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February 22, 2003

As the government seeks to offer us a sense of security, the private sector finds its latest growth industry. Story

Home Front
Briefs and news of note

Homes and quilts on display
Here are details of home-related events around the Tampa Bay area:

Something for everyone on this tour
The tour: St. Petersburg Catholic High School's fourth annual Tour of Homes.

Community Living: A tree grows into a nuisance
Question: I own a third-floor condo with a perfect view of the Gulf of Mexico. Since I moved in, a tree planted on association property has grown so tall that it completely obscures my view. The association board has disregarded my request to trim the tree so I may enjoy my view, which was the reason I bought the condo. How can I resolve this without taking legal action?

The Garden Doctor: Give peas a chance
If pampered, they will thrive in our cooler months, providing delicious pods and fragrant flowers.

Manufactured Housing: Play it safe with flood insurance
The National Weather Service tells us we are in an El Nino period. This weather pattern, which occurs periodically starting in December, happens when parts of the Pacific Ocean remain warmer than normal, changing wind patterns and subsequently weather patterns in many parts of the world. In the southern United States, El Nino brings heavier rainfall than normal from through spring.

Builders get advice on wartime selling
WASHINGTON -- It's common for lenders to go to a would-be home buyer's residence to get a loan application filled out and signed. If the United States goes to war with Iraq, the builder of your home might do the same thing with his product.

Et cetera

Homebuyer U
Topic: "Dream of Home Ownership," daylong seminar on all aspects of home buying; participants receive box lunch and workbook. Sponsor: Tampa Bay Community Development Corp. Where: Ross Norton Community Center, 1426 S Greenwood Ave., Clearwater. When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Cost: Free. Call: (727) 442-7075.


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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. includes info on buying and selling real estate, allows you to browse property ads in the U.S. and locate realtors.

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