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Lakewood Ranch’ss 17th annual fall Tour of Homes continues through Nov. 23 at 31 models by 15 builders in the 8,800-acre master-planned community.

“It is our major marketing event of the year,” said Jimmy Stewart, Lakewood Ranch’s vice president for sales. “It also kicks off the season with a full schedule of lifestyle activities. There is something going on every weekend — and during the week, even.”

Models are open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.


According to the 2013 American Housing Survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau, released Thursday:
• There were nearly 133 million total housing units in the U.S. in 2013, 87 percent of which were occupied. This represents an increase of 413,000 since 2011.
• About 65 percent of all housing units were occupied by owners in 2011; 35 percent were occupied by renters.
• As of 2013, the median size of all single-family detached housing units was 1,800 square feet with a median lot size of .25 acres (compared to .36 acres in 1973).
• Approximately two-thirds of all housing units used warm-air furnaces for heating; 12.1 percent used an electric heat pump; and 10.4 percent used steam/radiant heating.
• The most common cooking fuel is electricity (61.2 percent) followed by natural gas/propane (38.7 percent).
• Between 2011 and 2013, there was a slight decline in the number of homes experiencing moderate or severe physical problems (including plumbing, heating, and electrical). In 2013, there were nearly 2 million homes with severe physical problems and nearly 4 million housing units with moderate physical problems.
• About 10 percent of all households reported seeing signs of cockroaches within the prior 12 months.
• About 9 percent of households reported evidence of mice in the past year.
• Median monthly costs went down for all occupied housing units between 2011 and 2013. However, this masks the fact that while owner-occupants’ costs fell, the costs paid by renters increased.
• 27.7 percent of households do not have sufficient funds ($2,000) in the event of an emergency evacuation.


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