Clay Hertel
Director of Underwriting
Aureus Finance Group

Clayton has extensive experience in all facets of residential real estate acquisition and disposition.  He possesses the rare ability to analyze each asset from the vantage points of buyer, seller, investor, lender and developer. Working alongside his brother, Clayton has been involved in the acquisition, disposition and management of hundreds of single family properties in multiple markets.  Specifically in the lending industry, Clayton has dealt with all of the major private lending companies including Civic, Lending Home, Genesis, RCN, Corevest, Arbor, Lima One, and several smaller regional lenders. 

He previously developed a valuation tool for single family homes, along with a platform connecting investors and different stakeholders in their organizations, which streamlines the process of acquiring desired assets.  He and his partners pitched this valuation tool to Redfin and First American/Corelogic as a potential SaaS offering.  As an entrepreneur himself, Clayton founded a nut company alongside his brother that included direct sales to grocery and convenience stores, as well as national travel. He is a real estate investor himself and has a CA Real Estate License.  Clayton attended Arizona State University, W.P Carey School of Business receiving a B.S. in Management.