Mother Na­ture smiles on Pa­rade of Homes

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

THE weather has been co-op­er­a­tive this year for the Spring Pa­rade of Homes and it has been re­flected with the quan­tity and qual­ity of vis­i­tors to the show homes. The month is go­ing to end with a bo­nanza. The first week of the spring pa­rade fea­tured record-break­ing warm tem­per­a­tures. The sec­ond week has been con­sis­tently above freez­ing. What a con­trast to last year when we ex­pe­ri­enced bit­terly cold weather and moun­tains of snow. This year, vis­i­tors have been able to drive com­fort­ably from neigh­bour­hood to neigh­bour­hood, park in choice lo­ca­tions and walk leisurely to each new show home. Agents re­port tremen­dous public re­sponse. The crowds have been great and ev­ery­one is in a good mood thanks to the fan­tas­tic weather. There are 132 dif­fer­ent new homes lo­cated in 37 unique neigh­bour­hoods pre­sented by 34 skilled builders. What’s not to love? Whether you are in the mar­ket for a new home or ini­ti­at­ing the process for a pur­chase that might be years down the road, it’s all here for ev­ery­one to see. In­ter­est rates re­main at all-time lows, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency has never been bet­ter and prices for new homes in Man­i­toba present su­pe­rior value. A new fea­ture that has been in­tro­duced at this year’s pa­rade that has been garner­ing great in­ter­est is the week­day pass­port. Lo­cated in the mid­dle of your Pa­rade mag­a­zine, the week­day pass­port is your ticket to four fan­tas­tic prizes. Sim­ply col­lect 10 dif­fer­ent stamps on your pass­port from 10 dif­fer­ent builders and you’re on your way. How­ever, stamps are only given out Mon­day through Thurs­day, and not on week­ends. There­fore, you have four days re­main­ing to get your pass­port stamped and sub­mit your en­try. The month ends with an­other an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the home — the Home Ex­pres­sions Home and Gar­den Show, March 27 to 29 in the con­ven­tion cen­tre. In­stead of trav­el­ling all over town search­ing for the right item, sim­ply come to Home Ex­pres­sions and find it all un­der one roof. Hun­dreds of ex­hibitors will be dis­play­ing their prod­ucts and their ex­per­tise. The show fea­tures Scott McGil­livray from In­come Prop­erty on Fri­day night and Satur­day af­ter­noon; the Man­i­toba Home and Gar­dener Life­style Stage with 18 dif­fer­ent ex­pert pre­sen­ta­tions done hourly; a raf­fle that has a grand prize val­ued at more than $11,000 cour­tesy of Bark­man, LCL Spas and St. Mary’s Nurs­ery with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Spe­cial Olympics Man­i­toba; a Buy Man­i­toba fea­ture and the ex­per­tise of the show spon­sors, the Man­i­toba Real Es­tate As­so­ci­a­tion and Win­nipeg Re­al­tors. Go to home­ex­pres­ for more de­tails.

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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