MANATEE -- You can almost here Alan Anderson whistling the tune "I Love a Parade" when he starts talking about the Parade of Homes.
"We're selling out," he says, laughing.
The 2013 Parade of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota Counties has been the best they've seen in years, according to the feedback Anderson, the association's executive vice president, got in a home builders' meeting Friday morning.
"It's going great," Anderson said. "There's a high level of traffic through the models."
The traffic, so far, is on par with what the home builders saw last year and, Anderson said he's "fairly confident it will exceed last year as far as the volume,"
Gregg Glasser, sales and marketing director for Medallion Home, said they sold six homes in just one day of the parade.
"I think it's the best parade in several years," Glasser said. "Customers coming through are giving rave reviews and the quality and volume of customers coming through the door is amazing."
Glasser said he's seen customers at all of their properties, from Parrish to the Inlets and into the Riva Trace subdivision of University Park. Anderson and Glasser said visitors are looking at -- and buying -- every level of home.
Last week's weather kept
people coming at a steady pace, Glasser said. While he said folks have been viewing homes from the $200,000 price range up to $2 million, he was particularly pleased at the number of people "coming out to see what a $2 million home looks like."
Anderson said he's also noticed that the market for homes has opened up compared to previous years.
"We're seeing good movement in all sectors of the market," he said. "The lower end has done well for the last couple of years. If anyone was buying, they were buying smaller homes."
This year's parade of homes indicates that has changed.
"The middle price range from the high hundred-thousand to the $600,000 range has opened up considerably," he added.
Glasser said he was expecting a good turnout this year after seeing an uptick in traffic last year. But this parade has more than met expectations, he said.
"I don't know if its theparade itself, the time ofyear, but there's a lot of great success stories," Glasser said.
"Here we are in Sarasota and Manatee enjoying a wonderful rebound."
Interested? It's not too late. The Parade of Homes continues through March 10 at 5 p.m.
For information visit www.paradeofhomesinfo.com.