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NextHome Named No. 1 Real Estate Franchise in the U.S.

NextHome Named No. 1 Real Estate Franchise in the U.S.

Pleasanton, CA — February 10, 2020 — NextHome was named the No. 3 top franchise in owner satisfaction by Franchise Business Review, out of 307 of the country’s top franchise brands across all sectors. In the real estate category, NextHome ranked No. 1, an astonishing accomplishment for the six-year-old franchise. 

The franchise came in at the No. 4 spot for 2019, the first year it entered the survey. NextHome was also ranked a Top Franchise for Women and a Top Franchise for Veterans that same year. Improving upon this milestone in only 12 months is a significant step forward for NextHome.

Since its inception, NextHome has been committed to providing exceptional service to the people involved in the real estate transaction, aiming to transform what can be a stressful process into a much smoother experience for the clients and the agents. The NextHome difference lies in our “humans over houses” mindset, our modern branding and technology, and our continued support of our members and their success.

NextHome was among 307 franchise brands, representing more than 27,500 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. NextHome’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity. 

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “As an independent research firm, we rate the franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those that have the highest levels of satisfaction and performance among their franchisees in order to help entrepreneurs choose which franchise to invest in. This year’s Franchisee Satisfaction Award winners truly are the best-of-the-best.”

The Franchise Business Review ranking follows NextHome earning the No. 1897 spot on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, as well as being named No. 95 on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list.

“A franchise is only as strong as it’s members. We’re incredibly grateful to have built a franchise that attracts those who want to make a difference in the real estate industry,” said James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome. “Thank you to the NextHome members across the country for making this recognition possible.”

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Meet your January 2020 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your January 2020 NextHomie of the Month!

Please join us in congratulating our NextHomie of the Month for January 2020, Annie Fleeting of NextHome Beach Time Realty in Saint Pete Beach, FL. Congratulations, Annie!

Annie’s initial draw to NextHome was that the franchise model was refreshing and different, unlike the models she was familiar with. 

“My initial contact with Charis (NextHome’s Vice President of Sales) was incredibly positive,” said Annie. “And when I met James, I immediately knew it was the right match. It felt genuine and honest.”

Since joining NextHome in 2015, Annie has dived head-first into the culture, marketing, and events. She has since opened a second office in Redington Beach and is looking to continually expand.  

Annie is a native to St. Petersburg, Florida and is the proud wife to her Scotland-born husband Bobby. She is the proud mother of four; two boys Mark and James and two girls Victoria and Amanda, and the grandmother of five. When she’s not enjoying time with her grandchildren, Annie loves to travel every chance she gets. Her and Bobby recently traveled for 29 days in Europe for their 29th anniversary. Annie also enjoys writing and dreams of publishing the fantasy novel she has been working on and the books she has written for her grandchildren.

Annie began her career in Real Estate at the tender age of 11 when she started showing apartments for her father’s property management business, and first became a licensed real estate agent 21. She left the business for a while to raise her family abroad in Scotland for ten years with her husband where he was a property developer. 

When asked what she loved most about being a NextHomie, Annie attributed it to the NextHome family. 

“It’s the people and the culture that make the NextHome difference,” said Annie. “Cultivating those values in my offices has made all the difference.”

Annie’s success and representation of the NextHome brand rightfully earned her the January 2020 NextHomie of the Month recognition. Congratulations, Annie!  

Amanda Mills

NextHome Culture Committee Chair

NextHome CEO Named a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker

NextHome CEO Named a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker

Pleasanton, CA — January 20, 2020 — NextHome’s Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins has been selected as a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker—a dynamic group of key influencers making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry, and their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve.

RISMedia, the leader in U.S. real estate news and information services, announced its 300-plus, 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers on Jan. 8, in both an online directory on RISMedia.com and in the January issue of its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine. 

RISMedia’s 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers were nominated in 2019 by RISMedia readers and editors and are showcased in the following categories: Influencers, Trailblazers, Futurists, Achievers, Crusaders, Inspirations, Luminaries, and Trendsetters.

James was recognized in the Trailblazer category, a fitting title as NextHome continues to grow exponentially. The five-year-old franchise was created with a vision to make a change in the real estate industry. The NextHome difference lies in our consumer-centric branding, innovative technology, and continuous member support. 

“In RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers, you’ll find an inspirational overview of more than 300 industry leaders who are making a difference in the real estate and homeownership sectors, and whose actions have a far-reaching and profound impact on the real estate industry, from nationwide to their own local communities,” said John Featherston, CEO and publisher of RISMedia. “You’ll meet the thought leaders and the icons. The heroes and the champions of a better way. The ones who are breaking the mold and the ones who are leading the industry forward.”

Under the leadership of CEO James Dwiggins, NextHome, Inc. was named the No. 4 franchise in the country by Franchise Business Review in 2019, which also ranked the California-based organization as a Top Services Franchise and a Top Franchise for Women. NextHome was also ranked No. 95 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2020 Franchise 500 list for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. The franchise’s ranking placed NextHome fifth in the real estate category.

“NextHome’s accomplishments are a testament to the hard work of our team to deliver a consumer-centric brand and an innovative technology platform that resonates with agents and brokers,” said Dwiggins. “More than that, it speaks to the level of professionalism of our members who are truly the absolute best in the business. We couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments, helping NextHome grow at such a tremendous rate.”

To see RISMedia’s 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers and read about their achievements, visit the Newsmakers Gallery

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Executives Recognized on 2020 SP200 and Watchlist

NextHome Executives Recognized on 2020 SP200 and Watchlist

Pleasanton, CA — January 16, 2020 — Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins and Chief Operating Officer Tei Baishiki of NextHome were recently recognized by T3 Sixty as prominent leaders in the residential real estate brokerage industry for 2020, making the list of most powerful leaders and the Watchlist.

T3 Sixty, the leading management consultancy and research company dedicated to the residential real estate brokerage industry, annually publishes Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) which definitively ranks real estate leaders and executives across the U.S. The rankings are intended to shed light on the leaders of the industry and do not reflect company rankings. In addition to this list, T3 Sixty also names individuals who are recognized as the industry’s up-and-coming leaders on the 2020 Watchlist.

James and Tei have worked alongside one another since 1999. In May of 2014, the two founded NextHome, Inc. with a vision to make a change in the real estate industry. The NextHome difference lies in our consumer-centric branding, innovative technology, and continuous member support. 

As the NextHome franchise continues to grow, so does James’s ranking on the SP200. He was ranked at No. 158 in 2017, No. 105 in 2018, and No. 72 in 2019. This year, James was ranked No. 54 as he continually embraces the changes the industry faces to best position the NextHome franchise and its members for success. He also shares his knowledge and perspective at numerous conferences and events throughout the country. 

“Since day one, NextHome has been dedicated to maintaining a high-set bar of marketing, technology, and customer service standards,” said James. “However, our success lies with our members who have embraced the NextHome uniqueness, and want to make a difference in the lives of those looking to find their next home. Recognitions like these are not possible without our members.” 

Tei’s addition to this year’s Watchlist reaffirms his place among the innovators, dealmakers, and movers-and-shakers who made a noteworthy impact in our industry over the past year. The recognition identifies the dedication Tei maintains as he’s responsible for overseeing corporate operations as well as the creation and implementation of new technologies that give NextHome the edge to stay ahead of the competition.  

“When James and I started NextHome, we never imagined our vision would grow to where we are today,” said Tei. “It all comes back to the people – our hard-working corporate team, our amazing members in the field, and the vendors we hand-select to support them.”

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all NextHome members across the country for making recognitions like this possible. Our company leaders are making a difference in the real estate industry thanks to your ongoing support. 

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise 500®

NextHome Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise 500®

Pleasanton, CA — January 14, 2020 — Entrepreneur magazine revealed its annual Franchise 500 list, and NextHome was ranked among the world’s very best franchise systems. Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever. Over 1,100 companies were considered for recognition on the list.

Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks NextHome at No. 95 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. NextHome’s ranking placed the franchise fifth in the real estate category. 

“The 500 companies on this list all have something in common —  they understand what consumers want now,” said Entrepreneur editor in chief Jason Feifer. “Making our list means they’re forward-thinking, nimble, and closely in touch with their customers’ needs — because in an ever-changing business environment, that’s what a franchise must do to thrive.”

The factors that go into the evaluation are based on The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500® which include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, as well as financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. 

Over its 41 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. At just five-years-old, NextHome’s position on the ranking affirms its strength as a franchise opportunity. 

“NextHome’s recognition on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list is a testament to the corporate team and franchise members who have helped build the brand to where it stands today, and where it continues to grow,” says James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome. “The ranking confirms our focus on the consumer, branding, and innovative technology are making a difference in the real estate industry.” 

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all members across the country for making recognitions like this possible. 

To view NextHome in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January/February 2020 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 14th. 

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Meet your December 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your December 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Please join us in congratulating our NextHomie of the Month for December 2019, Carlos Rios, the energetic, motivational, and hardworking agent from NextHome My Way in Milwaukee, WI. Congratulations, Carlos!

Carlos has been a NextHomie for over a year now, and made sure to do his research before joining. He interviewed at other companies before concluding that NextHome was the perfect fit for his career goals, and the fact that his brother is the owner of NextHome My Way helped as well. 

“The energy is contagious! Along with that, the corporate staff is integrated and there for us. There is no hierarchy, we are all team players,” said Carlos on why he chose NextHome. “I am always looking for a way to help a NextHomie out and so are they.” 

Carlos’s success in real estate can be traced to his disciplined work ethic rooted in his athleticism. Prior to real estate, Carlis was a Golden Glove boxer, a member of the Puerto Rico diving team, a competitive cheerleader in college, studied martial arts, and last but not least – a professional skateboarder. 

When asked what he enjoys most about being a REALTOR®, Carlos’s answer is commonly a least-favorite task of the job. 

“I enjoy making the calls,” Carlos said. “I like the opportunity to take what is an uncomfortable situation for most and turn it around to a warm and positive experience.”

Outside of real estate, Carlos is making a difference in his local community. His goal is to provide high school graduates with professional attire to prepare themselves for success after graduation. If you’ve met Carlos or follow him on social media, you’d recognize his approach that if you feel good, you’ll do good. 

We’re thankful to have NextHomies like Carlos in the NextHome family. His energy and motivation to help people rightfully earned him the December 2019 NextHomie of the Month recognition, congratulations Carlos! 

Amanda Mills 

NextHome Culture Committee Chair

Meet your October 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your October 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Please join us in celebrating our NextHomie of the Month for October 2019, Beth Smoot, Broker/Owner of NextHome Triangle Properties in Raleigh, North Carolina! Beth is a courageous leader, a hands-on problem solver, and has a passion for giving back and serving her community. These traits made her the perfect candidate for the NextHomie of the Month title. Congratulations, Beth!  

Beth has been in real estate for over 15 years and opened her NextHome office in January of 2016. From the moment she found NextHome and everything the organization had to offer, she knew it was where she belonged. She now manages 10 agents in her office and together they’ve done over 85 transactions so far this year. Prior to real estate, Beth spent 10 years practicing law, then she transitioned into managing a very successful nonprofit organization. With real estate being her third career, she brings a wide variety of experience and skills to the table.

Outside of real estate, Beth continues to serve her community any chance she gets. Ten years ago, Beth co-founded The Green Chair Project with just $100. The goal was to gather furniture that was no longer being used and make it available to low-income families throughout the community. What started off as a few items being distributed from a closet in her church has blossomed into a 32,000 sq. ft. storefront that employs over 20 people. 

“Asking for help is hard. The difference between The Green Chair Project and other food banks is dignity,” said Beth. They boost confidence by creating a space that families in need are proud to walk into. “This project has taught me so many lessons, the greatest being that you don’t need to know what the end looks like in order to start.” 

Beth set a perfect example of how relentless determination can generate exemplary results and we are so proud to be able to recognize her efforts. 

Beth and her husband David, a child psychologist, have been married for 31 years and have two adult children together. Hannah, 24, who is a reporter, and Jake, 26, who works in a lab at Duke University. In her downtime, Beth enjoys painting and reading. She has also participated in a local book club for 23 years and hosts their Church Community Group every two weeks at her home.

When Beth was asked what characteristics make up a NextHomies, she proudly answered, “A NextHomie is someone who is committed to excellence and service to families in their community.” Her best piece of advice to finding happiness and success was to never forget it’s about, “Humans over Houses.” 

We are honored to recognize Beth as the NextHomie of the Month for October 2019. Congratulations once again, Beth! 

Meet your September 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your September 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Kacy Wallis

Please join us in congratulating our NextHomie of the Month for September 2019, Kacy Wallis, an agent with NextHome Signature Properties in Granite Bay, CA. Congratulations, Kacy!

Kacy’s journey into real estate began just 10 short months ago when Debbie Mitchell, Franchise Owner of NextHome Signature Properties, invited her to discuss all things real estate. Kacy had no real estate experience at the time, but she spent the last 20 years in the lobbying industry and was ready to make a career change. Debbie was Kacy’s personal real estate agent for many years, so when Kacy wanted an inside look into what real estate had to offer, Debbie was the first person she called.

After meeting with Debbie, Kacy knew right away that real estate was where she belonged. Kacy signed up for her real estate courses, passed her tests, and got straight to work with NextHome Signature Properties. So far this year Kacy has closed over 3.9 million in volume and is working towards being a Premier Sales Award winner at our next conference. Way to go, Kacy!

So, what’s her secret? Kacy has submerged herself in all things NextHome. She is an avid user of the NextHome tools and is committed to raising the minimum standards in all aspects of her marketing. She attended our annual conference in Las Vegas earlier this year and enjoyed making connections with hundreds of NextHomies from all around the country. Kacy is passionate about helping educate people on the buying and selling process, and her past clients appreciate the level of transparency and integrity she brings to the table.

Outside of work, Kacy enjoys spending time with family. Her husband of 22 years, Chris, and their 10-year-old daughter Karly enjoy camping, cooking, and spending time with their two dogs, Tater and Nellie.

We are so excited to have Kacy as our NextHomie of the Month for September 2019. Congratulations again, Kacy!

Meet your August 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your August 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Sarah DaSilva

Please join us in congratulating our NextHomie of the Month for August 2019, Sarah DaSilva, a rockstar agent at NextHome Freitas Realty Group in Mashpee, MA. Congratulations, Sarah!

In November 2015, Sarah became a NextHomie when her broker Livia Freitas Monteforte opened a NextHome office in Mashpee, MA. With 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Sarah has seen it all and loves it all. Her passion for helping people find their next home is undeniable and makes her a wonderful representation of a NextHomie.

When asked what’s the NextHome difference, Sarah referenced the #HumansOverHouses hashtag because it’s truly a great indicator of how NextHome is unique. 

“Everyone talks about their technology, tools, and training. NextHome talks about the humans, the people, because they’re the ones that really matter in this industry, and nobody else is talking about them,” said Sarah.

Shortly after joining NextHome, Sarah experienced the power of the NextHome family firsthand when she was affected by an unforeseen life event that took place a week before the annual NextHome conference. She lost all hope in being able to attend the event, but the overflowing kindness she received from her NextHomies was nothing short of “family.” Everyone worked together to make sure she didn’t miss it. 

“When I joined NextHome, I felt the arms of that big family hug engulf me. I knew from that moment that I was home,” said Sarah. 

Outside of real estate, Sarah loves spending time with her eight-year-old daughter, Kennadie. Sarah accompanies her to ballet and hip hop classes, and their favorite thing to do is get creative in the kitchen. They love working together to create beautiful and delicious meals to share with family and friends any chance they get. 

We’re thrilled that Sarah’s passion for real estate, NextHome, and the people she helps is recognized and earned her the August 2019 NextHomie of the Month recognition. Congratulations, Sarah!

Amanda Mills 

NextHome Culture Committee Chair

Meet your May 2019 NextHomie of the Month

Meet your May 2019 NextHomie of the Month

Please join us as we celebrate our NextHomie of the Month for May 2019, Alex Krumm of NextHome Excellence in Sarasota, Florida! Alex and his wife Stevie opened NextHome Excellence in October 2017, and their office name couldn’t be more fitting. Alex spreads excellence everywhere he goes, making him a perfect fit for the NextHomie of the Month nomination. Congratulations, Alex!

Alex is a second generation REALTOR® and has been passionately involved in real estate for over 13 years. When asked why he decided to get into real estate, his answer came easily, “It’s the people. I love the customers, I love my colleagues. This is a profession built on optimism and energy and it excites me every single day. Plus, we get to do something that really matters to people, and that’s truly special.”

So, why NextHome? Alex started following NextHome from the moment the first office launched in January of 2015. He knew right away he had found his tribe. When asked what it was about NextHome that stood out to him the most, he proudly answered, “NextHomies share common values with me, family, leadership, and proficient care. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re so much fun!” He defines a NextHomie as someone who wants to do the right thing, and has a pretty good idea of how to do it, all while being fun and empathetic in the process. There’s no doubt that Alex is a prime example of a NextHomie!

Alex believes he was nominated for this recognition because of his “frequent social media posts,” but what truly made him stand out is his relentless commitment to excellence.

His excellence shines through in his definition of success: “Success is advancing in proficiency, acting with integrity, being a lighthouse for people in the dark, being a servant leader. It’s putting others first while making sure you’re taken care of, too. It’s being smart and charismatic and caring. It’s having a set of values and living up to your own expectations of yourself.”

Although we all define success differently, I think Alex nailed it. Congratulations to Alex on being the NextHomie of the Month for May 2019!

Amanda Mills

2019 Culture Committee Chair