Economic News: Small Business Aid Part of Obama Plan

President Obama has stated that a large portion of his $447 billion jobs plan will include incentives for small businesses to hire new employees.  Here are a few key portions of the proposal:

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Update: US Treasury Announces Another $767 million for Small Business Lending

As a follow up to last month’s story, there will be another wave of funding for the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released the 50 community banks that will receive $767 million in funds for small business lending. These loans are part of the SBLF to promote new hiring and growth among small businesses throughout the country.

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Product Recall: LG Electronics Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers

The CPSC in cooperation with LG Electronics has issued a recall on certain Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers due to fire hazard. This is the second round of recalls on these particular products. The recall is being sent out again due to low consumer response. The CPSC and LG have recognized a serious chance of fire hazard, because of short circuits at the power connector. This recall affects approximately 98,000 units sold in the United States. Recall information can be found at CPSC or LG.

 

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NPI Annual Conference

To all NPI Inspectors, our annual conference is coming up! It will be held November 4-5, 2011 in Omaha. The registration deadline is October 10, 2011, so sign up soon.

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Economic News: Home Prices Up This Quarter

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, home prices have increased 3.6% for the second quarter of this year. The index also shows that while some U.S. cities are still having difficulty, many are staying above their 2009 lows and rebuilding a strong market.  This is good news in indicating a return to regional housing markets instead of a broader national one. >>>Full Story Here.

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Today’s Tip: Driveway Maintenance

The driveway is an often overlooked part of the home, but proper maintenance can extend its life for many years. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for with your driveway:

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Congratulations on 10 Year Anniversaries

Two NPI inspectors celebrated their 10th year Anniversaries with us this past month: Mike McDonald of Elm Springs, AR and Ronald Cooley of Irmo, SC. Congratulations from National Property Inspections guys.

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Economic News: Small Business Lending

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released the 50 community banks that will receive $767 million in funds for small business lending. Full list here. These loans are part of the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) to promote new hiring and growth among small businesses throughout the country.

This is the third wave in fund distributions and there will be more in the following months. To date, 130 local banks have received a total of $1.8 billion in SBLF funds.

 

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Today’s Tip: Green Living Tips for the Bathroom

There is a lot all of us can do to live in a more ecologically friendly way. When we remodel or design  areas of our homes, the bathroom should be part of the discussion. If living “greener” is a goal of yours, here are a few tips to follow when upgrading your bathroom space:

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Congratulations on New Hirings

Four NPI inspectors have hired 5 new employees in the last couple of months.

Welcome to National Property Inspections Doug, Patrick, Anette, Grant and Dave.

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