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NextHome announces new Coral Springs brokerage

NextHome announces new Coral Springs brokerage

Denise Parrish-Gonzalez & Giovanni Gonzalez

Pleasanton, CA — November 20, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome with Prosperity, based in Coral Springs, Florida. The brokerage represents the 79th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 528th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome with Prosperity will serve residential clients throughout Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Miami Lakes, Weston, Cooper City, Parkland, and the remainder of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. 

The brokerage is owned by the husband and wife team of Denise Parrish-Gonzalez and Giovanni Gonzalez. Denise will assume the role of Managing Broker, with oversight for coaching and sales. Giovanni will lead the company’s recruiting, marketing, and operations.

Together, Denise and Giovanni bring exceptional experience and expertise to the area’s buyers and sellers. 

Denise has worked in the real estate industry since 1999, when she began her career as an assistant at Bellina and Associates. Throughout the next several years, Denise received a well-rounded introduction to leadership in the real estate industry. She handled back office operations, showings, open houses, and specialized in mortgage processing. 

From 1999 to 2008, Denise focused her career on mortgages. Her experience gave her unique insight that helped launch her real estate sales career in 2008. 

After entering full-time sales, Denise was able to focus on providing her clients with exceptional service and the knowledge to help them navigate a sometimes-stressful process. 

“I loved that with my mortgage background, I could provide another layer of education for the clients so that they have a well-rounded insight into the process,” Denise said. 

Throughout her career, Denise worked for small independents and national franchises in addition to opening her own brokerage. 

As owner of Forté Realty Group, Denise was able to build a culture and company where agents were treated with respect. 

“It was great to be able to run things in a way that I felt comfortable with and that truly benefited my clients,” Denise said. 

As her career continued to evolve, Denise was given the opportunity to purchase a small franchise. She began to look closely at how various other real estate franchises operated, and that’s when she discovered NextHome. 

“The marketing initially caught my eye,” Denise said. “Then, the conversation I had with Charis (Moreno, NextHome’s VP of Sales) was great. The way she speaks about NextHome and her whole attitude about the company gave us a good feeling. It was what I was looking for. It is a company that generates profits, yes, but it was more than that it was also a friendship. I felt that company love and camaraderie come through on the phone.”

Denise brought NextHome’s pitch to Giovanni, and the longtime Wall Street banker began to comb through the fine print. 

“I read the contracts for both franchises we were considering, and I felt that NextHome offered so much more – and it was more personable,” Giovanni said. “There was a difference. NextHome is built on being very responsive, very attentive, and very personable. We couldn’t be happier.”

Today, Denise and Giovanni are leveraging NextHome’s suite of tools and support to provide exceptional value for both agents and clients. 

“NextHome offers a level of support for owners and agents that you just can’t find anywhere else,” Denise said. 

Outside of work, Denise and Giovanni enjoy touring the country on their Harley Davidsons. Denise is the mother of a grown son and daughter, and Giovanni has one 13-year-old son.

Please join us in congratulating Denise and Giovanni on the opening of NextHome with Prosperity in Coral Springs, Florida!

 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 in Plainfield, Illinois

NextHome announces new brokerage in Plainfield, Illinois

Emily Tracy

Pleasanton, CA — November 19, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Crossroads, based in Plainfield, Illinois. The brokerage represents the sixth office location opened in Illinois for the NextHome franchise and the 527th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located on the southwestern edge of the Chicago suburbs, Plainfield offers plentiful open space and midwestern charm. NextHome Crossroads will serve clients across the Plainfield area including Joliet, Shorewood, Minooka, Channahon, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, and the remainder of Will County and Southern DuPage County. 

The brokerage is owned by Emily Tracy, an experienced broker/owner with a heart for helping others. 

Before becoming a REALTOR®, Emily built a career working as an estate planning paralegal. 

“I got into real estate because I saw a need,” Emily said. “These families need someone trustworthy to take care of homes after their elderly parents have moved out. These clients needed someone who they had already established a trusting relationship with who could handle all the emotion that comes with downsizing and selling your parents things.”

Emily obtained her real estate license in 2012 and began serving clients at the law firm. 

In 2014, Emily opened her own independent brokerage, Park River Realty, which she operated for two years. 

Emily continued to serve her clients with compassion and dedication as she transitioned to Baird & Warner in 2016. After two years, she began working with Spring Realty. 

During these years, Emily achieved remarkable sales success. Her sales volume reached almost $7 million and Emily’s average annual sales hovered around 35 properties. 

However, Emily always knew that she wanted to open her own franchised brokerage. She just needed the right fit to come along. 

“I didn’t want to recreate the wheel,” Emily said of her decision to franchise. “I wanted to find the right partner so that I could attract quality agents, have the right technology at my fingertips, and take advantage of strong marketing. I told myself for more than a year, ‘I’m going to save money, research, and keep looking until I find the right franchise.’”

In 2020, Emily discovered NextHome and was immediately attracted to the franchise’s branding.

“I wanted something modern, sleek, hip, young, and forward-looking,” Emily said. “NextHome checked all the boxes.”

In addition, Luke the NextHome mascot became a great conversation starter. 

“The dog is adorable,” Emily said. “Everyone seems to have a dog and Luke is a really great way to connect with people.”

Today, Emily is using NextHome’s branding, tools, and support to help clients and agents achieve their goals. 

“At NextHome Crossroads, our agents will get professional management and support and the knowledge that they can always come to me,” Emily said.

In addition to NextHome’s cutting-edge marketing, Emily’s clients also have access to her extensive expertise and deep concern for their goals.

“My clients know that I care about them,” Emily said. “I want to see them to get into the best fit for them, not what’s best for me.”

In addition to her “Humans over Houses” philosophy, Emily has extensive experience with home renovations and flipping. With her own two hands, Emily has helped renovate over a dozen homes and freely offers her perspective to her clients. 

When she isn’t serving her agents and clients, Emily volunteers her time with both national and local real estate associations. For the past four years, Emily has enjoyed serving with the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®. The association covers both Will and Grundy counties and is about 800 real estate professionals strong. This year, Emily is serving with the National Association of REALTORS® on their Conventional Financing and Policy Committee. 

Emily is also a long-time member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Membership in the group is reserved for direct descendants of those who fought in the American Revolutionary War. For the past 15 years, Emily has promoted civic engagement, patriotism, and championed various veterans causes. 

Emily and her husband Chris have been married for 21 years and they are the parents of three children, Mitch (19), Spencer (18), and Amelia (17).

Please join us in congratulating Emily on the opening of NextHome Crossroads in Plainfield, Illinois!


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 Pennsylvania brokerage

NextHome announces new Pennsylvania brokerage

Luis Viera

Pleasanton, CA — November 13, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Affinity Realty, based in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The brokerage represents the 13th office location opened in Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise and the 526th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 30 minutes north of Philadelphia, NextHome Affinity Realty is poised to serve clients across Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties, including those in Norristown, Blue Bell, Warrington, Doylestown, Darby, and Media. 

The brokerage is owned by Luis Viera, a veteran of Philadelphia-area real estate with more than 30 years of industry experience. Under his leadership, NextHome Affinity Realty offers unparalleled expertise and guidance for first-time homebuyers and those who want to both sell and purchase a property simultaneously. 

Luis got his real estate license in 1990. Prior to joining the industry, Luis served in the U.S. Navy and then as a Philadelphia Police Department Dispatcher. Luis then served his community as a firefighter with the Philadelphia Fire Department, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. 

“My service is something I am truly proud of,” Luis said. 

Over his 30-year real estate career, Luis has worked with a diverse array of brokerages including a local RE/MAX, ERA, and several independents. In addition, he owned his own real estate company for five years.

Luis’s dedication to his clients helped him achieve remarkable sales numbers. From 2016 to 2017, Luis would close between 30 and 40 transactions per year. His expertise in REO transactions was a great asset to the brokerage where he worked. 

As 2020 dawned, Luis began to think about his professional legacy. His sons began to express interest in real estate careers. Additionally, Luis knew that with his work in foreclosures, it would be more advantageous to work on his own rather than with a brokerage. He began to research franchised business opportunities. 

“With the right franchise, I would have the tools I needed to set up the office, run the office well and yet still be in charge of my own business,” Luis said. 

Luis found the right partner in NextHome. 

“NextHome offers value,” Luis said. “They have industry-leading tools and technology, and yet franchising with them was very affordable. In addition, with NextHome, I have the flexibility to run my office the way I want to. Whether I want to remain a small business or scale up to a large office, NextHome provides the opportunity to adapt to either one.”

Today, Luis is leveraging NextHome’s tools and technology to provide professional and supportive service to Philadelphia-area clients. 

“A NextHome Affinity Realty client can expect that we will be professionals who provide extensive experience,” Luis said. “We are dedicated to walking hand-in-hand with first time homebuyers through the purchase of their home. Home buying can be stressful – we do our best to alleviate that stress.”

A NextHome Affinity Realty agent will be someone who is professional, willing to help others, and will contribute to a great office culture. 

“I want us to all work together and get along together,” Luis said. “That level of synergy is very important to me.”

Outside of real estate, Luis still contributes his talents to the Philadelphia Fire Department. Alongside his wife, Gloria, Luis enjoys spending weekends at their vacation home on the Jersey Shore. The couple also enjoys cruising and have traveled across the world on 26 different cruises. Next year, Luis and Gloria will celebrate 25 years of marriage. Together they are the parents of three children and grandparents to one granddaughter – with another on the way. 

Please join us in congratulating Luis on the opening of NextHome Affinity Realty in Plymouth Meeting, 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 Pinnacle Realty opens in Southern Florida

NextHome Pinnacle Realty opens in Southern Florida

Debrah Sutherland

Pleasanton, CA — November 10, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Pinnacle Realty, based in Plantation, Florida. The brokerage represents the 78th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 525th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients across Florida’s Tri County area including Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. 

NextHome Pinnacle Realty is owned by Debrah Sutherland, an experienced REALTOR® with a passion for helping others. 

Debrah obtained her real estate license in 2014 on the heels of a career as a legal assistant. Debrah’s days were filled with deeds, titles, and helping clients through foreclosures and estate planning. However, around 2014, her family and friends began sharing their experiences with REALTORS® and those conversations ignited her passion for quality customer service.

“They didn’t receive the highest quality service, and some had really bad experiences,” Debrah recalled. “I thought that providing great real estate service could offer a kind of job satisfaction I couldn’t get purely pursuing a career in law.”

When Debrah approached the attorneys at her firm with the idea, they were thrilled to be able to fill a gap in their services. 

After a few years, Debrah’s real estate sales business began to really pick up. She left the law firm and devoted herself entirely to serving real estate clients. Throughout her career, Debrah has worked with both national franchises and boutique brokerages, providing excellent service no matter where she goes. She soaked up all the training she could get her hands on during those early years. Debrah also gained valuable experience by taking the clients that other agents tended to pass up. 

“So many didn’t want to have to work with rental clients, so I took that business,” Debrah said. “Over the years, I developed great relationships with these people and when they were ready to buy, I was happy to help.”

Through her dedication to her clients, no matter their needs, Debrah’s business has become almost entirely repeat and referral.  

Debrah’s hands-on experience molded her into a high achieving REALTOR®. She enjoys sharing that knowledge with other agents, and REALTORS® from across her area began flocking to her for guidance. 

“I love being in a position where I can provide value to other professionals,” Debrah said. “A lot of people have been able to reach out to me – and that’s what actually brought me to NextHome.”

As a team leader who personally closed about 35 transactions per year, Debrah was accomplished in her market. However, she knew that she wanted to build something that would elevate agents’ abilities and leave a local legacy. 

“I needed to build something that I could entirely dedicate myself to – a company that I could truly buy into,” Debrah said.

After deciding that brokerage ownership was her next step, Debrah found NextHome and it was exactly what she wanted. 

“I was looking for a company that offered amazing technology, expansive training, and a brand that was well-established,” Debrah said. “When I found NextHome it was all these things as well as a company culture that I felt comfortable with.”

Today, Debrah is creating a brokerage that is connected to her community and where agents can feel like they have found a home. 

“I want my agents to feel like they are a part of a family,” Debrah said.

Outside of building her brokerage, Debrah enjoys flipping properties with her husband Christopher Tyler, who is a general contractor. The couple has been together for more than a decade and they were married in 2017. 

Together they love cheering on Debrah’s stepdaughter, Asaciah, as she excels in soccer. 

Please join us in congratulating Debrah on the opening of NextHome Pinnacle Realty in Plantation, Florida!


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 expands in New Jersey

NextHome expands in New Jersey

Allan Burns & Dave Garagiola

Pleasanton, CA — November 6, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Force Premier Realty, based in Howell, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the 12th office location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise and the 524th NextHome office opened nationally.

Centrally located along a major area corridor, NextHome Force Premier Realty is poised to professionally serve clients across Monmouth and Ocean Counties along the Route 9 Corridor North and South, as well as the Shore towns to the East and towards Trenton to the West. NextHome Force Premier Realty offers the best agents in the business, who are mentored by a strong and experienced leadership team. 

Owners Allan Burns and Dave Garagiola offer a unique combination of drive and vision, as well as extensive backgrounds in real estate. 

Allan began his career in 1996, working with both nationally franchised brokerages and a commercial leasing company in New York City. Between 2004 and 2008, Allan and his sister Janine ran their own independent brokerage – Brayburn Properties. After 2008, Allan joined a nationally franchised brokerage where he built a successful team. Alone, Allan was doing about $8-$10 million in sales volume. 

The following year, his partnership with Theresa Kuyl produced $17 million in sales volume then that grew to $27 million with about 50 annual transactions. The accomplishment was especially extraordinary in a market where the average sales price hovered around $300,000. 

Dave entered the industry in 2010 as a commercial real estate consultant. In 2013, he shifted into residential real estate and joined the same brokerage as Allan. 

In 2017, Dave became a team leader at the brokerage, taking over Allan’s previous role. 

“Allan is very visionary,” Dave said. “He has a talent for taking the systems and models that exist and furthering what those things can accomplish by thinking outside the box.”

In May of 2020, Allan used his talents to open NextHome Force Realty Partners in Red Bank, New Jersey. NextHome Force Realty Partners’s strong leadership structure begins with its owners, Allan Burns and Theresa Kuyl. Dave joined NextHome Force Realty Partners’ Board of Directors, which is a robust team of top-tier professionals. To help provide unparalleled client service, NextHome Force Realty Partners associates have access to a full-time accountant, marketing division, contract to close support, and cutting-edge photos, drones, and social advertising. 

“We began to formulate ideas on what type of business relationship we could put together as far as the two of us opening additional offices and expanding the brand,” Dave said.

Today, NextHome Force Premier Realty is building on the success of Allan’s first office and expanding the brand throughout the Monmouth and Ocean County area. 

As office leader and Broker of Record, Dave is using his industry expertise to attract top-tier talent and strengthen NextHome Force Premier Realty’s reputation in the area. 

“At the core of what we are creating is an office with great culture,” Dave said. “This way of being extends throughout our office, our agent base, and embraces a culture of producing at a high level. Attracting the right talent is important to strong growth, and at NextHome Force Premier Realty we embrace a culture that attracts the best of the best.”

Please join us in congratulating Allan and Dave on the opening of NextHome Force Premier Realty in Howell, New Jersey!


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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces Seattle-area brokerage

NextHome announces Seattle-area brokerage

Colleen Fischesser

Pleasanton, CA — November 5, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Experience, based in Chelan, Washington. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in Washington for the NextHome franchise and the 523rd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Experience is ready to serve a diverse array of clients across Washington, from Seattle to Chelan. Under the leadership of broker/owner Colleen Fischesser, NextHome Experience is poised to provide an exceptional experience for those in the residential and land markets. 

Colleen is a veteran real estate broker, business owner, and top-producing agent who has been interested in real estate from a young age.

As the daughter of NFL player and coach, Mike McCormack, Colleen’s childhood was filled with frequent moves and new homes. 

“I was obsessed,” Colleen recalled. “I would beg my parents to take me to open houses as a teenager and I knew exactly when the newest real estate magazines were coming out. I had a fascination with houses. It was just something I have always really loved.”

In 1990, Colleen turned that passion into a career, starting with a small boutique brokerage before joining RE/MAX. Colleen would spend the next 25 years building a name and reputation as a top producer with the national franchise. 

In 2003, Colleen added “broker” to her repertoire of talents, opening an expansion office in western Washington. For the next two years, Colleen took on the responsibility of managing, recruiting, and training, as well as maintaining her personal production.

In 2005, Colleen purchased a local RE/MAX office where she led a team of agents and built a thriving book of business. Throughout these years, Colleen responded to market forces by expanding her expertise into property management. While brokerages across America were struggling under the weight of a national housing crisis, Colleen diversified and thrived.

Ever improving, Colleen became a student of a real estate coaching program in 2013.

“One day, my coach said to me ‘What do you think about becoming a coach yourself?’,” Colleen recalled. “It really sparked something in me. I realized how much I loved creating supportive and knowledgeable work environments. Coaching was an opportunity to embrace yet another purpose bigger than myself.”

In 2016, Colleen became a real estate coach. It was around that time that she also sold her brokerages on Washington’s west side and returned to full-time sales. 

As the years went on, Colleen started considering the next evolution in her career. An online advertisement for NextHome piqued her interest. 

“I was looking for something new and fresh and more relevant in today’s market,” Colleen said. “When I had my initial call with NextHome, the culture, the tools, the brand, all of it just spoke to me. I then had a clear vision of what the next five to ten years of my career will look like.”

Colleen was primarily attracted by NextHome’s value proposition for the agent. The franchise offered an industry-leading suite of tools, available with a single sign-on. 

“The tool kit for the cost is phenomenal in my opinion,” Colleen said. “NextHome’s culture is also great. It just checked all the boxes.”

Today, Colleen is building a brokerage of top-tier agents where clients have access to highly trained professionals. 

“I am thrilled to begin to build a culture of camaraderie, where as a team we work through hands-on workshops, training, and learning,” Colleen said. “I am excited to welcome agents who fit into this culture of an abundant mindset and who can both work hard and have fun.”

Colleen has been married for 36 years to her husband Russ, who is looking forward to retirement this year. She is also mom to three sons and grandmother to two grandsons and one granddaughter. When she isn’t working, Colleen enjoys wine tasting in beautiful Washington wine country and savoring great food. 

Please join us in congratulating Colleen on the opening of NextHome Experience headquartered in Chelan, Washington!


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 Tomorrow Realty opens in Delaware

NextHome Tomorrow Realty opens in Delaware

ErinAnn Beebe

Pleasanton, CA — November 4, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Tomorrow Realty, based in Lewes, Delaware. The brokerage represents the second office location opened in Delaware for the NextHome franchise and the 522nd brokerage opened nationally.

NextHome Tomorrow Realty will serve all types of residential and commercial clients across Sussex and southern Kent counties including the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Milton, Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Dagsboro, Harbeson, Georgetown, and Milford.

The brokerage is owned by the husband and wife team of Craig and ErinAnn Beebe. Erin’s mother, Nora Martin, will be NextHome Tomorrow Realty’s Broker of Record. The family ownership team brings a wealth of experience to NextHome Tomorrow Realty, including ErinAnn’s extensive expertise in selling and listing beach homes, out-of-state buyers and sellers, and rightsizing for seniors. Nora has established a reputation for excellence throughout her 14-years in brokerage management and currently sits on the Delaware Real Estate Commission. 

ErinAnn “Erin” obtained her real estate license almost a decade ago after stepping away from a career in event marketing with Dover Speedway. 

“My mom suggested I look into real estate,” ErinAnn recalled. “I like school, I like learning, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to try.”

ErinAnn discovered a job where she could enjoy lasting client relationships and where her passion for innovation could thrive and successfully sold with RE/MAX Realty Group ever since until joining NextHome. 

Industry conditions didn’t make ErinAnn’s entry into real estate sales easy. 

“I started in 2011 when the market was pretty depressed here,” ErinAnn recalled. “I worked really, really, hard and had great learning experiences.”

That hard work and dedication to her clients eventually earned ErinAnn a lot of repeat clients. Today, she is thrilled that about 97 percent of her clients are referral or return. 

As her career evolved, ErinAnn began thinking about creating a long-term growth strategy – for both her and her husband and her mother. 

“I’m always striving for more,” ErinAnn said. “I knew I needed to grow with a brokerage that was forward-thinking, that embraced new technology, and was willing to innovate as the industry changes.”

As she flipped through trade publications, mulling over owning her own franchise, she stumbled across NextHome. 

“I loved that NextHome changes with the times and its forward-thinking technology was really important to me” ErinAnn said. “And it doesn’t hurt that my favorite color is orange,” she added with a smile. 

Today, ErinAnn, Craig, and Nora are building a business where talented agents can truly feel supported – and where they feel empowered to provide phenomenal service. 

“I understand how so many agents don’t feel supported where they are at,” ErinAnn said. “We want to build an environment where they can talk to the broker about anything and not feel that the broker is their biggest competition.”

“Nora is truly the best in the business,” Craig added. “I don’t think there is anyone better. A lot of brokers think very highly of Nora. In addition, ErinAnn brings great things from the sales side. She is a phenomenal manager who has built incredible relationships.”

Craig comes from a background in business and technology, working with multi-billion-dollar companies. Craig offers extensive expertise in business growth and management. 

Craig and ErinAnn are celebrating four years of marriage this October and together they enjoy all things outdoors. ErinAnn is a devoted dog mom and enjoys dancing, going for walks and soaking in the sunshine on nearby Cape Henlopen, Lewes and Rehoboth beaches. 

Please join us in congratulating Craig, ErinAnn, and Nora on the opening of NextHome Tomorrow Realty in Lewes, Delaware!


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 Wisconsin brokerage

NextHome announces new Wisconsin brokerage

Tara Feick

Pleasanton, CA — October 29, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Elite Real Estate, based in Sauk City, Wisconsin. The brokerage represents the 15th office location opened in Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise and the 521st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Elite Real Estate is ready to serve all types of residential clients across southern Wisconsin. Located in Sauk City, the Sauk Prairie region sits along the Wisconsin River and is home to about 8,000 people. Just 30 minutes north of Madison, Sauk City offers an attractive assortment of boutiques, bars, restaurants, and local businesses. 

NextHome Elite Real Estate broker/owner, Tara Feick, is a Wisconsin native who deeply cares for her clients and the communities in which she was raised and lives in. Throughout her childhood, Tara watched her parents buy, renovate, and sell properties.

“I’ve wanted to be in real estate for a long time,” Tara said. 

Tara obtained her real estate license in 2011.

“Through all those experiences, I continued to be interested in real estate and getting into that world,” Tara said. 

After spending two years at a local independent, Tara joined a Keller Willams office in Madison. Then, at the end of 2017, she opened her own brokerage – Elite Real Estate. 

During her years as an independent broker/owner, Tara was able to help clients across southern Wisconsin. Her service area spanned more than 100 miles. 

“I love helping people,” Tara said. “I was very proud of the service we provided, and that we were able to help clients all across Wisconsin.”

As she opened her own brokerage, Tara’s goal was to provide absolutely unparalleled customer service. 

“I wanted to build a small brokerage where agents and clients are my focus,” Tara said. “Whether it is helping agents grow their business or helping clients along the way, I love doing whatever I can for them. I like to cater to my clients and agents.”

That desire to offer her agents and clients the industry’s best led Tara to NextHome. 

“I wanted more resources for my agents, for myself as well,” Tara said. “I want my agents to grow, and to do that I know I need to offer them tools that will help them succeed.”

After researching several franchises, Tara partnered with NextHome. 

“NextHome really stuck out to me,” Tara said. “It had the right mix of affordability and cutting-edge marketing as well as opportunities I would not have as an independent. I just loved everything from the get-go.”

Today, Tara is using NextHome’s tools and support to provide unequaled customer service. 

“I ensure that the level of customer service is unforgettable,” Tara said. “I will be available anytime for my clients and agents. That level of client service is No. 1 for me, and the agents who work with me will operate under that ideal.”

Tara loves to participate in and host community events. From Easter egg hunts in the Spring to pumpkin decorating events in the Fall, Tara is always looking for ways to reach out to the community around her. 

Alongside her fiance, Bob Phillips, Tara enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her two children Trevor (18) and Tiana (15), and Bob’s two kids Dimitri (19) and Payten (16). 

Please join us in congratulating Tara on the opening of NextHome Elite Real Estate in Sauk City, 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.

NextHome Welcomes New Raleigh-Area Brokerage

NextHome Welcomes New Raleigh-Area Brokerage

Wayne Holt

Pleasanton, CA — October 23, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Reward, based in Cary, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 27th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 520th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Reward is located in the charming Raleigh suburb of Cary, where a vibrant downtown is in the midst of blossoming. 

From its central location, NextHome Reward is poised to help clients across the area including those in Raleigh, Apex, Morrisville, and Holly Springs. 

NextHome Reward is owned by local homebuilder Wayne Holt. Wayne has become a local expert in new home construction after spending more than 17 years building custom homes in the area. 

Before entering the real estate arena, Wayne was a successful business owner. He worked in insurance then opened his own Yamaha franchise, which he ran for more than 10 years. 

In 2002, Wayne became a licensed contractor and began building custom homes. He added to his expertise in 2004 by obtaining his real estate license and opening his own brokerage. 

Throughout his career, Wayne has specialized in new construction and has bought or sold more than 400 properties – may of those built by his company 

Throughout the recession, and the real estate slump that accompanied it, Wayne added another business to his portfolio. He began working with banks to provide assistance with foreclosed new home construction. With his expertise Wayne would finish the homes, then among with his partners list them and sell them.

“We did it all,” Wayne said. 

As the market recovered, Wayne returned his full attention to his custom home business. Throughout the years, Wayne has provided first-rate leadership and staff training that has enabled the company to reach a point where he can again embark on a new venture. 

As Wayne considered his next career move, he found himself sitting next to an old friend at a real estate continuing education course. 

“I’ve known Mark (Anderson, owner of NextHome Ideal Group) for more than 22 years,” Wayne said. “He had nothing but positive things to say about NextHome. To see him grow the way he has in his business over the past couple years, I knew NextHome was a good place for me to be.”

After delving deeper into what NextHome had to offer, Wayne was thrilled with the company’s marketing, education, and technology. 

From cutting-edge yard signs, to a fully equipped back office, Wayne now has access to industry-leading resources that give him a competitive advantage in his area. 

“All the pieces are there,” Wayne said. “What NextHome offers is truly comprehensive. There’s nothing missing and I think that will be very attractive to great agents, as well as clients.”

Wayne is looking forward to welcoming agents to NextHome Reward who love their industry and want to have fun. 

“I am looking for agents who are hardworking, friendly, and fun to be around,” Wayne said. 

Clients seeking new home construction will especially benefit from Wayne’s experience and leadership at NextHome Reward. 

Wayne has been deeply involved with the Homebuilders Association of Raleigh-Wake County since he began his homebuilding career. In 2013 he served as the association’s president. At the time, the association was the largest in the United States, with more than 3,000 members. 

Throughout the years, Wayne has also served on various homebuilder committees, and remains deeply plugged into the local homebuilding industry. 

Wayne also held a home inspection license for several years and continues to be the region’s hyperlocal expert on new construction. 

Around the community, Wayne has passion for helping kids who face hunger. For several years, he donated heavily to the local backpack program run through his church that provided children with the nutrition they needed to succeed in school. 

Please join us in congratulating Wayne on the opening of NextHome Reward in Cary, North Carolina!


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 Bay Area brokerage

NextHome announces new Bay Area brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — October 22, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Landcastle Luxury, based in Danville, California. The brokerage represents the 80th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 519th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve a wide range of residential clients across the East Bay, including those in Danville, Walnut Creek, Alamo, and San Ramon. 

NextHome Landcastle Luxury is owned by Jim Brennan – a veteran of the real estate industry with a broad range of experience in land development, investment properties, and subdivision sales. 

Jim became a broker in 2000, but he has been an avid investor since the 1980s. The Butler University (Indianapolis) graduate began his professional life as a pharmacist who became well versed in sales and technology. Jim sold computers to pharmacies throughout the Midwest before moving to northern California. 

After moving to the Bay Area, Jim decided his true passion was for real estate. He transformed his deep experience in property investing into a career in land sales, becoming a broker and partner with his father-in-law to form Landcastle Real Estate. At first, they focused on representing developers who were creating master planned communities. Jim was involved in the genesis and the sale of lots in many well-known communities in northern California, including Mountain House and the stunning 5,000-acre River Islands Master Plan in Lathrop, California. 

“Helping builders find lots to build family homes was the feel-good part of the business,” Jim said. “I loved the fulfillment that came from my work and watching the communities come to life.”

As homes continued to rise, and Jim’s portfolio of success continued to grow, he knew that franchising was the right direction to steer his career. However, he never seemed to find just the right fit. 

“I’ve been thinking about franchising for the past 10 years,” Jim said. “I spent a lot of time trying to find the right franchise.”

Jim eventually discovered NextHome through a friend. 

“We became very close after building two spec homes together,” Jim said speaking of his friend. “We were looking for opportunities and he said, ‘here, what do you think of this?’ NextHome was exactly what I had been trying to find for the past 10 years. The more research I did, the better I liked it.”

Jim was initially drawn to NextHome CEO James Dwiggins’ vision for the company. 

“It was wonderful knowing that there was someone in charge who had the same kinds of values that I wanted to promote in my own business,” Jim said. 

In addition, NextHome’s suite of industry-leading technology was just what Jim needed to help his talented agents achieve their best. 

“The back office is always a struggle for small independents,” Jim said. “NextHome gives me a framework that takes care of the small things so that I can focus on the important things, our agents and clients.”

 With his foundation in sales, Jim was impressed by NextHome’s creative marketing. 

“The dog mascot is absolutely genius,” Jim said of NextHome’s mascot Luke. “Who doesn’t love dogs?”

Today, Jim is leading a brokerage of outstanding talent as he helps East Bay buyers and sellers enjoy a seamless experience. 

“That is our agent’s goal, to make each transaction as easy for buyers and sellers as it can be,” Jim said. “That is their job and that is where we excel.”

This year, Jim celebrated 30 years of marriage to his wife Colleen, although he is quick to point out that they have been together for 36 years. Jim and Colleen are the proud parents of Sean (27) and Kelly (24). Sean is a medical student at Loma Linda University. Kelly, an accomplished artist, is pursuing a degree in graphic arts at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. 

Jim and Colleen love to travel together and are both joyful musicians. Although playing many venues in the past, their classic rock cover band has delighted fans at school fundraisers, parties and meetings across the Bay Area in recent years. 

Please join us in congratulating Jim on the opening of NextHome Landcastle Luxury in Danville, California!


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.