By Lee Whitaker • 2018 President

The HBA is pleased to announce that the 2018 Parade of Homes builders have been revealed. Last month, in partnership with Travisso and Platinum Top 50 REALTORS, the HBA hosted a special Big Reveal event at the new Fairmont Hotel in Austin where the four builders were introduced to more than 200 REALTORS and HBA members. Aluxa Homes, Glazier Homes, Hill Country Artisan Homes and Vogel Builders will showcase ultra-luxurious homes all priced above $1 million that range from 4,000 to over 6,000 square feet. Each builder is approaching their Parade home with a different vision in style — from Hill Country Modern to Scandinavian Farm House, visitors will be delighted to visit four very different homes featuring the latest in architectural style, interior design, landscape design and home technology.

The HBA revealed the four builders and their renderings for the 2018 Parade of Homes at Travisso last month. This home by Vogel Builders is almost 7,000 square feet and priced over $1 Million! See more details at www.ParadeofHomesAustin.com

The 2018 Parade of Homes will be hosted at Travisso in Leander, a beautiful luxury home community with Italian-style homes overlooking some of the region’s most picturesque Hill Country views. With Lake Travis’ north shore just two miles away and its proximity to shopping, schools and area attractions, Travisso is perfectly positioned to be at the epicenter of one of the fastest growing counties in the country.

The 2018 Parade of Homes will have new features that have not been offered before, including informational seminars and workshops on Saturdays and Sundays as well as select special events that promise to bring the Parade of Homes to a whole new level.

Slated to open this fall, the 2018 Parade of Homes will kick off with a VIP Preview Party on Wednesday, Oct. 17 followed by a grand opening to the general public on Friday, Oct. 19. The Parade will be open Fridays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 4. Early-bird tickets are on sale now for $13 each. For the first time, all-access passes are also available for $25. An all-access pass will allow the user to come and go as often as they’d like (during operating hours of course) as well as access to special events. REALTORS are invited to attend exclusive REALTOR Days on from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Thursday, Nov. 1 when the Parade will be closed to the general public and REALTORS can attend free with their business card.

For more information and to get tickets, visit www.ParadeofHomesAustin.com.

Learn Facebook Marketing tips and strategy from a Facebook Executive

All real estate industry professionals will want to take advantage of this class! The HBA’s Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) is excited to partner with Facebook to host a special program on marketing on the platform. Raya Khayat, Facebook’s real estate account strategist will present a variety of tips and strategies for marketing successfully on this ever-evolving platform. Learning Facebook marketing from a third-party can be beneficial, but learning from the source is expected to prove invaluable. Don’t miss your opportunity to get the inside scoop from a company insider.

Hurry and RSVP, the program is from 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the HBA’s Phillips Event Center at 8140 Exchange Drive in Austin. Tickets are $50 per person and include breakfast and the program. (HBA members can register at the discounted member rate). Register online now at www.hbaaustin.com/event/fbmarketing.

Get your tickets for the 14th Annual Crawfish Boil & Washer Tournament Builder/REALTOR Mixer April 26

Don’t miss your chance to attend this year’s Crawfish Boil & Washer Tournament Builder/REALTOR mixer. Hosted by Bryson in Leander, you won’t want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to mix and mingle with builders, check out our host community, enjoy live Cajun music and indulge yourself on the season’s best Crawfish and fixins. Tickets are on sale now at www.hbaaustin.com/event/crawfishsboil2018.  RL