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Deferred Maintenance, the Next Looming Real Estate Crisis

September 13, 2010 FI Consulting’s Tom Follain Featured in CIRE Magazine Arlington, VA—FI Consulting cofounder and principal, Tom Follain’s warning regarding deferred maintenance on commercial real estate properties with negative equities appears in the September/October issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate (CIRE) magazine. Located in the Investment Analysis section, the article entitled, “The Big Fix:......

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FI Consulting Awarded US Treasury Department TARP Contract

April 9, 2009 Arlington, VA—The US Treasury Department Office of Financial Stability (OFS) has awarded FI Consulting the contract to perform credit reform modeling and analysis on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). “Our work will support the Office of Financial Stability in their effort to develop reliable cost estimates of TARP programs for financial......

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FI supports “Sarah’s Circle” in its mission to provide quality,…

July 27, 2008 Washington, DC is home to 14,000 low-income senior citizens who live on meager social security checks in a city with a high cost of living. Sarah’s Circle provides quality, affordable housing and a wide array of support programs to enable these very low income seniors to live independently, with dignity, and as......

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Freddie Mac and Magic Johnson’s “Hoops for the Homeless” fights…

July 18, 2008 FI Consulting will co-sponsor Freddie Mac’s Hoops for the Homeless basketball tournament, Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The event, benefiting six local homeless service organizations, will be chaired by basketball Hall of Famer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. In addition, Magic will be joined for the second year......

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Tracing the Trail of Relief

Negative equity, valuation methods play key roles in determining which troubled borrowers gain from assistance plan By James R. Follain, Ph.D., and Barbara A. Follain, Cyberhomes Contributors Published: May 16, 2008 The remedies being proposed to address the subprime mortgage mess focus upon a subset of those affected by the housing slump: certain distressed borrowers in......

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Are We Ready for a New Index of House Value?

New measures move beyond sales-based data By James R. Follain, Ph.D., and Barbara A. Follain, Cyberhomes Contributors Published October 8, 2007 Since its inception in 1896, the Dow has been the most widely watched indicator of the stock market. It originally tracked the movements in the stock prices of 12 large publicly traded and industrial companies.......

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AVMs Have Feelings, too

An automated valuation method is only as accurate as the models used to generate house values By James R. Follain, Ph.D., and Barbara A. Follain, Cyberhomes Contributors Published: September 04, 2007 Wouldn’t it be nice to know that all the experts agree on the best way to measure recent trends in house prices for the nation......

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Are We There Yet?

The market bottom still lies ahead, based on rent-to-value ratios in the Miami condo market By James R. Follain, Ph.D., and Barbara A. Follain, Cyberhomes Contributors Published: April 30, 2007 Where are housing prices headed? Homeowners, home hunters and investors all want to know whether house prices have arrived at their low point for the current......

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Navigating Negative Home Equity Takes Care

Facts and forecasting are crucial to finding your way out By Amy E. Buttell, Cyberhomes Contributor Published: April 3, 2007 If you owe more on your home than it’s worth, you’re not alone: Nearly nine million homeowners across the country are in the same situation. What you can and should do about your negative loan balance depends on a......

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