Investor getting the interim finance needed to close a real estate deal

About Us & Interim Finance

DFI is a private, secured interim lender with over 45 years experience. We have built a reputation as a reliable and responsible lender to investors and developers seeking to acquire, develop, or refinance real estate.

We work with clients across New England, including Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. We also serve Florida.

As a non-regulated entity, we creatively structure solutions to fund difficult challenges. We hold all of our loans in our portfolio. This enables our experienced real estate professionals to commit to and close transactions quickly.

We value the relationships we build with our clients and rarely do one and done deals. Most of our clients are so happy with our response time, resources, expertise and reliability, that they are happy to continue working with us on future investment opportunities.

Why Work with Us?

We have earned our reputation as a reliable, responsible, and disciplined lender. That’s why many of our clients come back to us again and again to finance their growing real estate portfolio, even after they have established relationships with banks or traditional lenders. The combination of convenience, confidence, and trust makes us a preferred choice in many financing situations.

Creative Financing Flexibility

As experienced real estate developers, investors, and lenders we see things differently than other private lenders. This unique perspective creates opportunities for flexible and creative financing solutions that underwrite the true value of your project. Plus, as a private lender, we aren’t bound by the same rigid rules that govern banks and typical financial institutions.

Get the Financing You Need When You Need it Most

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a deal slip through your fingers because of lack of financing. We understand the real estate market is measured by the calendar, not the clock. Banks are notoriously slow to process loans and complicate the process with mountains of paperwork. At DFI, we specialize in secured real estate loans and use our own funds to complete every deal. That means we can work quickly to provide you the money you need without hassles and red tape.

We Are Not a Hard Money Lender

As experienced real estate investors and developers, we prefer to think of ourselves as private lenders. We don’t chase rates. Instead we use our 45 years of experience in creative real estate lending to build relationships with our clients. Our focus is on win-win scenarios that benefit both parties. In fact our favorite investors are those who’ve found opportunities we wish we’d found ourselves.

Who We Are

Richard Bendetson

Founder and President

Rick founded DFI in 1974 and has grown the firm to be one of the most respected real estate investment companies in New England. Over the past 45 years Rick has participated in hundreds of real estate projects.  In addition, Rick has committed extensive time and effort to numerous civic organizations, including acting as a Trustee of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Trustee of The Hebrew Rehab Center, Executive Board Member of The Boston Police Activities League, Trustee of Writers Express, Trustee of The Park School, Chair of Development at Milton Academy, Overseer of Tufts University, and Trustee of The Home for Little Wanderers.  Presently, Rick serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Trust and as a Board Member for the Young Achievers School in Mattapan, Massachusetts. Rick received his B.S. from Tufts University.

Brian Sopp

Partner/Co-Manager of Commercial Finance Affiliate

Brian joined DFI in 1999 as a partner and manager of DFI’s commercial finance affiliate, Atlantic Financial LLC.  Prior to joining DFI, Brian served as Executive Vice President and Senior Real Estate Lender of US Trust Company.  US Trust was DFI’s primary lender throughout Brian’s tenure.  Brian is a graduate of McGill University and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Samantha Bendetson

Senior Vice President of Acquisitions

After graduation from Tufts University in 2009, Samantha worked in Jones Lang LaSalle’s leasing group for two years. After Jones Lang LaSalle, Samantha worked at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P. for four years as a real estate analyst, underwriting and marketing debt and equity deals. Samantha joined DFI in January of 2013 and focuses on acquisitions, property management, and private lending. Samantha is a proud member of The Home for Little Wanderers’ Board of Ambassadors. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Home Ownership Advisory Committee.

Ready to seize your next real estate investment opportunity?

Find out more about our Private Lending Options and How Private Lending Works at DFI.