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NextHome announces Treasure Coast brokerage

NextHome announces Treasure Coast brokerage

Cristi Hernandez & Karen Luther

Pleasanton, CA — December 1oth, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Treasure Coast. The brokerage represents the 62nd office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage is based on the Treasure Coast in the town of Stuart and is owned by Cristi Hernandez and Karen Luther. Cristi and Karen provide decades of area expertise as they lead an office of 20 professional agents. Cristi will be NextHome Treasure Coast’s broker of record. Karen will handle administrative operations – a role she is well suited for following a career as a business director at one of the nation’s largest law firms. 

NextHome Treasure Coast provides unparalleled service for residential buyers, condo purchases, and those seeking the perfect vacation home. The team also has unique expertise in beachfront properties, multi-family, luxury, and farmland.

Stuart is located about 40 miles north of West Palm Beach, and NextHome Treasure Coast will serve a metro population of more than 167,000. The brokerage will help clients across Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Sewells Point, and the remainder of North Palm Beach, Martin, and Saint Lucie counties.

Cristi began her real estate career in 2002 with a nationally franchised brokerage in Lake Worth, Florida – an eclectic coastal community in Palm Beach County. After one year there, she transitioned to Illustrated Properties, one of the largest independents in the state. Within her first three years, Cristi’s hard work propelled her to the top 10% of agents in a brokerage of more than 650. 

Although she started at the company’s Lake Worth location, Cristi soon moved to the Sewells Point office where she continued to build her database of happy clients.

In 2013, Cristi began working with a Stuart-based Keller Williams office where she became a team leader. 

Cristi’s hard work helped the brokerage grow from a $167 Million company to a $450 million company. 

“We grew to a 250 agent office with an average 1,500 plus closed units per year,” Cristi said. 

The fact that the entire market area had about 850 agents total makes Cristi’s accomplishments even more remarkable. 

Meanwhile, as Cristi was building her real estate career, Karen was climbing the corporate ladder as a Business Director. 

Karen began her career as a legal secretary with Greenberg Traurig – one of the top 10 largest law firms in the nation. In 2000, she became a Business Director for two of the firm’s many offices, a position she held until leaving in 2014. 

After years of non-stop, high-pressure, frantic work, Karen left the firm needing something new. 

“I needed a chance to recover from burnout,” Karen recalled. 

After taking time to rediscover what brings her joy, Karen started working as an Assistant Marketing Center Administrator at the same Keller Williams office as Cristi. Karen used her years of business expertise and incredible work ethic to handle the office’s on-boarding and retention. 

Eventually, Cristi was drawn to the appeal of owning her own brokerage and found NextHome during her search on where to implement her talents. She knew that she wanted Karen to be a part of it. 

“I realized I could build an empire for someone else or I could build my own,” Cristi said. “Karen has all the attributes that I don’t have, she is the ying to my yang, and I knew we would make a phenomenal team.”

Karen agrees that the combination of their professional skills, experience, and personalities will create great value for Treasure Coast clients. 

“Cristi has this unique ability to dial in on someone when meeting them for the first time,” Karen said. “She has an ability to quickly understand unique needs and personalities. I knew we could build something great together.”

“Cristi came to me and asked if I would look through the NextHome materials and give her my opinion,” Karen said. “Then we sat down and had a conversation about becoming partners.”

As NextHome franchisees, Cristi and Karen look forward to providing buyers, sellers, and agents with phenomenal marketing, time-saving tools, and great leadership. 

“I came from a very strong leadership background and one thing that was appealing about NextHome was the structure and the strong direction the company provides,” Cristi said. “If you don’t have strong leadership, you are going nowhere.”

Today, Cristi and Karen are making NextHome Treasure Coast stand out by providing their agents with unparalleled support and leadership. 

“I think that we do bring a very unique value to this market,” Karen said. “We offer a tremendous amount of agent support and we are very hands on. At NextHome Treasure Coast, we offer the personal touch.”  

Cristi’s main focus is building the NextHome brand with an occasional sale to help keep a watchful eye on market changes and the challenges her agents might face. 

“If you are training agents you want to know what they are experiencing,” Cristi said. “You want to know what’s going on out there. The only way to know those things are great communication and keeping yourself out there.”

Karen and Cristi are active in various community service organizations, including Children Achieving Radical Educational Success (C.A.R.E.S.) and Kane Center Council on Aging of Martin County.

C.A.R.E.S. works with St. Lucie County schools to provide the county’s more than 1,400 homeless K-12 students with basic supplies. Thanks to the organization’s work, kids living homelessly get essential hygiene and other basic need supplies and educational resources to keep them engaged year-round. 

Once a quarter, Cristi and several other agents provide a delicious meal for seniors at the Kane Center. Along with the food, Cristi gives her time, staying to chat and play games. She and Karen also participate in a monthly Womens Power Lunch where 150 of the area’s leading professional women come to support each other and network. In addition, Cristi is a past president of the St. Lucie chapter of Women REALTORS® and past GRI Instructor.

When she isn’t selling real estate, building her business and helping her community, Cristi loves to boat, fish, and going snorkeling with her family. She has been married for 25 years to Roy Hernandez III and together they have two sons: Roy Hernandez IV (24) and Robert (22). Together, Roy and his namesake son operate a roofing and construction business – ACI Century, and Robert is in law school. 

Karen has been married for 31 years to Don and together they have two sons: Michael (28), a resident of Savannah, Georgia who also works in real estate, and Bradley (26), a student at the University of Tampa. When she isn’t building NextHome Treasure Coast and volunteering, Karen loves to cook, read, and walk.  

Please join us in congratulating Cristi, Karen, and their team on the opening of NextHome Treasure Coast in Stuart, Florida!

 

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.

Kansas’s top transactions agent opens NextHome office

Kansas’s top transactions agent opens NextHome office

Mary Froese

Pleasanton, CA — November 19, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Professionals. The brokerage represents the 10th office opened in the state of Kansas for the NextHome franchise.

The Topeka-based office is owned by Mary Froese (frāz). Mary is leading the area’s brightest independent agents as they bring NextHome’s unique blend of technology and personalized service to Topeka and surrounding counties. 

NextHome Professionals will serve buyers and sellers across Shawnee, Osage, Wabaunsee, Jefferson, Douglass, Geary, and Jackson county. 

Mary has spent many years building unparalleled expertise in residential sales, foreclosures, and commercial properties. NextHome Professionals agents are also experienced in relocations and investment properties.

Mary’s remarkable career in Midwest real estate began in 2007, after she sold her mortgage company to Wells Fargo. 

“After almost a decade in the mortgage business, I loved real estate,” Mary said. “When my company sold, I decided it was time to get on the other side of the table.”

Mary’s mortgage company operated 11 offices in nine different states, meaning her first job as a new agent was to build a strong Topeka reputation. Her entry into real estate also coincided with the worst downturn American home buying had experienced in decades. Nonetheless, through hard work, follow-through, and packing her weekends with open houses, Mary closed 96 transactions her first year. 

“In that first year, I wanted to learn how to do all things real estate – the paperwork, process, transactions, inspections, contracts, all of it. I also wanted to learn how to do it really well,” Mary said. 

After thoroughly mastering the foundations of real estate, Mary’s second year focused on foreclosures. 

“Foreclosures were very common at the time, so I focused on building unparalleled skills in that arena,” Mary said. 

In her third year as an agent, Mary became known as an investment real estate expert. By focussing on one area of expertise at a time, Mary climbed to the pinnacle of her profession. 

“Although it required me to turn down business, I didn’t want to take the shotgun approach,” Mary said. “I only said yes to the things I knew I would be able to deliver superior value on. I wanted to build a really strong reputation, and do the best job possible. That was the focus that allowed me to grow.”

After four years of building a reputation as Kansas’s premier agent, Mary had the opportunity to buy the nationally franchised real estate office she worked for. In 2012, alongside a business partner, Mary added brokerage ownership to her skillset. 

In the following years, Mary built the number one selling team in the state based on transactions – a distinction the team held for many years. Alongside six agents, The Froese Team closed 784 transactions at their peak. 

“I think my work ethic came from growing up on a farm,” Mary said. “I have a big family, all brothers, no sisters. My dad stressed hard work, being nice, and doing the right thing. I’ve always run my business not necessarily based on how I would want to be treated, but how I would want others to treat my parents or my children.”

Mary’s success is built on a foundation of integrity. 

“I believe in doing the right thing, always. Even if you feel like you are losing at the time, if you do the right thing, it always works out in the end,” Mary said. 

As the real estate market in the Midwest continued to evolve, Mary knew she needed a company that could support her thriving, values-driven business with cutting-edge technology and marketing. That’s when she found NextHome. 

“Today’s market is increasingly driven by technology,” Mary said. “In addition to ethical treatment, clients increasingly want the ease, comfort, and immediacy available from the tap of a smartphone or the click of a mouse.”

Mary saw how NextHome’s business was the perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned values. 

“With NextHome, everything is set up so smoothly for agents, brokers and owners,” Mary said. “We put a listing in and within 24 hours we have the marketing package at our fingertips. The superior tools take care of everything, allowing our agents to focus on great customer service.” 

When she isn’t building her business, Mary is a voracious reader – consuming about three to four books per week. She is also active with her local community and takes an active role in the neighborhood stabilization programs across Topeka. 

Mary and her husband Gary have fostered children, instilling in the family a passion for helping those who need a little extra support and help. NextHome Professionals has teamed up with Communities in America, an organization that works with youth. The office has hosted fundraisers and gathered school supplies for the organization – a partnership they hope to continue well into the future.  

Mary and Gary are the proud parents of four children – many following their mother into the real estate business. Seth (30) has been working with his mother as a REALTOR® for eight years. Holly (27) helps with administrative tasks at the office. Cody (26) works in real estate remodeling and owns a lawn care business. Katie (24) also has her real estate license and recently moved to Iowa. 

As a family, they love to vacation together, cook family dinners, and play spirited card games. 

Please join us in congratulating Mary on the opening of NextHome Professionals in Topeka, Kansas!

 

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.

Sylvia & Nicola: A Service Dog Team

Sylvia & Nicola: A Service Dog Team

Throughout her life, Sylvia, who has muscular dystrophy, has relied on her parents to assist her with day-to-day tasks. Sylvia has never let her disability put a limit on her success. She graduated near the top of her high school class with a 4.25 GPA. She was co-captain of the mock trial team at school, served on the youth advisory board of the local children’s hospital, interned in the Alameda County district attorney’s office and is a budding filmmaker.

In April of 2019, Sylvia’s world was turned upside down when she was admitted to Stanford University. An exciting time for most high school seniors was a worrisome time for Sylvia. The idea of leaving home seemed impossible due to her reliance on others for help.

“The thought of going away to college is scary, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up academically, that I would struggle to make friends, that I’d be lonely. But I also worried that my wheelchair and disability would interfere with my ability to meet new people,” shares Sylvia.

Everything changed in July when Sylvia was invited to Team Training and was matched with expertly trained Service Dog Nicola.

“Nicola has given me a sense of security and independence that I’ve never felt before. I no longer need to be afraid of being left alone because I know that if I drop something, she’ll be there. I know that I no longer need to be worried when I’m walking on campus and need help to carry my books because she’ll be there. I don’t need to be worried about days when I’m feeling particularly lonely because she’ll be there,” Sylvia says with a warm smile.

Canine Companions Service Dog Nicola is expertly trained in over 40 commands to assist Sylvia. Nicola can open doors, pick up dropped items, pull a manual wheelchair and more. Much more – she will be with Sylvia during this transformative time in her life.

“Nicola and I are college gals, she will always be there for me, and I’ll be there for her,” Sylvia shares excitedly.

To learn more about Canine Companions for Independence, click here.

Trends in Charitable Giving

Trends in Charitable Giving

As we approach the holidays, we often see people coming together to benefit others and a renewed focus on giving back.  Some people choose to donate their time, others donate supplies or money.  As a business owner, you should be aware of the personal and financial byproducts of charitable giving.

According to Giving USA 2018, Americans gave an estimated $410.02 billion to charity in 2017. That’s the first time that the amount has totaled more than $400 billion in the history of the report.1

Americans give to charity for two main reasons: to support a cause or organization they care about or to leave a legacy through their support.

When giving to charitable organizations, some people elect to support through cash donations. Others, however, understand that supporting an organization may generate tax benefits. They may opt to follow techniques that can maximize both the gift and the potential tax benefit. Here’s a quick review of a few charitable choices:

Remember, the information in this article is not a replacement for real-life advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Make sure to consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional before modifying your charitable giving strategy. 

Direct gifts are just that: contributions made directly to charitable organizations. Direct gifts may be deductible from income taxes depending on your individual situation.

Charitable gift annuities are not related to annuities offered by insurance companies. Under this arrangement, the donor gives money, securities, or real estate, and in return, the charitable organization agrees to pay the donor a fixed income. Upon the death of the donor, the assets pass to the charitable organization. Charitable gift annuities enable donors to receive consistent income and potentially manage taxes.

Pooled-income funds pool contributions from various donors into a fund, which is invested by the charitable organization. Income from the fund is distributed to the donors according to their share of the fund. Pooled-income funds enable donors to receive income, potentially manage taxes, and make a future gift to charity.

Gifts in trust enable donors to contribute to a charity and leave assets to beneficiaries. Generally, these irrevocable trusts take one of two forms. With a charitable remainder trust, the donor can receive lifetime income from the assets in the trust, which then pass to the charity when the donor dies; in the case of a charitable lead trust, the charity receives the income from the assets in the trust, which then pass to the donor’s beneficiaries when the donor dies.

Using a trust involves a complex set of tax rules and regulations. Before moving forward with a trust, consider working with a professional who is familiar with the rules and regulations.

Donor-advised funds are funds administered by a charity to which a donor can make irrevocable contributions. This gift may have tax considerations, which is another benefit. The donor also can recommend that the fund make distributions to qualified charitable organizations.

Some people are comfortable with their current gifting strategies. Others, however, may want a more advanced strategy that can maximize their gift and generate potential tax benefits. A financial professional can help you assess which approach may work best for you.

For more financial advice from our partners at Gateway Financial, visit their website for more information.

Shane Westhoelter may be reached at 858-428-3929 or shane@gfainvestments.com

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NextHome expands in the Houston area

NextHome expands in the Houston area

Chantell Hypolite & Kenneth Gabriel

Pleasanton, CA — November 7th, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Realty Executives. The brokerage represents the 26th office location opened in Texas for the NextHome franchise and the eighth office location in the greater Houston area. 

NextHome Realty Executives is led by former City Planner Chantell Hypolite and her partner Kenneth Gabriel. Together with her team of top-notch agents, Chantell serves residential buyers and sellers across Houston. Her areas of expertise also extend to the suburbs, serving clients in Richmond, Sugar Land, Katy, and Spring. 

Chantell began her career as a City Planner in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after obtaining her Master’s Degree in Urban Development and Environmental Policy with a Specialization in Housing & Community Development. Chantell has also been a City Planner in League City, Texas. For four years, Chantell specialized in housing and community development. Her days were filled with writing ordinances, considering zoning regulations, and mulling over the best way to use League City land resources. 

“I just naturally fell into the real estate side of things,” Chantell said.

Her evolution to real estate began with a job performing site acquisitions for cell phone towers.

“The site acquisition agent I was working with said he was really impressed with my knowledge and how easy I was to work with,” Chantell recalled. “He recruited me and soon I was finding properties to build cell towers on all across Houston, as well as into the valley, all the way to Mexico border towns.”

Chantell began negotiating land leases for the cell towers, resulting in the company paying for her to get her real estate license. In a matter of weeks, the sharp city planner had her license and a new career path. 

In 2018, after two years of negotiating land leases, Chantell dove into real estate sales full-time.  She was recruited through mutual friends to the RE/MAX Allstars brokerage based out of Cypress. Chantell worked with the brokerage for two and a half years where her resourcefulness and drive helped her build a successful career in real estate. Chantell then began working for a small boutique brokerage, Sky Real Estate Professionals, where she remained for another two years. 

Eventually, Chantell’s drive for constant improvement and innovation sparked her interest in opening her own brokerage.

One evening, she was at a continuing education class and began picking the brain of a well-established broker in the area. 

“This woman had owned her own brokerage for 10-15 years and I really respected her,” Chantell recalled. “She said, ‘You know, I think you might want to look at NextHome. If I had to do it again, I would open a NextHome franchise.’ I reached out to NextHome and the rest is history.”

Chantell was impressed with the members and leadership team she met at NextHome and how friendly everyone was. 

“My first thought was, ‘Are these people real?’ It was just a different environment,” Chantell said. “People were so nice. Kindness and treating people with respect is a differentiating factor in business and NextHome does it so well.”

Today, Chantell is blending her real estate expertise with NextHome’s suite of top-level tools to bring quality service to Houston homebuyers. 

“They can expect to have their needs put before our commissions,” Chantell said about what NextHome Realty Executives clients can expect. “We give world-class service. We are going to answer the phone, be available, and communicate often. If you have a property under contract, we will send daily updates as needed. You are never going to wonder where you are or what is going on in the process.”

Chantell is very active in her community, especially in serving Houston’s homeless and needy. NextHome Realty Executives is sponsoring a garden bed at the Blodgett Community Garden. Sponsors grow, tend, and cultivate the food grown there and then the fresh fruits and vegetables are available to residents across Houston’s Third Ward. 

In addition, Chantell volunteers with The Bag Ladies Organization. The group gathers feminine hygiene supplies and distributes kits to local homeless women. Chantell continues to put her city planning skills to great use with the area’s homeless coalition. 

“We identified through GIS mapping where resources were available for the homeless,” Chantell said. “Then we look for duplications or areas where resources are lacking and make suggestions.”

She is also an active member of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church where she serves on the Courtesy Corp leadership team. 

Chantell is the proud mother of Carter (7) and the family recently welcomed Lilly (16) into their home. She is also the proud dog mom of a Yorkie Jase and a Lab mix rescue Cooper. 

When Chantell isn’t helping clients and her community, she enjoys riding bikes, DIY projects, and visiting the zoo with her family.  

Please join us in congratulating Chantell and her team on the opening of NextHome Realty Executives in Houston, Texas!

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 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! 

Southern hospitality thrives at newest NextHome franchise

Southern hospitality thrives at newest NextHome franchise

Martha & Todd LeBlanc

Pleasanton, CA — September 24, 2019 — NextHome is happy to announce the latest addition to the franchise in Louisiana, NextHome Bayouside. Led by business partners Martha LeBlanc and Todd LeBlanc, the company represents NextHome’s sixth office opened in the Pelican State. The team officially opened NextHome Bayouside’s doors in Schriever, Louisiana on June 1st, 2019. 

Martha and Todd, who despite sharing a last name are not related, hope their brick and mortar location will become an inviting meeting place for locals across their service area. The city of Schriever is located about 55 miles south of New Orleans. The NextHome Bayouside team is happy to help clients across Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Assumption parishes including the towns of Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City, and the remainder of the Southern Louisiana area.

At NextHome Bayouside’s grand opening on September 9th, more than 50 people gathered in celebration as the Terrebonne Parish president officially cut an orange ribbon at the front door. 

The NextHome Bayouside team offers a combined three decades of experience to serve first-time homebuyers and those looking to buy or sell investment properties, mobile homes, commercial properties, and camps. 

Real estate became Martha’s second career after 22 years as a high school home economics teacher, and 10 years a Diagnostician. The Schriever native got her real estate license in March 2008. 

“Real estate is so fun and exciting,” Martha said. “It makes people very happy and I love that I get to be a part of that.”

Martha began her career with Patterson Real Estate where she remained for five years. In her first week, she remembered feeling that she would be successful in a job she loved. 

“In my first week there, I got my first listing just taking desk duty, which I then sold,” Martha said. 

That first year, Martha discovered great personal and financial success in real estate – the former teacher was hooked. 

Martha eventually moved to a boutique company called Propriete Shoppe and remained with them for almost six years. Martha then started working with Pogo Realty LLC and that is where she met Todd. 

Also a Schriever local, Todd LeBlanc enjoyed a career in human resources and property management. However, during a downturn, he lost his human resources job. 

“It was exactly what I needed to start pursuing my real passion – real estate,” Todd said. 

A self-described real estate nerd, Todd has been interested in the local housing market as a hobby for many years. In 2015, he got his real estate license and began working for Pogo Realty LLC, which is where he met Martha. 

“My first year of real estate my broker and I joked that I seemed to attract the most difficult deals,” Todd recalled. “It was just how things coincidentally shook out, but it taught me a lot. It ended up that my first year I did very well, and things have been progressing ever since.”

In 2019, Martha and Todd talked about opening their own brokerage because they wanted to provide one-of-a-kind support and service for both agents and clients in their family-oriented town. 

“I remember telling Martha, ‘Let’s see what we can do to not recreate the wheel,’” Todd said. 

Through mutual friends in real estate, Martha and Todd found NextHome. 

“Humans over houses is a mantra that NextHome uses and it was something that caught our eye,” Martha said. “It’s something we and our agents truly believe in and practice.”

In an effort to make Southern hospitality the core of their business, Martha and Todd plan to host an old fashioned veillié once a week at their Schriever offices.

“When we were growing up, on a Sunday afternoon, we were told by our parents that we were going to make a veillié which means we are going to visit friends and family and sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or have a small snack,” Martha said. “Once a week we are going to have a veillié at our office. On Thursday mornings, we are going to put on a pot of coffee and welcome folks to come and visit from 7:30 am to 9 am.”

In addition to making their office a friendly gathering place, Martha and Todd are active in various community service organizations. Martha is an active member of Rotary and instituted the Angel Gown Project. 

“I take wedding gowns and sew them into baptismal gowns for babies who pass away in the hospital,” Martha said. “Every one of these dresses are unique – one of a kind, filled with lace and details.”

Martha has been honored with the Bayou Board of Realtors Community Service Award two years in a row for her efforts. 

Todd is the incoming president of the Bayou Board of REALTORS® and has been active with the board since 2016. NextHome Bayouside is also proud to support the Thibodaux Recreation Department as a sponsor of their flag football team. 

Martha has been married for nine years to Don Barré, also an agent with NextHome Bayouside. When she is not helping agents and clients, Martha enjoys being with family, traveling, and honing her hobby as a gourmet cook. 

Todd was married in early September to his sweetheart Bryan Scott. When he is not working, Todd enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and good food. He is a self-proclaimed gourmet eater. Martha proudly made the cake for Todd and Bryan’s wedding. 

“We are excited to see the impact Martha and Todd will have on their community and those they serve,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President. “We wish them all the best success.” 

Please join us in congratulating the NextHome Bayouside team in southern Louisiana!

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.

Business Owner Insurance Solutions

Business Owner Insurance Solutions

As a business owner, you essentially have TWO families to take care of: 1) your family at home (spouse, children, relatives, partner, etc.) and 2) your work family (employees, business partners, etc.)  These people rely on you to be present, engaged, and earning income.  With September being Life Insurance Awareness Month, it is a great time to review your business insurance strategy and see if you can implement any of the ideas below:

  • Individual Life Insurance
    1. A policy that covers one person and pays out a claim upon death
      1. Affordable coverage available in a variety of policy types
      2. Ideal for entrepreneur with no staff, but is a contributing income at home
  • Disability Insurance
    1. A policy that covers one person and pays out a claim upon a qualifying disability that removes a person from their normal working capacity
      1. Affordable coverage available in a variety of policy types
      2. Ideal for protecting an income stream for business owners or employees
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
    1. A legal contract among owners to buy out the portion of the deceased’s business share.
      1. Life insurance can be used to “fund” these types of contracts!
      2. Secure a life insurance policy naming the business partner as beneficiary for built in purchasing power to retain the business
  • Key Person Insurance
    1. Life or disability insurance purchased by a business on an employee that is payable to the business.
      1. This ensures business revenues continue even if a pivotal team member is no longer able to function in their usual capacity due to death or disability
      2. Revenues keep business operational even in time of crisis

Your livelihood depends on income and sustained business.  You’d be surprised at the creative solutions our team can develop for business owners like YOU!  We’re ready to help you implement smart insurance strategies.

Contact Gateway Insurance Group at: 858-428-3929 or www.gatewayig.com/nexthome

To learn more, read the brochure, “Taking care of Business” by the nonprofit agency, Life Happens:

https://lifehappens.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Brochure_TakingCareofBusiness_2014_Consumer.pdf

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Michael and Dee Norris Open NextHome’s Newest Franchised Location

Michael and Dee Norris Open NextHome’s Newest Franchised Location

Michael and Dee Norris

Pleasanton, CA — August 30, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce the latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Norris & Company Realty. The brokerage will represent the 59th NextHome franchised location in the state of Florida.

The company will be owned and operated by the top-producing husband and wife team Michael and Dee Norris.

Based out of Winter Haven, NextHome Norris & Company Realty will provide residential sales, investment property, second-home and vacation rental property, luxury, multi-family, condos, land sales, as well as commercial services to the counties of Winter Haven, Lakeland, Auburndale, Davenport, Lake Wales, Haines City, Dundee, Lake Hamilton, and the remainder of Polk County.

Winter Haven is located 50 miles west of downtown Orlando and is home to more than 45,000 residents. The city is home to the Legoland theme park, and is well known for being a part of the “Chain of Lakes” – a body of water that connects 25 different lakes.

After a career in buying and selling restaurants, Michael started his real estate journey in 1980 and worked at Sunset Realty in Winter Haven. Three years later he met Dee and the couple started working in real estate together in 1993.

The Norris’ did much of their own business, with Michael leading the way selling commercial real estate with his stepfather. Whether it was shopping centers, restaurants, bars and lounges, or even hotels, they were involved in selling all types of commercial real estate. 

In 1996, Michael and Dee moved to Brokers Realty, a real estate brokerage in Winter Haven. They did very well, often selling in excess of $20 million in volume annually. 

In 2011, they made the decision to go out on their own and open their brokerage, Norris & Company Realty. They made the decision to run the office as a small independent brokerage with no additional agents. It proved very successful and they continued to do well in the Winter Haven community.

In 2018, things changed as Michael and Dee opened up to the idea of adding agents to their company. 

“We reached that point in our career where we wanted to help other agents and we now had the desire and time to do just that,” said Michael.

“We Googled various real estate franchise companies when we came about NextHome,” said Dee. “It really seemed too good to be true, so I had our daughter research the company as well. We all loved what we saw, but it was meeting the leadership team in Boston at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference in November 2018 that confirmed NextHome was the right company to partner with.”

The Norris’ are proud of their commitment to the Winter Haven community and have recently opened the doors to their brand new centrally located office in the heart of the city. You’ll often find them at local events and working with organizations such as the Winter Haven Boys and Girls Club. 

Outside of  selling real estate, Michael and Dee are proud parents of two daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. When they have the chance, they visit their beach house in Vero Beach to relax.

Please join us in congratulating Michael, Dee  and the rest of the team at NextHome Norris & Company Realty on their new office in Winter Haven, FL!

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 the NextHomies who made the top one-half percent

Meet the NextHomies who made the top one-half percent

Kimberly Taylor and Pete Torsiello

Pleasanton, CA — June 28, 2019 — NextHome is thrilled to announce that two NextHomies made The Thousand list that highlights the top one-half percent of the nation’s real estate professionals.

The Thousand list is put together every year by REAL Trends, a trusted source for news, analysis, and information on the residential brokerage industry. The list ranks the top real estate agents and teams in the United States, by both sales volume and transaction sides. The ranking is in partnership with Tom Ferry International and advertised in The Wall Street Journal.

The Thousand list is broken evenly into four categories:

  • Individual Sales Professionals – Sales volume
  • Individual Sales Professionals – Transaction sides 
  • Team Professionals – Sales volume
  • Team Professionals – Transaction sides

The two NextHomies on the list both ranked in the sales volume category for individual agents, and we couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations to Kimberly Taylor of NextHome First Class and Pete Torsiello of NextHome Community Real Estate! 

Kimberly and Pete are not only leaders in the industry, but also at NextHome. The two have graciously shared their vast knowledge from the field at industry events, and on a ground level, assisting other members one-on-one. 

Kimberly Taylor is the owner of NextHome First Class based out of Freeport, Illinois. Licensed since 2001, she has always been an early adopter of cutting-edge technology and constant education. With her commitment to providing first-class service to her clients, Kimberly has steadily built her business year-over-year as one of the best agents in her area.

Kimberly has a team of support staff to help her with her transactions but makes sure that each of her clients gets a personal and custom real estate experience. With her hands-on approach, her listings usually go under contract in under 60 days – half of the average days on market of competitors’ listings.

Pete Torsiello is the partial owner of NextHome Community Real Estate that is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Pete started his real estate career in 2008 after 15 years in the sports memorabilia business. Initially, he began selling homes as a side project, but after quickly earning more business than he could handle, Pete converted to full-time real estate in 2010.

NextHome Community Real Estate is more than just the name of the brokerage. Pete and the company are very involved in the Las Vegas community with a focus on working with teachers.

Please join us in congratulating both Kimberly and Pete on their success. We can only imagine the amount of happiness they’ve shared with their clients 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 Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.