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Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC, Sept. 8th, 2018 at Festival Park

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC, scheduled for September 8, 2018, at Festival Park has everyone so excited! Let’s rewind and highlight the Walk Kickoff Party that took place in August. Each year the Walk committee members, volunteers, and sponsors come together to discuss details pertaining to the Walk, celebrate how well fundraising is going, and to discuss what is needed to reach their goal. This event was a great opportunity to network with other volunteers, learn about the Walk subcommittees, and how to get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

2018 Sponsors

Carillon Assisted Living

Cape Fear Valley Health

Home Instead Senior Care

Fonville Morisey Barefoot

Key Group Enterprises

Anderson Creek Club

Visiting Angels

CMG Financial

The Crossings at Hope Mills

Hutchens Law Firm

Belton Septic Tank Service

McKee Homes

Beasley Broadcasting

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

H & H Homes

Builders FirstSource

Edward Jones

The Spa Fitness and Wellness Center

Ways to Get Involved:

  1. Walk with us on September 8th! Register yourself, join a team, or start your own team. Currently, there are 95 teams and 577 participants registered.
  2. We are currently at $65,969.71 toward our $100,000 goal!
  3. To find out more information on volunteering click here.
  4. Come out on Bank Night, Wed., 9/5 at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, 159 Maxwell Street from 5-8pm to drop off donations early and pick-up t-shirts or register for the Walk.

If you are unable to attend the Fayetteville Walk click here to find other Walk locations and dates!

Need more information? Visit ALZ.ORG you will find valuable information and resources available for Alzheimer’s patients, family members, and caregivers. Make sure you sign up for the Alzheimer Association e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer’s treatments, care and research. Get tips for living with Alzheimer’s as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer’s

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What is a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

A team captain for the Walk to end Alzheimer’s plays a crucial role in helping the Alzheimer’s Association meet its goals by being heavily involved in the fundraising and participation aspect of the walk. It is the team captain’s job to be the organizer, motivator, and leader for those on your team. A team captain is provided with an ample amount of tools and resources to successfully raise awareness and funds to help the walk to end Alzheimer’s.

 

The goal of a team captain is to use the tools on your captain’s page in order to spread the news and updates about the upcoming events. The goal should be to get the word out to as many people as you can in hopes that those who feel passionate about the cause can know when and how to join or help.

 

One thing I have learned since my time of being a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is that you don’t have to have a personal connection or story pertaining to the disease. However,  after hearing people’s testimonies and seeing the impact this disease and organization has on others around the community, it makes it easier to be motivated to help the cause and make a difference however you can. This feeling and motivation to help can make the role of being a team captain somewhat easy because you will quickly realize that there are a lot of people who want to volunteer, help, or contribute in other ways.

As a team captain, it is helpful to  go into the role with a goal and a plan. Whether your goal  is to recruit a certain number of members on your team, or to raise a certain dollar amount.  Having a goal will help you and your  team stay motivated and and on track.

Fayetteville’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is Moving to Festival Park!

OVERVIEW

Festival Park: https://fcpr.us/parks-trails/parks/festival-park

  • 14 acres
  • Main stage with 40’ x 66’ surface
  • Grass lawn with capacity ranging in the thousands
  • Support areas, backstage, dressing rooms, loading dock, concession area, and public restroom
  • Vendor booth areas with water and power accessibility

 

FESTIVAL PARK AS NEW VENUE

Festival Park is located in downtown Fayetteville at the corner of Ray Avenue and Rowan Street. It was opened in April of 2007 and is a landmark for the downtown Fayetteville area. Festival park is the perfect venue for many events, festivals, and concerts in the Fayetteville area, supporting large crowds and community involvement.

 

The first Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s had over 200 attendees in 2011, while growing close to 1,000 people last year! There is much to look forward to with this change in venue and space. Jennifer Briand from the Alzheimer’s Association said, “By moving the location to Festival Park, we are giving ourselves more exposure, as well as, utilizing a space we can continue to grow into for years to come. The Promise Garden Ceremony is the most important part of the Walk and by holding the event in Festival Park, we are giving more people the opportunity to clearly listen to it and enjoy it.”

 

Facts from the 2017 Walk:

  • Pre-Walk Volunteers: 37
  • Day of Volunteers: 117
  • Planning Committee Members: 26

 

Logistics for 2018 Walk:

  • September 8, 2018
  • Registration 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Ceremony at 10:30 AM
  • Walk at 11:00 AM
  • Route length: 2 miles

2018 Walk Needs:

  • Pre-Walk Volunteers for tabling events, distributing information
  • Day of Volunteers are needed to monitor stations and assist attendees
  • 75 volunteers
  • Fundraising goals- $100,000

 

To find out more about McKee Homes and all of our Community Involvement endeavors click here!

 

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Benefits of Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing

Lets explore the benefits of radiant barrier roof sheathing and how it can help save on your energy bill! It works as a layer of aluminum is placed in an airspace to block heat from transferring between a heat-radiating surface and heat-absorbing surface.

The aluminum foil used in the radiant barrier sheathing stops up to 97% of the radiant heat from passing through to your attic. This is extra beneficial for people who live in the southern part of the US and experience warmer clients. In the heat of the summer having a radiant barrier roof will keep your home up to 30% cooler. This is a perfect addition to having a total energy-efficient home.

Adding this extra step for future cost savings is relatively easy and can be installed at the same time of the regular sheathing for your roof!

What are the benefits of having a radiant barrier roof?

  • A cooler attic space means less heat moving to the cooler space below the attic.
  • The hotter it gets the better radiant barriers work.
  • The reduced attic temperature increases the efficiency of attic ductwork which prolongs the life of your heating and cooling systems because there are fewer cycle times.
  • In warmer climates your may be able to reduce A/C requirements by up to ½ ton.
  • Radiant barrier roof sheathing helps to improve comfort in the building interior during the warm summer months and reduces energy costs. Because heat always moves from hot areas to cold areas, radiant barrier sheathing also prevents heat transfer from the warm interior during the cooler winter months.
  • Radiant barriers may help you qualify for Energy Star: “Seal and Insulate with Energy Star”.

 

McKee Homes adds radiant barrier sheathing to all of our roofs on our homes which is just one of the many benefits we provide to all of our home owners! To read more about all of other benefits including being Apple Homekit compatible click here!

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Cost-Efficient Thermostat Temperatures to Save You Money This Summer!

Cost-efficient thermostat temperatures are so important to save you money this summer on your electricity bill! During this time of year with temperatures reaching the high 90s in most areas, thermostat adjustments to keep your home cool and your bill low are necessary. Cooling your home with your air conditioning unit depending on the size, could sky rocket your bill into the high hundreds! Though it is tempting to adjust your thermostat really low during the summer in an effort to cool your home faster, this could actually be counter productive because your unit is working harder and burning more energy. Consistent set temperatures maintain energy output levels and reduces your out-of-pocket cost.

Before you receive your next bill and its causes you to break into a sweat, let me share a couple of cost-efficient thermostat temperature tips below!

  1. If you plan to be away from your home for an extended amount of time during the day (4 hours or more) keep the temperature set at a higher number. Once you arrive back home, adjust the temperature to 78 degrees. Based on your comfort level your thermostat should stay at this temperature throughout the warmer months.
  2.  Use your windows at night, turning off the A/C unit completely which allows the breeze to keep you cool while you are sleep. Also, utilize ceiling fans while you are in the room and then turn them off once you leave. It is unnecessary to leave ceiling fans on when you are no longer in the room as the fans do not keep the room itself cooler but cools the people who are in it.

According to Energy.gov for every degree higher you set your thermostat over 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer you could save six-eight percent off your energy bill per degree! These savings can be used to entertain your family and friends grilling in your backyard! Or a fun-filled water day at the local pool or water park! Making these small adjustments could add up significantly over time. Comment on this post and let me know if these tips would work for you! Also check out all of our available homes today!

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McKee Homes Receives 2016 Builder of the Year Award

McKee Homes receives 2016 Builder of the Year award by the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville. The award was presented to Pat McKee, President of McKee Homes, at an awards luncheon hosted by the HBAF on November 15, 2016 at Highland Country Club in Fayetteville, NC.

One of the reasons McKee Homes received Fayetteville’s 2016 Builder of the Year Award and a primary reason that McKee Homes stands out in the community is their involvement in numerous local and national charities. McKee Homes has been the presenting sponsor of the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past six years which has raised approximately $350,000 to support Alzheimer’s Association® initiatives. The 2016 Walk was held on September 24 at the SwampDogs Stadium in Fayetteville and raised over $97,000 to date with a goal of $104,000 by the end of 2016.

Modern Home Builder magazine published a profile article about McKee Homes in their Summer 2016 edition focusing on their charitable community involvement with special focus on the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Upon founding McKee Homes, Executive Officers Pat and Mike McKee established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund in memory of their father whose dream of becoming a home builder was taken away by this devastating disease. A percentage of every new home sale goes into this fund to support Alzheimer awareness, care and research.

McKee Homes is currently rebranding the company logo, website and marketing collateral, including neighborhood signage, with the purple and white color scheme used by the Alzheimer’s Association® to demonstrate continued support and alliance with this important cause.

In addition to being awarded for its community involvement, McKee Homes was also recognized by some of the most prestigious national home building magazines in 2016. McKee Homes was one of only 15 new companies to be added to the ranks of America’s up-and-coming home builders by Builder Magazine in the 2016 Next 100 list at position 186. They also made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for the third year in a row at position 1,654 and are ranked #230 in Professional Builder’s 2016 Housing Giants list.

McKee Homes hosted a VIP open house at their new office and Design Studio in downtown Fayetteville on November 16 and will have the official ribbon cutting event hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in December.

With the amount of attention and recognition McKee Homes has received in 2016, it makes perfect sense that they would be named Fayetteville’s 2016 Builder of the Year.

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7 Hottest Trends in New Home Design

When you build a new home, you get to pick everything from the homesite your home will be built to the exterior colors and the flooring to the light fixtures and everything in between.  As you consider how you’re going to design your new home, our design team has come up with a list of the seven hottest trends in new home design.

  1. Reviving a classic tile

You can add a bit of pizazz to your new home up by upgrading your kitchen and bathroom backsplashes to subway tile.  These tiles have been around since 1904 when they were used in the first New York subway station.  Subway tile is a great option because it’s easy to clean and the shiny surface reflects light helping to make the surrounding area brighter.  There are many color options available, so you’ll only be limited by your imagination.  You’ll want to consider what color grout to use with these tiles.  For example, white grout makes a charcoal gray tile pop as does a gray grout with white tile.

  1. Getting rid of the tub

In the past, the master bathroom has always had a bathtub and shower combination and more recently it has had a large garden tub with separate shower.  However, now many homebuyers are getting rid of the tub and opting for a larger walk-in shower.  We’ve seen this change happen more frequently as many have expressed they just don’t have the time to soak in a bathtub and would rather use the extra space for a larger shower.

  1. Bigger is better when it comes to tile

Tile has been a popular option for master bathrooms for decades.  We’ve recently seen homebuyers steering towards large-format tiles for the floors and in the shower.  Popular sizes include 12”x24”, 4”x16” and 6”x36”.  These tiles help make bathrooms look larger and can help highlight a room with a contrasting wall color.  You’ll find that larger tiles is easier maintain as there are less grout lines.

  1. Gray, gray and more gray

Gray is all the latest craze in home décor.  As you drive through neighborhoods, you see more and more homes in various shades of gray, but the gray trend doesn’t end there.  We are seeing gray on the walls, cabinets, backsplashes, fireplaces, bath fixtures and more.  This versatile, neutral color can work with just about any style, whether old world, modern, traditional or contemporary.  There are many shades to choose from as this color ranges from a light silver to a dark charcoal color.  If you enjoy changing up your décor, gray could prove to be a great option as a little change to an accent color can change the feel of a whole room.

  1. And the gray continues…

One of hot trends for the kitchen is gray cabinets. Gray is that neutral that looks good with just about everything, from your laminate floors to a colorful wall paint.  You will be happy with your choice to go gray.  You will want to think about the size of your space when deciding on gray cabinets.  If your space is small you may want a lighter gray as a darker gray would make your kitchen look smaller.  Another consideration is whether or not to have your cabinets painted gray or stained gray as you get different effects each option.

  1. A cook’s kitchen

The kitchen is the main gathering place in most homes.  Whether you are cooking a weeknight dinner or for a holiday gathering, the kitchen sees a lot of use.  Many homebuyers have been upgrading their kitchens to deluxe kitchens.  They enjoy having the stove cooktop with separate built-in double wall ovens.  For multi-generational or larger families, the double oven is an especially nice feature to have.

  1. An extension of your home…outdoors

Over the past few years, we’ve seen homebuyers investing more in their backyards to create outdoor extensions of their new homes.  These outdoor spaces have become a cherished part of the home for many as little time off doesn’t allow for many getaways and these spaces allow them the relaxing retreats they desire.  The most popular outdoor living trends we have seen are screened-in covered porches, stone fireplaces, wiring for surround sound systems and outdoor kitchens.

Designing your new home is an exciting process and only gets more exciting as you see everything coming together.  However, it can sometimes be overwhelming and that’s when an experienced new home design team is so important.  McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina.  Communities we are actively involved and building in include Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.  Our homes feature a variety of desirable floor plans, and you can even design your new home in our interactive design app.

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5 Common Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make with New Construction

So, you’ve been going back and forth but have decided that now is the right time to buy your first home. You’ve worked on your credit score and you’ve saved up for a down payment and are ready to get started. So before you get too far into the home buying process you should take a few minutes to read these five common first time home buyer mistakes made with in new construction.

  1. Thinking you can’t afford new construction.
    There are many options available in the real estate market, but thinking you have to settle on a used home is not your only option. New homes are available in many price ranges and in areas you want to be. New construction can even save you money compared to used homes. New homes are more energy efficient with lower maintenance costs; where as used homes are typically less energy efficient and may require expensive maintenance much sooner. Replacing roofing, appliances, HVAC system components or water heaters can be very expensive.
  2. Running up debt after the pre-approval.
    The construction process on a new home can take up to six month and sometimes even longer. Some first-time homebuyers can get excited about getting new things for their new home, like furniture or a new car, and doing this can effect your chances of getting your home loan. From the day you sign your contract to the day you close on your home, the general rule of thumb is don’t open any new lines of credit or increase the amounts on any open credit accounts.
  3. Not knowing the plans for the community.
    You may think the charming community with only 12 homes is just what you’re looking for, but if you ask the Builder’s representative this charming neighborhood is actually the beginning of a 300-home community. Or you could have selected a home that backs up to a vacant field, but there are plans to build an apartment complex in the next six months. Be sure to ask the Builder’s representative what the future plans are so you can make sure you are selecting the right neighborhood for you and your family.
  4. Not speaking up or asking questions.
    Sometimes speaking up or asking questions can be difficult, but it is key that you do this. If you have questions at any stage in the process, from contract to closing to warranty, you need to be sure to ASK. There are no silly questions. Since you’ve never built a new home you may not know what that “doohickey” in the attic is or if that “doodad” is covered under warranty, so you need to ask. Your agent and the Builder’s representative are there to answer those questions for you.
  5. Going overboard with upgrades.
    Remember that model home you fell in love with? There is a high chance that that home was heavily upgraded. So when you go to your selections appointment you should go with a budget in mind. You’ll need to weigh the cost of getting everything you want versus having just the options you really want and staying within your budget. Some upgrades can pay off in the long run, like upgraded carpet padding as it can extend the life of your carpet. However, you should also consider the resale value when doing your upgrades. The average first-time homebuyer usually lives in their home for 11 years before selling. You may have always dreamed of lavender countertops in your master bathroom, but when you go to resale your home that might be a turn off for potential buyers. Maybe lavender on your walls could be a nice compromise.

There is no better feeling than the profound pride that comes with owning your first home. And just imagine if your new home is brand new. So avoiding these five common mistakes first-time homeowners make with new construction can lead to making the right home buying decision for you and your family.

McKee Homes, North Carolina’s #1 Choice for New Homes

McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina. Areas we are building in include: Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Raleigh and Wilmington NC. Some of our new home resources we can provide you include: New Home Financing, Specially Adapted Housing, Buyer Incentives and more.

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5 Things To Do To Improve Your Credit Score Before Buying a New Home

The home buying process begins long before your start looking at new home listings online. One of the first steps in the home buying process is getting a handle on your finances and understanding your credit. Here are five things to do to improve your credit score before buying a new home.

5 Things to do to Improve Your Credit Score

  1. Know what’s on your credit report.
    When was the last time you checked your credit report? If it hasn’t been in the last year, then you could be missing something that could be hurting your credit score. Every year, you can get your credit report, for free, from TransUnion, Equifax and Experian by going to annualcreditreport.com. While this doesn’t provide you with your credit score, it does show you what the lenders see.
  1. Identify and fix any errors.
    Once you’ve reviewed your credit report with a fine-toothed comb, you need to start fixing any errors. On each of the credit bureau websites there are step-by-step instructions on how to dispute errors, and your credit report will have instructions as well. When contacting the credit bureaus, keep detailed notes on what you submit to them and copies of any documents.
  1. Always be on time.
    It may seem like commonsense but if you’re looking to increase your credit score pay your bills on time every month and don’t miss a payment. Paying more than the minimum balance, even if it’s just a little more, looks good to the lenders. It also helps you pay your bills off faster.
  1. Pay off your credit cards, but don’t close them.
    Paying off your credit cards is a great way to lower your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. Every lender has different standards for DTI ratios, but according to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a DTI of 43% is, in many cases, the highest ratio a borrower can have and still qualify for a mortgage.
  1. Be smart with new and old lines of credit.
    If you are under contract to buy a new home, opening up new lines of credit or making any large charges on your current credit card can negatively alter your DTI. This makes you look risky to lenders. If you are building a new home, it can sometimes be a six-month or longer process, so be sure to plan ahead. It is recommended to wait until after closing to buy a new car, new furniture or book that all-inclusive vacation. If you have any thing that comes up before closing consult your lender. While not opening new lines of credit is important, keeping old lines of credit open is advised. These old lines of credit show your credit history and closing them could change your DTI for the worse.

Source: Forbes.com; HGTV.com

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Should I Buy a New Home Now or Later?

If you’re like many people, you may be asking yourself should I buy a new home now or later? While there are many things to consider when asking this question, here are a few things to get you started:

  • Are you in a good place financially?
  • Are you ready to be your own landlord?
  • Are you committed to staying in one place?

If you answered yes to these questions then you may be ready to buy a home. The next question you may ask yourself is should I buy now or later? With interest rates still at all time lows, that may sway your opinion. Maybe, knowing that Freddie Mac predicts that by January 2017 interest rates will rise to 4.5% or that CoreLogic predicts that home prices will increase by 5.5% over the next year may help make your decision to begin the home search now. If you wait until next year, that $250,000 budget you have would need to increase by $13,750 to get the same home.

Should I Buy a New Home Now or Later

If you have questions about the home buying process or what McKee Homes has to offer, contact us today and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Additional Source: Forbes.com