About Ito Ripsteen

My Experience

Investing  I have been investing in the Bay Area for a long time. Today my portfolio includes retail, office, industrial and multifamily properties, which means having experience with many different types of buildings with a broad spectrum of tenants.

Negotiating  In addition to my experience as a principal, I have enjoyed a career as a commercial real estate broker and consultant, negotiating transactions for retail, office, industrial, institutional and multifamily buildings. I have brokered deals with players such as Target, Staples, Peet’s Coffee, Sports Basement, U.C. Berkeley – and all the way across the spectrum to mom and pop stores to office tenants and industrial uses. I have been named a “Power Broker” by the CoStar Group. At times I am brokering transactions representing the buyer or seller, tenant or landlord, or in many cases, myself. In short, I am accustomed to wearing many hats.

Private Lending  I am also a private lender specializing in non-owner occupied loans, with funds available to lend on real estate projects geared towards the entrepreneur. As a direct lender, I have the ability to respond and close quickly,  which is a great alternative to the often lengthy process a borrower may endure with a conventional lender. Some of the projects I like to work on include: Fixers/rehabs, from single family homes to multi-unit properties; commercial loans and mixed-use properties; land loans and ground-up construction;  and other niche Lending for “outside the box” loans.

Local Knowledge  I enjoy all topics “real estate,” so call me and let’s discuss your project, your experiences, your questions, your investment needs.  I have recently been dividing my time by acting as developer, broker, project manager, and lender,  all of which keep me on my toes and in the know about our local San Francisco Bay Area market. I serve on the Board of Directors of three local non-profit organizations and take pride in trying to affect positive change in my community. I am always seeking new and creative ways to be profitable both economically and socially. I have told myself there are two main criteria when exploring a real estate opportunity: It has to make money, and it has to be fun.