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February 10, 2001

It's her party Ariel Choi of New Tampa turned her ideal Valentine party into reality for her friends. And the secret ingredient? Fun. Well, that and lots of balloons, cute party favors and red, red, red. Story

How to buy or build an energy-efficient home
Another in a series of programs about how to buy or build an energy-efficient home will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Keller Willliams Landmark Realty, 5922 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

‘Today’ audience to design bay area home
Starting Wednesday on the Today show, you can watch a house being built somewhere in the Tampa Bay area and vote online on everything from floor plan to carpet to design of the master bedroom.

Different by design
The penthouse condominium represents a typical showhouse, an example of sheer imagination, whereas the single-family home showcase was designed with the taste of its owners in mind.

Home front
For the one who lights up your life

Pass the words to ‘Pass the Biscuits’
It has been a while since we've played Name That Tune. At least that's what the staff pointed out when the e-mail from Bonnie and Evelyn Baum came bouncing onto the computer screen. The New Port Richey mother-daughter duo wants the words to a song called Pass the Biscuits. Once upon a time, they had it on a 45 rpm single, which has long since gone to that great turntable in the sky.

A winter meadow in a sprinkling
Canned seed mixes actually offer an easy way to grow "northern" annuals if you don't mind an informal garden.

Restoring tombstones preserves memories
What better way to pay tribute to your ancestors than by restoring their faded tombstones? It's a complex undertaking, but, as I discovered a couple of years ago, the results are worth the effort.  

St. Petersburg Times real estate classified ads:

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Other recent real estate stories:
Lower your taxes with homestead exemption

A nation of homeowners
How good is your escrow coverage?
Don't ask
To have and to hold a mortgage of their own
A testament to hope (Jan. 23, 1999)
Program can help with down payment, closing costs
From hope to homeowner (Jan. 9, 1999)
Woman's untidiness leads to legal wrangle
Commission add-ons (Jan. 2, 1999)
Children are not to be seen here either

Other real estate links (from Yahoo!):
Cost of Living calculator: compares the cost of living in any two cities. Also includes links to Salary Calculator and Moving Calculator among other tools. From the folks at HomeFair.Com.
Best Places to Live 1997: From Money magazine.
MoveQuest: maps, financing tools, price data, logistical tips.
TenantNet: a resource for residential tenants' rights.
FAQs for Home Buyers and Owners
: From the America Society of Home Inspectors.
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.
R-Net: Real Estate and the Net
: links and tips for the busy. Of interest to investors, brokers and consumers. Accepts factual ads.
Real Estate Library
: collection of informative articles about buying and selling real estate.
: includes info on buying and selling real estate, allows you to browse property ads in the U.S. and locate realtors.

Regional real estate links:

Florida Home Builders - features Florida developers with Web sites.
Florida Living Network - listing of real estate companies and Realtors in Florida.
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