Whether you’re looking for a large‚ luxury home‚ a mid-sized‚ single-family home or a stylish condominium‚ you’ll find it in the Northland. The area’s rapidly growing real estate market offers a wide range of housing options. “In the last eight to 10 years‚ the Northland has gotten a bigger variety of housing choice and price points‚ which has expanded opportunities for people to live north of the river‚” says Tim Underwood‚ chief executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. “A lot of retail and commercial developments have gone into the Northland in the last few years‚ so there’s been a tremendous increase in shopping‚ restaurants and golf courses. The Northland has got ten very competitive with other areas in metropolitan Kansas City.” The Highway 152 corridor is one example of a booming real estate area. “We’re seeing a lot of new housing there‚ and there’s quite a bit of real estate growth up by Platte City‚” Underwood says. Homebuyers can get a taste of what’s available in real estate by participating in the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s Spring Homes Tour in April and May or the fall Parade of Homes in September. The Spring Homes Tour has been a tradition for 45 years and serves as a leading resource for consumers shopping for a new home. “We had 766 new homes on our 2007 spring tour‚” Underwood says. “It gives people a good idea of the range of new homes that are available.” Home prices on the 2007 tour ranged from the low $100‚000s to more than $2.6 million. Homes from 296 local homebuilders were featured in 378 new-home communities.