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NextHome Property Mart opens in Michigan

NextHome Property Mart opens in Michigan

Rachael Brown

Pleasanton, CA — September 23, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Property Mart, based in St. Johns, Michigan. The brokerage represents the 20th office location opened in Michigan for the NextHome franchise and the 513th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 25 minutes north of Lansing, NextHome Property Mart will provide quality service for buyers and sellers in St. Johns, Lansing, Ovid, Elsie and the remainder of Clinton County.

Under the ownership of people-first REALTOR® Rachael Brown, NextHome Property Mart can skillfully serve all types of residential clients. Rachael is especially experienced in helping families from diverse international backgrounds, including multi-generational families who want to remain in the same area. 

Rachael was licensed in 2011 and six months later became the owner of her own brokerage – Dream Homes Realty. Alongside a broker of record, Rachael was able to use her keen eye for home design to help clients find their dream home. In 2013, Rachael’s husband Matthew also obtained his real estate license and together they built a quality brokerage with seven professionally minded agents. As the years went on, they also built a reputation for quality service. 

“We truly value our clients and work tirelessly to provide them the best possible experience,” Rachael said. 

Then, in 2019, Rachael and Matthew had the opportunity to purchase an existing real estate brokerage. As they considered how to move forward, they knew that partnering with NextHome was the right direction to take their company. 

“We love the freshness of NextHome,” Rachael said. “There was an impressive energy that we felt when reaching out and talking to the people at NextHome corporate.”

With NextHome, Rachael also found the ability to bring her goals and vision to life. 

“I’m a visual person and with NextHome I could visualize what I was getting and how I could be effective with what they offered,” Rachael said.

Today, Rachael is using NextHome’s vision, tools, and marketing to bring next-level service to her market area. 

“Our goal is to be able to grow and introduce the NextHome difference to a broader area,” Rachael said. “We are thrilled to be able to work with new agent tallent and help them achieve their goals.”

When she isn’t building her business, Rachael is the busy mother of seven children: Madison (24), James (22), Ben (18), Abby (15), Anton (11), Brycen (8), and Christine (7). Together, the family enjoys going to the movies and visiting the local trampoline park. 

Please join us in congratulating Rachael, Matthew and the entire team at NextHome Property Mart on the opening of their new office in St. Johns. Michigan!

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

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NextHome announces new North Carolina brokerage

NextHome announces new North Carolina brokerage

Laura Flores

Pleasanton, CA — September 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome WNC Realty, based in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 25th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 512th NextHome office opened nationally.

From this charming mountain town of about 14,500 people, NextHome WNC Realty will serve residential buyers and sellers across Henderson, Buncombe, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. 

NextHome WNC Realty is owned by Laura Flores, a seasoned REALTOR® with a wide range of experience. 

Laura was first licensed as a REALTOR® in 2006, and it was an old craftsman bungalow that first piqued Laura’s interest in real estate. 

“Through the process of renovating it, it became a curiosity for me, and I fell in love with the details and history of older homes,” Laura said. 

Originally from California, Laura is licensed in both North Carolina and California and has worked with brokerages large and small throughout her career. As an extremely diversified REALTOR®, Laura has worked with clients seeking starter homes as well as those with high-end luxury in mind. From lots to large tracts, Laura has also sold a lot of land. In addition, Laura was on her brokerage’s commercial team and has enrolled in the CCIM Institute – commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement. Currently, Laura is working on her sixth home renovation, with four of those renovations being historical properties.

However, her greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the people she is able to serve.

Hendersonville, North Carolina

“The best part of my job is really the lasting relationships I’ve made over the years with people,” Laura said. “I think that’s meaningful. That’s what gives you purpose.”

Throughout her years in the industry, Laura always wanted to open her own brokerage. Recently, circumstances aligned to make 2020 the perfect year for Laura to achieve that goal. 

“When I found NextHome, I knew I had found something new and fresh that people in Hendersonville will be attracted to,” Laura said.  

In addition, Laura loved that NextHome embraced the values of inclusivity, diversity, and flexibility.

“These things combined created a business model that aligned with what I wanted for myself,” Laura said. 

Today, Laura is offering North Carolina clients a fresh, modern, and professional approach to real estate. 

“I want to offer my clients the best tools available and NextHome provides an opportunity for me to do that,” Laura said. “Now, in addition to access to my work ethic and experience, clients will have access to industry-leading technology.”

In the community, Laura has enjoyed volunteering her time as a commissioner for the Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission. In this role, she helped ensure that any renovations to historic homes preserve their character and community importance. 

In addition, Laura volunteers with the United Way.

Laura and her husband, Renato, have been married for 25 years. Renato is also a licensed real estate agent who will be joining Laura in sales at NextHome WNC Realty. 

“Renato truly is a people person who has a gift for working with diverse personalities,” Laura said. 

Please join us in congratulating Laura, Renato, and the entire team at NextHome WNC Realty on the opening of their new brokerage in Hendersonville, North Carolina!


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


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NextHome announces new Dallas-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Dallas-area brokerage

Hina Patel

Pleasanton, CA — September 10, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome NextGen Realty, based in Lewisville, Texas. The brokerage represents the 38th office location opened in Texas for the NextHome franchise and the 511th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome NextGen Realty is poised to serve clients across the Lewisville area, including Carrollton, Coppell, Flower Mound, Irving, and the remainder of Denton, Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant counties. 

Lewisville is a thriving suburb of Dallas that has blossomed into one of the fastest growing city populations in the United States. Today, more than 109,000 people call Lewisville home. 

One of those people is NextHome NextGen Realty’s broker/owner Hina Patel. 

Hina began her real estate sales career in 2001 in Mansfield, Texas. She soon moved to Denton County and began working with Winans GMAC Real Estate. Throughout 10 years with the brokerage, Hina blossomed as a REALTOR® and developed a local reputation for excellence. 

In 2011, Hina’s career evolved right alongside market forces and she joined Redfin. At the time, the online brokerage was a relative newcomer to the industry. Hina was only the third agent the company hired in the Dallas area, and she grew as the company grew. 

In 2018, Hina joined JP and Associates Realtors where she continued to go above and beyond for her clients. 

“The best part of my job is the feeling I get when I help buyers,” Hina said. “When you have helped someone with such a major part of their lives, it truly is a feeling like no other. Now, after being in business for so long, I am thrilled that so much of my business is referrals. Helping people who were once my first-time home buyers purchase their second or even third home is incredibly rewarding. It is something I am very proud of.”

That pride in her work, combined with her naturally entrepreneurial spirit, made Hina a born business owner. 

“From the get-go, I always wanted to own my own brokerage,” Hina said. “I’m an independent thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit. After almost 20 years in the industry, I’ve learned what agents truly need from a broker. With all of that experience and knowledge, I want to offer agents unparalleled support.”

Hina knew that she needed the right franchise partner to accomplish her goals. That’s when a close friend, Aixa Galarza, started looking into opening her own NextHome franchise.

“She had so many positive things to say about NextHome that I started looking at it too,” Hina said. 

Today, Aixa is the owner of NextHome Preferred Properties in nearby Grapevine, Texas. 

Hina knew that NextHome was the right franchise fit for her as well after she saw the company’s value. 

“When I compared the costs, it was impressive,” Hina said. “I liked that fact that all the training, the back-end support, the technology, is all there ready to go. Through all of these tools, I can create far more value for clients.”

Now as a NextHome broker/owner, Hina aims to recruit quality agents who can be suburb brand ambassadors and carry the NextHome NextGen Realty difference into their communities. In addition, Hina is building a brokerage based on a family environment and values. 

“I want my agents to be able to come and talk to me about issues they may be having or be able to discuss clients who may need that extra help,” Hina said. “I want us to be a family, not just a brokerage. My agents know they can talk with me about anything.”

In addition to being a business owner, Hina is the mother of three children, Kajul (16), Sai (13), and Veer (9). She has been married to her husband Bhavesh for 20 years and together they enjoy spending time with both sides of their extensive families. 

Each Christmas season, Hina, Bhavesh, and their children find a volunteer opportunity that they can participate in alongside their extended family. Last year, the family helped prepare pre-packaged meals for an area food bank. In other years, they have distributed sandwiches in South Dallas and volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank. 

“Family is really important to me and we try to make the best experiences we can,” Hina said. 

Please join us in congratulating Hina on the opening of NextHome NextGen Realty in Lewisville, Texas!


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


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NextHome opens new office in Northeast Nevada

NextHome opens new office in Northeast Nevada

Cheryl Henning

Pleasanton, CA — September 9, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Infinity Realty, based in Elko, Nevada. The brokerage represents the seventh office location opened in Nevada for the NextHome franchise and the 510th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Infinity Realty will provide friendly residential real estate services to clients across Elko County. Areas the brokerage will serve include Elko, Wells, Spring Creek, Lamoille, Carlin, Jiggs, and West Wendover. 

Straddling the Humboldt River, Elko’s economy runs on mining, hospitality, ranching, and small-town values. The county of about 52,000 people is located in northeastern Nevada, just four hours east of Reno and three and a half hours west of Salt Lake City. 

NextHome Infinity Realty is owned by the husband and wife team of Cheryl and Robert Henning. Through their new venture, Cheryl will offer Elko real estate clients the upbeat, innovative, and professional service they deserve.

Cheryl has been a real estate professional since 2009. She obtained her real estate license after working more than 26 years in hospitality management. 

Cheryl began her selling with a local boutique brokerage. Cheryl recalls that in her first years in the industry, her broker would ruthlessly review contracts with a red pen. The experience molded Cheryl into an exceptional REALTOR® with a sharp eye for contract details.  

“To this day, I carry on that tradition with my agents and encourage them to see it as an opportunity for growth when I get out my red pen,” Cheryl said. 

After five years with the boutique brokerage, Cheryl became a sales associate for a local property management company. A couple years later, she became an agent with a franchised brokerage. It was during these years that Cheryl became deeply involved with the Elko County Association of REALTORS®. She began volunteering for several committees, then she became co-chair for the association’s community service committee. She has served on the board of directors for two years. Cheryl also volunteers with the Soroptimist of Elko for the last four years.  

It was also during this time that Cheryl became a broker/associate and stepped into leadership roles. As her experience and expertise grew, Cheryl began thinking about the next steps for her career. 

“As I thought about what my next step could be, my next challenge, I knew that it was time to own my own brokerage,” Cheryl said. 

Having the experience with both a boutique brokerage and a large franchise, Cheryl knew that she wanted the support that came with franchising. 

Although she interviewed with many franchises and did extensive research, nothing really clicked with Cheryl like NextHome did. 

“NextHome’s entire culture seemed to be geared toward helping the clients,” Cheryl said. “It seemed like NextHome cared; they cared about me, they cared about what I wanted to do, and they cared about helping my clientele and what I wanted to do for them.”

Today, Cheryl is using NextHome’s branding and tools to elevate the real estate industry in Elko and beyond. 

“NextHome stands out,” Cheryl said. “NextHome is innovating, and I think as a new company doing new things, we will be very appealing to clients.”

As agents join NextHome Infinity Realty, Cheryl aims to build an upbeat and positive office culture that puts people first. 

“I’m excited to build my business and work with people who love working together,” Cheryl said. 

In addition to building her business, Cheryl will serve as the Elko County Association of REALTORS® president in 2021. She is currently the association’s president-elect. Cheryl is also active on the association’s various committees and served as her area MLS Chair in 2019. Cheryl is also a 2017 graduate of the Nevada REALTORS® Leadership Program.  

In their spare time, Robert and Cheryl enjoy spending time in Elko’s beautiful outdoors. They find opportunities to refuel their spirit by camping and fishing for bass at the Southfork and freshwater brook trout in the nearby Ruby Mountains. Last year, Cheryl became her husband Robert’s hunting buddy and the two are looking forward to using their elk tags this fall. Robert and Cheryl are celebrating 24 years of marriage this year, and together they are the proud parents of three adult children: Samantha, who is married to Lucky Luke, Sydney, and Matthew. They are also the proud grandparents to Tillman, named after hero Patrick Tillman. 

Please join us in congratulating Cheryl and Robert on the opening of NextHome Infinity Realty in Elko, Nevada!


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


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NextHome All American expands in Florida

NextHome All American expands in Florida

Teresa Saraco Cole

Pleasanton, CA — September 8, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome All American in Port Orange, Florida. The brokerage represents the 77th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 509th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome All American (Port Orange) is also the third NextHome franchised location for second-generation REALTOR® Teresa Saraco Cole. Teresa opened her first NextHome brokerage in September 2018 in DeBary, Florida. She expanded in early 2019 with a second location in DeLand, Florida. Her third NextHome All American location in Port Orange continues Teresa and the Saraco family’s legacy of excellence. 

“Since partnering with NextHome, my experience has been great,” Teresa said. “I’m glad that I found a franchise that thinks the same way I do about clients and our industry.”

As she expands into Port Orange, Teresa is working to create a small but mighty team of true professionals who know and love the area.

Teresa started in real estate in 1996 while working for her parents, Joe and Maria Saraco, at their brokerage, Choice Properties Inc. As a 17-year-old, Teresa wrote real estate ads and took photos of properties.

Teresa got her real estate license in 2002 and worked as a sales and leasing agent for a local new home builder. Teresa became manager of her parent’s independent brokerage in 2002 and assisted with her parent’s transition from an independent to a Century 21 franchisee, Teresa came back in 2002 to manage the brokerage. At 23, she was one of the youngest real estate managers in the area.

In 2006, she moved to Texas to attend school for Therapeutic & Clinical Massage therapy. In 2009, she returned to Florida and in 2010 Teresa opened her own massage therapy clinic – Avalon Massage & Body Works. Running a successful business was very rewarding, but in 2013, she was asked to help the family once again.

“I really enjoyed owning my own company, but the physical demands of massage therapy coupled with the opportunity to keep the family brokerage going meant it was the right time for me to return to real estate,” said Teresa. “My parents have given me so much, I could never repay them. It was important to come back and help them in any way I could.”

Not only did Teresa manage the brokerage, but she sold homes too. Selling more than $4 million dollars annually (in a market with an average sales price of $160,000), Teresa practiced what she preached.

While still managing, as well as moving into active sales, Teresa began her involvement with the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She first served as the Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Volusia Area President in 2016, a role that she again took up in 2018. 

In 2017, she was recognized by the West Volusia Association of REALTORS® as REALTOR® of The Year. Throughout the last 7 years, Teresa has also spent time in volunteer leadership on various committees and was elected 2018 Director for the 2019 & 2020 Treasurer for the West Volusia Association of REALTORS®.

Teresa found NextHome via her connections through the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

“Paige Brewer and Robyn Stahl opened their NextHome office in Daytona Beach and I sat back and watched their progress as a company,” said Teresa. “I saw how they ran their NextHome brokerage and I just couldn’t stop thinking about opening my own NextHome office.”

“I love the fact that at NextHome everything works,” she added. “No broken parts. No empty promises from the franchise. And to have direct access with the corporate team is so unique and different than I had ever experienced in the past. I’m thrilled to be a part of the NextHome family.”

When not selling real estate, Teresa loves spending time with her family. She is married to her husband of five years, Jeremy and the couple has two children – Madison (12) and Carson (10).

The family loves baseball, softball, and spending time on the Central Florida waterways.

Please join us in congratulating Teresa and the entire team at NextHome All American on their newest office in Port Orange, Florida!


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


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NextHome expands in New Jersey

NextHome expands in New Jersey

Steven Merlo & John Dodds

Pleasanton, CA — September 4, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome New Prospects Realty, based in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise and the 508th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 24 miles west of Newark, NextHome New Prospects Realty is poised to serve clients seeking small-town living blended beautifully with convenient city access. The brokerage will serve clients across north and south New Jersey including Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Essex, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. 

NextHome New Prospects Realty provides professional agents who are well-versed in all types of residential real estate including new construction, first-time home buying, townhouses, condos, investment properties, and home flipping. 

The brokerage is owned by New Jersey natives Steven Merlo and John Dodds. Steven will be NextHome New Prospects Realty’s broker of record and John’s role will be in sales service and agent mentoring. Under their leadership, NextHome New Prospects Realty provides a sharp focus on customer service and a dedication to mentoring agents talent. 

Prior to becoming a real estate professional in 2008, John was a dedicated educator. Despite finding immense joy in teaching, John wanted something to supplement his income. After helping a few clients, John learned just how much he loved real estate. 

“It’s amazing when you are able to make a difference in people’s lives,” John said. “The stories you hear and the people who come to you in need of help – it’s all really gratifying to guide them through and make them feel good about the process. It is a really good feeling.”

John has been serving satisfied clients with Weichert Realty for the past 12 years. 

It wasn’t long before John joined forces with his best friend Steven. Steven and John met about seven years ago through a mutual friend. 

Prior to real estate, Steven spent more than 30 years working in customer service and telecom. In 2015, Steven’s independent contractor commitments were ending and John mentioned that a switch to real estate might be a good idea. 

Steven recalls John saying at the time, “You are such a people person, you have the personality for it, why not try real estate?”

The nudge from a trusted friend sealed the deal, and Steven has been providing people-first service to happy clients ever since. 

As their careers evolved, John and Steven realized that they wanted to open their own brokerage. 

“We looked at the numbers and the client base and they were strong,” Steven said. 

As they considered their options, NextHome stood out among other franchises. 

“I reached out to a nearby NextHome franchise owner and he spoke highly of the company’s strengths,” Steven recalled. “He said he was happy with the support, with the culture. Everything he said was 100 percent positive.”

Today, NextHome New Prospects Realty is providing unparalleled customer service to buyers and sellers across north and south New Jersey. 

“I see the client as a person, not a transaction,” Steven said. “I’m truly there for them and have their best interests at heart.”

John added that, “We are both very nurturing, and we use that skill to benefit both our clients and our agents.”

Agents who partner with NextHome New Prospects Realty can expect full access to their broker as well as the nurturing they need to reach the next level in their careers. 

“Our agents will know that I will always return their calls and make them a priority,” Steven said. 

Please join us in congratulating John and Steven on the opening of NextHome New Prospects Realty in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey!


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


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NextHome Northwest Group opens in Washington

NextHome Northwest Group opens in Washington

Kim Rucker, Katie Parkinson, and Roberta Rudnick

Pleasanton, CA — August 27, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Northwest Group, based in Olympia, Washington. The brokerage represents the 10th office location opened in Washington for the NextHome franchise and the 507th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Northwest Group will serve clients across the Olympia area including Thurston, Mason, Lewis, and Pierce counties. 

NextHome Northwest Group is owned by a trio of high-producing professionals who have dedicated their lives to real estate. Katie Parkinson, Kim Rucker, and Roberta Rudnick have almost 70 years of combined real estate experience among them. Katie will be NextHome Northwest Group’s broker of record while Roberta and Kim will offer unparalleled sales service and agent support. 

“We all go above and beyond for our clients,” Katie said. “We make sure that things get done no matter what it takes. For NextHome Northwest Group, it’s not about the sale – it’s about striving to make our clients happy.”

The trio is happy to help with all types of residential real estate, including first-time home buying, relocations, and investment properties. 

Katie obtained her real estate license in 2016 after leaving a career in medical office administration. She connected with real estate after talking to her landlord, who happened to be Kim Rucker.

For the next several years, Katie received mentorship and career guidance at a small independent brokerage from two of the highest producing and experienced agents in the Olympia area – Kim and Roberta. 

By the time Katie joined the industry, Roberta had been selling real estate for more than 32 years. Her journey began after graduating from St. Martin’s University in the late 1970s with a degree in psychology. A fellow university student was the broker at a local independent and asked Roberta to manage the office. In 1984, Roberta obtained her sales license and gained valuable experience working with independent brokerages. Roberta then joined Classic Realty in 1992. Two years later, she became an owner of Cornerstone that eventually evolved into Prudential then Berkshire Hathaway. It was during her years at Classic Realty that Roberta met Kim.

The daughter of a general contractor, Kim has been immersed in the world of new construction almost her entire life. In her early 20s, Kim began managing real estate offices – first with a small independent and then for a national franchise. In 1991, Kim joined Classic Realty where she joined Roberta on the brokerage’s ownership team. 

Together, they achieved incredible success. Roberta is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) whose impressive sales volume has garnered national recognition. In 2019, Roberta was recognized by Real Trends as one of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. In addition, her sales volume has been in the top one percent for Berkshire Hathaway nationwide for the past seven years.  

Kim has performed in the top three percent of Berkshire Hathaway agents for as long as she has been with the company. She is also thrilled that almost all of her business is referral. 

“We are not part-timers, but full dedicated professionals who love what we do,” Kim said. 

In early 2020, as their franchise agreement neared its close, Kim, Roberta, and Katie wanted to make a change. 

“Having a franchise with all the right technology and support is vital in today’s market,” Roberta said. “We started looking, but at first we couldn’t find any franchises that were taking the steps toward the future that we wanted.”

Then, through a simple internet search, Kim found NextHome and pitched the idea to the team. 

“I liked the freshness of it,” Katie said. “Not only do the colors and the marketing stand out, but the franchise itself is cutting-edge. I wanted to be innovative, and NextHome absolutely stands out.”

Roberta was impressed with the company’s culture.

“I liked the family feeling NextHome has and it was exactly the team concept we were looking for,” Roberta said. 

Today, NextHome Northwest Group is going above and beyond for each client and agent. 

“Being local, we know our market inside out, and we all live and breathe real estate,” Kim said. “We are a focused group of REALTORS® who have made a full-time career doing something we love.”

In the rare moments when they aren’t working, Kim, Roberta, and Katie each enjoy spending time at the beach and enjoying Olympia’s natural beauty. 

Katie is the mother of four children: Haley (22), Tanner (16), Cooper (12), and Lola (11). Together with her partner Reid, Katie enjoys cheering on her kids in their various sports and taking the boat out for tuna and salmon fishing. 

Kim recently celebrated 29 years of marriage to her husband Bill, and together they are the parents of 16-year-old Sam. The family enjoys all things real estate and every four years or so they can be found building a new home. Together they also enjoy golfing and spending time with extended family. 

Roberta has been married to her husband Terry for 20 years. An accomplished fisherman and author, Terry has battled cancer since 2014. Roberta refers to him as her “hero.” Together, they are the parents of two adult children, Adam and Evan. In the community, Roberta is active in raising funds for pancreatic cancer research. Through her annual fundraisers, she has managed to raise more than $100,000 for the cause. 

Please join us in congratulating Kim, Katie and Roberta on the opening of NextHome Northwest Group in Olympia, Washington!


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


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NextHome announces new Oahu brokerage

NextHome announces new Oahu brokerage

Trenton Wailehua

Pleasanton, CA — August 26, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Redefined, based in Kailua, Hawaii. The brokerage represents the sixth office location opened in Hawaii for the NextHome franchise and the 506th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Redefined will provide well-rounded real estate service to clients across Oahu, including Honolulu. The brokerage serves all types of real estate needs, including relocations, first-time home buying, and investing.  

The brokerage is owned by entrepreneur and Oahu native, Trenton Wailehua. Under Trenton’s leadership, NextHome Redefined aims to increase the value clients get from their real estate agent. 

“I’m attempting to redefine the REALTOR® culture,” Trenton said. “A REALTOR® can be so much more than someone who simply helps you buy or sell a home.”

Trenton is a second-generation general contractor who also owns a tax preparation and accounting business. Building on these professional foundations, Trenton obtained his real estate license and began actively selling in 2012.

“All three really compliment each other when I’m talking to clients,” Trenton said. “I can have an all-inclusive conversation with someone and that is a great value-add for my clients.”

Trenton began his real estate sales career with a nationally franchised brokerage before joining NextHome KU Realty in Honolulu. After joining NextHome, Trenton began to truly thrive. 

“Keahi (NextHome KU Realty’s owner) was very hands-on,” Trenton said. “His proactive approach and NextHome’s culture really helped me jumpstart my career and created excitement about everything.”

Since obtaining his license, Trenton’s eventual goal was to become a brokerage owner. With NextHome, he knew he had found the right franchise fit. 

“I liked that NextHome is supportive of small brokerages and embraces a family-like culture,” Trenton said. “Being from Hawaii, family, Ohana, is really important. NextHome was more of a family environment than a corporate setting. Everyone there is dedicated to supporting each other. From the top down, we were all ‘NextHomies.’ It was a really great feeling.”

In addition, Trenton is excited to be able to leverage NextHome’s clean, simple, and eye-catching marketing. With these tools at his fingertips, Trenton is ready to redefine Hawaii real estate. 

Today, Trenton is mixing his general construction experience with NextHome’s superior marketing and his accounting expertise to build a well-rounded, full-service brokerage. 

“The average home in Hawaii is more than 50 years old, meaning that renovations are common,” Trenton said. “I am happy to provide my general contractor’s perspective to my clients, as well as bring up financial considerations they might not have even considered. With me, there’s really just one goal and it is giving the services that a client wouldn’t expect from just calling up any REALTOR®. I strive to go above and beyond.”

When he isn’t serving clients, Trenton enjoys spending time with his family. As the father of three active boys, he often finds himself coaching their school sports teams, paddling, surfing, or hiking. 

Please join us in congratulating Trenton on the opening of NextHome Redefined in Kailua, Hawaii!


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.

NextHome announces new brokerage serving Philadelphia suburbs

NextHome announces new brokerage serving Philadelphia suburbs

Renee Lambert & Anthony Porreca

Pleasanton, CA — August 19, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Synergy, based in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. The brokerage represents the 12th office location opened in Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise and the 505th NextHome office opened nationally.

Glen Mills is a town of just under 19,000 people, conveniently located between Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a major suburb of Philadelphia, Glen Mills offers beautiful small-town living as well as a haven for early American history lovers.

NextHome Synergy will serve clients across Delaware and Chester counties, including West Chester, Media, Glen Mills, Chadds Ford, and Garnet Valley. The brokerage is also licensed to serve clients in the state of Delaware, including New Castle County. 

Under the leadership of long-time REALTORS® Renee Lambert and Anthony Porreca, NextHome Synergy is poised to professionally help clients with first-time home buying, listings, investments, new construction, bank-owned, or downsizing. 

Together, Anthony and Renee bring more than 32 years of combined experience to Glen Mills area clients. Both Anthony and Renee obtained their sales licenses in 2004 and met while working at the same brokerage.

Renee ventured into real estate after a career in information technology, where she worked in network engineering and administrative support. 

Anthony became interested in real estate because of the opportunity it provided to have more control over his schedule. Anthony spent his early professional years in the trucking industry. 

After they began working with each other as real estate agents, Anthony and Renee soon learned that they made a great team.

“We complement each other well,” Renee said. 

Together, Anthony and Renee excelled in sales. Their phenomenal success was driven by their people-first mentality and referral business.

“I look at the number of units not as units but as the number of people who I have helped,” Renee said. “That dedication to humans over houses has made all of my business in the past three to four years entirely repeat and referral. That stamp of approval from our clients is really important to us.”

Anthony and Renee were also able to help fellow REALTORS® achieve their highest potential. 

“We’ve taken an office here of agents and helped them to get to their cap within three years,” Anthony said. “We’ve been able to really help a lot of people and I credit a lot of that to Renee.”

Eventually, changes at their brokerage prompted Anthony and Renee to consider opening their own independent franchise. 

“We felt like having the support and tools that a franchisee offered would set us up for a great transition,” Renee said.

However, they soon discovered that not all franchises are built the same – that’s when Renee and Anthony discovered the NextHome difference. 

“As I was reading through everything about NextHome, I realized that this is exactly what I want,” Renee said. “Despite really looking seriously at other franchises, we kept going back to NextHome. Nothing compared.”

While Renee was excited by NextHome’s tools and technology, Anthony was impressed with the company’s honesty and integrity. 

“When I spoke to Charis (Moreno, NextHome’s Vice President of Sales), her honesty really impressed me,” Anthony said. “She knew her product, she knew the competition, and she knew how to be real and level with people.”

Today, Anthony and Renee are using NextHome’s suite of cutting-edge technology and people-first corporate support to serve both agents and clients. Both owners have a passion for helping agents achieve their goals. They are also passionate about providing a sharp eye for their clients. 

“Anyone who works with NextHome Synergy can expect a focused, competent professional,” Renee said. “We are serious about making sure when we serve you that all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed.”

“We ask all the extra questions to make sure the understanding is there,” Anthony added.

Around the community, both Anthony and Renee enjoy giving back. Anthony serves on his local real estate board as a mediator. He also enjoys volunteering with Relay for Life every year.

Renee is passionate about helping veterans, emergency responders, and teachers. Through a dedicated Facebook Page, Renee connects local heroes in her community to resources and housing education. 

Renee is the mother of two grown children, Rosie and Raymond. When she isn’t helping agents and building her business, Renee enjoys spending time with her dog, Toby, reading, watching movies, and cooking. 

Anthony is a professional trumpet player who loves to fish, hunt, kayak, and golf in his spare time. Together with his wife Anne, they are the parents of two kids, Matthew and Annalise. 

Please join us in congratulating Anthony and Renee on the opening of NextHome Synergy in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. 


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.

NextHome Prime Real Estate expands in Wisconsin

NextHome Prime Real Estate expands in Wisconsin

Garrick Olerud

Pleasanton, CA — August 13, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Prime Real Estate in Hillsboro Wisconsin. The newest franchised location builds on the success of NextHome Prime Real Estate’s flagship office in Westby – about 45 minutes away. The brokerage represents the 14th office location opened in Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise and the 503rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just over an hour and a half northwest of Wisconsin’s capital, Hillsboro is nestled in the winding rivers and abundant hills of West-Central Wisconsin. Sometimes known as the Czech Capital of Wisconsin, Hillsboro offers historic farmsteads, outdoor recreation, and Amish settlements. 

This newest addition to the franchise will serve clients across Richland Center, Reedsburg, Mauston, Hillsboro, and the remainder of Vernon and Sauk counties. NextHome Prime Real Estate Hillsboro will continue its legacy of excellent residential sales, investment property, land and farm sales, and commercial services.

The office is the second NextHome franchised location for top-producing real estate broker Garrick Olerud. Since opening his original office just over one year ago, Garrick and his small but mighty team have doubled their production. Steeped in rural charm, Hillsboro attracted Garrick with its small town way of life. 

“I built my first office in that small town community atmosphere,” Garrick said. “We hope to continue that small-town based service as we continue to establish ourselves and grow the brand.”

Garrick started his real estate career right after graduating from college in 2014 with Coldwell Banker River Valley REALTORS® based out of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

His father, Gary, was an auctioneer and had auctioned everything from personal items to farm equipment. In 2015, he partnered with his father to help with auctioning off real estate properties.

In addition to the real estate auctions, Garrick built a very successful real estate sales business. In 2018 alone, Garrick sold more than 100 homes. One of the proudest moments of his career was when he received the President’s Award out of 100 agents at his company. He consistently was ranked in the top two percent of the company year after year.

Garrick attributes much of his success to his commitment to community relationships.

“Before real estate, I thought about working in politics,” said Garrick. “I love connecting with those in our community. Being in real estate allows me a rewarding career with a high level of community involvement.” 

Garrick serves on the Vernon County Board of Supervisors and is also the Vice President of the Westby Coon Prairie Church. 

In 2018, Garrick was ready to take the next step and open his own brokerage.

“I wanted to open a real estate company that allowed me to modify my existing methods and systems so I could help other hard-working agents build their own business,” said Garrick. “By creating an environment that allows agents to flourish, the result helps better serve those in our community.”

Garrick knew NextHome would be the franchise that would allow him to provide the technology he was looking for, while still allowing him to run the brokerage his way.

Outside of selling real estate, Garrick and his wife of eight years Kassi love spending time with their two daughters – Peyton (age 6) and Piper (age 3). The Olerud’s also welcomed a new baby son, Rexton, into their family last October.

Please join us in congratulating Garrick and the rest of the team at NextHome Prime Real Estate on the expansion of their office in Hillsboro, Wisconsin!


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.