INSIGHTS

HAPPY NEW FISCAL YEAR! MARKET READIES ITSELF FOR CHANGES TO SBA’S ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
** Part II of our webinar series on the new SOP will be held Thursday, October 19 at 2pm EST. Join us! New SBA SOP 50 10 5(J) Just Released The U.S. Small Business Administration kicked off Fiscal Year 2018 with the release of a new version of SOP 50 10 5—version J—as well as year-end stats on the impressive growth that the agency’s flagship 7(a) and 504 programs have experienced in recent years. Below is a high-level look at… READ MORE >
Boston CLRM: Construction Lending Amid Market Shift
At the end of September, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Construction Lenders Risk Management forum in downtown Boston. Hosted by Partner Engineering’s Bill Tryon and Elizabeth Krol, the event drew… READ MORE >
  |   10.05.2017
Is Your Bank's Appraisal Policy Up to Par? Tips from the Experts
Yesterday EDR, in collaboration with the ICBA, hosted a webinar titled “Are Your Appraisal Policies & Procedures Compliant?” The focus was on the types of things that trip up banks during an audit… READ MORE >
  |   09.20.2017
Houston Market Mobilizes: Boots on the Ground, Drones in the Sky
Nearly ten years ago, I published a piece on the environmental impacts of Huricane Katrina at a time when the media used terms like “toxic gumbo” and “nasty bouillabaisse of chemicals” to describe… READ MORE >
  |   09.08.2017
ALERT: Feds Propose 1st Appraisal Threshold Change in 23 Years
** UPDATE: The Federal Register notice appeared on July 31, 2017, thus opening up a public comment period that closes on September 29, 2017. As many as 4,040 commercial real estate loans could READ MORE >
  |   07.20.2017
OCC Issues New FAQ on Vendor Management
Emphases that third party vendor risk management is not a “one-size-fits-all” process.  The challenges that financial institutions face managing third-party relationships are real, and so is the uncertainty about what regulators want to… READ MORE >
  |   06.23.2017
Josh Linkner Wants You to Get Creative
Five Obsessions of Innovators from PRISM17’s Keynote Josh Linkner, a successful business leader, venture capitalist, tech entrepreneur and author, is a man on a mission. A mission to help the world unleash its… READ MORE >
  |   05.10.2017
CAPSULE DDD SUMMARY: Philly Riding A “Wave of Optimism” in 2017
Yesterday I presented an update on the Phase I ESA market at our Philadelphia DDD event, just days away from the end of the first quarter. On a national level, market barometers paint… READ MORE >
  |   03.30.2017
Is Your Environmental Due Diligence Checklist Enough?
NOTE TO READERS: It might surprise some readers that buyers of a commercial property are still unaware of the risks an owner faces for environmental contamination. Real-world examples are illustrative for highlighting the… READ MORE >
  |   02.06.2017