The HBA will launch a new show in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area this week — The Home Idea Showcase. The two-day show will take place at the Branson Convention Center the weekend of May 16-17.

On Saturday the show will be open from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday’s hours are from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 12 and under are free. There are 117 vendors participating in the new show.

“The response to the Home Idea Showcase has been excellent,” said HBA Operations Manager Charlyce Ruth. “We had the opportunity to enlarge our vendor capacity and so the show will be larger than originally planned.”

“This is one of the most direct and substantive ways we can work to stimulate the housing industry locally while at the same time helping home owners conveniently connect with the quality home-related goods and services they need, all under one roof,” said CEO Matt Morrow. “It’s been proven that for every 100 homes built, it creates 284 jobs and generates millions in revenue for area governments. That’s pretty ‘real’, measurable economic stimulus.”

Morrow went on to say the timing and location of the show couldn’t be better. “This is a fantastic time of year to encourage people to think about home improvement and new construction,” said Morrow. “Having such a strong, high profile venue like the Branson Convention Center for a new show makes me feel very positive about this opportunity.”

Besides excellent mortgage rates and improved supply costs, Morrow added that there are many reasons for those pondering a new home or remodeling project to take that next step. “For example, first-time home buyers who meet certain criteria can get their hands on up to an extra $8,000 through a federal tax credit, which does not have to be repaid. Plus, in the state of Missouri you may qualify for a short term loan from the Missouri Housing and Development Corporation if you want to use that money to help with your down payment,” he said.

There are also seminars featuring HBA member professionals for Home Idea Showcase attendees, at no additional charge. (See schedule below) For those interested in a “Buy One Admission, Get One Admission Free” coupon, visit the HBA’s website at and click on the link that says “Free E-Coupon.”

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