The U – Leasing Office opens in Tucson

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

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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!

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GPS Tracking for Off-Campus Housing

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*Taken from the LandAirSea Website. Click here

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 sales@landairsea.com.

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Columbus Business First | Homestead U expands student housing holdings with purchase in Tucson

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A Columbus-based owner and manager of off-campus student housing has acquired its second apartment complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Homestead U purchased the 336-apartment Reserve at Star Pass for its investment and management portfolio. The property is less than 6 miles from the University of Arizona, with an enrollment of about 40,000.

Homestead U and equity partner Columbus Pacific Properties of California paid seller Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:EDR) $25.5 million for the student housing complex. The 12-year-old property includes 1,020 beds for students but has a “distressed” occupancy level at 65 percent.

“It’s a beautiful property,” said Laura Formica, Homestead U’s national director of marketing. “It’s been well-maintained.”
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