Matt Bear, Founder
Matt Bear founded Bear Real Estate Advisors, LLC in 2018 with one goal – to cater to investors looking for personalized service and real world, battle-tested acquisition and disposition advice. He built the firm on a foundation of genuine sincerity and partnership to foster lifelong friendships that promote personal and financial growth for all.
Before founding Bear, Matt was one of two founding partners of Venture Development Group, which specialized in the development of single tenant buildings, neighborhood and power center projects. The firm acquired, developed and/or disposed of 20 properties totaling $55 million. He led a team of 18 professionals across three regional offices that encompassed development, finance, property management and legal management. Matt was directly responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s investment/development strategies, while leading all aspects of acquisitions, dispositions and leasing of commercial real estate assets.
In the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, Venture Development Group discontinued operations and Matt resumed his career as one of the leading investment brokerage professionals with international commercial real estate services firms Avison Young and CBRE.
A real estate and finance business leader with a rich history of nearly 30 years of transactional, development and advisory experience, including 10 years of principal investing and retail real estate development, Matt’s experience covers many of the major markets of the United States with clients and key business relationships that span across the real estate, finance and private equity sectors.
Matt is an avid reader, a frequent blogger, a formerly good golfer, and an aspiring guitar player. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married for more than 20 years and are the proud parents of two beautiful, smart teenage girls who offer constant challenges and perplexity to their life, as well as an immeasurable amount of joy.
Education and Accomplishments
International Council of Shopping Centers – Member Since 1992
Senior Certified Leasing Specialist (SCLS) – ICSC
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Real Estate Capital Markets and Business Strategy Executive Education Seminar, Harvard Business School, 2012