About Us

“…At the age of 21, I returned home from serving a 2 year mission for my church, my family took a trip to Lake Powell in Southern Utah…When I saw the blue water and red cliffs again, that's when I knew I was home. I still remember that feeling like it was yesterday…Growing up we went to Lake Powell for a week every summer and I loved it…That feeling, the excitement, the anticipation, the love. That is what I want each of our buyers to have about their very own Red Cliff Home…”
– Ben Beard

Serving The Las Cruces Area

We build and sell amazing homes in Las Cruces that exceed expectations without exceeding your budget.

Our team of seasoned construction and salespeople are committed to building strong, long-lasting relationships with all clients we serve.

If you’re in search of the best new homes Las Cruces NM has to offer, there’s only one name to keep in mind – RED CLIFF HOMES!

Peace of Mind Guarantee

We will pay* up to $400 for your licensed 3rd party inspection report to ensure independently verified quality construction of your home.

*Cost of Third Party inspection is credited to Buyer a time of closing


Las Cruces Technical Education Fund

We are committed to bringing technical education to Las Cruces high schools. We’re seeking to bring technical education to our young people so that they leave high school equipped with the skills they need to get high paying jobs in construction and other technical, hands-on career fields.

Red Cliff Homes has partnered with the Las Cruces Home Builder's Association to build these education programs and give back to our community, and we donate $1,000 from the sale of every home to this cause. Thank you for your support in raising the next generation of builders.

Our Team

Ben Beard

PRESIDENT

Ben got involved with residential building as a high school student where he took classes in general construction and electrical wiring. He then worked at a plumbing supply shop and as a framer before leaving on a 2-year proselyting mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Upon returning from missionary service, Ben attended Brigham Young University and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management while working part-time to gain industry experience.

After graduating in 2012, he moved to Las Cruces where he worked as a Superintendent and Purchasing Manager for a local builder.

In 2017 he launched Red Cliff Homes with a dream to serve the Las Cruces community.

Michael "Mikey" Tongko-Woodruff

MARKETING/SALES AGENT

Mikey is Red Cliff Homes' first Administrative Assistant and is now transitioning over to Marketing/Sales Specialist position. Growing up in Arkansas and spending the majority of his life in California, Mikey has been a flight attendant for Virgin America Airlines the past 9 years. You can see him in action as a viral YouTube Star for his Safety Demo Dance: LINK HERE! He's seen just about every corner of the Country and is incredibly proud to call Las Cruces, New Mexico his new home as of October 2019! He married his husband, Lucas, in August, 2020 and then joined the Red Cliff Homes Team in September.

Mikey is also a figure skater and a coach. He was the 2016-2018 International Skating Union's Silver Men's Level Gold Medalist representing the USA in Canada and Germany. When not in the office, you can see Mikey at Crunch Fitness in Las Cruces teaching Zumba!

Rachel Galarza

SALES AGENT

Rachel was born in Lubbock, Texas and grew up in Tyler, Texas. She moved to Las Cruces in 2001 and was an Insurance Agent for 10 years. She joined the Red Cliff Homes Team in August of 2020.

In October 2019, Rachel married her wife, Diana. She loves fishing and camping. Rachel also likes oil painting in her spare time.

Courtney Carrera

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION MANAGER

Courtney joined our team on January of 2021! She was born and raised on a farm in NE Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 2008 she married her husband, Rodolfo, and they moved to interior Alaska. 10 years, 2 kids, and many adventures later they made their trek back to the lower 48. In late 2019, Courtney and her family moved to Las Cruces. Courtney worked in healthcare for 7 years and has also held various roles in office administration. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and being with family.


Christine "Chris" Saragosa

ACCOUNTANT

Growing up in the mountains east of Fresno, California, near Kings Canyon National Park, Chris is eldest of 3. She has worked seasonally for national parks and other businesses allowing travel from Alaska to Vermont and back to Oregon where she settled for almost 10 years. During her travels she met and married her husband of 15+ years. She earned a Bachelor's in Accounting from Oregon Institute of Technology in 2012. She worked for two years with Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors before moving to Reno, Nevada where she worked for Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for 5 years. She moved to Las Cruces to be close to her best friend and life sister after losing her husband to cancer in March, 2019. Chris joined the Red Cliff Homes team in February, 2020. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with family and friends.



Eric Galindo

SUPERINTENDENT

Eric grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He Graduated from NMSU with a Bachelors in Business Management. He has worked in road construction as an HR Manager and logistics coordinator in Carlsbad.

Eric got married in 2019 and moved back to Las Cruces and joined the Red Cliff Homes team in May of 2020. He loves to hunt and fish and in most recent news, he and his wife are expecting their first child in April of 2021.


Brett Zielke

SUPERINTENDENT

Brett grew up on a farm in Southwest Kansas near the town of Protection (population of 650) in small town America. His dad was a general contractor, building homes from the ground up. He graduated from High School in 1976 and headed to Liberal Area Vo-Tec for Auto Mechanics. In 1977, he moved back to Protection to work for his dad in the construction business. When his father retired in 1990, Brett and his brother Mike took over the business.

Brett and his family moved to South Fork, Colorado in 1998 and started his own construction company building custom homes. When he and his family moved to Las Cruces, NM in 2016 he went to work at Foxworth Galbraith Lumber doing outside sales. Brett joined the Red Cliff Homes Team in June of 2020.

Brett has been married to his wife, LaQuita since 1982 and they have two children (son, Jordan and daughter, Brittney). Jordan lives in Las Cruces with his wife and 4 kids and Brittney lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and 2 kids.



Sara Hernandez

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Sara is Red Cliff Homes' 2nd ever and newest Administrative Assistant. Sara Joined the team in October 2020!