John Shaffer | Colliers International | Sacramento

John Shaffer


Senior Vice President

License # CA: 01862673 NC: 170807

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Professional Summary

During my 30+ 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.


  • Negotiated and simultaneously closed three separate transactions consisting of four multifamily properties with a total consideration in excess of $167.1 million.
  • Created and managed a national research group for the largest apartment developer in the country, at the time, that was eventually successful in the preparation of investment materials leading to the closing of more than $2.2 Billion in new multifamily construction.
  • Facilitated the closing of more than $1.8 Billion of institutional apartment transactions nationally.


  • Masters of Business Administration-Real Estate & Finance,  Pennsylvania State University 
  • Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Business Analysis, Pennsylvania State University 

Memberships & Involvements

Licensed agent in CA and NC


  • Fairfield Residential
  • Multifamily Investment Partners
  • ConAm
  • Ridge Capital


Asset Management, Financial Analysis, Student Housing, Development Consulting, Residual Land Value
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Featured Research
Jul 29, 2020
2020 Q2 Sacramento Multifamily Market Report
Sacramento’s apartment market fundamentals held up through the second quarter of 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled sales activity, resulting in the lowest number of quarterly transactions going back to early 2009. Monthly rents remained virtually unchanged from the first quarter. New supply delivering over the next year and depressed demand will place downward pressure on rents moving forward. Market occupancy increased 20 basis points from the first quarter as unemployment benefits and an eviction moratorium have kept renters in their units.
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Jun 2, 2020
2020 Q1 Sacramento Multifamily Market Report
Sacramento’s apartment market got off to a strong start in 2020. Sales volume of $228.6 million suggests buyer interest in this strong market, where occupancy rates are staying north of 96 percent and monthly rents are rising around 4% per year. The market average sale price per unit hit its second highest mark on record in Q1 2020, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has put future price growth in doubt. Since March 17, California has been on a statewide “stay at home” order as landlords become increasingly concerned about falling rent collections. That being said, Sacramento was the second-ranked metro in the nation for paid rent at 94.7 percent.
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Feb 5, 2020
2019 Q4 Sacramento Multifamily Market Report
At the close of 2019, Sacramento’s apartment market remained one of the strongest in the nation. The city’s population growth of 1.5 percent was the fastest growing of any major city in California while the state recorded its lowest annual growth rate since 1900 at 0.35 percent.
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