- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

As subdivisions and planned communities are developed, builders sometimes construct a home or several homes

so the buyer who needs to move quickly does not have to wait the traditional six months or sometimes even a year for a new home to be built.

Additional properties may be ready for “immediate delivery” if they were built for a buyer who later backed out of a contract for some reason. When communities are nearly complete, builders will sometimes opt to complete homes on the final two or three homesites in order to move their construction teams more quickly to another project.

Immediate-delivery homes appeal to buyers who wish to move in a hurry, either because they have sold their current home or they are relocating to the Washington area. In addition, these homes can occasionally represent a bargain, depending on how eager a builder is to sell the property.

In addition to the time frame of the move-in date, the difference between purchasing a new home and an immediate-delivery home is that most or all of the options and finish choices have been determined by the builder.

Exterior choices have all been made, and often the choices of kitchen counters, cabinets and other details have been made as well. This is not an issue for some buyers, although others prefer to make these choices themselves.

On the other hand, builders sometimes showcase their available options in an immediate-delivery home, so these houses often include a finished basement or attic, a sunroom addition or other upgrades.

Buyers looking for an immediate-delivery home can search Web sites for builders and for individual communities where they are interested in purchasing a home.

When visiting the sales office of a new home development, buyers who want to move quickly should always ask the on-site sales representative if any homes have already been completed or are about to be finished.

Purchasing an immediate-delivery home requires the same process as purchasing any other new home. Builder incentives often are tied to use of a preferred lender and/or settlement company.

The following is a sampling of the hundreds of immediate-delivery homes available in Northern Virginia. The homes listed here are all single-family homes. Many town homes and condominiums also are ready for quick occupancy.

Brookfield Homes Corp. (www.BrookfieldHomes.com) has a wide variety of immediate-delivery homes in many developments.

At Lansdowne near Leesburg in Loudoun County, a Davenport model from the Arista Collection is available now. This home, priced at $799,990, includes four bedrooms, 41/2 baths and 4,200 finished square feet. The home sits on a wooded homesite and features arched entryways inside, a circular sunroom and living room, a family room with a gas fireplace and large windows and an upgraded kitchen with hardwood flooring, a tray ceiling, maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. This home also includes a finished lower level with a recreation room, den and full bath. Call 571/333-0625.

Also at Lansdowne, Brookfield has a Devonshire model available now from its Executive Collection. This model, priced at $1,599,990, has a covered two-story front porch and a balcony leading to a separate guesthouse. The home has golf course views, four fireplaces, kitchen upgrades, five bedrooms and 51/2 baths. Call 571/333-0168.

At Braemar in Bristow in Prince William County, Brookfield has a Canterbury model available now from its Arista Collection. This home, priced at $799,990, has 5,297 finished square feet, including a fully finished lower level and a fourth-level loft. Other upgrades in this six-bedroom, 51/2-bath home include a brick front, kitchen upgrades and an extended two-car garage with storage space. Call 703/368-3921.

Among many homes available for quick occupancy, Craftmark Homes Inc. (www.CraftmarkHomes.com) has a Chevy Chase model available at the Paddocks at Brookside in Gainesville in Prince William County.

This home has 3,408 finished square feet with a stone front, a 4-foot extension across the entire rear of the home. Additional features include a stone masonry fireplace in the family room, a three-car side entry garage, a rough-in for a gas fireplace in the master suite, upgraded cherry cabinets in the kitchen, built-in bookcases in the study and a finished attic with a bedroom, a bath and a playroom. This home, priced at $797,900, also features hardwood flooring in the foyer, living room, dining room, study, kitchen, stairs and hallway. Call 703/754-2323.

At the Meadows at Morris Farm, also in Gainesville, a Clifton model is available from Craftmark, priced at $797,900. This home includes a brick and stone front with a stone front stoop. Additional features include an extension that expands the kitchen, breakfast area and family room, 9-foot-tall foundation walls, built-in bookcases in the study, a stone fireplace in the family room and granite kitchen counters. Call 703/754-3469.

Drees Homes Co. (www.dreeshomes.com) has built a number of homes that are available for occupancy in Northern Virginia.

At Port Potomac in Woodbridge in Prince William County, a Walden model home is available for $700,900. This home has more than 4,500 finished square feet with four bedrooms, 31/2 baths, a two-car garage and a formal dining room. A library, a finished lower-level media room, hardwood flooring and high ceilings are included. Call 703/580-9314.

At Tall Cedar Estates in Chantilly, Drees has a Middleburg model available now for $990,164. This home rests on a half-acre site and includes hardwood flooring, high ceilings, four bedrooms, 41/2 baths and a three-car, side-entry garage. Additional features in this 5,383-square-foot home include a study, a library, a bonus room, a media room and a finished lower level. Call 703/327-0589.

The Lennar Corp. (www.lennar.com) has a Cypress model home available now at Lowes Island Villas in Loudoun County, priced at $733,016. This home has 3,485 finished square feet, with a first-floor master suite and three more bedrooms upstairs, for a total of four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. Each bedroom includes a walk-in closet, and the home also has a first-floor great room and a second-floor great room. Call 571/437-0804.

At Martins Chase Colonial in Leesburg, Lennar has a Brunswick model available for immediate occupancy. This home has 3,104 finished square feet with four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a three-car garage. Call 571/437-5582.

Pulte Homes Inc. (www.pulte.com) has many new homes in Northern Virginia available for early occupancy. At the Ridings at Blue Springs in Chantilly, a Hanover model home is priced at $749,900. This home includes almost 3,000 feet of living space, with a large front library with double doors, an open living and dining room, a large family room, four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage. Call 703/327-3813.

At the Hamlets at Red Cedar in Leesburg, Pulte has a Kendall model available now, part of its Stoneridge Collection of homes. The Kendall, priced at $1,061,575, backs to conservancy land and has more than 4,200 finished square feet, including four bedrooms, 31/2 baths, a center-island kitchen, a rear library, a two-story foyer and a family room, living room and formal dining room. Call 703/327-2340.

Toll Bros. Inc. (www.tollbrothers.com) has several immediate delivery homes available in its Northern Virginia developments. At Loudoun Valley Estates in Loudoun County, a Columbia Lexington home is available for $944,104. This home rests on a half-acre cul-de-sac site and includes 4,000 finished square feet. The home has four bedrooms, 41/2 baths, a three-car garage, an expanded two-story family room with a natural stone gas fireplace and a unique octagonal library. Call 703/661-0382.

Also at Loudoun Valley Estates, Toll Bros. has a Preston Classic model priced at $990,975. This four-bedroom, 31/2-bath home has a three-car garage and more than 3,600 finished square feet, including a bonus space over the garage and a master bath with a whirlpool tub and upgraded ceramic tile flooring. Call 703/661-0382.

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