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.

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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

  • ULI’s “Leading Voices” Podcast / Interview with Andrés Duany

    Posted in Blog on Apr 19, 2017

    The latest episode of Leading Voices with ULI podcast is live! Hosted by me, hear how Andrés Duany led the charge in creating new urbanist communities, made famous by his traditional neighborhood design of Seaside, Florida. Give it a listen and be sure to subscribe.

  • Matt Slepin interviews Swig’s Ken Perry on Company’s DNA for The Registry

    Posted in Blog on Apr 07, 2017

    Great companies in real estate succeed in the long run not just by their great assets, but also by an inherent DNA in their business platform. The DNA of a business platform is defined by intangibles like culture, technology and systems, training, people and structure, diversity and maybe culminates in succession. This is nowhere more apparent in my latest interview for The Registry. In my latest installment, I speak with Kennard (“Ken”) Perry, the President and CEO of The Swig Company. The Swig Company is a family owned company with holdings comprised of approximately 8.5 million square fee...

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Resources Library

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.

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Leading Voices with ULI Podcast

"Leading Voices with ULI" is a podcast produced by the Urban Land Institute and hosted by Matt Slepin, founder and managing partner of Terra Search Partners.

In this podcast series, we meet city builders who use innovative approaches to create healthier, more economically vibrant communities with character and a high quality of life. These leaders provide inspiration to those of us looking to build better cities. Read More

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For 10 years, we've placed real estate executives, at multiple levels, in all parts of the United States. Job seekers: submit a resume and/or visit our library of useful information.