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"I have worked with First American Realty and Joe Epstein for over 25 years.  If you want personalized and professional mortgage financing services performed with the highest level of integrity you cannot find a better person than Joe Epstein."
- Steve Rushmore, MAI, CHA - President and Founder, HVS International

"Joe Epstein is truly an expert at hotel financing. His understanding of our industry is second to none and his no nonsense approach to each transaction provides the borrower with a welcome sense of reality. Whether financing a single property or a large portfolio, Joe Epstein knows what it takes to get the job done."
- David Simon - CEO, Paramount Hotel Group

"I have known Joe Epstein since he started First American Realty in 1976. Service, integrity, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of the industry are the reasons for his success and the high repeat activity generated by First American's satisfied clients. I recommend First American Realty to my clients whenever possible."
- John E. Stetz - Reg. Director Franchise Sales & Dev., Intercontinental Hotels Group

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Joe Epstein, who founded First American, professionally and personally for 25 years. I always have found him to be a hard working, knowledgeable, creative and problem solving mortgage banker whose integrity has stood him well in his profession. Over the years I have worked with Joe, he has been instrumental in helping my companies close important credit facilities timely and, most importantly, without surprises."
- Joseph V. Green - President and CFO, Winston Hotels, Inc.

"Joe Epstein and First American Realty were an integral part of our team when we secured a $24.0 million debt facility.  Professional and Customer Focused only partially describe the competent way First American Realty handled their part of the transaction.  I highly recommend them to anyone with a need to raise capital."
- Bill Brewer - CFO, Intown Suites, Inc.

"First American Realty is an outstanding resource to have working for you when you seek hotel financing. As they specialize exclusively in hotel financing, they have the essential knowledge and the all-important relationships to achieve timely results. It is a pleasure to work with such honest and good people ."
- Robert L. Hunter, Jr., CHB, ISHC - President, Hunter Realty Associates, Inc.

"I have known Joe Epstein for over 20 years and have used his brokerage services on numerous transactions during our association. He is most competent to handle all kinds of financing or refinancing of hotel ventures and his contacts with the various financial institutions are unlimited. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone in the hotel industry who is looking for the most thorough search for the best financing possible."
- Bryan E. Nearn - CEO, Mountaintop Management, LLC

"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Joe Epstein, President of First American Realty, for approximately 10 years in financing hotel properties across the country. I have found him and his company to be not only extremely knowledgeable of the hospitality industry, but more importantly, to possess the highest integrity and good moral character of any broker I've worked with. I would not hesitate to recommend him as the best choice for a financial consultant/broker in a hospitality transaction."
- Steve A. Sutton - Senior Vice President, Financial Federal Savings Bank

"First American Realty Associates provides a tremendous level of value-added support to your firm in the handling of extensive negotiations and client communications during the hotel refinance origination/underwriting and closing process (most recently, a $8.35 million Residence Inn refinancing).
- Kevin R. Kane - Senior Vice President, Column Financial, Inc.