Hunt Mortgage Group, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced today that Justin Short has joined the firm as Managing Director.  He will focus on expanding Hunt Mortgage Group’s Proprietary (non-agency) platform, including originating loans.  Short will operate out of the firm’s Dallas office and will report to Michael Becktel, Managing Director at Hunt Mortgage Group.

“Justin has more than 15 years of experience in the real estate finance, trading and capital markets sector,” noted Becktel.  “He is a member of our Proprietary Lending Group and will primarily service clients using our balance sheet products.  In addition, he will concentrate on leveraging our floating rate bridge lending product to meet investor financing needs.”

Prior to joining Hunt Mortgage Group, Short was head of trading for the specialty real estate finance firm and investment manager Allegiant Real Estate Capital, which spun off from FirstKey lending, a Cerberus portfolio company.  Before that, he was head of trading and capital markets at Blackstone’s single family rental platform, B2R Finance, and head trader for Cantor Commercial Real Estate, Cantor Fitzgerald’s commercial real estate lending platform.

Justin started his career in real estate finance at Bear Stearns and subsequently, after the merger, JPMorgan, where during his eight-year tenure he focused on CMBS trading and capital markets.  While there he was involved in conduit, large loan, fixed and floating rate, and large public to private commercial mortgage origination, structuring, whole loan and subordinate debt trading and securitization.

“We are actively working to build our Proprietary lending platform to complement our robust traditional agency and small balance executions,” added Becktel.  “The commercial real estate market is growing rapidly with strong dynamics and solid underlying fundamentals.  Beefing up our staff and extending our product offerings enables us to better serve the expanding needs of developers and investors.”

Before entering the finance profession, Short worked as an engineer at Texas Instruments and Raytheon.  He graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, from Southern Methodist University with an MBA and taught Real Estate Capital Markets at CUNY Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business in New York City.

“We are confident Justin will play a pivotal role in helping us reach our Proprietary growth goals,” concluded Becktel.