Willamette Capital Management was founded by the late Steven Pontes on a simple principle: a company should base its success on the results it delivers to clients. For over 25 years, our ongoing relationships with clients have made us a family as well as a successful company. Our dedicated and experienced team is deeply committed to building on Steven’s legacy to provide remarkable service for years to come.
In 2009, Urban Development Partners NW, LP—whose principals are Avi Ben-Zaken and Eric Cress—acquired Pontes Financial Group and subsequently renamed the company Willamette Capital Management, Ltd.
We are known as one of the West Coast’s most trusted and reliable private sources of special situation, real estate-backed loans. We are proud to have been honored with the 2009 “Best of Oakland Award” in the Mortgages category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). While most lenders shy away from complex loan situations, we specialize in crafting creative financing solutions that suit each borrower’s needs. Since 1987, our company has participated in funding over $250 million in a variety of real estate projects.
Mortgage Lending Criteria
At WCM, we are committed to the principle that all participants in the loan transaction should achieve their desired objective quickly, efficiently, and predictably. We are experts at valuing real estate accurately and determining the trustworthiness of borrowers, and we adhere to a strict 65% loan-to-value guideline. We physically inspect and research each property, and we meet extensively with each borrower before committing to a new loan.
Willamette Capital Management is continuing through its affiliates the mortgage fund business that was established by Steven Pontes in 1992. Pontes Financial Group and its affiliates raised and invested some $150 million while engaged in the business of the following five real estate mortgage funds:
- PFG 92/93 High Yield Fund
- PFG 93/94 First Mortgage Fund
- PFG, Ltd. Sterling 1995 LP
- Yosemite Mortgage Fund
- Yosemite Mortgage Fund II
Mortgage Lending Expertise
Willamette Capital Management is one of the West Coast’s most trusted and reliable private lenders for special situation, real estate-backed loans. Since 1986, we have participated in financing over $250 million in a variety of real estate projects. We recognize value in special opportunities—those many lenders may overlook due to their complexity. Our team is experienced, innovative, and efficient. We consider and serve the needs of all parties in the transaction, and we underwrite and close quickly.