Employee Spotlight: Melody Klinnert

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Name: Melody Klinnert

Job Title: Leasing & Marketing Manager

Property: The Ranch, Lubbock, TX

1.) How long have you been with Homestead? Since October 1, 2012

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Leasing apartments for The Grove in Lubbock

3.) Where are you originally from? Clarendon, Texas

4.) What’s your favorite part about being a Homestead Employee? At HA/HU you’re not an employee number, everyone actually cares and is a team.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? Spend time with family and to to as many concerts as possible, nothing like live music!

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? Anything, I just love music!

7.) What’s your favorite website? Facebook! I like to check up on our competition.

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Rosco’s It’s southern Louisiana cooking

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Anywhere there is the sun, sand & a drink in my hand!

10.) What’s your favorite holiday movie? Home Alone

11.) What’s your favorite Homestead memory? When I was offered my job, I felt like I must have done one heck of a tour for Laura Formica to remember me from a month before! Thanks Laura 🙂

12.) What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? My moms’ baked mac & cheese, she uses smoked guda cheese, its to die for!

*Melody’s birthday is on Saturday, November 30th, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!


Student Housing Business – Tier 2 Attraction

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Homestead U’s Dave Anderson and CPP’s Brian Shirken are featured in this article published on 10/4/13

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— Susan Fishman of SHB Magazine

SHB_HeaderIt’s a market with many names — “non-flagship,” “secondary,” “Tier 2” (which tends to have a less desirable connotation and, therefore, may be a misleading moniker), and more and more, it’s a market that’s attracting the American student. Some student housing developers believe non-flagship markets will be relatively untapped for years to come. Still others say they can quickly become overbuilt as many developers seek them out for their enrollment growth stories and often less expensive land. In fact, the bulk of the American demographic is attending non-flagship schools, according to Ted Rollins, CEO for Campus Crest Communities.

“In the past five years, we’ve seen a 12 percent growth in enrollment, which is more than the flagship schools,” Rollins says. “47 percent of the students who attend public state universities go to non-flagship schools, and we’ve seen an average value proposition on tuition of about 17 percent less than flagship schools. We’ve also seen an increase in foreign enrollment and an increase in the average length of stay, which is currently about five years, versus four from the past few years.” Continue Reading →


Homestead U Welcomes Linda Field to our Team in Tucson.

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LindaWe are pleased to welcome Linda Field  as our new Community Manager at The Ranch at Star Pass!

Linda Field will take over as Community Manager at The Ranch at Star Pass in Tucson, AZ.

Linda moved to Arizona in September due to her husband’s job. He started working in Tucson in March and she stayed behind to sell their home in Mississippi, which was located about 30 minutes south of Memphis TN.

Field’s last job was in Memphis as a Regional Property Manager for 4 Section 8 properties that were undergoing extensive renovations.  She has about 20 years property management experience overall,  havingHUD designated CPO (Certified Professional of Occupancy) and receiving her CAM in 1980.

She worked for Northwest Airlines before they became Delta and attended Atlanta Technical College for three years and received her Airframe and Powerplant License (aircraft mechanic).

Linda is married with three grown children and 5 stinking ( beautiful, sweet and wonderful) granddaughters.

Linda is very interested in photography and had her own studio before moving to Tucson.  She loves to fish and is available for any fishing trips anyone has planned. She is also very into gardening.

Linda said  “I am very happy and excited to be a part of the Homestead U team and feel I can make a difference here at The Ranch at Star Pass.”


The U – Leasing Office opens in Tucson

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The U – Leasing Center is now open in Tucson, Arizona!








The U is located in the heart of the University of Arizona campus to provide  prospects with a leasing office within walking distance. The center will serve as an office and hangout to accommodate our residents and new customers alike. The U also includes an information center, an apartment model, a coffee bar, karaoke machine and an XBox Kinect. The Tucson staff is very excited to have a hub close to campus.

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Corporate Office Welcomes Kaitlind Harris

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K_HarrisHomestead America/Homestead U welcomes Kaitlind Harris to the Accounting team at the Corporate Office. Kaitlind will take over as the new Accounts Payable. Originally from Marengo, Ohio, Harris is experienced in customer service, human resources and billing. She is married to Josh Harris, the Maintenance Supervisor at Winchester Oaks. Together they have a 1 year old son named Gavin, 3 dogs, a ball python and a tarantula. Harris graduated from Marion Technical College  with an associates degree in telecommunications the same year she graduated high school from Highland High School. In her spare time she enjoys hunting with her family, picture framing and her biggest hobby of all, her son Gavin!

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