About F.E. Forbes

Our Company

F.E. Forbes Company is a real estate investment management and private money mortgage lender located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1921 by Frank E. Forbes, the Third generation Company specializes in the origination of both residential and commercial loans secured by Northern California real estate. Specifically, F.E. Forbes originates loans to investor borrowers, developers, and business property owners on all types of properties with loan amounts from $50,000 to more than $2 million. The Company is a direct mortgage lender and works with a select group of private investors, which include high net worth individuals, family trusts, retirement investment advisors, company 401k’s and endowments.



A history of reliable financing


F. E. FORBES COMPANY, INC. traces its roots back to 1921, when Frank Elmer Forbes opened his first office on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California. The name on the door read “F.E. Forbes Company, Real Estate and Insurance.”

Frank Elmer Forbes (1879-1973) in 1921, Frank Forbes and his wife moved from Texas to Berkeley. His wife’s family introduced him to real estate income property ownership and he immediately fell in love with the business. Frank opened his first office on Shattuck Avenue in the heart of downtown Berkeley, the busiest trolley section at that time. The business was initially dedicated to the sale of residential homes and insurance. In 1935, Northern Life Insurance and Trust Corporation approached Frank and asked if he would become their first correspondent lender for their firm. He now was able to offer real estate financial services to all his friends and neighbors. While real estate was his greatest love Frank also loved people and the community. He was a Berkeley YMCA former board member, and active in community service organizations, a trait that has been passed down through the generations.

Frank Roy Forbes Frank started the beginning of the second generation to enter the business. In 1943, he took over management of the real estate property insurance services. Retired in 1982, Frank continues to be very active in the Berkeley YMCA and Kensington Community Church.

Robert Carol Forbes (1927-1999) in 1950, Robert joined the company to manage the real estate loan origination and servicing departments. He retired in 1990. Robert was active in the Berkeley Kiwanis Club, the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley, and antique car collector and restoration expert.

Robert Randall Forbes (1956) in 1981, Robert became the start of the third generation to enter the family business. Robert took over the real estate insurance services and the company property management portfolio administration. Robert is active in the Berkeley Kiwanis Club, and Salesian College Preparatory High School.

Mark Edward Forbes in 1984, Mark joined the company. Mark oversees the real estate loan origination, private investor relations, and real estate acquisitions. Mark is active in the community Berkeley Host Lions Club, numerous real estate mortgage industry associations, enjoys golfing and antique car collector.

About Us


Mark E. Forbes

Mark E. Forbes is the Principal and Chief Investment officer at F.E. Forbes Company. With over 30 years of experience, he oversees all aspects of Company’s residential and commercial real estate financing, investor trust deed investments, and loan servicing operations. He also leads the Company investment real estate asset property management and development groups.

Mark is active in several professional organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for California Mortgage Association, member California Association Mortgage Professionals – East Bay chapter, BAMA – Bay Area Mortgage Association, City of Berkeley Commissioner for Small Business Loan Administration, and past President Berkeley Lions Club. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker in the State of California, with the NMLS endorsement.

He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and enjoys golf, boating, and collecting and restoring antique cars. He and his wife also enjoy spending time with their two college aged children.



Robert R. Forbes

Robert R. Forbes, MBA oversees day-to-day operations for F.E. Forbes Company Asset Property Management Portfolio. With over 35 years of experience at the firm, his expertise includes portfolio financial reporting, oversight of property management leasing, on-site management, all property repairs and construction projects.

Robert graduated with an MBA from Armstrong College, in Berkeley, CA. He is active in several professional organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for Berkeley Breakfast Club, and member of Berkeley KIWANIS Club. He is a licensed California Real Estate Agent.

He currently resides in the San Francisco East Bay and enjoys bike riding and spending time with his three grown children.


Monique Rickey

Monique Rickey

Monique Rickey is the Operations Manager at F.E. Forbes Company and oversees the Company’s mortgage lending operations, and leads the property management accounting financial departments. Monique has been with F.E. Forbes Company for over 16 years. Prior to joining the Company, she worked as a Jr. Loan processor for a residential mortgage banking company.

Monique is a licensed California Real Estate Agent, and California Licensed Notary Public.

She resides in the San Francisco East Bay, and in her spare time enjoys exercising and spending time with her friends and family.


Our Address

1795 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707

Phone Number

(510) 526-7933