Overview of Recent Changes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

For both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2014 was a banner year in terms of loan origination. In terms of total volume of loan dollars, the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) were neck and neck to the finish, with Fannie Mae providing $28.9 billion in financing to the multifamily market during the year and Freddie Mac providing $28.3 billion. In the past year, Nova prepared 450 Fannie Mae-scope Physical Needs Assessments and 360 Freddie Mac-scope Property Condition Reports, as well as commensurate ... Read more

Nova Provides Energy Consulting Services to a Northeastern Housing Authority

In support of preservation and expansion efforts, a Northeastern housing authority with over 20 sites and 500 units of affordable housing has contracted with Nova's Energy Efficiency Group to provide a full range of energy planning, reporting, and management services. This includes utility purchase agreements, overseeing energy efficiency improvements, as well as identifying and pursuing funding opportunities. The initial project phase includes benchmarking the energy consumption of each of the authority's assets to quantify the savings potential at each site and identify ... Read more

Nova Set Sail on the “America” out of San Diego

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, Nova set sail on the "America" with a fine crew for lunch and drinks before the MBA's CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention and Expo in San Diego. Enjoy the following gallery of photos from that fun day. Photos by Meghan Katharine Cummings Read more

EPA Compliance Requirements for Commercial and Retail Properties

It is fairly common knowledge that the EPA and state environmental agencies have numerous regulations that apply to large industrial facilities such as oil refineries, electrical power plants and manufacturing facilities to control air emissions, hazardous waste disposal and wastewater discharges.  However, EPA and state environmental regulations have increasingly been imposed on a much wider range of facilities including commercial and retail properties.  In addition, there has been an increasing trend of enforcement of these regulations on business sectors that have ... Read more

Nova’s Production Team Show Off Their Holiday Spirit

The Nova production team had a holiday ugly sweater contest last week out in sunny California.  Below are our team members in their holiday best. Read more

Nova’s Team Continues to Grow

  We are pleased to announce that the following new staff have joined our team.   Read more

Second Act of Market Recovery Takes a Bow

NOTE TO READERS:  The article below was published in the December 2014 edition of Scotsman Guide, and was authored by EDR Insight's primary analyst, Dianne Crocker. It is republished here with permission. Commercial market barometers in 2014 point to continued growth in 2015 With 2014 coming to a close, an analysis of the year past reveals a commercial real estate market that is continuing its second act of recovery. The end of the year offers an opportunity to take a look at the current ... Read more

Home Energy Efficiency Tips for Saving Money

Winter weather has arrived and despite dropping prices for heating fuel and natural gas, heating costs still burn a big hole in your pocket. Saving energy at home is easier than you think. What is energy efficiency? Energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same service.  Discover Nova's Energy Efficiency Services. There are many low-cost options to get you started as well as other cost-effective options for bringing down your utility costs. Click on the category links below to see tips for reducing ... Read more

Industrial Hygiene Compliance Resources for Small Businesses

As an industrial hygienist, I am often asked to evaluate a company’s health and safety program and to help the company ensure that it complies with all applicable OSHA regulations. But hiring a consultant can be an expensive proposition for a small business, especially one that has just launched. If you’re busy raising start-up capital, investing in expensive drilling equipment, hiring personnel, obtaining licensing, and dealing with insurance and all the other costs involved today in starting your own business, hiring ... Read more

Nova CEO Featured in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Nova CEO Steve Cummings is featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for making the Fast 50 list. The Fast 50 are the fastest-growing private companies in the Twin Cities, based on revenue growth over the past three years. Read the full article here. Read more
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