Parade of Homes

Advertisement

Parade of Homes

Spring Parade of Homes helped by warm weather

The weather of the past two weeks has helped bring interested visitors by the thousands to the Spring Parade of Homes. Opening weekend was unseasonably warm and this weekend looks to be another winner.

With weekends like these, sales agents were reporting that individuals were lined up outside the door in anticipation of visiting the homes. Traffic throughout the rest of the week stayed strong. It certainly looks like this year’s parade will be one of the largest ever.

Sales representatives showing the 132 new homes have been bombarded with a flurry of questions in the first two weeks. Financial items are front and centre. Interested buyers are particularly enamored with the low mortgage rates that remain available. Some 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 counter top and cabinets also stimulate discussions for changes. Bathrooms are always popular design topics.

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 home. Technology improves every year and, although Manitoba new homes have been the most energy-efficient in Canada for a number of years, they still continue to get better.

The variety and choice of new neighbourhoods has also been a huge drawing card for visitors this year. Looking at the map of areas, one sees that there is excellent distribution throughout all four quadrants of the city. Added to that are new homes in Headingley, Stonewall, Brandon, Oak Bluff, La Salle, Grande Pointe, Niverville, Oakbank, Dugald and East St. Paul. The options have never been better.

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 2017 Spring Parade of Homes continues through Sunday, March 26. Show homes are open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m..

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

Mike Moore
March 18

Parade of Homes

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

Browse Homes

Browse by Building Type