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Articles about Environmental Issues


Commercial | September 2009 
What Being Green Really Means
Strategic energy management is the backbone of any green-building portfolio, and energy-efficiency is the most cost-effective green strategy available to building operators. For mortgage professionals...
By Alyssa Quarforth, program manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Commercial | August 2009 
Q&A: Stephanie Shakofsky, Center for Creative Land Recycling
The nonprofit Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR, pronounced "see clear") offers funding and technical assistance to brownfield developers and promotes urban-land revitalization. Stephanie Sha...
By Darrick Meneken, associate editor, Scotsman Guide Media

Commercial | June 2009 
Know the Power of Pollution Protection
The increasing number of defaults and foreclosures on commercial real estate loans can leave lenders holding environmentally impaired properties. When foreclosing on commercial properties with envir...
By Debra Hausser, assistant vice president, Zurich North America Commercial

Commercial | June 2009 
Who's Got the Mop?
The increase in commercial property defaults and foreclosures is creating widespread interest in devalued properties. Some of these might have environmental contamination. For mortgage br...
By Eileen M. Nottoli, esq., counsel, Allen Matkins

Commercial | December 2014 
Second Act of Market Recovery Takes a Bow
With 2014 coming to a close, an analysis of the year past reveals a commercial real estate market that is continuing its second act of recovery. The end of the year offers an opportunity to ...
By Dianne P. Crocker, principal analyst, EDR Insight

Commercial | March 2009 
Policing Environmental Policies
A disciplined due-diligence process helps protect a lender's bottom line. And today, having a strong due-diligence program is more important than ever. Scrutinizing deals for potential r...
By Derek Ezovski, president and CEO, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions (ORMS) LLC

Commercial | September 2014 
Take Energy-Efficiency Upgrades to the Bank
The savings from low-downpayment financing combined with the long-term benefits of going green have the potential to be significant for businesses purchasing commercial real estate. When financing c...
By Barbara Morrison, founder and president, TMC Financing

Commercial | February 2009 
Underwriting Sustainability
For several years, property-developers, -owners and -managers have recognized the environmental and financial benefits associated with environmentally sustainable buildings. Adopting sus...
By Greg Murphy, vice president, Nova Consulting Group

Commercial | April 2014 
Energy-Disclosure Laws: The Wolf at the Door?
The problem with crying wolf when there’s no wolf in sight is that people stop listening. California Assembly Bill 1103 (AB 1103), the mandatory energy-disclosure law for nonresidential buildings, ...
By Tony Liou, president, Partner Energy

Commercial | April 2014 
Team Up for a Green Future
With each passing year, more and more environmentally conscious activities become incorporated as best practices in everyday life. The reasons for this vary: Some people and companies are committed ...
By Anthony Dirubbo, vice president of operations, Acella Construction

Commercial | April 2014 
Taking Advantage of Brownfields Tax Credits
Although there is currently no national tax-incentive program for brownfields renewal in place, many states still offer valuable incentives or tax credits that encourage the remediation of contamina...
By Warren Kirshenbaum, founder and president, The Cherry-tree Group

Commercial | April 2014 
Exploring Green Value in Commercial Appraisals
It is not uncommon for commercial mortgage professionals to help clients understand and navigate the appraisal process during a refinancing or new-construction deal. In doing so, it is important to ...
By Ken P. Wilson, president, Appraisal Institute

Commercial | February 2014 
Go Green for New Lending Prospects
Funding for green-energy projects is fast becoming one of the hottest loan types in the commercial market because of the growing need for alternative-energy sources. These projects are spawning countl...
By Anita Huedepohl, founder and CEO, Liberty Funding

Commercial | January 2014 
Be Prepared to Avoid HUD Surprises
In recent years, multifamily and health-care property developers have flocked to loan-insurance programs run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as traditional financing opti...
By Denise Troeschel, senior vice president and co-chief underwriter, Love Funding

Commercial | November 2013 
The Unsung Value of Energy Retrofits
Owning and managing a commercial real estate property doesn’t come easy. The profitability of any commercial property is not only tied to its occupancy and rent collection, but also to the costs assoc...
By Adam Luysterborghs, managing principal, Avant Capital Partners LLC; and Nabeel Saleh, summer associate, Avant Capital Partners LLC


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