The Science of Real Estate:

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About This Thought Leadership Blog

Thought leadership on a variety of CRE related issues including phase 1 and phase 2 environmental site assessments by expert environmental consultants and building engineers.
  • Using Phase IIs to Avoid a "Bottomless" Environmental Mess

    CHARLOTE, N.C.—As Partner's Kristine MacWilliams sees it, even a smaller scope Phase II can save on long-term costs and liability in the long run.

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  • PCAs With A Twist

    Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) are a typical part of most real estate transactions. While the scope for PCAs is generally quite standardized, certain instances warrant a more tailored approach. Aaron Kovan discusses two such PCAs "with a twist".

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  • What Lenders Need To Know About Fannie 2.0

    Starting January 1, all loans securitized by Fannie Mae must adhere to the updated Fannie 2.0 guidelines. Drew McCreery summarizes some of the key changes to requirements for consultants, templates and reporting practices.

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  • Who Will Pay For LA’s Retrofit Ordinance?

    A proposed plan requiring mandatory retrofits of wood-frame and certain concrete buildings in LA has been announced. It's an important step towards creating a more resilient city, but concerns have been raised about who should pay for this effort. Finding creative financing solutions will be critical to the success of LA’s retrofit program.

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  • In a Nutshell: Beige Book on CRE Markets

    The December Beige Book paints a positive picture of economic conditions across the country. Bill Tryon summarizes the Fed's key commentary about Commercial Real Estate and Construction Markets.

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  • Doing the Numbers: Is Solar a Smart Investment?

    Solar systems have enjoyed a growth spurt in recent years, and are drawing interest from the commercial real estate community. How should owners, investors and lenders calculate the value a solar system brings to a real estate asset to help them make better business decisions?

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  • Protecting a Property Against Stormwater Damage

    Stormwater management is an issue that developers need to think about when planning out their sites, not only to protect their property against damage, but also to ensure compliance with the regulations imposed by state and local agencies. Ralph Orlando provides some insight about how to best manage stormwater issues.

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  • Getting Others to Pay for your Green Development

    How developers should deploy available energy efficiency technologies, leverage multiple sources of green funding, and work closely with architects to deliver a project that is socially, environmentally and financially responsible.

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  • Putting New Hotels in Old Buildings - What Are The Risks?

    Chicago is going through a mini-boom of new hotels, many of which are converted old buildings. While these adaptive re-use projects can be very profitable, historic buildings may carry particular risks. Bob Geiger discusses some of the issues you should be on the look-out for.

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  • Freddie Mac Rolls Out New Small Loan Program

    In an effort to become more competitively involved in the small balance loan market and to further support affordable housing, Freddie Mac on October 9, 2014 launched a Small Balance Loan Platform (“SBL”) to purchase and securitize small multifamily loans. A number of changes have been made to underwriting requirements that lenders and their borrowers should be aware of.

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About Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner) is a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm completing projects nationwide. We specialize in evaluating properties in connection with real estate transactions, development or management.