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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 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. …


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 …

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