A message from the Blackburne Family of Companies



Wishing you & your family warmth, laughter & love this Thanksgiving.


A Special Message From The Owner

This is old man Blackburne, George III, the father of IV (and the impatient grandfather of the yet-to-conceived, George V). So a new commercial mortgage broker called me this week, and he begged of me some suggestions. I told him -

Go to Google Maps and type in your office address. Click the “Nearby” icon and insert, “Banks”. Then call the 25 banks nearest your office and get the contact information for the commercial real estate loan officer covering your area. Then send a handwritten snail mail envelope containing a sheet of copier paper and a photocopy of a funny pic or two, and maybe some cute jokes. (Go ahead and steal mine.) 

On the joke page, please write in big red pen, “Sure would appreciate your commercial loan turndowns.” Then be sure to include three business cards. Do this every ten days. By the sixth mailing (include three business cards every time, even if he protests), your phone will start to ring. The trick is not to give up before the 8th mailing.

You should also order my Practice Course. Wonderful. If you get value from my free commercial loan training blog, you will love-love-love this Practice Course.

George Blackburne III, Esq.

Owner & President

CA DRE #00623143

NMLS #104120


Joke Du Jour

My girlfriend asked me to stop singing, "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees because she found it annoying. At first I thought she was kidding, “But Then I Saw Her face".


CA DRE #01430908

NMLS #389678


- Loan Goddess -

This past weekend I went on a wine tasting excursion with 8 of my girlfriends. It was a surprise trip for one of my friends, and it was her birthday.

We surprised her with a stretch limo out in front of her house. She came out at 10:30 A.M. and we were all standing out front with the limo. We popped a bottle of champagne and yelled “surprise” as she came down the driveway. She was absolutely surprised, shocked, and so happy and excited! It was a 5 hour limo journey to and from Amador county.

We actually only got to physically visit 2 wineries because it took a while to get there. We brought a picnic lunch and ate at one of the wineries on the patio. The lunch included cheese, salami, olives, tortilla roll-ups, chips, fruit, and desserts…and of course lots of wine! It was a superb day!



- IV -

Growing up, when I would hear about a natural disaster in some other part of the country, I would feel bad for a day but then go about my life. It wasn’t that I was cold, but when you listen to the news it was/is very clinical; like a statistic on some far off case study. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized these numbers are people. People like me. People who just lost everything, and had no where to go. 


With all the chaos the wildfires in California are causing, it made me realize how both vulnerable and grateful I am. This year, when I sit down for Thanksgiving I am going to be thinking about how many people just lost their kitchen table, their homes and in some cases their lives. I am going to be grateful I still have a roof over my head and that my family is safe. I am also going to do what I can to help others.

If you can, make a donation to your local charity. Every little bit helps. A $10 donation (1 and 1/2 cups of Starbucks coffee) can make a huge difference for someone. Stay safe this holiday season. 

CA DRE #01873244

NMLS #382122


CA DRE #02012847

NMLS #1535540


- Mike -

With Christmas around the corner and my daughter learning the concept of wanting things and the ability to get them through the limitation of money is in the learning stages. The big question that came to her young mind this Christmas was “does Santa Clause have a limitation? Maybe I can just ask for all the things I want from Santa, because he is magical and he doesn’t need money because he makes everything at his workshop.” 

The surprising intricacies of parenthood can be much more challenging at unexpected times. The need to find an acceptable answer to this very important question had to be swift and convincing. I mean, come on… it is the big man after all right? Does Santa Clause really have any limitations? 

I gave it my best shot and told her that Santa rewards the kids that are good throughout the year with presents but that does not mean he will give you everything you want because then his purpose of giving gifts to kids that are good throughout the year would end.

But more importantly when someone gives us of something as a gift it is a generous thing and if we were to ask for everything we want, that would actually not really be that nice because it would be kinda greedy right? There was a pause as her young mind processed what I said while I stood there waiting for the response… She looks up and says “You are right daddy, I should just ask for a couple of things from Santa that I really want. It is not nice to be greedy and I am sure his elves have to work really hard for all the good kids around the world.” I told her that sounded fair and that she was right about the elves.


NMLS #103430

CA DRE #829677


4811 Chippendale Drive

Suite 101

Sacramento, CA 95841

P: (916) 338-3232

F: (916) 338-2328


NMLS #167100

CA DRE #1330173