2011 Parade of Homes is getting started

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The Parade of Homes has been a real estate fixture in the Denver area for 30 years. It is a popular source of entertainment as well as information. Over those years, it has changed its format and scope. Starting out as a showcase for top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art homes with a strong “Ooh, I wish I could . . .” factor, it now includes a lot of “Gee, that makes sense even for me!”

The Parade used to be held in a single community, but is now spread among cities up and down the front range, with different categories of homes. The Parade Homes are priced from $150,000 and up, and the Dream Homes carry values of $1 million or more. A new category for 2011 will be the Dream Community, which showcases master-planned communities of homes valued at $500,000 and up, with at least half the homes over $1 million.

The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver sponsors this annual event, and has just recently issued a call for entries. The homes will not necessarily be single-family detached houses, and might even include “coming soon” developments. Right now, it is unknown how many homes and communities will be in the 2011 Parade. Last year, there were 57 homes.

The 2011 Parade of Homes will open to the public on August 11, and close Labor Day. For a fun and interesting look at all kinds of housing, you should make plans to take a tour.

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