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 40 years of experience in the student housing sector and over 95,000 beds and $10 billion in closed student housing transactions. The NKF team has unmatched expertise in executing portfolio, pre-sale, value-add, core and secondary markets transactions, while seamlessly providing debt and equity services through our fully integrated student housing platform.

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 international Student Housing platform based in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 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 through unparalleled advisory services and providing real-time knowledge on the most active capital sources, foreign and domestic, in the student housing industry.

Click here to see Newmark Knight Frank's Student Housing listings.

Key Team Members

Ryan Lang - Vice Chairman

Austin, TX

Ryan Lang, vice chairman with Newmark Knight Frank and head of its Student Housing division, spearheads best-in-class investment sales and advisory services on behalf of its clients. He has represented many of the largest institutional, public and private real estate companies in the country and has closed approximately $6.7 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 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 number one top-earning team in the office and he was also awarded the Pace Setter award for 2008.

Mr. Lang was named to the 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 North America 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. Mr. Lang serves on the board of directors of the National Brain Tumor Society and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

Brandon Buell - Managing Director

Austin, TX

Brandon Buell, managing 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. Since joining the firm in 2015, he has been involved in over $3.5 billion of purpose-built multifamily transactions.

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.


Trent Houchin - Director

Austin, TX

Trent Houchin, is a director for Newmark Knight Frank’s multifamily debt and & structured finance team in Austin where he is responsible for spearheading the Student Housing debt and structured finance platform. Mr. Houchin works closely with Newmark Knight Frank’s Student Housing group and specializes in providing best-in-class financing and capital structure solutions for student housing assets across the country, including permanent, bridge, equity and mezzanine debt financing. Mr. Houchin’s team leverages direct licenses with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as industry-wide relationships with Life Insurance Companies, conduits/CMBS, banks and alternative debt executions to provide the most attractive financing options available.

Mr. Houchin began his tenure with Newmark Knight Frank with the Student Housing investment sales group where he was responsible for the comprehensive analysis of over $8 billion of investment-grade student housing assets. In addition, he was actively involved throughout the entire disposition process from the production of marketing materials and reports, to assistance through due diligence. He worked closely with some of the largest student housing owners in the country.

Mr. Houchin graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in finance.


Jack Brett - Associate Director

Austin, TX

Jack Brett is the Associate Director 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 - Senior Financial Analyst

Austin, TX

Ben Harkrider is a senior 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.