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We started Sundae to help sellers get a fair price for their house, as-is.

For far too long, homeowners without the time or resources to get a house market-ready have been taken advantage of when it comes time to sell if the house needs some love. We think this isn’t fair and we started Sundae to change this.

Selling with an agent is time-consuming and costly.

Getting a house ready to sell with a real estate agent can take a lot of time and money for repairs, improvements, and cleaning-up. Even after these investments, selling with an agent requires time and patience. You have to keep your home clean and available for showings with no certainty of when your house might sell and for how much.

Selling off-market lets you skip the hassle so you can move on quickly.

If you don’t have the time or resources to get a house market-ready, an alternative to the traditional sales process is to sell your house “off-market”.  Off-market buyers will purchase the home as-is so you don’t have to do any work, repairs, or showings.

Predatory property investors have given off-market buyers a bad name.

But beware! Many off market buyers prey on sellers who are dealing with difficult situations like job loss, divorce or a death in the family. They find homeowners who need to sell quickly and then take advantage of their situation. The buyer’s goal is to offer the lowest possible price because every dollar they don’t give to the seller goes into their pocket.

Sundae is a new way to sell-off market.

Our business is built on paying sellers the absolute most possible so that we can get more business and help more homeowners get the best outcome.

Our team of experts bring 35+ years of local experience and over 1,000 completed transactions. For homeowners trying to evaluate the tradeoffs of selling on- or off-market, Sundae is here to advise on that decision and ensure you get the best deal.

Learn more about how Sundae works, and how we calculate your offer.

Josh Stech

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh started Sundae to help homeowners get a better outcome when selling off-market. With a career at the intersection of technology and residential real estate, he’s seen first hand the opportunity to create a new type of business that wins by doing the right thing for the seller.

Prior to starting Sundae Josh was Founding Partner and SVP of Sales at LendingHome, an online mortgage bank specializing in short-term residential bridge loans. During his five years at LendingHome, Josh helped build the company into the category leader, outperforming the veteran companies.

Prior to LendingHome Josh was Co-Founder and CFO of Purpose Built Investments (PBI), a residential real estate private equity firm. Josh launched three investment funds for PBI focused on buying, renovating and selling houses as well as bridge lending, executing more than 1,200 transactions.

Josh graduated with honors from Stanford with his BA in Economics, BA in Spanish and an MA in Latin American Studies with a focus in Economic Policy. He wrote his honors thesis on the long-term impact of the subprime lending crisis on the Latino community. Josh lives in San Francisco with his wife Emi, sons Carter and James, and their dogs Squals and Sophia.

Andrew Swain

Co-Founder & President

Andrew Swain is an experienced executive with expertise in finance and marketplaces. Prior to founding Sundae, Andrew was CFO at LendingHome, the category leading online mortgage bank specializing in short-term residential bridge loans. Prior to Lending Home, Andrew served as CFO at Airbnb, helping the vacation rental marketplace scale during a period of hyper-growth.

Previously Andrew held a series of roles at Intuit including VP Finance for Intuit’s Consumer Division and General Manager of Intuit’s prepaid debit card business, after also leading Intuit’s Corporate Strategy and Development Group. Before joining Intuit Andrew was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group where he specialized in Corporate Strategy and Operations. He holds and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Gifford

Director, Business Development

Michael oversees Sundae’s Southern California operation based in San Diego. Prior to joining Sundae, Michael was an early employee at LendingHome where he worked with Sundae co-founder Josh Stech. During his time there he originated more than $240M in single asset hard money loans.

Prior to LendingHome, Michael developed his residential real-estate expertise as a partner in Upward Trend where he built the firm to an annual acquisition rate of 100+ assets annually in Southern California, becoming one of LendingHome’s initial and largest customers.

Previously Michael worked for PGI Investments, a private equity firm based in Carlsbad, California. While at PGI Investments, Michael was responsible for a team acquiring 30-40 asset per month in San Diego County.

When he’s not helping sellers get the best outcome in his role at Sundae you will find Michael on the golf course, traveling with his wife Taylor, or at the dog beach with his two dogs, Jeff and Mucca.  

Aubree Kendall

Director, Construction & Closing

Aubree Kendall oversees the Construction and Closing departments at Sundae. Prior to Sundae, Aubree led the Construction and Feasibility departments at LendingHome, and helped hire and set up teams in multiple geographic locations across the country. Aubree’s real estate expertise was sharpened through her early experiences at both smaller boutique firms like Buildzig as well as larger international firms such as NAI.

Growing up in the Napa Valley, Aubree’s strong work ethic and business acumen were shaped by her early career experiences working for inspiring leaders including Robert Mondavi and Mario Andretti. Driven by the belief that if you live by convention, then you are doomed to conventional results, Aubree brings her unique and “outside the (Silicon Valley) box” problem-solving ways to Sundae.

Aubree holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Master’s degrees from UCLA, UC Berkeley/Cornell and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Her Ph.D. focus was in Real Estate Law & Litigation (Berkeley Law), and she also led the Berkeley Haas School of Business Real Estate Team. She is a former Instructor at UC Berkeley and Professor at Mills College and has worked in Real Estate for over 10+ years as an agent in development, specializing in construction management, project feasibility, operations, funds control, and asset mitigation in both residential and commercial industries.

Polina Ryshakov

Director, Valuation

Polina defined Sundae’s Valuation Philosophy and oversees Valuation Analysts whose main goal is to ensure every property’s unique characteristics and underlying local market forces are considered, so sellers can receive the most accurate offer for a house that needs some love.

As a Real Estate Economist who brings over 15 years of valuation experience across commercial and residential real estate, including distressed properties and ground up construction, she has expertise in market research, demand/supply analysis, profitability analysis, feasibility studies, and extensive consulting work for real estate investors, ranging from experienced flippers to investment funds.

Prior to joining Sundae, Polina built and managed the Valuation Department at LendingHome. Her prior experience also includes roles at Cushman & Wakefield, Hanley Wood, and Standard & Poor’s. Polina graduated with a double major in Economics and International Relations from University of California at Davis and is a CAIA Charter Holder since 2010.

Polina got her first real estate-related job as a Sophomore in High School and since that time she can’t pass an open house without going in. She loves books, dogs, travel, spending time with her family and the challenge of balancing young kids with growing Sundae to help more homeowners.

Trevor Hansen

Director, Customer Solutions

Trevor leads Sundae’s Customer Advisor team which focuses on helping homeowners understand their options so they can get the best outcome when it comes time to sell a house that needs some love.

Prior to Sundae, Trevor worked at LendingHome, the largest mortgage lender for bridge loans in the country where he led the company’s retail investor platform, which grew to over $150MM in Assets Under Management within two years. During his time at LendingHome he also managed the mortgage broker relations team and the property investor acquisition team.

Before LendingHome, Trevor worked at MicroVentures, the first equity crowdfunding platform registered as a Broker-Dealer with FINRA. He spent the early part of his career managing a team of non-profit fundraising professionals at Santa Clara University.

Trevor graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English and also earned an MBA, both from Santa Clara University.

Shane Steele

VP, Marketing

As VP Marketing at Sundae, Shane is responsible for driving growth for Sundae’s brand and business. Over the course of her career, Shane’s followed her passion for building iconic consumer brands with marketing leadership roles at Dropbox, Chime, Airbnb, Twitter, and Coca-Cola. She began her career as a consultant at Accenture and as a Creative Lead at Sapient.

Shane graduated from Cornell University where she received a B.S. in psychology and contributed to several published research articles in the field of social psychology focused on biases in judgement and decision-making. Her love for brands and marketing began in high school thanks to an internship in the marketing department at Lego in her hometown of Enfield, CT.

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Our mission is to help homeowners get the best outcome when it’s time to sell a house that needs some love.

Sundae is more than a real estate company. We’re a marketplace looking to bring more value, confidence and convenience to sellers, when they need it most.

Working at Sundae means being part of the team that’s bringing compassion and transparency to the business of helping homeowners sell in their time of need.

If you’re driven by making a positive impact in people’s lives and want to support our mission, we’d love to hear from you.

Want to join our team?

Visit our careers page. We’re hiring!