The Walnut Street Finance Team

Over 30 Years of Real Estate Experience

Meet the Walnut Street Finance Team

Walnut Street was founded in 1997 by Bobby Montagne, Jr. as a private real estate development company focused on well-located, infill sites in and around Washington, DC. Walnut Street’s business model included acquiring, zoning, and building residential and commercial projects in “A” locations. After decades of success in residential and commercial property development, finance, and sales, Walnut Street transitioned into a private money lender by founding Walnut Street Finance.

Because Walnut Street was a builder before becoming a private lender, we have a special appreciation for our clients. Having “dirtied our boots” developing thousands of residential units and commercial properties during that span, we understand the needs of builders and developers. Well-rooted in the industry, we approach each loan and client as we would a partner: first identifying the capital needs and then delivering the right solution.

 

Robert R. Montagne, Jr.

Robert R. Montagne, Jr.

CEO

Robert “Bobby” Montagne is a real estate entrepreneur with three decades of experience in commercial and residential property development, finance and sales. Having successfully overseen $15 billion in career transactions, he is among an elite class of private real estate lenders that has consistently delivered high-quality returns to partners and investors.

A native of Fairfax, VA, Bobby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Honors from George Mason University and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech.

 

Notable Projects

Rainbow Lofts: A 21-unit condo conversion took the Rainbow Auto Garage and expanded it into a luxury condominium building.

The Ambassador At Dupont: A gut renovation and expansion of a fully-occupied historic building that sold out in 60 days. The 64 run-down apartments were converted into 33 luxury condominiums and the building was restored to its 1920’s era grandeur.

Clarendon 1021: In partnership with The Carlyle Group, this 419 unit, 600,000 square foot condominium conversion covered an entire city block. The building sold out in 5 months, and was awarded the Best Overall Mid-Atlantic Condominium Switch Project by Delta Associates & Transwestern.

Georgetown Heights: A 44-unit luxury condominium building that was developed on the site of a former parking lot. The project was successfully rezoned via a PUD, and the units were sold out within 6 months of delivery.

Old Town Village At Fairfax: In partnership with Trammell Crow and Jay Donegan Company, this redevelopment project was comprised of 135 residential units, 85,000 square feet of office condos, 95,000 square feet of retail, a 450 space garage, and public plaza.

Meet Our Team

Bobby Montagne

Bobby Montagne

CEO

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Katia Potapov

Katia Potapov

VP of Operations

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Byron Clark

Byron Clark

VP of Finance

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Anthony "Tony" Zezzo

Anthony "Tony" Zezzo

VP of Credit

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Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Controller

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Donna Hyatt

Donna Hyatt

Closing Coordinator

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Melissa Deal

Melissa Deal

Senior Development Officer

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Areas We Serve

Hard Money Loans for:

Washington DC

Virginia

Maryland

703-273-3500

About Walnut Street Finance

Before becoming a real estate private money lender, Walnut Street Finance spent twenty years as a builder and developer. We understand your project needs because we’ve been there. Our streamlined process is fast and easy, and we will help you every step of the way – with the loan process, at the closing table, and all the way to the day you sell or refinance your property and start your next project! All of this saves you time and money.

We offer private money loans from $150,000 to $2.5 million. Experts in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

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