Student Housing

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Exceptional student housing facilities support student achievement, a thriving academic community and a strong bottom line for developers and investors. Our Student Housing experts combine local market knowledge with a global platform of services, reach and connections.

By partnering with Colliers, you can expect certainty — in our commitment, in the quality of our service and in your satisfaction with the outcomes. Throughout acquisition, renovation and disposition, we will help achieve your goals through in-depth market research, credible underwriting and targeted marketing strategies tailored to your objectives.

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Dorothy Jackman
Executive Managing Director

Dorothy has been in the student housing industry for 20+ years, having started her career in Gainesville, FL. She was first an on-site manager and later was recruited by the state’s largest locator company to become General Manager for their Gainesville operations. In that role she was able to assist owners achieve maximum occupancy, through client feed-back, working with her team and on-site teams to collaborate on all the traffic her firm sent to their properties. In some cases, through this collaboration, properties went from 40% occupancy levels up to 95% occupancy in one leasing season. Owners and developers consistently looked for her input on market conditions and suggestions on how to make their properties become most viable for the students.

As her role expanded and her influence spread, she was asked to become the lead spokesperson for the University of Florida during their Fall Orientations addressing parents and students on the processes and legalities associated with negotiating a lease in student housing properties in Gainesville. After a number of years in that role, Dorothy decided to become a broker focused entirely on student housing.

Prior to Dorothy joining Colliers International in 2012 as Managing Director of the National Student Housing Group, she was a Sr. VP with a national firm where she was instrumental in building a platform of student housing brokerage. Through these efforts, Ms. Jackman formed a group dedicated to student housing brokerage, training, mentoring and hiring other agents to work on the team. Her team provided early reports and data which were difficult to come by in the early years of student housing. As a result, her team was regarded as a resource, and it was through those initial efforts that the brand became prominent.

She also was influential in the roll-out of the industry’s only publication and continues to be interviewed often on various topics for the magazine.

Her role with Colliers is to continue strengthening relationships with owners, management companies, developers, investors and equity providers in the industry. Ms. Jackman has presented and moderated at the most prominent conferences in the space and is considered to be one of the industry’s preeminent experts. Dorothy believes in making the client’s needs her focus and assisting them in achieving their goals is her main priority.

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Sean Baird

Sean has been involved in real estate since 2003 when he began his career in construction working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He attended the University of Central Florida receiving a Bachelor’s in Real Estate Business, and Seminole State College earning an Associate’s in Architectural Design & Construction Technology. Originally joining Colliers as an analyst in 2011, Sean quickly grew his brokerage practice and by late 2012 began building out the private capital and Tier 2/3 student housing platform. Earning his Master’s in Real Estate in 2017 from the University of Central Florida, Sean is currently a Director for the Student Housing Group and has been involved in over a billion dollars of transactions since joining Colliers. By working on assets of all sizes and across Tier 1, 2, and 3 markets, Sean has a diverse client pool allowing him to successfully transact the most challenging of assets.

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