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Family-owned McKee Builders provides benefits to 55-plus home buyers and homeowners

May 07, 2013

McKee Builders is a third-generation family business and a leading, award-winning builder of 55-plus clubhouse communities in Delaware and southeast Pennsylvania. The benefits to both home buyers and homeowners of a family-owned builder are numerous and positive.

“Because we are not a huge building conglomerate, we don’t answer to shareholders. Instead, our focus is on our homeowners and their complete satisfaction,” said Frank McKee, president of McKee Builders. “As a family business, many of our best ideas for homes and communities happen not in a boardroom, but in our own living room during family gatherings."

This continued enhancement has led McKee Builders to design its communities to be unique to its homeowners. “We don’t build cookie-cutter homes,” said McKee. “Instead, we are always listening to what our buyers want and need - and are continually innovating new ways to enhance the homes and community amenities.”

McKee Builders is also well known for working with the home buyer to tailor a home to meet the buyer's lifestyle. Homeowners can move walls, add a sunroom or screened porch, enlarge the garage, add and/or finish the basement and loft area to name just a few customizations that are available. This high level of customization ensures the house meets the homeowners’ needs and desires, instead of trying to fit their life around a one-size-fits-all floor plan.

McKee Builders is also both the developer and the builder at its communities. This allows complete control over when the amenities are built, for example, the clubhouse, pool, bocce courts and more. McKee Builders puts these amenities soon after the first homeowners move in so all homeowners can enjoy them right from the start.

Being a multigenerational home builder has also led McKee Builders to think not only of the current generation of homeowners, but also the generations to come. McKee Builders has earned a highly regarded Living Green Certificate from Green Communities Alliance. Homeowners can realize direct benefits by purchasing a green home through lower operating costs, increased interior comfort and improved environmental quality inside and out; as well as an improved environment for children and grandchildren.

McKee Builders is also a certified Energy Star 3.0 builder and follows strict guidelines to make every home more energy efficient. The end result is a home that is 30 percent more energy efficient, which translates to much lower energy costs for the homeowners every month over the life of the home.

“Large, national builders profit by creating volume, building thousands of homes in hundreds of location,” said McKee. “At McKee, we’ve grown our company by providing exceptional value with each home we build and by providing exceptional service to our home buyers and homeowners.”

All of this has led to high marks from McKee Builders’ homeowners. In the Eliant Home Buyers’ Choice Awards, McKee Builders took top honors - first place - in the Purchase Experience category for Medium Homebuilders. The company also scored high in the Customer Service Experience (honorable mention) and received second-place rankings for Highest Percentage of Sales from Referrals.

McKee Builders’ home buyers also gave the company high ratings in the Customer Service and Overall First Year Quality category and the Overall Home Purchase and Ownership Experience.

“McKee Builders has received high ratings from their home buyers not just in one category, but across the board,” said Eliant's Bob Mirman. “There is not one area we measure that they do not excel in.”

McKee Builders has carriage home and single-family home communities in southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. More information on these communities can be found at www.mckeebuilders.com.

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