- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Some buyers are willing to wait months for a new home, knowing that by waiting they can choose the optional features that meet their dreams and needs.

Other buyers, however — especially those who have sold a home or are relocating to the Washington area, need a home that is ready to take their furniture, belongings and pets immediately. Luckily for them, builders often have a handful of homes that are complete or nearly complete, known as “immediate delivery” homes.

Though options for these properties are predetermined, leaving little choice for buyers, the positive side is that upgrades often are included in the price of the home.

Some buyers actively seek immediate-delivery homes in the hope that builders will offer deep price discounts or other incentives in order to sell these homes. Some builders offer additional incentives to buyers, such as cash toward closing costs with the use of a preferred lender, but often the incentive is simply that many of the upgrades are included at a lower cost.

Immediate-delivery homes are available either because a previous contract on a home fell through or because the builder wants to complete the final few lots in a development and move to another location.

Buyers can find these homes by searching builder Web sites and ads, focusing in particular on communities that are promoted as being in their final phase of development. Homes that are complete or nearly complete also can be found by asking the sales representative at a new home development.

The following sampling from Prince William County represents homes ready for immediate delivery listed on builder Web sites. Keep in mind that because these homes are meant for quick sale, they may have been purchased by the time of publication.

At County Center in Prince William, Artery Group LLC has six courtyard-style homes available for immediate delivery. Upgrades are included in the price of the home, and the builder also is offering $10,000 in closing costs to buyers using the preferred lender and settlement company.

The Stevenson model on Lot 62, an end unit with 2,841 square feet, occupies a premium lot with additional privacy. This home has a brick side; a morning room; oak stairs; a master bath upgrade; a loft with a rooftop deck; an attic-level bathroom; a wet bar with maple cabinets; a fireplace; and upgraded hardwood flooring, ceramic tile flooring and carpet. It is priced at $590,900.

The Raleigh model on Lot 70, with 2,405 finished square feet, has been upgraded with a morning room, oak stairs, a home office with a rooftop deck, a family room fireplace, upgraded ceramic tile flooring, and a master bathtub with whirlpool jets. It is priced at $530,900.

Call 703/580-8900 or visit www.arteryhomes.com.

Beazer Homes Corp. has immediate-delivery homes available in several communities in Prince William County, including a Devlin model single-family home at Coles Run Manor in Manassas.

Priced at $559,990, this home has 2,645 finished square feet with four bedrooms, 31/2 baths and a two-car garage. The home has been upgraded with a sunroom extension, a finished recreation room, a two-sided fireplace, hardwood flooring on the main level and maple cabinets with granite counters in the kitchen.

Call 571/921-1627 or visit www.beazer.com.

At New Bristow Village in Bristow, Beazer has a Bancroft model available for immediate move-in. This home has had a price reduction and is available at $499,990.

The home has 2,693 finished square feet, with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. Upgrades include a finished recreation room and full bath on the lower level and a kitchen with a bar-height counter open to a family room with a gas fireplace and built-in bookcases.

The kitchen includes granite counters with a tile backsplash, upgraded maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Other improvements include oak stairs, hardwood flooring on the main level, upgraded carpet and ceramic tile flooring and special lighting and bath fixtures.

Call 703/257-2489 or visit www.beazer.com.

Brookfield Homes Corp. has several homes ready for immediate occupancy or a summer move-in at its Prince William County communities, including a Bromley model on Lot 6062 at Morris Farm in Gainesville.

Part of the Reflections collection of homes, this model has four bedrooms, 31/2 baths and 3,220 square feet. This home has three finished levels and a master bedroom suite upgraded with a coffered ceiling and with upgraded cabinets and tile work in the bath.

Other improvements include an oak staircase, hardwood flooring, and stainless steel appliances and Corian counters in the kitchen. The home is priced at $489,990.

Call 703/753-6650 or visit www.brookfieldwashington.com.

At Cramer Ridge in Dumfries, Brookfield has a Zachery model on Lot 2004 available.

Priced at $539,990, this home has 2,949 square feet with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. The model has a kitchen upgrade that includes Corian counters, a bay window in the breakfast room and a kitchen/breakfast room extension.

Other upgrades include a gas fireplace in the family room, a deluxe master bath and a finished lower level with a recreation room and full bath.

Call 703/441-7904 or visit www.brookfieldwashington.com.

Centex Homes has a Bristol model available for immediate delivery at New Bristow Village in Bristow.

Priced at $599,170, this home has 3,592 square feet with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. This decorated model home, located on a corner lot, includes a two-tiered porch, a finished recreation room, an upgraded kitchen and a gas fireplace with a stone surround and raised hearth.

Call 866/471-2841 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

At Holly Forest Estates in Manassas, Centex has a Spencer model home available, priced at $739,900.

This home has 3,315 finished square feet, with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. Upgrades include a deck, French doors leading from the living room to the front porch, a sunroom off the family room, and columns in the formal living room and formal dining room. Other improvements include a kitchen upgrade with a morning room, a tray ceiling and large walk-in closets in the master suite, and upgraded carpet throughout the home.

Call 866/337-6519 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

Craftmark Homes Inc. has an Oakton model available at Stonewall Manor in Triangle, priced at $1,019,900. This home has 7,344 finished square feet and includes a brick front, brick stoop, a three-car garage and walk-out basement.

Additions to the model include a side conservatory; a rear morning room; a 4-foot rear extension; a finished attic with a bath; and a finished recreation room, den and bath on the lower level.

Upgrades include cherry cabinets, granite counters and Viking appliances, a stone fireplace in the family room, hardwood flooring on the first floor and other flooring improvements.

Call 703/221-2359 or visit www.craftmarkhomes.com.

At the Meadows at Morris Farm in Gainesville, Craftmark has a Clifton model available for $779,900.

This home includes a brick-and-stone front, a stone stoop, an extension on the kitchen and breakfast area and family room, a stone fireplace in the family room, bookcases in the study, and granite kitchen counters.

Call 703/754-3469 or visit www.craftmarkhomes.com.

At Garrison Woods in Triangle, K. Hovnanian Homes has a Riverton model available for $509,990. Upgrades to this home include a stone front, an expanded breakfast room, hardwood flooring and a finished lower level with a recreation room and den.

The four-bedroom, 31/2-bath home also has a large center-island kitchen with Corian counters, stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting. The home also has an upgraded master bath with 12-by-12-inch ceramic tile flooring and a tray ceiling in the master bedroom.

Call 866/407-3843 or visit www.khov.com.

At Eagles Pointe Estates in Woodbridge, K. Hovnanian has a Massachusetts I model available for immediate move-in.

Priced at $643,527, this home also comes with $15,000 toward closing costs with the use of the preferred lender.

The home has 4,032 finished square feet, with four bedrooms and 41/2 baths. Upgrades to this model include a brick front, a kitchen upgrade, columns and tray ceilings in the living room, a cathedral ceiling in the master suite, cherry hardwood flooring on the main level and a furnished and finished lower level.

Call 866/407-3830 or visit www.khov.com.

Lennar Corp. has a Drake model available at Cramers Ridge in Triangle, priced at $606,308. This four-bedroom, 31/2-bath home has been accessorized with a kitchen including granite counters, upgraded cabinets and stainless steel appliances; hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and sunroom; upgraded trim; a bay window in the dining room; and a gas fireplace with a granite surround in the family room.

Call 703/221-5674 or visit www.lennar.com.

At Spriggs Run Estates in Woodbridge, Lennar has an Edinburg model home available for $646,941. This home has four bedrooms and 41/2 baths, and it has been improved with a kitchen that includes granite counters, upgraded cabinets and stainless steel appliances; hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and sunroom; upgraded trim; a bay window in the dining room; a bay window in the library; and a gas fireplace with a granite surround in the family room.

Call 703/580-4900 or visit www.lennar.com.

Pulte Homes Inc. has several homes available for immediate delivery at Mayfield Trace in Manassas.

A Jamestown model, priced at $623,300, has been expanded from 2,972 to 3,600 finished square feet. This four-bedroom home has 21/2 baths and has been upgraded with a master-suite sitting room and a Florida room.

An Emory model, expanded from 2,565 to 3,600 finished square feet, is priced at $600,850.

This four-bedroom, 21/2-bath home has been upgraded with a finished lower level and a kitchen that includes a breakfast area.

Call 703/331-2157 or visit www.pulte.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. has several single-family homes available for immediate delivery in different sections of Dominion Valley Country Club. A Hampton Colonial model in the Estate Collection, priced at $899,975, has 4,800 finished square feet with four bedrooms, four baths and a powder room, plus a three-car garage.

The homesite includes an upgraded landscaping package. This home includes full golf membership and has an upgraded kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Call 703/753-5232 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

Toll Bros. also has a Lindenhurst model available from the Tournament Collection at Dominion Valley Country Club, priced at $599,975. This home has three bedrooms, 31/2 baths and a two-car garage.

This decorated model home is an end unit with large windows on three sides, a vaulted ceiling in the living room, a formal dining room and a family room with a fireplace.

The second floor has a balcony overlooking the first floor and a master suite with a walk-in closet and a bath with a separate shower and tub.

The model home furniture is available, and the home includes a walk-out to an area with trees. Call 703/754-9472 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

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