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McKee Homes Floor Plans with a Large Garage

Traditionally, a garage was viewed as a very practical section of the home. Often used for the sole purpose of housing the homeowner’s personal vehicle, it is sometimes nothing more than a cement floor and four walls.

Not all new homes offer a garage with enough space for more than one vehicle, or indeed provide an attached garage at all. While a detached garage is certainly useful, it doesn’t provide direct access to a new home, or protect homeowners from the weather when exiting their vehicle. Clearly, there is a certain convenience and security that attached garages provide. Additionally, it can provide an alternative space for storage, a play or hobby area, a gym, or even a “man cave”. All McKee homes have attached “2 car” garages.

However, some new home buyers may be looking for a larger space to accommodate their lifestyle. To suit these new home buyers, McKee Homes has many floor plans that offer garages at 21” x 21” wide or larger.

McKee Homes Floor Plans with Large Garages

Having a large garage can sometimes mean sacrificing the aesthetic of the front of a new home. Most garage door entrances are placed on front of the home, making a large portion of the façade consist of a bay door. McKee Homes understands that, when possible, a new homeowner may want the option of having the door on one side of the home instead of the front. Because of this, some McKee Homes floor plans offer a side-entry option for new homes, known as a “side-load”. When a new homeowner chooses to build a new home with a side-load, the façade of the home is free of a garage door.

Additional modifications for some McKee Homes floor plans include the option of a third bay garage. These third bay garages are separate spaces that also provide a separate bay door. Adding a third bay garage allows a new homeowner to park in an attached space but have the flexibility of using the traditional space for something other than storing a vehicle.

Floorplans with Large Garage & Optional Side Load or Third Bay

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For more information about any of our McKee Homes floor plans or new homes, please contact one of our friendly online sales consultants at 910-672-7296.

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Grand Opening: New Phase in Evergreen at Flowers Plantation

Recently, Mckee Homes hosted the Grand Opening of its new phase in Evergreen at Flowers Plantation, an active adult gated community in Clayton, NC. Many attended the event, including the Clayton NC Chamber of Commerce. Along with the McKee Home team, the Clayton Chamber helped cut the grand opening ribbon. Retirement Funding Solutions, a Mutual of Omaha Company, sponsored the event.

Guests were excited to learn what the new phase had to offer. Featuring 11 new home sites, the new phase provides all the benefits of Evergreen at Flowers Plantation: great location, fantastic Epcon floor plans, organized activities, and resort-style amenities. Designed with an active retirement lifestyle in mind, Epcon homes feature wide interior doorways and no stairs from the outside. While many Epcon floor plans are available with an optional second story guest suite, single level floor plans are popular and available.

Delighted attendees also learned living in Evergreen comes with the benefit of worry-free lawn care; all yards are maintained by the Home Owner’s Association! Additionally, Evergreen is a quiet gated community. This privacy helps create a secure and neighborly atmosphere. Guests agreed the community is perfect for anyone seeking an active retirement lifestyle.

Along with the new phase, McKee presented its brand-new model home with an Epcon floorplan – the Promenade Bungalow. This sleek two-story new home  earned a gold award in its category by the Johnston County NC Parade of Homes. Additionally, it won a Special Feature Award for its outdoor living space – a large private patio just off a screened in porch with a ceiling fan. As with all of McKee’s Epcon floor plans, this new home has many luxury features including the following:

Kitchen Features

  • Stainless steel appliance package
  • Tiered kitchen cabinets with crown molding
  • Granite counter tops
  • 8″ stainless kitchen sink

Master Bedroom Suite Features

  • Trey ceiling
  • Large walk in closet
  • Master bath with adult height vanity and cultured marble counter top
  • Tiled shower

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation is located approximately 20 miles from downtown Raleigh, NC, and offers easy access to great restaurants, shopping, museums, entertainment venues, sports, and leisure. Additionally, it is close to NC 42, I-40, and I-95, making it an ideal home base and allowing for easy travel to the North Carolina coast or mountains.

For more information on McKee Homes’ communities, please visit our website at www.mckeehomesnc.com or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

 

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McKee Homes Sponsors Fayetteville Woodpeckers Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

McKee Homes is excited to be a part of minor-league baseballs’ return to Fayetteville, NC and will sponsor the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 2019 Alzheimer’s Awareness night on July 27th, 2019.

It’s no secret that Fayetteville Woodpeckers inaugural season has created a lot of excitement in Fayetteville, NC! It’s no surprise really, the team has given Fayetteville a good reason to be excited. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are the Class A affiliate of the 2017 World Series Champions: the Houston Astros. Recently the team moved into their new home, Segra Stadium, in Cool Springs District of downtown Fayetteville. With its headquarters located just blocks from Segra Stadium, McKee Homes was excited to see how the team would impact the community. The proximity of Segra Stadium to McKee’s home base, and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ desire to increase Alzheimer’s awareness, made McKee’s sponsorship of their Alzheimer’s Awareness night a natural pairing. On this night, McKee Homes will help the team “Paint the Park Purple” to increase Alzheimer’s Awareness in the Fayetteville, NC community.

A Cause that Hits Home

Spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease is near and dear to McKee Homes. Owner Pat McKee is all too familiar with the impact Alzheimer’s has on those afflicted as well as their loved ones. Pat’s father Joe succumbed after a ten-year battle with this devastating disease. While Joe McKee had a long and successful career in business, he also personally built new homes for his family. Alzheimer’s robbed him of his dream of one day becoming a new home builder. When Pat and his brother Mike formed McKee Homes, they dedicated the company to the memory of their father. In hopes that one day other families will not have to face the heartbreak caused by Alzheimer’s disease, they established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer Fund. A percentage of every home sale by McKee Homes goes into this fund to support Alzheimer’s research and care. In addition, the McKees work closely with the Eastern North Carolina Service Area of the Alzheimer’s Association®, supporting efforts such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Awareness is incredibly important because early detection is key in receiving beneficial and appropriate treatment. Often, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to receive the best possible treatment. By increasing awareness in its community, McKee Homes hopes to help create a World Without Alzheimer’s.

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McKee Homes Golf Course Communities

Every year near the beginning of April, golf fans from around the world pay heed to a revered golf institution: The Masters Tournament. After watching an event as epic as The Masters Tournament, many golf aficionados find themselves day dreaming of living on, near, or adjacent to a quality golf course. They may even want the “country club” lifestyle. Buying a new home in a golf course community that accommodates this lifestyle is the first step toward making this dream a reality.

The Sandhills region of North Carolina is home to golf courses revered by professional and causal golf enthusiasts. Pinehurst, NC is known as “The Home of American Golf”, and the famous Pinehurst #2 course has hosted the US Open on several occasions.

McKee Homes has new home communities in the Sandhills that offer easy access to premium greens and resorts. If you’re looking for a new home community near professional level courses and country club amenities, McKee Homes has the golf course community for you.

Mid South Club:

Mid South Club is a serene gated community of 540 acres, located just 4 miles from the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst #2. The community features an Arnold Palmer signature golf course. This fantastic course was ranked by the NC Golf Panel as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in North Carolina, and #13 of the Top 50 Public or Semi-Private Courses in NC.

Eagle Point

The Eagle Point neighborhood of Mid South Club is a golf-lovers dream. Ideally situated between the 9th and 17th holes, Eagle Point homes offer views of the fairway just outside the back door. A natural lake (and water hazard) complete with nearby pine trees creates a scenic backdrop for this area.

Additionally, Eagle Point offers McKee Homes’ Epcon floor plan collection. These energy efficient open floor plans include upscale features. Stylish granite counter tops, designer cabinet hardware, and stainless steel appliances are all available at Eagle Point. Additionally, Epcon floor plans include wide interior doorways, private courtyards, and flat steps between indoor & outdoor spaces. These features make Ecpon floor plans ideal for anyone looking toward retirement while desiring an active golf filled lifestyle.

Palmer’s Preserve

One of Mid South Club’s newest communities, Palmer’s Preserve, features stunning lots overlooking the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes. These private and wooded interior lots, ranging from .25 – 1 acre, are nestled in a desirable cul-de-sac. Homes in Palmer’s Preserve feature McKee Homes’ Craftsman elevation, which creates a uniquely refined look.

Mid South Club memberships are available to residents for an additional annual fee, and include access to Mid South Club and Talamore resorts, the golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, and driving range. HOA fees include a private gate, 24 hour security, and private street & common area maintenance. Additionally, Mid South Club is located in Moore County close to west gates of Fort Bragg, making it convenient for active duty or retired golf enthusiasts.

Legacy Lakes

Legacy Lakes is a community located in Aberdeen, NC, just a short distance from Southern Pines and Pinehurst. It’s 400 acres offer ample pine trees, natural lakes, and the rolling fairways of its Jack Nicklaus Designed “Legacy Golf Links” course. Renovated in 2012, the playable yet challenging course has hosted an USGA National Championship. Additionally, The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club at Legacy Lakes offers six clay courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. Legacy Lakes is located in Moore County, NC, close to west gates of Fort Bragg.

McKee Homes Classic and Craftsman elevations are available in Legacy Lakes, which give the neighborhood a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Single and two-story floor plans are available, providing lifestyle options for families who have dreams of living near a golf course.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes also offers all the luxury, ease, and comfort of McKee Homes Epcon floor plans. Tucked away in a secluded loop, lots in the Preserve at Legacy Lakes are shaded by pine trees, feature fairway views, and offer Epcon living at an affordable price.

So, take the first step toward finding the new home and lifestyle of your dreams! Let the Masters Tournament be your inspiration. Visit our website at McKeeHomesNC.com or give us a call at 910-672-7296 and ask about our golf course communities.

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Benefits of a Shower with Separate Bathtub

The master bath is a major selling point for a home. After all, the master bath is a room that is likely to be used every day. It’s used in the morning to get ready for work, to clean up after a trip to the gym, to have relaxing soak after a hard day, and so much more. Because this room is used so often, new home buyers want to make sure the master bath suits their unique lifestyle and needs.

New home owners have varying preferences when it comes to priorities for master bath suites. Some like an invigorating shower complete with multiple shower heads, a bench, and room to move. Others want a large tub which can be filled with hot water and bubbles and allow for reclining to soak away stress.

In some master suites, showers and tubs are combined into one unit. In these units, one takes a shower while standing in the bath tub. This is quite functional, but certainly doesn’t convey a feeling of luxury. McKee Homes offers luxurious master bath suites that include a shower with a separate bathtub, or simply just a shower. So what is the right choice?

Benefits of a Single Shower

Having a separate tub and shower in the master bath of a new home might not suit some lifestyles. Not everyone wants or needs a bathtub in the master suite. To suit these lifestyles McKee Homes offers floorplans that do not include a tub in the master suite, which allows for more space and eliminates the need to clean a tub.

Master Bath Suite

Master bath suite, with bathtub and shower with bench seating. Floor Plan Pictured: Clark European.

New home buyers with limited mobility may prefer a step-in shower, which is easier to access. A tub has high sides which will require a user to lift and bend the knee, but a step-in shower has a low lip that requires only a small amount of movement. Additionally, some McKee floor plans allow new home buyers to upgrade the shower to include bench seating – an upgrade that is not possible in a shower tub combo.

McKee Homes floorplans which offer a master bath suite with no tub that also include a linen closet and an enclosed toilet area.

Benefits of a Separate Bathtub

With a shower having so many attractive qualities it’s easy to forget about the tub. However, a tub is perfect for new home buyers who enjoying a relaxing soak, and is great for large or growing

Bath Tub with Picture window

Bath Tub with Picture window, allowing for ample natural light.

families. Little ones can enjoy playing in a larger than average tub, and fur babies can also enjoy a bath.

Additionally, when a tub and shower are combined, a shower curtain or glass door must be installed. Shower curtains collect moisture and can mildew, making it more difficult to keep a tub clean. If the shower is separate, this is not an issue.

When you slide into the tub after a hard day’s work, you’ll know the tub is as clean as possible. Many McKee Homes floor plans also include a picture window above the tub, which allows for ample natural light during the day and star gazing from the comfort of your bath in the evening.

McKee Homes floorplans offer a separate bath and shower in the master suite, along with an enclosed toilet area, include:

For more information about McKee Homes floorplans and master bath options and upgrades, please view our downloadable floorplan PDF files or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Community involvement is important to McKee Homes, particularly when it involves new home construction. In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, McKee Homes sponsored and volunteered in the Fayetteville NC Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH)  annual Women Build event.

Building Awareness

Habitat for Humanity’s (HFHI) Women Build program “focuses on building and improving homes and raising awareness of affordable housing issues facing women and their families”. Women Build events accomplish this by teaching women new home building skills. These skills can

McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

better enable women to facilitate and complete construction repairs and projects. This year Team McKee Homes volunteered with an all women crew working on the interior of an HFHI new home. Working alongside the homeowner and other participants, Team McKee volunteers learned to install baseboards, door trim, and window trim.

One of Team McKee’s volunteers, Monica Cortes, is a builder with McKee Homes. Her years of experience in new home construction gave Team McKee unique insight on the project. Other McKee Homes volunteers had never installed trim and were eager to learn about cutting, fitting, and nailing trim properly. Additionally, the visit to a new home construction site exited McKee Homes volunteers, as some have worked in the new home construction industry for years but don’t often visit a job site.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Currently, FAHFH is working on a neighborhood revitalization effort just down the street from McKee Homes’ corporate headquarters in downtown Fayetteville, NC. This presented a special opportunity for McKee Homes to work on a project that impacts its own “neighborhood”. Neighborhood revitalization can have a transformative effect that helps improve the quality of life for everyone in an area.  These HFHI efforts provide a service not only for a neighborhood, but for a city at large.

McKee Homes support and shares HFHI’s vision of empowering women and building strong communities. HFHI hosts WomenBuild events all around the country, to include Raleigh, Moore County, and Wilmington, NC. For more details on HFHI Women Build events, contact your local Habitat for Humanity or visit www.habitat.org/volunteer/near-you/women-build.

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Housing Solutions for Military Families

In August of 2018, news organization Reuters published a series of articles covering apparent lapses in the oversight of living conditions in homes of military families. These allegations targeted private contractors commissioned to build and oversee maintenance of military housing developments. Among other issues, some homes allegedly had paint with high levels of lead, moisture issues and mold growth, and poor water quality.

Investigation & Review of Military Housing

A probe by the U.S. Congress determined these accusations were valid. As a result, all military housing operated by these private contractors is under review. If  a home is found to be unsafe, the family will need to relocate.

Among the effected installations is Ft. Bragg, which is just a short drive from McKee’s headquarters in downtown Fayetteville, NC. Nearly 6,500 homes serving those stationed at Ft. Bragg are under safety review. If forced to move, some families may choose to purchase a home instead of finding a rental property convenient to Ft. Bragg.

Housing Solutions for Military Families

For military families seeking available housing McKee Homes has many move-in ready options. Many McKee floor plans can accommodate growing families and are in communities near Ft. Bragg. Among the most convenient communities are Bedford, the Cottages at North Ramsey, Oakmont, and Sinclair.  Some of these communities offer homes starting from the low and mid $200,000s, as well as homes with 4+ bedrooms, single-story living, master suites on the first floor, and 2+ bathrooms.

With McKee Homes, the process of purchasing a new home is easy. If a McKee preferred lender is used quick closings are possible, and extra incentives on select homes may be available. For new homes and move in ready homes VA Home loans are easy to secure, may require no down payment, and have low closing costs. McKee Homes has a great deal of experience closing homes for service members and can accommodate special circumstances.

Additionally, McKee Homes can build specially adapted housing (SAH) and be ADA compliant.  The Department of Veteran Affairs offers SAH grants to veterans or service members who meet qualification standards. SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. McKee Homes has experience building specially adapted housing and is glad to answer any questions regarding these needs.

Finally, McKee Homes offers a home warranty which can help ease the minds of new home owners. All homes built by McKee come with a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty® (2-10 HBW), which offers 2 year systems and 10 year structural protection from the nation’s leading home warranty company.

Experience

Over the 9 years McKee Homes has been in building homes in Fayetteville, NC, proximity to Ft. Bragg has given McKee the privilege to help many veterans and their families purchase their perfect new home.  If you would like to tour a new home, give us a call at 910 672 7296 and schedule an appointment. We are always ready to help!

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Grand Opening: The McKee Homes Design Studio of Leland, NC

McKee Homes is proud to announce the grand opening of its Leland, NC Design Studio!

McKee Design Studio - Leland, NC

McKee Design Studio – Leland, NC. Located in Harrington Square.

Mayor of Leland Cuts Ribbon at McKee Design Studio Grand Opening

Mayor of Leland Cuts Ribbon at McKee Design Studio Grand Opening

To kick off the opening of the design studio, McKee Homes hosted a fun grand opening event at its new location. Harrington Square is a luxury residential and commercial development in Leland NC, located just 5 miles from Wilmington’s downtown waterfront. Dozens of guests filled the 2,125 sq. ft  space for a much anticipated first look at the unique studio. The Town of Leland’s mayor, Brenda Bozeman, was on site to commemorate the occasion by cutting the grand opening ribbon.

The theme of the evening was “Around the World”, with each area of the design studio having tasting stations set with a culinary theme from different areas of the world. As guests traveled around the studio, they were able to touch, see, and feel products and materials that are custom selections for McKee’s new homes. The open layout of the studio allowed guests to flow easily from one section to another while pausing to admire the coffee bar and stone wall electric fireplace. Many marveled at the variety of custom selections showcased: trendy navy and gray cabinet finishes, luxury stainless steel appliances, farmhouse sinks, and a glass vent hood. The wide selection of flooring, counter tops, backsplashes, and plumbing & cabinet fixtures impressed many guests who commented that there were so many options available.

Of course, the studio could not have been completed without McKee Homes’ expert design consultants. The team carefully considered each selection option and worked to design a space that would put customers at ease. While there are many options on display, the amount of selection doesn’t feel overwhelming. Rather, guests appeared delighted at the ability to compare so many options and see life size product.

Location

The new Leland design studio services all of McKee’s coastal NC neighborhoods to include Lanvale Forest, Winds Harbor, Clay Crossing, Cameron Trace, and Hanover Reserve. While the comfort and luxury of the design studio make the custom design process an enjoyable experience, it’s the location that is truly convenient. Now coastal NC customers are just a short drive from McKee’s one stop shop for custom selections. The design studio is open, and expert design consultants are available! Call today to schedule an appointment and begin planning the home of your dreams.

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McKee Homes Quick Move-In Sales Event

In recent years the need for new and affordable housing has grown exponentially. A recent analysis on new home construction by the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development showed that the demand for new housing was 10 times higher than the amount of housing available. Additional reports have placed new home construction starts at a sixty-year low.

Along with the housing shortage has come an increase in new home prices; Zillow recently reported an increase in home prices of approximately 7.6% over the past year. While this increase is not as drastic as in previous years, prices are still trending slowly upward. This, combined with the shortage of affordable housing, has made it more difficult for buyers in the market to find a bargain when looking for a new home.

Obviously, this bodes well for new home builders; it means that demand for new homes is high. However, budget conscious buyers may be feeling stressed over the lack of affordable homes. Additionally, the ever-present possibility that mortgage rates could rise puts pressure on buyers to purchase at the current rate to avoid paying more later.

Quick Move-In Homes: Available!

To counter these market issues, McKee Homes is kicking off 2019 with a Quick Move-In Sales Event. For Quick Move-In homes, the building process is complete. The stress that can accompany a new build is eliminated; there is no waiting on lot permits or worrying about bad weather conditions affecting construction. McKee’s Quick Move-In homes are gorgeously finished, spacious, located in beautiful neighborhoods, and ready for a family to move right in.

McKee Homes Quick Move-In sales event incentive offers vary by neighborhood and home. Select qualifying homes are eligible for $7,500 in incentives and buyers may be applicable for reduced mortgage rates when using a McKee preferred lender. To cap it off, some of these homes also qualify for an extra $5,000 in incentives. Additionally, these new homes are available now – What could be better?

The only thing more impressive than the incentives offered on Quick Move-In homes is the large selection available. McKee Homes has 30 neighborhoods throughout eastern North Carolina, and Quick Move-In homes are available in many of these neighborhoods. McKee Homes’ new home sales consultants are always available, happy to answer your questions, and ready to help find the best neighborhood and home for your family. Give us a call at 910-672-7296 today, and set a VIP appointment to view any of our beautiful homes.

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How does a government shutdown affect a new home mortgage loan?

The longest government shutdown on record has just ended but it could be reinstated within weeks. If you are in the process of securing a mortgage loan or plan on getting a mortgage loan soon, you can find useful information in this article to help you navigate through the home buying process during a government shutdown.

Conventional Loans

A government shutdown does not stop the loan process for the majority of new mortgages. Most mortgages are “conventional loans”, meaning the federal government is not the lender. Conventional loans include Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Administration (VA) loans. While federal agencies back qualified lenders for these loans in the event a borrower defaults, the federal government is not the lender. Conventional or not, some services needed to complete underwriting for mortgage loans is performed by federal agencies. During a government shutdown this could cause delays in closings but not postpone them indefinitely.

For a small amount of loans, such as direct loans issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal government acts as the lender. In these instances, all loan processes are completed by federal agencies. As a result, new USDA mortgage loans (direct and guaranteed) are not  issued during a shutdown. For individuals in the middle of the underwriting process with a USDA loan, there are many unknowns during a shutdown.

Flood insurance

When buying a new home subjects such as flood insurance and the federal government don’t immediately spring to mind. However, if a new home is in a high-risk flood zone (also known as a Special Flood Hazard Area) flood insurance protection is often required for the mortgage loan. For instance, FHA loans require flood insurance for homes located in these areas. Additionally, mortgage lenders have the burden of determining if coverage is required. As a precaution, some lenders require flood insurance in moderate or low risk areas. This affects the new mortgage process because most flood insurance is issued through the National Flood Insurance Program, which is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Just days before the shutdown began, FEMA announced it would not reauthorize use of the NFIP. However, on Dec. 21, 2018 the agency formally passed legislation to extend the NFIP through May 31, 2019.

IRS services and income verification

Most mortgage lenders submit an income verification request through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to verify income and give the lender confidence in the buyer’s purchasing power. The Income Verification Express Service (IVES) of the IRS was suspended temporarily in the early days of the shutdown, but was reinstated on January 7, 2019. A period of inactivity created a backlog of requests and cause delays in underwriting while lenders wait for income verification. This particularly affects loan seekers who are self-employed and without access to pay stubs or W-2 forms.

Federal Employees

The shutdown and furlough of federal employees means some new home buyers will not have the proof of income needed to complete a new mortgage loan. Fortunately, lenders eager to work with these employees can create solutions to help buyers in need.  For instance, in lieu of IRS income verification, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are offering a two-month mortgage payment cash reserve requirement. This allows buyers to skip income verification if they have enough cash reserves to cover two months of mortgage costs. Many other lenders are offering unique solutions, happy to answer questions regarding these options, and want to help alleviate stress surrounding a new home purchase during a shutdown.

In conclusion, a government shut down is unlikely to completely halt the new mortgage loan process, but there may be delays. While closing dates may be pushed back, the underwriting process is not at a standstill and will continue to function; though more slowly than normal. Additionally, lending options exist for federal employees and lenders are eager to assist in the process and answer questions.