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F-M Parade of Homes marks 50 years

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead will be observing its 50th Annual Spring Parade of Homes, a showcase of area builders. Sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors, the 2010 Parade will run nine days, April 24-May 2, covering two weekends for consumer convenience. Hours will be: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will feature a scattered-site tour of homes throughout area communities built with pride by HBA of F-M builder members. Homes will cover a wide range of prices and include options for those age 55 and better, first-time buyers, people who need more space, and those needing to downsize. Admission will be free.

Parade of Homes magazines detailing each home entry will be available at all Hornbacher's stores April 19-May 2. An insert including home listings and a map will be in The Forum April 18. Consumers may also visit the Parade of Homes' Web site at beginning April 19.

The interactive Web site will allow consumers to browse homes, view maps and look for builders. The magazine will be a full-color, glossy publication with a half page dedicated to each home entry. Homes will be represented in full color, 3-D renderings with a floor plan option for builders who choose to include it. It will include detailed maps to each parade entry, as well as a condensed listing of all homes entered in the event.

Each year, HBA members volunteer Parade of Homes entries priced $500,000 and higher to be "featured" homes in a fundraising effort to support their industry, association and charity. Look for more details on those homes coming soon.

The cost is $5 to tour all featured homes. Money raised will go to Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation, the HBA's charitable foundation. It supports skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry.

Call the HBA of F-M at (701) 232-5846 for more information on this event.

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide quality services, benefits and education to members and the community while representing the collective interests of the home building industry.