Pulte Homes is hoping to scare up some sales this weekend with a nationwide sale.

The Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based builder is running a Halloween-themed Monster Sale Friday through Sunday only. All of its 51 markets are participating in some way in the sale, says company spokesperson Melanie Hearsch. The offers vary from market to market and include such incentives as no house payments for a year (Sacramento and Central Valley, Calif.), a year's pre-paid HOA fees (Charlotte, N.C.), no closing costs and 5.875 percent, 30-year fixed rate financing (Phoenix), and price reductions of $10,000 to $40,000 off homes closing in 2007 and $5,000 to $20,000 on homes closing in 2008 (Raleigh, N.C.). Most Pulte, Del Webb, and DiVosta communities are included in the sale, Hearsch says.

Sales centers will be open for extended hours - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - throughout the sale. Many of the sales centers are playing up the theme for the blowout with decorations, offering trick-or-treat goodies to children, having cookouts or serving cider and doughnuts.

"We're hoping the values offered through the Monster Sales might help give our customers a chance to get into a new Pulte home and that it might help buyers lower the asking price on their existing home if needed, or find financing that works best for their lifestyle," Hearsch says. "It also helps us to make inventory homes more appealing to buyers and better time the delivery of our early-2008 deliveries."

Pulte's sale follows last month's "Deal of the Century" event from Hovnanian Enterprises, a three-day national sales promotion that offered such incentives as extra appliances and upgrades valued at up to $100,000. The event produced 1,700 contracts and 400 deposits, both for inventory homes and orders for to-be-built houses.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Charlotte, NC.