Buying a Home – New vs. Preowned

Is it better to buy a pre-owned (resale) home or a new home? There are pros and cons to think about with both purchases. Buying a newly built home is like buying a cupcake with frosting on it. With a new home, you know exactly what you are getting under the frosting. On the other hand, a resale home could be that same cupcake with frosting or it could possibly be something much less desirable dressed up to look like a cupcake. It’s up to each homebuyer to decide which to choose, but personally, I want the cupcake with frosting.

If a homebuyer chooses to purchase a new home, they have more options to choose from and a question to ask themselves: “am I ready to embrace my creative side?” If the answer is yes, they can start from the ground up and pick a lot, floorplan, features and options in the neighborhood where they would most like their new home built. Builders have lined up all the contractors, picked out great locations and have the design coordinator on standby. Also, many creative types have already developed a ‘baby book’ to chart the process of building their new home and nobody judges them. Everyone loves a baby, just sayin’.

If a homebuyer is not channeling their ‘creative animal’ at the point of purchase, or needs to move sooner than a new home can be built for them, they can buy a new home that is already built, sometimes referred to as “move-in ready.” There are some move-in ready homes that can still be personalized depending on the builder and buyer’s prerogative.

With a resale home, someone has already made the creative decisions for the buyer. Before a mortgage can be secured for the home, the buyer will need to get a termite inspection and the entire home will need to be inspected by a qualified home inspector. Any problems found by the home inspector will need to be repaired before the buyer closes. If the home has a septic system, the septic system will need to be inspected and tested by a qualified professional and the tank may need to be pumped.

Most buyers want to personalize a home once they buy it and fix or upgrade anything they don’t like about the home. Resale homes often need much more maintenance than a new home, so the homebuyers need to be prepared to spend several fun-filled weekends engaged in DIY projects or spend additional money to hire a contractor, have strangers in their home and be a temporary construction manager in order to get the home the way they want it. Resale home buyers should get cost estimates on any work they want done before purchasing the home to make sure their budget will allow for the improvements and maintenance of the home.

What about the money? Most people assume they will pay less for a resale home over a new home, however in the long run, that is often not the case.

With new construction the homebuyer controls the costs by choosing the plan, the features, the upgrades and the location or subdivision they have their home built in.   The new homebuyer will also have all the latest and greatest energy efficient building materials such as windows, appliances, insulation and heat and cooling systems. In the long run, the new homebuyer will save money every month because of the home’s efficiency. Another money-saving benefit of purchasing a new home is the new home warranty. Some builders even include an additional warranty in the purchase cost of the home that goes beyond a traditional new home warranty. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty is an example of such a warranty. McKee Homes includes a full 2-10 warranty with all new homes, which covers the home’s systems for two years and the structure for a full 10 years.

In the end, it is up to each homebuyer to decide what is best for them. With new homes they get more input into having the home built the way they want it, they don’t have to spend every weekend doing projects and maintenance, they can rest easy knowing the home is covered by a new home warranty and they save money on energy costs every month. With a resale home, the initial cost may be lower, but until they purchase the home, they really don’t know for sure what’s under that frosting.

McKee Homes Builds Specially Adapted Housing

Adapted housing and adaptive home design are used in homes to allow people who are restricted to a wheelchair to have free access to most areas of the home including bathroom facilities. An adapted home can help someone confined to a wheelchair feel more self reliant and self confident. It allows them to do many things for themselves that they would otherwise need to have someone else help them with.

specially adapted home bathtub

The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Specially Adapted Housing (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 is one of the few homebuilders in North Carolina that is experienced with the SAH guidelines, processes and additional inspections; and will meet the necessary requirements with our adaptive floor plans and new home construction.

One of the main aspects of adaptive design is making sure that someone in a wheelchair can navigate entrances, doorways, hallways and living spaces with plenty of room to maneuver and turn around. Countertops, light switches and wall outlets need to be at the correct height so someone in a wheelchair can easily reach them. This is especially important when it comes to bathroom facilities such as toilets, sinks and showers.

specially adapted home shower

The best adaptive housing floor plans are single-story homes with no stairs and easy access to the house from the garage. The entrance to the home should be covered and have plenty of room to open the door. McKee Homes offers over a dozen single-story floor plans which can be easily adapted to meet the specific requirements of wounded veterans, aging retirees, or other physically disabled people. One of the communities we build in, The Cottages at North Ramsey in Fayetteville, N.C., close to Fort Bragg, includes all exterior home and yard maintenance taken care of by the homeowners association.

specially adapted home porch

McKee Homes has worked with many disabled veterans and even adapted some of our two-story homes for those with specific needs. We are happy to discuss the customization of almost any of our floor plans to meet the needs of anyone who is physically disabled to make sure their new home feels like home and help them feel comfortable and self reliant.

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Can I Choose Options That Are Not Part of the Standard New Home Package?

Once a homebuyer chooses their floor plan, and finalizes the paperwork involved in securing the home of their dreams, our expert Design Consultant will schedule an appointment with them at our design studio located at 109 Hay Street, Suite 101 in Fayetteville, NC to go over all their selection options. See our New Home Selections Process article.

Some of the selections or personalization can be done at the same time as the initial paperwork.  Also, at this point, some homebuyers may want to choose their interior colors, exterior colors and features, bathroom and kitchen tiles, and plumbing and lighting fixtures.

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

If a homebuyer would like to choose an option that is not included in the standard feature package, then the Design Consultant will create a “Change Order,” which will be added as an addendum to the homebuyer’s contract.  If the change increases the price of the home, the homebuyer is required to pay 50% of the additional cost in order to have the change order accepted.

To ensure that McKee Homes adheres to the time allotted to build a home, change orders should be completed within 21 days of signing the initial contract.  If a change order is requested outside of the allotted change order time, an additional $250 will be charged per change order, if McKee Homes can accommodate the change at that time.

It is important for the buyer to understand that any changes made after drywall completion will extend the closing date by the number of days that it takes to complete the work specified in the change order.

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

By Amy Kahler and John Rives

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What selections do I get to choose for my home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Julie Russo and John Rives

McKee Homes Building Process Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McKee Homes Now Building In Wilmington, NC

By John Rives

Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC is home to three of North Carolina’s finest beaches. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are all within a 25 minute drive of each other.

With a 230-block National Register Historic District, one of the largest in the U.S., Wilmington offers a wide variety of architectural styles and its historic downtown area has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, developed as a tourist attraction, which is home to many boutiques, eclectic shops and vibrant nightlife venues.

Enjoy fresh local seafood and regional specialties at over 40 locally owned restaurants and pubs in downtown Wilmington’s historic river district, many featuring live music.

The population of Wilmington is a little over 100,000 with the median age around 35 years old. The median income is just over $35,000 and the average price of a home is approximately $216,000.

McKee Homes is very excited to begin building new homes in Wilmington, NC.

Hanover Reserve

Hanover Reserve is one of McKee Homes newest neighborhoods located in scenic Wilmington. Location and Value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town including beaches and shopping.

Hanover Reserve

Give us a call at 910-208-9305 for quick information about any of our new homes and neighborhoods in Wilmington.

Hanover Reserve floor plan elevation renderings

You can view information and available homes and lots by visiting our Hanover Reserve page

Homes starting in the mid $200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,900 Sq. Ft.

From downtown Wilmington take Market Street towards Ogden. Turn left onto Torchwood Blvd. Take Torchwood until it dead ends and turn right onto Courtney Pines and then your first right onto White Rd. Take and immediate left onto Rabbit Hollow Drive. The end of Rabbit Hollow drive runs into Hanover Reserve, or Eastbourne Drive.

Hanover Reserve

McKee Homes New Neighborhoods for 2014

liberty hill open house

Liberty Hill

Come visit Liberty Hill on Saturday, April 12, 2014 for an open house with fun events for the whole family. There will be an Easter egg hunt, photo booth with Easter bunny, face painting, coloring contest, and an ice cream truck. Tour the open houses in the neighborhood to see beautiful new homes starting in the $200’s.

Liberty Hill is an exciting new neighborhood nestled in the plush and established Kings Grant subdivision! Located just north of Fayetteville near the I-295 connector, 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and 5 minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to eateries and shopping!

Liberty Hill is located near North Ramsey Street and I-295. Take Shawcroft Road from North Ramsey Street approximately 1.3 miles and turn right onto Williwood Road. Go approximately 400 feet and turn right on McCoy Cross into Liberty Hill.


Legacy Lakes

Just minutes from Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fort Bragg, Legacy Lakes is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, and natural lakes. Amenities include the Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links, the Plantation House Racquet and Fitness Club, 6 lighted tennis courts with the finest clay surfaces available, resort-style pool and pool house, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three natural lakes.

Homes starting from the low 200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,600 Sq. Ft.

Take US 1 (Sandhills Blvd) to US 15/501. Go approximately 2.2 miles and turn left into Legacy Lakes. Take the first right on Kerr Lake Road and go approximately 0.4 miles to Warren Lake Road, on right.


Hanover Reserve

Hanover Reserve is one of McKee Homes newest neighborhoods with new homes for sale in scenic Wilmington. Location and Value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town including beaches and shopping.

Hanover Reserve

Homes starting in the mid $200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,900 Sq. Ft.

From downtown Wilmington take Market Street towards Ogden. Turn left onto Torchwood Blvd. Take Torchwood until it dead ends and turn right onto Courtney Pines and then your first right onto White Rd. Take and immediate left onto Rabbit Hollow Drive. The end of Rabbit Hollow drive runs into Hanover Reserve, or Eastbourne Drive.


Coming Soon: McKee Homes will soon be building in the following neighborhoods.

Mid South Club

Mid South Club, in Southern Pines near Pinehurst, is a gated golf community with clubhouse offering some of the most stunning golf views in the area. The  clubhouse includes a grill and member’s room as well as a golf pro shop. In addition to the clubhouse, there is an eighteen-hole signature Arnold Palmer golf course. There are also tennis courts and a beautiful outdoor pool and cabana area for members.

Mid South Club

From Hwy 1 South, take the Midland Road exit and turn right onto Midland Road. Turn left onto Palmer Drive. The gate house is located on Palmer Drive, which can also be accessed directly from Knoll Road as well as Midland Road. From Hwy 1 North, take Hwy 15/501 exit in Aberdeen to Voit Gilmore Lane. Continue on to S. KNoll Road and turn right on to Palmer Dr. The gate house is located on Palmer Drive.


Willows

The Willows in Leland, NC, near Wilmington, is just minutes from Golf and the Beach. The community features new homes for sale and amenities including a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts. Over one-third of this community is dedicated to conservation area.

Coming from Wilmington on Highway 74/76 take the first Leland exit.  Turn right off the exit onto Village Rd. Then take the first left after the Methodist Church onto Northgate Dr. into the subdivision.

McKee Homes is one of the fasted growing new home builders in Eastern North Carolina and will soon be building in many new neighborhoods in Raleigh, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, and Wilmington.

Liberty Hill Grand Opening

Liberty Hill Grand Opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location:

Liberty Hill is located near North Ramsey Street and I-295. Take Shawcroft Road from North Ramsey Street approximately 1.3 miles and turn right onto Williwood Road. Go approximately 400 feet and turn right on McCoy Cross into Liberty Hill.

Liberty Hill Map

 

McKee Homes Building in Legacy Lakes

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

Just minutes from Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fort Bragg, Legacy Lakes is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, and natural lakes. Amenities include the Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links, the Plantation House Racquet and Fitness Club, 6 lighted tennis courts with the finest clay surfaces available, resort-style pool and pool house, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three natural lakes.

Legacy Lakes

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

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

Price Range:
from the low $200’s

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

Schools:
Aberdeen Elementary School
Southern Middle School
Pinecrest High school

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

Location:
Take US 1 (Sandhills Blvd) to US 15/501. Go approximately 2.2 miles and turn left into Legacy Lakes. Take the first right on Kerr Lake Road and go approximately 0.4 miles to Warren Lake Road, on right.

Summerwind Plantation Map

By John Rives

McKee Homes Now Building in Summerwind Plantation

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

Summerwind Plantation

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

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

Price Range:

$170’s to $230’s

Sq. Ft. Range:

1,700-2,300 Sq. Ft.

Schools:

Johnston – West View

Johnston – Cleveland

Johnston – Cleveland

Utilities:

Water and Sewer: Johnston County Water and Sewer

Power: Duke Energy

Gas: PSNC Energy

Location:

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

Summerwind Plantation Map