The New Normal of the Home Building Industry and the 2013 Wake County Parade of Homes

Raleigh, N.C. – The 48th Annual Parade of Homes, N.C.’s largest open house presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh–Wake County, will run October 5-6, 11- 13, 18-20, from 12-5 p.m. The tour of new homes that takes place mainly throughout Wake County will feature 190 homes.

This year’s tour is representative of the new normal,” said Wes Carroll, president of Upright Builders and the 2013 Parade of Homes Committee Chair. “As the housing market rebounds from increasing confidence across the board, we are seeing a merge of the old normal with the new. This is reflected in the standard features that many builders now offer for energy efficiency and smart technology.”

The Parade of Homes is always a thorough representation of the current market and the latest trends. Builders have now added more standard features to meet the consumer demand for energy efficiency and smart technology.

The price points on this annual, free tour that is open to the public, range from $134,900 – $2.29 million. Eleven homes are listed at $1 million or higher. Three different charity homes are the highlights of this year’s tour.

Million Dollar Dog House by J.M. Davis Custom Homes

J.M. Davis Custom Homes has built a home sweet home for both man and his best friend. The Million Dollar Dog House 2013 is a philanthropic endeavor that features a magnificent three level home with elegant living spaces and a few ‘barkitectural’ touches for furry friends. One hundred percent of the donations collected during the tour will benefit SPCA of Wake County.
These ‘barkitectural’ features include:

  • Dog Den: Comfy and roomy custom nook for Fido to nap in!
  • Dog Spa: Custom shower in the “Mutt Room.”
  • Wall of Fame: Gallery Portraits of adoptable dogs from SPCA will adorn

    the walls of the recreation room

  • Miniature Million Dollar Dog House: This custom dog house will be a

    miniature replica of the JM Davis Custom home. This one of a kind dog house will be raffled off as another fundraiser for the SPCA of Wake County.

This home, listed at $1.3 million, is located at 2000 Narrow Water Way, Raleigh, in Rose Hall. Special note: Leashed dogs are welcome OUTSIDE at The First Citizens Bank HosPETality Tent located in home’s cul-de-sac.

The Craftsman by Stuart M. Jones Custom Homes, Inc.

Typically Stuart M. Jones Custom Homes, Inc. features a parade home where a portion of the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. However this Fall, they felt that the need for food was a higher priority for people still entrenched in the recession, so a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The home listed at $769,834 is located at 210 Faircloth St. in Raleigh.

The James E, the Duke Miracle Home by Terramor Homes

This year, Terramor Homes was selected to build the 2014 Miracle Home and pledged to raise $120,000 for the cause. The Miracle Home is a part of the Terramor “A Touch of Hope Program,” which was created to highlight service projects and organizations. All revenue generated from the sale of the Miracle Home will go directly toward the Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The Miracle Home is the single largest fundraiser for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, and has raised over $15 million in the past 19 years.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at the 2014 Duke Children’s Hospital Miracle Home, located at 744 Magalloway Drive in the Cameron Pond community, Terramor Homes will host a “Family Fun Day.” During the “Family Fun Day,” on-air personalities, from the WRAL MIX Morning Show, Mike Chase and Lynda Loveland will broadcast live onsite that morning. Attendees can enjoy tours of the Miracle Home, and Gigi’s Cupcakes of Brier Creek will be at the home with cupcakes to sample and hotdogs will be served. An inflatable bounce house will be open for kids, as well as face painting and pumpkin painting. Custom Home Exteriors is the primary event partner, and has worked directly with Terramor Homes throughout the project, assisting with the donation of supplies and sponsorships. The Miracle Home located at 744 Magalloway Drive in the Cameron Pond Community of Cary, is listed for $771,448.

Parade homes will be judged prior to the first open house weekend and winners will be announced on Thursday, October 17, after the Awards Gala that is held the night before. Prizes will be awarded for Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

This year, the parade features 185 homes in Wake County, 4 in Durham County, and 1 in Chatham County with homes styles that include single family, and 33 townhomes. Specifically there will be 1 home in Angier, 15 homes in Apex, 30 homes in Cary, 16

homes in Fuquay-Varina, 3 homes in Garner, 14 homes in Holly Springs, 7 homes in Knightdale, 4 homes in Morrisville, 55 homes in Raleigh, 15 homes in Rolesville, 22 homes in Wake Forest, 2 homes in Wendell, 2 in Willow Spring, and 2 homes in Zebulon.

There are three ways to receive Parade of Homes information. These include:

1) ONLINE – Visit for the online list of homes. Search homes by community, builder, size, etc. and create your own personal tour with driving directions.

2) IN PRINT – Stop by the HBA office to pick up a book beginning on October 2. Please note, one book per person. Parade books will also be available at the parade houses during the tour.

3) VIA SMART PHONE – Download the Parade App, My Home Found, for your iPhone or Android phone and explore Parade homes on your mobile device.

Tour visitors are also encouraged to connect online and post their favorite parade home or feature at:

• use hashtag #WakeParade •

About the HBA

The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA) is the voice of the home building industry throughout Wake County, and provides members opportunities for business development, education, professional growth, networking and community involvement. The membership, comprised of builders, remodelers, developers, and sales & marketing professionals, is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders, which represents over 160,000 member companies nationwide. Currently the HBA is the largest home builders association in the country. The members of the HBA are building excellence together for the neighborhoods and communities of tomorrow.