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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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The Green Home, Defined by Buyers

September 23, 2015 1:15 am

Depending who you ask, a green home can be associated with anything from “high efficiency” to “lower utility bills.” But what is a green home, really?

To find out, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently surveyed a sample of homebuyers, gathering perceptions and preferences that can help homebuyers in the market for a green home decide which items to prioritize on their wish lists. According to the survey, the top influencers in the green home purchase decision are:

- Safe community (90 percent)

- Energy-efficient (88 percent)

- Low maintenance (85 percent)

- Lower operating costs (85 percent)

- Durability/resilience (84 percent)

The survey also found most homebuyers (32 percent) seek out terms like “efficient,” “energy-efficient” and “water-efficient” when shopping for a green home. Fifteen percent of green homebuyers look for terms like “eco-friendly,” “environmentally-friendly,” “environmentally-responsible,” “environmentally safe” or “environmentally-conscious.” Just 8 percent of green homebuyers seek homes outfitted with “solar,” “solar power,” “solar energy” or “solar panels.”

Source: NAHB

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Bank Chip Cards Made Simple

September 22, 2015 1:12 am

In an ongoing effort to reduce fraud, banks across the country are issuing new credit and debit cards with an embedded computer chip – a small, metallic square on the front of the payment card, according to the American Bankers Association (ABA). The advanced security of the chip card will make it extremely difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit or copy the card.

“Banks are continually looking for ways to leverage technologies to protect their customers whether it’s at a store, at the ATM or online,” says ABA President and CEO Frank Keating. “This chip technology is another layer of security for the millions of in-person transactions made every day.”

The computer chip assigns a one-time code, making every transaction unique and the card more difficult to counterfeit or copy. The new cards will still have a magnetic stripe for cases where the merchant does not have an activated chip reader.

Using chip cards is simple:

1. Insert your card into the chip-enabled terminal with the chip first, facing up.

2. Leave the card in the terminal until the transaction is complete. You may be prompted to sign your name. Be sure to take your card at the end of the transaction.

3. If there isn’t a chip-enabled terminal, use the card the traditional way and swipe.

Source: ABA

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