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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 Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times

NextHome Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times

Pleasanton, CA — November 17, 2020 — Every year, the San Francisco Business Times publishes their ranking of the region’s fastest-growing private companies. These are the innovators, the companies driving economic growth not only locally but globally.

They rank these flourishing companies by percentage growth in revenue from 2017 to 2019. The 2020 list included a touch of orange this year with NextHome, headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, ranking No. 63 on the list thanks to an impressive 73% two-year growth rate.

The 2020 Fast 100 class underscores that growth is not limited to one industry or locale in the Bay Area. Fast 100 companies are based in 25 different cities and reflect a varied range of industries and sizes. This year’s Fast 100 honorees include small veterinary practices pushing past their first $1 million and general contractors inching toward $1 billion in revenue.

Each company had a different path toward economic success. NextHome’s impressive growth has contributed to a year of milestones in 2020. The six-year-old franchise has opened over 500 franchised offices, with a total of 4,100+ members, in 47 states.

While growth is good, NextHome prides itself on growing with the right people. Each oncoming NextHome office has been meticulously reviewed to ensure that they will be a good fit for the culture of the franchise.

“The most empowering word in our language is the word ‘no’ and we use this word often when we discuss franchising opportunities with prospective brokers and agents,” said Charis Moreno, Nexthome’s Vice President of Sales. “We’re not looking to bring in everyone, and we think most people respect that. At the end of the day, you can have the best marketing, technology, and integrated systems and tools, but if you don’t have the right people the rest doesn’t even matter.”

Thank you San Francisco Business Times for recognizing NextHome as one of the Bay Area’s fastest-growing private companies, and thank you NextHomies for advocating our mission for helping enrich people’s lives by helping them find their next home.


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.

Financial Anxiety, Ongoing Uncertainty Keeping Sellers on the Sideline

Financial Anxiety, Ongoing Uncertainty Keeping Sellers on the Sideline

  • About a third of homeowners who are considering selling in the next three years cite life being too uncertain right now (34%) and financial uncertainty (31%) as reasons they aren’t selling.
  • Nearly 40% of these potential sellers say they anticipate a higher sale price if they wait.

Despite a market tilted decidedly in their favor — with demand sky-high and inventory at rock bottom — potential home sellers are largely staying on the sidelines, citing a variety of personal financial, lifestyle and/or health concerns as major reasons.

Only 1% of homeowners recently surveyed by Zillow said their homes were currently listed for sale. Among the 99% whose homes are not on the market, more than a quarter (26%) said they were concerned they would not be able to find or afford a new home once their current home was sold, the most commonly cited reason for not selling. General life uncertainty (22%) was the second-most common reason, followed by anticipation of a more favorable sale price if they wait (21%).

Reasons for not selling vary by age group: More than a third (35%) of Gen Z and Millennial homeowners said their plans for or completion of a home renovation was a main reason to stay put, compared to just 21% and 14% of Gen X and older homeowners, respectively. Younger homeowners were also more likely to cite concern about COVID-19 (20% of Gen Z and Millennial and 18% of Gen X) as a reason for not selling than Boomer and Silent Generation homeowners (11%).

Some homeowners realistically may simply enjoy their current home and have no need or desire to sell and move any time soon. But among homeowners considering selling within the next 3 years, 39% said they anticipate a better price if they wait. Among those who are not currently considering selling, but may be open to it after 3 years, 39% cite concern that they won’t be able to find or afford a new home.

Concern over finding or affording a new home among those more likely to sell in the near-term was a bit more muted, but still very real: Almost a third (31%) of homeowners considering selling in the next three years say their plans are paused because they are concerned about finding or affording a new home. The findings are a clear example that selling a home can sometimes cut both ways: According to the 2020 Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report, almost two-thirds (63%) of sellers are also buyers. But while these dual-track homeowners may be able to sell their home for top dollar, they will also turn around and enter an extremely competitive buyers’ market where homes are going under contract in 12 days.

Given the historically low mortgage interest rates that many home buyers and homeowners can enjoy these days, it may come as little surprise that 15% of homeowners report a recent refinance as a reason for staying put — but their planned uses for their newfound financial flexibility are very different. Among respondents that cited a recent refi as a reason to stay put, a majority (54%) said they would use their savings to pay off debt. Exactly half said they would use the savings for home improvements or saving for retirement.

General life uncertainty, especially given the ongoing pandemic, high unemployment and volatile economic conditions, is a main factor keeping more than a third (34%) of those considering selling in the next three years out of the market. Among these homeowners hesitant to put their home on the market now, a quarter said they weren’t selling because they were concerned about their household’s health and safety during the pandemic.

Financial anxiety, again likely attributable at least in part to the pandemic, is another big factor keeping those that might sell sooner on the sidelines: 31% of homeowners considering selling in the next three years said a currently uncertain or precarious financial situation is a reason to stay put. More than a quarter of these would-be sellers (27%) reported a recent change in employment with a decrease in hours or pay, and 17% said they or their spouse/partner were laid off or involuntarily unemployed. Among sellers who may be considering putting their home on the market in the next three years, 6% said they are currently taking advantage of mortgage forbearance programs that allow them to delay or defer monthly mortgage payments.


In this brief, “homeowners” refer to household decision makers who own their primary residence and have not moved in the past year.

Zillow Group Population Science collected a nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 homeowners (household decision makers that own their home and did not move in the past year). From September 29th to October 5th, 2020 the survey asked homeowners questions about their plans to sell and recent life events. Among those who did not have their home listed for sale (99% of the sample), the survey also asked why they were not currently selling.

To achieve national representativeness, quotas for age, ethnicity/race, education, income, region, relationship status, and sex limited oversampling of any given demographic group. In addition to quotas, ZG Population Science used statistical raking to weight the sample to the US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2018 sample of homeowners. Weighting used the same variables as the quotas. Margins of error are at a 95% confidence interval.

For more information from our partners at Zillow, check out their blog.

5 Ways to Be a Memorable Real Estate Agent

5 Ways to Be a Memorable Real Estate Agent

Building a strong repeat and referral network through long-term client relationships is a major part of growing business as a real estate professional. It’s important that the service you provide and the connections you form are memorable enough to prompt clients to recommend you to friends and family and call on you again when they wish to buy or sell a home in the future. What can you do to be a memorable agent? Here are five ways to make a lasting impression:

1. Be responsive.

Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time for your clients. That’s why they appreciate it when you respond to questions and requests promptly and completely. When it comes to being memorable, the importance of good communication cannot be underestimated. Return phone calls, text messages, and emails as soon as you can. If a client asks for information, gather it right away and make sure they receive it. Always follow up to see they understand the answers or data you provided and find if they have additional questions or needs. If you haven’t heard from a client in a while, take the initiative to check in with them. Offer regular updates and progress reports on listing activity, market changes, and other real estate-related news to keep them informed and in the loop.

2. Little things matter.

People often remember the small gestures that can make life easier, and the real estate transaction process more pleasant. Things like bringing hand sanitizer and cold water to showings, offering clients an umbrella when it’s raining, and bringing in their newspaper from the driveway or their garbage can from the curb can make big impressions. Always look for little ways to demonstrate to clients that you’re always looking out for their best interests and putting them first.

3. Stay in touch.

If you want your client relationships to continue after transactions are finished, look for ways to keep in touch long after deals close. Send holiday greetings in the mail or electronically. Share market updates regularly as well as any information or links that might help them as homeowners. If you have extra tickets to local events, offer them to your clients for their enjoyment. Check-in frequently to inquire about their family and pets, as well as to see if they are still enjoying their home.

4. Close with a gift.

In addition to thanking clients for their business, the gesture of a closing gift can serve to remind clients of the important service you provided, and the relationship you built with them. Try to choose closing gifts that will last over time, such as something for their home or garden. Candlesticks, serving trays, a small tree to plant, a garden sculpture, or a framed rendering of their home can all be proudly displayed and a reminder of the successful transaction spearheaded by you.

5. Include American Home Shield® home warranties in transactions.

One of the best ways to show clients that you care about them is to include American Home Shield real estate home warranties with every transaction. Each time clients have a covered repair handled, they will be grateful to you for the budget protection and the repair solution provided by their home warranty plan. American Home Shield’s Livable and Forgivable Coverage is built for every day, real life, with no age limits, no inspections, and no maintenance records required. Livable and Forgivable Coverage can mean less frustration, higher client satisfaction, and more appreciation for you. Contact your American Home Shield Account Manager or call 800.735.4663 for more information.

Another way to stay on your clients’ radar is to connect through social media. Be sure to follow your clients on their preferred social media platforms where you can interact with them as well as keep up with what’s happening in their lives.

For more information from our partners at American Home Shield, check out their blog!

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 Named in Franchise Business Review’s “Culture100” List

NextHome Named in Franchise Business Review’s “Culture100” List

Pleasanton, CA — November 9, 2020 — NextHome was recently named to Franchise Business Review’s first annual “Culture100” list. The list recognizes the top 100 franchise brands in a 2020 report on the Best Franchise Cultures

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as in special interest reports throughout the year that identify the top franchises in specific sectors.

NextHome was among over 300 franchise brands, representing over 27,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research on the best franchise cultures. NextHome franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including leadership, training & support, the franchisee community, and work/life balance.

The NextHome Culture has been a differentiator for the franchise since its inception in 2014. Their Humans Over Houses motto and mindset puts people first in an industry that so commonly forgets about the human connection in a tech-driven world. 

“Many franchise organizations ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to culture, but it’s clear that they don’t all ‘walk the walk’,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “A strong culture doesn’t just happen within a company—it has to be designed, built, and constantly maintained. The franchise companies that have the honor of being named to our first-annual Culture100 list are clearly among the best of the best franchises in the business.”

Another key factor of NextHome’s culture is growing with the right people. 

“The most empowering word in our language is the word “no” and we use this word often when we discuss franchising opportunities with prospective brokers and agents,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome. “We’re not looking to bring in everyone, and we think most people respect that.”

NextHome’s specific process for bringing on new franchising partners is heavily weighed on whether or not the new office would be a good, “culture fit” above growing numbers. 

“While metrics are important in some conversations, we don’t find them important when it comes to the overall success of NextHome,” said Charis. “At the end of the day, you can have the best marketing, technology, and integrated systems and tools, but if you don’t have the right people the rest doesn’t even matter.” 

Visit to see the full list of the 2020 Best Franchise Cultures.


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!


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