131 new homes on Spring Parade of Homes

04/05/2013 7:19 AM

04/05/2013 10:58 AM

There will be a 30 percent increase in the number of new homes open for tours in the Wichita Area Builders Association’s Spring Parade of Homes, which starts Saturday.

Wess Galyon, WABA president, said 131 homes are on the spring parade, up from 100 in the fall parade.

“The market has settled down and the (new home sales and building) trend is upward, although it’s a gradual trend,” Galyon said Thursday.

These homes will be open to the public over the next three weekends, from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Houses in the parade range in price from $100,000 to $1.5 million, Galyon said. They are located in Wichita, Andover, Bel Aire, Colwich, Derby, Goddard, Maize, Newton, Park City, Rose Hill and Valley Center. A map and detailed information about the homes are available at wabahome.com.

Galyon said 51 builders are participating in the parade, and each home is decorated with the latest fixtures and furnishings “so they can get the perspective of how it looks and feels.”

“It’s the very best they have to offer,” he said of the builders’ homes.

Cherie Nies Cowgill of Nies Homes said she expects to have more than a half-dozen homes in the parade. She sold four others that she planned to have in the parade, “which is a fabulous thing.”

As a homebuilder, Cowgill said the parade serves to get people to stop their busy lives and think momentarily about buying a new house. She said the parade may not always produce immediate sales, but it sparks interest that then grows.

People attending the parade may not be ready to buy right away, she said, but they tend to remember the builders of the houses they liked.

“It’s a huge advantage,” Cowgill said of participating in the parade.

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