Sum­mer is an ideal time to visit show homes

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - 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 those two events cer­tainly re­ceive the great­est pub­lic­ity and fea­ture more than 120 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 2014 Spring Pa­rade of Homes which ran in March and the 2014 Fall Pa­rade of Homes which will be fea­tured from Septem­ber 13 – Oc­to­ber 5. For those of you who re­quire a new home fix be­tween Pa­rades, now is an ideal time.

On most days, park­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties near the var­i­ous show homes will be ex­cel­lent. 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. Most people keep their mag­a­zine handy and check off the homes and neigh­bour­hoods they visit. As­sum­ing you have not kept your mag­a­zine from last March, not to worry. You can still ac­cess the Spring Pa­rade mag­a­zine on the Man­i­toba Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion web site at www.home­builders.mb.ca. Al­though not all of the homes fea­tured in the spring are still show homes, it will bring you back to the builders and neigh­bour­hoods that you fre­quented back in March. From there, you have a va­ri­ety of op­tions.

You can down­load the map on page 51 and visit the neigh­bour­hoods that in­ter­est you, stop­ping in at the var­i­ous show homes on dis­play. On pages 52 – 84, all of the Spring Pa­rade show homes are listed. Sim­ply make note of those builders whose homes you are in­ter­ested in, go to the MHBA web site and con­nect to the link that will take you di­rectly to that builder’s site. 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 var­i­ous show homes are open for busi­ness and your view­ing and vis­it­ing plea­sure. Take your time, visit the styles and lo­ca­tions that catch your fancy, talk to the sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive and en­joy the in­tro­duc­tion to your next new home. Mike Moore is the pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home

Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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