Spring 2014 Parade of Homes Opens March 1st

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The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is proud to present the Spring 2014 Parade of Homes. Models are open March 1st through the 30th, 2014, Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6:00 pm. In its 66th year, the Parade of Homes continues to offer area families the most comprehensive opportunity to see the wide variety of new homes on the market today, opening with 390 new homes this spring. All are free to tour with the exception of three Dream Homes that request a $5.00 donation, which goes to support our charitable arm, the BATC Foundation.

The comprehensive Guidebook again features all of the homes plus editorial including stories from real homebuyers, listings of special events, top design trends, and more. Guidebooks are available at area Holiday Stationstores beginning February 15th.

The Parade of Homes will again feature the Green Path Energy Tour in partnership with Xcel Energy. Over 40 percent (170 homes) on the tour have been tested by an independent energy rater and will feature a MN Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR) that documents the home’s HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score, allowing home buyers to compare expected energy use between homes.

Three extraordinary homes on the tour have been selected by the BATC Foundation as Dream Homes, and will help the Foundation build and remodel homes for area families in need. Visitors will be asked to pay a $5.00 donation to tour each Dream Home. The three homes are #282 by TC Homebuilders in Edina and priced at $2,495,000; #297 by Hendel Homes in Woodland and priced at $2,249,000; and #361 by BohLand Homes in Plymouth and priced at $2,200,000.

Integrated Online Options

The comprehensive website, www.ParadeofHomes.org, is designed to make touring for visitors even easier. There are a wide variety of search filters online, from price to square footage to school district. Additionally, online visitors can save favorites to their own personal login and then automatically plan the best tour route with the Trip Planner. The interconnected m.ParadeofHomes.org gives visitors mobile-friendly access to all of the main site’s features from their smart phones and tablets, too.

Prices range from $174,900 to $2,494,000

The Parade of Homes offers homes all across the price spectrum. The lowest priced home is #45, a $174,900, two-bedroom split entry single family home by Progressive Builders, Inc. and located in Otsego. The most expensive home is #282, is one of our Dream Homes. The Edina residence is by TC Custom Home Builders and priced at $2,494,000. There are a total of 28 homes priced over $1,000,000 and 47 priced under $300,000.

Homes Located Across the Extended Metro Area

Homes are located throughout the region. Close-in, there are four homes located in Minneapolis,12 in Edina, two in Golden Valley and one each in Roseville, St. Louis Park and Maplewood. Homes are also located on the outskirts of the region including Faribault, Waconia, Monticello, Zimmerman, Stacy, Hudson and Hastings. The growing suburbs account for the largest number of homes and include 27 in Blaine, 14 in Chaska, 24 in Lakeville, 16 in Maple Grove, 23 in Plymouth, and 26 in Woodbury.

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is the leading voice for builders and remodelers. BATC represents 1,100 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers with a mission of helping its members grow their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. BATC is widely recognized as a powerful force at the state Legislature and with state regulatory agencies. It’s also known for its twice-a-year signature events: The Parade of HomesSM and Remodelers Showcase®. In addition, BATC offers Minnesota’s Green PathSM, a growing new home and remodeling labeling and certification program providing healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes to buyers and homeowners.

The 2014 Spring Parade of Homes is sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.