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Dec

Proceed cautiously when entering an Alquist-Priolo Zone

Proceed cautiously when entering an Alquist-Priolo Zone Seismic reports are a component of the due diligence process when a property is located in a seismically active area.   The need for a seismic report is determined by the Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) value for the specific property location, and the PGA methodology recently replaced the Seismic Zone …

2
May

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Multifamily properties continue to battle bed bug infestations. These tiny insects feed at night, preferring human blood. An increase in people’s travel activities and greater insecticide resistance are two contributing factors to this growing problem. Residents may be reluctant to inform the property manager about a bed bug infestation, causing the problem to worsen. Efforts …

12
Nov

Welcome to the Improved CSI Website!

As President of Consulting Solutions I’d like to welcome you to our improved website. One new component of the website is this ongoing blog, which will discuss various topics pertaining to the commercial lending industry. This blog is part of CSI’s effort to provide industry leading service to our multifamily and commercial lending clients nationally. …

7
Nov

Alumiconn Connectors Provide a Cost Effective Aluminum Wiring Repair

Aluminum branch electrical wiring is a common issue of concern at some 1960 to 1970s vintage apartment complexes. The presence of aluminum branch wiring presents a potential safety concern, with numerous instances of electrical related fires resulting from the problematic aluminum wire connection. Repair options have included rewiring the building or installing special “pigtails” which …

7
Nov

Radon Continues to Emerge as a Lender Issue

Radon gas is present in all 50 states and according to the US EPA, is the second leading cause of lung cancer (cigarette smoking is #1). More people die from radon gas exposure than drunk driving, falls in the home, accidental drowning and home fires. Testing for radon and fixing a radon problem is relatively …