The Romano-owned companies began back in 2003 as a loan brokering business established by Kess Romano and his father Jerry Romano, originating residential mortgages and other loans secured by real estate in Washington State.

When credit markets began disappearing across the country during the 2008 recession, Kess recognized a market need for alternative capital sources and pivoted to private equity capital. Kess chose the established professional path and obtained both his Series 65 securities qualification and the Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm designation. Romano Capital was the first RIA in Washington State to focus solely on alternative real estate funds, which is still a rarity amongst alternative real estate investment firms. 

The firm has grown to include a talented group of over 50 professionals. Our managed assets are a combination of family and high net worth investor’s money. We average 12 active funds at any time, all focused on real estate in the greater Vancouver, Washington region. 

We believe in building wealth for investors so they can do more of the things they want to do in life. When the Investors are served well, Romano grows with them.


investor capital managed


Principal Experience

20 Years

Real Estate Experience

20 Years

Investment Programs Offered

GP Co-invest Fund, Open-Ended Fund, Opportunity Zone Fund, Close-Ended Fund, Joint Venture

Property Types




Strategies Employed

Private Lending, SFR Build-to-Rent, Ground-up Development, Land Entitlement

Risk Profile

Value Add

Primary Markets

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Track record

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Kess Romano


 · 2003 - Present

Kess graduated George Fox University in 2000 with a degree in Economics. His first job out of college was working for a company that brokered loans to hundreds of different banks. In 2003 Kess Romano ...read more
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Korban Romano

Principal, Director of Operations

 · 2011 - Present

Korban grew up in and around Vancouver, WA and is happy to call the Northwest his home. After school he pursued several different entrepreneurial careers before deciding to move to Argentina to work f...read more
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