About Multifamily Acquisition Advisors

What We Do

Multifamily Acquisition Advisors is a premier real estate investment firm, specializing in the U.S. multifamily sector. Our primary focus, through joint ventures with passive and semi-passive capital, is acquiring and operating multifamily assets with a value-add overlay. We deploy and manage capital using best practices and an attention to detail that traces its origins to founder Chris Thomson’s 1999 MIT Master’s Thesis, which focused on lowering risk by more accurately determining the precise incremental risk and revenue associated with the presence, addition or upgrade of various property attributes.

We also offer partnership terms and fees that enable our investor partners to net higher returns than they would in most promoted structures and yet reap the benefits of entrusting their investment funds to an exceptionally successful and experienced sponsor. 

A secondary focus of MAA is acquisition advisory and asset management services to other multifamily investors, levering our skill set and platform to assist clients in sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, closing, optimizing and executing apartment transactions meeting their designated investment criteria. These assignments are accepted only on a case-by-case basis.



Christopher Thomson serves as Managing Principal of Multifamily Acquisition Advisors, LLC. Christopher is a former partner and head of acquisitions for private equity firm Eighteen Capital Group and its predecessor entities. Including previous partnerships, Chris and his partners have purchased and operated thirty-seven substantial multifamily assets in 22 U.S. markets totaling 7,251 units with financial partners that include domestic and offshore family offices, pension funds and life companies. 

This level of activity has enabled Chris to develop and maintain extensive relationships with current multifamily market participants, a sourcing advantage in one of the most competitive real estate sectors in the world. Additionally, as a former Managing Director with the largest multifamily real estate brokerage firm in the U.S., he has credibility with and speaks the language of the industry’s “gatekeepers” – the multifamily brokerage community – also a sourcing advantage in today’s market.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Warrington College of Business Administration at The University of Florida; and earned a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT where he authored his Master’s Thesis entitled “Pricing Apartment Attributes: A Hedonic Analysis of the Dallas/Fort Worth Multifamily Market“.

Track Record

Annual Return on Outstanding Equity for the portfolio of 20 individual assets (consolidated into 15 communities) acquired during the most recent cycle in which founder Christopher Thomson has a direct ownership interest is 62.73% as of March 31, 2020.

Prospective Clients and Partners

Prospective clients and partners of MAA include providers of real estate debt and equity capital, short-term rental operators, high-net-worth individuals, institutions, family offices, regional multifamily operators and other foreign and U.S. investment entities seeking to make direct investments in multifamily.