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NextHome Estates Realty Group opens in Orange County

NextHome Estates Realty Group opens in Orange County

Tom McKenzie

Pleasanton, CA — July 7, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Estates Realty Group, based in Los Alamitos, California. The brokerage represents the 74th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 489th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Estates Realty Group will serve clients across Orange County and Los Angeles County including Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Cypress, Long Beach, Buena Park, Anaheim, Lakewood, and Huntington Beach. 

NextHome Estates Realty Group is owned by local attorney Tom McKenzie, who brings extensive experience to the new brokerage. Tom has been a practicing attorney and licensed broker for more than 20 years, specializing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, asset protection, and elder law. In addition, Tom has been a licensed financial advisor since 1995 and holds 10 different real estate certifications and designations.

Tom’s remarkable life included an early stint as a singer/songwriter. His talents helped him pay his way through law school – working as a full-time entertainer at night and excelling in his legal studies as a full-time student during the day. While attending Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Tom was the only member of his class to receive the “American Jurisprudence Award” for real estate law. During these years, Tom was extended an invitation to serve as the associate editor of his school’s prestigious law review publication, and his article on Historically Black Colleges has been cited in a number of books and legal journals, including the book “Unearthing Promise and Potential: Our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” by Marybeth Gasman. 

Tom obtained his broker’s license in 1998 and, after graduating among the top of his law school class, opened McKenzie Legal and Financial. 

Throughout his career, Tom often worked with legal and financial planning clients who needed real estate services. Their needs prompted Tom to think about opening his own brokerage. To gain a better understanding of the industry in the area, Tom first began selling with a nationally franchised brokerage. He quickly learned what he did, and what he did not want to do, to best serve his clients. 

“I saw the opportunity to offer true, ethical representation for buyers and sellers that currently weren’t being well represented,” Tom said. “I wanted to be able to provide agents who embrace the highest levels of integrity and put the clients first.”

As a dedicated professional for both his legal and real estate clients, Tom knew he would have to partner with a robust and supportive franchise in order to not spread himself too thin. That’s when he discovered NextHome in REALTOR® Magazine. 

“When I read the article, NextHome was exactly what I was looking for so that I could truly help my clients,” Tom said. “Throughout the process of being affiliated with NextHome, I have not been disappointed. I have been very happy with the corporate staff, the support they give, and the educational assistance.”

Now, as a brokerage owner and attorney, Tom is uniquely qualified to help clients with a broad range of needs. 

“I can offer perspectives and advice that can only be given by a licensed attorney, helping clients avoid pitfalls and seize opportunities they might not have even known existed,” Tom said. 

From putting properties straight into trusts, to helping investors with LLCs, to legal review and notary services, Tom can help with it all. 

“I want to provide convenient, low-pressure options for my clients and help them know that they are in safe hands from the beginning of their transaction to closing and beyond,” Tom said. 

Tom’s wife Natalie will be joining him at NextHome Estates Realty Group as the brokerage’s office manager. She is also a paralegal and notary public. 

Tom and Natalie recently celebrated 19 years of wedded bliss and together they are the proud parents of four children. 

Macy (18) recently graduated from Los Alamitos High School. For most of her academic career, Macy performed with the school’s prestigious Sound FX advanced mixed choir group. The choir is recognized as one of the nation’s best and members have performed at The Hollywood Bowl with Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas and John Stamos, and at the Greek Theater with Barry Manilow. Last year, they hosted the world’s largest assembly with the “Mean Stink’s” anti-bullying campaign and were featured performers on the Today Show.

Ryan (17) is both academically and mechanically talented and, according to his dad, has the biggest heart in his family.

Cody (12) is a high achiever in math and Noah (10) is a standout football player. 

“My family is truly my greatest joy,” Tom said. 

Please join us in congratulating Tom on the opening of NextHome Estates Realty Group in Los Alamitos, California!


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 Charlotte-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Charlotte-area brokerage

Rhonda Rivers

Pleasanton, CA — July 2, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Rivers Realty, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 24th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 488th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve residential clients across the greater Charlotte area including Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus counties. NextHome Rivers Realty is also poised to provide excellent service in South Carolina throughout Lancaster and York counties. 

NextHome Rivers Realty is owned by Rhonda Rivers, a 17-year veteran of Charlotte-area real estate who has a passion for community relationships and offers excellent customer service. Under her leadership, NextHome Rivers Realty provides expertise in investment properties, corporate relocations, retirement properties, first-time home buying, and numerous other subsets of residential real estate. 

Rhonda began her career in 2003 with a small boutique brokerage. As her business grew, she joined Wilkinson ERA Real Estate where she remained for the next 12 years. Throughout her years with the regional firm, Rhonda became uniquely skilled at helping corporate clients with relocations. 

In 2018, Rhonda joined a local NextHome office as a Broker-Associate. As she delved into all NextHome had to offer, Rhonda fell in love with the franchise’s marketing and technology. She also spent several years developing deep relationships with investment buyers, many of whom return time and again.

“I have enjoyed great relationships over the years and sold many homes for investors, but many have never met me in person,” Rhonda said. “That’s the type of trust we have built and the type of relationships we have with our clients. I really pride myself on helping clients feel comfortable with my level of knowledge and experience in the area.” 

After getting to know NextHome’s systems and support, Rhonda knew that throughout her career she would remain with the NextHome brand – come what may. 

Then, in 2019, when her NextHome Broker-in-charge needed to relocate across the country, Rhonda jumped at the opportunity to open and own her own brokerage.

“I knew immediately that I wanted to stay with NextHome and I didn’t want to work with another company,” Rhonda said. “I had a positive experience. I knew as an agent how responsive the corporate team was and my broker spoke very highly of it. I knew that in order to make my career as a Broker/Owner successful, I would need those resources and systems in place so I could focus on the excellent service I provide my clients. It was a no-brainer for me.”

Today, NextHome Rivers Realty is continuing Rhonda’s legacy of excellence. 

“This gives me an opportunity to develop a team and provide support to other agents as I continue to build this company,” Rhonda said. “There is something really special about this franchise.”

In her role as a business owner and mentor, Rhonda is incorporating her background in education. Rhonda holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education with an emphasis in leadership. Her career in education not only gives her valuable skills that can help agents with professional development, but also keeps her connected to Charlotte’s area school districts. 

“I spend a lot of time as a mother of three understanding our school system and volunteering,” Rhonda said. “I’m able to provide that knowledgeable perspective.” 

Rhonda is the president of the Athletics Booster Club and is a strong advocate for programs that support children and families across North Carolina. 

Through both her professional life and her volunteer work, Rhonda is passionate about helping others achieve their dreams.  

“Regardless of what the market looks like and what their needs are, it is always my greatest honor to help people find a home that represents who they are and where they want to live,” Rhonda said. “I am so fortunate to work in an industry that values relationship building, and I truly enjoy those deep relationships throughout the community.”

Rhonda has been married to her husband Craig for 25 years and together they have three children; Caylee (20), Kendall (17), and Preston (12). Rhonda and Craig enjoy cheering each of their children on as they excel in lacrosse, golf, and baseball.

Please join us in congratulating Rhonda on the opening of NextHome Rivers Realty in Charlotte, 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 newest brokerage in Minnesota

NextHome announces newest brokerage in Minnesota

Enrique Ramos

Pleasanton, CA — June 26, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Elhm Realty, based in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. The brokerage represents the fourth office location opened in Minnesota for the NextHome franchise and the 487th NextHome office opened nationally.

Conveniently located between St. Paul and Minneapolis, NextHome Elhm Realty will serve clients across Washington, Ramsey, Dakota, Hennepin, and Carver counties. 

This bi-lingual brokerage will serve both English and Spanish speaking clients and offers expertise in all types of residential real estate.

NextHome Elhm Realty is owned by IT professional and local REALTOR® Enrique Ramos. The unique brokerage name pays tribute to Enrique’s family and reflects his family-centered professional values. Elhm combines all the initials of Enrique’s family members: Enrique, his wife Lisa, and children Harlo and Melia. Lisa is also a licensed real estate agent and will be handling day-to-day operations and training at NextHome Elhm Realty.    

Enrique spent more than 10 years in the technology industry before obtaining his real estate license in 2015. He then worked with boutique brokerages, sharpening his skills in investment real estate and relocations. 

Enrique credits his background and upbringing for his entrepreneurial spirit. Born in an impoverished part of Honduras, Enrique was raised in New York City and earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in Wisconsin. 

“The empowerment that I feel from working hard and creating a legacy for my kids is why I do what I do,” Enrique said.

In 2019, Enrique used his passion for real estate sales to open his own independent brokerage. 

However, he soon discovered that he was spending all his time developing back-end systems and missing valuable opportunities to grow his business and build relationships with clients, agents, and community leaders. 

“I was spending too much time building systems and not enough time growing,” Enrique recalled. “The type of connections we make with agents and customers is really important. It needs to be more than just saying hi and bye, but really getting to know people.”

After speaking with several people at various franchises, Enrique knew that NextHome was the direction he wanted to go. 

“At first I was impressed with the technology NextHome offered,” Enrique said. “Plus, the website looked great, but what really helped me make the right decision was my conversation with Charis Moreno (NextHome’s VP of Sales). I knew then what NextHome stood for, what it could offer me, and how we could grow together.”

Today, Enrique is building a full-service brokerage with superior technology tools.

“We are here to offer personalized help from beginning to end, with every single step of the home buying process,” Enrique said. “We truly believe in the principle of Humans over Houses.”

Enrique currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR). In addition, the Ramos family hosts an annual volleyball tournament to raise money for breast cancer awareness organizations. The cause is dear to their hearts after losing Lisa’s mother, Charlotte Jonas, to breast cancer seven years ago. 

Lisa and Enrique have been married for eight years and they are the proud parents of two young children: Harlo and Melia. Together, the family enjoys cooking and traveling. 

Please join us in congratulating Enrique, Lisa, and the entire team at NextHome Elhm Realty on the opening of their office in Cottage Grove, Minnesota!


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 Richmond-area office

NextHome announces new Richmond-area office

Susie Hall

Pleasanton, CA — June 25, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Advantage, based in Glen Allen, Virginia. The brokerage represents the 13th office location opened in Virginia for the NextHome franchise and the 486th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Advantage will serve clients across the greater Richmond metro area in addition to Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Goochland, Chester, and Richmond counties. 

With more than 20 professional associates, each with a unique experience, NextHome Advantage is poised to help all types of residential clients. The brokerage offers expertise in first-time home buying, listings, investment properties, relocations, probate, and working with 55+ communities. 

Leading this outstanding team is 18-year real estate veteran Susie Hall. Susie began her career in 2002 and worked with a large, nationally franchised brand. In 2004, she formed a team and began a career with RE/MAX. Her leadership skills and sales success quickly made her a trusted resource for agents across the area. In 2005, she opened her own brokerage, RE/MAX Today, where she built a fantastic culture and camaraderie. 

“My background is in training and management, so it was a very natural progression,” Susie said. 

Despite opening a real estate brokerage at the dawn of one of the greatest downturns in modern housing market history, Susie endured and even grew her business. 

“I think agents were hesitant at the time to move to a company that was brand new,” Susie recalled. “But after my first year, people realized ‘hey, she’s sticking around for the long term’ and they knew that I was here to stay.”

What started as a seven-agent office quickly grew to more than 20 producing agents by year two. Then, it continued to grow. Susie’s brokerage burst into the top 35 offices in her MLS area and closed more than 400 transactions last year. 

“We really built a business out of my core values: taking care of people, communication, and creating a great workplace culture,” Susie said of the brokerage’s success. 

In early 2020, Susie realized that in order to maintain alignment with her core values she needed to partner with a new franchise. She had heard about NextHome several years prior but became reacquainted with the franchise after friends made glowing remarks in social media groups. 

“There were a lot of NextHome brokers and owners in a real estate Facebook group I was a part of,” Susie said. “I kept seeing the brand mentioned time and time again. So, I reached out to a NextHome owner and she just raved about the company. She connected me with Charis Moreno (NextHome’s VP of Sales) and it was a very fast evolution from there.”

Today, NextHome Advantage offers agents the streamlined tools, marketing, and support to provide clients with a superior buying or selling experience. 

“Over the years, my associates have been promised a lot when it comes to technology and I’ve had to keep saying I’m sorry it’s coming just hold on,” Susie said. “So, when they were able to see all the incredible things NextHome provides there was very tangible renewal, a recharge. I consistently hear ‘this is the fresh start that I didn’t know that I needed.’”

Susie was also attracted to NextHome’s approach to the industry.  

“Everything just clicked,” Susie said. “But one of the first things I read on the website was about how as an industry we need to lift the bar. I just thought, truer words were never spoken. I loved that a company was saying that we need to up our game and serve our clients at a higher level and make it easy for our agents to serve our clients at a higher level.”

In her community, Susie is deeply involved with The Children’s Miracle Network. For the past 10 years, Susie has volunteered and contributed to their cause. A portion of each NextHome Advantage transaction fee goes to the charity and, when she can, Susie and her team love volunteering at the local hospital. 

“To meet these parents and hear everything they’ve gone through and hear how The Children’s Miracle Network has helped them, it just touches your heart at a really deep level,” Susie said. “It is a cause that is very dear to our agents.”

In addition, Susie is a rescue mom of five animals – two dogs and three cats. As such, she is a heartfelt supporter of Canine Companions for Independence and her local animal shelter. 

Susie has been married to her husband Greg for 25 years and together they are the parents of four grown children. Susie’s youngest daughter Caitlin also works with her at NextHome Advantage. 

Please join us in congratulating Susie and the entire team on the opening of NextHome Advantage in Glen Allen, Virginia!


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 Florida office

NextHome announces new Florida office

Jon Hall

Pleasanton, CA — June 24, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Top Shelf Realty, based in Orange City, Florida. The brokerage represents the 73rd office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 485th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Top Shelf Realty will serve clients across Central Florida including those in the cities of DeBary, Lake Mary, Heathrow, Sanford, and the remainder of Orange, Volusia, and Seminole counties. 

The brokerage is owned by Jon Hall, a native Floridian who has worked in the Central Florida real estate and commercial business since 2005. NextHome Top Shelf Realty’s broker of record is David Hall. David obtained his license in 1985 and is also a licensed real estate attorney. Together, this father and son duo is bringing exceptional marketing and cutting-edge real estate technology to central Florida clients. 

With a group of professional agents poised to help, NextHome Top Shelf Realty offers expertise in vacation rentals, 1031 exchanges, investments, property management, military relocations, and many other types of residential and commercial real estate. NextHome Top Shelf Realty also offers expertise for foreign investors. 

“We have a great group of people here,” Jon said. 

Jon began his real estate career after graduating from Florida State University. His first year in business, Jon achieved $1.3 million in sales. His career path then turned towards the construction trades. Jon worked with Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. where he coordinated large machinery rentals for construction projects. In 2010, Jon started work with the Kohler Company. Although the company is best known for its plumbing products, it also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators.

“Working in the builder channel, I got to see every phase of housing from start to finish,” Jon said. “We are uniquely qualified to handle every step of the way with our clients.” 

In 2019, Jon jumped back into real estate sales full-time and opened Top Shelf Realty Group LLC. The brokerage quickly began to attract agents and Jon began to think carefully about how he could offer them the best possible work experience. 

“I began looking at all the different resources I needed to invest in so that my agents could have a full package of cutting-edge tools at their disposal,” Jon said. “I’m a numbers guy and when I started adding it all up, these tools began to exceed the cost of a franchise!”

At that point, Jon knew that franchising was the right choice. After comparing options, he also knew that franchising with NextHome was the right choice. 

“After I saw the outstanding tools that NextHome offers, the value they provide, and the company’s people-first culture, the decision became a no-brainer,” Jon said. 

He added that he was attracted both by the company’s technology and its philosophy. 

“The whole reason I’m in real estate is that I want to make connections with people and truly help them,” Jon said. “It just felt right partnering with a company that understands that it’s not about a sale, it’s about a person.”

Today, Jon is combining his care for clients with NextHome’s suite of technology to provide an unparalleled experience. 

Around town, the brokerage owner is known as “Coach Jon.” An avid supporter of youth sports, Jon has been volunteering his time coaching since 2002. Coach Jon has been there every step of the way as local kids learn the fundamentals of good sportsmanship through basketball, soccer, football, and baseball. Jon volunteers through the City of DeBary Parks & Recreation Department, DreadHead Sports, and at various YMCAs.

Jon and his wife Courtney have been married since 2005 and together they have three children: Caitlyn (10), Addison (8), and Tyler (18 months). Caitlyn is an accomplished athlete in many sports and Addison is a state-level gymnastics champion. The family loves being outside together, and they can often be found enjoying the 100-square foot American Ninja Warrior course that Jon built in their backyard. 

Yet another fun fact about Jon: in 2007 he competed on Wheel of Fortune and won $27,300 in cash. 

Please join us in congratulating Jon, David, and the rest of the team at NextHome Top Shelf Realty on their official opening!


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 brokerage in Michigan

NextHome announces new brokerage in Michigan

Craig Kallen

Pleasanton, CA — June 19, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Aegis (ee·juhs) Properties, based in Royal Oak, Michigan. The brokerage represents the 19th office location opened in Michigan for the NextHome franchise and the 484th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located about 20 minutes northwest of Detroit, NextHome Aegis Properties will serve clients across Birmingham, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Township, Northville, Novi, and the remainder of Southern Michigan. 

The brokerage is owned by veteran builder, Craig Kallen. With more than 27 years of experience as a licensed contractor, Craig offers unique expertise in all types of residential real estate. 

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Craig built custom homes alongside his father. Their company, Galaxy Builders, built and sold between 100 and 150 homes per year and focused mainly on tract homes. As America descended into the housing crisis, Craig’s father concluded Galaxy Builders, and Craig began focusing on custom luxury homes. In 2008 he started Brooklyn Custom Homes and continued creating high-end properties until 2014. 

“I understand the mechanics of a house very well,” Craig said. “When I walk into a house with a client, I’m able to tell them exactly what they want and need to know.”

In 2014, Craig obtained his real estate sales license and began working for his wife’s independent brokerage – KLK Realty. He quickly discovered how much he loved the real estate sales industry and decided he wanted to be a broker. 

“I absolutely loved that line of work,” Craig said. “It was almost better than being a builder. I really enjoy working with agents and helping them achieve their potential.”

Craig became a licensed broker in 2019 and hit his stride.

“In early 2019, I was considering opening my own independent and began searching for great logo ideas,” Craig said. “When I typed in ‘really cool real estate signs’ NextHome’s came up. It immediately caught my attention.”

During the next several months, Craig continued serving sales clients and building ideas for his new brokerage. He once again found himself searching the internet and when he typed in “best real estate franchise in the world” NextHome reappeared. Craig knew he needed to learn more. 

“When I reached out, James (Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc.) called me back and after that conversation, I knew NextHome was a great opportunity,” Craig said. 

The NextHome approach to real estate aligned perfectly with Craig’s goals. 

“I clicked with everyone I talked to at NextHome,” Craig said. “James understood that I wanted to be the best NextHome brokerage in Michigan, not necessarily the biggest. NextHome offered the tools I needed to focus on quality over quantity.”

Today, NextHome Aegis Properties is combining Craig’s extensive building experience with NextHome’s eye-catching marketing and unparalleled back-end support. 

The brokerage gets its name from the shield carried by Athena and Zeus in Homer’s Iliad. Drawing on the shield’s symbolism, the modern concept of doing something “under someone’s aegis” means doing something under the protection of a powerful, knowledgeable, or benevolent source. 

Clients working with NextHome Aegis Properties will have access to the guidance of an experienced builder as well as several agents who are deeply knowledgeable about their communities. 

“Being a broker, a builder, and an agent, I hope that I can lead clients down the right path that’s right for them and makes them happy – whether it be a $100,000 house or a million-dollar property,” Craig said.

In addition, agents who work with NextHome Aegis Properties have access to exceptional training and support. 

“I’m known as the guy who really talks with and gets to know my agents,” Craig said. “I connect with them throughout the day – I’m there for them. I also recognize raw talent and I’m excited to offer outstanding professionals access to both my experience and NextHome’s great training.”

When he isn’t building his brokerage, Craig is active volunteering in his community. As the pet parent of two rescue dogs, Craig has an especially soft spot for donating to the local Humane Society. 

Please join us in congratulating Craig on the opening of NextHome Aegis Properties in Royal Oak, Michigan!


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


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NextHome Picket Fence Realty opens in Oregon

NextHome Picket Fence Realty opens in Oregon

Lila Timmons

Pleasanton, CA — June 18, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Picket Fence Realty, based in Woodburn, Oregon. The brokerage represents the ninth office location opened in Oregon for the NextHome franchise and the 483rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located halfway between Portland and Salem, NextHome Picket Fence Realty is poised to serve the needs of residential buyers and sellers across Marion, Yamhill, Polk, Linn, and Clackamas counties. 

The brokerage is owned by high-producing professional Lila Timmons. Lila began her real estate career in 2014 after 14 years in restaurant and retail management. 

“In those jobs, you learn to work effectively with a wide variety of people – whether it be the employees or customers,” Lila said. “I learned what it really meant to provide excellent customer service right away.”

Lila eventually took her customer service skills on the road, becoming a mobile notary. She worked with mostly real estate clients and their experiences prompted Lila to think about becoming a REALTOR®

After obtaining her license in 2014, Lila first worked for a large national franchise, then with a small boutique firm. Her skills were apparent from the start. Lila was Rookie of the Year for her brokerage in 2015, and in March she achieved the milestone of selling more than 100 houses. 

However, throughout her success, something was missing. As Lila went into her sixth year in business, she craved the flexibility to cater to her clients in her own way. Lila also recognized that the most efficient way to build success was to have the backing of a strong franchise. 

After searching online, she discovered NextHome and immediately knew she wanted to pursue a partnership. 

“NextHome took all the things that I would have done on my own and took them to a new level,” Lila said. “I loved that everything was all included, that the marketing was all automated – it is stunning that once you put a listing in all the marketing is produced for you.”

Today, Lila is setting NextHome Picket Fence Realty apart through her caring customer service and refreshing honesty. 

“A big part of being an outstanding agent is communication,” Lila said. “My clients appreciate that I am up-front and honest and will tell them the way it is. I also stay in contact with clients throughout the entire process, never leaving them wondering what exactly is going on with their transaction.”

As she grows her brokerage, Lila will be adding agents who embrace that same philosophy. 

“NextHome Picket Fence agents need to be driven professionals who will take care of customers in the best way they possibly can,” Lila said. 

When she isn’t focused on her clients and brokerage, Lila is active in serving her community. Alongside her husband Eric, Lila volunteers with the Woodburn Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT). The organization supports first responders as a trained, second-line response in the case of major natural disasters. In the community, CERT volunteers host events and help promote public safety. The group recently helped give away and install free smoke alarms and also hosted a bike safety event. 

Lila and Eric have been married for a little over a year and, when possible, they enjoy traveling together internationally. Their home life is brightened by Eric’s two children and their English bulldog Bo Jangles. 

Please join us in congratulating Lila on the opening of NextHome Picket Fence Realty in Woodburn, Oregon!


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


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NextHome Sweet Home opens in Millsap, Texas

NextHome Sweet Home opens in Millsap, Texas

James Da Vault

Pleasanton, CA — June 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Sweet Home, based in Millsap, Texas. The brokerage represents the 36th office location opened in Texas for the NextHome franchise and the 482nd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located about 20 miles west of Fort Worth, NextHome Sweet Home will serve clients across Parker and Palo Pinto counties. NextHome Sweet Home associates are knowledgeable in all types of residential real estate, but the brokerage is especially well-positioned to focus on investor and higher-end properties. 

The office is owned by James Da Vault, a high-producing professional who has extensive experience with Texas investment properties. 

James has been a licensed REALTOR® in Texas for more than 20 years, working with two nationally franchised brokerages. Throughout the years, James has become one of Millsap’s leading experts on residential investment real estate. He was the general contractor for two of his own investment properties and enjoys helping others achieve their passive income goals. 

Starting in 2015, James began to shift his focus from investment to real estate sales. After building a solid foundation in varying types of residential sales, James obtained his broker’s license. Always the entrepreneur, James knew 2020 was the right time to go out on his own. As he was mulling over his options, James stumbled onto NextHome. Although he was intrigued by the franchise’s suite of technology and tools, James needed to do more research. 

“I called up a NextHome broker/owner in Fort Worth and they were very positive,” James recalled. “Among other things, they talked about the value of all NextHome’s tools and systems. They said that, for the price, there was no way you could replicate all the things NextHome provides.”

James also appreciated NextHome’s flexibility in the length of its franchise agreements. 

“From there, it was an easy decision,” James said. 

Today, NextHome Sweet Home is setting itself apart through Jame’s decades of local experience and won’t-quit work ethic. 

James has been married to his wife Rebekah for more than 30 years and they are the proud parents of one adopted daughter, Breana (8). 

When the family is together, they enjoy working in the garden and on home improvement projects. 

Please join us in congratulating James on the opening of NextHome Sweet Home in Millsap, Texas!


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 BHB Property Advisors opens in Arkansas

NextHome BHB Property Advisors opens in Arkansas

Tommy Hendrix-Brown, Remington Hendrix-Brown, Ashley Bowie and Tammie Brown

Pleasanton, CA — June 11, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome BHB Property Advisors, based in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The brokerage represents the third office location opened in Arkansas for the NextHome franchise and the 481st NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients throughout the Jonesboro area and its surrounding counties in Arkansas.

The brokerage is owned by four long-time members of the Jonesboro community who have a deep love for the clients they will serve: Tommy Hendrix-Brown, Remington Hendrix-Brown, Tammie Brown, and Ashley Bowie. NextHome BHB Property Advisor’s Broker of Record will be Shana Pierce.

Tommy started his real estate career in 2017 with a nationally franchised brand based in Jonesboro. Although he has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2017, Tommy has also led large teams as a district manager for Home Goods. Throughout the years, he has fostered outstanding customer service at stores across Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama. That dedication to customer service left Tommy feeling disconnected at his brokerage, and he soon began thinking that opening his own franchise could be the right move. His foundation in customer service and creating retail experiences prompted Tommy to think about how he could reimagine real estate in his hometown. 

He began conversations with his husband, Remington, Remington’s mother, Tammie, and their close friend Ashley. 

“We wanted to bring something to our market that was really missing,” Remington said. “Really and truly we wanted to do something that would spark our passion and give back to our community.”

Tommy began looking into franchise options and NextHome caught his eye. 

“The Humans Over Houses philosophy was exactly what we were searching for,” Tommy said. “I remember watching the webinars while Remington and I were in the car and actually making Remington pull over and watch them with me. I was so excited that we had found the perfect franchise.”

Today, NextHome BHB Property Advisors is focusing on quality service and creating first-class experiences for clients. 

“NextHome BHB Property Advisors clients can expect the most personalized experience they will ever have in a real estate transaction,” Tommy said. “Our customers are more than an address and a number. We are business owners and agents who you’ll see at your school, kids ball games, and walking dogs at the humane society. We are not seated behind a wall that you will never see, we are in this with you.”

In addition to its focus on experience-based real estate, NextHome BHB Property Advisors welcomes agents who fully embrace the Humans Over Houses approach to business. 

“When we interview potential associates, I look for people who have consistent repeat business instead of astronomical sales numbers,” Tommy said. “Because we are an experience-based brokerage we want people who value a great reputation and who have strong relationships with their clients.”

That values-based approach to business extends into NextHome BHB Property Advisors’ leadership in the community. 

Tammie and Ashley are both interventionists with the local school district and Remington is a school counselor. For the past several years, Remington has enjoyed leading his local school’s Backpack Food Program. Working together with the First United Methodist Church, Remington’s dedicated work has benefited the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

Tammie is deeply involved in volunteering with the local chapter of the Special Olympics and often travels to conferences to support the program. 

Tammie has been married to her husband, Bill, for 30 years and together they have two sons, Remington and Colton, and five grandchildren. 

Ashley has been married to her husband, Brent, for 23 years. They are the parents of MaryMac and both enjoy serving in various community organizations. 

Tommy and Remington will celebrate six years of marriage this December and together they are the proud parents of Greyson, Adaleigh, and Caroline.

Please join us in congratulating Tommy, Remington, Tammie, and Ashley on the opening of NextHome BHB Property Advisors in Jonesboro, Arkansas!


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


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NextHome opens two offices in Southern Wisconsin

NextHome opens two offices in Southern Wisconsin

Carolyn Fox & Amy Fox

Pleasanton, CA — June 10, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Success, which will serve clients in southern Wisconsin. The brokerage will offer two convenient office locations in Fort Atkinson and Whitewater. NextHome Success represents the 12th and 13th office locations opened in Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise and the 479th and 480th NextHome offices opened nationally.

Fort Atkinson is just more than five square miles brimming with small-town charm. Centrally located between Milwaukee and Madison, NextHome Success’s Fort Atkinson offices will serve clients across Jefferson County. 

Whitewater is a small university town located just 15 miles south of Fort Atkinson. The community offers access to the beautiful Whitewater Lake and Kettle Moraine State Forest. Agents at the Whitewater office will serve clients across both Walworth and Jefferson Counties – including clients searching for the perfect lake property. 

NextHome Success is owned by Carolyn Fox and Amy Fox – a mother/daughter duo with decades of experience in Wisconsin real estate. Under their leadership, NextHome Success already has more than a dozen agents offering clients a broad range of expertise. NextHome Success is well-positioned to help with all types of residential real estate including investment properties, flip properties, foreclosures, vacation homes, and lake properties. 

“Among the agents and ourselves, we have a tremendous amount of experience,” Carolyn said. “We are able to skillfully tackle things that others wouldn’t be able to tackle.”

Carolyn has been a REALTOR® since 1992. After three years with Century 21, she opened her own Better Homes and Gardens franchise in 1995. Carolyn skillfully served Wisconsin clients for the next 13 years as both a business owner and active agent before returning to Century 21 as an office manager. 

Meanwhile, Amy was working toward her university degree in chemistry. However, after graduating, Amy decided that following in her mother’s footsteps was a better professional fit. Amy began her real estate career in 2002 as an office manager. Eventually, she was working 40 hours per week just entering listings. In 2015, Amy finally decided it was time to get her real estate license. 

“After so many years spending so much time helping agents, I felt that I was pretty good at real estate,” Amy said. 

Within a year she also had her broker’s license. 

Amy and Carolyn began working together in 2015. For the next several years, they created a fantastic reputation for customer service. 

However, as the business evolved Carolyn and Amy knew it was time for a change. 

Carolyn had been curious about NextHome for several years, so when it was time to change franchises, she knew which direction she wanted to go. 

“Our impression of NextHome had stayed with us,” Carolyn said, “So when it was time to make a change, our decision was pretty well already made.”

Today, NextHome Success is combining the Fox’s years of experience with NextHome’s suite of unparalleled marketing tools. The result is outstanding value for Walworth and Jefferson county clients.

“Our clients come first, and that’s something that really resonated with us about NextHome,” Amy said. “The franchise culture is all about humans over houses. NextHome recognizes that nurturing your relationship with your clients is more important than that ‘one deal’. That perspective is why we have endured as REALTORS® through economic downturns or shifts in the market, and that’s why NextHome was such a great fit for us.”

Carolyn adds that the NextHome corporate philosophy combined with their years of experience also creates an opportunity to nurture successful agents. 

“We have the experience to not only cater to whatever our clientele needs, but also the ability to leverage that experience to help agents be better versions of themselves in all the different aspects of our profession.”

When they aren’t supporting agents or building their brokerage, Carolyn and Amy enjoy serving in their community. Through NextHome Success, the Fox’s support the local Humane Society. 

“We are animal lovers and many of our agents are animal lovers,” Amy said, adding that the brokerage plans to donate a portion of all sales to The Humane Society of Jefferson County.

Carolyn is the proud mother of three grown daughters: Amy, Carrie, and Sarah. Amy is the proud mother of Connor (10), who loves board games. 

Together, the family enjoys hosting cookouts, visiting museums, playing games, and simply spending time together. 

Please join us in congratulating Carolyn and Amy on the opening of NextHome Success in Fort Atkinson and Whitewater, Wisconsin!


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


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