Tom has spent his entire life in the city of Seattle, living in its neighborhoods and working in its business districts. Soon after graduating from Seattle University, he bought a triplex on Capitol Hill. His passion for apartment investments launched a career that included brokerage, brokerage management, apartment market research/publishing, appraisal/consulting and asset management. He cofounded six businesses that include Cain and Scott, Inc. and Apartment Insights Washington.
Financial independence was a driving force for Tom, but after he achieved it he realized that meaningful work was essential to his well-being. The thought of retirement lost its allure. Apartment Insights has become a labor of love, and he is grateful to be working in the industry that has been foundational to his success. Tom enjoys helping people and making meaningful connections with those he is serving.
He has seen profound changes in Seattle. Tom and the city came of age about the time he worked at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. He has helped chart its growth through his research. His company’s database that his subscribers access is a living history of all the 50u+ apartment properties built from 1901 to the current quarter. He has embraced the growth, but admits that he definitely misses the past when he’s stuck in traffic or can’t find a parking spot.
Tom enjoys analyzing statistics and writing about the market. His articles have appeared in Real Estate Review, Builder Magazine and local publications. He has co-written articles for Urban Land Institute and Barron’s.
Apartment Insights leaves Tom time for his family and friends, reading, investing, sports, music, travel, cars, spirituality and communing with nature.
Additional information on Tom’s real estate background can be found by clicking the “Company” tab.