My Story

I recharge with a paddle or long walk in west Marin.


Private lending and consumer bridge loan expert with over 30 years of experience in real estate finance

Private money lending combines two of my passions: creative problem-solving and helping people. In 1994 I wrote the first edition of my popular, self-published book Mortgages: The Insider’s Guide and I have been quoted in the WSJ, SF Chronicle, LA Times, Washington Post, and more. I have helped my clients through over 2000 transactions, funding more than $1 billion in mortgage loans during thirty years in the mortgage industry. I have worked extensively with clients in every area of mortgage finance: borrowers needing private money lending and bridge financing for residential and commercial properties; buyers of houses, condos and TICs; savvy real estate investors and developers; and residential and investment property owners refinancing, buying up, or buying down.

When I am not evangelizing about consumer bridge loans I love being the patriarch of a growing extended family and blazing new trails in the hills of West Marin or stand-up paddling on Tomales Bay. A couple of years spent in India in my 20s gave me a taste for both religious philosophy and Indian food, and I can still make a mean curry!