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Before razing, it all goes

TRASH OR TREASURE: Doors, floors, tiles, bricks, appliances, cabinets, windows, landscape plants. They'll all be sold for a song at a demolition sale hosted by Tri-Star Development on Saturday and Sunday at 4223 and 4225 Morrison Ave.

The homes are scheduled to be razed to make way for new houses. First, Tri-Star will open them to salvagers eager to turn potential trash into treasures.

Tri-Star owner Michael Mysak says that in previous sales, he gave away a stove for $25, a carport awning for $10 and stepping stones for 10 cents each. It's not a moneymaking venture, he says. Typically, he only earns enough to recoup the cost of advertising.

What motivates him is a distaste for waste.

"We hate to throw those things away when someone can use it," he says. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Both homes were built in 1950s. In their place, Tri-Star and Carter Construction will build two, 2,700-square-foot houses. One will have three bedrooms and 3{ baths. The other will have four bedrooms and four bathrooms with two master suites, one downstairs and another above a detached garage. Each house will have a price tag of about $400,000.

TOP OF THE HEAP: The $1.5-billion master-planned community of Trinity in southwest Pasco County began construction on more houses than any other Tampa-Bay area community for the 12-month period, which ended Sept. 30.

Builders broke ground on 487 homes, according to Metrostudy, a company that tracks building statistics across the country. That places Trinity seventh among all Florida communities.

When finished, Trinity will have more than 4,200 single-family homes and 900 multifamily residences. Prices at Trinity begin in the $140,000s, including home site.

WHERE THE SALES ARE: Home sales in Brandon far outnumbered sales in any other part of Hillsborough County during the month of October, reports the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors.

Buyers snatched up 333 Brandon residences, with an average selling price of $156,000 and an average of 82 days on the market. The No. 2 area was Carrollwood, where 140 homes sold with an average price of $165,000 and market time of 79 days.

OH, JOY: Homeowners looking to find Larry Ivey, a chimney sweep featured in a recent article, can reach him at Joy Chimney Sweep Service. His phone number is 685-6433. His company's name was mistakenly omitted from the story.

_ Write to Janet Zink in care of the St. Petersburg Times at 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602; or by e-mail, janet.zinkgte.net.

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