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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 Premier Neighborhood Realty expands with new location

NextHome Premier Neighborhood Realty expands with new location

Jon Brumer

Pleasanton, CA — November 20, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Premier Neighborhood Realty – Kissimmee Branch. The brokerage represents the 51st location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The office will be owned and operated by broker, Jon Brumer.

“Opening a second location made a lot of sense for me and our company’s growing need for a Kissimmee location,” said Jon. “Since my office announcement in July, I’ve fallen in love with the brand and wanted to have more NextHome exposure to residents in Osceola County.”

Based out of Kissimmee, this particular NextHome Premier Neighborhood Realty branch location will provide real estate services to buyers and sellers such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, multi-family properties, land deals, condominiums, and new construction homes for the areas of St. Cloud, Kissimmee, Davenport, Clermont, and the remainder of the Orlando Metro Area.

Thirty miles south of Orlando, Kissimmee is home to approximately 60,000 residents and is one of the larger communities in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area.

Before starting his real estate sales career, Jon worked as an appraiser for the Miami-Dade County Tax Assessor’s Office. For more than ten years, Jon evaluated the values for hundreds of properties. This experience has helped him provide some of the most accurate estimates of property values for his real estate clients.

In 2014, Jon moved to Kissimmee and worked as a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of America Florida Realty. In 2017, after building his sales business at the brokerage, Jon moved to a local independent company, Property Pros.

Although Jon found success as a REALTOR® working at a brokerage, he wanted to follow his passion of opening his own company. In 2018, he attained his broker’s license and began looking at franchise options for his soon-to-be-opened real estate brokerage.

“I found NextHome through a Google search when I was looking at real estate franchises,” said Jon. “NextHome had everything I was looking for in a franchise – support from the franchisor, top-notch technology, and systems that would be of real value to our clients. NextHome allows me to still run a boutique style brokerage while having the benefits of a big franchise”

“These benefits not only help our clients, but attract talented agents to our brokerage as well,” he added.

Jon believes in giving back to his community and works with underprivileged children via the “Give the Kids The World” program. The organization is similar to a Make-A-Wish program, where volunteers bring the Disney experience to children who are unable to go to Disney World.

When not selling real estate, Jon and his wife of four years, Brittany, love to travel. As members of the Wyndham Timeshare and Hilton Grand Vacations programs, the couple travel throughout the world.

Please join us in congratulating Jon and the rest of the team at NextHome Premier Neighborhood Realty on the opening of their second NextHome office in Kissimmee, 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 Arrowsmith Realty opens in Apopka, Florida

NextHome Arrowsmith Realty opens in Apopka, Florida

Natalie Arrowsmith

Pleasanton, CA — October 26, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Arrowsmith Realty. The brokerage represents the 47th location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Arrowsmith Realty will be owned and operated by broker and top-producing REALTOR® Natalie Arrowsmith. As a fourth generation Apopkan, Natalie is proud to bring the NextHome franchise to her community. Her father, Bill Arrowsmith, served as the Vice Mayor for the city for decades. Natalie is proud to continue service to the Apopka community for the Arrowsmith family.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, commercial, second home and vacation home purchases, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Mount Dora, and the rest of Lake, Seminole and Orange Counties.

Located 15 northwest of Downtown Orlando, Apopka is home to approximately 42,000 residents. Considered part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area, Apopka is in the heart of a 2.1 million resident metro area.

Before real estate, Natalie worked for several years at the Florida League of Cities, an organization focused on promoting local self-government. From 1999-2004, Natalie served several roles within the organization, with her primary role as the Policy Holder Relations Manager.

In late 2004, Natalie moved to North Carolina and started her real estate career with Century 21 Real Estate in the city of Waynesville. At that time, many Floridians were purchasing investment properties in North Carolina and Natalie was able to represent many of these investors.

After several very successful years selling in North Carolina, Natalie moved back to Apopka and worked at RE/MAX from 2008 until 2010. During those three years, she grew her business with traditional sales and the addition of foreclosure/short sales to see more than 100 transaction sides closed annually – making her one of the top agents in her area.

In 2010, Natalie opened her own brokerage – Arrowsmith Realty. Knowing the increase in her business and the needs of her clients, she took it upon herself to open a brokerage that would provide the level of service her clients had come to expect. Under Natalie’s leadership, she grew the company to 11 agents.

While not originally looking to franchise her office, Natalie’s desire to always provide world-class service led her to look at NextHome.

“We were a successful boutique brokerage that served our clients well, but I wanted to be able to provide even more,” said Natalie. “Not just for our clients, but for the Arrowsmith Realty agents as well.”

Introduced to NextHome in 2017 by friend and NextHome franchisee, Paige Brewer, Natalie was interested in the company because of the fresh branding and the fun, forward-thinking way of doing business.

“NextHome Arrowsmith Realty will be known as the company where agents will be able to provide the very best in technology, tools and marketing for their clients, wrapped up in a fun environment,” said Natalie. “Our commitment to the community will be a huge part of who we are.”

Natalie gives back to the real estate industry as well. She is the 2018 Secretary for the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and will serve as Treasurer in 2019. She has been on the Board of Directions for her local association for the past four years.

Through her involvement in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® for the past five years, Natalie has made a real impact on the Florida real estate community. At the national level, she will serve as NAR Director in 2019.

When not selling real estate, Natalie is all about family. She and her fiancée, Mark, are getting married May 2019. Between them, they have four children – sons Cody (28) and Luke (9); and daughters Cassidy (22) and Lily (7). She also has a granddaughter, one-year-old Ava Rose.

Please join us in congratulating Natalie and the rest of the team at NextHome Arrowsmith Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Apopka, 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 Closes Biggest Transaction in the Franchise’s History

NextHome Closes Biggest Transaction in the Franchise’s History

Orli Rudolph (left) and DJ Khaled (right)

High-profile artist, producer and social media star, DJ Khaled, added another win to his list of successes with his recently purchased 12,750-square-feet Miami Beach mansion. Represented by one of our NextHomies, the hip-hop icon’s new home is the biggest transaction closed by a member of our franchise.

Listed at $25.9 million, the lavish waterfront property features a total of nine bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms—including a five-bedroom main house, four-bedroom guest house, safe room, outdoor shower, home theater, elevator, and a swimming pool nearly 80 feet long. Khaled was able to scoop up the listing for only $21.8 million.

Our very own Orli Rudolph from the Rudolph & Jerry Team with NextHome Realty Professionals represented Khaled on this deal. Born in South Beach and raised in North Miami Beach, Orli has a keen awareness and unparalleled intuition of Miami’s luxury real estate market.

Orli and her business partner, Matthew Jerry, joined the Ft. Lauderdale-based office in early 2017. Prior to joining NextHome Realty Professionals, the team spent five years building a client base that has resulted in hundreds of happy homeowners and lifelong friendships.

Orli has a strong reputation for professionalism, commitment and has helped numerous clients invest, buy, sell and rent properties.

Please join us in congratulating Orli Rudolph on closing the largest transaction thus far for our NextHome franchise!

Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
NextHome Central Realty Opens an Office in Lake Mary, Florida

NextHome Central Realty Opens an Office in Lake Mary, Florida

Roger Michaels

Pleasanton, CA — October 16, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Central Realty. The brokerage represents the 47th location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Central Realty will be owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR®/Broker Roger Michaels. The brokerage of nine agents will be based out of Lake Mary, which is located 20 minutes north of Orlando.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the areas of Lake Mary, Sanford, Winter Springs, Winter Park, Longwood, Oviedo, and the rest of the Greater Orlando Area.

Roger started real estate in 2012 after years of owning a car dealership with his brother. As part owner of Michael’s Autos, Roger was in charge of all sales and marketing for the dealership. The strong internet marketing and lead generation skills he learned through car sales have been a great advantage for Roger in the real estate marketing world.

In his first year in real estate, Roger sold 25 transactions and his business only got stronger year-over-year.

In 2015, he opened R Michaels Realty and used his online marketing savvy to grow his sales numbers. From 2015 to 2017, Roger grew his business over 25% annually to more than 40 transaction sides.

In 2018, he has built his business to be on pace to close more than 60 transaction sides.

Earlier this year, Roger was looking for a solution that allowed him to grow his boutique brand to one that would attract quality agents to work alongside him.

“I knew there had to be a solution out there for a brokerage like mine,” said Roger. “NextHome was the answer for our brokerage.”

By not having to reinvent the wheel, combining his brokerage strengths with NextHome’s franchise platform has proven to be a great match for everyone involved.

“Having NextHome’s high-level of technology in addition to our brokerage’s strong internet lead generation, I’m really excited about what NextHome Central Realty is poised to do for our community,” said Roger.

When not selling real estate, Roger and his wife of 17 years, Rachele, are raising two boys – Gavin (age 15) and Gabriel (age 12). The family loves to travel and often takes trips to visit the boys’ grandparents in Indiana.

Please join us in congratulating Roger and the rest of the team at NextHome Central Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Lake Mary, 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 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…

#WhosNext?

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 Bayside Realty opens in Florida

NextHome Bayside Realty opens in Florida

Tom Miesen
Tom Miesen

Pleasanton, CA — August 21, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Bayside Realty. The brokerage represents the 45th office location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by real estate broker Tom Miesen and his wife, Lynette. Tom will be the broker of record and in charge of all day-to-day operations. They will be joined on the leadership team by business partners Ann Marie Kurz and Terry Adkins.

Based in Freeport, NextHome Bayside Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, and land deals for the areas of Freeport, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and the surrounding areas of Walton and Okaloosa Counties.

Freeport is located in the “panhandle” section of the state of Florida and is approximately two hours west of Tallahassee.

Licensed since 1979, Tom has been a longtime top-producing REALTOR® in Northwest Florida. Since 2005, he has been selling an average of $8 million annually. He had ownership in a local nationally franchised office for nearly 12 years before connecting with another group of high-producing and talented REALTORS®.

“I connected with Dana and Eric Topel who are based out of Niceville, Florida,” said Tom. “Eric was exploring a new franchise at the same time I was looking for a new way of doing business. I wanted a change in the culture and wanted a franchise that would bring a lot of value to our agents.”

“I love leading others and want to make sure any brokerage I’m affiliated with have productive and competent agents,” he added. “I was fortunate to connect with the Topels and we launched our NextHome brokerage in 2016.”

After two years under the NextHome system, Tom saw the benefits of what NextHome could do for agents and brokers alike. In Spring 2018, Tom and Lynette felt it was the right time to go out on their own.

“NextHome Bayside Realty is one of the only nationally franchised brokerages in the city of Freeport,” said Tom. “It’s the tools and systems we will be able to offer our clients that is a big differentiator than some of our competitors.”

Tom gives back to the real estate community as well. He is serving his second year as a Director for Florida REALTORS®. He also is the 2018 Treasurer for the Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS® (ECAR). Tom is currently running for the 2019 Vice President for ECAR.

Tom and Lynette have been married for 40 years and have four children and three grandchildren. They love to travel and recently took a trip to New Mexico earlier this year.

Please join us in congratulating Tom, Lynette, Ann, Terry, and the rest of the team at NextHome Bayside Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Freeport, 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 Greater Realty is the newest addition to the NextHome franchise

NextHome Greater Realty is the newest addition to the NextHome franchise

Buz and Linda Berson

Pleasanton, CA — August 15, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Greater Realty. The brokerage represents the 44th office location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Buz and Linda Berson. Buz will serve as the broker of record and supervise agent production. Linda will be in charge of the sales division and training for the brokerage. They will be joined on the leadership team by their son, Bailey Kapci. He will serve as the Director of Operations for NextHome Greater Realty.

Based in Punta Gorda, NextHome Greater Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, and land deals for the areas of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, and the surrounding areas.

Punta Gorda is located 30 minutes north of Fort Myers and is home to approximately 20,000 residents. The name Punta Gorda translates to “Fat Point” and has been an incorporated city since the mid-1800’s.

A serial entrepreneur, Buz has been running successful businesses for decades. Formerly the owner of the largest outdoor furniture store in the United States, Buz has been involved in real estate since 1980. He spent most of the 1980’s as a commercial real estate developer. In 1986, he started his own residential property development company, Berson Property Developments.

Linda joined as the leasing manager for Berson Property Developments and headed up that entire division.

Opening Berson Properties in the early 1990’s, the Bersons grew the residential real estate brokerage to more than 25 agents with annual sales in excess of $100 million. In 2007, they sold the company to a Century 21 franchisee and relocated their family to the area of Naples, FL.

Never one to rest and retire, Buz began building high-end homes in the Naples area. With square footage exceeding 4,000 feet, these high-end homes were in demand for the residents of Naples. From 2015 to 2017, as fast as Buz built them, Linda sold them equally as fast.

While they were doing very well, the Bersons wanted more to offer to their clientele.

“We wanted to integrate modern technology to what we could offer our clients,” said Buz. “We wanted to have that edge to provide better service to our clients.”

“We interviewed several different real estate franchises,” added Linda. “But only NextHome provided us with the difference we were looking for.”

Bailey will add a new dimension to the brokerage as well. Spending the last 13 years in high-level restaurant management, his leadership and management skills will maintain a standard of customer service for NextHome Greater Realty that will be a real difference in their community.

When not selling real estate, the Bersons enjoy a life of what they describe as “simple abundance.” The married couple of 28 years spend time with their poodle, Rose, and take in all the wonderful amenities Punta Gorda has to offer.

Bailey and his wife, Paris, describe themselves as “foodies” and love exploring new restaurants whenever they travel. As a former restaurant General Manager, Bailey knows and appreciates when a restaurant can deliver beyond expectations.

Please join us in congratulating Buz, Linda, Bailey, and the rest of the team at NextHome Greater Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Punta Gorda, 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.