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March 10, 2001

Check out the revival of a neighborhood What: Sixth annual Tampa Heights Tour of Homes/Heritage Day. Twenty homes in this neighborhood near downtown Tampa will be open for tours. Story

[Times photo: Ken Helle]

Citrus home parade rolls out the options
What: Citrus Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Citrus County Builders Association. Sixteen new models by 10 builders.

Get in step with spring
Home parades and showhouses abound, so get out and see what's new in neighborhoods.

The Home Front
Briefs and news of note...

Green homes save greenbacks
The energy crisis in California brings home the message that energy-saving homes cost more to build but pay back that expense over time.

A faithful reader needs instructions
It's always wonderful to hear from new readers of the column but equally satisfying to keep in touch with old friends too. One of the latter, a lady you may remember, is Lora Brandon of South Pasadena. Several times she has sent letters related to the hand-pieced quilt tops she makes.

Office must secure residents' keys
Question: We spend only six months a year in Florida. When we bought our unit, the condo asked us to leave a set of keys to our apartment.

Occasional excerpts from fertile sources.

Spots to check as you track immigrant ancestors
Third of three parts.

Quilters show off wares, techniques
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Suncoast Quilting Circle presents its annual show, sale and auction, Today's Pleasures, Tomorrow's Treasures IX, Friday and March 17 at the Campus Activities Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.

Townhouse project to go up in Gulfport
Construction is about to begin on the Villas del Verde, a 62-unit townhouse project on an old driving range next to the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club in Gulfport.  

St. Petersburg Times real estate classified ads:

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Other recent real estate stories:
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A nation of homeowners
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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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