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#137 - Interview with Drew Pearson, Founder of Pearson Partners


"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better." - George Orwell


Circle of Competence Podcast #18 - Drew Pearson, Founder of Pearson Partners (Link)

This week, I'm sharing my conversation with Drew Pearson, founder of real estate private equity firm, Pearson Partners. Pearson Partners' "goal is to create a recession resistant real estate investment that produces consistent cash flow with an opportunity for upside" by investing in quality class B properties. In our conversation, we covered:

- Advice on specialization from his 10 year career as a CRE broker

- The impact of technology on brokerage and 'winner take most' effect

- How to differentiate yourself as a broker AND owner

- The three types of industrial property (distribution, flex, warehouse)

- Transitioning from commercial brokerage to ownership

- Broker skillsets vs. Owner skillsets

- Creating value in medical, industrial, and storage assets

- Underwriting risks of various real estate asset classes

- Assessing competitive positioning of a property (replacement cost, market rent, and market demand / growth)

- Investing for cashflow vs. appreciation

- An industrial deal breakdown

- Drew's 'Five F's' (Faith, Family, Friends, Fun, Fitness)


- Pearson Partners newsletter / website

- Drew's twitter account



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The Unbeatable Ed Hyman, Wall Street's greatest economist (Institutional Investor)

Real Estate

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The housing market is heading for a cliff (Robert Davis)


Is substack the media future we want? (The New Yorker)

What are the largest capex-heavy companies that will be founded over the next 20 years? (Brett Bivens)

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Plato's Republic (BBC)

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Do not take freedom for granted. We have to preseve it. (Jocko Willink)


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Using plants for carbon sequestration (Nautilus)

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