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Tis the Season to Go Green!

Happy Holidays from CSI! Thank you for another productive year!  CSI’s inspectors traveled throughout the country this year, performing engineering and environmental inspections from Alaska to Florida and almost everywhere in between (47 states, to be exact!) We have seen a number of new trends in 2016, including an increase in requests for Green Reports.  …


The Fannie Mae Green Initiative- How Going Green Can Pay Off

Consulting Solutions and the Fannie Mae Green Initiative – How Going Green Can Pay Off The Fannie Mae Green Initiative is a multifamily financing option that encourages property owners to invest in energy and water saving improvements.  The goal of the Green Initiative program is to improve and preserve the quality of multifamily properties while …


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 …


CSI is a No Sub Zone!

Unlike most of the national engineering and environmental firms, CSI’s business model relies on full time CSI employees as field inspectors, not per – job outside contractors.  This significant difference allows CSI to provide dependable, responsive and consistent service.  Our structure also allows our in house team to answer questions and update reports promptly, usually …


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 …


Fannie Mae continues to fine tune PNA requirements

CSI to the PNA Rescue!   Fannie Mae continues to fine tune the revised Physical Needs Assessment (PNA) requirements issued in October. Several significant changes were introduced in Version 1.1 of the PNA Instructions (released 1/24/14), including changes to the number of units to be walked, modifications to the guidance related to problematic materials and …


Fannie Mae Issues New Physical Needs Assessment Guidelines

Fannie Mae recently issued new guidelines for Physical Needs Assessment (PNA) reports. The guidelines, effective February 3, 2014, are intended to establish minimum standards, standardize the report format, and improve assessment quality. The new guidelines include several new forms that will be included in all PNA reports. For the convenience of our Fannie Mae lender …


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. …


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 …