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Reliable and confidential transaction due diligence



"The USRC, provides consistency, audit procedures and a revocable certification to those who prepare this critical piece of transactional due diligence.” 

Greg Michaud,  Head of Real Estate Finance, Voya Investment Management 

Many in the commercial real estate industry consider the current state of PML reporting to be fractured: lacking consistency, credibility, any professional licensing process or audit mechanism. The USRC approach provides consistency, transparency and credibility.

The USRC Transaction Rating gives your team a reliable transaction due-diligence report for making well-informed property investment decisions. The USRC Transaction Rating accommodates both the schedule and cost demands of the leasing, sales, finance and insurance industry. 


The USRC Earthquake Transaction Rating is:

  • Used for financial due diligence 
  • An improvement on existing discredited PML system
  • Performed by certified professionals
  • Subject to random technical audit
  • Transparent – use of national standards
  • Credible – designed to prevent manipulation
  • Confidential 


Features Current Industry Practice - PMLUS Resiliency Council 
TRANSACTION RATINGVERIFIED
(ENHANCED PML)RATING
RATING


RATING DESIGNATION0 - 100%One to Three Stars Each Star has a specific threshold (e.g. three star <20%) One To Five Stars Each Star has a specific threshold (e.g. five star <5%)
    
BUILDING PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONSSafetySometimes Excluded
Damage
RecoveryAlmost always Excluded
Special Features Identifies Location of DamageNoAvailable with FEMA P58 Methodology Available with FEMA P58 Methodology
Usable for Advertising & PRNo ControlsNot Allowed 
Quality Control and TransparencyEvaluator Qualifications Voluntary ComplianceState Licensed Engineer+ Min. 5 years experience + USRC Training & CertificationState Licensed Engineer+ Min. 5 years experience + USRC Training & Certification
Latest ASTM Compliance Voluntary Compliance
Certification of Engineer’s QualificationsNone
Engineer's Stamp RequiredVoluntary Compliance
Third Party Technical ReviewNone1 in 7 random - after the factAll - prior to issuance

The USRC Transactional Rating is highly endorsed by;

Greg Michaud, Chair of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and Head of Real Estate Finance, Voya Investment Management

"Seismic due diligence is very important to the commercial lending and real estate industries. Many in the commercial real estate industry consider the current state of PML reporting to be broken: lacking consistency, credibility, and professional licensing verification. Just as the accountants created the PCAOB (Public Company Audit Oversight Board) to provide credibility to their members audit reports, I am encouraged that the structural engineering profession is finding ways, such as the USRC, to provide consistency, audit procedures and a revocable certification to those who prepare this critical piece of transactional due diligence”

View the Process of Obtaining a Transaction Earthquake Rating Here    


 

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