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CTHBA kicks off Parade of Homes

CTHBA kicks off Parade of Homes

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Harker Heights Evening Star

This past weekend kicked off the Central Texas Home Builder Association “Parade of Homes” tour. The event started on Thursday for realtors, as they got a chance to look at the homes and vote for them for the awards. This past weekend and next the homes are open to the public to go and view and check what is new in the home building sector.

“Extremely pleased, very happy with sponsors. We wouldn’t be able to do it without their support. The parade committee has worked extremely hard for the last six months and they have done a great job. This year we have revamped the parade with advertising on television, radio banners and having realtor buses embark on the tour,” said Adam Parker , president Central Texas Home Builders Association. “New design on the awards this year they look real classy, they will show off really well in the offices that win them.”

This year there will not be a cost to attend the Parade of Homes instead each home showcased will have a donation jar for a selected charity. This year the charity that partnered with the Parade of Homes is Bell County Habitat for Humanity.

“This is a special event where our builders get to show off their work, the “new of the new” and the “best of the best”! Go out this weekend and check out the homes. Go online at www.cthbaparadeofhomes.com, where you can see the winners, and get the route online,” said Jeff Lackmeyer. “This will be going on the the second and third weekends of this month, rain or shine.”

On Friday night, there was a kick-off banquet and awards ceremony for the homes on the parade. This year the realtors got to participate with FHAAR for the award of “Best Curb Appeal.”

Staci Perez, executive officer, Central Texas Home Builders Association said. “The parade committee has been outstanding. We are not charging to attend the parade this year, but giving people a chance to donate to the Habitat for Humanity.”

“This is everyone’s chance to come out and see the premier homes in the area, the “best of the best”. We had realtors that were from Austin, tour the homes and they were amazed at the quality of house for the price listed you could get around here,” said Michael DeHart, CEO, Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors (FHAAR).

This past weekend kicked off the Central Texas Home Builder Association “Parade of Homes” tour.  The event started on Thursday for realtors, as they got a chance to look at the homes and vote for them for the awards. This past weekend and next the homes are open to the public to go and view and check what is new in the home building sector.

“Extremely pleased, very happy with sponsors. We wouldn’t be able to do it without their support. The parade committee has worked extremely hard for the last six months and they have done a great job. This year we have revamped the parade with advertising on television, radio banners and having  realtor buses embark on the tour,” said Adam Parker , president Central Texas Home Builders Association. “New design on the awards this year they look real classy, they will show off really well in the offices that win them.”

“This is a special event where our builders get to show off their work, the “new of the new” and the “best of the best!” Go out this weekend and check out the homes. Go online at www.cthbaparadeofhomes.com, where you can see the winners, and get the route online,” said Jeff Lackmeyer. “This will be going on the the second and third weekends of this month, rain or shine.”

On Friday night there was a kick-off banquet and awards ceremony for the event.

“We have had a lot of traffic and feedback from people, they just love the homes.” Jeanette Roebuck, Symphony Homes.

“About sixty people came through today. It has been a really good tour this year, especially for the first day it kicked off. This is a new floor plan showed off in this area and has gotten great reviews.” Glenda Dale Rosario

All day on Saturday, you could see people clutching the Parade of Homes tour magazines, that included the map and all the information on the homes and sponsors, as they got in out of their cars and checked out homes on the tour. Some people were looking for their first home, others that were ready to upgrade and some were checking out homes from their favorite builder.

“I love it! This is really nice. I am looking for a Carothers Home. I currently look about once a week for that perfect home.” Donna Ramierez, Killeen resident.

Each builder has it’s own distinguishing features that make their home unique. One such builder was Lennar, they had a floor plan that included the “NextGen” suite. This feature includes a “home within a home” making it ideal for an aged parent, an adult child coming back home after transitioning from college or a special needs child that would need a space of their own after they are grownup. The space is also ideal for using as a “man cave”, entertaining or an attached “pool house.”

“Been a remarkable day, non-stop traffic. People have been pleasantly surprised when they see this floor plan. There is a big need in this area to have parents live with their children. In a military town, where parents go on deployment the need for home like this is gaining in popularity,” said Sonya Kelley, sales consultant, Lennar Homes.

Dawn Boyd from Keller, Texas was touring the homes with daughter to help her, as she was looking for a new home in the area.

“I have enjoyed the tour and all the upgrades. I love how the subdivisions are close to schools. This tour is great for people just getting to the area, to get to know the neighborhoods and all the kinds of homes available in the area,” said Boyd.

About

Lindsay (known as Starr) is a veteran who served in the Army for 4 years. She is originally from Ohio and has been living in Texas since the 90's. She is a lover of all things food and enjoys spending time with her family and meeting new people. She knows no strangers.

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