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Thomas Brophy

Research Director

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Professional Summary

As national director of multifamily research & analytics for the Cooke Multifamily Team with Colliers, Thomas Brophy is responsible for the aggregation, management and analysis of all market, and related, data sets. He provides market-leading research services through the systematic deployment of custom, purpose-built software and analytic platforms for the creation of qualitative, not just quantitative, analysis.

In addition to publishing quarterly statistical reports for each market in which the team’s clients operate, he maintains a database of both publicly available, and in-house built, leading economic/real estate indicators to provide forecasts and analyze and interpret real estate trends as they happen. Thomas also produces customized research reports on behalf of the team and clients, prepares market presentations and develops ad hoc research projects in support of business development.

Thomas’ ethos: question different; for it is in asking better, more salient, questions that true market knowledge, and understanding is found. In our new era of big data, we have reached peak data overload. Knowledge is a derivative of information; wisdom, knowledge’s ultimate abstract, can only be gained when tethered to, and guided by, past experience.

Data without context is like a light without a bulb, a market without a narrative or an explanation without a common reference point. Data is but a guide to asking better questions; better questions lead to greater understanding, which lead to better results.

The Cooke Multifamily Team focuses on institutional and private equity assets, ranging from core plus to workforce housing across the United States. The team includes Cindy Cooke, Brad Cooke, Matt Roach, Chris Roach, Teresa Lowery, Ron Cameron, Eric Blair, Nicholas Solo, Alice Bean, Aimee DeYoung and Kellyanne Kennedy.

Prior to his current role, Thomas served as research director for Colliers in Arizona, managing the research department entrusted with all market data and analysis. His creative outlook significantly enhanced research services for clients and brokers.

Thomas has extensive experience in collecting, analyzing and preparing market and economic data and research, as well as expertise in corporate communications, investor relations, strategic planning, brand management and public speaking.

Previously, Thomas was director of research for ABI Multifamily, where he developed market reports and research data used in marketing materials for ABI offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento and San Diego. He oversaw all data collection and reporting, wrote monthly market insight articles, and developed market podcasts.

Thomas served as director of research and partner for Neighborhood Ventures, a multifamily investment firm. In his role, he collected, analyzed and wrote market data reports for use in investor presentations, offering materials and corporate communications.

As principal with EPU Investments, Thomas directed business and research operations for a multi-divisional investment company involved in single- and multifamily development and land services. As an affordable housing specialist at Hendricks & Partners (now Berkadia), he helped create the affordable housing division, and assisted brokers and clients in the acquisition and disposition of assets across the U.S.


  • 2020, 2019 - Member of the #2 Top Team, Colliers | Arizona


  • Bachelor of Arts, History and Spanish, University of California

Memberships & Involvements

  • Arizona Economic Roundtable (AERT) - Member
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) – Colliers' Designated Contact
  • Valley Partnership – Speaker


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2021 Q3 Phoenix MSA Multifamily Review

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Q2 2021 Phoenix MSA Multifamily Review

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Q4 2020 Phoenix MSA Multifamily Review

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