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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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Just Say No to Used Furniture

September 4, 2015 2:48 am

For college students, the temptation to re-use another’s furniture is considerable – it’s free! But bringing used furniture into your apartment can also invite unwanted guests: bed bugs.

According to Jonathan Boyar, owner of pest management firm Ecologic Entomology, all used furniture is suspect and should be avoided. Bugs can hide in crevices deep inside the furniture that are not easily inspected.

Store-bought insecticides and home remedies, Boyar says, almost never eliminate bed bug infestations in the home or on infested furniture. Those products can actually make the problem worse by spreading the bugs out into areas where they don’t normally exist, making the eventual remedial process even more difficult.

If you suspect a problem in your apartment, contact your landlord as soon as possible to have the issue assessed, advises Boyar. The problem may not be limited to just one apartment and the landlord may need to inspect all abutting units or every unit in the building. Pest control companies need the consent of the property owner to perform treatments in their building.

Source: Ecologic Entomology

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Mortgage Rates Remain Below 4 Percent

September 4, 2015 2:48 am

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) recently averaged 3.89 percent with an average 0.6 point, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The rate, a slight nose up, comes amid volatile market activity and “essentially no new information,” says Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti.

“The 30-year mortgage rate increased 5 basis points, but don’t read too much into that,” Becketti says. “The Fed took great pains at the Jackson Hole conference to keep all their options open and to avoid talking too much – or too little – of the situation in China and the volatility in global equity markets.”

The 15-year FRM averaged 3.09 percent with an average 0.6 point. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.93 percent with an average 0.4 point, and the 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.62 percent with an average 0.3 point.

Source: Freddie Mac

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