Bigger, Better Resident Life Centers Coming To The Ranch Lubbock and The Ranch at Star Pass

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The Ranch Lubbock and The Ranch at Star Pass will be getting updated Resident Life Centers this winter. This will include larger fitness centers, computer labs, bistros and more. The projects are expected to be complete by Spring 2017. Check out the properties Facebook pages for updates.





Employee Spotlight: Kaitlyn Key

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Stacey Boone2Name: Kaitlyn Key (Better known as Stacey Boone)

Job Title: Leasing & Marketing Manager

Property: The Ranch Lubbock

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: 812 days.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Working for Campus Crest and going to school.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Texas!

4.) What is your dream vacation?: Heliskiing in Switzerland.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?: Hunt, ski, play sports and tailgate.

6.) What is the best concert you have ever been to?: I have never been to a concert.

7.) You are well known within HU for motivating your leasing team to succeed. What’s your secret?: Work as hard as I can and be positive.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: DJ from the show Roseanne (aka Ryan McGahan).

9.) What is a talent you have?: Adult Mutton Bustin.

10.) Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I played ice hockey growing up and in college.

11.) What is your proudest HU Moment? Hitting 100% two years in a row.


New HU Community Managers in Texas

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SettleAshley Settle, The Ranch Lubbock – Previous Ranch Community Manager, Amy Bennett, has been promoted to Southwest Regional Manager, and Settle has stepped in as her replacement. Originally from Lubbock, she brings 10 years of Multi-Family Housing Experince. She started out as a part time leasing agent while attending school, and fell in love with the industry. Settle moved her way up to the Property Manager level, and looks forward to expanding her career with Homestead U! “This is my first venture in the student housing market, and I am very excited about it!” Settle has an Associate’s degree from South Plains College, has her Texas Real Estate License and has Certified Apartment Manager Certification. In her spare time, she loves going to/watching Texas Rangers baseball games, Texas Tech football games, and spending time with friends and family.





BenBen Kologinczak, The Cottages of College Station – Kologinczak is taking over as Community Manager at The Cottages of College Station. Originally from Houston, TX, he brings multiple years of experience in the student housing industry. Kologinczak has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. In his spare time, he enjoys camping and traveling. He is a family man who loves spending time with his children.


Employee Spotlight: Amy Bennett

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amy5Employee Spotlight

Name: Amy Bennett

Job Title: Community Manager

Property: The Ranch Apartments in Lubbock, TX.





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

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: General Manager of The Grove, before I was Lured away by HU to head up the take over of the newly revamped Ranch

3.) Where are you originally from?:  Total Texas girl from Lubbock. I moved away to the Dallas Ft. Worth area over 10 years ago, but Lubbock reeled me back in.

4.) What’s your favorite part about being an HA employee?:  The upbeat personalities that make up the HU core. Every day here at The Ranch is a new adventure and it keeps things interesting.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?:  Retail therapy is always a necessity. My two kids, Kylee (20) an Slaton (8), keep me hopping in my down time.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music?: Wade Bowen, Texas Red Dirt Country.

7.) What’s your favorite website?:  Google. That is my answer to everything.

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant?:  Las Brisas. They have a fun patio and yummy Creme Brûlée

9.) What’s your dream vacation?:  Anywhere with sand and sun.

10.) What’s the best TV show you have seen lately?:  Bates Motel

11.) What’s your favorite HA memory?:  Donna was here and I was taking her to lunch. I had on super cute wedges and tripped over a microscopic pebble. I fell to the ground in slow motion and skinned my knee. This was definitely memorable.



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Homestead U Closes Acquisitions in Tucson and Lubbock

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– New Projects add 1,649 Beds to Growing Student Housing Portfolio –

Columbus, OH (October 5, 2012) – Continuing their expansion into off-campus student housing, Homestead U (HU) and equity partners Columbus Pacific Properties (CPP) has finalized the acquisition of two additional student housing projects; NorthPointe Student Apartments in Tucson, Arizona and The Reserve on Frankford in Lubbock, Texas for $45.25 million. Continue Reading →