Since 1954, Mungo Homes has been making the dream of home ownership a reality for buyers in eight markets throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. One of the Southeast’s most award-winning builders, Mungo Homes has enjoyed a track record of success built on a reputation of quality construction and innovative design coupled with excellent value and a commitment to customer service.
Family-owned and operated, Mungo Homes was purchased in 2018 by Clayton Properties, a division of Berkshire Hathaway, giving the 33rd largest homebuilder an even greater competitive edge as it leverages the buying power and expertise of one of the country’s largest homebuilder conglomerates. Still family-run, Mungo Homes has retained its ethos of commitment to team members, customers, and community.
In addition to building in planned developments throughout its eight markets, Mungo Homes has also established itself as a premiere homebuilder for individuals seeking to build on their own land in the Greater Columbia area. Formerly known as Sovereign Homes, Mungo Portfolio Homes pairs the Mungo experience with property owners seeking the expertise of a seasoned builder. Portfolio has assembled a cohesive team of homebuilding experts who are committed to making the process seamless, providing an unparalleled product, and making customer satisfaction a priority. With a myriad of home designs from which to choose, customers can take advantage of an established homebuilding process, a team of experts, and design assistance throughout the process.
According to Mungo Portfolio Homes General Manager Mike Lowman, “We’ve had so much success and so many happy homeowners who have been pleased with our ‘build on your land’ program that we are expanding on those services to reach consumers from every entry point. We are a team of former private custom builders, so we better understand the buyer who wants the unique experience of building on their own land, providing more attention to detail, and more flexibility with features and floor plan choices.”
Along with the financial and technological acumen of Berkshire Hathaway, the still family-run Mungo Homes is uniquely poised through tradition and longevity to bring the most talented building team together, all of whom have experienced previous success and respect in the industry. Building on that experience, the company boasts a portfolio of seven style categories of home plans to meet every need. Dozens of floor plans are available — ranging from 1,600 to more than 5,000 square feet — priced from the $200,000s and inching towards a million dollars, depending on your taste and budget.
Mungo’s portfolio of home plans accommodates a variety of land configurations from those suited for infill, narrow downtown lots, lake or country property, or luxury-appointed homes in premier master-planned communities. According to Mike, “From our portfolio, we can accommodate everyone from a buyer who is looking for square footage and standard features to the luxury buyer on the lake or on a golf course with upscale niceties and every on-trend feature they could possibly want.
We have a product for every niche level in a buyer’s lifestyle. In fact, we can cover the entire lifecycle of homeowners. We have had generations of buyers in which the entire spectrum is represented. We are arguably the only builder who can say that.”
A commitment to customer service is yet another distinguishing feature of Mungo Portfolio Homes. In addition to quality construction and ease of process, transparency is the hallmark of customer service. “We never advertise misleading per square footage pricing. Personally striving to ensure transparency in everything we do is extremely important to us. Relationships are key to the homebuilding process. Maintaining clear and open lines of communication builds good relationships and good homes,” Mike points out.
Making the Plan Work
Mungo Portfolio Homes offers many pre-designed and pre-priced options within specific parameters but with room for flexibility to incorporate owner preferences. “Building a home is unique and personal. We offer so many features but are cognizant of this personalization and have a book of upgrades that makes it easy to accommodate the individual buyer,” says Mike. The Design Center at Mungo is unique in the homebuilding industry and something that differentiates the experience. According to Mike, “No other ‘on your land’ builder has a design center that compares to Mungo. Our ability to assist the buyer in making design decisions is unlimited. If we don’t have a particular feature in our design center, we can typically get it from one of our vendors. We offer the flexibility to personalize a home.”
Speaking from Experience
Chris Sharp is just one of the many homebuyers who has found the Mungo Portfolio Home experience second to none. Retiring in 2018, Chris and his family moved to the Irmo area after he accepted a teaching position at Newberry College. Having built five homes, they are no strangers to the homebuilding process.
According to Chris, “As a disabled veteran, I was very specific. They had a floor plan and were able to customize it for us. Mungo took all of our specifications, even things they hadn’t done before. They made it happen. For me, the personalization and attention to detail was just amazing. This was by far the best experience we’ve had building a home. There was never a problem, but if I did have a question, they responded immediately.”
In addition to quality and innovative construction, Chris was so impressed with the level of customer service he received that he didn’t hesitate to recommend Mungo to two other individuals. As he says, “When you see strong character and professionalism, it’s worth pointing out. We saw this every step of the process from the Mungo team to the subcontractors … everyone who worked on our house. They took pride in what they were doing. It was a very humbling experience for us. They are who they say they are. I’m proud to own a Mungo Home.”