This week marks the final week for the 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 52nd Annual Parade of Homes highlights the latest in home design, construction, technology and more.
Each year the Parade offers single-family homes, townhomes, and villas constructed by some of the metropolitan area’s most recognizable builders. And while the majority of the focus is on the communities and builders, it’s important to recognize the myriad of HBA associate members and subcontractors who make the beautiful homes possible.
“More than half of the membership of the HBA is made up of associate members, and they’re truly a critical part in bringing any home to life,” said Sara Corless, executive vice president of the HBA. “Comprising approximately 540 total member companies, the HBA represents an industry that supports thousands of jobs in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and continuously works to support the home building industry and the homebuyers who keep the industry strong.”
HBA associate member companies run the gamut from insulation to audio, HVAC, alarm systems, pools and spas, lawn and landscaping, masonry, electrical, garage doors, plumbing, concrete finishing, financing, warranty, title insurance, photography, interior design and advertising, just to name a few.
Among the HBA associate membership is Shamrock Cabinet, a family-owned custom cabinet shop with 125 employees that works with homebuilders, remodelers and homeowners, and offers a wide range of cabinet styles coupled with personal, one-on-one attention.
Because today’s homebuilders are striving to create kitchens that are not only beautiful but also functional, Shamrock’s project managers will guide the customer through the entire process from the blueprint stage to installation.
“Our showroom offers a unique experience to see many different types of wood and door styles, molding choices and kitchen gadgets,” said company representative Erik Blaney. “We field measure each job which begins with a truckload of rough lumber specifically crafted to fit your walls, space and style to within 1/8 of an inch.”
In addition to companies like Shamrock which help outfit the interior of homes, the banking community is also an integral part of any new home purchase.
First Federal Bank of Kansas City, an active member of the HBA for 65 years, has remained true to its mission of focusing on real estate lending, providing an array of options for construction and real estate purchase loans for builders and homeowners.
“Our bank feels it is important to support the home building industry so that we have new homes available in all price ranges to support the growth of our communities,” said Les Peterson, senior vice president and chief lending officer. “In addition to walking homeowners through every step of the construction process, we also maintain long-term relationships with scores of metro area builders.”
He continued, “Interest rates are low, the economy is improving, and our community has wonderful builders that build quality homes for a great value. For families seeking to build, we offer a unique Construction Plus Financing Option — a one-process loan encompassing the construction, long-term financing and one set of closing costs.”
Blaney represents the views of many HBA members when he says, “It takes a complete team effort to serve the community. The HBA has done an amazing job through the years with the Parade of Homes, and ours is one of the top Parades in the country. Neither the HBA nor Shamrock Cabinets could have sustained such a great history without the area homebuilders and we’re proud to have been a partner in that.”
To that Peterson added, “I encourage people to go to the Parade of Homes, see floor plans, visit with builders, and find a neighborhood in which you would enjoy buying or building a home.”