Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. I have been receiving nasty telephone calls from a collection agency. They are looking for my adult daughter who no longer lives with my husband and me. I have spoken several times to them explaining that she doesn’t live here but they refuse listen. I have told them repeatedly to stop calling us but, not only do they still call but then they go on to tell me that my daughter is a “deadbeat” and that I should pay her debt for her. Am I responsible for her debt?  K.H., Langhorne.

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Why selling your home yourself is a BAD idea

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors – Newtown Office

Probably for the same reason they say that attorneys who represent themselves have fools for clients – and attorneys are educated about the process and presumably, understand the law! Below are some reasons that becoming a “For Sale By Owner” may not be the best idea:

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Stephanie Ripka named LBCCC’s Vice President

Stephanie Ripka, of Yardley, was recently promoted to Vice President of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce.

Starting out in retail, Stephanie managed card and gift stores in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania for over a decade. Later she transitioned into the construction industry, working for both general and mechanical contractors, where she excelled in project management, accounting and cost-control. With proven proficiency in finance and client service, she utilized her skills for over 20 years in construction.

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Bucks County small business ‘optimistic’ for 2015

Sixty-six percent of Bucks County business owners polled said they were “optimistic” about the local economy, according to a recent survey conducted by SCORE Bucks County. The local small business survey findings point to an air of optimism for 2015 and, in many instances, echo similar findings of a recent Gallup survey.

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Rosemary Caligiuri, CASL™, RICP® awarded Five Star Professional

Harvest Group has announced that Rosemary Caligiuri, President of Harvest Group Financial Services, has been awarded the Five Star Professional Award for the third consecutive year.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award program is the largest and most widely published award program in the financial services industry. The award is based on a rigorous, multifaceted research methodology, which incorporates input from peers and firm leaders along with client retention rates, industry experience and a thorough regulatory history review.

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Expect growth in the housing market

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors – Newtown Office

Momentum in the housing market is expected to continue into 2015, driven by low interest rates, tightened inventory, declining foreclosures, normalizing price appreciation and an improving economy. Nationally, new home sales have lagged behind the recovery, with barely an increase over 2013 and the share of first time homebuyers fell to the lowest level in over 20 years, according to the National Association of Realtors. This is largely due to the decrease in homes for sale and tightening lender standards, which are expected to ease ever-so-slightly this year.

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Bucks County Opportunity Council ED to step down

Allen Childs has decided to step down as Executive Director, CEO of Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) effective June 15th, 2015. Under Allen’s leadership, BCOC expanded the impact of its programs serving those in poverty in Bucks County, partnered with world renowned Chef Jose Garces for a unique fundraising event, and sharpened its focus and organization structure to more effectively serve its clients.

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Firstrust Financial Resources expands retirement & employee financial education initiative

The Senior Management Team of Firstrust Financial Resources (FFR), a Philadelphia-based financial services firm, has announced the recent hire of Ethan Shiller as a Financial Advisor. Shiller’s addition is the latest in a series of moves designed to allow the firm to implement its expansion efforts focused on financial education, individual and small business retirement planning, employee benefits, high-end estate planning and life insurance strategies.

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Yardley Executive Round Table

The Yardley Executive Round Table (YERT) is a non-profit organization with strong roots in Bucks County. YERT is a business organization of men and women who are dedicated to being the best in their respective professions. The purpose of the organization is to grow each other’s businesses through the exchange of qualified referrals, as well as the sharing of knowledge, information and experiences to inspire further growth.

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Newtown Business Association

The Newtown Business Association is a member-based organization that is celebrating over 64 years of service to the Newtown community. They are recognized as one of the largest non-chamber business associations in the entire region featuring over 275 members ranging from retail, food and professional services.

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