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Homestead America / Homestead U Welcomes Guy Purington

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Guy Purington was recently enticed into joining the team at Homestead America as a Yardi specialist and to work on special projects.  Before Homestead, Guy filed similar roles with T&R Properties, Crawford Communities and The Gentry Company.  He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of multifamily housing, and 8 years of experience working with Yardi.  He has 4 children, 3 cats, 2 old Volvos, and 1 spouse (Jackie).  He enjoys coaching middle and high school soccer for Hamilton Township (Go Rangers!) and can often be found at flea markets, yard sales and antique malls.  Originally from New Hampshire, he loudly proclaims that the BoSox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots still rule.


Employee Spotlight: Rittner Hufford

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Employee Spotlight

Name: Rittner Hufford

Job Title: Director of Special Projects & Leasing

Property: Homestead U – Tucson (Northpointe Student Apartments & The Ranch at Star Pass)


1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 6 Months (Since January 2, 2013)

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Campus Apartments (Dreaming about a company like Homestead!)

3.) Where are you originally from? Price, Utah. Grew up in Colorado & Arizona

4.) What’s your favorite part about being a Homestead Employee? The Team! Great support and open communication. That’s hard to find at other companies.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? Take me to dinner & a movie and I’m a happy camper. I like camping too.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? Country, real country.

7.) What’s your favorite website?, duh! or Google.

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Jonathan’s Cork in Tucson, AZ.

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Cruise to the Bahamas!

10.) What’s the best TV Show you have seen recently? Game of Thrones

11.) What’s your favorite Homestead memory? Trip to Ohio. Columbus is a great city and I loved meeting the team!



GPS Tracking for Off-Campus Housing

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Campus Housing Goes High-Tech

With over 2,500 units and 5,545 beds in Arizona, Ohio and Texas, Homestead U is one of the nation’s leaders in student apartment living, specializing in off-campus student housing. Homestead U prides itself on transforming the resident experience into a fun, upbeat social experience in a clean, affordable and conveniently located environment.

A division of Homestead America, Homestead U shares in the vision of warm, welcoming communities with beautifully landscaped gardens, spotless common areas and inviting home interiors. With a focus on off-campus housing for students, Homestead U recognizes the need for the resident social experience in addition to providing a clean and secure housing environment.

Homestead U also understands the importance of providing practical tools and amenities that helps enhance the overall college experience for their residents. And this is precisely why they have decided to use LandAirSea’s SilverCloud® Real-Time GPS Tracking Systems to monitor their campus buses and shuttles.

The SilverCloud® GPS trackers gives users and dispatchers the ability to track each bus or shuttle in real-time from their computers, laptops and/or mobile devices. With user-friendly SilverCloud® web-based mapping interface, users can set time-based and location-based alerts; set virtual geo-zones, which can be set to send notifications via email or text-message (SMS) whenever the device enters or leaves a specified zone; and can even generate printable, detailed text reports. Past historical routes and tracking data can also be viewed with the SilverCloud® Online interface.

Another innovative feature of the SilverCloud® GPS Tracking System is ShareSpot®. With ShareSpot, users of the SilverCloud® and SilverCloud Sync® can share their live GPS location online in real-time from a website or even a Facebook page. The shared online mapping window shows precisely where the vehicle is and how fast it’s traveling, allowing the public to conveniently see its location at any time conveniently from a web-browser without having to contact the user directly.

This feature is extremely useful for Homestead U’s residents, many of whom rely on the shuttle and bus service to get to and from campus. With the ShareSpot® residents can see precisely where their shuttle is in proximity to their current location from their computers or smartphones.

For a sample of how Homestead U is utilizing the ShareSpot® technology, visit their campus housing pages:

For more information about LandAirSea’s SilverCloud® GPS Tracking System, contact one of their helpful and knowledgable representatives at 847-462-8100, or email


Employee Spotlight: Rae McKenney

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Employee Spotlight

Name: Rae McKenney

Job Title: Property Manager

Property: Olde Towne Apartments


1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 6 years

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Housing Industry (Realtor, Mortgage Originator and leasing)

3.) Where are you originally from? Columbus, OH

4.) What’s your favorite part about your job? I really enjoy all of the different aspects of my job versus doing the same thing every day. However, doing the bills and budgets are relaxing to me.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy gardening, swimming and just hanging out with my friends and family.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? I like all kinds of music, but my favorite is country

7.) What’s your favorite website? (Helps me with my job – lol)

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Long Horn

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Italy

10.) What’s the best movie you have seen recently? I love The Grinch with Jim Carrey

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