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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Accent These Rooms for a Brighter Home

April 24, 2015 1:48 am

(Family Features) When it comes to brightening your home’s decor, accent pieces can make all the difference. But adding these touches doesn’t have to break the break. Here’s how to incorporate inexpensive, beautiful and practical accents around your home.

Kitchen Accents

Dressing up the heart of the home can be as simple as placing a bouquet of flowers or a decorative hand soap by your kitchen sink. On the counters, keep clutter to a minimum and inject pops of color with a clear or wooden bowl filled with your favorite seasonal fruit.

Living Room Accents

One easy way to add character to the living room is to utilize pieces that tell a story. Treasured mementos from a special vacation or frames filled with pictures of your loved ones add not only a personal touch, but also give visitors a glimpse at the things that matter most to you.

And consider using accessories that serve a dual purpose – wax candles can both enhance the decor and provide pleasant scents, while a throw blanket can complement the decor while providing some cozy warmth.

Bedroom Accents

If you're hesitant about patterns in your home’s sanctuary, try incorporating a bold design through an accent piece, such as a lamp shade. Add a stack of your favorite books on the nightstand in a nod to your personal style.

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Mortgage Rates Edge Down

April 24, 2015 1:48 am

Average fixed mortgage rates moved down slightly, remaining near their 2015 lows as the spring homebuying season continues, according to Freddie Mac’s recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®).

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.65 percent and the 15-year FRM averaged 2.92 percent. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.84 percent, while the 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.44 percent.

The news is positive for potential homebuyers this spring, says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist, Freddie Mac.

“Purchase applications in 60 of the 100 markets that MiMi [Multi-Indicator Market Index] tracks are up from the same time last year, including 20 markets that are showing double-digit increases,” Kiefer explains. “Reinforcing this positive momentum, existing home sales surged 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million units in March, the highest annual rate since September 2013. Housing inventory rose 5.3 percent to 2 million homes for sale, but unsold inventory was little changed at a 4.6 month supply.”

Source: Freddie Mac

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