Presented by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the 60th Parade of Homes
is still in full swing. Take a tour of 497 model homes in 105 communities throughout the Twin Cities area. The homes range from a $119,900 townhouse in Cambridge to a $3.5 million house in Wayzata. You can take the tour between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through October 5. Taking the tour is free with the exception of a $5 charitable donation to the two Dream Homes. Guidebooks are available at Twin Cities Holiday station stores and at www.paradeofhomes.org. 651-697-1954.
Finding and buying your first home.
Topics include choosing a mortgage, first-time home buyer programs, government loans and negotiating the best price in a buyer's market. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Henry High School, 4320 Newton Av. N. 612-668-1922.
How to sell a home for more money.
Learn about staging, home improvements and other ways to make buyers want your home. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Lake Harriet, 4912 Vincent Av. S. 612-668-3330.
Landlord tenant rights.
Learn the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Cosponsored by Minneapolis Housing Services. 7 p.m. Oct. 7. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Roosevelt, 4029 28th Av. S. 612-668-4828.
First time buyer.
Overview of steps to take to buy a new home, includes finding a home, mortgages and hiring a Realtor. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21. $23. Minneapolis Community Education, Southwest, 3414 W. 47th St. 612-668-3100.
Buying foreclosed and short-sale properties.
Topics include how to find deals in the foreclosure market and negotiate with banks. For first-time buyers or experienced investors. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Henry High School, 4320 Newton Av. N. 612-668-1922.
Buying a home in the 2008-2009 market.
Topics include the best time to buy, price ranges, financing, purchase agreements and tax advantages. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $15. Lake Harriet, 4912 Vincent Av. S. 612-668-3330.
Additionally, Barker & Hedges Homes of Minnesota offers free home buying seminars
in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Twin Cities area each month. During the home buying seminar, all aspects of the Home Buying process will be covered including how to pick a real estate agent, what types of loans are available, how much money you will need for down payment, and more. Classes fill quickly so register on-line here
or call (651) 256-7380 to get on the list.