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NextHome announces new Costa Mesa brokerage

NextHome announces new Costa Mesa brokerage

David Kline Lovett

Pleasanton, CA — February 12, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome First Choice Realty, based in Costa Mesa, California. The brokerage represents the 81st office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 545th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome First Choice Realty offers residential real estate services to clients across Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and the remainder of Orange County. 

The brokerage is owned by David Kline Lovett – a goal-oriented real estate professional with a passion for providing his clients compassionate, loving, and ethical service. 

David first obtained his real estate license in 1979 after graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Business Administration. His passion for marketing and sales pushed him towards a career in real estate. 

“I’m a creative person, so choosing a job that involved innovative marketing really filled my cup,” David said.  

His early years were filled with both struggle and success. During his first few months as a licensed REALTOR®, David had to work hard to overcome a natural shyness. 

“I eventually broke through that tendency and had the opportunity to work with phenomenal clients who helped me feel truly comfortable as a REALTOR®,” David recalled. 

His early success also harnessed the law of attraction – a business philosophy that David has studied extensively. 

Throughout his first four years in the business, David hit each sales target he set for himself. For two years in a row, David was recognized as the No. 1 agent in a 41-member office. He also became the Agent of the Month for his 515-member real estate board. 

“Using the law of attraction, I was able to achieve the things I wanted,” David said. 

That perseverance would serve David later as he encountered a major life setback. 

In 1989, David was involved in a serious car accident that left him with a wide range of physical impairments. Despite the challenges, he pursued growth personally, professionally, and spiritually. David is now finishing his fifth book, titled “Public Speaking Made Easy: 365 Tips Tricks and Techniques for Public Speaking.” He has also authored books on real estate, business development, and comedy. He is an accomplished Toastmaster and is a student of Landmark Worldwide – a personal and professional development company. 

David’s setbacks also spurred him towards spirituality. He now holds several credentials in the practice of non-religious spirituality. He is licensed in guided imagery and is a prayer counselor at The Agape International Spiritual Center. In addition, he is an accomplished Native American flautist, whose performances are used as the backdrop for guided meditations around the world.  

David believed the next chapter in his success story would include opening his own real estate brokerage. 

“NextHome offers phenomenal plug-and-play marketing and technology tools that will help me serve clients across the Orange County area,” David said. 

With his background, David now hopes to offer clients a unique home buying and selling experience that they can’t get anywhere else. 

“I want to connect with my clients spiritually,” David says. “I bring something that is rare: love, compassion, and understanding on a truly deep level.”

As NextHome First Choice Realty grows, David hopes to offer that level of love and understanding service to clients working their way through divorce or probate. 

Please join us in congratulating David on the opening of NextHome First Choice Realty in Costa Mesa, California!


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

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NextHome announces new Bay Area brokerage

NextHome announces new Bay Area brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — October 22, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Landcastle Luxury, based in Danville, California. The brokerage represents the 80th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 519th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve a wide range of residential clients across the East Bay, including those in Danville, Walnut Creek, Alamo, and San Ramon. 

NextHome Landcastle Luxury is owned by Jim Brennan – a veteran of the real estate industry with a broad range of experience in land development, investment properties, and subdivision sales. 

Jim became a broker in 2000, but he has been an avid investor since the 1980s. The Butler University (Indianapolis) graduate began his professional life as a pharmacist who became well versed in sales and technology. Jim sold computers to pharmacies throughout the Midwest before moving to northern California. 

After moving to the Bay Area, Jim decided his true passion was for real estate. He transformed his deep experience in property investing into a career in land sales, becoming a broker and partner with his father-in-law to form Landcastle Real Estate. At first, they focused on representing developers who were creating master planned communities. Jim was involved in the genesis and the sale of lots in many well-known communities in northern California, including Mountain House and the stunning 5,000-acre River Islands Master Plan in Lathrop, California. 

“Helping builders find lots to build family homes was the feel-good part of the business,” Jim said. “I loved the fulfillment that came from my work and watching the communities come to life.”

As homes continued to rise, and Jim’s portfolio of success continued to grow, he knew that franchising was the right direction to steer his career. However, he never seemed to find just the right fit. 

“I’ve been thinking about franchising for the past 10 years,” Jim said. “I spent a lot of time trying to find the right franchise.”

Jim eventually discovered NextHome through a friend. 

“We became very close after building two spec homes together,” Jim said speaking of his friend. “We were looking for opportunities and he said, ‘here, what do you think of this?’ NextHome was exactly what I had been trying to find for the past 10 years. The more research I did, the better I liked it.”

Jim was initially drawn to NextHome CEO James Dwiggins’ vision for the company. 

“It was wonderful knowing that there was someone in charge who had the same kinds of values that I wanted to promote in my own business,” Jim said. 

In addition, NextHome’s suite of industry-leading technology was just what Jim needed to help his talented agents achieve their best. 

“The back office is always a struggle for small independents,” Jim said. “NextHome gives me a framework that takes care of the small things so that I can focus on the important things, our agents and clients.”

 With his foundation in sales, Jim was impressed by NextHome’s creative marketing. 

“The dog mascot is absolutely genius,” Jim said of NextHome’s mascot Luke. “Who doesn’t love dogs?”

Today, Jim is leading a brokerage of outstanding talent as he helps East Bay buyers and sellers enjoy a seamless experience. 

“That is our agent’s goal, to make each transaction as easy for buyers and sellers as it can be,” Jim said. “That is their job and that is where we excel.”

This year, Jim celebrated 30 years of marriage to his wife Colleen, although he is quick to point out that they have been together for 36 years. Jim and Colleen are the proud parents of Sean (27) and Kelly (24). Sean is a medical student at Loma Linda University. Kelly, an accomplished artist, is pursuing a degree in graphic arts at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. 

Jim and Colleen love to travel together and are both joyful musicians. Although playing many venues in the past, their classic rock cover band has delighted fans at school fundraisers, parties and meetings across the Bay Area in recent years. 

Please join us in congratulating Jim on the opening of NextHome Landcastle Luxury in Danville, California!


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


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NextHome announces new Rancho Cucamonga brokerage

NextHome announces new Rancho Cucamonga brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — October 2nd, 2020 —

Stephanie Velez

 The brokerage represents the 79th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 516th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 40 miles east of Los Angeles, NextHome Champion Elite will serve clients across the Inland Empire. The brokerage is set up to serve all types of residential real estate needs including first-time homebuyers, investors, luxury homes, and relocations. 

NextHome Champion Elite is owned by California real estate veteran Stephanie Velez who began her real estate career in 1999 after purchasing her own first home. 

“After I bought my home, I was a new homebuyer magnet,” Stephanie recalled with a smile. “Everyone would ask me about the programs I used and how I did it. I realized then how much I loved real estate, and especially helping other people.”

Stephanie started working with a Century 21 brokerage in Diamond Bar, California. Five years later, she obtained her broker’s license and opened her own independent company – Champion Realtors. 

“It was a really interesting experience because I literally learned everything from the ground up,” Stephanie recalled. 

Stephanie grew the brokerage to 14 agents, and it continued to serve clients until 2009. After that, the national housing market downturn toppled brokerages in Stephanie’s market and beyond. 

Stephanie shut down Champion Realtors and went to work for a nationally franchised brand.

Then, in 2016, Stephanie felt it was the right time to revive her independent office and brand.  

“I changed the name to Champion Elite Realty just to give it a fresh start, and I’ve been doing great ever since,” Stephanie said. 

As Stephanie continued to grow her business and her brand, she started taking real estate coaching classes. Her sales volume began to soar into the six digits, and then Stephanie began thinking about the next steps in her career – specifically franchising. 

“I have a degree in Organizational Leadership and I really started thinking about how I could put that to good use,” she said.

Stephanie brought up the idea to her business coach. 

“My coach started telling me about a company called NextHome,” Stephanie recalled. “She called me and said, ‘you should look at this franchise, I think it would be a perfect fit for you.’”

After looking into all that NextHome offered, Stephanie was sold. 

“The branding is what initially caught my eye and then all of the technology and tools the franchise offered. Everything I saw, I wanted for myself as an agent,” Stephanie said. “I knew that having these tools to support my office would make recruiting and supporting my agents so much easier.”

Today, Stephanie is using NextHome’s tools and branding to elevate the agent culture in her office and market. 

Stephanie is active in her local REALTORS® association, serving in various leadership roles. In 2021, she will serve as a Director of the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors. In the past, Stephanie has served on the board’s Grievances Committee, Realtor Action Fund, and Membership Value Committee. 

Stephanie and her husband also pastor a local church in her community called Inspire International Ministries. Each week she and her husband, Ray Valez, encourage and bring hope online through weekly video sermons. In addition to this ministry, Stephanie leads Inspire Business Network and the Small Business Prayer Network where local small business leaders can connect weekly and uplift each other through their faith and prayer. 

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie on the opening of NextHome Champion Elite in Rancho Cucamonga, California!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces NextHome Vision in Rocklin, CA

NextHome announces NextHome Vision in Rocklin, CA

Kristi & Jaret Ghent

Pleasanton, CA — July 23, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Vision, based in Rocklin, California. The brokerage represents the 76th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 495th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients throughout Northern California, providing particular expertise in investment properties and residential real estate. 

They are headquartered about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Sacramento in the family community of Rocklin. The city offers a family-friendly environment and accommodates many diverse lifestyles. Nestled outside of the Sierra Foothills, Rocklin is about 90 minutes from the Lake Tahoe region while also offering the best of Sacramento’s contemporary culture. With its proximity to the Nevada border, NextHome Vision has intentions to represent clients in both states in the very near future. 

NextHome Vision is owned by the husband and wife team of Kristi and Jaret Ghent. Kristi and Jaret have enjoyed more than 20 years of phenomenal success across a wide range of sub-specialties. From real estate investing and agent mentoring, to small business leadership and technology innovation, the Ghents offer that expertise and much more at NextHome Vision. 

Jaret and Kristi are truly partners in life and business. They met in 1990, and in 1993 were married in the Bay Area. They purchased their first home, which happened to be a foreclosure, igniting their passion for rehabbing homes. Much of their shared love for everything real estate comes from Kristi’s Dad, who was a long-time professional in Bay Area real estate, and Jaret’s upbringing in the Midwest around his Grandfather and Uncle, who could build most anything with their own two hands.

Partnering with a construction co-worker in the late 1990’s, a Bay Area design/build firm was established. Several memorable projects were commissioned for local professional athletes and some of Silicon Valley’s brightest young minds. Specializing in high-end residential remodels, their work was featured in Sunset Magazine and Designer’s Illustrated. Together, Jaret and his partner began identifying real estate investment opportunities across Northern California that they could fix and sell for profit. Instantly hooked, they quickly became known as “the flippers.”

After obtaining his sales license, Jaret joined RE/MAX. In 2002, he was recruited by the largest RE/MAX franchise Northern California based out of Sacramento, and Kristi left an almost two-decade career in retail and consumer banking to support the growing business. Together, they applied their work ethic and real estate knowledge to help their RE/MAX office become No. 1 in sales production in California & Hawaii. Their out-of-the-box approach to business and their consumer-centric model propelled their team to the top 10% in real estate sales worldwide for several years.  

In 2007, as the economy changed, so did their thoughts about the business and the industry. 

“We started to develop what we believed to be the future of real estate brokerage models”, Jaret said. “We built one of the country’s first truly paperless offices, utilizing technology to manage and grow the business. We streamlined every aspect and designed our brokerage with systems that enabled us to operate from anywhere.”

In 2009, the Ghents launched Vision Real Estate. The brokerage model was foreign to state regulators at the time, operating paperless and without a trust account. Jaret and Kristi’s forward-thinking approach and innovative thinking have directly influenced and had a lasting impact on real estate still today. 

“We named our company Vision Real Estate, because that’s who we’ve always been,” Kristi said. “We are forward-thinking people who see the vision for our industry.”

In 2013, Kristi and Jaret decided to shake things up a bit, taking on different roles in their real estate businesses. Kristi became the company CEO and was solely responsible for the day to day operations and for the first time, also took the sales lead, quickly building an impressive “referral only” sphere-based business. By focusing on the clients she served, not the transaction, it became apparent that her way of helping buyers and sellers was a much more rewarding and sustainable practice.

Through all of their success and failures, Kristi and Jaret know that steady innovation is essential for long-term growth. Most importantly, the ability to free up their time by partnering with the right franchise would allow them to take the next steps in their careers, giving back and sharing their life experiences to influence the lives of others. After watching and carefully analyzing NextHome’s success over the past several years, Kristi and Jaret knew that the franchise would be the best platform to help them achieve their next goals.

“There’s such a wide demographic that our industry services and if we don’t continually connect with people and evolve with their unique needs, real estate agents will be useless,” Kristi said. “The best way that I have found to do that is to put people first. NextHome has the Humans Over Houses mentality at its core, and is a company that understands that connection with people is what’s going to make your business successful.” 

Today, NextHome Vision’s core focus is helping agents grow. With their deep experience across a wide range of real estate specialties, Kristi and Jaret have the tools to help agents thrive. They are stepping aside from the routine of real estate sales, and opening doors to agents that yearn to grow professionally and personally, leading to living a “life by strategy.” 

“We have worked hard to truly become experts in every aspect of the home experience,” Jaret said. “We have built homes, and our business, from the ground up. We have helped every type of client. We have owned and operated several successful real estate businesses. We truly are experts!”

“Through NextHome Vision, we want to create something that is bigger than us,” Kristi added. “We want to give back to the real estate community by helping agents grow. NextHome is a company and a platform where we felt we could truly accomplish this.”

Kristi and Jaret are the parents of four kids, ages 15 to 26. Understanding now the impact of their decisions more than 25 years ago, they see that real estate has given them and their family the opportunity to do what they want, when they want, which has allowed them to be deeply involved in their kid’s lives through education and extracurricular activities. 

“From kindergarten to high school, I’ve had the chance to be involved in my kid’s classrooms, athletic activities, organizational boards, junior achievement, and I even taught art for 11 years,” Kristi said. “Time is one commodity that we can’t replace. Real estate and the way we have structured our business has given me the privilege to spend my time in the best way for my family.”

Please join us in congratulating Kristi and Jaret on the opening of NextHome Vision in Rocklin, California!


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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces Mammoth Lakes brokerage

NextHome announces Mammoth Lakes brokerage

Eric Leach

Pleasanton, CA — July 14, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Mammoth Lakes, based in Mammoth Lakes, California. The brokerage represents the 75th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 493rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just three hours south of the Reno/Tahoe area and five hours north of Los Angeles, Mammoth Lakes is a mountain paradise with meandering streams and majestic views. The vacationer’s wonderland is located just 45 minutes from the east entrance of Yosemite National Park and offers scenic recreation in the summer and world-class skiing in the winter. The area provides attractive real estate investment opportunities and thrives on short-term vacation rentals and second homes. 

NextHome Mammoth Lakes is poised to provide superior service to clients up and down the Highway 395 corridor, from the town of Topaz in the north all the way south to Lone Pine. 

NextHome Mammoth Lakes will serve this unique area’s residential and investment real estate needs under the leadership of owner/broker Eric Leach. Eric has been a full-time real estate professional in the Mammoth Lakes area for more than a decade and has held his real estate sales license since 2002. 

Throughout his formative years in the industry, Eric worked with both a large national franchise and a small independent brokerage. 

In 2008, Eric obtained his broker’s license and, with two other partners, opened Resort Property Realty, Inc. In the midst of a national housing downturn, the business managed to thrive. 

“We really did open in one of the worst times,” Eric said. “But I was a young guy and I was hungry which pushed me to continue to hustle and hustle. We have been successful since the first month we opened and that is something I’ve been very proud of.”

Through hard work and dedication to both agents and clients, Resort Property Realty, Inc. became the second-largest brokerage in Mammoth. In 2015, Eric’s partners left to pursue other opportunities making Eric the company’s sole owner. 

Last year, the small-town brokerage achieved a high watermark of over $71 million in real estate sales with 137 annual transactions. 

However, what Eric is most proud of is his connection with his 16 agents and his dedication to their support. 

“They can call on me anytime, anywhere,” Eric said. “They never feel abandoned and I always go to bat for them.”

In 2019, that dedication to agent success and a desire to grow his business prompted Eric to look into options for more robust marketing and technology. 

“It was something I knew I needed to do,” Eric recalled. “But revamping the brokerage’s marketing always seemed to take a back seat to other more pressing concerns.”

As time went on, Eric kept seeing the NextHome brand pop up. One day, he read an article about the company in REALTOR® Magazine. Between the franchise’s industry-leading marketing and what he read in the magazine article, Eric began to think that 2020 was the right time to finally transition his independent brokerage to a NextHome franchise. 

“Since partnering with NextHome, I see how I will take the marketing and technology to a new level,” Eric said. “It will help us stay sharp and keep agents at the top of their game. With NextHome, we have the tools to be great leaders in our real estate market.”

Eric and the 16 agents already working with the brokerage are excited to bring relationship-based real estate service to all types of clients.

“As things have become so automated, interpersonal relationships are just that much more important,” Eric said. “If someone is looking for a trusted advisor to help them out with a financial transaction that may be one of the largest in their lives, I want to make sure they are working with someone who is as responsive as possible, who is on top of their market and who knows all the ins and outs. With that approach, we hope to not only provide a successful transaction but also build a new friendship.”

In addition to his real estate brokerage, Eric operates Mammoth Lakes Jiu-Jitsu – a community program that brings the joy and discipline of martial arts to both youth and adults. Eric has been an active martial artist for more than 25 years and has been running the Mammoth Lakes Jiu-Jitsu program as the lead instructor for over 12 years. 

An avid cyclist and outdoorsman, Eric has traveled all over the world. 

“I love getting to see and experience other cultures,” Eric said.

He has completed five bike tours throughout Europe and especially enjoys his time traveling through Asia. 

Please join us in congratulating Eric and the entire team at NextHome Mammoth Lakes on the opening of their new brokerage!


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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Estates Realty Group opens in Orange County

NextHome Estates Realty Group opens in Orange County

Tom McKenzie

Pleasanton, CA — July 7, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Estates Realty Group, based in Los Alamitos, California. The brokerage represents the 74th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 489th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Estates Realty Group will serve clients across Orange County and Los Angeles County including Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Cypress, Long Beach, Buena Park, Anaheim, Lakewood, and Huntington Beach. 

NextHome Estates Realty Group is owned by local attorney Tom McKenzie, who brings extensive experience to the new brokerage. Tom has been a practicing attorney and licensed broker for more than 20 years, specializing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, asset protection, and elder law. In addition, Tom has been a licensed financial advisor since 1995 and holds 10 different real estate certifications and designations.

Tom’s remarkable life included an early stint as a singer/songwriter. His talents helped him pay his way through law school – working as a full-time entertainer at night and excelling in his legal studies as a full-time student during the day. While attending Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Tom was the only member of his class to receive the “American Jurisprudence Award” for real estate law. During these years, Tom was extended an invitation to serve as the associate editor of his school’s prestigious law review publication, and his article on Historically Black Colleges has been cited in a number of books and legal journals, including the book “Unearthing Promise and Potential: Our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” by Marybeth Gasman. 

Tom obtained his broker’s license in 1998 and, after graduating among the top of his law school class, opened McKenzie Legal and Financial. 

Throughout his career, Tom often worked with legal and financial planning clients who needed real estate services. Their needs prompted Tom to think about opening his own brokerage. To gain a better understanding of the industry in the area, Tom first began selling with a nationally franchised brokerage. He quickly learned what he did, and what he did not want to do, to best serve his clients. 

“I saw the opportunity to offer true, ethical representation for buyers and sellers that currently weren’t being well represented,” Tom said. “I wanted to be able to provide agents who embrace the highest levels of integrity and put the clients first.”

As a dedicated professional for both his legal and real estate clients, Tom knew he would have to partner with a robust and supportive franchise in order to not spread himself too thin. That’s when he discovered NextHome in REALTOR® Magazine. 

“When I read the article, NextHome was exactly what I was looking for so that I could truly help my clients,” Tom said. “Throughout the process of being affiliated with NextHome, I have not been disappointed. I have been very happy with the corporate staff, the support they give, and the educational assistance.”

Now, as a brokerage owner and attorney, Tom is uniquely qualified to help clients with a broad range of needs. 

“I can offer perspectives and advice that can only be given by a licensed attorney, helping clients avoid pitfalls and seize opportunities they might not have even known existed,” Tom said. 

From putting properties straight into trusts, to helping investors with LLCs, to legal review and notary services, Tom can help with it all. 

“I want to provide convenient, low-pressure options for my clients and help them know that they are in safe hands from the beginning of their transaction to closing and beyond,” Tom said. 

Tom’s wife Natalie will be joining him at NextHome Estates Realty Group as the brokerage’s office manager. She is also a paralegal and notary public. 

Tom and Natalie recently celebrated 19 years of wedded bliss and together they are the proud parents of four children. 

Macy (18) recently graduated from Los Alamitos High School. For most of her academic career, Macy performed with the school’s prestigious Sound FX advanced mixed choir group. The choir is recognized as one of the nation’s best and members have performed at The Hollywood Bowl with Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas and John Stamos, and at the Greek Theater with Barry Manilow. Last year, they hosted the world’s largest assembly with the “Mean Stink’s” anti-bullying campaign and were featured performers on the Today Show.

Ryan (17) is both academically and mechanically talented and, according to his dad, has the biggest heart in his family.

Cody (12) is a high achiever in math and Noah (10) is a standout football player. 

“My family is truly my greatest joy,” Tom said. 

Please join us in congratulating Tom on the opening of NextHome Estates Realty Group in Los Alamitos, California!


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


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NextHome announces Pasadena brokerage

NextHome announces Pasadena brokerage

Sal Torres

Pleasanton, CA — April 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome The Foothills, based in Pasadena, California. The brokerage represents the 73rd office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 460th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just outside of Los Angeles, the Pasadena office will serve clients across the San Gabriel Valley including Glendora, La Verne, Claremont, Monrovia, ​San​ Marino, Sierra Madre, Altadena, ​Pasadena​, South Pasadena​, ​San​ Dimas, El Monte, Covina, West Covina, Baldwin Park, Claremont, Duarte, Irwindale, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Monterey Park. 

The brokerage will be led by Sal Torres, a San Gabriel Valley local who has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and personal finance. As sole owner, Sal will handle all day-to-day operations for the company. 

Under Sal’s leadership, the team at NextHome The Foothills serves all types of residential real estate needs including relocations, first-time home buying, and investments. The brokerage will accommodate both English and Spanish speaking clients.

With a feeling all its own, Pasadena was the perfect place for Sal to open a new office. 

“I grew up about 15 minutes from Pasadena and my wife is from the area,” Sal said. “It was a place we always loved. There is so much rich architecture, in Victorian and art deco styles, and the community is really supportive of its small businesses. It has such a unique feel that is all its own, despite being only a few minutes from Los Angeles.”

Before embarking on his real estate career, Sal studied finance, retirement planning, wealth transformation, and mortgage planning. In 2000, Sal obtained his license and started his real estate career at a local independent boutique brokerage. Although he started as an agent, Sal quickly moved into management.

In the four years that he was there, he grew the company to 20 agents while still personally selling more than 30 transactions annually.

In 2004, Sal opened his own brokerage, Realty Professional. He described the experience of running his own company as a valuable learning opportunity where he sharpened skills in negotiation, problem-solving, and working with various personalities. During this time, Sal also purchased 13 homes for his personal portfolio for rental properties.

In 2012, Sal converted his brokerage into CREA Realty Inc. The purpose of the rebrand of the brokerage was to create a company that was a community resource that residents could count on for solid real estate advice. The company grew to 42 agents and was becoming well known for helping residents throughout the Inland Empire Region.

“From 2007 to 2012 our local communities were filled with homes that were either in foreclosure or in short sale status,” Sal said. “I wanted to make sure homeowners had a resource to help them either keep their home or at the very least work out a short sale that would help them get out of a tough financial situation.”

Whether it was assisting with loan modifications, avoiding foreclosure, or helping list and sell their home via short sale, Sal and his team provided a valuable resource to homeowners who were looking for help.

In 2018, Sal found the NextHome franchise while flipping through REALTOR® Magazine and started researching the company.

“I felt that partnering with NextHome was the best option to help our agents grow and further their career,” said Sal. “Our company will help agents build a sustainable business, help them with personal and professional accountability, and create a brokerage with a fun, supportive culture.”

NextHome The Foothills is Sal’s second NextHome partnership – he also owns NextHome CREA Real Estate in Ontario. 

When not selling real estate, it’s all about family for Sal.

He and his wife of 22 years, Desiree, have three children – daughters Odyssey (21) and Heidi (15), and son Noah (9). The Torres’ also welcomed a grandchild last year.

Desiree is also a REALTOR® and will be working alongside Sal as he supports agents and provides superior service to area buyers and sellers.

Please join us in congratulating Sal on the opening of NextHome The Foothills in Pasadena, California!


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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Inclusive Realty brings home the American Dream

NextHome Inclusive Realty brings home the American Dream

Charles Olaleye

Pleasanton, CA — October 8, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce the latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Inclusive Realty in Ventura, California. The brokerage will represent the 70th NextHome franchised location opened in the state of California. NextHome Inclusive Realty will serve clients across Ventura County, including the cities of Oxnard, Ventura, and Camarillo. 

The NextHome Inclusive Realty team will be led by Charles Olaleye, who approaches his business with a passion for helping all types of home buyers. 

“There are a lot of agents who are only interested in working with homebuyers who have a pre-approval in hand and the leg work is already done,” Charles said. “I want to take an interest in the whole process and help people through all phases of homeownership.”

Charles was born and raised in Nigeria and, after some time in London, settled in Maryland in 2002. Charles began a career as a credit counselor, then became a banker. 

“I’ve always loved helping people learn how they can financially achieve homeownership and what’s possible for them,” Charles said.

Coming from a country where buying or renting a home was usually a cash transaction, Charles learned through experience the necessity of good, long-standing credit as a U.S. homebuyer and the roadblocks that immigrants, especially, can run into. 

“I lived that experience first-hand,” Charles said. “A lot of the help with coaching and credit and education that I provide my clients wasn’t available for me. Agents wanted to only work with ready buyers and I was once that guy who wasn’t ready.”

Eventually, Charles found himself working as a licensed home inspector in Lanham, Maryland. One of the broker/agents Charles worked with was so impressed with the way he interacted with new homebuyers that he asked if Charles would consider getting his real estate license and coming to work for the brokerage.  

“The broker approached me one day and said he loved the way I help the homeowners and asked if I might consider helping people with the preparing and purchasing of their home versus just making sure their investment was sound,” Charles said. 

In 2006, Charles began working as a real estate agent for Homeland Real Estate. He remained with that company until 2013 when he moved to Home Resource Realty in Laurel, Maryland.  

Then, in 2017, Charles learned that the unique educational program that his kids were attending in Maryland was phasing out. 

“My wife is from the bay area and went to high school in Oxnard, so we had always planned on moving to Ventura County for retirement,” Charles said. “When we learned that a similar education program existed in Ventura for our kids, we moved up our plans by a few years.”

Charles spent the past year working through all of California’s real estate and brokerage licensing processes in anticipation of joining a large brokerage. However, earlier this year, his mentor and former broker in Maryland called and told Charles he needed to look into a fantastic company he heard about called NextHome.

“There are little things that larger brokerages do that I’ve always questioned,” Charles said. “NextHome recognizes those pain-points that need innovation in the real estate industry, and they do things differently. From there, it was a no-brainer. I placed a call and that was it.”

Charles is now providing Ventura homebuyers with an option they might not get with other agents – a real estate team that is willing to help anyone, including the complete novice. 

“I don’t mind helping others get ready for smart home buying,” Charles said. “The biggest part of the American dream is owning your own home. It’s a great achievement for many and an opportunity to leave a legacy for their kids. I want to serve everyone. The Fair Housing Act says that, but I truly live by that. I want to be able to help others who want that – not just as a one-touch thing.”

That continued relationship through all phases of homeownership is important to Charles, and NextHome’s CRM system gave him the tools he needs to maintain those relationships. 

“I’m that guy who is totally inclusive and I want to be with you from start to finish,” Charles said. “I don’t want to be that touch and go person and NextHome gives me the tools to accomplish that goal.”

Outside of work, Charles is a self-proclaimed homebody who enjoys spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife Adria for 14 years and together they are the proud parents of five kids and a teacup Yorkie.

The family enjoys a weekly tradition of Friday pizza and movie nights as well as walks around the neighborhood with a playful group of kids on skateboards and strollers.  

Please join us in congratulating Charles on the opening of NextHome Inclusive Realty in Ventura, California!


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


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Attorney-turned-broker Opens Two NextHome Offices

Attorney-turned-broker Opens Two NextHome Offices

David Woodruff

Pleasanton, CA — August 2, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce that David Woodruff is taking the lead at offices in Simi Valley and Westlake Village as NextHome continues to expand across Southern California. NextHome Terra, right in the heart of Simi Valley, will serve the real estate needs of all types of buyers and sellers. Some areas of expertise include residential buying and selling, investment properties as well as residential property management. David’s second location, NextHome Oak Summit, operates out of the beautiful Westlake Village area and will offer the same type of high-level service available in Simi Valley. 

These two locations are the company’s 68th and 69th brokerage in California. 

“Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks are beautiful places to live,” David said. “They both have low crime rates and the best public schools in the area. Not only that, but the aesthetics are enticing. They boast clean air and mountain views wherever you go.”

With median single-family home prices reaching upwards of $800,000, the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks areas (located just 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles) are catching the eye of California home buyers. As Los Angeles locals look to escape the city and bask in the beauty of mountain ranges, they look to David’s market areas, which include Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Oak Park, and the unincorporated area of Newbury Park. In addition, NextHome Terra and Oak Summit’s knowledgeable agents can serve buyers and sellers across the San Fernando Valley, Conejo, and Ventura County areas. 

David brings an intimate knowledge of the area and vast industry experience to his NextHome Terra and Oak Summit offices. The Westlake Village local built a thriving career as an attorney, however, David has been dabbling in real estate in some way or another for many years. In 2010 David decided to make real estate his full-time job. He quickly obtained his brokers license in 2011 and has been running brokerages ever since. 

“It’s all about the people,” David said of his love for real estate and running brokerages. “I love always getting to meet lots of different people and being able to help people find a house. I am helping them do something that is really important in their lives. Getting to work with people gives me energy and keeps my job interesting and rewarding.” 

From 2011 to 2012, David owned and operated Ochs Realty alongside partner Steve Ochs in Westlake Village. In 2012, David became the sole owner of Oak Summit Real Estate where he built a team of 12 agents. In addition to buying and selling, Oak Summit Real Estate became the primary representative in the Ventura County and Los Angeles County area for Blackstone, one of the largest real estate private equity firms in the world today. A large part of David’s business became finding and facilitating investment property purchases for the group. 

As his client portfolio became more balanced, David started thinking it was a good time to take advantage of all the benefits a franchised brokerage could provide. 

“Once my business became more broad and balanced, and wasn’t centered on just a couple of large clients, I felt that to be competitive with the many other large brokerages in the area I needed the brand and competitive edge that NextHome could provide,” David said.

The experienced broker and attorney then purchased NextHome Terra from Larry Nease. 

“It was the perfect fit for my strategic plan and I liked what I saw with NextHome,” David said. “Larry told me good things about the business and that was a good influence for me.”

Larry, a well-known name in Simi Valley real estate, continues to work with David at NextHome Terra. 

“NextHome is also fresh. It’s young. It’s exciting,” David said. “It’s a distinct brand and it has a lot of technology. It’s also up-and-coming, so I feel like I’m getting in on the ground floor of something great.”

Today, David and his NextHome brokerages stand apart in the competitive Southern California real estate market through his extensive experience and NextHome Terra and Oak Summit’s culture of excellence.

“The number one thing we bring to the table is experience,” David said. “I have personally handled well over a thousand real estate transactions. I’m also an attorney and a broker – a combination that gets you an unparalleled experience.”

Not only does David have extensive experience in the market, but he also nurtures a friendly and professional environment through his brokerage.

“They (the agents and administrative staff) give me a lift every time I come into the office,” David said. “I also love helping people meet their goals whether it’s to find the home of their dreams, or to make a real estate investment, or to see their house sell for a great price in a good time frame.” 

When he isn’t helping his agents and clients, David enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Joy, and their two daughters, Kendra, 21 and Amanda, 15. 

The family likes to travel, experience new places, watch movies together, and spend time with their extended family. 

“We are thrilled that David found NextHome,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President. “We look forward to seeing all the success his skill-set and hard work will bring.”

Please join us in congratulating David and his team on the opening of his new NextHome brokerages in Simi Valley and Westlake Village!


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


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NextHome franchise expands in the Los Angeles Area

NextHome franchise expands in the Los Angeles Area

Bert Haboucha

Pleasanton, CA — July 2, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce that Bert Haboucha has opened the company’s newest franchised location. NextHome Atlas Realty is now serving clients across the Los Angeles area.  

As a fully-licensed broker/agent with 25 years of experience in the area, Bert will oversee all of the day-to-day operations of his growing real estate business as well as focus his attention on serving homebuyers in the Bel Air area. In addition, Bert has a team of agents who will serve clients across the Burbank, Toluca Lake, North Hollywood, Hollywood, Malibu, Agoura Hills, and the Calabasas areas. 

Bert and his team are bringing a friendly face and an analytical eye to a hot market with premium price points and an established clientele. Many of his existing clients are deep-rooted members of their communities who are moving from rentals to purchase their perfect home. He also helps families who are seeking a second home, seniors who want to downsize, and others who are looking for a lateral move that better suits their lifestyles.

“I bring a unique skill set to the Los Angeles market having negotiated very high-dollar value transactions over the years,” said Bert. “In addition, my career in banking has allowed me to close deals across the country – giving me a national perspective others might not have.”

In addition to home buying, Bert brings decades of banking experience to his new NextHome office. During a long career in the real estate finance industry, Bert worked as a financial analyst, moving next to the bank’s originations team. He also worked in credit, asset management, and led the bank’s distressed debt teams. 

“My main job was restructuring debt to ensure the property could survive and then turning around and stabilizing the property, whether that was leasing or renovations, and then marketing it for sale and selling it,” said Bert. “Most of the properties I helped with were commercial/investment grade or private equity or institutional.”

Over the course of his banking career, Bert managed billions in various real estate and debt – restructuring, marketing, and selling much of that inventory. 

As the economy evolved, however, a big chunk of the portfolios he managed came to include residential properties, sparking interest in that side of the market. 

After years of analyzing deals in banking, it was a casual sighting that sparked the idea of a new direction in his career. 

“One day I was with my kids and we were driving through Laguna Beach and there was this little corner business that you’ve probably seen on every Main Street in every little city. ‘Something Realty’ with the guy’s first and last name. I remember saying to myself, this guy has been around for 30 years. What a great little business,” said Bert. “I thought more about it and decided to open my own brokerage.”

The idea didn’t become an overnight success. Bert spent more than six months working to set up his own brokerage, building from the ground up. From marketing to CRM, the tasks became an avalanche. 

“I thought, there has got to be a better way,” said Bert. “I put up my flag, sold a house in Bel Air, but I was realizing the pain points.” 

That’s when he found NextHome.  

“With the structure NextHome provides, it becomes much easier to run a business, sell and market the properties, and do it in a way that is cohesive,” said Bert. “You rarely see that level of consistency with other real estate businesses.” 

Today, Bert is setting himself apart in the competitive LA real estate world with his analytical and professional approach to transactions as well as working with clients.

“At the end of the day NextHome gave me what I needed to be able to transact differently than a lot of people,” said Bert. 

Bert is also active on the Board of Directors for REOMAC, the premier non-profit trade association serving the mortgage default servicing industry nationwide. He also is an active member of SPIRE (Stanford Professionals In Real Estate) connecting him with Stanford University alumni, research, and education.  

When he’s not working, Bert enjoys hiking with his wife Selina, reading historical classics, and brushing up on his Italian and French. 

The family has two sons – Shane, an actor who is pursuing a law degree and Theo who was a competitive AAA hockey player and has now graduated with a law degree. 

“We are thrilled to have Bert join the NextHome family and look forward to seeing him succeed in the Los Angeles Area,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President.

Please join us in congratulating Bert on the opening of his brand new NextHome brokerage in Los Angeles!


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


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