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 June 17, 2000

 A stand-up guy for water conservation
One St. Petersburg homeowner is doing his part to save water: He uses a newly installed, discreet home urinal.

Developers putting neighborhoods on parade
It's the home's surroundings, not the home, being showcased as developers in Pasco and Hillsborough counties highlight the features of their neighborhoods.

The home front
All those lost weekends

Gardens
Move over, Rose Garden!
[Times art: Rossie Newson]
If chef Alice Waters had her way, an organic vegetable garden would be sprouting on the White House lawn, and she said so to the president.
Story

Drought tips: making the most of our moisture
Readers share the ways they combat drought's effect on their gardens.

Malfunctioning pumps are recalled
Certain containers of Roundup weed killer and Ortho insect killer could backfire on the consumer.

Garden calendar
All events listed are open to the public.

Reader exchange
Replacement sought for broken song tape
As you have probably noticed, this column does a land-office business in locating song lyrics and music. The most recent request for your help comes from Randi Varrone of Spring Hill, whose elderly father came to this country in 1928 and shortly thereafter fell in love with the song Ramona. Randi located a Jim Reeves double tape, copyrighted about 1972, that contained the song, but a recent accident broke the tape.
 

St. Petersburg Times real estate classified ads:

Real estate for rent Real estate for sale Commercial & investment property Manufactured homes

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.
Realtor.com
: 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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Contact real estate writer Teresa Burney via e-mail at burney@sptimes.com.


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