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.


New Leasing & Marketing Managers in Lubbock and Tucson

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Kaitlyn Key – The Ranch

Kaitlyn was recently promoted from Leasing Agent to Leasing and Marketing Manager at The Ranch in Lubbock, TX. Originally from the great big town of Gruver, Texas. Where the cattle population is greater than the people. Key moved all over the nation growing up and played a little collegiate ice hockey in the Midwest then ran back to Texas as fast as she could. She attended Texas Tech University as an Agriculture major. When in college she worked as a farm hand and at her student apartment complex. Key has been working in student housing for almost 4 years now. In her free time she likes to play disc golf, tailgate for Tech football games, hunt, play fantasy football and baseball and eat free home cooked meals at her grandmas house. She is a die hard fan of Texas Tech football, Big Red, Frito Pie and Alex Rios’ legs who plays for the Texas Rangers.




Bailey Zygutis – NorthPointe

Bailey was promoted to Leasing and Marketing Manager at NorthPointe in Tucson, AZ.  She was working as the Leasing Consultant at The U leasing center near The University of Arizona, representing both NorthPointe Apartments and The Ranch at Star Pass.

Zygutis is an Arizona native, born and raised the beautiful city of Scottsdale.  She moved to Tucson in 2008 to attend the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences in 2012.

After college, Bailey decided to stay in Tucson, working as a Personal Trainer, which led to her first marketing job as a sales rep for a supplement company called Cellucor.  If her past career choices didn’t make it obvious, health and fitness has long been a love of hers.

She has also had numerous customer service-related positions and absolutely loves working with others!

A good friend of hers introduced me to the Homestead U apartments here in Tucson. She said  “I was very impressed.  I can tell you from personal experience that there really are no other Tucson living communities that can compare (in quality, value, price, etc.), so when I was offered the job at The U, I was all in!

“I can see a lot of potential here and am excited to work together as a team to let that potential shine!”


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!


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Homestead U Hosts Successful March Madness Tournament Challenge

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We hosted our first annual Homestead U March Madness Tournament Challenge!  We are very pleased with the turnout, with over 700 students playing on a national level.  We hope to grow participation with this event next year. Wil McCloy, a CA at The Ranch Lubbock, took home the $500 prize for the corporate pool.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

University Village (The Ohio State University) : Elizabeth Taylor, $1000
RiverPark(Ohio University) : Braden Schaefer, $1000
The Ranch (Texas Tech) : Zach Giddens, $1000
The Ranch at Star Pass (University of Arizona and Pima College) : Tyler Ermisch and Kamree Cady, $500 each
NorthPointe (University of Arizona and Pima College) : Briana Chavez and Aaron Rosen, $500 each

Thanks again for playing with us, and best of luck next year!


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 →