June 30, 2016

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Thousands to walk through houses for event

Organizers of the annual Medina County Parade of Homes are expecting a larger crowd this year, saying the demand for new homes has crept up.

John Sumodi, owner of Legacy Homes of Medina and president of the Medina County Homebuilders Association, said about 2,000 people toured homes last year and he expects attendance this year to double that number.

“We’re expecting traffic to be a lot higher this year,” he said.

The event begins Saturday and continues through May 19. Models only can be toured noon to 6 p.m. on weekends.

For a map, photos and floor plans, visit www.medinacountyparade.com. Maps also can be picked up at the Medina County Homebuilders Association’s office, 4081 N. Jefferson St., Medina Township.

The tour includes 18 new homes throughout the county. They range in price from $99,500 to $799,000. Most of the homes are finished, some are under construction and some are furnished to show off possible interior designs, Sumodi said.

Sumodi said the event is a way for homebuilders to display different styles. Trends this year include open spaces and energy efficiency, as well as innovative use of technology. For example, Sumodi said one of his company’s homes has a heating and cooling system that can be controlled from anywhere in the world using an iPad.

The tour is sponsored in part by Carter Lumber, Westfield Bank and 84 Lumber.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.