About First Equity Funding

Our Mission

What Makes Us Different

To provide Best In Class service in an efficient, timely, and professional manner with a highly motivated, experienced team in an employee-friendly environment. Driven to be recognized as a leader in our industry and respected by our clients, business partners, and competition.

– Mark Presto

First Equity Group

First Equity Group, of which First Equity Funding is a part, began in 2004 with the creation of First Equity Mortgage by Christian Pepe. Contrasting the function of First Equity Funding, First Equity Mortgage provided conventional loans for owner-occupied properties. (First Equity Mortgage has since closed and now operates as a branch of PRMG)

In 2008, Chrisitan partnered with, experienced financial executive, John Child to create First Equity Captial, LLC. First Equity Capital was established to invest in non-performing residential whole loans (NPLs) during the subprime mortgage crisis. To date, John and Christian have completed over 50 real estate investment projects through First Equity Capital and various other entities. These projects have scopes of work ranging from light rehab to ground-up construction.

After operating in the real estate and finance industries for over 10 years as lenders and investors, John and Christian identified an opportunity to enter the construction space. In 2015, they created First Equity Homes, LLC. First Equity Homes is a fully insured, licensed, and registered general contractor. (Add quick FE Homes plug and link to firstequityhomes.com)

In 2016 First Equity Funding, LP was established to provide private money loans for non-owner-occupied investment properties. John, Christian, and the entire First Equity Funding staff use their prior experience in lending, investing, and construction to provide a 360-degree view of the real estate investment industry and deliver top-tier service to our borrowers.


Managing Partners

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Christian Pepe

Managing Partner
Christian Pepe began what would eventually become First Equity Funding in 2004 with his conventional lending company, First Equity Mortgage. Christian has an extensive background in all aspects of residential and commercial mortgage lending and has a comprehensive understanding of underwriting guidelines including FHA, VA, and Fannie Mae with a specialized focus in renovation and construction lending.

John Child

Managing Partner
John Child has served as Managing Partner for First Equity Group and its subsidiary companies since 2008. He is an experienced financial executive with over 25 years in investment banking and real estate finance. Prior to joining First Equity, John was an Executive Director in equity derivative sales at Morgan Stanley. John has experience in sales trading equity, credit default swaps, equity options, and corporate debt. He is a licensed real estate salesperson and title insurance producer.

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You're Our Top Priority

Since our incorporation in 2008, we have helped grow the portfolios of thousands of real estate investors. Our commitment to client success and 100+ years of combined experience in lending, finance, construction, and real estate investing uniquely positions us as one of the premier private lenders in the country.

Contact Us

Phone: (732) 359-7800
Fax: (732) 907-1913
Email: info@fefunding.com


1330 Laurel Ave., Suite 101
Sea Girt, NJ 08750

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