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5 Things You Should Do Before Moving into Your New Home

5 Things You Should Do Before Moving into Your New Home

Finally about to close on your dream house? Read this list to get some good tips on what you should do when moving into a new home to make the place your own.

Is there anything more exciting than moving into a new home? But preparing to move is a busy time. You’ve got to figure out how to pack for moving, pick up packing boxes and look up moving tips to make the whole process go more smoothly. Plus, there’s hiring movers, renting a truck, enlisting friends and family to help – and that’s on top of all the other stuff you’ve got to do to prepare for closing day and, once you’ve taken possession, get the place ready for move in.

Before you settle into your new home, these new simple home hacks can help you make the place feel like your own. Make moving day as smooth as possible, and stave off future new homeowner hiccups, with these moving day tips.

1. Change the Locks

The very first thing you should do after taking possession of a new home is change the locks, or have them re-keyed. If you’re handy, you can do this yourself with a re-keying kit from your local big-box hardware store, or you can buy new locks. These days, homeowners can choose from a range of smart locks, as well as old-fashioned ones.

Why change the locks? While the previous owners are probably great people, there’s no knowing who has keys to your home. There could be any number of copies of your house key out there, and you never know who has them. Make sure you and your loved ones are the only people who can access your new home. Locksmith rekey services are typically covered under your home warranty.

2. Forward Your Mail

Don’t miss important bills, housewarming cards or letters from Grandma – set up mail forwarding to begin on moving day. You can apply for mail forwarding online for $1.05, or you can do it in person at the post office. Of course, you’ll still have to change your address with your bank, credit cards, magazine subscription issuers and others who send you mail, but you’ll have 60 days to change your address for magazines and a year to change it for other kinds of mail.

3. Deep Clean the Whole Place

Just like you can’t know who has a copy of your house key, you can’t know how thoroughly the previous owners cleaned the place before they left. It’s a good idea to give your new home a good deep clean – clean the refrigerator, the oven, the walls, the floors and the cabinets inside and out, as well as the bathrooms. It’s easiest to do this before you start bringing your stuff in, or at least before you start unpacking it. If you don’t want to deep clean your new home yourself, you can hire professional cleaners to perform a move-in clean.

4. Check Your Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

Smoke alarms and CO detectors are among the most important safety devices in your home. They could save your family’s lives in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak. Before you move into your new home, test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working properly.

Your new home may not have a carbon monoxide detector; many don’t. But carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless but can be deadly. Even when it doesn’t kill, it can cause serious symptoms, including brain damage. If your new home doesn’t have a CO detector, plan to install one on moving day. Make sure to calibrate it for the first time outside, so it can use fresh air for its baseline reading.

5. Look for Plumbing Leaks

If you have a leaking pipe in your new home, you need to know about it ASAP, and the easiest time to check for plumbing leaks is before everyone has gotten settled in. On moving day, check your water meter and either write down the reading, or take a photo of it. Wait two hours, making sure no one uses the water, and then check the meter again. If the reading isn’t exactly the same as it was two hours before, you have a plumbing leak somewhere in your home, and you need to locate it and put it on the priority list of things that need fixed right away.

While you’re looking for plumbing leaks, this is an excellent time to locate your home’s main water and gas shutoff valves as well as your breaker box. That way you won’t find yourself hunting for the breaker box in the dark with a flashlight or frantically hunting for the main water shutoff valve while a burst pipe fills your basement with water. Plus, if you find a plumbing leak, you’ll want to shut off the water to your home until you locate it.

Moving day is exhausting, stressful, and exciting – but it’s worth the work to finally settle into your brand new dream home. Make sure you take the time to do moving day right; it’ll save you a lot of trouble in the long run, and help you make your home your own a lot faster.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield blog!

NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate is the Newest NextHome Office

NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate is the Newest NextHome Office

Ana Afshin

Pleasanton, CA — April 16, 2019 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate. The new brokerage represents the 56th office location opened in the state of Florida by the NextHome franchise. The Minneola-based brokerage will be owned and operated by broker Ana Afshin.

NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, rehab & resale, commercial, senior living, and traditional single-family sales for the areas of Minneola, Claremont, Groveland, Kissimmee, and the remainder of the North Orlando area.

Ana also works with investors from overseas, particularly from Europe and South America.

Based in Lake County, the city of Minneola is located 40 minutes northwest of Orlando and is home to just under 15,000 residents.

Ana started her real estate career right out of high school in 1999 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her stepfather convinced her to work with him at his commercial real estate business. The two of them focused on purchasing and managing apartment complexes.

Ana worked as the leasing agent for one of his complexes and was responsible for filling the units with qualified tenants, as well as maintaining each unit. Shortly after, she assisted in selling and acquiring those apartment complexes.

After moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas in 2004, Ana got her real estate license, but not for commercial real estate reasons.

“While the money was good in commercial real estate, I really didn’t enjoy it,” said Ana. “My passion was in residential real estate, so I changed my focus to selling homes.”

Over the next five years, Ana worked at a local franchised office, before opening her own brokerage in late 2009. With residential sales slowing due to the recession, Ana went back to her roots and focused mainly on multi-family and commercial sales. During this time, she also purchased a large apartment complex that she rehabbed and resold for more than $1 million in profit.

“I take pride in not only knowing how to help investors evaluate how to buy and sell commercial and multi-family properties, but as an investor myself, I can share with them ideas and strategies on how to maximize their profits,” said Ana. “Additionally, I really loved being able to provide people with a nice home to live in.”

In 2015, Ana and her family moved to Florida after selling her Texas brokerage.

“My husband, Cameron, is from the Dallas area, but we always went to Florida for vacations with the family,” said Ana. “Since we spent so much time there, I was finally able to convince him to make the move and we relocated after we sold our brokerage.”

After making the move, Ana focused on raising the couple’s three children, while Cameron bought and flipped properties from 2015 to 2017.

In 2018, Ana was ready to come back and sell real estate full time and that’s when she found NextHome.

“I Googled every phrase related to ‘real estate franchise’ and NextHome kept coming up no matter what I searched,” said Ana with a laugh. “I was instantly intrigued because the orange colors were exactly what I used in my previous brokerage. But the thing that made me most interested in the franchise was the camaraderie between brokers– not competition.”

The NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate difference will be the constant goal of earning client trust.

“I want our agents to know it’s not about the commission, but rather the families that are entrusting us to represent them as best as we can,” said Ana. “If we take care of our clients with top-level service, the money takes care of itself.”

Ana and Cameron have been married for 13 years and they have four wonderful children – sons Skyler (13 years old), Blaze (10), Jax (eight-months-old), and daughter Hailo (4). The family loves spending one full day a week enjoying the beach, Universal Studios or Disneyworld.

Please join us in congratulating Ana and the rest of the team at NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate on the opening of their NextHome office in Minneola, 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 launches first Rhode Island office for the franchise

NextHome launches first Rhode Island office for the franchise

Brian Buonaiuto

Pleasanton, CA — April 9, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Ocean State Realty Group. This new brokerage represents the very first office location opened in the state of Rhode Island by the NextHome franchise. The Cranston-based brokerage will be owned and operated by broker Brian Buonaiuto. He will be joined at the brokerage by his wife, Tara, who is also a licensed agent.

NextHome Ocean State Realty Group will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, rehab & resale, military relocation, and traditional single-family sales for the entire state of Rhode Island. The brokerage also works closely with the Homes For Heroes program – a home buying program specifically designed for first responders, military personnel, medical professionals, and school teachers.

“Our brokerage takes pride in being able to service the entire state,” said Brian. “Based on the size of Rhode Island, an agent can drive from one side of the state to the other in 45 minutes.”

Brian comes from a background in corporate management, where he had previously worked at several different Fortune 500 Companies such as Burger King, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Public Storage.

Knowing he was no longer interested in corporate America, Brian had an eye on pursuing his passion for real estate and in 2018, he left his management role to make the move to selling homes full time.

“I wanted to take my business experience and direct it towards a career where I felt I could really make a difference with buyers and sellers who were looking for great representation,” said Brian.

He started with a small independent brokerage in Cranston and did very well in his first year. But it was a conversation with a friend from Florida that caught his attention.

“I was anxious to start my own brokerage as soon as I was able,” said Brian. “My friend told me about her brokerage (NextHome Gulf Coast) and I looked into the franchise.”

“Everything I saw, I absolutely loved,” he added.

Brian says the NextHome Ocean State Realty Group difference will be having “a company that delivers high level technology that not only helps the buyers and sellers, but also allows agents to provide a ton of value for their clients.”

Brian and Tara have been married for six years and they have a five-year-old son, Jack. With Jack having autism, the couple are very involved with multiple charities and organizations that provide support to families with autistic children.

Please join us in congratulating Brian, Tara and the rest of the team at NextHome Ocean State Realty Group on the opening of the first NextHome office in the state of Rhode Island!

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 Charity Partnership with Canine Companions for Independence

NextHome Announces New Charity Partnership with Canine Companions for Independence

Pleasanton, California — April 5th, 2019 – NextHome proudly announces its new national charity partner, Canine Companions for Independence®, a nonprofit with the primary purpose to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. The partnership will drive national donation efforts from its local offices to generate additional funds that will provide Canine Companions assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities free of charge.

The partnership with Canine Companions was revealed during the fourth annual NextHome conference. The three-day event in Las Vegas brought together hundreds of NextHome franchisees, brokers and agents from across the country to take a first peek on trending industry insights and introduce new programs, such as this partnership.

“As a firm believer in investing in your own team and giving back to local communities, it made perfect sense to associate NextHome with an organization that is equally dedicated to society by delivering the greatest resources to individuals in need,” stated Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins. “Our hope is that our matchmade partnership with Canine Companions for Independence will enrich the lives of those people through the support of our offices, agents, followers, friends and families.”

Canine Companions introduced the concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities in 1975. With professional instructors who possess hundreds of years of cumulative experience in both training assistance dogs and being able to instruct people with over 60 different types of disabilities, Canine Companions is now known as the largest provider of assistance dogs in the world.

“We’re excited about this new partnership with NextHome and appreciate that they share our belief in the value of collaboration and community,” added Paige Mazzoni, Chief Executive Officer of Canine Companions for Independence. “With the support from NextHome and their franchise with hundreds of offices across the nation, we’ll be able to unite more people with dogs in a powerful program that opens up new opportunities and new possibilities and allows us to expand the work that we do that improves the quality of life for so many people.”

NextHome is encouraging its members, friends, families and supporters to help raise funds to support the mission of Canine Companions for Independence. Donations will allow Canine Companions to continue to provide expertly trained assistance dogs and follow-up services free of charge to adults, children and veterans.

To learn more about the new partnership and ways to support Canine Companions for Independence, please visit cci.org/nexthome.

NextHome launches the 350th office for the franchise

NextHome launches the 350th office for the franchise

Andrew and Brittany Geotes

Pleasanton, CA — April 4, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Simplicity. This new brokerage represents the third office location opened in the state of Mississippi by the NextHome franchise. The Long Beach-based brokerage will be owned and operated by top-producing REALTORS® and husband and wife team of Andrew and Brittany Geotes.

The new office represents the 350th office launched by the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Simplicity will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, multi-family, land, military relocation and traditional single-family sales for the areas of Long Beach, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Waveland, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and the remainder of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties.

Located ten minutes west of downtown Gulfport, the town of Long Beach is known for its affordable housing, with most homes sold under $200,000. There is a Naval Construction Battalion base in the area which employs many military service men and women. Long Beach is also known for its school districts and many families that have migrated to the area want to have their children in these particular schools.

Before meeting each other, both Andrew and Brittany were very successful individual REALTORS® in their own right – each selling in opposite sides of the coast. Ironically, they met in Gulfport, which sits directly in the middle of their respective sales areas.

Starting as a residential appraiser in 2004, Andrew has more than 15 years of real estate experience. His expertise includes rehabbing and flipping properties as an investor himself. He started selling real estate in Fall 2012 and quickly became a top producer at his local brokerage, selling more than 35 homes in 2013.

Brittany got her real estate license in 2014 and worked at the local RE/MAX. In her very first year, she sold 12 transactions. Since then, she has doubled her sales every year she’s been in real estate.

Andrew and Brittany met in 2015 during a real estate transaction, started dating later that year, and were married a year later.

Brittany spent the majority of her career selling in the Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Pass Christian, with a focus on the second home market. Andrew worked mainly on investment and resale properties on the opposite side of Gulfport.

The couple attributes a significant portion of their success on their commitment to re-investing back into their business.

“It’s really important to us to invest in our marketing for our clients and their properties,” said Brittany. “We take pride in making sure our listings are well represented and that our sellers have the very best marketing to get them top dollar for their home.”

In 2017, the Geotes’ made the move to a NextHome office in Gulfport – NextHome E-Realty.

“While I was still at RE/MAX, I saw a NextHome sign on a home and I actually pulled over, backed up, and took a picture of the yard sign,” said Brittany with a laugh. “I really was blown away by how great the marketing was for the brand.”

Consistently award winning agents, Team Geotes sold more than $14 million in real estate in 2018 with 84 transactions closed.

With the intention of always opening their own brokerage, the couple felt that 2019 was the right time to go out on their own and open NextHome Simplicity.

“The name NextHome Simplicity stands for how we want our clients to feel when they go through what might feel like a very stressful situation,” said Andrew. “We want our clients to feel like they will be taken care of and that our process makes the transaction as simple as possible.”

Please join us in congratulating Andrew, Brittany and the rest of the team at NextHome Simplicity on the opening of their brand new office in Long Beach, MS!

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 March 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your March 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Please join us as we celebrate our NextHomie of the Month for March 2019, Scott Louser of NextHome Legendary Properties! With offices in Minot and Bismarck, North Dakota, Scott serves his community in more ways than one making him the perfect fit for the Culture Committee’s NextHomie of the Month title.

For Scott, real estate and public service are a part of his DNA. His father owned a real estate franchise when Scott was growing up, and at the same time, his mother served on the state’s real estate regulatory board. While he started in a retail career, it wasn’t long before Scott realized his calling was in real estate, and that is exactly where he went.

In 1997, Scott obtained his real estate license in North Dakota and got straight to work. In 2001, Scott served as the President of the Minot Board of REALTORS® Association. In 2005, he served as the North Dakota State Real Estate President. In 2006, he was recognized as REALTOR® of the Year. In 2007, he purchased his first franchise. Oh, and in 2012, he went on to serve as the Vice President of a little group called the National Association of REALTORS®, you may have heard of them.

Scott Louser is a true servant leader and to him, that’s what life is all about. “It’s not a dirty little secret, it’s a clean big secret,” said Scott. “I get back way more than I give by tenfold. If you give back and pay it forward, you’ll always get back more than you give.”

Even after all of that, he still wanted more. In 2010, he decided to run for public office and he was selected to serve as Minot District 5’s State Representative. Since then, he has won two additional elections and continues to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader of the House today.

“I’ve always had a passion for politics,” said Scott, “I was tired of sitting back and just complaining.”

Scott first found NextHome in 2015, where he had a unique start. “I was involved in putting together the Danger Report for NAR,” said Scott, referring to the report first released in 2015 that targets the dangers and risks that impact the residential real estate market. “I talked to James Dwiggins [the CEO of NextHome] about the report twice, then we hired him to present that report to the National Association of REALTORS®.”

While working on the Danger Report together, Scott and James began working on a project of their own. Shortly after, in December of 2015, Scott announced his move to NextHome and he opened his first NextHome Legendary Properties office in Minot, North Dakota.

So, why NextHome?

“I stole this quote from (NextHome Vice President of Sales) Charis Moreno,” Scott said with a laugh, “but I wanted to be a part of something bigger. Culture is everything. They (NextHome Corporate) feel it and they work it. You can’t just say you have it, you have to work it. There’s a feel in this brand that doesn’t exist anywhere else. I was nervous, but I knew together I couldn’t fail.”

So, what’s next for Scott?

He and his wife, Alexa, have three beautiful children together. For now, serving as a father, a husband, a legislator, and a NextHome Franchise Owner of two office locations is more than enough to keep him busy.

“If I’m fortunate enough to get reelected, I’ll continue with the legislature. I’d like to expand and open other NextHome offices, but we’ll just have to see how things go.” Whatever Scott’s future may hold, we are certain it will be filled with passion and the same desire to serve that has filled his life in both real estate and politics.

“Being a REALTOR® means making a lasting difference in a client’s life, and being a Broker means making a lasting difference in a REALTOR®’s life,” said Scott.

“And being Scott Louser means making a lasting difference for what you believe in,” added Randy Lenz, Culture Committee Chair.

Congratulations, Scott Louser!

NextHome opens newest brokerage in Waynesville, Missouri

NextHome opens newest brokerage in Waynesville, Missouri

Lisa Ellis

Pleasanton, CA — March 26 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Team Ellis. This new brokerage represents the sixth office location opened in the state of Missouri by the NextHome franchise. The Waynesville-based brokerage will be owned and operated by top REALTOR® and Broker of record, Lisa Ellis.

NextHome Team Ellis will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, multi-family, land, military relocation and traditional single-family sales for all of the St. Robert and Fort Wood area. More than 90% of NextHome Team Ellis’ business is working with military families. The agents at the brokerage are experts in working with unique military loans and programs such as Veteran’s Assistance and Homes For Heroes.

Located two-and-a-half hours west of St. Louis, the town of Waynesville is known for its deep military roots. As a military post, Waynesville is the home to the United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School.

Now in her 21st year, Lisa started real estate in 1998 at a local independent brokerage in St. Robert.  She made the move to a Coldwell Banker franchised brokerage in 2000 and saw a huge rise in her business.

In 2004, Lisa moved to a local RE/Max and grew her personal real estate sales year-over-year and was consistently a top producer in her market.

In keeping up with her business, Lisa moved to Century 21 Prestige in 2010 to manage the 12 agent brokerage, while forming her own personal real estate team – Team Ellis. She grew the team to three agents, selling more than 60 transactions annually.

After seven years of managing and running a real estate team, Lisa returned to the RE/Max brand to fully focus on sales with Team Ellis. In 2018, the five-person Team Ellis group sold more than $12 million and 87 transaction sides. Incredible numbers for an area with an average sales price of $133,000.

Lisa attributes the growth and success of the team to focusing on world-class service and client care that has her buyers and sellers returning again and again.

After 20 years in real estate and selling at the highest level, Lisa was ready to take the next step in her career – owning a brokerage.

“As I was doing some research about various franchise models, a real estate friend of mine suggested I check out NextHome,” said Lisa. “Everything I saw about the NextHome franchise fit what I was looking for. The branding, marketing and friendly feel of the company really had me intrigued. I had a great conversation with (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno and I brought all the info back to our team.”

“The Team Ellis members were excited and totally onboard,” she added.

Besides Lisa, NextHome Team Ellis is comprised of five dynamic REALTORS® – Angie Masterton, Hazel O’Donnell, Maryanne O’Brien, JP Macormic and Linda Wyatt.

Lisa and Team Ellis are very involved in the community. They work closely with Fort Leonard Wood, supporting military events as local sponsors and volunteers. Team Ellis also sponsors local youth sports teams in basketball and soccer.

Lisa and her husband, retired US Army E7 First Sergeant, Renard, have four children and four grandchildren.

Please join us in welcoming Lisa and the rest of the team at NextHome Team Ellis on the opening of their brand new office in Waynesville, MO!

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.

Getting New Business From Old Clients

Getting New Business From Old Clients

We spend so much time talking about the importance of repeat business and referral business… but the reality is that MOST agents have still not come up with the right way to keep in touch naturally over the long-term. The result?

Will your clients hire you the next time you buy or sell your home? Are you sure?

After closing, 70% of sellers say they would “definitely” use their agent again — but only 25% of repeat buyers and sellers actually do.

We aren’t here to lecture you. Creating one client for life relationship is tricky enough, and aiming to keep in close touch with every client you’ve ever had is nearly impossible. Still, there are a few low key ways to ensure that you don’t break a bond that could end up paying off — both in business and in friendship — after you walk away from the closing table.

Below are four tactics you can employ to create more long-term, business-boosting client relationships.

1. Rank your clients

You ask for reviews and testimonials after you close, but do you ever bother to ask yourself how much YOU liked working with a client? If you want to focus on creating “clients for life,” then the first step is to wean out the clients who you have loved to work with. Not only will you be excited to keep in touch with them over the years, these people are also more likely to recommend other like-minded friends and family members to you in the future.

Consider adding a “Client Rapport” ranking to your CRM. After each closing, rank the client from 1-5. Anyone who scores at a 4 or 5 should be who you focus on as you create your “Client for Life” relationships.

2. Offer special treatment

You can continue to send the same refrigerator magnet to every person in your sphere but think about upping the ante for the “4 and 5-ranked” contacts in your database. Consider hosting a VIP wine and cheese event for past clients who love to mix and mingle, send young families a coupon to the local Six Flags, offer up a gift certificate to your past buyer’s new favorite neighborhood restaurant on the one-year anniversary of their home purchase.

By showing you care about them, remember their interests and are willing to spend money or time on them after the sale, you’ll be reinforcing a bond that can continue to grow even as you move further and further away from their initial transaction.

3. Watch for social cues and keep in touch with personal outreach

Many (and maybe even most) clients hire you as they are on the cusp of major life changes. Whether they are prepping to expand their family, downsizing after the kids move away or simply shifting to a neighborhood that better suits their long-term needs, the reason for their move can act as the primary way you keep in touch for the first few years after the sale.

Comment on their baby announcement on Facebook (or better yet, drop by with a branded swaddle blanket or onesie after they have settled into parenthood). Call to ask how their kids are enjoying the teachers in their new school. If you see that a coffee shop has opened up in their new condo building, ask if they would like to meet up for a cup of joe, then ask how they’re settling into their new neighborhood.

As the years go by and you get to know more about them than just their reason for moving, you can settle into a more natural conversation groove. But for the first few months or years after you work with them, don’t worry about focusing on the “safest” conversation topic around — their reason for moving (and hiring you) and how that decision is working out.

4. Give them an easy way to review and refer you

Many agents are afraid to ask for referrals directly because it can feel awkward and aggressive if not done in the right way. And while most have a way to generate testimonials or reviews, a lot of the platforms that promise to “syndicate” these reviews are clunky; they require an ironclad login and clients may feel turned off having to sign up for a site they never plan to use again. In the age of cybersecurity threats, not many people want to open up new accounts that require their email and other contact information.

When it comes to asking for reviews and referrals, it can be helpful for agents to ask for client feedback that:

  • Doesn’t require a login
  • Can be syndicated across the web
  • Can be used to generate a review, testimonial or one-to-one referral
  • Is sent on behalf of the agent, but doesn’t come directly from the agent’s email address

Agents who need such a service can peek at Reach150, a client feedback and referral management system from SmartZip. Reach150 is a low-key, no-nonsense way to automate your requests for referrals and reviews — and you can even turn your positive testimonials into marketing content to help win even more business over time. Get more details on Reach150 here.

For more helpful tips, visit the smartzip blog!

NextHome expands in New Jersey with NextHome Evolution

NextHome expands in New Jersey with NextHome Evolution

Rosemarie Heldmann

Pleasanton, CA — March 20, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Evolution. This new brokerage represents the sixth office location opened in the state of New Jersey by the NextHome franchise.

The Chester-based brokerage will be owned and operated by REALTOR® and Broker of record, Rosemarie Heldmann. NextHome Evolution will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, multi-family, land, luxury and traditional single-family sales for all of Morris County, including the towns of Chester, Long Valley, Mendham, Peapack-Gladstone, and Bedminster.

The Chester Township is located west of Morristown and home to just under 9,000 residents. The town is 40 miles west of New York City and features many Victorian-style homes and palatial estates.

While Rosemarie started her real estate sales career in 2014, she has been involved with buying and selling real estate for many years.

After a 20+ year career as an owner of a retail jewelry shop, Rosemarie went full time into selling real estate five years ago. As an avid commercial real estate investor, she used that experience to help others buy and sell real estate.

“For many years before I became a REALTOR®, I was actively buying, rehabbing and holding properties for long-term investment,” said Rosemarie. “I originally intended on getting my license and focus on purchasing my own properties.”

“But after having other investors and interested home buyers ask me if I could help them, it made sense for me to help others buy and sell properties as well,” she added.

In 2017, Rosemarie attained her broker’s license and opened her brokerage, Fieldstone Real Estate.

Although very successful, Rosemarie decided that 2018 was the year to diversify her business to add more residential sales. She found NextHome through a simple Google search of “real estate franchises.”

“I saw a NextHome sign in front of a listing when I was driving home one evening,” recalled Rosemarie. “I had to stop the car and take a look at the sign. It was so eye-catching and fresh, I was blown away by the branding.”

“Once I did more research about the company, I was hooked and knew NextHome was what I was looking for.”

When not selling real estate, Rosemarie plays tennis competitively. She has been playing tennis on the highest level for more than 45 years – often traveling to play matches throughout the state of New Jersey.

She is the mother of four daughters – Erika (30), Paige (27), Olivia (22), and Sophia (19).

Please join us in welcoming Rosemarie and the rest of the team at NextHome Evolution on the opening of their brand new office in Chester, 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 Whalen & Co. opens office location in Washington

NextHome Whalen & Co. opens office location in Washington

Chris Whalen

NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Whalen & Co. This new brokerage represents the eighth office location opened in Washington by the NextHome franchise.

The Kennewick-based brokerage will be owned and operated by REALTOR® and Broker of record, Chris Whalen. NextHome Whalen & Co. will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, multi-family, land, luxury and traditional single-family sales to the areas of the “Tri-Cities” (Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco), Benton City, Burbank, West Richland, and the remainder of Benton and Franklin Counties.

Kennewick is located three hours southeast of Seattle and home to nearly 75,000 residents. The city sits on the southwest bank of the Columbia River.

Chris was introduced to real estate in one of the most unique ways possible – as a limo driver who happened to drive a real estate agent to the airport.

“I remember picking up a gentleman while I was driving limousines at the time,” recalled Chris. “He requested to my company that I be the one to pick him back up upon his return. When I dropped him at his house and saw where he lived, I asked ‘What do you do?’ He said he was in real estate, and the rest was history.”

Chris has been interested in construction and architecture since he was a kid, so the tie into real estate seemed like a natural choice for a career.

He started in 2004 with Coldwell Banker in Phoenix, Arizona. After working several years at the brokerage, he made the moved to Keller Williams Realty and worked on one of the top teams in Arizona.

Chris and his wife, Kristina, moved a few years later and he ended up selling newly constructed homes with a company called New Home Star in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – the town where he was born and raised. At that time, New Home Star was the biggest home builder in eastern Iowa.

Knowing that he needed a position with more stability and health benefits, Chris approached the New Home Star team and asked if there were any positions that corporate could offer that made more sense for his family. They told Chris a sales manager position opened up in Kennewick, Washington if he was interested.

Randomly enough, Kristina grew up in that area, so the Whalens moved to Kennewick. Chris was not only responsible for the sales of new homes in Kennewick, but he also trained several other sales team members who worked in surrounding areas such as Spokane.

While finding his career interesting, Chris missed the ability to sell homes on his own terms versus selling just a few types of model homes. In June 2016, he left New Home Star and started his own company Whalen & Co. Real Estate and grew a successful brokerage.

He found NextHome in 2018 and found the franchise to be exactly what he had been looking for in order to grow his brokerage with the right technology and tools for his agents.

“After doing my research on NextHome, I realized that the company could advance all the technology that I wanted for my brokerage,” said Chris. “In speaking with some of the savvier agents in our area that I trust, these agents agreed and I was all in with NextHome.”

“The people are great, the support is great… NextHome is everything we were looking for,” added Chris.

Chris says the success of the company will be because of NextHome Whalen & Co.’s committed agents and their dedication towards first-class service for their clients.

Chris currently serves on the Education Committee of his local Real Estate Board and is also a Certified Real Estate Instructor with the State of Washington.

Chris and Kristina have been married since 2004 and have two children – Tommy (14) and Samantha (4). The family loves to travel and spend time on the water on their boat and enjoy the Colombia River.

Please join us in welcoming Chris and the rest of the team at NextHome Whalen & Co. on the opening of their brand new office in Kennewick, WA!

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

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