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The 2014 CEO Summit


The event went off without a hitch; each presenter was well-prepared, each session informative and motivating, and there was a lot of great team-building and bonding time built in throughout.  That being said, the participation and collaboration put forth by the attendees was more than I could have hoped for.  We have a very solid group of smart, driven CEO’s who all have a very bright future with Homestead U ahead! I’m looking forward to the 2015 leasing season and the success that is sure to come. - Laura Formica

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New Business Manager and Leasing and Marketing Manager at Northpointe

005Michelle Sandoval joins the team as the new Business Manager at NorthPointe. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Sandoval has worked in real estate since she left home and married at 21. She has worked with market rates, tax credit, HUD and of course student housing. “Which I love!” she said. She is currently working on finishing her business degree. Michelle has seven beautiful kids from age 28 to twins that are 8. She excelled in school, and her kids followed. She loves to read and write books. She also has a dog, Mika. Her belief is God, family and everything else follows.



NickNick Knauer joins the team as the new Leasing and Marketing Manager at Northpointe. Nick was in the hotel industry for 10 years before joining student housing. He attended Pima Community College where he received a full ride for Soccer.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, golf and the Denver Broncos.

Promotions at Homestead America and Homestead U

It’s an exciting time at Homestead America and Homestead U!

Things are growing fast with the company, and this has opened up a lot of new opportunities for many of our team members. Congratulations on your new positions and keep up the tremendous work!



Corporate Office Welcomes Angie Tsitoris as Office Manager

A_TsitorisThe home office in Columbus welcomes Angie Tsitoris as the new Office Manager of Homestead America / Homestead U! Tsitoris was born and raised in Columbus and attended Bexley High School. She studied Speech and Hearing at The Ohio State University where she was also a cheerleader for the Buckeye football team. After graduation, she taught for a year only to find out that is NOT what she wanted to do. So Angie got into the hotel business where she was an event planner for 25+ years. She also worked as a concierge at Riverside Hospital. She missed being around fun people, so that is why she joined the Homestead America team! She loves sports, and is a huge fan of Buckeye football and basketball, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco Giants. In her spare time she likes to travel, work in the yard and spend time with her boyfriend.

Homestead U promotes Ally Herron to Regional Manager over Arizona & Texas Markets

A_HerronCOLUMBUS, OH—OCT. 1, 2014—Homestead U, a student housing management company based in Columbus, OH, has promoted Ally Herron, Leasing and Marketing Director of University Village in Columbus, to the role of Regional Manager in which she will oversee four properties in the Texas and Arizona markets. Homestead U’s southwest market serves 4,023 beds at Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and The University of Arizona. Herron joined the Homestead U team in 2013 and brings 13 years of property management experience with 5 of those years focusing on student housing. “Ally possesses the character and values that we at Homestead U strive to achieve. She’s entrepreneurial, hard-working, and makes me laugh every day! We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on our team,” says Laura Formica, Vice President of Operations.

Photos: 2014 HA All-Company Conference with Patty Morgan Seager

Columbus Pacific Properties Acquires The Cottages of College Station!


Purchase of Texas A&M Off-Campus development marks CPP’s continued expansion in Tier 1 and Tier 2 college markets

COLUMBUS, OH–SEPT. 15, 2014—With the acquisition of The Colleges of Cottage Station near the Texas A&M campus, Columbus Pacific Properties has grown to over 7,000 beds in their student housing division since its launch in 2012. Dave Anderson, Founder and President of CPP’s management arm Homestead U, projects further growth in 2015 as the company targets additional properties in the Midwest and Southwestern-U.S. markets. “Our goal is to continue to grow, and double the size of the CPP/HU portfolio in the next 24 months. We are continually evaluating deals as to whether they fit our business model and company strategy,” says Anderson. The Cottages of College Station offers diversity to the portfolio, as it is the company’s first recently built Class A community, and only cottage product in the portfolio. At 1,354 beds situated on 41 acres, The Cottages is the largest luxury student housing complex in College Station. Homestead U’s management team plans to add value to the asset by focusing on enhancing the student experience. “The property is absolutely gorgeous, their presence in the market is strong, and the amenities are A+, so no rebranding or major capital projects are on the horizon,” says Laura Formica, Vice President of Operations for Homestead U. “Our onboarding strategy is to ask our residents what they want…and then deliver. First order of business; valet trash service.” Columbus Pacific Properties and Homestead U have added eight Off-Campus student housing properties to its portfolio in the past two years. The company focuses on Class-A and Class-B properties situated in close proximity to Tier 1 and Tier 2 universities. The company owns and manages off-campus student housing properties at Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Arizona, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University.

Click here to read about it in Student Housing Business!

Zoning Approved for River Gate Project in Athens, Ohio!

Construction to begin in early 2015!

Homestead U is looking forward to their newest project in Athens, Ohio.


NorthPointe Apartments in Tucson is Getting a State-of-the-Art Resident Life Center!

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 Exciting news! NorthPointe will be having a fresh look coming soon, with a brand-new Resident Life Center opening in January of 2015.

The new RLC will have all of your favorite amenities including an upgraded and expanded fitness center, brand-new movie theater, upgraded computer lab, new bistro, and more!


Homestead U CEO Summit Rescheduled for October 19 – 24, 2014.