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Why Essex Three Twelve?

Since 1990, Essex Realty Group, Inc. has sold thousands of multi-family properties throughout Chicago. One of the critical lessons from this experience is that there is a tremendous void in the service to investors who own 3-12 unit apartment buildings. Historically, investors in this market have relied on residential brokers with limited experience in multi-family transactions or on multi-family brokers for whom this size investment is not their primary focus.

Essex 312 is Chicago’s first multi-family brokerage company focusing exclusively on servicing investors in the 3-to-12-unit market. Essex 312 brokers are highly trained, exceptionally focused, and extremely motivated. Whether you are a seasoned investor or brand new to the multi-family world, our team can provide the tailored service and market insights needed to help you achieve your real estate goals.

Meet Our Team

United by a shared passion for multi-family real estate, our brokerage team is dedicated to serving 3-12 building owners and investors and delivering uniquely exceptional results.

Managing Broker Ryan Blake (773) 458-5428 |

Ryan joined Essex 312, Inc. in 2022 with a primary focus on three- to twelve-unit multifamily investment sales. He aims to help investors grow their portfolio or start their real estate investment journey. Ryan started his real estate career as an investor in fix and flips, multifamily developments, retail commercial, and large single-family rental communities. Prior to joining Essex 312, Ryan sold residential real estate in Chicago, He sold a variety of products, including condominiums, townhomes, single-family, and small multifamily properties.


Ryan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Associate Michael Masterson (312) 961-1054 |

Michael joined Essex 312 as an associate in 2023 with a primary focus on multifamily investments on the north side of Chicago. Working alongside Managing Broker Ryan Blake, he assists in serving clients with a tailored approach to their individual needs. Michael was previously an intern at Essex before he joined the Essex 312 team full-time.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys rowing, playing tennis, and spending time with his friends and family.


Michael graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communication & Media in 2023.

Associate Chris Van Dinther 630-802-5150 |

Chris joined Essex 312 in 2024, working with clients on the acquisition and disposition of 3–12 unit Multifamily and Mixed-Use Retail buildings throughout Chicago’s north side. Prior to joining Essex, Chris worked in energy sales, aiding corporations in the optimization of energy consumption within expansive commercial and industrial settings nationwide. Additionally, he garnered invaluable experience in real estate through involvement in acquisitions and project management alongside a local investor. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing pickleball and soccer, as well as spending time with friends and family.


Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis, where he distinguished himself academically, earning placement on the Dean’s List, while also achieving success as a collegiate soccer player.

About The Essex Family of Companies

Essex Realty Group is Chicago’s leading mid-market multi-family brokerage firm. Since 1990, we have completed more than $3 billion of investment property sales across Chicagoland. Essex brokers bring, on average, more than 13 years of experience to each transaction. Our team of experienced multi-family brokers work with clients to deliver superior results.
Essex Capital Markets was founded to meet the growing need for financing solutions tailored to the needs of mid-market investors and developers in today’s increasingly volatile market. Our team combines extensive industry knowledge and market experience with a vast network of lenders nationwide to bridge the gap between investors and capital.