2016 Parade of Homes Dates Announced
Parade of Homes Dates:
SEP 30, OCT 1-2; OCT 7-9; OCT 14-16
The official Parade of Homes will once again be held over three weekends this fall in the beautiful surroundings of the Greater Knoxville area. Tour and shop for homes of all sizes and price ranges built by members of our organization who provide the American Dream of home ownership. This year we are proud to have co-presenting sponsors, ORNL Federal Credit Union and Tindell's, as partners in the spectacular new home promotional event.
2016 REAL Home Show
We would like to thank all vendors at our 2016 Home Show and welcome you back next year - thank you!!
3M Energy Control Consultants
84 Lumber Company
A & C Trades & Services
A & L Heating & Air
A Place for Everything Closets
Above & Beyond Marketing
Advanced Termite & Pest Control
Advanced Water Systems
Allgood Pest Solutions
American Foundation & Basement Repairs
American Home Improvements
Amish Excellence of Knoxville
Aqua Clear Water Systems, LLC
Aspen Contracting, Inc.
Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
Beam of Knoxville
Bell Concrete Industries
Biles Construction, LLC
Boral Building Products
City of Knoxville
Clinton Glass Company
David's Abbey Carpet
Development & Design Concepts, LLC
Diamond Resorts International
Diversified Enclosure and Screen
Eagle CDI Inc.
Earthadelic Enterprises, LLC
Farm Credit Mid-America
Farmer Garage Door Company
Floor & Decor
Folden Construction, LLC
Foothills Fence Company
Fresh Coat Knoxville
Grace Frank Group Real Estate Partners
Henshaw's Heating and Air Conditioning
His Security, LLC
Hiwassee Window and Door
Home Federal Bank
Homechoice Windows and Doors
K & L Construction
Keller Williams Realty
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
Leaf Guard of Tennessee
LeafFilter North of Tennessee, Inc.
Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting
Lowe's Home Improvement
Madaris Siding & Windows
Magnolia Audio Video
Master Dry Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists
Noble Knights Construction Services, Inc.
North Knox Siding And Windows
ORNL Federal Credit Union
Patterson's Home Appliance Center
Pella Window & Door Company of TN
Pinnacle Home Improvements
Plantation Reclaimed Inc.
Powell Brothers Mechanical Contractors
R & R Buildings
Red Door Homes of East TN
Renewal By Andersen of Knoxville
RetroFoam of East TN
Roane County Codes Enforcement Office
Smith & Associates Geothermal
Stephen Davis Home Designs
Tailored Living featuring Premier Garage
Teka Building & Development
The First Tee of Greater Knoxville
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Wilkerson Windows and Doors
William Knight Insurance Agency, Inc.
Williams Door Company
Window Works Inc.
The 2016 REAL Home Show™ is going to be our best show in years. Local Builders, Remodelers and Home Improvement professionals will be available to discuss your projects and answer your questions. Let the pros tackle your large and small projects so you know the job is done right the first time. Spring break is the perfect time to visit the show and plan your home improvements for 2016!
What's different about this show?
The REAL Home Show™ is the only show in town brought to you by the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville. When you choose our show, you know that you're choosing not only to support the industry that brings more jobs to America than any other single industry, but you're also getting the best experience by working with contributing, reputable members of the local building community. We also produce the official Parade of Homes for Knoxville and surrounding area!
Dates & Hours
Friday, March 18th 12:00PM - 7:00PM
Saturday, March 19th 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Sunday, March 20th 12:00PM - 6:00PM
701 Henley Street | Knoxville, TN 37902
Admission is $10.00 at the Show, or $8.00 if purchased online. Children under 17 are admitted free.
2016 HBAGK Officers & Directors, 2015 Award Winners
The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville is proud to announce the 2016 Board of Directors. On January 7th, 2016 we installed the first female President, Julie DuPree. Mayor Madeline Rogero was in attendance for the historic event and addressed the association. We thank all those who attended the 2016 Awards & Instillation Banquet at The Standard.
Julie DuPree, Dupree-Graf Construction, LLC
Dan Mitchell, Eagle CDI Inc.
Associate Vice President
Eric Weekley, ORNL Federal Credit Union
Alan Van Why, Noble Knight Construction Services, Inc.
Immediate Past President
Brian Shugart, Landmark Real Estate Company
Honorary Life Directors
Max Beeler, Sequatchie Concrete Service, Inc.; William Knight, William Knight Insurance Agency, Inc.; Dennis Sewell, Fireside Hearth & Home
Nathan Anderson, A&C Trades & Services; Mike Barnett, Diversified Enclosure and Screen; Doug Barringer, Quinn Appliance; Bill Biles, Biles Construction; Scott Branscom, Grace Construction, Inc.; Scott Brockcamp, His Security, LLC; John Cook, Cook Bros. Construction, LLC; Gerald Cress, Cress Company Inc.; David Ivey, Ivey Custom Homes; Chris Knight, William Knight Insurance Agency, Inc.; Paul Shamiyeh, 3M Energy Control Consultants; Byron Wood, Fairfax Development
Award Winners & Special Honors
Dan Mitchell, 2015 Builder of the Year
Eric Weekley, 2015 Associate of the Year
Scott Davis, 2015 President’s Award
Don’t forget to visit us at the 2016 Home Show! March 18th-20th at the Knoxville Convention Center.
2015 Parade of Homes®
It is time for the Parade of Homes! Presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, new homes for sale will be on display three weekends in October: 9-11, 16-18 & 23-25, from noon - 5 PM each day. Admission is FREE. Official Parade homes can be viewed online at www.theparadeofhomesknoxville.com. Don't forget to download the mobile app for your smart phone and tablet, search: MyHomeFound. Official Parade of Homes magazines are available at all 32 ORNL Federal Credit Union branch locations and can also be picked up at Parade homes during open event hours.
Enter our selfie contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card provided by ORNL Federal Credit Union! Simply take a photo in front of the Parade home sign and tag it on Facebook with #KnoxvilleParadeOfHomesContest and we will choose one winner each weekend: October 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25.
||Ball Homes, LLC
||Better Living Home Builders
||Brookwood Construction & Engineers
||Cascade Falls, LLC
||Charles R. Atkins, Inc.
||Construction Innovations, LLC
||Cook Bros. Construction, LLC
||Cress Company Inc.
||Development & Design Concepts
||Elegant Construction, LP
||Fairfax Custom Homes & Remodeling
||Hughston Homes of TN LLC
||Johnson & Galyon, Homes
||Knob Creek Homes
||Mike Stevens Homes, Inc.
||Mitchell Odomirok Construction
||Myers Brothers Holdings
||Noble Knights Construction Services, Inc.
||Providence Builders of Tennessee
||Saddlebrook Properties, LLC
||Sentinel Builders, Inc.
||Worley Builders, Inc.
Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Remodeler
Are you among the growing number of home owners who are choosing to remodel their homes to fit their changing needs, rather than selling their home and buying another one? If so, you’ll soon learn that even simple remodels can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. With that type of investment on the line, it’s important to find a contractor you can trust.
As the home building and remodeling industry celebrates National Home Remodeling Month in May, here are the top five tips to ensure you make the right decisions when you find, evaluate and hire a remodeler.
1. Always Go with a Pro
The best place to start is the Directory of Professional Remodelers at hbaknoxville.com/directory or contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville. A professional remodeler will uphold the highest professional and ethical standards in the industry. These sources can also help you find a remodeler who specializes in a specific type of remodeling if you need it, such as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) to help modify your home to better suit you as you age, or a Certified Green Remodeler (CGP) to make your home more energy-efficient.
2. Do Your Research
Look at the prospective remodeler’s company website and social media accounts to see photos of their work. Visit review sites like HomeAdvisor, Houzz, etc., to see more pictures and to read reviews of remodeling companies. Take the good with the bad when reading online reviews and focus on the descriptions of experiences and qualities that are most important to you as a customer. Ask for referrals from friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and others who have had remodeling work done on comparable homes under similar schedules.
3. Create Your Short List
Once you have a list of potential home remodelers for your project, do a little more background research to verify that they are appropriately licensed and have a good business track record. Look them up with your local or state office of consumer protection. Verify that the remodeler has the appropriate licenses and registrations.
4. Start Taking Notes
When you begin meeting with remodelers, you want to find out information such as:
- How long they have been in business in your community? Can they provide references from customers and suppliers they work with?
- Do they carry insurance that protects you from claims arising from property damage or job site injuries? Ask for a copy of the insurance certificates.
- What is their working knowledge of the many types and ages of homes in the area, and what sort of issues could arise?
- Do they arrange for the building permit? (The person who obtains the permit is the contractor of record and therefore liable for the work)
- Do they provide a written estimate before beginning the work, and a detailed contract that spells out the work that will and will not be performed, protects both of you, provides a fair payment schedule contract and complies with local, state, and federal laws?
5. Trust Your Instincts
Make sure you are compatible with the contractor you select. Beginning your project with mutual expectations will go a long way towards a smooth remodel. You’ll spend a lot of time with your remodeler so it’s important to have a good rapport and trust in him or her. For more detailed checklists for finding, evaluating and working with a remodeler, as well as other information about remodeling your home, go to nahb.org/remodeling.
Home Ownership Remains a Key Part of the American Dream
There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about Millennials delaying marriage, kids and homeownership. So it would be easy to think that perhaps the traditional American dream of owning home is slowly dying. In fact, the opposite is true: Research shows that homeownership remains a goal for the vast majority of American renters.
A recent survey by Freddie Mac revealed that 91% of renters believe homeownership is something of which to be proud. And, younger renters are making plans to buy homes in the near future. In fact, nearly half of renters in the 25-to-34 age bracket – and nearly 60% of renters ages 35 to 44 – indicate that they plan to buy a home in the next three years.
Benefits of Homeownership
These would-be buyers recognize the many benefits to homeownership, including the fact that homeownership is a primary source of net worth for many Americans, and is an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term.
In fact, 90% of the survey respondents said that being able to pass their home on to their children is one of the top three benefits of homeownership. Although property values have declined in many markets, Americans have more than $10.8 trillion of equity in their homes, and for most families, home equity represents the largest share of net worth.
Overcoming Obstacles to Homeownership
Qualifying for a mortgage and saving up for a downpayment remain primary obstacles to homeownership. To help address these concerns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – recently announced new low-downpayment mortgage programs geared primarily toward the first-time home buyer market.
These lenders will now offer mortgages with 3% downpayments, allowing more creditworthy borrowers who lack the funds for a large downpayment to obtain a home mortgage.
To ensure that the financing process goes smoothly, buyers should consider pre-qualifying for a mortgage and having a financing commitment in place before shopping for a new home. Buyers also may find that some home builders have arranged favorable financing for their customers or offer financial incentives.
Recent analysis by the National Association of Home Builders reveals that financial concerns remain front of mind for many first-time home buyers. In fact, Millennial home buyers – those in the 18-to-33 age bracket – are more likely to let financial reasons influence their house choice, while older generations consider the right size most often. And the homes Millennials buy are smaller, older and less expensive than homes bought by older generations.
That’s not surprising, since Millennials also are more likely than older generations to finance home purchases through current income than accumulated wealth, according to the NAHB analysis of the 2013 American Housing Survey. So, while Millennials may be taking a little longer than previous generations to reach some of these traditional milestones, their goal of building their own American Dream remains strong.