- The Washington Times - Friday, June 22, 2007

As builders near completion on a development and want to focus their attention on their next project, they often finish building homes on the remaining lots and place them on the market as “immediate-delivery” or “quick move-in” homes.

they often finish building homes on the remaining lots and place them on the market as “immediate-delivery” or “quick move-in” homes.

Buyers who are relocating to the Washington area or who have sold their current home and need to move quickly will be attracted by these homes, since purchasing a new home can sometimes require buyers to wait several months before the residence is ready for occupancy.

Bargain hunters are often attracted to immediate-delivery homes in hope of finding a deal, but they may be surprised that the prices are sometimes significantly higher than the listed base price for the same model home. The difference is that immediate delivery homes include a variety of features that are optional for purchasers, such as a brick front, a sunroom addition or a finished basement.

Any elements that the builder has opted to add into the home are included in the price of the home.

Sometimes, builders will choose to offer additional incentives, particularly when they are eager to sell the property and close out a community.

While some buyers may be satisfied with the choices made by the builders, others may wish they could make more decisions on the finishing touches of their home. Most immediate delivery homes are either complete or nearing completion, but a few still offer buyers the choice of cabinet finishes or a carpet color when those items have not yet been installed.

Buyers interested in finding an immediate-delivery home can search on the Web sites of each builder, since most list them online either by community or a separate Web page.

In addition, potential buyers can visit communities and simply ask the sales representative on-site if there are any quick move-in homes available.

The following listing is a sampling of immediate-delivery homes found on builder Web sites in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

By the time of publication, some may have been sold while new homes may have been completed and become available.

In the interest of space, these examples are all single-family homes, but town homes and condominiums also can be found for fast move-in dates.

Equity Homes Inc. has two immediate-delivery homes available at the Highlands, a community of 33 single-family homes in Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County. Both the Dorset model, priced at $729,900, and the Sheffield model, priced at $709,900, have a brick front and brick stoop.

The homes have four bedrooms; three 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.

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