Happy Homeowners: The Cirillo Family

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Dennis and Rosie Cirillo, our newest Happy Homeowners in our MillBridge community in Waxhaw, recently provided some of the details about their experience in building with M/I Homes. From selecting options to watching their home be built with M/I’s Whole Home Quality standards, the Cirillos got to see it all!

  1. Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Yes, this is our first new home and first M/I home. There are a number of things that convinced us to move here. First and foremost, we loved the community and our New Home Consultant Jay Sperry. He was exceptional! He provided us with all the time we needed and he walked us through each stage of the buying process. We thought the community, and all the amenities it offered, made it seem as if you were on a vacation. It was a great experience purchasing with M/I Homes.

  1. Are you happy with how your home turned out?

We love it! It’s as beautiful as we thought it would be and really came out unbelievable. We love the lot we picked out which included a common tree lined area behind it. That’s why we picked this site. We did a lot of research and looked at models from several different builders around the area. We decided to purchase our home from M/I Homes and it turned out exactly how we wanted it. Being from Long Island New York, we have friends and family that come here to visit us. While they’re here, we take them around the area and show them other models and builders. Everyone always comments that they love the home we picked out.

  1. What is the name of your floorplan and what features of your home do you especially love?

We picked the Cambridge model. We love the large island in the kitchen and the layout of the home. It’s a very open concept which really lends to the home appearing very spacious. We also love the fact that we don’t have to go upstairs that often. When the family comes over to visit they have the entire upstairs which has everything they need; two bedrooms a full bath and a bonus room to hang out and watch TV. Everything we need is downstairs. The laundry room and master bedroom are on the lower level. The master bedroom has an optional grand shower which we really love. Jay convinced us to get it, and we’ve fallen in love with it! It is very spacious and looks great.

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  1. Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes? Did you get to pick out your homesite and the floorplan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?

We built it from scratch which was really nice because we picked everything we wanted at the Design Center to go into it. We picked this home site because of the woods, and the fact that it didn’t look into any other neighbor’s backyard directly behind us. We were still up in New York during the build. We were able to watch the entire build process from foundation to roof from New York. We were able to view pictures of each stage of construction on the M/I Homes website. Jay, the builder and I, spoke each week on a conference call. That was such a great experience. Not being in the state during the construction, we really wanted to know how the home was progressing. Jay and the builder were great about keeping us up-to-date!

  1. Did you enjoy your home building process?

We loved the building process. With this being our first new home, it was a great experience to watch every aspect of our home being built from scratch. The constant updates from the team here in North Carolina were really appreciated. We looked forward to every call. The process was seamless.

  1. Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

I would definitely say the open concept we spoke about. The room sizes were a big plus too, especially on the main floor. The two bedrooms on the main floor are separate from each other. One is in the front of the home, and the other is in the rear which is really nice. We wanted everything spread out. Having the master bedroom downstairs also worked out great. We don’t want to have to climb stairs too often, and we don’t need to. When our guests come they have their own suite upstairs with a full bathroom too! They have their privacy and we still maintain ours!

  1. What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

Everyone that lives here is so friendly. Everyone says hello and waves to each other. There’s also a community Facebook page where people communicate and assist each other. We love that! There’s always something going on in the community and clubhouse. There’s a mix of families. There are younger families with children and older families, like us, with grandchildren. That’s great! We really didn’t want to live in an over 55 community. My grandchildren come down often, and really love everything about visiting here. There’s so much to do.

  1. Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

I would recommend building; in our opinion it’s the best thing to do. You can customize anything you want. You get to pick out what you want in your home. That’s the beauty of the Design Center. We were able to upgrade everything and we really enjoyed doing that. This is our last home, we wanted everything just right. Having a Design Center stocked with choices made it easy to customize our home. But, if you can’t wait for the construction process you also have the choice of an inventory home. For those families, having the choice of a number of inventory homes works. You can always find something that you want, and fits your needs.

  1. What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?

We haven’t been here that long, but having our family come over and visit is definitely one of the highlights. It’s great seeing their initial reaction when they first walk into our home. So far, everyone that came to visit was very impressed. We’re really proud of our home and how we decorated it. Every time I open the door I say, “I love my house!” We are both so happy the way everything came out!

  1. Anything else you would like to share with us about your M/I home buying experience?

We were given some good advice from people that had homes built. They told us not to expect perfection. Homes are built by people, and people are not perfect. There was an inspection prior to us moving in, and any imperfections were pointed out then. Those minor issues were quickly resolved. As the home “settles,” minor issues can arise and should be expected. Any little thing that arose was pointed out and M/I Homes took care of. I called either Jay or the builder, and they made sure that we were happy! M/I stood by the quality of their workmanship. I’ve heard from other people that purchased from different builders about problems they’ve experienced. It’s important to stand by your product and M/I Homes does just that! They go beyond what other builders do even after you’re settled in and living in your home. Jay and Clint Brown (the builder) were excellent! We are so happy with our M/I home!

Contact our team today to find out about remaining opportunities in our MillBridge community in Waxhaw, NC.

 

Happy Homeowners: The Gluckson Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Gluckson Family, who built their new home in Charlotte, NC. Read below to hear about Gluckson’s homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Robert & Ann Gluckson: Well, this is our first home from M/I Homes and we looked around at several builders all over the Charlotte area, and the thing that impressed me the most is how tight the house is. The Energy Star ratings are very important to us, trying to save money and the reduced rate from Duke Energy and electric and utilities are very reasonable. The house stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer the energy ratings are some of the most important issues. Also the sales person Jay, was excellent at explaining how everything worked throughout our experience. Since we were in Florida for a lot of the process it was a huge help.

M/I: Are you happy with how your home turned out?

AG: Yes, we love how our home turned out even though we didn’t build it. It was an inventory home and we fell in love with the floor plan. The layout of the house is exactly what we were looking for. The master bedroom on the ground floor was a must for us, and the upstairs is there so we can use it if we want. We have our grandchildren come often so they have their space upstairs and we have ours downstairs too. But if we want to use the upstairs we can turn the rooms into anything we want, there’s so much open space.

M/I: What is the name of your floor plan and what features of your home do you especially love?

AG: The Hathaway with the open, its wide open flow. I think my kitchen is my favorite, it’s very easy to entertain, the island is tremendous and you can put all of your food out. I can even cook and still feel like I am with my company because of the open feeling from the kitchen to the family room. I like the brightness of the house too with all of the natural lighting. Bob’s favorite spot is right here in the family room with the fireplace, it’s very comfortable and very homey. He’s used to living in condo so it’s a lot more spacious. We also have construction all around us and this house stays clean, very little dust surprisingly even when we open the doors nothing comes in. And we do entertain a lot with the grandchildren and family, it’s easy to maintain by yourself and to us that’s very important.

M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes? Did you get to pick out your homesite and the floor plan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?

AG: We are more than happy even though we didn’t get to build our home and found this beautiful inventory. Jay did a great job at picking everything out, it’s like he knew everything we liked and what would be perfect for us. We obviously like neutral colors we love the white cabinets. When he sent us pics we knew we loved it. Especially the shower we love the stone and how it’s a walk in shower, but if we want to use the tub we still have that.

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M/I: Did you enjoy your home building process?

AG: We enjoyed the process so much, things always come up when buying a home but we actually didn’t have any issues. We did use the mortgage company and they were very responsive, literally in ten minutes they would call back or email back immediately. If I had issues they made it smooth, it was a very smooth process. The closing went beautifully. Alan, the division Vice President, was even at our closing which is something that’s very rare so it made the process more personal. They did everything they promised. This isn’t out first run around with a new home, so we know things aren’t perfect, but everything they promised they fulfilled. Jamie Chapman, our Construction Manager, still stops by to see how we are doing or if we need anything, which we love. He came by last week just to say hey, he has been so helpful with everything.

M/I: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

AG: I loved the flow of the home and the floor plan, it was a pie shape lot. We didn’t have a house in back of us. I’ve always wanted to have a front porch and back covered and we got a bonus of the extra porch in the back. That’s what I have always wanted and I got it, we couldn’t be happier. As soon as you walk in to the house it’s very open. It’s not like walking into the house with walls secluding the rooms. We also have the skylights upstairs, it has so much beautiful and natural light.

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

AG: The trails are fabulous, we have such a good time. As they complete the different sections, we use them. How they hook into each other is great. The community center and activity coordinators are phenomenal too, there’s always something going on. The pool area is amazing, our kids come to visit and think the community center is a country club. The kids love to come for a week in the summer and call it camp MillBridge. We love how there are so many different events, it’s great and a lot of fun for us and the family. They made Christmas like a winter wonderland when they lit up the lumineers, it was beautiful.

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M/I: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

AG: Buy an M/I home! You’ll be satisfied with your decision, if you want to do something, they aren’t a track builder. They give you options, almost like a custom builder. You will get whatever you want or anything you are looking for. M/I Homes was the only builder we looked at who offered lawn care, which was a plus for us. They stand by everything they said they do, which is so important when you are buying a home.

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home so far?

AG: Definitely spending the holidays with the family. Everyone came and we took the grandchildren walking throughout the trails for 3 hours. They had a blast, not one of them complained. We stopped at the clubhouse and they got hot chocolate and we continued walking through the trails on the bridge, it was great.

M/I: Anything else you would like to share with us about your M/I home buying experience?

AG: The New Home Consultants will work with you. Jay listened to what we wanted and found our perfect home. What’s really nice is this is our fourth home that we have lived in and you never speak to the executives and everyone was a part of it, it felt personal. Alan Beulah was here and will listen to your feedback. They want to know what the people’s needs are to make sure their homeowners are happy. They’ll even admit if they make mistakes but then make sure to fix it. Buy an M/I Home!

Happy Homeowners: The Landrio Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Landrio Family, who built their new home in Charlotte, NC.  Read below to hear about Landrio’s homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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M/I Homes:  Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?
Jessica Landrio:  This is our first M/I home.  We had built previously with another builder and we knew we wanted to build again. We had looked at a large number of builders, but the floorplans and our neighborhood (Blume) are what sold us.

M/I: Are you happy with how your home turned out?
JL: Yes, very happy!

M/I: What is the name of your floorplan and what features of your home do you especially love?
JL: Our floorplan is called the Wilson.  We especially love the open concept of the first floor and love having the loft and bonus room upstairs because it gives a separate place for kids and adults.   We both have our own spaces to play!  I also really love the tandem third car garage. image4

M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?  Did you get to pick out your homesite and the floorplan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?
JL:  We came out and met Steve, the New Home Consultant in the community.  We decided to walk the Wilson floorplan, but we weren’t 100% sold on it yet.  Once we saw our lot, we told him we would give him the deposit today!  We have a big pond in the back, and we got to pick out the Wilson model floorplans, which we knew was just perfect for us.

M/I: Do you have any fun memories from the buying / building process?
JL: I was super pregnant and couldn’t wait to move from the house we were in.  We would come almost every day to see the progress!  It was fun to be able to the home go from street rock, to a structure, and to imagine the kids rooms!  It was so fun planning everything out.

M/I: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?
JL: The yard with the pond and the kitchen!  I couldn’t wait to have our family over. We put a spare bedroom downstairs so we were excited to have family come stay with us.  We just knew that we would be much more comfortable in this house!

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?
JL: I love the location!  It’s convenient to the highways and both of our work offices.  We also love our neighbors.   It’s a very family friendly neighborhood and we have become very close with them.

M/I: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?
JL: Be really smart with which floor plan you pick.  Make sure to think about the functionality of the home for your lifestyle, not just the beauty of the floor plan.  Our floorplan was the perfect fit for us because it’s functional and works with us and our kids.  It’s definitely beautiful and we love how it looks, but it’s functional first!

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?
JL: Thanksgiving!  We had family from Florida, Virginia, and New York all visiting.

M/I: What is your favorite space in your new home?
JL: I love the openness of the kitchen to the living room- I can be cooking , we can be eating, or the kids can be playing,  and we can still be in the kitchen. I love that we can all be together.

M/I: Anything else you think we should know about your experience or your home

JL: Most builders if we had any issues it would be hard to get them fixed or take forever because most of the builders are going to take your money and forget about you.  However, after we closed with M/I Homes the Customer Service has still been outstanding.  Joy comes whenever we need something.  They’ve gone above and beyond to make sure we are happy.

*Jessica and Joshua Landrio are happy homeowners in our Charlotte, NC market.  They have a family of four with a little girl and boy!  Jessica is a production scheduler and Joshua owns a waterproofing company.

Happy Homeowners: The Mullis Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Mullis Family, who built their new home in Charlotte, NC.  Read below to hear about Mullis’ homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Adam and Katie Mullis: Yes, the biggest factor was location with this particular neighborhood. We love Cornelius. We loved being close to the greenway and knowing that nothing would be built behind our property. As a realtor myself, while showing clients this neighborhood, I got to see all of the different floorplans and I fell in love with the wide range of options.

M/I: Are you happy with how your home turned out?

A&K: Yes, we love our home and are very satisfied with our decision.

M/I: What is the name of your floorplan and what features of your home do you especially love?

A&K: Witley C. We were anxious because we didn’t get a chance to see a model of our home before building. We only had the collateral to look at so we took a big leap of faith when choosing this floorplan and we’re so glad we did. This floorplan is perfect for entertainment.

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M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?

A&K: Our overall experience was positive. Our closing date was later than expected but being in this business myself, I understood that it happens. Most importantly, when we did have any concerns we were able to express them with our New Home Consultant and our Construction Manager and they turned everything around. Having open communication was essential during the building process.

M/I: Do you have any fun memories from the buying / building process?

A&K: We loved the design center experience.  It can be overwhelming because though M/I Homes is not a custom builder, it feels like it is at times because there are so many options to choose from. You have to have an idea of what you want before walking in because there are so many options.

M/I: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

A&K: I was ready to move in after the design center appointment. It really gets you excited to see your home. You have all these ideas in your head and saved pins from Pinterest but you still wonder how everything is going to look when it’s put together.  Another moment that excited us was when the drywall came in. Even when your home is just in framing you start getting the visual.

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

A&K: Location-which includes the greenway. Towards the end of the building process, we found out Katie was pregnant. With a baby on the way, the schools were a major plus and aside from that the resale value is phenomenal. We also loved that the size of the community is smaller, and not having a pool was actually a positive for us.

M/I: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

A&K: Seriously, we recommend M/I Homes. Aside from that, remember patience is a virtue. Keep an open mind because it is a process. Go look at models, pictures, magazines and figure out what works for you. You can go into a model that looks amazing but you need to consider your lifestyle.

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?

A&K: We stressed to our Construction Manager that we had to be in our new home before the holidays and with a week to spare, he did just that. We were able to host both Thanksgiving and Christmas. A huge moment was when we revealed to our family that Katie was pregnant.

M/I: What is your favorite space in your new home?  Do you have any pictures of that space you would like to share?

A&K: Our top two spaces are the kitchen and backyard porch. Our kitchen is absolutely beautiful with white cabinetry, quartz countertops, and gray ceramic tile backsplash. And the view from our backyard porch is the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining. Our future favorite space is the bar that we will be building. It is going to be amazing.

M/I: What was something that surprised you the most with building / moving into a new home?

A&K: The number of decisions you get to make was surprising. It felt like we were building a custom home.

M/I: Any suggestions you would give to someone building a new home with M/I Homes?

A&K: Trust that M/I Homes has good intentions. Be patient and honest. There were bumps in the road for us, but instead of showing up angry or yelling, we expressed concerns and always found a solution. It’s a team effort between you, the buyer and M/I. We feel that M/I truly wants to make the customer happy.

M/I: Any additional items / stories you would like to share about your new home?

A&K:

  • When you get hardwood floors, you’ll have to sweep a lot.
  • Keep in mind you’re the first to move into your home which is great, but you’re also the first to test everything and watch the home go through seasonal changes.
  • The speaker upgrade is worth it. Everyone that comes through from the neighborhood wishes they would have gotten it. We use it every day.
  • When you sign the closing contract, you’re not on your own.

 

*Adam and Katie Mullis are happy homeowners in our Charlotte, North Carolina market.  Katie is a Real Estate Agent and Adam is a Brand Manager in Charlotte.  They are excited to be expecting their first child in July!

If Your Kids Could Have Their Way, Where Would They Move

Young professionals without kids have the freedom to move based on personal preference, financial reasons, and job opportunities. Often, high-paying jobs and seemingly endless amenities for entertainment, dining, and sightseeing draw people to bustling, costly cities on the coast. Parents, however, operate under a different must-have list where high priority is given to finding family-friendly neighborhoods with ample outdoor space.

To define the best areas for kids, Zillow analyzed 100 of the nation’s largest cities, grading them on commute times, child population, and kid-friendly amenities like theme parks and playgrounds. Consider the following four cities that made the top 10 kid-friendly cities list.

Fort Worth

Out of the top 10 cities for kids, Fort Worth holds the highest percentage of youngsters at 16.1% of the total population. In addition, 13.8% of homes listed for sale in Fort Worth include kid-friendly terms such as “playroom” and “custom treehouse,” which helps relocating parents narrow their scope. Fort Worth holds four parks and 0.02 theme parks per 10,000 residents, while the median yard size is a comfortable 5,742 square feet. M/I Homes’ Creekwood community in Saginaw, located just north of the city, is representative of Fort Worth family living. Creekwood holds recreational fields, lake access, and green space. Various amenities, including a duck pond, fishing pond, biking trails, playgrounds, and swimming pools, are fundamental for families with children. Plus, close access to I-35W minimizes driving time to and from work for employed parents.

 San Antonio

At no. 4 on the best kid-friendly cities list, San Antonio kids make up 14.6% of the city’s population. House hunters with kids might have an easier time finding the perfect place given 14.3% of listings depict kid-friendly amenities. What San Antonio lacks in accessible public parks – two per 10,000 people – it makes up in yard size at a median 6,211 square feet. San Antonio also holds one of the higher theme park proportions of the top 10 cities at 0.04 per 10,000 residents. If you’re searching for family-friendly homes near San Antonio, consider the Waterford Park community. Waterford Park includes a community pool, playscape, open space and cabana for both adults and children to enjoy. This Alamo Ranch new construction community is located within the highly-rated Northside Independent School District, which feeds into several distinguished elementary, middle, and high school public facilities.

 Charlotte

Charlotte is the sixth best city for child rearing, based on its large kid population (14.3%) and numerous tot-approved listings (8%). With four parks and 0.03 theme parks per 10,000 people, Charlotte doesn’t lack profuse amusement. Still, Charlotte’s distinct attribute is the city’s sizable backyards at a median 10,549 square feet. Avery Park, a new home site in Cornelius, is a prime example of kid-friendly living near Charlotte. Avery Park offers easy access to Lake Norman, parks, playgrounds, a community garden, and dog park. Residents benefit from a convenient location, just 20 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte, facilitating faster commute times throughout the work week.

 Dallas

Dallas comes in no. 10 of the best cities for kids with 15.7% kids and 7.6% of homes listed with kid-friendly terms. Dallas offers three public parks and 0.02 theme parks per 10,000 residents. The median yard size of 7,133 square feet designed to satisfy any energetic toddler proves everything truly is bigger in Texas. Castle Point is a prime community for single-family house hunters. Located in Garland, northeast of downtown Dallas, Castle Point is a few miles away from George Bush Turnpike and minutes from major highways. In addition, Castle Point is within walking distance of Springfield Park and the Rowlett Creek Preserve, while the greater Garland area holds thousands of acres of green space and nature trails.

While kids are destined to enjoy green space and neighborhood amenities, parents are wise to weigh job opportunities, local schools and real estate prices alongside family must-haves. Luckily, many of these major cities fit everybody’s best interest – regardless of age.

**Jennifer Riner writes about rentals, home improvement and design for Zillow Blog.

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