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June 2, 2001

Palatial proportions The third-largest house in the Tampa Bay area, the 25,000-square-foot French chateau boasts a formal living-dining room that seats 30 for dinner, a library and a theater. The cost should it be for sale? Perhaps $12-million? Story

[Times photo: Fraser Hale]

Ready or not, builders, here comes technology
Arthur Rutenberg took a brisk stroll down memory lane the other night when the Sales & Marketing Council of the Contractors & Builders of Pinellas held its annual awards dinner.

Home Front
Briefs and news of note

Stay tuned for further developments
Readers of this column recently made a valiant attempt to quash a family feud, but they may not have succeeded. When Dot Byron and her brother argued over the name of radio character Jack Armstrong's high school, neither refused to budge, so Dot urged readers to weigh in with their recollections.

Percentage of maintenance questioned
Question: We recently bought a condominium. The declaration erroneously states that this is a two-bedroom unit when, in fact, ours is a one-bedroom unit. We are being charged maintenance for a two-bedroom unit.

Class emphasizes home and environment
SEFFNER -- A class for home buyers, "Anatomy of a Home: Buy Green and Save" will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 12 at the Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension Office.

Start Irish search with county
Anybody can be Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Just don a bit o' the green and join the celebration. Proving your ancestral ties to the Emerald Isle is another matter, and to do that requires quite a bit more effort.

The hunt for the foal killer
Question: The news reports from Kentucky talk about a mystery illness killing horse foals. The reporters usually talk at length to horse breeders, trainers and owners but rarely veterinarians.  

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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.
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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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