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8 local builders showcasing homes at Fall Parade of Homes

Have you been searching for the perfect home but have not found it? Are you hoping that someone can help bring that wish to life? The Home Builders Association of Dayton can help.

The 2018 Fall Parade of Homes, sponsored by Cox Media Group Ohio, will take place the next two weekends, Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21, and 20 home* throughout the Miami Valley are available to tour. The participating builders are Astelier Fine Homes, Catalyst Homes, Charles Simms Development, Inverness Homes, M/I Homes, Oberer Homes, Peebles Homes, and RM Clemens Company.

October is a great time to purchase a new home and the 2018 Fall Parade of Homes sponsored by Cox Media Group Ohio will showcase many of the best new home options for buyers today. The Fall Parade is a great way to get a feel for the types of new homes available in the Dayton region, and all of the homes are available for purchase if you find the perfect home. Plus, it is free to the public.

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From Clayton to Franklin and downtown Dayton to Beavercreek Twp., plus many points in between, there are many styles of homes to view – multi-level, ranch, cottage and emptynester homes – and all are available for purchase. Prices range from $224,900 to more than $800,000 and if you do decide to buy, move-in right after signing your contract.

To help you gain the most from the Fall Parade, here are some tips to maximize the value of your participation:

Know your budget

Start by determining your budget and be realistic. While you can glean many great ideas from the Parade homes, it makes sense to focus on those that are within your price range. Use a mortgage calculator found on the website of many lending institutions to determine how much house you can afford.

Better yet, consult with a member of the Dayton Mortgage Bankers Association. Members of the Dayton Mortgage Bankers Association can advise you on down payment requirements and mortgage financing options.

Think about your future

Whatever your age, give some thought to what you expect your circumstances and lifestyle to be in the next five to 10 years. If you are in your 50s and plan to make your next home purchase your last, will trudging up a long flight of stairs seven or eight times a day make sense once you get into your 60s and 70s? If not, perhaps you should consider a single story lifestyle home.

Energy efficiency matters

There is no doubt that new homes are more energy and resource efficient, and even more comfortable, than an older existing home. Many have Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) scores, which allow you to compare the energy usage of homes you are considering. Improvements in construction materials, installation methods and more efficient heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing equipment have increased the value of new homes and make it difficult for an older home to compete.

Ask questions

Parade home builders or their representatives will be on hand during Parade hours. Don’t be afraid to approach them with any and all of your questions. If you are curious about costs, other locations they are building in, the cost of upgrades, financing options, etc., they will be more than happy to help you make the most out of this year’s 2018 Fall Parade of Homes sponsored by Cox Media Group Ohio.

Information on the Home Builders Association of Dayton’s 2018 Fall Parade of Homes sponsored by Cox Media Group Ohio is included in this Home Plus section of the Dayton Daily News. If you would like additional information about the homes, please visit www.HBADayton.com or www.DaytonDailyNews.com.

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