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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Painting Professionals Top Choice for Homeowners

January 8, 2015 1:15 am

According to home network Porch.com, painters ranked highest for homeowner searches in 2014. This search term was followed closely by plumbers and handymen.

"It's no surprise that painters show up so high in the results," said Asha Sharma, Porch. "Painting is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to freshen up a home. For home sellers, interior and exterior painting provides a really good return on investment as you prepare to sell. On the homebuyer side, painting is a great way to add some personal touch whether it's repainting interior walls or improving the exterior curb appeal."

In addition to painters, plumbers and handymen scored big given the yearlong need for homeowners to solicit their services. Whether homeowners need help with projects like appliance installation, pipe repairs, or water heater maintenance, plumbers are a need that every homeowner is likely to encounter along their home journey. On a similar note, handymen and handywomen are often called about to help homeowners complete numerous projects around the home.

The remaining popular searches included:
  • Electrician
  • Roofer
  • General Contractor
  • Landscaper
  • Carpenter
  • HVAC Contractor
Interestingly enough, these results were relatively the same across the country, with each of the four major regions seeking similar services.

Source: Porch.com

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U.S. a Magnet for Foreign Real Estate Investment in 2015

January 7, 2015 1:15 am

According to a recently released survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), the U.S. housing market will continue to appeal to foreign investors in the coming year. The survey, in its 23rd year, indicated that more than 90 percent of international investor respondents are planning to maintain or increase the size of their U.S. portfolio in 2015.

“As it periodically has been in the past, the United States is currently the target of much of the foreign investment in real estate globally,” said Thomas Arnold, AFIRE. “With a stable and transparent market and an economy that appears to be steadily improving without the fits and starts experienced in other regions, the U.S. has become the first stop for foreign real estate investors.”

By a wide margin, the U.S. was voted the most stable and secure country for investment and capital appreciation. Investors ranked multi-family as their preferred property type.

Two-thirds of survey respondents expect China to become the largest source of inbound capital to the U.S. in 2016 and beyond, with 72 percent expecting investments to be long-term, permanent inflow.

Source: AFIRE

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