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Internet realty company reaches new heights

NewHomes.com, an online Realtor, reports that its year-to-date sales have exceeded $200-million, the highest level in the history of the 9-year-old business based at 2963 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

The Web site features more than 40,000 model homes from U.S. home builders. Visitors take tours of the homes in the geographic areas of their choice. The tours include photos of available new homes with detailed descriptions, floor plans and prices. NewHomes.com agents help with home selection, price negotiations and mortgage assistance. The services are free to buyers.

NewHomes.com, which operates in 12 states, started out in 1992 as New Homes Advisory. The name was changed and the Web site was launched two years later.

Officers and directors are: chairman of the board Richard J. Davis; Alexander F. Hern, senior vice president; and directors Don Davis, Michael A. Santer, Riverson S. Leonard and Andrew Katz.

Former commissioner joins Wikle

Charlie Phillips, a former Tarpon Springs city commissioner and most recently executive director of the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, has joined Coldwell Banker Wikle Properties, 3302 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, as a residential sales agent.

Phillips serves on the board of directors of the Tarpon Springs Boys & Girls Club and Tarpon Springs Rotary and is a Doorways mentor for Pinellas County schools.

Last year, he received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International and in 1999 the Florida Chamber of Commerce Executives Presidents' Award.

Boudoir expands to include babywear

The Boudoir, 359 Scotland St., Dunedin, which specializes in luxury bathroom and bedroom accessories and clothing for men and women, as well as a wedding line, has expanded to babywear.

Owner Ann Marie Fizzano said the new line is the result of customer requests. "Our customers tell us that our products add a bit of romance to their lives," she said. "We're not too surprised that they'd now like a little help outfitting their newborns and nurseries."

The new baby section includes handwoven blankets, Victorian-style pillow and sheet sets, finely detailed layettes, bedroom accessories, pewter spoons, cups and porridge bowls.

Seminar on Internet business set

Melvin Rich and B.J. Brock will talk about the pros and cons of Internet advertising and how to make the most of the Internet and business in a free seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday at Largo Central Park's historic Feed Store. The feed store is adjacent to the Cultural Center in the park at East Bay Drive and Missouri Avenue/Seminole Boulevard.

Reserved seating is required, and reservations can be made by calling Advantage Seminars at 518-0235.

Rich and Brock have just started a new venture, DoDah.com, an Internet advertising business based in the first Union Bank Building at 801 West Bay Drive, Largo.

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