Have you ever driven by an impressive house and wondered about the interior? Are you in need of redecorating or remodeling ideas for your next home project? You would be wise to circle the weekends of September 17-18 and 24-25 on your calendar and take advantage of all the Fall Parade of Homes has to offer.
The Fall Parade of Homes is one of the area’s biggest events. Sponsored by the Home Builders’ Association of Fargo-Moorhead (HBA), the event began in 1999. The organization’s Spring Parade of Homes, however, dates back to 1958. The event began as a way for the building industry to showcase its products and members.
“It was an innovative way for the Association to promote a community-wide event for its members and combine advertising reach by pooling resources,” explained Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer for the HBA. “It’s been extremely successful over the years, so leaders decided to start a Fall Parade of Homes in 1999, and that event has been going strong ever since.
What is the HBA?
When asked to define the HBA in her own words, Johnson replied, “We are a trade organization for the building industry, and give our members a collective voice when dealing with any local, state, and national governmental changes in regulation that increase the cost of housing for the residential buyer or homeowner who wishes to remodel.”
The organization also provides opportunities for members to promote themselves at events like the Parade of Homes and the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. “We also offer networking opportunities within the organization for members to get to know each other, and offer a multitude of cost-saving benefits,” Johnson explained.
What is the Parade of Homes?
Johnson has been with the HBA for 24 years and has seen the popularity of the Parade of Homes continue to surge. “It’s a great way for residents to actually experience the homes our members build, and the products used within them, first hand,” she said. “Many people enjoy getting out, stretching their legs, and seeing the many design and decorating trends in the homes. Even if they (the homes) aren’t on the market to buy new, it gives them a lot of ideas for their existing homes.”
A fairly new part of the Parade of Homes involves remodeling. Now in its fifth year, the Remodeled Home Tour takes place in conjunction with the Fall Parade of Home’s final weekend and is organized by the HBA’s Remodelers Council. “It allows the public to see the dramatic updates that can be made to existing homes by our professional remodelers and trade contractors,” Johnson explained. “It’s a unique perspective to be able to tour existing housing stock that has been significantly updated.”
The Parade of Homes will feature 55 houses ranging in price from $219,915 to $1,395,000. “We will have two luxurious featured homes priced over $750,000,” Johnson said, adding that there is a $5 charge to tour the two homes. All proceeds will be donated to the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the HBA.
How Can I Purchase Tickets?
The HBA is utilizing a new mobile app and website to go along with the event. Whether you want to purchase the $5 ticket to tour the luxurious homes or reserve your free general admission ticket to the entire parade, you can take advantage of the app and the convenience it affords. “By using these new digital tools, you can browse information on each home, see the maps and plan your route, and see additional information and photos not included in the magazine,” Johnson explained.
The HBA is always looking for new homes to feature on either the Parade of Homes or the Remodeled Home Tour. “If there are any homeowners out there who would like to show off their transformations, they should contact our office at (701) 232-5846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t have to just be interior, we’d love to have some patios, decks, and landscaping as well.
The Fall Parade of Homes takes place September 17-18 and 24-25 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm, with the Remodeled Home Tour added to the last weekend. More information on both can be obtained at www.hbafm.com.
By Jamee Larson