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NextHome’s Leadership Team Recognized as RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers

NextHome’s Leadership Team Recognized as RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers

Pleasanton, CA — February 5, 2021 — NextHome is thrilled to announce that their entire leadership team has been selected as RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers — 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 its nearly 300, 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers on Feb. 1, in both an online directory on and in the February issue of its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine. 

RISMedia’s 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers were nominated in 2020 by RISMedia readers and editors and are showcased in the following categories: Influencers, Trailblazers, Futurists, Achievers, Crusaders, Inspirations, Luminaries, and Trendsetters. NextHome’s entire senior management team has been recognized in five of the different categories. 

Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins was named a Trailblazer, a category described as “The Agents of Change.” James leads the innovative and forward-focused vision of the franchise. With a passion for understanding the areas where the industry is lacking, and a dedication to closing those gaps, he has elevated the luxury real estate experience that NextHome offers.

Chief Operating Officer Tei Baishiki was named a Trendsetter, a category for “The Creative Thinkers.” In his position, Tei plays a large role in interacting with each and every department in the company. Because of his commitment to a high standard of thoroughly vetting and testing their products and services, there is an over 70 percent adoption rate of the NextHome toolkit by members — staggeringly high above other franchises in the industry. 

Vice President of Sales Charis Moreno was named a Futurist, dubbed as “The Forward Thinkers.” Her role focuses on growing the brand across the United States, and eventually internationally. In 2020, under Moreno’s leadership, NextHome opened its 500th office and added more new franchises during the COVID-19 pandemic than it did during the same period in 2019. 

Vice President Imran Poladi was named as an Inspiration, known as “The Big-Hearted and Brave.” Imran oversees all training and business development for the company’s more than 500 franchised offices nationwide. He has educated thousands of agents and brokers across the globe, sharing his experiences to inspire business success. 

Chief Strategy Officer Keith Robinson was named an Influencer, a group for “The Thought Leaders.” Keith is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of key strategic business relationships, further adding to the growth of the company’s national expansion. 

“Every year, we’re amazed by the incredible ingenuity and success of members in the real estate community, ranging from the glass ceilings being shattered by industry leaders, to the creativity and innovation being implemented at a record pace, and all the way to the wonderful charitable work being accomplished across the nation,” said John Featherston, CEO, president and publisher of RISMedia. “This year, more than ever, we are proud to recognize the hard work, dedication and determination of real estate’s finest professionals — the 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers — who went above and beyond in 2020 even amid a turbulent time for the industry, and the world, facing the challenges head-on and without fear. Help us in celebrating their hard-earned recognition.”

RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers were chosen based on nominations received through an online nomination process on, and by nominations from RISMedia’s in-house editorial team and other industry sources. Nominations for RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers are collected on an ongoing basis throughout the course of the year. 

NextHome would like to thank the entire NextHome membership for their ongoing support, and dedication to making a difference in the real estate industry and in the lives of those in their local communities. 


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

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Real estate tech solutions for a great consumer experience

Real estate tech solutions for a great consumer experience

Busy home buyers and real estate agents alike need smart on-the-go solutions to help calm the commotion. NextHome agents can provide a branded consumer experience through three technology solutions from HomeSpotter – Boost, Spacio, and Connect – that work together to make the buyer and agent relationship strong and life a bit easier.

Boost: Automated Ad Campaigns

On top of the normal to-do’s, busy real estate agents who want to stay competitive have to stay on top of technology and streamlined workflows. Boost by HomeSpotter eases some of the burden by making it easy, convenient, and significantly less manual for agents to launch targeted ad campaigns for new listings, open houses, and more that will be seen on Facebook, Instagram and across the web by thousands of potential buyers. 

Let’s say an agent has a new property and needs to advertise the upcoming open house online to drive foot traffic with the obvious goal of selling the home. Using that agent’s MLS information, Boost will automatically build the ad with a cropped image, smart copy, and tagged with valuable geographic and other data to target the perfect audience of potential buyers. 

With just a few taps on his or her mobile device, the agent will launch an automated ad campaign through Boost and wait for the qualified leads to roll in! Boost sets itself apart with fine-tuned targeting technology and smart presets that make advertising homes a cinch for agents. Thousands of potential buyers in the area stand a great chance of seeing and clicking on the agent’s Boost ad as they check out the latest on Facebook. And they’re more apt to visit the open house and meet the listing agent in person.

Spacio: Seamless Open House Follow Up

Thanks to Boost for launching the open house listing campaign online, our real estate agent will prep for the open house knowing that a wide audience has seen the ad. The painstaking and clunky process of collecting open house visitors’ info leaves much to be desired. 

Enter Spacio. Gone are the days of taking down open house visitors’ contact information with pen and paper. Our agent will turn to Spacio to create a branded open house sign-in experience that’s customized with specific check-in questions he or she can use to build ongoing relationships afterward. The tech-savvy Spacio tool works on all mobile devices, and automates the process of integrating open house visitor info directly into the agent’s CRM. No more manual entry!

It’s no surprise that most people attending an open house are not interested in buying the property, but some may still prove to be great buyer leads. It’s what Spacio does with that compiled visitor information that makes client follow-up a breeze for agents. Spacio uses the collected data to automate email campaigns that enable agents to target and follow up with qualified buyers. For instance, if a visitor didn’t prefer the specific open house property or didn’t already have an agent, the door opens for the agent to work with them to find a property that fits the bill.

Connect: Build Agent and Client Relationships

Following the ad campaign and open house, it’s time for the agent to connect with qualified and interested buyers. Through following up (thanks to Spacio) after the open house, potential buyers are armed with a beautiful, branded home search app created with Connect by HomeSpotter.

Connect isn’t just any normal home search app! It stands out from other home search tools with its superior data coverage and speedy collaborative features. The app’s text message-style interface enables clients to directly contact their agent with questions or even schedule showings in real time. Not only that, but it empowers clients to have direct control over their home search experience while positioning the agent as the hero for their advice and expertise. It’s a win-win! 

In today’s market, consumers are fast becoming focused on technology, modern features, and convenience as they research and make big purchases. Buying a home definitely tops that list. With Boost, Spacio, and Connect in play, NextHome agents will shine as they and their clients enjoy a seamless home-buying journey from start to finish.

For more information about our partners at HomeSpotter, click HERE.

NextHome CEO Climbs Annual SP 200

NextHome CEO Climbs Annual SP 200

Pleasanton, CA — January 15, 2021 — T3 Sixty, the residential real estate industry’s leading management consulting and research firm, released its annual list of real estate’s most powerful and influential leaders and executives. The SP 200, now in its eighth year, ranks the leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs from all sectors of the residential real estate industry based on three months of intensive research, debate, and over 400 hours of analysis.

James Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome Inc., lands on the prominent list for the fifth year in a row as he continues to make his way up the ladder alongside industry leaders. James, who co-founded NextHome, Inc. alongside Chief Operations Officer Tei Baishiki in 2014, was ranked at No. 158 in 2017, No. 105 in 2018, No. 72 in 2019, and No. 54 in 2020. This year, James was ranked No. 48.

The steady climb up the SP 200 list is a great representation of the continued success of NextHome. Under the leadership of James and his colleagues, the franchise has opened over 500+ offices consisting of 4,300+ members across 47 states. The past year also included the launch of the Casan Collection, NextHome’s luxury line. 

“Being able to represent the NextHome brand year after year on the SP 200 speaks much more to our people than it does of me, while I am, of course, flattered,” said James. “The success of our organization is directly tied to the hard-working corporate team I have the privilege of working with every day, and the NextHomies across the nation who continually embody our mission to help people find their next home, even through the difficult hand 2020 dealt.” 

NextHome’s “Humans Over Houses” philosophy has connected with many, even more so over the past year. While James is a forward-thinker, having been named a Futurist by RISMedia, with a deep understanding of technology, he is passionate about the human experience in real estate. As the franchise grows and introduces new tools and technologies, NextHome’s core values will always remain the same. 

“Many executives work hard every day to manage their companies,” said T3 Sixty Chairman and CEO Stefan Swanepoel. “The ones included in the annual SP 200 this year are the leaders that stood out during 2020 as the most influential and impactful in the industry. While we honor them with their inclusion on the SP 200 for 2021, we also acknowledge the tens of thousands of other leaders that also stood up and made a difference when the industry needed them. We salute you all.”

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all NextHome members across the country for making recognitions like this possible. Our company leaders are making a difference in the real estate industry thanks to your ongoing support.


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


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NextHome Universal Realty to serve St. Louis suburbs

NextHome Universal Realty to serve St. Louis suburbs

Robert Blanton

Pleasanton, CA — January 14, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Universal Realty, based in Chesterfield, Missouri. The brokerage represents the ninth office location opened in Missouri for the NextHome franchise and the 541st NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage is ideally located in a charming suburb of St. Louis, just 20 minutes from the heart of downtown. NextHome Universal Realty will serve clients across the St. Louis metro area including Brentwood, Chesterfield, Ballwin, Ellisville, St. Peters, Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, and the remainder of St. Charles County. 

NextHome Universal Realty is owned by the husband and wife team of Robert and Cindy Blanton. The couple met in 1997 and that same year obtained their real estate sales licenses together. 

Robert entered real estate as a prolific and successful entrepreneur. Prior to becoming a REALTOR® Robert owned several businesses, including Midwest Video Supply. In the ‘90s, this chain of retail stores became the second largest electronics distributor in the country. 

As technology evolved, so did Robert’s career. After obtaining his real estate sales license in 1997, he started at a large independent, then joined a RE/MAX franchise. 

In 2000, Robert opened his own franchise – RE/MAX Connection in Ellisville, Missouri. The brokerage expanded to open another office in Chesterfield and quickly grew to 165 agents. 

“We made a pretty good name for ourselves pretty fast in the real estate world,” Cindy recalled. “Robert has lots of integrity and respect in the industry, and through that we were able to connect with many high-producing agents and bring them over.”

The company’s success was so meteoric that in 2002, Entrepreneur Magazine reached out asking to highlight the company as an example of small business success. 

In 2007, Robert and Cindy realized that the franchise model was no longer in alignment with their long-term goals and they opened their own independent. For the next 13 years, Universal Realty Group served clients as a small, but mighty force in St. Louis area real estate. 

As the years rolled on, Robert and Cindy knew they would eventually evolve again. They began looking into NextHome in 2018, but a healthy hesitancy about franchises kept them from committing. 

“Robert started looking at NextHome and was really excited,” Cindy recalled. “He kept saying, ‘You have got to look at this company. It’s crazy what they offer.’”

However, Cindy became the voice of caution and wanted to make absolutely sure that getting into a franchise again was the right decision. She soon discovered that NextHome is unique in the world of franchises. 

“The more he continued to look at it over the past couple years, the more it became appealing,” Cindy said. “After diving in, I am 100 percent supportive of this decision. I am so pleased with what I’ve seen so far, and we are so excited to go live!”

Robert agrees. 

“NextHome was a great fit,” he said. “The camaraderie that seems to be with NextHome and all their franchises and people is unlike anything I’ve seen. In addition, they offer industry-leading tools and technology. No other franchise we saw offered what NextHome did.”

Now under the NextHome banner, Cindy and Robert will offer area clients unparalleled customer service and marketing. With their history of leadership, business growth and management expertise they are also looking forward to recruiting top-notch talent. 

Robert will continue to sell real estate while also focusing attention on recruitment and training. Cindy will take on the administrative and financial side of the business. 

Together, Robert and Cindy enjoy spending time at their condo in Lake of the Ozarks, touring the country on their motorcycles, and working out. 

Robert is the father of five kids and has 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Please join us in congratulating Robert and Cindy on the opening of NextHome Universal Realty in Chesterfield, Missouri!


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

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NextHome Realty Center in Texas celebrates new ownership

NextHome Realty Center in Texas celebrates new ownership

Jeff Riley & Curtis Braly

Pleasanton, CA — January 1, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce Jeff Riley and husband Curtis Braly as the new owners of NextHome Realty Center. With two regional offices in Tomball and Cypress, Texas, NextHome Realty Center serves clients across the greater Houston metro area. Through the dedicated work of top-tier agents, the brokerage provides sales services in residential, luxury, farm, ranch, land, new construction, commercial and leases. 

Jeff and Curtis purchased the franchise from Gayla Skates, who will continue on with the brokerage as NextHome Realty Center’s broker-in-charge. Krystyn Rawlinson is NextHome Realty Center’s office manager.

“Under this new structure, our agents and staff have the opportunity to reignite their passion for the things they love most and provide unparalleled client service across our area,” Jeff said. 

NextHome Realty Center serves clients across Katy, Cypress, Spring, Tomball, Waller, Houston, and College Station. 

Jeff’s passion for real estate began early. At 9 years old, he would wake up on Sunday mornings to watch the Coldwell Banker Open House channel. 

“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” Jeff said. 

Jeff began his real estate career in 1999, protesting property taxes on behalf of Texas property owners. After working as a property tax consultant for his father’s consulting company, Jeff obtained his sales license. In 2006, he joined RE/MAX Professional Group in Houston. Nine months later, Jeff opened his own brokerage, RE/MAX CityView, and quickly grew it to 24 agents. 

Jeff eventually sold that brokerage and launched his own property tax consulting company – Premier Property Tax. Under Jeff’s energetic leadership the company thrived, serving more than 10,000 clients with offices in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. 

Jeff then sold Premier Property Tax in 2016 and dedicated his time to supporting Curtis in his blossoming country music career. The couple toured the country, developing lasting memories as Curtis opened concerts for Tanya Tucker and shared the stage with Dolly Parton. 

An illness in the family brought the couple back to Houston, and Jeff hung his license with his longtime friend Gayla at NextHome Realty Center. 

When the chance to purchase the franchise came up, Jeff welcomed the opportunity. 

“When I met the people at NextHome Realty Center, I saw an opportunity for something incredible,” Jeff said. “Gayla has truly recruited some of the most amazing talent in our market.”

Through the transition, which became final on August 1st, 2020, NextHome Realty Center has retained 99 percent of its agents. 

“There is a sense of revitalization and energy in the office,” Jeff said. “We are moving forward and that creates a drive and energy and excitement.”

NextHome Realty Center continues to attract top-tier agents who are looking for a phenomenal workplace culture. 

“We are looking for the type of agent who is committed to real estate, who is career-focused, but who might be missing that interaction with others in a collaborative environment that makes them feel like they are a part of something bigger,” Jeff said. 

Outside the office, Jeff enjoys taking in great country music and spending time with Curtis. The couple has been together for 15 years and will be celebrating six years of marriage this year. 

Please join us in congratulating Jeff, Curtis, and the entire team at NextHome Realty Center!


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.

2021 Housing Market and Economic Forecast, Unfiltered

2021 Housing Market and Economic Forecast, Unfiltered

Providing a prediction for 2021’s economic outlook seems a little silly, because if anyone had a 2020 forecast, well, they were wrong. Really, really wrong. But what the heck, I’m not afraid of much, so let’s go ahead and break down what Crazy Uncle Keith thinks 2021 will hold. 

Just remember this is based on educated assumptions on my end, so if you look back in December 2021 and I got it all wrong, please accept my apologies. 

Rates will go up. This isn’t exactly going out on a limb. We hit a “record low” interest rate a record number of times in 2020, and here is a 10 year chart to prove my point: 

Source: Y Charts | 

We’re looking at a historic low, meaning we can’t go anywhere but up. This will be a headwind for residential real estate going into 2021. With that, refinance if you haven’t already because by the end of 2021 rates will be higher than they are today. 

Low inventory will persist. To say we had “low inventory” is like saying “2020 has had some challenges.” Bloomberg even reported that we might run out of homes in three months – no joke, they said that. That’s an inflammatory way to say new homes have a little over a three month supply, that’s the lowest level since 1963. If you overlay that low inventory with household formation numbers, you get a staggering graph. 

Source: Zelman & Associates |

This is the graph I look at to gauge inventory levels. It’s not just about how many houses (supply side), but also how many households are going to be formed (demand side).  Viewed through this lens, we have had the hottest real estate market since 1989… by a long shot. That won’t change much in 2021. I think this graph will bottom and start to climb back up as inventory levels rise (see below) and rising rates will slow the formation of things a bit (see above). However, since it’s so low, it’s still going to feel like a constrained inventory market. 

Inventory will rise in 2021. This is similar to the rate thing. It has to go up because it can’t keep going down. There is some pent up demand on the listing side, which means buyers were less afraid of traipsing through strangers’ houses a few times than sellers were about having a herd of buyers meandering through their house. A lot of homeowners put their moving plans on hold.  

We were in a tight inventory market before this, and that only exacerbated the problem. Most of what I have read predicts we’ll be past the pandemic in Q3(ish) of 2021, but I’ve also read as early as Q2 and as late as Q4. As we get closer and closer to being past it, behaviors will revert to a more normal process.  

Source: McKinsey & Company |

That pent up demand I talked about earlier is going to come rushing into the market while demand is high and buyers are starting to wear out. Get ready for an amazing summer in 2021. You’re going to be busy, and you’re going to have more homes to sell.  

The flight of the urbanites. There has been a lot of talk about people “fleeing the cities,” and to some degree that is true. Based on a Pew Research Center study, about 28% of people said they chose to move because they feared getting COVID-19, but let’s unpack some of those numbers. How many of those changes of address forms were permanent versus temporary?  Mostly temporary.  

Source: My Move |

You’re reading that right: a nearly two percent increase year over year in a permanent change of address forms (what we in real estate think of as “moving”), and a nearly 27% increase in a temporary change of address forms. This is routing all my mail to my lake house because we’re going to stay there for a few months. Or, “I lost my job and have to move in with my folks for a few months” change of address.  

Have some people left the urban areas never to return? Of course they have, but what makes those downtowns special will, when the world opens back up, be special once again. You can’t go see Hamilton in the suburbs, there will still be that desire for the urban experience. I think the flight of the urbanites has been a bit overstated and those same urbanites will fly back downtown once they are able again.  

So, in summary, here are my predictions for 2021: 

  • Inventory will eventually be on the rise, and interest rates will be as well.  
  • Get ready for a busy summer, but save some of that money because the market will wane to some degree going into 2022.  
NextHome Experience opens third office in Ellsworth, Maine

NextHome Experience opens third office in Ellsworth, Maine

Jon Cota

Pleasanton, CA — December 4, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the continued expansion of NextHome Experience. The brokerage’s third office will be based in Ellsworth, Maine, and builds on the phenomenal success of its first two locations in Bangor and Moosehead Lake. 

NextHome Experience (Ellsworth) represents the third office location opened in Maine for the NextHome franchise and the 530th NextHome office opened nationally.

In expanding into Ellsworth, broker/owner Jon Cota saw an opportunity to change how business is done and modernize the industry with NextHome’s Humans Over Houses approach. 

“We are thrilled to be able to bring NextHome’s cutting-edge tools, marketing, and industry culture to Ellsworth clients,” Jon said. “I am so confident in the culture that NextHome has created, and we have emulated, that people will be immediately drawn to it.”

By embracing the philosophy of Humans over Houses, Jon and NextHome Experience’s 78 agents have achieved a banner year. In 2020, the brokerage increased sales by 33 percent, while statewide increases hovered around 17 percent. The brokerage experienced the largest gain in business statewide. 

“NextHome is not only cutting-edge in technology, the franchise is also cutting edge in support and workplace culture,” Jon said. “I’ve strived to emulate the example corporate sets as I lead NextHome Experience. All the opportunities that NextHome has offered me, I have offered the agents. We truly have a great culture that people are drawn to.”

As a third-generation REALTOR®, Jon grew up in the real estate industry. His grandfather, Al Smaha, opened his brokerage in the early 1990s in Bangor. An icon in the local real estate community, Smaha was influential in helping create an industrial broker network for the commercial real estate industry.

In continuing the family lineage of exceptional real estate professionals, Jon started his career off with a bang. Combining hard work with smart business planning, he was able to close 18 transactions in his very first year.

Over the next few years, Jon perfected a system and created a regional franchise, Free To See Homes. This concept took off and the company saw incredible growth. In addition to huge regional franchise growth, Jon’s own brokerage had sales numbers that rivaled most in the state, at one time ranking No.6 in Maine for listings and sales closed.

As Jon’s business needs changed, so did the need for systems his agents could use to help clients.

“I’ve always tried to think outside the box and do whatever I could to provide our agents with the tools needed to deliver exceptional service,” Jon said. “I didn’t want to start from scratch, so the NextHome franchise was a perfect match for us. With the high-level technology mixed in with fresh and clean branding, we are ready to show the Ellsworth community how NextHome Experience can help them with their real estate needs.”

Please join us in congratulating Jon on the expansion of NextHome Experience in Ellsworth, Maine!


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


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NextHome announces new brokerage in Plainfield, Illinois

NextHome announces new brokerage in Plainfield, Illinois

Emily Tracy

Pleasanton, CA — November 19, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Crossroads, based in Plainfield, Illinois. The brokerage represents the sixth office location opened in Illinois for the NextHome franchise and the 527th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located on the southwestern edge of the Chicago suburbs, Plainfield offers plentiful open space and midwestern charm. NextHome Crossroads will serve clients across the Plainfield area including Joliet, Shorewood, Minooka, Channahon, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, and the remainder of Will County and Southern DuPage County. 

The brokerage is owned by Emily Tracy, an experienced broker/owner with a heart for helping others. 

Before becoming a REALTOR®, Emily built a career working as an estate planning paralegal. 

“I got into real estate because I saw a need,” Emily said. “These families need someone trustworthy to take care of homes after their elderly parents have moved out. These clients needed someone who they had already established a trusting relationship with who could handle all the emotion that comes with downsizing and selling your parents things.”

Emily obtained her real estate license in 2012 and began serving clients at the law firm. 

In 2014, Emily opened her own independent brokerage, Park River Realty, which she operated for two years. 

Emily continued to serve her clients with compassion and dedication as she transitioned to Baird & Warner in 2016. After two years, she began working with Spring Realty. 

During these years, Emily achieved remarkable sales success. Her sales volume reached almost $7 million and Emily’s average annual sales hovered around 35 properties. 

However, Emily always knew that she wanted to open her own franchised brokerage. She just needed the right fit to come along. 

“I didn’t want to recreate the wheel,” Emily said of her decision to franchise. “I wanted to find the right partner so that I could attract quality agents, have the right technology at my fingertips, and take advantage of strong marketing. I told myself for more than a year, ‘I’m going to save money, research, and keep looking until I find the right franchise.’”

In 2020, Emily discovered NextHome and was immediately attracted to the franchise’s branding.

“I wanted something modern, sleek, hip, young, and forward-looking,” Emily said. “NextHome checked all the boxes.”

In addition, Luke the NextHome mascot became a great conversation starter. 

“The dog is adorable,” Emily said. “Everyone seems to have a dog and Luke is a really great way to connect with people.”

Today, Emily is using NextHome’s branding, tools, and support to help clients and agents achieve their goals. 

“At NextHome Crossroads, our agents will get professional management and support and the knowledge that they can always come to me,” Emily said.

In addition to NextHome’s cutting-edge marketing, Emily’s clients also have access to her extensive expertise and deep concern for their goals.

“My clients know that I care about them,” Emily said. “I want to see them to get into the best fit for them, not what’s best for me.”

In addition to her “Humans over Houses” philosophy, Emily has extensive experience with home renovations and flipping. With her own two hands, Emily has helped renovate over a dozen homes and freely offers her perspective to her clients. 

When she isn’t serving her agents and clients, Emily volunteers her time with both national and local real estate associations. For the past four years, Emily has enjoyed serving with the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®. The association covers both Will and Grundy counties and is about 800 real estate professionals strong. This year, Emily is serving with the National Association of REALTORS® on their Conventional Financing and Policy Committee. 

Emily is also a long-time member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Membership in the group is reserved for direct descendants of those who fought in the American Revolutionary War. For the past 15 years, Emily has promoted civic engagement, patriotism, and championed various veterans causes. 

Emily and her husband Chris have been married for 21 years and they are the parents of three children, Mitch (19), Spencer (18), and Amelia (17).

Please join us in congratulating Emily on the opening of NextHome Crossroads in Plainfield, Illinois!


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 Pinnacle Realty opens in Southern Florida

NextHome Pinnacle Realty opens in Southern Florida

Debrah Sutherland

Pleasanton, CA — November 10, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Pinnacle Realty, based in Plantation, Florida. The brokerage represents the 78th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 525th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients across Florida’s Tri County area including Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. 

NextHome Pinnacle Realty is owned by Debrah Sutherland, an experienced REALTOR® with a passion for helping others. 

Debrah obtained her real estate license in 2014 on the heels of a career as a legal assistant. Debrah’s days were filled with deeds, titles, and helping clients through foreclosures and estate planning. However, around 2014, her family and friends began sharing their experiences with REALTORS® and those conversations ignited her passion for quality customer service.

“They didn’t receive the highest quality service, and some had really bad experiences,” Debrah recalled. “I thought that providing great real estate service could offer a kind of job satisfaction I couldn’t get purely pursuing a career in law.”

When Debrah approached the attorneys at her firm with the idea, they were thrilled to be able to fill a gap in their services. 

After a few years, Debrah’s real estate sales business began to really pick up. She left the law firm and devoted herself entirely to serving real estate clients. Throughout her career, Debrah has worked with both national franchises and boutique brokerages, providing excellent service no matter where she goes. She soaked up all the training she could get her hands on during those early years. Debrah also gained valuable experience by taking the clients that other agents tended to pass up. 

“So many didn’t want to have to work with rental clients, so I took that business,” Debrah said. “Over the years, I developed great relationships with these people and when they were ready to buy, I was happy to help.”

Through her dedication to her clients, no matter their needs, Debrah’s business has become almost entirely repeat and referral.  

Debrah’s hands-on experience molded her into a high achieving REALTOR®. She enjoys sharing that knowledge with other agents, and REALTORS® from across her area began flocking to her for guidance. 

“I love being in a position where I can provide value to other professionals,” Debrah said. “A lot of people have been able to reach out to me – and that’s what actually brought me to NextHome.”

As a team leader who personally closed about 35 transactions per year, Debrah was accomplished in her market. However, she knew that she wanted to build something that would elevate agents’ abilities and leave a local legacy. 

“I needed to build something that I could entirely dedicate myself to – a company that I could truly buy into,” Debrah said.

After deciding that brokerage ownership was her next step, Debrah found NextHome and it was exactly what she wanted. 

“I was looking for a company that offered amazing technology, expansive training, and a brand that was well-established,” Debrah said. “When I found NextHome it was all these things as well as a company culture that I felt comfortable with.”

Today, Debrah is creating a brokerage that is connected to her community and where agents can feel like they have found a home. 

“I want my agents to feel like they are a part of a family,” Debrah said.

Outside of building her brokerage, Debrah enjoys flipping properties with her husband Christopher Tyler, who is a general contractor. The couple has been together for more than a decade and they were married in 2017. 

Together they love cheering on Debrah’s stepdaughter, Asaciah, as she excels in soccer. 

Please join us in congratulating Debrah on the opening of NextHome Pinnacle Realty in Plantation, Florida!


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


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome expands in New Jersey

NextHome expands in New Jersey

Allan Burns & Dave Garagiola

Pleasanton, CA — November 6, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Force Premier Realty, based in Howell, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the 12th office location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise and the 524th NextHome office opened nationally.

Centrally located along a major area corridor, NextHome Force Premier Realty is poised to professionally serve clients across Monmouth and Ocean Counties along the Route 9 Corridor North and South, as well as the Shore towns to the East and towards Trenton to the West. NextHome Force Premier Realty offers the best agents in the business, who are mentored by a strong and experienced leadership team. 

Owners Allan Burns and Dave Garagiola offer a unique combination of drive and vision, as well as extensive backgrounds in real estate. 

Allan began his career in 1996, working with both nationally franchised brokerages and a commercial leasing company in New York City. Between 2004 and 2008, Allan and his sister Janine ran their own independent brokerage – Brayburn Properties. After 2008, Allan joined a nationally franchised brokerage where he built a successful team. Alone, Allan was doing about $8-$10 million in sales volume. 

The following year, his partnership with Theresa Kuyl produced $17 million in sales volume then that grew to $27 million with about 50 annual transactions. The accomplishment was especially extraordinary in a market where the average sales price hovered around $300,000. 

Dave entered the industry in 2010 as a commercial real estate consultant. In 2013, he shifted into residential real estate and joined the same brokerage as Allan. 

In 2017, Dave became a team leader at the brokerage, taking over Allan’s previous role. 

“Allan is very visionary,” Dave said. “He has a talent for taking the systems and models that exist and furthering what those things can accomplish by thinking outside the box.”

In May of 2020, Allan used his talents to open NextHome Force Realty Partners in Red Bank, New Jersey. NextHome Force Realty Partners’s strong leadership structure begins with its owners, Allan Burns and Theresa Kuyl. Dave joined NextHome Force Realty Partners’ Board of Directors, which is a robust team of top-tier professionals. To help provide unparalleled client service, NextHome Force Realty Partners associates have access to a full-time accountant, marketing division, contract to close support, and cutting-edge photos, drones, and social advertising. 

“We began to formulate ideas on what type of business relationship we could put together as far as the two of us opening additional offices and expanding the brand,” Dave said.

Today, NextHome Force Premier Realty is building on the success of Allan’s first office and expanding the brand throughout the Monmouth and Ocean County area. 

As office leader and Broker of Record, Dave is using his industry expertise to attract top-tier talent and strengthen NextHome Force Premier Realty’s reputation in the area. 

“At the core of what we are creating is an office with great culture,” Dave said. “This way of being extends throughout our office, our agent base, and embraces a culture of producing at a high level. Attracting the right talent is important to strong growth, and at NextHome Force Premier Realty we embrace a culture that attracts the best of the best.”

Please join us in congratulating Allan and Dave on the opening of NextHome Force Premier Realty in Howell, New Jersey!


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