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About Us


Our primary focus is to provide commercial real estate loan opportunities that generate above market yields for our investors while offering flexible solutions for our borrowers. Cervenka & Lukes Capital Partners is a full-service private lender with funders, underwriters, loan servicing and loan origination all conducted in-house. We are one of the oldest asset-based, private direct lenders of real estate bridge loans in California and deploy our discretionary capital to fund short-term, opportunistic real estate loans with speed and creativity. Brokers are protected and have come to rely on us along with our many satisfied customers.

The breadth of our expertise is vast as we have closed over 2,500 bridge loans secured against all types of residential and commercial real estate assets, including non-owner-occupied residential properties, multifamily properties, and all types of commercial properties. The firm’s three partners and management team together boast over 100 years of combined experience and have the knowledge and resources to fund your bridge loan within a matter of days.

Our History 

The enterprise that would become Cervenka & Lukes Capital Partners was founded over a half century ago by John William Cervenka as Brand Investment Corporation. Upon graduating from the University of Chicago at the age of twenty, Mr. Cervenka served his country during World War II as an officer in the United States Navy. After his service, he went on to graduate with an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Mr. Cervenka started Brand Investment Corporation in 1957 with the goal of providing a source of direct capital to fund equity-based real estate bridge loans secured by commercial and residential real estate throughout California. His business plan was a simple one: employ integrity, offer impeccable service to both investors and borrowers, and foster a commitment to intelligent, hard work – a philosophy that is still in place in the culture of the firm. The current partners began actively managing the business in 1978 and have continued on to this day.