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McKee Homes Wins Prestigious Homebuilding Awards

In April of this year, Epcon Communities, a national homebuilding leader, awarded McKee with prestigious homebuilding awards, including Best Philanthropic Outreach Event and Construction Project Manager of the Year.

Epcon Communities, a nationally-acclaimed franchise homebuilder, presented the awards to McKee at the 2020 National Conference, Opportunity Unleashed, held in April. Seasoned Builder, Mark Powell, was the recipient of the ‘Construction Manager of the Year’ and the company as a whole won ‘Best Philanthropic Outreach Event’ for its charitable work with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina. The Epcon® Communities’ annual awards are granted only to the homebuilding industry’s most notable players.

As a long-standing Franchise Builder for Epcon® Communities, McKee Homes is proud to build the Epcon portfolio of homes designed specifically for low-maintenance, one-story living. Each Epcon floor plan is thoughtfully laid out with wider doorways, no steps to the outdoors, resort-style back courtyards and unique, upscale features that come included in each home. McKee also offers a Bungalow elevation that adds a versatile second-story bonus room with full bath and optional kitchenette for extra guest, entertainment or storage space.

“We are so proud to be recognized by a group of our peers at Epcon® Communities for the Best Philanthropic Outreach Event of the Year. Giving back to our communities is who we are and an integral part of our company culture,” said Julie Russo, Vice President of Community Involvement and Co-Owner of McKee Homes. “Every year, McKee Homes is a major sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in each of the regions we build.  The first-ever Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC was held at our Cottages at North Ramsey Epcon Community! Our support for the Alzheimer’s Association extends even further as we donate a percentage of every home to the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund in honor of Pat’s Dad. It takes a village to make a difference though, and we commend all Epcon franchisees who do a great job serving the people and the communities where they build and work.”

“Winning this award for ‘Project Manager of the Year’ means so much to me. I work extremely hard to build the best home that I can. I believe in building each and every home like I was building it for my own family. It’s nice to be recognized by my peers and am very honored to have been selected,” says Mark Powell, Raleigh-based McKee Homes Builder. He goes on to praise the Epcon product line, “I’m so passionate about building the unique Epcon floor plans. At this point in my career, it’s really nice to be able to build homes that embody a design I really love.”

McKee Homes has a wide array of Epcon® Communities throughout the Raleigh, Southern Pines, Fayetteville and Wilmington areas, including Evergreen at Flowers Plantation (Clayton, NC), Mid South Club (Southern Pines), Cottages at North Ramsey (Fayetteville) and just-opened neighborhoods, Bellaport and Courtyards at Mallory Retreat (Wilmington, NC). Scott’s Hill in Wilmington and High Ridge in Fuquay Varina will soon feature Epcon-style homes starting Summer of 2020. McKee is the first-ever homebuilder to bring the Epcon blueprint to Wilmington, NC.

With a specific demographic Epcon Homes appeals to, McKee Homes recognizes the unique and valuable position Epcon has in the housing market. As the company continues to grow at rapid speed, McKee will be persistent in adding to its existing Epcon neighborhoods in the near future.

Homebuilding Awards: 2019 Epcon Awards

 

About McKee Homes
McKee Homes, one of North Carolina’s fastest growing homebuilders, has began developing new home communities in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg and Moore County in 2010. Since then, we have expanded our housing footprint in the Research Triangle and Wilmington metro areas. As a locally- and family-owned business that believes in the power of doing the right thing for its customers, vendors, employees and community, we are involved in several local and national charities, and donate a percentage of every new home sale to support Alzheimer’s care and research. Giving back is our mantra and is why we focus not only on building homes, but communities too.

About Epcon® Communities
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Epcon is one of America’s largest home builders (Builder Magazine, 2018). Epcon has integrated smart, innovative designs with the most desirable modern amenities to appeal to the lifestyle of the 55+ home buyer for more than 30 years. By leveraging its proven designs, technology, marketing and sales resources, Epcon Franchise Builders are given a competitive advantage to build smarter, maximize potential and scale faster.

 

For more information on McKee Homes and its communities, please visit www.McKeeHomesNC.com, call or text (910) 672-7296 or fill out the short form below. For a complete list of Epcon® Communities 2019 Award Winners, click here.

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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

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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

Homes in Leland NC

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.

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16 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill

Do you know that you can lower your energy bill by as much as 25% with only minimal tweaks to your everyday use? With the heat pumping on overdrive, the winter months can make the cost of your utilities skyrocket. That’s why we’re giving you our top 16 tips to lower your energy bill, from lighting, water, heating and cooling, and everything in between.

Heating and cooling

Home heating and cooling are 10 of the biggest culprits behind hefty utility bills — and the best places to look for cost-cutting opportunities.

  1. Watch your thermostat. When you’re asleep or away from home, set your thermostat back 10 degrees. You can cut your annual heat and cooling costs by an estimated 10% by doing this for just eight hours. You may also want to think about upgrading from a conventional to an energy-efficient smart thermostat, which can save you up to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. They can also adapt to your temperature preferences and adjust your settings depending on when you’re home and when you’re away.
  2. Check seals on windows, doors and appliances: Make sure your fridge and freezer are well sealed to keep the cold air where it belongs. Same goes for your doors and windows. A bad seal allows energy to seep out, draining your wallet in the process. Also consider installing Low-E windows (one of McKee Homes staple energy-saving home features). Low-E windows help save energy by reflecting harmful UV rays from the outside of the home and reflecting radiant heat back into the room. This keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  3. Repair leaky heating ventilation and air conditioning ducts: If the ducts are poorly sealed or insulated, they are likely hiking up your energy bill significantly. Ducts that leak heated air into unheated spaces are known to increase your heating and cooling bill by hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.

    What’s the purpose of the ducts? As one of the most important systems in your home, they carry the air from your home’s furnace or heat pump and central air conditioner to rooms throughout your house.Insulate or seal ducts, a very cost-effective process, in order to increase your system’s efficiency.

  4. Give your thermostat a nudge: Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re asleep or away from home. Doing so for eight hours can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by around 10%. A programmable thermostat will do the work for you.
  5. Adjust your fridge and freezer temperature: To make your refrigerator and freezer work less hard to maintain the internal temperature, set your fridge temp to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees. And don’t worry, your food will still stay fresh at these temperatures.

Water

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, hot water use comes in second on the list of highest utility expense. Try cutting back your hot water usage in the following ways:

  1. Stick to warm or cold water when doing laundry
  2. Cut 2 minutes of your shower: Just this little amount can trim your water usage by 10 gallons a month.
  3. Install an efficient shower head: The Environmental Protection Agency says to look for one with the WaterSense label, which can reduce your water usage by close to 3,000 gallons a year.
  4. Be mindful of leaky faucets: Although the drip is slow, it adds up.
  5. Use energyefficient appliances: Buy energy efficient versions of the appliances you use most often: refrigerator, washer, dishwasher and water heater, for long-term savings. A normal dishwater uses 10+ gallons of water during one cycle compared to the new Energy Star label dishwashers that only allow 6 gallons at most to run.
  6. Adjust temperature of water heater: Lower your water heater temperate to 120 degrees (only 20 degrees lower than normal) to reduce your water heating costs by 10% or more. Remember to turn your water heater to the lowest setting when you’re away from home to max out your savings.

Power and lighting

Allowing lights and electronics to run accounts for an estimated 12% of a household’s energy bill.

  1. Educate yourself analyze your home energy usage graphs provided with your monthly bill. Becoming aware of your energy sucks can help you make alterations going forward.
  2. Get an energy audit. On top of educating yourself, request an audit from your energy company. They’ll come out and conduct a thorough inspection, sometimes for free, to identify ways for you to conserve energy.
  3. Use LED bulbs: Using bulbs with the Energy Star seal can save you upwards of $75 per year.
  4. Replace your power strips with smart power strips: Power strips never truly turn off so they are sucking power continuously! By using a smart power strip, the current is cut off to plugged-in electronics when not in use.
  5. Use light dimmers: Set the mood and save electricity all at the same time! By lowering the brightness of your lights, you conserve usage, creating savings in the long run.

 

With these tips, we hope you can lower your energy bill so you can put those savings to more important things, like experiences with family or outfitting your brand-new McKee home 😉