We Are Real Estate Search


Search is a journey led by a Partner or Managing Director of the firm. The process is consultative and highly collaborative. We are consultants and advisors, not mere transactors. We are your trusted guide.

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
Rely on Terra

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

Recent News

  • Partner Matt Slepin interviews local CEOs

    Posted in Blog on Sep 23, 2016

    Terra Search Partner Matt Slepin is conducting interviews with Bay Area real estate CEOs. The interviews dive into their views on leadership, culture and the concept of “DNA” built into today’s leading real estate companies. Read Matt’s latest interview with Mike Schall, CEO of Essex Property Trust. In orchestrating the 2014 Essex-BRE merger, Schall created the country’s third-largest apartment REIT and the only apartment REIT fully focused on the West Coast markets.

  • Partner Alan Greenwald featured in Strength Matters

    Posted in Blog on Sep 08, 2016

    What’s a nonprofit affordable housing provider to do in the battle to attract executive talent? That’s a question that partner Alan Greenwald answers in his newest piece for Strength Matters. As the real estate recovery makes it increasingly difficult for nonprofit housing developers to attract new employees, new hiring and retention strategies are needed. The pressure on the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) function is particularly acute. Read about new ideas Alan has to help companies attract, recruit, and ultimately retain the best C-level talent on the market.

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