The Quest for the Ben Franklin Award Begins!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spring cleaning at Homestead America!

The 9th annual Ben Franklin contest was kicked off in style. As last year’s winner, the Team at Shaker Square took the ball and (wrapped it in saran wrap) and ran with it.  A great team building day was had by all!

The kickoff marks the official start of our industry’s busy leasing season.  The Ben Franklin contest is a fun way of appreciating all the hard work that goes into preparing our sites for the season.  We pride ourselves on providing the best resident life experience possible and that often starts with curb appeal.  We want our residents to appreciate a beautiful place to come home to and our guests to feel at home and want to make their new home with us.

Thus, the dawn of the Ben Franklin contest!  In June awards will be given for Best Curb Appeal and for Best Team Effort so stay tuned!

Good luck everyone!


Photos: New RLC at The Ranch at Star Pass

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The Resident Life Center at The Ranch at Star Pass had it’s grand opening and Summer kickoff party to eager residents on Saturday, April 22. The project included upgrades to the Computer Lab, Private Study Rooms, Fitness Center and Tanning booth. An Out-R-In Game Room equipped with garage door windows that open to the pool to create an open and relaxing atmosphere for the residents. A yoga studio with Fitness-OnDemand was also added to accommodate the growing demand for more health-conscious activities.



Employee Spotlight: Mandy Heintzelman

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Name: Mandy Heintzelman

Job Title: Multi-Site Leasing Professional

Property: Homestead America

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: Since August, 2016

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Working at an online clothing company.

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

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Coffee with friends and exploring new places.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: “Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success.”

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? Matt Chandler (Pastor, The Village Church author), My late father, and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper).

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: Ralphie May, he performed at OSU.

9.) What is your dream vacation?: Galway, Ireland. To my great grandparents’ estate

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: Coffee!!! and bakeries.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? My first lease. I was excited and they were happy to have a great new home!


Photos: 2017 CAA Expo at Hollywood Casino

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The team swarmed the Hollywood Casino in red again this year for the 2017 CAA Expo. The Monopoly themed event was a success and a great opportunity for our leasing and maintenance managers to connect with vendors. “The bus ride over to El Vaquero was a great opportunity for me to bond with the Homestead team members. I’m looking forward to next year’s expo!” said Shannon Latsko of University Village.



The View Monthly Leasing Contest

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Dana Donofrio and Jeana Spearly at the view held a leasing contest for the ACEs at The View in State College. 

Angela Yockey has already hit that goal with 31 leases signed and 2 days remaining in the contest! Angela is graduating and will be leaving us in a few short days and we are SO sad to see her go. She is a huge asset to our team, as you can tell!

For Outreach:

The most yes prospects collected in a week (with a minimum of 20 to qualify) will win $100. Last week Emily Hamilton our SLC got 33 prospects and won the $100!!

For Leases:

Whoever gets the most leases for the entire month wins MVP. Winner receives a paid day off. 

For Part Time ACE’s: They received a monthly goal of 30 leases and if they hit that goal they win $300 ON TOP of their regular commission!


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.


Race for the Cure – Saturday, May 20th 2017

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As most of you know, one of our beloved employees, Cheryl Davis, is still battling breast cancer for the second time!  It has been a long road, but she continues to fight the fight!  Unfortunately, we have just found out that another beloved, long-term employee has also been recently diagnosed.  Donna Grove, our Director of Maintenance in Athens, has just started her fight against this vile disease!

To support and honor both of these strong women in their fight, Homestead America/U is once again participating in this year’s Race for the Cure, on Saturday, May 20th, in downtown Columbus.  Please help us by joining our team, Cheryl and Donna’s HAHU Crusaders!  

As an employee, Homestead will pay your registration fee.  You will just need to use the Discount Code of HAHU17.  We welcome you to bring your family and friends, but please only use the Discount Code for your registration.  Unless you specifically want to do otherwise, we will be participating in the 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, so all ages and fitness levels can participate.

More details will be given as we get closer, but we will again meet at the office in the morning, and one of the UV buses will drop us off closer to the starting line.  This way, everyone can park here, and we can all go over together.  

To join Cheryl and Donna’s Crusaders, click on the link below.  Click on Register, and Join A Team.  It will ask you if you have every participated before.  If you have, it will ask you sign in.  If you have not, it will ask you to create an account.  From there, it will ask you to Find a Team by Name or by Captain.  If you enter Cheryl and Donna, it will pull up our team.  You can also search by Captain, which is Kelly Funk.


Please register by Friday April 7th. 

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