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April 28, 2001

The world on your walls Murals add a personal touch that wallpaper can't deliver, and they can be as simple or detailed as your pocketbook can handle. Story

[Times photo: Fraser Hale]

Inadequate reserves signal danger
Question: Our reserves are not fully funded. There is insufficient money in the painting reserves to pay for needed painting. We have discovered that some of the wood on the gables must be repaired or replaced before we paint.

It's in the cards that you'll find it here
"I don't know why I didn't think of you guys first," begins an e-mail from Debbie Krenek. Well, Debbie, in the business of locating the close-to-impossible, you've got to go right to the top, and we are glad you finally got here!

The best caterpillar control
If you're watching your veggie garden being digested by caterpillars, fight back with a natural product that stops only them.

Mormon Church leads in research
First of three parts.

Ask a Veterinarian
Pet snakes require special care

The Home Front
Karan launches home fashions

Dot-com home buyers raise the bar for builders
ATLANTA -- It's easy to dismiss dot-com millionaires as people with more money than they know what to do with, but, actually, we should thank them.

What the luxury market demands in houses
ATLANTA -- "Millionaires want everything," interior designer Eve Lowey says. "They want astounding levels of square footage. They want the very top design talent. They want top quality at all levels. These people want life without compromise."

Greater Tampa builders honor parade winners
The Builders Association of Greater Tampa honored winners in its 23rd annual Parade of Homes at a banquet this week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Tampa.

Marc Rutenberg wins top award in Pinellas
The Westshore II at Grey Oaks in Tarpon Springs, by Marc Rutenberg Homes, was the grand overall award winner in the 2001 Suncoast Parade of Homes sponsored by the Contractors & Builders Association of Pinellas.  

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

A nation of homeowners
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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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