Show homes proudly open through­out year

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - RESALE HOME - By Mike Moore

MANY peo­ple suf­fer from the mis­con­cep­tion that new show homes are only open twice a year, dur­ing the Spring and Fall Pa­rades of Homes. Al­though the two events re­ceive the great­est pub­lic­ity and fea­ture 100 new homes at one time, the var­i­ous new home builders of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion proudly fea­ture and staff their show homes through­out the year.

We are at the mid­way point be­tween the 2010 Spring Pa­rade of Homes which ran March 6-21 and the 2010 Fall Pa­rade of Homes Sept. 18-Oct. 9. So, for those who re­quire a new home fix be­tween Pa­rades, now is an ideal time.

This spring fea­tured ter­rific weather for March and Septem­ber is al­ways nice. How­ever, you’re guar­an­teed of short sleeves and slip-ons in July and Au­gust, mak­ing your tour that much more plea­sur­able.

So, how do you know what is open and where to look?

The Pa­rade of Homes mag­a­zine pro­duced by the Win­nipeg Free Press is a sta­ple for all Pa­rade go­ers. If you haven’t kept your mag­a­zine from last March, not to worry. You can still ac­cess it on the MHBA web­site at www.home­builders.mb.ca. Al­though not all the homes fea­tured are still show homes, it will bring you back to the builders and sub­di­vi­sions you fre­quented in March. From there, you have a va­ri­ety of op­tions.

You can down­load the map on page 41 and visit the neigh­bour­hoods that in­ter- est you, stop­ping in at the var­i­ous show homes. On pages 42-67, all of the Spring Pa­rade show homes are listed. Make note of those you are in­ter­ested in, go to the MHBA web­site and con­nect to the link that will take you di­rectly to the builder’s site. Many will have their show homes listed along with the times they are open.

Even sim­pler, turn a cou­ple of pages in to­day’s paper and you will see a num­ber of ads for show homes listed by MHBA builders.

No mat­ter how you ac­cess them, the im­por­tant thing to know is that the show homes are open for your view­ing and vis­it­ing plea­sure. Take your time, visit the lo­ca­tions that catch your fancy, talk to the sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive and en­joy the in­tro­duc­tion to your next new home.

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