Fall Parade of Homes Opens Sept. 10

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Housing First Minnesota is proud to present the 2022 Fall Parade of Homes. The Twin Cities Parade of Homes continues to be the go-to resource for Twin Cities’ families to see, free of charge, the entire gamut of new homes and neighborhoods available across the region. This fall, there are 340 homes on the tour open 12-6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 10-Oct. 2, 2022.

Area families are encouraged to experience the value and benefits of new homes and neighborhoods all across the spectrum of price, style and location during the tour. They’ll also get to see the latest in-home features, finishes, products and colors for those who just love to see what’s new in-home design and décor. All the homes are free to tour, with the exception of five Dream Homes where you’ll be asked to pay a $5 admission. Proceeds from the Dream Homes go to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to help them build and remodel homes for Minnesotans in need.

Guidebook Features 340 Entries and More

The guidebook is free and is available at area Holiday Stationstores and Kowalski’s Markets starting August 30 and in an electronic version online at ParadeofHomes.org. The guidebook showcases all Parade of Homes entries with images, descriptions, maps and prices to make shopping easy. Also, a variety of interesting articles about new homes, homebuying and design trends to inspire readers. Plus, our Minnesota Green Path Energy Tested homes have been independently energy-tested by a certified RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) rater and show testing results on a Minnesota Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR). 

Tour Features the Housing First Network’s Homeownership is all of it Campaign

The Parade of Homes features the Housing First Network’s Homeownership is all of it campaign with the goal to help impact attainability and affordability of homeownership in Minnesota. The Parade of Homes has a proud history presenting the premier homeownership event in Minnesota. We have welcomed Minnesotans to celebrate homeownership for decades and watched our region grow.

Today we find ourselves in a moment of critical importance as we think about those left out of our housing market. This moment calls us to prioritize the cause of homeownership and to inspire Minnesotans to take action.

Signage will be featured throughout the tour directing visitors to HomeownershipMN.org to learn more about lifting barriers to homeownership in the state and encouraging visitors to engage with the campaign on social.

Five Dream Homes Benefit the Housing First Minnesota Foundation

Five high-end homes have been selected by the Housing First Minnesota Foundation as Dream Homes. Visitors are asked for a $5 admission which goes to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation. Dream Home tickets can be purchased online, in the Parade of Homes app or at the homes. The Foundation builds and remodels homes for area families in need.

There is also an option to purchase an all-access pass for the Dream Homes that allows visitors to tour each of the five new Dream Homes and the two Remodeled Dream Homes for a discounted price. All-access passes must be purchased online.

The Dream Homes are:

#88 – Homes by Tradition, LLC|
#142 – Black Dog Homes Co.
#144 – Mark D. Williams Custom Homes, Inc.
#271 – Zawadski Homes, Inc.
#329 – Kootenia Homes

Integrated Online Options

Tour planning can also be done online at ParadeofHomes.org. The site is designed to make touring easy with a wide variety of search filters, from price to square footage to school district. Additionally, online visitors can save favorites to their own personal login and then plan the best tour route with the Tour Planner. The Tour Planner allows you to easily share home listings with others, mix new and remodeled homes together, and plan multiple routes.

The website also includes a link to an electronic version of the entire guidebook, plus a number of resources from mortgage calculators to home maintenance information to virtual tours for those who would prefer to tour from their own home.

Parade of Homes Mobile App

The Parade of Homes mobile app allows visitors to save favorite homes, map routes seamlessly, track home features in the Idea Book, and search builders and remodelers. The app is available under Parade of Homes Minnesota in both the App Store and Google Play store.

Entry Types in the Fall Tour

Parade Home

A Parade Home is the entry type with which you’re likely most familiar. These entries have never been lived in and are either for sale or reproducible on a similar lot. They feature home stats (bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage), home images, a description, directions, and reflect the current market price range.

Coming Soon Neighborhood

Coming Soon Neighborhood entries are new neighborhoods without any homes built yet. These entries have an on- or off-site sales center to learn more about the area and the amenities.

Ready-to-Build Home

Get a full look at the inventory options available for future builds with the Ready-to-Build entries. These entries showcase a floor plan a builder has ready for a homesite. These entries list a location of the future home, and an on- or off -site sales center to learn about the plan available for that site.

Prices Range from $318,000-3,500,000

Parade Homes range across the price spectrum. The lowest priced home is #241 at $318,000 This is a one-level villa style model home by JP Brooks Builders located in Big Lake. The most expensive home open to tour is #271 from Zawadski Homes, Inc. at $3,500,000. This 5,300-square-foot home is located in Shoreview and is one of five Dream Homes on the fall tour.

There are 31 homes priced over $1,000,000 and 19 priced under $400,000.

Homes Located Across the Extended Metro Area

Homes are located throughout the region, with Lakeville (34), Dayton (17), Blaine (16), St. Michael (13) and Cottage Grove (13) having the most homes to tour. Closer in, Minneapolis (2), Edina (2), Hopkins (1) and Roseville (2) are all represented on the tour. Outlying cities with Parade Homes include Faribault (2), St. Croix Falls, WI (1), Prescott, WI (2) and Big Lake (2).

Safety Guidelines

Our highest priority remains everyone’s health and well-being. All visitors are encouraged to review the full safety recommendations at ParadeofHomes.org before heading out to shop.

The Parade of Homes is presented by Housing First Minnesota, the leading voice for builders and remodelers. Housing First Minnesota represents nearly 1,000 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers with a mission of helping its members grow their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. Housing First Minnesota is known for its advocacy at the state Legislature and with state regulatory agencies. It’s also known for its signature home tour events: The Parade of HomesSM, the Remodelers Showcase®, and the Artisan Home Tour®. In addition, Housing First Minnesota offers Minnesota’s Green PathSM, a home and remodeling energy testing and certification program.