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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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8 Tips for a Scam-Free Move

May 26, 2015 2:54 am

Spring is the most popular time of year for home buying, selling and moving. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of the season can leave buyers and sellers susceptible to scams. If you’re preparing to move, here are 10 ways to avoid unscrupulous practices by scammers from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which handles complaints regarding unethical moving companies.

1. Beware of a low estimate.
A disreputable mover will give you a lowball estimate and add on more charges the day of the move. To keep this from happening, make sure you're as detailed and upfront about every box and piece of furniture. If you have time, ask the moving company to come to your house for an estimate. Do not do it over the phone.

2. Steer clear of cash-only dealings.
That's not a red flag – that's a "Run away!” Remember: You can't stop cash. You can stop a credit card.

3. Look into specialty movers.
Anybody can move a piano or a snowmobile. But if you have museum-quality art, call in the guys with the white gloves.

4. Deal quickly with "untrustworthy" movers.
If your movers show up and you have a bad feeling about them, call your moving company before anything’s on the truck to suss out scammers.

5. Pack smart.
Keep in mind that the contents of boxes you pack on your own are not covered for damage or loss, so make sure you pack them as well as you can. For valuables like jewelry or small electronics, you should move them yourself.

6. Protect your stuff.
If you don't like the way the movers are handling your things, be direct. If they're throwing items around or seem to be otherwise careless, stop the job. No reputable mover wants a problem, so alert your estimator that he or she will have a claim for damages if practices don't improve.

7. Keep an eye on the clock.
But don’t worry too much about it if it seems like they are "wasting time." Many people have an unrealistic expectation of the time it takes to move a household, so it may take less or more time than originally believed.

8. Schedule your move wisely — if you can.
Late May through August is jammed with people looking to move, so it's not an ideal time. The best season is around Christmas.

Source: BBB

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Homeownership Remains High Priority

May 26, 2015 2:54 am

Homeownership remains a major goal for Americans, with almost three-quarters considering a home a good investment, according to a recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) report. A nearly identical percentage anticipates becoming homeowners in the next five years.

The report found about half of Millennials and Gen Xers expect their next home to be larger, while approximately three-quarters of Baby Boomers and War Babies (members of the Silent Generation) expect their next home to be smaller or of equal size to their current home. Single-family detached homes are the preferred future housing choice for all generations, but the report reflects growing expectations for duplexes or townhouses, particularly among Millennials.

The report also indicated preferred community attributes, including:

• Environment (Including air and water quality) – 87 percent
• Access to Fresh, Healthy Food – 73 percent
• Green Space (Including parks) – 50+ percent
• Reduced Car Usage – 52 percent
• Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods (Including sidewalks and crosswalks) – 50 percent
• Public Transportation – 32 percent
• Walkability – 20 percent

However, the report found that Americans face significant community barriers to these preferences. Many minorities and Millennials report living in areas that lack easy access to safe places for outdoor physical activity, active transportation systems such as bike lanes, healthy food options and safe walking conditions.

The disparity between what these groups want and what is available has presumably contributed to somewhat greater discontent with their quality of life than is expressed by Americans as a whole, the report concludes.

Source: ULI

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