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NextHome Highlighted by the Franchise Business Review

NextHome Highlighted by the Franchise Business Review

Pleasanton, CA — August 29th — The NextHome Franchise was recently featured on the Franchise Business Review charts in four different categories. NextHome has been named a Top Services Franchise, a Top Franchise for Women, a Top Innovative Franchise, and a Top Franchise for Veterans. 

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

NextHome’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their franchisor that focused on areas such as leadership, training, and core values as well as more personal questions concerning their business lifestyle and overall enjoyment of running their franchise. 

“A franchise is only as strong as it’s members. We’re incredibly grateful to have built a franchise that attracts those who want to make a difference in the real estate industry,” said James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome, Inc. “Being recognized within these categories reminds us why we started.”

In February of 2019, Franchise Business Review also named NextHome as the No. 4 top franchise in 2019 out of 310 of the country’s top franchise brands. 

Founded in 2014, NextHome has been committed to changing the way consumers work with local agents and adapting to the modern real estate landscape to meet the ever-changing needs of agents and clients altogether.

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.

Building your brand to last: a customer-centered approach

Building your brand to last: a customer-centered approach

Inman Connect invited NextHome’s CEO James Dwiggins on the main stage to share the story of NextHome and how we continue to strive every day to elevate the experience for real estate buyers and sellers. 

Branding is really about the experience and creating an emotional connection to the business. James explained that where people get branding wrong is they think it’s about the logo but it is not. It’s the entire experience from the minute a customer sees the logo, then working with an agent, and all the way to the end of a transaction and beyond.

An important component in understanding branding is to realize that the real estate industry is struggling for relevance with buyers and sellers. Customers are questioning the value proposition of brokers and agents including the rates that they charge.

“When we set out to create NextHome, we had a focus on creating a brand that was relevant for the customers themselves. It’s about what the buyers and sellers want from the experience,” explained James.

That is easier said than done in an industry that is myopically focused on what agents want or need. James and the NextHome team partnered with Pentagram, a prestigious design company in New York City, to research and study how to change the brand experience and create a connection.  

“For example, one of the things that we created was a really cute French Bulldog mascot named Luke that was designed to change the conversation,” elaborated James about NextHome’s friendly icon. “When a customer walks into an office, we want them to say ‘what’s up with the orange dog?’ because it sets a whole different tone and interaction from the very beginning.”

For James, branding should be viewed as a shift in focus from what real estate agents do to generating an interaction with customers that is distinctive. NextHome encourages agents to hand out a plush version of Luke to kids, who then take the little Frenchie through the entire buying or selling process.

The real estate industry, in James’s opinion, is awful at promoting branding as an experience for customers. He pointed out that if people look at some of the biggest brands in real estate, they will see 17,000 different versions of a company’s logo including versions with different colors. Without consistency, there is not a cohesive message about the company itself and people don’t make a connection to it all.

Maintaining consistency across a brand is not easy. NextHome makes sure that everything the team has worked so hard to create goes all the way through the brokers and agents to the customer without getting diluted.  

“We took a stance at the beginning of the company,” James confirmed, “about the minimum standards that we would do. Business cards, for example, come from one organization so agents can’t create their own at a local print shop.”

NextHome preserves the quality of their beautiful, rounded-edge cards, and while agents and brokers can customize some of it for autonomy and their own personal branding, it must tie back into the national brand. The same goes for all their products from stationary to yard signs.

“For us, we want to make sure that 3,500 members across the United States maintain the same level of professionalism out in the market whether it’s in Portland, Oregon or on Madison Ave in New York,” James explained.

NextHome stands behind that philosophy but they understand that it’s not for everyone.  They are clear about their expectations and what they do. If someone doesn’t want to be a part of it, then there are lots of other companies out there to work with.

“What we have found by maintaining our high branding standards,” James reported, “is that we are attracting a lot more professional people into our company. As a result, customers do not question what we are providing as a service because they don’t see mediocre material.”

The level of consistency doesn’t just stop at stationary and business cards but continues all the way through their business model. James remarked that the same amount of effort that an agent puts into listing a $500,000 home should also be made when listing a $100,000 home. Customers will notice the consistency of effort or lack thereof.  Consistency within your own personal brand is another component to creating that brand experience.  

In today’s world, real estate companies are either all about their agents or, like Zillow, customer-centered. In the end, it will be the companies that are focused on the needs of the customer that will win according to James. Listening to what the customers want is integral to long term success.

“Take yard signs as an example. Most real estate yard signs advertise the agent.  However, that’s not what customers want. Sellers want their house promoted while buyers want to know the pertinent details of the listing as they drive by,” James commented.

NextHome listened and designed their signs to display the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and garage spaces. The agent’s information is secondary. It’s a relatively simple concept but it has a very big impact on how a company is viewed by customers.

“The industry has to start shifting to a customer-focused model or entities like Zillow will continue to disrupt us and change the primary person a customer will talk to,” advised James about the direction the industry should be headed.

At the end of the day, NextHome measures their branding success in smiles. James doesn’t want NextHome to be a company that people use for only a period of time but instead, be a brand that people keep thinking about and connecting with long after the real estate transaction is complete.  

Great branding is about changing the real estate conversation to a customer-centric experience through the use of consistency and a little mascot called Luke.

Charlie and Devon: a veteran service dog team

Charlie and Devon: a veteran service dog team

It takes a distinct form of courage to take on a job called “Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.” Especially while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Charlie Linville, of Boise, is that kind of brave.

Even while recounting how he was injured, Charlie is matter-of-fact. “I stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device),” says Charlie. “When I came to and figured out what happened, my leg was severely damaged, my hand was severely damaged and I had some brain injuries.” Charlie tried to save his leg but ultimately decided it wasn’t worth it. “For 18 months after my injury I had my leg. I had several surgeries, but I was in so much pain I decided to have it amputated and live a happy life,” he explains.

Although Charlie had every reason to feel sorry for himself, he’s moving on. He’s still in great shape. He even climbed Mount Everest! And he’s a great father of two little girls. Despite his challenges, somehow he manages to stay positive. “I’m lucky that I’m not in a wheelchair for the rest of my life,” Charlie says.

Still, Charlie needs help with everyday tasks. That’s where Service Dog Devon III comes in. Charlie received Devon, free of charge, from Canine Companions for Independence in August. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

“I have a lower spine injury that makes my left leg go numb so my balance isn’t always what it needs to be,” Charlie explains. “When I’m using my cane and carrying something, having the dog with me to pick up something that I’ve dropped, open a door or hit a light switch is a big day-to-day thing for me when I’m out in public.”

At home, Charlie does not always use his prosthetic leg. “Devon is learning to bring me the prosthesis when I’m sitting on the couch,” explains Charlie. “Sometimes I have a hard time getting up, and Devon can retrieve something and bring it to me. Just having someone with me to help do things that are really difficult or painful for me really affects my life in a positive way!”

Charlie is one of hundreds of military veterans who have received assistance dogs from Canine Companions. “Canine Companions assistance dogs are amazing, magical gifts,” says Charlie. “They change people’s lives.”

To learn more about the Veterans Initiative offered through our partners at Canine Companions for Independence, click here

NextHome Named No. 4 Franchise in the Country for 2019

NextHome Named No. 4 Franchise in the Country for 2019

Pleasanton, California — Feb. 27, 2019 — NextHome was recently named the No. 4 top franchise in 2019 by Franchise Business Review, out of 310 of the country’s top franchise brands. It is the latest accomplishment for the progressive real estate franchise, which is known for consumer-focused branding, technology and marketing that empower its brokers and agents to provide superior service without compromise.

“Our 2019 Franchisee Satisfaction Award winners are among the best in franchising,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “For NextHome to be ranked in the Top 5 by Franchise Business Review places them in very elite company. This award speaks volumes of the quality of the company, the team, and the franchise opportunity they have built.”

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review announced the new rankings during the International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention where NextHome’s official position, ranking fourth in the country, was revealed.

Founded in 2014, NextHome has been committed to changing the way consumers work with local agents and adapting to the modern real estate landscape to meet the everchanging needs of agents and clients altogether.

The company is among 310 franchise brands, representing over 30,000 owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Franchisees of each brand were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“Our leadership team is deeply moved by the exceptionally positive findings of this survey. Our franchisees’ transparent acknowledgments emphasize that we are truly doing our part in meeting the needs and expectations of our members,” said NextHome CEO, James Dwiggins. “Being recognized as one of the top 4 franchise brands in the country when we launched less than 5 years ago is a great milestone for NextHome. This acknowledgment inspires us to continue investing in our members and seeing where we can take this incredible culture.”

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NextHome opens first franchised office in the state of Delaware

NextHome opens first franchised office in the state of Delaware

Bobbi Slagle

Pleasanton, CA — February 7, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Preferred. The brokerage represents the very first office location opened in the state of Delaware for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will be led by broker/owner Bobbi Slagle. She and her administrative team will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

The team at NextHome Preferred will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, military and veteran services, land, relocation, foreclosures, short sales, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units.

Located in central Delaware, the Dover-based NextHome Preferred brokerage is located within a 90-minute drive of most major cities in the region such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Atlantic City. Dover is the capital of Delaware and is the second largest city in the state, with nearly 40,000 residents.

The brokerage will service various areas throughout Central Delaware including all of Kent County, which encompasses the cities of Dover, Magnolia, Harrington, Milford, Camden, Bowers Beach, Clayton, Farmington, Felton, Smyrna, Hartly, Houston, as well as parts of the bordering counties of New Castle and Sussex.

Dover is home to the Dover International Speedway where various NASCAR events are held yearly. Additionally, the Dover Air Force Base is one of the most heavily used military bases on the Northern East Coast and a large part of the community of Kent County.

A REALTOR® since 2004, Bobbi started her career in Dover with a large nationally franchised office for the first three years. Doing very well, she moved on to the boutique firm, First Class Properties, where she used the company’s innovation and community commitment to further advance her personal business.

In 2009, Bobbi attained her broker’s license and was promoted to be the broker/manager for the 15-agent brokerage from 2011 until 2016. Even though she led the company as the broker and office manager, Bobbi was still able to sell real estate at a high level. From 2007 on, Bobbi has ranked in the top 10% of all REALTORS® in Kent County.

“Leading my colleagues taught me a lot about how to help others achieve their goals by adapting to various personalities and learning how to best communicate with different agents with different needs,” said Bobbi. “I’m most proud of our agents who worked extremely hard and pushed through what was a down market in the early 2010s.”

In January 2016, when the local Brokerage affiliated with a franchise, Bobbi felt the need to make a move to RE/MAX Horizons in Dover to free up some time to focus more on her family and lead a small team. In the two years at the company, Bobbi increased her personal sales to more than 30 transactions a year and grew her property management business, 5 Star Property Management, as well.

“Our 5 Star Realty Group team was doing really well, but I saw an opportunity and a need in our local market for a brokerage that would provide guidance, leadership, accountability and growth for real estate agents.”

After a lot of discussion and research, Bobbi found NextHome by accident.

“I was actually trying to research a different real estate franchise when I stumbled upon NextHome,” she said. “Other companies didn’t make me feel good about what they offered. But after taking some time and looking at, I was very intrigued.”

“Since the moment I was able to speak with the team at NextHome, I’ve been extremely happy with every step along the way since. It’s been very exciting to be aligned with a company with the same consumer focused values at the core of what they do.”

Bobbi loved the clean branding, the standardization of marketing, the high-level technology, and the professionalism the company created and maintained.

Bobbi has spent years perfecting her craft through education and certifications. She has earned accreditations such as Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), the Military Residential Specialist (MilRES), and the Military Relocation Professional Designation to name just a few.

She has also made a commitment to volunteering in her local real estate board as not only a member of the Board of Directors but she’s served on the Kent County Association of REALTORS® (KCAR) Professional Standards Committee, the Education Committee, the TREND MLS Board of Directors and in 2018, Bobbi was awarded the REALTOR® of the Year.

Bobbi and her husband Charles have been married for 15 years. Between the two of them, they have three children – daughters Amber (19 years old) and Madison (15) and son Wesley (18). The family loves to travel and recently took a trip to Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Please join us in congratulating Bobbi and the rest of the team at NextHome Preferred on their new NextHome office in Dover, DE!

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 continues expansion in Florida

NextHome continues expansion in Florida

Angel Pabon (left) and Pedro Rivera

Pleasanton, CA — December 29, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome My Way – Longwood Branch. The brokerage represents the 52nd location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Longwood, the company will be owned and operated by business partners Pedro Rivera and Angel Pabon. The top-producing REALTORS® will each have specific roles within the company. Rivera will serve as the CEO and handle the day-to-day operations for the company, while Pabon will handle transaction supervision as the Broker of Record and work on company growth and talent acquisition.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, luxury, condos, relocation, land deals, and military/veteran services to the areas of Longwood and the surrounding Orlando Metropolitan Area.

With an already successful NextHome My Way location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Pabon’s relocation to Florida opened the door for a branch location.

“When we started NextHome My Way in Milwaukee in March 2018, we expected a great result, but never could have expected what actually happened,” said Rivera.

What happened was that the team at NextHome My Way went from selling 71 transactions in 2017 to more than 130 transaction sides in 2018.

Rivera credits the increase in business to the commitment to growth and education by the company’s 11 agents.

“We are fortunate to have agents who are career oriented and committed to being the very best representatives for their clients,” he added.

The business partners met through collaboration in previous business dealings. Even though Pabon has been licensed since 2015 and Rivera since 2016, they have quickly excelled in real estate due to their vast business knowledge from their previous careers.

Rivera has an extensive background in the IT field, specializing in marketing and graphic design. Pabon worked for many years as a promoter and high-level representation for musical artists.

Both men worked at Shorewest Realtors in Wauwatosa, WI. During that time, they both sold a lot of real estate with Pabon selling an incredible 50 transactions in his first year. The high volume of sales earned Pabon the award for Rookie of the Year for the company.

When Rivera joined the brokerage in 2017, he teamed with Pabon, as they built a sales team of four members named “My Team of REALTORS®.”

With a well-rounded team using expert marketing, online advertising and local connections, Pabon and Rivera felt 2018 was the right time to go out on their own and open their own brokerage.

“We wanted to expand and grow,” said Rivera. “The model at the brokerage where we were couldn’t support what we were looking to do, so it made sense for us to go out on our own.”

“We loved the high-level technology NextHome provided us,” added Pabon. “The value we received as brokers far exceeded the cost involved with joining a franchise. We’ve had a very successful 2018 under the NextHome brand and we can’t wait to bring the NextHome My Way branch to the Longwood community.”

When not selling real estate, both men focus on spending time with their families.

Rivera and his fiancé, Jexayra, have four children aged 10 months to 8 years. He enjoys cooking and being a father. Pabon and his wife, Esther, also have four children – ages 10 to 17. Pabon describes himself as an admitted workaholic, but never at the expense of being there for the family.

Please join us in congratulating Pedro, Angel, and the rest of the team at NextHome My Way on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Longwood, FL!

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 Realty By Design opens office in Oregon City

NextHome Realty By Design opens office in Oregon City

Trammell Family

Pleasanton, CA — December 21, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Realty By Design. The brokerage represents the eighth office location opened in the state of Oregon for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be led by owner/operator Kasia Trammell. Additionally, she will have veteran real estate icon Debbie Rainforth on the leadership team as the principal broker for the company.

The Oregon City brokerage will serve clients in cities across Clackamas County such as West Linn, Lake Oswego, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Canby, Happy Valley, and the remainder of the Portland metropolitan area.

The agents at NextHome Realty By Design will provide services such as first-time home buyer representation, investor purchases, multi-family purchases and sales, land representation, relocation services, foreclosure and short sales services, real estate design and development, and new construction.

Originally from Poland, Kasia comes from a background of architecture and design. Back in Poland, she studied at a technical high school with a focus on the homebuilding process.

In pursuit of a new adventure, she ended up moving to the United States and working as an au pair, where she learned English through a host of new experiences.

She enrolled at Portland State University, where she earned a degree in architecture – all while in the midst of her first pregnancy.

After earning her degree, she and her husband, Sky, made the move to Oregon City where they started building their own individual businesses.

Sky is an entrepreneur who started the international ATM distribution business, Puloon USA. Simultaneously, Kasia started the very successful design and real estate remodeling firm Realty By Design.

Thirteen years later, both businesses are thriving and have made a mark in their local community.“Sky and I made the decision to not only have our own personal businesses that we fully support one another in, but we even have our companies share the same building,” said Kasia with a smile.

Kasia not only has a commitment to the community, but to the environment as well. She has her Green Housing Certification and very much believes in re-using materials that protect the environment.

NextHome Realty By Design is a boutique brokerage filled with repurposed furniture from all-natural or recycled materials. Her designer’s touch and eye towards sustainability have taken old pieces of material and created beautiful furniture with materials that would have otherwise been thrown out.

Kasia found her connection to the NextHome franchise to be one of shared vision of how real estate should be done.

“NextHome really aligned with my values,” recalled Kasia. “The franchise allows me to have the boutique feel, but still have a national presence. I was looking for a company who wanted consistency and high standards and found exactly that in NextHome.”

When not selling real estate, Kasia and Sky do everything based around family. They have three children – daughters Ionye (age 8), Oriah (7) and son Makai (3). The family loves spending time together and enjoying the natural beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Please join us in congratulating Kasia, Debbie and the rest of the team at NextHome Realty By Design on their brand new 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.

NextHome CEO James Dwiggins Named Industry ‘Futurist’

NextHome CEO James Dwiggins Named Industry ‘Futurist’

We are thrilled to announce that our Chief Executive Officer, James Dwiggins, was named industry ‘Futurist’ in RISMedia’s 2019 Class of Real Estate Newsmakers, a notable recognition highlighting a dynamic group of key influencers making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry, and their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve.

RISMedia, the leader in U.S. real estate news and information services, announced the 2019 Class of more than 230 Real Estate Newsmakers on Dec. 3 in both an online directory on and in the December issue of its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine.

With an aim to be a revolutionary franchise in real estate, NextHome has presented high-tech capabilities and innovative approaches that help agents and brokers harmonize the modern real estate landscape with the needs and demands of today’s buyers and sellers. Dwiggins introduces a forward-focused vision to NextHome, bringing inventiveness to the industry through groundbreaking technologies and synergetic strategies to support NextHome franchises nationwide.

“NextHome has a commitment to making a positive, lasting impression in the real estate industry. As professionals and industry thought leaders, we have a responsibility to keep our communities, consumers and other industry professionals cognizant of and well-versed in real estate news,” said Dwiggins. “To be recognized as a ‘Futurist’ on behalf of RISMedia for having this deep-rooted sense of responsibility to our communities, well, it is truly an honor for NextHome.”

The industry luminaries included in RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers of 2019 are selected by the publication’s editors through a vetting process that helps identify individuals who headline in the topics of industry advancements, technology achievements, diversity and inclusion, humanitarian efforts, creativity and innovativeness, industry activism, and many others.

“In RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers, you’ll find an inspirational overview of more than 230 industry leaders who are making a difference in the real estate and homeownership sectors, and whose actions have a far-reaching and profound impact on the real estate industry, from nationwide to their own local communities,” said John Featherston, CEO and Publisher of RISMedia. “You’ll meet the thought leaders and the icons. The heroes and the champions of a better way. The ones who are breaking the mold and the ones who are leading the industry forward.”

The nominee categories include Influencers, Trailblazers, Futurists, Achievers, Crusaders, Inspirations, Luminaries, and Trendsetters.

“Being named a luminary in the industry marks a whole new milestone for myself and my NextHome team,” added Dwiggins. “My hope is to continue setting the benchmark for others in our industry, always keeping our members and consumers top-of-mind, while delivering to our communities the most valued and relevant data and communications they can utilize.”

In less than four years, Dwiggins has led NextHome to grow to over 320 offices in 43 states. His modern real estate franchise model is committed to ensuring every member has the marketing and technology resources necessary for continued and professional growth, as well as maintaining relevancy in the future.

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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Grand opens two locations in Colorado

NextHome Grand opens two locations in Colorado

Nathalie Ames (left), Ross Beede, and Eileen Turner (right)

Pleasanton, CA — October 11, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our two newest additions to the franchise, NextHome Grand (Mesa) and NextHome Grand (Grand Junction). The brokerages represent the 10th and 11th locations opened in the state of Colorado for the NextHome franchise.

The two brokerages will be owned and operated by business partners Nathalie Ames, Eileen Turner and Ross Beede. All three partners have been top-producing agents in their markets and will each have specific roles within the company.

Nathalie will be the managing broker for both locations with Ross and Eileen switching off as the managing broker in 2019 and 2020. This strategy will allow each owner to focus on their personal business while the acting managing broker can focus on growing the company and providing guidance for agents at the company.

NextHome Grand’s two locations will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, luxury homes, farm and ranch properties, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers.

The offices will service Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Loma, Mack, Clifton, De Beque, Mesa, Molina, Collbran, Parachute, Rifle, Silt, Glenwood Springs, and the remainder of Mesa County.

With a combined experience of more than 40 years in the real estate industry, Ross and Eileen have been a top-producing team since 2015. Working with buyers and sellers in addition to projects such as real estate developments and investment properties, The Turner/Beede Team sold more than 90 transactions in 2017.

A third-generation REALTOR®, Nathalie started her real estate career in 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. For nearly 20 years, Nathalie sold an average of $13 million annually and was one of the top-producing agents in the area. When she relocated to Mesa, Colorado, she picked up right where she left off, selling real estate at a high level. In 2017, Nathalie sold 27 homes to the tune of $11 million in volume.

Nathalie was introduced to NextHome in January 2018 and came to the NextHome Conference held in San Diego, California in March 2018.

“When I went to San Diego and saw NextHome up close and personal, I loved the newer company with a management team open to new ideas with an eye on the future of our industry,” said Nathalie. “I love the idea of partnering not only with business partners who I respect like Eileen and Ross, but with a franchise that has leaders who have real estate knowledge, experience and a stellar reputation.”

When it came time to consider opening a NextHome office, the business partners were no strangers to owning their own companies.

Ross opened his own real estate brokerage, Grand Junction Real Source, in 2001. As the broker/owner of that office, he grew the company to nearly 30 agents. He merged the office with a nationally franchised office in 2008 and stayed on as the manager for the office for the next four years.

Not only is Nathalie a top-producing agent, but she is also the owner of Blink Coffee Company, a success full-service coffee shop, bar and restaurant.

When Eileen and Ross joined Nathalie at NextHome’s corporate office for a week of training classes for new franchisees, they had a similar experience.

“NextHome is a fresh, innovative and progressive company with a corporate staff eager to help our agents,” said Ross. “I really like the energy from the team and I’m excited about what the future holds for NextHome Grand.”

“It’s always been my dream to open and launch a business that I could own and be proud of,” said Eileen. “I know that with our team and our specific strengths, we will be able to really provide a brokerage with excellent service for our communities and also give agents a company they will be proud to work at.”

Please join us in congratulating Nathalie, Eileen, Ross and the rest of the team at NextHome Grand on the opening of their two new NextHome offices in Grand Junction and Mesa, CO!


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.