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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 Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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 Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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 Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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 Charis@NextHome.com.

 

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 Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Cornerstone Realty acquires White Sands office

NextHome Cornerstone Realty acquires White Sands office

Dana & Eric Topel

Pleasanton, CA — January 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Cornerstone Realty. The new Destin, Florida-based office will be led by Eric and Dana Topel. The Topels acquired ownership of the former NextHome White Sands location in Destin, keeping the NextHome brand strong in the beautiful community. 

The new Destin office is already staffed with three top-tier agents who know the area inside out. These agents will focus their skills on the community’s needs, specifically working with natives and transplants as well as serving Destin’s luxury real estate market. 

In addition, the Topels and their award-winning real estate agents will continue their passion of helping those in the military with their unique relocation needs.

The Destin office builds on the success of Eric and Dana’s original Niceville, Florida brokerage. Since its opening in the spring of 2017, NextHome Cornerstone Realty in Niceville has grown from seven agents to 15. In addition, the brokerage sold more than $40 million in sales volume in 2019 alone. In 2019, Dana was honored to be the recipient of the REALTOR® of the Year Award for Niceville.

“Our incredible agents and clients are the real reason we had such success in Niceville,” Dana said. “We want to give back to the people who trust us with one of their greatest investments.”

NextHome Cornerstone Realty is deeply embedded in the Niceville community. In addition to being involved with the Niceville Chamber of Commerce, they serve on the board of directors, hold leadership positions with the local REALTOR® association, participate in Niceville’s annual Christmas parade, sponsor golf tournaments and little leagues, and participate in many 5K races and fundraisers across the area. 

“We care about our agents and their families and this community, and that’s our WHY for the business model we created,” Eric said. “We work together but we also do life together. We are your neighbors and we want to build a sense of community through the way we operate our business.”

In addition to its community involvement, NextHome Cornerstone Realty will continue to provide the same client-centric sales services for residential, luxury, commercial, second homes, multi-family, investment properties, REO/foreclosure, and first-time homebuyer opportunities.

NextHome Cornerstone Realty will continue to provide superior service to Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Shalimar, Valparaiso, and the remainder of Walton and Okaloosa counties.

Dana is the broker in charge for both offices while Eric is the brokerage’s sales manager and works with the office’s property management division. Both Dana and Eric continue to actively sell real estate. 

Dana and Eric have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of Heath (21) and Jaxon (17).

Please join us in congratulating Eric and Dana on the expansion of NextHome Cornerstone Realty and the opening of their new Destin-based office!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Edgewater now serving the Naples area

NextHome Edgewater now serving the Naples area

Maurice Cossairt

Pleasanton, CA — September 10, 2019 — NextHome is pleased to introduce Maurice Cossairt as the company’s newest broker/owner to open a NextHome franchise. Maurice and his team at NextHome Edgewater will serve real estate needs throughout Southwest Florida including Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, and Naples. NextHome Edgewater is the 60th NextHome franchise to open in Florida. 

As someone who has owned a home on Marco Island for 20 years, Maurice is excited to share his client-centered service with the area he loves. 

“We are thrilled to be expanding our services into the Marco Island area,” Maurice said.  

Maurice and his team at NextHome Edgewater specialize in vacation homes and are excited about their growing portfolio of satisfied first-time homebuyers, investors, and commercial clients. 

“I love working with first-time home buyers,” Maurice said. “There is something really satisfying about helping those types of clients.”

Maurice has been immersed in the real estate and home building industry since he was young. As a child, Maurice watched his parents run a brokerage and build their business. 

“I’ve been sitting at open houses since I was 12 years old,” Maurice recalled. 

In 2013, Maurice made real estate sales his full-time job. He continued to serve home buyers and sellers across the Naples area as an independent sales associate with Sun Realty until 2017. In those years, he sharpened his networking and lead-generating skills to a fine point. Maurice began his career closing seven transactions per year. However, those sharpened networking skills and robust word-of-mouth marketing now help Maurice close about 37 transactions per year. He also recently oversaw $3.4 million in annual sales in a market where median home prices hover in the $300,000-$500,000 range.

Maurice also created his own career as a designer/builder. As a general contractor, Maurice captained a company of hundreds of employees with many moving parts. However, he soon discovered he could remain in the industry he loved and have a smaller staff.

“After many years running a company with several hundred employees, I found out that I didn’t have to do that,” Maurice said. “I could work with a small group of REALTORS® and give them the individualized attention and support they need.”

In 2017, Maurice started to think that he would enjoy a career change as a NextHome broker/owner. He attended a Florida REALTORS® convention in 2016 where he met NextHome representatives and first considered a career with the franchisor. 

“I was impressed by what I saw,” Maurice said. “I hung on to that interaction, and when the time was right, I knew I wanted to start a brokerage with NextHome. The culture of NextHome is just the way I like to work; it was a good fit.”

Today, Maurice heads a growing office of real estate agents that he is happy to support through training and mentorship. 

“What really differentiates NextHome Edgewater for our agent is the flexibility we provide,” Maurice said. “I like how I can give them the tools they need but also the ability to customize on a client-by-client basis. It is great that NextHome Edgewater agents are able to do the business they want with a broker and brokerage that supports them and gives them the help they need when they need it.”

That level of personal customization, alongside the suite of top-level tools NextHome provides, also sets NextHome Edgewater apart for the client. 

“One of the things I like about NextHome is that I can have the cool marketing tools and all that fancy stuff but I can work in a way that customizes on a client-by-client basis,” Maurice said. “I don’t cram clients in a pipeline and treat them all the same. The personal touch – that’s my brand differentiation.” 

When he is not helping agents and real estate clients, Maurice enjoys boating, going to concerts and playing his trumpet. He is active with Habitat for Humanity and donates to the local chapter of St. Vincent de Paul. Maurice is the proud father of two grown children, a daughter and a son.

“NextHome is thrilled to have Maurice represent our franchise in the Naples area,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President. 

Please join us in congratulating Maurice on the opening of NextHome Edgewater in Naples, Florida! 

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Michael and Dee Norris Open NextHome’s Newest Franchised Location

Michael and Dee Norris Open NextHome’s Newest Franchised Location

Michael and Dee Norris

Pleasanton, CA — August 30, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce the latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Norris & Company Realty. The brokerage will represent the 59th NextHome franchised location in the state of Florida.

The company will be owned and operated by the top-producing husband and wife team Michael and Dee Norris.

Based out of Winter Haven, NextHome Norris & Company Realty will provide residential sales, investment property, second-home and vacation rental property, luxury, multi-family, condos, land sales, as well as commercial services to the counties of Winter Haven, Lakeland, Auburndale, Davenport, Lake Wales, Haines City, Dundee, Lake Hamilton, and the remainder of Polk County.

Winter Haven is located 50 miles west of downtown Orlando and is home to more than 45,000 residents. The city is home to the Legoland theme park, and is well known for being a part of the “Chain of Lakes” – a body of water that connects 25 different lakes.

After a career in buying and selling restaurants, Michael started his real estate journey in 1980 and worked at Sunset Realty in Winter Haven. Three years later he met Dee and the couple started working in real estate together in 1993.

The Norris’ did much of their own business, with Michael leading the way selling commercial real estate with his stepfather. Whether it was shopping centers, restaurants, bars and lounges, or even hotels, they were involved in selling all types of commercial real estate. 

In 1996, Michael and Dee moved to Brokers Realty, a real estate brokerage in Winter Haven. They did very well, often selling in excess of $20 million in volume annually. 

In 2011, they made the decision to go out on their own and open their brokerage, Norris & Company Realty. They made the decision to run the office as a small independent brokerage with no additional agents. It proved very successful and they continued to do well in the Winter Haven community.

In 2018, things changed as Michael and Dee opened up to the idea of adding agents to their company. 

“We reached that point in our career where we wanted to help other agents and we now had the desire and time to do just that,” said Michael.

“We Googled various real estate franchise companies when we came about NextHome,” said Dee. “It really seemed too good to be true, so I had our daughter research the company as well. We all loved what we saw, but it was meeting the leadership team in Boston at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference in November 2018 that confirmed NextHome was the right company to partner with.”

The Norris’ are proud of their commitment to the Winter Haven community and have recently opened the doors to their brand new centrally located office in the heart of the city. You’ll often find them at local events and working with organizations such as the Winter Haven Boys and Girls Club. 

Outside of  selling real estate, Michael and Dee are proud parents of two daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. When they have the chance, they visit their beach house in Vero Beach to relax.

Please join us in congratulating Michael, Dee  and the rest of the team at NextHome Norris & Company Realty on their new office in Winter Haven, FL!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome launches first Rhode Island office for the franchise

NextHome launches first Rhode Island office for the franchise

Brian Buonaiuto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome franchise adds another location in Florida

NextHome franchise adds another location in Florida

Pleasanton, CA — December 30, 2018 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Advisors – Bonita Springs Branch.

Owned and operated by business partners, Jason Jakus and Rebecca Krueger Courson, this Bonita Springs-based brokerage will allow the company to provide residential real estate sales to entirely cover the growing real estate corridor from Fort Myers to Naples.

After seeing an increase of over 53% in sales at their Fort Myers location since joining the NextHome franchise, and a successful launch of their Cape Coral office in 2016, Jakus and Krueger Courson made the decision to expand their business into Bonita Springs.

“Our REALTOR® members are achieving record sales, and our office is seeing increased market share as we continue to grow. The NextHome platform allows our REALTORS® to work remotely and more efficiently, and the world-class marketing platform has increased our conversion on listing appointments from 50% to 90%. In our first year with NextHome, we took on 48% more listings than the previous year,” said Jakus.

The growth of NextHome Advisors has been incredible and measurable. With increased productivity, the agents are doing on average seven transactions per year. Exceptional numbers compared to the local Multiple Listing System average of two transactions per agent, per year.

Both Jakus and Krueger Courson indicated that this has been a direct reflection of the NextHome systems, marketing, and training, as well as the unique culture of support and collaboration within the NextHome Advisor’s office.

NextHome Advisors currently has 42 associates servicing all areas from Fort Myers to Bonita Springs. Their company has consistently been ranked as one of the top-producing brokerages in the entire national NextHome franchise.

Krueger Courson began her real estate career in 2006 as a member of Leisure American Realty in Ft. Myers Beach, FL. Her sales career took off immediately due to her commitment to excellent client services, which she honed in her previous career as the Director of Operations of a resort company.

“I was fortunate to have been connected with Leisure American Realty because it allowed me to gain sales experience with traditional sales, as well as new home construction, and resort and second home lifestyles,” said Krueger Courson.

In 2009, Jakus joined Krueger Courson at the firm and began his career in a similar fashion. His high sales numbers were fueled by great client service and skills he gained during his former career as a business consultant and coach for Chicos clothing company.

Shortly after working together at the company, Krueger-Courson and Jakus partnered to form an exceptional team, which they grew to 11 agents.

“We were fortunate that our hard work paid off in building a great team,” added Jakus. “As we grew, we continued to add services to help our agents be productive. We found these independently through various sources.”

While content at their brokerage, they knew they were essentially running their team as a brokerage within their brokerage.

“We enjoyed our time at the company, but we were not branding ourselves and we were often purchasing products our company didn’t provide,” said Kruege Courson. “We knew it was time to really consider opening our own real estate company.”

In 2013, Jakus and Krueger Courson opened Platinum Elite Realty and grew their brokerage to 20 agents. The results were exceptional.

They grew to one of the top-producing brokerages in the area – consistently selling over $11 million in sales volume annually. In 2015, the brokerage was on pace to sell in excess of $16 million.

While operating as a successful independent brokerage, the partners always kept open to the possibility of joining a franchise. Two colleagues who joined NextHome in 2015 – Anand Patel of NextHome Discovery and Vicky Santana of NextHome Santana Real Estate – introduced them to the NextHome franchise.

“After checking out NextHome.com, I was definitely interested in finding out more,” said Krueger Courson. “Everything from the short-term entry option, affordable fee structure, single sign-on (SSO) Intranet, and the crisp, modern look… all of it contributed to Jason and I knowing NextHome was for us.”

“To add a third location in just over three years of starting with us says a lot about the vision and follow through of its leaders,” said NextHome’s Vice President, Imran Poladi. “Rebecca and Jason have been an integral part of the growth of our company and we are so happy to see them continue their success.”

While both Jakus and Krueger Courson are committed to working in the community, both have very different roles.

Krueger Courson oversees the details within the brokerage, helping maintain the high integrity and value of the brokerage for their agents. Pushing productivity and keeping agents focused on their goals are her strengths.

Jakus dedicates many hours to the real estate industry through leadership. In 2014, he served as the Chair for the Florida REALTORS® Business Trends and Technology committee. Additionally, he served as the President of the Greater Ft. Myers & The Beach Association of REALTORS® and Vice President for District 5 for the Florida REALTORS®.

We are proud to see Jason, Rebecca and the rest of the team at NextHome Advisors open their third location!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.