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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 »

Summary of the SBA’s SOP Environmental Policy Revisions in SBA SOP 50 10 5 (C)

The SBA published their latest update their environmental policy in SOP 50 10 5 (C).    The SOP revisions take effect on October 1st, 2010 we should all bone up on a few of the new elements of SOP 5010 5 (C) (pages 199 – 206 & 310 – 317). One now technical, but important point, is that the Reliance Letter has had a revision and the Reliance Letter from SOP 5010 5 (B) will no longer be accepted... 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 »

Freddie Mac Environmental and Engineering Best Practices

On Monday, Freddie Mac released guidance on best practices for engineering and environmental reports.  The guidance notes common report issues, advises methods for selecting the best consultants and evaluating environmental and engineering consultant reports, and notes specific responsibilities. Common errors noted include failure to follow requirements of the Freddie Mac Multifamily Seller/Servic... Read More »

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Risk Decisions (2 Comments)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry When doing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, sometime the facts are on the border between a recognized environmental condition and an environmental issue.   This blog is my latest in a series of borderline decisions.   Here is the scenario: the Phase I ESA finds a classic REC on site.  Let’s say we have 15 years of dry cleaners on-site in the 1970s and 1980s—clearly... Read More »

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment and Erosion Control

One of the many unfortunate effects of the burst in the housing bubble is an overabundance of partially completed subdivisions and erosion control issues due to lack of maintenance.  In many cases, these subdivisions have been graded and have been left void of any vegetation.  In some cases, they have been partially developed with a brand new landscaped residence abutting a vacant lot with erosion... Read More »

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Risk Decisions

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry When doing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, sometimes the facts are on the border between a recognized environmental condition and an environmental issue.   This blog is my latest in a series of borderline decisions.   Here is the scenario: the Phase I ESA finds a classic REC on site.  Let’s say we have 15 years of dry cleaners on-site in the 1970s and 1980s—clearl... 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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