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Asbestos In Vermiculite Insulation
Feds warn of potential health risks relating to asbestos present in vermiculite insulation.  Info on what to look for in your home.
HUD Mandates Changes In FHA Appraisal Process
Due to homeowner complaints about problems and defects found in houses after they have moved in, HUD (US Housing and Urban Development) has changed the way that appraisers must evaluate a structure.
Lennox High Efficiency Furnaces Recalled
Lennox Industries, a major maker of high-efficiency home gas furnaces, has announced a factory-subsidized inspection program (recall) for Lennox Pulse furnaces installed between 1982 and 1989.
Are You Having Shingle Problems?
We have found that many homes with newer asphalt composition shingles installed, are experiencing problems. . .premature cracking, loss of gravel & blistering.
Water Heater Dip Tube Failures
As many as 90% of all residential water heaters manufactured between 1993 and 1996 may be affected by faulty polypropylene dip tubes.
Are Home Inspections A Worthwhile Investment?
An interesting article about a recent survey, asking homebuyers what benefits they gained from having a home inspection performed.
Is Your New Home Being Fully Inspected?
Many brand new homes in this area are closing escrow without a full "Certificate of Occupancy" being issued.



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