NextHome Finders Realty opens in Eastern Tennessee

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Cody Rife

Pleasanton, CA — October 15, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Finders Realty, based in Johnson City, Tennessee. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in Tennessee for the NextHome franchise and the 517th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve the needs of residential clients across eastern Tennessee including Elizabethton, Kingsport, Bristol, Telford, Jonesborough, and Johnson City. 

NextHome Finders Realty is owned by Cody Rife, a highly credentialed real estate educator who is driven to provide concierge-level service. 

“When Johnson City locals are out and about and they see NextHome Finders Realty signs, I want them to expect that extra level of service,” Cody said. 

Cody began his real estate career in 2013, with a nationally franchised office. In the years that followed, he gained experience working with both boutique and franchised brokerages before opening his own independent office, Tri Realty, in 2018. 

Cody’s early years in real estate were peppered with awards and recognitions. Throughout his time serving clients at Keller Williams Johnson City, Cody was consistently recognized as the top agent in his sphere. He was recognized in his early years as his brokerage’s Rookie of the Year and he holds numerous NAR designations. 

Eventually, Cody discovered his passion for coaching, which led him to coach people at his own brokerage.  

“I always knew I wanted to open my own brokerage,” Cody said. “I kind of jumped around on purpose to learn as much as I could – I wanted to learn what I needed to do to open my own office. I started Tri Realty with the mentality that I want to be able to provide something that is better for my peers than what is out there.”

Cody is passionate about local agent success through education. He began coaching, started speaking nationally, then became a real estate educator with Kaplan University. 

Cody is also a dedicated member and volunteer with the Young Professionals Network. It was through this network that Cody connected with a NextHome agent and discovered all the things the franchise could provide.

“Eventually all the little things were becoming the bane of my day,” Cody said of running his own brokerage. “From the marketing aspects to technology tools, I knew that there were many things a franchise could provide that could help me grow my business, reduce busywork, and realign my focus on the truly important things.”

Cody had first reached out to NextHome in 2018 but had postponed committing. In 2020, the NextHome binder came out of the drawer and, when Cody dusted it off, he was stunned at how the company had grown over a few short years. 

“There was something to this,” Cody said. “Since partnering with NextHome the assistance and support that I’ve received has been incredible. I love the quality of the branding and I am thrilled to be able to provide truly eye-catching marketing.”

Cody is excited about the quality marketing packages he can send agents into appointments with. 

“It’s the little things that will put us above the competition,” Cody said. 

Today, Cody is building a brokerage where agent education is a priority and where clients have a superb experience. 

“We want to give a white-glove level of service,” Cody said. “We want people to come to expect quality. In addition, education is something I’ve always preached to my agents. In that downtime, there is a great opportunity to level-up their knowledge so that when they are busy they have that little bit of extra that they can deliver to our clients.”

Cody is a top-ranking instructor with Kaplan University and overseas students in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky as they pursue their real estate education. 

“I am excited to get people excited about the career of real estate,” Cody said. 

Cody is also heavily involved with the Young Professionals Network on a local, regional, and national level. He has served in numerous capacities with the YPN including as a regional director, a local chairperson, on the state diversity committee, and as a representative for the Fair Housing Policy Issues committee. 

“Service has really been top-of-mind for me in my business,” Cody said. 

Cody is celebrating nine years with his partner Erick Kesse and together the couple are in the process of adopting their first child. 

In their spare time, Cody and Erick enjoy kayaking, boating, hiking, backpacking, or anything that gets them outdoors. 

Please join us in congratulating Cody on the opening of NextHome Finders Realty in Johnson City, Tennessee!


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