About Pierce Education Properties
January 2017 - (Video - 03:29)
PEP CEO Fred Pierce discusses the origins of his rapidly expanding student housing company, and plans for the future.
Student Housing Industry Trends
January 2017 - (Video - 10:39)
Fred Pierce, PEP President & CEO, talks about the current trends in student housing, and the future of this burgeoning industry.
Student Housing Misconceptions: Real or Fallacies?
January 2017 - (Video - 04:45)
Fred Pierce discusses truths, fallacies, and stereotypes of the student housing industry.
PEP In The News
Back to School
November 2017 - Institutional Real Estate Investor - Americas
"Nearly two decades after its inception, the student housing asset class has emerged as a preferred niche sector for institutional real estate investment."
-Fred Pierce, IREI Americas
Student Housing Sales Speed Up
October 2017 - National Real Estate Investor
After a slow beginning to the year, 2017 now seems likely to be one of the biggest years ever for sales of student housing properties." -Bendix Anderson, NREI
Fred Pierce named one of The Daily Transcript's 2017 Top 50 Influential Leaders
September 2017 - The Daily Transcript
Read The Daily Transcript piece featuring Fred Pierce as one of this year's most notable business leaders.
In Focus: Fred Pierce on the current student housing market
August 2017 - National Real Estate Investor (Video)
Fred Pierce discusses which markets/cities have the best prospects for student housing investment, what the outlook for the student housing sector looks like over the next couple years, how student housing fundamentals look and much more.
Why Student Housing Is Outperforming Multifamily
July 31, 2017 - GlobeSt.com
"The success of this sector follows a significant trend of institutional investors diversifying away from the four 'food groups' of CRE and allocating a portion of their real estate capital to less-correlated niche asset classes."
-Fred Pierce, GlobeSt.com.
The Future of Free Tuition
July 12, 2017 - National Real Estate Investor
"Growth in free- and subsidized-tuition programs at public colleges and universities could goose enrollments in some states, but will there be much benefit for the private student housing market?" -Bendix Anderson, NREI
Risk Management 101
July 12, 2017 - National Real Estate Investor
"What keeps top student housing pros up at night? These five threats to their businesses." -Bendix Anderson, NREI
SOP Student Housing Forum Takeaways: Reading, Writing, and Core Investing
June 28, 2017 - Sandler O'Neill + Partners
"The level of institutional interest in Student Housing continues to grow with return expectations steadily declining as shooting for the stars is replaced with the luxuriousness of consistent mid-upper single digit returns."
If I Knew Then...
May 2017 - Crain's San Diego
"In this ongoing series... executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders [talk] about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy."
-Bryna Kranzler, Crain's
Where Will My Child Live When They Attend College?
April 2017 - It's Your Money and Your Life, KFMB AM760
In their latest podcast, Richard Muscio & Joe Vecchio invite Fred Pierce to discuss housing accommodations for today's students.
"Once an overlooked niche, the student housing sector is attracting increased attention from major investors, who see the sector as offering less rental growth volatility and a recession-resistant hedge to conventional apartments." -Randyl Drummer, CoStar
Consolidation and Competition in the Student-Housing Sector
March 2017 - Globe St.
"Now that it’s recognized as a viable and profitable alternative category for those looking to diversify, student housing is encouraging strength of scale and drawing private, public and international investors." -Carrie Rossenfeld, GlobeSt.com
A Rush To Meet Rising Demand, and Expectations, for Student Housing
February 2017 - New York Times
"The student-housing sector... is still considered a relatively new asset class when compared with other property types. But with its growth prospects, steady revenue stream from rents and comparatively high capitalization rates, it has already become a popular investment vehicle for big institutions." -Vivian Marino, NYT
What's on My Mind - A New Age
February 2017 - Student Housing Business Magazine
"The Top 25 Owners in the sector continue to dominate student housing ownership, with their annual market share of the AXIO 175 Markets ranging from 59 percent to 69 percent and averaging 65 percent in recent years." -Fred Pierce, SHB
The Growing Student Housing Industry
December 12, 2016 - Bisnow
"Universities can be economic engines, and student housing has become a big player in commercial real estate as a result, driving investment and development." -Karen Jordan, Bisnow
Why Student Housing Is Becoming a Hot Product Type
November 15, 2016 - Bisnow
"Surging student enrollment numbers are driving demand for student housing, according to San Diego-based Pierce Education Properties."
-Patricia Kirk, Bisnow
Student-Housing Trends That May Surprise You
October 28, 2016 - GlobeSt.com
"From the high level of amenities being offered to the astoundingly high occupancy rate, Pierce Education Properties’ Fred Pierce reveals to GlobeSt.com EXCLUSIVELY a variety of trends in student housing that show just how much this sector has changed." -Carrie Rossenfeld, GlobeSt.com
Best Year Ever
Sept/Oct 2016 - Student Housing Business Magazine
"It's been a big year, and it's been driven by a large volume of properties available for purchase and by a tremendous amount of equity capital available to finance those acquisitions. Over the next two years, I think we could eclipse $1 billion in assets." -Lynn Peisner, SHB
Build v. Buy
July/Aug 2016 - Student Housing Business Magazine
PEP CEO Fred Pierce and other industry leaders weigh in on the current state of the student housing market and the build vs. buy debate.
An eye for acquisition: "We've been in the sector for two decades, and I'd say the environment has never been greater for investment in student housing."
-Lindsey Walker Marcec, SHB
SHB Question of the Month
August 2016 - Student Housing Business Magazine
"Are U.S. colleges and universities becoming overly dependent on international students to maintain and grow enrollment and revenues? Can the same be said for on- and off-campus housing providers?"
"Founder and CEO Fred Pierce told Bisnow he expected this to be PEP’s biggest year yet, and he's proving that very quickly, with $180M closed or pending already in 2016. He expects his company will purchase in excess of $300M in student housing this year, growing his portfolio by 6,000 beds."
-Dustin Dooling, Bisnow
PEP Looks to Double Acquisition Pipeline in '16
January 2016 - Bisnow
"Pierce Education Properties just closed on a 756-bed, 216-unit community close to Western Kentucky University and has two properties—valued over $80M—in escrow. The San Diego-based student housing firm plans $200M in acquisitions this year, double what it's done each of the last three years." -Tonie Auer, Bisnow
What's On My Mind - Coming of Age
September 2015 - Student Housing Business Magazine
"Nearly two decades after its inception, the niche sector of student housing is finally coming of age - from a capital formation standpoint, that is. This evolution of the industry and its investor base has followed a typical and logical progression to reach where it stands today." -Fred Pierce, SHB
July 6, 2015 - SDSU 360 Magazine
"Fred Pierce's 30-year commitment to SDSU has never flagged."
-Coleen L. Geraghty, SDSU 360
Former Alumni President Fred Pierce Keeps Giving Back
SDSU Alumni Blog
"In this month’s enews is a story about one of the university’s most loyal alumni, Fred Pierce (’88). Fred and his wife Christine have made an extraordinary gift of $2.8 million to San Diego State University, of which $2.5 million is a legacy gift." -Jim Herrick
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Winner: Fred Pierce
July 18, 2012 - San Diego Source
George Chamberlin speaks with Fred Pierce, president and CEO of Pierce Education Properties LP, about the honor of being named a 2012 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program, and how his company has grown over the years.
Sept/Oct 2011 - Student Housing Business
"There's a revival of Greek housing at universities across the nation. Here's why." -Fred Pierce, SHB