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LEVITT HOMES WILL ASSIST HURRICANE VICTIMS WITH NEW HOME BUILDING PROGRAM

 LEVITT HOMES WILL ASSIST HURRICANE VICTIMS
 WITH NEW HOME BUILDING PROGRAM
 BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Andrew will be assisted by Levitt Homes which announced today an offer to build brand-new housing at "near cost" pricing from $69,990 to $99,990.
 With a 60-year-plus history of building more than 160,000 homes, Levitt has selected eight different designs for new homes that can be built on compatible homesites in the hurricane-devastated areas.
 The Florida-based community development company will make the program announcement Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, in full-page advertisements in The Miami Herald. Special housing advisors will be available by toll-free telephone (800-741-5110) from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to answer inquiries, beginning Saturday.
 "This program was designed to help owners get started on building a new home with CBS concrete block construction on their existing homesite", commented Harvey P. Rafofsky, executive vice president.
 "Many whose homes were destroyed beyond reasonable repair have expressed the hope that they could build again on their own land, in their own neighborhood area," he said. "That is why we selected those Levitt designs most adaptable to single-family building sites and arranged price ranges close to our costs."
 Since relocating here from New York in 1978, Levitt has built more than 30 communities on both Florida coasts, including sales to second and third generation owners who had previously owned homes in Levitt- built developments in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
 "People want to rebuild on their own land with someone they know and trust, rather than be forced to move out of the area in which they have already established their family roots and ties," Rafofsky said. "We want to help them accomplish that goal, as soon as possible."
 Each new Levitt home will carry the H.O.W. (Home Owners Warranty), a 10-year insured buyer protection plan for structural integrity offered through the Home Owners Warranty Corp. in Washington, D.C., a program originally formulated by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
 Residential designs offered will include both one and two-story designs with three or four bedrooms and two or two and one-half baths. Some models include breakfast areas or eat-in style kitchens, vaulted ceilings options of den or extra bedroom and either a one or two-car garage. Each new home will include a fully sodded lawn and a landscaping package designed for its homesite.
 Standard features in all of the Levitt-built homes will include CBS block construction with fiberglass shingle roofs, wall-to-wall carpeting, insulated steel entry doors, fully equipped kitchens (major appliances), and central air and heating systems. Other options may be made available, according to the model selected and homesite adaptability, Rafofsky said.
 Levitt Homes, established in 1929, was the builder of the innovative Levittown communities and currently is active in homebuilding in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C.-Virginia, and suburban San Juan, Puerto Rico, an area in which it has built single-family homes since the early 1960s.
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 /CONTACT: Janis R. Ehlers of Levitt Homes, 407-482-5100/ CO: Levitt Homes ST: Florida IN: CST SU:


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