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About Jeff Levin

Jeffrey Levin is the founder and president of Specialty Lending Group and Pinewood Financial, which together provide a full suite of boutique private real estate lending services in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Before launching SLG, between 1993 and 2007, he was co-founder and CEO of iWantaLowRate.com and a co-founder and president of Monument Mortgage. Levin is a recognized authority on real estate investing and, as such, a frequent lecturer and panelist. He is a a member of the American Association of Private Lenders and services on its Education Advisory Committee. Levin earned a BA degree from the American University in Washington, D.C. and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Dunniela, a Canadian trade lawyer, and his two sons, Jack and Charlies.

Your Monthly Checklist for Reducing Credit Risk

By |2018-12-12T17:22:54+00:00December 12th, 2018|Business Strategy, Private Lender|0 Comments

Do these four things each month to track and reduce risk For many non-bank lenders, risk management is an activity they do before they get to the closing table. Lenders regularly evaluate the loan to value (LTV) ratio of the project when determining the creditworthiness of the buyer. The expectation is that if the borrower [...]

By |2018-12-12T17:22:54+00:00December 12th, 2018|Business Strategy, Private Lender|0 Comments

5 Indicators the Bull Market May End This Year

By |2018-09-26T02:19:46+00:00September 26th, 2018|Market Trends, Private Lender|0 Comments

What does that mean for lenders? As this long summer stretch ends, you can bet investors will be pouring over their portfolios. Just a year ago many bearish prognosticators thought the Dow certainly could not sustain its momentum through the first half of 2018, only to be proven wrong. As of this writing, the Dow [...]

By |2018-09-26T02:19:46+00:00September 26th, 2018|Market Trends, Private Lender|0 Comments

Accepting Paypal, Venmo or Zelle

By |2018-08-07T02:37:26+00:00July 26th, 2018|Loan Servicing|0 Comments

Opportunity or Minefield for Lenders? Borrowers, especially millennials, love peer-to-peer payment apps. Apps such as PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, amongst others, eliminate the hassle of writing checks. With the proliferation of their use, private and institutional lenders are wondering if they should indulge their borrowers and start accepting payments from these apps? The short answer is [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:37:26+00:00July 26th, 2018|Loan Servicing|0 Comments

5 Loan Servicing Tips for Private Lenders

By |2018-08-07T02:37:29+00:00July 18th, 2018|Business Strategy, Loan Servicing|0 Comments

Private lenders who strive to become best-in-class servicers will set themselves up for healthy profits. Loan servicing has historically been a rather ho-hum industry, long the domain of the traditional bank. Today, however, servicing is a critical value driver for mortgage originators and investors alike. The playing field between large and small servicers has leveled [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:37:29+00:00July 18th, 2018|Business Strategy, Loan Servicing|0 Comments

The 2018 Omnibus Bill

By |2018-08-07T02:37:39+00:00May 29th, 2018|Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

What $1.3 trillion of federal spending can mean for you While the president's budget blueprint from last year proposed dramatic cuts in discretionary spending, the March 2018 omnibus budget signed into law was remarkable both for its high price tag and for continuing many status quo priorities set by the Obama administration. The massive $1.3 [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:37:39+00:00May 29th, 2018|Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

Fair Housing and Fair Lending Protections in 2018

By |2018-08-07T02:37:51+00:00April 11th, 2018|Fair Housing/Lending, Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

The Quiet Battle over Obama-Era Regulations If you think you missed some knock down, drag out battle over the nation’s Fair Housing and Fair Lending protections over the last year, you would be wrong. There certainly has been some knocking down of regulations since last summer, but, in contrast to the splashy headlines around the [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:37:51+00:00April 11th, 2018|Fair Housing/Lending, Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

Understanding the New Tax Laws

By |2018-08-07T02:38:14+00:00January 31st, 2018|Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impact private lending and construction. President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) on Dec. 22, 2017, ushering in major changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, effective Jan. 1, 2018.These changes should have a significant positive impact on the private lending and [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:38:14+00:00January 31st, 2018|Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

To Bank, or Not to Bank?

By |2018-08-07T02:38:21+00:00November 29th, 2017|Business Strategy, Event News, Market Trends, News Story, Private Lender|0 Comments

Construction, commercial and land financing in today’s climate By Jeff Levin Things have gotten noticeably chillier when it comes to bank loans for the construction, commercial real estate and land markets. Developers are suddenly getting the cold shoulder from previously helpful local banks. This change in attitude is a bit curious given strong GDP growth, [...]

Tax Reform or Tax Cuts?

By |2018-08-07T02:38:32+00:00October 4th, 2017|Editorial, Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

The Trump Administration and the Republican Congressional leadership spent the last several months preparing to tackle legislation for corporate and personal income tax reform. As the 115th Congress sets out to take up this issue during the fall term, the operative questions are whether reform will actually materialize and, if it does, how extensive will [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:38:32+00:00October 4th, 2017|Editorial, Legislation, Private Lender|0 Comments

The Financial Choice Act Is it Time for a Dodd Frank Haircut?

By |2018-08-07T02:38:40+00:00August 28th, 2017|Market Trends, News Story, Private Lender|0 Comments

Recently, the House Financial Services Committee voted to approve the Financial Choice Act, a 500+ page bill introduced by U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the Committee chairman. The bill proposes to fix many issues that cropped up from implementation of the 2010 Dodd Frank Act, making it crucially important for executives in commercial finance, [...]

By |2018-08-07T02:38:40+00:00August 28th, 2017|Market Trends, News Story, Private Lender|0 Comments

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