We Lend is a hard money lender focused on servicing real estate investors by providing quick and low-cost capital on their investment properties. We Lend’s approach to lending is centered around the investor, therefore allowing the investor to focus more on their investment and less on the loan process. We Lend was founded by a group of real estate investors, whose emphasis was on acquiring and improving distressed properties. So, whether or not you are an experienced real estate investor – We Lend’s team has the qualifications to exceed expectations and can assist in the expansion of your real estate portfolio.
With over a decade in the real estate industry – acquiring, flipping, developing and financing over $350 million worth in real estate – Ruben has quickly become a renowned real estate expert, speaker, and guide for many professionals in the industry. The most successful time in Ruben’s career was during the 2009 financial crisis; during this time, he bought, fixed, and sold distressed properties, which showed his determination in both bullish and bearish markets. After using private hard money financing himself, he quickly saw the innovation desperately needed in the private lending space and decided to spearhead it by co-founding We Lend, LLC (a privately based hard money lending platform).
Ruben originally, however, started as a hard-working eight-year-old boy distributing flyers on the streets of New York, and to this day still takes that work ethic with him everywhere he goes. He is a graduate of St. Johns University and Touro School of Law, where he earned a BS in legal studies and his JD, finishing cum laude and magna cum laude.
Nison has been working in the real estate sphere for 15 years, and started his career in Florida. Before the tidal wave of the 2008 financial crisis, Izgelov worked full-time as an agent, sharpening the skills necessary to be a top-tier broker by starting and developing six family houses (which were sold in Daytona, Jacksonville, and Palm Coast, Florida.) While many professionals crumbled under the pressure of a major recession, Nison pivoted and worked in the rental aspect of real estate. With this experience in mind, Izgelov partnered with investors in 2010 and started buying multi-unit properties in Florida – merely a few years later, his group sold these properties at a 500 percent profit margin. Since then, Nison has showed no sign of slowing down; from 2013-2017, his group began acquiring, flipping, developing, and selling real estate transactions to the tune of $400 million. Izgelov is a licensed real estate broker, appraisal assistant, and certified in construction management, property management, and zoning compliance & urban development.
As a Partner at We Lend LLC, Andrew focuses on raising capital and nurturing investor relations. His wealth of knowledge spans not only the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) financing industry, but also the world of residential real estate financing. Prior to joining We Lend, Andrew worked as a Managing Director at Leviathan Capital where he structured and financed commercial transactions across the nation. During his time at Leviathan, Andrew grew an extensive network of contacts within the CRE space, and spoke at numerous real estate conferences.
Before Leviathan, he also helped start an asset-based lender in Great Neck, NY, and represented major real estate lenders at a boutique law firm. Originally a psychology graduate from New York’s Stony Brook University, Andrew went on to earn a J.D. in real estate law from Touro Law School. Outside of We Lend, Andrew is passionate about social impact work. When COVID hit NY, he worked with REBNY, NYC Landlords, and the City of New York to find properties to house COVID patients.