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Bernal Capital Group, formed in 2010 acquires, rehabilitates and develops real estate throughout Southern California.   We are a fully integrated real estate and development firm that has a passion and expertise in creating and redeveloping multi-family communities and commercial properties in emerging infill and urban markets.  We are particularly focused on areas that benefit from today’s convergence of technology and entertainment.

The co-founders and managing partners of BCG, Albert and Manuel Bernal, have a combined 60 years of experience working in residential and commercial real estate. They bring an extensive knowledge base of residential and commercial real estate investment, finance, appraisal, brokerage, management and development.  The firm is forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, relationship-oriented, and the results reflect the quality and strength of our entire team.  The company’s core business plan is to acquire and create value in real estate assets for our clients, partners and investors.



Albert Bernal – Managing Partner

As a Co-Founder of Bernal Capital Group, Albert is responsible for the overall leadership of the firm, strategy, acquisitions and fundraising. Albert has over nineteen years experience in real estate investment, development, appraisal, finance and brokerage throughout Southern California. Prior to co-founding BCG, Albert has been a managing partner of several firms focused on acquiring distressed residential real estate throughout the Southwest. Previously he worked in acquisitions and development with Trammel Crow Company, where he performed valuation, due-diligence, pre-development and asset management functions on office, residential, retail and industrial development projects from $25MM to $375MM in size. Prior to Trammel Crow Company, Albert worked as a real estate broker and appraiser for Sunbelt Realty Services and Option One Mortgage where he completed over 1,000 appraisals and reviews including hundreds of value add/flip properties.

Albert holds a B.A in Economics from the University of California Irvine and a JD/M.B.A from the University of California Los Angeles.

Manuel Bernal Sr. – Managing Partner

As a co-founder of Bernal Capital Group, Manuel is responsible for the overall leadership of the firm, strategy, and fundraising. Manuel brings over 40 years of real estate appraisal, mortgage banking, construction, brokerage, asset management, underwriting and investment experience. Prior to co-founding BCG, Manuel was founder and owner of Sunbelt Realty Services, a full service real estate consulting firm focused on appraisal, brokerage, property management, acquisition, restructuring and repositioning of real estate assets throughout Southern California. Prior to Sunbelt Realty Services, Manuel worked for 10 years at GE Capital Mortgage as Chief Appraiser and Risk Manger. At GE, he was responsible for appraisal review, condominium project approval and collateral guidelines on a national level. He also spent 7 years as a Vice President at Bank of America, where he was responsible for the sale, management and construction of Bank owned (REO), properties acquired thru foreclosure. The properties consisted of residential, commercial, industrial, land and special purpose assets throughout the United States. Manuel has been licensed in real estate since 1974 and a Certified Real Estate Appraiser since 1977.

Manuel holds a degree in Business from Redlands University and a professional designation in investment real estate from UCLA. He has been a contributing member of the Southern California Real Estate Research Council at Cal Poly University, Pomona for over 15 years.

Gerald Hammer – Acquisition and Development

Gerald is responsible for the firms development projects and the evaluation of new development opportunities. He oversees all design, engineering, permitting and entitlement activities across BCG’s portfolio.  Gerald adds over twelve years of experience in real estate development, design, asset management and brokerage. Prior to joining BCG, Gerald was a project consultant for Expedient Energy utilizing his knowledge as a LEED AP to implement sustainable design and construction methods for new and existing buildings. Previously he worked as Land Analyst and Forward Planning Manager for Taylor Morrison Homes, where he managed all on-site and off-site land development operations for multiple new home subdivisions throughout Southern California.

Gerald holds a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Management from the University of California Irvine and is accredited by the U.S Green Building Council as a LEED AP. Gerald also is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of California.

Anthony Bernal – Construction Management

Anthony is responsible for the management of all on-site construction processes for the firm.  Anthony has over ten years of finance, construction management and property management experience. He has mastered the craft of project development including conceptual planning, design development, negotiation, contract writing, forward planning. permit processing, purchasing and both onsite and offsite supervision.  Leading up to his role with BCG, Anthony was an assistant real estate appraiser with Sunbelt Realty Services, focused on the valuation of a variety of real estate assets throughout Southern California.

Anthony holds a B.S in Economics from California State University Long Beach.