NextHome Platinum Elite opens in New Jersey

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Derek Lizo
Derek Lizo

Pleasanton, CA — November 23, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Platinum Elite, based in Jersey City, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the 535th office to join the NextHome franchise out of 551 active office locations across the country.

NextHome Platinum Elite will serve clients throughout Hudson County, including Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, North Bergen, Union City, Kearny, and Weehawken. 

NextHome Platinum Elite is owned by seasoned New Jersey REALTOR® and small business owner, Derek Lizo. Derek has been a part of Jersey City real estate for 21 years, working with nationally franchised brands. In 2019, he launched D-Lizo Realty Group where he led an office of four agents.

In addition to his real estate experience, Derek is a longtime small business owner and entrepreneur. For more than 14 years, Derek has owned H&R BLOCK franchise which serves thousands of clients per year. Derek is also an IRS-Enrolled Agent, admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. He specialize in Tax Resolution, Personal and Business Taxes , also, payroll and bookkeeping.

As he looked to the future, Derek wanted to combine his business leadership skills and love of real estate into his own franchised brokerage. 

Derek looked into numerous different franchise models, but NextHome stood out. 

“I saw the types of technology and operations support NextHome offered, and I could not believe the value,” Derek said. “This is the most affordable and amenities-packed franchise option out there.”

Today, NextHome Platinum Elite is using all that NextHome offered to provide unparalleled support for agents and clients. 

“Compared to the bigger companies, NextHome Platinum Elite agents will have personalized training and a hands-on broker,” Derek said. “I’m going to be with them every step of the way if they need me – they can call or text anytime.”

As clients search for the right real estate fit to buy or sell their home, NextHome Platinum Elite provides exceptional marketing and agents who put people over profits. 

Outside of the office, Derek is a supporter of Blacks in Law Enforcement Serving the Community (B.L.E.S.C.), and HUSAY, a Non-Profit Organization. He and his wife Daisy have been married for 25 years and he is the proud father of three boys: Khyle (23), Kurt (20), and Kered (13). Alongside their two dogs, Kuki, an English Bulldog, and King, an Olde English Bulldogge, the family enjoys hanging out in their backyard, swimming, and enjoying great conversations. 

Please join us in congratulating Derek on the opening of NextHome Platinum Elite in Jersey City, New Jersey!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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