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Number crunching at the Fall Parade of homes

The comfortable weather of the past two weeks has been bringing interested visitors by the thousands to the Fall Parade of Homes. Sales agents are reporting that individuals were lined up outside the door in anticipation of visiting their home.

The weather forecast projected for the rest of this week ensures that attendance will stay strong. It certainly looks like this year’s parade will be one of the largest ever.

Sales representatives showing the 136 new homes have been bombarded by a flurry of questions in the first two weeks. Financial matters are front and centre. Interested buyers are particularly enamoured with the low mortgage rates available now and for the foreseeable future. Many show homes display samples of mortgage calculations; some promote banks and credit unions that are able to assist buyers and all have a calculator handy.

Given that most people visit a variety of new homes in the parade, it is inevitable that comparison shopping and the addition of different features arise. For instance, sales representatives have been asked the cost of changing flooring to something that was seen elsewhere. Kitchen countertops and cabinets are also candidates for changes. Bathrooms are always popular design topics. And, of course, closet space, storage, entertainment areas and ease of traffic flow in the home all remain popular discussion topics among interested visitors. Feel free to ask about changes to the display model. After all, you want to make sure that your new home fits your lifestyle perfectly.

Manitobans are more energy conscious than any other province. This is particularly true of those considering moving from their older home to a brand new one. Technology improves every year and, although Manitoba’s new homes have been the most energy efficient in Canada for a number of years, they still continue to get better.

Many interested prospective buyers come fully equipped with their existing heating bills, water usage numbers, furnace efficiency rating and even some R values for their discussions. A quick comparison showing considerable savings in a new home contributes to the economic viability of buying new.

As was said in last weeks’ column, if you don’t know, don’t be afraid to ask. The show home representatives have a wealth of information and, if they don’t immediately know the answer, they can find out and get back to you.

Remember, the 2016 Fall Parade of Homes continues through Sunday, Oct. 2. Show homes are open Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Parade magazines are available at Steinbach Credit Union or online at homebuilders.mb.ca. Find your next home at the Fall Parade of Homes.

Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.

Mike Moore
September 24

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Top tips for a successful Parade of Homes experience

The 2016 Fall Parade of Homes has started in fine fashion. Crowds for the first week have been terrific and the weather has been a pleasant mix of warm and cool, so you could take your pick of prime new-home-visiting weather. For the benefit of Parade veteran and rookie attendees, the Manitoba Home Builders Association offers the following tips for a successful parade:

Wear comfortable slip-on shoes

There are 136 fantastic new homes available to visit. Although you likely won’t get to all of them, you will find yourself trying to get to as many as possible. Many of the new neighbourhoods have multiple homes being shown, so you will probably park in one location and walk to all of the homes in that area. Upon entering each new home, you must take off your street shoes in order to tour. Given that some subdivisions have more than 10 homes open for viewing and you don’t want to miss a thing, that’s a lot of bending and lacing. Therefore, be sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes that easily slip on and off. It will make your visit that much more enjoyable.

Plot a map of homes to visit

If you have a particular destination site, make sure you look for additional homes along the way to visit. Many of the locations are in close proximity to each other and it’s easy to get to a number of them in one tour. Bring along your parade magazine or follow the listings on your smart phone.

Don’t forget the one-offs

Although there is tremendous variety in those neighbourhoods that have multiple homes, make sure you visit those areas with a single or just a few listings. There are entire new neighbourhoods to discover and builders with unique designs. That hidden gem might just be your next new home.

Talk to the agents

The sales agents know their show homes. Ask them about anything — unique features, energy savings, specific materials and what makes this particular home special. These individuals are a wealth of knowledge and will make your visit interesting and informative.

Have fun

The Parade of Homes is an enjoyable three weeks during which you can see the latest and greatest in new homes. You can go as fast or slow as you want, taking in the big picture or concentrating on a detail. You can visit each home as often as you want, so as not to miss a thing. It’s all about what interests you. Enjoy the 2016 Fall Parade of Homes.

Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba

Home Builders’ Association.

Mike Moore
September 17

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Fall Parade of Homes has something for everyone

The 2016 Fall Parade of Homes officially opens at noon today and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2. This year, the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) is proud to present 134 new homes on display for everyone to enjoy. Once again, we are proud to present the largest and best parade of homes in Canada.

Each show home has staff ready to share with you the unique and special features of that home. Ask about the builders, suppliers and materials during your visit. After all, MHBA new home builders pride themselves on building the best new homes in Canada. Each visitor is sure to come away with new ideas and concepts to incorporate into their new home.

This year, 38 different builders are featuring the finest new homes in 39 separate neighbourhoods. Single-family detached homes, townhouses and condominiums are on display. Whether you are interested in a bungalow or a two-storey home, it’s all here. In addition to Winnipeg, there will be show homes located in 10 other cities and towns, expanding and serving a larger audience. Quality, choice and affordability are all key components for each new home.

The Fall Parade of Homes has something for everyone. If you’re looking for that first, new home, this is your opportunity to see the widest variety at one time. If you’re considering selling your existing home for more space, less space, more yard, less yard, newer amenities and a different design, everything that you could possibly be looking for is featured at the Fall Parade of Homes. If you’re thinking of making some changes in your existing home, nowhere else will you see so many new and dynamic building styles and techniques as the Fall Parade of Homes. If you just want to see the best of the best and envision your dream home, this is the place to do it. Your new home dream starts with the Fall Parade of Homes.

If you missed the Parade magazine in your Winnipeg Free Press home delivery, it is available online at www.homebuilders.mb.ca or www.winnipegfreepress.com. You can also pick up a copy at any Steinbach Credit Union. Come early and come often to the Fall Parade of Homes.

Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association

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show home hours:

Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Show homes are closed on Fridays except by prior appointment.

Mike Moore
September 10

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Last day for Spring Parade of Homes

The formal portion of the 2016 Spring Parade of Homes ends today at 6 p.m., but, there’s no need to worry — most of the show homes that have been part of the Parade will remain open for viewing. The weather has been outstanding this year, and large crowds have seen what these 123 new homes offer. This year’s entrants were an amazing collection of design, style, quality, craftsmanship and choice.

The Fall and Spring Parade of Homes are two showcase events hosted by the Manitoba Home Builders Association to demonstrate the best the new home building industry has to offer. Whether you’re in the market for a new home, considering a change or just looking for ideas for your current home, nowhere else is there such a collection of concepts.

What many people may not know is these show homes are open year round for viewing. The hours may be slightly different than during the Parade, but the sales representatives in the new homes are still available to help you with your search for the perfect home. So, if you need to take another look at a couple of homes before making your decision, they are ready to welcome you.

If you recall visiting a neighbourhood or series of homes that especially interested you, but you have lost your Parade magazine, don’t worry — all the pertinent information is still available at the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association website, www.homebuilders.mb.ca. The entire Fall Parade magazine will remain online right up until next year’s Spring Parade.

You can also access the magazine via the Winnipeg Free Press website at www.winnipegfreepress.com. There may also still be some physical copies remaining at your nearby Steinbach Credit Union.

Today is also your last chance to cast your votes for the homes you think should win in the awards competition. Simply visit the show home, text the number and rank the homes.

Thank you to all of the many partners who worked together to create a fantastic Spring Parade of Homes. This event gets better every year with the best new homes in all of Canada being showcased at one time. Remember, show homes stay open beyond the Parade dates, so there is plenty of opportunity to re-visit what just might be your new home.

Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association

By Mike Moore
March 26

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