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February 24, 2001

Imagine that The 21st century home features smart styling and a bit of humor, if these emerging products are any indication. Story

For builders, it's the big top
The Home Builders' trade show is a three-ring circus of promotion, with a midway of displays and samples and sideshows of "concept" appliances and inventions.

The Home Front
Happenings that feature homes

Variety is the spice of this home tour
What: Second Annual St. Petersburg Catholic High Tour of Homes, tour of nine private homes.

If you have a podium to give, step right up
Readers, come to order, please. Oh, dear. Where is our podium? How can we continue without our podium? It's something that gives a meeting the semblance of organization, of dignity, of, well, rightness. We will just have to move along without our misplaced podium, but the Army Navy Union 3697 in Largo really does need one for its meetings.

Community Associations Day in Clearwater Friday
CLEARWATER -- Community Associations Day, one of the most popular events of the year for residents of condominium and homeowners associations, is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Herr Contracting wins four first-place remodeling awards
Herr Contracting Co. of St. Petersburg, headed by Kathe Bierhoff, won first-place awards in four categories in the 2001 awards competition of the Tampa Bay Area chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Walk this way
Create inviting, meandering paths in your landscape with recyclable materials. Would you believe ... carpet remnants?

Four-part workshop for beginning genealogists
TAMPA -- A four-part workshop for beginning genealogists will be offered at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Citizenship records can frustrate researchers
First of three parts.

LOSE THE WAX: If your silver candlesticks are covered with melted candlewax, here are two ways to remove it. If candlesticks are weighted, warm the wax with a hair dryer and wipe it off with a paper towel. If they aren't weighted and the bottom is open, put in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then pop the wax off.

Spring calendar of events
The spring calendar is full of showhouses, neighborhood tours and other events. Here are details of upcoming activities:

Millennium Home stands out in Hernando Parade
What: Hernando Parade of Homes, showcase of new residential construction. Nineteen model homes by 13 builders.  

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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