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NextHome Premier Homes Realty opens in Humble, Texas

NextHome Premier Homes Realty opens in Humble, Texas

(From left to right) Rita Zarghami, Keyvan Zarghami, and Virgie Green

Pleasanton, CA — August 17, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Premier Homes Realty. The brokerage represents the 20th office location opened in the state of Texas for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by real estate broker Rita Zarghami. Rita will be the broker of record and in charge of all day-to-day operations. She will be joined on the leadership team by her husband, Keyvan, and Virgie Calligan-Green. Keyvan will serve as the Vice President of Operations for the brokerage, while Virgie will be the Office Manager.

Based in Humble, NextHome Premier Homes Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, and land deals for the areas of Humble, Lake Houston, Atascocita, Kingwood, Crosby, Porter, Huffman, North Channel, and the surrounding areas of Northeast Houston.

Humble is located 20 minutes north of Downtown Houston and is home to approximately 20,000 residents.

Licensed since 1994, Rita has been a longtime top-producing REALTOR® in the Houston area. After nearly ten years of high-volume sales, Rita opened her own brokerage in 2003 – Red Stone Realty LLC.

Under her leadership, she built the brokerage with talented agents to see annual sales in excess of $25 million. Additionally, Keyvan also opened a mortgage company, 1st Community Mortgage Group, concurrent with the opening of the real estate brokerage. The mortgage company was just as successful with more than $20 million in volume annually.

During the recession in the late 2000’s, Houston and surrounding areas were hit extremely hard. Pivoting to adjust to the market conditions, Rita agreed to take over as the Sales Manager for the local Humble Century 21 brokerage, while still actively producing as a selling REALTOR®. Managing 20 agents, Rita guided the brokerage to a very productive office in the midst of an extremely challenging financial time for the state of Texas.

In 2013, Rita went back to running her own brokerage. Changing the brokerage name to Premier Homes, she grew the company to 1o REALTORS® and a large portfolio of listings. But Rita knew she needed more to provide to her agents.

“At the end of 2017, I was approached by several local franchisees about merging with their companies,” said Rita. “I really didn’t have any interest in doing that. I personally went out to seek what was available out there to provide more value for our agents.”

After doing her own research and sharing the info with Keyvan, the Zarghamis reached out to NextHome and spoke with NextHome’s VP of Sales, Charis Moreno.

“I was really excited about the NextHome franchise and what the company had to offer Premier Homes,” she added. “I continued to research other companies, but all roads led back to NextHome.”

Rita says the NextHome Premier Realty difference stems from the company’s five core values: Spiritual, Family, Business, Financial, and Personal.

“We truly treat our clients as people and not just a sale,” said Rita. “We want to build deep relationships with the families in our community. Our agents are client-focused and hold the highest standards. Ethics and honesty are key to earning the trust of our clients and community.”

When not selling real estate, Rita and Keyvan look forward to spending time with their family. They have three children – daughter Akila, and two sons – Jeremiah and Keyvan Keyanoosh. They also have five grandchildren – Joshua, Jacob, Isabela, Kaiden, and Jackson.

Rita loves to cook for the family, while Keyvan is a Corvette enthusiast and attends as many car shows as possible.

Please join us in congratulating Rita, Keyvan, Virgie, and the rest of the team at NextHome Premier Homes Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Humble, TX!

 

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 Greater Realty is the newest addition to the NextHome franchise

NextHome Greater Realty is the newest addition to the NextHome franchise

Buz and Linda Berson

Pleasanton, CA — August 15, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Greater Realty. The brokerage represents the 44th office location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Buz and Linda Berson. Buz will serve as the broker of record and supervise agent production. Linda will be in charge of the sales division and training for the brokerage. They will be joined on the leadership team by their son, Bailey Kapci. He will serve as the Director of Operations for NextHome Greater Realty.

Based in Punta Gorda, NextHome Greater Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, and land deals for the areas of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, and the surrounding areas.

Punta Gorda is located 30 minutes north of Fort Myers and is home to approximately 20,000 residents. The name Punta Gorda translates to “Fat Point” and has been an incorporated city since the mid-1800’s.

A serial entrepreneur, Buz has been running successful businesses for decades. Formerly the owner of the largest outdoor furniture store in the United States, Buz has been involved in real estate since 1980. He spent most of the 1980’s as a commercial real estate developer. In 1986, he started his own residential property development company, Berson Property Developments.

Linda joined as the leasing manager for Berson Property Developments and headed up that entire division.

Opening Berson Properties in the early 1990’s, the Bersons grew the residential real estate brokerage to more than 25 agents with annual sales in excess of $100 million. In 2007, they sold the company to a Century 21 franchisee and relocated their family to the area of Naples, FL.

Never one to rest and retire, Buz began building high-end homes in the Naples area. With square footage exceeding 4,000 feet, these high-end homes were in demand for the residents of Naples. From 2015 to 2017, as fast as Buz built them, Linda sold them equally as fast.

While they were doing very well, the Bersons wanted more to offer to their clientele.

“We wanted to integrate modern technology to what we could offer our clients,” said Buz. “We wanted to have that edge to provide better service to our clients.”

“We interviewed several different real estate franchises,” added Linda. “But only NextHome provided us with the difference we were looking for.”

Bailey will add a new dimension to the brokerage as well. Spending the last 13 years in high-level restaurant management, his leadership and management skills will maintain a standard of customer service for NextHome Greater Realty that will be a real difference in their community.

When not selling real estate, the Bersons enjoy a life of what they describe as “simple abundance.” The married couple of 28 years spend time with their poodle, Rose, and take in all the wonderful amenities Punta Gorda has to offer.

Bailey and his wife, Paris, describe themselves as “foodies” and love exploring new restaurants whenever they travel. As a former restaurant General Manager, Bailey knows and appreciates when a restaurant can deliver beyond expectations.

Please join us in congratulating Buz, Linda, Bailey, and the rest of the team at NextHome Greater Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Punta Gorda, 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.

 

NextHome Leading Edge is the newest NextHome location

NextHome Leading Edge is the newest NextHome location

Travis Ploman (left) and Bryan Loveland

Pleasanton, CA — August 9, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Leading Edge. Business partners Travis Ploman and Bryan Loveland will be the owners and operators of the brokerage. The company represents the eighth office location opened in the state of Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Leading Edge will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, multi-family, veteran and military buyers, and land deals for all areas of Rothschild, Wausau, Weston, Schofield, Mosinee, and the remainder of Marathon County.

Located approximately 100 miles west of Green Bay, the village of Rothschild has a population of just over 5,000 residents and is located in the heart of Marathon County.

Licensed since 2012, Travis started his career with Coldwell Banker Action Realty in Schofield, Wisconsin. As a solo agent, Travis earned Rookie of the Year honors for the company, selling a house a month for his first year. He steadily built his business over the next four years and had a high of 80 transaction sides closed in 2017.

Bryan joined Coldwell Banker Action Realty in 2017 after 19 years of running his own contracting company, Northern Exteriors LLC.

Travis mentored Bryan through his first year of the business and the two found themselves to be a great team together.

With business booming for Travis, he saw an opportunity to work as a team with Bryan and it sparked their interest of opening their own brokerage.

“Travis is a tech-savvy agent who really understands the needs of his clients,” said Bryan. “I learned a lot from him as my real estate mentor and we get along very well. He’s a great person to be in business with.”

“Bryan is a relatable, honest and trustworthy agent who leaves a positive impression with everyone he comes in contact with,” said Travis.

With Travis’ book of business and Bryan’s management background, they looked at 2018 as the perfect time to start their new company.

“We wanted to open a brokerage but knew we would be looking at a franchise model to help us put together the tools we needed to build on our business,” said Travis. “We heard about NextHome and did research on the company. Including finding out about the company through the first NextHome franchisee in Wisconsin, Randy Lenz.”

“After thorough research, we knew NextHome was the best fit for our brokerage model,” he added.

When not selling real estate, Travis and Bryan enjoy spending time with their families.

Travis has an 18-year-old son, Jordan, and they like to do water activities such as boating and water sports such as wakeboarding, skiing and tubing. Travis also volunteers as the audio/visual tech at Christ Community Church.

Bryan and his wife of 21 years, Vicky, have four children – Benjamin (19), Megan (16), Luke (14), and Katelyn (11). Like Travis, they like doing water sports. Bryan enjoys hunting and fishing as well. For the past eight years, Bryan has coached with the local youth football league.

Please join us in congratulating Travis, Bryan and the rest of the team at NextHome Leading Edge on the opening of their new NextHome office in Rothschild, WI!

 

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 Real Estate Dogs opens in Orange County, California

NextHome Real Estate Dogs opens in Orange County, California

Jerry Salyers

Pleasanton, CA — August 7, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Real Estate Dogs. Thirty-year real estate veteran Jerry Salyers will be the owner and operator for the brokerage. The company represents the 58th office location opened in the state of California for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Real Estate Dogs will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, and investment properties to the areas of Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, and the remainder of Orange County.

The city of Irvine is a master-planned community developed by the private real estate development company, The Irvine Company. They started building in the 1960’s and by 1971, the community was formally incorporated as a city. Irvine has a population of just over 260,000 residents.

Licensed since the 1980’s, Jerry has done it all in the real estate industry. From owning a mortgage company to working for a new home builder to providing a development company consulting work for apartment and condo conversions, Jerry has seen most anything in real estate.

Since 2016, Jerry has owned and operated Salyers Home Design & Staging, a staging consulting business. Staging over 30 properties a year, Salyers Home Design & Staging mainly helps new home builders set their new homes to make buyers fall in love with the floor plans and layouts.

Over the past two years, Jerry had expanded his business to not only serve new home builders, but REALTORS® in the area as well. Realizing some agents could improve on the marketing of their listings, Jerry saw an opportunity he would like to be a part of.

“I’ve worked with agents marketing homes and business prospecting for some time now,” said Jerry. “I see what they could be doing better and how a brokerage with support to help these agents could really do well in our local market.”

Jerry first found NextHome like many brokers do – via REALTOR® Magazine and the Franchise Comparison Report. After further research, he contacted NextHome’s VP of Sales, Charis Moreno, and found her leadership approach and non-pressure attitude to be a refreshing difference in a world of pushy salespeople.

Although Jerry found NextHome to be the right fit for his brokerage, he was not always a fan of franchises.

“Previous to partnering with NextHome, I found franchises to block creativity of the business,” said Jerry. “But after researching NextHome and seeing the focus on great looking marketing as well as the completeness of the brokerage services, I think the franchise is unique to real estate.”

“NextHome has done what I would have done if I started my own franchise,” he added with a laugh.

Born and raised in Southern California, Jerry is a father to three daughters in their thirties – Katherine, Lauren and Stephanie. He enjoys golfing and going to sporting events, especially football. He describes himself as a huge Denver Broncos fan. Jerry is also an accomplished screenwriter and poet and has several projects in development.

Please join us in congratulating Jerry and the rest of the team at NextHome Real Estate Dogs on the opening of their new NextHome office in Irvine, CA!

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 City Realty opens second location in Michigan

NextHome City Realty opens second location in Michigan

Paul Mychalowych

Pleasanton, CA — August 3, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome City Realty – Detroit Branch. This is the second location for owner, Paul Mychalowych. The brokerage represents the tenth office location opened in the state of Michigan for the NextHome franchise.

As a 14-year real estate veteran, Mychalowych is one of the top-producing REALTORS® in the area. He will also serve as the broker-of-record for the company.

NextHome City Realty – Detroit Branch will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, luxury, short sales, probate sales, and land deals for all areas of Wayne County including the Grosse Pointe Markets as well as every city up the Woodward Corridor to NextHome City Realty’s Birmingham Location.

With a population of just over 4.3 million residents, the city of Detroit is the largest in the state of Michigan. In 2018, Detroit’s economy has seen a huge boost as many of the neighborhoods affected by the 2008 recession are now beginning to stabilize. With a 30% increase in average sales price in the past 12 months, and a successful launch in March 2018 of his first location in Birmingham, MI, Mychalowych felt it was the right time to expand his business into a second location.

“In the last five years, we have seen an influx of Millennial buyers coming into the downtown Detroit area,” said Mychalowych. “There has been a significant boost in housing developments and investments coming from all over the world.”

“With our unique collaborative work environment, we want to be a part of this community as the real estate resource as it continues its growth as one of the fastest growing cities in the nation,” he added. “With offices spanning from Detroit all the way up to Birmingham we can service all the growing communities in between. We have extensive knowledge of these markets and can hopefully help contribute to Detroit’s resurgence, which in turn will filter out into the surrounding areas.”

Before Mychalowych began his real estate career, he spent years as an electrical engineer. As the owner of Advanced Systems & Designs Inc., Mychalowych led a large staff of software and hardware engineers, and a nationwide sales organization including a global network of distributors. He sold the business in 2012.

In 2009, after years as a top-producing REALTOR®, Mychalowych decided to open his own brokerage, Birmingham Realty LLC, in downtown Birmingham.  As the broker of a successful office, Mychalowych did not rest on his laurels.

In 2017, in addition to running a brokerage of associates, Mychalowych closed 64 transactions in excess of $18 million and the brokerage had $26 million in sales volume.

Mychalowych had many reasons behind his decision to partner with NextHome.

“I wanted to provide more value to our agents with better branding, additional technology, technology leveraged training, and tools that would help them save time and make more money,” said Mychalowych.

In addition, “it just made good business sense to not reinvent the wheel and create all this stuff on my own.”

As he was researching franchise options, he was specifically looking for a company that provided a plug and play option that was affordable, yet provided a lot of value.

“NextHome City Realty will bring the features of an office of tomorrow to today’s buyers and sellers,” said Mychalowych. “We have a consumer-centric brand and I value a commitment to education for both our clients and our agents.”

Mychalowych said NextHome City Realty is just the beginning of the expansion of his office footprint. “I see us growing throughout the Detroit area very soon,” added Mychalowych.

When not selling real estate, Mychalowych focuses on family. The Mychalowych’s have been married for 27 years and have two children – daughters Madison (age 18) and Brooklyn (15). The family enjoys spending time relaxing at their lakefront home and in Northern Michigan.

Please join us in congratulating Paul and the rest of the team at NextHome City Realty on the opening of their second new NextHome office in Downtown Detroit, MI!

 

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 Real Estate Executives opens in West Palm Beach

NextHome Real Estate Executives opens in West Palm Beach

Pleasanton, CA — August 2, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Real Estate Executives. The brokerage represents the 43rd office location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

Owned and operated by veteran top-producing REALTOR® James Madalone, NextHome Real Estate Executives will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment properties, luxury homes and estates, vacation homes, second homes, ocean front properties, relocation, commercial properties, new construction townhouses, condos, and land deals for the cities of West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Manalapan, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington. Boca Raton, Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the counties of St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward. James will continue to be licensed in New Jersey.

The city of West Palm Beach is located 70 miles north of Miami and is home to just over 100,000 residents. Considered part of the Miami metro area, surrounding areas have a total population of approximately 5.5 million people.
With over three decades in the real estate industry, James has seen his share of success. He started his career in 1988 in Central New Jersey at a small independent office.

James has always been one of the top REALTORS® in the area. He has averaged a sale a week for more than 30 years – consistently ranking him in the top 1% of agents in the entire state of New Jersey.

James credits his success to his consistent commitment to education and taking as many training courses as he could. Attending conferences by Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie, and many other sales and personal development coaches.

“I remember starting my career with a $10 roll of dimes and a beeper,” said James with a laugh. “No computers and a book of listings four inches thick. Making those phone calls from telephone booths to where I am today, it has been quite an amazing journey.”

Like many Northeastern residents, James and his wife also owned a property in Florida. As he moves into the broker/owner phase of his career, James and his wife, Christine, felt it was best to make the move to Florida full time to focus on NextHome Real Estate Executives.

Christine holds a degree in digital marketing and will be responsible for promoting the office. She is also a licensed home stager and REALTOR®.

James’ commitment to helping others is far reaching.

“I’ve been fortunate to have had success in real estate due to hard work and guidance of others,” said James. “I want to make myself available to help as many people in our industry. Being a part of the NextHome franchise connects me with all types of agents from around the country and I’d love to be a resource for any NextHome agent who would like some help or guidance.”

In addition to being a top-producing REALTOR®, James has traveled the country as a motivational speaker and has taught and presented for thousands of people around the world. With talks encompassing real estate, personal development, and various other topics, he brings an unmatched enthusiasm that cannot be ignored.

“Every time I interact with James, I always end the conversation with a smile on my face,” said NextHome’s Vice President of Sales, Charis Moreno. “James has been a wonderful addition to our company and I love the positive energy he brings to NextHome.”

Please join us in congratulating James and the rest of the team at NextHome Real Estate Executives on the opening of their new NextHome office in West Palm Beach, FL!

Find out more about NextHome Real Estate Executives at www.NHREE.com

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

NextHome announces 11 new office locations in July 2018

NextHome announces 11 new office locations in July 2018

Pleasanton, CA — August 1, 2018 — NextHome is proud to welcome 11 new franchised locations announced in the month of July 2018.

July started off with Mary Ann Wilson opening her office in Cary, North Carolina with her brokerage – NextHome In The Triangle. As a longtime business entrepreneur, Mary Ann will take her top level real estate sales volume and lead other talented agents at her firm.

San Antonio, Texas was the next stop of the NextHome national expansion. Veteran real estate broker Tomas Landin launched NextHome Leading Edge Realty. Tomas brings more than 15 years of real estate experience to the franchise along with a strong background in marketing.

Michigan saw David Bengston open the doors to the tenth office in the state with his franchised location – NextHome Bloom Real Estate. Located in the Grand Rapids suburb of Grandville, Dave and the team at NextHome Bloom Real Estate will provide high-level service to the Grand Rapids metro area which is home to more than 2 million residents.

Business partners Matthew Gilbert and Aaron Turnage opened the doors to NextHome Leeward & Company. The Lee’s Summit brokerage will serve clients in both Missouri and Kansas. Matthew and Aaron are two top-producing agents who have collaborated together to create a dynamic brokerage.

Longtime Florida real estate icon Laura Solis brings nearly 25 years of real estate experience to the NextHome franchise as she launches NextHome Presidential Realty. She will be joined on the leadership team by her partner Sally Conner as the two have worked alongside one another for 20 years. Located in Hallandale Beach, the company will serve the entire Fort Lauderdale metro area.

July welcomed another Florida brokerage when Jon Brumer opened NextHome Premier Neighborhood Realty. Located in St. Cloud, the brokerage will serve the areas of St. Cloud, Kissimmee, Davenport, Clermont, and the remainder of the Orlando Metro Area.

The NextHome franchise started the first franchised location in the city of Boston when Donald Donnalson opened NextHome Azule Realty. Donald will be joined on the leadership team by real estate manager Caroline DeJesus. The brokerage will feature new construction, acquisition, and resale of properties throughout the Boston metro area.

The man known as “Mr. Lake Norman” opened his new brokerage – NextHome At The Lake – located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Kelly Myers will serve as the owner/operator of the brokerage and he will be joined on the leadership team by broker in charge Dawn McGinn.

Sandy Tucker announced the opening of her Calistoga, California office – NextHome In The Valley. A top producing REALTOR®, Sandy and her team will service the areas of Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Napa, Angwin, and the surrounding areas.

NextHome Premier launched in Warren, New Jersey. The brokerage will be owned and operated by broker John Mangini. He comes from a background of owning and running one of the top franchised real estate brokerages in the state of New Jersey.

Finally, July ended strong with the opening of NextHome City Realty – Detroit Branch. This is the second location for owner Paul Mychalowych. As a 14-year real estate veteran, Mychalowych is one of the top-producing REALTORS® in the area. He will also serve as the broker-of-record for the company.

The NextHome franchise is proud to announce 56 new offices opened since the beginning of 2018.

Which just leaves one question…

#WhosNext?

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 Premier launches in Warren, New Jersey

NextHome Premier launches in Warren, New Jersey

John Mangini

Pleasanton, CA — July 31, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Premier. The brokerage represents the fifth office location opened in the state of New Jersey for the NextHome franchise.

Owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR® John Mangini, NextHome Premier will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, luxury, relocation, new construction, and land deals for the counties of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Union.

The township of Warren is located 10 miles north of Edison and is home to just over 15,000 residents. CNNMoney.com ranked Warren sixth in the nation as “Best Places to Live” in July of 2009.

John has been licensed since 2002 and is a licensed broker in three states – New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and has a background in Commodity Trading.

As a former founder and owner of a local RE/MAX office, John brings a wealth of leadership experience to the NextHome franchise. He grew his previous office to over 60 agents and the brokerage was ranked as of one the top RE/MAX offices in the state of New Jersey with sales in excess of $300 million annually.

Always the entrepreneur, John realized the real estate brokerage business was changing rapidly and the traditional real estate brands were not evolving and adapting.

He researched the various brokerage models and brands and discovered NextHome. With its client centric model, superior technology and empowering environment, John knew partnering with NextHome would be a perfect fit for the Central New Jersey Market.

Currently constructed, NextHome Premier is home to seven talented agents who each have an average of 11 years of real estate experience.

“We are highly selective in the agents that we hire which ensures we maintain our collaborative culture,” said John. “We have high standards of practice for all marketing and we are all about raising the bar for our industry. The office is structured to help our agents be as productive as possible. Our office is centrally located and smartly equipped with the latest technology, and collaborative work and meeting areas.”

“We are committed to helping our clients first,” added John. “Giving back to our community is very important to all of us at NextHome Premier. We have all contributed to various volunteer and charity organizations such as our local soup kitchen.”

When not selling real estate, John spends time with his wife of 24 years, Michele, and their two sons, Matt (22 years old) and Ryan (19). Matt recently graduated from Princeton University and is working as an investment banker in Los Angeles, California and Ryan will be attending John’s alma mater, Lafayette College in the Fall where he will be studying Economics.

The Mangini’s enjoy spending time during the summer months “down the shore” in Mantoloking, New Jersey.

Please join us in congratulating John and the rest of the team at NextHome Premier on the opening of their new NextHome office in Warren, NJ!

 

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 In The Valley opens in Northern California

NextHome In The Valley opens in Northern California

Sandy Tucker

Pleasanton, CA — July 27, 2016 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome In The Valley. The brokerage represents the 57th office location opened in the state of California for the NextHome franchise.

Owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR® Sandy Tucker, NextHome In The Valley will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, luxury, vacation homes, second homes, and land deals for the areas of Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Napa, Angwin, and the surrounding areas.

The city of Calistoga is located 70 miles north of San Francisco and is home to just over 5,000 residents. As part of California Wine Country, there are numerous wineries just a short drive from the city.

Sandy has lived in the Lake County area for over 30 years. Previous to real estate, Sandy worked as a Community Relations Director for a local assisted living community in Lake County.

She also supervised the Langtry Farms Ranch Estate, which included the Guenoc Winery. The historical home was once owned by actress Lillie Langtry.

Her responsibilities included working with the local zoning and planning departments as portions of the ranch were developed for a golf course. Sandy credits working with local property departments for preparing her for real estate.

Sandy started her real estate career in 2013 with a local independent real estate brokerage. Over the next three years, she built a strong business base and often exceeded 20 transactions annually with more than $5 million in sales volume.

In 2017, Sandy took her years of real estate experience combined with her local community knowledge and went out on her own to start NextHome In The Valley.

“I really loved the NextHome brand and the sleek and fresh-looking marketing,” said Sandy. “But most of all, I really love the family feeling the company provides.”

“I’m a small-town girl and relationships matter so much more than business,” she added.

Sandy credits the leadership of the NextHome franchise as the driving factor of why franchisees find success in the model.

“NextHome’s corporate team doesn’t just challenge the status quo of our industry, but puts in the hard work to make things better for NextHome brokers and agents,” said Sandy.

Sandy devotes volunteer time when she’s not selling real estate. She currently serves as the 2018 President of the Middletown Unified School District, where she has spent the last 10 years on the Board.

Sandy also volunteers with the “Spirit of the Season” program. She has spent the last 15 years working with the organization to provide toys and food to the less fortunate members of the community.

Sandy is the proud parent of son Jake, a Sonoma State graduate, and daughter Sarah who is in medical school in Washington. She is also the mom to her French Bulldog, Buster.

Please join us in congratulating Sandy and the rest of the team at NextHome In The Valley on the opening of their new NextHome office in Calistoga, CA!

 

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 Steps to Long-Term Success in Real Estate

8 Steps to Long-Term Success in Real Estate

No one ever said a career in real estate was easy. But the rewards can be great if you are up for the challenge. Do you have what it takes to stick with it and achieve long-term success? Follow these eight basic steps to help lay the groundwork for a long and successful career.

Are you in this for the long haul? You probably know a number of real estate professionals with long and successful careers. These agents are in an enviable position to achieve their financial goals and maintain a thriving business. But many more agents stop doing real estate full-time after just a short time. In fact, 87% opt not to renew their licenses within five years.* So how do the veteran pros make it work? It all comes down to building a solid foundation and directing your energy in the right places from the start. If you’d like to achieve a long-term career in real estate, here are eight steps that can help set you up for success.

1. Manage your own expectations

Real estate careers offer a relatively low barrier to entry and the perception of easy money. But it takes time, hard work, quite a bit of planning and the right mindset to make significant money. The pros may make it look easy, but building a thriving real estate business means selling yourself and your abilities every day, constantly creating new opportunities and staying ahead of the curve. Successful realtors are tough, fair, knowledgeable, personable, professional and have a thick skin.

2. Have a realistic financial plan

Do the math to set your goals. Figure out how much you need for bills, insurance and living expenses. Also include calculations for the cost of doing business. Real estate agents are independent contractors and typically pay for their own licensing, office expenses, required continuing education, marketing, business cards and E&O insurance. Be sure to have a plan to set aside portions of your income for taxes and savings to cover the slow times or vacation. Calculate what your commission would be for a target home. Based on these figures, you should end up with a realistic goal to make ends meet, and know how much you need to sell each month.

3. Set boundaries

When you start to really get in the groove and get a taste for success, it’s easy to eat, drink and sleep real estate 24/7. But know your limits. Long-term success is defeated by burnout. Make sure you try to protect time for yourself by way of a weekly yoga class, and time for friends and family. Balance will fend off burnout and is a more sustainable career path.

4.  Build your confidence

A successful agent is less likely to quit. The most important trait of a successful salesperson is confidence. But confidence is harder when you are a new agent. The best way to build confidence is practice. A couple tricks of the trade for practice:

a. Role-play with a colleague or friend. Work with a “script” of what you’d like to say in certain situations, such as meeting a prospective customer, and hear yourself say the words again and again.
b. Station yourself at open houses every weekend. This can be helpful to the listing agent and great exposure for you. Practice talking to people about their real estate needs and try asking them questions differently each time.

5. Get a mentor and/or a coach

A role model is worth her weight in gold. Having someone to ask questions, share ideas and learn from their experiences is incredibly valuable. If you don’t know someone who can fill that role, you can hire a coach. Become a knowledge sponge when you are around these people and soak up as much as you can. Also, read or listen to as many trade publications and industry blogs as you can get your hands on. Increasing your knowledge will increase your value to your clients.

6. Routines and checklists

It seems to be a simple thing, but a working real estate professional creates her own structure. Successful people tend to start their day with a specific routine. Some swear by positive affirmations or meditation. Some start by creating a to-do list for the day. Other start every day by looking at the hot sheets in their area to see what’s newly listed, sold, expired, etc., which is what you should be doing anyway. Find the routine that works for you and keeps you productive and motivated.

7. Be the captain of your own lead gen

Don’t just wait for referrals from family and friends. Contact newly expired listings and listings For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) and turn them into clients. Find out what might motivate them. Ask people if you can do a free home valuation or market analysis. This is good practice, too. Cold calling isn’t easy. You will hear far more “no’s” than “yes’s.” But if prospects always said yes, you wouldn’t be a salesperson; you’d instead be an order taker.

8. Never stop believing

Maintaining a long and fruitful career in real estate takes resilience. Even after bad experiences, and everyone has them, you need to find your own personal source for positive energy. Some successful agents use visual reminders of what motivates them. Or perhaps a mentor, coach or friend is just the touchstone you need to restore your faith in yourself.

The key takeaway here is you can do this. Be realistic, be smart and work hard and you have every reason to enjoy a successful career for years to come.

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