DAYTONA BEACH — The Volusia Building Industry Association quietly kicked off its annual Volusia Parade of Homes event this past weekend six months after it was originally scheduled.
The delay was caused by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
The nine-day event, which features more than 50 entries by area home builders throughout Volusia County, runs through this Sunday.
While September is usually considered one of the slower months of the year for home sales, local builders appeared pleased with the turnout for the Parade’s opening weekend, said Laura Perkins, the association’s executive director.
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And to be clear, there is nothing usual or normal about this year with the COVID-19 crisis still going on.
“Nothing is the same. There’s no measurements with what’s going on this year,” said Perkins. “The builders seem optimistic. They’re busier than ever.”
Michelle Llanos, director of sales training and strategies for ICI Homes, said her company’s model home at the new Verona Oceanside community in Ormond-by-the-Sea had nearly 200 visitors during the Parade’s opening weekend.
“We had three people interested in purchasing,” she added.