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New brokerage to serve Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

New brokerage to serve Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

Kimberly Carns

Pleasanton, CA — May 14, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Elevate, based in Temperance, Michigan. The brokerage represents the 21st office location opened in Michigan for the NextHome franchise and the 570th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Elevate will provide client-centered service throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, including the cities of Toledo, Sylvania, and Perrysburg. Across Southeast Michigan, the brokerage will cover Monroe, Lenawee, and Wayne counties. 

NextHome Elevate is owned by Kimberly Carns, who brings a unique mix of professionalism and joy to her client’s home buying experience. 

Kimberly was first attracted to real estate after discovering how family-friendly it could be. As the mother of four girls, maintaining a great work/life balance was important. 

“The flexibility of your time and ability to not miss the important things was huge,” Kimberly said. 

She obtained her sales license in 2015 and worked first with Key Realty, and then with The Danberry Company. 

From the beginning, Kimberly built her business on strong relationships. 

“Rather than going after the low-hanging fruit through online listings, I sat back and thought, ‘what if I really focused on nurturing relationships?’,” Kimberly recalled. “I began to focus on cheering people on as they built their credit or saved for a down payment. I provided FSBO clients a hand to hold when they had questions. I sat in those open houses waiting for one person, then gave them the best darn experience they could possibly have. It certainly wasn’t the quick money, but it created such a powerful foundation.”

Within three years, Kimberly’s emphasis on putting people first delivered outstanding results for her business. She was nominated for her MLS area’s Rookie of the Year Award. More significantly, she has built a thriving business that supports her family and has not needed to spend money on advertising. 

“All my business is entirely referral based,” Kimberly said with pride. “I am building my career for the long term and doing things right. I know that if you provide the value, the money will come.”

As word continued to spread about Kimberly’s unparalleled service level, she knew she needed the backing of the right franchise. 

After discovering NextHome, she immediately connected with its Humans Over Houses approach. 

“I love how this company drives its culture from the corporate level with phenomenal leadership,” Kimberly said. “I really do believe in NextHome’s concept and know that NextHome Elevate can offer something that isn’t currently available in our market. I know that we are the best choice for the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan home buyer.”

Today, Kimberly is building a brokerage that offers innovative real estate solutions, a dedication to consistent excellence, and a caring agent experience. In addition, NextHome Elevate is putting the fun back in home buying and selling. 

“Buying a home is such a big moment and exciting life event, but we seem to have sucked the joy out of it,” Kimberly said. “The market moving so fast has made us forget why we should love this. Our clients aren’t going to get this time back, and I want them to have great memories laughing in the car while looking at houses. I want them to remember the joy they felt when getting those keys. We have the coolest job in the world.”

When she isn’t bringing joy to her clients and agents, Kimberly is the homeschooling mom of four daughters, Brooklyn (13), Lily (12), Addison (10), and Audrina (9). 

Please join us in congratulating Kimberly on the opening of NextHome Elevate in Temperance, Michigan!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new D.C. area brokerage

NextHome announces new D.C. area brokerage

June Bryant

Pleasanton, CA — May 13, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Millennium Realty, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The brokerage represents the 10th office location opened in Maryland for the NextHome franchise and the 569th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients across the Maryland area, including Washington, D.C. Under the leadership of broker/owner, June Bryant. NextHome Millennium Realty will eventually also offer its services in Virginia. 

A seasoned investor, June started her real estate career in 2006. The core of her business was her own personal flip and investment properties. Throughout the years, June has personally bought and sold more than 70 homes across the eastern seaboard. 

Eventually, friends and family began asking June for her help with their transactions and her business began to blossom. In 2016, June began working as an agent representing others. As her reputation for excellence grew, other agents began to seek out June as a trusted source for industry information. Although she had become a successful recruiter for a nationally franchised brokerage, June knew that she wanted to create her own environment for fostering fresh talent. 

“I had all these young people who were dying to get into the business, and I wanted to give them the help they needed,” June said. 

She began looking at franchise ownership and discovered NextHome. 

“NextHome was already doing what everybody else was trying to catch up with,” June said. “With NextHome, I knew I could get industry-leading technology without having to spend my precious time reinventing the wheel. It was already all set.”

Today, June is using her new brokerage to nurture fresh and ambitious agent talent. 

“That’s why I named our office Millennium Realty,” June explained. “I attract new, Millennial talent, I have the opportunity to build a culture from the ground up that will make NextHome Millennium Realty the area’s premier source for cutting-edge service.”

Outside the office, June is a dedicated philanthropist. She takes several weeks each year to travel to and serve orphanages in Kenya and Guatemala. 

“I am originally from Kenya, so serving people there is very close to my heart,” June said. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she would spend at least one Saturday each month serving food at the local homeless shelter. These days, June is a dedicated volunteer at The Bowie Interfaith Pantry. She is the proud mother of two grown sons, Terrill Williams (27) and Jarrett (20). Both sons are in the process of obtaining their real estate licenses and following in their mother’s footsteps. 

Please join us in congratulating June on the opening of NextHome Millennium Realty in Upper Marlboro, Maryland!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Premier Realtors opens in New Orleans

NextHome Premier Realtors opens in New Orleans

Harry Varnadore

Pleasanton, CA — May 12, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Premier Realtors, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The brokerage represents the 10th office location opened in Louisiana for the NextHome franchise and the 568th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Premier Realtors will serve clients across Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Orleans parishes, specializing in properties in the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, Uptown, the Garden District, Mid-City, and Tremé neighborhoods. 

NextHome Premier Realtors is owned by high-performing REALTOR® and New Orleans local, Harry Varnadore. 

Harry began his real estate sales career in 2009. Prior to real estate, Harry was director of human resources for Equifax. 

Since obtaining his license, Harry has worked with two New Orleans-based franchises. He spent eight years with Prudential Gardener and another four years with Keller Williams Uptown. 

From the beginning, Harry was a high-achieving REALTOR®. His first year in business, he was his brokerage’s Rookie of the Year and he has been a Platinum Award recipient every year since. Most recently, Harry was in the top 10 percent of high-performing REALTORS® at his brokerage. 

Building on all this success, Harry knew that he wanted to open his own brokerage. He spent several years looking for a franchise that aligned with his values, and where he saw the market heading. 

“Then, I found NextHome and the rest is history,” Harry said.

Since signing with NextHome, Harry has been inundated with professional agents who are looking to take advantage of NextHome’s industry-leading tools and technology. 

“I have had so much overwhelming support when I mention NextHome’s mascot, Luke the frenchie,” Harry said. “That catches people’s eye. Also, I love the branding, the signage, and the marketing.”

Today, Harry is continuing to attract agents who are willing to ask questions, be involved in their own success, and provide high-quality service to clients. 

“The right agent fit for NextHome Premier Realtors is an inquiring mind who is always willing to learn and grow,” Harry said. 

In his community, Harry is a dedicated supporter of The Gay Easter Parade and he has raised hundreds of thousands for the local AIDS Foundation. When he isn’t building his business, Harry is a world traveler. He has visited more than 50 countries and looks forward to traveling to Paris for Christmas. 

Please join us in congratulating Harry on the opening of NextHome Premier Realtors in New Orleans, Louisiana!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome expands in Rhode Island

NextHome expands in Rhode Island

Brian Buonaiuto

Pleasanton, CA — May 11, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Ocean State Realty Group into Bristol, Rhode Island. This second brokerage builds on the success of NextHome Ocean State Realty Group’s first office location in Cranston, Rhode Island. 

The Bristol expansion represents the second office location opened in Rhode Island for the NextHome franchise and the 567th NextHome office opened nationally. Owner Brian Buonaiuto pioneered the brand in 2019 when he opened the first NextHome franchise in the state. 

NextHome Ocean State Realty Group will continue to provide unparalleled service across Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, including in the cities of Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton, Barrington, and Warren. 

However, the new office in Bristol will allow the brokerage to provide focused, community-level service for this growing area.     

“We are excited to be a part of this community and offer buyers and sellers something fresh and innovative,” Brian said. “Our brokerage takes pride in being able to service the entire state. Based on the size of Rhode Island, an agent can drive from one side of the state to the other in 45 minutes. However, with an office in this community, we can be present and service this area’s specific needs that much better.”

Brian is joined on the brokerage’s leadership team by his wife Tara, who as a licensed agent, will run the day-to-day operations in Bristol. 

Brian comes from a background in corporate management, where he had previously worked at several different Fortune 500 Companies such as Burger King, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Public Storage.

Knowing he was no longer interested in corporate America, Brian had an eye on pursuing his passion for real estate and in 2018, he left his management role to make the move to selling homes full-time.

“I wanted to take my business experience and direct it towards a career where I felt I could really make a difference with buyers and sellers who were looking for great representation,” Brian said.

He started with a small independent brokerage in Cranston and did very well in his first year. But it was a conversation with a friend from Florida that caught his attention.

“I was anxious to start my own brokerage as soon as I was able,” Brian said. “My friend told me about her brokerage (NextHome Gulf Coast) and I looked into the franchise.”

“Everything I saw, I absolutely loved,” he added.

In early 2019, Brian opened NextHome Ocean State Realty Group in Cranston. 

Brian says the NextHome Ocean State Realty Group difference will be having “a company that delivers high level technology that not only helps the buyers and sellers, but also allows agents to provide a ton of value for their clients.”

Brian and Tara have been married for seven years and they have a six-year-old son, Jack. With Jack having autism, the couple are very involved with multiple charities and organizations that provide support to families with autistic children.

Please join us in congratulating Brian and Tara on the opening of NextHome Ocean State Realty Group in Bristol, Rhode Island!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new brokerage in Western Montana

NextHome announces new brokerage in Western Montana

Lauri & Jeff Wilson

Pleasanton, CA — May 7, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Northwest Real Estate, based in Kalispell, Montana. The brokerage represents the fourth office location opened in Montana for the NextHome franchise and the 566th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Northwest Real Estate will serve buyers and sellers across the Flathead Valley, including Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Lakeside, Somers, Marion, and Kalispell. The Flathead Valley is known for its world-class outdoor recreation, attracting mountain bikers, fishermen, boaters, and more to its picturesque mountain-framed lakes. 

NextHome Northwest Real Estate is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Lauri Wilson who are thrilled to be able to share their extensive area knowledge with clients. 

Jeff has been a dedicated REALTOR® since 2004, starting his real estate sales career with Properties Northwest Real Estate. The boutique brokerage has an extensive legacy of excellence in the Valley, dating back to 1995 when it was founded by Larry Wakefield. Through dedicated customer service, Jeff has been able to build a thriving career that is almost entirely referral based. He was recognized as the brokerage’s Rookie of the Year his first year in the business. Jeff is also proud that he was able to remain a full-time, professional sales agent through the Great Recession’s housing crisis. 

Lauri joined Jeff as a licensed REALTOR® in 2017. 

“I needed a career change and Jeff’s sales volume had reached a point where he needed help,” Lauri said. “I jumped at the opportunity to join the real estate industry.”

In her new role, Lauri became adept at client outreach and retention as well as social media marketing. 

“It makes us more responsive having two of us,” Jeff said. “And with Lauri, we are getting things accomplished for clients very quickly and efficiently.”

With this track record of excellence, Jeff and Lauri are looking forward to transitioning Properties Northwest Real Estate to a NextHome franchise. Under this new leadership structure, Larry Wakefield will remain as energetic and service-minded as ever as a broker at NextHome Northwest Real Estate. The brokerage is also proud to have six full-time, career-driven agents ready to serve the Kalispell community. Jeff and Lauri pride themselves on an agent roster that is filled with people who have deep roots in the area.

By adding in NextHome’s industry-leading tools and technology, NextHome Northwest Real Estate is ready for future growth. 

“NextHome offers the whole package, saving us a lot of time and freeing us up to spend our time with clients,” Lauri said. “The branding is very sleek and modern and stands out from anything else we have in the Valley right now.”

Jeff and Lauri are excited about providing their agents with resources they can’t find anywhere else. 

“Not only does NextHome offer exceptional training in a vast variety of things you can study on your own time, but we can also offer agents access to some of the most cutting-edge research, market statistics, and analytics that are out there,” Lauri said. “Having access to that type of information makes us more knowledgeable as we consult our clients on real estate and where it might be heading in the future.”

With the support of a franchise, NextHome Northwest Real Estate is positioning itself as an attractive home for full-time professionals who have a high level of integrity and an exceptional work ethic. 

“Not only do we offer a beautiful brick-and-mortar office, but NextHome Northwest Real Estate will provide a very healthy, wholesome, and professional atmosphere to work in,” Jeff said. 

Both Jeff and Lauri are active in serving their community. Jeff has been an active member of the Kalispell Daybreak Rotary Club for more than 20 years. He has also served with the area’s school board and chamber of commerce. 

Lauri thoroughly enjoys her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Over many years, she has helped advocate for children in the foster care system. 

Jeff and Lauri are the proud parents of three children, McKenna (25), Greg (22), and Georgia (16). When the family isn’t working, they are often found boating on Flathead Lake. Jeff is also an avid mountain biker who takes great pride in both protecting and enjoying the region’s world-class mountain biking trails. 

“We can really speak the language of recreation with clients,” Jeff said. “Between the lakes, Glacier National Park, and our extensive public lands, the Flathead Valley is paradise. We are very knowledgeable about these amenities and love to share those great secret spots with people, helping others enjoy the outdoors and a great way of life in Western Montana.”

Please join us in congratulating Jeff and Lauri on the opening of NextHome Northwest Real Estate in Kalispell, Montana!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Central Valley, CA brokerage

NextHome announces new Central Valley, CA brokerage

Frank Cuevas & Aidan Melo

Pleasanton, CA — May 6, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Central Valley, based in Turlock, California. The brokerage represents the 82nd office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 565th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Central Valley will serve clients across Stanislaus and Merced counties including the cities of Modesto, Merced, Los Banos, Atwater, and Stevinson. 

Under the leadership of owners Frank Cuevas and Aidan Melo, NextHome Central Valley will offer industry-leading innovation to buyers and sellers. Frank will serve as NextHome Central Valley’s Chief Executive Officer and Broker of Record. Aidan is the brokerage’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, and will focus his time on accounting, marketing, and long-term strategy. 

“We are excited to be able to combine our strengths and talents as we offer our clients and agents opportunities unique to the Central Valley,” Frank said. 

Frank brings expertise in commercial investment to the partnership. He began his career at Northgate Commercial in Stockton, working in leasing and investment sales. Although he was able to glean unparalleled knowledge from the area’s highest producers, Frank eventually realized that his personality was better suited for the residential side of real estate. 

“I enjoy building that personal connection with my clients,” Frank said. 

That’s when he began talking with his friend, Aidan, about opening a brokerage. 

Aidan obtained his real estate sales license in 2020 after realizing his talents in sales. 

Prior to real estate, Aidan’s passion for good health led him to a job managing the personal training department for a local gym and selling memberships. He quickly became the No. 1 salesperson in the region. However, COVID-19’s impact on the personal fitness industry led Aidan toward residential real estate sales. 

After discovering NextHome, Frank and Aidan knew that the franchise would offer something innovative to the Central Valley market. 

“With this franchise’s cutting-edge tools, technology, and marketing, we can really bring more of a modern real estate experience to our clients,” Aidan said. “That’s one reason I fell in love with NextHome in the first place – no one else will have the tools and technology that we can offer.” 

Aidan and Frank recognized that NextHome also knew how to effectively use technology to build strong relationships with clients, agents, and the community. 

“It seems like every industry is moving into the tech space,” Aidan said. “However, NextHome recognizes that the client relationship is central, and the technology should exist to enhance that.”

As Aidan and Frank grow NextHome Central Valley, they also look forward to creating service opportunities in their communities. In the past, Frank has worked in environmental advocacy for asthmatics and Aidan has volunteered with The Boys and Girls Club. 

In his spare time, Frank is an avid tennis player and enjoys puzzles. 

Aidan is a devoted Sacramento Kings basketball fan who played the sport all his life. He is also passionate about his health and enjoys weightlifting and bodybuilding. 

Please join us in congratulating Frank and Aidan on the opening of NextHome Central Valley in Turlock, California!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new White Plains, New York brokerage

NextHome announces new White Plains, New York brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — April 30, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome YourHome, based in White Plains, New York. The brokerage represents the 16th office location opened in New York for the NextHome franchise and the 564th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome YourHome will provide high-quality service to clients across Westchester County including Scarsdale, Armonk, and Ardsley. 

Located just 20 minutes from Manhattan, White Plains offers the best of a city lifestyle without paying premium Manhattan prices. The area is known for its arts, world-class food and wine, and rich history. 

NextHome YourHome is owned by longtime Westchester County local, Joe Zanzano. Joe has watched his home evolve over the past 20 years into a place that homeowners from across the country are attracted to. 

Joe is launching NextHome YourHome with his extensive construction experience. For many years, Joe has developed extensive connections throughout the Westchester-area construction industry, and he brings a perspective to home buying that is unique in his area. 

“My construction experience gives me the ability to maximize value all over the place,” Joe said. “We can help our clients make the home they just bought fit their exact vision. Or, for our sellers, we can advise on the right things to renovate before putting their house on the market to maximize the potential for the sale.”

In order to provide Westchester-area buyers and sellers with the best support possible, Joe knew he needed to partner with the right franchise. That’s when he discovered NextHome. The brokerage brand is new for Joe’s (and the Westchester) area and provides an unparalleled level of support for both clients and agents. 

“I see that NextHome cares about its franchise owners and agents, and that goes a long way,” Joe said. “My vision involves supporting my agents full-time so that they can represent NextHome YourHome with integrity. With NextHome’s dedication to brand integrity and agent support, combined with my business experience, I will be able to guide my agents to become stronger entrepreneurs.”

As NextHome YourHome continues to grow under Joe’s leadership, he aims to create an environment where his agents love the company they work for and enjoy spreading the word about how beneficial their experience with NextHome has been for their careers. 

Joe also envisions giving back to his community in many ways, including developing partnerships with the local high school and hospital. 

“We want to be known as the brokerage that cares about people, which aligns with NextHome’s Humans Over Houses philosophy.” 

Please join us in congratulating Joe on the opening of NextHome YourHome in White Plains, New York!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome PaperTown opens in Clyde, North Carolina

NextHome PaperTown opens in Clyde, North Carolina

Teresa Bailey & Jeremy Colclasure

Pleasanton, CA — April 28, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome PaperTown, based in Clyde, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 29th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 563rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 20 minutes from Asheville, NextHome PaperTown will serve clients across Haywood, Jackson, Madison, and Buncombe county. 

The brokerage is owned by Teresa Bailey and Jeremy Colclasure – a husband and wife team who are building their business on a foundation of compassionate service. 

Teresa obtained her real estate license in 2018. She started her career with two nationally recognized franchises, benefitting from great mentorship and guidance. Most recently, Teresa sold with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Heritage in Canton, North Carolina. 

During her first year in business, Teresa’s hard work created $1 million in sales volume. Last year, she sold more than $7 million in a market where the average home price hovers around $225,000. As she considers her career, Teresa is most proud of the people she helps. 

“Most of my sales are in the under $175,000 range because I tend to work with a lot of people with low credit scores or who are first-time homebuyers,” Teresa said. “I enjoy helping people achieve homeownership when they thought it might never be possible for them.” 

Teresa’s business also includes her experience with commercial sales and vast experience in the area of mountain luxury homes.

From the beginning, Teresa’s goal was to build her own business. After talking with other REALTORS®, she discovered NextHome and knew it was the right fit for her. As a new NextHome broker, Teresa hopes to create a business built on service and compassion for those in her hometown. 

“I do this to help people,” Teresa said. “I was born and raised in Haywood County and I want people who live there to be happy. My goal is to help people realize that they can own their own homes.”

Though Teresa has spent her years in real estate refining many valuable skills, her greatest strength is an ability to love and nurture those around her. This talent has been refined through her 23 years of experience as a foster parent. In that time, Teresa and Jeremy have provided a temporary home for more than 300 children. Teresa and Jeremy are the proud parents of Dustin, Skyler, Chandi, Samuel, Jack, and twins Gabby & Jasmine. Additionally, they are Gigi and Poppy to Sawyer, Bryson, Everlee, Lainey and several foster grandchildren. Teresa and Jeremy would like to invite you to join their big family by being part of NextHome PaperTown!

Please join us in congratulating Teresa and Jeremy on the opening of NextHome PaperTown in Clyde, North Carolina!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Salt Lake City brokerage

NextHome announces new Salt Lake City brokerage

Melody and Rod Moser

Pleasanton, CA — April 23, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Navigator, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The brokerage represents the third office location opened in Utah for the NextHome franchise and the 562nd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Navigator will serve clients across the Wasatch Front, which stretches from Nephi in the south to Brigham City in the north, and across the Wellsville Mountains to Cache Valley, with about 80 percent of Utah’s population living along the mountain ranges. 

NextHome Navigator is owned by Rod and Melody Moser – a high-producing husband and wife team with more than 50 years of combined experience in the real estate industry. 

Melody began selling real estate in 1993 in Cache Valley, Utah. Throughout the majority of her career, she has been a dedicated independent brokerage owner. Melody’s strong work ethic and talent for coaching agents helped her build a phenomenal reputation in Cache Valley. In her first few years in the business, Melody was able to spend a high volume as well as attract substantial business from new developers. 

As Melody’s business continued to grow, Rod was making a name for himself in the Oklahoma real estate industry. He obtained his license in 1996, eventually transitioning into the mortgage business. 

In 2008, Rod moved back to Cache Valley, Utah, which is where he grew up. In his first year, he closed 26 transactions and built a reputation for excellence. The next year, Rod’s business increased to more than 50 annual transactions. Then, in 2009, he met Melody. 

“We were competitors,” Melody said. “My assistant asked me if I knew a guy named Rod, because he thought we would get along really well. At the same time, apparently Rod’s broker said the same thing to Rod about me. So, I made an excuse to meet him.”

Rod and Melody soon began selling together through Melody’s independent brokerage, Powerhouse Real Estate Services. During their first year as a team, Rod and Melody closed more than 110 transactions making them the No. 1 agents in Cache Valley. 

Eventually, Powerhouse evolved into Premier Real Estate and the duo moved to the Salt Lake area. In Salt Lake, Rod had the opportunity to be a team leader for a nationally franchised office. Then, he was recruited to manage the largest real estate office in the state – Century 21 Everest. 

Rod and Melody were married in 2017, all the while continuing to work together. 

Their professional journey evolved again in 2014 as they became Tom Ferry International, Real Estate Coaches. Throughout the next several years, Rod and Melody would use their extensive experience to guide hundreds of agents toward successful careers. 

In 2020, the duo delved back into full-time real estate sales in the Wasatch Front. However, as business grew, they began to crave better integrated technology and tools. 

“I was spending a lot of time in the back office, stuck trying to figure out the technology pieces and their integrations,” Melody said. “It’s really hard to do that all on your own. It’s just not cost effective, and I didn’t have time to be the tech guru for everyone in the office.”

However, as lifelong independent brokerage owners, Rod and Melody were not franchise people.

“Rod was especially hesitant,” Melody said. 

“The reality was that we wanted all the tools,” Rod said. “So, the question became, do we spend all the time and money trying to recreate something that NextHome already had figured out?”

After speaking with NextHome’s VP of Sales, Charis Moreno, the answer became obvious. 

“NextHome made great financial sense because of all the industry-leading tools that we have at our fingertips that, previously, we had spent hours and weeks trying to integrate,” Rod said. “We love the branding, the marketing, the people in the company. We did a deep dive into what NextHome was about and every time we discovered that it matched our values, the direction we want to go, and what we were looking for.”

Today, NextHome Navigator is offering clients across Northern Utah access to dedicated real estate professionals. 

“Our agents have integrity, and they do business the right way,” Rod said. “When you combine the branding with the fun nature of our agents and their absolute class, we stand out just being who we are.”

When not at the office, Rod and Melody enjoy traveling and building relationships with their blended family. They are the proud parents of Khris (26), Conner (23), Dillon (22), Brock (21), and twins Alex and Ben (15). 

Please join us in congratulating Rod and Melody on the opening of NextHome Navigator in Salt Lake City, Utah!

 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Knoxville-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Knoxville-area brokerage

Deanna Mendenhall-Miller & Paula Kelley

Pleasanton, CA — April 22, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Makers City, based in Knoxville, Tennessee. The brokerage represents the 14th office location opened in Tennessee for the NextHome franchise and the 561st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Makers City will provide concierge-level service to clients across Knox County and the surrounding areas including Sevier, Jefferson, Blount, Loudon, and Anderson counties. At its helm are two of Knoxville’s most accomplished real estate agents, Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley. With over two decades of combined real estate experience, the duo will provide luxury-level service to each and every client.

“We believe luxury is a level of service, not just a price point,” Deanna said.  “Clients can be confident in our handling of one of their greatest assets, whether that is a modest first home, an investment property, or a dream home.”  

That dedication to excellence began early for Paula and Deanna. 

Deanna began her real estate career in 2006 with a national franchise. While there, she developed a passion for great workplace culture and putting clients at the center of her business. She continued that legacy of exceptional customer service with various nationally franchised brokerages for more than 14 years.  

Deanna and Paula crossed paths in 2015 when Paula obtained her own real estate sales license. As a fresh agent at a large national franchise, Paula wanted to learn from the best. The two co-listed a multi-million-dollar property together. Since then, they have been working seamlessly together. Deanna and Paula soon became their brokerage’s top producing team. 

“I am proud that most of our business is referral or return business,” Paula said. “We have developed a clientele that respects us, who values our service, and who freely sends their friends and family to us. We take our fiduciary duty to these people very seriously with honest and ethical service that puts people first.”

As their success grew, Deanna and Paula discovered that other agents sought their advice. 

“Deanna is great with new agents,” Paula said. “We wanted to have an office where we could help agents grow – where we could mentor them with high standards for professionalism.”

After a years-long search for the right franchise fit, the duo discovered NextHome. 

“I watched a video on the NextHome website on the humans over houses concept, and I was amazed,” Paula said. “This was exactly what we were all about. We really do believe in humans over houses. Plus, having Luke as the mascot was a plus for us. Beyond that, NextHome has great back-end systems. The support we receive means that we don’t have to build everything from the ground up.”

Both Paula and Deanna are active in their Knoxville community, serving in various causes. Paula spent many years as a nurse practitioner before becoming a REALTOR®. She holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from The Medical College of South Carolina. Paula is very involved in the local medical community, serving with the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance. She has been married to her husband Joe for 22 years, and together they are the parents of three children: Sarah, Abby, and Megan. 

Deanna enjoys serving on various local non-profits through fundraising efforts. She is the founder of Knoxville’s 100 REALTORS® Who Care. The group of 100 real estate professionals meet quarterly and listen to presentations from three local non-profits. At the end of each session, the association votes on which non-profit to support and everyone immediately chips in $100, making a significant $10,000 impact in their community.

Deanna also fosters dogs with the Tennessee Doberman Rescue. Alongside her husband Norman, Deanna is the mother of two kids: Mitchell and Madison. She is also the proud grandmother of Reece and Rory. 

Please join us in congratulating Deanna and Paula on the opening of NextHome Makers City in Knoxville, Tennessee!

 

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

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