Visit and tour over 20 Northern Colorado Homes September 7-9 and September 14-16

NORTHERN COLORADO – In the market for a new home? Planning to upgrade your existing home with some strategic design? Or perhaps you’re one of many who simply love a chance to browse among the best? Whatever your situation, the annual NOCO HBA Parade of Homes, scheduled for September 7, 8, 9 and September 14, 15, 16, has something for you.

 At the NOCO HBA Parade of Homes, attendees have the opportunity to tour a wide selection of homes at their own pace, chat with building representatives, even get in the running to win some fancy swag. “I believe there is something here for everyone,” says Janet Hatfield, Resources Development and Membership Services Coordinator for the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado. “Whether you’re looking to trade up to a newer home, downsize to a Tiny Home; looking to remodel and want some ideas and innovations that are becoming mainstream, relocating…you name it, we have it.”

This year, the popular event will feature a spectacular, varied line-up, with twenty-five homes located in neighborhoods from Ault to Berthoud, and ranging in price from an $80K Tiny Home to custom luxury homes priced at over $1 million. “People love the variety on display,” Hatfield says. “The Parade of Homes lets you experience home shopping at your own pace, allowing you to enjoy the process, learn and view the neighborhoods. You get more in-depth information about features and benefits than you can get from looking at a listing somewhere.”

Parade of Homes opens up a unique opportunity to tour and explore the top tier of homes and innovative designs throughout Northern Colorado. Each showcased home is built by a NOCO HBA Member Builder. All homes are open, and most are for sale. Bonus: the event is FREE. Parade hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and you can begin the self-guided tour at any home, proceeding at your leisure. Representatives at each home offer participants every opportunity to maximize the experience by spending some informative time asking questions, Hatfield says.

Given the splendid array of styles and examples of craftsmanship, it’s no wonder the HBA of Northern Colorado takes pride in the Parade of Homes as an opportunity to promote the construction industry to young people determining career paths. Dedicated to high ethical standards, education, and advocacy for the health of the industry and member success, HBA of Northern Colorado puts tremendous work into ensuring the event is a true real estate showcase, from home selection to detailed home staging. “The Building Community is a family,” Hatfield says. “They work alongside each other in developments, refer business to one another. This event gives them a chance to be competitive and really shine as individuals. I love seeing how everyone’s hard work pays off in getting homes ready to show to the public.”

 Organizers hope their efforts will inspire prospective industry professionals. “With the current building trends and pace of the residential construction growth, the labor shortage is one of the biggest challenges that builders and contractors are facing,” Hatfield says. The trades have for many years been looked upon as undesirable career paths for many, when in reality, hourly pay ranges from approximately $12.81 per hour for Construction Worker to $33.40 per hour for Electrician. The average U.S. Trades daily wage ranges from approximately $65.00 per day for Commercial Electrician to $109 per day for Apprentice Electrician. The average hourly wage in Colorado for construction workers typically starts from $10.24 and goes up to $22.11. Construction offers many opportunities for making a great living, without a college loan to repay, Hatfield says.

 Regardless of what you are looking for, no doubt you will find plenty to take away at the 2018 NOCO HBA Parade of Homes. Grab a guide and check online to plan your personal tour. Then relax, enjoy, and relish the possibilities for finding, building, or improving the home of your dreams.

Make the Most of the Parade of Homes

Prior to beginning your tour, be sure to check out The Parade of Homes Magazine Tour Guide, which will be inserted in the Loveland Reporter Herald newspapers on Saturday, September 2 and in the Greeley Tribune and Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 5 as well as online at nocohba.com/parade-of-homes-2018. Copies will further be available at each site. The guide is your companion on your journey, Hatfield says. Each page provides in-depth details on each home, smart home and green home features, a list of NOCO HBA Members who contributed to the home, space to write notes, and a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.

To view any homes privately, please contact the builder directly to schedule an appointment.


Lend your Voice to People’s Choice

Given the wealth of choice, is it possible to pick a favorite? May be a tough ask, but all attendees are encouraged to try. Vote for your favorite by selecting an entry for the People’s Choice Award and put yourself in the running to win a Mirabelle Stainless Steel Sink worth $699.00 from Ferguson Selection Center in Fort Collins. “This award has a special significance to builders,” Hatfield says. “No matter what the judges base their decisions on, this award comes straight from the viewing public.”

To participate, you must visit at least five houses and have your ballot initialed by a representative at each site. Then, select your favorite and drop your ballot (available in the Parade of Homes guide, online at nocohba.com, or at each Parade Home) in any home’s ballot box. Eligible voters are automatically entered to win the viewers grand prize. The builder or remodeler who receives the most votes from attendees in the People’s Choice Award contest wins an award and recognition through NOCO HBA media promotion. The People’s Choice Award is the most coveted award of the NOCO HBA Parade of Homes.

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By Wendy McMillan, At Home