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From multi-family to retail, from urban mixed-use to master-planned development, over the years Terra Search Partners has created a comprehensive library of useful articles and bits of advice on how the real estate industry can put together the right team for long term success. Check out the entire library or review contributions by partner.

Founder, Managing Partner

From our Founder

We created Terra Search Partners in 2006 as a boutique search firm focused exclusively on the real estate business with an absolute focus on, and commitment to, exemplary work. Most everybody will claim that goal, so I want to sincerely articulate the meaning of this focus and the guiding principals and values of Terra Search Partners.
  • The senior professionals at Terra Search Partners come from the real estate business. We know the business. We understand the business. We understand the drivers. We care. This is our world and our clients are our long term peer group, so every assignment and indeed all interactions have long term consequence.
  • We treat every assignment and interaction as a building block for our business and reputation. So, the stakes are high.
  • Of course, our clients come first. But we work hard to treat our candidates and sources with that same level of respect. We work hard to communicate transparently and to provide meaning in interactions throughout our work including clients, candidates and sources.
  • How does search work? In the model search, we call a hundred people, we interview ten, the client interviews 4-6, and we finalize with one person. But it's rarely so cut and dry. Search more frequently follows the twists and turns that are inevitable when dealing in human endeavors. The twists and turns are where this firm shines and adds value.
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National Real Estate Companies

They know our space better than anybody and they spent a significant amount of time with me and other people in the company to really understand what we want to do and with whom we need to do it. T ... (read more)

- Geoffrey L. Stack, Managing Director, SARES-REGIS Group

They fill positions for us from coast to coast because we know we can just pick up the phone and have Terra Search Partners take care of it. They're matchmakers. They understand and respect how our ... (read more)

- Michele Mamet, Chief Administrative Officer, Mercy Housing

The emotional intelligence of this team is a huge skill. We got insights into what will and will not work at a molecular level. This is a rare and special talent that was clear from the moment we s ... (read more)

- Nancy Andrews, CEO, Low Income Investment Fund

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Recent News

  • Terra Search Partners Names Real Estate Vet Mary McCarthy As Managing Director

    Posted in News and Press on Apr 16, 2016

    PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO – April 19, 2016 – San Francisco-based Terra Search Partners, a retained executive search firm helping real estate companies build successful and lasting teams, announced today that Mary McCarthy has been appointed Managing Director. McCarthy will help Terra Search Partners continue to grow and build the firm’s real estate investment management practice while helping client companies build strong and durable platforms for lasting success. McCarthy brings 30 years of real estate capital markets experience and a deep understanding of real estate private equity to ex...

  • 2016: Still in the Seventh Inning?

    Posted in Blog on Feb 25, 2016

    The current state of the apartment sector still feels like the seventh inning and the game is tied. The crowd is roaring and the excitement continues, even after many hours. Are we taking a stretch? Will we get rained out? Might we see extra innings? And, while this might be a long game, we are still early in the season with many more games (cycles) to go, but with what feels like a winning team! Check out the piece here. And let me know what you think.

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