation section where you will see all elevations available for the floor plan. Click on any of the elevations shown to see the floor plan layout, brief description and a list of neighborhoods where that specific floor plan collection is available. There is also a photo gallery showing both exterior and interior images of how the finished home may look depending on options chosen and neighborhood.

Just under the floor plan description is a Download Floor Plan button that will take you to a page where you can enter your name and email to download high-quality printable floor plan brochures.

You only need to sign up once to access all floor plans and other content on the McKee website. If you go back to the download page and still see the signup form, simply refresh your browser page and the form should disappear leaving only the Download Floorplan button.

If you have questions about any of our floor plans or collections, please call us at 910-672-7296 or fill out any of the simple forms on the floor plan pages and one of our knowledgeable online consultants will be happy to assist you.

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Filtered Fresh Air Intake System Advantages

A filtered fresh air intake system adds fresh air to a home heating and cooling system. This improves indoor air quality by diluting polluted or stale indoor air and also pressurizes the home to help keep pollutants out.

Most residential systems use the HVAC air handler fan to pull in clean outside air from a duct through the wall or attached to a foundation vent. The air is filtered just before it enters the air handler and mixed with the return air and then dispersed evenly throughout the building through the supply duct system.

Fresh air enters the duct before the air handler fan which reduces the volume of return air being pulled from inside the home. Since the supply air exceeds the return air, a positive pressure is maintained in the home when the HVAC system is in operation. Positive pressure reduces infiltration of outside air from undesirable locations and helps keep irritants and other pollutants from entering the home.

Filtered fresh air intake system benefits include:

  • Cleaner, fresher smelling home with less dust
  • Helps prevent chemicals, pesticides, pollen, mold spores and other pollutants from entering home
  • Reduces drafts from windows and doors as well as back-drafting
  • Adds air to the home to replace air exhausted by clothes dryer, bathroom exhaust fans and range hood vent.

A filtered fresh air intake system is sometimes referred to as passive ventilation as it doesn’t require electricity, it’s quiet and inexpensive to operate. Passive ventilation is also low-maintenance because it doesn’t have moving parts and the only maintenance needed is periodical cleaning of the filters.

Most newer homes are well insulated and almost airtight. While that is great for lowering heating and cooling costs, it can lead to poor indoor air quality and an unhealthy home environment.

McKee Homes includes a filtered fresh air intake system to all our new homes greatly improving the air quality and minimizing indoor pollutants making our homes environment healthier and more comfortable.

For more information on our new homes and filtered fresh air intake systems, please contact us by email or call us at 910-672-7296.

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USB Charging Stations

USB charging stations are the latest smart home improvement giving you the convenience to charge multiple devices at once! Everyone knows this feeling, you are running around the house looking for the one charger you have left while your device is on 1 percent battery. That panicky feeling we have all experienced can be alleviated when you use the USB charging station in your home! It cuts down on the clutter, reduces your outlet needs to a single outlet, and is more energy efficient. With a charging station, you use one power outlet for one transformer which in turn provides power to four or more USB ports.

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TV Media Connection System

To make it easier to install your flat screen TV or home theater system after move-in, McKee Homes installs a TV media connection system where a large screen TV and media system will be mounted. The TV media connection system is designed to accommodate both power and low-voltage devices so you can manage all your connections easily in one location with cables and wires hidden from view.

Whether you mount your flat screen TV on the wall or set up a home theater system, the TV media connection system keeps cords and cables out of the way and makes the project easier insuring a professional look. Because the connection system box is recessed into the wall, your TV or furniture can go flush against the wall if necessary. Most connection boxes come with a flat cover plate in case the TV is moved to a different location. The trim and cover plates on the wall box can also be painted to match the wall color if desired.

Home buyers that purchase their home before it is built, or before drywall installation, can choose the location where the TV media connection system will be installed in their new home. Homeowners with older homes can of course install a TV media connection system themselves or hire an electrician to install one for them. Either way, the TV media connection system makes a home theater or wall mount TV easier to install and more professional looking.

There are different sizes and types of wall boxes available to create a TV media connection system. Most of them come with knockouts for 2-gang and 4-gang electrical boxes for maximum versatility. This allows space for 2-4 electrical outlets as well as HDMI, coaxial cable and sound cable connections. Having all these connections is one recessed wall box is perfect for connecting speakers, satellite TV, surround sound, and other media or data connections.

More Information

For more information about McKee Homes TV media connection system and other SMART Move home systems installed in all our new homes, please visit our SMART Move web page or call us at 910-672-7296.

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3 Benefits To Having An Open Floor Plan

Open layouts are becoming more and more popular in modern homes as they give the illusion of a bigger space, provide more natural sunlight and outdoor views, and create a more safe and social environment! The love for an open floor plan has increased in popularity and there are lots of benefits to choosing this type of floor plan for your new home. The spacious layout opens up the room and blends multiple spaces together between the kitchen, dining, and living room great for entertaining and being around family and friends.

Here are 3 additional benefits to having an open floor plan!

  1. Works better for entertainment: If you like to entertain and host parties this is the perfect floor plan for you. While your guests are mingling even if you aren’t in the direct room you can still interact with everyone. The island can be used as the focal piece to gather around all your family and friends while you prepare the food.

 

  1. Natural Lighting: With all the open space and windows in the home your house attracts more natural lighting. This is helpful because you are using your electricity less which could save you on your energy bill! Also, by eliminating extra interior walls to open up the space, the windows will bring more sunlight into your home and give you a better view of your outdoor landscape.

 

  1. Safer for kids: Rather you have small children or older ones this floor plan allots for extra space for the kids to hang out and for you to keep an eye on them. This saves on the amount of time hopefully you will have to call out to your little ones over and over (hopefully)!

 

McKee Homes offers many open floor plans in our homes located in Fayetteville, Raleigh, and Wilmington areas. For a complete listing of our homes go to www.McKeeHomesNC.com.

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McKee Homes Installs Apple HomeKit Compatible Devices

Does your new home feature Apple HomeKit compatible devices?

Apple’s HomeKit app is a great way to control all your home’s smart devices and accessories from one app. You can even ask Siri to perform commands such as turn off your lights or lock the front door. With the HomeKit app you can connect smart devices together to make your lights automatically to turn off while simultaneously making your window blinds close at a specific time each day. Before HomeKit and the Home app, you had to manually control each device with its own separate app, and set each one to do a specific task at a certain time.

Apple launched its HomeKit app with iOS 10 and watchOS 3 in 2016. It serves as a centralized hub for managing Apple HomeKit-enabled smart accessories. The app features integration with Control Center, 3D Touch quick actions, and support for Siri. The app’s settings are also synced through Apple’s iCloud storage service, so any iCloud-enabled Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad can be used to control your Home.

Every HomeKit-enabled smart accessory automatically works with Siri once you set it up through its HomeKit-enabled app. Siri is the unified interface that allows you to use voice commands to control the smart devices and accessories. You will still need to set up each device or accessory in its own app to gain full access to settings, touch controls, and more, but once set up, you can control them from the HomeKit app with Siri.

To use the Home app, you need at least one iOS device with the Home app installed. You also need at least one home, one room, and one HomeKit-enabled smart accessory. The Home app comes pre-installed on any Apple device running iOS 10, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone or iPad.

HomeKit also offers security for your smart home and can enforce end-to-end encryption between all smart accessories and your Apple devices. So hackers can’t steal your data, work their way into your communications, or take control of your home.

For more information, visit https://www.apple.com/ios/home/

McKee Homes installs Apple HomeKit compatible devices in all our new homes as part of our SMART Move campaign. For a complete list of available devices and accessories, please contact us at 910-672-7296.

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Electric Heat Pump Benefits

Electric Heat Pump Benefits

Heat pumps are pretty neat as they offer an alternative to running your air conditioner. If your home needs moderate heating or cooling a heat pump is a great alternative because it moves heat from a cool space to warm space, which makes the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

On average you save $1,000-$2,000 annually according to energy reports. On top of those savings heat pumps come equipped with filter systems so bacteria spores don’t have an opportunity to settle in your home. Heat pumps are extremely efficient in brand new constructions homes so definitely check out McKee Homes to find your next home with the electric heat pump already installed! To see this electric heat pump feature as well as read about all of our other energy-efficient features click here.

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Improved Insulation and Air Infiltration Systems

New homes are built to a higher standard of energy saving specifications than older homes including improved insulation and air infiltration systems. Installing better insulation and minimizing air infiltration improves the energy efficiency, air quality and comfort of a new home.

A tight house will:

  • Have lower heating bills due to less heat loss
  • Have fewer drafts and be more comfortable
  • Reduce the chance of mold and rot from moisture trapped in cavities
  • Prevent dust, pollen, car exhaust, noise and insects from entering home.
  • Have a better performing ventilation system
  • Potentially require smaller heating and cooling equipment capacities.

Insulation provides resistance to the flow of heat. This is referred to as the R-value of insulation. The more resistance insulation provides, the lower the heating and air conditioning costs for homeowners. Today’s building codes require higher R-values in new homes to stop heat from escaping through the floors, walls and ceilings of insulated living space. This keeps the house more comfortable and saves money on energy costs for the homeowner.

Air leakage, often referred to as air infiltration, accounts for 25–40% of the energy used for heating and cooling in a typical home. Reduced air infiltration combined with proper ventilation not only reduces energy bills but also improves the quality of indoor air.

Air Leakage as defined by the NC State Extension website: Ventilation is fresh air that enters a house in a controlled manner to exhaust excess moisture and reduce odors and stuffiness. Air leakage, or infiltration, is outside air that enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation.

During cold or windy weather, too much air may enter the house and, during warm or calm weather, too little. Also, a leaky house that allows moldy, dusty crawlspace or attic air to enter is not healthy.

House wrap, tape, caulk and foam sealants help prevent outside air from entering the house. This not only lowers energy bills and keeps the house more comfortable but also reduces the chance of mold and rot due to trapped moisture in floor systems, walls and ceilings.

New homes offer a healthier environment, lower energy costs and more comfortable living conditions than older homes due to improved insulation and air infiltration systems as well as better HVAC systems.

Contact McKee Homes to find out more about the energy efficiency of our new homes and how much it can save you on monthly energy bills.