The 2013 Parade of Homes will be April 20-21 and 27-28 throughout the metropolitan area. The Parade is a great way for home buyers and dreamers alike to sample firsthand the latest construction techniques and new home trends. And, with new home sales on the rise, the Parade provides an opportunity for builders to put their best foot forward as they connect with prospective home buyers.
Among the 80+ new homes highlighted on the 2013 Parade, ten villages also will be featured across the greater Birmingham area. Parade villages are new home communities with at least one home entered in the Parade. These villages offer a special opportunity to learn about the features and amenities of the communities in which Parade homes are located.
An annual event since the early 1960s, the GBAHB Parade of Homes inspires unique design and a high level of craftsmanship. “The Parade gives people the opportunity to tour some of Birmingham’s most elegant and beautiful new homes, ” says Matt Morrow, executive vice president for the association. “It’s an annual tradition for many families. And with new homes to see in every size and price range, people often discover exactly the home they’d like to own next.”
The Parade of Homes Magazine will be available free of charge on newsstands at local Publix locations after April 1, 2013. The free magazine will preview 2013 Parade homes, villages, builders and the GBAHB Ideal Home.
Comprehensive online tools also are available to help plan your own Parade route:
• Visit BirminghamBuilder.com for Parade maps, home and village previews, Ideal Home information,
and much more
• “Like” the GBAHB Parade of Homes on Facebook: facebook.com/bhamparadeofhomes
• Follow the GBAHB Parade of Homes on Twitter: twitter.com/bhamparadehome
The event is free to the public and hours are Saturdays (April 20 and 27) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays (April 21 and 28) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
New Home Construction, Sales Rising Rapidly in Birmingham Area
According to recent reports from the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE): “Birmingham Metro Area residential sales reached 10, 770 units in 2012. There were 962 more housing units sold compared to the prior year. Restated, residential sales improved by 9.8 percent (in 2012 over 2011).” ACRE also reported: “For the first time since the Center began collecting new construction data in 2008, Alabama (statewide) new home sales have experienced growth from the prior year. In 2012, sales were up 7.2 percent compared to declines of 13.0 percent in both 2010 and 2011.” It’s a great time to buy a home.
2013 IDEAL HOME
A featured attraction of the 2013 Parade of Homes will be the second annual GBAHB “Ideal Home, ” a showcase house displaying the latest in home design, décor, technology and sustainability. The 2013 Ideal Home is located in The Preserve, one of the South’s best-loved neighborhoods in Hoover, Alabama.
“The GBAHB Ideal Home is being built by Byrom Building Corp., ” says Jeremy Wright of Wright Homes, and 2013 Parade of Homes Chairman. “It features exciting new home technology and automation, beautiful furnishings, top-of-the-line appliances, an outdoor living space and more.”
You’re invited to tour the 2013 Ideal Home which is free and open Saturdays (April 20 and 27) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays (April 21 and 28) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Also available for tour weekdays by visiting The Preserve’s sales office.
DIRECTIONS TO THE IDEAL HOME: I-459 South to Exit 13-B, Hwy 31. At Crest Cadillac, turn LEFT onto Patton Chapel Road. Turn LEFT onto Preserve Parkway and follow the signs to the Ideal Home.