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Residential | November 2018 
Key Insurance Pool Needs More Than A Life Preserver
Fifty years ago, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program in the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy, a monster storm that killed 76 people and flooded more than 164,000 homes in New Orleans. Si...
By Amy Forester Roberti, vice president of congressional relations, Independent Community Bankers of America

Commercial | November 2018 
Help Clients Soar With C-PACE
As the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing sector matures, more real estate owners, developers and mortgage brokers are discovering that C-PACE offers the kind of flexibility ...
By Woolsey McKernon, senior vice president and chief revenue officer, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital Inc.; and Chris Robbins, managing director, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital Inc.

Residential | July 2018 
Build Better Neighborhoods One Green Loan at a Time
Historically, technology has drastically changed the backdrop in which business is done. During the industrial revolution, for instance, new technologies brought about efficiency in manufacturing and ...
By Houtan Hormozian, vice president, Crestico Inc.

Commercial | May 2018 
Don’t Let Property Red Flags Derail a Deal
Some commercial building owners, when seeking to sell a property, erroneously believe that any underlying structural issues with the property are issues best left for the next owner to address. Unfort...
By Jane Powell, project manager, Partner Engineering and Science Inc.

Commercial | April 2018 
Green Financing Benefits Business
Issuance of so-called green bonds, which are backed by mortgages on climate-friendly assets, hit a record $155.5 billion worldwide in 2017. This year, that figure could reach $250 billion to ...
By Chrissa Pagitsas, director, Fannie Mae multifamily green-financing business

Commercial | April 2018 
Foster Green Investments
For commercial-property owners, investing in energy efficiency is increasingly moving from a nice-to-have perk to a must-deploy business tool. As energy costs and estimates of energy use within the U....
By Emily McLaughlin, senior associate, Institute for Market Transformation

Commercial | February 2018 
Don’t Let Environmental Hazards Drag You Down
Today’s real estate market is heavily influenced by environmental concerns. Anyone having a financial interest in real estate needs to know if potential environmental problems may involve them in expe...
By Michael Novak, president, Atlantic Environmental Solutions Inc. (AESI)

Commercial | February 2018 
Building Green Can Make Dollars and Sense
  Case study Developers in Denver plan to build an 89,000-square-foot mixed-use complex with a construction budget of $13 million. They are looking for a way to reduce their equity contributio...
By Brian McCarter, CEO, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions

Commercial | September 2017 
Capitalize on Opportunity With C-PACE Loans
At a Glance Things to consider with C-PACE financing As a mortgage broker accustomed to dealing with commercial mortga...
By Brian McCarter, CEO, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions

Commercial | July 2017 
Accelerate Your Energy-Investment Game
Overhauling the United States’ aging commercial-building stock is an ever-present challenge for property owners and managers. Nearly half of all commercial buildings in the U.S. were built before 1980...
By Genevieve Sherman, Head of New Markets and Partnerships, Greenworks Lending

Commercial | June 2017 
Energy’s Hidden Risks and Rewards
Residential and commercial buildings accounted for about 40 percent of the nation’s total energy consumption in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The $400 billion spent ea...
By Cindy Zhu, fellow in the Building Technologies Office, U.S Department of Energy; and Holly Carr, energy technology program specialist, U.S Department of Energy

Commercial | May 2017 
Trust Builds Bridges in Underwriting
The mortgage underwriting process includes a variety of steps, such as verification of the borrower’s financial representations, obtaining an appraisal from an experienced appraiser and, of course, le...
By Jerry Sager, senior managing director, First National

Commercial | May 2017 
Play the PACE Card
  Key Points ...
By Contributing Author, Special to Scotsman Guide

Residential | April 2017 
Planting the Seeds of Prosperity
Excellent landscaping can increase a property’s value by as much as 28 percent, according to a report in the National Association of Realtors’ online publication HouseLogic. Even good landscaping can ...
By Lara Hermanson, co-founder and principal, Farmscape Gardens

Commercial | April 2017 
Is Green Your Color?
Environmentally sustainable real estate is on the rise around the world, with consumer demand a primary driver in the U.S., even though perceived initial cost still constitutes a significant obstacle,...
By Ely Razin, CEO, CrediFi


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