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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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!

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?

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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 →


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?

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!

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

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!

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

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

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 →

Be Bold! Go Tankless!

By Shane Lovering, New Home Specialist Last year my family and I built our second home in Josephine Crossing, and for first time in our lives we owned a tankless water heater.  I was really excited. Why?  Because I really like saving money, especially when it requires me… Continue Reading →

Voted 2017 Best of Billings – Home Builder Award

We are honored to have been voted Best of Billings—Best Home Builder 2017 by BillingsLifestyle Magazine. Thanks to Jeff Lethert, the publisher, who put together a local awards party for all the community-minded winners last Thursday night. Carolee McCall-Smith and her husband, Chris Smith, were able to… Continue Reading →

7 Kitchen Updates That Won’t Break the Bank

It’s January. It’s cold. Really cold. It seems this time of year that the cold will never cease and we will be forever bound indoors, confined within four walls. We don hats, mittens, and boots before bolting from home to the car to the office to the… Continue Reading →

We’re Hiring an Admin Assistant and Self-Storage Manager

Administrative Assistant & General Manager of Self-Storage facility THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. Job Description and Accountability GENERAL FUNCTION: Under the general direction of the Controller, assists with the administrative and communication functions of the office, finance department, and sales division. Under the general direction of the… Continue Reading →

Top 4 Reasons People Buy a New Home

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling reasons. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different… Continue Reading →

We’re hiring a designer for our team!

New Home Designer THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. GENERAL FUNCTION: This person will serve as the Lead Designer for our in-house design function. This position requires helping clients select the new home features that reflect their style, fit in their budget, and also work within the guidelines… Continue Reading →

One is a lonely number

By Shane Lovering, New Home Specialist It comes down to this—498. After more than a decade, the final single-family lot in Josephine Crossing can be reserved and built on. When completed next year, McCall Homes will have constructed in this quaint neighborhood along the Yellowstone River, 369… Continue Reading →

5 things that might surprise you about Josephine Crossing

By: Taylor Foote, New Home Specialist The first time I drove through Josephine Crossing I remember thinking about how much I wanted to live in the neighborhood. The houses were everything a girl can dream of, and it was the most kid-friendly community I had ever seen.… Continue Reading →

The REAL Cost of Waiting

By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director No one predicted interest rates would fall below 4% this year. Rates were expected to rise all year, reaching or surpassing 5% by the end of 2017. In the last month, however, rates have held just under 4% for 30-year fixed conventional… Continue Reading →

6 Really Good Reasons To Buy a New Townhome in Josephine Crossing Today

By: Shane Lovering, New Home Specialist, CSP Having lived in a townhome here in Josephine Crossing for some time now, I have seen first-hand some of their terrific benefits. Here are six points that might give you reason to take steps to consider a Josephine Crossing townhome… Continue Reading →

5 Questions to Ask Before You Remodel

By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director You may wonder why we are writing a feature about remodeling when we are a new home builder. The fact is, most of us have to consider at one time or another to fix up the home we live in (either for… Continue Reading →

First Home in Annafeld to be Home for Hope

By: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director We’re launching our newest neighborhood, Annafeld, with another Home for Hope to be completed this winter. The groundbreaking and trade partner kickoff event for this project that took place yesterday was a huge success with over 100 men and women who build our homes… Continue Reading →

Is your home summer ready?

With warm weather more prevalent as the days pass, now is a good time to schedule a few hours to take care of those small little things that, when done regularly, will keep your home looking and functioning as it should, year after year.  Here’s a short list… Continue Reading →

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