HBA Parade of Homes Set for June 19-21, 26-28

For the first time in nearly two years, residential building permits in Greene County edge higher than the same month the previous year.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield’s annual Parade of Homes will begin Friday, June 19 and will feature 20 homes built/remodeled by 16 of the area’s finest builders in the Springfield area including Republic, Clever and Ozark. There are three homes in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area. The prices range from just over $100,000 to two homes valued at $1 million or more. This marks the first time a million dollar home has been featured on the parade. There are both custom and spec homes.

“May 2009 marks the first month in 21 consecutive months in Greene County that single family building permits have exceeded those for the same month in the previous year,” said HBA Chief Executive Officer Matt Morrow. “That’s a nice kick-off for the Parade.”

Morrow noted that while it is always difficult to watch permits decline, it demonstrated that builders here were listening to the market. “Consequently, we are not struggling with an enormous over-supply of newly constructed inventory, as they are in some markets,” he said. “This is also significant because when permit numbers start to trend upward, you can interpret that more definitively as being a true indication of increased demand in our housing market.”

The 2009 St. Jude Dream Home®, built by HBA builder Sam Bradley, is on the Parade this year. The project, a partnership between the HBA Charitable Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The home, valued at approximately $375,000, is located in Lions Gate subdivision, 1515 W. Gaslight Dr. It is open for viewing every weekend in June and during the Parade through June 27. The home features “Woman Centric” design with many family-friendly attributes. The winner will be announced Sunday, June 28, 2009. To reserve a ticket call 1-800-870-2980 or visit http://www.stjudedreamhome.org/.

WHAT: 2009 HBA Parade of Homes
WHERE: Throughout Springfield, Ozark, Clever, Republic and the Branson/Tri-Lakes area
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 19-21; 1 pm-6 pm each day
Friday-Sunday, June 26-28; 1 pm-6 pm each day
For more details and maps to the homes, the free HBA Parade magazine is available at any area Meek’s, The Light House Gallery, Maschino’s, Herrman Lumber, The Carpet Shoppe, and the HBA office at 636 W. Republic Rd., D 108. New this year, the public can visit https://dev.springfieldhba.com/ to see photos of the homes and view videos of each builder in their Parade home, discussing details and features of the house.

For first-time home buyers, there’s some very good news in the local market. The $8,000 federal tax credit is now convertible for down payment which is excellent news for those who qualify. There are several quality homes on the Parade this year well under $200,000 including:
-Bussell Building, Kenny Bussell
Angelbrook Subdivision in Republic $129,900
1500+ sq. ft., 4 bedrooms and 2 baths

Indigo Ridge, Springfield, $169,900
1700+ sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 baths

-MGM Properties, Terry and Keith McKee, Rex Maples
The Briars, Clever, $109,900
1200+ sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 baths

There are several remodeling projects featured in the Parade this year in Springfield’s historic west central neighborhood. The charm and character of these restored homes makes a visit to this vibrant, rejuvenated area a wonderful addition to the Parade.

-B’s Renaissance Renovations, Jack Pugh & David Rhodes
836 W. Pershing, $150,000 – 120 year old home
3 bedrooms and 3 baths
This renovation included installation of a fire sprinkler system

816 W. Pershing, $139,900
Renovated Stone Craftsman Bungalow
2 bedrooms and 1 bath

Builder Brett Godfrey’s home in Woodfield Park is built to the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Standard. The home includes both environmentally friendly features such as low VOC paint and finishes as well as a high efficiency furnace and a tankless water heater.

-Built By Brett, Brett Godfrey
Woodfield Park, Springfield, $500’s
5300+ sq. ft., Walkout Basement

Check out this model log home at Cedar Creek, Inc., built by Todd Matthews, Maranello Homes. This is an amazing opportunity to own a handcrafted, full log home at a very affordable price. The total dried-in package construction price is $147,000. Ideal for a second home but so beautiful and functional it would make an outstanding primary residence as well.

-Maranello Homes, Todd Matthews
1400+ Sq. Ft., $147,000

Builder Jason Bekebrede, Monticello Homes, has created a home that will accommodate a family’s changing physical needs and lifestyle preferences. His home in the Wildflower subdivision of Kimberling City is designed with wider doorways, an easy-entry shower and lower countertops/appliances which lift up out of the cabinets. It features low maintenance exterior materials and decking. It is Energy Star certified which keeps monthly utility bills in check.

-Monticello Homes, Jason Bekebrede
Wildflower Subdivision, Kimberling City, mid-$300’s
3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

Design trends evolve over the years but sometimes the classic styles make a resurgence. Homeowners appreciate the character and charm of an older home – and it’s something they’d like to see in a new home blended with modern amenities. Several builders on the parade have infused their newly constructed homes with elements of the traditional Arts & Crafts/Craftsman and Mission styles.

-Millstone Custom Homes, Sam Clifton
The Bluffs at Riverside, Ozark, $900’s
5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

-Richland Homes, Brian Willaby
Emerald Place, Springfield, $320,000
5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

Whether you’d like to live nestled in among the rolling green hills or right on the water, the Branson area offers a multitude of options. These two homes are located in highly desirable, attractive developments.

-King Built Properties, Brad King & Jeremy Loftin
Walk-out basement home in Hickory Ridge Estates, $1.29 million
6,000+ sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half baths.

-Cornerstone Building Services, Scott Bockman
Branson Hills, gated golf course community, $649,000
~4,000 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms and 3 baths

One of the housing trends emerging nationally is building to accommodate multi-generational living. Mark Martin’s project in St. Andrews Club at Millwood is just such an example. This 7,000 sq. ft. home has two kitchens, seven bedrooms and baths, as well as a custom multi-family room and two unique design styles – elegant French country and Rustic Euro World.

-Martin Building and Development, Mark Martin
St. Andrews Club, Millwood, $1.2 million
7,000 sq. ft., 7 bedrooms and 7 baths
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These homes are all located in beautiful, well-established area developments. The mature landscaping and amenities (swimming pools, golf course, club houses,) make all of them ideally suited for the modern family of any size.

-Galin Homes, Galin Campbell
Rivercut, $400’s
One-story, 3000 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 3 baths,

-Fahrlander Custom Homes, Jeff Fahrlander
Fremont Hills, $489,900
4600 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

Lexington Square, $329,900
2600 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms and 3 baths

-MGM Properties, Terry and Keith McKee, Rex Maples
Lexington Square, $469,900
4800 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

-Robbins Custom Homes, Mike Robbins
Fawn Valley Estates, $246,900
2000+ sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 baths

-Sweet Homes, Greg & Jenny Sweet
The Lakes at Wild Horse, $300’s
4 bedrooms and 3 baths