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New Home Live Video Appointments

McKee Homes has offered live video appointments of our active property listings using popular video sharing apps for many years. The company was founded in Fayetteville, NC next to Fort Bragg, so many of our homebuyers in that area were in the military, and sometimes deployed overseas. Live video appointments allow homebuyers who can’t view a home in person, to see the home and talk to our sales consultant at the same time.

In order to accommodate anyone who would prefer to tour our homes remotely, our sales consultants are well-trained in walking homebuyers through our homes using an iPad with Facetime, or other video sharing app, while pointing out the beautiful features and options of the home as well as answering any questions the homebuyer may have. We also offer one-on-one in-person appointments.

Live Video Appointments

It’s as easy as 1 2 3 to make a live video appointment to see our homes!property listing signup form example

  1. Fill in your contact info
  2. Check the “I’m not a robot” checkbox
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FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!
  • Choose Your Location
    • Select the area you want to live
    • Choose a community
    • Select the Quick Move-In Homes tab
    • Select a home to view
    • Submit the Request Info form
  • View All Available Homes
    • Use the filters to narrow your search
    • Select a home to view
    • Submit the Request Info form

Just fill in the Request Info form on any property listing page on our website. One of our friendly online sales consultants will contact you right away to make an appointment for you to see the home virtually with live video, or schedule an in-person appointment if you prefer.

If you prefer to text or call to make a live video appointment to see the home of your dreams, contact us at 910-672-7491.

3D Interactive Video Tours

View our floorplans with interactive videos form the comfort of your home.

Navigation is easy! Just click your mouse in the video wherever you want to go and virtually walk through the home. Don’t feel like walking up the stairs? Use the navigation menu to quickly jump to another floor!

View 3D Interactive Video Tours

Have fun and look at every room and detail of our floorplans. If you have any questions or want to make an in-person or live video appointment with one of our sales consultants, just click the link under the floorplan description to contact a friendly online sales consultant who can set up an appointment for you.

If you prefer to text or call to make a live video appointment to view your favorite floorplan, contact us at 910-672-7491.

3D intertactive video tours

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McKee Homes Opens New Wilmington Area Communities

McKee Homes has just opened two new Wilmington area communities featuring our customized Epcon floorplans. Bellaport in Wilmington, NC and Courtyards at Mallory Retreat in Leland both offer our customized version of the popular Epcon floorplans. These floorplans are specially designed with high-end features and options, wide interior doorways, minimal steps between interior and exterior spaces and large, private outdoor patios designed for entertaining or just relaxing outside.

New Wilmington Area Communities

Bellaport

131 Bellaport Ln, Wilmington, NC 28412
From the low $300’s | 1303-3092 sq. ft.

Bellaport is a new single-family home community just minutes away from Carolina Beach, NC. It is convenient to shopping, restaurants, and the beach! Historic Wilmington is also a quick trip to visit. Enjoy the quiet surroundings of the Cape Fear River and Snows Cut Park on River Road as you watch boats sail by.

Courtyards at Mallory Retreat

Salter Path at Mallory Creek Dr, Leland, NC 28479
From the low $300’s | 1681-3092 sq. ft.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat is a new phase of the established Mallory Creek Plantation community in Brunswick County near Leland, NC. This community features a natural setting with wooded areas and ponds and is only 15 minutes from Wilmington with its historic downtown and access to some of the best beaches the area has to offer.

bellaport and courtyards at mallory retreat location map

Historic Downtown Wilmington

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.

wilmington nc waterfront

Customized Epcon Floorplans

Our customized Epcon floorplans are beautiful cottage-style homes that include attached oversized 2-car garage with plenty of storage space, gas-log fireplace and energy efficient construction, including low-e windows. The large open kitchens include island, stainless steel appliances and granite kitchen counter tops.

the palazzo the portico the promenade the salerno the torino ii the verona

High-end features include laminate and tile flooring, decorator-selected finishes, custom lighting, ceiling fans, and large walk-in closets. The private courtyards are accessible from the owner’s suite and living room and offers beautiful views from the dining room windows.

he Bungalow elevations include a second-floor bonus suite with full bath and optional wet bar or kitchenette.

Options include a sitting room off the master bedroom and large L-shaped shower in the master bath.

mckee homes customized epcond floorplans

More Information

For more information about our new Wilmington area communities and floorplans, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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New Construction Home With Sunroom

Buying a new construction home with sunroom, or adding a sunroom to your existing home, is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more livable and versatile.

Benefits of a Sunroom

Simply put, a sunroom is the most versatile room in your home.

  • Adds multi-use square footage to your home
  • Great for enjoying outdoor views within a protected temperature-controlled environment
  • Cozy space for gatherings with friends and family
  • Perfect space for home office
  • Reading, Music and TV / Movie room
  • Children’s play area
  • Exercise and workout room
  • Adds curb appeal and resale value to your home
  • Can ease symptoms of Winter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Light Therapy

In a WebMD article by Kathleen Doheny titled Fending Off Depression Symptoms in Winter, Norman Rosenthal, MD, the leader of the research team that first identified SAD in 1984 and author of Winter Blues suggests light therapy might be as simple as getting up early and walking outside on a bright winter morning. “You can also increase light in your home,” he says “Make one room a sun room.”

Existing Homes

There are a variety of sunrooms, sometimes called four season rooms, available to homeowners who want to add a room to their current home. Options include sunroom companies that provide the materials and labor as well as general contractors who can build a custom sunroom that matches your home.

New Construction Homes

For those in the market for a new home, the most cost-effective solution is a new construction home with sunroom. The cost to add a sunroom option to a new home is generally less expensive than adding a sunroom to an existing home.

Most home builders have floorplans that include structural options such as sunrooms or four season rooms. Adding structural options before a home is built allows homebuyers to include finish colors, floor coverings and fixtures that match the rest of the home. There are material and labor cost savings in having all the work done at the same time as well as not having to get a separate building permit to add the sunroom later.

Brooks floorplan with optional sunroom by McKee Homes

The Brooks floorplan with optional sunroom by McKee Homes

McKee Homes Floorplans with Sunroom Option

McKee Homes offers six floorplans with sunroom options as well as additional floorplans with sitting room options off the master bedroom.

Beaufort | 4 bed / 3.5 bath | 2,965 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 300 sq. ft.

Biltmore II | 3 bed / 2.5 bath | 2,437 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 192 sq. ft.

Brooks | 4 bed / 3 bath | 2,948 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 209 sq. ft.

Clark | 4 bed / 3.5 bath | 3,356 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 185 sq. ft.

Palazzo | 2 bed / 2 bath | 1,716 base sq. ft. | 132 sq. ft. four seasons room included

Winston | 4 bed / 2.5 bath | 2,225 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 122 sq. ft.

More Information

For more information about buying a new construction home with sunroom, McKee Homes floorplans with sunroom options, four seasons rooms or sitting room options, please fill out the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Bungalow Cottages with Second Floor Guest Suite

The Bungalow elevation of our popular Epcon floorplans are designed for those who want all the advantages of single-story living with the added benefit of a second floor guest suite.

Second Floor Guest Suite

While designing our own customized versions of six of the classic Epcon Cottage floorplans, we decided to create two elevations that offer more flexibility to our homebuyers. In addition to the single-story Craftsman elevation, we also developed the Bungalow elevation which includes a second story guest suite with full bath and optional kitchenette.

The Bungalow second floor guest suite can add from 444 sq. ft. to 821 sq. ft. to the overall living space of the home depending on the floorplan. The guest suites with full bath and optional kitchenette are perfect for short-term or long-term house guests. They can also serve as an exercise area, office, movie room with extra storage or whatever you may need to personalize your home and get the most out of it for your lifestyle.

Bungalow Guest Suite with living area, full bath and kitchenette

Epcon Floorplans

Epcon floorplans are designed to fill the luxury, low-maintenance, ranch-style home niche for consumers looking to downsize from their existing home. The homes are specially designed with high-end features and options and built with wide doorways inside the house and easy access with no stairs between the inside and outside areas. With an Epcon home, homebuyers know they can live in the home into retirement without having to make any modifications to home.

The six Epcon floorplans we offer with Bungalow elevations are the Palazzo, Portico, Promenade, Salerno, Torino II and Verona. Ranging from 2,160 sq. ft. to 3,092 sq. ft., these luxury ranch-style homes have open-concept living spaces with private outdoor patios made for entertaining. The contemporary kitchens include granite counters, stainless steel appliances and large islands that can double as an eating bar. The beautifully appointed master bedroom and bath include double-sink vanities, tiled showers and garden tubs. The roomy walk-in closets are big enough for everyone’s wardrobe.

Available Communities

Our Bungalow cottages with second floor guest suite are currently available in six eastern North Carolina communities from southeast of Raleigh to the coast at Wilmington. Many of our Epcon neighborhoods are golf communities with country club amenities.

More Information

For more information about our Epcon floorplans, including the Bungalow elevation with second floor guest suite and where we build them, please give us a call at 910-672-7296 or submit the contact form below. One of our friendly, knowledgeable online sales consultants will be happy to answer all your questions and arrange an appointment for you to walk your favorite floorplans.

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Fairfield North Model Home Now Open

The new model home in Fairfield North is now open and homesites are going quickly.

Fairfield North is in the Pine Forest School District, nestled just behind the beautiful and well-established Fairfield Farms community on North Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. It is just minutes to the I-295 connector and 15 minutes to Fort Bragg and downtown Fayetteville. Come check out this conveniently located and family-friendly neighborhood in North Fayetteville.

fairfield north model home

The Fairfield North model home is our Brooks Craftsman floorplan. The main floor boasts a formal dining room with ample space.  The living room is spacious and opens to the expansive kitchen that has an adjacent breakfast area.

Moving on into the home you will find a charming guest suite and full bathroom on the main level.  The master suite is beautifully appointed with a large walk in closet and private master bath with a dual sink, garden tub and a separate shower.  This lovely home also features two additional bedrooms upstairs along with a remarkable bonus room that can be upgraded to a fifth bedroom.

Other options include a sunroom off the family room and breakfast area that adds over 200 sq. ft. of living space, a deluxe kitchen, and finished third floor which adds approximately 549 sq. ft. of living space to the home.

While every room of this Brooks Craftsman floorplan is appointed with eye-catching detail, the features that garner the most attention are the open kitchen with farmhouse sink, the huge tiled and glass master bath shower and the mud bench drop zone just inside the garage entry door.

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brooks craftsman floorplan drop zone

The Fairfield North grand opening is slated for sometime in the first quarter of 2020 once additional Showcase homes have been finished. However, the model is now open, and many presales have already been contracted and started, or scheduled for start.

For more information about Fairfield North and available floorplans, Showcase homes and homesites, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Top 7 New Home Special Features

McKee Homes introduces our top seven list of new home special features! We have been designing and building new homes since 2010. In that time, we have found a number of special features that really resonate with our home buyers. Many of these new home special features could also be added to existing homes to make them more livable.

  1. Drop Zone (a.k.a. Mud Room) at Garage Entry
    drop zone mud benchKeep your home organized and clean with a bench seat and cubbies for shoes and miscellaneous items. These drop zones are strategically placed by the door from the garage into the home. Our drop zones include hooks for coats, hats and umbrellas, too! Drop zones are a great way to add convenience and livability to your home.
  2. Nine-Foot Ceilings
    nine foot ceilingsNine-foot high ceilings give your home a feeling of spaciousness and elegance. No chance of claustrophobia in an open floor plan home with nine-foot ceilings. A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey reported that about 65% of respondents said they prefer a house with nine-foot ceilings compared to a similar size house with eight-foot ceilings.

    Unfortunately, if you currently have a home with eight-foot ceilings, you are stuck with them unless you upgrade to a new home or add on to your existing home. Any new rooms added to the footprint of your current home could be built with taller ceilings.

  3. Arched Doorways
    arched doorwaysAnother way to infuse spacious elegance into your home is with arched openings instead of the standard straight-line openings. Participants in a study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) were more likely to judge spaces as beautiful when they had curves than when they only had straight lines.

    One of the simplest ways to add curves to your home is to convert straight openings into arched openings.

  4. Kitchen Islands
    kitchen islandA kitchen island creates a beautiful and functional focal point in the kitchen that brings everyone together and increases enjoyment for your family and friends. It’s a place kids can do homework and family and friends can hang out while meals are being prepared. You also gain under-counter storage, an additional work area, and casual seating.

    Adding a kitchen island to a remodel project or buying a new home that includes an island in the kitchen is a great way to improve your home living experience.

  5. Walk-in Shower Without Door
    walk-in shower with no doorGlass shower doors are much nicer than curtains, but they can be difficult to keep clean. You can keep a squeegee nearby to clean the glass after a shower but the sealant around the door frame can attract mold and mildew and take regular maintenance to keep clean and looking new.

    An alternative to shower doors and curtains is an “L-shaped” walk-in shower with a low curb or sloped floor that doesn’t need a door or curtain. The water never gets to the opening as it is 90 degrees from the shower head and a few feet from the main shower area.

    Any shower still needs regular cleaning but taking the doors and curtains out of the equation makes cleaning easier and faster.

  6. Outdoor Living Spaces
    outdoor living spacesSpending time outdoors is healthy and enjoyable. Living in a home with a beautiful outdoor patio, screened porch or deck increases usable space and makes entertaining and relaxing at home easier and more fun.

    Buying a home with outdoor living spaces, or adding a patio, deck or screened porch to your existing home, is one of the best ways to increase comfort. Should you ever need to sell your home, outdoor living spaces make your home more desirable to homebuyers and increase its value, too.

  7. Low Maintenance Siding
    low-maintenance sidingAnother way to make your home more enjoyable is to reduce the amount of maintenance required. Some types of siding, like wood and pressboard siding, require regular maintenance and don’t hold up well to weather and extreme conditions.

    Other types of exterior siding and applications, such as brick, stone and vinyl siding require very little maintenance, which saves time and money over the long haul. Fiber cement siding is another good alternative. It looks more like real wood than vinyl siding but does require some maintenance as it needs to be caulked and painted when installed and every ten years or so.

    Brick and stone can be very expensive, especially if the entire exterior of the home is covered. That’s why we recommend looking into vinyl and fiber cement as a lower cost alternative.

    Read our Vinyl Siding Vs Fiber Cement Siding article for the pros and cons of both types of popular and affordable siding.

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for a new home or thinking of remodeling your existing home, these new home special features are worth taking into consideration during that process. They add value to your home and make it more enjoyable for you and your family.

More Info

For more information about McKee Homes new home special features, our design studio selections and options, floor plans and neighborhoods, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Epcon Floorplans

McKee Homes is currently building Epcon single story floorplans in seven of our Eastern North Carolina communities.

What’s an Epcon floorplan? Epcon is a home building company offering franchises to other builders  dedicated to serving the luxury, low-maintenance, ranch-style home niche for consumers looking to downsize from their existing home. The homes are specially designed with high-end features and options and built with wide doorways inside the house and easy access with no stairs between the inside and outside areas. With an Epcon home, homebuyers know they can live in the home into retirement without having to make any modifications to home.

McKee Homes has created our own customized version of the standard Epcon single story floorplans. For more information and to download printable, high-resolution PDF files of our floorplans, please visit our Single Story Homes web page.

Epcon P Series Floorplans

Epcon R Series Floorplans

McKee Homes Epcon Communities

Fayetteville / Fort Bragg

Cottages at North Ramsey

120 Nandina Ct, Fayetteville, NC 28311
From the low $200’s | 1,400-2,700 sq. ft.

The Cottages at North Ramsey is a unique new home community offering beautiful, single-story Epcon floorplans. And, you can finally welcome your weekends back as exterior home and lawn maintenance is taken care of by the HOA.

There are only a few opportunities left in this upscale neighborhood voted best-looking neighborhood in the Fayetteville area in 2015.

Cottages at Carriage Glen in Anderson Creek Club

125 Whispering Pines Dr, Spring Lake, NC 28390
From the mid $200’s | 1,300-3,000 sq. ft.

The Cottages at Carriage Glen in Anderson Creek Club offers high-end single-family Epcon floorplans. Homesites are beautifully wooded, with many located on the community golf course or near ponds, parks, and waterfalls. Carriage Glen homeowners can enjoy all the amenities of Anderson Creek Club including a private clubhouse, pool and fitness center. This community is located near Ft. Bragg, NC and has convenient access to Fayetteville and the Raleigh, NC area.

Moore County

Eagle Point at Mid South Club

Holly Springs Court, Southern Pines, NC 28387
From the low $300’s | 1,700-3,000 sq. ft.

Located in the gated community of Mid South Club in Southern Pines, NC, Eagle Point is the ideal upscale private community for those seeking country club living. Located near the golf course and lake, homes in Eagle point offer scenic views of the fairway and clubhouse.

Eagle Point offers McKee Homes’ Epcon floorplans with upscale features including granite counter tops, designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and open plan living.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes

Keowee Circle, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the high 200’s | 1,650-3,000 sq. ft.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes is not age-restricted but is designed for those seeking an active retirement lifestyle. This community features single-story Epcon floorplans, which have wide interior doorways and no stairs between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Amenities in the Legacy Lakes community include a Nicklaus Design golf course and The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club with six clay tennis courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. 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.

Raleigh / Clayton

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation

13 Balsam Lane, Clayton, NC 27527
From the high $200’s | 1,780-3,000 sq. ft.

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation is an Active-Adult, Gated Community in Clayton, NC that features our Epcon floorplans. Built for an active retirement lifestyle, Epcon homes feature wide interior doorways and no stairs from the outside. Living in Evergreen means you can enjoy your weekends; yards are maintained by the HOA, and low maintenance living will give you plenty of time to enjoy the organized activities and resort-style amenities.

This community is approximately 20 miles from downtown Raleigh, NC, and offers easy access to great restaurants, shopping, museums, entertainment venues, sports, and leisure.

Wilmington / Leland

Bellaport

131 Bellaport Ln, Wilmington, NC 28412
From the low $300’s | 1303-3092 sq. ft.

Bellaport is a new single-family home community featuring our Epcon floorplans just minutes away from Carolina Beach, NC. It is convenient to shopping, restaurants, and the beach! Historic Wilmington is also a quick trip to visit. Enjoy the quiet surroundings of the Cape Fear River and Snows Cut Park on River Road as you watch boats sail by.

Courtyards at Mallory Retreat

Salter Path at Mallory Creek Dr, Leland, NC 28479
From the low $300’s | 1681-3092 sq. ft.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat is a new phase of the established Mallory Creek Plantation community in Brunswick County near Leland in Towncreek, NC. This community features a natural setting with wooded areas and ponds and is only 15 minutes from Wilmington with its historic downtown and access to some of the best beaches the area has to offer.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat features our single-story Epcon floorplans designed with minimal stairs for easy access between indoor and outdoor areas, wider interior doorways and open areas perfect for entertaining.

Verona Craftsman

More Information

For more information about our Epcon communities and floorplans, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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HECM for Purchase Program

As more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, there is an increasing demand for single-story homes with finance options such as the HECM for Purchase Program (H4P). With the H4P Program, you can purchase a $350,000 home for around $220,000 and never have a monthly mortgage payment, if you or your spouse are 62 years old! If one of you is 70, you can buy that home for around $200,000.

Many retirees want a smaller single-story home close to family and friends and amenities like walking paths and a community clubhouse. In order to secure the home of their dreams, retirees would traditionally pay cash from the sale of another home or secure a traditional mortgage. The drawback of these two options is the amount of money required, which can put stress on available funds needed for paying bills or emergencies.

Cash Flow Remedies

If you pay cash for your new home or have a traditional mortgage and then later need to solve cash flow issues, your options include securing a traditional line of credit or a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) refinance. However, the line of credit option requires making additional monthly payments and both options create another round of closing costs.

The H4P Program fixes these problems with a single transaction, meaning a significant portion of your nest-egg is preserved by not having to go all in with a cash purchase. Your monthly cash flow is essentially freed up by not having a monthly mortgage payment. To date, the H4P Program is the only mortgage that uses age as a preliminary qualifying factor. So, if you’re at least 62 and can qualify for the HECM for Purchase Program, this is one time it pays to be older. Smile and celebrate your retirement years!

The H4P Program is unlike a traditional home mortgage in that monthly payments are deferred and the loan balance increases over time. However, there is a consumer safeguard built into the program. Because the loan is insured by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration), neither you nor your heirs have any personal liability for the repayment of the debt.

Selling Your Home

If you use the H4P Program to purchase your dream home and decide to move in 10 years. When you sell your home, you’ll receive 100% of the net proceeds after paying off the loan balance at the time of sale, which is exactly how a traditional mortgage works. So the primary benefit to you is that you don’t tie up all your savings by paying cash and you increase your monthly cash flow by not having a monthly mortgage payment. Also, if your home has increased in value greater than the mortgage balance when you sell it, you participate in the equity growth.

But what happens if you sell your home during a market downturn and the loan balance is greater than the current market value of your home? In a traditional mortgage scenario you or your estate would be forced to sell the home at a loss and cover the negative balance owed. The FHA non-recourse clause governing the H4P Program states that the home is the only asset securing the loan. That means neither you nor your estate have any personal liability for a deficient loan balance if your home is sold for a loss.

Simply put, it’s not your problem and no one is coming after your estate for a settlement. In addition, if your heirs wanted to retain ownership of the home after your death, they can do so by paying off the lesser of the reverse mortgage balance or 95% of the appraised value of the home.

If you end up in a nursing home, or you pass away, then it’s time for your heirs to get the house appraised and see if there is enough equity remaining for them to realize a profit from the sale. If not, they can simply sign the deed over to the lender and not have to deal with it.

With the H4P Program, you can live in your home until the last borrower vacates as long as loan terms are met. The borrower/s must occupy the home as their primary residence and remain current on property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, the costs of home maintenance, and any HOA fees.

More Information

Use the resources below to learn more about the details of the HECM for Purchase Program, including qualifying rules, down payment, disqualifying factors, personal liability, homeowner responsibilities, consumer safeguards and more.

Download the 2019 HECM for Purchase Home Buyers Guide

HECM for Purchase Home Buyers Guide

By the time you finish reading this guide you will know the following:

  • How to increase your home purchasing power
  • How to eliminate monthly mortgage payments (You remain responsible for property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, home maintenance, and any HOA fees)
  • How to get the house you really want and preserve your life savings
  • How to qualify for the HECM for Purchase Program
  • Answers to frequently asked questions

Disclaimer

Due to the unpredictability of the housing market, you are encouraged to consult a financial planner prior to making a decision that could affect your retirement plan. The reverse mortgage is not a time-sensitive product.

Questions?

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Affordable New Homes on Large Homesites

With homesites in the US averaging around 8,560 sq. ft., under one-fifth of an acre, it can be difficult to find affordable new homes on large homesites. Many homebuyers assume they would have to build a custom home to get a large homesite of an acre or more.

The size of homes and homesites have been getting smaller as the cost of land and construction materials have gone up in order to keep new homes affordable to the average homebuyer.  For families that want more space between their home and their neighbor’s home than what’s available in the majority of new home communities, the dream of buying a new home may seem out of reach.

Large Homesites

There’s good news though. There are production builders that still develop large homesites in some of their neighborhoods. These builders are not only able to offer the economy of production building, but also the opportunity for homebuyers to choose structural options and finish upgrades to get the home they’ve been dreaming about at a price they can afford.

McKee Homes, in Eastern North Carolina, has five neighborhoods with large homesites between ½ acre to over an acre in the Raleigh Triangle and neighboring areas, such as Pinehurst and Fayetteville.

Raleigh

Heather Glenn

heather glenHeather Glen in Raleigh offers large homesites from ½ acre to 1 acre in a quiet country setting just 12 miles south of downtown Raleigh for the best of both worlds. With large homesites, a variety of floor plans to choose from and just minutes from Lake Benson, Heather Glen is an ideal family-friendly neighborhood.

Copper Pond

copper pondCopper Pond in Fuquay-Varina near Holly Springs offers large homesites from ½ acre to over an acre in a quiet country setting just minutes from downtown Fuquay Varina. We have several floor plans on crawl spaces to choose from, some with Owners Suites on the first floor. Enjoy the town’s attractions, such as the Fourth of July Fireworks Show and historic downtown with great restaurants and shops.

Pinehurst

Meadows at Farm Life

meadows at farm lifeMeadows at Farm Life is a beautiful new home community offering large ½ acre homesites close to the Village of Whispering Pines and the Town of Carthage, NC, the county seat for Moore County. The community is located approximately 10 miles from Pinehurst and Southern Pines with all these areas have to offer. Only two opportunities left in the family-friendly community less than two miles from the highly-acclaimed Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School.

Fayetteville / Fort Bragg

Oakmont

oakmontOakmont offers country living with large homesites from ½ acre to over an acre in a family-friendly, gated community near Anderson Creek Club in Harnett County, North Carolina. It’s close to Fort Bragg, Lillington, and Fayetteville. Oakmont amenities include a neighborhood swimming pool with pool house and exercise room, covered bus stop, and small park area making it an outstanding family-friendly neighborhood.

Sinclair

sinclairSinclair is a peaceful new home community in Moore County comprising over 200 acres of beautiful countryside offering large ½ acre homesites. Most homes will have a view of permanent green space, making this community a must see for relaxing family living. Just 15 minutes from Fort Bragg at the Manchester Gate and a short drive to quaint shops, restaurants, and world class golfing at Pinehurst and Southern Pines.

More Info

If you’re looking for beautiful, affordable new homes on large homesites, please visit our website or contact us using the form below to get more information about our communities. Or give us a call at 910-672-7296 to talk to a friendly, knowledgeable new home specialist. They can answer any questions and schedule an appointment for you to come out and view our beautiful new homes and large homesites waiting for your family to enjoy!

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Buy A Home to Build Equity

Are you on the fence about whether to buy a home or rent?

Building Equity

Home equity is the appraised value of your home minus what you still owe. Simply put, you build equity by making your monthly mortgage payments. Your mortgage payment consists primarily of interest and principle, but may also include other payments such as PMI (private mortgage insurance) and even your home insurance and real estate taxes, depending on the type of mortgage you have. Interest does not go toward paying off your mortgage but principle does. One way to build home equity faster is to make extra payments whenever possible as anything you pay above your interest amount each month goes toward paying off your principle.

Why is home equity important? Your house is considered an asset which means you can use your home equity to finance your child’s college education, remodel your house, buy another home as an investment or even supplement your retirement savings.

Buying Vs Renting

You won’t be able to build equity with your rent payment each month, but you can buy a home to build equity over time and lock in your monthly payment. With a fixed rate mortgage, you can freeze your monthly payment, so it never goes up. Rent will continue to rise over time, which could eventually price you out of your rental home or apartment.

The Zillow Housing Aspirations Report, Q1 2019 shows 52 percent of those surveyed complained that renting prevents them from earning equity and 45 percent said they regret renting instead of buying a home. Over 50 percent regret not being able to customize their home and think that their rent is too high. Other complaints about renting included problems with their property’s pet policies and not liking their neighbors.

There are certainly reasons to rent instead of buy, such as planning to be in the area for only a short time or needing to work on your credit rating in order to qualify for a mortgage.  Maintenance costs, having to pay real estate taxes and down payments are also cited as reasons to rent instead of buy.

However, if you plan on living in an area for a long time, raising a family or want your monthly payments to build equity over time, buying a home is a better option than renting. It adds stability to your life as you have more control over your home environment and can customize your home as desired. You’ll also have more flexibility when choosing a neighborhood in the best school district for your children and one that has amenities that you desire, like a pool and walking trails.

Buying New Vs Pre-owned

If you are concerned that buying a home may cost you extra money in maintenance and repair costs, consider buying a new home. Most new homes come with a builder’s warranty to cover any issues that come up within the first year. Many builders offer a “2-10 Home Warranty” that covers systems for two years and structural defects for 10 years.

Additional advantages of buying a new home are newer neighborhood amenities than older neighborhoods and being able to personalize the home with structural options, finishes and fixture upgrades to get the home of your dreams!

You can also save money every month on utility bills because new homes are much more energy efficient than homes five or more years old. The roofing, appliances and systems such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical, will be new as well so there’s less chance of unexpected repairs and maintenance. This makes the economic life of a new home longer than a pre-owned house.

Most builders have preferred lenders that can help you with new home financing and save you money at closing by paying for most, or all, of your closing costs. They can also help you get the lowest interest rate available.

Conclusion

While there may be economic or other factors in your life that make renting a better choice, you’ll need to buy a home to build equity with your monthly housing payment, which can become a major asset over time. Buying also gives you more control over your living environment and creates a more stable environment to raise a family.

Buying a new home is a more secure investment than a pre-owned home because appliances, systems and roofing are new and under warranty, and the additional energy efficiency of the home will save money each month on utility bills.

Some builders only offer a one-year builder’s warranty while others offer a more robust warranty such as McKee Homes’ 2-10 Homebuyers Warranty. It’s a good idea to research the different types of home warranties when buying a new home.

McKee 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, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Raleigh and Wilmington NC. Some of our new home resources we can provide you include: New Home Financing, Buyer Incentives and more.