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May 19, 2001

Gourmet gear: Look what they've cooked up now
For the cook who has everything, appliance manufacturers have come up with new ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers that can hold it all -- and efficiently, too.

The garden as gallery
Nature and art overlap at Bok Tower Gardens, a verdant canvas laced with seasonal color. Strategically placed plantings sculpt the view, and preservation of endangered plants is carefully orchestrated.

Home Front
Taming the trash

Open house at design center
LARGO -- The Architectural Design Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Manufacturers' representatives will discuss building and remodeling projects, answer questions and hand out literature.

Furniture was a perk of office
ANTIQUE UPDATE: For many years, retiring public officials took government office furniture with them when they left. Collectors like the pieces because the historic ownership adds to the prestige, value and "aura."

Searching for foreign records
As a fledgling genealogist, I was ecstatic to discover a picture of my Slovak great-grandfather standing by a directional sign in the old country.

Last chance for appraisals
Today is the final appraisal day of the season at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa.

Garden calendar
All events listed are open to the public.

Gardening tips
Storing excess seeds

How to recover a lost pet

Condo manager fails in his duties
Question: Our condo manager has not provided our board with a detailed list of delinquent owners since the day he took over management of our condo, even though his contract states that he promises to do so.  

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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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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