Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. I recently became married and had a wonderful celebration reception that included an hour of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for our guests. During that hour, the wedding party, including myself and the groom, were at another location with the photographer.

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Smooth move – Relocation tips

submitted by Edward Johnson, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau, serving the Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania region

Late spring is the beginning of the busy season in the moving industry. According to U.S. Census estimates, the average person will move roughly 12 times in their life. With the challenging economy of the past several years, that number may be higher as many people relocated to find employment. Moving is a fact of life and it is full of stress.

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First-time homebuyer checklist

submitted by Sherry Pace, Housing Counseling Program Manager, Bucks County Housing Group

So, you want to buy a house. You may be asking yourself, “Is it better to rent or own?” or “Will it cost less to pay a mortgage payment or a rental payment?” These are very good questions and the answer is…it depends!

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What if the kids don’t want the business?

submitted by Martin H. Abo, CPA/ABV/CVA/CFF, Abo and Company, LLC

So much for succession planning! There are just some times when everyone will benefit by ceasing family ownership. Business owners who decide to sell their business can structure the transaction to be an asset sale or a stock sale. In the former, the buyer purchases the business assets outright for cash (less liabilities assumed), debt, stock or a combination of these.

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Some helpful tips on long-term care insurance

submitted by Rosemary G. Caligiuri, CASL™, President, Harvest Group Financial Services

Your goals and priorities will probably change as you plan to retire. Along with them, your insurance needs may change as well. Retirement is typically a good time to review the different parts of your insurance program and make any changes that might be needed.

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Tee it up for fun and prizes at FBA Golf Outing

Area golfers are invited to tee it up for fun and prizes in the 24th Annual Feasterville Business Association Golf Outing, to be held at Talamore Country Club, 723 Talamore Drive, Ambler, PA on Monday, July 14th. Registration and lunch will begin at noon, to be followed with tee off at 1:30pm.

This year’s tournament will benefit a group of area communal and charitable endeavors, plus the FBA’s annual college scholarship fund and Easter egg hunt.

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Choosing a home improvement contractor

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

When faced with the decision of which business to hire when you are in need of a home improvement contractor there are some very important things to consider. Do not be taken in by promises of guaranteed performances, quick jobs, and bargain prices. Don’t allow a salesperson to talk you into repairs and improvements you do not actually need or want.

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Too many ways to fool yourself

submitted by Michael Garry, CFP®, JD/MBA, Yardley Wealth Management, LLC

Nothing is as difficult for people as not deceiving themselves. While some self-delusions are relatively costless, those relating to investments can be expensive.

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*Should I be investing more aggressively?

submitted by Rosemary G. Caligiuri, CASL™, President, Harvest Group Financial Services

There’s no way to know the answer to that without reviewing your individual circumstances and financial goals. However, if you are investing too conservatively, it can have a profound effect on your long-term financial security. That’s particularly true for women. Women often start saving later, save less, and invest more conservatively than men, which decrease their chances of having enough income in retirement.

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Dennis Markowitz recognized by FBA

Lower Southampton Township Supervisor Joseph McFadden (left) presents a special commendation to the Feasterville Business Association’s 2014 Person of the Year, Dennis I. Markowitz  (second from left) while township supervisors Patrick Irving (center) and Ed Shannon (second from right) share the celebratory moment. Also looking on is Larry Laiken of Lower Southampton, chairperson of the FBA’s Annual Frolic where the award was presented.

The event was held at the Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs in Feasterville with 125 members and guests in attendance. Dennis garnered special recognition for his long service to the FBA, fundraising and other business endeavors.

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