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What’s Included in Your HOA?

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Home Buying | Posted: April 17, 2019

A homeowners association (HOA) can be a valuable resource in a neighborhood. This group of residents is committed to maintaining the look and feel of a community and protecting everyone’s investment. Each HOA charges a fee to homeowners and this cost varies from one neighborhood to the next. McGuinn Hybrid Homes advises that, before you buy a home, you know what’s included in your HOA.

HOA fees vary from one neighborhood to the next. You might pay less than $100 a month or much more. It will depend on the services included and the costs associated with those. More services require more money. In 2015, Trulia estimated the average HOA dues to be $331.

An HOA fee can cover a variety of services. It usually handles the maintenance and insurance for all common areas and amenities, like a pool, clubhouse, fitness center, and playground. It might provide for trash removal and services like Internet and cable.

In a gated community, the HOA pays for the security staff as well as the upkeep of the entrance. Someone also has to take care of the landscaping, so expect to chip in for those costs, which contribute to the curb appeal of your home.

Townhome communities often included exterior maintenance in the HOA dues. Homeowners gain the freedom from mowing and weeding their lawns, plowing the driveway, and even painting the exterior when it’s needed.

When you purchase your home, the HOA fee is ordinarily included with the closing costs. After that, the HOA will bill you directly. Some require one annual payment, while others accept dues on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Your HOA might include a “reserve”—funds tucked away in case of emergency or high-value improvements. Maybe you need your streets repaved or your neighbors want to add trees. Those choices would be covered by your available reserves. If a common area, like the pool or clubhouse, sustains severe damage and the insurance doesn’t cover the repair, the reserves can be used, as long as the members agree.

In a townhome community, reserves might be used to cover the cost of repairing or replacing roofs. The HOA members vote on the use of the funds and have the right to review all costs associated with the project.

The homeowners association in a new community is started by the developer. Once enough homes are occupied, those owners take over the management of their HOA, voting in a Board of Directors.

Every HOA should have a set of by-laws or codes, covenants, and restrictions (CC&Rs). Whichever they use, be sure you review them carefully before agreeing to live within the rules—physically and legally. Failure to comply with those rules could result in fines, prohibiting you from using the common areas, or even having a lien placed on your home. The HOA CC&Rs is a legally binding document. Protect yourself by knowing exactly what’s included and required.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds communities of energy-efficient single-family homes and townhomes in and around the Columbia, SC, region near the beautiful lakes. With the exception of our Lee Street homes, all of these neighborhoods provide HOAs to ensure that your home’s value and your enjoyment is protected for years to come. Let’s work together at finding the home and the location that gives you the lifestyle you deserve.


How to Estimate the Price-Per-Square-Foot for Building a Home

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Buying a New Home | Posted: April 9, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Estimate PriceRecently, Tim Rawlings gave our readers some insight into building a home on your land. This discussion prompted questions about the cost of homebuilding from the ground up. Once again, we’ve turned to McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ expert to offer his take on how to estimate the price-per-square-foot for building a single-family home.

Tim says you first need to start by understanding what’s included in the price. “Most people see a price and think that is everything.” You can’t make assumptions, so be sure to cover all of the following components with the builder:

  • Site preparation
  • The shell, which is the basic frame of the home, without any additions or even the foundation
  • Insulation
  • 4-inch versus 6-inch studs
  • Foundation
  • Doors and windows
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Drywall
  • Floor covering
  • Wall covering (paint, wallpaper)
  • Stairways
  • Cabinets and countertops for the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Electrical fixtures
  • Trim and other special woodwork (e.g., crown molding, wainscoting, coffered ceiling)
  • Landscaping
  • Labor
  • Home plans
  • Permit fees
  • Inspection fees

The cost of building materials in a certain area will be impacted by the builder’s purchasing ability. A custom builder, for example, doesn’t purchase materials in high volume, so they pay a higher price. A company that works with their own plans is able to forecast their materials needs and can take advantage of volume discounts, which reduces the price to the homebuyer. This level of experience with the floor plans also prevents them from making mistakes in the quantities they need, like lumber and sheet rock.

Labor presents another variable. You’re basically paying for time here, so greater efficiency equates to a lower price. When a crew is working with plans for the first time, they’ll use more man-hours.

The building plans can be a significant factor in the total cost of your home. The design and floor plans for a custom home can cost $30,000 or more. You can purchase a set of plans online for about $1,000. McGuinn Hybrid Homes includes any of our plans in our price.

A dollar here, a dollar there per square foot—it all adds up to potentially paying more than you need, a lot more. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has the experience to carefully estimate each home we build. Our homebuyers choose one of our plans and then personalize it to fit their specific needs and style. We also include a basic landscaping package, something that is an add-on for many homebuilders. Our price is $64 to $84 per square foot for a single-family home using a McGuinn Hybrid Homes plan. In the Columbia, SC, area, a custom builder averages about $120 per square foot. When you choose the homesite or choose to build on your land, we’ll give you an all-inclusive price—and that will remain the price unless you make changes. This price also reflects our high standard for energy efficiency, adding even more lasting value to your home.

Your home warranty is also factored into the price of building your new home. All questions and claims are handled directly by McGuinn Hybrid Homes. We don’t hand it off to a third-party.

When you’re ready to build a new home in or around Columbia, trust the team at McGuinn Hybrid Homes to give you the quality design and construction, personal attention, and follow-through you deserve for your investment. Let’s talk about your ideas and see how we can work together, so that the only surprise you experience with your home is not the cost, but how fantastic it is!


Your New Sales Career Awaits at McGuinn Hybrid Homes

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes | Posted: April 4, 2019

Are you ready to explore a more fulfilling career opportunity? New home sales with McGuinn Hybrid Homes provides a direct path to fulfilling that vision and we’re now hiring. With new homes attracting more homebuyers, you can guide them toward the choice that will define their future—while redefining your own.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is now hiring professionals for new home sales. We are looking for hard-working individuals with at least 3 years of general sales experience. New home sales experience is not required, but you must be willing to work a few weekends and holidays. We support our sales team with the training and guidance needed to set you up for success.

We’re a Certified Master Builder that develops new home communities and builds custom homes throughout the Columbia, South Carolina metro region. When you join our team, you become part of a progressive company that offers our homebuyers distinct advantages—like energy efficiency, quality craftsmanship, and an unmatched level of personal attention. We don’t just build homes. We solve problems. When homebuyers have hit obstacles with other builders, they’re excited to partner with us to achieve their vision.

This opportunity offers great potential if you are willing to put the work into it. If becoming a new home sales professional sounds like the right fit for you, please send your resume to   



Start New and Leave the Home Repair Behind.

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Home Buying, News & Announcements | Posted: February 20, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Leave Home Repair BehindThe holidays are behind us. The weather is warming up. Spring is coming. Why are you waiting to buy a new home? Do you really want to spend weekends doing home repairs and renovations? Imagine moving into a brand home where everything is brand new and all you need to do is enjoy it. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has some advice that will save you time and money. Start new and leave the home repair behind.

Maybe you’ve been planning to replace your roof or air conditioning system. While you’re at it, how old is your water heater? Is it running efficiently or are you spending too much money to get the hot water you need? An energy-efficient home could save you about $1,200 a year, depending on the home’s size and design. McGuinn Hybrid Homes delivers high-efficiency in every home we build.

A tankless water heater, for example, heats water on demand so you’re not paying to heat up water that’s just sitting in the tank. The tankless water heater lasts 15 to 20 years, more than twice a standard water heater, so you won’t have the worries about replacing it any time soon.

We also use the most advanced construction methods and materials for conserving energy in your home. The radiant barrier sheathing, R-38 attic and R-13 wall insulation, house wrap, and air sealant all contribute to an airtight, comfortable home.

The efficiency of our homes contributes to the resale value, something to think about when you’re considering a new home. In addition, a newer home has a strong resale value because of the updated features and innovations that might be missing from your current residence.

Don’t keep wondering whether it’s the right time to buy a new home. McGuinn Hybrid Homes is now offering a $3,000 buyer incentive if you sign your purchase agreement by February 28, 2019. DON’T WAIT! Explore your opportunities. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has new communities and new homes in and around Columbia, SC.

Bush Gardens, Columbia, SC

One of our newest neighborhoods, Bush Gardens is located in an excellent location in Columbia’s St. Andrews area, not far from Lake Murray and the Saluda River. From your home here, it’s a short trip to I-20 and I-26—perfect for commuting or just getting to all the recreation, entertainment, shopping, and dining that the Columbia area offers all year long.

Although Bush Gardens is close to the city, this small community to give you serenity. The natural surroundings that embrace the neighborhood enhance privacy and relaxation.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has completed some new construction homes in Bush Gardens and has some nearing completion. These single-family homes start at only $202,900, and the floor plans range from 1,700 to 2,317 square feet of interior living space. For as little as 3.5% down payment, one of them could be yours.

Hallman Meadows, Leesville, SC

McGuinn Hybrid Homes chose this location for our new community because it combines the benefits of a Leesville address with the quality of the acclaimed Lexington One School District. Lexington is only 12 minutes from Hallman Meadows, Hop on Route 1 or take Priceville Road and you’ll discover that everything you need and want is conveniently close.

For Hallman Meadows, we’ve developed a selection of floor plans designed exclusively for Hallman Meadows. The Woodland Series offers a variety of home designs—single-level ranches and two-story homes. Take your pick of 3- and 4-bedroom floor plans—1,700 to 2,334 square feet—and we’ll personalize the details to make it uniquely your own. Each one reflects our high standard for energy efficiency, as well as quality appointments, like granite countertops, decorator cabinets, luxurious master suite, and a covered rear porch. Did we mention these homes have large lots?

Come and see how Hallman Meadows is blooming into a desirable neighborhood. Take a look at the move-in ready homes that are just about ready.

SummerLake, Lexington, SC

Even the name reflects the relaxing lifestyle you’ll experience here. The swimming pool and clubhouse bring residents together in a resort-like atmosphere, for swimming, cookouts, parties, basking in the South Carolina sun, and socializing. Take a leisurely walk down the nature trails or let the kids play at the neighborhood’s park. SummerLake also features a 15-acre lake that’s fully stocked for a day of fishing. Just off Highway 378, the Lexington community is an easy drive to and from the many things to do, from recreation at Lake Murray to the action in Downtown Columbia.

Living here also means your children reap the rewards of the Lexington One School District. Rocky Creek Elementary School earned a perfect score of “10” from GreatSchools Pleasant Hill Middle School continues the academic excellence, followed by a stellar performance at Lexington High School.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is building single-family homes at SummerLake, with 6 distinctive floor plans that are sized from 2,003 to more than 2,800 square feet. Take your pick of move-in ready homes so you can be living here before spring.

Build on your land

If you have a particular location in mind, let’s talk. McGuinn Hybrid Homes is experienced at building on your lot. From site preparation through construction, get personal attention, craftsmanship, and in-depth knowledge that comes from our extensive experience.

Stop delaying and start looking. Contact McGuinn Hybrid Homes to take the next step toward a new home and a new life.


6 Reasons to Live in Columbia, SC

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Columbia, Downtown Columbia | Posted: February 11, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Reasons to Live in ColumbiaYou’re thinking about making a big change—moving to a new area. For those of you who have just endured one of the coldest winters in your life, you might be looking at a southern locale where the weather is so much milder. Not that we’re biased, but McGuinn Hybrid Homes can offer 6 reasons to live in Columbia, SC!

Reason #1: Go coastal or take to the hills

The Columbia area is almost the same distance from the beach as it is from the mountains. Head in one direction to bask on a beach along the Atlantic coast, or just stay local and get your water energy from one of the many lakes that are close to Columbia. Lake Murray, for example, spans 48,000 acres and 41 miles, and offers 620 miles of shoreline, and it’s just outside of Columbia. Dreher Shoals Dam lets you walk across Lake Murray. The 1.5 mile dam includes biking and walking paths, a beach, and a picnic area. The 213-foot-high dam is a popular place to get a stunning view.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds communities—like Harbour Watch—that offer lakeside living and all the recreation and relaxation that goes with it.

From your central location in Columbia, you can take a scenic drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s one of those trips where the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.

Reason #2: We have really great sports

Do you like to watch great basketball, football, or other sports from the stands instead of a TV? Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Many pro players have emerged from USC, including the NFL’s Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery (both Super Bowl winners), NBA Hall of Famer Alex English, World Series 2018 MVP Steve Pearce and Adam Everett, who played both for the Cleveland Indians and the gold-medal-winning 2000 USA baseball team. Watching the Gamecocks play at the Columbia Area is like getting a sneak preview of future all-stars!

Columbia is also home to the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer collegiate team playing in the Coastal Plain League. Their home is here at Lexington County Baseball Stadium and, like the USC Gamecocks, you can expect to see young talent that’s getting ready for big league careers. Oh, and the team is named after Hootie and the Blowfish, that also happens to be from South Carolina.

Over at Spirit Communications Park, you can catch Fireflies. Don’t bring a jar, because you’ll be watching the New York Mets’ Class-A affiliate play top-notch baseball.

Reason #3: There’s a lot of history here

For you history buffs, you’ll find no shortage of fascinating stories, landmarks, and museums in and around Columbia. The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia presents a wealth of knowledge that comes from more than 70,000 pieces of art, artifacts, fossils, and other treasures that paint the picture of South Carolina’s past. For an even bigger picture, the museum features a planetarium and observatory.

Reason #4: Fun is a Columbia tradition

A good time is just part of our culture here in Columbia, SC. How do you like to spend your free time? Naturally, as a city, Columbia and all of the surrounding areas will treat you to a limitless array of dining and shopping. Whether you want down-home, real Southern cooking or an epicurean experience, you’re never far from great food.

Columbia has more ways to entertain you. The Icehouse Amphitheater is a key part of the city’s revitalization that began in 2012. This outdoor theatre regularly fills its 900-seat capacity for live performances, movies, and more.

The EdVenture Children’s Museum is a family-friendly place that welcomes curious hands and minds to explore learning. Whenever a youngster complains about being bored, head straight for EdVenture.

Colonial Life Arena is a busy venue for everything from USC Gamecocks and other sports events to concerts. The upcoming events calendar features an eclectic mix of entertainment, like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, and Pink. Then there’s WWE wrestling and Monster Jam. And the kids will love shows like Disney on Ice and Sesame Street Live.

The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia gives the whole family a respectful view of our wildlife citizens. The zoo focuses on education and environmental conservation, with plenty of fun that includes getting up close and personal with giraffes and kangaroos, ziplining, and scaling a rock wall.

Reason #5: The great outdoors is really great

With the idyllic South Carolina climate, you’ll probably want to get out and enjoy the sun-drenched days. Columbia is filled with parks where you can hike, bike, wander, picnic, and play. Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park offers a glimpse of Columbia’s history, while also featuring trails, playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic spots, and fishing. Saluda Shoals Park is a riverfront recreation area, and the splash park there is just the thing for a hot day.

Take a hike through the Harbison State Forest or Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve. Go canoeing or camping at Sesquicentennial State Park. Wander through the many gardens at Virginia Hylton Park.

You can also blend the outdoor experience with casual shopping at the Soda City Market. This weekly street market in Downtown Columbia takes place every Saturday, rain or shine. With about 150 vendors, this event blends the best of local purveyors of food, art, crafts, and much, much more.

Reason #6: A good life is affordable

You can live well in this Southern area without spending a fortune, Housing costs are below the national average. See for yourself. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has brand new, single-family homes starting from the mid-$100,000s and townhomes from $133,900. Look at our communities, floor plans, and move-in ready homes. Then, let’s talk about the many reasons to choose a McGuinn Hybrid home.

Get Ready to Move Into Hallman Meadows: New Community in Leesville, SC

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, News & Announcements | Posted: January 26, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Hallman Meadows LeesvilleLexington, SC, offers the ideal blend of country living with a broad variety of things to occupy your free time. Add in the beautiful South Carolina weather, close proximity to the state capital (Columbia, in case you forgot), and top-rated schools, and who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington? Well, if you want a little more green living, McGuinn Hybrid Homes has a new community in Leesville, just 12 minutes away. Get ready to move into Hallman Meadows, because our first new homes here are ready!

We chose this location to give our homeowners a more savory taste of small town life. With a population of about 5,500 people, this friendly community appreciates the simpler things in life, like relaxing at Lake Murray or spreading out a picnic in the park. Catch the Lexington County Blowfish play ball or the nationally ranked USC Gamecocks take to the court or the field in Columbia before they make their way into the pro leagues.

Hallman Meadows is also served by the sought-after Gilbert schools in the Lexington School District 1: Gilbert Elementary, Gilbert Middle, and Gilbert High School.

Take US-1 to SR-32 (also known as Hallman Wagon Road) and you’ll make your way to Hallman Meadows. Nestled in a quiet area, this new McGuinn Hybrid Homes community is designed for rustic living with contemporary style. We chose single-level and two-story floor plans—from 1,399 to 2,334 square feet—to accommodate different needs. No matter which home design you choose, we include our superior energy-efficient features. You’ll gain lasting value by lowering the cost of owning your home—starting as low as $165,600!

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has begun construction at Hallman Meadows. We have some brand new homes that have just been completed, with others at various stages. If you want to choose your finishes, take a look at these homes that are now underway:

161 Switch Grass Drive, 1,775 square feet, Cedar A floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $176,600

319 Bush Clover Way, 1,399 square feet, Spruce B floor plan, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, $165,600

320 Bush Clover Way, 2,075 square feet, Cypress floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $185,300

332 Bush Clover Way, 2,073 square feet, Willow floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $189,500

327 Bush Clover Way, 1,700 square feet, Magnolia A floor plan, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, $184,900

Hoping to move sooner? We have new construction homes for sale at Hallman Meadows that are ready for a quick closing:

146 Switch Grass Drive, 1,775 square feet, Cedar B floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $176,600

157 Switch Grass Drive, 2,334 square feet, Maple A floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $197,100

145 Switch Grass Drive, 2,075 square feet, Cypress floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $185,300

153 Switch Grass Drive, 1,883 square feet, Birch floor plan, 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $174,300

149 Switch Grass Drive, 1,399 square feet, Spruce A floor plan, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, $165,600

150 Switch Grass Drive, 2,073 square feet, Willow floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $190,665

Hallman Meadows is transforming from a scenic location to a scenic community of new construction homes in Leesville! Come and take a look. Plan now to schedule a personal tour.


Energy-Saving Tips: Lower Your Bills, Not Your Comfort

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Energy Efficient, Homeowner tips, Hybrid Home | Posted: January 23, 2019

McGuinn hybrid Homes Energy Saving TipsWe’re not even halfway through winter yet. How are you handling the weather? Here in Columbia, SC, we don’t get the severe weather like areas north of us, but it’s still colder than you might expect. At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, we’re always looking for ways to help our homeowners save money by conserving energy. After all, “Hybrid” is our middle name! Here are some energy-saving tips that will lower your bills, not your comfort.

Smarten up your thermostat. Heating costs can soar in the winter. Switch out your current thermostat to a smart thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature from an app on your smartphone. Lower the temperature when you’re gone and turn it up just before you return so you’re not walking into a chilly home. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can reduce your heating bill by 10% when you lower your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day.

Get your systems serviced. Have your furnace and water heater inspected and serviced by a professional to get the heat and hot water you need without wasting energy. Steps like replacing dirty air filters help the furnace work more efficiently.

Plug the leaks. Check for drafts around windows, doors, switchplates, outlets, vents, and any spaces that are directly connected to the outside. Use caulking, weather stripping, and insulation to eliminate drafts that wastefully suck up energy.

Close your damper. Heat can escape through your fireplace. Inspect the seal on the damper to make sure it is preventing leaks, and keep the damper closed when you don’t have a fire burning. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before closing the damper.

Use natural daylight. The days are shorter in the winter, but you can still utilize the sunlight you have. Open up curtains and blinds to let the sunshine in during the day. Then close them at night to keep warmth inside.

Shift your fan blades. Warm air rises. Push it back down where you want it by reversing the direction of the blades on your ceiling fan. They should move in a clockwise manner from the ceiling to the floor.

Adjust your appliance temperatures. It’s not just the thermostat that needs adjusting in the winter. Lower the temperature on your refrigerator a few degrees, or switch to the energy-saving feature. You can also reduce the temperature on your water heater to no more than 120°F; wrap a blanket around it to insulate the water heater. Use cold water when washing your laundry, which also happens to protect colors and fabrics.

Unblock vents. Make sure the vents are free of any obstacles, like furniture, plants, or boxes. The system works more efficiently when there’s a free flow of air.

Put motion sensors on your outdoor lights. With the sun setting earlier, you probably use your exterior lights more often. Instead of a timer, use motion sensors to turn on these lights.

Switch to LED bulbs. LED bulbs use less electricity and last far longer than incandescent, halide, or fluorescent. Use this calculator to see how much you’ll save.

Beware of phantom load. Some electrical cords continue to eat energy even when the item it powers isn’t turned on. Phantom load, also known as “standby power” is drawn 24 hours a day from charging cords for electronics, power cords for appliances, and some power strips. On average, a household has 40 electrically powered items that draw power as soon as they’re plugged in, which accounts for about 10% of electricity use. Unplug your microwave, toaster, coffee maker, TV, phone and computer charging cords, computer, printer, and loaded power strips when not in use.

When you’re ready to upgrade to a home that actually performs for you, look at McGuinn Hybrid Homes. We incorporate the latest in energy-efficient home design to protect you, your investment, and the environment. Our communities of single-family homes and townhomes are located in and around Columbia, SC. If you have a particular location in mind, talk to us about building a home on your land.

Looking to Buy a New Home in 2019? Consider These Tips.

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: January 3, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes New Home Buyer Tips

The new year is still fresh. Maybe you haven’t given a lot of thought yet to the next 12 months. Or maybe you have. No matter how good or bad 2018 was for you, you’ve got a fresh start right now. How are you going to make the most of it? Are you looking to buy a new home in 2019? It’s a good time right now. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, consider these tips, courtesy of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

It’s a big decision but doesn’t have to be a permanent one.

You might fear the commitment of buying a home. What if you decide to move in a couple of years? You can’t predict the future, but don’t postpone your life for the “what if’s”. If you decide to move in a couple of years, you can sell or rent your home, and likely turn a profit. Instead of paying rent, invest in a home. Real estate values are on the rise—but so are home prices and interest rates. The longer you wait, the more you’ll pay.

Add up the total cost of ownership.

The price you pay for a home isn’t the same as the cost to own it. You might find that a resale home is less expensive than a new one, but you should consider the other funds you’ll need to invest. Add in everything necessary to make this home the way you want it—like replacing a roof or air conditioning system, buying major appliances, redoing the floors, and rewiring for your smart technology.

While an existing home might appear to save you money, there could be a lot more costs involved in actually owning it. Remember that a new home comes with brand new systems and appliances. It comes with numerous warranties. You don’t have to worry about footing the bill for repairs. How much is THAT worth to you?

Pay attention to the energy efficient features.

Don’t underestimate that value of a well-built home that reflects a builder’s commitment to energy efficiency. From the construction and HVAC system to the appliances, insulation, and fixtures, everything contributes to the carbon footprint of your home. A home should be designed, engineered, and built to “perform”—creating a comfortable, safe atmosphere while using less energy. Why pay more to heat or cool your house because it doesn’t have top-notch insulation in the walls and ceilings, and radiant barrier sheathing in the attic? Plus, systems like a tankless water heater save energy, work better, and last longer.

You’ll be paying energy bills as long as you own your home, so be sure to consider everything that impacts those costs. Also, remember that an energy-efficient home carries a higher resale value than those that are not as eco-friendly. Take a look at these “green building” features included in McGuinn Hybrid Homes so you can see how they affect your investment.

Talk to a mortgage lender first.

There are plenty of mortgage programs out there. Before you start looking for a home, learn which one best fits your financial situation. If you don’t have a large down payment, ask about programs, like FHA home loans, that require as little as 3.5% down. A mortgage professional can also give you guidance on preparing to buy a home. Find out how to improve your credit score, how much to set aside for closing costs, and what’s involved in getting a mortgage. You should also get pre-approved so you can shop for a home that’s within your reach.

If your new home search brings you to the Columbia, SC, area, talk to us at McGuinn Hybrid Homes. Our communities of new construction, single-family homes and townhomes are located near the lakes, in good school districts, and close to all the amenities you need. Want to build a home on your land? We have experience with that, too.

With mortgage payments that could be less than your current rent, you owe it to yourself to make this important move in 2019.


The 12 (Now 9) Deals of Christmas: Reduced Prices on Move-in Ready Homes

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Home Buying, Specials & Incentives | Posted: December 12, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes 12 Deals of Christmas

As you’re counting down the days to Christmas, we have another countdown for you. McGuinn Hybrid Homes presents “The 12 Deals of Christmas”. Take advantage of reduced prices on move-in ready homes. We’ve made it even easier (and more affordable) to buy a new construction home in prime locations around the Midlands of Columbia, SC.

UPDATE: Make that “9” because these homes are going fast! Three homes have already sold. But you have 9 more ways to benefits from McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ season of giving.

Have you made a wish to life in an award winning community? Centennial at Lake Carolina in Columbia presents all the amenities you’d want, like a swimming pool, clubhouse, park, lighted walking trails, 200-acre lake, a YMCA, and an active community. Here are 5 ways to make your Christmas wish come true:

#1. 909 Layton Way is a single-level home with 1,506 square feet, perfect as your year-round residence or a vacation getaway on the lake. This Calhoun floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an open concept floor plan, 2-car garage, and private patio. Reduced from $224,900 to $209,900

#2. 905 Layton Way offers 1,700 square feet of stylish space. From the brick exterior to the grandeur of the open concept and lavish master suite, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath Woodland design includes hardwood flooring in the foyer, a fenced back yard, and energy-efficient appliances and systems. Reduced from $249,900 to $219,900

#3. 932 Layton Way also reflects the 1,506-square-foot Calhoun home design from McGuinn Hybrid Homes. Starting with eye-catching curb appeal with the brick facade and covered porch, this new construction home provides the comfort and convenience of single-level living. Reduced from $224,900 to $209,900

#4. 913 Layton Way is distinctive at first glance. Architectural details of this Woodland floor plan continue from the exterior to the smartly designed 1,700-square-foot interior. The master suite includes both a garden tub and step-in shower. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, this unique home could be the perfect fit for you. Reduced from $249,900 to $219,900

#5. 908 Layton Way is getting its finishing touches. With our holiday special, you’ll save $30,000 on this Woodland home design, one of our most popular. This ranch-style home provides energy efficiency that increases the value even more. If you want 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 9-foot ceilings, and a spacious, open living area, this home and special offer are waiting for you. Reduced from $249,900 to $219,900

Our Hill Creek community in Irmo is a short drive from Lake Murray, and offers easy access to I-26 for a quick trip to Columbia. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has included one home on our “12 Deals of Christmas List”.

#6. 112 Aspen Court is a stunning, 2-story home with a spacious deck and front porch. Step inside to 2,313 square feet of living space that includes 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths, a center island kitchen, open floor plan, and large yard. Reduced from $247,900 to $219,900

Lexington, SC, is close enough to Columbia to keep you connected with city life, but far enough away to enjoy suburban serenity.  Woodmill is one of McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Lexington communities, not far from Lake Murray and the Saluda River, as well as close to great schools. Our Christmas “gift list” continues with 2 Woodmill single-family homes for sale at a reduced price.

#7. 274 Woodmill Circle shows off our Stonebridge floor plan, a 2-story home with 2,307 square feet, 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. We’ve incorporated quality details throughout the brick home’s interior, like a butler’s pantry, pendant lights, granite countertops, crown molding, and a luxurious master suite. Reduced from $267,900 to $247,900

#8. 202 Woodmill Circle showcases how McGuinn Hybrid Homes personalizes every home. We approach each one with a vision of the family that will live there. Like 274 Woodmill and 206 Woodmill, this single-family home includes 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, and so many more details to appreciate. Reduced from $267,900 to $247,900

Panorama Point in Gilbert is close to Lexington and I-26 to take you to Downtown Columbia in just 25 minutes. In addition to convenient access, this lakefront community offers scenic views and plenty of recreation. We wrap up our “12 Deals of Christmas” with one move-in ready home in Panorama Point that presents an outstanding opportunity,

#9. 511 Sunny Cove Court is an executive home that is worthy of a closer look. We built this exceptional, 2-story home in our Cleveland floor plan, which provides 3,18 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and the smart use of space. This luxury home features a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and a flex room that could be transformed to a home office, library, media room, or hobby studio. The dining area is accented with a coffered ceiling and six-foot windows. Live in high style at the lake!  Reduced from $824,900 to $799,900

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice in 2018, end the year on a positive and powerful note. Come and see any of these new construction homes and reap the rewards of huge savings! Contact McGuinn Hybrid Homes for more information and to schedule your personal tour.


Discover Woodmill: New Homes Are Coming to Lake Murray

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Buying a New Home, Home Buying, Lake Murray, News & Announcements | Posted: November 28, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Woodpile Lake MurrayMcGuinn Hybrid Homes has begun a unique community of new construction homes in the scenic area outside of Columbia, SC. You could be one of the first to discover Woodmill, where new homes are coming to Lake Murray in Lexington, SC.

Start with the right location

For this new community, McGuinn Hybrid Homes chose a location that’s near Lake Murray and the Saluda River, so homeowners can experience the benefits of these beautiful waterways. Off Corley Mill Road, Woodmill is surrounded by wooded areas, adding to the natural feeling of living out in the country, even though the city is just 15 miles away. You can easily commute to and from your peaceful community or head into the city for Columbia’s wealth of urban activities.

Students who live in Woodmill attend Midway Elementary, Meadow Glen Middle, and River Bluff High School—all highly rated for academics and the overall educational experience.

Living in Woodmill means you can spend a day on the lake—fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports, hiking, camping, or simply picnicking by the shore. You’re close to championship golf courses, tennis clubs, parks, playgrounds, and more recreational venues. And with Columbia’s weather, you have many months to get out and get physical!

Your country lifestyle will also include farm-fresh food. Lexington’s weekly farmer’s market runs from May through September. It’s a popular place to get the first pick of the harvest, explore the work of local artisans, and meet up with friends and neighbors.

Lexington is also home to the Icehouse Amphitheater, a local destination for world-class entertainment. The site was purchased by the Town of Lexington in 2012. The facility is evolving into a community hub, with outdoor concerts, movies, and special events. As a Lexington resident, you’ll see the Icehouse continue to be an inviting destination in your hometown.

Create the right lifestyle

The homesites at Woodmill are designed for privacy, with woods defining the outer boundary. In the center of the community, the backyards are separated by an alley-like drive, rather than backing up to one another.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes designed the floor plans here for a comfortable 2,307 square feet, and with the versatility and flexibility to make the home uniquely your own. With prices starting in the mid-$200,000’s for a 4-bedroom home, you get quality construction and standard features that will feel far more luxurious.

As part of our energy-efficient construction, McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds with thermal enveloping air barriers, which protects your home from costly air leaks. We incorporate eco-friendly natural gas heat and Low E windows. The tankless water heater installed in every home doesn’t run out of hot water like conventional water heaters that store it up. Instead, the tankless system heats on demand, which uses less energy and delivers a steadier flow of hot water. The slow-flow faucets conserve water without compromising water pressure, and dual programmable thermostats give you more control over the indoor temperatures.

We also include ENERGY STAR-certified appliances. A stainless steel Frigidaire smooth top range, microwave, and dishwasher are installed in our homes, giving you the peace of mind that comes with lasting quality.

We also build in style and comfort, like a first-floor master suite, walk-in closets with every bedroom, and a covered front porch and rear patio.

Lexington delivers a quality of life that could be perfect for you. Come and see what we’re talking about. Contact us to see what’s coming to Woodmill, including three new homes now under construction. With payments as low as $1,527 per month, a new home and a new location could be more affordable than you imagined!