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Winners of Hernando parade announced

Winners have been announced in the Parade of Homes sponsored last month by the Hernando Builders Association. The models were on display at the Trails at Rivard Golf and Country Club south of Brooksville on U.S. 41.

In the price category of $125,000-$156,000: best exterior and best pool, Yorktown IV by Windjammer Home Builders; best floor plan, Kensington 98 by Royal Coachman Homes; best kitchen, WedgeWood by Scott Nicoletti Homes; best bath, best overall and most innovative and creative design, Lakewood by Hammerhead Construction.

In the price category of $157,000-$180,000: best exterior, best kitchen and most innovative and creative design, Marquis Supreme III by Windjammer Home Builders; best floor plan and best overall, Grand Augustine by Artistic Homes; best bath and best pool, Trinidad by Pastore Custom Builders.

Best of show for a villa home went to the Windsong by Mark Maconi Homes.

Free Internet listings

The Florida Internet Real Estate Guide is offering free classified listings for owners who want to sell their own homes. The guide, at http://www.floridaguide.com, says it get about 2-million hits a month.

Florida Internet Real Estate Guide says it is the state's largest relocation cybermall. It provides information on new home developments, real estate brokers, rental properties and associated services.

The listings remain online 45 days and can be renewed. Owners fill in a form online and can include color photos.

Upswing in confidence

The percentage of black people who are at least somewhat confident that they would qualify for a mortgage has increased from 49 percent to 74 percent since 1996, according to a new study by the Fannie Mae Foundation. Almost half of those surveyed _ 43 percent _ were "totally confident" they could get a loan.

One Hispanic in three agreed with just under half of blacks who said minorities face obstacles in buying a home, but the perception that minorities face discrimination in lending "all or most of the time" fell by one-third among both blacks and Hispanics in the last five years.

Send items to Homes News, c/o the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is noon Monday.

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