State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning Pennsylvanians of deceptive advertising by businesses posting “We Buy Homes” signs on street corners. The signs are often a scam—looking to take advantage of those suffering from debt, job loss, or other significant life changes. Businesses behind the signs typically offer to purchase a consumer’s home for less than actual value. The scams can take two different forms – one targets those who are trying to avoid foreclosure; another is when the buyer lures sellers in with promises to take the house “as is,” allowing the seller to avoid having to make repairs. The Bureau of Consumer Protection encourages real estate consumers to obtain an appraisal to know the market value of your home, and seek real estate legal advice to evaluate key terms of a “Cash for Homes” real estate contract. If you feel you are the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Bureau of Consumer Protection by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov or by calling 800-441-2555.
Motorists traveling through the Richfield area of Monroe Township, Juniata County, are reminded to obey the posted speed limit. PennDOT has placed two radar-controlled speed display signs on Route 35 near the East Juniata Elementary School.
For the first time in more than 50 years, Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season will open on a day other than the Monday after Thanksgiving. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners established a firearms deer season to begin Saturday, November 30th. Moving the opening day to Saturday will create an expanded, 13-day season that includes three Saturdays. The Game Commission received and reviewed a number of public comments on the issue, with opinions clearly split. Many of those who supported sticking with a Monday opener cited logistical concerns with traveling to hunting camps during the Thanksgiving weekend.