By: Mary Falconer-Williams, advertising writer

If you are looking for a new home or are just a house aficionado, consider the next four weekends booked. Both Stark and Medina county homebuilders will be presenting Fall home tours, and both events are free to the public.

Home tours (whether they are touted as circuits or parades) are one of the best ways to scoop out the newest of the new in home decoration and products. They give you the opportunity to become informed about what trends are on the horizon (before you rip out your kitchen and fill it with stainless steel, which is so 2010!) Plus, if you use your visit wisely, you can audition a large range of ideas: the idea of a tray ceiling, placement of Jack and Jill bedrooms or even area home building companies.

“You will see all the amenities, all the latest in construction products and technology, brought to you by member of the Building Industry Association” says James Rudo, 2013 president of the BIA of Stark County.

It’s also a perfect time to buy or build a new home. With the recent increase in home building, construction costs will eventually start to rise. Mortgage interest rates are currently at some of the lowest ever, making now a very good time to consider building a new home.

2013 Fall Circuit of New Homes and Condominiums

Presented by the BIA of Stark County

1-5 p.m. Sept. 28, 29 and Oct. 5, 6

15 homes by the following builders:

Aspen Homes

Charis Homes, LLC

Great Lakes Land Construction, LLC

Hostetler and Son Builders Inc.

Kauth Custom Builders

Pulte Homes

Regal Construction

Schalmo Enterprises

Smith Homes

Vega Construction

VictoryGate Custom Homes

Wayne Homes, LLC

For complete details and directions to the homes, please visit biastark.com or click on the link from our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HomesOhiocom

The Medina County Fall Parade of Homes

Presented by the Medina County Home Builders Association

Noon – 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

14 homes by the following builders:

Artisan Building and Design LLC

Charis Homes

Drees Homes

Gatliff Custom Builders

Legacy Homes of Medina

Mason Builders

Modern Home Concepts LLC

R.J. Perritt Homes

Windridge Homes Limited

Details are available online at www.medinacountyparade.com. A week before the event, maps are available at the Medina County Home Builders office located at 4081/4083 North Jefferson Street in Medina.