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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
Fax:  267-354-6973

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How to Spot a Section 8 Scam

June 26, 2015 2:09 am

According to a recent report by the Better Business Bureau, homebuyers seeking affordable housing are becoming increasingly susceptible to “Section 8 scams” aimed at collecting personal information and fees from unsuspecting house hunters. These scams often take the form of a fake website that offers a voucher waiting list or lists supposed Section 8 rental properties.

If the site asks for your personal information, especially your Social Security number, do not submit it. If the site requests a registration fee, do not provide bank information or any other details that could comprise your finances. If the site asks for a wire transfer or prepaid card for first month’s rent, do not remit any funds.

Keep in mind these scam sites may rank high in search engine results or display an Equal Housing Opportunity logo. Don’t fall for it.

If you are interested in Section 8 housing, register for a housing choice voucher program through your local housing authority. You can find your local authority’s contact information by visiting HUD.gov. If you are confronted with a scam site, you may file a complaint with HUD or the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/Complaint.

Source: BBB.org

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Window Replacement Popular for First-Time Buyers

June 25, 2015 12:09 am

First-time homebuyers are often faced with remodeling and repair projects as they work to make a house their dream home. For these homeowners, window replacement is a priority. In fact, more than half of customers who purchase windows are first-time buyers, according to a recent study by J.D. Power.

When selecting windows, most homeowners prefer to make decisions themselves. Others rely on guidance from an outside source, such as a window installer, independent contractor, retailer, window store representative or architect, the study finds.

Homeowners tend to assess new windows based on appearance and design, operational performance, durability, ordering, delivery, price and warranty.

Source: J.D. Power

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