The Triumph of Student Housing

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Today, The Crexi Podcast examines the student housing sector with Sean Lyons and Ryan Tobias, Founding Partners at Triad Real Estate Partners.

The Crexi Podcast explores various aspects of commercial real estate in conversation with top industry professionals. In each episode, we feature different guests, tapping into their wealth of expertise and exploring the latest trends in commercial real estate. 

In this episode, Crexi’s Yannis Papadakis sits down with Lyons and Tobias to discuss the staying power of student housing, strategy plays during recessions, and more fruitful advice.

Their wide-ranging conversation covers:

  • The ins and outs of student housing as a unique asset class and what sets it apart from multifamily, including what makes it potentially better positioned.
  • Surprising trends in student housing that arose following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Regional brokering strategies for student housing and the shadow markets of multifamily
  • Advice for newer brokers navigating an uncertain market and how to find one’s niche.
  • And much more!

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About Sean Lyons:

Sean Lyons has close to 15 years of experience selling investment real estate in Chicago and throughout the country. Before starting Triad, Lyons was a Senior Associate at Marcus & Millichap. As a Director of its National Multi-Housing Group, he concentrated his efforts on selling apartment properties on the north side of Chicago and throughout The Midwest. 

Lyons has brokered the sale of more than $750 million in investment property, in over 160 transactions. These sales include over 4,000 apartment and student housing units. Sean has serviced his clients by diversifying their real estate investment portfolios and helping facilitate their 1031 Exchanges into other product types, including Single-Tenant and Multi-Tenant Retail, Office, and Industrial Investments.

Lyons has a BA from Boston College and is a licensed real estate broker in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin. He enjoys being a dad, writing, traveling, and playing golf.

About Ryan Tobias:

Ryan Tobias launched his career at Marcus & Millichap, focused on selling multifamily and student housing properties throughout Illinois, including Chicago and the greater Midwest. He went on to work at Binswanger, a global real estate company, where he grew the firm’s multifamily business while working extensively on office and industrial transactions as well. 

Tobias has closed over $750 million in real estate transactions across 19 states. Founding Triad Real Estate Partners marks his return to focusing on private client relationships in multifamily and student housing in the smaller markets of Illinois and the Midwest.

Tobias has a BA from the University of Michigan & is a licensed real estate broker in the States of Illinois & Michigan. 

About Crexi:

Crexi is transforming commercial real estate with advanced, integrative technology and data analytics designed to accelerate every CRE stakeholder’s success. From trading properties to machine-learning-powered industry Intelligence, Crexi’s intuitive CRE solutions accelerate transaction velocity and have empowered nearly 2 million monthly users to close $330 billion in deals and market over $2 trillion in property value.

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