Will the Rise in Unemployment Crush Home Sales?

Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, many are feeling a personal financial crisis. James Bullard,… Continue Reading →

Each New Home Sale Makes an $84,724 Economic Impact!

We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved… Continue Reading →

Floor Plan Spotlight: Arrow

Looking for a new home is both an exciting and exhausting sort of adventure. The process certainly doesn’t become any easier when you factor in the needs and wants of your family, too. But here at McCall Homes, we design and build each of our family-friendly homes… Continue Reading →

Why housing is not as vulnerable this time

With all of the havoc being caused by COVID-19, many are concerned we may see a new wave of foreclosures. Restaurants, airlines, hotels, and many other industries are furloughing workers or dramatically cutting their hours. Without a job, many homeowners are wondering how they’ll be able to… Continue Reading →

The Golden Rule Virus

by: Kelly Smith, Marketing Director Yesterday, while working from home, I’ll admit feeling the most anxious about the growing state of concern surrounding the COVID-19 situation. Intentionally not watching or listening to the news, I had plans to focus on my work and tune this whole mess… Continue Reading →

How to Build Your Own Home

When looking for a home, the most difficult part is finding a house that suits all of your needs and the needs of your family. For this reason, more and more people are opting to build their own home, not only for the freedom and creativity it… Continue Reading →

How an ADU can Save or Make you Money

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, commonly referred to as an ADU, is a small second property attached to or nearby the main house. Although ADUs were popular about a century ago, the middle of the 20th century was characterized by a marked decline in their construction. However, recent… Continue Reading →

4 Family-Friendly Home Must Haves

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When selecting a family-friendly home, there are tons of factors to consider — not least of which may be the needs of the kids! This article will discuss what qualities parents should look for when buying a home for their family so that they can satisfy personal… Continue Reading →

Floor Plan Spotlight: Emerald

The house-hunting process should be a fun and exciting experience, not a daunting one. Looking at numerous houses and comparing the various floor plans, prices, and amenities can quickly become exhausting. At McCall Homes, it is our goal to make finding and purchasing brand new homes for… Continue Reading →

Floor Plan Spotlight: Granite

When people are in the process of looking for a new home, it is common for them to envision what the ‘perfect home’ looks like. For some, it’s a two-tone exterior with giant windows and a curb appeal that all neighbors would envy. For others, the exterior… Continue Reading →

Floor Plan Spotlight: Spring Creek

Renting an apartment can become old very quickly, and there will come a time when you are ready to stop dumping your money into monthly rent. Buying a home is a major life decision, but luckily there are townhomes. Townhomes are great for those who are ready… Continue Reading →

Debating between an Old Home or a New Home?

We must admit, as a home builder, we’re a bit biased. But in this post, we’re attempting to give you a deeper look into this decision. Especially if you’re thinking they are not all that different by comparison. Whether you are moving to a new area or… Continue Reading →

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Heading into the new year, many people feel obligated to make personal resolutions. At the same time, though, the personal resolutions we make are often left by the curb after the first few weeks. At McCall Homes, we definitely encourage setting personal resolutions. In the spirit of… Continue Reading →

How to make over $5,300 just by living in your own home

Studies have shown that, in many cases, the largest asset a family owns is the house they live in. Over the last twelve months, that asset has gained substantial value. CoreLogic just released their 2019 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights Report. The report revealed that: “U.S. homeowners… Continue Reading →

Reasons To Buy A New Home This Winter Season

It is hard to believe that 2019 is almost over. As the year nears its final days, it is a great time to begin thinking about your resolutions and goals for the upcoming years. While the most stereotypical New Years resolution involves working out more, there are… Continue Reading →

3 things not to miss out on with lower interest rates

Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them: Refinance: If you already own a home, you may… Continue Reading →

Making The Most Of Smaller Backyards

When you think back to some of your fondest memories as a child, many of them probably took place in a backyard. Backyards are the perfect spot for cookouts, hosting gatherings with friends and family, and they are a great area for children to play in. So… Continue Reading →

Storefronts at Josephine Corner Now Open

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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The Benefits of Living In A Townhome in Billings, MT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 →

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