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 October 28, 2000

In the spirit of Halloween The average household Halloween budget was $98 last year, up from $81 the year before, an increase of 21 percent. (Yes, there are people who keep track of such things.) Think how much candy corn $98 will buy! Halloween is the second most decorated holiday, right behind Christmas. For your trick-or-treat bag, some suggestions for holiday decor Story

For a treat, give them Campbell Soup labels
Halloween is almost upon us, and the scariest part is that very little time seems to have passed since we celebrated the Fourth of July. The growing volume of letters coming through the mail slot at Exchange Central reminds us that we are, sure enough, getting closer to winter. Friends, old and new, are arriving in town from their northern homes, and things are starting to hum.

[Times file photo: Olie Stonerook]

Some bulbs are at home in Florida soil
In fact, many of the varieties that thrive here are even more beautiful and exotic than those grown by our gardening counterparts up North.

A random act of kindness sheds light on an ancestor
I still remember the day I met Kermit Kennedy and the circumstances that led me to his door on that chilly November afternoon.

Safer homes; unexpected payoffs
The "fortified homes" currently on view in Pinellas County may offer some very material rewards to owners if the improvements lead to reductions in insurance rates.

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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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