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Articles about Sustainability


Residential | February 2018 
Production Without Sacrifice
Being a successful mortgage originator — let alone an elite producer — isn’t easy. It requires ambition and commitment. It means knowing products and guidelines inside and out. And it can’t be done wi...
By Allyson Kreycik, senior loan officer, Guaranteed Rate

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

Commercial | April 2017 
Financing Sustainability
Over the past several years, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans have increasingly become part of commercial mortgage originators’ ongoing conversations with property owners. For originators, ...
By Alexandra Cooley, co-founder and president, Greenworks Lending; and Rebecca Disbrow, manager of commercial real estate underwriting, Greenworks Lending

Commercial | April 2017 
Covering the Green Bases
Understanding and properly documenting commercial properties’ green features can assist mortgage brokers in making a strong case for the value of energy-efficient buildings when dealing with lenders. ...
By Jim Amorin, president, The Appraisal Institute

Commercial | November 2016 
Plug Into Green Data
Commercial buildings in the United States are responsible for consuming an enormous amount of energy. In fact, buildings overall are responsible for an estimated 40 percent of total energy use in the ...
By Alysson Blackwelder, project manager, U.S. Green Building Council

Commercial | April 2015 
Green Practices Gain Ground
Sustainable building practices aren’t merely a fad, as forward-thinking state and local policies continue to demand greener initiatives. In today’s culture, Americans are bombarded with slogans and ad...
By Odell Murry, president, MAI Financial Services Inc.

Commercial | February 2008 
Hidden Problems, Nasty Consequences
A site in New Jersey tainted by an adjacent property’s oil spill. A Florida building constructed near a former bombing range. A Texas property built on a former oil-and-gas field with elevated level...
By Derek Ezovski, president and CEO, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions (ORMS) LLC

Commercial | June 2009 
Recession's Potential Upside: Diversity
The economic collapse has left its mark on the banking sector, the real estate and mortgage industry, and unemployment rates across the country. But there is one potential silver lining: Once the ec...
By Kristin E. Blount, senior vice president, Colliers Meredith & Grew

Commercial | December 2014 
Beyond Our Borders: India
In the past decade, India has made significant economic achievements. Between 2005 and 2012, India’s unemployment rate decreased from 4.4 percent to 3.6 percent, and the percentage of people living in...
By Krista Humphres, editorial/production assistant, Scotsman Guide Media

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 
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 
Adding Sustainability to Lending
The growth of sustainable building in commercial real estate hinges on the availability of attractive financing for green-building projects. Financial institutions are an integral part of commercial r...
By Odell Murry, president, MAI Financial Services Inc.

Residential | November 2013 
Help Your Purchase Business Bloom
With the U.S. economy showing signs of improvement and the housing market picking up, it’s time for mortgage brokers to re-evaluate their product mix. Although refinances will continue to be a staple ...
By Rey Maninang, senior vice president and national sales director, Carrington Mortgage Services LLC

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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