Archive for Saturday, September 27, 2003

Area home builders to showcase work during weekend tours

September 27, 2003


A hot housing market has area builders eager to show off their work today and Sunday.

The Lawrence Home Builders Assn. is sponsoring its annual Fall Showcase of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday and Oct. 4-5. The tour features 24 homes and three housing developments.

"This is a large fall tour," said Bobbie Flory, the association's executive director. "It used to be spring was the time to show homes in this town but the market continues to be very good, so builders are making sure they have plenty of homes to put out there."

There is no cost to attend the tour, and Flory said builders encourage people to attend even if they're not seriously in the market for a new home.

"It's for anybody who likes to look at what type of houses are being built," Flory said. "They can see what the latest appliances are, and if they're thinking about remodeling, they can get some design ideas."

Homes on the tour range in price from $139,000 to $525,000. Flory said builders wished they had more lower-priced homes to show. She said the association's 240 members continued to be concerned about the lack of affordable lots to build on and new city regulations that make home building more costly.

"A lot of the affordability issue is a simple supply-and-demand issue," Flory said.

"When a subdivision opens up, it is like a land grab by builders trying to get lots. They are worried about where they are going to build next."

The annual Fall Showcase of Homes will be from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday and again Oct. 4-5. Tour maps are available online at or in the Journal-World's Home Weekend, which is available in the Journal-World lobby, 609 N.H., from 6 a.m. to noon today, or at various newsstand locations.

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