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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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The Highest-Ranking Home Improvement Stores in the Nation

June 16, 2016 2:21 am

Looking to stock up on home improvement supplies?

Look no further than Ace Hardware, which scored highest in customer satisfaction among home improvement retailers in J.D. Power’s widely recognized annual study. Ace has now landed the coveted top spot 10 years in row, ranking positively in areas such as staff “availability” and “knowledge.” Midwest retailer Menards was named second in the study, followed by Lowe’s in third.

Other high-ranking retailers include:

• The Home Depot (No. 4)
• True Value (No. 5)
• Sears (No. 6)

“The retailer's staff is most critical to differentiating the experience provided to customers, especially when it comes to the timeliness of greeting customers, answering their questions or providing advice,” said Greg Truex, senior director of the at-home practice at J.D. Power, in a statement about the study.

Customers are happiest when staff members understand the questions they ask and provide product or purchase advice, according to study findings.

More homeowners are taking on improvements to their houses this year, partly in response to a rosier economic outlook. The Home Improvement Research Institute estimates home improvement spending will jump to $332 billion in 2016.

Source: J.D. Power

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From Obstacle to Opportunity: 10 Markets for First-Time Homebuyers

June 16, 2016 2:21 am

First-time homebuyers today face many obstacles on the path to homeownership—but in some markets, there are less obstacles and more opportunities.

According to recently released research by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), some metropolitan areas have surpassed others in terms of feasibility for first-timers, due to increased housing affordability and promising employment growth. These areas, listed alphabetically, are:

Austin, Texas
Charleston, S.C.
Denver, Colo.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Ogden, Utah
Portland, Ore.
Raleigh, N.C.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Seattle, Wash.
Washington, D.C.

“Even with potentially higher incomes, prospective millennial homebuyers residing in some of the most expensive cities in the country face the onerous task of paying steep rents while trying to save for an adequate down payment,” explains Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “However, for those currently living in or looking to move to a more affordable part of the country, there are metro areas right now with solid job growth and that offer a smoother path to homeownership.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

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