HBA Parade of Homes Set for June 20-22, 27-29

One in Four Area Residents Plan to Buy Their Next Home in Next Five Years… Parade Offers Great Opportunity for Buyers!

SPRINGFIELD, MO – The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield’s annual Parade of Homes will begin Friday, June 20 and will feature 27 homes built by 20 of the area’s finest builders in the Springfield area including Nixa, Ozark, Strafford and Republic. There are four homes in the Branson area and two in Seymour. The price range is from under $150,000 to $950,000.

“While some housing markets are still struggling in the coastal areas, our area still has some strong indicators – we actually have several more entries in the Parade this year than last year,” said Matt Morrow, HBA Executive Officer. “At the end of May, the National Association of Home Builders released national numbers that indicated an increase in new home sales numbers. Our local housing research recently revealed that more than 25% of the people in our area are looking to buy their next home within five years. The Parade will showcase some unparalleled values in the marketplace. There are significant opportunities to purchase quality-built homes in this region right now.”
The St. Jude Dream Home®, built by HBA builder John Marion, is on the Parade this year. The project, a partnership between the HBA Charitable Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is open for viewing every weekend in June and during the Parade through June 28. One lucky person who purchases a $100 ticket will win the home. The winner will be announced Sunday, June 29, 2008. To purchase a ticket call 1-800-870-2980 or visit www.stjudedreamhome.org.


WHAT: 2008 HBA Parade of Homes

WHERE: Throughout Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Strafford, Republic and the Branson area (Reeds Spring, Hollister and Blue Eye)

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 20-22; 1 pm-6 pm each day
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29; 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 www.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. Rates are low and there’s a good selection of quality-built new homes in excellent subdivisions. There are several homes on the Parade this year under $200,000 including:

-Whitaker Building, Brandon Whitaker

Stormy Creek subdivision in Spfd., 1 story brick and vinyl exterior home, $149,900
-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1440 sq. ft.

-Bussell Building, Kenny Bussell

Frisco Trails development, all brick home with stone accents in Spfd., $199,900
-4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2000 sq. ft.

-Cowherd Construction, Trent Cowherd

The Lakes at Shuyler Ridge development in Republic, all brick home, $189,900
-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1957 sq. ft.

There are several remodeling projects featured in the Parade this year – two of them 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. Steward Construction’s new Remodeling Showroom is also on the Parade – this is an innovative “hands-on” idea center for homeowners considering remodeling projects. The Showroom office is in Corporate Village on west Republic Rd., and inside Remodeler Scott Bracy has demonstrated the full array of textures, products and designs that can be incorporated into a “whole house” remodeling project, a kitchen update or even a bathroom renovation.

-B’s Renaissance Renovations, Jack Pugh & David Rhodes

“Loft with a Lawn” 1890s row house at 834 W. Pershing, $147,500
-3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 1650 sq. ft.

Center Hall Victorian Home at 800 W. Elm, Mid-$200’s
-4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2800 sq. ft.

-Steward Construction, Scott Bracy

Remodeling Showroom in Corporate Village
-Faux painting and a variety of textures, kitchen cabinets, full bath with tile shower, four styles of interior doors, acid stained floors, barrel vaulted ceiling w/ sky mural

Gail Savage brings a wealth of residential building experience to the HBA—she is also our first “Systems-Built” builder. Systems-built housing refers to methods of construction that take advantage of modern machinery, computer and factory technology to create a code-compliant home. Systems-built homes use prefabricated materials, built in a climate-controlled environment and designed to work as a precise system, to complete the home.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognizes this method of building is gaining in popularity and represents the producers, builders, and vendors of the concrete, log, modular, and panelized home industries through its Building Systems Councils. While these homes have manufactured components, they are built on a foundation, framed, and must meet the highest level of code compliance so they can be built in any jurisdiction.

Dove Homes, Gail Savage

Mountain Lake Chalet with Energy Star® rated windows in Seymour, $190,800
-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1540 sq. ft

1 ½ story Cape Cod home with 7 ft. dormers and bonus room in Seymour, $145,700
-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2557 sq. ft

** Why Is Systems Built Housing Gaining In Popularity? Builders are finding that systems can serve multiple markets – from first-time-buyer to luxury, custom homes – and the product is inherently “green,” an important draw for consumers. Most building systems offer a reduced construction time, allowing for quicker completion and move-in. Building systems also offer more cost control during the construction process and a high degree of energy efficiency. According to the Wood Truss Council of America, sales of factory-made housing components have more than doubled since 1992, now topping $12 billion annually. A similar trend has occurred in Japan where building systems grew by as much as 52% between 1990 and 2000 in the face of an aging population and job-site labor shortages. Data show that 25%-30% of all new housing in the United States now uses systems-built technology. Building housing components in a controlled manufacturing plant reduces waste, construction time and exposure to the weather. The final product can also be stronger than traditionally built housing, enabling it to stand up to extreme weather. Source: www.nahb.org; Building Systems Councils.

Builder Brian Willaby is dedicated to delivering a home which is attractive and affordable – not only to purchase but to live in. By using the most cost-effective, affordable green products, Richland Homes’ goal is to provide homeowners the most dream home for their budgets and equip them with sustainable energy efficiency. Willaby frequently uses:

-Xcell Cellulose Insulation to help decrease utility bills, increase sound control and fire rating;
-90% furnaces to increase efficiency by using a greater percentage of natural gas;
-Ventless gas fireplaces which are 99.9% efficient, preventing heat loss by using no outside air.

Richland Homes, Brian Willaby

Walk-out basement home in Emerald Place, $339,900
-4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3116 sq. ft.

2-Story home on 1.33 acre lot in Pearson Meadows, $429,900
-3+ bedrooms, 3 baths, 3266 sq. ft.

Design trends evolve over the years but sometimes the classic styles make a resurgence. One of the themes the HBA heard in its housing market research was that 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 style.

Silverstone Custom Homes, Daniel Millikan

2-Story Craftsman-style bungalow in Nixa, low $300’s
-3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2,000 sq. ft.

Millstone Homes, Sam Clifton

2-Story, Craftsman/Mission style, on the 18th hole of Branson Hills’ Payne Stewart Golf Course, $700’s
-4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, 4700 square feet

There are also several homes that have incorporated a more contemporary feel in their interior design, fixtures and finishes.

Built By Brett, Brett Godfrey

1 ½-Story brick and stucco home in Woodfield Park, $502,000
-4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 5300 sq. ft.

Michael Robbins Custom Homes, Mike Robbins

1 1/2 –Story brick and stone exterior home in Fawn Valley Estates, Phase II, $324,900
-4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2900 sq. ft.

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. In addition to the Branson Hills home mentioned above, there are three additional homes on the Parade in the Lake area.

King Built Properties, Brad King & Jeremy Loftin

Walk-out basement home in Hickory Ridge Estates, Mid-$700’s
-5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 5400 sq. ft.

Branson Development, Branson Creek

2-Story brick home overlooking 17th green of Murder Rock Golf Course, $750,000
-4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, 4100 sq. ft.

Silverstone Custom Homes, Daniel Millikan

Walk-out basement home with stone and timber accents, close to water, $599,000
-4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 4,000 sq. ft.

The ideal for many families would be a home on acreage, that gives a feeling of country life, but that’s also close enough to town for convenience. Paul Construction’s home near the Strafford area delivers that desirable combination.

Paul Construction, A.G. Paul

Home in Timothy Mountain Estates on 3-acre lot with unfinished walk-out basement
-4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1960 sq. ft. finished space, (plus unfinished full basement)

There are some truly luxurious homes in this Parade that showcase the high-end amenities available to the homeowner including these three homes in prestigious gated communities in the Springfield/Ozark area.

Galin Homes, Galin Campbell

1-Level brick and stone home with storm shelter and custom master closet system
-3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3200 sq. ft.

Martin Building and Development, Mark Martin

2-Story Tuscan style home in San Poppi, $789,900
-5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4800 sq. ft.

Schneider Development Corp., Monty Schneider

Walk-out basement home on estate size lot in Pearson Pointe, $950,000
-5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2-half baths, 7000 sq. ft.

Those are some of the highlights from the 2008 Parade of Homes. For a full listing of addresses and descriptions of homes on the Parade, along with maps, directions, etc., CLICK HERE.


If you are interested in previewing these homes, interviewing builders, scheduling on-set interviews for the days of the Parade of Homes, or need additional information of any kind, please contact HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow at 417.881.3711 or cell, 417.838.7009.