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Heeding Green Advice

The benefits of green building and energy efficiency are real and increasingly want to be realized by commercial real estate investors and tenants alike.  Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.’s green retrofit of their new company headquarters in Los Angeles provided Partner with firsthand experience in realizing those benefits.  By undertaking this project, Partner is now able to provide invaluab... Read More »

SBA SOP 5010 5 (E)- NAICS Codes for Environmentally Sensitive Industries

An Old Persian Proverb teaches that “One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.”  By applying this lesson when reading through Appendix 4 of the current SBA SOP 5010 5 (E) the NAICS Codes of Environmentally Sensitive Industries, lenders can save their borrowers time and money. I’ve had many lenders contact me with an order for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment sol... Read More »

Fannie Mae Form 4262

Fannie Mae has come out with an update to Form 4262.  Some of the changes that are now included is a seperate worksheet to “Insert Brochures or Documents.” To view the the worksheet go to Partner Engineering and Science’s Fannie Mae page. Read More »

Understanding SBA SOP 5010 5 (C)

Since the latest revision to SBA’s SOP 5010 5 (C), that came out in October 2010, I have been asked some reoccurring questions in regards to the Environmental Requirements on 504 and 7a loans. One of those reoccurring questions is when there is a NAICS Codes match does it mean that I will have to have a Phase I AAI Compliant ESA?  The answer to this is a definitive YES, and NO! Take a look at SOP ... Read More »

SBA 504 Refinance Updates

Small Business Jobs Act and rules for refinancing within the SBA 504 loan program Read More »

SBA Loan Requirements

In accordance to SBA’s SOP 5010 5 (C), when obtaining a 504 or 7a Loan SBA requires an Environmental Investigation of all commercial Property upon which a security interest such as a mortgage, deed of trust, or leasehold deed of trust is offered as security for a loan or debenture. The type and depth of an Environmental Investigation to be performed varies with the risks of Contamination. Here is ... Read More »

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment – SBA

You’ve been told you need to have a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and now may be looking for answers to the questions: Why you need one Where you get them How much they cost How long do they take Will it meet the Small Business Administration (SBA) environmental requirements . When ordering a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) you want to make sure that: It is AAI (All Appro... Read More »

Environmental Due Diligence: Phase I ESAs and Other Options

If you are buying a commercial property, you need to do environmental due diligence.  The gold standard for due diligence is the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.   The Phase I ESA is basically a research project into the properties current and past use and how these uses could potentially affect the environment.   As a buyer, you want to make sure that you don’t get stuck cleaning up someone... Read More »

No substitute for experience when it comes to HUD Project Capital Needs Assessments

Due to market conditions, the last few years have seen an increase in HUD/FHA loans.  In turn, the need for HUD due diligence reports has increased.  Consultants who have specialized in this area in the past have a backlog of work for several weeks, and in some cases, months.  As the law of supply and demand would dictate, consultants who had avoided HUD work in the past (very good consultants) ar... Read More »

Selection of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Vendor In North Carolina

When ordering a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in North Carolina, careful consideration should be given the credentials of the firm and their experience with similar property types. Partner Engineering and Science has been involved in more than 5,000 environmental site assessments in North Carolina covering a wide range of property types. Read More »

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