Floor Plan: Introducing The Azalea

The Azalea is the perfect home for your family. This two-story stunner features 2,114 heated square feet, offering four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a first-floor owner’s suite. The Azalea features multiple floor plan options like an alternate kitchen, side load garage, bonus room and alternate elevation, allowing you to personalize this plan to fit your family’s needs. 

Stepping on the cozy front porch you feel home. The beautiful open design seamlessly blends the living areas and offers an optional fireplace as the main focal point. The living area connects to the thoughtfully designed kitchen and dining area with access to the walkout patio. The well-appointed main floor owner’s suite is complete with a sizeable walk-in closet, dual vanities, shower tub. The laundry area is conveniently located near the garage and owner’s suite. 

The Azalea’s upstairs offers three well sized bedrooms and a loft room you could use as a rec room, home office or additional living space. An optional bonus room would allow for a fifth bedroom depending on your family’s needs. If charm and space are your desire, then The Azalea is the home for you! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Strategies to Save for a Down Payment

You’ve saved up for an outfit, a vacation, maybe even a car, but saving for a down payment on a house is a completely different story. A savings goal in the tens of thousands of dollars can seem out of reach as a first-time homebuyer, but it’s more attainable than you might think. Give yourself time and with these helpful strategies you can reach your down payment target without necessarily pinching pennies. 

Cut back on expenses. The obvious starting place when saving for a down payment is cutting costs. Look at the costs in your budget and cut out the ones you wouldn’t miss. You don’t need to cancel every subscription and service to save. Just remember, this doesn’t have to be a permanent change but a temporary sacrifice in exchange for your future home sweet home. 

Now, look at the expenses you’re not willing to give up. Talk to those providers and see if they can provide discounts or rate reductions. If that doesn’t work, shop better rates. Maybe you can switch cellphone providers or insurance companies? Do their competitors offer an incentive or discount for becoming a new customer?

Mindfully spend. Prioritize your spending by matching your savings to your discretionary spending. Every time you spend money on something you want, transfer the same amount to your savings account. By doubling the amount that is leaving your checking account, you’ll be more conscientious about the purchases you make. 

Adjust your timeline. Saving for a $60,000 down payment in a year’s time is a lot harder than saving that same amount over multiple years. If you want to buy a home and still enjoy life, you have to play with your timeline.

Look at how much money you’re willing to save each month without drastically changing your budget. Take your goal amount and divide it by the amount you can save each month. If you can save $1,000 per month and want to reach $60,000, it will take you 60 months to do so (or five years). Decide what is important to you and by thinking long term, you can accomplish your goals and still live your best life.

With these strategies we are sure you’ll be kicking back and enjoying your new McAdams home in no time. We offer specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentivesContact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying a New Home

Buying a house is as wonderful and exciting, as much as it is nerve-racking and overwhelming. Purchasing a home takes a significant investment of your time and money. So before your real estate search begins, take some time to ask yourself key questions to help uncover your preferences and goals so that your home buying search is as fruitful as possible.

How would you use your home? Or maybe a better way to ask this is, what is your endgame? Whatever the reason you have for purchasing a home, understanding the primary goal behind your purchase will help inform your house hunting strategy. Your focus might be to create an investment to sell, or you could be hoping to find the best home for your children while they are in school. Budget and life stage are important factors in determining what is most important to you with such a significant purchase. 

Can you afford homeownership? Contacting a local lender will be a big help in determining your down payment and what you’ll need to budget for your monthly mortgage payments. Working with a Real Estate expert will also be able to help you navigate the buying process.

What is important to you in a new home? An abundance of natural light? Loads of extra space? Hardwoods throughout? Maybe you need wheelchair access? Or you want a large yard? What’s the proximity to schools, a park, or your gym? When it comes to homes and communities, the list of amenities, features, and options can seem endless. Determining the home features that are deal breakers from nice-to-haves will help you make the tough decisions when you get close to finding the perfect home.

Now that you’ve determined your must-haves, the next question is, which McAdams Homes floor plan will you choose? See our portfolio of floor plans that you personalize with numerous design options. Contact ustoday to get started on your new home journey. McAdams Homes offers specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for our current incentives.

Floor Plan: Introducing The Juniper

Boasting 1,591 heated square feet, three bedrooms with two and a half baths, The Juniper is a well-appointed attached home. With its inviting front porch and variety of architectural detail, this charming home is sure to fit all your family’s needs. 

As you walk through the front door, your eyes are drawn to the great room that connects to the thoughtfully designed kitchen and dining. The beautiful open design seamlessly blends the living areas and offers an optional corner fireplace as the main focal point.

The Juniper’s upstairs offers two bedrooms, a laundry area and a well-appointed owner’s suite complete with a sizeable walk-in closet and dual vanities. The optional bathroom upgrade comes with a walk-in shower and soaking tub. depending on your family’s needs. If the lock and leave lifestyle is appealing or if you want less maintenance, then The Juniper is the home for you! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Floor Plan: Introducing The Holly

Boasting 2,381 heated square feet, four bedrooms with three and a half baths, The Holly is the perfect home for any family. With its inviting front porch, alternate elevation and great curb appeal, this home is sure to wow family, friends, and neighbors alike. 

As you walk through the front door, your eyes are drawn to the dining room that connects to the thoughtfully designed kitchen. The beautiful open design seamlessly blends the living areas and offers an optional fireplace as the main focal point and access to the walkout patio. The well-appointed main floor owner’s suite is complete with two sizeable walk-in closets, dual vanities, walk-in shower, and soaking tub. The laundry area is conveniently located near the garage and owner’s suite. 

The Holly’s upstairs offers three well sized bedrooms and a bonus room you could use as a rec room, home office or fifth bedroom. Bathroom three also offers an optional configuration depending on your family’s needs. If charm and space are your desire, then The Holly is the home for you! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Spring Is In The Air

Hooray, the temperatures are beginning to climb, the days are getting longer, and winter is nearly in our rearview. This time of year, we all have an itch to get outside. As our focus turns to spring, there are so many opportunities to indulge in the active coastal lifestyle our beautiful area offers. The list below details the many ways that residents revel in the natural beauty of the Wilmington area. 

Nature Trails and Biking. Wilmington and our surrounding area offer diverse backdrops that range from scenic parks, gardens, and lakes to serene oceanfront landscapes and maritime forests. Traverse the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail or roam Carolina and Kure Beaches on a self-guided bike tour, take a pause and enjoy the marshes and salt air as you round The Loop in Wrightsville Beach. 

Boating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding. Whether you love boating, taking morning kayak excursions with a friend, paddleboating on the lake with your sweetheart. Wilmington residents make the most of life on the water – from the Cape Fear River to the Atlantic Ocean and every creek in-between. Wake up and take a solo paddleboard along the tranquil waters of the barrier islands. Hop into a paddleboat or kayak and take in the bright, beautiful landscape of Greenfield Lake. If you seek more adventure, drop in your boat, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard into one of the areas public boat launches.

Tennis and Pickle Ball. There’s no shortage of racquet fun Wilmington either. Enjoy lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, and plenty of active welcoming groups who are ready to join you for a great match! Parks website on tennis. Click here for information on Althea Gibson Tennis Complex and court reservations.

Bocce Ball. Located at Empie Park, Bocce can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Enjoy an afternoon under the shade of the pines as you play. 

Fishing. The first thing you’ll need – especially if you are heading to the local beaches – is a Coastal Recreational Fishing License. This license is available in 10-day, annual or lifetime basis and can be found at a number of bait and tackle stores or even Walmart and Dick’s. Some local piers you’ll want to explore are River Road Park, Smith Creek Park, Trails End Park, Sutton Lake, Snows Cut Park, Johnnie Mercer’s Pier or the Carolina and Kure Beach Fishing Piers. Most of these locations also have boat ramps for those that want to do some inshore and offshore fishing. 

Itching to make the move to the Wilmington area? Learn where you can build your dream home, in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

North Carolina Bike Trails

In North Carolina there is no shortage of natural beauty. And we think that one of the best ways to see the numerous picturesque sights of our state is on bike. With a variety of biking terrains and options, from flat, easy rides along the beach to rugged climbs up steep mountain trails, there’s a route to match your mood and comfort level. 

Mountain bike trails and interesting rides beckon cyclists from all across our state and country. Here we are exploring North Carolina trails but there are plenty of interconnected trails like the Carolina Thread Trail, which extends into South Carolina or the East Coast Greenway, that links communities from Florida to Maine by trails. If these are more than you want to bite off, just rent a bike from your local outfitter any time of year and go out for some casual exploration.

The Ports of Call Trail is right in our own back yard. Take this route and traverse North Carolina’s long and varied coastline including two major sounds – the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. The 300-mile route from Virginia to South Carolina passes through the major ports of the colonial era; Edenton, Bath, New Bern, Wilmington, and Southport among numerous other coastal communities.

Take a ride on the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, and explore 15-miles of fun as you make your way through several parks and let your adventure take you to the Intracoastal Waterway. Or head down to Greenfield Lake Park and enjoy nearly 4 miles of paths meandering around the lake.  

If road biking calls to you more, be sure to visit the All Trails website for some of the best road biking trails in North Carolina. Trail Link is also a great resource for the abundant trails offered in our state and is a part of the rails to trails conservancy program. 

Scenic overlooks, picturesque towns, and great memories are all part of a North Carolina biking experience. Ready to finally make that move to the Wilmington area? Learn where you can build your dream home, in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Learning About The Rent to Own Process

The appeal of homeownership feels more powerful today than ever before. And if you are like many homebuyers, you’ll need to get a mortgage to finance the purchase of your new home. Traditionally to qualify you need good credit and cash for a down payment. There is however an alternate route to homeownership that we want to talk about here, the rent-to-own process and what that looks like. 

A rent-to-own agreement, in which you rent a home for a certain period of time, with the option to buy it before the lease expires has become a popular option for first time buyers. This agreement consists of two parts: a standard lease agreement and an option to buy. Lease-option contracts give you the right to buy the home when the lease expires, while lease-purchase contracts require you to buy the house. You pay rent throughout the lease, and in some cases, a percentage of the payment is applied to the purchase price. 

Non-refundable Upfront Fees. In a rent-to-own agreement, the buyer pays the seller a one-time, upfront fee called the option fee. This usually non-refundable fee is what gives you the option to buy the house by some date set in the future. This fee is often negotiable as there’s no standard rate, but typically it ranges between 1% and 5% of the purchase price.

Lease-Option vs Lease-Purchase. Different types of rent-to-own options are out there, and it is important to note the differences. Lease-option contracts give buyers the right, but not the obligation, to purchase the home once the lease expires. If you choose not to buy the home at the end of the lease, the option simply expires, and you can walk away without any obligation to continue paying rent or to buy. With a lease-purchase contract this is not typically the case. 

Purchase Price Agreement. Whether the buyer and seller agree on the purchase price at contract signing or at the expiration of the lease, your rent-to-own agreement should specify when and how the home’s purchase price is determined. As you pay rent throughout the lease terms, you’ll want to understand what portion of each payment is applied to the eventual purchase price. 

We hope this will help you understand that there are alternative ways to homeownership. And as always consult with a real estate professional who can help you find your perfect McAdams home. We offer specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Floor Plan: Introducing The Jackson

Boasting 2,042 heated square feet, three bedrooms and two and a half baths, The Jackson is the perfect home for any family. With its charming exterior and alternate elevations including front or sideload garage options, this home is sure to fit your family’s needs.

As you walk through the front door, your eyes are drawn past the staircase to the to the great room that connects to the thoughtfully designed kitchen and dining area. The open design seamlessly blends the living areas together and offers an optional fireplace as the main focal point, while easy access to the walkout patio extends the entertaining options. 

The Jackson’s upstairs offers a well-appointed owner’s suite, complete with two sizeable walk-in closets, dual vanities, close proximity to the laundry and an optional walk-in shower and soaking tub. Additionally, the upstairs includes two well sized bedrooms and a bonus room you could use as a rec room, home office or fourth bedroom. It’s easy to see why The Jackson Plan is the perfect home for you and your growing family! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Dining in Leland, NC

Anyone familiar with Wilmington, NC knows how much growth the area has experienced, and Leland has benefited from this accelerated expansion. Many new restaurants and bars have recently opened and are minutes away from the communities we have developed. Here’s your guide for breakfast, lunch, wining, and dining around Leland. 

Bridgewater Wines + DinesLocated on 17S, near Walmart, Bridgewater Wines offers customers wines from around the world at all price points. They invite you to browse their extensive selection of wines in an inviting, comfortable environment or stay and enjoy a glass at the wine bar. This is a great place to relax and sample the specially crafted menu that not only pairs with but enhances the wines.

Brodee Dogs and Brew House. Located on Village Road, the family owned business offers gourmet dogs and burgers to go along with fries or onion rings,  topped off with an array of craft beer!

Cape Fear Seafood Co. Specializing in regional seafood, signature dishes, fresh ingredients and hand-crafted cocktails, this lunch and dinner restaurant offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Our State Magazine recognized them as one of five restaurants in NC to try Shrimp & Grits. From the saltimbocca to the kids menu, every appetite will find something delicious. Conveniently located in the Waterford Commercial Area.

Chingon TaqueriaTacos + Margaritas + Snacks, this is not your average taco joint. Stop in Chingon for tacos, burritos, hurraches, sopes, quesadillas or freshly made margaritas. Located near the Walmart on 17S, Chingon is sure to be one of your favorite spots in Leland. 

Christopher’s Steakhouse and SeafoodLocated in the Harris Teeter shopping center on 17S, Christopher’s is a locally owned and operated. They serve hand-cut steaks, fall off the bone ribs, made from scratch sides, and fresh-baked bread. Committed to customer service and satisfaction, Christopher’s guarantees you’ll taste and see the difference.

Farmhouse KitchenLocated on 17S, in the Lowe’s shopping center, Farmhouse Kitchen offers breakfast all day. From eggs benedict to omelets, Belgian waffles to pancakes, to sandwiches and wraps, Farmhouse Kitchen welcomes anyone with an appetite. 

Leland Smoke HouseThose looking for wood smoked barbecue and homemade sides in a casual environment, look no further than Leland Smoke House, located at the entrance of the Waterford shopping center. Priding themselves on real wood smoked barbecue and brisket that is bathed in hickory smoke for 12 hours, meat is the main event at Leland Smoke House. 

Papi’s ChickenFor those looking for “fast, casual and good”, Papi’s Charcoal Rotisserie Chicken wants to show the fun side of food and introduce you to Peruvian inspired flavors. They provide a welcoming community and exciting environment to create the best experience they can for their guests. Be sure to stop in and try some of their delicious sauces, you won’t be disappointed. Papi’s is conveniently located in front of Walmart on 17S.  

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria. With their Sicilian heritage and New York roots, the family wanted to bring traditional and savory Italian dishes to Wilmington, NC. Two short years later they opened a second location, inside Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC. Once you eat there, you are family. Mangia!

Shirley’s DinerNext to the Piggly Wiggly on Village Road, Shirley’s is a local favorite. Lunch and dinner options for the whole family. From a variety of sandwiches to the shrimp plate or pork chop dinner, you’ll leave with a smile on your face.  

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar.  This Brunswick Forest restaurant grew out of a vision for a local establishment that families of all ages can enjoy a great meal, served up fresh with creative cocktails in an environment that exudes relaxation. The casual atmosphere with its friendly and helpful staff has made many patrons feel very much at home, be they locals or visitors.

Six Happiness. This Japanese restaurant has been in Leland for years, offering delicious lunch and dinner options. From sushi to hibachi and curry to bento boxes, Six Happiness in the Walmart Shopping Center is a great option for any family.