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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.

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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.

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New Home Values Expected To Rise

When you begin your new home search, you think about how much you want to spend and where you want to live.  Determining where you want to live can be a good starting point.  You’ll have to decide if you’re looking for something contemporary in the city, maybe something traditional the suburbs or maybe something coastal near the beach.  Maybe you are looking for something close to work or you want your children to attend a particular school district?  There are so many considerations when deciding where to look for a new home. The location of where you choose to live can impact how much you’ll need to budget for your new home as different areas have drastically different home values.

 

Home values across the state of North Carolina have risen over the past year by as much as 8.2% and are expected to rise by as much as 4.8% over the next year, according to Zillow.  With increasing home values, the sales prices of new homes will rise as well.  So, if you are on the fence as to whether or not to buy a new home, now may be the right time to buy before the prices increase.

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7 Hottest Trends in New Home Design

When you build a new home, you get to pick everything from the homesite your home will be built to the exterior colors and the flooring to the light fixtures and everything in between.  As you consider how you’re going to design your new home, our design team has come up with a list of the seven hottest trends in new home design.

  1. Reviving a classic tile

You can add a bit of pizazz to your new home up by upgrading your kitchen and bathroom backsplashes to subway tile.  These tiles have been around since 1904 when they were used in the first New York subway station.  Subway tile is a great option because it’s easy to clean and the shiny surface reflects light helping to make the surrounding area brighter.  There are many color options available, so you’ll only be limited by your imagination.  You’ll want to consider what color grout to use with these tiles.  For example, white grout makes a charcoal gray tile pop as does a gray grout with white tile.

  1. Getting rid of the tub

In the past, the master bathroom has always had a bathtub and shower combination and more recently it has had a large garden tub with separate shower.  However, now many homebuyers are getting rid of the tub and opting for a larger walk-in shower.  We’ve seen this change happen more frequently as many have expressed they just don’t have the time to soak in a bathtub and would rather use the extra space for a larger shower.

  1. Bigger is better when it comes to tile

Tile has been a popular option for master bathrooms for decades.  We’ve recently seen homebuyers steering towards large-format tiles for the floors and in the shower.  Popular sizes include 12”x24”, 4”x16” and 6”x36”.  These tiles help make bathrooms look larger and can help highlight a room with a contrasting wall color.  You’ll find that larger tiles is easier maintain as there are less grout lines.

  1. Gray, gray and more gray

Gray is all the latest craze in home décor.  As you drive through neighborhoods, you see more and more homes in various shades of gray, but the gray trend doesn’t end there.  We are seeing gray on the walls, cabinets, backsplashes, fireplaces, bath fixtures and more.  This versatile, neutral color can work with just about any style, whether old world, modern, traditional or contemporary.  There are many shades to choose from as this color ranges from a light silver to a dark charcoal color.  If you enjoy changing up your décor, gray could prove to be a great option as a little change to an accent color can change the feel of a whole room.

  1. And the gray continues…

One of hot trends for the kitchen is gray cabinets. Gray is that neutral that looks good with just about everything, from your laminate floors to a colorful wall paint.  You will be happy with your choice to go gray.  You will want to think about the size of your space when deciding on gray cabinets.  If your space is small you may want a lighter gray as a darker gray would make your kitchen look smaller.  Another consideration is whether or not to have your cabinets painted gray or stained gray as you get different effects each option.

  1. A cook’s kitchen

The kitchen is the main gathering place in most homes.  Whether you are cooking a weeknight dinner or for a holiday gathering, the kitchen sees a lot of use.  Many homebuyers have been upgrading their kitchens to deluxe kitchens.  They enjoy having the stove cooktop with separate built-in double wall ovens.  For multi-generational or larger families, the double oven is an especially nice feature to have.

  1. An extension of your home…outdoors

Over the past few years, we’ve seen homebuyers investing more in their backyards to create outdoor extensions of their new homes.  These outdoor spaces have become a cherished part of the home for many as little time off doesn’t allow for many getaways and these spaces allow them the relaxing retreats they desire.  The most popular outdoor living trends we have seen are screened-in covered porches, stone fireplaces, wiring for surround sound systems and outdoor kitchens.

Designing your new home is an exciting process and only gets more exciting as you see everything coming together.  However, it can sometimes be overwhelming and that’s when an experienced new home design team is so important.  McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina.  Communities we are actively involved and building in include Fayetteville, Southern Pines, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.  Our homes feature a variety of desirable floor plans, and you can even design your new home in our interactive design app.

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Fun Things To Do With Kids In Wilmington

With the cooling temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves, there is no double that Fall is in full swing.  If you are excited to get out and enjoy the season, there are lots of fun things to do with kids this Fall in Wilmington, N.C.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

  • Maze Craze – Hallsboro, NC – You and your family will have fun venturing through the 13-acre corn maze as well as the numerous other activities, including hay rides, rubber duck races and the critter corral.
  • The Pumpking Patch at Wesley – Wilmington, NC – It’s a tradition for many Wilmington residents to choose their pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch at Wesley.
  • Mike’s Farm – Beulaville, NC – This year-round farm offers hayrides and in October you can stop by the pumpkin patch. Your family will also like visiting the farm animals.

Wilmington Riverfest

  • Typically held the first full weekend in October, the Wilmington Riverfest draws in nearly a quarter-million people. With the street fair, arts and crafts and live music, you will surely have a great time!  This year, Riverfest will be held Nov. 19-20 due to Hurricane Matthew.

Cucalorus Film Festival

  • The 22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival celebrates independent and international films in Historic Downtown Wilmington from Nov. 9-13. Most of the daytime films are family-friendly, but you can ask the staff to be sure.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

  • What’s better than flying a kite at the beach with the family? Well, if you’re near Kure Beach on Nov. 5 or Nov. 6, you may want to stop and see as the sky is painted with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. This event can be effected by the weather and the wind, but be assured, something will fly.

Riverfront Farmers’ Market

  • Your Saturday mornings just got a whole lot more exciting. Located in Historic Downtown Wilmington, this farmers market features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters.  You’ll assuredly find fresh produce, tasty treats and unique gifts.

Halloween Ghost Trolley and Haunted Barn

  • Your children will love riding in a horse-drawn trolley while listening to ghost stories, tailored for young children. They will also get to experience the haunted barn.  Your children will also be delighted by the free treats along the way.

No matter what your interests, there is something fun happening this Fall in Wilmington, NC.

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Fun Things To Do This Fall In Raleigh

Fall has finally arrived and it’s time to get out and enjoy some of your favorite Fall activities. If you’re looking for fun things to do this Fall in Raleigh, you may want to check these out.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

  • Upchurch Farm – Cary, NC – There’s a lot to do at Upchurch Farm. Visit the friendly barnyard animals, wander through the corn maze, climb the haystack mountain, play in the corn crib, pick a pumpkin from the patch and so much more.
  • Ken’s Korny Corn Maze – Garner, NC – Your family is sure to enjoy Ken’s Korny Corn Maze. From a corn maze to hay jumping, a straw maze to a hayride and a pirate ship to a pumpkin patch, you won’t run out of things to do.
  • The Family Farm on Avent Ferry – Holly Springs, NC – If you haven’t been out to The Family Farm, you should definitely go. You can bring your family to this working farm for your pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and hay bales.

North Carolina State Fair

  • If you’re in the area Oct. 13-23, you should check out the annual North Carolina State Fair. There are tons of activities to enjoy, from a tractor pull to live music, rides and games to delicious fair food as well as various competitions. Your family will surely enjoy the excitement and entertainment.

Umstead State Park

  • If you’re an outdoorsy person, you should check out Umstead State Park. Whether you’re a hiker, trail runner, bicyclist or equestrian, you’ll enjoy the Fall weather with all the hiking and multiuse trails.

State Farmers Market

  • You won’t want to miss a trip to the State Farmer’s Market this Fall. You’ll find locally grown produce, plants and other specialty items in this 75-acre indoor/outdoor farmer’s market. There are also a couple of restaurants to sample while you are there.

Sporting Events

No matter your tastes, Raleigh has fun things to do this Fall for you and your family to enjoy.

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Fun Things To Do This Fall In Fayetteville

Fayetteville Pumpkin Patch

Fall is finally here! There are so many things many of us look forward to when Fall arrives: the leaves changing colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, a steamy beverage on a brisk day, football, Halloween and the list goes one. If you’re looking for things to do in Fayetteville this Fall, you might check out these activities.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

  • Gross Farms – Sanford, NC – Not only do they have a pumpkin patch, they also have three mazes in a 12-acre cornfield. They also offer a play area for kids, hayrides and music.
  • Hubb’s Farm – Clinton, NC – They have activities for all ages, from the pumpkin patch to hay rides and three corn mazes to human football. Be sure to bring lace up shoes, as sandals might be a mistake.
  • Gillis Hill Farm – Fayetteville, NC – They have pumpkins, produce, homemade ice cream and more. They also offer a self-guided walking tour of the working farm with an ice cream purchase for each person.

Dogwood Fall Festival

  • If you’re in town Oct. 27-29, be sure to check out the Dogwood Fall Festival held at Festival Park in Downtown Fayetteville. You can go on a guided walking tour in the dark through Cross Creek Cemetery (section II) or find yourself in an outdoor haunted maze. There will also be hayrides, live music and food trucks.

Downtown Farmers Market

  • On Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, you can enjoy local produce and artisan booths at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. After you’re done at the Farmer’s Market, you can check out the local shops and restaurants in Downtown Fayetteville.

Zombie Walk

  • Do you like zombies and/or dressing up like one? Then we know of an event for you! On Oct. 28, Downtown Fayetteville turns into the epicenter of the zombie apocalypse. Dress up in your best zombie costume and join your fellow zombie enthusiasts at the Library for a pre-party and costume contest, then walk downtown for all to see.

Music and Theater

  • Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra – Do you have a passion for music? If so, check out two concerts this Fall performed by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes for the Fall Spooktacular on Oct. 15 or enjoy Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 on Nov. 19.
  • Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Maybe theater is more to your liking? Cape Fear Regional Theatre will be performing two shows this Fall. The musical “Million Dollar Quartet” will be playing until Oct. 2. Then on Oct. 27, Shakespeare’s drama “Henry V” will begin.

No matter your preference, there are many fun things to do this Fall in Fayetteville, NC.

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9 Tools Every First Time Homebuyer Should Have

Tools Every First Time Homebuyer Needs

You’ve purchased your first home and are getting settled, you get to start decorating and making it your own. Something you’ll quickly find you need are tools. There are a ton of tools out there, but here are the nine tools every first time homebuyer should have.

  1. Cordless Drill – This power tool will become your best friend. With its many uses you’ll find yourself using it for all your home projects. Cordless drills start around $40.
  2. Screwdriver Set – If you’re trying to tighten something or putting together new furniture, you’ll find yourself needing both flathead and a Phillips head screwdrivers in varying sizes. A 6-in-1 reversible screwdriver set start as low as $5.
  3. Combination Wrench Set – As you begin putting things together in your new home, you will find that you need to tighten and/or loosen nuts and bolts, so you’ll find yourself in need of wrenches. A set of combination wrenches can be found for around $14.
  4. Tape Measure – Whether you’re hanging pictures, measuring furniture or working on a project, a tape measure is a necessary tool for your toolbox. Don’t forget the old saying “measure twice, cut once.” A 30-foot tape measure starts at $14.
  5. Hammer – Whether you’re trying to hammer something into place or remove a nail from a wall, no toolbox is complete without a hammer. They range in cost, but start at about $5.
  6. Stud Finder – This is going to be an indispensable tool when you start hanging things on the walls or trying to do any in-wall projects. Stud finders start at about $15 each.
  7. Putty Knife – This tool will come in handy if you need to fill in holes on your walls. Putty knives on average are $4-$5 each.
  8. Level – Nothing is worse than a crocked picture or shelf and that’s when a level comes in handy. A two-foot level starts around $7.
  9. Ladder – While it won’t fit in your toolbox, this is an essential tool for your new home. Whether you’re cleaning out gutters, painting walls or hanging Christmas lights, you’ll find that you need a ladder. Type II fiberglass ladders start at $55.

McKee Homes, North Carolina’s #1 Choice for New Homes

McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina.  Areas we are building in include:  Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Raleigh and Wilmington NC.  Some of our new home resources we can provide you include:  New Home Financing, Specially Adapted Housing, Buyer Incentives and more.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Mortgage for You

The type of mortgage you choose could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage. Take your time and make sure you have all the facts before making a final decision.

Download Your Home Loan Toolkit  for a free step-by-step guide with worksheets that help you work through each step in the process listed below and get the best mortgage for your situation.

  1. Define what affordable means to you
    A mortgage lending rule of thumb is that your total monthly home payment should be at or below 28% of your total monthly income before taxes. Lenders may approve you for more or for less depending on your overall financial picture, but how much are you comfortable paying each month for your total home loan? The total home loan cost includes the mortgage principal plus interest, mortgage insurance, property taxes, homeowners insurance, and any HOA or other neighborhood fees.  See pages 3-5 in Your Home Loan Toolkit (YHLT) for more information and worksheets.
  2. Understand your credit score
    Your credit, your credit scores, and how wisely you shop for a loan that best fits your needs have a significant impact on your mortgage interest rate and the fees you pay. To improve your credit and your chances of getting a better mortgage, get current on your payments and stay current. About 35% of your credit scores are based on whether or not you pay your bills on time. About 30% of your credit scores are based on how much debt you owe. That’s why you may want to consider paying down some of your debts. See page 6 in YHLT for more information.
  3. Pick the mortgage type that works best for you
    There are many different types of mortgages with the main differences being loan term, interest rate type, and loan type. Loan term indicates the length of the loan such as 30 years, 15 years or other. Interest rate type generally refers to either fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgages. Loan type includes categories such as conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA. Government programs often include low down payment or no down payment options. See page 7 in YHLT for more information.
  4. Understanding the difference between points and interest rate
    Points are a percentage of a loan amount. For example, when a loan officer talks about one point on a $100,000 loan, the loan officer is talking about one percent of the loan, which equals $1,000. Lenders offer different interest rates on loans with different points. There are three main choices you can make about points. You can decide you don’t want to pay or receive points at all. This is called a zero point loan. You can pay points at closing to receive a lower interest rate. Or you can choose to have points paid to you (also called lender credits) and use them to cover some of your closing costs. See page 9 in YHLT for more information.
  5. Choose your mortgage and avoid pitfalls
    Once you’ve done your homework and figured out how much total loan cost you can afford each month, reviewed your credit score and decided on the type of loan you want, it’s time to shop for a mortgage. This important step could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage. Take your time and make sure you have all the facts before signing any documents.

    • Make a list of several lenders you will start with
    • Get the facts from the lenders on your list
    • Compare Total Loan Costs

See pages 10-15 in YHLT for worksheets and more information on choosing the best mortgage for you as well as avoiding common pitfalls and handling any problems that should arise.

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Single Story Ranch Vs Two Story Home

If you are thinking of buying or building a new home, at some point you will have to consider the pros and cons of a single story Vs two story home. There are advantages to both styles of home so it’s important to know which style would work best for your family and lifestyle.

Many people believe that two story homes are more economical because they require less foundation and roof structure. The rooms on the first floor don’t require a roof and the rooms on the second floor don’t require a foundation. There is also some savings on plumbing and electrical wiring because of closer proximity of all the rooms in the house. However, two story homes generally require a second HVAC system for heating and cooling the second floor as well as stairs which can be expensive and eat up square footage inside the home.

As it turns out the difference in cost of a single story ranch Vs two story home is not really enough to make a decision based solely on cost. So what are the important differences that might affect your family?

Single Story Home

  • Safer for families with young children and better for older, mobility challenged people and/or pets. Allows for ‘aging in place’.
  • More options for different ceiling heights and skylights.
  • Save up to 100 sq. ft. with no stairs.
  • No noise from stairs and second story traffic.
  • Fewer bathrooms needed.
  • Can combine mud room with laundry room.
  • Easier to access and clean gutters, roof and outside walls.
  • Easier to evacuate in case of fire.
  • Less expensive to add on to the structure of the home.
  • Easier to resell. More popular with home buyers.

Two Story Home

  • Require less foundation, roof, plumbing and wiring which can lower cost per sq. ft.
  • Smaller footprint means more lot and floor plan options as well as usable yard space.
  • More energy efficient, however two HVAC systems may be required.
  • More separation between rooms up/down. Better for families with teens.
  • Smaller roof to maintain.
  • More expansive views from second floor.
  • Safe to leave second story windows open.

Single story homes are safer for families with young children and more practical for those with mobility issues that might make it difficult or impossible to climb stairs. If you are buying or building a ‘forever’ home, sometimes referred to as aging in place, a single story home is usually the best option.

Two story homes, especially those with a downstairs master bedroom, may be more ideal for those with teenagers living at home. There is more separation between the upstairs bedrooms and bonus rooms and the downstairs living space. The view from the second floor may be more appealing and it’s safer to leave a second floor window open, especially at night.

There are many other factors involved such as accessing exterior siding, gutters and roofing for cleaning and repair, overall footprint and yard space as well as cost to add on to the home later should the need arise. Hopefully, this article will help you when it comes to deciding the best option for your family between a single story ranch Vs two story home.

Floor Plans and Available Homes

McKee Homes offers a great selection of single story, two story and three story floor plans. Many of our single story floor plans have an option for a second floor guest suite which is the best of both worlds. View our single story homes floor plans. If you are more interested in two story home floor plans, please visit our main floor plan page.

For move-in ready homes, please visit our advanced search page and select the number of stories you prefer in the search form to see a list all available homes in that style.


McKee Homes, North Carolina’s #1 Choice for New Homes

McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina.  Areas we are building in include:  Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Raleigh and Wilmington NC.  Some of our new home resources we can provide you include:  New Home Financing, Specially Adapted Housing, Buyer Incentives and more.

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