RE/MAX 440
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
Fax:  267-354-6973

My Blog

The Ideal Home for Millennials

January 22, 2016 1:03 am

Every generation has had their own set of preferences when defining the “ideal” home, and the next generation of homeowners—millennials—are no exception. But what would a millennial’s ideal home look like?

Enter the Responsive Home project, a collaboration between BUILDER magazine and Pardee Homes, to answer that question. The recently completed project called upon design professionals to develop concept homes that appeal to millennial tastes. The result is the “Contemporary Farmhouse” and the “Contemporary Transitional,” both of which offer adaptable floor plan options, smart home technology and indoor-outdoor flow.

The concept homes also include features like:

• Bedroom Suites (Complete with full bath, kitchenette and outside entrance)

• Casitas (Complete with covered private patio, small kitchen, full bath and adjoining fitness room)

• Electric Car Chargers

• “Flex” Spaces (Convertible area to accommodate long- or short-term rentals, or growing families)

• Retractable Doors

• Roof Sensors (Detect rain and communicate to a garden irrigation system to conserve water) 

“Designed based on the exclusive insights of our target buyer, millennials, this project is the intersection of insights and collaboration among researchers, designers, builders, architects and more,” says Klif Andrews, spokesperson for Pardee Homes. “Through this process, we’ve defined the concept of a ‘responsive’ home.”

Source: Hanley Wood

Published with permission from RISMedia.


Homeowners: Beware of Post-Disaster Housing Scams

January 22, 2016 1:03 am

Scams are often the furthest thought from the mind of a homeowner in the wake of disaster—and fraudsters time and again use this vulnerability to their advantage, preying on those impacted. Common post-disaster fraud practices, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), include:

- Bogus Pleas for Post-Disaster Donations
- Fake Offers of State or Federal Aid
- Fraudulent Building Contractors
- Phony Housing Inspectors

To avoid hiring a fraudulent building contractor for repairs, look for licensed local contractors backed by reliable references. Demand that contractors carry general liability insurance and workers’ compensation, and don’t pay more than half the costs of repairs upfront.

To avoid hiring a phony housing inspector, who may claim to represent FEMA, verify that the inspector has your nine-digit registration number (given to all disaster relief applicants). Keep in mind FEMA inspectors never require banking or other personal information, and that they do not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs. They also do not determine eligibility for assistance.

Source: FEMA

Published with permission from RISMedia.