Parade of Homes to showcase home construction industry

The Parade of Homes will extend over two weekends this year, offering more time for people to participant in the annual event showcasing the home construction industry in the Grand Valley.

The Housing and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado has scheduled the Parade of Homes for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 to 19 as well as Sept. 25 and 26.

Traci Weinbrecht, executive officer for the local HBA chapter, said the tour was extended in part to accommodate more homes. “We had fewer homes last year, so we had one weekend.”

With real estate activity a little higher than last year, local builders hope people continue to buy and drain some of the excess inventory on the market. The first step in that process is looking at homes.

This year’s Parade of Homes will feature eight homes and the work of Davidson Homes, Griffin Concepts, High Performance Homes, Hinsdale Homes, Maves Construction, Porter Homes and Western Constructors.

Rob Griffin owns Griffin Concepts and also serves as president of the local HBA chapter. His Parade home was the only one under construction by his company in mid-August. But Griffin said he’s looking forward to a more substantial rebound in the local real estate market. “I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Tickets for the self-guided home tour sell for $10 and will be available at City Market stores in Grand Junction and Fruita beginning Sept. 10. Proceeds from the Parade of Home benefit the local HBA chapter, which helps keep builders abreast of legislation and market factors that affect their industry. The organization also provides a means by which builders can network among their peers.

A tour for real estate agents is scheduled for Sept. 16. Tickets for the event will be distributed by Wells Fargo Bank and Land Title Company, which plan to contact real estate offices to promote the tour.

Mike Moran
Business Times