Mother Nature smiles on Parade of Homes
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 homeexpressions.ca for more details.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association