The arduous process is finally over. Youâ€™ve inserted your brand new set of keys into the door and are, at last, walking inside the home that is now legally yours. The headaches have vanished, negotiations are finished and all of the details have been checked, re-checked, approved and signed on the dotted line.
Sounds like a hoax, right? Many of those reading this article are likely just getting started on the home-buying process, and that description probably sounds like a far-off daydream. Perhaps those readers arenâ€™t where theyâ€™d like to be quite yet. They neednâ€™t worry though. Where theyâ€™d like to be isnâ€™t too far off.
In fact, if youâ€™re just getting started on the home-buying process, itâ€™s important that in order to get there â€“ to the elated phase when youâ€™ve crossed the threshold of your new home â€“ that you explore all of the options out there first. To take the first step, if you will, in the process.
Thatâ€™s where The Tour of New Homes produced by the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) comes in. On April 30 and May 1, anyone interested can participate in the free scattered-site tour, which will showcase new homes of all price ranges in various locations throughout the Louisville area.
The homes featured on the tour will range from homes still under construction with options for customization to new, fully furnished model homes. The tour is also meant to serve as a starting place for those planning on buying a new home and those contemplating remodeling. It also provides inspiration for those seeking landscaping and decorating ideas.
â€œHomeowners, whether theyâ€™re looking to make a move or build now or in the future, [will be] able to look at all of the options in different communities,â€ Gail Schell, vice president of Events & Operations at BIA of Greater Louisville, says. â€œAll of these homes are brand new. Theyâ€™ve never been lived in.â€
The tour, presented by ReMax, will be Greater Louisvilleâ€™s largest app-driven open house. This innovative idea is to make the process of looking at multiple homes a much easier, more efficient and straight-forward process for attendees. In order to participate, the first step for anyone interested would be to download Parade Craze, a free app available on both Android and iPhone.
Once downloaded, buyers should open the app on their mobile device and select the Louisville Tour of New Homes event. Once selected, users will be able to scroll through, view the eventâ€™s different listings and narrow down their choices from there â€“ all before the tour actually starts on Saturday and Sunday. Each listing features a picture, details about the home and a map with step-by-step directions to drive to each home. Additionally, the app will continue to update with any added listings all the way through to the end of the event, so anyone utilizing the app will always be up-to-date on the newest featured homes.
â€œWeâ€™ll be constantly updating information on the app and on our website, including maps, directions, lists, information about homes, etc.,â€ Schell explains. â€œThe app will stay active for anyone to refer back to even after the event ends.â€
As of today, the scattered-site tour will feature more than 42 homes and more than 15 developments.
â€œRather than buy a house thatâ€™s already been lived in, I think youâ€™d be surprised in the Louisville market when you look at how easy it is to buy a brand new house,â€ Schell says. â€œWhat we found last year is that people really enjoyed being able to get out on a weekend and see some of the options out there. You have to get out there and compare, and you donâ€™t know until you do compare.â€
The first step of any long journey is just that â€“ to take the first step. VT
The Tour of New Homes is free to attend and takes place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from noon to 6 p.m. both days. For more information, visit louisvilletourofnewhomes.com or facebook.com/TourOfNewHomes.
By Breanna Price, Contributing Writer