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Storefronts at Josephine Corner Now Open

11/20/19
Two new storefronts opened in the last few weeks on the corner of Mullowney Lane and Elysian Road. The shop owners waited patiently over the summer as the unfinished interiors took shape to serve their respective businesses.  Teresa Lundeen, a decade-long neighbor in Josephine Crossing, decided to… Continue Reading →


We celebrate our Veterans and 75 years of home loan benefits

11/11/19
Today, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice. This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill. Since… Continue Reading →


Can you afford a home right now?

10/30/19
The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today. It is true that home prices and wages are two key elements in any affordability equation. There… Continue Reading →


5 Unexpected Benefits of Downsizing

10/22/19
You’ve lived in the same home for years, maybe even decades. You’ve watched your children grow and have made many memories under your roof. Now, it’s possible that your kids are moved out and it seems like your home is almost too big. Unlike the 1990s, bigger… Continue Reading →


6 Floor Plans Under $300k

10/4/19
When it comes to purchasing a new home in Billings, MT, there are a lot of decisions to make and factors to weigh. One of the biggest things you will have to do during the home-buying process is to choose a floor plan. While it may seem… Continue Reading →


The Benefits Of Quick Move-In Homes

9/17/19
If you have been looking for new homes for sale, there are many factors to consider. Choosing the perfect home for your lifestyle is a huge decision. While new construction homes are a great option, the building process can take some time. Move-in ready homes, however, let… Continue Reading →


In the Press – Simply Family Magazine – Sept 2019

9/9/19
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The Benefits of Living In A Townhome in Billings, MT

9/9/19
Billings, Montana is a great place to live, and there are plenty of reasons to look for new homes in the area, from the friendly vibes, growing business opportunities, and plenty of outdoor recreation and craft beer. However, all the great things the city has to offer… Continue Reading →


In the Press—Builder Online

9/6/19
Award-winning Montana Homebuilder Takes Warranty Customer Service to the Top Technology-aided customer focus results in 97% satisfaction. Brought to you by Xactware When Jim McCall sold his Montana pool business and started a family business developing homes in Billings, he thought the logistics of construction would be… Continue Reading →


Why Its Worth Looking For Homes For Sale In Billings, Montana

9/1/19
Look, we get it. Moving is not the easiest thing to do. Whether it’s for a job, to retire, or for another reason, you have to find the right home in the right location. Not everyone has the flexibility of choosing the city they want to live… Continue Reading →


Why You Should Consider Real Estate Investment In Montana

8/23/19
Purchasing a new home, whether it is across the country, out of state, or over in the next city, is something that requires a lot of thought and planning. In addition to evaluating whether there are available jobs you are qualified for in order to maintain a… Continue Reading →


Tips For First Time Homebuyers In Montana

8/14/19
Whether you are tired of dumping your money into rent or you just want to provide your family with the security of a safe and comfortable home, making the decision to purchase a new home is one of the biggest — and best — decisions you can… Continue Reading →


Reasons To Consider A New Single Family Home

8/10/19
One of the biggest choices for younger families is choosing where they want to live. Important factors like location, amenities, price, and home features play vital parts in choosing your new home. For many younger, single-family adults, it is common to choose options such as an attached… Continue Reading →


Over $100,000 raised for Home 4 Hope in Annafeld

7/15/19
With the help of over 30 trades and suppliers in Billings, McCall Homes recently sold its second Home for Hope. Each of McCall Homes’ trade partners had the opportunity to contribute labor and materials to the home at 1847 Walter Creek Boulevard in McCalls’ newest neighborhood, Annafeld… Continue Reading →


Champagne Taste with a Beer Budget?

7/6/19
In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a… Continue Reading →


Five Homeowner Benefits of An Energy Efficient Home

7/6/19
As homeowners become more and more interested in sustainability and environmentally-friendly lifestyles, energy-efficient homes have increased in popularity. In fact, according to a recent Consumer Housing Trends Report conducted by Zillow revealed that close to one in two homebuyers listed energy efficiency as a desired characteristic of… Continue Reading →


Different Ways To Personalize Your New Home

6/30/19
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding new home communities are the cookie-cutter layouts and lack of originality, however, that is far from the new home builds you’ll find in the Annafeld community by McCall Homes. When you see our new homes in Billings, Montana, you’ll get the… Continue Reading →


Do This Before Shopping for a Home

6/21/19
Most home shoppers start shopping for a home before they know their budget. Once you’ve thought about moving, it’s hard not to hop straight online and start looking at listings. So no judgment here. Looking for your a home is exciting and you can’t wait to start imagining your life in… Continue Reading →


Afraid to meet with a lender?

6/18/19
Nervous they might say ‘no’ to a home loan right now? If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Many buyers are intimidated to reach out to a lender. Mainly because you might be afraid about one of 2 big things (or both)— the down payment and your credit score. Here… Continue Reading →


Townhomes are Ideal for First Time Homeowners

6/17/19
If you’re currently renting, you might feel intimidated by the thought of maintaining your own home. After all, your landlord typically takes care of everything, right? That’s why townhomes are a great option for first time homebuyers. They are usually easier to maintain and are part of… Continue Reading →


To rent or to own?

6/17/19
That is a great question! In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent… Continue Reading →


Neighborhood Factors To Look For When Searching For A New Home

6/15/19
Choosing to purchase a new home for you and your family is a fun and exciting process. However, it is a process that often requires a lot of decision making. While the way your home will look and function are important factors to think about, you should… Continue Reading →


June is National Homeownership Month!

6/14/19
Stop dreaming and start living life on YOUR OWN TERMS! We’re helping first time homebuyers achieve the dream of homeownership the entire month of June by helping to offset the upfront costs. Oftentimes it’s the down payment that prevents renters from becoming buyers. Sometimes it’s just that… Continue Reading →


How Do You Choose The Best Home Builder In Montana?

6/2/19
Buying a new home in Billings, MT is certainly a large investment, and because it’s such a huge decision, you want to make sure that you have the best possible experience. Oftentimes, though, it can be difficult to find exactly what you want in existing homes listed… Continue Reading →


Role Reversal: Aging Parents Moving In with Their Adult Kids

5/29/19
As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average life expectancy… Continue Reading →


5 Tips For Choosing A New Home Floor Plan

5/17/19
Building a new home is a process full of excitement and hopeful anticipation, but at the same time, it can also become very overwhelming. There are lots of decisions that need to be made in order to ensure you get the perfect home. Once you’ve made the… Continue Reading →


We’re Hiring!

5/10/19
McCall Homes is steadily growing, and we are adding the following positions to our team in the near future. If you (or someone you know… please share!) is interested, send a resume and cover letter to Brad McCall: brad@mccalldevelopment.com. We’re currently hiring for: CONTROLLER Job Description GENERAL FUNCTION:… Continue Reading →


Predictions about Buyer Demand Proved Wrong

4/25/19
Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last… Continue Reading →


3 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Home

4/15/19
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.… Continue Reading →


You don’t need perfect credit to buy a house

4/1/19
There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a… Continue Reading →


Your tax refund could be the key to your first home

3/25/19
According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can… Continue Reading →


Is your house priced to sell immediately?

3/22/19
It’s officially spring and that means more houses are coming to market every day. Pent up demand from winter means eager buyers are starting to search for their next home now. If you’re thinking of selling, setting the right price for your house is one of the… Continue Reading →


7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

3/16/19
If you are in the process of searching for a home, one of the first things you should do is get pre-qualified by a lender. This not only gives you peace of mind about obtaining financing, it also lets sellers know that you are serious about buying… Continue Reading →


Interest Rates Hit New 12-Month Low!

3/1/19
According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from the… Continue Reading →


Top 10 Reasons to Build a New Home in 2019

2/9/19
New home construction has several benefits in today’s market and there is something for everyone no matter what is important to you in a new home. Lets jump right into those benefits and reasons to build a new home. Safety and Health: With today’s building codes anything… Continue Reading →


Local Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club

12/22/18
The Boys and Girls Club started out in 1971 in the basement of the Western Heritage Center. Today, 37 years later, the program has 5 locations in Yellowstone County, including the central Bair Family Clubhouse at 505 Orchard Lane. Serving thousands of kids a year, the BGC… Continue Reading →


Explorer’s Academy

12/7/18
By: Kelly Smith Every week this month, we are spotlighting a local non-profit who makes a significant impact in the greater Billings community. Each of these organizations survives off the connection with its community partners, business supporters, individual donors and volunteers, in addition to grants and subsidies.… Continue Reading →


Help for Homeless Teens

11/28/18
By: Kelly Smith We’ve all heard of Help for Homeless Pets, but sadly pets aren’t the only homeless hearts that need help in our community. Did you know that nationally about 1 in 30 teens ages 13-17 are without a permanent place to call home? That’s about… Continue Reading →


#givingtuesday

11/27/18
By: Kelly Smith Two weeks ago, I had the chance to visit a few local organizations that serve at-risk, homeless, and/or low-income kids and families in our community. What blew my mind was the dedication and commitment the people who work and volunteer for these non-profits have… Continue Reading →


Winter got you down already?

11/7/18
Warm up with the Cozy Credit It’s the time of year we all dread. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s windy. It takes 15 minutes to get bundled up to head out the door in the morning. And it’s already dark when you get home from work! Wouldn’t you… Continue Reading →


Buying a home doesn’t have to be SSSSS-C-AAAA-R-Y!

10/27/18
If you’ve been living in someone else’s home your whole life, is the thought of buying your own a little freaky? I mean, renting is just easy isn’t it? You hand over your check and your landlord takes care of the rest. Right? Or does s(he)?  Are… Continue Reading →


What do you get when you combine Beer, Brats, and Backyards?

10/15/18
Touring open houses can be awkward. Here’s how it goes: Google map the address, get in your car, get there, get out of your car, hope someone else is there looking too, cautiously open the front door, hope someone else is there looking too, walk through a… Continue Reading →


Top Ten Reasons to Own a Home

10/3/18
We’re excited to celebrate homeownership throughout the month of October! We’re kicking off with a free First Time Homebuyer Workshop on October 4th to help renters understand more of what it takes to become a homeowner. Though we understand there are plenty of circumstances where renting makes… Continue Reading →


Building Locally to Fight Poverty Globally

8/14/18
Another Home for Hope For Sale in Annafeld By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director When we see poverty on television and hear about the daily struggles of families in third-world countries on the news, we often feel powerless to have any impact on lives so remote from our… Continue Reading →


Want to retire early? Your mortgage can help.

8/7/18
By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director I met with my financial advisor this week to take a hard look at where I currently stand in setting myself up for retirement. I’m 42 and would like to retire by age 65. That’s 23 years to get this dialed in.… Continue Reading →


1st Neighbors of Annafeld Celebrate

7/30/18
By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director On Thursday night, the dark clouds to the West threatened to disrupt the 1st Block Party in Annafeld. We switched gears to bring the party indoors (just in case) and set up in the garage of the model home instead. Our Contracts… Continue Reading →


What are the hidden costs of buying a home?

7/13/18
Hint: It’s not just your mortgage. Rising home prices and interest rates have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – their own home. However, it is not just the initial price of… Continue Reading →


Get there in 18 minutes or less!

5/21/18
By: Shane Lovering I recently traveled to the Bay area in California and had the “pleasure” of driving through the various cities in that region. Experiences like that often remind me of how richly blessed we are here in Billings, and all of Montana for that matter,… Continue Reading →


Rising Home Prices Help Build Wealth

4/17/18
Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s… Continue Reading →


Beat the spring sales rush—why listing your home in March is a good idea

3/5/18
It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. Do a… Continue Reading →


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