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What’s the Deal with Buying New?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Energy Efficient, Hybrid Home | Posted: October 3, 2017

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New Homes Vs. Resale

As a first time home buyer, it can be tempting to go straight for a resale home. After all, aren’t the prices usually cheaper? And doesn’t that mean it’s better?

The truth is, there’s a lot more that goes into a home than the price tag you see on Zillow – and there are a lot of benefits to buying new, especially for your first house.

No Hidden Surprises

While a resale home price may be initially less expensive than a new build, there are other factors that could drive that cost up over time – and make it the more expensive choice in the end.

Number one, you won’t always know the history of the home. A house may look good in your first walk-through, but you never know when you might discover the pipes are corroding. Meanwhile, a new home is built from the ground up so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Lower Utility Costs

Depending on when the resale home was built, it likely won’t have the best and most efficient appliances. A new construction home, on the other hand, will have been built with your utilities and the environment in mind.

On average, energy efficient or hybrid homes save homeowners over $100 each month in home maintenance costs. Considering that the typical family lives in their home for 7-8 years, that’s over $9,000 dollars that could go towards vacations, cars, or college!

Hybrid homes also keep your family healthier. With higher quality products, the indoor air in your home carries less dust, pollen, bugs, and humidity. Damaging sunlight stops at the enhanced windows, while durability increases with comprehensive water protection.

Each builder addresses energy efficiency and hybrid living differently – be sure to talk with your representative before signing and make sure you know the options and features available. To see the full scope of a McGuinn hybrid home, click here.

Choices, Choices, Choices

If you’re purchasing a resale home, you’re stuck with whatever decisions the previous buyer and builder made. And depending on what state the home is in, you may be looking at an extensive (and expensive) DIY process to get the home to where you want it.

With a new home, you choose the plan, the location, even the features included in your home! Your first home is truly built just for you. And with a custom home, you have even more flexibility. Depending on the builder, you can choose a pre-designed plan, customize a stock plan, or even bring your own plan and work with the team to design it from the ground up.

If the builder offers build on your lot options, your personalization opportunities just keep on growing. Now you don’t even have to limit yourself to a specific neighborhood – simply pick your own perfect lot, whether it’s one with plenty of acreage or a city lot with quick access to the hustle and bustle of the metro.

Newer Appliances Mean Less Maintenance

An older home also means older appliances. When buying resale, you’re at the mercy of the previous homeowner. If they haven’t kept up on their maintenance, you could be in for a long cleanup process or stuck with the bill of purchasing a whole new set.

A new home, on the other hand, ensures you have brand new appliances. Not only does this mean they’ll be cleaner (no old grime left in the microwave!), but you’ll also rest easy knowing they won’t quit on you out of nowhere.

Take Comfort in Warranties

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of buying new as a first time home buyer, the new home warranty gives you much-needed peace of mind. Builder warranties often last for a year after the home is built, and cover items like the mechanical, electrical, and structural aspects of your new house.

Ask your builder about their warranty program and the customer service they provide, as each builder has their own process. At McGuinn, we provide you an individual new home warranty program that’s fully explained to you during your homeowner orientation meeting. By making sure you understand everything about your new home, we ensure your satisfaction and a happy home for you and your family.

Financing Options

We can’t talk about buying a new home vs. resale if we don’t address the cost issue. For first time home buyers, there are actually quite a few opportunities available to get you the best savings.

By connecting with a home mortgage expert, you can find the home loan that’s just right for you. A mortgage expert links you with savings you might not have known about before.

Many builders also offer a financing program or have a preferred lender they recommend. Ask your builder about their financing options, and make sure to get pre-qualified if you haven’t already!

At McGuinn, we go the extra mile and offer our first time home buyers the opportunity to attend a mortgage seminar. Completely free, this seminar covers different mortgage options, first time home buyer programs, and more.

If you’re unsure about the financing process, this is the perfect chance to find out more! Keep checking back for our next seminar, or please feel free to contact us.

The Takeaway

Buying your first home is one of the biggest financial decisions you can make, so be sure to consider all of your options. New homes can be surprisingly affordable, especially when you consider all the benefits that come with buying a new home vs. resale.

Keep in mind that the benefits to buying new also apply to available or quick move-in homes builders sell, not just their floor plans! Builders will often build inventory homes to sell, which include all the great benefits like energy efficiency, new appliances, and more. If this seems like a better fit for you, be sure to contact your builder and ask about available homes they have nearing completion.

And if you have any questions about the home building process or how to start looking, just give our team a call!

Breaking Down Energy Efficiency Terms

Categories: Buying a New Home, Energy Efficient, Homeowner tips, Hybrid Home | Posted: September 19, 2017

Energy Terms

Going Green and Energy Efficiency

In your home buying search, you’ve probably come across the “green” trend. Going green, hybrid homes, energy efficient – these terms are everywhere, but what do they actually mean?

Much of the energy in the U.S. is wasted in transmission, heat loss, and inefficient technology – costing you money and worsening the environment. Builders constantly advertise that they are energy efficient or use green building standards, but they don’t always go into details.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled the most popular energy-efficient terms here so you can decode what a builder means when they list out all their features.

Air Sealant

To reduce the amount of air leaking into or out of your home, you can use an air sealant. Air leakage happens when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your home through unsecured cracks or openings. To reduce this happening, a spray sealant can be applied to unsealed areas. At McGuinn, we apply this sealant around window and door frames, exterior framing, attic stairs, knee walls, as well as any exterior utility penetrations.

CFL Bulbs

Electric lighting accounts for up to 25% of a home’s total energy budget. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL bulbs) are miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents that work with standard light sockets, allowing them to give off light similar to the common incandescent bulb. The benefit? CFL bulbs are four times more efficient and last ten times longer than their incandescent counterparts. Although initially more expensive to install, a CFL bulb will end up using less than a third of the energy – saving you money on energy bills.

Energy Star Certification

This one appears everywhere! You’ll often see homebuilders touting their “Energy Star” ratings – we do it too. If an appliance is Energy Star Certified, that means it is a government-backed certification identifying it as a quality choice for energy efficiency. If a home earns the Energy Star, it’s 15%-30% more efficient than the typical new home. With either, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be saving money on utility costs while also benefiting our environment.

House Wrap

It may sound like a diner sandwich, but it’s actually a space-age synthetic material that helps keep your house dry and insulted! Acting as a water-resistant barrier, house wrap works with other insulting measures to keep your home safe and temperature-controlled. Overall, this contributes to lowering energy costs by helping your AC system to work more efficiently – without worrying about air seeping through the cracks.

Hybrid Homes

Hybrid homes are designed with the environment in mind. A hybrid home focuses purely on the sections of the home that will offer the most in savings and energy efficiency, without wasting money on the sections that won’t have much impact.

Low-E Windows

Often used when describing windows, the “E” here stands for emissive. A Low-E window is one that is treated with a low-emissive coating, allowing it reduce energy consumption, decrease fabric fading, and increase the overall comfort inside your home. A Low-E window helps reflect heat and can actually help reduce energy loss by as much as 30%-50%!

Low-flow or Low-flush Plumbing

Toilets alone are responsible for about 40% of water use in a home, and in older models, as much as six gallons of water is used for each flush! If a plumbing fixture is classified as low-flow or low-flush, it’s been proven to reduce the amount of water released when used. Not only does this save money on your water bill, but it also reduces the amount of water normally wasted.

Low-VOC Paint

We’ve all heard of lead paint, but what about volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? For years after application, paints and finishes have been releasing low-level toxic emissions. A Low-VOC paint is not only more cost-effective, but it also is less harmful to both your family’s health and the environment.

Radiant Barrier Sheathing

Installed in the attic, radiant barrier sheathing reflects up to 97% of the sun’s heat, allowing your home to stay cooler. In some cases, the attic temperature reduced as much as thirty degrees due to the sheathing! Radiant barrier sheathing in your new home saves money on energy costs, makes attic ductwork more efficient, and prolongs the life of your AC system.

R-Value Wall Insulation

When talking about home insulation, the R-Value measures the resistance to the flow of heat into or out of the home. The higher the R-Value, the better it insulates. The better the insulation, the cooler your home will be in the summer and the warmer it will be in the winter. We use high R-Value wall and ceiling insulation to ensure your home is prepared for any weather.

SEER Air Conditioners

In AC terms, the higher rated a system, the less power it uses. Standing for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, SEER simply measures the ratio of cooling capacity as compared to the power used to do so. It all boils down to this: the higher the rating, the more bang for your energy buck. Our homes use 14-SEER Efficient AC Systems, which meets the EPA standards set in 2015.

Tankless Gas Water Heaters

With a life expectancy of 20 years, tankless gas water heaters last much longer than any conventional water-heater model. Save hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of a tankless model with a heater that only heats water when you need it. Bonus: the risk of tank leaks and water damage is no longer an issue.

The Takeaway

Of course, these are only a few of the energy efficiency terms in play in the world today! Each builder handles energy efficiency uniquely, and we encourage you to ask each builder what makes them different. Here are just a few of the items we offer that weren’t already mentioned in this post:

  • Programmable thermostats
  • Use of natural gas heat
  • Engineered roofing systems
  • Low-maintenance vinyl siding

If you have questions on how a McGuinn Hybrid Home uniquely serves your energy efficient needs, please feel free to contact us!

With all the Growth comes New Homes & Great New Dining Options in Lexington!

Categories: Buying a New Home, Columbia, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, SC, Smart Home, Uncategorized | Posted: January 11, 2017

Clean Eatz of Columbia

Lexington is definitely growing and new business are coming to town. Just down the street from McGuinn Hybrid Homes corporate office we are seeing tremendous growth in the area. We just built several of our Calhoun plan for one of our investor partners in Wellmore just off 378. Lexington is ever growing and the population needs housing, so McGuinn Hybrid Homes is on the move to make sure that we have the most affordable value based homes in the market. With this growth restaurants and retail stores are moving in. Have you checked out one of the newest places, Clean Eats.


The mission of Clean Eatz is to provide people with fresh, affordable, healthy food and to “change the world one meal at a time.” Everything on their menu is under 500 calories and 10 grams of fat, and contains no grease, sodium or processed foods. Clean eating is not a diet – it is a lifestyle approach to eating food in its most natural state. Clean Eatz gives you the tools needed by preparing properly portioned meals with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats, and even cater to special diet needs. Visit the Cafe, try one of Clean Eatz’ Meal Plans, or stop in for a grab n’ go meal. Their food deliciously eliminates the guessing, temptation, and lack of preparation that come with busy lifestyles!

With everything we have going on in a day it is important to take care of our bodies. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is in the gym every morning at 5:30 am. “I don’t always want to get up and go, but I am way lighter and healthier. My goal is to be very active in the life of both my children and grandchildren!” Clean Eatz is definitely a hit with those who are on a path to healthy living.

 

Clean Eatz is located 5225 Sunset Blvd, Suite D Lexington, SC 29072. For more information, visit the business website at www.cleaneatz.com. The business is also on Facebook. You can contact the restaurant by phone at 803-490-2657 or by email at Avila@CleanEatz.com.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has something for everyone.  Build a Hybrid Homes in our 11 Communities throughout the Midlands, on Your Lot in Columbia or Charlotte, and we also would like the opportunity to take on any investor projects that you may have!
Call us at 803.917.5583

2016 is Almost Over, Have you Contracted Your New Home Yet?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, Final Opportunity Communities, Harbison Blvd, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Lake Murray, Lexington Medical Center, New Homes in West Columbia, Saluda Shoals Park, SC, Smart Home, University of SC, University of South Carolina, USC | Posted: August 22, 2016

Days Left in 2016We have 29 homes that are move in ready! Call one of our Community Sales Managers today for a tour at 803-917-5583. Garden Brooke only has 2 homes left, Harvest Glen and Glen Eagle have a new phase that is not open, Bonhomme Green/ Woods is on Closeout, and Pleasant Springs has 6 move in ready homes. You can view plans for Bickley Estates, Burnside Farms, and St. Andrews Reserves by asking one of our Community Sales Managers. We want to see you and your family in a new McGuinn Hybrid Home.

Visit: http://www.McguinnHomes.com for more details on the community of your choice.

McGuinn Says Goodbye to Hampton Forest and HELLO to Burnside Farms!

Categories: Coming Soon Community, Downtown Columbia, Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, SC, Smart Home, Uncategorized, University of SC | Posted: August 11, 2016

Logo - SingleMcGuinn Hybrid Homes remains true to our niche and we will be helping families in Southeast Columbia by providing a safer and healthier home in a prime location. Our newest undertaking is the Burnside Farms community. This delightful neighborhood will feature our gorgeous hybrid homes priced from the mid $100’s and ranging from 1380 to 2355 square feet. There are comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom floorplan offerings, as well as our new Charleston, and Madison Plans which offer you a four bedroom option.

Burnside Farms offers a charming and trendy environment for a new home buyer!  This community is perfect for the on-the go person who wants to take advantage of a great in-town location. We are located minutes away from I-77, Fort Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, USC School of Medicine, Downtown Columbia and so much more. What is your “After work Pleasure”?   Congaree National Park is less than 15 minutes away, visit it and take a hike among the latest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States! Is Shopping your Thing?   Whether you are looking for a unique boutique along the Shoppes of Devine Street or a power drill at Lowes, you will find it within a few minutes from your front door. The neighborhood is zoned for Annie Burnside Elementary, Crayton Middle & AC Flora High.

The nearby area definitely provides itself to the appeal of Burnside Farms, and this community also has a plethora of amenities to appeal to any buyer. On a hot summer day wouldn’t you and your family just love to cool off in the community’s very own Splash Park with a pool and cabana! Buyers will enjoy this exquisite community for years to come. We welcome our Military as well as civilian families to come out and tour our current inventory in the Harvest Glen Community off Leaphart Rd in West Columbia.  Once you walk these plans you and your family will experience the most innovative and trendy plans in Columbia, SC. Call Tiffanie Flagler at 803-917-5583 today to pick a lot and start your build today! We can get you in your new home before Christmas… Remember McGuinn Hybrid Homes is different; you can have “Your Home, Your Way”!

http://www.mcguinnhomes.com/burnside-farms-floorplans

Garden Brooke Only Has 4 Homes Left!

Categories: Ballentine SOccer COmplex, Energy Efficient, Final Opportunity Communities, Harbison Blvd, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Lake Murray, Saluda Shoals Park, Smart Home | Posted: August 10, 2016

Brookshire Vinyl Don’t Miss the opportunity to live in Columbia’s Best School District! Did you know that Lexington/ Richland 5 School District  was listed number 2 in the State of South Carolina? Your children will attend, Corley Elementray, Dutch Fork Middle, and  Award Winning Dutch Fork High School!

 

Riverton.jpgGarden Brooke is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Irmo area, we have a monopoly on price, and will guarantee you customer service with our Gold Sealed Promise for quality and construction. Who build you home does matter… Come by and see how you can move in one of our McGuinn Hybrid Homes and provide your family with a Safer and Healthier Way of Life. There are only 2 Columbia and 2 Riverton Plans left. Come in today and let’s get your offer written up!

For more information visit http://www.mcguinnhomes.com/garden-brooke.

 

Are you interested in a Great Career in a Growing Industry?

Categories: Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, New Homes in West Columbia, SC, Smart Home, Testimonials, USC | Posted: July 29, 2016

Here is what one of our newest Community Sales Manager had to say about their experiences thus far with McGuinn Hybrid Homes!

I got the amazing opportunity to worZachk with the McGuinn Hybrid Homes team and Company starting in May 2016. I was currently working a full time job and real estate in my spare time. Wade sent me an email asking if I’d be interesting in the opportunity. I was praying and keeping my options open and for me God brought me Wade McGuinn. Not only did it bring me Wade, but I am a part of a team that is a team with family values. We work hard and are rewarded well for our efforts. I have a high moral code and I am proud and happy to be a part of a company that carries the same integrity and moral code that I do. It’s been a fun and exciting year so far and the best part is the year isn’t over yet. With the momentum that we currently have I’m very excited about what the future holds, 5 sales and closings in my first 3 months! I had awesome support from Nick and Tiffanie in getting started. I am blessed because I now have a position that not only will allow me to exceed my goals, but I can also continue to support my Mother whom I love dearly. With that being said, if anyone is looking for a challenging, fast pace, and rewarding company to work for and work with, then I was say that McGuinn is a good fit for anyone.

 

McGuinn Hybrid Homes pride ourselves on being an organization that will train new employees to reach new heights in their spiritual, professional, and personal lives. The goal for any person that comes to work here is to gain a new skill set that will help you be successful no matter where you career may take you. I am proud to say that this is one of the best teams this company has seen with the high level of proficiency and professionalism. We are having an Awesome year and we thank every realtor, buyer, and person who has taken the time to stop in our model homes. If you have not been out to see us yet, come out and visit one of our Award winning models and see the McGuinn Hybrid Homes Difference?

McGuinn Hybrid Homes part of West Columbia growth – West Metro News

Categories: Buying a New Home, Downtown Columbia, Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Lexington Medical Center, SC, Smart Home, Uncategorized, University of SC, University of South Carolina, USC | Posted: July 7, 2016

Want to live in a new, hybrid home? Wade McGuinn has a neighborhood with new homes, and you don’t even have to leave West Columbia to live in one. Harvest Glen includes 54 houses. It is off of Leaphart Road. It’s a community near everything, from I-26 and Lexington Medical Center to I-20 and downtown Columbia. Wade is a Brookland-Cayce […]

Source: McGuinn Hybrid Homes part of West Columbia growth – West Metro News