The Best Minds in Real Estate.

Since 1967, RCLCO (formerly Robert Charles Lesser & Co.) has been the “first call” for real estate developers, investors, the public sector, and non-real estate companies and organizations seeking strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development.  RCLCO leverages quantitative analytics and a strategic planning framework to provide end-to-end business planning and implementation solutions at an entity, portfolio, or project level. With the insights and experience gained over 50 years and thousands of projects – touching over $5B of real estate activity each year – RCLCO brings success to all product types across the United States and around the world.


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RCLCO Approach

Strategic Thinking

RCLCO helps clients identify and achieve their goals through strategic thinking and processes.

Market Knowledge

RCLCO consists of the best minds in real estate for a reason. We pioneered real estate market intelligence in the 1960s, and continue to be at the cutting edge of innovation and knowledge today. Market knowledge, sound analytics, and experience-based wisdom are critical ingredients to investing, as they provide perspective on the most important, and most uncertain, assumptions in underwriting and financial analysis.

Industry Experience

Since its establishment, RCLCO has worked for more than 5,000 clients on over 200,000 assignments, hosts annual CEO Summits with top industry leaders, and actively participates in leadership roles in premier industry organizations like PREA, ULI, and NMHC. This affords RCLCO an unparalleled view of the industry, access to key players in all aspects of the industry worldwide, as well as a vast network of contacts and resources.

Client Focus

RCLCO is and always has been a consulting firm; client service is in our DNA, and nothing gets in the way of providing objective, actionable advice to our clients.


Our mission

To help our clients make strategic, effective, & enduring decisions about real estate.


Our Core Values

    • We are dedicated to adding value to our clients.
    • We strive to achieve excellence and innovation in everything that we do.
    • We aim to enjoy our work and the people with whom we work.
    • We seek opportunities to promote greater economic, social, and environmental sustainability.


Our History

Bob Lesser

In 1967, Bob Lesser, then an architect and developer, was asked to evaluate the potential uses for the center of the new town of Thousand Oaks, California. In carrying out this assignment, he found that the creativity and financial imagination required for the study were extremely stimulating—so much so that he started Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (now RCLCO).

Today, our team of experienced professionals still share that original enthusiasm and eagerness to solve challenging real estate questions while adding value to our clients’ real estate endeavors.


Sample Projects in the Last Decade Alone

 Recent Project Map


Our Philosophy

We are the Best Minds in Real Estate™ because we work with the Best Minds in Real Estate™. Our success lies in our ability to apply 50 years of experience and insights to all aspects of the real estate sector.

This collective knowledge is acquired and implemented by the top advisory talent working in partnership with the Best Minds in Real Estate™—our clients who engage us in thought-provoking and cutting-edge real estate projects, and our alumni who keep us in tune with the state of the real estate industry.


Our Goals

  • Be at the leading edge of real estate trends and issues
  • Be the “first call” for clients seeking strategic advice
  • Set the industry standard
  • Exceed clients’ expectations
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  • Provide forward-thinking, creative, and financially practical solutions that are market-driven, based upon thorough and independent analyses, and socially and environmentally sensible
  • Optimize our firm’s vast experience by marshalling resources to best serve each client’s needs, with senior members of the firm leading every major engagement
  • Operate as an alliance of leaders and leaders-in-training
  • Offer clients a team of engaged professionals who are committed to excellence and to strengthening their knowledge through professional development, and who are recognized for their contributions to the community, the industry, and the firm
  • Create an inspiring workplace
  • Treat clients and one another with respect and dignity
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