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

  • 2016 Mid Year Update from Terra Search Partners

    Posted in Blog on Jun 22, 2016

    JUNE 2016 -- Terra Search Partners is pleased to share some highlights from our 10th anniversary year and announce some of our recently completed searches. Terra View of the Market: Our worldview is that, while the recovery is long in the tooth, the overall economy and the drivers of the national real estate market remain strong. Our hometown of San Francisco is slowing from explosive growth, but at this point we see it slowing to a sustainable state. Listening to our economist friends and our clients, we have not yet heard any evidence of a slowdown in the overall economy. However, there s...

  • New Article: “Leadership Matters” Interview with Bill Stein, CEO of Digital Realty Trust

    Posted in Blog on Jun 16, 2016

    Matt here. I am very excited to share the first in a series of interviews I am doing with executives in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate community. The topic is “Leadership Matters”, and the first interview of the series, with Bill Stein of Digital Realty Trust, is now available. The Leadership series will explore interviewees’ thoughts and views on the importance of human capital, systems, and building a culture. The meeting with Bill Stein made for an excellent first interview and we covered a variety of interesting topics that flow from Stein’s thoughts on what it means to manage a gl...

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