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Featured Home of the Month – The Bluffton at Springfield in Fort Mill!

Categories: Communities, Floor plans, Ft Mill SC New Homes, Springfield | Posted: April 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Featured Home of the Month – The Bluffton at Springfield in Fort Mill!

The family-friendly Bluffton model located at 348 Meares Ct. is one of the last available new homes in Springfield! Designed to fit today’s lifestyles, this gorgeous home plan features open rooms, outdoor living spaces, and unique design features. It lives BIG and features plenty of room for the extended family. It’s also perfect for families with children who want to enjoy quality time together outdoors!

A spacious 3-story home, The Bluffton has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a 3-car attached garage, and 5,043 square feet of living space. In addition to its classic architecture, this home is set on a cul-de-sac and backs to natural space with a seasonal golf course view of the 16th green! Inside, the bright and airy kitchen/breakfast room is adjacent to the great room and private covered porch with a gas fireplace – an outstanding family space! The main floor also includes a butler’s pantry that leads into the dining room, a study, and a guest suite.

The upper level is where you’ll find the peaceful master suite, featuring a pedestal tub, walk-in shower, and dual vanities. This floor also includes three additional bedrooms, a family activity center, and a laundry room. Down on the lower level, there’s a finished basement (plenty of space for teens!), another guest suite, lots of storage, and access to the lower deck.

This home has many included features that you will love… real hardwood flooring, quartz countertops and Electrolux appliances in the kitchen, not to mention our signature mouldings, Environments for Living Platinum Certified Energy Efficiency, and lots of natural light.

As for fun & recreation, you can choose from a variety of options. Perhaps hiking or mountain biking on the nearby greenway trails. Or maybe one of the unbelievable resort-style amenities, including the 18-hole Springfield Golf Club, swimming pool or amenity center. This community has plenty of opportunities for the family to enjoy time together at nearby parks, playgrounds or your own peaceful backyard, too.

The Bluffton is located at 348 Meares Ct., Ft Mill, SC 29715. If you’d like to visit Springfield, take I-77 South towards Ft Mill. At Exit 88 (Hwy 460 Springfield Pkwy), turn left at top of ramp. Go approx 2.5 miles. Springfield is on the left.

Priced at $869,000, this brand new home from Evans Coghill will be completed in May, and is available now! Check out the Virtual Tour below:

For information about The Bluffton or living at Springfield, contact Forrest Ranson at 704.488.5101 or franson@evanscoghill.com!

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Ft Mill, and Cheval.

Get to know your Evans Coghill team members… New Home Specialist, Tracy Olson!

Categories: Team Members | Posted: March 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Get to know your Evans Coghill team members… New Home Specialist, Tracy Olson!

The next participant in our series of team member blogs is Tracy Olson. She’s just joined us as a New Home Specialist at Riverwalk. In that role, Tracy wears many hats, reviewing home plans, working with the builder, walking plans, meeting with potential buyers, interacting with customers, helping them select home sites, plans, colors. If you’re coming to visit Riverwalk, there’s a good chance you’ll be meeting Tracy!

What brought you to Evans Coghill Homes?
I found Evans Coghill through a networking service, BSI (Builder Services Incorporated). I was looking to work for a smaller builder that gives a higher level of customer service, more control over the process, and more of a personal relationship. And Evans Coghill was just what I was looking for.

What’s your favorite part of the job so far?

Following someone through the process, from contract to move-in. I like helping somebody make one of the biggest decisions in their life, and watching it evolve through the process to completion.

What sparked your interest in home building?
I’ve been around the industry all my life. I grew up in Wisconsin, where my dad has his own concrete construction company. I helped him manage the office all through high school and college. After I graduated from University of Wisconsin, White Water, I worked with Cal-Atlantic Homes. My husband has been in industry for about 20 years. He’s a sales manager for another new home builder.

What do you do on a day off?
I spend time with my husband and our two daughters. I’ve also been a Zumba instructor for going on 10 years. I love the fitness industry… it goes hand in hand with helping people.

Do you live by a certain philosophy?
I face life and its challenges by following the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

Be sure to visit Tracy at our model home in Riverwalk, located at 352 Mill Ridge Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730. We’re open Monday through Saturday, 11-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm.

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Ft Mill, Cheval and SouthPark.

Evans Coghill CMO Earns MIRM Designation

Categories: Awards, News | Posted: February 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Evans Coghill CMO Earns MIRM Designation

Chief Construction Officer, Chris Folk (left) with Chief Marketing Officer, Alan Banks.

Evans Coghill Homes is thrilled to announce that our Chief Marketing Officer, Alan Banks, has been inducted as a Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM) by the National Association of Home Builders.

Alan earned his MIRM designation through a combination of professional education and experience in the real estate field. Alan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and has been working in the home building industry for 31 years. After operating a successful publishing business anchored in the industry, he co-founded Evans Coghill Homes with Chris Folk in 2001.

Chris Folk, the Chief Construction Officer of Evans Coghill Homes, said he is proud but not surprised by Alan’s achievement. “Alan’s quest for education and desire for professionalism is well-known throughout the Charlotte area,” said Chris. “And, of course, Evans Coghill Homes fully supports his commitment to that quest.”

Alan & Chris’s dedication to quality and proficiency are well represented throughout the company they created. With a team of remarkably skilled professionals at their side, they work constantly to create the best experience for our homebuyers. At Evans Coghill, we are careful to protect the environment, and prioritize designing home plans in communities that fit our company’s style and culture. These ideals have helped make Evans Coghill one of the most respected homebuilders in the region.

The Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM) is a professional organization under the auspices of the National Association of Home Builders. Its purpose is to recognize and promote professionalism, education and ethics in new home sales and marketing. The Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM) is the highest level of new home sales education, requiring years of industry experience, serious coursework requirements, and a one-of-a-kind successful case study to complete the designation.

For additional information about the Master in Residential Marketing program, visit www.nahb.org. For more about Evans Coghill Homes, visit EvansCoghill.com.

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Ft Mill, Cheval and SouthPark.

Evans Coghill now a Professional Warranty Services builder!

Categories: Buying a Home, Communities, Homeownership | Posted: February 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Evans Coghill now a Professional Warranty Services builder!

Evans Coghill Homes is thrilled to announce that we are officially a Professional Warranty Services builder. Going forward, all of our new homeowners will be able to take advantage of one of the strongest warranty programs in the business.

Professional Warranty Services is a comprehensive home warranty, covering everything from the foundation to the walls to the systems. Our future homeowners will enjoy unbelievable peace of mind with this exclusive 10-year insurance backed warranty. Plus, the warranty is transferable, so it will increase the value of the home if it’s sold within the 10-year period.

Some details:

  • Year 1: Covers workmanship & materials
  • Year 2: Covers wiring, pipes, ductwork (aka inside the wall coverage)
  • Years 3 – 10: Covers structural element failure
  • Homeowners will receive a warranty service visit 60 days after closing
  • At 11 months after closing, homeowners will receive a postcard telling them Year 1 is coming to an end, and they will be transitioning to the PWS portal at 12 months after closing.
  • Evans Coghill will continue to respond to emergency needs as always
  • The new warranty is only available to homeowners who contract with us going forward. Existing homeowners will remain covered under the previous plan.

For more information about our new warranty, check out this short video.

If you haven’t already made your decision to choose Evans Coghill as your new home builder, this should help make that decision easy and simple. Don’t forget to view our communities and available homes on our website, where we guarantee you’re sure to find the new home of your dreams!

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Ft Mill, Cheval and Southpark.

Construction In SouthPark Is Heating Up!

Categories: Communities, Floor plans, Homeownership, Neighborhoods, New Homes in Charlotte, Sharon Oaks in Southpark | Posted: February 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Construction In SouthPark Is Heating Up!

The SouthPark section of South Charlotte has some of the hottest properties in the state! The upscale SouthPark Mall is a famed shopping destination, and its popularity has made the neighborhoods around it prime real estate – we should know as we’re building new homes in SouthPark! Currently, a large mixed-use project set to be developed on the existing Colony apartments site is the talk of the town, as it will include apartments, a hotel, office space, and retail space; all great things for people moving to this area of town. There are several other development projects in the works also, making the SouthPark region a development hot spot.

Evans Coghill is thrilled to be building in SouthPark. Our newest community, Sharon Oaks, is a small enclave of single-family homes ranging from 3,593 to 4,025 square feet, with 4 or 5 bedrooms. Our homes feature real hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, outdoor fireplaces, and master bedrooms on the main or upper levels.  Prices range from $859,000 – $950,000. Not only are the new homes we’re building in this location conducive to the lifestyle you’re looking for, they are also located exactly where you want to live, the heart of SouthPark.

Sharon Oaks is right in the thick of things location-wise, offering access to the mall, and a quick commute to uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport via I-77 and I-85. SouthPark is served by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, featuring some of the most desirable schools in Charlotte, making it an ideal location for families.

If you weren’t already convinced that a new home in SouthPark is the right choice for you and your family, take it from U.S. News who analyzed 100 cities in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life, job market, the value of living and people’s desire to live there. Charlotte landed itself as #15 on the list due to its unique culture, cost of living, culinary sophistication, weather and variety of small neighborhoods, each with a distinctive feel and energy.

Sharon Oaks will have ready for move-in homes by early 2017. For more information about living in a new home built by Evans Coghill Homes in Sharon Oaks, contact Forrest Ranson at 704.488.5101 or franson@evanscoghill.com.

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Ft Mill, Cheval and SouthPark.

Is It Time To Ditch The Dining Room?

Categories: Design Tips, Floor plans, Good Info to Know, Homeowner Tips, Interior Design Thoughts, Tips | Posted: January 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Is It Time To Ditch The Dining Room?

Home designs tend to reflect changes in the way we live. Over the years, homes have gotten larger and more open. In fact, most newer homes have a much more informal feel than homes built just a decade or two ago.

And thanks to packed schedules, modern families have more casual lifestyles. They definitely don’t have formal, sit-down dinners every night in the dining room. (They likely don’t have a sit-down dinner at all!) So, another one of the recent changes is the removal of a formal dining room from floor plans.

At Evans Coghill, we’ve designed several of our plans to have no formal dining rooms – The River Birch, River Bend, Crepe Myrtle, River Crossing, and River Cottage. These homes have open floor plans, with combination great room/kitchen/dining area layouts – ideal for both entertaining and busy everyday lives.

A recent article on HomeAdvisor talked about the trend for “ditching the dining room” even in older homes. It mentions how people are renovating older homes and converting their dining rooms into super-sized kitchens or open living spaces.

Are you a dining room traditionalist? Would your home feel incomplete without a dining room? Or are you a flex space lover, glad to have as much open usable space as possible? Either way, Evans Coghill has you covered! Come see our homes for yourself!

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Cotswold, Cheval and Southpark.

Your New Evans Coghill Home Will Be A Very SMART Home!

Categories: Design Tips, Energy Efficient Homes, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Charlotte | Posted: January 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Your New Evans Coghill Home Will Be A Very SMART Home!

Evans Coghill Homes is thrilled to be one of the select builders in the Carolinas to offer a home automation program as a standard feature in every one of our homes! The smart home technology in our homes is provided by Guardian Home Technologies, the premier provider of technology solutions.

Our homeowners will be able to control their thermostats via the My Guardian Home app on their smartphones, tablets or computers. Having a smarter, more efficient home couldn’t be easier, more convenient, and economical!

Guardian Home Technologies provides a connective home platform that provides a variety of product, technology and services for the new home buyer. In addition to interactive thermostat automation, they also offer:

  • Interactive security – 24/7 monitoring for burglaries, fire and medical emergencies to keep you feeling safe and secure
  • Smart connections – Out-of-view hard wiring for data, audio and video
  • Home entertainment – High-performance components for the home theatre, e.g. Bose® and Klipsch®, perfect for movie nights or dinner parties at home
  • Home convenience – Intercom and central vac systems

Our partnership with a wonderful company such as Guardian Home Technologies allows us as a new home builder to provide our homeowners with the technology they desire and need to feel safe and confident in their homes, all while keeping up to speed with their daily lives. We are proud to offer a home automation program in every single one of our homes to help benefit our customers’ lives.

If you’re looking to move into a new home now, and would like to take advantage of this feature, we invite you to look closely at our available homes in several of our communities in and around Charlotte!

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Cotswold, Cheval and Southpark.

Why Buy Now? It’s A New Year – And Interest Rates Will Be Going Up!

Categories: Financing, Homeownership | Posted: January 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Why Buy Now? It’s A New Year – And Interest Rates Will Be Going Up!

Have you been dreaming of owning a new home? Evans Coghill Homes would love to help you through the process! And what better time than the new year?

Now is a great time to go ahead and make that dream come true. It’s a new year – and the perfect opportunity for a new start. It’s also a good time because interest rates are going up, and that will influence both how much home you can afford, as well as how much you’ll pay over the span of the loan.

Over time, as the Fed raises rates more, mortgage rates are expected to move up too. According to CNN Money, the typical fixed rate on a 30-year mortgage is currently around 4.1%. Before the election, a typical 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 3.5%, according to Freddie Mac.

While rates are rising quickly, they are still low. For example, during the last economic expansion, mortgage rates were between 5% and 7%. In the 1990s, rates were even higher, shifting between 7% and 9%.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a one or two percent increase won’t affect your bottom line too much. You can save thousands of dollars a year by buying a new Evans Coghill home BEFORE rates rise, even more so than they have already.

Below you will find a list of our preferred mortgage lenders for 2017:       

Whitney Crowder

BB&T

WCrowder@BBandT.com

Office (704) 264-0252

Cell (704) 517-7662

Ashleigh Clark

Cunningham Mortgage

ashleighc@cunninghammortgage.com

(704) 307-9908

www.cunninghammortgage.com

Lori Couick

Bank of North Carolina

lcouick@bankofnc.com

Office (980) 359-1168

Cell (704) 491-2935

Be a smart buyer! Lock in a lower interest rate by buying your new Evans Coghill home in 2017!

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Cotswold, Cheval and Southpark.

Selecting The RIGHT Home Builder

Categories: Buying a Home, Homeownership, New Homes in Charlotte | Posted: January 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Selecting The RIGHT Home Builder

At Evans Coghill Homes, we understand that choosing the right builder for your new home is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the home buying process. You need to be sure that you’ve found a quality builder who knows exactly what you want and is a perfect match for building your dream home. Take a look at this article from New Home Source featuring ten steps for selecting your builder in detail, for whichever part of the process you may currently be in. With these ten steps, you’ll be on your way to building a new home with Evans Coghill Homes!

 

10 Steps to Select the Right Builder

1. Define your needs. What size, type and price range of home do you need?
2. Experience counts. While every builder was once a new builder, experience matters.
3. Are past buyers satisfied? Ask for – and check – references from past home buyers.
4. Verify the builder is licensed (where required) and adequately insured.
5. Is there a design fit? Does this builder have expertise in the style of home you seek?
6. Warranty and service. How does this builder stack up for each?
7. Resale value. Have past homes from this builder maintained or increased value?
8. Industry involvement. Is the builder a member of the local Home Builder’s Association?
9. Tour model homes or customer homes. There’s absolutely no substitute for this step.
10. Look for signs of quality. In workmanship, materials and practices when you tour these homes.

Here’s a bit more detail on each step above:

Define your needs: While some builders construct a broad range of homes, many builders also specialize in a specific type of home, price range, or style. For example, not many firms build starter homes for first-time buyers and also multi-million dollar homes for affluent custom home buyers. The building materials, trade contractors and even the building process itself can differ greatly by type and price of home. Look for a fit here.

Experience counts: Every home building firm (including the most experienced and well-regarded companies today) once built their first home. And many new home building firms were started by experienced veterans of other builders. Don’t overly discount a new firm – especially if their team includes seasoned pros – but do look for strong experience overall and in the type of home you seek.

Are past home buyers satisfied? Many builders offer customer references and referrals. If not, ask. And in either case, follow up. A few great questions to ask: Would you buy another home from this builder? Or recommend them to close friends or family? And don’t forget to ask for the key reasons why a past home buyer would or would not recommend a builder.

Is the builder licensed and insured? Not every state or area requires builders to be licensed, but make sure that you work with a licensed builder in such areas. Ask about the insurance that the builder and his or her trade contractors carry. Make sure that they and you are covered during the building process.

Is there a design fit? A builder whose entire portfolio consists of contemporary homes may not be the best fit for that highly traditional home you seek – and vice-versa. While many builders have expertise in a variety of design styles and architectural details, in general, look for a builder whose work includes at least some examples of the style of home you want.

Warranty and service: One of the top advantages of new construction is that your home itself and most of the products, systems and components it contains are brand-new and under warranty. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that major repairs or a new roof are likely years away is important. In addition, look for a structural warranty of ten years or longer on the home itself, ideally transferable to a new owner should you sell. Also look for a builder who provides prompt and courteous service under warranty and who takes time to explain the proper maintenance and care that any home needs.

Resale Value: Good reputations follow good builders, among homeowners and Realtors. Look for builders whose homes tend to hold or maintain their value. Granted, the last few years saw some declines in home value, for one of the first times in history due to the market. So this is not an exact science, but where you see a builder’s homes maintain or increase in value, that’s a good sign. Also look for Realtor ads that specifically mention the name of a builder for a home for sale that’s now five or seven years old. That Realtor clearly sees the builder’s brand name as a big plus.

Industry Involvement: Not every good builder chooses to join their local Home Builder Association, so don’t place too much emphasis on this. However, such membership does tend to show that a builder is committed for the long-term to the area. It’s also a sign of commitment to new home community developers, building product suppliers and trade contractors that work in your city or town.

Tour model homes and/or homes this builder built for past buyers: Once you’ve narrowed down a list of prospective builders using the criteria above, this is the most important step. Nothing substitutes for touring a home built by a builder on your short list. It can be a furnished and decorated model home that’s open to the public. Or, it can be a home the builder constructed for a past buyer that you visit by appointment. In either case, pay careful attention to the look, feel and quality of the home.

Look for signs of quality: Look for signs of quality construction and attention to detail when you visit the homes above. Also consider the building products that a builder uses. Are they brands with well-earned reputations for quality? What about the homes under construction you passed on the way to the completed model home? Were there signs of care and attention there, as well?

Last, look for the quality of people who work for the builder: Did the builder’s employees show sincere interest in you and your needs? Did they listen carefully? Did they provide good answers to your questions? Were they courteous, prompt and professional in your interactions with them in the model home, sales center or builder’s office?

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Cotswold, Cheval and Southpark.

Featured Community of the Month – Sharon Oaks in Southpark

Categories: Communities, Floor plans, New Homes in Charlotte, Sharon Oaks in Southpark | Posted: December 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Featured Community of the Month – Sharon Oaks in Southpark

Evans Coghill is proud to announce that we are building a small enclave of homes in Sharon Oaks, a new home community in the very desirable Southpark neighborhood.

Sharon Oaks is located in Southpark, one of the most sought-after destination neighborhoods in the South. Its crown jewel is the Southpark Shopping Mall, which is home to Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, The Cheesecake Factory, and more. A quick commute to uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, as well as easy access to I-77 and I-85, make Southpark ideal for today’s busy families.

Southpark is home to an array of neighborhood amenities, such as movies, restaurants, nightlife, and more. And Southpark is served by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, featuring some of the most desirable schools in Charlotte.

The Bluffton model

The first two homes under construction at Sharon Oaks are The Bluffton and Palmetto Bluff models. The Bluffton is one of our most popular plans, with space for the entire family; 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. The large, open great room/breakfast room/kitchen are at the heart of this great home. With 3,761 square feet of living space, this spacious home includes a Family Activity Center on the upper level, and a guest suite and a covered porch on the main level. It’s priced at $859,000.

The light-filled Palmetto Bluff model has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. The open first floor includes an incredible kitchen/family room/dining room combo, as well as a first floor master. In addition to the bedrooms and laundry room, there is a Family Activity Center on the upper level. The Palmetto Bluff is 3,593 square feet of extraordinary living space, priced at $829,000.

The Palmetto Bluff model

These homes will be ready for move-in by early 2017. For more information about living in a new home built by Evans Coghill Homes in Sharon Oaks, contact Forrest Ranson at 704.488.5101 or franson@evanscoghill.com.

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Cotswold, Cheval and Southpark.

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