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NextHome Gulf Coast announces fourth Florida office

NextHome Gulf Coast announces fourth Florida office

Tony Anderson

Pleasanton, CA — April 2, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Gulf Coast in Port Richey, Florida. The brokerage represents the 70th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 453rd NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage is the fourth NextHome Gulf Coast location for residential and investment property expert Tony Anderson. Tony opened his flagship NextHome office in Largo in 2016 and soon followed with offices in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg. 

This new location will allow NextHome Gulf Coast to better serve customers in the communities of New Port Richey, Trinity, Land ‘O Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and throughout Pasco County. 

“Port Richey has already contributed to the growth of our business and we are excited to now have a presence in the community,” Tony said.

According to census data, Pasco County Florida is among the fastest 100 growing counties in the United States. With plenty of land for home development and booming job growth, Tony knew that Port Richey was the perfect place to expand. 

“In 2019, Pasco County tourism welcomed over one million visitors,” Tony said. “Many of these guests will explore the area for retirement, second homes, and real estate investments. We appreciate the opportunity to assist them in the real estate market and could not be more pleased with this opportunity.”

The Port Richey location builds on Tony’s years of success and hard work. 

After 15 years in the cellular phone industry, Tony entered real estate as an investor. He bought his first investment property in 2003 and rehabbed and resold the home in just a few months. Realizing he made a substantial profit in a relatively short period of time, Tony left his job and purchased six properties over the next three years – turning all of them for a profit.

In late 2005, Tony made the decision to immerse himself completely in real estate by getting his real estate license and representing himself on his purchases.

The following year, the real estate market saw significant shifts in values. Tony held off purchasing properties and turned his focus to working with buyers and sellers. He eventually connected with a foreclosure listing agent, where he learned the methods of selling foreclosure properties.

From 2008 until late 2012, Tony worked for an REO real estate broker and honed his skills in negotiation and client services. During this time, Tony realized it was about working smarter – not harder.

“Looking at the real estate landscape, it was quite obvious that leverage was key in creating a sustainable business,” Tony said.

In 2012, Tony accepted the position of manager for a Largo-based brokerage. Under his leadership, he was able to grow the company from a single agent brokerage to over 30 agents in less than three years. His success led to his promotion in 2016, where he was appointed the managing broker for the company’s expansion location in Clearwater.

In mid-2016, Tony felt the need to consider his options. Opening his own brokerage made the most sense and NextHome was a franchise Tony had been watching on for some time.

“I kept seeing the NextHome real estate signs showing up in various neighborhoods in Florida,” Tony recalled. “As I found out more about the company, I realized it would be the perfect franchise to align my new brokerage with.”

Today, Tony is enjoying all the success that a partnership with NextHome brings. 

“From the start I had a growth plan,” Tony said. “NextHome is new and fast-growing provides an opportunity to grow right along with them. We could not have accomplished this with any other brand.”

When not selling real estate, Anderson loves to spend time with his wife Peppy. After enjoying 16 years together, the couple was recently married in April of 2016.

 

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 Philadelphia area

NextHome expands in Philadelphia area

George Kotsopoulos

Pleasanton, CA — April 1, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Alliance, based in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Owned by George Kotsopoulos, the new office builds on the success of his first location in Douglassville. 

The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise and the 452nd NextHome office opened nationally.

George is thrilled to be able to open a brokerage in Bucks County, where he was born and raised. 

“It’s where most of my contacts are and we have incredible people working there already,” George said. 

Located north of Philadelphia, the brokerage will serve clients across the city’s western suburbs. In addition, NextHome Alliance will continue to provide superior customer service across Reading, Pottstown, Boyertown, Douglassville, Allentown, and the remainder of Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, and Philadelphia counties. 

The Alliance team is experienced in all types of residential sales and is especially well-versed in investment and flip properties. In addition, team members provide prowess in property management and multi-family real estate.

George began his professional life as a real estate attorney and business leader. After law school, George started work with a national title company. In 1997, he opened his own title insurance agency – Capital Assurance Group. 

After years of working closely with many talented real estate agents, George got his brokers license in 2014. As a newly-minted broker, George transitioned his business into a real estate brokerage with an in-house title company. 

“As an attorney, I’ve always represented REALTORS®, but when I started working as one I developed a greater respect for the efforts they put forward on a daily basis,” George said.

Agents were certainly not required in any way to use the title company services, but the bundle of business helped George and those around him offer a streamlined experience for clients who wanted it.  

Then, George partnered with other area agents as their broker of record as they opened a nationally franchised office. 

“In three years, we were able to grow the company from five to 50 agents,” George recalled. “My time in this role really helped me to understand how to skillfully grow a company.”

Eventually, George decided it was time to open his own brokerage under the NextHome banner. 

“I sent an email to NextHome to inquire about their business and I literally got a call back that same afternoon,” George recalled. “Being responsive is something that I pride myself on, so that call made me feel that I had found my kind of people with NextHome. Charis (NextHome’s Vice President of Sales) went into what the franchise has to offer and I thought the opportunity was ideal.”

George officially opened his Douglassville doors in late June of 2019, and since then has attracted the area’s best agents to his brokerage. 

“I think my 20-plus years of experience as a real estate attorney is very attractive to high-performing agents,” George said. “I want to be able to keep quality for our clients at the center of what we do. We are an office of producing, career-oriented REALTORS®. For the NextHome Alliance team, it’s not all about the numbers – it’s about the quality of the experience.”

When he isn’t guiding the NextHome Alliance team, George enjoys the area’s stunning beaches and attending country music concerts with his wife, Lisa. This year, George and Lisa are celebrating 29 years of marriage. Together, they are the proud parents of Will (25) and Kate (22).

Please join us in congratulating George on the expansion of NextHome Alliance in Warminster, Pennsylvania!

 

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 Palm Coast, Florida office

NextHome announces new Palm Coast, Florida office

Paige Brewer & Michelle McKinney

Pleasanton, CA — March 31, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome At The Beach II, based in Palm Coast, Florida. The brokerage represents the 69th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 451st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome At The Beach II will serve buyers and sellers in the beautiful Flagler and Volusia counties. The brokerage is owned by Florida real estate veterans Paige Brewer and Michelle McKinney. Paige is NextHome At The Beach II’s broker of record while Michelle handles the business’s day-to-day operations. This newest office will compliment Paige’s two other NextHome ventures in Daytona Beach and Miami. 

Palm Coast’s continuing growth made the decision to expand easy. 

“Once people discover Palm Coast they want to move here,” Paige said. “ With all the local shopping, the outdoor opportunities, and the incredible food it becomes everyone’s dream retirement location.”

Paige started her real estate career in Louisiana in 2009 and moved to Daytona Beach upon her husband’s retirement from the military. His retirement proved to be the perfect opportunity to move to a Florida beach community. Paige opened NextHome At The Beach in Daytona Beach in early 2017 and expanded with a second Miami-based branch in early 2019. 

Michelle, who is also a military spouse, began her real estate career in Virginia Beach at a local independent brokerage. Two years later, she joined NextHome and began working with Paige at the Daytona Beach office. 

“I looked at about 10 or 11 different brokerages before I made my decision on who I wanted to go with,” Michelle recalled. “As an agent, I wanted to stand out and be different. I knew I needed to partner with a brokerage that gave me unparalleled branding and marketing options. After an incredible amount of research, I knew that NextHome offered exactly what I wanted.”

Michelle also knew that she was joining an office with a record of excellence. In 2016, the Daytona team sold over $13 million in sales volume with 57 transaction sides – exceptional numbers in a market where the average sales price was $230,000.

Today, Michelle and Paige are combining their talents to bring that same level of excellence to Palm Coast clients. 

“As a leader in business, it is important to look for people who bring synergy,” Paige said. “You need to bring someone in who can strengthen you where you are weak, and Michelle has those qualities. The fit is just right.”

With their combined talents, Michelle and Paige are building an office where experienced, high-producing agents can feel at home and where clients receive exceptional service. 

“Our branding is very forward,” Michelle said. “We offer things that no other brokerage can – not only superior marketing for your property, but also a national connection to a world-class network of brokerages. With NextHome, we are all one big family. It doesn’t matter if you are in Texas or Palm Coast, we can talk to any NextHomie and get great advice and support.”

When they aren’t building their business and helping clients, Michelle and Paige stay busy volunteering for industry associations and supporting their community. 

In 2016, Paige served as the President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Daytona Beach Area Network and in 2017 served as the District Vice President for District 8 and 9 for the state of Florida. In 2019, she was NextHome’s Education Committee Chair and in 2020 she is the State Vice President for the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Florida. 

Michelle is the proud wife of a U.S. Navy Service Member and the mother of three children. Michelle and her husband Joel have been together since 2008 and were married in 2012 and are the proud parents of Caleb (12), Alexis (5), and Zoe (3). 

Please join us in congratulating Michelle and Paige on the opening of NextHome At The Beach II in Palm Coast, Florida!

 

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 Toms River brokerage

NextHome announces new Toms River brokerage

Diane Traverso

Pleasanton, CA — March 26, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Nexus Realty Group, based in Toms River, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the ninth office location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise and the 450th NextHome office opened nationally.

The new brokerage is owned by veteran New Jersey real estate agent Diane Traverso. NextHome Nexus Realty Group will serve buyers and sellers across Monmouth and Ocean Counties. 

Located about an hour east of Philadelphia and about 45 minutes north of Atlantic City, Toms River is the county seat of Ocean County. Known for its safety and sense of community, Toms River offers real estate options for young families, condominium communities, and beach lovers. The area is also close to Berkeley Township, where seniors enjoy the affordability and amenities of one of the area’s largest 55+ communities. 

Diane has held a real estate license since 1987. However, her full-time career took off in 1996 when she joined a small, independent agency in Monmouth County. In 2001, she obtained her broker’s license and, in the years that followed, Diane managed offices and worked for large franchised brands. 

In 2009, after several years in brokerage management, Diane dove back into real estate sales. Her commitment to unparalleled service helped Diane achieve the Circle of Excellence Award year after year. 

“I love what I do and am happy to be able to help so many clients and many have become great friends,” Diana said. 

Diane’s real estate career continued to flourish, but she always knew something was missing. 

“I really wanted to build something that I could be proud of and even pass on to my children one day,” Diane said. “I also feel like I’m a leader in the community and I want to build something that will make a difference in people’s lives.”

In early 2019, as she contemplated the coming year, Diane set a goal to open her own brokerage. If only she could find the right opportunity. Then, Diane took a Certified Residential Specialist course where she met a NextHome broker. 

“She told me how she had opened as a small boutique brokerage at first, and converted it over to NextHome,” Diane recalled. “It just sounded intriguing to me. I went home and started looking at the website and little videos and it just resonated with me.”

Today, Diane is using NextHome’s tools to become an industry leader and make a difference in her community.

“When someone comes to NextHome Nexus Realty Group, clients can expect professionalism,” Diane said. “I want to also give back to this community that has given so much to me.”

Diane is an active advocate in the New Jersey real estate community. She is currently the treasurer and secretary for her board office Monmouth/Ocean Regional REALTORS®, the New Jersey chapter president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and also an active member of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. As she fights for the rights of REALTORS® and property owners, Diane monitors bills and advocates for changes that can positively impact her community. 

When she isn’t building her business or volunteering, Diane enjoys spending time with friends and dancing. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Dan and Kim. 

Please join us in congratulating Diane on the opening of NextHome Nexus Realty Group in Toms River, New Jersey!

 

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 Jacksonville-area office

NextHome announces new Jacksonville-area office

Stephanie & Alfred Sanalila

Pleasanton, CA — March 24, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome First Coast, based in Saint Augustine, Florida. The brokerage represents the 68th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage is owned by the husband and wife team Stephanie and Alfred Sanalila. NextHome First Coast will serve clients across Saint Augustine, Jacksonville, Orange Park, Mandarin, and the remainder of Florida’s First Coast area. 

According to tradition, the First Coast is the first area of Florida to be colonized by Europeans. Today, people flock to Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties for their superior school systems and stunning coastlines. Stephanie and her team at NextHome First Coast will primarily serve the area’s booming residential market. 

“I’ve been very focused on serving families,” Stephanie said. “This area has been growing like crazy, and for good reason. There’s a ton of history here, some great museums, a fantastic downtown, and a beautiful waterfront. Combined, all these things make our area a great place to raise a family.”

Many of Stephanie’s clients are attracted by the St. John County School District. The district is ranked No. 1 in Florida by Niche rankings and consistently remains ranked in the top six percent of schools in the country. 

Stephanie’s career prior to real estate reflects her love of, and appreciation for, good education. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in business and spent about 10 years working in educational publishing. She also spent several years teaching marketing at the college level. Eventually, real estate became a family affair after Alfred entered the industry.  

Alfred has been a licensed broker since 2002 and, together, the couple has spent many years providing their clients with unique market insights and perspectives. For the last few years, Stephanie and Alfred worked in Saint Augustine at a large national franchise.

The Sanalilas always knew they wanted to own their own business. So when Alfred stumbled across the NextHome brand in 2019, both Stephanie and Alfred knew they had found the right opportunity. 

“We started seeing how smart the all-around NextHome concept was, and how brilliant the marketing was,” Stephanie said. “With my marketing background, that really was a high point for me.”

Alfred liked how NextHome was unlike any other national franchise he had seen. 

“As I dug deeper into NextHome it really seemed like a fresh approach to real estate,” Alfred said. “It fills a need in our area.”

Today, NextHome First Coast is setting itself apart from other brokerages through its personalized approach to real estate. 

“It seems like the majority of my customers think that they are my only customer,” Stephanie said with a smile. “They are not, but they feel that way. I love helping clients, and also our future agents, feel that way.”

Stephanie is also a talented educator. Today, she is a NextHome certified trainer, giving her the ability to help agents earn National Association of REALTORS® designations. 

“Stephanie brings knowledge to the table,” Alfred said. “Her clients depend on her to know the process, know negotiation, know everything from contract offer to closing. They lean on her to be that skilled professional, and she delivers. Her ability to share information in an easy, casual, and approachable way definitely comes out.”

When she isn’t helping clients and agents, Stephanie is passionate about serving the special needs community. This passion began with her late brother Steve and her service honors his memory. Stephanie volunteers with Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine program, giving special needs individuals the opportunity to attend an unforgettable prom night experience. 

Stephanie also volunteers with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville and is an integral supporter of their annual Buddy Walk. In the past, she has also worked with the U.S. Special Olympics Team as a Bocce Ball coach. 

Together, Stephanie and Alfred have three children: Lilly (12), Luke (11), and Leo (5). When they have the chance, the family loves to travel. 

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie and Alfred on the opening of NextHome First Coast in Saint Augustine, Florida!

 

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 Complete Realty announces Phoenix expansion

NextHome Complete Realty announces Phoenix expansion

Pleasanton, CA — March 19, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Complete Realty in Phoenix, Arizona. The brokerage is the second location for top-producing couple Jim Snodgrass and Maria Serino and represents the eighth NextHome office opened in Arizona for the franchise. 

This new brokerage will serve clients across Glendale, Avondale, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Tolleson, West Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the West Valley area.

Phoenix continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, with Forbes ranking it among the top cities to find a job in 2020. 

“It’s a market that we’ve always wanted to be in,” Jim said. “We have had three great agents working around this area for a while and it was about time we had an office here.”

The Phoenix office is about 80 miles from Jim and Maria’s first NextHome Complete Realty location in Sahuarita, which they opened in 2017. 

“When clients work with NextHome Complete Realty, they are going to experience an amazing real estate transaction,” Jim said. “They are going to have superior guidance and agents who care about people the way they should.”

Jim’s first connection to real estate came when he found himself as a lead generator for a friend.

“My friend was a REALTOR® and I was sending them a lot of referrals from people I knew who were interested in buying and selling a home,” Jim recalled. “With as many leads I was providing, I thought it made sense to get my real estate license and work in real estate myself.”

Starting his real estate career in 2005, Jim saw immediate success as a REALTOR®. His background in business development in the medical field proved valuable and he quickly built his business. It was going so well that Maria joined him just a year later to become a two-person team to handle clients.

With 12 years at Tierra Antigua Real Estate, the couple was consistently at the top of the local sales rankings. They would often close more than 100 transactions annually.

After more than a decade of working for another broker, Jim and Maria felt it was the right time to open their own brokerage. With a degree in marketing and brand management, Jim wanted to start a real estate company that had a focus on consistent, clean branding and had the flexibility to adapt to a changing market.

“Maria and I were able to keep our business steady through the downturn of the economy by being proactive with our model and adapting to the shift,” Jim said. “By moving to short sale listings, we were able to not only stay consistent with our business, but become a resource for those in our community who needed it during a difficult time.”

After finding out about NextHome, the couple called several NextHome franchisees to see how they felt about being involved with a relatively newer franchise brand.

“Just speaking to the several NextHome brokers over the phone, I could tell they felt connected to the company,” Jim said. “That comfortability to tell us what they honestly felt about NextHome and how happy they were, let us know that this was the company for us.”

When not selling real estate, the couple of 19 years enjoy traveling and spending time with their two children, Antonio (17) and Angelina (15).

Please join us in congratulating Jim, Maria, and the rest of the team at NextHome Complete Realty on their expansion in Phoenix!

 

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 Bradenton, Florida office

NextHome announces Bradenton, Florida office

Xena Vallone

Pleasanton, CA — March 18, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome In The Sun, based in Bradenton, Florida. The brokerage represents the 67th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 446th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage is owned by Xena Vallone, who has been serving the Sarasota and Manatee County area real estate clients since 2002. Xena and her team at NextHome In The Sun will serve all types of residential clients, providing expertise for first-time buyers, move-up buyers,  relocations, luxury purchases, and investment buying. In addition, NextHome In The Sun offers property management services. 

The brokerage helps all clientele across Bradenton, Ellenton, Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, North Port, Englewood, Venice, Port Charlotte, and the remainder of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. 

Xena entered real estate in 2002 following a career as a paralegal in New York. As a paralegal, she worked extensively with homebuyer contracts. 

“Because of that background, I am very particular and detail-oriented,” Xena said. “I make sure that our contracts are well written. In addition, seeing that process from the beginning of the contract through the end gave me valuable insights that I can now share with my clients.” 

After obtaining her real estate license in 2002, Xena experienced what it was like to work with two franchised brands – Coldwell Banker and Prudential – before opening her own brokerage in 2009.

In the midst of an industry downturn, Xena Vallone Realty expertly weathered the storm. As foreclosures expanded, Xena spoke at seminars and worked with area attorneys to give homeowners the skills and knowledge they needed to potentially save their homes. Xena also had a great team working for her at the time, and together they handled short sales. Xena Vallone Realty developed a reputation for excellent customer service and many of the clients Xena helped during the recession returned when they were ready to re-enter the market.

Xena Vallone Realty did well for 10 years. However, Xena knew that in order to recruit more agents in a changing industry she would need to offer the best marketing and technology available. She began researching franchises and several friends pointed her to NextHome. 

“First, I connected with NextHome’s Vice President, Imran Poladi, at a local event,” Xena recalled. “Then my friend Anand Patel opened a NextHome franchise in Tampa. Other agents then began telling me they were going to partner with NextHome. Finally, another friend of mine started his NextHome franchise and I began to think that I was missing the boat on this!”

After a careful six-month decision-making process, Xena opened NextHome In The Sun. 

“What really got me was NextHome’s back-end support and how well all the tools worked together,” Xena said. “Also, as a listing agent, I was really impressed with NextHome’s marketing capabilities. Then, when we went to California for our training, everyone was very welcoming and gave us a lot of ideas. The information and support you get is incredible. I really grew to love the family aspect of NextHome, probably because that’s a big part of how I want to do business.” 

Today, Xena is setting NextHome In The Sun apart with a focus on her company motto: Real Solutions, Unparalleled Service. 

“We are going to find solutions for any problem that might come up,” Xena said. “From contract to close we want to make sure everything works. I’m a checklist girl, so we make absolutely sure everything is in order and we have a reputation for showing clients that we are prepared. We are all about the experience!”

Xena has been actively involved in state and local real estate leadership for more than 10 years. She was the 2017 president of the REALTOR Association of Sarasota and Manatee, which is currently 7,000 members strong. In addition, she has served on several state committees. Xena previously served on Florida’s Resort and Second Home Committee, which she chaired in 2019. Currently, she is on Florida’s REALTORS® Attorney Joint Committee as well as Vice-Chair of Florida’s Forms Committee. Xena has also served as a board member for her local MLS area. 

When she isn’t working, Xena enjoys pampering her two beagles and spending time at Bradenton Beach with her husband Dave, her son and daughter-in-law, and their three grandchildren. 

Please join us in congratulating Xena on the opening of NextHome In The Sun in Bradenton, Florida!

 

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 On The Lake opens in Greensboro, Georgia

NextHome On The Lake opens in Greensboro, Georgia

Jo Jones

Pleasanton, CA — March 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome On The Lake, based in Greensboro, Georgia. The brokerage represents the seventh office location opened in Georgia for the NextHome franchise.

Conveniently located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Greensboro is a small town filled with local southern charm. The brokerage is owned by 40-plus-year real estate veteran Jo Jones. From her centrally located office in Greensboro, Jo and her team of professional agents can serve clients across Greensboro, Madison, Eatonton, and Milledgeville in the four counties of Greene, Morgan, Putnam, and Baldwin. 

Jo began her real estate career in the early 1980s, buying and then renting homes in Arlington, Texas. Eventually, she began working with Prudential Properties in Greensboro where she stayed for a year and a half. Her career then transitioned to another large, franchised brokerage before Jo settled in with a small independent office in Greensboro. 

After several years of selling success, Jo opened her own brokerage in 2011 – Jo Jones & Company. The office filled the needs of a niche market in Greensboro, providing unparalleled service for short term vacation rentals. 

By this time, Jo’s daughter, Tiffany, had joined the real estate industry and the mother and daughter duo began exclusively serving vacation rental owners. 

“No one in the area had done much with the vacation rental business when we came in, organized the process, and became the biggest vacation rental business in a very short time,” Jo said.

This focus ended up being a savvy business maneuver at a time when the industry was riddled with foreclosures and homeowners struggled through The Great Recession. 

“People were at risk of losing their homes, but we knew that this was a stunning, high-end, resort area with a lot of second and third homes, beautiful lake and golf retreats, and so much natural beauty it will take your breath away,” Jo recalled. “So we offered homeowners a way to cut expenses and create income without losing their homes. We knew when the market turned for the better these owners would become our sellers because of the wonderful relationship we had created with them.” 

On the flip side, because a lot of people didn’t have the means to go on lavish vacations during the Great Recession, the concept of the “staycation” gained steam. 

“The locals in the surrounding bigger cities, like Atlanta and Augusta, know and love this area, so we became the “go-to” staycation spot for Georgia,” Jo said. “Those guests became our buyers when the market turned positive again.”

In 2015 Jo and Tiffany divided the company with Tiffany assuming ownership of the short-term vacation rental business, rebranding to St James Vacation Homes. Jo retained the sales and long-term rentals. Even today the companies are exclusive partners to one another. In essence, the family owns all three pieces of an extremely robust real estate market.

After weathering the housing downturn, Jo knew it was time to take her marketing strategy to the next level. 

“My weakness as an independent brokerage was robust marketing,” Jo said. “Anyone who owns an independent will tell you that it is a real struggle. I was really looking for someone who excelled in marketing.”

While researching real estate marketing online, Jo discovered NextHome’s mascot Luke.

“I’m a huge dog lover and that really got me looking at the franchise,” Jo recalled. “Luke caught my attention, but the rest of the tools and support that NextHome offered really pulled me in. NextHome made it so easy – it was exactly what I was looking for.” 

Today, Jo is setting NextHome On The Lake apart by focusing on two specific aspects of the Lake County real estate economy – sales and long-term vacation rentals. 

“My goal is to create great relationships, give everybody exceptional service, and let things go from there,” Jo said. “We don’t have to be the biggest, we just need to be the best.”

When she isn’t focused on her clients, Jo is known for her love of animals. She regularly rescues stray and abandoned dogs on the side of the road and currently resides with seven of them. She is an annual premier sponsor of the Mansfield Oil Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Jo has been married to her husband Jim for 44 years and together they have three daughters. 

Please join us in congratulating Jo on the opening of NextHome On the Lake in Greensboro, Georgia!

 

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 Golden State opens in Woodland, California

NextHome Golden State opens in Woodland, California

Vicki Bourn

Pleasanton, CA — March 13, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Golden State, based in Woodland, California. The brokerage represents the 72nd office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 445th location opened nationally.

Located about 20 miles north of Sacramento on Interstate 5, Woodland is a small agriculture town steeped in old west charm and filled with historic architecture. From her small-town office, brokerage owner Vicki Bourn serves buyers and sellers from Colusa to West Sacramento and everywhere between. The brokerage brings expertise to clients in Woodland, Davis, Winters, Sacramento, Colusa, Yuba City, Marysville, Dixon, Vacaville, El Dorado Hills, and the remainder of Sutter, Colusa, Yuba, Placer, and Sacramento counties. Vicki and her team of agents are happy to serve clients anywhere within a 60-mile radius of Woodland. 

NextHome Golden State’s foundations are built on Vicki’s 25-year background in mortgage lending and real estate sales. Vicki began her career in the industry in 1994 as a mortgage banker with All Pacific Mortgage. For over a decade, Vicki used her thirst for learning to become a regional expert in various mortgage programs. 

“With my sales client’s needs in mind, I try to match them to the lender and program that will benefit them the most,” Vicki said. 

With her mortgage banking background, Vicki is familiar with VA, FHA, and EEM (Energy Efficient Mortgage) loans as well as the CalHFA down payment program and many more lending tools available for her clients.  

In 2005, Vicki transitioned those skills into the real estate sales industry. After obtaining her license, Vicki began working with the ERA franchise in Woodland. Two years later, she partnered with Lyon Real Estate where she successfully sold from 2007 to 2010. Vicki’s career then took her to a RE/MAX franchise and later to Cache Creek Realty. 

Eventually, after more than 13 years in real estate sales, Vicki started thinking about opening her own brokerage.

“After so many years in the real estate industry, I knew I could leverage all of that knowledge to build an industry-leading brokerage and provide superior client service through every aspect of the sales process,” Vicki said. “It was time for me to do things on my own terms.”

In 2019 she connected with NextHome broker Cory Gold with NextHome Cornerstone Real Estate in Davis, California. 

“He opened this whole new door to me,” Vicki said. “I liked what he showed me in his office and I liked what NextHome’s VP of Sales Charis Moreno had to say. In the end, I just think NextHome’s materials and the company’s tools are far superior to what I had ever been offered at any other brokerage.”

Today, Vicki is building NextHome Golden State with professional agents who are willing to collaborate and share their ideas. 

“That collaboration and involvement from agents is very important to me,” Vicki said. “Although I am the broker, I don’t know everything, and I strongly feel that we can always learn from each other. With that collaboration, NextHome Golden State can create a new path with an environment where people can feel safe sharing ideas and expand on what they want to do. Here, an agent can focus on what motivates them and use the NextHome tools and marketing to fulfill their needs. Our team can also expect that I will always have their back and help, no matter what they need.”

That level of support and friendly collaboration has an impact on the buyer and seller experience as well. 

“Our clients can expect access to a happy, active, different choice brokerage,” Vicki said. “I think what NextHome offers is far superior to what anyone else around offers, and our clients truly benefit from that.”

When she isn’t selling real estate or supporting her agents, Vicki volunteers with the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #30. Founded in 1875, the organization is dedicated to historic preservation, documentation of historic structures and places in the state, the placement of historic plaques, and other charitable functions within California. Currently, Vicki is involved in the restoration of a historic church in a nearby town. For Parlor #30, Vicki has been sponsoring free concerts for Woodland on the first Friday of every month since July 2019. She also enjoys golfing, gardening, biking with her three dogs, and entertaining.

“My all-time favorite thing is having my dining room table filled with people and being able to cook for them,” Vicki said.

Vicki is the proud mother of two grown children Katy and Wayde, and the grandmother of five. 

Please join us in congratulating Vicki on the opening of NextHome Golden State in Woodland, 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 Ohio brokerage

NextHome announces new Ohio brokerage

Amanda Mignano

Pleasanton, CA — March 11, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty, based in Byesville, Ohio. The brokerage represents the seventh office location opened in Ohio for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage is owned by top-producing seller Amanda Mignano. With her guidance and leadership, NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty can offer superior service and expertise in lake-front properties, farms, and commercial transactions. In addition, NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty agents have extensive experience in all types of residential transactions, including relocations, investments, and REO properties. 

NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty serves buyers and sellers across eastern Ohio including  Guernsey, Noble, Muskingum, and surrounding counties. Located just 10 minutes south of Cambridge, Byesville is a small town of just over 2,400 people that sits just minutes past Interstates 70 and 77 in Southeastern Ohio. Amanda is originally from Monroe County in Southeastern Ohio, and moved to Guernsey County in 2008.

During a brief period prior to beginning her career, Amanda resided in Summit County, Ohio while attending college at Kent State University.

“The woman who sold us our house at the time became my introduction to the industry,” Amanda recalled. “I was pregnant with my third child and she offered me a job as a secretary for her. The job was such a blessing because it was more flexible and I could bring my daughter to work.”

Amanda thoroughly enjoyed her time at Croft Realty, a small independent brokerage. However, when the housing market began to falter in 2007, Amanda’s secretarial position became one of its casualties.  

Amanda decided then it was time to obtain her real estate license. She became licensed with Croft Realty and started working shortly after with Real Living Realty One in Wadsworth prior to moving back to Southeastern Ohio. She then worked at Real Living Parry Real Estate in Cambridge. For the next several years, Amanda muscled her way through The Great Recession as a real estate agent picking up whatever work she could. 

“I took my training and the things I had learned through experience and I really used the franchise’s tools to build my career,” Amanda said. “I was able to find a little more success than other agents around me and, in time, I began to really build my reputation and my contacts.”

In November 2010, Amanda accepted an offer to join Century 21 Gibson Turner and Associates. Since joining the brokerage, she has been that office’s REALTOR of the Year, earning the distinction every year from 2011 to 2018. 

During the height of her career, Amanda was able to close 84 transaction sides, handing $3.2 million in sales volume. The achievement is even more remarkable in an area where the average home price hovers around $80,000. 

In 2018, Amanda felt the need to take her career to the next level. 

“I had accomplished what I could as an agent and I knew in order to continue growing I needed something more,” Amanda said. “I needed to grow in my business and the only way to do that was to continue my education and to open my own office.”

Amanda began to research all different types of franchises and, through an internet search, she discovered NextHome. 

“The access we get to company leaders and the ability to talk to real people was a huge incentive,” Amanda said. “When I talked with (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno, there was no beating around the bush. She told me exactly what I wanted to know and the whole process was very simple and open. She treated me the way I wanted to be treated.”

Today, NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty is leveraging NextHome’s excellent branding, internet presence and reputation to serve a growing number of clients. 

“The internet presence was very important to me,” Amanda said. “The company also maintains a great reputation and the people who work for NextHome really set it apart.”

Amanda is continuing to build her brokerage with high-producing agents who are looking for a leader who understands their unique needs. 

“As a top-producing agent for all those years, I’m able to sit across from those agents who might want to join NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty and say, honestly, that I know what a brokerage needs to provide agents who want to be high-producers,” Amanda said. “What we can offer is a level of enthusiasm and creativity – we think outside of the box. In addition, I think agents will really enjoy the team aspect that we have. This brokerage is run with a collaborative spirit rather than a competitive one.” 

When she is not building her business, Amanda enjoys kayaking at nearby Hawking Hills, yoga, and outdoor sports. She has also served as her local board president, vice president, and director, and OAR district director.

Amanda will celebrate 15 years of marriage to her husband Scott this July. The couple shares five children; Jeffery (32), Michale (30), Kaylee (21), Megan (18), and Sara (14), along with four beautiful grandchildren.

Please join us in congratulating Amanda on the opening of NextHome New Horizons Equity Realty in Byesville, Ohio!

 

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.