Topside Celebrates a Successful First Year!

Topside celebrated their first year in business in appropriate style, closing escrow on an office building sale on their anniversary. 

“We thought it was very symbolic that on the exact day of our first anniversary, we represented a buyer closing escrow on a flex building in Irvine”, said Rob Rader, Topside’s President. It represented our 6th sale transaction for the year, which for a start up company opening in the throes of a global pandemic, is something we are very proud of. In the first quarter of this year, Topside sales represented 25% of the sales market in Irvine.”

Started in May 2020, Topside is the creation of Rob Rader and Eric Paulsen, who joined together to combine their over 50 years of commercial real estate experience between them to create a company with a client and employee first mentality. Topside was formed to find, underwrite, control and transact on  mall buildings in Southern California, with a primary focus on buildings in Orange County, where both Rob and Eric were born, raised, and still live today. 

“We are a service company first”, said Eric Paulsen, Topside’s CEO. “And anticipate that the need for our experience and services will continue to grow as the market evolves and the increasing transfer of wealth provides greater opportunities for our clients.” 

And they have been growing, adding Mac Mace with an extensive office leasing and sales transaction resume in Orange County, as well as Chris Martin, with over 30 years of experience providing project equity an debt.

“We have an amazing team and are a fantastic resource for our clients, as we have significant experience in all facets of owning real estate,” adds Paulsen.


Topside Real Estate is a commercial real estate brokerage firm started in 2020 by two industry veterans, Eric Paulsen & Rob Rader. The company services Southern California investors with the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate. Eric & Rob’s extensive experience in development and value-add projects aligns well with property owners that are seeking new opportunities or need assistance with maximizing the value of their current real estate portfolio.

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