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Happiness as a Strategy for a Better Workplace (2 Comments)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry If we work harder, we become more successful, and then we’ll be happier…. Right? Not so, says Shawn Anchor in a fantastic TED talk I watched the other day (you should watch it too.)  He argues the formula should be flipped around:  First, you must raise positivity and feel good about what you do to achieve what he calls the “happiness advantage” that leads to su... Read More »

Happiness as a Strategy for a Better Workplace (1 Comment)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry If we work harder, we become more successful, and then we’ll be happier…. Right? Not so, says Shawn Anchor in a fantastic TED talk I watched the other day (you should watch it too.)  He argues the formula should be flipped around:  First, you must raise positivity and feel good about what you do to achieve what he calls the “happiness advantage” that leads to su... Read More »

Happiness as a Strategy for a Better Workplace

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry If we work harder, we become more successful, and then we’ll be happier…. Right? Not so, says Shawn Anchor in a fantastic TED talk I watched the other day (you should watch it too.)  He argues the formula should be flipped around:  First, you must raise positivity and feel good about what you do to achieve what he calls the “happiness advantage” that leads to su... Read More »

Quick Recap Of First EBA Meeting of 2015

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association (EBA) concluded its first meeting of the year in South Carolina last week (Jan 11-14).  While Charleston was a beautiful venue, it was bitter sweet as we all said good-bye to Jeff and Tacy Telego.  Jeff and Tacy founded the EBA and served as co-executive directors for 21 years.  The program packed with great panels, ope... Read More »

California Case Upholds Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense

Entry by JoeDerhake A number of recent court cases have highlighted certain ambiguities that exist around how and when the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) defense applies.  The BFPP defense provides protection for liability under CERCLA to eligible property buyers who have knowledge of existing contamination if they take “appropriate care” to address the contamination. In thi... Read More »

Ten Takeaways from EBA June 2014 (2 Comments)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association’s June meeting in Seattle just wrapped up last week.  EBA continued its 20th anniversary celebration with great content as always and lively discussion on how our industry and EBA are changing and moving forward.   Here are 10 takeaway points:   1)      Vapor Intrusion Regulatory Drivers:  ... Read More »

Ten Takeaways from EBA June 2014 (1 Comment)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association’s June meeting in Seattle just wrapped up last week.  EBA continued its 20th anniversary celebration with great content as always and lively discussion on how our industry and EBA are changing and moving forward.   Here are 10 takeaway points:   1)      Vapor Intrusion Regulatory Drivers:  ... Read More »

Ten Takeaways from EBA June 2014

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry The Environmental Bankers Association’s June meeting in Seattle just wrapped up last week.  EBA continued its 20th anniversary celebration with great content as always and lively discussion on how our industry and EBA are changing and moving forward.   Here are 10 takeaway points:   1)      Vapor Intrusion Regulatory Drivers:  ... Read More »

What actually happens in a Vapor Intrusion Assessment?

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry There is a lot of conversation about vapor intrusion (VI) going around the real estate community including buyers, sellers and lenders.  Vapor Intrusion issues can have serious impacts on human health and on property values and as such is a significant concern to parties involved in a real estate transaction.  I’ve previously written about why vapor intrusion or... Read More »

Due Diligence Changes in the Multifamily World

The multifamily lending world is changing.  Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have made some significant adjustments to their lending requirements so now is a good time for borrowers to reassess the best financing source for their multifamily investment.  I recently wrote a blog on Active Rain summarizing Freddie and Fannie’s changes, which explains the new underwriting activities and due diligence ... Read More »

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