Flexible Private Lending Program Provider in NY - Gauntlet Funding

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About Gauntlet Funding


Gauntlet Funding is a New York based private funding group comprised of experienced and knowledgeable industry professionals who specialize in direct private lending and distressed asset financing.

For over 20 years, the industry experts at Gauntlet have been financing REOs, short sales, construction projects and all types of residential and commercial properties regardless of condition or situation.

Flexible Private Lending Program Provider in NY - Gauntlet Funding

Gauntlet Funding are Seasoned Private Money Lenders


Gauntlet Funding specializes in flexible private hard money lending programs suited to fit today’s investor needs.

Whether it’s residential one to four family properties or multi-unit commercial, we have programs that benefit the high volume experienced investor as well as the real estate professional and smaller investor buying and selling between one to three properties per year.

In addition to our Private Money Programs, Gauntlet Funding is also a full-service lender providing conventional mortgages for both residential and commercial properties at very competitive rates and terms. Also, since Gauntlet Funding is a direct lender and NOT a broker, you can always rely on our expert advice, quick decisions, and fast closings!

Meet Team

Lou Forino Co-Founded Gauntlet in 2013

Lou Forino

CEO and Managing Director


Co-founded Gauntlet in 2013, and is responsible for strategic direction of the company. Under Mr. Forino’s direction Gauntlet is has lent over $250 million dollars in private loans amongst its product lines. Founded on the principals of building wealth through real estate, Mr. Forino has dedicated himself to help his borrowers and investors achieve or enhance this dream.

Since 2010 Mr. Forino has been involved in over 100 real estate transaction, as a real estate investor/developer. Previously Mr. Forino founded and later sold Infinity Consulting Group (ICG), an IT staffing and consulting company with 145 FTE employees and over $20 MM revenue run rate.  Mr. Forino managed multi-million dollar projects for global Fortune 100 companies such as Pfizer and UBS. While at ICG, he completed six acquisitions of competitor’s businesses.

Mr. Forino

Raffaele Forino

Managing Director


Since co-founding Gauntlet in 2013, Mr. Forino has lead the company’s business development, credit evaluation, and servicing. For over 25 years, Mr. Forino has been an active participant in the Greater New York real estate market as a lender and developer.  In his career, Mr. Forino has personally closed over 2,000 residential mortgages.

Over the course of his broad real estate career in development and lending, Mr. Forino has forged deep industry relationships with real estate attorneys, agents, contractors, mortgage professionals and investors.  Mr. Forino is also an active developer, having purchased and sold over 25 properties, including ground-up construction and conversions.

Mr. Nimmons

Christopher Nimmons

Processing Manager


Manages the processing, due diligence and borrower correspondence at Gauntlet Funding.  Mr. Nimmons has played a critical role in advancing the automation and technology adaption in the loan intake and processing functions.

Previously Mr. Nimmons brings nearly a decade of mortgage and real estate experience including residential mortgage and investment real estate including being a licences real estate agent and a wholesaler.

Our Mission

What Makes GF So Different?


Gauntlet Funding is dedicated to its clients providing both industry expertise and quick closings at competitive terms. Unlike most lenders, Gauntlet Funding is a multi-million dollar backed investment company and the sole decision-makers on any property that we approve to finance, partner, sell or purchase.

We never deploy any “middlemen”, brokers or any other 3rd parties when it comes to making our business decisions, which means that you will always deal directly with a Gauntlet Funding principal on every single deal.

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