Spring Parade of Homes(sm) and Remodelers Showcase(sm)

Last fall, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities combined its two fall events: the Parade of Homes, which features new construction houses, and the three-day Remodelers Showcase, featuring remodeled kitchens, additions and owner's suites. It was the first time the two shows were linked.

Now, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities is combining the two events again for the Spring Parade of Homes Tour. This year's event features 366 model homes in 83 communities throughout the Twin Cities. Prices range from $129,900 for a home in Elk River to $2.4 million for an estate in Credit River Township. Most of the houses are in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.

That is with purpose, too. Ever since the shaky economy and tighter financing hit the real estate market, some Twin Cities builders have been adapting their designs, downsizing floor plans, and offering lower-cost materials.

Builders also are paying close attention to what new home buyers really want. Amenities like expansive master bathrooms, formal dining rooms, Venetian plaster finishes, and luxe lower levels are no longer "necessities".

Additionally, the St. Paul home featured in the TV show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition," will be open for viewing March 27 and 28.

The Parade of Homes Spring Preview runs Thursdays through Sundays beginning on March 5-28. The homes are open for tours from Noon to 6 p.m. each of those days.

The Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase takes place Friday, March 26th through Sunday, March 28th. The homes are open from Noon through 6:00 pm

Guidebooks are available at Twin Cities Holiday Station Stores and at http://www.paradeofhomes.org/.





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