What a great question and you have answers here that explain the construction but what does that mean to you as a homeowner. Looking in the Port Richey area it is very important to understand what you are getting. There are 2 issues. First being hurricanes and storms. Concrete block and stucco construction is whitout a doubt much stronger and more secure if you are ever in the situation of a hit of a hurricane. Secondly you need to be concerned with termites. There are termites everywhere in Florida. Every home in this state should have a yearly termite treatment with a termite bond with at least enough coverage to rebuild the house should you need to. So you ask if the house is concrete block and stucco why do you need a termite bond? Termites will come through the cracks in the concrete slab and run right into the baseboards to the interior framing and up to the roof trusses. Frame homes with stucco coating are a haven for termites. They love the space it creates with enclosed unseen wood and invite all their relatives. For that reason alone you need a higher bond with the termite company that you cloose. Many buyers are not aware that they are pucahseing a frame home until it is too late. They assume that because it is stucco it is conctrete block. Cudos to you for not only seeing the difference in a listing sheet but also for asking the question.
Best of luck,
Linda J Sears
Wood frame homes are usually less expensive than concrete block homes because as logic tells you, the materials are cheaper and so is the labor to build them.
Thanks for the idea on the methods of construction, I will be writing a series of blog posts to educate the consumer.