Employee Spotlight: Kelly Yarter

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Name: Kelly Yarter

Job Title: Leasing Consultant

Property: The Ranch at Star Pass

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: Almost 3 years.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Working in aviation.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Odessa, TX. Home of Friday Night Lights!

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Crafts and garage sale shopping.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: “Trust your instincts.”

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? Jesus, my late grandma, Georgia, and John Wayne.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: I’ll pick Sydney Pollack, because we actually became friends.

9.) What is your dream vacation?: Dubai and stay in the Burj Al Arab.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My lipstick/balm.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? A dad came in as his son was moving out, to thank me for being here for him. He gave me a thank you card with a Cold Stone Creamery gift card inside.


Columbus Pacific Acquires 528 Bed, Class-A Pedestrian Student Housing Property at the University of Virginia

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(February 1, 2017) – Columbus Pacific (CP) has acquired The Pavilion at North Grounds, a 300 unit, 528 bed luxury student housing community adjacent to the Darden School of Business and the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. The acquisition was financed with a $58.1M 10-year-fixed-rate loan at an all-in rate of 4.08% arranged by Brian Eisendrath and Cameron Chalfant at CBRE.

CP will strategically invest $1M to upgrade the amenities with new pool furniture, refreshed pool area, an outdoor dog park and enhance the front lobby to include a more functional and modern gourmet cyber café. Additionally, the Homestead U management team will execute a plan to elevate the internet and customer service experience and improve the property’s competitive appeal in the market.

“The Pavilion at North Grounds is a unique asset where its pedestrian location and captive audience will allow us to achieve elevated annual rental growth due to the lack of competitive properties,” says Brian Shirken, co-founder and principal of Columbus Pacific.

“It was a seamless transition and the on-site team has been great to work with.” Said Guy Purington, Yardi Specialist.


Employee Spotlight: Brent Chandler

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Name: Brent Chandler

Job Title: Assistant Leasing & Marketing Manager

Property: University Village

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: A year and a half

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: I was a leasing consultant at Steeplechase Village in Columbus, Ohio.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Ostrander, Ohio

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?: I enjoy spending time with my wife, Sarah, and son, Charlie. I’m a big Ohio State and Columbus Blue Jackets fan.

6.) How do you handle your new found social media fame?: I do sign a lot of autographs.

7.) What is your favorite Todd Jessup quote? “When in doubt…rent it!”

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: President Obama

9.) Favorite travel spot?: Jamaica

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My family.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? My recent promotion.

Bonus) What is your favorite thing to order at Olive Garden? The Tour of Italy.

“Brent always brings a positive energy to the team, this young man has a bright future at HU!” Said Shannon Latsko, Leasing and Marketing Manager at University Village.


Employee Spotlight: Amanda Leonard

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leonardName: Amanda Leonard

Job Title: Marketing Specialist

Property: The Cottages of College Station

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: 5 months.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: I was a student at Texas A&M.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Rowlett, TX.

4.) What is your secret to leasing apartments?: Making jokes, always making people feel comfortable, and personally living here on the property really helps when selling the product.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?: Hang out with friends, watch/play sports, and play video games.

6.) What is your favorite holiday movie?: Harry Potter.

7.) What is your favorite part about student housing? Being a recent college graduate, I can easily relate to the students.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: Johnny Manziel

9.) Favorite travel spot?: Destin, FL.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My cat.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? Being selected as the Employee Spotlight for December 🙂


Shaker Square takes home this year’s Ben Franklin!

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Best Curb Appeal – Shaker Square

While we drove through Shaker Square, Tim Kalb (our new Controller who is fairly new to the multi-family management business) summed it up when he said “Wow, this place is just pristine”.  And it was! – Dave Anderson



Best Team Effort – Century City


We were in awe – did this team pull together!  The curb appeal on this property is light years ahead of where it was when we assumed management responsibilities in February.  I mean no offense to anyone when I say this community was a dump three months ago.  And now, after so much time, energy, and hard work (notice I didn’t say money because they are working with on a shoe-string budget) I am proud to have Century City in the HA managed portfolio.  I am so proud of the entire team there and the dedication, and loyalty, and perseverance it took the team to get that property where it is today!

When Jennifer, Tim and I returned back to the office, Angie asked “How did it go?”.  I immediately replied – “It was awesome – there was not one disappointment”.  And, I mean that whole-heartedly.  You all did an incredible job.  Your properties looked beautiful, and fresh, and so well maintained.  I am not only so proud of your work, I am so extremely thankful for each and every one of you.  Thank you so much for being on the Homestead America team!
I look forward to celebrating everyone’s hard work at the Summer Outing in July.  Until then, again, please know how much your efforts are appreciated. – Dave Anderson

Jennifer Cooper joins the team as Vice President of Operations for Homestead America

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DSCF9755Jennifer Cooper joins Homestead America as the Vice President of Operations. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jennifer has over 30 years of experience in the Multi-Family industry. She has been in leasing, an onsite manager, Multi-Site, Regional and the Director of Education for the CAA for several years. She earned her CAPS (Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor) there the NAA years back. She also has experience in condo and HOA management. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, dancing and outdoor concerts. Jennifer has a son, Drake, who will be 25 in June. She was also recently married last August to her love of 8 years. He came with 3 grandchildren and Jennifer loves being “N” to Alex, Kaitlyn and Sully.

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