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Home is where the heart is, whether you buy a developed house or build from scratch. Home builders report a significant increase in home sales in the past year. Builders agree events such as the Parade of Homes show potential buyers what's up and coming in the housing industry.
"Our goal is connect consumers with builders and remodelers who are trust worthy, so they know they are getting a good product," said Amy Schroeder, Executive Director of the Madison Area Builders Association.
The event put on by the Madison Area Builders Association, allows twenty-seven builders to showcase their homes in six new developments, while connecting with potential home buyers throughout Dane county.
"It's nice to have something for people to touch and feel and walk around. It's kind of like a new car," said Tedric Hill, Owner of Platinum Builders.
It's the test-drive experience, contractors say the housing market was missing for the past several years.
"Six or seven years ago things really hit a wall. In the last three years things have steadily increased, especially in the last year or so," said Owner of Hart DeNoble Builders, Inc, Jason DeNoble.
DeNoble said he saw the effects of the economy on the housing market first hand.
It took him 5 1/2 years to sell twenty-seven condos in the area, but since 2013 he already sold twenty-five. It's the change in the market he said home buyers waited for.
"I think so many people have stayed put and they have been nervous about the economy. So now you have this influx of so many people have been waiting," said DeNoble.
The Parade of Homes runs through June 29th. The showcase highlights both homes custom built for customers and homes for sale.
The Madison Area Builders Association estimates around 25,000 to 30,000 people will visit the 6 sub divisions within the two week event.
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