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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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The Best Investment? Real Estate, Americans Say

April 27, 2015 1:57 am

Real estate was once again named the best long-term investment, topping stocks, mutual funds, gold, savings accounts, CDs and bonds as the preferred means to long-term gains, according to a recent Gallup poll.

For the Americans surveyed, investment preferences broke down as follows:
  • Real Estate – 31 percent
  • Stocks/Mutual Funds – 25 percent
  • Gold – 19 percent
  • Savings Accounts/CDs – 15 percent
  • Bonds – 6 percent
Most importantly, all major gender, age and income groups agreed that real estate is the best long-term investment, signaling growing confidence in opportunities for housing for Americans from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Source: Gallup

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7 Home Improvements Worth the Splurge

April 27, 2015 1:57 am

Homeowners must consider several factors when planning an exterior home remodel – and curb appeal tops the list, according to a recent CertainTeed survey. When asked which factor was most important to an exterior remodel, 39 percent of respondents cited curb appeal, followed by 26 percent naming return on investment and 21 percent indicating outdoor living and lifestyle considerations.

"In home design, there is an increased interest in individualization and creativity – true for both interior and exterior design," says Mike Loughery, CertainTeed. "We've found that homeowners want healthy, energy-efficient homes that offer complete comfort and curb appeal, but don't always know the best way to start."

Here, CertainTeed names the best home investments that can help meet curb appeal, return on investment and outdoor living goals:
  • Better Insulation
  • Cool Roofing
  • Solar Panels
  • Geothermal Heating/Cooling Solutions
  • Low-Maintenance Vinyl Siding, Decking and Railing
  • Patios/Gazebos
  • Outdoor Kitchens
Source: CertainTeed

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