Blog Category - Buying a New Home

What’s the Deal with Buying New?

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


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!

Why Does Location Matter?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: September 26, 2017

Location Matters

The Importance of Location in Your New Home Search

You know the mantra: location, location, location. It can affect the quality of your schools, the resale value (and current cost) of your home, as well as your family’s overall satisfaction with your lifestyle.

Not sure how that all comes together? That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to choosing the right location and neighborhood for you.

Safety First

Let’s get right to the point: you probably want to live in a safe location. No one willingly relocates to an unsafe area, right? The less crime in an area, the better.

Not only that, but a safer area typically means you’ll have more neighbor-to-neighbor interaction. You’ll feel comfortable taking long walks in your area, and the trust you feel when leaving your home for the day will be higher. You won’t worry about letting your children play outside.

School Districts

A home is a long-term investment, so your kids are likely to go through quite a few (if not all) of the levels available in your area. With that said, you want to make sure they have a good school district. The reasons for that seem pretty obvious: you want your children to get a better education so they’ll be well-prepared for the future.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the district has to be rated number one – there are plenty of other items in play when choosing a district. Here’s some key factors to consider:

  • Standardized tests aren’t going to give you the full details. Many children don’t perform well on standardized tests, but are still plenty successful later in life.
  • Talk to the teachers. These are the people who will be educating your child – high rankings mean nothing if your child isn’t going to retain the knowledge.

But what if you don’t have kids, and never plan on having any? The school district still matters! Here’s a few quick reasons why:

  • The better ratings a school district has, the higher the prices of homes in that neighborhood. That means your home will have great resale value in the future.
  • They provide stability even when the market tumbles. A home in a good school district will still fetch a higher price than one that isn’t.
  • On the other hand, this also means that a home will be more expensive initially. This is usually a good investmentment in the long run but will take more planning when setting your budget.

All of this combines to affect your overall satisfaction with the home. If you don’t feel safe, you won’t enjoy being home – even if your kitchen island is perfectly on point. And if your kids aren’t happy at school, well, we’re sure they’ll make that known!

Live Near What You Love to Do

Schools and neighborhood safety aren’t the only things that affect the attractiveness of a location. You’ll also want to consider what sort of amenities the community offers, the entertainment and other options in the city nearby, as well as your ease of access to major transportation routes.

At this point, things are going to get pretty subjective. Some homebuyers might want a home with a lot of land, far from the nearest superstore, whereas other homebuyers want to be right in the middle of it all.

And if you’re working from home, access to a highway isn’t a big deal. If you have a commute, though, you’re going to want to get on the road quickly and easily in the morning. Access to a major transportation route could be just what you need.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind when looking at amenities and nearby entertainment options:

  • Pool access, playgrounds, and sporting fields can often be part of a planned community
  • Proximity to major roadways or public transportation – it can help shorten your commute, but can also mean more traffic in your immediate area
  • Hospitals, fire stations, and other emergency centers – good for if you have an emergency, but you’ll also constantly hear their sirens
  • Future development projects in the works – your dream location may be quiet now, but if a major hospital or office building is going up nearby, it could quickly become crowded

Putting it Together

You’ve probably noticed by now that much of this is subjective, and that’s going to happen with a lot of your choices at this point in the home research process. After all, you’re the one who is going to live in this home – not us.

We recommend creating a list of what you’re looking for in a location in order to get a visual representation of it all. Do you want to be close to bars? Or do you need to be in walking distance of great parks? Whatever it is you’re looking for, creating a list will help narrow that down.

Once you have that list, you can start looking up areas that fit your descriptions. If you want an area with great walkability, you’re likely going to look for a community or a location closer to downtown instead of a more rural location. And on the flip side, if you’re desiring an abundance of parks and recreation, a rural area might be your best bet.

Of course, you’re always welcome to bring those lists into a builder’s sales office and ask them to help narrow down your options. Builders will be knowledgeable about the areas they build in, and can help you find the best spot for you and your family.

Our Locations

At McGuinn, we take pride in building in beautiful, inviting neighborhoods as well as on your own lot.

In Lexington, for example, features a large variety of parks, museums, and other entertainment perfect for families and couples alike. Just under a thirty minute drive from Columbia, it offers access to the best the metro area has to offer.

Lexington is served by the Lexington 1 School District – which does have pretty solid rankings, but by this point we know that rankings don’t always tell the whole story. The good news here is that this school district has some pretty fantastic reviews left by both parents and former students – giving you the full story.

If Lexington sounds like the place for you, we have several fabulous locations ready. Choose from Summerlake, a master planned community perfect for those who want an active lifestyle. Featuring a sparkling pool, nearby pocket park, and nature trails, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Or, explore Pleasant Springs, also served by the Lexington 1 district. A sidewalk community, Pleasant Springs is nearby to a large variety of amenities (remember our note about living near what you love?) and even offers certain plans with downstairs master suites.

So what are you waiting for? Start narrowing down the location of your dreams – and if you have any questions on how we can help make that dream a reality, just give us a shout.

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!

What’s the Best Home Option for You?

Categories: Buying a New Home | Posted: September 15, 2017

Making your Decision

With so many options to choose from, how do you choose the right home for you and your family?

Whether it’s a move-in ready home, resale, or building on your lot, we’ve got your definitive guide to it all right here.

Resale Homes

A common way to purchase a “new” home, resale homes are houses that have already been built, lived in, and are now being sold by the previous owner.

One benefit of buying resale is you can often get these homes at a discount, but unfortunately, that discount can often come with a price to pay in quality. Here are just a few risks you can run when buying a resale home versus a new home:

  • You won’t have any control over selections, finishes, etc.
  • The builder will be able to address any imperfections before move-in.
  • A new home typically comes with a builder warranty for at least one year.
  • Resale homes often have older appliances, amenities, etc. and may be outdated.
  • A desperate seller can have a negative impact on property values.

Quick Move-In or Move-In Ready Homes

If you’re short on time, or just don’t want to wait through the building process, buying a quick move-in home (also called a move-in ready, spec, or inventory home) could be the right choice for you. A quick move-in home offers the same shortened process of a resale home, but with the benefits of a brand new build.

You’ll have less control over the selections and finishes – and, depending on what stage of construction the home is in, you might not be able to adjust them at all.

However, you’ll still get the big benefits of buying a new home directly from the builder:

  • Newly constructed homes are the best option for “green” living – this can save you money on utility bills while also protecting the environment. Our hybrid homes, for example, offer significant energy savings where it matters most.
  • Choices, choices, choices! With a builder, they’ll be able to show you around various floor plans they build that are available for sale. This means that if you really love a builder’s work but aren’t quite sold on a specific house, they’ll still have more they can show you.
  • Save on replacement costs. Since a quick move-in home will have brand new appliances, you won’t need to make updates or upgrades. A resale home, on the other hand, will likely need appliances or features replaced depending on how old the home is.
  • Safety. Newly built homes come with the most modern safety features to protect your family.
  • Resale value is better for newer homes. You’ll be able to get a better price for a more recently built home than for a home built 30+ years ago.
  • Many builders work with a preferred lender to offer you more options on financing. You’ll often be able to get special deals or customized financing depending on the financer.

Semi-Custom Homes

The next step up from a quick move-in home, semi-custom homes offer all the benefits of a new home along with more choices during the process.

Since you’ll be a part of the building process from beginning to end, you’ll have a lot more say in the final look of the house. At McGuinn, we offer two options that fall within this category: Best Value and Value Custom Homes.

With the Best Value Home by McGuinn, you’ll be able to choose from one of our “Your Home, Your Way” plans and then choose from a selection of options to personalize your style.

A Value Custom Home, on the other hand, goes a little bit more in depth. You may customize one of our stock plans, as well as receive expert advice from our team. You’ll still receive the same amazing amount of options.

A semi-custom home is a great option if you just want to add some personalization and have more to say in the final product.

Custom Homes

For the ultimate personalization experience, the custom home could be for you! A custom home typically has very few or even no pre-designed choices. Bring your own plan, work with the builder to create a new one, or take one they like and expand on it – the choice boils down to your preference.

At McGuinn, we call these our True Custom Homes. If you want it, it’s yours. You can bring us your plan, and we will work with you to make it a reality. Unlimited selections choices will make sure your home perfectly suits you, while our buying power ensures you’ll get the best prices for your features.

On Your Lot Homes

The ultimate custom home, a home built on your lot means that you are not limited to the lots a builder has available or one of the communities or neighborhoods they build in.

This gives you the flexibility to pick the perfect location for you and your family. With this option, you won’t have to sacrifice a home style you love just because it isn’t in the location that works best for you.

At McGuinn, we proudly offer the opportunity to both build in one of our communities or on your own lot.

The Takeaway

The options for choosing a home can be overwhelming – who knew there were so many types of houses out there!

At the end of the day, just ask yourself these questions to narrow down what level works best for you:

  • How much do you want to be involved in the building or design process?
  • Is your heart set on a certain set of selections or features?
  • Do you already have a lot or have one in mind to purchase?
  • Do you want limitless options, or do you prefer choosing from preselected varieties?
  • Are you looking for a house that offers the newest appliances and energy efficient features, or are you okay with a home that needs some updating?

If you already know you want a new construction home, you can always talk to your chosen builder as well. They can help guide you to the right option for you and your budget. Our sales representatives are happy to help you with any questions you may have about building with McGuinn!

Where to Start Your New Home Buying Search

Categories: Buying a New Home | Posted: September 5, 2017

Searching Homes Online

Buying a new home can be daunting, especially if it’s your first one! That’s why we’ve put together a list of home buying tips to help guide you through the home buying process.

Here, we’ve covered everything from financing to how to search for the best builder for you. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to dive right into the buying process.

Step One: Decide What You Can Spend

At this point, you should ideally have some cash saved up for a home down payment. Typically, you’ll want to make sure you have twenty percent saved up of what the total home cost will be. So, if your home budget is $220,000, you’d want to have $44,000 saved up to put down for a new home. This would set you up with a mortgage of $176,000.

That’s a sizable chunk of change, but thankfully there are several programs out there that can help with down payments, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. A homeownership program would be your best bet. These can include loans, grants, and even tax credits geared towards first-time home buyers.

Many builders will often work with a preferred lender, which gets you access to even more deals! Typically, the preferred lender will be able to find the best deals for you or may even have special deals just for a specific builder.

You’ll want to get Pre-Approved or Prequalified, especially before you talk to a builder. This will help reveal what kind of a mortgage you can obtain. Pre-Approval happens when a credit check is run and, combined with the current down payment amount available, an estimated amount is given to the buyer.

Prequalification, on the other hand, happens after a mortgage company interviews a buyer and, based on that interview, provides an estimate. Usually, the Pre-Approval route has more weight.

Step Two: Pick Your Location

Before you can effectively search for builders, you need to decide the general area you want to live. Now, this doesn’t have to get incredibly specific quite yet – you can finalize it once you’ve zeroed in on a builder and learn what areas they serve. Many builders will also build on your lot, but often within a selected metro area or zip code.

However, before you get to that point you’ll want to narrow down what you’re wanting out of your location. Is walkability incredibly important to you, or are you fine with driving? Do you want a short commute to the city, or are you looking for a more rural area? The answers to these questions will help you narrow down the general metro area or even specific town you might want to live in.

And if you’re already satisfied with your current location and are just looking for a new home, perfect! You’ve successfully completed the second step in the process with minimal effort.

Step Three: Pick Your Home Type

You’ve got your budget and your location – now’s the time to decide what kind of house you’re looking for! That way, you’ll be able to weed out any builders who don’t fit the style or type that you’re desiring.

Are you wanting a ranch home, or do you need a home with two stories? How many garages do you need? Is not having a large yard or patio a dealbreaker? You’ll want to make sure you at least have a general idea before you leap onto the Internet.

Step Four: Begin Researching Builders

Now that you have a general idea of your home type, how much you can spend, and where you want to live, you can start creating your list of potential builders.

There are several ways you can conduct this search: you can type things like “Lexington builders” into Google, browse Zillow or Trulia, or you can even drive around and scope out neighborhoods in your area.

Once you’ve zeroed in on a builder, take the time to do your research. Explore their website and look for the following:

  • Do they cover financing options, or do they provide you a resource to someone who can help you with financing?
  • Are they upfront about their prices and general building schedules?
  • Do they give a face to the name and let you know who you’ll be talking to?
  • Check their social media: are they on top of responding to customers, and does it seem like buyers are generally happy with the quality of their work?
  • What does their warranty program look like?

Step Five: Visit Houses

You’re almost there! Now’s the time to set up appointments to visit communities and model homes with the builder who’s passed your test. At this point, you’ll begin talking with the sales representative for the builder (or builders, if you’re looking at multiple).

Now is the time ask any lingering questions that weren’t answered by the website, and the representative typically has questions for you as well as they work to find the home for you.

If possible, try to see examples of homes that both have been staged (with furniture set up) as well as those that are still empty. That way, you can have an idea as to what kind of furniture will fit in your new home but you’ll also be able to gain a good idea as to the space you’ll be dealing with once the home is complete.

Here are some suggested questions for your sales rep:

  • How will the financing process work? Do you have an estimated cost for XYZ home?
  • What are the personalization options I will have?
  • Will I have a contact throughout the building process?
  • What separates you from the competition?
  • Can I bring my own lot, or do I need to choose one of yours?
  • If I need to choose one of your lots, is the price included in the cost of the plan?

Step Six: Secure Financing & Sign the Contract

Ready to commit? You’ve reached the final step in the home research process! This is where you seal the deal on your new home and sign the contract with your chosen builder. Congratulations! You just learned how to buy a house.

From here, you’ll either work with the builder’s preferred lender to secure financing for your new home. Since you’re already pre-approved or pre-qualified, this should be a snap. Happy home building!

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 The business is also on Facebook. You can contact the restaurant by phone at 803-490-2657 or by email at

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: for more details on the community of your choice.

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

Step 1 in the Credit Repair Process

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying, Homeowner tips | Posted: May 18, 2016

 Credit RepairThe Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) entitles you to one free credit report each year from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion and you can get this through or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Please obtain a copy of your report and come see us at our Homebuyer 101 Seminar May 25, 2016 @ 6pm 3300 Sunset Blvd West Columbia, SC 29169.

We have Ameris Bank on site to help you evaluate your report and show you what the bank in looking for in financing you for a mortgage. We have had people move through the process in less than 30 days. Everyone has a unique situations and you will not know what you need to do until you come out to one of our seminars and let Ameris along with the McGuinn Hybrid Home family give you the tools to achieve the American Dream of home-ownership!

Visit our website @ today and register! We will serve light refreshments for our guest, so come on over right after work!

We Want to Help You,

Wade McGuinn, CEO


Zack Schwartz has joined the McGuinn Homes Family!

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: May 16, 2016

Hello, my name is Zachary Schwartz, but most people call me Zach. I was born in Goshen, IN and lived up there till the age 11 where my family moved down to South Carolina. I have three younger sisters and one older brother. Growing up was always eventful having such a big family. We definitely had to learn how to share and to get along. It taught me a lot of valuable lessons now that I’m in my adult life. With that said though being so close in age, we were able to experience a lot of things at the same time, which help create so many great memories and good times.

I’ve lived and have grown up in the Columbia area since middle school. I went Dutch Fork Middle School, Dutch Fork High School, and Midlands Tech. Throughout high school and college I worked for a chain grocery store where I started out as a bagger and worked my way up to being a bookkeeper and finally a supervisor. From there I got a job with a local bank as a Bank Teller. After five and half years of working there, I got the opportunity to work at a national cable company. I started in Customer Service and worked my way to being a Sales Operations Coordinator. My interest peaked for Real Estate about 2 years ago and I haven’t looked back sense. I’ve always wanted to work for myself, so while working at the cable company, I did real estate part-time. I had a desire to do it full-time and was offered a unique opportunity with McGuinn! I see this as an amazing opportunity to really work to my potential. I’m a big people person so this is a really good fit for me.

I do have a lot of hobbies and interests. I would say my number one interest is music. I come from a musical family and background and it is still my heart’s desire to learn to play the guitar. I am also pretty big into fitness. I love to go to the gym and knock out a great work out and have that satisfied feeling of muscles twitching and just feeling that tiredness of doing something worthwhile towards being healthy.

There are so many great things that I would like so meeting new people comes with ease I have never met a stranger! I love hearing people’s life stories and what paths they are on or where they have been. It’s the small things in life that build my passions up. I have big dreams and big ambitions. I’m not afraid of work and I am willing of working hard and smart now, so that later down the road I won’t have to and I’ll be able to enjoy my life with my family and friends.

I’m so excited about the new opportunities in front of me and look forward to what happens next to continue on in the next chapter of my life.