Meet the Team

Chris Piro

Chris Piro

President & Broker

BRE #01752906 NMLS MLO CA #222773, FL #MBR2000
Professional Member of CAMP

Chris acts as President and Broker at Searchlight Lending. He has 13 years and counting of real estate lending experience and started his lending career as a retail loan officer at major banks such as Wells Fargo and Chase. With over 1300 loans personally funded exceeding $500,000,000 he has seen it all. He is an expert in all loan types, including conventional residential loans, reverse mortgage, FHA, commercial loans coast to coast, private money and bridge loans, construction, SBA, and apartment loans. Chris graduated with honors from the University of California at Riverside with time abroad in a Master’s program while studying in Europe. For fun Chris loves to spend time with his family, travel, cook for friends, ride bikes with his cycling team, backpack, surf, fish, and ski.

Direct: 650-773-1866
chris@searchlightlending.com

Jason Tuttle

Jason Tuttle

Managing Partner / COO

NMLS # 254370
BRE Lic #01351784

Jason Tuttle has specialized in Residential & Commercial Mortgage Financing for over 15years. Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, Reverse Mortgages, Private Money Lending, JV Partnership & Private Equity Placement. Property Type – Residential 1-4, Condo, Commercial, Mix-Use, Apartment & Land.

Outside of Real Estate – I enjoy skiing, tennis, biking, golf, wine tasting with my love, coaching my two boy’s sports, and enjoying fabulous meals with friends and clients.

cell: 415.509.4086
e-fax: 415.532.2234
jasontuttle15@yahoo.com
jasontuttle15@searchlightlending.com

Ghada Marta

Ghada Marta

Sr. Loan Consultant

BRE #01242773
NMLS #337708

Ghada Marta​​’s 25+ years’ experience as a Mortgage Loan Consultant and her consistent 5-Star rating sets her apart from the rest! She is extremely passionate about getting her clients the best loans with the best terms. ​Need an FHA loan, Jumbo loan, Reverse mortgage, Construction loan, Commercial loan, VA loan? No problem! She offers a one-stop-shop solution to most of you​r ​financing needs along with ​​private, non-traditional loans when “out-of-the-box” financing is needed. During your time with Ghada you will experience extraordinary service. ​​She will return your calls and emails promptly Monday-Sunday, encourages Q&A, offers guidance, education, credit counseling and repair so that you can get the best of what the market has to offer.

Ghada grew up in Marin and has strong ties within the community. Energetic, intuitive and a fervent advocate for the voiceless: children, wildlife and the environment, she furthers her causes by writing satire. Her work has been published in various places including the hysterical book entitled “World’s Ugliest Dogs”.

Mobile: 415.532.4480
Fax: 888. 361. 6597
Ghada@searchlightlending.com

Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

Reverse Mortgage Consultant & Home Equity Retirement Specialist

Jim Bennett’s is a licensed and certified Reverse Mortgage Consultant and Home Equity Retirement Specialist. He works primarily with seniors, their advisors and their families, teaching and guiding them to understand how a reverse mortgage works.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Montana-Western, having received both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters degree in education. He has 3 children and 6 grandchildren, and spends as much time as possible with all of them. Jim loves the game of golf (both as a participant and spectator), and enjoys many other sports activities. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years.

Specialties: Reverse Mortgages, Aging In Place, HECM for Purchase, Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

cell: 415-497-0084
office: 415-261-2495
jim@searchlightlending.com

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

NMLS # 333411

Mike Brown has Over 20 Years experience in Equities, Real Estate and the Mortgage Industries. He specializes in residential 1-4 unit properties as well as investment and private money loans. Mike Brown is native to California and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, taking trips to Lake Tahoe, the Philippines, and cooking big steaks and drinking red wine with family and friends.

Direct: (415) 200-8712
mike@searchlightlending.com

Karen Duncan

Karen Duncan

VP of Marketing

NMLS #1664670

Direct: (415) 425-5896
fax 415-329-1697
karen@searchlightlending.com

Freddy Watanabe

Freddy Watanabe

Loan Consultant

NMLS #889079
BRE #01159253

Hello to those of you that are reading my profile for the first time! I have worked in the mortgage industry twenty plus years as a mortgage financing professional. I have two adult children to whom I can say I’m lucky to say they are “stress-free”.
I enjoy cooking and eating with large and not so large groups of people; there is something satisfying about that! Other interests include golf, the North Coast, and Point Reyes foraging. Community involvement for charitable causes include Wednesdays Gift and School WorkX. What can I do to help you with real estate financing? I welcome you to call and say “Hello!”

Direct: (415) 860-3031
freddyw@searchlightlending.com

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