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NextHome announces new Central Valley, CA brokerage

NextHome announces new Central Valley, CA brokerage

Frank Cuevas & Aidan Melo

Pleasanton, CA — May 6, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Central Valley, based in Turlock, California. The brokerage represents the 82nd office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 565th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Central Valley will serve clients across Stanislaus and Merced counties including the cities of Modesto, Merced, Los Banos, Atwater, and Stevinson. 

Under the leadership of owners Frank Cuevas and Aidan Melo, NextHome Central Valley will offer industry-leading innovation to buyers and sellers. Frank will serve as NextHome Central Valley’s Chief Executive Officer and Broker of Record. Aidan is the brokerage’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, and will focus his time on accounting, marketing, and long-term strategy. 

“We are excited to be able to combine our strengths and talents as we offer our clients and agents opportunities unique to the Central Valley,” Frank said. 

Frank brings expertise in commercial investment to the partnership. He began his career at Northgate Commercial in Stockton, working in leasing and investment sales. Although he was able to glean unparalleled knowledge from the area’s highest producers, Frank eventually realized that his personality was better suited for the residential side of real estate. 

“I enjoy building that personal connection with my clients,” Frank said. 

That’s when he began talking with his friend, Aidan, about opening a brokerage. 

Aidan obtained his real estate sales license in 2020 after realizing his talents in sales. 

Prior to real estate, Aidan’s passion for good health led him to a job managing the personal training department for a local gym and selling memberships. He quickly became the No. 1 salesperson in the region. However, COVID-19’s impact on the personal fitness industry led Aidan toward residential real estate sales. 

After discovering NextHome, Frank and Aidan knew that the franchise would offer something innovative to the Central Valley market. 

“With this franchise’s cutting-edge tools, technology, and marketing, we can really bring more of a modern real estate experience to our clients,” Aidan said. “That’s one reason I fell in love with NextHome in the first place – no one else will have the tools and technology that we can offer.” 

Aidan and Frank recognized that NextHome also knew how to effectively use technology to build strong relationships with clients, agents, and the community. 

“It seems like every industry is moving into the tech space,” Aidan said. “However, NextHome recognizes that the client relationship is central, and the technology should exist to enhance that.”

As Aidan and Frank grow NextHome Central Valley, they also look forward to creating service opportunities in their communities. In the past, Frank has worked in environmental advocacy for asthmatics and Aidan has volunteered with The Boys and Girls Club. 

In his spare time, Frank is an avid tennis player and enjoys puzzles. 

Aidan is a devoted Sacramento Kings basketball fan who played the sport all his life. He is also passionate about his health and enjoys weightlifting and bodybuilding. 

Please join us in congratulating Frank and Aidan on the opening of NextHome Central Valley in Turlock, 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 and CMG Financial Launch NextMortgage, a New Mortgage Experience

NextHome and CMG Financial Launch NextMortgage, a New Mortgage Experience

Pleasanton, CA – May 6, 2021 – NextHome, the No. 1 real estate franchise, and CMG Financial, a national privately-held, mortgage banking firm, announce the launch of their new joint venture partnership, NextMortgage. 

NextMortgage will launch with offices in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky first with plans to continue expansion throughout the United States. The company will be a collaborative partnership centered around the very best loan officers with a focus on culture, guidance, knowledge, and educating consumers to make empowered real estate decisions.

NextHome is the No. 1 franchise in the U.S. across all categories for 2020 based on customer satisfaction. Their ethos as a company has been to put humans first and trust that the business will follow and grow by providing exemplary service to their franchisees. NextHome plans to carry that same mindset and approach to the mortgage business, by building a company with the same principles.

“It’s rare to find a mortgage company that shares our same vision and principles, but after meeting the team at CMG Financial, we knew they were the right partner to create an entirely new mortgage experience for the NextHome membership,” said NextHome CEO James Dwiggins. “We’re truly excited at the prospect of developing a simpler, concierge-based real estate experience by combining the very best real estate agents and loan officers in the business.”

Similarly, CMG Financial thrives because of its loan officer-centric culture, with leadership working together to support branches on the local level and deliver the tools they need to succeed. One of the advantages of the joint venture partnership with CMG Financial is that loan officers will gain access to nationwide operations support plus proprietary products available exclusively to CMG and its affiliates.  

First-time homebuyers can take advantage of HomeFundItTM, the down payment gifting platform, to accept and apply monetary gifts toward their down payment and buy a home sooner with a larger down payment.  

Experienced homeowners may benefit from the All In One LoanTM, a first lien HELOC that combines mortgage financing and banking to help homeowners pay off their mortgage faster and reduce the lifetime cost of mortgage interest, all while maintaining access to home equity as needed.     

“We are thrilled to be working with NextHome, a company that is dedicated to personalizing the real estate experience and believes in the individual over the deal. Here at CMG Financial, culture is crucial to the success of our company. Finding a like-minded partner helped shape the creation of NextMortgage – a new mortgage lender that is heavily focused on improving the overall home buying experience for all parties involved,” said Chris Harris, SVP Joint Venture Manager, the CMG Financial.


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NextHome Ranked one of The Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies

NextHome Ranked one of The Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies

Pleasanton, CA — April 29, 2021 — NextHome was recently ranked on the Financial Times second annual list of The Americas’ fastest-growing companies for 2021. The list is comprised of the 500 companies in the Americas that have the highest growth in publicly disclosed revenues between 2016 and 2019.

The list was compiled with Statista, a research company, and ranks entrants from across the Americas by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in revenue between 2016 and 2019. Companies from these American countries were eligible to participate: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the US, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

NextHome was ranked No. 419 on the list that is dominated by digital companies. While NextHome prides itself on providing the latest technology for its members, at its core, it’s a real estate franchise – a human business. 

The franchise’s “Humans Over Houses” mindset was coined by NextHome’s Chief Strategy Officer Keith Robinson at the 2019 NextHome Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The saying came to fruition as Keith was continuously bombarded by conversations that paint real estate as a tech industry.

“If we ever lose sight of the human in the transaction, we are out of business,” said Keith. “That’s really the heart of it: with something as intimate and complicated as real estate, you cannot lose sight of that personal connection.”

NextHome is proud to be a “people business” recognized on the Financial Times list of The Americas’ fastest-growing companies for 2021 in a sea of digital companies. Putting humans over houses is, and will continue to be, the core of every NextHomie’s business to help their community members find or sell their next home. Learn more by visiting


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 Named a Top Low-Cost and Fastest-Growing Franchise

NextHome Named a Top Low-Cost and Fastest-Growing Franchise

Pleasanton, CA — April 27, 2021 — NextHome has recently been recognized by Entrepreneur as a Top Low-Cost Franchise and a Fastest-Growing Franchise for 2021. These rankings follow the franchise being named a Top Franchise on Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500®. 

NextHome was ranked No. 8 on their Top Low-Cost Franchises list for 2021. Companies on the list are ranked based on the scores they received in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 ranking, a comprehensive analysis that looked at more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. 

“Being a real estate franchise opportunity with an attainable point of entry was one of our core values when starting NextHome,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome, Inc. “Having the recognition of being a top low-cost franchise solidifies why we’ve strived to be an option for those who want to make a difference in their business, in their lives, without putting their financial security at risk. Seeing our NextHomies follow their dreams in franchise ownership and finding success in doing so is the reason we do what we do so proudly.”

NextHome was ranked No. 43 on Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises in U.S. and Canada list for 2021. Growth is what franchising is all about, and this ranking identifies the franchise brands with the greatest franchise unit growth in the U.S. and Canada from July 2019 to 2020, based on data submitted for the 2021 Franchise 500®. Earlier this year, NextHome ranked No. 54 on the list of the Fastest-Growing Franchises in the U.S. alone by Entrepreneur. 

While growth is good, NextHome prides itself on growing with the right people. Each oncoming NextHome office has been meticulously reviewed to ensure that they will be a good fit for the culture of the franchise.

“Our growth stems from our people. Better put, the right people,” said Charis. “The most empowering word in our language is the word ‘no’ and I use this word often when I discuss franchising opportunities with prospective brokers and agents. While metrics are important in some conversations, I don’t find them important when it comes to the overall success of NextHome. At the end of the day, you can have the best marketing, technology, and integrated systems and tools, but if you don’t have the right people, the rest doesn’t even matter.”


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 Named a Top Franchise for Women

NextHome Named a Top Franchise for Women

Pleasanton, CA — April 1, 2021 — NextHome was recently named the No. 1 franchise in the country by Franchise Business Review following an independent survey of 300+ brands across all sectors. Based on the findings of the survey, Franchise Business Review has now named NextHome a Top Franchise for Women in its 2021 report.

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as in quarterly reports throughout the year that rank the top franchises in specific sectors.

NextHome was among 289 franchise brands, representing 8,453 female franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research on the Top Franchises for Women. NextHome’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including leadership, training & support, financial opportunity, and work/life balance. 

“Franchising provides many options to women seeking business ownership on a full- or part-time basis,” said Michelle Rowan, President and COO of Franchise Business Review. “The number of franchise opportunities available can be overwhelming, so it’s critical to examine feedback from other female franchise owners on how well the franchise meets their expectations in terms of support, work/life balance, financial opportunity, and other key areas of business ownership. When you look at the brands on this year’s list of the top franchises for women, a whopping 88% of women said they enjoyed owning and operating their own business, making them all excellent options for women looking to make the transition to owning and operating their own business.”

The latest accolade for NextHome follows Franchise Business Review’s list of the Top Franchises for 2021, where NextHome was named the No. 1 franchise across all categories. This is also the third year NextHome was named a top franchise for women. 

“It was always important for me when I was asked to lead the growth of the NextHome brand that we brought on the right people that share our vision, provide value, make a difference, and raise the bar in our industry,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome. “Seeing that we made the list in a category I represent makes what we are doing that much more important and inspiring to me. Helping every class and gender become a business owner in our country is part of the American Dream, and to see we are leading in that dream makes our success that much more meaningful.” 

Moreno and her executive assistant, Jennifer Wertheimer, comprise NextHome’s Franchise Sales team, which signed over 100 new offices in 2020. Moreno’s strong work ethic and passion for the NextHome brand is the reason NextHome maintains its impeccable company culture, each and every NextHome office that joins the network was backed by Moreno as a good fit for the franchise overall. 


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 Ranked One of California’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

NextHome Ranked One of California’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Pleasanton, CA — March 17, 2021 — Inc. magazine today revealed that NextHome is No. 210 on its second annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: California list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing California-based private companies. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the California economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. 

NextHome receives this ranking with a two-year revenue growth of 66%. The California-born franchise is located in Pleasanton. 

The companies on this list show stunning rates of growth across all industries in California. Between 2017 and 2019, these 250 private companies had an average growth rate of 535% and, in 2019 alone, they employed more than 40,000 people and added nearly $7 billion to the California economy. Companies based in major metro areas—Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego—brought in the highest revenue overall.

“This list proves the power of companies in California no matter the industry,” said Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The impressive revenues and growth rates prove the insight and diligence of CEOs and that these businesses are here to stay.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: California, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at

“Being recognized by the Inc. 5000 franchise as one of California’s Fastest-Growing Companies is a great attribution to the NextHome offices across the country in the 48 states our brand is represented in,” said James Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. “With the state of California being a powerhouse in innovative companies changing the landscape of various industries, we’re proud to help lead the real estate vertical with a passion for putting humans over houses.” 


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 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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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.