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NextHome Diamond Properties opens in Seminole County, FL

NextHome Diamond Properties opens in Seminole County, FL

Christine Gerardi

Pleasanton, CA — February 22, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Diamond Properties, based in Lake Mary, Florida. The brokerage represents the 81st office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 547th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Diamond Properties is poised to provide exceptional service to the growing area of Seminole County, specifically Sanford, Florida. 

Brokerage owner Christine Gerardi has lived in the area for more than 27 years and is excited about Sanford’s growth. 

“I’ve watched this city grow from a low population area to one of the fastest-growing areas in Seminole County,” Christine said. “I am excited to help buyers and sellers as they discover Sanford’s strong small business support, great infrastructure, and stunning amenities.”

In addition to Sanford, Christine offers world-class knowledge and service for clients in Longwood, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, and the remainder of Seminole and Volusia counties. 

Christine spent many years as a custom high-end jeweler before becoming a REALTOR®. She started her career with a nationally franchised brand in 2015, but quickly realized that corporate culture wasn’t for her. 

“A friend who knew that I was looking for a change said that I should check out NextHome,” Christine recalled. “But I was hesitant because I didn’t want another franchise – I wanted something with a local emphasis and small-town feel.”

The friend insisted that NextHome provided everything Christine wanted. Still hesitant, she spent several months interviewing with local brokerages. However, none were the right fit. Then, Christine took a closer look at NextHome. 

“I discovered that ‘Humans Over Houses’ isn’t something that this franchise just talks about – they live it,” Christine said. “I see it in agents, I see it in the people I meet at conferences. Everyone I come in contact with from corporate to local agent has that same core belief in the importance of putting people first.”

Christine became a NextHome agent in 2016 and, four years later, she is ready to fulfill her dream of owning her own brokerage – all with the backing of NextHome’s industry-leading technology and support. 

The name for her brokerage came from her bespoke jewelry designing experience. 

“Every piece I created for clients was tailored to their hand, to their style, and I wanted to bring that same level of dedication to my clients unique needs into my brokerage,” Christine said. 

Christine’s vision for NextHome Diamond Properties includes welcoming quality agents who have a passion for helping people. She is also looking forward to opening a brick-and-mortar office where community members can enjoy pressure-free education and real estate support. 

“I realized that what I love the most about real estate is helping people,” Christine said. “I love finding solutions for them, training, branding, marketing. I am really looking forward to stepping into the role of broker and business owner.”

Christine is also passionate about serving in her community, especially supporting foster kids who have aged out of the system. Christine is on the board of The Village House, division of IMPOWER, a non-profit that provides housing and support for foster children ages 18-24 that have aged out of the system. 

Please join us in congratulating Christine on the opening of NextHome Diamond Properties in Lake Mary, Florida!


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

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NextHome opens new Gulf Coast office

NextHome opens new Gulf Coast office

Jim Mulvey

Pleasanton, CA — February 18, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Reverie, based in Venice, Florida. The brokerage represents the 80th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 546th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients across Florida’s Gulf Coast, including Venice, North Port, Englewood, Sarasota, Bradenton, and the remainder of Sarasota and Manatee counties. 

The brokerage is owned by Venice local James Mulvey and, under his leadership, will skillfully serve all local residential real estate needs, including luxury, investment, and relocation. 

James came into the real estate profession after a long career in logistics with McDonald’s.

“I was the guy who helped get the Happy Meals to the restaurants,” James said with a smile. 

For 20 years, he traveled the country, collaborating on logistics and supply chain management projects. After McDonald’s, James had the opportunity to open the first Noodles & Company location in Florida and fell in love with the area.

 James’ eventual goal was to stop traveling and settle in Florida. So, in 2014 he obtained his real estate license and began serving homeowners in the Venice area. In addition to his real estate license, James also holds a title license. 

He quickly moved into a management role with his brokerage at the time, managing multiple offices and 80 agents. 

“The piece of management that I love is helping agents be more successful,” James said. “I love having the ability to help people to grow, develop and allow them to find the path that is going to make them the most successful.”

With that dedication to agent success in mind, James knew he wanted to own his own brokerage. James discovered NextHome through an industry friend.

“Once I dug into it, I firmly believed NextHome was the right place to be,” James said. 

Today, NextHome Reverie is a real estate home for self-driven agents who are passionate about what they do. 

“I would love to welcome agents who truly care about the people they are working with,” James said.  

NextHome Reverie offers homebuyers an experience that is laser-focused on them and their unique needs. 

“We are here to help people fill that sense of Reverie – a daydream for their perfect home here on the Gulf Coast of Florida,” James said. 

When James is not working, he enjoys taking in nightly sunsets on one of the Gulf Coast’s many stunning beaches. He is the proud father of three grown children and granddad to two granddaughters. 

Please join us in congratulating James on the opening of NextHome Reverie in Venice, Florida!


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


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NextHome All American expands in Florida

NextHome All American expands in Florida

Teresa Saraco Cole

Pleasanton, CA — September 8, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome All American in Port Orange, Florida. The brokerage represents the 77th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 509th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome All American (Port Orange) is also the third NextHome franchised location for second-generation REALTOR® Teresa Saraco Cole. Teresa opened her first NextHome brokerage in September 2018 in DeBary, Florida. She expanded in early 2019 with a second location in DeLand, Florida. Her third NextHome All American location in Port Orange continues Teresa and the Saraco family’s legacy of excellence. 

“Since partnering with NextHome, my experience has been great,” Teresa said. “I’m glad that I found a franchise that thinks the same way I do about clients and our industry.”

As she expands into Port Orange, Teresa is working to create a small but mighty team of true professionals who know and love the area.

Teresa started in real estate in 1996 while working for her parents, Joe and Maria Saraco, at their brokerage, Choice Properties Inc. As a 17-year-old, Teresa wrote real estate ads and took photos of properties.

Teresa got her real estate license in 2002 and worked as a sales and leasing agent for a local new home builder. Teresa became manager of her parent’s independent brokerage in 2002 and assisted with her parent’s transition from an independent to a Century 21 franchisee, Teresa came back in 2002 to manage the brokerage. At 23, she was one of the youngest real estate managers in the area.

In 2006, she moved to Texas to attend school for Therapeutic & Clinical Massage therapy. In 2009, she returned to Florida and in 2010 Teresa opened her own massage therapy clinic – Avalon Massage & Body Works. Running a successful business was very rewarding, but in 2013, she was asked to help the family once again.

“I really enjoyed owning my own company, but the physical demands of massage therapy coupled with the opportunity to keep the family brokerage going meant it was the right time for me to return to real estate,” said Teresa. “My parents have given me so much, I could never repay them. It was important to come back and help them in any way I could.”

Not only did Teresa manage the brokerage, but she sold homes too. Selling more than $4 million dollars annually (in a market with an average sales price of $160,000), Teresa practiced what she preached.

While still managing, as well as moving into active sales, Teresa began her involvement with the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She first served as the Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Volusia Area President in 2016, a role that she again took up in 2018. 

In 2017, she was recognized by the West Volusia Association of REALTORS® as REALTOR® of The Year. Throughout the last 7 years, Teresa has also spent time in volunteer leadership on various committees and was elected 2018 Director for the 2019 & 2020 Treasurer for the West Volusia Association of REALTORS®.

Teresa found NextHome via her connections through the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

“Paige Brewer and Robyn Stahl opened their NextHome office in Daytona Beach and I sat back and watched their progress as a company,” said Teresa. “I saw how they ran their NextHome brokerage and I just couldn’t stop thinking about opening my own NextHome office.”

“I love the fact that at NextHome everything works,” she added. “No broken parts. No empty promises from the franchise. And to have direct access with the corporate team is so unique and different than I had ever experienced in the past. I’m thrilled to be a part of the NextHome family.”

When not selling real estate, Teresa loves spending time with her family. She is married to her husband of five years, Jeremy and the couple has two children – Madison (12) and Carson (10).

The family loves baseball, softball, and spending time on the Central Florida waterways.

Please join us in congratulating Teresa and the entire team at NextHome All American on their newest office in Port Orange, Florida!


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 brokerage in southern Florida

NextHome announces new brokerage in southern Florida

Chuck Bonfiglio

Pleasanton, CA — August 12, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome AAA Realty, based in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The brokerage represents the 76th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 502nd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome AAA Realty will focus its service on the southern half of Broward County, offering professional residential real estate services. The brokerage is poised to skillfully serve clients throughout the cities of Plantation, Cooper City, Davie, Hollywood, Miramar, Weston, and Pembroke Pines. 

Pembroke Pines is the second largest city in Broward County, offering a family-oriented community atmosphere with plenty of open space. With 50 professional agents already onboard, NextHome AAA Realty can serve a diverse range of clients. The brokerage offers agents who speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Dutch. 

NextHome AAA Realty is owned by second-generation REALTOR® Charles (Chuck) Bonfiglio, Jr. 

Following in his father’s footsteps, Chuck got his real estate license shortly after graduating from high school in 1992. He then worked his way from the bottom up at Century 21 AAA Realty, learning every aspect of the business from his father, broker, and mentor, Charles Bonfiglio, Sr. 

From its beginnings in 1981 until 2009, the brokerage remained a franchised office. However, after Charles Sr. passed away in 2008, the family had to make decisions about the company’s future. Chuck decided to take the company independent. 

“Way back when, when people used the phone book to find businesses, my father named his brokerage AAA Realty to be first in the phone book,” Chuck said with a laugh. “So to keep the legacy going, we named our independent office AAA Realty Group. We carried on the legacy and added to it.”

AAA Realty Group thrived, and Chuck’s greatest sense of professional accomplishment came from his fantastic agents. 

“The greatest highlight for me was that most of our agents have been with us since day one when they started their careers,” Chuck said. “I’m happy that we have been able to support our agents and keep them happy.”

As the years went on, AAA Realty Group did well, but Chuck knew that in order to avoid stagnation, the brokerage needed a strategic partner. 

In 2014, he attended a conference where NextHome Vice President Imran Poladi was a featured speaker. 

“Honestly, that experience planted the seed,” Chuck said. 

Thoughts of franchising began to simmer in his mind. Finally, in 2020, it was time to take his business to the next level. 

“I was looking for a strategic partner and NextHome checked off all the boxes for the things I needed most,” Chuck said. “Now was the time to do it. The experience partnering with NextHome was seamless and provided the plug-and-play type training and marketing I needed. NextHome seemed to have everything I was looking for.”

Today, Chuck is using NextHome’s suite of cutting-edge tools and technology to attract exceptional agent talent. He is also building on a great workplace culture. 

“We have a family atmosphere here,” Chuck said. “That was another reason why NextHome was so appealing – NextHome mirrors the culture we already have. We treat people like family. We create great experiences and understand that real estate isn’t just about making a sale and moving on. We want to create long-lasting relationships and serve our clients as much as we can.”

Chuck is a dedicated volunteer with real estate associations on the local, state, and national level. He is the past president of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale and has served on that board’s finance and strategic committees. He is also a past district president of Florida REALTORS® in addition to serving on the board of directors for the Florida Association of REALTORS®

This year, he is serving on the executive committee of his state association. 

On the national level, Chuck is currently on NAR’s Board of Directors, has served on the NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee, and was a pioneering member of NAR’s Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) program. 

Chuck has been married to his wife Tiffany since 2006 and together they are the parents of 12-year-old twins Charles III and Antonia. 

Please join us in congratulating Chuck on the opening of NextHome AAA Realty in Pembroke Pines, Florida!


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 Miami Lakes brokerage

NextHome announces new Miami Lakes brokerage

Howard Li

Pleasanton, CA — August 5, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome King Realty, based in Miami Lakes, Florida. The brokerage represents the 74th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 499th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients across central and south Florida, covering three MLS areas. 

Under the ownership of Howard Li, NextHome King Realty has the unique ability to serve clients in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Howard operates RE School LLC, the only real estate school in Florida that can teach in Mandarin Chinese. 

Howard’s remarkable career has spanned continents and industries. He began his professional life as editor of CCB Dragon Magazine, the official trade publication of China Construction Bank. Howard also spent several years as a professional banker in Singapore. 

After moving to the United States in 2012, Howard obtained his MBA in finance from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University’s School of Business with an emphasis in management. 

Howard obtained his real estate sales license in 2014 and delved into the industry while studying for his MBA. After four years of selling success, Howard became the broker of record at Century 21 King Realty in Miami. Soon after becoming a broker, Howard also opened RE School. Throughout his years in the industry, he has also obtained numerous MLS designations and certificates.

“Education is incredibly important,” Howard said. “And when you can combine education, superior marketing, and technology together, you can create an ecosystem of success.”

The desire to create that ecosystem drove Howard to check out NextHome. 

“I did an incredible amount of research and looked into just about every franchised company,” Howard said. “NextHome was it for me.”

The franchise’s pioneering approach to the real estate industry made it stand out from other franchise choices.

“Real estate companies need to innovate continuously,” Howard said. “If you don’t improve yourself, you will quickly find that you are shut out from the market. NextHome’s entire model was contemporary, it was up to to date.”

NextHome combined all the things Howard was most interested in: cutting-edge technology, eye-catching marketing, and people-first customer service. 

“In the end, it was really the people who helped me know that NextHome was the right company to partner with,” Howard said. “NextHome’s leadership is open, straight-forward in their communication and I have the feeling of actually being listened to.”

Today, NextHome King Realty is providing educated agents who offer the brokerage’s unparalleled tools to clients across Florida. NextHome King Realty is already home to four professional agents. 

Howard’s list of accomplishments extends beyond his educational and professional success. Howard is a member of The Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute. The organization is the world’s largest association of investment professionals. Howard is also a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts Association (CAIA). According to its website, The CAIA Association operates in 95 countries worldwide and is “a global professional credentialing body dedicated to creating greater alignment, transparency, and knowledge for all investors, with a specific emphasis on alternative investments.” The alternative investments that a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst is trained to assess include hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, funds of funds, derivatives, and real estate investments.

Howard is also a Professional Certified Marketer and is a member of the American Marketing Association. 

Howard and his wife Yuan are the proud parents of two children: Jane (7) and Leon (2). When the family has a chance to enjoy time together, they love all things Disney. 

Please join us in congratulating Howard on the opening of NextHome King Realty in Miami Lakes, Florida!


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 Jacksonville office

NextHome announces new Jacksonville office

Andrew Bell

Pleasanton, CA — April 16, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Assurance Realty, based in Jacksonville, Florida. The brokerage represents the 71st office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 459th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Assurance Realty will serve residential, commercial, and multi-family clients across northern Florida including Duvall, Clay, and St. John’s counties. 

NextHome Assurance Realty is owned by Andrew Bell, a Florida native who has been helping area buyers and sellers since 2003. 

“Jacksonville is a wonderfully unique city,” Andrew said. “I am thrilled to be able to serve clients here.”

Andrew began his career in the mortgage business in 2003, and in 2005 he was recruited to open a new title company office in Jacksonville. During that time, Andrew was recognized for his outstanding work by the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®. In 2007, he was named Business Partner of the Year and in 2009 he was recognized as Affiliate of the Year. 

After seven years in the mortgage and title industry, Andrew obtained his real estate license and transitioned to real estate sales, working with a regional independent brokerage.

As a dedicated full-time father, Andrew spent his first years in real estate sales balancing his career progress with his kid’s needs. As his children grew, so did Andrew’s business.

In 2014, he began training, then became an assistant manager, and then manager.

When he started in leadership, the brokerage had about 30 agents. In November 2019, it had grown to 45 agents. In addition, the brokerage began a real estate school and Andrew was tasked with building out the material and training.

Although he loved his job, the long hours and demands on his family life began to wear on Andrew. 

“I began to miss the flexibility that came with sales,” Andrew said. “My kids, although they were older, were also home on their own during the summers and that was difficult for me.” 

Andrew began to mull over how he could both build his career and find time for his family. 

Then, a good friend told Andrew she was ready to convert her independent brokerage into a NextHome franchise. 

“I told her that was the dumbest thing you could do,” Andrew recalled with a smile. “It all seemed too good to be true.”

Soon, NextHome Arrowsmith Realty in Apopka, Florida thrived under the direction of Natalie Arrowsmith and Andrew began to think NextHome might be a good option for him too. 

“I reached out to Natalie and asked if she was happy with the decision she made,” Andrew said. “She said yes and that she had just signed her five-year commitment.” 

After talking with other friends who had joined NextHome, Andrew knew he had found the right opportunity. 

“The difference with NextHome is that it gives you the flexibility to operate as an independent, but with the support of a franchise,” Andrew said. “That was huge for me.”

Today, Andrew is using NextHome’s flexibility and support to provide superior client experiences.

“Buying a home is typically the single most expensive transaction that someone will make in their lifetime, and that experience leaves a lasting impression – positive or negative,” Andrew said. “With my background working in the title business, I’m able to provide my clients with a well-rounded experience and give them understanding through every single step.”

Andrew has spent more than a decade serving and leading in various state and local organizations. He has been actively involved with the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Florida since 2006, and in 2019 Andrew became the organization’s first and only male president. In addition, NextHome Assurance Realty is a proud supporter of In The Pink – an association that helps women struggling with cancer. 

Andrew will celebrate 19 years of marriage this April with his wife Kristy. Together, they are the proud parents of two girls and one boy. Their oldest daughter, Anna-Marie Ashley, passed away as a prematurely-born infant; she would be 17 this year. The Bell’s second child, Katlynn, is 14 and their son, Andrew William, is 11. 

“Losing a child, and realizing how precious that time with them is, really changed how I approach life,” Andrew said. “Making money is important, but my true richness comes from my family.” 

Please join us in congratulating Andrew on the opening of NextHome Assurance Realty in Jacksonville, Florida!


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


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NextHome Gulf Coast announces fourth Florida office

NextHome Gulf Coast announces fourth Florida office

Tony Anderson

Pleasanton, CA — April 2, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Gulf Coast in Port Richey, Florida. The brokerage represents the 70th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 453rd NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage is the fourth NextHome Gulf Coast location for residential and investment property expert Tony Anderson. Tony opened his flagship NextHome office in Largo in 2016 and soon followed with offices in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg. 

This new location will allow NextHome Gulf Coast to better serve customers in the communities of New Port Richey, Trinity, Land ‘O Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and throughout Pasco County. 

“Port Richey has already contributed to the growth of our business and we are excited to now have a presence in the community,” Tony said.

According to census data, Pasco County Florida is among the fastest 100 growing counties in the United States. With plenty of land for home development and booming job growth, Tony knew that Port Richey was the perfect place to expand. 

“In 2019, Pasco County tourism welcomed over one million visitors,” Tony said. “Many of these guests will explore the area for retirement, second homes, and real estate investments. We appreciate the opportunity to assist them in the real estate market and could not be more pleased with this opportunity.”

The Port Richey location builds on Tony’s years of success and hard work. 

After 15 years in the cellular phone industry, Tony entered real estate as an investor. He bought his first investment property in 2003 and rehabbed and resold the home in just a few months. Realizing he made a substantial profit in a relatively short period of time, Tony left his job and purchased six properties over the next three years – turning all of them for a profit.

In late 2005, Tony made the decision to immerse himself completely in real estate by getting his real estate license and representing himself on his purchases.

The following year, the real estate market saw significant shifts in values. Tony held off purchasing properties and turned his focus to working with buyers and sellers. He eventually connected with a foreclosure listing agent, where he learned the methods of selling foreclosure properties.

From 2008 until late 2012, Tony worked for an REO real estate broker and honed his skills in negotiation and client services. During this time, Tony realized it was about working smarter – not harder.

“Looking at the real estate landscape, it was quite obvious that leverage was key in creating a sustainable business,” Tony said.

In 2012, Tony accepted the position of manager for a Largo-based brokerage. Under his leadership, he was able to grow the company from a single agent brokerage to over 30 agents in less than three years. His success led to his promotion in 2016, where he was appointed the managing broker for the company’s expansion location in Clearwater.

In mid-2016, Tony felt the need to consider his options. Opening his own brokerage made the most sense and NextHome was a franchise Tony had been watching on for some time.

“I kept seeing the NextHome real estate signs showing up in various neighborhoods in Florida,” Tony recalled. “As I found out more about the company, I realized it would be the perfect franchise to align my new brokerage with.”

Today, Tony is enjoying all the success that a partnership with NextHome brings. 

“From the start I had a growth plan,” Tony said. “NextHome is new and fast-growing provides an opportunity to grow right along with them. We could not have accomplished this with any other brand.”

When not selling real estate, Anderson loves to spend time with his wife Peppy. After enjoying 16 years together, the couple was recently married in April of 2016.


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 Palm Coast, Florida office

NextHome announces new Palm Coast, Florida office

Paige Brewer & Michelle McKinney

Pleasanton, CA — March 31, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome At The Beach II, based in Palm Coast, Florida. The brokerage represents the 69th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 451st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome At The Beach II will serve buyers and sellers in the beautiful Flagler and Volusia counties. The brokerage is owned by Florida real estate veterans Paige Brewer and Michelle McKinney. Paige is NextHome At The Beach II’s broker of record while Michelle handles the business’s day-to-day operations. This newest office will compliment Paige’s two other NextHome ventures in Daytona Beach and Miami. 

Palm Coast’s continuing growth made the decision to expand easy. 

“Once people discover Palm Coast they want to move here,” Paige said. “ With all the local shopping, the outdoor opportunities, and the incredible food it becomes everyone’s dream retirement location.”

Paige started her real estate career in Louisiana in 2009 and moved to Daytona Beach upon her husband’s retirement from the military. His retirement proved to be the perfect opportunity to move to a Florida beach community. Paige opened NextHome At The Beach in Daytona Beach in early 2017 and expanded with a second Miami-based branch in early 2019. 

Michelle, who is also a military spouse, began her real estate career in Virginia Beach at a local independent brokerage. Two years later, she joined NextHome and began working with Paige at the Daytona Beach office. 

“I looked at about 10 or 11 different brokerages before I made my decision on who I wanted to go with,” Michelle recalled. “As an agent, I wanted to stand out and be different. I knew I needed to partner with a brokerage that gave me unparalleled branding and marketing options. After an incredible amount of research, I knew that NextHome offered exactly what I wanted.”

Michelle also knew that she was joining an office with a record of excellence. In 2016, the Daytona team sold over $13 million in sales volume with 57 transaction sides – exceptional numbers in a market where the average sales price was $230,000.

Today, Michelle and Paige are combining their talents to bring that same level of excellence to Palm Coast clients. 

“As a leader in business, it is important to look for people who bring synergy,” Paige said. “You need to bring someone in who can strengthen you where you are weak, and Michelle has those qualities. The fit is just right.”

With their combined talents, Michelle and Paige are building an office where experienced, high-producing agents can feel at home and where clients receive exceptional service. 

“Our branding is very forward,” Michelle said. “We offer things that no other brokerage can – not only superior marketing for your property, but also a national connection to a world-class network of brokerages. With NextHome, we are all one big family. It doesn’t matter if you are in Texas or Palm Coast, we can talk to any NextHomie and get great advice and support.”

When they aren’t building their business and helping clients, Michelle and Paige stay busy volunteering for industry associations and supporting their community. 

In 2016, Paige served as the President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Daytona Beach Area Network and in 2017 served as the District Vice President for District 8 and 9 for the state of Florida. In 2019, she was NextHome’s Education Committee Chair and in 2020 she is the State Vice President for the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Florida. 

Michelle is the proud wife of a U.S. Navy Service Member and the mother of three children. Michelle and her husband Joel have been together since 2008 and were married in 2012 and are the proud parents of Caleb (12), Alexis (5), and Zoe (3). 

Please join us in congratulating Michelle and Paige on the opening of NextHome At The Beach II in Palm Coast, Florida!


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 Jacksonville-area office

NextHome announces new Jacksonville-area office

Stephanie & Alfred Sanalila

Pleasanton, CA — March 24, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome First Coast, based in Saint Augustine, Florida. The brokerage represents the 68th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage is owned by the husband and wife team Stephanie and Alfred Sanalila. NextHome First Coast will serve clients across Saint Augustine, Jacksonville, Orange Park, Mandarin, and the remainder of Florida’s First Coast area. 

According to tradition, the First Coast is the first area of Florida to be colonized by Europeans. Today, people flock to Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties for their superior school systems and stunning coastlines. Stephanie and her team at NextHome First Coast will primarily serve the area’s booming residential market. 

“I’ve been very focused on serving families,” Stephanie said. “This area has been growing like crazy, and for good reason. There’s a ton of history here, some great museums, a fantastic downtown, and a beautiful waterfront. Combined, all these things make our area a great place to raise a family.”

Many of Stephanie’s clients are attracted by the St. John County School District. The district is ranked No. 1 in Florida by Niche rankings and consistently remains ranked in the top six percent of schools in the country. 

Stephanie’s career prior to real estate reflects her love of, and appreciation for, good education. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in business and spent about 10 years working in educational publishing. She also spent several years teaching marketing at the college level. Eventually, real estate became a family affair after Alfred entered the industry.  

Alfred has been a licensed broker since 2002 and, together, the couple has spent many years providing their clients with unique market insights and perspectives. For the last few years, Stephanie and Alfred worked in Saint Augustine at a large national franchise.

The Sanalilas always knew they wanted to own their own business. So when Alfred stumbled across the NextHome brand in 2019, both Stephanie and Alfred knew they had found the right opportunity. 

“We started seeing how smart the all-around NextHome concept was, and how brilliant the marketing was,” Stephanie said. “With my marketing background, that really was a high point for me.”

Alfred liked how NextHome was unlike any other national franchise he had seen. 

“As I dug deeper into NextHome it really seemed like a fresh approach to real estate,” Alfred said. “It fills a need in our area.”

Today, NextHome First Coast is setting itself apart from other brokerages through its personalized approach to real estate. 

“It seems like the majority of my customers think that they are my only customer,” Stephanie said with a smile. “They are not, but they feel that way. I love helping clients, and also our future agents, feel that way.”

Stephanie is also a talented educator. Today, she is a NextHome certified trainer, giving her the ability to help agents earn National Association of REALTORS® designations. 

“Stephanie brings knowledge to the table,” Alfred said. “Her clients depend on her to know the process, know negotiation, know everything from contract offer to closing. They lean on her to be that skilled professional, and she delivers. Her ability to share information in an easy, casual, and approachable way definitely comes out.”

When she isn’t helping clients and agents, Stephanie is passionate about serving the special needs community. This passion began with her late brother Steve and her service honors his memory. Stephanie volunteers with Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine program, giving special needs individuals the opportunity to attend an unforgettable prom night experience. 

Stephanie also volunteers with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville and is an integral supporter of their annual Buddy Walk. In the past, she has also worked with the U.S. Special Olympics Team as a Bocce Ball coach. 

Together, Stephanie and Alfred have three children: Lilly (12), Luke (11), and Leo (5). When they have the chance, the family loves to travel. 

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie and Alfred on the opening of NextHome First Coast in Saint Augustine, Florida!


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 Beach Time Realty expands in St. Pete Beach, FL

NextHome Beach Time Realty expands in St. Pete Beach, FL

Annie Fleeting

Pleasanton, CA — March 3, 2020 — NextHome is thrilled to announce the further expansion of NextHome Beach Time Realty in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The new brokerage offers resort property owners a fresh option for licensed Community Association Management. In addition, NextHome Beach Time Realty will continue to provide friendly and professional residential real estate sales and vacation rental property management services to the Pinellas County area, including the cities of St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Petersburg and Tierra Verde.

The brokerage builds on the success of NextHome Beach Time Realty’s two other offices. This continuing success is guided by owner Annie Fleeting. Annie opened her first NextHome office in December 2015 in St. Pete Beach and expanded by opening another branch office in Redington Beach in November 2018. The latest addition is their second St. Pete Beach location, in the vacation rental community of Sunrise Resort. Number Three officially opened in November 2019. The new office aims to provide superior resort management service and compliments the brokerage’s recent management agreement with Sunrise Resort. NextHome Beach Time Realty is now managing Sunrise Resort’s 58-units of family-friendly condominium rentals.

“St Pete Beach was just named the #2 beach in the United States and #16 in the world by Trip Advisor for 2020! We have hundreds of thousands of visitors who come here from all over the world,” Annie said. “We are excited about this new facet of our business and are thrilled to provide property owners a management resource that is engaged, connected, and cares.”

Annie is using NextHome’s suite of tools and support to continue to serve clients across the stunning St. Pete Beach and surrounding areas.  

“It is so exciting to be part of something bigger,” Annie said. “We tell people that NextHome is the ‘Google’ of real estate. There is no question the NextHome brand is getting noticed in our county with three of the offices in the Top 100 out of 799 offices being NextHome locations!”

Annie met her future and charming husband, Robert Fleeting in 1982 when he was importing two of Britain’s largest-selling beers into Tampa, FL for a test market. The couple moved to Robert’s home country of Scotland in 1986 and built a successful property development company. Their developments included nightclubs, hotels, and shopping centers. In 1996, the Fleetings sold all of their existing enterprises in Scotland and moved back to the United States.

In truth, real estate has always been a family affair for Annie, who began her career working in her father’s property management company at the age of eleven! (That same company is currently owned and operated by Annie’s brother, Jim, and responsible for managing more than 4,000 units). In 1997, the Fleetings returned to the property development business – this time making a mark in the Florida market. Along with other partners, the couple formed Coral Point Homes – a development group that built more than $150 million in multi-family housing primarily in Pinellas County.

The Fleetings started a real estate brokerage, Beach Time Realty, in 2010 to service the needs of homeowners who wanted to turn existing housing into vacation rentals. As the market improved, Beach Time Realty helped those same property owners sell and reinvest into new properties. With over 50 properties under property management and sales volume increasing, Annie knew it was time to grow her brokerage and franchising with NextHome made the most sense. Every year under the NextHome flag, Annie’s brokerage has dramatically increased both real estate sales and her property management portfolio. In 2019, they sold over $30,000,000 in residential real estate, in addition to adding significantly to their property management portfolio.

“NextHome Beach Time Realty has a level of service that is somewhat unique to our market,” Annie said. “We help investors evaluate their investment purchase in both rental income opportunities and negotiating a fair purchase price. We are able to help acquire the property, manage tenant relationships, and help the property owner re-sell and re-invest.”

“I have been fortunate enough to meet Annie in person and she is an exceptional addition to the NextHome franchise,” said NextHome CEO, James Dwiggins. “She has a proven track record of running profitable businesses in the real estate space.”

When not selling real estate, Annie enjoys spending time with Robert and their four children and five grandchildren. Avid soccer fans, the Fleetings were the owners of the Premier League soccer team, Kilmarnock FC, from 1989-1996.

Please join us in congratulating Annie, Bobby, and the rest of their team at NextHome Beach Time Realty on their third NextHome office location!

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.