Colin appears in the Top 40 Under 40 and the Top 100 People in Real Estate magazines.

Colin P. Behring


As the third generation in a line of successful real estate developers and investors, Colin Behring has made his own mark as a savvy global real estate developer and financier. Today, Behring operates a future-focused global real estate development, private equity and EB-5 investment platform referred to as Behring Companies., based in San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Behring’s operation consists of three major components, including real estate development, private equity fund management and EB-5 investment. Behring’s dynamic approach was cultivated through a 60-year family history in development and investment in the U.S. and China. This forged his current investment focus on transit oriented, urban-infill multifamily apartments and high-rise buildings.

Six days after graduating with a degree in business administration and management (finance) from Cal Poly (SLO) in 2006, Colin’s debut began at the bottom as an intern analyst for Morgan Stanley Properties (MSREF) in Shanghai, China, which he refers to as the “unofficial headquarters of high-density urban living.” That humble start, working on a multi-billion portfolio of China’s most high-profile real estate developments, positioned him perfectly for his current real estate ambitions.  

In 2008, as the only family member fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Colin joined his grandfather, Kenneth E. Behring, at Behring Group to begin work on a flagship 360-acre, 1,000 unit, mixed-use master planned residential community off the coast of Shanghai with an estimated value in excess of $2 Billion.  Following on that success in China, 2013 brought Colin new opportunities through a combination of depressed U.S. property valuations and the rise of emerging market interest in U.S. investment. Colin moved to assemble an investment platform focused on outbound investment from the Asia Pacific region to the United States into multifamily apartments.

As the chief executive officer, Colin has skillfully guided the Behring Companies from its inception in 2013, to amassing an operation that is currently invested or financing over $600 million in real estate developments. His Shanghai experience shortened the learning curve in deploying new innovative strategies in the Bay Area. They are one of the few developers in California that have the experience and unique skillset to plan, design and build efficient high-rise communities. Remaining future focused, Behring has improved upon traditional urban design concepts by embracing unique operating models such as co-living, co-working, and tech-enhanced services specifically catering to a successful and highly efficient urban lifestyle. Colin explains: “In urban areas, housing commands so much of your personal resources – our company is unlocking value by providing a way to do it easier, cheaper and better.”

Behring Companies is currently focused on its next flagship project located at 1900 Broadway in Oakland, California, and Colin adds that” it is a perfect example of where housing should be going: a 39-story tower offering a walkable and carless lifestyle with all the desired amenities to live, work and play in the same place.” Our platform’s ability to first develop, finance and then operate these communities is how maximum value is achieved. Behring explains: “Most developers get stuck at one phase or another. Our unique platform reduces the effort and cost at each stage, and investors ultimately benefit from these efficiencies and from higher caliber investment overall”. Staying ahead of every trend and getting maximum value out of each property is surely what sets the Behring Companies apart from its competitors.

Colin P. Behring - Chief Executive Officer - Behring Companies

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