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Ultimate guide to the 2020 Parade of Homes

Fall 2020 Parade of Homes

Key insights:

  • Visit the Parade of Homes from Sept. 12 through Oct. 4, 2020 and the Remodelers Showcase from Oct. 2 through Oct. 4, 2020.
  • The Parade of Homes showcases luxury, high-tech and new construction homes in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota, including active living communities and green path homes.
  • Bring your mask and your REALTOR®. Safety precautions will be exercised at the Parade of Homes to keep all visitors safe, and your agent will be your best resource.
  • Partnering with a Realtor when purchasing a new construction home means you have an advocate looking out for your best interests throughout the building process.

With all the extra hours you’re likely spending indoors these days, do you find yourself dreaming up your next perfect home? Have your household needs shifted due to COVID-19? If so, be sure to check out the highly anticipated Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase events safely and in person this fall.

Here are more details and insights you can use as you plan to attend this one-of-a-kind home tour.

What is the Parade of Homes?

Showcasing the finest properties in the Twin Cities and the surrounding area, the Parade of Homes is “where dream homes come true.” Throughout this nearly month-long event, 355 brand-new homes and 43 remodeled homes are put on display and open to the public. While touring the Parade of Homes, expect to view the ultimate exhibition of luxury, green, high-tech and new construction homes in Minnesota.

When is the 2020 Parade of Homes?

The 2020 Parade of Homes spans nearly an entire month, which allows viewers to leisurely and carefully survey properties throughout Minnesota. The fall tour will conclude with a special Remodelers Showcase, featuring the area’s most beautifully renovated properties. Finally, the 2020 Artisan Home Tour will showcase some of the area’s most exquisitely designed and built homes.

2020 Parade of Homes:

  • Sept. 12 through Oct. 4, 2020
  • Weekly, Thursday through Sunday
  • Noon-6 p.m.

2020 Remodelers Showcase:

  • Oct. 2 through Oct. 4, 2020
  • One-weekend event, Friday through Sunday
  • Noon-6 p.m.

2020 Artisan Home Tour:

  • Oct. 9 through Oct. 25, 2020
  • Weekly, Friday through Sunday
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Ticket required

Get more information on this year’s Parade of Homes and the Artisan Home Tour — including special events, free offerings and upcoming tours.

Taking precautions during COVID-19

In the interest of safety, the 2020 Parade of Homes will take extra precautions to keep all attendees healthy. This year’s event has added safety guidelines and social distancing measures, including:

  • Limiting a maximum of 10 occupants per home model
  • Requiring the use of face masks
  • Maintaining six feet of space between tour participants
  • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces

In addition to these safety measures, the Parade of Homes will offer a selection of virtual home tours on available properties. Want to experience a complete tour of eligible homes from the safety and comfort of your couch? Here’s a link to all properties with virtual tours.

Looking for renovation ideas? Visit the Remodelers Showcase

A unique offshoot of the Parade of Homes, the Remodelers Showcase is a three-day event that provides an exclusive look at 40+ remodeled homes in the area.

While visiting the Remodelers Showcase, gather insights from contractors and architects who are remodeling homes to better align with modern living standards — while still keeping true to the original character of each property. Keep these tips in mind, as you may find them helpful while completing your own home improvements.

What is the Artisan Home Tour?

Last, don’t miss the Artisan Home Tour. This event features magnificent homes constructed by the area's most prominent builders and remodelers. The blend of artistic detail and skilled craftsmanship that goes into each of these homes creates a magical experience for all attendees. This is a ticketed event, so plan ahead to reserve your spot.

Do I need a real estate agent for new construction? Can a Realtor help with the Parade of Homes tour?

Yes! It is advantageous to work with a Realtor as you tour the Parade of Homes or build a brand-new home. Your agent will be an advocate for you throughout the process, explaining the steps and timeline, advising on key decisions and helping with negotiations or other challenges that arise. By starting your search at the Parade of Homes with your Realtor, you’ll have an expert on your side as you navigate the unique path of a new construction purchase. (And if you don’t bring your Realtor with you, be sure to mention to the developer that you are already working with an agent.)

Partnering with a local Realtor also means you have an agent as your advocate during COVID-19. Your agent will not only understand the norms of today’s unique housing market, but will also be up-to-speed on current safety procedures in homes and throughout the purchase process.

Be sure to work with your agent to plan a safe tour that visits all the properties that interest you the most. By teaming up with someone who has expertise in the field — and your well-being and best interests at heart — you can rest assured you’re making the right decisions as you purchase a new construction home during these unprecedented times.

Are you ready to make your move?

If the Parade of Homes inspires you to make your next housing move, reach out to Edina Realty or one of our agents.

For 65 years, Edina Realty has been a one-stop-shop for homebuyers and sellers. We offer insights you can use throughout the process of buying, selling and owning a home.

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Status Definitions

For sale: Properties which are available for showings and purchase

Active contingent: Properties which are available for showing but are under contract with another buyer

Pending: Properties which are under contract with a buyer and are no longer available for showings

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Coming soon: Properties which will be on the market soon and are not available for showings.

Contingent and Pending statuses may not be available for all listings