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The Rio Grande Valley Builders Association (RGVBA) 2024 Parade of Homes was a success!

The dinner event to celebrate the Parade was held Friday, June 14, at the Cambria Hotel in McAllen. It featured all builders who successfully participated in the Parade of Homes and were proclaimed the “Most Valuable Builders “of the 2024 Parade of Homes!

The dinner was a sold-out event that featured a lively hospitality hour with live music by Brooks Ausborne. Builders First Source and The Parade of Homes sponsored the hospitality hour. The evening continued with an elegant dinner held in the banquet room. The program began with a welcome given by RGVBA President Mary Ramirez. At that time, she recognized the Honorable City of Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza and the Honorable City of McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos, who joined the festive event to congratulate all Parade builders. Parade of Homes committee member Elva M. Cerda continued the program during dinner. She briefly summarized this year’s highlights, including stronger marketing for the event, the Ribbon Cutting event held, and other positive changes such as the award created for each participant declaring them as “2024 Parade of Homes MVBs”. The fact that each builder completed their showcase home and decorated and furnished the home for the consumers that attended is fully worthy of such recognition. Each builder was presented their plaque by Mayor Ramiro Garza and then posed for a commemorative photo before the RGVBA backdrop. After the presentation, various builders took the time to offer their thoughts on the experience of the 2024 event. The builders were enthusiastic and extremely pleased by the number of attendees, contacts made, and, in many cases, sales contracts and leads created solely because of the Parade.

The MVB awards were followed by the “People’s Choice” award of 2024, bestowed to Bellissimo Builders for their home in Lantana Landing in Mission. This award is especially meaningful as it is based on the ratings of those who visited each home during the show.

The weekends of June 1st & 2nd and June 8th & 9th, 2024, in Hidalgo County, Texas, provided a pivotal opportunity for potential homebuyers to explore the latest residential construction. The Parade of Homes showcased an impressive array of homes by top local RGVBA member builders, with prices ranging from $240,000 to $500,000. It also reflected this area’s vibrant and evolving real estate landscape for anyone considering the purchase of a new home. The Parade allows potential buyers to view diverse home styles and designs. It offers a unique chance to interact directly with RGVBA builders at the forefront of crafting the region’s future residential landscapes. Other members, such as bankers and mortgage companies, were also on-site to visit with prospective homebuyers. Visitors toured homes at leisure, experiencing firsthand the quality craftsmanship and innovative designs that characterize the local real estate market.

The RGVBA’s Parade of Homes is a cherished tradition, reflecting its commitment to excellence and community engagement in the building industry. The RGVBA is proud of its 56-year service history to area builders and building industry associate members. It is the only organization in the federation under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Texas Builders Association (TAB).

The Parade was meticulously organized by dedicated members of the RGVBA, including Nora Musule, Executive Officer, and key committee members Mike Duffey and Elva M. Cerda. Their joint efforts and support from the RGVBA Board of Directors ensured that the event highlighted the best in new construction, strengthened community ties, and facilitated regional economic growth.

The RGVBA is very proud of our finebuilder member participants who worked diligently for many months to build a high-quality home for this year’s event. Special thanks to our Gold and Silver sponsors, advertisers, volunteers from McCoy’s Building Supplies, and our prize sponsors. The 2024 Parade of Homes guidebook was produced by the team from RGVision Magazine, headed by Gabe Puente, Publisher/CEO. Their service during their first year of Parade of Homes magazine production was exemplary. It resulted in a beautiful guidebook widely distributed to assist all our visitors.

We look forward to offering the public another high-quality Parade of Home in 2025. For up-to-date information, please follow our social media page or visit our website at rgvba.org.

The Rio Grande Valley Builders Association, Inc.

“Preserving the American Dream!”

Elva M. Cerda