A new way of

looking at real estate

Real estate is not just about properties. It is about communities powered by people. We focus on empowering people so communities can thrive.


Peter Baer

Founder & CEO

Mr. Baer has spent over 30 years investing in Southern California’s real estate market. As Founder and CEO of Strategic Acquisitions, Inc. (SAI), Mr. Baer combines a conservative approach to buying with an experienced professional team composed of more than 180 employees which is backed by the latest in technological support. Under his direction and management, SAI has become one of the premier acquisition companies buying distressed assets at courthouse auctions and via open-market transactions in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties. Mr. Baer has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Architecture and Mathematics.

Saman Shams

Chief Investment Officer & Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Shams has over 20 years experience in real estate investing with over $23 billion in total deals executed (including LBOs, mergers & acquisitions, equity, debt, and structured finance products) and has held numerous senior level roles. Mr. Shams was a pioneer in bringing institutional capital to SFR and was responsible for Colony Capital’s deployment of over $500 million with Strategic over a three-year span, covering all facets of the business. Mr. Shams was also the CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder of American Property Group and a founder of one of the first national property management companies. Prior to his time with Strategic Acquisitions, Mr. Shams held senior roles at Halcyon Asset Management (NYC), Credit Suisse, and Houlihan Lokey (CA). Mr. Shams has a Bachelor of Science in Economics with emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Shams was a UC Regents Scholar. Mr. Shams is a private pilot.

Tom Lavardera

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lavardera oversees all aspects of financial accounting. He brings over 25 years of experience in finance; accounting; operational and financial planning; cost and internal controls; GAAP reporting; risk management; strategic business analysis; and investment analysis. Before moving to California, Mr. Lavardera was the CEO/CFO of one of New York State’s largest security firms. In addition, he has served for over 10 years as Assistant Controller/Financial Systems Analyst for St. John’s University in New York, where he also graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Mr. Lavardera is a proven team leader with a track record of guiding and motivating large multi-disciplined teams to exceed corporate goals.

Jon Buxer

Due Diligence

Mr. Buxer has been performing Title Due Diligence since 1982 and is responsible for making sure SA’s acquisitions are safe from a Legal and Title standpoint.  Mr. Buxer, in collaboration with CEO Peter Baer, pioneered the concept of institutional SFR Buy and Hold in the late ‘90s.  Mr. Buxer advised to FHFA/FNMA on this concept and the resulting National “Buy and Hold” auction of Fannie/Freddie properties that followed led to the establishment of the Institutional Buy and Hold Platform.   Mr. Buxer attended Occidental and Cal Tech (A.B./Economics) where he took part in Occidental’s acclaimed “Core” program.  Fellow classmates in the program include Barack Obama and long time Washington Post Editor Steve Coll.  Mr. Buxer moonlights as a musician and is a Gold Record Recipient.  Mr. Buxer currently lives in Encino, CA with his wife and two children.

Tyler Munsinger

VP of Finance

Tyler Munsinger is the Vice President of Finance at Strategic Acquisitions. Mr. Munsinger is a licensed CPA in the state of California, and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPAs.  He has Big 4 public accounting experience at KPMG in banking and private equity industries, working with companies ranging from mid-size private to multi-billion dollar SEC registrants. As a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Boston, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management with concentrations in Accounting and Management Information Systems. He is well-versed in GAAP financial reporting, business analysis, and internal controls.

“Our assets are our people, and our priorities are capital preservation, transparency, and integrity.”

– Peter Baer