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Upcoming Events

October 4-5, 2019: Come see us at the 35th Annual Harvest Homecoming on the Historic Square in Harrison, Arkansas! This event will include a 5K run, Car Show, Music, Activites & Games for all ages, and lots of vendors! We will be there handing out our October issue! Stop by & say hello Friday from 12-8pm & Saturday from 9am-6pm!

October 29, 2019: We will be out at Relics for the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS RPAC Fall Festival, with a Corn-Hole Tournament & Chili Cook-off! We are sponsoring a Corn-Hole Board in the tournament! Hope to see you there enjoying the entertainment, as well as the good Chili! Event starts at 6pm! For more information, call the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS at 417-883-1226.

Lake Life

A system of dams were built in the Ozark Mountains starting in the 1930s to curtail devastating flooding, as well as for hydropower generation and recreation. We, here in the Ozarks, enjoy that lake lifestyle provided by those man-made lakes today.

Table Rock Lake, spanning more than 43 to 52 thousand acres (depending on water level) and 800 miles of shoreline, has become a favorite vacation spot for campers, pleasure boaters, fishermen and lovers of water sports of all kinds along the tree-lined shores of it’s crystal clear waters. It was created from 1954 to 1958, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Table Rock Dam across the White River. Beneath the dam, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo.

Lake Taneycomo offers clear, cold waters and some of the finest trout fishing available in the world. Known for it’s Rainbow and Brown Trout, the waters of Lake Taneycomo provide a year-round fishing experience. It was created in 1913 when the White River was captured by the “Power Site” Dam, near Forsyth, Missouri. The completion of Table Rock Dam in 1958, created a southern boundary for the lake, which now consists of over 2,080 surface acres. From 1913 until 1958, Taneycomo was a “warm water” lake, but when Table Rock Dam started feeding it, the water coming from Table Rock was considerably lower in temperature.

Beaver Lake, was completed in 1966, high in the Ozark Mountains near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 28,370 acre lake has 487 miles of shoreline highlighted by limestone bluffs. It offers smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing, not to mention plentiful crappie, bream, white bass, striper bass, channel and spoonbill catfish. Boating, skiing, fishing, swimming and relaxing are popular pursuits at Beaver Lake.

Norfork Lake offers 42 miles of crystal blue freshwater with over 540 miles of shoreline, making it one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. Norfork Dam, built in 1944, was built in the river gorge where the North Fork River runs into the White River near Norfork, Arkansas. Outdoor adventures await you as spearfishing, fishing for bass, crappie, and walleye, diving into sunken treasures, hiking the beautiful bluffs and rolling hills are just a few activites Norfork Lake has to offer.

Bull Shoals Dam was completed in 1951 and impounded the White River as it travels towards the Mississippi River to create Bull Shoals Lake. The lake has almost 1,000 miles of rugged shoreline, has approx. 45,500 surface acres, and is perfect for boating, water sports, swimming and fishing. Scuba divers come to Bull Shoals Lake to enjoy their sport in the clear, blue waters. Largemouth, spotted, and white bass, crappie, channel cat fish, bream and walleye, as well as rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout below the dam draw fishermen to this beautiful lake located along the Missouri-Arkansas line.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to serve with integrity and intention as the bridge between buyers and sellers of Real Estate.  We connect with our customers to successfully engage those seeking opportunities in Real Estate by providing an innovative and quality driven marketing experience.

About us

We have been serving the Ozarks for over 32 years, helping those searching for all their real estate needs right here in the beautiful region of The Ozark Mountains. We serve Southwestern Missouri and Northwestern Arkansas.

Parade Of Homes allows “For Sale by Owner” listings, however, we always recommend that a Realtor is used for selling or buying real estate. They are trained professionals and know the ins and outs. We encourage our readers to reach out to our listed Realtors even if they do not see property in a particular area of interest. Most the time a Realtor can help.

If you are interested in advertising with us, but are unsure how to make it work with your budget, contact our Publisher, Ginger Michaud. In addition to our monthly Early Bird Specials, we have several price structure options that can help your business keep it’s name out there year-round and be very affordable.

If you would like to advertise with us, but are struggling to come up with an ad on your own, our Graphic Designer, Gena Farmer, would be happy to help.  She has over 20 years experience in the design business, most of which is in real estate. When you purchase an ad with us, the ad design is included in the cost. All you need to do is send us the MLS numbers of the properties you would like to incorporate and what information you want on the header, and we will do the rest. Let us help you!

We are happy to offer additional services to our advertisers.

Each issue of Parade of Homes Real Estate Magazine is available on this website under the “Free Issue” tab. All ads are also posted on the website under the “Advertising Realtors” and “Other Advertisers” tabs. Listed under that are the business/agency name, then Advertiser’s name with a link to that person’s ad for that month, and a second link, this one to the Advertiser’s website. This makes it easy for the viewers to find more of the agent’s listings.

We are also adding an “Open House” tab on our website. Our advertisers will be able to send us information about any open house they are having, and we will post it on our website free of charge.

We also maintain a Facebook page. If you advertise with us and like our Facebook page, we will, for no charge, share your real estate posts on our page to extend your online reach.

We are increasing the number of locations where our magazines can be picked up each month, giving your ad more coverage, from north Springfield, Missouri, all the way to Harrison and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We also have subscribers that have paid to receive our magazine every month. The individuals getting our magazine want it, it’s not just mass mailed to them.

Parade of Homes is also active in our communities. We are members of the Hollister Chamber of Commerce, Table Rock Chamber of Commerce, and the Branson Chamber of Commerce. We are affiliates of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors, the Springfield Board of Realtors, the Harrison District Board of Realtors, and the Eureka Springs Carroll County Board of Realtors. We post community events on our Facebook page and on this website under the “About Us & Other Info” tab. Also under that tab is information potential home buyers need/want to know about The Ozarks, Lake Life, and Upcoming Events. Also listed on this website is the “Links & Resources” tab, with links to chambers, school districts, state governments, etc. so relocating home buyers can find the information they need to make an informed decision on which part of our community they want to live in.

The Ozarks

The Ozarks, also known as the Ozark Mountains, mainly cover a significant portion of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The scenery in this area consists of streams, rivers, sinkholes, caves, flat plains, rolling hills and steep mountain peaks.

A  thriving metropolis in the Ozarks is Springfield, Missouri. The fastest-growing city in Missouri, Springfield offers entertainment day or night.  This beautiful city offers everything you expect from a metropolitan area: diverse dining opportunities, plenty of things to do, world-class attractions, and a variety of art, shopping, and unique events.  Other area offerings include beautiful parks, gardens and trails,  a zoo and tiger sanctuary, a trampoline park, hands-on science centers, several museums, a minor-league ballpark, an ice park, a drive-thru cave, golf courses, and the largest outdoor-adventure shopping destination, just to name a few. Steeped in history, Springfield’s historic sites include the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail auto tour route, the town square that was the site of the nation’s first recorded shootout, the location of the only Union victory in southwest Missouri, a civil war cave, and many more.

One well-known city in this region is Branson, Missouri. This family-friendly entertainment mecca offers a wide range of activities. Tourism is the primary industry, and Branson is famous for its live entertainment, with shows covering every genre of music. Branson offers many activities and attractions including  museums, go-kart tracks, ziplines, caves, water parks, mountain coasters, a scenic train, amusement park, and a variety of other recreational pursuits. It is also home to more than 200 shops, including those found in the historic downtown district and at several outdoor malls. It’s scenic location in the Ozarks is a perfect setting for hiking, horseback riding, fishing on Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo, and a wide range of water sports, like skiing, boating, parasailing, and riding Jet Skis and WaveRunners.

Harrison, Arkansas welcomes visitors with Southern hospitality and charm. Whether you’re shopping or dining, Harrison’s historic downtown is home to unique local shops , as well a a range of dining and lodging options. Harrison also hosts several special events throughout the year, including Crawdad Days, the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Championship, the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention, and is known for it’s untouched, natural beauty and hospitality. Located near the Buffalo National River, Harrison provides easy access to many outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing, biking and camping. Motorcyclists love traveling the scenic and winding roads around this beautiful, vibrant city in the Ozark mountains.

Just a short  drive from Harrison is Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A popular resort destination since the 1800’s, Eureka Springs is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful lakes and rivers and is the perfect location for all your outdoor adventures. Known for it’s healing springs, unique shopping and dining opportunities, world class art and architecture, and diverse culture, Eureka Springs has something for every member of your family. With it’s rich, colorful history, Eureka Springs has been named one of 12 Distinctive Destinations in America by The National Trust for Historic Preservation and has historically been called “The Little Switzerland of America” and “The Stairstep Town” because of it’s architecture, mountainous terrain and winding streets and walkways. No matter their skill level, motorcyclists love the winding, twisting roads surrounding this “quirky” Ozark town.

The scenic and beautiful cities listed above are only a few of the unique places to visit and live in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Parade of Homes Real Estate Magazine would like to encourage you to find the perfect location for your Ozark Mountain Home.