ARA Newmark’s Student Housing group has a proven track record in providing best-in-class investment sales services. Our team is led by senior partners with a combined 35 years of experience in the student housing sector and over 60,000 beds and $6 billion in closed student housing transactions. This team has significant experience in executing on portfolio, pre-sale, value-add, core and secondary markets transactions.

ARA Newmark also boasts the largest and most comprehensive student housing database and the broadest reach of global capital through close coordination with our market leading New York-based NGKF Capital Markets team and our UK-based Student Housing group. Through our differentiated and proactive marketing approach, we ensure seamless execution at premium pricing and terms. Our team prides itself on being of value to our clients and providing real-time knowledge of the most active capital sources, foreign and domestic, in the student housing industry.

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Key Team Members

Ryan Lang - Executive Managing Director

Austin, TX

Ryan Lang, executive managing director for ARA, A Newmark Company’s Student Housing Group, is responsible for leading the team and spearheading best-in-class investment sale services for its clients. He has represented many of the largest institutional, public and private real estate companies in the country and has closed approximately $4.1 billion in real estate transactions.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Lang was vice president and co-leader of CBRE’s National Student Housing Group. In 2010, he joined New Orleans-based Stirling Properties as director of multifamily investments. While at Stirling, Mr. Lang specialized in the sale of conventional and student housing assets and was one of the most active multihousing experts in the state. He was recognized as the top investment sales broker at Stirling Properties for 2011 and 2012. Mr. Lang began his real estate career in New York City at Marcus & Millichap where he gained experience in seller representation, acquisitions and investment underwriting. During his first year there, his investment team was recognized as the #1 top earning team in the office and he was awarded the Pace Setter award for 2008.

Mr. Lang was named to the ARA Newmark/NKF Chairman’s Circle in recognition of being one of the top producing brokers in the entire company and he regularly speaks at acclaimed student housing events throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Lang received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

Brandon Buell - Associate

Austin, TX

Brandon Buell, associate for ARA, A Newmark Company’s Student Housing Group, is responsible for assisting clients in the disposition of institutional and non-institutional assets, handling all aspects of the marketing process including pricing strategies, valuation/modeling, negotiation and closing. He has been involved in over $2 billion of purpose-built multifamily transactions since joining ARA Newmark in 2015.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Buell was an associate partner at ApexOne Investment Partners, a private equity group in Houston, TX where his primary responsibilities included acquisitions, dispositions and asset management for both student housing and conventional multifamily assets within a 33-state region. While at ApexOne, Mr. Buell sourced 100 percent of the student housing properties for the fund and asset managed 75 percent of the student housing portfolio. Other responsibilities included overseeing due diligence and renovations, and reporting to joint venture partners. Mr. Buell worked closely with an array of large student housing joint venture partners including Crow Holdings, Balfour Beatty, Behringer Harvard and Rockstreet Partners. His experience in acquiring approximately $400 million of student housing and conventional apartment properties throughout the country provides vital knowledge to clients in valuing assets and developing disposition strategies.

Mr. Buell graduated from the Rawls Business School at Texas Tech University. A native Houstonian, he has been involved with his church in many capacities including Elder, Chairman of the School Committee and high school youth advisor. He has also served as a director on a Houston area Municipal Utility District board for more than 15 years.


Trent Houchin - Senior Financial Analyst

Austin, TX

Trent Houchin is the senior financial analyst for ARA, A Newmark Company’s Student Housing group where he is responsible for the financial analysis of all properties and portfolios including the research of economic drivers, underwriting and performance benchmarking in support of the company’s investment sales services. In this role, Mr. Houchin leverages a unique expertise in development, acquisition and disposition analysis including that of primary, secondary and tertiary markets. He is actively involved throughout the entire disposition process from the production of marketing materials and reports, to assistance through due diligence, and he has worked closely with some of the largest student housing owners in the country. Over the course of the past year, Mr. Houchin was responsible for the comprehensive analysis of over $3 billion of investment grade student housing assets.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Houchin worked as a lead analyst for a development firm based in Austin, Texas where he was responsible for targeting new development and investment opportunities, financial analysis and coordination and submission of materials, plans, and reports as necessary for project entitlement.

Mr. Houchin graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance.

Ben Harkrider - Financial Analyst

Austin, TX

Ben Harkrider is a financial analyst for ARA, A Newmark Company’s Student Housing group where he is responsible for underwriting, financial analysis and comprehensive market research of student housing assets nationwide. He is actively involved throughout the entire disposition process from the production of marketing materials and reports, to assistance through due diligence.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Harkrider worked internships at prominent student housing companies, including Coastal Ridge Real Estate Partners and Peak Property Group where his primary responsibilities included discounted cash flow modeling, property management, market research of economic drivers and financial analysis.

Mr. Harkrider earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Texas and a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business.

Pat Jones - Vice Chairman

Austin, TX

Patton K. Jones, vice chairman, ARA, A Newmark Company Central Texas office. Mr. Jones is responsible for the Austin and San Antonio conventional multifamily business, the ARA Newmark National Student Housing Group, and the ARA Newmark National Manufactured Housing Group. Mr. Jones oversees business development, market research, and all aspects of property disposition. The collective business lines produce roughly $1B in sales annually. Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Jones was co-founder of an aviation parts company. He lived and worked in London and Hong Kong and was responsible for sales in 33 countries. The company grew 9,200% in 3 years and was winner of numerous business awards - ranked # 1 in "Houston's 100 Fastest-Growing Businesses" in 1999 by the Houston Chronicle, ranked # 7 in Dun & Bradstreet and Entrepreneur Magazine's "Hot 100, America's Fastest-Growing New Businesses 1999," and scored one of the Aviation Industries' best web sites rated by Forbes Magazine in 2000. Additionally, Mr. Jones's past work experience includes single-family patio home development, energy trading, and serving as an international sales manager for a Fortune 500 tech firm. Pat received his Political Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin.