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NextHome announces new Charlotte-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Charlotte-area brokerage

Rhonda Rivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please join us in congratulating Rhonda on the opening of NextHome Rivers Realty in Charlotte, North Carolina!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces newest brokerage in Minnesota

NextHome announces newest brokerage in Minnesota

Enrique Ramos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Richmond-area office

NextHome announces new Richmond-area office

Susie Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Florida office

NextHome announces new Florida office

Jon Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new brokerage in Michigan

NextHome announces new brokerage in Michigan

Craig Kallen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

When Shooie Met Sally: A Luke Day Story

When Shooie Met Sally: A Luke Day Story

Luke, our beloved orange French bulldog mascot, has been with us since NextHome’s inception. Since 2014, his presence has caught the eye of real estate professionals and consumers alike as he helps people find their next home.

Like any four-legged friend who joins the family, Luke has a birthday that is celebrated each year, landing on June 15th. In 2019, NextHome set aside June 15th as “Luke Day” to celebrate Luke by participating in community service and outreach. 

NextHome offices across the country use this special day as an opportunity to step away from business and come together to serve our local areas and the people and pets that thrive there. Events range from food and school supplies drives to pet vaccine clinics and adoption events. 

Last year, NextHome’s corporate office based in Pleasanton, California used Luke’s special day to bring attention to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, California.

“At NextHome, we know how much joy pets can bring to our homes and hearts,” said James Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. “It is so important to highlight and support the great work that animal rescues do to save pet’s lives, support pet owners, and help nurture a sense of joy in our homes.”

With it being a year later now, we’re taking a look back at our inaugural Luke Day with the story of Sally, one of the animals available for adoption that day. 

When Shooie Met Sally: A Luke Day Story 

The sniffing and sizing up in the park last summer began benignly enough, but Shooie the dachshund couldn’t have imagined where this relationship with the energetic rescue puppy was heading. Neither could Shooie’s owners, Joel and Veronica Stein. 

The dogs met at NextHome’s annual Luke Day in 2019 and the Stein family grew by four paws that day in June. 

“We don’t regret for a moment adopting Sally,” Veronica said of their German Shepard-looking rescue Sally. “She is a great addition to our life.”

At the mention of his new sister, the Stein’s five-year-old dachshund tipped her head. 

“Shooie is glad she is here too,” Veronica added with a smile. 

For the past year, Shooie and Sally have continued sizing each other up, but their love has grown. The mellow dachshund has learned to tolerate Sally’s energy and Sally has taught Shooie a thing or two about the importance of backyard squirrels. 

“They’ve learned to get along over the past year,” Veronica said. “Now when we leave with Sally, the first thing she does when she comes home is look for Shooie.”

Together, the furry friends have developed a tag-team system for barking at backyard intruders and welcoming front door visitors. Sally has taken up the role of underfoot kitchen companion while Shooie contentedly secures his spot on the couch. 

“Sally likes to stay close,” Joel said with a smile. “You could be doing something in the kitchen and she plops down two inches from your foot. She definitely likes to follow you – until something diverts her attention and she wants to go outside.”

Those outside distractions include her fascination with the cluster of squirrels who scurry along the back fence, taunting the excited puppy. 

“Those squirrels will sometimes turn around and flip their tails at her, almost as if they know what they are doing,” Veronica said. 

Sally’s love of the back-fence squirrels is only rivaled by her excitement over a good garden hose spray. 

“She loves the water,” Joel said. “When we have the garden hose out, she jumps and nips at the water and can’t get enough of that.” 

Life wasn’t always so fancy-free for Sally. As a young pup, Sally’s loving personality was sheltered and nurtured by ARF. The nonprofit organization’s core mission is the rescue of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them a chance at life until a new home can be found. 

As NextHome celebrated Luke Day in 2019, several cats found forever homes, but Sally was the one and only dog available for adoption. 

“We had been talking about adopting a dog as a companion for Shooie, so when our sons called and told us that there was a dog we might really like available at Luke Day, we drove over,” Veronica recalled.  

As Shooie and Sally sniffed and scampered and played that day, Joel and Veronica knew they might have found the right addition to their family. 

“In everybody’s opinion, they were a great match,” Veronica recalled. “They were the same size, plus they weren’t all over each other and didn’t fight. It just seemed to work, so we took the chance.”

As previous rescue parents, the Steins were also impressed with ARF and it’s caring approach to adoptions. 

“We have been fortunate to adopt our animals from good rescue organizations, particularly Tony La Russa’s ARF,” Veronica said. “ARF offers training resources and contact information for veterinarians and pet insurance companies. When we adopted Sally, ARF provided a lot of educational materials and support, as well as starter food and, get this, toys! It was a pleasure working with them.”

As experienced rescue parents, the Steins will also be the first to tell you that adopting an animal isn’t easy. 

“Don’t underestimate what the challenges might be,” Joel said. 

Veronica added that new owners should always take advantage of any training opportunities and keep their expectations reasonable. 

“There is an adjustment period,” Veronica said. “Dogs just love people and they want to be your special friend. They watch you, but it takes time to make that true connection.”

One year after her adoption, Sally and the Steins are still working daily to build that connection, but not one of them would have it any other way. 

It warms our orange hearts that Sally was one of many animals adopted on Luke Day. At NextHome, our mission is to enrich lives by helping people find their next home, and we couldn’t be happier to know that animals are finding their next homes as well with the help of caring NextHomies across the country. 

For more information on Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, visit https://www.arflife.org/

Shifting back to the present day, it’s an understatement to say that 2020 has been a hard year for everyone. In light of the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic that has swept the world, this year’s Luke Day celebrations have been postponed to July 15th to allow NextHomies more time to plan and prepare for a safe way to help their local communities. 

This year, NextHome’s efforts will be focused on ways to support children in the local communities across the country where NextHome offices are located. With so much change in their day-to-day lives, with much confusion as to why, we hope Luke Day 2020 will bring smiles to their faces during these uncertain times. We’re excited to see ideas like adopting a classroom, sponsoring a graduating senior, and virtual book readings come to life – with lots of orange of course. 

About NextHome, Inc.

NextHome, Inc. is an independently owned national franchisor with a focus on changing the

way consumers work with local agents and shop for real estate online. The NextHome franchise

network ended 2019 with 400+ offices and over 3,600 members across 46 states. The company

closes over 23,000 transactions annually worth over $6.2B in volume.

NextHome Picket Fence Realty opens in Oregon

NextHome Picket Fence Realty opens in Oregon

Lila Timmons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Sweet Home opens in Millsap, Texas

NextHome Sweet Home opens in Millsap, Texas

James Da Vault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

8 Ways to Attract New Clients

8 Ways to Attract New Clients

For real estate professionals, building business usually means attracting new clients. With long hours and busy days, it can be difficult for agents to find the time and energy target prospects and market to them. If you feel like you’ve plateaued recently in your prospecting efforts, here are some ideas that may help:

1) Include testimonials in your promotional materials.

Testimonials are a highly effective marketing technique, especially in service-oriented businesses. Ask former clients if they’d be willing to write a few sentences describing the service you provided to them, and then ask for permission to publish their statements and their names on your website, social media accounts, and printed materials. These testimonials could tip the scale in your favor when prospective clients read them.

2) Target your advertising.

Instead of taking a blanket approach to marketing your services, think about the segment of real estate clients you want to attract, and then narrow your efforts to avenues that would reach those demographics. For example, you might want to send mailings to certain zip codes or place door hangers in specific neighborhoods. If you specialize in relocations, contact companies in your area that transfer personnel into the area.

3) Personalize your social media.

More than most avenues, your social media accounts enable you to let your personality shine through, which can attract people to you. In addition to advertising listings, use your social media pages to post recent pictures, share videos, and to give a glimpse into what you do as an agent and who you are as a person. Interacting with other accounts can help increase your online profile and express your individuality as well.

4) Ask for referrals.

​​​​​​​It may not occur to people that your business can benefit from referrals, so don’t be afraid to let them know. Tell former clients, friends, and family that you’d appreciate them sharing your name and experience with others, especially those who are actively looking for real estate assistance. Supply them with business cards and other printed marketing materials to pass along. Periodically share on your social media accounts that you welcome referrals and include information about how you can be contacted. When someone does refer a client to you, don’t forget to thank them promptly with a phone call, card, or small gift to let them know that you’re grateful for their trust and their effort.

5) Be social.

​​​​​​​Networking doesn’t just happen at industry events. In fact, you can meet new clients at just about any social occasion. Accept invitations, attend events, be active in your community, and volunteer for charity work. While you’re participating, talk to people about what you do, work your experience and knowledge into the conversation, and share your contact information.

6) Be an excellent communicator.

Check all your message portals frequently, and return calls, texts, emails, and direct messages as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss a message from a prospective new client, and you want to make a good first impression by getting back to them promptly.

7) Ask for the business.

​​​​​​​When you hear that someone is about to sell their house, wants to find another, or maybe just wants to look around at real estate and kick some tires, don’t be afraid to offer your services. A personal phone call or visit from you at an opportune time may be all it takes to land a new client.

8) Go the extra mile for your clients.

​​​​​​​Satisfied clients will be more likely to tell others about you and the service you provide. One way to provide personal service and to let clients know that you care about them even after deals close is to add an American Home Shield® Home Warranty to every transaction. American Home Shield offers valuable protection for home buyers and sellers alike for many of a home’s most critical home system components and appliances, as well as a reliable resource to call for help with covered malfunctions. When clients feel that you care enough about them to go the extra mile, they may be more willing to refer you and to return in the future as repeat customers.

As important as it is to attract new clients your business, don’t forget to stay in touch with previous clients, too. In addition to being a great source of referrals to you, building long-term relationships with people can be one of the biggest joys of having a real estate career.

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

NextHome BHB Property Advisors opens in Arkansas

NextHome BHB Property Advisors opens in Arkansas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.