Great Southern Homes Has Outstanding Night at 2016 Regal Awards
Published on Feb 21, 2017

On Saturday evening, February 18, 2017 at the Columbia Metro Convention Center, the 2016 Regal Awards Gala celebrated its 28th year of recognizing and celebrating the Midland’s of South Carolina real estate's greatest achievers and leaders. Great Southern Homes had simply a spectacular night of taking home the awards and recognitions.

2016 Best Performance Home
The Bentgrass - View Floorplan

The Bentgrass by Great Southern Homes

The Bentgrass is a thoughtfully-designed, craftsman-style home designed to create a lifestyle that is easy and efficient.  Starting in the $160's, and offered in most of our communities across the state, the Bentgrass appeals to buyers across all age groups and is one our best selling plans across all markets.  We submitted The Bentgrass model home that we opened in June 2016 at Park West in Chapin, SC as evidence of our outstanding GreenSmart performance. This home has achieved an impressive HERS Index Score of 52 with an estimated annual operating cost of $1,814, or $152 per month. This is an annual savings of $844 relative to the HERS reference home, which is an average energy cost for a home for the market area.

2016 Best Product Design
The Laurel - View Floorplan
1,500 to 1,800 square feet - Production Builder

The Laurel - Exterior and Interior

The Laurel is an impressive, craftsman-style, two-story home that combines great living space in a small footprint.  Imagine three bedrooms, two full baths and a half bath, single-car garage – all contained in 1,612 square feet! Young families, first time buyers, Millennials and professional couples are drawn to this layout where every foot of space counts.  Regarding street appeal, The Laurel offers neo-traditional flair with a mix of stone, brick and/or vinyl treatments. The covered entranceway/porch showcases impressive entrance doors with full windows and transoms. Buyers enjoy the recessed, split stairs where typically in this size home they crowd the front door. Entrance from the garage provides buyers with a clever “drop zone” with built-ins to off-load: keys, garments, and other baggage that tend to clutter up the house.  The rear is a huge open space with Living Area and optional fireplace, Dining and Kitchen areas with a large angled Kitchen Island overlooking the Living Area.  A spacious patio in the rear provides homeowners a great place to enjoy the outdoors and entertain.  Moving upstairs, The Laurel offers an impressive Owners Suite with Walk-In Closets, and double vanities in the Owners Bath area. Two additional bedrooms with nice sized closets are provided and the other Full Bath provides double vanities and a large tub.  Plus, there is a large laundry room upstairs and lots of additional storage closets to store and keep essentials. If you’re looking for a livable, affordable plan, The Laurel has it all!   

2016 Best Product Design
The McClean - View Floorplan
1801 to 2,200 square feet - Production Builder

The McClean by Great Southern Homes

The McClean is simply a great plan for letting the sun shine in your life! It provides four bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath and two-car garage. Plans range from 1,990 to 2,131 square feet depending on optional sun room additions.  In terms of street appeal, the craftsman exterior combines a mix of colorful brick, stone and/or vinyl treatments, and a covered porch entranceway with attractive square porch columns. Once inside, buyers are struck by how big and open The McClean is.  The front entry has a recessed, split stairwell so you’re not greeted by the staircase at the front door. Another nice detail is the wrought iron spindles up the staircase.  On the first floor to the rear of the house, The McClean provides a large Family Area with optional corner fireplace, a Cook’s Kitchen with large, Center Island and large Dining Area. The first floor Mudroom offers an optional desk, a popular upgrade. Entrance from the two-car garage has a clever “drop-zone” with hanging hooks, bead board and built-ins to handle stuff brought in the house.  A very popular option is the addition of a spacious sunroom on the rear of the house accented with numerous windows and egress to the patio/deck area.  The large Owners Suite with Owners Bath area and large Walk-In Closets, plus three additional bedrooms are found on the second floor. Additionally, another bath with double vanities, a laundry room and walk-in closets are provided. Let some sun in… discover The McClean!

2016 Best Product Design
The Magnolia - View Floorplan
2201 to 2600 Square Feet - Production Builder

The Magnolia by Great Southern Homes

The Magnolia is a single-story, four bedroom / three bath, two-car garage plan with lots of “WOW” factor that appeals to multiple fast-growing market segments.  The Magnolia appeals to rising tide of Baby Boomers who are retiring/pre-retiring and ready to downsize. At under 2,500 square feet and with Great Southern Homes’ GreenSmart energy-efficient program, the plan just makes sense for Boomers to move to.  There’s plenty of room to entertain and host the grandkids in this grand design. Move-up buyers enjoy the incredible openness of the plan and the many features of interior treatments, built-ins and granite countertops that Great Southern builds into it.  The Magnolia offers a sitting porch on the front of the home and in most markets is offered with either brick, cementitious siding or higher-quality vinyl exteriors.  A tour of the home reveals a formal foyer with hardwoods and elegant formal dining with optional coffered ceiling. The massive Great Room and Cook’s Kitchen connect the entire house together and lead to the large covered patio in the rear of the home.  The Kitchen features an optional window seat, a nice accent, but a very large eat-up bar and kitchen island that overlooks the Great Room are standard. An optional wetbar or organizational center within the Great Room is also a popular upgrade. The Magnolia is the preferred choice among many as more and more are choosing single-story plans and this model packs so much into one house, yet impresses on how open it is. 

2016 Best Advertising Video
Customer Testimonial

Research shows that when someone trusted says something positive or negative about a product or service to another person, the receiver of the message usually does what the influencer says to do. Testimonials, referrals, brand loyalty – all are part of this big intangible called “word of mouth.” You can’t buy positive testimonials. In business, you have to earn them!

Great Southern Homes wanted to start a new television advertising campaign that focused on testimonials of real buyers of their homes and ask them to give their honest feelings about why they bought their homes. We wanted the people to be real buyers not paid actors and the testimonials to be real and persuasive.

The process started with our creative team and identifying the steps necessary to complete the project. First was to identify the possible interview candidates. A long list was generated by asking for names of candidates from our sales, construction and closing teams.  Next, we contacted candidates on the list to see if they would participate. We explained that we wanted them to attend a photoshoot and for them to honestly respond to some questions about their purchase of a Great Southern Home. Most declined because even though they enjoyed their home, they did not want to appear on TV, they were too busy or work or family interfered. 

Three candidates were finally identified and we arranged to film them at either their home or at the nearest model home to their address. The three that agreed to participate were a single, professional woman, a husband and wife “move-up” pair, and military wife who relocated to the market with several kids and husband who was often deployed.

We set up, attached a mic, prepped the candidates and began the interview process which usually took an hour.  The questions were very open-ended such as “tell us why you purchased your Great Southern Homes?” and “What do you like about your home?” to get them comfortable and talking. Magically, in all three cases, great, positive statements rolled out of candidates such as, “great home,” “would do it again”, “Iove my house”, “love my realtor”, “the process was great”, “I love that I can turn off the lights from my phone”, etc.

The value of the testimonial TV advertisement is that it puts a real face saying real, believable and positive statements about our homes to a wide audience.  And you just can’t buy that!