Twin Cities Fall 2013 Parade of Homes(sm) Opens September 7th

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This is the 65th Fall Parade of Homes presented by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and continues the tradition of showcasing the best in new home construction all across the region. Fall 2013 features 324 new homes open to tour, free.

Twin Cities Fall 2013 Parade of Homes Opens September 7th.

Homes on the tour range from $179,900 to $2,180,000

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is proud to present the Fall 2013 Parade of Homes. Models are open September 7 through 29, 2013, Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6:00 pm. In its 65th 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 324 new homes open this fall. 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 August 23rd.

The Parade of Homes will again feature the Green Path Energy Efficient Home Tour in partnership with Xcel Energy. Over 40 percent (140 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.

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 #108 by Nor-Son, Inc. in Chaska at $1,870,000; #114 by Charles Cudd DeNovo in Wayzata at $1,994,000; and #282 by Divine Custom Homes in Afton at $2,180,000

Integrated Online Options
The comprehensive website, http://www.ParadeofHomes.org, is designed to make touring for visitors even easier. There is 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 log-in and then automatically plan the best tour route with the new 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 $179,900 to $2,180,000
The Parade of Homes offers homes all across the price spectrum. The lowest priced home is #194, a $179,900 four-bedroom single-family home by Shamrock Builders and located in Big Lake. The most expensive home is #282, one of our Dream Homes. The Afton home is by Divine Custom Homes and priced at $2,180,000. There are a total of 22 homes priced over $1,000,000 and 37 priced under $300,000.

Homes Located Across the Extended Metro Area
Homes are located throughout the region, both close in and exurban. Closer in, there are two single-family homes each in Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are 10 homes in Edina. Other close-in cities on the tour include Bloomington, St. Louis Park and Roseville. As the economy improves, more homes are appearing in further out suburbs like Big Lake, Elko/New Market, Wyoming and New Prague. The majority, however, are in the growing suburban areas, including 23 in Plymouth, 22 each in Blaine and Woodbury, 19 in Lakeville and 16 in Maple Grove.

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 certification program providing healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes to buyers and homeowners.

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