Met with our realtor and a Ryan Homes sales representative this afternoon. We toured a Sienna model that was under construction in the Waterford Landing development. We really liked what we saw. The space is a little cramped but we could get all of the upgrades we want and still be below our targeted monthly payments (which is never a bad thing!). The morning room, finished basement, powder room in basement, stone exterior with beaded vinyl, 10x12 deck, garage door openers, gas stove, and x5 fan upgrades to name some of the big ones. We were not able to view the Florence model, which is the next highest house. We did not have time to discuss option pricings on this model as Caleb was getting bored and we had a scheduled viewing of a used Sienna model that is on the market.
We toured the Sienna model that is on the market (2010 building completion). It did not have upgrades (which is why we toured it...that way we could get an idea of what the house comes with since the model home has all the fancy upgrades).
There are a few open lots in the Waterford Landing development still open for sale in this phase. We really like one of them. It has a pond with a fountain across the street and the 2 lots behind us are huge and pie shaped with us being right in the middle. So we would not have a house directly behind us. They offered to waive the $3000 premium lot fee.
In addition, they are going to see if the company will give us 2 military discounts since we are both active duty. One could hope!
We discussed the pros and cons of buying with this developer over the past few days. We have decided to go ahead with building a home through them. Tomorrow we will get the pricing of the Florence model with the options we want. We are also going to see if they will take the deposit for the land and give us a window of time to make a decision on the Sienna or Florence as we have already been preapproved.