Maintenance-provided communities are a big draw in Spring Parade of Homes

04/27/2014 12:00 AM

04/24/2014 1:05 PM

Today is the opening day of the 52nd Annual Spring Parade of Homes, which runs through May 11. Presented by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) and sponsored by Stewart Title, the Parade highlights the latest in home design, construction, technology and more.

This year, prospective buyers can tour 377 single-family homes, townhomes and villas constructed by 109 Kansas City metropolitan area builders on both sides of the state line.

A major draw on the Parade this year is the more than 20 maintenance-provided communities, each offering a wide array of interior, exterior and lifestyle designs and amenities.

Among them are Northfield Village in North Kansas City by Thomson Homes LLC, the Villas at Lakewood in Lee’s Summit by Bellah Homes LLC, Primrose in Blue Springs by Frost Construction Company, HeartherGlen in Shawnee by Moffitt Built, Grayson Place in Olathe by Darol Rodrock Homes and Ashford Villas by Price Residential Group, just to name a few.

Buyers looking for maintenance-provided homes these days run the gamut from empty-nesters and retiring baby boomers desiring a carefree lifestyle, to young professionals without a lot of time to do yard work and to young families with children opting for smaller homes and yards.

“Today’s real estate market requires that communities and builders cater to a wide array of buyer needs, desires and lifestyles,” said Patrick Willis, owner of Willis Custom Homes and 2014 Parade committee chair. “As such, we have seen an increase in the number of maintenance-provided homes built in the Kansas City metro area. The more than two dozen offered on this year’s Spring Parade is a prime example of this.”

When choosing a maintenance-provided community, homeowners are relieved of a variety of home responsibilities, from simple to full upkeep.

“In many communities, provided maintenance covers things like lawn care, snow removal and trash pick-up,” explained Willis. “In others, it could also include interior and/or exterior window washing, emergency appliance repair, seasonal planting, irrigation systems or even border fence repairs.”

Regardless of what type of maintenance-provided community a buyer may choose, features like open floor plans, functional kitchens, entertainment areas, patios or screened porches, inviting outdoor spaces, community amenities and proximity to retail, dining, entertainment and highway access are also very important.

“These primary ‘essentials’ still need to be there,” Willis said. ”And when combined with the relative ease of locking and leaving the home, a maintenance-provided community becomes more attractive for some.”

Admission to the Spring Parade of Homes is free. To help prospective homebuyers, the HBA has compiled a free Guidebook listing addresses and information for every home on the Parade. There is also an online home search tool at

KCParadeofHomes.com

, as well as a mobile website feature specifically designed for smartphones and tablets, where homes can be searched by price, location, builder or subdivision.

Homes on the Parade straddle both sides of the state line and prices range from $150,000 to $1.7 million.

Comprising approximately 550 member companies, the HBA represents an industry that supports more than 7,500 jobs in the greater Kansas City area and for more than 65 years has been working to support the home-building industry and the homebuyers who keep the industry strong. The annual Spring Parade of Homes, Home Show and Flower Lawn Garden Show, and Fall Parade of Homes all play an integral role in that effort.

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