David Schaffer, Principal, Managing Director

David Schaffer has always had an entrepreneurial nature. He likes the process of creating something tangible and watching it grow from the conceptual stage to reality. This interest gives him an affinity for developers and a shared understanding of how they think and approach a project, which makes him a valuable resource during the financing process.  His interest in real estate started back in college, and he followed it through a stint as a commercial real estate broker and as a construction lender for a San Francisco bank. He even completed a small redevelopment himself for a better grasp on the challenges his clients face. Like his partners, he thrives on problem-solving and helping clients figure out the best path to capitalizing their project.

David has financed over $2 billion in commercial and multi-family real estate transactions in his career. He joined Melvin Mark after spending five years with CBRE/Capital Markets/Debt & Equity Finance. Prior to joining CBRE/Capital Markets, David spent three years with StanCorp Mortgage Investors in Portland, Oregon. Total loans closed were over $250 million, representing more than 200 transactions.

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