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 July 29, 2000

Hotter than ever
[Times art: David Williams]
Grill masters have a lot of choices in hardware, from a basic $100 set-up to the $1,000 professional design that will turn the whole neighborhood green with envy. Story

  • Barbeque is ...
    The term "barbecue" generates a lot of confusion.
  • A clean, mean grilling machine
    If you're like many homeowners, it's not until you have the steaks in hand that you remember this was going to be the year you cleaned your gas grill and gave it a tune-up.
  • For more information
    The June issue of Consumer Reports offers ratings on 15 models of gas grills and one electric grill.

lamp Hit the time machine for a hip dorm room
Off to college? Paisley is popping back up along with other decor from the '60s and '70s. But some ideas for dorm dwellers are timeless.

Home front
Briefs and news of note.

Making sense of the census, a valuable resource
Early census records were often compiled by an odd assortment of folks for whom accuracy was not a priority.

Do you know the words to 'Shanty Town'?
Loretta Branda of Port Richey asks for help in getting the words to the song It's Only A Shanty In Old Shanty Town.

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.
: 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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