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Home Parade Deemed Success
The 90 parade homes were staffed by 68 nonprofit organizations, which earned a total of $24,972 for their various groups. Many of these organizations have been involved with the HBAGGR’s Parade of Homes for many years and support the parade system by selling tickets, keeping a daily tally of traffic and welcoming visitors to the homes, according to Judy Barnes, HBAGGR executive director.
Total traffic this year was 67,674 tours, indicating a continued interest in new construction, housing ideas and trends. Many homes were bought and sold during this two-week annual event and many more sales are in the works.
Other statistics include an average of 752 adult visitors through each home, an average of 10 homes seen by each adult ticket holder, and over 6,600 total tickets sold.
These numbers compare very closely to the statistics for the Spring Parade of Homes, taking into account the difference of 170 homes in that event, as compared to the 90 in the fall parade, Barnes said.
Parade guidebooks and information on the few unsold homes from the parade are available for free at the HBAGGR offices, 2021 44th St. SE, and also at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. A list of available homes for sale also is provided at the HBA’s Web site,