Case Study: Incorporating Energy Efficiency into Your Capital Improvement Plan

In the fall of 2014, Kurt Shillington at Princeton Properties hired Nova Consulting Group for an energy retrofit of the company’s newly acquired Princeton Dover Apartment Homes. The property is a 5.84-acre parcel hosting 10 three-story buildings with 125 garden-style apartments and a stand-alone management-leasing office. It is located close to downtown Dover, New Hampshire, and includes amenities such as a swimming pool, a tot lot, an exercise room, and generous amounts of open space.  Heat at the property is provided ... Read more

KPMG Survey Finds CRE Investors Positive but Prudent in 2016

Investors expect 2016 to be another great year for commercial real estate, as noted in KPMG LLP‘s 2016 Real Estate Industry Outlook Survey. Succinctly put, Phil Marra, national real estate funds leader with KPMG, told Commercial Property Executive, “Respondents to our survey remain cautiously optimistic about the real estate investment environment in 2016.” KPMG queried senior executives across the industry, and on the topic of real estate fundamentals in 2016…well, there couldn’t be a more positive group. A whopping 91 percent of respondents expect ... Read more

Nova’s Construction Services Group

It’s sometimes difficult for a lender to determine the extent of due diligence necessary when funding a construction project. When engaging a consultant, you are looking for a partner and guide through the pre-construction, construction, and closing stages of a project. You want the deal started on the right foot. Therefore, whether you are affiliated with a larger lending institution with an internal engineering department or your construction lending is handled on a case-by-case basis, it is important to have a trusted ... Read more

Commercial Real Estate Outlook with Ryan Severino

We have turned to Ryan Severino, Senior Economist and Director of Research at Reis, Inc., to opine upon the current market and offer some guidance and insight.  We always enjoy and value hearing Ryan's outlook and hope you appreciate his "cautious optimism." The New Year certainly has gotten off to an inauspicious beginning. With equity and commodity markets gyrating, fear has crept into the US economy and the real estate markets. However, as we look forward to what 2016 holds, we need to ... Read more

Fannie Mae Loan Products Encourage Energy Efficiency

Fannie Mae is offering several different loan products to encourage borrowers to include energy efficiency measures in a renovation scope. Loans are available for new construction, rehab, and as a supplemental financing source. Below is a quick summary of each loan product: Green Building Certification: Fannie Mae is granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a multifamily refinance, acquisition, or supplemental mortgage loan for properties with a recognized green certification. These certifications include Energy Star, LEED, and Enterprise Communities, among ... Read more

New to the Nova Team – February 2016

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Nova’s Holiday Food Drive

Nova ran a virtual food drive in November and December and invited you to participate. Here are the results! Over $1,000 was raised via clicks on the link in our holiday e-blasts. Thank you!! Funds were donated to the ECO Soup Kitchen located in Saratoga Springs, NY in memory of Jennifer Warner.  According to staff at the soup kitchen, the funds donated will provide approximately 250 meals. Learn more about the ECO Soup Kitchen here. Additionally, $350 in food, mostly fresh produce, was purchased and ... Read more

New to the Nova Team – December 2015

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Nova Expands International Reach

It has been a busy year for Nova in Europe. We have delivered a range of projects, including property and environmental assessments on sites in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland. During the year, we have worked on a number of large portfolios and have seen strong growth in several property areas, including logistics sites, offices, retail units, and land acquisitions. In particular, we have noted a continued growth of projects in the Netherlands, where both debt and equity project ... Read more

Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Construction Workplace

Construction sites have a lot of equipment moving around, elevated work platforms, electrical installations, high-voltage systems, and often require heavy lifting. They can be dangerous places, but that doesn’t have to mean injury or illness. Slips, trips, falls, electrical shocks or burns, and blows from heavy or sharp objects can all be prevented with a strong workplace safety and health program. The effectiveness of a company in preventing injury and illness depends on the ability of employees to recognize both high-risk ... Read more
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