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Global Property Inspections (National Property Inspections in the United States) has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s® Franchise 500® for nearly 10 years, and we were recognized again in 2013. We were also named as a one of Entrepreneur’s® top Low-cost Franchises and Top Home-based Franchises.

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National Property Inspections, Inc., Welcomes New Business Owners in July

Omaha, Neb., Aug. 6, 2014 — National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is excited to announce four new business owners who will take the company’s brand to new areas:

  • Russ Leap, 28, is from Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and his franchise territory will cover Fayette and Somerset Counties in south central Pennsylvania.
  •  Jon McCreath, 53, hails from Acworth, Georgia, with franchise territory covering Bartow, Cherokee and Paulding counties northwest of Atlanta.
  • Dragan Milanovic, 57, is from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and his franchise territory will cover Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
  •  Doug Stoner, 65, is from Lititz, Pennsylvania, with franchise territory covering Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

“We’re thrilled to have these new franchisees on board with NPI and GPI,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “Each of these business owners has worked very hard to make his dream of owning his own business a reality, and we will be with them every step of the way as they build their businesses.”

Each of these new business owners has completed the 120-hour intensive training program in July 2014 at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and is now undergoing field training with another NPI/GPI business owner.

About National Property Inspections, Inc.

Founded in 1987, National Property Inspections, Inc., is one of the oldest and most respected names in the home and commercial inspection business. We operate as National Property Inspections in the United States and as Global Property Inspections in Canada.

NPI provides services to a wide variety of clients, including home buyers and sellers; commercial property investors, owners and tenants; real estate agents and attorneys; employee relocation companies; banks; and field service companies. No matter what type of inspection a client is looking for, NPI offers the services our clients need through our highly trained and experienced home inspectors and commercial building inspectors.

NPI also offers franchise opportunities throughout the United States and Canada to become a home and commercial building inspector.

For more information about NPI, visit www.npiweb.com.


National Property Inspections, Inc., Named a Top Low-cost Franchise

National Property Inspections, Inc., is excited to be named a top low-cost franchise opportunity by Franchise Business Review. Criteria for the list included that the franchise must cost less than $100,000 and must adhere to the publication’s recommended best practices.

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, offers franchises for less than $35,000 in both countries.

As Franchise Business Review’s editorial director Molly Rowe stated in her introduction to the “Low-cost Franchises” publication, “Low-cost shouldn’t mean inadequate support,” and National Property Inspections, Inc., takes this to heart. “As a high-touch franchise, the National Property Inspections, Inc., team maintains close and direct contact with NPI and GPI franchisees,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “This includes me. I touch base with all of the franchisees regularly.”

Earlier this year, National Property Inspections, Inc., participated in Franchise Business Review’s franchisee satisfaction survey and scored four stars with very satisfied franchisees. Visit http://report.franchisebusinessreview.com/?m=A6E860YeDGI to read the summary of the survey report.

To learn more about NPI/GPI franchise opportunities, visit http://npifranchise.com/ in the United States or http://gpifranchise.com/ in Canada. To read the full Franchise Business Review low-cost franchises report visit http://franchisebusinessreview.com/content/files/Top_Low_Cost_Franchises_2014.pdf.


National Property Inspections Franchisee Survey Reveals Strong Satisfaction

Omaha, Neb., Feb. 21, 2014 — In February 2014, National Property Inspections, Inc., a leader in residential and commercial property inspections, commissioned an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review. NPI outperformed others in its industry and showed high franchisee satisfaction. Some of the highlights of the survey include the following:

  • Over 96 percent of respondents rated NPI’s training program above average.
  • Over 89 percent of respondents rated NPI’s marketing and promotional programs above average.
  • Over 97 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they trust and respect NPI as a franchisor.
  • Over 98 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that NPI operates with a high level of honesty and integrity.
  • Over 93 percent of respondents said that NPI cares about their success.
  • Over 96 percent of respondents said that they enjoy operating an NPI franchise.
  • Over 90 percent of respondents said they have a positive attitude about their affiliation with NPI.
  • Nearly 94 percent of respondents rated their satisfaction with NPI above average.
  • Over 93 percent of respondents said they would recommend an NPI franchise to others.

“We are thrilled with the results of this survey,” Roland Bates, president, National Property Inspections, Inc., said. “We wanted to conduct this survey for an honest look at our business and what our franchisees think. Obviously, we have areas where we want to improve, but overall we are very happy with the results.”

NPI will use the survey results in its marketing and to improve its business in key areas in order to strive for the best possible franchisee satisfaction. “One of the suggestions from our franchisees was to reach out to them more often by phone,” Bates said. “In this day and age of emails and text messaging, it’s still important to have those conversations.”

Nearly 78 percent of NPI franchisees responded to the survey. According to Franchise Business Review, 50 percent response is average.

About National Property Inspections

Founded in 1987, National Property Inspections, Inc., is one of the oldest and most respected names in the home and commercial inspection business. We operate as National Property Inspections in the United States and as Global Property Inspections in Canada.

NPI provides services to a wide variety of clients, including home buyers and sellers; commercial property investors, owners and tenants; real estate agents and attorneys; employee relocation companies; banks; and field service companies. No matter what type of inspection a client is looking for, NPI offers the services our clients need through our highly trained and experienced home inspectors and commercial building inspectors.

NPI also offers franchise opportunities throughout the United States and Canada to become a home and commercial building inspector.

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Continued Improvement for National Housing Markets

An index put out by the National Association of Realtors (NAHB) shows vast improvements in the number of housing markets to be considered improving. The NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) put out by the NAHB shows that 56 out of 350 metro areas in the United States have returned to their prerecession housing levels.

The LMI is based on current permits, prices and employment data, and it shows a national reading of .86, which means the United States is at 86 percent of its regular economic and housing activity.

NAHB Chairman Rick Judson stated, “More markets are slowly returning to normal levels, and we expect this upward trend to continue as an improving economy and pent-up demand brings more home buyers back into the marketplace,” Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co. added, “More than 35 percent of all the markets on this month’s LMI are operating at a capacity of 90 percent or better of previous norms, which is a good sign that the housing recovery will continue to pick up steam in 2014.”

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Big Numbers for Housing Production

Housing production saw some big increases in November. In both the single-family and multifamily starts categories, there was over 20 percent growth for production.

Single-family starts saw a 20.8 percent increase, while the multifamily sector had a 26 percent rise in November. This is the highest rate of housing starts for single-family units since December 2007. Combined, single-family and multifamily units now have a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million for housing starts.

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Big Jump in New-Home Sales During October

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there was over 25 percent growth in sales of newly built, single-family homes in October 2013. This data was taken from information released by HUD and the Census Bureau and shows that new-home sales were up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000 units in October.

Rick Judson, chairman of the NAHB had this to say about the market: “The October sales numbers show that there is clearly a demand for new housing and the recovery remains on track.” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe added, “We expect sales to continue to rise as pent-up demand is released and first-time home buyers creep back into the market.”

Each of the nation’s four regions saw new-home sales rise by at least 15 percent. Other good news included the decrease in housing inventory, which is an indicator of future demand. There was a 4.9 percent fall in October’s supply of new homes.

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Commercial Real Estate Growth

According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) quarterly commercial real estate forecast, commercial real estate leasing is showing consistent and steady growth. There was a 2 percent rise in leasing activity in the commercial sector from the second quarter of 2013 to the third quarter alone. There was an overall 0.2 percent drop in commercial property vacancies.
 
The chief economist of the NAR, Lawrence Yun added, “Jobs are the key driver for commercial real estate, and the accumulation of 7 million net new jobs from the low point a few years ago is steadily showing up as demand for leasing and purchases of properties,”
The major commercial property sectors: office, industrial, and retail markets are all expected to have declines in vacancy rates from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014. Rents are expected to rise for all three categories as well.

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Building Permits Up Thanks to Strong Multifamily Unit Construction

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, building permits were up in October 2013. There was a 6.2 percent rise in issuance in that month, which brings permits up to a 1.034 million seasonally adjusted rate. There was a 15.3 percent rise in permit issuance for multifamily units and a 0.8 percent growth for single-family units. This is a continuing trend, with September 2013 showing a 5.2 percent increase in permits issued.

The senior economist for the National Association of Home Builders, Robert Denk, noted, “Permits are often a harbinger of future housing activity and the strong showing in the multifamily sector along with stable numbers on the single-family side bode well for a continuing, gradual upturn in housing over the coming months.”

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