NextHome Realty Center in Texas celebrates new ownership

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Jeff Riley & Curtis Braly

Pleasanton, CA — January 1, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce Jeff Riley and husband Curtis Braly as the new owners of NextHome Realty Center. With two regional offices in Tomball and Cypress, Texas, NextHome Realty Center serves clients across the greater Houston metro area. Through the dedicated work of top-tier agents, the brokerage provides sales services in residential, luxury, farm, ranch, land, new construction, commercial and leases. 

Jeff and Curtis purchased the franchise from Gayla Skates, who will continue on with the brokerage as NextHome Realty Center’s broker-in-charge. Krystyn Rawlinson is NextHome Realty Center’s office manager.

“Under this new structure, our agents and staff have the opportunity to reignite their passion for the things they love most and provide unparalleled client service across our area,” Jeff said. 

NextHome Realty Center serves clients across Katy, Cypress, Spring, Tomball, Waller, Houston, and College Station. 

Jeff’s passion for real estate began early. At 9 years old, he would wake up on Sunday mornings to watch the Coldwell Banker Open House channel. 

“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” Jeff said. 

Jeff began his real estate career in 1999, protesting property taxes on behalf of Texas property owners. After working as a property tax consultant for his father’s consulting company, Jeff obtained his sales license. In 2006, he joined RE/MAX Professional Group in Houston. Nine months later, Jeff opened his own brokerage, RE/MAX CityView, and quickly grew it to 24 agents. 

Jeff eventually sold that brokerage and launched his own property tax consulting company – Premier Property Tax. Under Jeff’s energetic leadership the company thrived, serving more than 10,000 clients with offices in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. 

Jeff then sold Premier Property Tax in 2016 and dedicated his time to supporting Curtis in his blossoming country music career. The couple toured the country, developing lasting memories as Curtis opened concerts for Tanya Tucker and shared the stage with Dolly Parton. 

An illness in the family brought the couple back to Houston, and Jeff hung his license with his longtime friend Gayla at NextHome Realty Center. 

When the chance to purchase the franchise came up, Jeff welcomed the opportunity. 

“When I met the people at NextHome Realty Center, I saw an opportunity for something incredible,” Jeff said. “Gayla has truly recruited some of the most amazing talent in our market.”

Through the transition, which became final on August 1st, 2020, NextHome Realty Center has retained 99 percent of its agents. 

“There is a sense of revitalization and energy in the office,” Jeff said. “We are moving forward and that creates a drive and energy and excitement.”

NextHome Realty Center continues to attract top-tier agents who are looking for a phenomenal workplace culture. 

“We are looking for the type of agent who is committed to real estate, who is career-focused, but who might be missing that interaction with others in a collaborative environment that makes them feel like they are a part of something bigger,” Jeff said. 

Outside the office, Jeff enjoys taking in great country music and spending time with Curtis. The couple has been together for 15 years and will be celebrating six years of marriage this year. 

Please join us in congratulating Jeff, Curtis, and the entire team at NextHome Realty Center!


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