Forty sparkling new homes will be on display today and next weekend in the Capital Region Builders Association (CRBA) annual Parade of Homes. This area’s top homebuilders will be on hand to show potential homebuyers the latest trends in the local residential real estate market.

The annual parade – open today from 1 - 5 p.m. – will continue next Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and next Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

“The builders have been working very hard to prepare their homes for the 2017 Parade of Homes and are very excited about opening their homes to the public,” said CRBA president Dwayne Gafford. “Many of the homes will feature a number of new ideas and innovative products.

“The Parade of Homes is always a great way for the public to view homes of many different price ranges and styles of construction up close and personal,” Gafford said. “I would like to invite everyone to come out and visit the homes and builders of the 2017 Parade of Homes”.

This year’s parade includes 40 homes, built by 25 different homebuilders in 34 subdivisions. Prices for the new homes range from $160,000 to $1 million.

The parade has something for everyone across the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Nearly half of the homes (19) on display are in Prairieville and Gonzales in Ascension Parish, one of this area’s hottest growth areas.

Homes included in the parade include one home in Plaquemine, 10 homes in Baton Rouge, three homes in Central, two homes in Denham Springs, four homes in Gonzales, four homes in Zachary and 15 homes in Prairieville.

“The housing market is really hot and now is a great time to purchase a new home,” Gafford said. “Interest rates remain low and financing is readily available. The energy efficiency of the new homes and low interest rates can actually be cheaper than renting.”

A list of homes on the parade tour is available at as are instructions for downloading a mobile phone app that includes descriptions, drawings and driving directions for each of the homes.

For more information on the 2017 CRBA Parade of Homes, visit or call Krystalin Schexnayder at 225-769-7696.