Don’t Miss the Laurel Creek Summer Concert Event!

NewStyle Communities is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a fun community-wide event for everyone who lives at Laurel Creek!


Our Summer Concert will take place on Saturday, July 29th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, at 531 Chalmers Row in the Common Area outside the Augusta Place at Laurel Creek Model Home.


“We wanted to have an event that was open to all Laurel Creek property owners,” said Brock Fankhauser of NewStyle Communities, builder of the Augusta Place neighborhood within Laurel Creek. “We want to bring the entire master planned community together. What better way to do that than with good food and great music!”


The Featured Performers will be rock & roll cover band, Thirsty Horses. Fan-favorite True Pizza Food Truck will be providing food. There will be beer and non-alcoholic drinks, too.


Bring your chairs or blankets and prepare to have plenty of Laurel Creek-style fun under the tent!


The Summer Concert Event is being co-sponsored by real estate developer Warren Norman Company, and mortgage banker Concord Mortgage Group.


If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by July 21st to Allison at (704) 208-8810 or






How To Quickly Sell Your Home While Building Your New Home


So, you’ve decided that the time is right to make a move towards seeking your forever home or your right-sized home. And you’ve made the choice to build, which brings excitement, anticipation and perhaps a good amount of complexity as you prepare to place your current home on the market. The timing of your home sale and home purchase may not organically line up in an ideal manner. You are, after all, at the mercy of the market. But there are some things you can do to help prepare for a smooth move into your brand-new space and a sweet farewell to your former abode so you don’t find yourself in between a mortgage and a mortgage. You are familiar with the common suggestions for how to beautify and improve the show quality of your home such as amping up the curb appeal, removing clutter and personal items and even professionally staging and photographing your home. Let’s move beyond these worthy tips and take an in-depth look at the multifarious position that is selling while building.

Here are 7 tips to help limit the unwelcomed bumps in your timeline and your budget with just a little preparation and due diligence.

  1. Understand The Market: Being knowledgeable on the market trends for both your current neighborhood and the one in which you are building is a key component of your strategy. Keep abreast of comps and recent sales so you know what to expect when it comes time to discuss pricing your home. If there have been recent improvements to your neighborhood or nearby schools, keep a list of these selling features to provide to your agent and appraiser. A general rule of thumb is that the Spring and Summer months are the optimal time to sell, but if the market favors buyers, is saturated with nearby sellers or is anticipating upcoming shifts, you may choose to alter your timeline.


  1. Know Your Timeline: provides that the median time on the market for a home is 65 days from listing until closing. Variables are guaranteed and you should be prepared for your home to sell quickly or to take longer than expected. Your agent will help advise on the proper time to list considering the build-out time on your new home. If you have opportunity for a quick and favorable sale, or you need the money from your sale for the purchase your new home (affecting your debt-to-income ratio), a short-term rental home may be an avenue to consider. A NewStyle Communities home build-out is approximately 5 months, giving you time to prepare your home for selling, formulate your timeline and to take on the steps below.


  1. Find The Right Agent: When it comes to selecting a real estate professional, it is paramount to lead with your head and not your heart. We all may have a friend or former roommate that has a blossoming new career in Real Estate, but they should not necessarily be your first or even second choice. It is wise to get list prices from several agents, to read reviews and to make certain that your professional has an online presence. Ask your candidates if they are familiar with the positive qualities of your home and your neighborhood. Make certain that they are active on professional and business related social media sites and plan on marketing your property effectively online.


  1. Know Your Builder: Floor plans, design options and build-out times are not the only things you’ll need to know about your builder. The topic of fees should come up early in your budget planning. The type of loan you may be expected to obtain for the build or the fees that will show up throughout the process need to be discussed. Some builders ask for a deposit to begin your build, more at the design consultation and even more as various milestones are met within the process. Your meeting with a NewStyle Communities team member will have you counting only on one finger and resting easy. We obtain a one-time deposit fee to begin your build and nothing else until your closing. NewStyle bears the burden of the construction loan as well so you are ensured to not encounter any unknown money hassles.


  1. Get Friendly With Your Bank: Your mortgage professional will become your intimate friend as you divulge the ins and outs of your financial footing. You will need to know your options for loans, especially if you are still paying an active mortgage for your current home. To find out which loans you quality for without obtaining the equity from your home sale, your lender will need to take a look at your debt-to-income ratio. Most people can’t afford to pay for two mortgages at the same time or buy a home with cash, but there are several types of loans that help you cover the costs of purchasing a home while you are still paying the mortgage on your old one. Ask your lender about a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or the helpful but somewhat difficult to obtain bridge loan to help you through this short-term state.


  1. Prepare For Your Appraisal: There are easy ways to improve the appraisal value for your home that will not break the bank or surpass the layman’s home improvement skill set. For all of those professional repairs and improvements you’ve done throughout the years, here’s the time to let them shine. gives the following helpful tips:
  • Unmade beds or a few dirty dishes won’t affect your value, but plaster cracks, water-stained walls, soiled carpeting, pests, or persistent odors might. Patch the walls and do other touch up work to put your best face forward.
  • Appraisers often value houses in $500 increments, so if there’s a repair over $500 that can or should be made, do it. Fix leaky faucets, broken windows and cracked ceilings.
  • Check your curb appeal. Overgrown landscaping and broken garage doors will work against you and your appraisal—especially if property values have declined in the neighborhood. Take the time to make the outside of your home look welcoming, like someplace you’d want to buy or visit.
  • Itemize your improvements. Jot down the repairs and updates you’ve made over the years, when you did them and how much they cost. Remember the items that an appraiser might not notice, like a new roof or insulation—and even minor items like a new kitchen sink count too. Please note that improvements do not represent a dollar for dollar increase in value, but every little bit helps!
  • Display your neighborhood pride. If there have been positive changes to your neighborhood—like new schools or new roads—let the appraiser know.
  • Don’t show your age. The newer your home appearsto be—regardless of its actual age—the better. Bring carpet, tile, windows and other permanent fixtures into the  21st century.

  1. Prepare For Your Inspection:The last thing you’ll want to deal with when it is inspection time and you’ve finally arrived at some offers are unsightly or overlooked issues that may cost you time or money. Lisa Edgington Zederbaum of Willow Oak Realtors in Charlotte gives these tips that are proven to ease you past common snags in the inspection process:
  • Clean out the gutters. Full gutters cause problematic water drainage and because of close proximity to the foundation, water damage to the crawl space or foundation itself often ensues. It’s an easy fix.
  • Make sure bushes are cut back away from house to further prevent moisture from collecting on the outside of the home. The recommended barrier for landscaping is 1 to 1.5 feet away from exterior walls.
  • Tighten up. Ensure that toilets are affixed tightly on the floor and tighten any loose electrical receptacles (plug covers) around the house. I see these on almost every inspection report!

Although selling factors and other uncertainties may cause you to adjust your plan, we at NewStyle Communities work to the best of our abilities to make sure you have confidence in us as your builder. We understand that when it comes to building your new home, there are necessary provisions and actions that can play a mean game of Badminton with your wallet and your emotions. Our vision at NewStyle Communities is to provide our active adult residents with a quality, maintenance-free lifestyle in a superb and convenient location. Soon, the stresses of your move will evaporate into the enjoyment of your welcoming community and your newly acquired time. Age targeted building is exactly what we do and it is all that we do, so we are equipped to help you as you move from your well-loved home into the forever home you’ve earned.

Greenville, SC one of the fastest-growing cities in the US! recently published a story, “America Goes South, in a Good Way”, that followed an interesting trend in the United States. 10 of the 15 fastest-growing cities are located in the South – and Greenville, SC is ranked #4. While the country’s growth rate is around 0.7%. Greenville’s growth rate is 5.8%!


Here at NewStyle Communities, that comes as no surprise. Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville combines traditional southern charm, and stunning natural beauty with an unexpectedly contemporary coolness. It’s just one of the many reasons we chose to build our Villas at Carriage Hills / Villas of West Georgia community in nearby Simpsonville.


Greenville is home to great museums, scenic parks, attractions and activities, providing residents with plenty of lifestyle activities. The city has a flourishing and revitalized downtown filled with boutiques, galleries and shops. Whether its visiting the Greenville County Museum of Art, which is one of the top museums in the U.S. or taking the family to the Greenville Zoo which lets you see rare animals, there is something to do for everyone.


Much of the growth in the city is due to steady investing in infrastructure, such as a new city park planned west of downtown, and has seen surpluses in tax revenues that will be set aside to accommodate further growth in population.


The Villas at Carriage Hills and West Georgia feature a quaint and intimate streetscape, including charming design elements and high-quality construction. The homes are energy-efficient and low maintenance, so upkeep is a breeze. And the picturesque, all-brick exteriors help create a distinctive setting that is one-of-a-kind for the residents of Greenville.


Between the quaint shops and restaurants, and the proximity to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, not to mention the maintenance-free lifestyle, living at the Villas at Carriage Hills / Villas of West Georgia is absolutely the easiest decision you’ll ever make.



What Does It Mean to Right-Size Your Home?

Your life has been a constant evolution of new ambitions, priorities and interests that have all lead you to where you are today. You’ve worked hard to get here, and now, maybe for the first time ever, it’s time to put yourself first. You find yourself with an empty nest and a future full of possibilities. So what will your next chapter be?


Right-sizing is choosing to live life more fully in a home and community that fits your needs and desires… just right. If you find yourself relating to more than one of the following tid-bits, then it may be time to consider right-sizing your home!


Your Kids are Gone.
Your family of four, five, six… is down to two. The home that once was full of hustle and bustle is now left feeling a little empty and unused. When they moved out, so did most of their belongings, leaving you with extra space you don’t really need, but are still paying for. A home that maximizes your investment with everything you need to live the way you want every day is the solution.   Just the right-sized home allows you to make better use of your space and live more comfortably.


You Want Less Maintenance

That large backyard couldn’t have been a more perfect place for the kids to grow 

up; swinging on the swings you built, running through the sprinkler you set up and playing fetch with the family dog. Now, the yard gets used a lot less, but the maintenance remains the same. You’re spending your time mulching in the spring, mowing in the summer, raking in the fall and shoveling in the winter; just like you always have. But now, it’s time to let someone else do the work, while you still enjoy a yard that makes being outside and staying active easy.


You Have Different Needs of Your Home

You chose your current home based on certain needs and circumstances at the time. It’s helped your family create wonderful memories over the years, but you’ve grown and changed, and the functionality of your home hasn’t. Why travel up three flights of stairs to get to your master bedroom, or clean a large basement that no one uses? You’re ready for a home that’s designed exactly how you plan to use it; whether it be hosting in your fabulous entertaining area or reading by your cozy outdoor fireplace. Make your home work for you.


Your Priorities Have Changed

The days of rushing between soccer practices, art exhibitions and theaters performances are over, and you have new priorities. At this point in your life, you want (and deserve!) the time and convenience to do the activities that matter to you. You no longer have to focus on the local schools or your work commute, you value walkability, a sense of community and connecting with neighbors and friends. You need a neighborhood filled with similar minded people and the right amenities in a premier location to do the things you love to do.


You’re Craving Something New

This time of your life is all about YOU, and you’ve earned it! You’re ready for an adventure; a new stage of life where every day is something different or a walk through beautiful nature preserves and a swim in the clubhouse pool is simply part of your morning routine. The possibilities are endless, so it’s time to start exploring what will make your next phase the best one yet. Find a community that’s unlike any other; where discovering new hobbies and making new friends part of your every day.

If any of these things describe how you’re feeling in your current home, why not take a look at the opportunities that await in a NewStyle Community? Contact us to learn more about right-sizing in a new home, and which of our communities is the perfect place for you to start your next chapter!

NewStyle Proudly Announces Our Realtor Rewards Program!

Our mission with the Realtor Rewards Program is twofold. One goal in partnering with Realtors is to help homebuyers find the home that suits their needs and the community that enhances their way of life. We want homebuyers to know all about our maintenance-free, age-in-place communities and why NewStyle is the distinct choice builder for their new right-sized home. You will not only love the confidence of presenting the quality, trustworthy NewStyle brand to your clients, you will love reaping the benefits as well. Our desire is to forge supportive and beneficial partnerships within our valuable Realtor community and to give back to you.


You will see the rewards beginning with your very first NewStyle home sale. After your first sale, you will be automatically enrolled in our Rewards Program, allowing you to take advantage of our tiered commission schedule on subsequent home sales.* Earn 3% commission on your first sale, 4% on your second sale and 5% on your third and all additional sales!


Learn more about why NewStyle is the new home brand for your clients here and thank YOU for working with us! We look forward to introducing you and your clients to the NewStyle way of life.


*Realtor Rewards Program applies to home sales within the span of one calendar year.


For more information contact: Sales Director, Emily Holland 704-726-0384

NewStyle Proudly Announces Our Strive for 55 Commission Program

In Age-Targeted Communities like NewStyle, Fifty-five is our favorite number. Our residents are thriving in their new homes and now, Realtors, it’s time for you to thrive with our new incentives! When you sell a home with NewStyle Communities, you earn 55% commission upfront when all contingencies are met and you earn the remainder upon the home’s closing.


We build homes in some of the best locations in the Carolinas and we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve in meeting the needs and desires of our greater-than-55 residents. Please visit our community pages to see the unique features, floor plans and amenities of each neighborhood.

Augusta Place at Laurel Creek in Rock Hill, SC

The Villas at Carrage Hills and West Georgia in Simpsonville, SC

ClubRidge at Woodcreek in Elgin, SC

The Courtyards at Harrisburg in Harrisburg, NC

The Courtyards at Cramerton in Cramerton, NC Coming Soon!


Learn more about why NewStyle is the new home brand for your clients here and thank YOU for working with us! We look forward to introducing you and your clients to the NewStyle way of life.


*Program applies to select NewStyle Communities. 3% commission is on the base price of the new home. 55% of commission is paid when all contingencies are removed from the agreement.


For more information contact: Sales Director, Emily Holland 704-726-0384

Top 5 Distinguishing Factors of a NewStyle Communities Home

1. All-Brick Exteriors

Let’s begin with the outside of the home. NewStyle homes are built using solid, quality masonry. Our full-brick exteriors provide you many benefits in addition to safety and aesthetics. The timeless beauty of brick construction increases the value of your home and effectively lowers the cost of regulating temperature and air quality within your home. With your heating and cooling costs lowered, you will see and feel the efficiency. Brick is extremely durable, protecting your home from the elements such as high winds, hail and debris for many years to come, and requires little to no maintenance on your part.

2. Maintenance-Free Living

From the grounds to your gutters, we help you extend the life and beauty of your home and its surroundings. At NewStyle, we don’t just build your home and wish you well, we maintain your investment. Our communities are governed by homeowner’s associations whose primary responsibilities are to ensure that each home receives the care it deserves. Why? Because YOU deserve it! We know there are many other ways you’d rather spend your well-earned time than raking leaves. We hire trained professionals to take care of all services that include lawn cutting and fertilization, shrub and tree trimming, bi-annual mulching, leaf removal, exterior painting and exterior maintenance, roofing and building repairs as needed. Retirement never looked so good!

3. Award-Winning Floor Plans

A home’s layout is important and essential to the work flow, enjoyment and functionality of life. We have all had the experience of stepping into a home that we would immediately want to change, rearrange and improve. When you walk into a NewStyle home, the first-class architecture and inviting, spacious living areas are a breath of fresh air. You’ll feel at ease imagining yourself making a home and a future. Within our communities, you’ll find the award-winning Courtyard Collection of homes. Included features are all-brick exteriors, two-car garages, single-story architecture (with optional Bonus Suites), 30-year, architectural shingles, granite kitchen counters, hardwood floors in the main living areas, gas log fireplaces, amazing private, outdoor spaces and, most importantly, maintenance-free living.

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4. Universal Design

It is the mission and desire of NewStyle Communities to provide you with a forever, thrive-in-place home that suits all needs. Principles of Universal Design are paramount to the beauty and functionality of our homes. Each home is seamlessly integrated with features that allow aging in place, accessibility and safety. Long gone are the grab bars, ramps and mandated accessibility additions of yesterday. Everyone benefits from Universal Design regardless of age, physical ability or stature. Our home design boasts wider door openings and hallways, barrier-free entrances between rooms, showers and the outdoors, and varied-height countertops for ease in the kitchen, to name a few. You’ll find that these elements add to the enjoyment of your home while remaining largely undetectable to the discerning eye.

5. Plentiful Storage

When you move into our right-sized home, it can be quite challenging and daunting to downsize the amount of storage we might still require. We welcome your collected home to be a trove of memories, special pieces and all the shoes and sweaters your heart desires. With abundant storage throughout, you’ll be able to achieve the spacious organization you desire. Dedicated laundry rooms, linen and coat closets and walk-in owner’s closets provide ample room for everyone. Whose eyes don’t light up when they see a large closet, am I right? For all things that live outside of your walls, you will find your oversized two-car garage perfect additional housing. Pull-down attic storage above the garage is ideal for storing bins and items that need less frequent access. We just hope you won’t be too sad to leave your lawnmower and hedge trimmer behind when you move into your new home.