May 4, 2002
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
MEET ROBBIN: Age 41 . . . this year's Gold Medal winner, Housekeeper of the Year, by the Bay Area Apartment Association. Recently transferred to Three Palms of Carrollwood, a 400-plus-unit complex managed by Walden Apartments. For the past five years she worked at another Walden property, the 256-unit Oak Ramble in north Tampa near USF, where she was nominated for the award. Story
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Take firm action to collect past due fees
Question: Our homeowner association is on the verge of financial difficulty. Overspending and lack of accountability may be part of the problem. More than 25 percent of the homeowners are in arrears in paying association dues.
Learn the ABCs of an association
CLEARWATER -- A free course on Florida condominium association operations will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 20 at the Holiday Inn Select, 3535 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.
Those who find buying a home complicated and confusing can attend "Insider Home-buying Strategies," a free seminar presented by Realtors Janice Lockridge-Williams and Nancy Burridge of Keller Williams Landmark Realty of St. Petersburg, 7 p.m. May 23 at Gladden Park Recreation Center, 3901 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Learn how lenders determine what kind of loan will be offered, how to better determine your credit worthiness, how to determine layout and furnishing needs and other topics. Handouts and notebook provided; to reserve, call (727) 422-7169 or (727) 894-1600, ext. 122, during business hours.
'Grand' development rising on tiny land parcel
Lots of attention gets paid to the mega-developments of hundreds or thousands of new homes, which are claiming swaths of property as fast as the surveyors can stake them out in Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco counties.
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Home Buyer and Renter Consumer Information: From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Home Buying Tips: from the U.S. Government General Services Administration.
Realtor.com: includes info on buying and selling real estate, allows you to browse property ads in the U.S. and locate realtors.