Weekly News Roundup for June 8, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Groundwater aquifers in 16  states in India were found to be contaminated with uranium.
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, received $3 million for flood remediation. The city has received a total of $6 million to help reduce the risk of […]

Greenfield Advisors Welcomes New Corporate Strategist

SEATTLE, WA and CARTERSVILLE, GA – Michael Podolsky has joined Greenfield Advisors as a Corporate Strategist.  He will lead Greenfield Advisors’ new business development initiatives as the firm looks to broaden its scope and expand its services.

Mr. Podolsky holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Management and Policy from […]

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Weekly News Roundup for June 1, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with the owners of an industrial property in Trenton, Michigan, to clean up the site that was once a major part of the state’s steel industry.
Property values in […]

Real Estate Startup Providing Cash to Older Homeowners

Senior citizens who own their homes can often find themselves in the position of being “asset-rich but cash-poor.” Despite no longer having a mortgage, older Americans might have less money available for food, bills, and medical expenses. Throw in regular home maintenance, homeowner’s insurance, and property taxes, and it’s […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 25, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Air Force to conduct soil samples and improve the wastewater infrastructure around Joint Base San Antonio.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to find the […]

New and Existing Home Sales Down in April as Market Slows

For the past few years, the housing market has been on fire. So much so that the inventory of available homes has strained to keep up with the overall demand. April was the 35th straight month that the supply of existing homes declined.

Existing home sales fell 2.5 percent to […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 11, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

New Zealand’s government invested in a U.S. startup company focused on trash pickup and recycling. Rubicon will receive $65 million from the country’s sovereign wealth fund.
Environmental officials are worried Clark Fork River in Montana could soon flood […]

Unemployment is Down, But Wage Growth Stagnant

The most recent jobless numbers are breaking records. April’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent was the lowest economists have seen since 2000. While the number is a cause for celebration, it’s not the only number that points to the overall health of the economy.

In addition to the low unemployment […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 4, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to see if local drinking water in Wisconsin has been contaminated by nearby farms.
Homeowners in one New Zealand city could soon see a big jump in property values after […]

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Weekly News Roundup for April 27, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

More than 50 tons of microplastics were found in the soil of nature reserves in Switzerland.
A gold mine remediation project in Canada will cost $900 million and is expected to begin in 2020.
Michigan City, Indiana received […]

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Weekly News Roundup for April 20, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, could be linked to Parkersburg, West Virginia, by trails within the next decade as part of the plans for a larger trail system in the area.
Residents in Caton, New York, are suing a construction company, […]

Greenfield Advisors’ Vice Chairman Earns Major Real Estate Award

SEATTLE, WA and CARTERSVILLE, GA – Greenfield Advisors’ Vice Chairman and Co-Managing Director, Dr. Clifford A. Lipscomb, received the American Real Estate Society’s (ARES) prestigious Practitioner-Scholar Award at the organization’s annual conference in Bonita Springs, Florida, on April 12, 2018.

Dr. Lipscomb’s academic contributions to the real estate world have […]

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Weekly News Roundup for April 13, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Duke Energy has been ordered to speed up operations to contain coal ash pond leaks at three of the utility company’s power plants.
About 700,000 residents in Pennsylvania could soon see cheaper gas bills. Peoples Gas is seeking […]

By |April 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

50 Years of Fair Housing

A Special Edition Story From Our Partner, Greenfield Institute

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968, into law on this day  50 years ago, and advocacy for access to fair housing has continued to make progress ever […]

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Weekly News Roundup for April 06, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Private wells in Clarendon, Vermont, will be tested for contamination after officials found contaminants in a well used by a nearby business park.
Residents in Lodi, New Jersey, are opposed to two proposed warehouses they say could cause […]

By |April 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Appraising the Appraisal Shortage

From 2012 through 2016, the appraisal industry lost nearly 10,000 appraisers. It’s particularly significant given that 3,069 appraisers left the profession during 2016 alone. It’s no secret that the number of appraisers has continued to drop in recent years. However, even though there are fewer appraisers, it may not […]

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Weekly News Roundup for March 30, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Attorneys for almost 30 homeowners filed an intent to sue a poultry company for allegedly putting local drinking water sources at risk of contamination.
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is one of the investors in SoftBank Group Corp’s […]

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EB-5 Program Extended Through September

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program received another extension earlier this month when Congress passed an omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year. By rolling the extension into the omnibus, the program will continue as-is, despite a call for reforms from lawmakers […]

Greenfield Advisors Presents at GIS and CAMA Conference

Greenfield Advisors’ Dr. Andy Krause recently presented to colleagues about a new software package that would aid in more efficiently calculating localized house price indexes. Dr. Krause’s presentation at a Geographic Information System (GIS) and Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) systems was part of a session focused on improving […]

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Weekly News Roundup for March 23, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A judge dismissed an eminent domain attempt by Brookhaven, Georgia. The city wanted the land for a local greenway, but officials can attempt to take the land through eminent domain again in the future.
Uber and Lyft drivers […]

By |March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Conference Presentation Focuses on Implementation of New Haiti Tax Assessment System

In 2010, a catastrophic earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Following the earthquake, the city worked hard to recover, but along with the more than 200,000 lives lost and the property damage, the city’s government lacked the ability to restart many basic services, including tax collection.

Greenfield Advisors led the charge to […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 16, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects reviews of disaster claims related to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill to be completed this month.
Michigan homeowners living near a dump that was found to be contaminating local well water […]

Looking Back at the Capital Raising Boot Camp

Bartow Street Capital (BSC), a Division of KEMA Partners LLC,“ a SEC licensed broker-dealer and member of FINRA, recently attended the Capital Raising Boot Camp of the Family Office Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The Capital Raising Boot Camp prides itself as “an intensive training workshop On: Investor Relationships and […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 9, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

An Alabama man filed a lawsuit against a local landfill, alleging that the landfill’s poor construction is allowing sediment to flow onto his property.
Residents in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, are worried about the environmental risks if city officials move […]

Greenfield Advisors Researchers Co-Authors on New Study on Manufacturing Establishment Partnership

A new paper studying the Manufacturing Establishment Partnership (MEP) found that the program had a significant impact on establishment performance. The paper, “Evaluating the Impact of Manufacturing Extension Services on Establishment Performance” appears in the latest issue of Economic Development Quarterly.

MEP has centers in every state that focus on […]

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Weekly News Roundup for March 2, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A beachfront home in Redondo Beach, California, recently sold for more than $22 million. It is the highest sale price in the South Bay area, according to real estate records.
The United States Immigration Fund (USIF) is recommending […]

ACG Capital Connection Recap

Bartow Street Capital is a Division of KEMA Partners LLC (BSC) and recently attended the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Capital Connection 2018 in Atlanta. Over 1,000 companies attended the conference, and BSC interacted with a number of executives at scheduled one-on-ones, at booths, over coffee, and via phone […]

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Weekly News Roundup for February 23, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

New crude oil terminals would not be allowed to do business in Baltimore if a new measure passes the city council. The goal of the measure is to limit the number of oil trains moving through the city.
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Weekly News Roundup for February 16, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

TransCanada Corporation is looking to secure more commitments from companies to transport oil in its proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
King County, Washington, has an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, and employers are offering higher wages to fill open […]

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

EB-5 Program Extended until March 23

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program earned another extension earlier this month as part of another continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress. It was the fifth CR of the fiscal year as both sides of the Capitol carry on debating a range of budgetary items, including immigration, in an effort […]

By |February 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for February 9, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A family in Virginia became the first property owners sued under eminent domain in connection with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.
Although property values in New Zealand were slow to increase in the first month of 2018, they […]

Greenfield Advisors Vice Chairman Edits Book on Real Estate and Energy Efficiency

Construction, whether for residential, commercial, or industrial property, has always had a link to energy efficiency. The more energy efficient a structure, the more savings for the owner. Builders are always looking for ways to keep costs down and make homes and buildings more energy efficient. Government agencies, from […]

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Weekly News Roundup for February 2, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

 

Remediation of the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown, Maryland, is not expected to be completed until next year. For more than 50 years, a chemical plant stood on the site and blended pesticides and fertilizers for commercial-grade […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 26, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich said if elected he would work to end hydraulic fracturing operations in the state.
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is looking for new investments as it continues to do well as one of the […]

Existing Home Sales in 2017 Best in Over a Decade

Existing home sales might have dipped in December, but they grew overall in 2017 over 2016. December’s existing sales were down 3.6 percent from the previous month. However, the drop wasn’t enough to drag down the entire year, which finished with existing home sales ending 2017 at a pace […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 19, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Officials in Brookhaven, Georgia, plan to use eminent domain to acquire land for a new greenway. The current property owners believe the land is worth nearly $2 million more than its appraised value.
Fracking sand, used in the […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 12, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

In 2013, 47 people died in Quebec following a train derailment. Jurors are now deliberating criminal negligent charges for the train engineer and others involved in the crash.
Now that more states and cities have enacted higher minimum […]

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Retailers Post Big Holiday Season in Sign of Strong Economy

The economy offered up mixed messages in December as 2017 closed out with strong retail sales despite a dip in overall consumer confidence. Retailers enjoyed a very happy holiday season with a 4.9 percent increase in sales over the previous year. The boost was the largest year-over-year increase since […]

By |January 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for January 5, 2018

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Contaminated groundwater continues to seep into the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas, but it may be some time before city officials are able to address the problem.
Monsanto faces a $100 million lawsuit from the state of […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

EB-5 Program Continues With Another Extension

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was once again extended through a Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress, this time just through January 19. The program was continued as-is, but lawmakers have been considering changes for a couple of years.

The Continuing Resolution allows Congress to continue funding government services for […]

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Weekly News Roundup for December 29, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was recently extended, thanks to a Continuing Resolution passed by Congress. The program was included in a federal budget that was approved through January 19, 2018.
Minimum wage earners in Arizona will be […]

By |December 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for December 22, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission denied TransCanada Corporation’s request to amend the route the Keystone XL pipeline would take through Nebraska. The decision could slow down the proposed pipeline’s construction.
A New York homeowner is suing the state’s […]

Housing Market Looks to Finish 2017 on a High Note

The housing market has had a good year, and the latest numbers show that 2017 could close out on a high note. Existing home sales jumped more than five percent last month, reaching levels not seen in 11 years, and with the unemployment rate at a 17-year low, the […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 15, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Approximately $27 million has been spent remediating a Superfund site. Taxpayer funds made up about $13 million of the money spent on the former New Hampshire landfill.
Property taxes in Illinois are on the rise, although home values […]

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Training Academy Recap

Last week, a large group of Greenfield Institute representatives attended various training sessions in Charlotte, NorthCarolina, sponsored by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). The sessions highlighted several different areas of focus for housing counselors that directly relate to the mission of Greenfield Institute. Attendees came from all over […]

  Weekly News Roundup for December 8, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A 2015 rule aimed at keeping oil trains safe is being rolled back by the Trump administration. The rule required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to be installed with improved brakes.
Two months after a produced water spill […]

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Weekly News Roundup for December 1, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Home values in the United Kingdom rose 2.5 percent over the same time last year. The average home is now valued at £209,988.
Residents in one Michigan township are suing General Motors, alleging that water contamination from the […]

Greenfield Advisors Chairman Speaks at Appraisal Institute Conference

Dr. John Kilpatrick spoke to a packed room at the Fall Real Estate Conference of the Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. His presentation, “What Appraisers, Bankers, and Attorneys need to know about AVMs and Statistical Modeling,” focused on Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) and how they have become popular […]

By |November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our offices are closed today and tomorrow.  We hope you and your family have a great holiday.

 

By |November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for November 17, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Investors at a recent conference stressed that startups need to use capital efficiently, and overvaluation is a pitfall that many new businesses can fall into if they are not careful.
The Keystone Pipeline reportedly spilled an estimated 210,000 […]

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

New Book on Big Data Aims to Aid Real Estate Analysts

Over the past decade the availability of data in the real estate industry has increased markedly.  So much so, that analysts are often now confronted with too much data, not too little.  Today’s key tasks revolve around properly managing, preparing, cleaning, analyzing and visualizing real estate information.

For many analysts, […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 10, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

For the first time in five years, not a single trophy property in Sydney, Australia was sold to a foreign buyer. Analysts believe recent tax increases are keeping away buyers from other countries.
The Illinois Attorney General filed […]

Southeast Brownfields Workshop Recap

This week, we had the opportunity to attend the Southeast Brownfields Workshop held at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our Vice Chairman and Co-Managing Director, Dr. Cliff Lipscomb, and Associate Analyst, Holly Selby, spoke on property valuation as it relates to brownfield property. Brownfields, due […]

A Look at Subsurface Rights: Part 1

“We bought a home.”

It’s a simple idea that means so much more. When new homeowners say it, they mean they bought a house, either by purchasing an existing one or building one on a piece of land. But what is actually purchased?  Is it more than simply the improvements […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 3, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Attorneys for a county in North Carolina filed a lawsuit against DuPont and Chemours, alleging the two companies poured toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River.
Residents in one New York county hope a lawsuit they filed will […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 27, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program will end in early December, but lawmakers are working on an extension that will include changes to the popular program.
Irving Oil, the company responsible for the oil train derailment in Quebec that […]

By |October 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Greenfield Advisors Celebrates Expansion and Diversification

As one of the top real estate valuation firms in the country, Greenfield Advisors prides itself on its ability to provide clients with the data and expert analysis they need to make the right decisions. In 2017, Greenfield directed its efforts into new areas while still utilizing the skills […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 20, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

It’s been two years since the Gold King Mine blowout that poured contaminants into the Animas River. EPA cleanup crews recently found elevated levels of lead at several mine sites along the river.
Residents in Bridgeton, Missouri, want […]

The Challenges of Moving Oil

Last year, thousands of people arrived in South Dakota near Lake Oahe to protest building a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath the lake. Environmentalists worried that an oil spill along the lake could contaminate the water sources for the nearby Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

In Vancouver, Oregon at […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 13, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Researchers at Perdue University are developing ways to remove rare earth elements from coal ash. The technology would make it easier to build electronics, which often require the rare elements that would be removed from the coal ash.
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Brexit’s Effects Felt Throughout the UK

Sixteen months after the United Kingdom voted in favor of a referendum to exit the European Union, the ripples caused by that decision continue to be felt in ways that voters may not have expected. In the wake of the vote, officials began discussions with the European Union regarding […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 6, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Two U.S. senators are expected to introduce a bill that would ban the use of eminent domain to acquire property for the purpose of constructing a wall along the border with Mexico.
IGas announced plans to begin hydraulic […]

Weekly News Roundup for September 29, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Exxon has a plan to reduce the methane released from its onshore projects. The three-year program will focus on its activities in the United States.
More than 700 entries are now included in the Human-Induced Earthquake Database, which […]

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Pending Home Sales Down Again

Prices for homes continue to climb, but pending sales dipped again, raising concerns that a tight inventory continues to be a thorn in the side of the housing market. The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index dropped 2.6 percent from the same time last year, and was […]

By |September 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Urban Land Institute 2017 Housing Opportunity Conference Recap

I had the opportunity to attend the Urban Land Institute 2017 Housing Opportunity Conference  last week in New Orleans.  It was an interesting time to be in NOLA; I saw more dogs with their owners who were escaping Hurricane Irma as it hit Florida than I have ever seen […]

Port-au-Prince Partners with U.S. Company to Modernize Tax Revenue Infrastructure

As the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince is a growing city, but it lacks the ability to effectively collect property taxes and provide basic services to its citizens. That will soon change, thanks to a partnership with Greenfield Advisors, a U.S. company that specializes in real estate valuation and the […]

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Weekly News Roundup for September 8, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents in Rapid City, South Dakota, are about to be paying more in property taxes after the city council approved a one percent increase.
A landfill in Michigan has high levels of methane, and officials fear the gas […]

Greenfield Advisors Testimony Central to $130 Million Verdict

Property owners in Missouri recently received a $130 million jury verdict in a class action lawsuit that included vital testimony from Greenfield Advisors Chairman and Co-Managing Director Dr. John A. Kilpatrick. Attorneys for the property owners successfully argued that Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative was trespassing when it ran fiber […]

Weekly News Roundup for September 1, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Hydraulic fracturing operations could be up and running in the county of North Yorkshire in England by the end of the year.
An oil train project proposed in Vancouver is the only one of its kind in the […]

By |September 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Manhattan and San Francisco Again Top List of Most Expensive Cities

Manhattan and San Francisco continue to be the most expensive cities in which to live, according to the most recent Cost of Living Index. The index, produced by the Council for Community and Economic Research, compares the relative price to live in a wide selection of cities across the […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 25, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents in Gibbsboro, New Jersey filed a lawsuit claiming Sherwin-Williams contaminated nearby land, and the toxins caused a wide range of health issues for those living in the area.
A pipeline planned for Pennsylvania will move forward after […]

Greenfield Analyst Earns Appraisal License

Greenfield Advisors Analyst Colleen Shanahan recently earned her appraisal license for the state of Washington. The license will add one more layer of credibility to the already outstanding work Shanahan has done for the firm’s clients.

As an analyst, Shanahan is regularly called on to work on a wide range […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Weekly News Rounup for August 18, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Norway boasts a sovereign wealth fund of nearly $1 trillion. The country is now trying to decide how best to manage the fund, which up until now has relied on avoiding risks.
A town in Slovakia is once […]

Greenfield Advisors Makes the Inc. 5000 for Second Year

Greenfield Advisors is honored to be named to Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. for the second year in a row. The Inc. 5000 list honors private businesses across the country that have shown strong growth over the past three years.

“To be on […]

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Weekly News Roundup for August 11, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Utah Attorney General is seeking nearly $2 million to cover the cost of damages and the cleanup of the Gold King Mine spill.
The proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline could be in jeopardy. Two Canadian officials are expected […]

Bartow Street Capital Analyst Earns License

Scarlett Bullard, an analyst with Bartow Street Capital, successfully passed her Series 63 exam and in the process completed all of the necessary licenses to continue her work at the capital raising firm. Bullard, who also passed the Series 82 exam this year, studied for both license exams while […]

Greenfield Attends China Business Risk and Investment Briefing

As renegotiations of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) cast a shadow of doubt on the USA’s trading future, many countries are eyeing China for its gains in international trade; where the US has further receded from international trade. This is also the case with the US withdrawal […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 28, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A new specialized EB-5 redeployment fund will help alleviate some of the issues that crop up due to the backlog of  the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Rules governing hydraulic fracturing operations will be argued in a Colorado courtroom. […]

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Greenfield Advisors Celebrates Productive First Half of 2017

The first half of 2017 has been a busy one for Greenfield Advisors. We’ve expanded not only our main team, but we have also opened new avenues of business. Below are just a few of the highlights of the first half of this year.

Our valuation expertise has for a […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 21, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Dubai Sovereign Wealth Fund reported profits fell 21 percent, due in part to a decline in its transportation services segment.
The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, which leaked methane and forced thousands of residents from their […]

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase an Ongoing Experiment

When the Seattle City Council voted three years ago to raise the city’s minimum wage, analysts on both sides of the debate weighed in, predicting either a stronger economy or the loss of low-income jobs as employers dealt with the higher wages.

In recent weeks one study has made a […]

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Weekly News Roundup for July 14, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Construction is underway on the Vista Tower, which will be one of the largest buildings in Chicago once it is complete. The skyscraper will be built partially with funds secured through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Senators from […]

Solar Panels the Latest Weapon of Choice in Keystone XL Protests

Most protest accessories are simple: poster board, some markers, and maybe a piece of wood to attach the sign to hold it above the heads of a crowd. As technology has progressed, protests have added an online element with social media.

But in the battle to stop the Keystone XL […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for July 7, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

St. Lucie County in Florida saw its taxable property values increase more than seven percent from the previous year. Port St. Lucie’s values were 11 percent higher, making up $8.7 billion of the county’s $18.8 billion in taxable property […]

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Greenfield Advisors Adds Principal Data Scientist to Its Staff

SEATTLE, Washington and CARTERSVILLE, Georgia – Greenfield Advisors is excited to announce the return of Dr. Andy Krause to the firm.  His primary role will be to expand the real estate valuation product offerings of the firm.

Dr. Krause is known in the real estate industry as an expert on […]

Greenfield Attends Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations Meeting

Nawaf Alfaouri, Economic Development Specialist at Greenfield Advisors, was invited as a local economic leader to meet with foreign consulates and the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations on June 20, 2017. The meeting was held as a response to falling state exports and seemingly unfavorable recent […]

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Millennials Finding it Hard to Find a Home

The housing market is in pretty good shape. After the economic downturn that sent home values into a downward spiral, buyers have returned to the market and helped push up home prices. However, supply continues to be a factor in not only the housing market as a whole, but […]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for June 16, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Tulpehocken Creek Old Bridge remains located on theDelaware River Basin. By Jason Bolonski from Linfield, PA, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend $700,000 to clean up properties in Vermont that were […]

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Pipeline Updates: Dakota and Keystone

The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline have both faced numerous hurdles in recent years as they moved toward completion. And while both have received renewed support since the November elections, neither pipeline has a smooth path ahead of it.

Dakota Access Pipeline

Constant protests along a portion of […]

Economic Profile: United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is bracing itself as Article 50 has been triggered, starting a two-year process of exiting the European Union. In this time of uncertainty, almost half of European businesses with British suppliers are finding replacements elsewhere in the EU, according to research underlining the threat that Brexit poses […]

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Weekly News Roundup for June 2, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

• New research shows that stormwater retention ponds may not be keeping road salt out of surface waters.

• Centre, Alabama, filed a lawsuit against 35 carpet manufacturers in Georgia, accusing them of contaminating a water source used by the […]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

The Future of the EB-5 Program

Created by Congress in 1990 as a means to stimulate the economy and create jobs, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has become the most popular residency program in the world, in part because it is relatively inexpensive. Comparable programs in Australia, the U.K., or Canada have investment requirements of […]

By |June 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Economic Profile: Malta

Malta is a small island nation in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea with anything but a small economic potential. This strategically located island holds close ties to mainland Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The island is considered the best choice for European Union investments in knowledge-based […]

By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Economic Profile: Brazil

On the night of March 31, 2017, Brazilian President Michel Temer passed a controversial law. It granted Brazilian companies the right to outsource employees for any job and authorized temporary contracts of up to nine months. For Brazil, this was the start of a revolution in redefining a rigid […]

By |May 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for May 12, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Two Virginia families filed a lawsuit against Dominion Energy, alleging the utility’s coal ash pond contaminated their wells and affected their property values.
Some members of Congress want to end the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The program was […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Economic Profile: Canada

As recent U.S. talks of a NAFTA re-negotiation looms over its certainty, Canada does not seem content to sit idle and seeks to determine its own global trade future. And that’s a great thing for international investors seeking to grow with Canada’s incredible economic strength and prospective trade expansion. […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for May 5, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

• A new study found that nearly a quarter of Americans have tap water that has not been monitored or is not safe to drink.

• New coal ash regulations in Kentucky are the center of a lawsuit filed by […]

By |May 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Economic Profile: Mexico

With a booming aerospace industry and an economy ranked 15th worldwide and second in Latin America, México has been the basis of foreign investment speculation in 2017. The country also boasts an ever-growing tech sector. Greenfield Advisors recently hosted in its Seattle office Fernando Paz Pous, ProMexico Director of […]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for April 28, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

• Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is well below its risk limit. The $940 billion fund is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.

• Property values in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are up from last year by 4.5 percent. Property values […]

Inventory Tight as Homes Being Sold in Under a Month

Sellers are not having to wait very long before their homes are under contract. Nearly half of the homes sold in March were off the market in less than a month. The housing market has been going strong this year, and the speed at which homes are being sold […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 21, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Lawmakers continue to work on the details of extending the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as the April 28 deadline draws closer. The program will end unless Congress decided to re-authorize it.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is back on […]

Greenfield Advisors Attends Japan Business Roundtable at the TDA

U.S. Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs to Japan, His Excellency Andrew Wylegala, recently hosted a business roundtable at the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle (TDA). Wylegala briefed TDA members on the upcoming bilateral U.S.-Japan FTA talks and gave a market overview of Japan and U.S.-Japan economic development potentials. Nawaf […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rural Development Conference Highlights

I recently attended the 22nd Annual Rural Development Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The conference was sponsored and led by the USDA Rural Development Department, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The theme of this year’s conference was “Rural Renaissance,” focusing on the […]

Greenfield Advisors Joins Trade Development Alliance Of Greater Seattle Part 2

This is the second in a two-part series. You can read part 1 here.

Greenfield Services for TDA Members

Greenfield has clients ranging from heads of state to local businesses. A recent advisory service aided President Barack Obama’s “Call to Action” initiative, which reached out to the U.S. private sector […]

Greenfield Advisors Adds Senior Analyst with Tax Assessment Background

SEATTLE, Washington and CARTERSVILLE, Georgia – Greenfield Advisors is expanding by adding another senior analyst to its award-winning team. Ruel Williamson brings his extensive knowledge of appraisals, property values, ad valorem taxation, and government policy to Greenfield Advisors, which has been a leader in the real estate valuation industry […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 24, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A bill by Alaskan lawmakers that would make it easier to transfer contaminated properties is gaining traction in the Senate. The state is one of only seven in the country without an environmental covenant law.

Ann Arbor has […]

Greenfield Advisors Joins the Trade Development Alliance Of Greater Seattle

Nawaf Alfaouri, Economic Development Specialist at Greenfield Advisors, recently joined the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle (TDA). The TDA is Greater Seattle’s premiere international organization. Founded in 1990, the TDA promotes the Greater Seattle region internationally for business and trade, connects companies and institutions with international opportunities, […]

IAAO GIS/CAMA Conference Recap

I attended the GIS/CAMA Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on March 7 and 8.  I attend these kinds of conferences fairly regularly because it has a technology focus.  Vendors have their new products on display, and I even saw demonstrations of a few new products so that I can stay […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for March 10, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Airbnb, the popular rent-sharing company, recently raised $1 billion. Airbnb is now valued at $31 billion.

One of the pioneers of the rails-to-trails program passed away at the age of 69. David Burwell was the first president of […]

With a New Administration, Future of EB-5 Still Undetermined

With a new president, as well as a new Congress in power, the future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has remained a question mark. The program was recently extended through April 28 as part of a Continuing Resolution to keep the program funded, but Congress has yet to […]

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for March 3, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Activists in Maryland hope to convince lawmakers to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state. A moratorium on drilling operations ends in October.

More than 150 tons of oil were spilled into the Bay of Bengal, which is much […]

Greenfield Advisors Receives Patent for AVM Process

SEATTLE, Washington and CARTERSVILLE, Georgia – Greenfield Advisors is excited to announce that its two principals have been issued their first patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The patent, U.S. Patent 9,582,819, is entitled “Automated-valuation-model training-data optimization systems and methods.”  The inventors are former Greenfield […]

History of Contamination Raises Concerns at Site of Proposed Development Project

It’s been about 50 years since the fertilizer plants that were located in Weymouth, Massachusetts were operating. At the time it was one of the largest fertilizer manufacturing plants in the country. After the plants closed, the Weymouth Peninsula Corporation purchased the property and built condominiums.

Years later contaminants such […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

Low Housing Supply Continues to Affect Housing Market

Buyers have flooded into the housing market, thanks to a continually low unemployment rate and a strong economy. However, the supply of available homes remains low, and that is putting a strain on the market, even as more potential buyers consider purchasing a home.

The housing supply at the end […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for February 17, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Illinois reached a settlement agreement with BNSF Railway Company over the 2015 train derailment near Galena, Illinois. The railroad company will pay $50,000 in civil penalties, in addition to the more than $10.5 million spent on cleaning up […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 10, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A bill to ban hydraulic fracturing operations in Maryland is expected to be introduced in the state legislature. The bill has more than 50 co-sponsors.

Researchers with the University of Alberta released a study linking stronger earthquakes in […]

Attending the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

Next week I will be attending the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit (CAIS).  I enjoy attending this conference because it is not your traditional investment conference.  Alternative investments, such as solar, aircraft, space exploration, energy efficiency, REITs, and others are common topics at the Cayman Summit.  What also doesn’t hurt […]

Greenfield Advisors Promotes Analyst Following Successful Projects Abroad

SEATTLE, Washington and CARTERSVILLE, Georgia – Nawaf Alfaouri has been named an Analyst, in part due to his hard work assisting clients overseas. Alfaouri recently traveled to Jordan, where he coordinated meetings between a capital raising client and potential investors. Alfaouri’s connections and hard work led to our client […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 3, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Republicans are considering eliminating a law that requires oil and gas companies to capture methane released during operations on public lands.

Residents in Waco, Texas filed a lawsuit against the city over plans to build a new landfill.

A […]

Inman Connect Recap

Greenfield Advisors Co-Managing Director Dr. Clifford Lipscomb and I recently had the opportunity to attend Inman Connect in New York City. For four days, we were connecting, learning, and growing alongside the real estate industry’s top players. Inman Connect was a four-day gathering for real estate practitioners, entrepreneurs, and […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for January 27, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, which was blocked during the Obama Administration, could possibly move forward following directives signed by President Donald Trump to expedite both the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipelines.

Homeowners viewed the value of their […]

New Project Displays Greenfield’s Economic Expertise

Greenfield Advisors is well-known in the areas of complex economic consulting and real estate valuation for a wide variety of clients across the country.  Recently, we were asked to do something we’ve never tackled before, and happily took it on.

The project involves two of the tallest buildings in Augusta, […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 20, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

An oil spill off the coast of Turkey is nearly cleaned up, and a commission was set up to investigate why a tanker that was docked began leaking fuel.

It’s been nine years, and now the ecosystem affected […]

Final Report Released On Gold King Mine Spill

It’s been more than a year since the Gold King Mine in Colorado poured heavy metals and other contaminants into the nearby Animas River. The polluted waters turned the river a mustard yellow and forced people living downriver to find other water sources until the river cleared.

The U.S. Environmental […]

Looking Back: The 2016 Economy By The Numbers

It’s been nearly a decade since the economic downturn in late 2007 and early 2008 sent the unemployment rate soaring and negatively impacted the housing market for years afterward. Over the last few years, real estate, especially the residential side, has regained its momentum. In the first months following […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 6, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The new minimum wage in Seattle took effect at the start of the year with a new rate of $15 an hour.

Australia is using a sovereign wealth fund to lead the way in investing in a tech […]

Greenfield Advisors Attends High Level Business Delegation to Jordan

President Barack Obama has issued a call to action early in September of 2016. This call has reached out to the U.S. private sector to engage in a series of immediate relief to the Syrian refugee crisis through investments and innovative responses. Secretary of State, John Kerry has responded […]

By |January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for December 30, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Noise from oil and gas operations such as hydraulic fracturing may increase the risk of health issues, according to a new study.

Doctors at a new children’s hospital do not believe officials are doing enough to address concerns […]

Celebrating a Successful 2016

It’s been quite a year for us. It started with us celebrating our 40th anniversary and ended with us successfully launching a new subsidiary focused on investment banking and capital raising. Perhaps what we are most proud of is the new partnerships we created while we continued to strengthen […]

Homeownership Rate Remains Low, Despite Strong Market

The housing market’s recovery from the economic downturn eight years ago is going well. Home prices are up and homes are not sitting long on the market before ending up under contract. While all of that is good news, analysts and economists note that the homeownership rate is still […]

Merry Christmas from Greenfield Advisors

We want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Our offices will be closed this afternoon as well as all of Monday. We will return to our regular blog publishing schedule on Tuesday.

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, News||0 Comments

EB-5 Receives Another Extension, This One until April 2017

For more than a year, the fate of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has been up in the air. Foreign investors, as well as attorneys, builders, and others involved with EB-5 funded projects, have seen the program receive two previous extensions. Earlier this week, the program received its third […]

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dakota Access Pipeline on Hold Following Decision by Federal Officials

For weeks, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have stood along the Missouri River protesting the construction of an oil pipeline running along the edge of the tribe’s reservation in North Dakota. The protest brought environmentalists and activists from all over the country and gained national attention as […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 2, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Environmentalists are worried that coal ash ponds located on the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in Alabama could pollute the water supply for residents located downriver.

A plan to remediate a former North Carolina DuPont X-ray film plant is expected […]

Bartow Street Capital Launches With Strong First Year

SEATTLE, Washington and CARTERSVILLE, Georgia – Greenfield Advisors created a new subsidiary earlier this year focused on investment banking activities, including capital raising and mergers and acquisitions consulting.  That subsidiary, Bartow Street Capital (BSC), utilizes the financial, valuation, and real estate expertise that Greenfield Advisors has acquired over the […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: News, Press Releases|Tags: , |0 Comments

Experts Predict Largest Oil Deposit in United States is in Texas

Texas has long been a home to oil exploration. The Midland Basin and the Delaware Basin have helped propel the United States to the top of the world’s top oil producers. Since 2012, no other country has produced more oil than the U.S., and Texas’ large oil reserves are […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 18, 2016

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

President-Elect Donald Trump could revive the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which was denied permits under the Obama administration.

An airport has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as a possible cause of the contamination of […]

Minimum Wage Increases Successful at Ballot Box

While the presidential election took most of the spotlight earlier last week, there were other measures in front of voters that had the eye of economists everywhere. In the last few years, the battle to raise the minimum wage has intensified.

Cities like Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, were […]

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for November 11, 2016

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Coal is popular in Vietnam, but now the country is working on a solution to deal with the more than 15 million tons of coal ash produced every year.

A rails-to-trails program in New York remains on hold […]

PASS Summit Recap

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a few sessions at PASS Summit 2016 and although brief, my first experience was very positive. The PASS Summit is one of the data industry’s largest conferences, and it regularly boasts 4,000 attendees. Pass Summit was held in Seattle, our company’s […]

By |November 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for November 4, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped below five percent, and the economy added more than 160,000 jobs last month.

Researchers have developed a new way to clean up oil spills. The cost-effective material congeals oil, making it easier to […]

New Technology to Convert Methane From Cows Into Energy

There is scientific consensus that greenhouse gases are one of the major causes of global warming, and countries across the world, including the United States, are working to lower the levels of greenhouse gases.  In order to meet emission reduction goals established by regulating agencies, it is necessary to […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for October 28, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A former movie theater in the South Fayette Township in Pennsylvania that is for sale will be under contract for a while longer as the potential buyer decides on a course of action to make sure the property […]

Home Sales Up As Millennials Look to Buy First Homes

In the first years after the housing market crash, recent college graduates had a hard time finding jobs as the economy went downhill. The unemployment rate rose, and millennials who couldn’t find a job were forced to put on hold their plans of owning their own home.

Now that the […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 21, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) wrote a letter to the U.S. attorney general and the EPA administrator voicing their displeasure about the lack of criminal charges filed in connection with last year’s Gold King Mine […]

As Flood Waters Recede, Worries of Contamination in North Carolina

Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction in its wake after it moved north along the east coast. In addition to the high winds, heavy rains flooded towns and damaged thousands of homes. North Carolina was hit hard by the hurricane earlier this month, and the effects will be […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 14, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) wants to remediate schools across the country to rid them of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Last year more than half of the coal ash produced by power plants was recycled. In 2015, 61.1 million tons […]

EB-5 Program Extended, But Only For a Short Time

For the second time in less than 12 months, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was extended as part of a federal spending bill that kept the government functioning.

Back in December Congress passed a spending bill that would run out at the end of last month. During the debates on […]

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Weekly News Roundup for October 7, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Duke Energy will be removing millions of tons of coal ash from one of its power plants in North Carolina.

Environmental agencies in New York are investigating an oil spill that occurred at the Indian Point Nuclear Power […]

ATTOM Data and Greenfield Advisors: Oklahoma Foreclosure Activity Increased 19 Percent Over Past Two Years Along With Spike In Earthquake Activity and Drop in Oil Prices

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 6, 2016 — ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, and Greenfield Advisors (www.greenfieldadvisors.com), a leading economic and real estate research firm, today released an analysis of housing market trends in Oklahoma following the recent spike in earthquake activity in that […]