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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Walk This Way: Accessible Communities a High Priority

August 3, 2015 1:51 am

Americans have a penchant for walkable communities more so than they have in the past, with millennials favoring walkability by a substantially wider margin than any other generation, according to a recent poll by the National Association of REALTORS® and the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University.

Poll findings indicate nearly half of respondents would prefer to live in communities containing houses with small yards, but within easy walking distance of community amenities. While 60 percent of respondents live in detached, single-family homes, a quarter of those would rather live in an attached home in an area with greater walkability. Millennial respondents, especially, prefer to live within walking distance of shops and restaurants and have a short commute.

Respondents also point to community transportation options, such as sidewalks, as positive factors when purchasing a home. Millennial respondents show a stronger preference than other generations for expanding public transportation and providing transportation alternatives to driving, such as biking and walking, while also increasing the availability of trains and buses.

Source: NAR

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Construction, Home Improvement Complaints Top List

August 3, 2015 1:51 am

Construction- and home improvement-related complaints made the top three of the Consumer Federation of America’s (CFA) top 10 list of complaints in the last year, with consumers reporting home professional grievances such as failure to start or complete a job and shoddy work. The worst complaint on the list is debt collection, and the fastest-growing complaint is identity theft.

According to the CFA survey, conducted in conjunction with the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI), debt collection issues run the gamut from callers trying to get consumers to send money to satisfy loans that don’t really exist to abusive practices to collect debts that consumers legitimately owe. Other credit-related complaints include billing and fee disputes, mortgage modifications and mortgage-related fraud, credit repair, debt relief services and predatory lending.

Tax identity theft is also particularly troublesome. “Government benefits fraud resulting from identity theft makes it very difficult for the victims to claim benefits that are rightfully theirs,” says NACPI President Amber Capoun, who is also a legal assistant in the Office of the State Banking Commission in Kansas.

A newer consumer complaint involves businesses closing and reopening under the same name but with new owners refusing to honor agreements that the original companies had made.

Rounding out the top 10 list of complaints are:

Landlord and Tenant Complaints – Includes unhealthy or unsafe conditions, failure to make repairs or provide promises amenities, deposit and rent disputes and illegal eviction tactics

Auto-Related Complaints
– Includes misrepresentations in advertising or sales of new and used cars, lemons, faulty repairs, leasing and towing disputes

Retail Sales and Utility Complaints
– For retail, includes false advertising, defective merchandise, problems with rebates, coupons, gift cards and gift certificates, failure to deliver; for utilities, includes service problems and billing disputes with phone, cable, satellite, Internet, electric and gas services

Professional Service Complaints
– Includes misrepresentations, shoddy work, failure to have required licenses, failure to perform

Home Solicitation Complaints
– Includes misrepresentations or failure to deliver in door-to-door, telemarketing or mail solicitations and do-not-call violations

Health Product/Service and Internet Sales Complaints
– For health products/services, includes misleading claims, unlicensed practitioners, failure to deliver; for internet sales, includes misrepresentations or other deceptive practices and failure to deliver online purchases

Fraud Complaints – Includes bogus sweepstakes and lotteries, work-at-home schemes, grant offers, fake check scams, imposter scams and other common frauds

Household Goods Complaints – Includes misrepresentations, failure to deliver and faulty repairs in connection with furniture or appliances

Source: CFA

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