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May 12, 2001

house of detail A bay area remodeling contractor has won national recognition for his careful historical renovation of a waterfront jewel. Story

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Shaping our past, our future
At the recent kitchen and bath trade show in Orlando, I was surrounded by the newest and shiniest, the most extravagant, the most ridiculous -- copper-plated toilets! whirlpools with DVD screens! barbecues the size of covered wagons!

Home Front
Briefs and news of note

Lien trumps homestead exemption
Question: Our condominium property manager and our board have allowed a delinquent owner to escape into bankruptcy.

Bird's action may be mating behavior
Question: My peach-faced lovebird regurgitates food, then eats it. Is there a reason for this behavior?

Be prepared for the great giveaway
Get ready for one of the finest displays of requests and giveaways ever to appear in this column, and it's all yours this very day. So, with no further lollygagging, let's get into the week's mail.

Fronds in need
Put your palms and cycads on a nutritious diet. They need more soil amendment than most gardeners realize. Balanced feeding is the simplest way to enhance their beauty and prevent disease.

Contribute research results
Last of three parts.

Kitchen designer wins first place
Sharon W. Armstrong of Armstrong's Kitchen & Bath Ideas in St. Petersburg won first place in competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.  

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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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