The Builders Association of the Twin Cities’ Fall Parade of Homes began this weekend and will run through October 2. The parade features 278 model homes in 74 cities this year.
The Parade of Homes is one of the top local marketing events for new homes throughout the Twin Cities metro area. In a sign of the times, the number of homes featured is down from 331 homes in 2010, 325 in 2009 and 497 in 2008. At its peak in 2006, 1,210 homes were shown off in the fall Parade.
But the Twin Cities Parade of Homes is one of the most successful events of its kind in the country and 278 is still plenty of homes to explore. They range in price from a $129,900 attached home in Andover to a $2.6 million custom home in Edina. About 70% of the homes are listed below $500,000.
As the Parade of Homes has been shrinking, the Remodelers Showcase has been growing, reflecting a trend in which some people have improved their homes to make due instead of trying to sell. The Remodeler’s Showcase, which runs September 30 through October 2, features 86 entries, compared with 74 last year and 94 in 2009. The spring Remodeler’s Showcase displayed 69 remodeled homes. The combined 165 entries for this year’s spring and fall shows exceeded BATC’s estimate of 140.
Visit Parade of Homes online.