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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.

4 Good Reasons to Get to Know Community Banks

By |2019-07-31T17:38:47+00:00July 31st, 2019|Business Strategy, Private Lender|0 Comments

Working with community banks may help you grow deal flow and returns. Since the banking crisis of 2007, the landscape for traditional lenders has changed dramatically. The most obvious, and ironic, change is that big banks have become much bigger. For example, JPMorgan Chase, with $2.7 trillion assets under management, is so huge that if [...]

By |2019-07-31T17:38:47+00:00July 31st, 2019|Business Strategy, Private Lender|0 Comments

The Next Baby Boomer Boom

By |2019-05-14T14:27:23+00:00May 14th, 2019|Business Strategy, Private Lender|0 Comments

How the postwar generation will shake up the housing market. Due to their sheer numbers, the baby boomer generation has had an outsized impact on society. They have been driving cultural change and economic expansion since the 1970s. Lately, they’ve been influencing society in a new way—by holding on to their homes longer than expected. [...]

By |2019-05-14T14:27:23+00:00May 14th, 2019|Business Strategy, Private Lender|0 Comments

China’s Investment Slowdown

By |2019-04-15T17:33:05+00:00April 15th, 2019|Business Strategy|0 Comments

Will America’s real estate market be affected? Over the past several years, Chinese investors were quite active in the U.S. real estate market. Both the commercial and the residential sectors benefited from the healthy appetite of Chinese institutional and individual investors. Early last year, however, the bloom began to come off that rose. Much of [...]

By |2019-04-15T17:33:05+00:00April 15th, 2019|Business Strategy|0 Comments

Why Hard Money has a Bad Name

By |2019-02-04T19:00:12+00:00February 1st, 2019|Private Lender|0 Comments

4 ways to counter hard money’s sometimes disreputable image. “Hard money” lending got its name back during the Great Depression after a large swath of the banking industry failed across the country. When property owners became desperate for cash, private individuals started lending money against real estate for interest rates that were higher than what [...]

By |2019-02-04T19:00:12+00:00February 1st, 2019|Private Lender|0 Comments

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

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