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Affordable Housing Advisors was founded in 1987, shortly after the enactment of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. It was then that Paul Davis, an attorney working as a real estate broker with a boutique brokerage firm, identified an opportunity within the affordable housing sector and pioneered the brokerage of affordable housing.

In 1998, Paul moved AHA to Marcus & Millichap, which provided a national platform and the best-in-class resources needed to deliver premier service to clients throughout the country. Soon after, Paul obtained the largest multi-family listing in the firm’s history, 89 HUD-financed Project-Based Section 8 communities (approximately 12,000 units) located in 27 states. Paul began growing his team, which included the hiring and mentoring of Andy Daitch in 1999. As AHA achieved unprecedented success within the affordable housing industry, the company added key personnel including Steve Miscavish, Seth Barnett and Matt Kurzmann – whom, along with Paul and Andy, now compromise the Executive Team at AHA. Fast forward to 2019, AHA includes a team of expert underwriters, a marketing group of creative thinkers, the most experienced escrow team in the industry, a comprehensive research team supported by Marcus & Millichap’s industry leading research division and a brokerage team with more than 100 years of combined experience in affordable housing.  

Today, AHA continues its leadership position, brokering more than $1 billion in affordable housing transactions annually. Since Paul founded the company in 1987, AHA has achieved sales of more than 200,000 government subsidized housing units throughout the United States, valued in excess of $8 billion. More importantly, AHA continues to provide best-in-class service with over 80 Marcus & Millichap offices nationwide, delivering our clients unparalleled results.

 

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AHA’s foundation is based on its deep knowledge and understanding of the complexities within the affordable housing industry. The continued success of the firm is a result of our unique ability to create a competitive sales environment among qualified buyers.


Since 1987, AHA has created a marketplace in affordable housing while helping clients navigate the various federal and state programs, mortgage types and regulatory aspects of each property. AHA’s expertise includes:

AHA TEAM STRUCTURE

Brokerage - Underwriting - RegulatoryMarketing - Escrow - Research

Brokerage

The senior investment sales team has more than 100 years of combined brokerage experience, exclusive to affordable housing. Click here to read more on AHA’s Brokerage Team.

Underwriting

Seasoned analysts combine high level financial expertise with expansive affordable housing knowledge. The team evaluates more than 1,000 affordable housing properties per year.

Regulatory

AHA’s regulatory understanding is unparalleled in the brokerage industry, staying current with ever-changing HUD regulations and guidelines and applying real-time knowledge to clients individual situations.

Marketing

A group of creative thinkers that utilize the latest technology, innovative design and a customized approach that captivates AHA’s target audience and generates interest and activity.

Escrow

The most experienced escrow team in the industry oversees each transaction, seamlessly guiding clients through each phase of the process and minimizing the work required of AHA’s buyers and sellers.

Research

Backed by Marcus & Millichap’s research services division, AHA provides clients with cutting-edge market research with a proactive approach to maximize returns. Clients benefit from innovative insights based on economic, demographic and real estate indicators both locally and nationally.

WITH A NETWORK OF NEARLY 2,000 INVESTMENT SALES BROKERS IN OVER 80 OFFICES, MARCUS & MILLICHAP’S PLATFORM PROVIDES CLIENTS WITH ACCESS TO THE MOST EXTENSIVE 1031 EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES ON THE MARKET.

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Paul D. Davis

Paul D. Davis

Founder

paul@mmaha.com

248-415-2630

Paul D. Davis is the Founder of Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap.

Paul began his real estate career with a boutique brokerage company focused on the sale of market-rate apartments. Upon the enactment of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, Paul identified an opportunity within the affordable housing sector and shifted his focus to the brokerage of Project-Based Section 8 properties. Paul founded AHA in 1987 and pioneered the brokerage of affordable housing.

In 1998, Paul moved AHA to Marcus & Millichap. Soon after, Paul obtained the company’s largest multi-family exclusive listing, 89 HUD-financed Project-Based Section 8 complexes in 27 states, and began building his AHA team. Presently, AHA has achieved sales of more than 200,000 government subsidized housing units throughout the United States, valued in excess of $8 billion.

Paul has repeatedly been recognized as a Top 10 Agent among Marcus & Millichap’s agents nationwide. He is a regular speaker at industry events and his insight is sought by industry and government leaders.

Paul graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned an MBA and law degree from Wayne State University. He is a member of the Michigan Bar, the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), the Housing Advisory Group (HAG), National Leased Housing Association (NLHA), the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation (IRHP), the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA).

Paul and his wife have a son and daughter. Their daughter, Meryl Davis, is the 2014 Olympic gold medalist for ice dancing and the winner of the 2014 Dancing with the Stars competition.

RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Midwest Real Estate News Magazine Hall of Fame – 2015
Marcus & Millichap Top 10 Investment Professional – 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
Marcus & Millichap Chairman’s Circle of Excellence – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Marcus & Millichap Chairman’s Club – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Andrew S. Daitch

Andrew S. Daitch

Executive Managing Director

andy@mmaha.com

248-415-2637

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Andrew S. (Andy) Daitch is the Executive Managing Director of Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap. Andy oversees a team of dedicated professionals providing nationwide expertise in the sale of government-subsidized multi-family properties.

Andy began his career with AHA in 1999 under the mentorship of its Founder Paul Davis.  As AHA grew as a pioneer and industry leader in the brokerage of government-subsidized multi-family properties, Andy was responsible for growing the company’s platform to further enhance their services to clients on a national level.  AHA has exclusively listed and sold over 200,000 government-subsidized housing units throughout the United States, valued at more than $8 billion.

He is repeatedly recognized as a Top 10 Agent among Marcus & Millichap’s agents nationwide including being recognized as the firm’s #1 multi-family agent in 2018. Additionally, Midwest Real Estate News Magazine named Andy as part of their 2017 Hall of Fame class. He is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), a supporter of the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation (IRHP), the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA).

Andy was educated at Michigan State University and Walsh College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. 

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Midwest Real Estate News Magazine Hall of Fame – 2017
D Business “30 in Their Thirties” – 2016
Real Estate Forum’s “50 Under 40” – 2015
Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” – 2010
Marcus & Millichap Top 10 Investment Professional – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008
Marcus & Millichap Chairman’s Circle of Excellence – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Marcus & Millichap Chairman’s Club – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Steven A. Miscavish

Steven A. Miscavish

Chief Financial Officer

steve@mmaha.com

248-415-2647

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Steven A. (Steve) Miscavish is the Chief Financial Officer of Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap.

Steve began his tenure with AHA in 2004 and has been instrumental in developing the organization and managing the company’s financial team. AHA now reviews and underwrites more than 1,000 properties per year.  

As CFO, Steve is also involved in the strategic growth of AHA and ensuring that the company remains the industry leader in the brokerage of government subsidized housing. Presently, AHA has achieved sales of more than 200,000 government subsidized housing units throughout the United States, valued in excess of $8 billion.

Steve is a frequent speaker at affordable housing events and conferences, as well as a member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), a supporter of the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation (IRHP), the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA).

Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He holds a Real Estate Broker’s license in the state of Michigan.

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award – 2018
Marcus & Millichap Sales Recognition Award – 2018

Seth I. Barnett

Seth I. Barnett

Senior National Director

seth@mmaha.com

248-415-2653

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Seth I. Barnett is a Senior National Director at Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap. Seth oversees sales in the Midwest, West Coast, Mountain, Sunbelt and Southwest regions and also works with clients throughout the United States.

Seth joined AHA in 2006 and has been responsible for the sale of more than 60,000 government-subsidized apartment units in 39 states, with an aggregate value of over $3 billion. Seth has represented clients ranging from original developers of individual Section 8 properties to institutional clients maintaining large portfolios.

Seth is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) and a supporter of the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation (IRHP), the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). In 2018, Midwest Real Estate News Magazine honored Seth by inducting him in their Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.

He is a graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance.

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Midwest Real Estate News Magazine Hall of Fame – 2018
Real Estate Forum Emerging Leader of Multifamily – 2015
CoStar Power Broker – 2013
Marcus & Millichap Chairman’s Club – 2017
Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Marcus & Millichap Sales Recognition Award – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Matthew I. Kurzmann

Matthew I. Kurzmann

Senior National Director

matt@mmaha.com

248-415-3036

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Matthew I. (Matt) Kurzmann is a Senior National Director at Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap and oversees transactions in New England, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South-Atlantic regions, while representing clients throughout the United States.

Matt began his career with AHA in 2011 and was instrumental in the creation of AHA’s platform for nonprofit clients. He has represented and advised a wide range of owners, including both nonprofit and profit motivated clients. Since joining AHA, Matt has been responsible for the sale of more than 45,000 government-subsidized apartment units with an aggregate value of over $2.5 billion.

He is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), a supporter of the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation (IRHP), the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). Matt attended Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in sports management and minored in psychology and business.

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award – 2017
Marcus & Millichap Sales Recognition Award – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Gerson H. Askenazy

Gerson H. Askenazy

National Director Nonprofit

gerson@mmaha.com

248-415-3013

Gerson H. Askenazy is a National Director Nonprofit at Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap, where he oversees the company’s nonprofit initiative.

Gerson advises a wide range of nonprofit owners including churches, synagogues, union-based organizations, state agencies, housing authorities, fraternal organizations and several others.

His real estate career began in 1995, as he represented companies such as General Motors, Hertz Corporation, Diebold and Standard Federal Bank working to achieve their real estate goals throughout the Midwest. Gerson originally joined Marcus & Millichap in 1998 as a multi-family broker for five years before pursuing acquisitions as a principal having acquired more than $30 million of single family homes throughout Michigan, while managing more than 1,000 units of multi-family housing. Gerson rejoined Marcus & Millichap and became a member of AHA in 2019. 

Gerson is a founding member of The Young Friends of Woodward, a nonprofit focused on helping support Detroit youth. He has also sat on various boards, including the Downtown Detroit Isaac Agree Synagogue, the Woodward Avenue Shul and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chai Center. He is a strong supporter of local VFW’s in Oakland County, Michigan and other philanthropic organizations throughout the region.

Tyler J. Martin

Tyler J. Martin

National Director

tyler@mmaha.com

949-419-3287

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Tyler J. Martin is a National Director at Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap where he oversees transactions in the West and Southwest regions, while representing clients throughout the United States.

Tyler has been a multifamily investment broker since 2007. He joined Marcus & Millichap in January, 2017 after working at two other national brokerage firms in Los Angeles as a member of a team solely concentrated on institutional apartment transactions and Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties. Tyler joined the AHA team in 2019.

Tyler has been involved in transactions totaling over 5,000 units, working on behalf of notable institutions such as BlackRock, AIMCO, BRE Properties, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase. He has built strong relationships within the multifamily industry and continues to leverage his experience with over $700 million in multifamily sales.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of the Pacific and lives in Newport Beach, California.

Alyssa Van Hyfte

Alyssa Van Hyfte

National Director

alyssa@mmaha.com

248-415-2654

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Alyssa Van Hyfte is a National Director at Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap. Alyssa’s focus is representing clients in the Midwest region of the United States.

Alyssa joined the AHA team in 2019, after a successful career in state government. She worked as a Legislative Assistant and Member Services Advisor at the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as a Committee Clerk at the Michigan Senate.

Alyssa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from Montana State University.

Neil B. Rosenthal

Neil B. Rosenthal

National Director

neil@mmaha.com

248-415-2657

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Neil B. Rosenthal is a National Director at Affordable Housing Advisors of Marcus & Millichap. Neil’s focus is representing clients in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions of the United States.

Neil joined the AHA team in 2019, after a business development career on the East Coast. He previously worked as an Enterprise Development Representative for a tech startup in Boston.

He attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

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