Arixa Capital specializes in private lending secured by real estate. Since 2006, we have built a full-service lending and loan servicing platform to ensure a steady flow of investments for our funds. For investors, we strive to provide attractive current income and total returns while remaining focused on capital preservation. We strive to maintain a healthy margin of safety on every investment we make. Arixa is built from the ground up to make smaller investments directly, without relying on multiple layers of managers, each of whom must be compensated. Arixa's vertical integration and simplified expense management enable us to deliver real value to investors and outperform the returns of our larger rivals who may pursue similar strategies.
The company name is derived from the Namibian town of Arixa, chosen by Founder Jan Brzeski, when his wife was working in Africa on behalf of the First Ladies Community Initiative helping to build birthing shelters for local women. Arixa Capital proudly supports this organization, which supports education and training of first ladies and their staff, often to promote initiatives such as maternal health.
How It Shaped Arixa’s Investment Philosophy
The two principals of Arixa Capital, Jan Brzeski and Greg Hebner, both had similar professional experiences that shaped the company’s investment philosophy and attracted them to real estate investment. Their shared experience includes leaving secure and attractive careers to co-found or build start-up technology-related businesses. These businesses became very valuable during the dot-com bubble and then lost most of their value when that bubble burst in 2000.
In 2002, Jan Brzeski dedicated himself to learning the real estate investment and asset management business by working for a Los Angeles family office with a value-oriented approach to buying and operating income property. While at that company, he also gained experience making private loans secured by real estate as an income-oriented investment strategy with a margin of safety. In early 2010, in the wake of the financial crisis, he started Arixa’s first fund, which was dedicated to making small-balance, short-maturity real estate loans to developers who purchased homes from banks and at foreclosure sales. This fund continues today and played a significant role in shaping Arixa’s investment philosophy—namely, to focus on capital preservation and mitigating risk in every investment.
Greg Hebner's background includes purchasing, renovating, and reselling a large number of homes in California. He began as a borrower from Arixa's original lending fund in 2011, and became a partner in Arixa's fund management business beginning in 2012.