Home inventory in Lancaster County is at a premium these days, but that wasn’t the case 30 years ago.
A sluggish economy stalled home sales in 1991, and local builders had a glut of inventory on their hands.
“A lot of the builders had housing stock to sell and we were trying to think of ways to do it,” recalls Earl Hess, retired president of Hess Home Builders, who was serving as vice president of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County that year.
In search of a way to jump-start the industry, they launched the county’s first-ever Parade of Homes, an open house tour of 50 homes representing some 31 builders. Entries ranged from a two-bedroom in Grandview Chase priced at $76,900 to a four-bedroom colonial in Millpond with a $493,500 price tag.
“The internet was almost nonexistent. What better way for publicity and to try to drum up