Show homes wel­come you year-round

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

THE 2010 Spring Pa­rade of Homes has ended but you still have plenty of op­por­tu­nity to re­visit those fan­tas­tic showhomes that you saw dur­ing the two weeks of Pa­rade.

The weather was per­fect this year and Man­i­to­bans re­sponded in kind as record crowds vis­ited 95 new homes by 38 builders in 30 sub­di­vi­sions in 11 cities and towns. It was a whirl­wind tour for many and one couldn’t be ex­pected to visit ev­ery home, no mat­ter how hard you tried.

Many peo­ple have the mis­taken no­tion that showhomes are only open dur­ing the Spring and Fall Pa­rade of Homes. In fact, they’re open year-round and, al­though the hours may not be the same as dur­ing Pa­rade, they are able to ac­com­mo­date all in­ter­ested clients. So, now that your in­ter­est in a new home has been piqued by the Spring Pa­rade, the tim­ing is per­fect to fol­low up with an­other visit.

Al­though you un­doubt­edly re­ceived an ex­cel­lent wel­come and in­tro­duc­tion to each new home, it was prob­a­bly quite busy. It may have been dif­fi­cult to have a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion with the sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive re­gard­ing the ameni­ties of that home. Now that you have vis­ited the best new homes in Man­i­toba, you likely have a num­ber of ques­tions you’d like to ask.

If you took an in­for­ma­tion piece from the home, it will have the con­tact num­ber for the sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Call and set up a pri­vate view­ing. This will give you an op­por­tu­nity to view in more de­tail and have a one-on-one con­ver­sa­tion without in­ter­rup­tion.

If you don’t have the di­rect num­ber but re­call the name of the builder, they can fa­cil­i­tate your meet­ing. If you re­call the neigh­bour­hood but not the spe­cific house which in­ter­ested you, the en­tire Pa­rade of Homes mag­a­zine is on the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion web­site (www.home­builders. mb.ca) or the Free Press web­site www. win­nipegfreep­ress.com.

The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that al­most all of the won­der­ful show- homes you saw dur­ing the Pa­rade are still avail­able for view­ing.

Cre­ate your own per­sonal Pa­rade by vis­it­ing some of the homes that you weren’t able to get to in the past two weeks, and re­visit those that in­trigued you but re­quire more view­ing time.

The 2010 Spring Pa­rade of Homes may be over, but the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase your new dream home has just be­gun.

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