ROSEVILLE, MINN. (February 2022) — Housing First Minnesota is proud to present the 2022 Spring 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 spring, there are 347 homes on the tour open 12-6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays from March 12-April 10, 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 or purchase an all-access pass. Proceeds from the Dream Homes go to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to help them build and remodel homes for Minnesotans in need.
Introducing the Parade of Homes First-Time Homebuyer $10K Giveaway
In our continued commitment to expanding the opportunity for homeownership for everyone, everywhere in our state, we’re proud to launch the Parade of Homes First-Time Homebuyer $10K Giveaway! First-time homebuyers who meet the giveaway qualifications can enter the $10K down payment giveaway now through April 10 to win $10,000 toward their first home.
For so many Minnesotans, the prospect of owning a home is tantalizingly close and within their means, but day-to-day expenses prevent them from saving enough to secure that initial down payment. Their dream of homeownership is just out of reach. To help these hardworking Minnesotans buy their very first home, the Housing First Minnesota and its Parade of Homes have launched this down payment assistance drawing and giveaway.
Guidebook Features 347 Homes and More
The guidebook is free and is available at area Holiday Stationstores and Kowalski’s Markets starting Feb. 28 and in an electronic version online at ParadeofHomes.org. The guidebook showcases all Parade HomesSM 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 Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) 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
Once again, the Spring Parade of Homes features Housing First Minnesota’s Homeownership is all of it campaign with the goal to help impact attainability and affordability of homeownership in Minnesota.
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 Dream Homes and the Remodeled Dream Home open the final weekend for a discounted price. All-access passes must be purchased online. The Dream Homes are:
- #3 by Highmark Builders, Inc. in Minnetonka
- #64 by Swanson Homes in Maple Grove
- #207 by West Luxe Design and Build in St. Croix Falls
- #226 by McDonald Construction in Woodbury
- #342 by M & M Home Contractors, Inc. in Edina
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.
Prices Range from $ 285,000 to $2,775,000
Parade Homes range across the price spectrum. The lowest priced home is #138 starting at $285,000. The 2-bedroom, 1.75-bath twin-home is located in North Branch and built by Melby Homes, LLC.
The most expensive home on the tour is Dream Home #342 at $2.67 million. The 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom home is located in Edina and built by M & M Home Contractors, Inc.
There are 26 homes priced over $1,000,000 and 33 priced under $400,000.
Homes Located Across the Extended Metro Area
Homes are located throughout the region, with Lakeville (38), Blaine (20), Dayton (14), Woodbury (14), and Cottage Grove (11) having the most homes to tour. Closer in, Edina (4), North St. Paul (2), and Roseville (2) are all represented on the tour. Outlying cities with Parade Homes include St. Croix Falls, Norwood Young America, Wyoming and Fairbault.
Housing First Minnesota is 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.