New Homes Month & the Ottawa Homebuilders’ Art of Home Tour
April is New Home month and a range of activities have just been concluded across Canada. In Ottawa our big event was delayed until May in order to take advantage of some warmer weather conditions. It’s been 13 years since we last organized a ‘Parade of Homes’ but it’s been well worth the wait. The upcoming event features 25 communities presented by 15 of our builder members and some great bonuses are being offered.
The Art of Home Tour will take place from 11AM – 6PM on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th and showcase some of the best new homes in the National Capital Region. Consumers will have the opportunity to follow self-guided tours of unique, innovative, and attractive model homes in communities throughout Ottawa East, South, and West.
This event is free of charge and offers prospective buyers the opportunity to view a wide variety of housing types and the latest innovations in energy efficiency, building technology, and design trends. A complete range of energy efficient homes are available ranging from the most sophisticated Net Zero Energy models to Energy Star and conventional.
“The Art of Home Tour is the perfect way to begin the search for your next home.” says Shelley Beck, Media Sales Consultant with Postmedia, and Chairperson of GOHBA’s Sales & Marketing Committee. “This event provides consumers with the opportunity to find the builder, community, and home that best suits their needs, with incredible savings and incentives to be found throughout the city.”
Start planning your Art of Home Tour visits with our customized map, which can be found online at www.artofhometour.com and be sure to follow it on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofHomeTour), Twitter (www.twitter.com/@ArtofHomeTour) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/artofhometour/). Also featured on our website is a full list of Builders and Communities participating in this years’ Art of Home Tour.
Former incarnations of home tours were referred to as ‘Parades’ of Homes where 15 or 20 model homes were constructed by different builders on the same street which made it easy for prospective buyers to see a wide range of homes in a short period of time with little travel involved. As municipal boundary expansions declined, serviceable land became scarce and ownership patterns changed such that the ability to hold traditional ‘Home Parades’ eventually disappeared.
Over time, social media has made it possible to design and present a new generation of ‘Home Parade’ where potential buyers can visit model homes in their community of choice rather than one location. This makes it much easier to identify where in the Ottawa region builders are constructing homes and assist buyers in matching builders and communities of preference.
Many will be surprised to learn that members of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association are building beautiful lifestyle communities in locations such as Kemptville and homes in Rockland.
The timing of this tour presents a unique opportunity to acquire a new home at a very reasonable price. Housing starts in Ottawa declined during the last two years of the Conservative Government’s term in office due civil service concerns over job cuts. There has been a resurgence of sales since the October election as pent up demand is being met. But there is still a small amount of inventory to deal with and so it’s a good time to consider making the investment in a new home and ride the next wave of price increases that will occur in trying to meet the increasingly demand from federal employees.
Existing home purchases can be tempting because of their lower prices but buyers need to consider just why this is the case. There is no way to escape aging technology and energy inefficient homes constructed in years past. Natural gas prices happen to be lower now than in the recent past but we all know that this will not continue and eventually energy prices will return to previous levels and increase from there. The savings in energy costs between new and aging homes can be measured in hundreds of dollars per month and will only increase over time. Electricity prices are also increasing at a dramatic rate and older appliances, furnaces and light fixtures can add another significant monthly cost to the ownership of an aging home. All things considered, the most cost effective and reliable solution going forward is state of the art technology available in a new home. Check out the www.artofhometour.ca and find out just how much today’s new homes have to offer.