Consumers: Consider copyright issues when developing home plans

by Krista Mund

Copyright infringement can happen unknowingly, in subtle ways. For instance, a couple may walk through a house during the Parade of Homes and love the way it looks and feels. Later, at their kitchen table, they sketch the layout on paper and decide to take the next step, ultimately working with a contractor different than the one who originally built the Parade house.

Is this copyright infringement? Probably.

It is the consumer’s responsibility to be forthcoming about his or her plan’s origins, just as the builder should ask questions about the drawing. But if the couple says nothing and the builder takes the sketch as original, everyone involved has just entered into a bad situation.

Some may ask, “How many changes do I have to make in someone else’s work before it becomes my own design and I am no longer in danger of being sued for copyright infringement?”

According to National Association of Home Builders Legal Research Director David N. Crump, Jr., the answer is simple.

“You are not entitled to create derivative works from another’s copyrighted plans, drawings or buildings without permission,” he says. “The copyright law does not permit usage of the design after a certain amount of changes has been made to another’s copyrighted work.”

Prior to Dec. 1, 1990, architectural structures (buildings) could not be copyrighted. Only architectural drawings received copyright protection. An amendment to the Copyright Act changed that situation. Now, any qualifying building constructed after Dec. 1, 1990, automatically is copyrighted to the person or company who “authored” the drawing or plan – for example, a builder, architect or lumberyard.

Before using any floor plan that you have seen on paper or experienced by touring a home (even a friend’s home), be certain to find out its origins. Many times a builder will consider selling rights to a plan. If you don’t know where the plan originated, the safest bet is to start from scratch.

Some common sense applies: owners cannot copyright standard configurations, such as placing a bathroom next to a master bedroom because they are not original. The author’s independent selection and arrangement of the parts into an original design is copyrightable.

“The level of originality need not be particularly high or particularly novel,” Crump says. “In fact, the design may be similar to countless others. However, if the work has a minimal degree of creativity and is honestly an original, independent creation, it will be afforded copyright protection.”

What if the plan is on the Internet or otherwise published?

Copyright owners have the right to give their property away, to release the design for general use, and to transfer it to the public domain. Consumers should look for a written release signed by the copyright owner to be certain he or she has placed the plans or drawings in the public domain.

“A user should not assume that an architectural work is in the public domain simply because the work is widely disseminated and used by others,” Crump says. “For example, putting an architectural plan or drawing on the Internet does not mean that the work has been placed in the public domain, nor does it mean that it may be used without specific permission to do so.”

What courts look for in copyright infringement cases

Courts recognize that proof of direct copying seldom exists, such as confession or eyewitness testimony. However, courts do not require direct evidence in order to find that an infringement has occurred through modifying a design. Courts will consider whether the alleged infringer has had access to the original plans or building, and if a substantial similarity exists between the original plans and alleged altered design.

Access and substantial similarity are defined as follows:
 Access: the mere opportunity to walk though a model home, or that the infringer obtained an advertising brochure depicting the copyrighted house.
 Substantial similarity: when an average lay observer recognizes the altered or modified design having been taken from the original copyrighted work.

Editor’s Note: Excerpts for this article were taken with the author’s permission from “Copyright Law for Home Builders” by David N. Crump, Jr. Crump is director of legal research for the Legal Affairs Area of the National Association of Home Builders Advocacy Group.

Fall Home Show features Wall Wizard at Scheels Arena Sept. 26-27

The Fall Home Show, organized by Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s Remodelers Council, is coming Sept. 26-27 to Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. Hours are noon – 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday. Now in its 25th year, the Fall Home Show will display a wide array of exhibits under one roof. The event’s sponsors include Budget Blinds of Fargo, Luxury Bath, CenturyLink and Midwest Communications.

Brian Santos, the Wall Wizard, will appear at the Fall Home Show and is a nationally recognized painting and wall coverings expert.

The featured speaker is Brian Santos, the “Wall Wizard,” a nationally recognized painting and wall coverings expert. With over 25 years of experience, Santos is a best-selling author, fourth-generation decorative artist and licensed contractor whose past clients include Clint Eastwood, Joe Montana and George Lucas. He has appeared on HGTV, TLC and the Discovery Channel. Santos uses household items to create professional painting results. He is a crowd favorite who has entertained, educated and empowered his audiences to decorate their homes using his easy, time-saving, cost-saving, do-it-yourself techniques.

See booths featuring building industry companies including general contractors, flooring, siding, spas, windows, water purification, decks, heating/air conditioning, interior decorating and design, kitchen and bath design, cabinetry, plumbing, garages, basements and more.

Check www.hbafm.com for a seminar schedule, or pick up the show guide in The Forum Sept. 21. They will be available at Hornbacher’s Sept. 22.

Admission is $3. Parking is free and convenient, provided by HBA of F-M. Children younger than age 14 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Look for a $1-off admission coupon in the show guide inserted Sept. 21 in The Forum. Starting Sept. 22, the coupon will be available at www.hbafm.com and show guides will be available at Hornbacher’s. The “Home Show Happy Hour,” providing 2-for-1 admission, will run 2 – 5 p.m. Friday. Scheels Arena vendors will also offer $1.50 off alcoholic drinks during this time. (Note: the $1-off admission coupon is not valid during the Home Show Happy Hour.)

Call (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com for more information on exhibiting in the show.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

The HBA of F-M’s Remodelers Council deals with issues affecting the remodeling segment of the building industry. Its charitable projects include constructing handicap-accessible ramps. It is involved with organizing the Fall Home Show and Remodeled Home Tour. The Council was formed in 1990.

Second-quarter housing starts exceed 2013, permit valuations across all categories up significantly

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s 2014 second-quarter building permit report for the F-M metro area shows the results of a busy building industry. Dampened by a long, rainy spring and summer, housing starts in the F-M area are up slightly from 2013 with total valuation up nearly $9 million. Housing start totals increased by 13 permits compared to this time last year. With 500 total permits pulled through second quarter, housing, including single-family, twin homes, row houses and duplexes, is at its highest level since 2006.

 

Total construction value through second quarter is just shy of $630 million, which is up over $335 million; this includes housing, multi-family, new commercial, residential and commercial remodeling, public, and miscellaneous categories. Over half of that major difference ($171 million) is accounted for in Fargo’s new commercial permit category.

HBA President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., says, “Housing numbers are strong. This is great news considering that we’ve been dealing with challenging weather and a labor crunch this building season, both which have delayed many projects across the area.”

On the Minnesota side of the river, with 103 total housing starts, Moorhead’s numbers are the highest since 2008. There is a 150 percent increase in housing permits pulled and a 120 percent increase in total valuation. Dilworth’s housing and valuation numbers are down a bit from 2013, but are still ahead of those in 2012.

In Fargo, single-family and twin home starts are less than 2013, however, multi-family permits are up by 55 percent with a valuation increase from $22.5 to $43.8 million, or 95 percent. In West Fargo, total housing starts are up slightly, with total valuation up $4.3 million. Single-family permits are down a bit, but twin home/row house construction is up, as is multi-family and residential remodeling projects.

“The lack of permanent flood protection for the community continues to be an issue. It is on the minds of prospective home buyers/owners as well as the building and development community,” Dietz says. “With approximately 60 percent of Clay County’s eligible resident workforce employed in Cass County, permanent flood protection is necessary to protect all, whether they are businesses, employees or home owners. With the presidential authorization of Water Resources Reform & Development Act, we remain optimistic that flood protection is in the future for the F-M area.”

Each quarter, the HBA contracts with Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co. to compile the building permits from Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo into a uniform report for the industry’s and media’s use. It includes summaries for each city, types of construction, valuations and comparisons to the past four years, as well as comparisons to five-year and 20-year averages.

 The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

Local mayors proclaim June as Homeownership Month

Mayors of Moorhead, Dilworth, Fargo and West Fargo signed a proclamation June 12 at a Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity build in Moorhead designating June as Homeownership Month for each city. This year’s theme, “Preserving the Dream,” highlights benefits of homeownership and the opportunity for consumers to take advantage of low interest rates and our stable local economy.

Pictured left to right: Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams; West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern; Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker; HBA of F-M President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc.; Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson; and Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Director Rob Rich.

Press conference attendees included: Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams; Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson; Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker; West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern; Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Director Rob Rich and Home Builders Association of F-M President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc.

The press conference site, at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s first Veteran Build, will be home to a mother and her ten-year-old daughter. Sonia Greer is a veteran of the Air Force.

Rich said, “Sonia is working with Lake Agassiz Habitat for an opportunity to purchase a home so that she can provide her daughter with a stable and secure environment. She is working toward completing her 250 sweat equity hours as required by Habitat for partner families.”

Organizations involved in housing such as the F-M Area Association of Realtors, Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, The Village Family Service Center, Habitat for Humanity and local city governments, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, coordinated the event.

The focus of National Homeownership Month is to recognize efforts to strengthen communities and to give countless American families the information necessary to achieve their dream of homeownership. With today’s continuing low interest rates, homeownership has never been more accessible to so many people. Contributing to a strong economy, home ownership enriches families and has come to symbolize the realization of the American Dream. Home equity accounts for more than half of the total net wealth of the typical home-owning family, making homeownership the primary source of a household’s net worth and the fundamental first step toward accumulating personal wealth.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more details, visit www.hbafm.com.

HBA reminds consumers to use local, licensed contractors

As summer construction season kicks into high gear, Home Builders Association of F-M offers resources to help members of the public choose a qualified contractor. In general, local contractors have a history working in the area, have built a list of references, and will be around to service warranties or problems that may arise with projects. Here are our top ten suggestions:

  1. Always check to see if the contractor you are considering, local or transient, is licensed in the state in which work will be performed. Contact the appropriate governmental agency: North Dakota Secretary of State’s office (http://nd.gov/sos/licensing/) or the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (www.doli.state.mn.us) to verify the builder is currently licensed and to find out if he or she has a disciplinary history.
  2. Get more than one estimate and be wary of any contractor that requires full payment up front, uses high-pressure sales tactics or asks you to sign authorization paperwork or a contract that you don’t understand. Consider paying with a credit card since these companies have better methods of remedying disputes and dealing with fraudulent charges.
  3. Get a detailed contract including a summary of the work to be done, a description of materials, the total contract price or how the price will be calculated and specific timelines. Do not sign it until you are comfortable.
  4. Ask the contractor how long and where he or she has been in business.
  5. Ask the contractor about designations or certifications he or she has earned. These can include, for example, voluntary programs to further their professionalism, or lead certification required by the EPA to perform work in structures built in 1978 or earlier.
  6. Request references and check with former customers to see if they were satisfied with the work.
  7. Ask for a local business address, other than a post office box, and a local phone number where the contractor can be reached during normal business hours. Some transient companies will open a post office box or can easily acquire a cell phone with a local number to give the appearance of being a local company, when it is not.
  8. Ask about warranty work and the company’s service policies.
  9. Find out if the contractor has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  10. Lastly, make sure you can communicate with the contractor and feel comfortable with him or her. Misunderstandings during the course of the project can lead to cost overruns and delays.

Visit www.hbafm.com for additional information, plus a directory of local contractors categorized by what they do.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

Home Builders Care Foundation hosts celebration for first-ever Veteran Habitat build

Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation hosted a celebration to kick off its Habitat for Humanity build June 3 at 3040 32nd Ave. S. in Moorhead, Minn. The “Home Builders Care Build with Habitat” is sponsored by Home Builders Care and Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead in conjunction with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. This is the area’s first-ever Veteran Build, and will benefit Sonia Greer and her daughter, Madison (age ten), who currently live in a trailer home in Fargo.

Home Builders Care Foundation President Mike Anderson, Bierschbach Equipment & Supply, Inc., and HBA of F-M President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., spoke at the celebration. LAHFH Executive Director Rob Rich and previous Habitat home owner April Nelson presented the Greer family with a symbolic hammer. Nelson and her children live in a home built in 2012 through Home Builders Care Build with Habitat.

Home Builders Care is organizing its “blitz build” week June 9-13. There are many opportunities to help by providing labor, materials or monetary donations. Contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

Home Builders Care Foundation President Mike Anderson (far left) and Home Builders Association of F-M President Carlita Dietz (far right) with April Nelson (second from left) and Sonia and Madison Greer.
Nelson and her children benefited from the HBA’s first Habitat build in 2012 in north Fargo; she is the family mentor for the Greers.

Greer currently works at North Dakota State University in the Memorial Union as a custodian. Madison enjoys being outside on nice days, doing her fourth-grade homework and watching television.

Greer’s first contact with Habitat for Humanity came while she was living in California. She volunteered on a build of a multi-family house. She also volunteered in North Carolina at a bike-a-thon fundraiser for Habitat. She applied for a Habitat home because she is currently living in a trailer built in the 1970s. It had been vacant for six years before she moved in with Madison.

Greer hoped to fix it up, but hasn’t been able to find the time or the funds. She plans to be on the build site volunteering on her new home.

Sonia Greer and her daughter, Madison, in front of the Home Builders Care Build with Habitat.

Greer says, “I am excited to raise Madi in a safer environment. I am also excited to help with the build and when we are in the house, next year I should be able to start a garden. I would just like to say thank you to Lake Agassiz Habitat for allowing me to be a partner family, and to HBA and VA for their help in making the dream of a home possible, and to all the people who will be helping with the build in any way to make all of this possible. Sounds corny, I know, but I feel truly grateful and blessed for this opportunity.”

Greer is an Air Force veteran and served at Beale Air Force Base in California, Osan Air Force Base in Korea, Kadena Air Force Base in Japan and Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Her daughter was born while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Greer served as a communication/navigational specialist and technical order data assistant while in the Air Force.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity partners with new home owners to help them purchase their homes. Greer will have an interest-free loan to be repaid over the course of the mortgage. She is required to attend education classes to learn about the responsibilities of homeownership and will also have to contribute 250 “sweat equity” hours working on her home, the homes of others and the Habitat ReStore as a requirement for becoming a Habitat owner.

Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation provides a positive outlet for the housing industry to give back to the community, building a framework for the future. Founded in 1993, it is the Home Builders Association of F-M’s charitable organization. For more details, visit www.hbcfm.com.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more details, visit www.hbafm.com.

First-quarter housing building permit numbers on pace with 2013

The HBA of F-M’s building permit report reflecting first-quarter construction activity in Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo shows that housing construction projects are off to a strong start, on pace with reports from 2013. Compared to an extremely strong start two years ago, 2014’s report paints an average beginning to the year because of a harsh winter and late spring. With weather warming up, builders remain optimistic. The permit report categories include housing starts, multi-family, new commercial, residential remodeling, commercial remodeling, public and miscellaneous permits.

HBA of F-M President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., discusses the 2014 F-M metro area first-quarter building permit report at a press conference April 23.

HBA President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., says, “The winter weather was never-ending, leading to a deep freeze and a delay in new construction. We were extremely fortunate to avoid a flood event this year which has builders in high spirits and hopefully will lead to higher second quarter numbers as well.”

This year, housing starts (single-family homes, row houses, twin homes and duplexes) showed a slight bump from last year, increasing from 55 to 56. Total valuation increased from about $12.8 million to $13.5 million, or about 5 percent. Single-family permits for the F-M metro area fell about 31 percent, from 55 to 38; however, twin home construction and row house permits rose significantly, totaling 18 units compared to none at this time last year.

Moorhead’s total housing starts increased to eight single-family permits compared to just one in first quarter 2013. West Fargo’s total decreased from 32 housing starts in 2013 to 21 this year. Last year’s starts in West Fargo were all single family, while this year shows a mix of single family (15 units) and twin homes (six units).

Fargo’s housing starts increased 23 percent from 22 to 27 and is a mix of single family (15 units) and row houses (12 units). Dilworth hasn’t had any housing construction activity, which is typical for first quarter.

Overall, building permits encompassing housing, multi-family, commercial, remodeling and public projects, permit totals are up 11 percent and total valuation is up 67 percent.

“As the weather is warming up, so is the building industry,” Dietz says. “For all builders, the jobs are there for another successful year, it’s just a matter of the weather cooperating so we can get started.”

Watch a seven-minute video of the press conference here.

Each quarter, the HBA compiles the building permits from Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo into a uniform report for the industry’s and media’s use. It includes summaries for each city, types of construction, valuations and comparisons to the past four years, as well as comparisons to five-year and 20-year averages.

The HBA of F-M kicks off its 54th Annual Spring Parade of Homes tomorrow showcasing 70 homes by 35 Builder members. The event runs April 24-27 and May 1-4. Hours are 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. General admission is free. Cost is $5 to tour four luxurious featured homes with proceeds donated to Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. Event magazines are available at all Hornbacher’s and online at www.hbafm.com.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

Construction Trades Academy open to area teens

15 years and older, enrollment fee only $25, 3 college credits available

The Herdina Academy for Construction Trades will be June 2 to 13 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. The two-week session runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a certified instructor supervises activities.

The Academy is open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students ages 15 and older. Enrollment is limited! Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn three college credits from M State. The credits can be used for the carpentry, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning, or mechanical CAD programs at M State. Find out more by calling (701) 232-5846, emailing info@hbafm.com, visiting www.hbcfm.com or visiting www.facebook.com/TradesAcademy.

2013 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades students smile for a photo while removing concrete forms.

2013 Academy graduate Jose Chavez, Leonard, N.D., says, “The Academy opens up your eyes to what you want to do in the construction field, and what you don’t. You get to meet new kids, and it’s a blast.”

The Academy, now in its 17th year, will be held at M State for the eighth year. M State’s campus offers a myriad of opportunities to expose participants to the many specialty occupations within the construction industry including: blueprint reading, carpentry, casework, concrete, drywall, electrical, excavation, HVAC, landscaping, masonry, plumbing and more. Students will work side-by-side with industry and education professionals, learning about occupations, tools, safety requirements and skills required for satisfying and well-paying careers. They participate in classroom and hands-on learning, with the opportunity to experience first-hand how residential and commercial buildings are constructed.

2013 Academy parent Connie Oschner, Glyndon, Minn., says, “I have nothing but good things to say about the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. It offers the students an insight to so many trades and exposes them to all the options available. I would recommend it to all students!  The instructors and area contractors who participated in the program were excellent and very open to the students’ questions. The Academy paved the way for my son to enter M-State’s construction management program without hesitation as to whether or not it was something he would be interested in. He continues to draw on the things he learned at the Herdina Academy.”

Student-built sheds will be available for sale through the 2014 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. Prices start at around $1,750 for an 8’ x 12’ shed. Contact Dave Kraemer at (218) 299-6912 or david.kraemer@minnesota.edu by May 15 if you are interested in pre-ordering. Limited customization is possible. Sheds will be complete by July and proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Academy in the future.

Sponsorship of the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is provided by: M State, Home Builders Association of F-M and its charitable organization, Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation.

A $500 scholarship from the Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation will be awarded to an outstanding student who completes the Academy and plans to enroll in a construction-related field at M State-Moorhead or North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

HBA hires Nogosek as events coordinator

HBA Events Coordinator Lindsey Nogosek

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has named Lindsey Nogosek to its events coordinator position. Her responsibilities include coordinating the HBA’s public events, including the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, Fall Home Show, Spring and Fall Parades of Homes and Remodeled Home Tour. She is also involved with planning Association events including the annual golf outings and membership meetings.

Nogosek is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication. She brings over seven years of professional experience in relationship management, sales and marketing. Originally from Broomfield, Colo., Nogosek and her husband, Kory, live in Fargo with their daughter, Remy.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

HBA announces Parade of Homes dates: April 24-27, May 1-4

This year’s Spring Parade of Homes magazine cover! Look for it at all Hornbacher’s stores starting April 21.

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead is proud to announce its Spring Parade of Homes dates, featuring more than 70 homes over two four-day weekends: April 24-27 and May 1-4. Sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors, the Parade covers two weekends for consumer convenience. Hours are 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. It will showcase newly constructed homes by local builders.

Admission is free, and the event will be a scattered-site tour of homes throughout the F-M area. Homes will cover all price ranges, including options for those age 55 and better, first-time buyers, people needing more space and those wanting to downsize.

Magazine Details

Parade of Homes magazines detailing each home entry are available at all Hornbacher’s stores April 21-May 4. The magazine is a full-color, glossy publication with a half page dedicated to each home entry. Homes are represented in full color, with 3-D renderings. Builders also have an option to include a floor plan with home listings. The magazine includes a detailed map to each Parade entry, as well as a condensed listing of all homes entered in the event. An insert with home listings will be included in The Forum April 20.

Web Details

Consumers may access the Parade online at www.hbafm.com. The interactive website will allow consumers to browse homes, view maps and look for builders.

A free Parade application for Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad is also available at www.hbafm.com.

Featured Homes

Each year, HBA members volunteer Parade of Homes entries priced $500,000 and higher to be “featured” homes in a fundraising effort to support their industry, Association and charity. Look for more details in the event magazine or at www.hbafm.com. The cost is $5 to tour all featured homes. Money raised will go to Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation, the HBA’s charitable foundation. It supports skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry.

Call the HBA of F-M at (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com for more information on this event.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.