Specializes in structured finance and middle market transaction capitalization
Has been involved in more than $3 billion in real estate transactions nationwide
Rebecca Van Reken is a senior commercial real estate capital markets professional who joined Berkadia in the Orlando office as a managing director in 2019. As a 19-year industry veteran, Van Reken has extensive experience sourcing and underwriting debt and equity capital for a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions. Over the span of her career as a lender and capital markets advisor, she has been involved in more than $3 billion in real estate transactions nationwide.
Van Reken believes in putting her client’s interests first, something which has enabled her to build longstanding relationships with many institutional and local firms. She excels in understanding how to underwrite and finance all kinds of commercial property, from the traditional “four food groups” of office, industrial, retail and multifamily to the more specialized property including hospitality, student housing, self-storage, medical office, land and even specialty uses.
Van Reken ’s passion for commercial real estate is evident when she talks about working on complex financing assignments. “I find it fascinating to take an intricate real estate transaction and develop a bespoke financing strategy tailored to that unique deal,” she explains. “Once that strategy has been decided, it’s all about communicating the need to the capital markets in a way they can easily digest and which moves them to take action.”
These are just a few of the reasons we chose Van Reken as one of the Florida & Gulf Coast 2021 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.
Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group.
When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.