James M. Fowler

James M. Fowler

Senior Vice President
Office Co-Manager, Production
Newport Beach, CA


James is senior vice president and production co-manager of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital’s Newport Beach, Calif., office. With the backing of one of the largest financial institutions in the United States, Grandbridge brings our clients deep industry expertise and a full slate of client-focused services. A national, full-service leader in commercial and multifamily finance, we combine our wide range of capital sources with knowledgeable and experienced team members to deliver results.

James has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment banking industry in all aspects of commercial real estate finance and mortgage banking that includes equity placement, bridge, construction and fixed-rate debt with an emphasis on retail, office, multifamily, hospitality, seniors housing and industrial properties.

Prior to joining Grandbridge, James served as a senior managing director and national co-head of hospitality debt capital markets for HFF. He also served as a principal and founder of US Realty Capital, a nationwide commercial real estate financial intermediary. Prior to forming US Realty Capital, James served as the western regional manager for Merrill Lynch within their Real Estate Investment Banking platform.

His prior experience also includes serving as first vice president within the Mortgage Banking division of CB Richard Ellis where he was the number one producer in the nation and direct banking experience as a vice president and top producer with Bank of the West (formerly Sanwa Bank).

James has closed in excess of $8 billion in real estate transactions on behalf of his clients throughout his career. His direct industry experience, combined with his professional education in real estate development enables him to bring focus and expert execution to every transaction he sources and structures for Grandbridge's Southern California clients.

A lifetime resident of California, James earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), and Urban Land Institute (ULI), and holds a State of California Real Estate Salesperson license (#01014854).

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