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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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Get the Most Out of Your Bathroom Remodel

March 4, 2015 2:21 am

Remodeling a bathroom is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make in your home – aside from the enhanced comfort and functionality of an updated space, an upgraded bathroom is a must for many buyers. If you’re planning a remodel, consider this advice from the experts at HomeAdvisor.

Set a Budget
– Major renovations require a budget, and the bathroom is no exception. Whether you’re planning a simple aesthetic upgrade or a full-on gut job, research typical costs for bathroom remodels and shop around for quality materials.

Make Room for Ventilation – No matter what changes you decide to make, make room in your budget for an improved ventilation system. Poor ventilation can lead to increased humidity, which can damage metal fixtures and paint and encourage mold growth. A reputable HVAC professional can help you select a ceiling fan that will work best with your space.

Go Green
– Because they’re so often used, homeowners can benefit significantly from energy-efficient fixtures in bathrooms. Inexpensive fixes, like LED lights and low-flow shower heads, and more costly upgrades, like dual-flush toilets and double pane windows, can trim big bucks off your monthly bills.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

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Mortgage Rates Reverse Course, Move Lower

March 3, 2015 12:18 am

According to’s weekly national survey, mortgage rates unwound a recent increase last week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate pulling back to 3.90 percent. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.29 discount and origination points.

The average 15-year fixed mortgage dropped to 3.15 percent while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage settled at 4.07 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were down also, with the 5-year ARM falling to 3.22 percent and the 7-year ARM sinking to 3.44 percent.

Mortgage rates moved lower last week after indications that maybe the Federal Reserve isn’t going to raise interest rates as soon as markets had thought. The minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s January meeting showed a hesitancy to raise interest rates on the part of Fed members. The concern was that despite recent signs of improvement in the job market and overall economy, raising interest rates too soon could douse the recovery. Since mortgage rates and long-term bond yields move in anticipation of Fed interest rate moves, any change in the outlook for Fed action can have a pronounced effect on mortgage rates.


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