Building Industry Association Announces Winners in 2009 Parade of Homes


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., May 4, 2009 – Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan (BIA) announced the winners of its 20th annual Parade of Homes architectural judging. Parade of Homes is an exhibition of 27 new model homes and condominiums, 26 inventory homes and a number of lots for sale, all located throughout southeastern Michigan. The showcase takes place May 1 – May 31, 2009. BIA and Bank of America sponsor the event.

In this year’s architectural judging, blue ribbons were awarded to the model homes in six categories. Winning homes were selected based on the following criteria: best value for the price, best use of space, most innovative design and aesthetic appeal. Before being judged in these categories, participating homes were divided into categories by price.

“The smartest and safest time to buy a new home is now,” said Darshan S. Grewal of Singh Homes Building Co., LLC and president of BIA. “We know that interest rates are low today. We know that home prices are down. We know that there are plenty of homes on the market and we know that builders are willing to offer attractive incentives to get your business.”

The blue ribbon homes are:

• Attached Condominiums Base Priced Under $200,000 – Arlington II in Shelby Township by MJC Companies
• Attached Condominiums Base Priced Over $200,000 – Ashford/Hampton II in Clinton Township by Arteva Homes
• Homes Base Priced Under $180,000 – Kennedy II in Berlin Township by Sherr Development Corp.
• Homes Base Priced $180,000 to $280,000 – Heritage II in White Lake by Heritage Nosan Homes, LLC
• Homes Base Priced Over $280,000 to $600,000 – Woodberry in Macomb Township by GTR Companies
• Homes Base Priced Over $600,000 – Strathmore in Oakland Township by MacLeish Building, Inc.

A panel of local architects and industry experts judged the homes. Participating judges were Marty Peltier, Vice President and Branch Manager, Bank of America; Ben Tiseo, A.I.A., Tiseo Architects, Inc.; and Lonny Zimmerman, A.I.A., STA Architects.

The Parade of Homes models are located throughout southeastern Michigan and can be viewed via open house tours, or online at beginning May 1.

Featured homes include condominiums and single-family homes ranging in base price from $95,900 to $3,899.000. For additional information on the Parade of Homes, please call (248) 862-1032 or visit beginning May 1. Free Parade of Homes magazines are available at area Bank of America locations, beginning May 1.

Headquartered in Farmington Hills, BIA is a trade association representing over 1,2000 builders, remodelers, multi-family property owners, developers and suppliers to the single-family and multifamily residential construction industry. BIA is affiliated with the Michigan Association of Home Builders in Lansing and the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. Membership nationwide includes more that 235,000 individuals and companies.