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Home cooking: Signs that the housing market may be at the bottom
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Protecting the value of your home has been like trying to hold water in a sieve over the past five years. It is no secret that the housing slump has had a significant negative impact on the economy, given its historical contribution to GDP. In fact, according to the National Association of Home Builders, housing (both residential investment and housing services) contributes roughly 17 percent on average to U.S. GDP. More

Industry-Related News

After steadying, home prices begin falling again
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After holding up relatively well this summer, it looks like home prices have begun falling again. For a second month in a row, home prices fell 1.1 percent from the month before as fresh foreclosures continued to add inventory to the glut of unsold homes, according to data from CoreLogic, a real estate research firm. Home prices fell 1.1 percent in both September and August. More

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Modest housing recovery seen in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The housing market should see a modest recovery in 2012, with a modest rise in sales and home prices, according to a new forecast from the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales are predicted to rise 4-5 percent from this year's expected total of 4.96 million, according to the NAR, with an unspecified rise in median home prices. More

Rising home sales suggest modest market rebound, yielding hope for real estate stakeholders
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Rachel Torchia, owner of Gateway Title Agency, said November "is usually one of the deadest months" at her Brecksville company, which handles residential real estate title transfers. That's because the approach of winter and the looming holiday season take many prospective buyers' minds off the housing market. More


InspectionWorld Atlanta

Just 7 weeks until InspectionWorld Phoenix
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Here is what you will find on the IW Phoenix site now:
  • Pre-Conference courses — review these inspection diversification possibilities
  • Education Sessions — here is your choice of 45+ courses you can attend
  • Special 2012 IRC Track — presented by Douglas Hansen
  • Spouse Program — there is plenty for your spouse to do in Arizona
  • Exhibitors — visit the growing list of product and service vendors
  • The Arizona Biltmore — you will not want to miss attending our annual conference in the surroundings of this very beautiful resort property — arrive early and stay longer
  • Registration — you can still register at the Early Bird rate
  • Hotel Registration — reserve your rooms now and come early or stay longer

New from The ASHI School — Radon Course — Dec. 11-12, 2011
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Want to increase your profit margins 30 percent in 2012? Adding ancillary services such as Radon testing is the way to do it. Our two day pre-licensing certification class will prepare you for the State of Illinois Radon licensing exam. The course will be offered in the ASHI School classroom in Des Plaines, Ill. For the first 12 students to enroll, the cost is $449. For more details, or to enroll, please call The ASHI School at 888-884-0440 or visit the ASHI School website.

Visit ASHI's updated online marketplace
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Continue Your Home Inspection Education with Resources from Our Store
Whether you're looking for a specific home inspection book or home inspection software, bolster your home inspection education in the ASHI online store. In addition to books and software, we also carry videos and other training aids, plus many different styles of apparel. A home inspection book or piece of home inspection software from ASHI can help you deal with just about any home inspection scenario, issue or problem.

Click on the Shop the ASHI Store tab.

ASHI Endorsed vendors featured each week
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We continue providing links to ASHI member benefit programs that are "ASHI Endorsed." These programs offer a number of products and services that have been designed especially for ASHI members.

ASHI's endorsed legal services program has changed its name from Pre-Paid Legal Services to LegalShield.

There's power in numbers! With the commitment of 1.4 million LegalShield members, we are able to negotiate comprehensive legal services with dedicated law firms nationwide at a fraction of what they traditionally cost. Because our attorneys aren't waiting to get paid, and instead are prepaid, they're motivated to treat all of our members and their needs equally. Covering 49 states and 4 provinces in Canada, our law firms are experienced, responsive and reliable. It's power in numbers. It's LegalShield. Total Access. Total Freedom.

Know your rights in any situation. LegalShield gives you the ability to talk to an attorney on any matter without worrying about high hourly costs. For one flat monthly fee you can access legal advice, no matter how traumatic or trivial the issue. That's why under the protection of LegalShield you and your family can live your life worry-free, every day, every night, now and forever.

And for a complete list of endorsed programs, visit the ASHI website.

Economic Indicators

Consumer confidence down since September
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The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development publishes a wealth of data tracking the fundamental economic dynamics of the world's largest economies. The OECD leading indicator, industrial production, business confidence and consumer confidence series all disclose important and timely clues to the state of each respective economy or group of economies. More

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Employment data show interesting positive trends
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G.C. Mays writes, "The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its employment report for October. While adding 80,000 non-farm payroll jobs is certainly nothing to write home about, I've noticed some very interesting positive trends over the last few months, as both the household and payroll surveys have shown surprisingly positive job growth over the last three months." More

  • Monthly wholesale trade: Sales and inventories
  • Quarterly financial report: Retail trade
  • Durable goods manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders

  • Small Business News

    Mistakes to avoid when buying accounting software
    Caribbean Media Vision    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Evaluating and purchasing accounting software can be a daunting task. There are so many options to choose from, that often the choices seem endless. However the benefits of upgrading or installing a new system could mean the end of countless headaches, fewer hours stuck in the office and less time spent sifting through a barrage of Excel spreadsheets used to keep track of what's really going on in your business. More

    Smart SEO tactics for small businesses
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    Good small business websites build brands and bring in customers. In order for this to happen, people to actually visit, and for that to happen, a website needs to be designed around the principles of SEO, or search engine optimization. More
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