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NextHome Space opens in Northern California

NextHome Space opens in Northern California

Harpal Burmhi

Pleasanton, CA — January 8, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Space. The brokerage represents the 63rd office location opened in the state of California for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be led by broker/owner Harpal Burmhi and he will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

The Fremont-based brokerage will focus on helping clients throughout the Bay Area and the Greater Silicon Valley region. Cities include Fremont, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy.

NextHome Space will handle first-time home buyers, move up buyers, investors, condos and townhouses, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units.

Coming from a background of engineering, Harpal was first licensed in 2004 and started with an independent brokerage before moving on to a nationally franchised office.

Doing very well in sales, Harpal decided to go out on his own in 2013 when he launched his brokerage, BA Better Homes. Selling up to $10 million yearly, Harpal has been a top producer in the area for several years.

In 2018, Harpal was looking to connect with a franchise that allowed him to streamline business and create an easier way for him to deliver services to his clients.

“Once I found NextHome, I saw that the company provided just what I was looking for,” said Harpal. “With my history in the engineering world, I like systems and thoroughness. NextHome was a perfect fit for my style of how I work with my clients.”

When not selling real estate, Harpal and his wife of 31 years, Jagdeep, enjoy volunteering time at their local temple, the Fremont Sikh Temple. Jagdeep will be joining NextHome Space as a REALTOR® this year.

The couple has two daughters. Nimerta (27 years old) who recently completed medical school and will begin working as a doctor this upcoming May. Raveena (22) is a student at San Jose State University as a business major.

Please join us in congratulating Harpal and the rest of the team at NextHome Space on their brand new NextHome office location in Fremont, CA!

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 eight new office locations in September 2018

NextHome announces eight new office locations in September 2018

Pleasanton, CA — October 3, 2018 — NextHome is proud to welcome eight new franchised locations announced in the month of September 2018, including office #300 for the franchise.

Heidi Powell opened the doors to NextHome Dynamic in Freeport, Pennsylvania. With a productive office of eight talented team members, NextHome Dynamic is poised to be a force in the Pennsylvania market. The announcement of this office was the 300th office launched for the NextHome franchise.

After years of building a brokerage as a top recruiter in Nashville, Tennessee, Annette Stithem opened her own brokerage – NextHome New Beginnings. With more than 20 years in the real estate industry, Annette is an exceptional leader who will make her mark in the Nashville real estate market.

Thomas Shumpert opened the doors to his fourth NextHome franchised office – NextHome Specialists (Mount Pleasant Branch). Thomas will add this location to his other three South Carolina NextHome office locations in Columbia, Chapin, and Lexington.

Dennis Findly and his daughter, Karah Sullivan, opened their second NextHome location in Southern California. NextHome Findly Estates in Murrieta, CA became the newest addition to the NextHome franchise. This new location will be managed by Karah, while Dennis will lead the office in Corona, CA.

Business partners Frank Vizcarra and Jacob Solis opened NextHome Liberty in Victorville, California. Based in San Bernardino County, these two top-producing REALTORS® have partnered to create a dynamic new brokerage in Southern California.

NextHome Beach Time Realty launched their second NextHome office, this time in Redington Beach, Florida. Broker/owner Annie Fleeting brings her unique and fresh real estate concept to Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and surrounding communities.

Second generation REALTOR® Teresa Saraco Cole opened her brokerage – NextHome All American. With this office opening, Teresa and over 20 associates will bring the NextHome brand to the city of DeBary, Florida for the first time ever.

Finally, September ended with another strong Tennessee-based office opening. Kerri and Gordon Woodson opened NextHome Moves in Clarksville, TN. With Kerri’s top-producing sales business and Gordon’s new construction inventory, NextHome Moves is the newest player in the Tennessee real estate market.

The NextHome franchise is proud to announce 73 new offices opened since the beginning of 2018.

Which just leaves one question…


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 Real Estate Dogs opens in Orange County, California

NextHome Real Estate Dogs opens in Orange County, California

Jerry Salyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Signature Properties opens in Granite Bay, California

NextHome Signature Properties opens in Granite Bay, California

Debbie Mitchell
Debbie Mitchell

Pleasanton, CA — January 4, 2018  NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Signature Properties. The brokerage represents the 53rd location opened in California for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Granite Bay, the company will be owned and operated by real estate broker and top-selling REALTOR®, Debbie Mitchell. NextHome Signature Properties will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, condo sales, and investment sales to the areas of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, and Yuba counties.

Granite Bay is a suburb located in Placer County just outside of Sacramento and is home to 20,000 residents.

Starting her real estate career in 1999, Mitchell has been a top-producing REALTOR® in the Sacramento region for nearly two decades.

picked up the business quickly selling 10 homes in her first six months as a REALTOR®. From that point forward, she built her business by referral and has been selling over $10 million in sales annually ever since.

From 2008 to 2013, Mitchell averaged over 100 transactions per year.

“I work really hard to cultivate relationships with my clients before the sale,” said Mitchell. “For me, it’s people before paychecks.”

After working for 18 years at a local franchised office, Mitchell was ready to go out on her own and open a brokerage under the NextHome brand.

“After a lot of thought and preparation, it was time for me to open my own company and create a positive environment for career-oriented REALTORS®,” said Mitchell. “NextHome Signature Properties will be a brokerage where an agent’s voice will be heard and they will be supported.”

“I want our agents to feel like a valued person in addition to being a valued agent,” added Mitchell.

Ironically, Mitchell found the NextHome franchise doing what she does best – helping a client.
“I happened to go to an open house with my buyer and saw the NextHome sign and the little dog next to the sign,” recalled Mitchell. “Later that night, I did some research about the company and loved what I saw with the technology and the energy from the NextHome Corporate staff. When the time came to open my own company, I knew NextHome was the right fit for me.”

When not selling real estate, Mitchell and her husband of 35 years, Steve, enjoy heading to their cabin in Blue Canyon and spending time outdoors. The couple have two children, one grandchild and another grandchild due May 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Debbie and the rest of the team at NextHome Signature Properties on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Granite Bay, CA!

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.

The NextHome franchise launches office in Tracy, CA

The NextHome franchise launches office in Tracy, CA

Clare & Scott LeForce
Clare & Scott LeForce

Pleasanton, CA — November 8, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Modern Market – Tracy Branch. This new brokerage is the 48th office location opened in California by the NextHome franchise.

The Tracy-based brokerage will be owned and operated by Scott and Clare LeForce. Clare will head up the entire sales division for the brokerage, while Scott will handle all marketing for the company and the day-to-day operations of the company. This is the second NextHome Modern Market office opened by the LeForces.

NextHome Modern Market will service the cities of Tracy, Stockton, Modesto, Manteca, Lathrop and the remainder of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. The company will provide many different residential services for both buyers and sellers such as first-time home buyers, investor purchases, move-up buyers, luxury sales, land sales, and multi-family properties.

Tracy is home to approximately 90,000 residents and is the second most populated city in San Joaquin County. The city is a popular place to live due to its close proximity to the Bay Area and relatively affordable housing in comparison to homes closer to Silicon Valley.

Starting her real estate career in the mortgage industry in 1989, Clare worked for Western Colonial Mortgage. Over the next five years, she grew her business to be one of the top loan officers in the area. Although successful, Clare found herself wanting to move to the sales side of the business to align with her passion of helping people purchase the home.

“One of the best things I could have ever done for my career was to have started in mortgage first,” recalls Clare. “Having the full understanding of the finance side of the business really allowed me to have a significant advantage when it came to helping buyers understand the full process of purchasing a home.”

In 1995, Clare started as a REALTOR® with Realty World – Corral Hollow in Tracy, CA. She built a business that grew to the point where she needed more than just herself to handle the volume.

She started her team (The C.A.R.E. Team) which sold more than $25 million annually. Clare was recognized as one of the top selling REALTORS® in the entire San Joaquin Valley.

“Our team worked extremely hard to help as many families as possible,” recalls Clare. “I could not have done it without their help and dedication.”

In 2001, Clare opened her own brokerage – Realty World – Providence based out of Tracy, CA. In addition to traditional sales, she built relationships with various national banks who were in need of help to sell their foreclosed properties.

With the San Joaquin Valley being one of the hardest hit areas of the nation during the recession of 2007 – 2011, Clare and her team sold more than 100 homes annually during that period.

“It was very difficult to see so many of our residents being displaced at that time,” said Clare. “But it also did allow many first-time home buyers to purchase properties at an affordable price. Many of these buyers we helped during those years are still homeowners today.”

In 2009, Clare and Scott expanded to a second location in Discovery Bay, CA to service the Contra Costa County area, as well.

After 15 years in the Central Valley of California, Scott and Clare relocated to Scottsdale in 2016. Continuing to own and run their business in California, the ability to open an office in Scottsdale was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“When Scott and I decided where we wanted to relocate to, we wanted a place that fit our lifestyle,” said Clare. “With the great weather, the community culture, proximity to an international, and so many things to do in Scottsdale, it was an easy choice.”

“When we moved here, it made so much sense for me to continue to sell real estate – especially in an area we have fallen in live with. Real estate is in my blood and I just love helping people find their perfect place to live.”

Please join us in welcoming Scott, Clare, and the rest of the team at NextHome Modern Market – Tracy Branch to the NextHome family!

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.

10 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Increase Home Values

10 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Increase Home Values

For a variety of reasons, making improvements and upgrades to the home is a very satisfying thing. There’s the personal satisfaction of creating an environment that fits your needs and tastes as well as the very practical advantage of a better return on your investment when the time comes to sell.

Upgrades can add to your home’s value and your own enjoyment of the space, but when time and expense are factored in, there are definitely some that are more worth your time than others.

Let’s take a look at some value-boosting improvements you can make with a relatively low investment in both time and cash.

#1. Update the front door
This is a mostly aesthetic change, but a new front door can also enhance your home’s security. A high-quality wood or fiberglass door may cost $400-$600. Pre-hung doors, which include hinges, trim, and threshold, are widely available, and the cost of installation for these is very reasonable. Be sure to factor in the cost of the lockset, which can vary, usually staying well under $200. A new door that matches your home’s style gives an instant boost to curb appeal, and lends a well-tended air to the whole property.

#2. Add a walkway
Another slam-dunk for curb appeal is the addition of an inviting and functional walkway to your home’s exterior. There are options here to suit every budget. The materials you use will have the most impact on cost: concrete, gravel, or brick are economical ideas, while slate or fieldstone can be a really stylish enhancement. Experts have plenty of tips for creating an appealing walkway to your door.

#3. Install a programmable thermostat
“Smart” home systems help your home run more smoothly. They can increase efficiency and comfort while reducing energy costs. Most systems can now be operated via WiFi, so you can adjust settings no matter where you are. Programmable thermostats can be installed for as little as $150, and the EPA estimates that you can save 10% or more on heating and cooling costs by using one. Sign me up!

#4. Consider a water filtration system
A built-in, home-wide filtration system means that all of your faucets provide filtered water. This is a great convenience, and is sure to impress potential buyers as well. Various types of whole-house filters are available to suit your home, and costs vary. This upgrade could stray up above our $1,000 limit, but depending on the water you have available, it may be well worth a bit of extra expense.

#5. Update light fixtures
This project instantly modernizes and brightens a space. It’s not something that has to be done all at once, either, so it can be a really cost-effective idea. Consider new lighting for your front entry – it adds tremendously to curb appeal. Or make your kitchen more cheery and functional with task lighting or stylish hanging pendants.

#6. Upgrade your outlets
Replacing aging electrical outlets isn’t as visible as new lighting, but it makes your home safer and more functional. Especially with all of the electronics used by the typical family these days, it’s convenient to have grounded, 3-prong outlets rather than the older 2-prong type. Switching these doesn’t require any rewiring, so it can be a very economical and welcome change.

#7. Freshen hardware and fixtures
Take a look at your cabinets and drawer pulls in the kitchen. Decorators call these the “jewelry” of the room, and they do make a tremendous difference in the overall impression. There is a huge variety of styles and materials to choose from here, so use your imagination, and enjoy! Costs are very low – around $300 depending on the size of the room – and the change is quick and easy to do.

#8. Replace toilets
At the other end of the “glamour spectrum,” you can get a great ROI out of replacing your home’s toilets, especially if they’re over 10 years old. Great improvements have been made in reducing water consumption, so you can actually save on your water bill with a new toilet.

#9. Install tile floors
While we’re in the bathroom, consider replacing vinyl floors with gleaming tile. Tile floors are much easier to keep sparkling clean, and a worn vinyl floor can harbor mold and other undesirables. Tile is the standard for long-lasting, quality flooring in the bath.

#10. Update window treatments
Dated window coverings (do I see vertical blinds?) can drag down the loveliest room. Consider updating with wood or plantation blinds. These can be very affordable, especially if your windows are a standard width (most residential windows are 24 to 30 inches wide). If you have a drill and don’t mind driving a few screws, installation is painless.