Keystone ranked 117 in the 2008 Builder 100!

Posted May 18, 2009 by keystonedbl
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2008 Rank 2007 Rank Company
 Total Closings Change Total Revenue (millions) Change
101 84 ICI Homes 269 -57% 131 -57%
102 144 Van Metre Cos. 263 -13% 211 -18%
103 138 Miller and Smith 259 -19% 141 -44%
104 68 Avatar Holdings (p) 247 -68% 112 -62%
105 119 Meridian Homes USA 232 -43% 51 -40%
106 120 Landmark Valley Homes 228 -44% 30 -35%
106 161 Michael Sivage Homes and Communities 228 -10% 32 -3%
108 147 John Mourier Construction 226 -22% 87 -39%
109 141 Classic Homes 225 -26% 96 -19%
110 178 Wade Jurney Homes 215 5% 29 4%
111 112 Arthur Rutenberg Homes 213 -52% 193 -50%
111 143 SunCor Development Co. 213 -30% 110 -42%
113 N/A McCaffrey Homes 212 N/A 75 N/A
114 118 Village Homes of Colorado 210 -49% 88 -52%
115 N/A Harwood Homes 208 N/A 90 N/A
115 180 Heritage Building Group 208 3% 130 12%
117 N/A Keystone Homes 199 N/A 35 N/A
117 93 Lakewood Homes 199 -66% 68 -54%
119 139 Astoria Homes 198 -38% 49 -50%
120 163 The Estridge Cos. 197 -21% 85 -17%
121 137 Sares-Regis Group 194 -41% 418 -27%
122 55 Trend Homes 193 -82% 42 -86%
123 N/A PCS Homes 186 N/A 46 N/A
124 157 Wathen-Castanos-Mazmanian 184 -32% 47 -47%
125 153 Medallion Homes 183 -34% 43 -34%
126 156 T.W. Lewis Co. 172 -37% 109 -47%
127 N/A Gables Holding Corp. 170 N/A 31 N/A
128 188 MBK Homes 169 -11% 108 1%
128 107 Pageantry Homes 169 -65% 47 -66%
130 168 Westin Homes and Properties 167 -28% 45 -24%
131 N/A Bloomfield Homes 164 N/A 31 N/A
131 136 Village Communities Real Estate 164 -51% 27 -51%
133 199 Jeff Benton Homes 161 4% 53 4%
133 N/A Marrano/Marc-Equity Corp. 161 N/A 66 N/A
135 N/A NEAL Communities of Southwest Florida 159 N/A 66 N/A
136 132 MJC Cos. 157 -56% 30 -54%
137 177 Pacific Communities Builder 156 -24% 68 -51%
137 N/A Shumaker Homes 156 N/A 35 N/A
139 83 Magellan Development Group 152 -76% 399 -23%
140 175 Premier Communities 150 -30% 51 -9%
141 N/A C.F. Jordan 147 N/A 337 N/A
141 65 Comstock Homebuilding Cos. (p) 147 -83% 47 -82%
143 131 Legend Homes 142 -61% 52 -57%
143 145 Lombardo Cos. 142 -53% 34 -47%
143 171 Traton Homes 142 -37% 54 -43%
146 N/A Providence Homes 141 N/A 39 N/A
146 194 Woodland Homes of Huntsville 141 -18% 43 -27%
148 161 Harkins Builders 140 -45% 249 -3%
149 N/A Compass Pointe Homes 139 N/A 25 N/A
149 184 McBee Homes 139 -29% 30 -25%
151 172 Ennis Homes 138 -38% 66 -1%
151 166 Greenvale Construction 138 -42% 24 -40%
153 N/A Meeting Street Homes & Communities 135 N/A 27 N/A
153 164 Peachtree Residential Properties 135 -44% 70 -44%
153 N/A Tempest Homes 135 N/A 20 N/A
156 N/A Bozzuto & Associates 131 N/A 526 N/A
157 N/A Braselton Homes 130 N/A 25 N/A
158 186 Eagle Construction of Virginia 128 -34% 51 -36%
159 N/A C and C Builders of Columbia 126 N/A N/A N/A
159 N/A Southern Homes 126 N/A 26 N/A
161 59 Main Street Homes 120 -88% 49 -63%
162 N/A Armstrong Homes 119 N/A 30 N/A
163 155 Hamlet Homes 116 -58% 31 -64%
164 N/A Kendall Homes 115 N/A 20 N/A
165 N/A Unmistakably Premier Homes 112 N/A 21 N/A
166 167 Patrick Malloy Communities 109 -54% 22 -61%
166 151 Thornton Construction Co. 109 -61% 25 -59%
168 N/A The Builders Group of West Alabama 107 N/A 21 N/A
169 198 Grayhawk Homes 106 -32% 21 -28%
170 182 SeaGate Homes 105 -47% 21 -53%
171 N/A Minks Custom Homes 104 N/A 33 N/A
172 N/A Avtec Homes 102 N/A 14 N/A
172 N/A Cachet Homes 102 N/A 51 N/A
172 196 Sumeer Homes 102 -37% 25 -34%
175 192 Ence Homes 95 -46% 31 -48%
176 N/A Rivendale Homes 94 N/A 42 N/A
176 N/A Wynn Construction 94 N/A 14 N/A
178 200 EYA 93 -39% 61 -52%
179 130 HHHunt Corp. 90 -76% 118 -46%
180 128 ABD Development 88 -77% 49 -64%
181 N/A Lazarus-Shouse Communities 87 N/A 21 N/A
181 N/A Schieler & Rassi Quality Builders 87 N/A 23 N/A
183 N/A Cassidy Homes 86 N/A 20 N/A
184 N/A Imagine Homes 85 N/A 16 N/A
185 189 Lowder New Homes 82 -56% 22 -56%
186 N/A Keller Homes 80 N/A 39 N/A
187 108 Kalian Cos. 77 -84% 14 -83%
188 N/A Creative Homes 75 N/A 10 N/A
189 N/A Anderson Homes 73 N/A 40 N/A
190 N/A Artistic Homes 71 N/A * N/A N/A
190 152 Homes by Kennedy 71 -75% 12 -81%
192 N/A Heckman Homes 69 N/A 16 N/A
193 N/A Heartstone Development 68 N/A 26 N/A
194 N/A Petros Homes 66 N/A 24 N/A
195 N/A Ryder Homes 65 N/A 42 N/A
196 N/A Southeastern Building Corp. 63 N/A 15 N/A
197 N/A Gallagher & Henry 42 N/A 27 N/A
198 N/A Titan Homes 38 N/A 10 N/A
199 N/A LeCesse Development Corp. 30 N/A 283 N/A
200 N/A Johnson Homes 25 N/A 4 N/A
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Augusta Named as One of America’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2009

Posted April 24, 2009 by keystonedbl
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Steve Nickerson
President & CEO
TrueV New Media
http://www.RelocateAmerica.com
nickerson@trueV.com
877-235-4658

Relocate-America Releases 12th Annual
“America’s Top 100 Places to Live”

Brighton, Mich., April 21, 2009 — RelocateAmerica.com, a website that provides relocating consumers & area residents with access to local community resources has released its annual listing of “America’s Top 100 Places to live for 2009.”

“With the increasing concern on our nation’s economy and recovering housing market we approached this year’s list with a different lens than in previous years. We concentrated on the outlook for future growth & ability to rebound in the communities that we selected” said Steve Nickerson, president and CEO. “We looked at the local government & the business leadership in each community as we considered this year’s winners. We selected communities with visionary leaders, improving or thriving economies including housing & realization of “green” initiatives.

In order to be considered for the list a community must be nominated at http://www.RelocateAmerica.com. Relocate-America’s editorial team reviews nominations and selects the TOP100 cities based on interviews with local leaders, feedback from residents and economic, environmental, education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.

Only cities in the TOP10 are numerically ranked.

The Top 10 communities from “America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2009” are:

1. Tulsa, OK
2. Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
3. Pittsburgh, PA
4. Raleigh/Durham, NC
5. Huntsville, AL
6. Houston, TX
7. Albuquerque, NM
8. Lexington, KY
9. Little Rock, AR
10. Oklahoma City, OK

The complete Top 100 List along with community profiles, photos & video can be viewed at http://top100.relocate-america.com/

RelocateAmerica is operated by trueV New Media Group

About trueV New Media:
trueV New Media is located in Brighton, Michigan. trueV New Media is a Midwest focused media & marketing firm that provides clients with technical, design, public relations & business strategy. In December 2008, trueV New Media began daily operations and development of RelocateAmerica. Relocate America is a leading online relocation resource having served millions of consumers annually since 1997.

2009 RelocateAmerica’s TOP 100 Places to Live Award Winners
* denotes TOP10 Overall

Enterprise, AL West Des Moines, IA Great Falls, MT Chattanooga, TN
Huntsville, AL* Dubuque, IA Apex, NC Kingsport, TN
Vestavia Hills, AL Emmetsburg, IA Durham, NC* Knoxville, TN
Conway, AR Boise, ID Fayetteville, NC Dallas, TX*
Harrison, AR Idaho Falls, ID Holly Springs, NC El Paso, TX
Hot Springs Village, AR Bloomington, IL Raleigh, NC* Ft. Worth, TX*
Little Rock, AR* Chicago, IL Bismarck, ND Houston, TX*
Rogers, AR Lombard, IL Lincoln, NE Katy, TX
Goodyear, AZ Columbus, IN Lebanon, NH Pflugerville, TX
Riverside, CA Fishers, IN Albuquerque, NM* Plano, TX
Temecula, CA Noblesville, IN Ithaca, NY San Antonio, TX
Vacaville, CA Manhattan, KS Pittsford, NY American Fork, UT
Castle Rock, CO Olathe, KS Columbus, OH St. George, UT
Grand Junction, CO Lexington, KY* Cuyahoga Falls, OH Arlington, VA
Highlands Ranch, CO Bossier City, LA Oberlin, OH Chesapeake, VA
Steamboat Springs, CO Mandeville, LA Jenks, OK Chesterfield, VA
Trumbull, CT Metairie, LA Oklahoma City, OK* Montpelier, VT
Lakewood Ranch, FL Westford, MA Tulsa, OK* Seattle, WA
Oviedo, FL Portland, ME Portland, OR Snohomish, WA
Augusta, GA Hudsonville, MI Harrisburg, PA Spokane, WA
Gainesville, GA Plymouth, MI Pittsburgh, PA* Appleton, WI
Peachtree City, GA Rochester Hills, MI Greenville, SC Madison, WI
Savannah, GA Eden Prairie, MN Spartanburg, SC Stevens Point, WI
Suwanee, GA O’Fallon, MO Sioux Falls, SD Wheeling, WV
Valdosta, GA Clinton, MS Bartlett, TN Casper, WY

4th Quarter Data Shines Positive Light on South Carolina Housing Market

Posted March 4, 2009 by keystonedbl
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NEWS RELEASE
RESH Marketing Consultants, Inc.
22 Surrey Court, Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 798-0009 fax: (803) 798-3413 e-mail: info@resh.com


         (Columbia, SC) – Fourth-quarter numbers released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency paint a brighter picture of the local housing market than recent reports have indicated. While the overall housing news remains disquieting, the State of South Carolina continues to fare better than expected.
         The areas hurt most by the housing downturn are almost exclusively in California and Florida. However, anticipated declines in the US market have not been as severe as predicted. According to the report released by the FHFA, home prices actually increased nationally by 0.1 percent in December 2008.
         South Carolina and other neighboring states have managed to avoid the brunt of the down market. The Greenville-Mouldin-Easley area was ranked 13th out of 292 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the US for its high rate of home appreciation.
        In another analysis, South Carolina ranked 22nd in the country for positive changes in home prices. That same study indicates that almost 60% of the country is experiencing less than 4% depreciation, with some states still seeing appreciation of home values.
         With the stock market in a constant state of upheaval, homes remain a viable long-term investment opportunity. The current home values in the Myrtle Beach area, which has been hard hit by the downturn, are almost double what they were just five years ago. In Columbia, homes are valued at almost 25% more than five years ago, and in Greenville home values have increased by 23% over the last five years.
         Despite the grim reports there is some light on the horizon for the local housing markets. These latest statistics lend much-needed optimism for those interested in buying a home and those who depend on the industry for their livelihood.
         Data from this report is based on the House Price Index, which serves as a broad measure of the movement of single-family house prices. The HPI is published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency using data provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Location                 National Rank        1-Year     %∆ Q4 to Q3       5-Year

South Carolina*         22                          -3.42              -3.49                19.82
Greenville                    13                             3.23                1.05               22.85
Florence                       14                             3.14                0.55               22.04
Columbia                     45                              1.46                0.41               24.86
Augusta                        97                            -0.14              -2.20              32.86
Charleston                 149                            -1.94              -1.67              45.31
Myrtle Beach            196                           -4.74                0.98              48.41

* Purchase only, all others purchase and refinance.

The People Have Spoken! Thank you!

Posted October 22, 2008 by keystonedbl
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Keystone was voted the top New Home Builder by Augusta’s own Metro Spirit magazine.  With over 6,000 votes tallied the list of winners is available on the home page for the Metro Spirit.

Here’s a clip featuring Keystone:

Metro’s New Home Builder/Designer
Winner — Keystone Homes, 28.6%
Keystone Homes has been building homes for more than 10 years throughout South Carolina and Georgia, so they have the experience to make your dreams come true. Visit keystonehomesinc.com.
Second — Jake Ivey, 25.5%
Third — Garren Construction, 23.1%

Thank you so much to everyone who voted and felt strongly enough to give us this award!

For those of you who don’t know much about Keystone, check out our web site, www.buildkeystone.com.

It’s a great time to buy a home! Interest rates are low and affordability is up!

Building Keystone, Building Green

Posted August 21, 2008 by keystonedbl
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Keystone prides itself on building affordable, quality homes.  That philosophy led to using the best products available for both you, and the environment.  These days people are calling it “Green”.  We like to think of it more as just good sense.  Here are a few of the ways building with Keystone ensures a well built home that is both people and environmentally friendly.

 

 

Low E Energy Star Windows – .35 UV Rating

Recyclable Shaw Carpet

Energy Star rated dishwasher by Whirlpool

Energy Star rated Water Heater

Insulation that meets the 2004 IRC (R-30 in ceiling, R-13 in walls)

Covered exterior doors

Carbon monoxide detectors in homes with gas utilities

Smoke detectors throughout the home

House Wrap and OSB to prevent moisture

Tight construction for more efficient homes

Programmable thermostats

Detailed, efficient estimates of homes to reduce landfill waste

Right sized HVAC equipment

Caulking and Sealing around windows, doors, and baseboards

13 SEER A/C unit

Manufactured floor beams

On site tree preservation where possible

Insulated exterior doors

Energy Star ceiling fans

Low flow shower heads and toilets

MPI (Master Painters Institute) Green Performance standard paint

Good Financial Sense – Buying a Home

Posted July 30, 2008 by keystonedbl
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With the recent news reports concerning the housing markets, renters may get the impression that home ownership is no longer the value it once was, or that making the decision to buy a new home might be best postponed. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

In fact a recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that those renting a two-bedroom apartment would be better off financially by buying a low-priced home at a loan rate of 6% in 24 of the 100 largest metro areas, including Augusta.

 

A low priced home is defined as priced at 75% of the median priced home in the market, or around $109,500 accordingto the latest figures for Augusta.

Even more interesting to potential homebuyers is the chance to build equity. Here, too, there’s good news for buyers in Augusta. In 66 of the top 100 markets, you’d be in the black in four years should you buy a low-priced home today. You’d do best in McAllen and El Paso, Texas, where you could build roughly $90,437 in equity with a 6% loan, and just shy of that with a 7% loan. In Augusta, you’d stand to make more than  to $57,000. In Augusta, prices never got run up to the sky. Now, homes are still affordable. And most importantly, the prices aren’t likely to come crashing down. In fact, home prices in Augusta have shown greater growth than 92% of nearly 300 markets most recently surveyed by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

(Page 26 at this link http://yournewhomecolumbia.com/yournewhome-links.html)

 

It’s just more proof that home ownership is still the best way to create financial security for any family, and Augusta outperforms the majority of the country in providing an opportunity for everyone to participate in the great American dream of home ownership.

 

How much equity you’d have by 2012 if you bought a low-priced home today…

 


Metro area

6% loan

7% loan

8% loan

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

$90,437

$89,871

$89,381

San Antonio

$90,017

$89,064

$88,239

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. 

$88,907

$87,473

$86,232

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas 

$87,837

$86,703

$85,721

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 

$83,880

$82,669

$81,620

Rochester, N.Y. 

$82,898

$81,898

$81,032

Syracuse, N.Y. 

$80,231

$79,341

$78,571

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. 

$77,934

$77,045

$76,275

Jackson, Miss.

$77,648

$76,659

$75,804

Austin-Round Rock, Texas

$70,007

$68,530

$67,251

Memphis, Tenn.-Mississippi-Arkansas *

$68,348

$67,286

$66,367

Baton Rouge, La. 

$61,802

$60,648

$59,651

Pittsburgh

$61,174

$60,221

$59,397

Tulsa, Okla. 

$58,599

$57,624

$56,780

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark. 

$58,420

$57,416

$56,548

Augusta, Ga.-Richmond County, S.C. 

$57,424

$ 56,465

$55,636

Lakeland, Fla.

$56,960

$55,793

$54,784

Columbia, S.C

$55,993

$54,936

$54,022

 

New Mortgage Product Offers More Financing Options

Posted July 7, 2008 by keystonedbl
Categories: Uncategorized

Keystone Home Mortgage is pleased to announce a new financing program known as the USDA, Rural Development Program.   This program is available for homes in Georgia and South Carolina.

 

The benefits of this new product are numerous.  No money down is required.  There is no Private Mortgage Insurance premium to pay.  This is a 30 year, fixed rate mortgage.    New and re-sale homes are eligible for this program.

 

Program guidelines include income limitations and property guidelines, as the home must be located in a “rural” area.

 

Fortunately for interested Keystone home buyers, this loan program is available in several of our neighborhoods including Oxford Place, Talatha Gardens, Crystal Pointe, The Hearth, The Pass, Bristol Station, and Ashbrooke.  Contact Keystone Home Mortgage today for more information. 706. 650.6076. Or visit: www.buildkeystone.com


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