- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Although most new-home buyers anticipate waiting at least several months for construction to be completed on their new residences, some buyers opt, instead, for what builders often call “immediate delivery” homes.

Builders often have one, two or more homes ready for the owners to inhabit quickly because they have chosen to complete these homes “on spec,” short for speculation, assuming that buyers will be available once the houses are finished.

New homes sometimes become available if a contract falls through after the home is nearly complete, or when a builder decides to build homes on a few remaining lots in a community that is nearly complete rather than waiting for buyers to commit to those homes.

Buyers who must move quickly, either because their current home has been sold or because they are relocating to the Washington area, may want to consider purchasing one of these homes so they can move in within 30 days — sometimes even faster.

Although buyers may expect builders to offer deep discounts or other incentives on their immediate-delivery homes, in reality, these homes usually are priced in line with other homes in the community. Builder incentives nearly always require the use of a preferred lender and a preferred settlement attorney.

One factor to consider: In an immediate-delivery home, all, or nearly all, of the options have been chosen and are in place. Buyers choosing a new home over a resale because they want to design their own kitchen, choose the bathroom cabinets and the foyer flooring will be less eager to purchase an immediate-delivery home in which these choices have been made by the builder or another buyer who then canceled the contract.

Buyers less concerned with making these choices will find that immediate-delivery homes often come with additional features such as a brick front, a finished lower level, a sunroom addition and upgrades in cabinets, finishes or flooring already in place.

The price often will reflect the inclusion of these optional features.

Immediate-delivery homes are available from most builders at most developments in the Washington area, including condominiums, town homes and single-family homes.

Buyers can search the Web sites of communities where they might want to live, along with Web sites of individual builders, which often include a link to a list of such properties.

In addition, buyers always can ask the sales representative at a new-home community if there are homes that are completed or nearly completed.

This article is a sampling of immediate-delivery homes found on builder Web sites in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Because of the quick nature of sales of these homes, some listed here may have been sold, while others may have been completed and become available.

In the interest of space, this sampling is restricted to single-family homes. Many town homes and condominiums also are available with a fast move-in date.

Craftmark Homes Inc. has a Middletown model available at Clarksburg Village in Montgomery County, priced at $775,870. This home includes a brick front, a bay window in the dining room and about 3,070 finished square feet.

Call 301/528-5106.

At Park Ridge in Clarksburg, two homes are available, including a Chevy Chase model with a stone-and-shake-siding front and a three-car side-entry garage. This home, priced at $1,032,996, includes maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. It has 3,550 square feet, five bedrooms and 31/2 baths. A brick-front Westchester model also is available here, priced at $1,044,020 for four bedrooms, 31/2 baths and 4,400 square feet.

Call 301/916-8235.

At Oak Creek in Prince George’s County, Craftmark has three homes available for quick move-in, with prices from $644,900 to $805,210. The more expensive home has a golf-course view, brick on the front and side and a kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances.

Call 301/390-4471 or visit www.craftmarkhomes.com.

Equity Homes Inc. has two immediate-delivery homes available at Stoney Creek in Potomac, including the Lancaster II model, priced at $2,289,900 including builder incentives.

This 7,000-square-foot home, sited on 2 acres, has four sides of brick, a three-car side-entry garage, five bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms.

Additional rooms include a rear sunroom with a veranda above, a side sunroom and a finished recreation room and bath on the lower level.

A Preston model at Stoney Creek, priced at $2,189,900 with builder incentives, has a stone front; rear and side sunrooms; a kitchen; five bedrooms; four full baths; a powder room; and a finished lower level with a media room, recreation room, den and full bath.

Call 301/330-9728.

At the Highlands in Prince George’s County, Equity Homes has a Kentwell II model available for $759,900, including builder incentives. The brick-front home has four bedrooms; four full baths; a powder room; a finished recreation room; a kitchen with maple cabinets and granite counters; and hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and powder room.

Call 301/252-5609.

Visit www.equityhomes.com.

K. Hovnanian Homes has immediate-delivery homes available in many of its Washington-area communities, including several at the Preserve in Accokeek in Prince George’s County.

Prices for these four- and five-bedroom homes, each with two or three full baths, range from $662,685 to $762,923.

Call 301/203-1289.

At the Estates at Woodyard Farm in Upper Marlboro, K. Hovnanian has two Alaska model homes available, each with four bedrooms and 21/2 baths. These homes are priced from $590,465 to $604,641.

Call 301/856-8375.

At Rose Valley in Fort Washington, K. Hovnanian has several four-bedroom homes available, with prices from $553,427 into the $600,000s.

Call 301/265-0533.

Visit www.khov.com.

Mid-Atlantic Builders Inc. has three homes available for immediate delivery in Prince George’s County. At Beechtree, a resort-style golf-course community in Upper Marlboro, an Amherst model is available for $864,510.

This home has 5,586 finished square feet, a brick front, a porch, a side sunroom with a playroom above, a rear morning room, and 10-foot ceilings in the main living area. This home also has a spa bath; an expanded, upgraded kitchen; and a finished lower level with a full bath, a recreation room and a home theater with a two-tiered seating area.

Also at Beechtree, a Somerset model is available with 4,027 finished square feet for $756,957. This home has a brick front and a brick rear wall, a porch, a fireplace in the family room, a fireplace in the master suite, a whirlpool tub in the master suite and a finished lower-level recreation room.

Call 301/627-9230.

At Fairwood in Bowie, Mid-Atlantic has a Somerset model available with 4,162 square feet and a price of $760,230. This home includes a brick front; an expanded family room with a wall of windows; an extended, upgraded kitchen; and a whirlpool tub in the master bath.

Call 301/352-9111 or visit www.midatlanticbuilders.com.

Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC has seven homes available for immediate move-in at Hampshire Hamlet in Silver Spring. Each has four bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a fireplace, stainless-steel appliances and granite counters. Each of the six Hampshire models has 3,200 finished square feet with a finished recreation room and a rear porch, while the Preston model has 3,500 finished square feet.

Prices for these homes range from $788,000 to $839,900.

Call 301/317-7752.

At Oak Creek in Upper Marlboro, Mitchell & Best has four Henderson model homes with 2,700 square feet available, including some with lake views.

These homes, part of the Village series, are priced from $634,900 to $672,900.

Also at Oak Creek, Mitchell & Best has an Ashton II model available with a stone front, a covered porch, a rear deck, four bedrooms, 31/2 baths and 4,300 finished square feet of living space. This home is priced from $937,900.

Call 301/390-1553 or visit www.mitchellbesthomes.com.

Patriot Homes has eight homes available at Adnell Woods in Bowie, each with four bedrooms and 21/2 baths. These homes are priced from $478,977 to $666,261.

Call 301/464-2423.

At Fairwood Estates in Bowie, Patriot has two homes available, each with four bedrooms and 21/2 baths. These homes are priced from $589,900 to $559,900.

Call 301/809-6644.

Visit www.lennar.com.

Ryan Homes has a Highgrove model available for immediate delivery at the Cross Creek Club, a resortlike golf-course community in Beltsville. This model normally is priced from the $790,000s.

Call 301/586-9461.

At Westpoint in Lanham, Ryan has a Victoria model available for $559,990 with a two-story foyer, four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a center-island kitchen with a built-in desk.

There are 17 homes in this development, located 10 minutes from the Bowie Town Center.

Call 301/352-0438.

Visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Ryland Homes has a Southill model available at the Vineyards in Clinton.

This home includes four bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a brick front, a two-story foyer, a two-story family room with a gas fireplace and 3,180 finished square feet of living space. The home is priced at $499,990.

Call 800/821-8404 or visit www.ryland.com.

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