Direct Lender for Commercial and Residential Investment Properties in the East Coast

Layla Capital is a New York City based direct bridge lender that specializes in small to middle market debt opportunities in major cities nationwide, with a focus on the Northeast and East Coast. Founded on the principles of transparency, reliability and consistency in asset based lending, Layla remains focused on building loyal client and broker relationships over time with a proven track record and certainty of execution.

  • Quick Closings – We can close deals in as little as 2 weeks
  • Certainty of Execution – Worry free process with no hassles
  • Competitive Rates – Layla Capital offers the best loan pricing available for clients
  • Flexible Terms – We structure unique terms to work best for each deal
  • Direct Lender – We lend on our own balance sheet
  • Brokers Protected – We ensure brokers are protected in our term sheets

Property Geographic Area Details

East Coast

Loan Amounts

$500,000 to $10,000,000

Interest Rates

8.5% to 10.5%

Max Loan-To-Value


Max Loan-To-Cost


Origination Fees

1% to 2.5%

Loan Terms

9 months to 30 months

Lien Position

  • 1st
  • 2nd

Loan Purpose

  • Investment Acquisition
  • Investment Refinance
  • Improve Subject Property
  • Use Equity to Invest in Another Property
  • Invest in a Business
  • Value Add Project
  • Development Project

Property Occupancy

  • Vacant
  • Tenant Occupied 100%
  • Owner Occupied Commercial

Property Types and Loan Types

Collateral Types

  • Residential Property
  • Commercial Property

Property Types

  • 2-4 Units Residential
  • Auto Dealership
  • Auto Repair
  • Commercial Condominium
  • Commercial Land
  • Condominium
  • Industrial
  • Mixed-Use
  • Mobile Home Park
  • Multifamily
  • Office
  • Portfolio of Residential Properties
  • RV Park
  • Residential Land
  • Retail
  • Single Family Residence
  • Storage Facility

Loan Types

  • Commercial Property Value Add
  • Mezzanine

Specialty Loan Types

  • 2nd Mortgage Equity Cash Out
  • Land Development
  • Partner Buyout
  • Bankruptcy Resolution
  • Foreclosure Bailout
  • Transactional Funding

Junior Liens

Junior Lien Loan Amounts

$500,000 to $5,000,000

Junior Lien Interest Rates

10% to 15%

Junior Lien Loan-to-Value


Junior Lien Loan-to-Cost


Junior Lien Origination Fees

2% to 3%

We Fund Junior Position Loans


Junior Lien Types

  • Purchase
  • Refinance
We can fund 2nd Mortgage positions behind conventional lenders, subject to an inter-creditor agreement

Land Loan

Land Types Considered

  • Residential Land
  • Multifamily Land
  • Industrial Land
  • Office Land
  • Retail Land

Will Consider Land That is NOT Entitled


Existing Land Improvements Required

  • Street Access
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water

Max LTV for Land


Max LTC for Land Acquisition


Purchase Loan

We can fund up to 85% of the purchase price for residential fix & flip projects. For standard bridge loans and commercial properties, our maximum loan-to-purchase price is 70%.

Max Loan-To-Purchase Price


Borrower Must Have Property Under Contract


Will Provide Proof of Funds Letter


Will Consider Lending on Purchase from Auction


Allowed Source of Borrower’s Equity

  • Own Cash
  • Partner
  • Equity in Subject Property
  • Equity in Another Investment Property
  • Seller Financing
  • Family

Rehab Value Add Loan

We can fund up to 100% of the renovation costs for residential fix & flip projects. For commercial real estate, our max is 80%. For rehab projects, our loan amounts range from $500k to $3mm on 1-4 unit investment properties, and $500k to $5mm on multifamily & mixed-use properties.

Experience Required


Minimum Number of Value-Add Projects Completed by Borrower


Will Provide Funds for Renovation Costs


Max LTC for Renovation Costs


Interest Charged for Renovation Costs

Only on Funds Drawn

Typical Number of Days for Funds Draw


Maximum After Repair Value


Details and Requirements

Typical Closing Time (Days)


Fastest Closing Time (Days)


Works With

  • Brokers
  • Borrowers

Payment Structure

  • Interest Only
  • Interest Reserve

Payment Structure Details

Typically interest reserve held back to make monthly payments

Pre Payment Penalty


Typically 6 months minimum on 12 month loans

Will lend to a foreign national


With a U.S. bank account and green card

Will Allow Junior Position Mortgage(s) Behind Our Senior Mortgage


Will Consider Collateralizing Multiple Properties in One Loan


Will Consider Equity Joint Venture


Borrower Entity Types Considered

  • LLC
  • Limited Partnership
  • Trust
  • Corporation

Documentation Required

  • Credit Report
  • Tax Returns
  • Loan Application

Personal Guaranty (Recourse) Required


Credit Check Required


Minimum Credit Score Required


Credit Check Description

We are asset-focused and less personal credit oriented with our underwriting

Appraisal Required for Residential Property

Always Before Funding

Appraisal Required for Commercial Property

Always Before Funding

Broker Price Opinion (BPO) Accepted for Residential Property


Broker Price Opinion (BPO) Accepted for Commercial Property



Deposit Required

$5,000.00 to $20,000.00

Just to cover out of pocket third party due diligence costs

Fees which are mandatory for all new borrower clients

  • Deposit

Fees which are charged upfront prior to loan closing

  • Deposit

Additional Details

Expense deposit required upon term sheet signing to cover out of pocket third party due diligence costs

Layla Capital is a direct lender based in Boca Raton, FL (formerly New York City) that specializes in small to middle market debt opportunities in primary and secondary markets nationwide, with a greater focus on the East Coast and Midwest. Founded on the principles of transparency, reliability and consistency in asset-based lending, Layla remains focused on building loyal client and broker relationships over time with a proven track record and certainty of execution.

Layla Capital’s lending platform offers loans up to $15 million and specializes in core real estate assets, including single-family investment properties, multifamily, mixed-use, retail, office, development sites and other commercial property types. We consider all situations and offer a wide range of flexible solutions to borrowers in need of private, quick and creative capital.

Year Established


Office Locations

Layla Capital
7777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434

Primary Capital Source

  • Own Funds
  • Family Offices

Alternative Capital Sources

  • Family Offices

Loan Structure for Majority of Loans

  • Own Balance Sheet

Percentage of company’s lending business focused on private mortgage


Percentage of Loans Secured by Commercial Property


Percentage of Loans Secured by Residential Property


Percentage of Residential Property Loans Which are Fix and Flip


Percentage of Residential Property Loans Which are Buy and Hold


Percentage of Loans Secured by Land


Justin S. Cooper

Founder & CEO

Justin Cooper is the Founder and CEO of Layla Capital. Mr. Cooper began his career at Silo Financial Corp., a private commercial bridge lender based in Stamford, Connecticut, where he underwrote, sourced, and asset managed bridge loans. After Silo, Mr. Cooper joined Stabilis Capital Management, a $1.7 billion+ distressed debt and lending fund based in New York City. At Stabilis, Mr. Cooper managed a portfolio of 50+ assets across the continental U.S. He later worked with the firm’s managing principal to launch the fund’s private lending strategy, where he built a team and grew the originations business from the ground up. Following Stabilis, Mr. Cooper worked as Vice President of New Gables Capital, where he focused on originating senior secured first mortgage bridge loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments in the $1M to $40M range. Mr. Cooper holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance and Accounting, magna cum laude, as well as a Master of Science in Finance from Syracuse University. He resides with his wife and two children in New York City.

Maxwell R. Deibel


Maxwell Deibel is a Partner at Layla Capital and concentrates on loan origination, underwriting, asset management, and loan servicing. Max joins Layla from Stabilis Capital Management, LP where he was Managing Director responsible for running the direct lending strategy and a top producing bridge loan originator for five years. Prior to Stabilis, Mr. Deibel worked at Knighthead Funding (formerly Silo Financial Corp.), where he focused on loan origination, asset management, and underwriting. Prior to Knighthead, Mr. Deibel worked at M&T Bank and Sonic Automotive. Mr. Deibel graduated from Syracuse University with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He resides in Delray Beach, FL.

Jeffrey A. Grasso


Jeff Grasso is Vice President of Investment and Development at Silverstein Properties, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for sourcing, capitalizing, and executing acquisition, development, and corporate investments in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Jeff also manages Silverstein Properties’ EB5 Regional Center. Prior to joining Silverstein, Jeff worked in the portfolio management group of ING Clarion Capital, a $5 billion AUM credit opportunity fund. He was responsible for the acquisition and asset management of an ABS portfolio in addition to acquiring and originating high yield whole loans. Jeff received a B.S. in Accounting, Finance, and Real Estate from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is a member of the Kuhn Real Estate Center Advisory Board at Syracuse University and a full member of the Urban Land Institute.

Loan Request

Short Description of your Loan Request or Property Address

This information is about yourself, not the subject property.


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If Borrower is not seeking additional funds for the renovation, change the Loan Type to Purchase or Acquisition.


(temp use, storage, billboard, parking, etc.)


If Borrower is not seeking additional funds for the renovation, change the Loan Type to Purchase or Acquisition.


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