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 October 21, 2000

Selling storm safety Builders construct models of hurricane-resistant "fortified homes," but will buyers find them attractive and affordable? Story

[Times photo: Scott Keeler]

Home Front
The kids are sitting pretty

Reader exchange
Our readers are a diverse lot, with interests and hobbies that are highly intriguing. One example of this enterprise is Gary Denk, amateur winemaker from New Port Richey, who is seeking a good used wine press. Ummmmm. Pressing a few bottles of one's own vintage sounds like a very October thing to do, perfectly complementing the wine-like air and the general bouquet of autumn. Gary is awaiting your call at (727) 856-6896.

Weekley Homes to build for first time in Pinellas
Houston-based David Weekley Homes, which builds in seven subdivisions in Hillsborough County, is making its first foray into Pinellas in two new developments.

Garden calendar
All events listed are open to the public.

101 stories of serendipity
Megan Smolenyak didn't set out to write a book on serendipitous anecdotes, but fate intervened.

St. Petersburg Times real estate classified ads:

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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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