hard money loansAn in-depth look at hard money loans with Adam Fountain of Broadmark Capital on The RealCrowd Podcast – The Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate Investing.

Adam Fountain’s responsibilities at Broadmark include investor and client sourcing, and transaction management across all of Broadmark’s focus areas including life sciences, technology, new media, middle market, real estate, telecommunications and financial services. His current interests include life science companies that have demonstrated proof of concept, particularly drugs with clinical data and devices with at least animal data, and some mitigation of risk, e.g. shortened regulatory paths, 505(b)2, etc.

Areas of interest in technology include SaaS, new media, and any revenue generating high growth companies. Responsibilities also include all activities related to Broadmark’s merchant banking function: identifying and qualifying potential direct investments and producing Broadmark white papers. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Fountain is a part owner of Pyatt Broadmark Management, LLC and Broadmark Real Estate Management, and responsible for their investor relations and fund management.


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An inside look at the reported doom and gloom of retail real estate

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.

— Warren Buffett

Brick and mortar retail has been getting crucified in the press recently. Store closures, bankruptcies, and job losses paint a grim picture for what was once considered the only option for leisurely shopping in America. Continue reading


Steve WeikalListen as Adam Hooper and Steve Weikal discuss how virtual reality, autonomous cars and blockchain may impact the real estate of tomorrow.

Steve Weikal is Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, responsible for managing relationships between the Center and its global network of industry partners and over 1000 alumni of MIT’s Master’s in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program in 43 countries. He is also a lecturer and researcher, focused on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate. He is the founder of Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry, and he sits on the advisory boards of two Boston-based real estate technology start-ups.

Prior to his position at the Center for Real Estate, Steve was Vice President of NOW Communities, a Concord, MA based developer of new residential neighborhoods that merge the best of traditional design with 21st century energy technology. He was also the Manager of Partner Acquisition at Curl, a VC funded tech start-up launched to commercialize a new coding language developed at the MIT Lab for Computer Science (LCS). He began his real estate career restoring and redeveloping historic theaters in Detroit’s Fox Center entertainment district.

Steve holds a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) and Master’s in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a licensed attorney, a licensed real estate broker and a LEED Accredited Professional.


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Mark RoderickListen as Adam Hooper and Todd Laurie discuss the inner workings of a real estate sponsor.

Todd Laurie s a Partner at Baceline Investments. He is responsible for meeting the capital needs for acquisitions activities, overseeing due diligence activities for institutional investors, managing human resources for the firm and plays a key role in the formation of new investments.

Mr. Laurie has a strong background in leadership, relationship building and operations, with over 20 years of experience in these areas. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, where he was inducted into Psi Chi, Mr. Laurie established himself as a leader in the staffing industry by successfully turning around underperforming branches for several publicly traded firms.

In 2008, Mr. Laurie became a Director of Corporate Development with a private bank/wealth management firm, where he spearheaded merger and acquisitions efforts, played a key role in the launching of new lines of business, contributed to relationship management, business development and commercial banking activities and was responsible for the recruitment of key, executive positions for the firm.

Since joining Baceline, Mr. Laurie has been integral to growing the firm’s assets under management by playing a direct role in the capitalization and acquisition of over 30 properties valued at over $115 million.


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Mark RoderickListen as Adam Hooper and Mark Roderick discuss operating agreements and waterfalls.

Mark Roderick is a very boring corporate and securities lawyer. Since the JOBS Act of 2012, he has spent all of his time in the Crowdfunding space and today is one of the leading Crowdfunding and Fintech lawyers in the United States. He writes a widely-read blog, www.CrowdfundAttny.com, with a wealth of legal and practical information for portals and issuers. He also speaks at Crowdfunding events across the country, and represents industry participants across the country and around the world. He can be reached at (856) 661-2265 or mark.roderick@flastergreenberg.com.


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