Newmark Knight Frank'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 75,000 beds and $7.5 billion in closed student housing transactions. This team has significant experience in executing on portfolio, pre-sale, value-add, core and secondary markets transactions.

Newmark Knight Frank 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 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 at Newmark Knight Frank and head of its Student Housing Group, is responsible for leading the platform 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 $5.1 billion in real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, 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 of office and he was awarded the Pace Setter award for 2008.

Mr. Lang was named to the Newmark Knight Frank/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 has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio for his expertise and leadership within the sector. Lang received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

Brandon Buell - Director

Austin, TX

Brandon Buell, director for Newmark Knight Frank’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 Newmark Knight Frank in 2015.

Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, 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.


Jack Brett - Transaction Manager

Austin, TX

Jack Brett is the transaction manager for Newmark Knight Frank's Student Housing group where his primary responsibilities include facilitating client relationships, business development, pricing and marketing strategy, and actively engaging with clients throughout the entirety of the disposition process. Since joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Brett has participated in over 100 closings, $3.5 billion in financial modeling, and over 700 valuations. He most recently worked with ARA Newmark’s Affordable Housing group, servicing a wide array of clients that included private and institutional developers, syndicators and direct Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) investors on disposition strategies. Mr. Brett is an industry veteran with substantial experience in all facets of the sale, valuation, and development process.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Brett worked with a Houston-based consulting firm where he performed financial reporting, analysis, modeling, and budgeting.

Mr. Brett is from Manchester, England and regularly visits the UK to source emerging capital from overseas and leverage existing relationships within the sector. Mr. Brett graduated magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance, economics and marketing. He was awarded the outstanding graduate award in marketing and is a member of the Delta Mu Delta and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Societies.

Jeremy Borst - Senior Financial Analyst

Austin, TX

Jeremy Borst is the senior financial analyst for Newmark Knight Frank’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. His vast experience within the student housing sector lends critical insight into the most pertinent details of each specific assignment and he is involved in all facets of the sale process.

Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. Borst was an analyst for nation's largest developer, owner, and manager of student housing communities, American Campus Communities. There he was responsible for the financial planning and reporting of the company’s portfolio of 75,000+ wholly-owned beds. Mr. Borst has experience in the asset managing, budgeting, investment underwriting, and forecast planning of over $5 billion of student housing assets across the nation.

Mr. Borst graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

Ben Harkrider - Financial Analyst

Austin, TX

Ben Harkrider is a financial analyst for Newmark Knight Frank’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 Newmark Knight Frank, 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.