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More Room, More Flex Space for Life

Now more than ever … you need more flex space for life.

Home was just a home … until it wasn’t anymore. Now it’s a classroom, an office, a gym, a restaurant and a daycare. Luckily, McKee Homes multi-functional floorplans with up to 3 stories of living space, give you enough flex room to transform your home into what you need … and make doing life together at home much easier (and enjoyable)!

Below we are highlighting how McKee Homes floorplans support your new way of living. For as difficult of a time as it has been, we are infusing a little humor into scenarios that have become all too familiar for all of us. We hope you enjoy!

*Please note that features vary per floorplan. Some floorplans may incorporate features listed below and others may not.

*All bitmoji’s included in this diagram are of McKee Homes employees.

Large Backyard & Covered Patio:
Also Known As: The Backyard Escape & Dog Park

Luckily, you’re never “stuck” inside with a McKee Home. The covered patio serves as a great extension of every floorplan, offering additional living space with a colorful backdrop. The spacious patio provides an expansive space for a table and chairs, outdoor sofa and fire pit or a set of rocking chairs & foot stools. Whatever you envision as your outdoor sanctuary, McKee Homes creates a big-enough outdoor haven to make it possible. Take happy hour, Zoom lessons, kids homework or game nights outdoors for a change of scenery and fresh air that always keeps the mind and body healthy! Fido will be thankful for the space to explore and do its business in the large backyard, too. Think about all the memories you (immediate & fur family) can make during this time together with an outdoor entertainment pad. #Priceless

Best For:

  • Reading & Relaxing
  • Game Nights
  • Grilling & Summer BBQ’s
  • Being In Nature
  • Smores by the Outdoor Firepit
  • Date night for Mom and Dad

*Luckily the covered patios are spacious enough to accommodate the extra space between guests!

 

Large Open-Concept Kitchen with Kitchen Island
Aka The Snack, Homework & Baking Lounge

When you’re forced to stay home together, the kitchen – the heart of the home – becomes a multi-purpose room for cooking, snacking, homework, mini date nights and everything in between.

Luckily, the McKee Homes blueprint is based on a spacious open-concept plan that seamlessly connects the most-frequented rooms of the house – the family room, dining room, casual breakfast nook and kitchen – making the beautiful chaos of everyday family life easier.

A staple of our kitchens is the large chef-worthy peninsula and island that serves as:

  • A SNACK BAR: The kitchen island doubles as an eating (or snack) bar with ample room for bar stools for the whole family.
  • A BUFFET BAR: The large counter space is valuable for the cook in the family to chop, prep and layout a buffet-style meal for the entire family.
  • A HOMEWORK BAR: Little did we know when we designed our kitchen floorplans with large families in mind, that in 2020, this extra counter space would afford Mom and Dad enough room to spread out and make sense of the kids homework (we are in awe of all the parents out there!).
  • A SANITY SAVIOR: To keep your sanity while home-schooling, the expansive style of the kitchen allows you to overlook the cozy family room, enjoy the glow of the fire while playing the latest Hallmark movie.

No longer should your time together be stifled by a chopped up first-floor living plan that is “so 1980’s.” Allow the fun, laughter and memories to flow through your McKee Home with the kitchen being the core that keeps you together.


Finished 3rd Floor
Also Known As The Sports Club

When cooped up, the first thing to go is likely your sanity (sound familiar?).

When we thoughtfully laid out our multifunctional floorplans, we designed many of our blueprints with a third floor (finished and unfinished), not knowing that this additional living space would come in handy as a daily sports club during a nation-wide lock-down. Now that families are forced to stay inside, it’s paramount to incorporate body movement to fight off boredom, burn additional calories and increase endorphins that will keep you mentally and emotionally stable!

Here at McKee Homes, we are committed to saving your mental health! With optional full bath and kitchenette, your extra 3rd floor living space can serve as a full-functioning gym (or apartment, hotel, media room, _________ fill in the blank). Hang your big screen, switch on Beachbody On Demand and push yourself through a grueling yoga or cardio workout.

Doesn’t the ability to get away, even for a minute, sound dreamy?


Sunroom
Also Known As: The Zen Den

Another benefit of our creatively laid-out floor plans is the sunroom that sits off the main living area. With a dividing wall and fireplace, this room feels private and tranquil. In addition to the large windows that span every wall of the sunroom allowing natural light to seep through (we all need Vitamin D during this time), the secluded nature of this space makes it the ideal sanctuary for mindset work.

Feel free to set up a ‘Zen Den’ with blankets, pillows and a comfortable seating arrangement for meditation, journaling and breath work. This will help you manage stress, anxiety and uncomfortable thoughts and emotions that this time has most certainly brought on.

Large Garage
Aka The Man Cave

You have to have your “play” space too, we get it. That’s why we build in a space that can easily translate into the “man cave” or “she shed.”

The spacious 2 or 3-car garage (depending on your preference) is wide-open without any wasted square footage. Without worrying about scratching floors or ruining the carpet, you can set up furniture, arcade games, a big screen and a bar to make the ideal hangout. The garage is large enough to leave a vehicle parked, while enjoying the second-half of the room, too. It’s a win/win space.

Long Driveway & Front Yard
Also Known As: The Driveway Happy Hour Spot

Since de-stressing at a restaurant or bar after a hard day of work was out of the question, it doesn’t mean cocktail hour had to be … in a McKee Home.

McKee Homes makes happy hour at home easy with our expansive homesites that offer front yards large enough for an entire daycare (if you need to keep the kids in eyesight) and driveways long enough to crack open a cold beer and still maintain 6 ft from your favorite neighborhood friends.

The next time you’re ordered to stay at home, rest assured that McKee Homes designs a home that makes driveway happy hour not only doable, but enjoyable.


Office
Also Known As: The Zoom Room

No longer are people traveling to and from work, networking at conferences or hosting meetings in person. But adhering to deadlines and making the boss happy is still at the top of the priority list. The problem is that sitting at the dining room table while kids are screaming won’t produce your best work. To continue to meet expectations as a trusted employee, it’s imperative to have a sacred space that’s clean, quiet and all yours.

The McKee Homes first-floor Zoom Room (aka the office or flex room) offers a spacious office big enough for a large desk, chairs (6 ft apart) for visiting colleagues and a side table for printer and office supplies. We promise it will feel like you’re in a regular conference room when you log into your live Zoom Calls.

Although private, your office is still convenient to the rest of the open-concept first floor main living area, including your break room (sitting area) and cafeteria (kitchen) when it’s time to take a quick clarity or coffee break.


Open-Concept Living Room
Also Known As: The Google Classroom

Before, the living room was meant for game night after a family dinner or morning coffee over good conversation. Now, the kids are home and you’ve morphed into a 5th grade math teacher with no actual desk space, classroom materials or teaching credentials.

Don’t fret. To make the transition into home schooling easier, our open-concept first-floor layout features 9 ft trey ceilings that make the room feel much larger than it is. Additionally, the home seamlessly connects each room of the main living area, freely flowing through the family room, kitchen, casual breakfast nook and outdoor living area. The kitchen is grand and contemporary with a massive, chef-style island that serves as the ideal eating bar. What once was counter space for chopping and buffet meals is now extra room to spread out homework, calculators, rulers and more. Since the kitchen overflows into a casual dining area, you’re able to hop from one kid to the next to assist with all of their distant learning needs.

And, when the kids need to refuel their minds before submitting their final work, snacks are just a reach away.


Covered Front Porch
Also Known As: The Cozy Corner for Rest & Relaxation

After a full day inside with kids and your spouse, fresh air and nature always does the mind (and body) good. Not only does McKee Homes offer large homesites with spacious backyards and covered patios with a screened-in option, we also build in an luxurious outdoor living space in the front of the home, too. With a covered front porch that spans much of the home façade, you can create a R&R (rest & relaxation) shelter right out front. Position two rocking chairs or a slider bench to cozy up for:

  • Star gazing
  • Coffee break
  • Night cap
  • Good conversation with neighbors
  • Snuggle session with your significant other

Designed with a roof, you can escape anytime rain or shine.

Spa-Worth Master Bath
Also Known As: The Wellness Haven

During trying times, it’s essential to maintain a self care regimen that will strengthen your mind, body and spirit. Fortunately, our master suites come with a spa-worthy master bath fit for a king and queen … the “wellness haven” as we call it these days.

Escape to your five-star retreat within your own home at any time you need to refuel your tank. Rejuvenate yourself:

  • GARDEN TUB: Draw a bubble bath, put on a calming face mask, light a lavender candle and open a good book.
  • SEPARATE, LARGE TILED SHOWER: Put on a guided meditation or relaxing music and let the hot water soothe you.
  • DOUBLE SINK VANITY: Stretch out your skin care arsenal to really enjoy your “me” time.
  • WALK IN CLOSET: Slip on your most comfortable robe that you can find in the spacious closet connected to your master bath.

 

There you have it.

Your daily life doesn’t look the same anymore, which means your home can’t either. As you acclimate to a new way of living, the home that once supported your everyday life, all of a sudden doesn’t. Now that your home is a haven for so much more, it needs to support all the new functions it has been forced to take on. With McKee Homes’ multi-functional floorplans that come in all sizes and shapes, you can rest assured that this extra time at home with family will be easier and even enjoyable. We promise … more room and more flex space for life.

Interested in more room … and more flex space for life? Browse our available homes or homesites to find a home that fits your new needs. Feel free to call or text our friendly and knowledgeable Online Sales Team for more info, to ask questions or book a 1:1 private or virtual showing.

Call/text: (910) 672-7296
Visit: McKeeHomesNC.com
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Difference Between Quick Move-In and To-Be Built Homes

Most homebuilders offer quick move-in and to-be built homes. If you have been looking at new construction homes, you’ve probably heard these terms but may not know what the differences are or which route to go once you decide to buy a new home.

Quick Move-In Homes (Showcase Homes)

Many builders use the term “quick move-in” homes to refer to homes that are already built or partially built. Some builders refer to them as Speculative (Spec) homes or Inventory homes while McKee Homes refers to our quick move-in homes as Showcase homes.

One of the main advantages of our Showcase homes is that they are either completely built or already started and can therefore be closed and moved into in a much shorter timeframe than to-be built homes.

Our Showcase homes are professionally designed by our Design Team with the most popular design trends and features. That means you don’t have to worry about choosing options and selections and can focus on closing and moving in. This is especially important for buyers that have more immediate needs to move within a certain timeframe.

Another advantage of Showcase, or quick move-in homes, is you get to walk the home before you buy. You can explore the floorplan layout and easily visualize living in the home and how you would use each room.

To-Be Built Homes (Presale Homes)

Whether a builder calls them to-be built or presale homes, the advantage is you get to personalize the home to make it you own before the home is built. Most builders reserve lots specifically for Presale homes with a selection of floorplans and options in each community where they build.

With presale, or to-be built homes, you can select the homesite, floorplan, structural options, features, finishes, exterior color scheme and interior paint colors you desire for your new home. There can be exceptions where a builder, such as McKee Homes, will not allow the same floorplan or exterior color scheme to be used next to each other in order to ensure the overall aesthetic balance in the community.

Personalizing Your Home

If you want to be able to personalize your home, but are concerned that it might be overwhelming, we have you covered. Our knowledgeable New Home Sales Consultants will help you choose the perfect homesite, floorplan and exterior color scheme for your new home before contract. They can even help you get prequalified for a home mortgage loan!

One of our Design Studio Consultants will reach out to schedule an appointment at our nearest Design Studio. They bring expertise in design to help you create a home that captures your personal style and will assist you in bringing your new home vision to life. At our design studio, you have the opportunity to see, touch and feel all our design choices.

If you are curious about the Design Studio experience and want to find out more before you purchase a presale home, you are welcome to attend our Design Studio preview Night, where you can take a self-guided tour of our studio. This is an opportunity to gather ideas by seeing all we have to offer. This is a great time to take notes and pictures so you can be prepared for your personal design appointment.

Should you choose a quick move-in or to-be built home?

The biggest consideration is time. If you need to move within a few months, you should choose a Showcase, or quick move-in home. Or if you don’t want to make all the option and finish decisions about your new home and prefer to buy a home that you can walk before you buy, a Showcase home is your best choice.

If you have the time to go through the build process and are looking forward to making selections for your new home, you would be better off choosing a presale, or to-be built home. You will receive guidance from our team of experts in sales, design, and construction to help you all the way from choosing a community, homesite and floorplan, to selections, closing and beyond.

Is there a third option?

If you are caught in the middle and would like to choose some of the options and finishes for your home but don’t have time to go through the full homesite selection and build process, there is one other option that might be a good fit for you.

McKee Homes lists our Showcase homes as soon as we begin construction allowing you to find them on our website and real estate sites such as Zillow or Realtor.com, or through your Realtor®. You may not be able to choose structural options, depending on far along the home is in the construction process, but you may have the opportunity to make interior finish and color selections.

This is a good compromise as it will give you some of the advantages of both quick move-in and to-be built homes. The home will be much closer to completion by the time you sign a contract to purchase the home, but you will still get to make many of the selections for your new home.

More Information

Please visit Our Process web page for more information about McKee Homes’ sales, design and construction processes.

For more information about quick move-in and to-be built homes, or as we call them Showcase and Presale homes, please give us a call at 910-672-7296 or fill out the form below.

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New Interactive Design App

One of the most popular features of the McKee Homes website is our Interactive Design App. This app helps home shoppers design their new home by choosing structural options and exterior colors for siding, shakes, roofing, doors, ext. trim and more.

Interactive Design App Version 2

We have just unveiled the new Interactive Design App 2.0 which is now available through our website floorplan and community pages. The new app features larger images and easier navigation. It’s fun and easy to use! We encourage anyone interested in buying a new home to play around with this app. You can choose your favorite floorplans, select options and exterior colors and save your choices as a PDF brochure right from the app.

The IDA home page includes a map showing the location of all communities listed. For more information about each community, click the Info button at the bottom of the community thumbnail image in the listing.

IDA Our Plans selectionFor maximum options and elevations, the Our Plans community is a great place to start. From the IDA Home page, scroll down through the community listings and click the Select Plan button in the Our Plans listing.

Select a floorplan elevation to start designing your new home! All available elevations for your chosen floorplan are shown at the top of the app content area.

  1. Choose structural options for each floor
  2. Choose exterior color options which display on the exterior rendering
  3. Select Create My Brochure button to generate a PDF brochure.
  4. Print, save and share options available at top of page under community name

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Can’t wait to try out the new Interactive Design App? Follow one of the easy steps below to get started from our website community or floorplan pages.

 Three Ways To Get Started

  1. From Community Page
    • Start on any community page on our website and select the Build Your Home tab
    • Choose a floorplan and click the View Interactive Floor Plan button from the floorplan page
    • Enter your name and email in the signup form and click Design Your New Home
      If you have already signed up to view or download any of our content, you will only see the Design Your New Home button. No need to sign up more than once.
    • You will automatically be taken to the community and floorplan you chose in the IDA
  1. From Floorplan Page
    • Choose a floorplan from the main floorplan page
    • Choose one of the floorplan elevations and click the View Interactive Floor Plan button from the floorplan page
    • Enter your name and email in the signup form and click Design Your New Home
      If you have already signed up to view or download any of our content, you will only see the Design Your New Home button. No need to sign up more than once.
    • You will automatically be taken to the floorplan you chose in the Our Plans community section of the IDA. This section has all our floorplans with both Heritage and Autograph collection color schemes.
  1. From Signup Page
    • Enter your name and email in the signup form and click Design Your New Home
      If you have already signed up to view or download any of our content, you will only see the Design Your New Home button. No need to sign up more than once.
    • You will automatically be taken to the home page of the IDA. Click the Select Plan button on any community listing to get started. To see more information about a community, click the Info button at the bottom right of the community thumbnail image. The Our Plans community has all our floorplans with both Heritage and Autograph collection color schemes.

More Information

For more information about the app, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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How To Navigate Home Builder Websites

Searching for a new home online can be confusing, especially if you don’t know how to navigate home builder websites. You may have landed on a home builder website from a simple online search or from a link on a real estate syndication site like Zillow. Either way, it’s good to know how to navigate home builder websites to quickly find the homes, floorplans and information you are looking for.

Historically low interest rates and limited inventory have resulted in record numbers of people searching for new homes online. New homes offer benefits compared to pre-owned homes such as being able to personalize your dream home, new systems and appliances and saving money from energy-efficient features.

How To Navigate Home Builder Websites

Most home builder websites use a similar navigation hierarchy:

  1. Choose State, Region or City
  2. Choose Community
  3. Choose between Quick Move-In Homes and To-Be-Built Floorplans

Of course, every home builder website is different, but most follow this simple navigation model. Many offer the ability to do a quick search using the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or other criteria as you would on real estate syndication sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, or NewHomeFeed.com.

The first place to start on most home builder websites is to look for the Find A Home menu button or link. It may be labeled differently such as Find Your New Home, but you should see something similar in the main menu at the top of every page.

The next step is to choose the general location where you want to live, which is usually a city, but initially could be more general such as state or region for larger national home builder websites.

fina a home menu

Our McKee Homes website home page has city/region buttons in the main banner image area that are easy to find and use. There is also a Find A Home menu with city/region links in the main menu area. Since we build in North Carolina only, there are no state options.

City/Region

Click the city or region name where you are interested in living to see all communities and quick move-in homes in that area. The Communities tab opens by default. If you prefer to look at all the quick move-in homes in that area, click the Quick Move-In Homes tab at the top left, just above the list of communities.

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Communities

The Communities tab shows a list of communities available in each region with a map showing the location of each community. Click on the home markers to see the community names in the top left column of the map.

Click the community image or name in the far-left column to go to the community page. There you will find community info such as HOA, amenities, services, schools, utilities, photos, video and driving directions in the Overview tab which opens by default. Click the Get Directions button just above the map to get Google map directions from your current location to the community model home.

Explore other tabs in the community page such as Quick Move-In Homes, Build Your Home and Community Site Plan for property listings of available homes, to-be-built floorplans and a community sitemap respectively.

Quick Move-In Homes

From the Quick Move-In Homes tab on the region pages, click the home markers to see home info in that location. Clicking View Details on the listings in the left column or on the map popup will take you to the property listing page with detailed information about the home.

Use the Download Floor Plan button at the top left of the page to download a high-quality printable PDF file of the floorplans for that home.  Click the Neighborhood Info button further down the page to go the community page.

Quick Search With Filters

In addition, we offer a quick way to search our available inventory homes with search filters for area, community, bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and even schools. To use this search feature, roll over the Find A Home menu and click Quick Move-In Homes.

quick move-in home search

Floor Plans

To view all floor plans we offer, roll over the Find A Home menu and select Floor Plans. The main floor plans page shows listings for all our floor plans with basic info such as square footage and beds/baths. Click into each floor plan listing to see the available elevations for each floor plan group.

The floor plan elevation pages have detailed info on each floor plan elevation, as well as renderings and floor plan layout. If you would like to download a high-quality printable PDF file, scroll down the page and click on the Download Floor Plan button.

Once you enter your name and email, you will have access to all our floorplans, 3D virtual tours and our interactive design app where you can play with options and colors for your new home.

Scrolling further down the floor plan elevation page, you will see all communities where that floor plan is available to be built as well as a photo gallery of one or more finished homes built with the floor plan elevation you are viewing.

You can also view all photo galleries including special kitchen and bath collections on our main photo gallery page.

Hopefully this article on how to navigate home builder websites will help you get the new home information you want quickly and easily.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment to view our homes and floorplans, please contact us using the signup forms on our property listing and floorplan pages or give us a call at 910-672-7296. We offer one-on-one, in-person appointments as well as live video appointments to suit your needs.

Additional Information

For special accessibility needs, click the round purple accessibility icon at the top right of every page for options such as larger text, high contrast, keyboard navigation, tooltips or to enable the screen reader.

For more information about McKee Homes, view the About Us menu, fill out the contact form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Find the Perfect Floorplan for Your New Home

McKee Homes makes it easy to find the perfect floorplan for your new home with easy-to-use online content. Browse through our floorplans, photo galleries, interactive design app and 3D interactive tours

  • View and download high-quality printable floorplan brochures.
  • Get creative with our interactive design app where you can play with colors and structural options for any of our floorplans.
  • Take an online tour of our homes on your computer or mobile device with 3D interactive video tours.

If you’re like most of us, you have been spending a lot more time at home lately. You may be realizing working from home requires a dedicated office instead of temporarily clearing off the dining room table. The lack of ample storage may have become a constant irritation and problems with older systems such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical may require maintenance and repair at the most inconvenient time.

With interest rates still historically low, you may be spending some time online looking at new homes and planning for the future to brighten your day. There are fewer than normal pre-owned homes on the market these days, so many home shoppers are looking at new construction.

An advantage of new construction is the ability to choose structural options such as sunroom, third-bay garage or guest suite. You also get to choose plumbing and electrical fixtures, floor coverings, paint colors and a host of other selections to truly personalize your new home.

Once you’ve decided to explore the new home market, you begin the exciting adventure of discovering the perfect floorplan for your new home. Having access to a variety of easy-to-navigate online content makes the process easy, fun and convenient as it can be done without leaving your couch!

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High-Quality Printable Floorplan Brochures

Our website has downloadable print-quality floorplan brochures of all our floorplans so you can create a collection of your favorite floorplans. We have photo galleries of our floorplans so you can see how the homes look completed. There are also special collections of our favorite kitchens and bathroom photography as well as photos of our design studios that show many of the selections available there.

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Interactive Design App

Play with our interactive design app to experiment with exterior color pallets, stone choices and structural options for all of our floor plans. We are in the process of upgrading our IDA to make it easier to use. The new IDA will be available  by July 2020.

Once you choose a color palette and the structural options you can save your choices, share it with friends and download as a PDF brochure.

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3D interactive Tours

Navigating new homes through our 3D interactive tours gives you a real feel for what it would be like to walk through our homes except that it’s much easier. Instead of walking up a flight of stairs, you can move to another floor with the click of your mouse or a touch of your screen.

You can move around in any direction, explore all the rooms of the home, look up or down, and easily move to other levels in the home. We also have videos created from these tours for most of our available quick move-in homes.

More Information

If you have questions about any of our floorplans and the communities where they are available, please reach out to us at 910-672-7296 or fill out the form below or on any of our floorplan or community web pages.

Our beautiful high-quality online content makes it easy to find the perfect floorplan for your new home!

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Buying A Home Online: The Digital Home Buying Process

Just because you have to stay at home during this time, doesn’t mean you should stop the pursuit of your dream home. The concept of buying a home online might be foreign to some, but if you’re in the market for a new home, NOW is still the time to buy (and we’re not saying that just because we’re in the home buying & building industry).

The fact is … home buyer purchasing power is at an all-time high with interest rates at the lowest they’ve been in a decade (and they are expected to decrease even more through May 2020)! If you want to explore this unique opportunity that doesn’t come around often, we’re here to help with buying a home online (or at least starting the process), utilizing our easy-to-use digital tools.

Whether you’re looking for already-built, quick move-in ready homes or available homesites that you can build a new home from the ground up, we’re ready to give you a customized new home buying experience from the comfort of your current home.

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Wrong. Let’s break down how this process would work …

Let McKee Homes bring your new home to you …


First, Do Your Homework: Research McKee Homes Neighborhoods & Homes

McKee Homes builds new homes across North Carolina, in markets such as Southern Pines, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Raleigh and surrounding areas. You can find information on all of our communities on McKeeHomesNC.com/Find-A-Home, where you can learn about available homes and homesites, our portfolio of floor plans and features, neighborhood amenities and more.

Since home shopping online can be overwhelming, we have a few digital tools that will help you get clear on exactly what you are looking for:

  • Interactive Design App: You have an idea in your head of what you want in a new home, but don’t know how to bring it to life? Use our Interactive Design App to pick your floor plan, exterior colors, upgrades and more! Designing your new home from the comfort of your couch has never been so easy.
  • 3D Virtual Tours: Walk every single one of our floor plans as if you were in the home, right from your computer. Our interactive video tours allow you to walk through every room in the house with a click of the mouse, so you can experience the floor plan and special details for yourself.
  • Photo Galleries: Professional real estate photographers have captured every detail of each floor plan, which are showcased on our website. We also share photo galleries that feature design ideas for your future kitchen and bathrooms to inspire your inner designer and help you get a feel for what you’d like in your own home.


Try to visualize the long-term picture: an investment today will increase savings in the long run.

We can’t stress this enough … now is the time to buy. Interest rates are at a historic low and are enabling new homeowners to get more house for less at a lower monthly mortgage payment. Long-term this means saving more money for college tuitions, family vacations and retirement.


McKee Homes is here you for you, virtually, every step of the way!

McKee has always offered ways to facilitate the homebuying process electronically – including home tours via video chat, electronic purchase agreements, secure payment process for deposits and text, phone and email correspondence with our Builders, Design Consultants and New Home Sales Agents. Although nothing replaces the joy we get from face-to-face interaction with our new home buyers, we’re happy to be able to offer these virtual capabilities at a time like this. McKee allows homebuyers to tour their future homes virtually (or through a private 1:1 scheduled appointment), ask questions with our sales consultants and loan offers, sign a contract, pay deposits, pick design selections and do final walk-throughs of their homes from the comfort of their current homes. Go To Meeting, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Houseparty … you pick! We’ve used all of the virtual technologies and are happy to conduct a virtual home tour with your online video chat of choice.

At the end of the day, our sole mission is to match your family with a new home or homesite as quickly, easily and safely as possible. So, we’re here, virtually, ready when you are.

Have peace of mind with our trusted lender, Vision Lending

Getting a home loan for building a new home is not hard, especially digitally. Through Vision Lending’s secure online hub and mobile app, you can get pre-qualified and start your application, calculate payments with a built-in mortgage calculator, view your progress, securely scan and upload documents and easily message your loan officers as you go. Access to our loan officers via text, phone and FaceTime is available, too!

 

Private 1:1 Home Appointments: Our homes are thoroughly cleaned, top to bottom!

Your safety is our top priority, above any home sale. We have gone above and beyond to ensure the sanitation and safety of our homes – hand sanitizers, face masks for builders and trades, additional cleaning measures and strict social distancing rules as recommended by the CDC. As of right now, we are operating “By Appointment Only” for in-person tours where you can schedule a 1:1 private home showing with one of our New Home Consultants. More popular as of right now are our LIVE video home tours that you can book and conduct from any computer or phone.

 

Our home buyers are part of the McKee Family and we take care of family members. Have the comfort of knowing that we are here and doing everything we can to meet your needs, even during these trying times. If you’re ready to take advantage of the low-interest rates or need to move quickly due to work or family, let us know how we can help make your new home dreams come to life!

Feel free to reach out to us on the phone at 910-672-7296 or fill out the short form below!

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HECM for Purchase Seminar

A Little-Known Program to Buy Your Next Home With No Monthly Mortgage Payments!*

McKee Homes has been offering a live HECM for Purchase Program Seminar each month at our Evergreen at Flowers Plantation community model home. This seminar will be continued as an online webinar starting April 7, 2020 at 9:30 AM every Tuesday and Saturday.

Register by calling (910) 672-7296 or emailing sales@mckeehomesnc.com

About the H4P Seminar

Guest Speaker: Ron Heath, Home Equity Retirement & HECM for Purchase Specialist at Mutual of Omaha Mortgage.

What You’ll Learn

  • What the HECM for Purchase (H4P) Program is
  • How to Qualify for the H4P Program
  • What Types of Property can be purchased using the H4P Program
  • How to significantly increase your home purchasing power
  • Why paying cash for your next home may jeopardize your retirement plan
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Advantages of the HECM for Purchase 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!
  • 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.
  • If you use the H4P Program to purchase a 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.
  • 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

For more information, and to download the HECM for Purchase Home Buyers Guide, please visit our McKee Homes HECM for Purchase Program article.

*Borrower must occupy home as primary residence and remain current on property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, the costs of home maintenance, and any HOA fees.

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Buy A New Home or Existing Home? Debunking Common New Home Construction Beliefs

When it comes to buying a house, the million dollar question is: Do you buy a new home or existing home?

Home buyers can be hesitant to build a new home over buying a home that’s being resold. However, this typically stems from fear of the unknown. Essentially, home buyers haven’t been equipped with all the facts when it comes to new home construction.

So we’re debunking popular common held beliefs when it comes to building a home vs. buying older real estate, so you can feel educated when making the right decision for you and your family.

THE ASSUMPTION THAT NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES WILL EXCEED YOUR BUDGET
The main factor driving a home buyer’s choice between new home construction and an existing home is price point. Home buyers automatically assume that building a new home will exceed their budget.

However, there are a few contingencies that the home buyer should take into consideration:

  • Home Buyer Incentives: Unlike buying an existing home, home builders often offer lucrative incentives to help the home buyer up front. Incentives can include closing costs, upgrades, free appliances or other attractive offers that make the home more affordable and/or comfortable long-term.
  • Less Repair Costs: When home buyers build a new home, they are investing in the ease of a turnkey home, which often comes with fewer unexpected repairs than buyers of existing homes.
    • According to Zillow’s 2019 Consumer Housing Trends Report, more than 8 in 10 (83%) of existing home buyers say they repaired or renovated their homes within the first year of ownership.
    • More than half (54%) had to make a major repair or renovation within the first month of getting the keys.
    • Compared to new construction buyers: 48% of buyers who purchased a brand-new home in the past two years still haven’t had to make a single repair or renovation.

TIMING & HASSLE TO BUILD A HOME:
Home buyers think that buying a new home means the hassle of choosing a lot, picking designs and features and waiting for the home to be built. Although those reasons are why a lot of home buyers choose to build a new home, others need a more immediate solution for their family. Therefore, they think their only option is existing homes.

The reality is that more than half of a home builder’s inventory is quick, move-in ready homes. Meaning, these home are already built yet brand new and waiting for their forever family. The beauty of buying a quick, move-in ready home is that you get the newness of a home with the move-in timeline of an existing home. It’s a win/win!

To view our available quick, move-in homes, click here.

CONCERN ABOUT QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION OR MATERIALS

According to Zillow, 26% of buyers who didn’t follow through with a new construction home had concerns about the quality of construction or building materials.

Over time, residential building codes and materials have significantly improved to ensure top-notch safety, design and construction of a new home.

Existing single-family homes, town homes and other real estate were likely built 10, 20, 30+ years prior to a home buyer purchase. Although the home likely sustained numerous updates throughout the aging of the home, in addition to quality inspections before closing on the home; a home buyer really never knows the state of an older home they are inheriting

HOME BUYERS THINK THAT SOME COSTS AND UPGRADES FOR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION WEREN’T TRANSPARENT UNTIL THEY PURCHASED THE HOME

To be exact, 26% of home buyers who bought a new home in 2019 say that they did not understand the full breakdown of costs prior to building a new home.

We are unsure of the home cost transparency that’s afforded by other home builders; however we pride ourselves on handling the home buying process as if it were us buying the home.  Our New Home Sales Consultants provide price sheets and itemized personalization costs, as well as set clear expectations for the home buyer during model and showcase home walk-throughs. Costs and fees pertaining to lots, upgrades and everything in between, in addition to when each installment is due throughout the process is communicated from the beginning.

HOME BUYERS BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN’T GET THE SAME “CHARM” THAT COMES WITH AN OLDER STYLE HOME

The good news is with a new home build, you get to make your new home what you want! With a variety of floor plans, exterior colors and features, design selections, unique upgrades and more, you get to personalize each part of your home. The uniqueness you infuse into your new construction home will give it the exact “charm” you were envisioning.

Additionally, although your new home may not have the same look as an aged home, the communities we build in are mature and preserve a beautiful and homey feel.

HOME BUYERS FEEL THEY MAY BE OVERWHELMED BY THE UNKNOWN OF THE HOME BUILDING PROCESS

With any home builder, the New Home Specialist should create a road map for the home buyer that includes the following to help create transparency and trust and set expectations up front.

Home Building Process

  • Expected timeline
  • Cost breakdown
  • Design Studio Selections
  • Warranties
  • Home Owner Walk-Throughs and Orientation
  • Estimated Closing
  • …and everything in between.

In general, the home building process looks a lot like the below:

  1. Get a pre approval letter. Special incentives offered by using our preferred lender, Vision Lending.
  2. Pick a neighborhood
  3. Pick a floor plan, pick your structural options
  4. Pick from our available lots
  5. Sign the contract. We can conveniently send you our contract via email so you can sign from anywhere in the world.
  6. Pay builder deposit. We can also email you an invoice for your builder deposit to pay online. The builder deposit amount will vary depending on the sales price amount.
  7. Attend your design appointment within 2 weeks of signing your contract. We can also do a video call so you can design your home remotely. We can also email you an invoice if you want to add any additional items.
  8. Meet with the builder 4 times throughout your home build process.
  9. Sign your closing documents at the attorney’s office. Congratulations on your New Home purchase!
  10. Transfer utilities in your name
  11. Register with your neighborhood HOA for access to amenities
  12. Warranty will follow up. Our warranty team will be there for you with your 1 year builder warranty.

Throughout the home buying process, the home buyer should also have constant communication with either their New Home Specialist or their builder so they know where their home build stands at any given moment.

HOME BUYERS THINK THAT THE LOANS, SPECIFICALLY FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE A HASSLE OR CONFUSING

We offer our home buyers our preferred lender, Vision Lending. Our Vision Lending loan officers, Chung and Jason, will handle your mortgage pre-approval that will give you a realistic idea of your down payment and budget, and give you more negotiating power when you make an offer.

Our home buyers have a peace of mind through the process as our preferred lender goes above and beyond to hold their hands every step of the way.

So what do you think, should you buy a new home or existing home?

If you’re in the market for a new home and are trying to decide whether buying a new home or an existing home is right for you, we’d love to have a conversation with you. We’ll be happy to answer any questions about the home buying and home building process, so you feel like you have full clarity when it comes time to make an offer – on new home construction or older real estate.

Feel free to fill out the form below and one of our friendly and knowledgeable Online Home Specialists will be in touch with you shortly.

 

Our home buyers become family … thank you to all of our home owners for choosing McKee Homes!

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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
  3. Click Submit!
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.

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Top Reasons to Live in Wilmington, NC

From affordable seaside homes to a relaxed, yet active beach lifestyle, people across the country are discovering the lure of living on the North Carolina Coast. For those of you still pondering a move, we are highlighting the top reasons to live in Wilmington NC and surrounding areas.

DOG & BEER LOVER PARADISE:
Home to Wilmington are many dog-friendly establishments and walking trails as well as unique beer and wine shops, including Cape Fear Wine, Wilmington Brewing Company, Flytrap Brewing and Waterline Brewing Co.

PRISTINE COASTAL BEACHES:
Unlike most beach towns, Wilmington boasts an assortment of beaches close to one another, each with their own local flare. Choose from Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Oak Island, Southport, Topsail Island and Masonboro Island. Whether you’re in the mood for boardwalks, fishing, swimming, sunbathing or nature walks, the Wilmington area has you covered.

SEASIDE LIVING THAT’S AFFORDABLE
Wilmington and Leland have been featured on the “Best Places to Live” lists for the last 10 years. Although Wilmington has seen a boom since 2015, both cities are still considered up-and-coming and thus are still very affordable compared to other coastal towns.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
The year-round warm climate and access to the water makes for a very active, healthy lifestyle. You’ll find locals outside enjoying nature around the clock, whether they’re running the Wrightsville Beach Loop, surfing, boating or paddle boarding on any body of water or enjoying a stroll on the waterfront Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington.

WARMER CLIMATE YEAR-ROUND
The Wilmington weather is fairly mild throughout the year, allowing locals to escape the extreme temperatures of winter.

ELEGANT DINING ON THE WATER: (On the rivers, Intercoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean)
Smell the salty air or watch the sunset while noshing on fresh, local seafood atop terrific outdoor patios around the city. Bluewater Grill, Dockside, Pilot House Restaurant, Fish House Grill and Smoke on the Water are just a few local favorites.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
As a historical coastal town established in 1542, Wilmington has an array of captivating visitor attractions for kids and adults:

  • Battleship North Carolina: Envision what it was like for the crew during World War II aboard the Battleship North Carolina docked in Downtown Wilmington.
  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: Discover aquatic wildlife at free daily dive shows and animal encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures and kid friendly camps. From touching stingrays and climbing the adventure reef to talking with expert shark divers and looking alligators in the eyes, there is something for everyone at Fort Fisher!
  • Tregembo Animal Park: Experience 100+ species of animals, including bears, tigers, lions, birds, reptiles and more.
  • Airlie Gardens: Airlie Gardens, a premiere garden of the coastal South, features 67 acres of walking paths, formal gardens, seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, historic structures, and contemporary sculpture.
  • Poplar Grove Plantation: Tour the Manor and grounds at Poplar Grove, formerly a sweet potato and peanut plantation that’s one of the last remaining plantations open to the public in southeastern North Carolina.

DREAM HOMES AT AN AFFORABLE PRICE – FOR NOW!
As many are discovering the lure of Wilmington and surrounding growing communities, many are buying and/or building their dream homes now. Prices are predicted to skyrocket as people continue to discover this hidden gem of a coastal town.

As a longstanding home builder in Wilmington and surrounding areas, we have a variety of new and established neighborhoods throughout historic Wilmington and up-and-coming Leland. We have available homesites for you to choose the ideal location for your new home or you can choose from a plethora of quick move-in ready homes.

We build new homes in the following communities throughout Wilmington and Leland:

ESTABLISHED NEIGHBORHOODS:

Lanvale Forest (NEW PHASE SELLING!)
Lanvale Forest is nestled in the heart of north Brunswick County only minutes from Downtown Wilmington. The community offers a pool and pool/bath house, sidewalks and street lights. Leland is a new, up and coming area that gives residents the convenience of proximity to Wilmington while choosing from a variety of beaches in either Brunswick or New Hanover County. Enjoy Leland and it’s exciting activities such as, the annual Town of Leland Founder’s Day Celebration on the second Saturday of September at Founders Park.

Model Home: 4505 Combs Forest Court Leland, NC 28451
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Clay Crossing (FINAL OPPORTUNITIES!)
A quaint twenty-one lot community perfectly situated off Darden Road between Middle Sound Loop Road and Wendover Lane in Wilmington.

Clay Crossing features our European elevation floor plans, giving the neighborhood a unique look. Just minutes from the intracoastal waterway, the new Ogden Market Place, local restaurants, Pages Creek Park Preserve, and beaches!

Clay Crossing is in the Ogden Elementary school district!

Model Home Address: 404 Middle Grove Ln at Darden Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411

New Homes in Leland NC

Cameron Trace
Cameron Trace is in a quiet, private part of Wilmington yet has easy access to I40 / College and N. Market offering privacy and convenience! There are several ponds in the community, the largest of which is over 3 acres. Cameron Trace will have approximately 120 single family homes. The exterior elevations will showcase the McKee Homes’ unique coastal characteristics and most homesites will allow for an optional 3rd car garage.

Model Home: 1621 Flushing Drive Wilmington, NC 28411

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Hanover Reserve (NEW PHASE SELLING!)
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, great beaches and parks.

Hanover Reserve is convenient to Ogden Park, one of Wilmington’s largest and most complete parks, with playgrounds, picnic areas, lighted playing fields and tennis courts, perfect for youth leagues.

Model Home: 1353 Eastbourne Drive Wilmington, NC 28411
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NEW NEIGBHORHOODS

Bellaport
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.

Model Home: 131 Bellaport Lane, Wilmington NC 28412

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Courtyards at Mallory Retreat
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.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat will showcase 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.

Address: Salter Path at Mallory Creek Drive, Leland, NC 28479

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If you choose Wilmington as your new home, we look forward to calling you “neighbor” and welcoming you to town!

Whether you choose to buy a resale home or build a new home, we’re here to answer any questions about real estate in Wilmington, the home buying process in general and our available new homes in Wilmington and Leland. We know moving to a new city, like Wilmington, can be overwhelming and we’re happy to help ease the transition however we can!

Please feel free to reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable New Home Experts through the form below or call us at: 910-672-7296.