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Spring Parade of Homes- coming soon!

The Spring Parade of Homes is right around the corner!  The Parade is hosted by The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBAGKC).  The Parade runs April 28 through May 13, 2018. Homes will be open from 11 a.m to 6 p.m daily with free admission.One of the best parts?  HBAGKC is once again partnering with Harvesters, so you can do good for the community as you’re checking out beautiful properties!  The HBAGKC will be accepting non-perishable food items at its headquarters at 103rd and I-435 in KCMO as well as donations via its website.To date, there are 352 homes on the Parade coming from over 90 builders!  There is a helpful tool so you can sort, filter and narrow your search based on a number of criteria.  This link takes you to a full listing of Parade entries.

Parade entry search filters

  • Builder
  • Location
  • School District
  • Type
  • Baths
  • Region
  • Subdivision
  • Price
  • Bedrooms
  • Amenities

Based on the success of last fall’s Parade of Homes, the Spring Parade should be fabulous.  According to HBAGKC, eighty-eight percent of consumers surveyed said they would rate the Fall Parade of Homes as good and/or excellent.  Why do people visit a Parade of Homes?  Why should you?  Twenty-six percent of folks polled said the main reason they visited homes on the Parade was to look for a new home to purchase. Seeing the latest design trends was another popular answer.New construction continues to be hot-hot-hot as evidenced by the number of single-family building permits issued in 2017.  The numbers come via Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report.  The report shows permits issued, by city.

Permits issued by city

  • Olathe – 638 permits issued
  • Lee’s Summit – 468 permits issued
  • Overland Park – 462 permits issued
  • Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County – 309 permits issued
  • Kansas City, MO – 935 permits issued

If you are thinking about new construction, consider this:  many people don’t realize that the builder’s agent only represents the builder.  Sure, they know a lot about the neighborhood and the builder…but they are the builder’s agent.  You need representation (as a buyer) by a licensed, knowledgeable agent.  We have experience with builders on both sides of the state line and would love to help you with your dream home…from the ground up!Your agent will discuss all options with you; new construction and resale.  Once you determine that new construction makes the most sense for you, she will help you evaluate and select a building lot and options.  Lot location and certain options/upgrades absolutely come into play when it comes to future resale value.  It might make sense to wait and install some options after construction, while others end up costing you more if not done during construction, before closing.  All of this can be worked through with our dedicated team.Another great addition to last fall’s parade was the introduction of a mobile app.  It was downloaded by more than 1,700 Parade-goers. Survey respondents offered good feedback on ways to improve the app moving forward, including adding a way to select or save favorites on the app and adding maps of the three regions (Missouri North, Missouri South and Kansas) to the app. The HBAGKC says they will review all the suggestions and work to improve the app for the Spring 2018 Parade.  Stay tuned!  It should be fantastic and very user-friendly.*images courtesy of Parade of Homes KC

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