JJ Bliss co-founded BD Capital LLC and Quick Close Lending LLC, to help investors and developers leverage the optimal mix of debt and equity sources across all levels of their capital stack. Launched in 2018 as a direct lender, specializing in efficient and creative solutions for immediate real estate investor needs, BD Capital focuses on acquisitions, refinances, and ground-up developments within most asset classes. Since its inception just three years ago, the company has experienced astounding growth, raising $40 million in total debt and equity for their clients in 2020—more than triple its inaugural year—and helping to finance massive deals, such as a 350-unit multifamily development at over $80 million. From the outset, JJ and his partner sought to transform the private lending landscape by offering a familial office environment with competitive lending parameters. Having amassed over his 12-year career a portfolio of over 72 properties that included 120 units, single-family homes, small multifamily residential, and a 53,000-square-foot building—if there is anyone with skill and ability to change an age-old industry, it’s JJ.
While his partner heads up the company’s Milwaukee office, JJ leads its sister location in the Greater Chicago area. There, he focuses on three areas for his clients: Advising real estate investors and developers on capital market options for their projects, securing financing to purchase and rehab investment properties, and raising equity and debt for larger multifamily construction projects—one of their core specialties. “There are not many people who specialize in this area because of its complexity. You’re talking with municipalities, titling the land, etc. These are long processes with a lot of moving parts,” JJ says. “I’m like another viewpoint for the client to help them design and shape the project, so they can have the financial tools they need to complete it.”
Beyond his skill and experience, what sets JJ apart from the pack is the commitment and care he provides each client. “I don’t give up. I’m competitive,” he says. “I will call everyone I know and find someone to finance a client’s deal. Other, larger companies don’t have time for the hard deals. Those are the deals that I fight for on behalf of my clients.”
Managing Partner — BD Capital LLC