Proposed Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines Issued

  • January 7, 2009

The major federal bank, thrift and credit union regulators issued proposed Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines that clarify risk management principles and internal controls for ensuring that financial institutions’ real estate collateral valuations (both appraisals and evaluations) are reliable and support their real estate-related transactions.

A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks

  • December 24, 2008

The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration's request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry. In the midst of this late-September drama, the Treasury Department issued a five-sentence notice that attracted almost no public attention.

Options For Distressed Debt

  • December 15, 2008

One result at the credit crisis that has rocked this nation's financial system over the past year has been an abundance of distressed debt for sale in the commercial marketplace. Well, one man's trash may indeed be another man's treasure, since a growing number of firms are interested in purchasing this debt.

It’s Not What It Used To Be

  • December 15, 2008

The competitive landscape for community banks today looks very different than it did just a year or two ago. The fallout from the subprime mortgage collapse and ensuing credit crisis has claimed its share of nonbank credit providers, such as mortgage bankers and specialists, captive finance companies and monoline credit card companies. Many of these lenders arose because they could take their products to the secondary market, but the turmoil in securitization has dried up many of their funding sources, either putting them under severe constraints or out of business entirely.

Hiring Lenders in Today’s Environment

  • December 15, 2008

Hiring and retaining qualified commercial lenders remains one of the biggest challenges for many community banks. In the past, large commercial banks served as the “farm system” for training and developing new lenders, and community banks were often able to recruit well-trained lenders from them. But with fewer big banks now providing this kind of training, there are fewer qualified lenders - who possess both sales/relationship and technical credit and underwriting skills - for community banks to choose from.