Nelson & Shaffer Apartment Advisory Team

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Our mission is to help you make the right choices for your business. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your Sacramento multifamily assets and how we can be of assistance in helping to achieve your apartment investment goals. We look forward to speaking with you.
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Brian Nelson

Senior Vice President | Sacramento

From humble beginnings as an apartment painter and maintenance provider through college, to managing, owning, and brokering multifamily properties in the decades since, I have been in the apartment industry my entire adult life.

Currently, as a Broker specializing exclusively on multifamily properties, I represent my clients by marketing and negotiating property dispositions to maximize sale proceeds, and sourcing purchase opportunities to maximize investment returns. In every endeavor, it’s apparent to all who know me that I hold true to the principle of being a fiduciary: putting my client’s interest and needs above my own.

I am a partner in Colliers Sacramento Apartment Advisory Team. My team’s consultative approach to commercial real estate is entirely client-centric, consisting of developing and executing strategies in accordance with our client’s objectives.

John Shaffer

Multifamily Specialist

During my 25+ year career I have been involved in the research, asset management and sales of primarily institutional apartment properties located throughout the United States. 

My extensive sales track record, coupled with a background in quantitative analysis and real estate finance, affords me the requisite skills to assist you in achieving both your short-term and long-term investment goals.  My role as a Partner in the Apartment Advisory Team (“AAT”) is to provide underwriting analysis, market knowledge, and due diligence processing to each of the transactions that AAT facilitates.  Immersing myself in the market, I dedicate time each day to researching the national and local multifamily sector.  Speaking with local owners and managers in our market, and staying up-to-date on prominent issues such as interest rates, rent control, and cap rates, provides me with the breadth and depth of market knowledge to help you make good business decisions.

Whether its satisfying exchange or debt needs, expanding a portfolio, or realigning assets to suit business goals, I leverage all available resources to achieve success for my clients.  I invite you to read a case study about Somerfield Apartment Homes where my team and I took a boots-on-the-ground approach to solve a complex challenge (linked below).

Outside of Colliers you can find me officiating high school and youth football where I am able to exercise my attention to detail and participate in a sport that I love.

Nicole Parrish


As a member of the Apartment Advisory Team of Colliers International Sacramento, my time is spent serving our current clients, analyzing market data for our current and prospective clients and prospecting for new clients. My constant thought is to provide service second to none, to always add value, and to exceed our client’s expectations.  

As the granddaughter of J.R. Parrish, the Founder of what is now Colliers Silicon Valley, Central Valley, East Bay, and Nevada offices, I have deep roots in Commercial Real Estate. My grandfather has instilled in me the values he used to build his company and we still talk on a regular basis about the business. I’m regarded  as extremely loyal, a person who’s word is her bond, someone always willing to go more than halfway to help make deals, a strong communicator, hard worker, very dependable, a person who always has a positive attitude and someone you can take to the bank. I have a passion for travel and have traveled to twenty-three countries and enjoy any opportunity to learn about other cultures. 

Market Intelligence Campaign

We are the only broker team in Sacramento to provide regular market updates to our clients to ensure they have the requisite knowledge to make fully-informed business decisions regarding their multifamily assets in the region. These updates are incorporated into our Market Intelligence Campaign, which include six information releases per quarter on the following topics: 

  • Sale Transactions
  • General Apartment Fundamentals Update
  • Properties Available For Sale
  • Quarterly Report
  • Global, National and Local Apartment Highlights
  • Forecast of Various Apartment Indicators

Click here to download the Market Intelligence Release Schedule.

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Recently Completed Transactions

Property Name: Creekside Estates Property Address: 6380 Denton Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 Price: $11,000,000 Number of Units: 72 Price/Unit: $152,778 Price/SF: $171.88 CAP Rate: 5.16% Stabilized

Property Name: Avondale Property Address: 451 Rivergate Way, Sacramento, CA 95831 Price: $12,500,000 Number of Units: 76 Price/Unit: $164,474 Price/SF: $194.57 CAP Rate: 5.1% Stabilized

Property Name: Courtside Apartments Property Address: 4913 Marconi Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608 Price: $9,750,000 Number of Units: 88 Price/Unit: $110,795 Price/SF: $191.18 CAP Rate: 5.31% In-place

Non-Contingent Transactions

Property Name: Ridgecrest Property Address: 2929 Edison Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821 List Price: $8,100,000 Number of Units: 88 Price/Unit: $92,045 Price/SF: $134.11 CAP Rate: 5.56% (stabilized)

Property Name: W Street Property Address: 1717 W St, Sacramento, CA 95818 List Price: $1,700,000 Number of Units: 9 Price/Unit: $188,889 Price/SF: $304.93 CAP Rate: 4.5%

Property Name: Arborwalk Property Address: 3910 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95821 List Price: $14,100,000 Number of Units: 76 Price/Unit: $185,526 Price/SF: $228.86 CAP Rate: 5.22% (Stabilized)

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