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Top-Producing Real Estate Broker Opens NextHome’s Newest Franchised Location

Top-Producing Real Estate Broker Opens NextHome’s Newest Franchised Location

Garrick Olerud

Pleasanton, CA — August 21, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce the latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Prime Real Estate. The brokerage will represent the ninth NextHome franchised location in the state of Wisconsin.

The company will be owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR® and real estate broker, Garrick Olerud.

Based out of Westby, NextHome Prime Real Estate will provide residential sales, investment property, land and farm sales, and commercial services to the counties of Vernon, La Crosse, Crawford, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Richland.

Westby is located two hours northwest of the state’s capital Madison and is home to just under 2,500 residents, but the larger metro area has a population of nearly 300,000. The city is known for its strong agricultural economy and cooperative business partnerships. Westby is sometimes referred to as “Co-Op City” with seven business co-ops still actively in business including Westby Cooperative Creamery, Vernon Telephone Cooperative, Heartland Country Coop, Westby Coop Credit Union, Vernon Electric Cooperative, and Accelerated Genetics.

Garrick started his real estate career right after graduating from college in 2014 with Coldwell Banker River Valley REALTORS® based out of La Crosse, WI.

His father, Gary, was an auctioneer and had auctioned everything from personal items to farm equipment. In 2015, he partnered with his father to help with auctioning off real estate properties.

In addition to the real estate auctions, Garrick built a very successful real estate sales business. In 2018 alone, Garrick sold more than 100 homes. One of the proudest moments of his career was when he received the President’s Award out of 100 agents at his company. He consistently was ranked in the top two percent of the company year after year.

Garrick attributes much of his success to his commitment to community relationships.

“Before real estate, I thought about working in politics,” said Garrick. “I love connecting with those in our community. Being in real estate allows me a rewarding career with a high level of community involvement.” 

Garrick serves on the Vernon County Board of Supervisors and is also the Vice President of the Westby Coon Prairie Church. 

In 2018, Garrick was ready to take the next step and open his own brokerage.

“I wanted to open a real estate company that allowed me to modify my existing methods and systems so I could help other hard-working agents build their own business,” said Garrick. “By creating an environment that allows agents to flourish, the result helps better serve those in our community.”

Garrick knew NextHome would be the franchise that would allow him to provide the technology he was looking for, while still allowing him to run the brokerage his way.

Outside of selling real estate, Garrick and his wife of seven years Kassi love spending time with their two daughters – Peyton (age 5) and Piper (age 2). The Olerud’s are expecting their first son in October 2019.

Please join us in congratulating Garrick and the rest of the team at NextHome Prime Real Estate on their new office in Westby, WI!


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’s First Franchisee in Oklahoma Expands Her Reach

NextHome’s First Franchisee in Oklahoma Expands Her Reach

Kimberly Hutson

Pleasanton, CA — August 14, 2017 — NextHome is proud to announce the latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Simply Real Estate. The brokerage will represent the second NextHome franchise location owned by Kimberly Hutson in the state of Oklahoma. She will take over ownership from a fellow broker and Norman Board of REALTORS® member, Carolyn Little. Carolyn will stay on during the transition of ownership as the company’s broker of record.

Additionally, she has acquired the property management division of NextHome Simply Real Estate and will be of service to more than 50 properties. 

“I’m excited about this opportunity to expand in Oklahoma and continue the NextHome way of doing business in our communities,” said Kimberly. “Carolyn has created a wonderful brokerage with an amazing culture. Both of our offices have been very involved in working in our local cities and I’m thrilled to have Carolyn still be a part of the NextHome family.”

Based out of Noble, NextHome Simply Real Estate will provide residential sales, investment property, luxury home sales, first time home buyers, military, land sales, horse properties, multi-family and relocation services to areas including Norman, Moore, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Piedmont, Guthrie, Newcastle, Tuttle, Blanchard, and the surrounding rural communities.

Noble, located just on the outskirts of the city of Norman, is home to just under 7,000 residents. The city is the third-largest in population in Cleveland County.

Before real estate, Kimberly worked as an Executive Secretary to a Bank President and left her job after 10 years to raise her family.

“After the kids were older, I was ready to get back into working full time,” said Kimberly. The couple moved a couple of times due to her husband’s work transfers but were happy to move back to Norman. 

“The process of selling and searching for our homes during those moves is what made me want to get into real estate. I am very passionate about helping people and I want to make a difference in this industry,” said Kimberly.

Licensed since 2013, Kimberly is a member of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors®, Norman Board of Realtors®, and the Edmond Board of Realtors.

Kimberly spent her first year learning as much as possible about the industry. Her commitment to education shines through the time she dedicates towards improving her service for her clients. She has earned several NAR designations and certifications including Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyers Agent (ABR), Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR).

With her commitment to education evident, Kimberly sold nearly $4 million in real estate volume in just her second year in real estate.

In 2016, she went on to get her broker’s license and joined eXp Realty as a branch broker. As her business continued to increase, she started a team.

Although she successfully led agents as the branch broker, changes in the company franchise structure in Oklahoma caused Kimberly to look in a different direction.

In 2017, she decided to start her own brokerage and was looking for the right company to affiliate with.

“A friend introduced me to NextHome because she knew I was looking for something new and different than what other brokerages offered here in Oklahoma,” recalled Kimberly.

Soon after, Kimberly launched NextHome Prestige Realty in Norman, Oklahoma.

“We are a group of tech-savvy agents that love the tools and resources NextHome provides. We focus on team building, training and representing our clients with a personal experience we are proud of. NextHome gives us the tools and resources we need to streamline our processes and operate effectively and efficiently for our clients’ needs,” said Kimberly.

With a group of career-oriented agents at the brokerage, Kimberly takes pride in how involved the team at NextHome Prestige Realty is with the local community. When they are not in the office or helping clients, you’ll find them out on the golf course sponsoring a hole for a charity tournament, working or serving in the local communities, or helping the local boards.

“We love our communities and giving back is important to us,” said Kimberly.

Outside of selling real estate, Kimberly and her husband of 27 years, Glen, enjoy spending time with their family and friends and traveling as much as possible. The couple has three children – Brooklyn (24), Bridgette (21), and Chad (15).

Please join us in congratulating Kimberly and the rest of the team at NextHome Prestige Realty and NextHome Simply Real Estate on their expansion in Oklahoma!


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 Opens Two New Franchised Offices in Idaho

NextHome Opens Two New Franchised Offices in Idaho

Patricia Hernandez

Pleasanton, CA — August 9, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Home Run Realty. The new brokerage represents the eighth and ninth NextHome franchised offices in the state of Idaho. One office will be located in Pocatello, while the other will be in American Falls. The offices are approximately 20 minutes away from each other and will help NextHome Home Run Realty’s agents service the entire Southeast Idaho region.

NextHome Home Run Realty will be led by broker/owner Patricia Hernandez. She will handle all day-to-day aspects of the company including mentoring, training, and brokerage growth. Her daughter, Amanda, and her son Anthony will be joining her on the leadership team and will assist Patricia in handling various business needs for the company.

The city of Pocatello is home to more than 55,000 residents and is the fifth most populated city in the state of Idaho. American Falls is a much smaller city with just over 4,000 residents. NextHome Home Run Realty will not only service buyers and sellers of both those areas, but also the remainder of Bannock, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties.

With expertise in working with first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers, investors, new construction, out of state buyers, and military relocation, NextHome Home Run Realty is positioned to help all different types of buyer and seller needs. 

Patricia has always had an interest in real estate since she was very young. As a child, she spent her summers in Southern California with her grandmother who would take her to look at all the open houses in the area. As an investor, Patricia’s grandmother was a savvy home buyer and was very experienced at investing in properties. 

Patricia started her career in 2007 with an independent boutique brokerage and worked there for her first two years. She focused on developing strong relationships with her clients and earning their trust through smart and thoughtful real estate advice. That mindset set the tone for a successful career path.

In December 2009, Patricia made the move to ERA – The Brokerage in Pocatello. Over a five year period, she built her business to new heights – selling upwards of $4 million in real estate volume. With the average home sales price being in the mid $100,000’s, Patricia did very well. As one of the top agents in the 20 person brokerage, Patricia’s consistency with putting client needs in front of her own needs has been the hallmark of her career. 

In Fall 2014, Patricia opened her own real estate company – Home Run Realty

“After working for others, I felt like it was time to go out on my own and be more in control of my business,” said Patricia. “I already had Amanda’s help assisting me in years prior, so I knew that I had the support to go out on my own and open a brokerage.”

In 2018, Home Run Realty sold more than $7 million in real estate. 

Later that year, Patricia was looking for a way to provide an even better experience for her clients. She looked at various real estate franchises to see what was available.

“I worked for a franchised office when I was at ERA,” said Patricia. “I knew what franchises could offer, but NextHome really blew me away. The cutting edge technology was second to none.”

By adding NextHome to an already successful brokerage, Patricia feels that the partnership will provide her clients with unparalleled service unlike any in the area.

Outside of selling real estate, Patricia is all about family. She enjoys time with her husband of 27 years, Lonnie, and their kids Amanda, Anthony, and Stephanie. The family loves to travel and visits California as much as possible.

Patricia is very involved in her church and community, and volunteers as much as possible.

Please join us in congratulating Patricia, Amanda, Anthony and the rest of the team at NextHome Home Run Realty on the opening of their two brand new NextHome brokerages in Pocatello and American Falls!


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.

Explaining the Basis of Inherited Real Estate

Explaining the Basis of Inherited Real Estate

At some point in our lives, we may inherit a home or another form of real property. In such instances, we need to understand some of the jargon involving inherited real estate. What does “cost basis” mean? What is a “step-up?” What is the home sale tax exclusion, and what kind of tax break does it offer?

Very few parents discuss these matters with their children before they pass away. Some prior knowledge of these terms may make things less confusing at a highly stressful time.

Cost basis is fairly easy to explain. It is the original purchase price of real estate plus certain expenses and fees incurred by the buyer, many of them detailed at closing. The purchase price is always the starting point for determining the cost basis; that is true whether the purchase is financed or all-cash. Title insurance costs, settlement fees, and property taxes owed by the seller that the buyer ends up paying can all become part of the cost basis.1

At the buyer’s death, the cost basis of the property is “stepped up” to its current fair market value. This step-up can cut into the profits of inheritors should they elect to sell. On the other hand, it can also reduce any income tax liability stemming from the transaction.2

Here is an illustration of a stepped-up basis. Twenty years ago, Jane Smyth bought a home for $255,000. At purchase, the cost basis of the property was $260,000. Jane dies and her daughter Blair inherits the home. Its present fair market value is $459,000. That is Blair’s stepped-up basis. So if Blair sells the home and gets $470,000 for it, her complete taxable profit on the sale will be $11,000, not $210,000. If she sells the home for less than $459,000, she will take a loss; the loss will not be tax-deductible, as you cannot deduct a loss resulting from the sale of a personal residence.1

The step-up can reflect more than just simple property appreciation through the years. In fact, many factors can adjust it over time, including negative ones. Basis can be adjusted upward by the costs of home improvements and home additions (and even related tax credits received by the homeowner), rebuilding costs following a disaster, legal fees linked to property ownership, and expenses of linking utility lines to a home. Basis can be adjusted downward by property and casualty insurance payouts, allowable depreciation that comes from renting out part of a home or using part of a residence as a place of business, and any other developments that amount to a return of cost for the property owner.1

The Internal Revenue Code states that a step-up applies for real property “acquired by bequest, devise, or inheritance, or by the decedent’s estate from the decedent.” In plain English, that means the new owner of the property is eligible for the step-up whether the deceased property owner had a will or not.2

In a community property state, receipt of the step-up becomes a bit more complicated. If a married couple buys real estate in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin, each spouse is automatically considered to have a 50% ownership interest in said real property. (Alaska offers spouses the option of a community property agreement.) If a child or other party inherits that 50% ownership interest, that inheritor is usually entitled to a step-up. If at least half of the real estate in question is included in the decedent’s gross estate, the surviving spouse is also eligible for a step-up on his or her 50% ownership interest. Alternately, the person inheriting the ownership interest may choose to value the property six months after the date of the previous owner’s death (or the date of disposition of the property, if disposition occurred first).2,3

In recent years, there has been talk in Washington of curtailing the step-up. So far, such notions have not advanced toward legislation.4

What if a parent gifts real property to a child? The parent’s tax basis becomes the child’s tax basis. If the parent has owned that property for decades and the child cannot take advantage of the federal home sale tax exclusion, the capital gains tax could be enormous if the child sells the property.2

Who qualifies for the home sale tax exclusion? If individuals or married couples want to sell an inherited home, they can qualify for this big federal tax break once they have used that home as their primary residence for two years out of the five years preceding the sale. Upon qualifying, a single taxpayer may exclude as much as $250,000 of gain from the sale, with $500,000 being the limit for married homeowners filing jointly. If the home’s cost basis receives a step-up, the gain from the sale may be small, but this is still a nice tax perk to have.5

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Attorney-turned-broker Opens Two NextHome Offices

Attorney-turned-broker Opens Two NextHome Offices

David Woodruff

Pleasanton, CA — August 2, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce that David Woodruff is taking the lead at offices in Simi Valley and Westlake Village as NextHome continues to expand across Southern California. NextHome Terra, right in the heart of Simi Valley, will serve the real estate needs of all types of buyers and sellers. Some areas of expertise include residential buying and selling, investment properties as well as residential property management. David’s second location, NextHome Oak Summit, operates out of the beautiful Westlake Village area and will offer the same type of high-level service available in Simi Valley. 

These two locations are the company’s 68th and 69th brokerage in California. 

“Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks are beautiful places to live,” David said. “They both have low crime rates and the best public schools in the area. Not only that, but the aesthetics are enticing. They boast clean air and mountain views wherever you go.”

With median single-family home prices reaching upwards of $800,000, the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks areas (located just 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles) are catching the eye of California home buyers. As Los Angeles locals look to escape the city and bask in the beauty of mountain ranges, they look to David’s market areas, which include Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Oak Park, and the unincorporated area of Newbury Park. In addition, NextHome Terra and Oak Summit’s knowledgeable agents can serve buyers and sellers across the San Fernando Valley, Conejo, and Ventura County areas. 

David brings an intimate knowledge of the area and vast industry experience to his NextHome Terra and Oak Summit offices. The Westlake Village local built a thriving career as an attorney, however, David has been dabbling in real estate in some way or another for many years. In 2010 David decided to make real estate his full-time job. He quickly obtained his brokers license in 2011 and has been running brokerages ever since. 

“It’s all about the people,” David said of his love for real estate and running brokerages. “I love always getting to meet lots of different people and being able to help people find a house. I am helping them do something that is really important in their lives. Getting to work with people gives me energy and keeps my job interesting and rewarding.” 

From 2011 to 2012, David owned and operated Ochs Realty alongside partner Steve Ochs in Westlake Village. In 2012, David became the sole owner of Oak Summit Real Estate where he built a team of 12 agents. In addition to buying and selling, Oak Summit Real Estate became the primary representative in the Ventura County and Los Angeles County area for Blackstone, one of the largest real estate private equity firms in the world today. A large part of David’s business became finding and facilitating investment property purchases for the group. 

As his client portfolio became more balanced, David started thinking it was a good time to take advantage of all the benefits a franchised brokerage could provide. 

“Once my business became more broad and balanced, and wasn’t centered on just a couple of large clients, I felt that to be competitive with the many other large brokerages in the area I needed the brand and competitive edge that NextHome could provide,” David said.

The experienced broker and attorney then purchased NextHome Terra from Larry Nease. 

“It was the perfect fit for my strategic plan and I liked what I saw with NextHome,” David said. “Larry told me good things about the business and that was a good influence for me.”

Larry, a well-known name in Simi Valley real estate, continues to work with David at NextHome Terra. 

“NextHome is also fresh. It’s young. It’s exciting,” David said. “It’s a distinct brand and it has a lot of technology. It’s also up-and-coming, so I feel like I’m getting in on the ground floor of something great.”

Today, David and his NextHome brokerages stand apart in the competitive Southern California real estate market through his extensive experience and NextHome Terra and Oak Summit’s culture of excellence.

“The number one thing we bring to the table is experience,” David said. “I have personally handled well over a thousand real estate transactions. I’m also an attorney and a broker – a combination that gets you an unparalleled experience.”

Not only does David have extensive experience in the market, but he also nurtures a friendly and professional environment through his brokerage.

“They (the agents and administrative staff) give me a lift every time I come into the office,” David said. “I also love helping people meet their goals whether it’s to find the home of their dreams, or to make a real estate investment, or to see their house sell for a great price in a good time frame.” 

When he isn’t helping his agents and clients, David enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Joy, and their two daughters, Kendra, 21 and Amanda, 15. 

The family likes to travel, experience new places, watch movies together, and spend time with their extended family. 

“We are thrilled that David found NextHome,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President. “We look forward to seeing all the success his skill-set and hard work will bring.”

Please join us in congratulating David and his team on the opening of his new NextHome brokerages in Simi Valley and Westlake Village!


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.

Doing business the heart way: bridging humanity and technology

Doing business the heart way: bridging humanity and technology

The NextHome leadership team brought a touch of orange to Inman Connect this week. Tuesday’s sessions ended with an inspiring talk from NextHome’s Chief Strategy Officer Keith Robinson. No better way to wrap up Tech Connect than to bring it all back to the humans we serve every day.

Keith brought a bit of humanity back to the tech-focused seminars by reminding brokers and agents that the next step in the evolution of real estate agents isn’t robots. Tech Connect showcases lots of tech edge and content which is great on many levels but can feel threatening on others.

Keith focused on Zillow, Opendoor, and Amazon as examples of technology dimensions that encourage the idea that real estate agents are becoming extraneous to the residential real estate world. However, nothing can be farther from the truth.

He highlighted the data behind why fears of these entities are unfounded. Opendoor, for example, does 2/10th of 1% of all real estate transactions. Fear from such a market share just isn’t logical but the concern is real.  

“I get it,” remarked Keith. “When you lose a listing to Opendoor, it’s 100% of that listing. However, does the fear we have really equal the threat these companies potentially present? I don’t think so.”

With the augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence in the market today, it can feel like humans are irrelevant. Keith thoughtfully suggested that this is a real estate business, not a technology business. He encouraged agents and brokers to do what they do best – connect to people!

“We often forget about all the microtransactions and macro transactions that we have with human beings every day,” Keith noted about not only retail sales but real estate as well.  

He encouraged everyone to realize there are so many things that technology can’t do. For instance, it can’t give someone that first-time homeowner hug. Technology doesn’t make the real estate process personal.

“The intimacy and the connection while shepherding someone through their transaction just isn’t something that technology can do yet. Technology won’t be reviewing a 300-page inspection report for their buyer,” emphasized Keith.

Brokers and agents are in the business of helping people get what they really want out of life and out of their real estate. According to Keith, it’s all about the smiles, the genuine smiles that come from people helping people buy or sell their home. Technology simply won’t replace that.

“I love this industry. I love that we get to help people. We get to make those genuine moments happen for them. When we remember that and don’t lose sight of that, it won’t matter who partners with Amazon or what next ‘scary’ thing they are going to announce,” explained Keith about keeping the focus on the humans we serve.

Keith challenged his audience and the real estate world to put #humansoverhouses. It’s not about consumers but the human beings who are buying and selling homes. That’s what will resonate so tell their story.

Share on social media about the perseverance of that first time homebuyer that put in fifteen offers before they won. Spread the word about how selling a house helped a woman get exactly what she wanted out of life.

Keith supports that if brokers and agents remain focused on the human connection, there are no threats in the real estate industry. Technology then becomes something that supports the #humansoverhouses connection. He inspired the Inman Connect audience to tell the story of residential real estate and the humans involved.

“That’s how we can all win!” exclaimed Keith at the end of his presentation. Join Keith in promoting #humansoverhouses by sharing your stories of the humans that make real estate great.

Get Your Money’s Worth: Making the Most of Your Franchise Relationship

Get Your Money’s Worth: Making the Most of Your Franchise Relationship

The NextHome leadership team shared insights at Inman Connect 2019 in Las Vegas. Vice President of Sales Charis Moreno spoke with brokers on Tuesday about why independents often choose to franchise and how they can make the best of the relationship. She had valuable insights for everyone attending #ICLV!

Charis noted that independent brokers have to wear all the hats. They must face the struggles in the real estate industry on their own. When they partner with the right franchise, however, it not only gives brokers a real sense of belonging and confidence, but also the ability to network for support in order to overcome their pain points.

Franchises often have the buying power to leverage the continuity between the different technology dimensions in real estate in order to achieve better marketing and brand equity. Charis also pointed out that it’s not just about seeking the latest and greatest in real estate technology.   

“I think there is a race in real estate to create automation and integration in an industry that is all about people. There is a delicate balance between the technology that you pour in front of an agent and using that technology to support the agent in filling the gaps in their business in order for them to grow,” Charis explained.  

The use of technology to support a business’s growth begs the question, how can a broker increase the adoption rate of new technology? Charis suggested automating what the agents already do on a daily basis like flyers, postcards, etc. by providing something that is beautiful and easy to create with just the click of a button.

“It’s really about less screen time and more face time for agents. We have a philosophy at NextHome that the only way to get a human being to do something 100% of the time is to do it for them,” Charis remarked.

Adoption is about using the most effective technology to keep agents focused on what they are really good at which is the human connection. According to Charis, the brand will get you a seat at the table but, at the end of the day, it’s the other human across the table that will help the buyer or seller achieve their ultimate goal of buying or selling their next home. It’s an outlook that has NextHome achieving over 70% technology adoption rate. 

Charis’ deep understanding of how technology can be applied to helping brokers and agents become more productive and successful in today’s real estate environment is one of the many reasons why NextHome, and it’s franchisees are growing so quickly.

In the end, the choice of a broker using a franchise or going independent is up to them and how they want to grow their business. It’s important to consider that paying fees for a franchise isn’t about cost as it is about investing in the future of their real estate pursuits.

Let’s talk!

The NextHome Franchise Expands in Kansas

The NextHome Franchise Expands in Kansas

Kerry Dunn

Pleasanton, CA — July 26, 2019 — NextHome is excited to announce that Kerry Dunn has opened the company’s ninth office location in the state of Kansas. 

NextHome Excel will serve the Wichita, Kansas area. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the state’s largest city with a metropolitan-area population of 500,000 and growing. It is also where Kerry was born, raised, and built his career in real estate. The native Kansan also serves clients in Andover, Derby, Newton, Mulvane, Clearwater, Rose Hill, and the remainder of the Wichita metropolitan area. 

“I love the ease of getting around here,” Kerry said of his lifelong attachment to Wichita. “The city has a great culture and is just a great place to live.” 

Kerry has extensive experience with all types of residential transactions, from new home buyers, residential relocation, to investment properties. However, he is also able to help with investment properties, home flipping, and Air Force Base relocations. 

Kerry began his career in 1993, building a successful moving business with his brother Roger Dunn. Advantage Movers helps facilitate smooth transitions for people all across the Wichita area. The company is still around and serving movers today. Helping people through those transitions in their lives sparked  Kerry to think about a career in real estate. 

“I took care of the contents of the house that made it a home,” Kerry said. “I started wanting to take care of the home itself.”

About 25 years ago the brothers began buying homes, rehabbing them, and building a rental property business. In 2007, Kerry got his real estate license and began a career as a real estate agent. 

Kerry has worked with various national brokers and small boutique firms since 2007, including Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, RE/MAX, PGIM, and Advantage Realty. As an experienced agent, Kerry has a well-rounded idea of what different brokerages can and can’t offer. 

“I’ve been in the industry all my life,” Kerry said. “I think I’ve always considered owning my own brokerage but never found the right fit before.”

In 2007, at the beginning of Kerry’s real estate career, the nation was hit hard by The Great Recession. Kerry kept his head down and through hard work and ingenuity built a reputation he could be proud of. Today, Kerry closes about 40 deals per year. 

“A lot of my success was good old fashioned prospecting,” Kerry said, adding that much of his business as an agent was referral-based. 

Eventually, Kerry found himself at a real estate convention in Las Vegas where he met many in the NextHome family. 

“I was on the fence thinking about opening my own brokerage and then I got talking to people at this conference,” Kerry said. “They all really loved the company and the culture there. It was eye-opening and genuine. I truly felt that everyone loved the company and the tools they offered.”

Today, Kerry is the proud broker of record for NextHome Excel and helping mentor a growing office of agents.

Kerry and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of two children and the grandparents of two grandsons. Outside of work, Kerry enjoys helping his wife and daughter with their cosmetology business and watching his grandson’s internet cooking show – Cooking with Khemari. As a hobby, Kerry also creates and sells his own bottled spice blends. 

“We are excited to welcome Kerry into the NextHome family and look forward to celebrating his success,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President. 

Please join us in congratulating Kerry on the opening of NextHome Excel in Wichita, KS!


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.


Tips for picking a brokerage for the long haul

Tips for picking a brokerage for the long haul

The NextHome leadership team took over Inman Connect this week. On Tuesday, Vice President Imran Poladi shared tips on how agents should do some self-analysis and pay attention to the details when picking the right brokerage for the long haul, making sure they’re getting the solutions they need to grow their business. 

As a noted International Speaker and Trainer, Imran has taught tens of thousands of real estate professionals throughout the world. He understands the importance of connecting with a versatile brokerage that will support personal and professional growth long into the future.

Imran encouraged agents to seek a brokerage that has strong branding because it goes much further than just building a culture within their business.

“Cultures come and go. When you truly have what is more like DNA, it is the fabric of who you are and who your company is. That means that we ensure our franchise brokerages and agents hold true to NextHome’s high expectations about branding,” explained Imran.

All brokers make promises about what they will offer agents and seeing beyond that veneer can be challenging. When looking at a new brokerage, Imran advised agents to pay careful attention to the details. Notice how a brokerage executes their branding, especially across different dimensions. If they aren’t delivering on branding, perhaps there are other areas that lack follow-through as well.  

Since branding starts from the top-down, Imran’s Luke socks were the perfect fit for the #ICLV session!

Imran knocked the audience’s socks off at this week’s Inman Connect

But noticing the details is only the beginning. Having profound expertise in training all the new NextHome brokers, Imran suggested seeking a broker who has a plan and examples of other agents who have been in similar scenarios. Those cases can help agents see where they are able to grow their business. Sometimes agents don’t know what they don’t know and finding a broker who wants to help new agents beyond just getting them on board is invaluable. 

“Find a broker who won’t just open the door to let you in but also opens your door every day to make sure that you are doing it right,” urged Imran.

Imran recommended agents take the time for a bit of self-analysis to avoid many of the common pitfalls of seeking a new brokerage. Agents should want a brokerage that is with them for the long haul.

“Not understanding where you are at in your business and where you are looking to go won’t help you ask the right questions so that your needs and values line up with what a broker will offer to you,” he added. 

As an industry expert, Imran knows that finding a brokerage isn’t an easy process but with a little self-reflection and recognizing how little details can showcase a company’s motivation for follow-through, agents can find a place that will knock their socks off as well as grow their business. 

How to Use Gmail: 6 Tips and Tricks That Will Make You Unstoppable

How to Use Gmail: 6 Tips and Tricks That Will Make You Unstoppable

You’re a busy working professional.

You don’t have enough time to tackle your email inbox, and it’s hard enough for you to remember all of the tasks that come with having a busy inbox.

You use Gmail because – you get it. Google creates some of the best technology for working professionals.

Because you’re a working business professional that relies heavily on email, it is imperative for you to find ways to organize and enhance your Gmail inbox and increase your work productivity as a result.

That’s why we’ve pulled together eleven tricks that exist both within Gmail, and through external Google Chrome Extensions, that will show you how to use Gmail better. These tricks will allow you to enhance your inbox, save time, and scale your business.

1. Unsend an Email (Yes, you read that right)

We’ve all been there. That moment when you send an extremely important email, and then you realize there’s an error in the email. You panic. How can you fix it? There’s a solution.

Gmail has a created a feature that will allow you to unsend emails seconds after sending.

After sending an email in the bottom left hand corner of your screen you’ll see an option that says “undo send.” That will recall your email send.

To change the time setting on how quickly you can recall a message, select the “settings” gear in the top right corner. Scroll down to “Undo Send.”

Gmail Email Sent Undo Button

Finally select a cancellation period of either 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.

2. How to Clean Out Gmail – Unsubscribe from Emails You No Longer Read!

Most people are subscribed to far too many newsletters. If you’re constantly getting emails that no longer provide you value, do something about it. is a website that will connect to your email inbox and instantly show you a list of all of your subscription emails. You can take that list and determine which emails you would like to be removed from by selecting an “x.”


This process will save you a significant amount of time, as you will not be required to individually unsubscribe from every email send. You will instead be able to unsubscribe from multiple lists at once.

Hello organizational heaven! Your Gmail Inbox will thank you.

3. Email Tracking in Gmail

Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could find out the exact who, what, and when of every interaction with the emails you send from Gmail? This information would allow you to follow up with the right people at the right time.

With the BombBomb Google Chrome Integration, you can track all of your email sends. When you know exactly who’s opening your emails and playing your videos and exactly when they do it, you can follow up much more efficiently and effectively!


How to Set Up Gmail Tracking

  • Add a video to your Gmail emails and the extensions will track email opens and video plays.
  • Just send text and BombBomb will track the email open. Click tracking off and we won’t track it at all.
  • Once you’ve got the BombBomb Chrome extension added and you’re logged in, the PowerWheel appears automatically in every Compose and Reply window. You can click and drag it around – move it wherever you’d like.

Gmail Tracking: What’s New with PowerWheel

  • Before you send any email, you can keep tracking on or click to turn it off.
  • Tracking is always on by default in any Compose or Reply email. Clicking it off turns the Tracking circle on the PowerWheel a lighter gray.

You must keep tracking turned on if you want to use the Schedule or Remind features.

When you activate Scheduling, Reminders, Videos, or Help/Feedback from the PowerWheel, you’re taken into a window that gives you access to all the other work areas. Here, too, you’ll find tracking to turn off or on.

The gear icon in the lower left corner of that window gives you access to more Gmail tracking options.

  • Fly-in desktop notifications for email opens and video plays
  • Tracking action bar across the top of your inbox
  • Activity list panel on the right side of your inbox

4. Schedule an Email in Gmail – (& set a reminder too!)

Timing is everything. You can send that email now, or schedule it to be sent later. Set reminders before sending so you never miss an opportunity.

Whether text, video, or some of both, the email you just made in Gmail can be sent right now – or be scheduled to send at any day and time in the future!

To do so, download the BombBomb Google Chrome Extension.

Once you’re setup with the extension, just click “Schedule” on the PowerWheel in any Compose or Reply window.

From that click, you’ll be brought to a calendar starting with today and the next half hour. Schedule the send later that day or for any day in the future. Schedule it on any half hour of the day.

After you pick your day and time, click “Save.” You’ll be returned to your Compose or Reply window and the “Send” button now says “Schedule” and the day and time you selected will appear when you hover over the Schedule button on the PowerWheel.

When you’re done creating the email, click “Schedule” (formerly “Send”). The email goes to your Drafts folder, where it’ll stay until its scheduled day and time arrive for sending with a little “BB Scheduled” tag on it.


Change your mind? Just click that “Schedule” button on the PowerWheel and “Unschedule.”

5. Gmail Spell Check

We’ve already talked about how terrible it feels to send an email with typo in it. Even with Gmail’s spellcheck feature you can still misuse words, or use improper grammar. This is where Grammarly comes in as your saving grace.


Grammarly is Google Chrome Extension (among many other things) that will connect within Gmail and check every single email you write. The app will simply mark mistakes with a red line. If you double-click on the word, it will give you a correction suggestion. You can even click on every word in your email and Grammarly will suggest a synonym for you.

To download the Grammarly Google Chrome Extension, click here!

PS: You know another great way to avoid typos? Send a video! More on this in suggestion 11!

6. How to Send a Video Through Gmail

Don’t rely exclusively on plain, typed-out text to communicate, connect and convert. Get face-to-face more often by sending simple videos directly inside your Gmail inbox.

BombBomb’s Google Chrome Extension will allow you to send video in your email.


First you will need to download this extension! Once you’re inbox is all set up, follow the instructions below.

How to Send Gmail Video 1: Red Record Button in PowerWheel
Click the red record button in the middle of the PowerWheel to open up the pop-over recorder.

From the recorder, click the red circle to record, click the red square to stop, then “Save” to drop the video into the Compose or Reply email. Notice that it’s automatically given an animated preview to help improve video play rate.

NOTE: By clicking and dragging, you can move the video recorder anywhere on your screen and you can move the PowerWheel itself anywhere inside the Compose or Reply window.

How to Send Gmail Video 2: “Videos” in PowerWheel
The big, red record button opens up the video recorder. The smaller “Videos” button on the PowerWheel opens up your video library.

Any video you’ve recorded or uploaded into your BombBomb account is available here.
You can scroll through them in reverse chronological order (most recent first). You can also filter by tag – so be sure to assign a tag to your frequently used videos in your main BombBomb account.

After you click the “Videos” button on the PowerWheel, you’ll have access to your BombBomb video library, as well as other tools and features. Select the video you want, then click “Insert Video.”

How to Send Gmail Video 3: “Send Video” Button
For a time saving shortcut, click the “Send Video” button in the top left corner of your Gmail inbox.

Just one click of that button will:

  • Create a new “Compose” email
  • Open up the BombBomb video recorder

This button is a carry over from previous versions of the BombBomb extension for Google Chrome.

A More Powerful Gmail Inbox:

Tracking, Scheduling, Video, and Snippets were four of the ten suggestions that can be tackled by downloading the BombBomb Google Chrome Extension.

BombBomb is building for you the standard of excellence in business communication. With the PowerWheel, we want to improve specifically and dramatically the effectiveness and efficiency of your Gmail inbox.

This toolset is included with any BombBomb account. Click here to try BombBomb absolutely free (no credit card required) for two weeks. See if it’s a good fit for you!

How To Get Started

NOTE: for Tracking, Schedule, and Remind to work properly, your BombBomb email address and Gmail address must match.