Fall Pa­rade of Homes draw­ing large crowds

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - Iy 5ike 5oore

THE com­fort­able weather of the past two weeks has brought thou­sands of vi­siotrs to the Fall Pa­rade of Homes. On the sec­ond weekend, sales agents re­ported that in­di­vid­u­als were lined up out­side the door in an­tic­i­pa­tion of vis­it­ing their home. The ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic weather through­out the rest of the week en­sured at­ten­dance stayed strong. It looks like this year’s Pa­rade will be one of the largest ever.

Sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives show­ing the 131 new homes have been bom­barded with a flurry of ques­tions in the first two weeks.

Fi­nan­cial items are front and cen­tre. In­ter­ested buy­ers are par­tic­u­larly en­am­ored with the low mort­gage rates that re­main avail­able. Re­cent an­nounce­ments of con­tin­ued low rates through­out Manitoba, Canada and North Amer­ica per­pet­u­ate as­sur­ance that now is an ideal time to buy a new home. Some show homes dis­play sam­ples of mort­gage cal­cu­la­tions; some pro­mote banks and credit unions that are able to as­sist buy­ers and all have a cal­cu­la­tor handy.

Man­i­to­bans are more en­ergy con­scious than peo­ple in other prov­inces. This is par­tic­u­larly true of those con­sid­er­ing mov­ing from their older home to a new home. Tech­nol­ogy im­proves ev­ery year and, al­though Manitoba new homes have been the most en­ergy ef­fi­cient in Canada for a num­ber of years, they still con­tinue to get bet­ter. Many prospec­tive buy­ers come fully equipped with their ex­ist­ing heat­ing bills, wa­ter-us­age num­bers, fur­nace ef­fi­ciency rat­ing and even some R val­ues for their dis­cus­sions. A quick com­par­i­son show­ing con­sid­er­able sav­ings in a new home con­trib­utes to the eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of buy­ing new.

Just a re­minder: If you don’t know, don’t be afraid to ask. Show home rep­re­sen­ta­tives have a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and, if they don’t im­me­di­ately know the an­swer, they can find out and get back to you.

Re­mem­ber, the 2013 Fall Pa­rade of Homes con­tin­ues through Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 6. Show homes are open Mon­day through Thurs­day from 3 to 8 p.m. and Satur­day and Sun­day from noon to 6 p.m.

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