Low inventory and high demand of homes in Bucks County

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

The trend in our local Bucks County market of low inventory and high demand is continuing. The gap between ready, willing and able buyers and available homes to sell them is continuing to widen.

In many cases where homes are priced properly and in good condition, we’re consistently seeing multiple-offer situations, buyers paying above appraised value and/or asking price, and homes selling in less than 10 days in our local market.

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SCORE of Bucks County survey shows ‘continued optimism’ for 2016

SCORE of Bucks County has just completed its annual survey of small businesses. While the outlook for the coming year is down somewhat compared to 2015, the results show continued optimism for prospects in the upcoming year. This year, 62% of respondents are either somewhat or very optimistic about the overall business climate in both the U.S. and in Bucks County, down from a 72% optimistic view in last year’s survey.

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New unemployment compensation website unveiled

The state Department of Labor & Industry has launched a new website dedicated to unemployment compensation needs.

The website – www.uc.pa.gov – is billed as a one-stop-shop for unemployment compensation information featuring:

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The Women’s Business Forum™ helps women grow businesses

The Women’s Business Forum™ (WBF) is a non-profit that educates, mentors and inspires women to build and grow successful businesses.

Founded in 2002 by Chanin Walsh Milnazik, WBF continues to serve entrepreneurs in the Bucks County area with a free monthly educational meeting and other programs designed to assist them in reaching their business goals.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q: Now that the winter weather is finally over and summer is here, I am anxious to get some work done to the outside of my home. The first thing on my list is getting the driveway paved. I was asking people I know for contractor recommendations when my neighbor said that he recently heard of a contractor working in the neighborhood, knocking on doors offering a very good price for this kind of work.

It sure sounds like a good deal for the price. I’m thinking of hiring them since they are already in the neighborhood. Is this a good idea? S.C, Perkasie

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Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce

The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce (LBCCC) is the “Voice of Business” in Lower Bucks County. The Chamber acts as a “Professional Advocate for Business in Lower Bucks County” by uniting hundreds of professional firms to create a unique central agency working diligently to represent and improve business, and build a better community at large.

The Chamber is made up of 1,000 members representing small, medium and large business and professional firms. The Chamber services an area encompassing 22 municipalities.

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The Newtown Business Association celebrates a long history of service to the community

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, non-profits, dining and professional services.

NBA members dedicate their efforts to making Newtown the best place to live and work. Remember, whenever possible, support local NBA businesses that are committed to the community’s continued enrichment and excellence.

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Bucks County Economic Development Corporation

Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) is a non-profit, non-political economic development organization established in 1958 to support economic growth in Bucks County.

BCEDC is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certified economic development agency. BCEDC offers low cost financing options for land/building, machinery/equipment and working capital.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q: I received a call earlier this week from a man with a heavy accent claiming to be from one of the large computer companies. He told me that my computer was at risk for intrusions from viruses and spyware. Then he offered to remotely access my computer and install a new antivirus program to protect my computer.

He asked me for my credit card information so the company could charge my card for the software. Unfortunately I gave it to them because everything seemed legitimate while I was on the phone with them. I let them access my computer and install the new program but now my computer doesn’t work at all.

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SCORE Bucks County begins Women’s Business Mastermind Group

SCORE Bucks County has announced the formation of the SCORE Women’s Business Mastermind Group, a new business roundtable geared towards issues that concern women-focused small businesses in Bucks County.

“The goal of this group is to help small businesses that are owned and operated by women to discuss common problems faced by local businesses,” says SCORE Bucks Chapter Chair Gene Murtha. “The idea is to hold monthly roundtable discussions with the agenda set by the business owners, facilitated by SCORE, aiming to provide support through open discussion and individual SCORE counseling services as needed.”

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