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May 16, 2018

Featured Floor Plan: The Oxford

Our Oxford floor plan features a sleek kitchen, spacious living room, tall windows, and stunning master bedroom make this floor plan a luxurious oasis. Learn all about this incredible plan, and how you can customize the plan to fit your lifestyle!

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April 28, 2018

Tips to Make Moving with Pets Less Ruff

​Moving to a new home is an exciting time, especially with McKee Builders, but just as it can be a big change for you, it can be even tougher on your pets. Because your furry friends can’t anticipate the changes ahead, it’s important for you to be prepared. As the big day approaches for both of you, learn how you can help your dog get comfortable in their new space!

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April 18, 2018

Homeowner Testimonial: A New Home Journey So Good, They’d Do it All Over Again…And They Did.

While some people have their reservations about building a new home, the Marsh’s didn’t hesitate to do it all over again in order to make their new home dreams a reality. After not one, but TWO building experiences with McKee, they couldn’t be happier. Michael and Jo Ann described their process as “excellent,” saying “McKee was phenomenal; Mick, Ginger and all of the team. We couldn’t ask for anything better.”

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9 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

Here are a few design and decor tips to welcome spring into your home, so you can enjoy the season to the fullest!

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Spotlight on a special charity: Home of the Sparrow

One of the joys and fulfillments we have here at McKee Builders is being able to support so many incredible charitable organizations. Our success means that we can give back to our community, helping those who are less fortunate.

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8 Reasons Why a Clubhouse is a Vital Part of an Active Adult Community

Why do people move to an active adult community? Some are looking for smaller homes, and having a more carefree lifestyle. But many choose the active adult path because of the amenities. After all, who can resist having unfettered access to swimming pools, exercise classes and game rooms?

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Live More… Beach More in the Grove at Fenwick Island!

The Grove at Fenwick Island is our newest neighborhood, featuring luxury townhomes minutes from everything you love about life at the beach. With just 61 homesites, The Grove will have an intimate, peaceful vibe - just the thing for a shore retreat!

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Building A Home Has Never Been Simpler!

The building process can be a little scary if you’ve never built a brand new home before, or in some cases, even if you have. Here at McKee Builders, we like to make it as simple as possible. Our Building Process follows these steps, ensuring that you’ll know what to expect along the way.

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Come see our Featured Floorplan of the Month – The Kipling at Champions’ Club!

The Kipling floorplan at Champions’ Club is one of our most popular plans for a reason. It is specially designed to fit today’s active adult lifestyles. This gorgeous home plan features open rooms, flexible living spaces, and unique architectural features.

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End-of-the-Year Progress Report for The Preserve at Weatherby

The Preserve at Weatherby is starting to take shape! The roads are in, and the foundations have been poured for the model homes. 11 homesites have been released so far, and introductory pricing is available.

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Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holiday and Winter Season

Don’t let the thought of selling your home during the holiday season dampen your holiday spirit because this time of year has its advantages! Buyers tend to be more serious and motivated, and competition is less intense. Here are some tips for selling your home during the holidays!

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Retiring? Tips for Reinventing Your Life

Do you see retirement as an exciting new chapter or as a path to the unknown? After so many years in the working world, retirement can be unsettling at the very least. Who are you if you don’t have a job? Why do you get out of bed every morning?

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One Floorplan… Two Amazing Homes!

We have two lovely homes currently under construction at Bay Bridge Cove on Kent Island, Maryland. We think you’ll fall in love the minute you see them! We have two lovely homes currently under construction at Bay Bridge Cove on Kent Island, Maryland. We think you’ll fall in love the minute you see them! We have two lovely homes currently under construction at Bay Bridge Cove on Kent Island, Maryland. We think you’ll fall in love the minute you see them! We have two lovely homes currently under construction at Bay Bridge Cove on Kent Island, Maryland. We think you’ll fall in love the minute you see them!

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November 17, 2017

McKee’s Homes Are ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified!

Many builders have implemented energy efficient features in their homes. Consequently, homes today are much more energy efficient than in years past. At McKee Builders, we admit that we’re a little obsessed with saving energy and money. While other builders may boast about their energy-efficient features, few of them are actually ENERGY STAR 3.0 certified like we are.

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November 3, 2017

Be Our Guest! Put McKee’s 55+ Lifestyle to the Test!

How would you like to try out a new home before you buy it? Well now you can! McKee Builders introduces our new Guest House at Champions' Club in Magnolia, De. Stay overnight and experience the comforts of our spectacular Augusta model private guest house, while enjoying all of the luxurious amenities that could be yours. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample our incredible 55+ lifestyle and see first-hand why our homeowners love this wonderful community.

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October 25, 2017

Parade of Homes at Champions' Club a Huge Success!

Prospective homebuyers had a chance to meet the neighbors at Champions’ Club on Saturday, October 7th, during the Fall Parade of Homes. This was without a doubt the most successful Parade we’ve ever had, attracting nearly 100 prospective buyers and current owners. Attendees enjoyed festive Oktoberfest-themed refreshments while the Parade offered inspiration to those thinking about moving to Champions’ Club.

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October 11, 2017

First Group of Homesites Released at The Preserve at Weatherby

McKee Builders has released 11 homesites at The Preserve at Weatherby, an active adult community within the established Weatherby neighborhood in Woolwich Township, NJ. This is our first collection of homesites in Weatherby, and we’re so excited to be getting started in this beautiful clubhouse community!

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September 18, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy New

You wouldn’t buy a cell phone from 10 years ago, so why would you settle for an outdated home? At McKee Builders, our goal is to build you a brand new home with superior quality, impressive energy savings, and innovative designs. We also make sure you get what you want – including peace-of-mind.

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August 30, 2017

Come visit our featured community – Bay Bridge Cove on Kent Island!

McKee Builders wants to introduce you to the most exciting 55+ community in Maryland – Bay Bridge Cove! Bay Bridge Cove features beautiful villa homes located on Kent Island, nestled between the action of the Chesapeake and the serenity of the Eastern Shore. This scenic neighborhood is only one minute from the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, with beach access less than a mile away.

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August 17, 2017

Dalton Model now open at Champions’ Club

Last weekend McKee Builders celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Dalton model at Champions’ Club in Magnolia, DE. It was a huge success. There was a nice turn out, as people came to see the new model and check out the vintage car show, too. The model and the community looked fantastic, eliciting plenty of positive comments and feedback. Visitors, current residents, friends and families all had a great experience!

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August 15, 2017

Why to Buy a Retirement Home While Still Working

If you are planning to retire in the coming years, there are some very good reasons to consider buying your retirement property in advance of this event. Especially if you are planning to take on a mortgage, there are some important advantages that you should keep in mind—not least of which are today’s incredibly low interest rates.

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July 22, 2017

Vital Advantages of Active Retirement Communities

While active retirement communities may not be for everyone, they offer significant advantages which are important to understand when considering how and where to spend retirement. It is never easy to move, especially when people have been living in their homes for many years and have developed local networks of friends.

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June 15, 2017

Unexpected Savings from Retirement Communities

As you look towards retirement, it is important to evaluate both the ‘where’ and ‘how’ in this next stage of life. The ‘where’ often appears like the most obvious question to evaluate, given the number of factors (climate, landscape, proximity to family and amenities, and so on). But the ‘how’ requires equally vital attention as well.

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May 5, 2017

Understanding Vital Decision Points for Retirement

In advance of retirement, it is vital to understand its critical decision points, and that you are prepared to make the right decisions at the right time. This does not mean that you need to make those decisions tomorrow or even a year from now. But you should be aware of them and their particular timelines, so you are ready when the time is right.

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April 15, 2017

Understanding the Transition to Retirement

Retirement is a great destination, which is why people look forward to it, often for many years. But most people only have a vague sense of what retirement will actually look like for them. They focus on not working and having lots of leisure time; but they think far less about what the dynamics of this new kind of time means for themselves and their spouses.

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March 29, 2017

The When of Retirement

One of the most important decisions future retirees face is the “when” of retirement. When do you make the move from worker to retiree? There are many different answers to this question, depending on personal circumstances, and there even may be different stages to the answer. Some people decide to retire all at once, moving out of the workforce in a short period of time, while others may move out more gradually, to part-time work or consult.

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February 5, 2017

The Truth About Aging and Retirement

It is easy to fall into the cultural trap that aging is synonymous with decline, and that, with age, you become less productive and less able to contribute to society.

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January 5, 2017

The New Model of Retirement

Recently, a research study was released by Age Wave, a firm specializing in understanding issues related to our country’s maturing population, on new models of leisure in retirement. With millions of baby boomers now retiring annually, it is vital for that population—as well as our country—to understand what to expect from the rest of their lives.

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December 30, 2016

Satisfaction in Retirement on the Rise

TIAA, a leading provider of financial planning services, recently released a new report focused on satisfaction in retirement. Its 2016 “Vision of Experience” survey was a reboot of a similar survey that the company did more than 30 years ago, in 1982.

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December 23 , 2016

Retiring Into Better Health

Despite best efforts not to get sick, many of us still catch colds, flu, and other viruses. Today, some of the virulent flu strains can really knock you out for a good week or more. Yet, since our fellow human beings are the virus carriers, catching illnesses seems hard to avoid.

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December 22, 2016

Rejuvenating Activities for All Ages

Whether you’re working or retired, it is easy to become sedentary. You may be sitting at your desk, or in a comfortable chair at home. Regardless, it is absolutely essential for personal health that individuals incorporate regular physical activity into their lives and routines.

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December 16, 2016

Questions to Answer When Applying Retirement Formulas

Lots of formulas are available for calculating how much money you will need for retirement. They can range from multiples of 80-100 percent of your pre-retirement annual income, to savings in the millions.

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December 6, 2016

Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Retirement Home

When purchasing a retirement home, there are many different factors to consider including location, type and size of property and budget, to name just a few of the big ones. It is important to actively anticipate and address them in advance, so there are no unwelcome surprises afterwards.

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December 5, 2016

Loan Ideas and Products for Retirement Properties

For many people planning their retirement and looking into retirement properties, it may have been decades since they purchased their last residence. Most of us are familiar with the ups and downs of interest rates, which receive a good deal of media coverage. But we are probably less familiar with the range of borrowing opportunities which can assist retirees, both early and late, with their property purchases.

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December 1, 2016

Keeping an Eye on the Housing Market

In this country, the housing market continues to be hot, both the house-buying and rental markets. In a recent report by the housing site Trulia, current trends continue to support the advantages of homeownership over renting, even as housing prices are rising.

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November 30, 2016

Keeping Active in Retirement

Early retirement communities are great places to stay active, which is absolutely essential for your long-term health, both before and after retirement. If you are wondering why you should consider a move to one of Delaware’s 55 and older communities , a great reason is to ensure your health for the best decades of your life.

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November 29, 2016

Home Buying Tips to Keep in Mind

There are no secrets to buying a home. But if you haven’t purchased a home in decades, there may be ideas and principles that you have forgotten. Knowing the right approach and the right steps to take will take a lot of stress out of the effort.

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October 29, 2016

Following the Road to Early Retirement

If you are on the road to early retirement, or want to be on that road, there are lots of important steps to take in the near and long-term to ensure that you realize that goal sooner rather than later.

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October 23, 2016

Cape Henlopen: One of Delaware’s Many Outdoor Assets

For such a small state, Delaware offers a remarkable array of outdoor activities, both on land and water. If you are looking to for a state with a rich outdoor options for walking, hiking, biking and boating, Delaware offers one of the best places to retire in this country—especially with its 17 state parks all within easy reach.

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October 13, 2016

Meet our Newest Chief Morale Officer (CMO) – Remy McKee

McKee Builders’ extended family is continuously growing – from new communities to new homeowners. However, this time it’s a fluffy, Golden Retriever pup! Remy, short for Remington, is the latest addition to the McKee clan, and heir to the throne of the original CMO, Tuck.

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September 5, 2016

The Advantages of New Construction in Retirement Communities

If you are in your 50s, it is possible that you have never lived in a newly-built home. Even if you have, you may have bought new construction some decades earlier.

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August 29, 2016

The Costs of Rising Rents and Their Implications for Active Retirees

Many active retirees are looking to simplify their lives, so they can get the most out of the next stage of life. This often means selling their current home, where they raised their families, in an effort to downsize. But this move also requires answers to several important questions, such as: Should they rent or buy a new place?

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August 22, 2016

Moving to Delaware: Fiscal Advantages

In previous posts, we have outlined some of the great fiscal advantages of Delaware, making it one of the best places to retire . In honor of the 2015 tax season (which closed on the unusual date of April 18), several websites reviewed state tax rates in the United States—and Delaware comes out significantly ahead.

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August 15, 2016

Vital truths About Active Retirement Communities

There are a lot of misconceptions about active retirement communities, which may be fueled by terminology, like retirement. Retirement connotes not only stopping work, but also a life slowdown.

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August 5, 2016

Essential Features of New Houses in Retirement Communities

If you have never lived in a newly-built home, or have lived in an older suburban development, you may not be fully aware of new construction’s numerous advantages, especially in 55 and over active communities in Delaware and elsewhere.

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July 29, 2016

Why the Right Steps Can Make Retirement Affordable

Is retirement affordable—is probably the biggest anxiety voiced by our aging (and even younger) populations. This question will only grow in importance. The Census Bureau estimates that, by 2050, the American population that is 65 and older will be 83.7 million, almost double its 2012 number of 43.1 million.

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July 22, 2016

Delaware: Great for Water Lovers

For such small state, Delaware offers an astounding range of waterways. The east side of the state is bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, which together create wonderful beach shorelines. Within the state, there are multiple waterways for recreational activities, many within national parks.

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July 15, 2016

What is the Right Retirement Community for You?

As you are looking at retirement communities in Delaware or elsewhere, and anticipating this next stage of life, you should also be thinking seriously about what that next stage of life means for you.

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July 10, 2016

Great Retirement Destinations? Take a Look at Delaware

The U.S. is fortunate to have many great choices for retirement. With so many different climates, terrains, waterways, urban and rural geographies, amenities, and recreational options, there is a place for everyone. As you are deciding where to retire, you will want to account for these factors, as well as many others, including such critical variables as the state tax situation for retirees and local affordability.

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July 6, 2016

Satisfaction in Retirement: Great Activities to Pursue

Most retirees will not enjoy doing nothing for long. Especially after a lifetime of work, it is very hard to give up that drive, sense of purpose and schedule, and replace it with the rudimentary goal of relaxation.

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June 29, 2016

Buying Versus Renting Your House in Retirement

If you are ready to retire, and have identified your retirement state or region, two of the biggest questions that you may be facing are: Where in that general area should you move to? And should you rent or buy?

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June 15, 2016

Calendaring Retirement: Key Age Markers

Retirement requires planning, and for this planning process, you need to keep abreast of and respond to your life calendar. Whether you are planning to retire to one of our active 55+ Delaware communities or somewhere else, your age entitles you to different retirement-related benefits, which are critical for making the most of this exciting life-change.

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June 5, 2016

Home-Buying with Retirement Savings

Let’s say that you are ready to retire and that, in anticipation of that event, you want to buy the best place to retire. What financial resources might you use for a down payment? Maybe you own your own home, but are not quite ready to sell it. Perhaps you have never owned a home, but have been saving for one. However, you would rather not touch your nest egg yet.

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May 29, 2016

Why Retirement May Not Cost as Much as You Think

There are certainly lots of reasons to worry about whether you will have sufficient financial resources when you retire. But people tend to think less about all the financial advantages that they will accrue when they retire. While this may sound far-fetched, retirement might not cost as much as you think.

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May 28, 2016

Steps for Identifying the Right Active Retirement Community for You

Investing in a retirement community is a significant decision. As with all major life decisions, it is important to break the big decision down into smaller decision points. Here are some key items to consider.

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May 26, 2016

Champions’ Club Wins Community of the Year Award Plus 3 Additional Honors

McKee Builders’ notable 55+ community, Champions’ Club, collected numerous accolades, including the prestigious Kent County Community of the Year award, for the second year in a row, at the 2015 Regal Awards. The annual event is hosted by the Home Builders Association of Delaware and celebrates excellence in construction, marketing and home design throughout the state.

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May 18, 2016

From Overnight Guest to Long-Term Resident

Testing something out prior to making a purchase aids in a smoother buying process. It instills confidence that you’re making the best decision. When it comes to purchasing a house where you’ll spend your retirement, typically the opportunity to give both the home and community a test run is rare. However, Champions’ Club breaks the mold with the Be Our Guest program – a chance to spend the night in a private guesthouse and experience all that the 55+ lifestyle has to offer!

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May 15, 2016

Why Choose an Active Retirement Community?

While the idea of moving into an active retirement community may seem daunting, here are good reasons to consider the move.

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April 12, 2016

Tuck Everlasting

For 13.5 years, the McKee family’s faithful golden retriever, Tuck truly defined the expression “man’s best friend.” He was a dear companion, but to the extended McKee Group family, at the corporate offices and often at the McKee sites, he was so much more. From Chief Morale Officer (CMO) to persistent shadow, he filled roles that warmed hearts day in and out.

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April 4, 2016

Closer Than You Think

You've made the decision that you’re ready to move to a DE 55+ active community. Congrats! You're half way there. Now comes the hard part, selecting exactly which community you'll be calling home in these next exciting times of your life. You'll certainly want to leave your calendars open for the Close-to-Home Luncheon in Bridgewater, NJ. It’s a fantastic opportunity to receive the same hands-on experience that you might expect at a McKee sales center without the travel!

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March 1, 2016

Tour & Taste

Is there anything better than previewing Champions' newest home design AND socializing afterwards with community members over a warm bowl of chili? You guessed it - not really! Come join us on Saturday, March 5th from 10 am – 5 pm for both the unveiling of the Wyatt floor plan and "Warm up to Champions Club" Chili Fest.

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