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Thomas Brophy | Colliers | Phoenix

Thomas Brophy

Research Director

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Professional Summary

As national director of multifamily research & analytics for the Cooke Multifamily Team with Colliers International, I am responsible for the aggregation, management and analysis of all market, and related, data sets.

I am committed to providing 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 our clients operate, I maintain 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.

I also produce customized research reports on behalf of the team and clients, prepare market presentations and develop ad hoc research projects in support of business development.

My ethos: question different; for it is in asking better, more salient, questions that true market knowledge, and understanding is found. I am reminded of the words of T.S. Eliot who stated, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

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, if deployed effectively and purposely, 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. Our team includes Cindy Cooke, Brad Cooke, Matt Roach, Chris Roach, Teresa Lowery, Ron Cameron, Nicholas Solo, Aimee Healy and Kellyanne Kennedy.

Previously, I served as research director for Colliers International in Arizona, managing the research department entrusted with all market data and analysis activities. My creative outlook significantly enhanced research services for clients and brokers. Collaborating with other service lines and professionals, our research team provided extensive data compilation, including ownership, zoning, land use, property sales and demographics, and developed reliable statistical information.

My extensive experience includes 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.

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

As director of research and partner for Neighborhood Ventures (a multifamily investment firm), I collected, analyzed and wrote market data reports for use in investor presentations, offering materials and corporate communications. As principal with EPU Investments, I directed business and research operations for a multi-divisional investment company involved in single- and multifamily development and land services, including farming and water rights assessments and acquisitions.

Serving as an affordable housing specialist at Hendricks & Partners (now Berkadia), I provided assistance, research and guidance in creating the affordable housing division, and assisted brokers and clients in the acquisition and disposition of assets across the U.S.

Accomplishments

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

Education

  • 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

Services

Service Lines

Research

Property Type

Multifamily

My Team

Featured Research

Feb 11, 2021

Q4 2020 Phoenix MSA Multifamily Review

As of YE 2020, the Phoenix MSA continues to be a nation leader in year-over-year rent growth rising 4.7% to $1,284. Occupancy rates continued their upward trajectory, increasing 20 and 50bps over-the-quarter and year respectively to 95.6%. There are 25,252 units under construction throughout Greater Phoenix.
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Dec 4, 2020

2020 Q3 Phoenix MSA Multifamily Review

At end of Q3, the Phoenix MSA continues to be a nation leader in y/y rent growth rising 4.1% to $1,247. Occupancy rates defy expectations and increased 30 bps over-the-year to 95.4% despite delivering a high of 3,567 new units. Investment sales volume increased significantly over-the-quarter rising 238% to $1.2B.
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Dec 3, 2020

2020 Q3 Tucson MSA Multifamily Review

At end of Q3, the Tucson MSA continues to be a nation leader in y/y rent growth rising 4.6% to $954. Occupancy rates continue to increase rising 90 bps over-the-year to 95.6%. Investment sales volume increased significantly over-the-quarter rising 147% to $89.4M.
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Featured News

May 4, 2021

Colliers sells award winning Tempranillo Apartments

Tempranillo Apartment Homes, a Class A, 64-unit luxury community at 2445 E. Copper Avenue in Clovis, California, sold for $20,342,500, or $317,851 per unit. The property was purchased by Southern California investor Sun Pacific Properties, LLC. Colliers negotiated the sale.
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Feb 9, 2021

Colliers sells Crosswinds Apartments in Chandler

Colliers negotiated the sale of Crosswinds, a 374-unit apartment community at 868 S. Arizona Avenue in Chandler, Arizona, for $54.25 million. Tides Equities of Los Angeles purchased the property from Emma Capital Investments of Toronto, Canada.
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