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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
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Sellers: Remember These Tips for a Safe Showing

April 14, 2016 1:33 am

Selling your home can be exciting, but unfortunately, it can also heighten the risk of crime when showing the home.

A recent blog from realtor.com® outlined the following points to remember—all of which will be practiced by your real estate agent.

• Schedule an appointment for showings.
• Keep records of every guest's identity.
• Watch for unexpected guests.
• Do not show your house without your real estate agent, or if you are otherwise alone.

Most importantly, the blog advised: trust your instincts. Instinct is generally the best self-protection tool. If a visitor makes you feel uncomfortable, be alert. Warning signs include:

• He or she spends too much time in one room, checking windows, doors or even security devices;

• A couple separates during the showing (Professional burglars usually have one person talking to the agent or seller as a distraction, while the other wanders around, planning an act);

• He or she asks questions in an effort to make you reveal habits or schedules, such as what time everybody goes to work and/or school, what you do on the weekend, etc.

After the showing, be sure to lock your doors and windows—a recent article noted one case in which a rogue visitor unlocked a window at an open house and returned later to burglarize the property. 

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Energy Efficiency on Your Wish List? Buy New

April 14, 2016 1:33 am

Newly constructed homes marry contemporary innovation with the practical preferences of homebuyers—and those inclinations are greener than ever, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“Today’s new homes include features that will help homeowners reduce energy consumption and enhance the conveniences of modern living,” says Ed Brady, chairman of the NAHB and a builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. “Our builders are telling us that energy efficiency continues to be a top demand from consumers.”

In fact, a recently conducted NAHB survey revealed four out of the top 10 most coveted features are energy-efficient:

• ENERGY STAR® Appliances
• ENERGY STAR® Windows
• Low-E Windows
• Programmable Thermostats

Some homebuyers even desire an ENERGY STAR® rating for the entire house—though most are willing to pay more for a home simply in exchange for lower utility costs. According to the survey, the average additional cost to buyers is $10,372, and the average savings are $1,000 a year.

Non-green features are resonating with buyers, as well. Survey results show builders anticipate demand for granite countertops, a kitchen island, a great room, a walk-in closet and a laundry room, and will be including these features in their builds this year.

Source: NAHB

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