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Christopher L. Payne

Managing Director
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Mr. Payne is a Managing Director for Sares-Regis Group, a vertically-integrated real estate investment company focused on developing, redeveloping, acquiring, and managing apartment communities and commercial properties throughout the Western United States. Mr. Payne oversees the multi-family platform with direct responsibility for new development, investment, construction, and property management services. 


With over 20 years of experience in the residential industry, Mr. Payne has developed many residential product types including apartments, condominiums, seniors, single family, and affordable housing. Prior to joining Sares-Regis Group, Mr. Payne managed the regional development activities for AvalonBay Communities in Southern California for 14 years. There he was responsible for multi-family development activity totaling over $1.5 billion dollars. Prior to joining AvalonBay, Mr. Payne managed new development activity in Southern California for Belmont Corp, a national provider of senior’s housing and assisted living services. From 1996 – 1998, Mr. Payne was responsible for developing single family home communities with Greystone Homes.  


Mr. Payne was awarded a Master of Real Estate Development degree from the University of Southern California in 1996, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University Fullerton in 1991. Mr. Payne currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. His professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute and National Multi Housing Council.