Home Tours Kick Off the Spring Housing Market

The Twin Cities Spring Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase provided homebuyers the opportunity to see, free of charge, the entire gamut of new and remodeled homes across the Twin Cities, central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. There were 472 new homes and 59 remodeled homes open this March, with new home prices ranging from $210,000 to $3.57 million.

Of those homes, four were Dream Homes and two were Dream Remodeled Homes, with their $5 admission benefitting the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation. The Foundation focuses on building and remodeling homes for the homeless, veterans and others in need.

Consumers visited the homes on the self-guided tour to find their next home and learn more about the benefits of buying new construction or remodeling with a professional. The homes are also a source of design inspiration.

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A multitude of home types and styles were available to tour, from condos to single-family homes and townhomes to single-level living.

More than 300 homes on the Parade of Homes were tested by an independent energy rater and assigned a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating. These homes show visitors a Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR) that graphically explains the home’s energy test results and allows homebuyers to compare expected energy use between homes.