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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NorthPointe resident wins a 2013 Ford Mustang courtesy of Homestead U!

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NorthPointe resident, Efrain Gonzalez, won a 1 year lease on a red convertible 2013 Ford Mustang on August 24th in Tucson courtesy of Homestead U and Hertz car rentals. Gonzalez’s winning ticket was drawn from thousands of tickets that were entered from both NorthPointe and The Ranch at Star Pass residents. The giveaway was an incentive to renew, refer or sign leases at the Homestead U properties in Tucson. A party was held at NorthPointe to announce the winner on Saturday, August 24th. Congratulations to Efrain, and look forward to many more parties and incentives from Homestead U!


Homestead U Welcomes Stephanie James & Ryan McGahan

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Stephanie James joins the Homestead U team in Tucson, AZ, as the Leasing Manager for The Ranch at Star Pass. Stephanie graduated from The University of Arizona majoring in Family Studies and Human Development with minors in retail as well as Spanish. She worked for more than six years as the manager of the University of Arizona Book Store, a retail buyer and event planner. James brings plenty of experience to Homestead U with the University of Arizona student community. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, going to concerts, working out, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.




R_McGahanRyan McGahan joins the Homestead America/Homestead U Marketing team in Columbus as a Marketing Specialist. McGahan will focus on graphic design, social media and technology. A native of Worthington, OH, McGahan graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in Graphic Design. His previous experience includes sales and design for local tv stations, ABC 6 and Fox 28. In his spare time he enjoys screen printing t-shirts, playing and listening to music, watching 80′s movies and spending time with his wife and Baby Girl.


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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

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