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Articles about Green Practices


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

Residential | September 2017 
Is Green Worth the Green?
Energy costs, advances in technology, environmental concerns or the desire to be on the cutting edge all have driven advances in what are called “green” homes. A growing number of homeowners are inter...
By Michael Dresden, president, Dart Appraisal

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

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 
Alleviate Lending Headaches
There is no bigger headache for a broker or a property owner than getting a loan approved but then losing funding over an environmental issue. What can brokers do to protect their deals from this kind...
By D. Lynn Howells, underwriter, APEX Mortgage Corp.

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

Residential | February 2017 
Plug into a Greener Home
Many borrowers are seeking energy-efficient homes these days to provide a more comfortable living environment, save money on their utility bills and become more environmentally friendly. Recent resear...
By Tonya Todd, senior vice president of strategic products, Mountain West Financial Inc.

Commercial | September 2016 
PACE Offers a Financing Boost
When the State House Square building in Hartford, Connecticut, was acquired by new owners, an integral part of the investment plan was a retrofit to replace the structure’s aging central plant. ...
By Greg Saunders, CEO, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital Inc.

Commercial | July 2016 
Putting a Price on Green
High-performance, or green, commercial buildings are consuming an ever-increasing share of the commercial real estate market. Whether these projects come online via retrofits or new construction, this...
By Scott Robinson, 2016 president, Appraisal Institute

Commercial | May 2016 
Shining a Light on Solar Appraisals
Solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are becoming more and more common, a trend that will likely continue because of expected reductions in project costs and the major assist provided by the 30 percent fede...
By James Finlay, partner, SoundView Risk Advisors

Residential | April 2016 
Being Tech-Savvy Is Environmentally Astute
No one argues the fact that green business practices are worthwhile for the environment, but is all the effort of going green beneficial to the bottom line? Now that the mortgage industry has ex...
By Nikolaos Athanasiou, chief operating officer, Guaranteed Rate

Commercial | September 2015 
Save Money With Green Loans
One-stop shopping is the newest wrinkle in the continuing effort to persuade investors that energy upgrades can benefit them and their properties. New programs backed by states, municipal...
By James Finlay, partner, SoundView Risk Advisors


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