NextHome franchisee opens second location in Iowa

NextHome franchisee opens second location in Iowa

NextHome franchisee opens second location in Iowa

(clockwise from top left) Katie Slater, Ron Hanson, Vicki Kollbaum, and Duster Hoffman
(clockwise from top left) Katie Slater, Ron Hanson, Vicki Kollbaum, and Duster Hoffman

Pleasanton, CA — December 29, 2017  NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome TriState Realty. The brokerage represents the second location opened in Iowa for NextHome franchisee, Katie Slater.

While Slater will handle the day-to-day oversight and operation of the brokerage, she will be joined on the leadership team by Office Manager Ron Hanson. Additionally, well-respected real estate icons Vicki Kollbaum and Duster Hoffman have joined the brokerage adding to the already impressive roster.

“As the 2018 President of the Northwest Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS®, I was able to spend a lot of time working in the Sioux City area,” said Slater. “When I saw the opportunity to open an office there and have Ron, Vicki, and Duster be a part of it, I knew it was the right time for our expansion of the NextHome brand.”

Located in the most western part of the state, Sioux City borders two other states – Nebraska and South Dakota. Slater’s vision for the brokerage is to serve not only Iowa, but the areas of South Sioux City, Nebraska and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

Married since 1999, Katie and her husband Neil did not originally start in the real estate industry. Neil was a successful owner of his landscaping business and Katie owned and operated two, daycare centers.

In the early 2000’s, the couple bought two land lots and spent time developing these lots into homes. This process continued through the decade with the Slaters acquiring, developing, and reselling properties.

“Neil and I were fortunate to do well with our property development,” recalled Katie. “Seeing that we continued using a REALTOR® to help us sell our homes, it only made natural sense for one of us to get our real estate license. In 2008, I did and that’s how my real estate career got started.”

Katie’s decision to get into real estate coincided with significant changes to the daycare industry. In 2009, she sold the daycare centers and focused full time on real estate.

Katie began her career with a strong, independent real estate company. She knew she wanted to do well in real estate sales, but eventually have her own brokerage. In 2010, she attained her broker’s license with the intention of one day opening her own company.

Katie went on to be one of the top agents in the company. In 2014, she sold over $6.5 million in volume – quite the feat considering the average sales price in the area is just under $250,000.

Being an integral part of her local real estate leadership is incredibly important to Katie. Her resume includes serving as the 2011 Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS® (IGLBOR) Secretary/Treasurer, serving as the 2013 and 2014 President and Director of IGLBOR, serving as the 2015 Northwest Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS® (NWIABOR) Director and serving as the 2016 Iowa Association of REALTORS® Regional Vice President. Katie is currently serving her first term as the President of NWIABOR.

In 2014, Katie was honored as REALTOR® of The Year for IGLBOR.

In February of 2015, Katie was reviewing her numbers for the upcoming year and came to the realization almost all of her business was self-generated and not developed because of her relationship with her real estate company. If there were ever a time to consider opening her own brokerage, now would be her opportunity.

“As I started working through setting up the systems and tools that I needed to launch my brokerage, I realized I might be better off implementing an existing system with the best technology and focus on working alongside talented agents and increasing market share.”

“Other franchises sounded good until I realized how expensive the fees were and how their technology was behind the times,” added Katie.

Her introduction to NextHome came during the Iowa Association of REALTORS® State Convention in September 2015. That’s where she met NextHome’s Vice President of Business Development and IAR Convention Keynote Speaker, Imran Poladi.

“After getting to know Imran and the rest of the team at NextHome, Neil and I were particularly impressed with our ability to speak directly with NextHome’s CEO, James Dwiggins,” said Katie. “Now our brokerage will feature the strongest technology in our market, a web-based presence that other companies are unable to achieve, and the listing syndication that our sellers deserve for their listings.”

When they aren’t working, the couple enjoys spending time at sporting events. With Katie being a graduate of Iowa State University, you’ll often find them at Cyclone basketball and football games.

Please join us in congratulating Katie, Neil, Ron, Vicky, Duster, and the rest of the team at NextHome TriState Realty on the opening of their newest NextHome office!

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