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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:00 am

The Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter is hosting its annual Parade of Homes from Feb. 22 through March 2.

For prospective homebuyers and remodelers this is the occasion in which you can meet the builders and inspect their work first hand. This year’s Parade of Homes is the biggest one in the last six years with new homes and remodeling projects available for viewing from South Lake County to Lady Lake and Sumter County. 

According to Executive Director Carolyn Maimone, this year’s Parade of Homes will feature 22 new homes, six designer remodels, two customer showrooms, and two virtual projects -- a new home and a remodeled home. Maimone said, “We’ve got something for everybody and these virtual projects allow clients the luxury of participating without leaving their house.” Maimone was quick to point out that the Parade homes will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Feb. 22 through March 1, and from noon to 5 p.m., on March 2.

Remodeled projects will be available for viewing during the first weekend only. Showroom entries are “Open Houses” in builder offices, which allow visitors to see the various scopes of work and projects a builder offers in the comfort of a showroom.

For most builders, the Parade of Homes is “bling-time” and most projects will feature all of the newest bells and whistles in home construction. From Energy Smart homes to Net Zero homes, visitors will see how the latest in technology is being used to create homes of the future.

A Parade home is an interior designer’s dream and most of them are fully “tricked out” with the latest in home décor. Because these homes are competing for awards and recognition from the HBA Lake-Sumter, builders go all out in their presentations.

If you want great ideas for your next home or remodeling project, the Parade of Homes has plenty to offer. Builders and qualified representatives will be available at each Parade home to answer questions, provide information, and discuss the features of the project.

Don’t be bashful. If the builder allows it, take pictures and bring a ruler to measure actual features in the home. Most importantly, take good notes and gather contact information for websites and emails for future questions. For those planning a project, this is your interview time for your potential builder.

The Parade of Homes is the time of year in which a potential homebuyer can freely walk into a project with little trepidation, because staff is in place and the welcome mat is rolled out. Unlike walking into a builder model during most times of the year, you can look freely without the glare and persistence of a salesperson. Because of the crowds visiting the homes, most find these parade events the best time to actually shop.

Visiting the homes during a Parade of Homes is a great way to spend a day. Be warned, you will fall in love with many of the homes and find yourself comparing one to another. Plus, this year, the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter is using their Parade as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter, and you could help someone in need get their first home.

There is no cost to visit homes in the Parade and guidebooks will be available throughout the area or at the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter office located at 1100 North Joanna Avenue in Tavares. To assist parade attendees, each home will have directional signs set out from the main throughways.

For directions or information, call the HBA of Lake-Sumter office at 352-343-7101.

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