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The annual Parade of Homes Tour gives people a chance to visit new homes throughout our area. Participants said this year's parade showed some positives for the local housing market. “Every year, I did it last year too, I planned out a route, found the houses that I liked the most and wanted to go see,” said Jacob Dodge. That was the routine for many people on the 2009 Parade of Homes Tour. More than 60 homes were on display with prices ranging from under $150,000 to almost $4 million. Real estate agent Art Ricks said, “People are interested in purchasing, but they're just not sure what's available. This gives them an opportunity to come out and see the new things that are on the market, new techniques, new building designs, as well as some really beautiful homes.” While not everyone on the tour is in the market for a new home, there are still plenty of reasons to stop by. “We have a house already, but we're interested in new decorating ideas and seeing paint colors and new trends,” said Jennifer Bush. “I especially like the kitchens and bathrooms and what they put up for tile and things like that.” Even if they are not buying now, builders said just getting people into their homes could have future effects. “Well it gives us exposure to the market and to the customers, let them see what we can do. It also hopefully promotes some activity,” said Smith Roberson of Worsley Real Estate and Construction. “People are tired of hearing the bad news. They're becoming more positive. Pessimism has passed and now optimism has come into it its right,” said Ricks. Clearly those who spent the day touring homes agree. Those in the business said that alone makes it a successful parade. Among the 65 homes in this year’s parade, 11 were green homes. This is the first year the Parade of Homes issued green awards to environmentally friendly builders.

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