Kansas City’s Fall Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) and sponsored by Stewart Title, is still in full swing through Sunday.
Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City
Many of this year’s entries were built by a handful of up-and-coming young home builders.
Among them is Greg Prieb II, president of Prieb Homes ( PriebHomes.com), a third-generation Kansas City area builder dedicated to providing value, reliability and honesty to their valued clients.
“We try to create a value for our homeowners by creating a market of homes in specific price ranges that were in demand with short supply,” Prieb said.
Regardless of the location there’s one thing he feels distinguishes his company from other home builders in the metro area.
“When we start to build in a subdivision,” explained Prieb, “one of the first things I think of is, ‘Is this a community in which I would want to raise a family?’ The same thinking goes into our floor plans and ways of construction.”
Prieb feels his former career is an asset as a builder. “Over the last 10 years I have been able to utilize my experiences as a licensed real estate agent, which helps us build in a specific price range and community.”
In the Parade, Prieb Homes has seven entries located in Grey Oaks and Estates of Highland Ridge in Shawnee; Brampton West in Lenexa; Grayson Place, Persimmon Pointe and Austin Meadows in Olathe; Austin Reserve in Gardner; and Leabrooke in Leawood.
Austin Roeser, owner/president of Roeser Homes ( roeserhomes.com), got into homebuilding after working for several years doing high-end custom kitchen installations and other remodeling work.
“I really like the challenge and the amazing transformation that occurred after working on a project,” he said, “and that eventually transitioned me into new construction.”
After eight years of home building in the Kansas City market, Roeser Homes has established itself as a strong, award-winning, medium-sized home-building company that prides itself on personal attention and great communication.
“I personally meet with all of our clients to help establish a long-lasting relationship that will carry us throughout the building cycle,” Roeser said. “Our construction managers and office manager play a big role as well, so between these three components, our communication is unparalleled.”
According to Roeser, there are a few things homeowners should consider when looking for a new home.
“Looking at price, location, energy efficiency and quality are paramount, but the ‘feel’ and style are important as well. Most buyers know in the first 60 seconds whether the home feels right to them. That’s where the builder, whether the home is already built or you choose a custom build-job, makes a big difference; one that can offer not only the finest quality, but also the best experience at a great price.”
Roeser Homes on the Parade can be found in the Canyon Creek subdivision in Lenexa, Cedar Creek in Olathe and Wilshire by the Lake in Overland Park.
Craig Archer with New Mark Homes ( newmarkhomeskc.com) loves working with the customer to make their dreams come true.
“The idea of having something either on paper, or as an idea in your head, and watching it become reality is truly exciting to me,” Archer said. “It is great seeing that excitement grow during construction as things all come together.”
Working with a team of professionals with hands-on experience and the fact that they are a Don Julian company are among the things Archer feels distinguish his company from other home builders in the metro area.
“As a Don Julian company, we have established the same philosophies of quality, customer service and a high level of attention to detail,” he said. “Having a builder that will stand behind their product for years to come is another important aspect of being a reputable home builder.”
In addition to the many rewards that come from home building there are some challenges, including incorporating new technology.
“Since we’re in the Information Age, something new comes out every day that can make a home that much better. But the fun is trying to incorporate these items into our homes to stay ahead of the curve,” Archer said.
New Mark homes on the Parade this year are in the communities of Tiffany Greens and Staley Farms, both located in Kansas City, North.