Sean Baird

TAMPA, FL—Favorable market conditions and a strong student housing sector have increased the number of non-institutional owners with private capital looking to invest in smaller properties near college and university campuses. And Colliers International is ready to pounce on those opportunities.

Colliers just expanded its national Student Housing Group. The firm is making aggressive moves to beef up its services to offer more support to for the growing number of investors it sees looking for student housing deals.

Colliers promoted Sean Baird to full-time broker status alongside Dorothy Jackman and Travis Prince, co-managing directors of the Student Housing Group, based in Tampa Bay, FL. Victoria Marks has joined the organization as a financial analyst.

“We see continued opportunity to work with these private investors in select student housing markets,” says Lee Arnold, CEO and chairman of Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central Florida and Southwest Florida. “This expansion is an indication of Colliers’ commitment to student housing services and furthers our ability to help buyers and sellers identify opportunities.”

In his new position, Baird will focus on working with private capital clients looking to buy smaller student housing properties in primary, secondary, and tertiary markets. Baird joined the firm’s Student Housing Group as an analyst in 2012, a position he had previously held with the JackmanPrince Group.

Baird has analyzed several billion dollars worth of student housing assets throughout the country, and specialized in financial analysis, market research and asset disposition. He previously worked as a site supervisor for a residential and commercial development construction firm in Orlando.