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Parade of homes has fewer entries, but still has appeal

While the recession has forced other home builders associations have canceled their parade of homes, 144 homes for sale in Wake County can be toured for three weekends in October.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County hopes it's giving a head start to sellers on its 44th annual Parade of Homes, which began Saturday.

Chairman Wes Carroll said the number entries is down significantly this year – from nearly 400 to 144. Carrol said the recession is to blame for the decrease.

However, he said, the same economic conditions have kept other builders associations from even holding parades, so that should give Wake County sellers an upper hand.

Sixteen homes were dropped out because they sold before the parade started, Carroll said.

Traffic at most homes was good on the first day of the parade, he said.

The Parade of Homes includes single-family houses, townhomes and condominiums ranging in price from $120,000 to $2.3 million. The parade also includes one entry each in Durham and Franklin counties.

Parade homes are open for touring noon-5 p.m. on Oct. 9-11 and and 16-18.

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