About Michael Mikhail
Michael Mikhail is an accredited leader in the mortgage world and a seasoned real estate investor with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He currently serves as the founder and CEO of Stratton Equities, the leading Nationwide Direct Hard Money & NON-QM Lender for real estate investors.
An innovator in the private lending space, Michael has built Stratton Equities into a resource for borrowers, brokers, and loan officers. His passion for helping others succeed in their investment goals inspired him to create a company with the most extensive library of private money loan programs under one roof. Additionally, he has developed a unique hands-on training program and educational platform to provide loan officers with a clear pathway to success.
Stratton Equities offers the widest range of private money loan programs under one roof with competitive rates, no upfront fees, and less documentation for Hard Money and NON-QM loans. Since the company's launch in 2018, Michael has been an advocate for aspiring entrepreneurs and an educator on disruptive trends in the mortgage industry.
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Michael grew up in New Jersey and Lebanon, where he was determined to fulfill the American dream and become an entrepreneur. Before his time at Stratton Equities, Michael built a career in the mortgage industry for 18 years, beginning in 2003. As a committed serial entrepreneur, his focus led him to create multiple businesses before Stratton Equities. Some of Michael's greatest successes included a car wash business connected to a gym. He has also worked as a personal trainer and built a health supplement company in the past.
In 2017, Michael realized he had an idea for a startup in private lending and real estate. After noticing some of the unique changes made to the mortgage industry due to the 2008-2012 housing crisis that gave him the breakthrough, he needed to launch his business.
Michael solidified his reputation as a competent real estate investor and pioneer as hard money & NON-QM lender throughout the last few years.
Before Stratton Equities, Michael's entrepreneurial spirit took him around the world, traveling to 19 countries in five years, gaining knowledge and expertise while experiencing the highest highs and the lowest lows life has to offer. However, during one of his trips, Michael hit rock bottom - becoming homeless in a foreign country. To this day, it is a memory that drives his quest to achieve success and financial independence.
A large part of Michael's success in entrepreneurship comes from the knowledge acquired throughout his two decades of experience in the real estate industry. As a seasoned business owner, he believes that passion for your industry, combined with making solid investments in time, money, and people, inevitably brings you success.
Michael understands what it takes to work hard, get results, and establish himself as a professional entrepreneur that solves real-world problems. Throughout his career, Michael encountered numerous failures and persevered on his journey to becoming a successful real estate entrepreneur. His know-how and insight were pivotal in dominating a crowded and competitive field to get to the top with his lending startup, Stratton Equities.
Today, Michael is wholeheartedly committed to supporting all those who wish to grow their investment portfolio in real estate and create paths to multi-generational wealth.
Michael's ethos is that you can overcome any hardship life may throw your way with hard work, determination, focusing on one thing, and doing it well. This entrepreneurial mindset has inclined him to give back, become an educator, and help others achieve their dreams. While he is running Stratton Equities, Michael's passion is sharing his insights with entrepreneurs and startups helping them acquire the skills and knowledge of his expertise to be successful.
Stratton Equities has received awards and commendations as Forbes Magazine selected Michael for the class of 2021 for “The Next 1000,” which showcases those who are redefining what it means to build and run a business today. Stratton Equities was also honored by the NJBIZ, New Jersey’s leading business journal, as one of their Top 250 Privately Held Companies for 2021. This year, NJBIZ honored Michael as one of their 2022 Leaders in Finance, and he was also nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.