Pacific Private Money is an institutional-grade private money lender specializing in real estate-backed loans for West Coast borrowers. The firm opened its doors in 2008 to serve the capital markets left behind in the wake of the financial crisis and real estate market correction. The firm grew quickly by serving the expanding market of borrowers who were unable to secure conventional financing and by specializing in short-term and fast funding situations.
The firm’s capital is sourced through its growing list of individual and family office investors, who are not only rewarded with above-market returns, but enjoy safety and security features not found in most traditional investments.
Today, Pacific Private Money is one of the most respected and fastest-growing companies in the private capital market space and has established itself as the market leader for private consumer loans. The company’s staff of 17 and has earned a reputation for transparency, speed and reliability.
Mark’s real estate career spans 35 years, including 25 years in commercial development and property management and 10 years in private lending. He founded Pacific Private Money in 2008, and has grown the company to over $110 million in annual volume, 350 investor clients and is manager of three mortgage funds. A recognized authority in the private lending space, he is an author and radio personality, and frequent guest speaker at industry events.
CA. DRE # 01811186 | NMLS No. 331091
Senior Vice President/Director of Client Services
Lisa is Senior Vice President of Pacific Private Money Inc., and is Director of Client Services. Lisa has been a licensed real estate agent since 1999. She earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Lisa co-founded the company with her husband Mark and has worked in multiple capacities through the years including loan documentation and investor funding.
CA. DRE # 01252856
General Manager/Business Development
Nam oversees the daily operations of the staff and office, and leads the company’s marketing initiatives. Mr. Phan has been in the real estate industry since 1999, holding senior level leadership positions in operations and business development for a number of real estate franchisors and technology companies including HomeSmart and Proxio.
CA. DRE # 01310091
For over 20 years Edward Brown was CEO of a $40 million alternative lending company based in Marin County. Today he assists Pacific Private Money with capital raising and investor presentations. Edward is also the host of two radio shows —The Best of Investing with Mark Hanf and Sports Econ 101, a national sports and business show. Edward earned his B.S. in Accounting and M.S in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and has held licenses and certifications including Real Estate Salesperson, Insurance License, Series 7 Securities License, Tax Preparation License, and Certified Fund Specialist.
Rick has over 30 years’ experience in banking, underwriting and real estate lending. He has worked with firms including Household Finance, First Interstate Bank, and with Wells Fargo as the State Senior Underwriter for the bank’s California lending operations. Rick is a former board director of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, is an active member of the Elks and volunteers as a coach in community sports programs.
Loan Operations/Compliance Manager
Mirka Garrett has been coordinating, processing and documenting private money loans since 2007. Her experience and array of knowledge in the industry has helped Mirka become a compliance expert for both business-purpose as well as consumer-purpose (TRID) loans. She is responsible for the production of all the company’s transactions from initial disclosure through close of escrow.
CA. DRE # 01913838 | NMLS # 843904
Broker-Associate / Loan Agent
Kevin is a broker-associate at Pacific Private Money with over 18 years of experience in commercial and residential mortgage originations. Kevin’s background includes all facets of real estate, with a specific emphasis on private money and hard money loan originations. Kevin, who was born and raised in Silicon Valley, is also an active real estate investor in California, Nevada, and Utah. Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Chico State University and a Master of Science in Business Management from Notre Dame De Namur University.
CA. DRE # 01241542 | NMLS No. 1130752. Kevin is also a Licensed California property and casualty insurance producer, CDI No. 0G89362
Broker-Associate / Loan Agent
John is a broker-associate at Pacific Private Money with over 30 years of experience in commercial brokerage and residential mortgage and construction loan origination. He received his broker license in 1984, and earned the CCIM designation in 2006. Since 2010 John has been broker and majority owner of Cirius Capital, and manager of Cirius Capital Fund I, LLC, a San Jose-based boutique hard money lender specializing in financing single-family and multi-family “Fix & Flips”. John is co-manager with Mark Hanf of the Cirius-Pacific Fund, a mortgage pool fund specializing in construction and rehab loans, and equity investments.
CA. DRE # 00526596
Gus is a loan agent for the firm, specializing in both residential (owner-occupied, rehab, fix and flip) as well as small commercial real estate lending. Gus has 20 years of hard money experience, working 16 years for one of Florida’s largest hard money lenders before moving to California. Gus is fluent in Spanish.
CA. DRE # 01910488 | NMLS # 380409
Matt is a loan agent for the company, specializing in private construction lending, equity placement and lending for projects over $2M. Matt’s real estate career spans 20 years, and includes Aspen Private Equity Group which he was co-founder. Matt has negotiated debt and equity placements on projects ranging from small fix and flips up to $10M joint ventures, as well as capital advisory for large projects ($5M to $100M) in California, Colorado, and Hawaii.
Broker Associate / Loan Agent
Sofia is dedicated to helping individuals with unique lending needs, drawing on her more than 15 years of experience in mortgage and real estate to find creative solutions that work. After growing up in Sweden, Sofia moved to the Bay Area in 1995 and quickly dove into the lending and real estate market. A Certified Mortgage Planner and Real Estate Broker, she also holds an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Golden Gate University along with an undergraduate degree with honors from San Francisco State University.
CA DRE # 01405277 | NMLS # 241012
Broker Associate / Loan Agent
Eric is a broker associate at Pacific Private Money and brings over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential mortgage originations and underwriting. Eric’s background includes all facets of real estate finance with an emphasis of private money origination over the past 10 years. Eric received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California with an emphasis on real estate and finance. Eric received his broker license in 1992.
CA DRE # 01026633 | NMLS # 1061346
Accounting and Finance
Mark has over 20 years Accounting and Finance experience in various capacities and industries. Mark is skilled at drilling down to transaction/workflow details in support of process and profit improvement. Mark has created solutions to problems that have saved companies time and money. He has previously held positions such as Assistant Controller, Accounting Manager, and Financial Reporting Manager.
Mike brings years of conventional financing knowledge and underwriting due diligence experience to the firm. Mike spent 20 years in the Mortgage Banking Industry working with companies including North American Mortgage, National City Mortgage, Green Point and Fountain Grove Mortgage.
CA. DRE # 01143439 | NMLS # 183538
As Production Assistant, Sophia assists in the coordination of timely drafting, auditing and delivery of documents to ensure a seamless process from loan origination to final closing. Prior to joining the firm, Sophia worked for two years at US Bank.
Loan Servicing Manager
Ryan runs the company’s loan servicing department and manages borrower loan payments , loan payoffs, and distributions to our hundreds of investor clients. He is also responsible for collections, delinquencies and insurance matters.