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NextHome announces new North Carolina brokerage

NextHome announces new North Carolina brokerage

Laura Flores

Pleasanton, CA — September 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome WNC Realty, based in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 25th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 512th NextHome office opened nationally.

From this charming mountain town of about 14,500 people, NextHome WNC Realty will serve residential buyers and sellers across Henderson, Buncombe, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. 

NextHome WNC Realty is owned by Laura Flores, a seasoned REALTOR® with a wide range of experience. 

Laura was first licensed as a REALTOR® in 2006, and it was an old craftsman bungalow that first piqued Laura’s interest in real estate. 

“Through the process of renovating it, it became a curiosity for me, and I fell in love with the details and history of older homes,” Laura said. 

Originally from California, Laura is licensed in both North Carolina and California and has worked with brokerages large and small throughout her career. As an extremely diversified REALTOR®, Laura has worked with clients seeking starter homes as well as those with high-end luxury in mind. From lots to large tracts, Laura has also sold a lot of land. In addition, Laura was on her brokerage’s commercial team and has enrolled in the CCIM Institute – commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement. Currently, Laura is working on her sixth home renovation, with four of those renovations being historical properties.

However, her greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the people she is able to serve.

Hendersonville, North Carolina

“The best part of my job is really the lasting relationships I’ve made over the years with people,” Laura said. “I think that’s meaningful. That’s what gives you purpose.”

Throughout her years in the industry, Laura always wanted to open her own brokerage. Recently, circumstances aligned to make 2020 the perfect year for Laura to achieve that goal. 

“When I found NextHome, I knew I had found something new and fresh that people in Hendersonville will be attracted to,” Laura said.  

In addition, Laura loved that NextHome embraced the values of inclusivity, diversity, and flexibility.

“These things combined created a business model that aligned with what I wanted for myself,” Laura said. 

Today, Laura is offering North Carolina clients a fresh, modern, and professional approach to real estate. 

“I want to offer my clients the best tools available and NextHome provides an opportunity for me to do that,” Laura said. “Now, in addition to access to my work ethic and experience, clients will have access to industry-leading technology.”

In the community, Laura has enjoyed volunteering her time as a commissioner for the Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission. In this role, she helped ensure that any renovations to historic homes preserve their character and community importance. 

In addition, Laura volunteers with the United Way.

Laura and her husband, Renato, have been married for 25 years. Renato is also a licensed real estate agent who will be joining Laura in sales at NextHome WNC Realty. 

“Renato truly is a people person who has a gift for working with diverse personalities,” Laura said. 

Please join us in congratulating Laura, Renato, and the entire team at NextHome WNC Realty on the opening of their new brokerage in Hendersonville, North Carolina!


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 Named a Top Growth Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

NextHome Named a Top Growth Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

Pleasanton, CA — September 15, 2020 — NextHome was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s first Top Growth Franchises list. This list recognizes the 150 companies with the greatest positive franchise unit growth in North America over a three year period, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® ranking. Thanks to its exceptional growth, NextHome was ranked No. 30.

“By maintaining steady, sustained growth over several years, these franchises have demonstrated that they have the systems in place to support their franchisees and help them become successful,” said Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor-in-chief. “Now as these and other companies around the country face unprecedented challenges, they may see their growth slow, but that record of success could prove more important than ever.”

The ranking follows a year of milestones for the six-year-old franchise. Although 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, NextHome’s growth has persevered as they reached 500 offices with 4,000 members across the country. 

“Our growth stems from our people. Better put, the right people,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome, Inc. “The most empowering word in our language is the word ‘no’ and I use this word often when I discuss franchising opportunities with prospective brokers and agents. While metrics are important in some conversations, I don’t find them important when it comes to the overall success of NextHome. At the end of the day, you can have the best marketing, technology, and integrated systems and tools, but if you don’t have the right people the rest doesn’t even matter.”

To determine the 2020 Top Growth Franchises ranking, Entrepreneur looked at each company’s U.S. and Canadian franchise numbers over a three-year period (from July 2016 to July 2019; given the rapid changes, COVID-19 impacts weren’t taken into account). In order to qualify, companies had to have positive growth of at least five units each year. They were ranked based on a formula that considers their total positive U.S. and Canadian franchise growth over the three years as well as factors that negatively affect growth, such as terminations, nonrenewals, and other closures. 

To view NextHome in the full ranking, visit Results can also be seen in the September 2020 issue of Entrepreneur.

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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

Steven Merlo & John Dodds

Pleasanton, CA — September 4, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome New Prospects Realty, based in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise and the 508th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 24 miles west of Newark, NextHome New Prospects Realty is poised to serve clients seeking small-town living blended beautifully with convenient city access. The brokerage will serve clients across north and south New Jersey including Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Essex, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. 

NextHome New Prospects Realty provides professional agents who are well-versed in all types of residential real estate including new construction, first-time home buying, townhouses, condos, investment properties, and home flipping. 

The brokerage is owned by New Jersey natives Steven Merlo and John Dodds. Steven will be NextHome New Prospects Realty’s broker of record and John’s role will be in sales service and agent mentoring. Under their leadership, NextHome New Prospects Realty provides a sharp focus on customer service and a dedication to mentoring agents talent. 

Prior to becoming a real estate professional in 2008, John was a dedicated educator. Despite finding immense joy in teaching, John wanted something to supplement his income. After helping a few clients, John learned just how much he loved real estate. 

“It’s amazing when you are able to make a difference in people’s lives,” John said. “The stories you hear and the people who come to you in need of help – it’s all really gratifying to guide them through and make them feel good about the process. It is a really good feeling.”

John has been serving satisfied clients with Weichert Realty for the past 12 years. 

It wasn’t long before John joined forces with his best friend Steven. Steven and John met about seven years ago through a mutual friend. 

Prior to real estate, Steven spent more than 30 years working in customer service and telecom. In 2015, Steven’s independent contractor commitments were ending and John mentioned that a switch to real estate might be a good idea. 

Steven recalls John saying at the time, “You are such a people person, you have the personality for it, why not try real estate?”

The nudge from a trusted friend sealed the deal, and Steven has been providing people-first service to happy clients ever since. 

As their careers evolved, John and Steven realized that they wanted to open their own brokerage. 

“We looked at the numbers and the client base and they were strong,” Steven said. 

As they considered their options, NextHome stood out among other franchises. 

“I reached out to a nearby NextHome franchise owner and he spoke highly of the company’s strengths,” Steven recalled. “He said he was happy with the support, with the culture. Everything he said was 100 percent positive.”

Today, NextHome New Prospects Realty is providing unparalleled customer service to buyers and sellers across north and south New Jersey. 

“I see the client as a person, not a transaction,” Steven said. “I’m truly there for them and have their best interests at heart.”

John added that, “We are both very nurturing, and we use that skill to benefit both our clients and our agents.”

Agents who partner with NextHome New Prospects Realty can expect full access to their broker as well as the nurturing they need to reach the next level in their careers. 

“Our agents will know that I will always return their calls and make them a priority,” Steven said. 

Please join us in congratulating John and Steven on the opening of NextHome New Prospects Realty in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey!


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.

A Year of Milestones for NextHome

A Year of Milestones for NextHome

Pleasanton, CA — August 28, 2020 — Registering success in any industry is commonly marked by milestones. These measurements are commonly made up of growth in numbers, awards, press, rankings, and so on. For being a mere six-year-old franchise, NextHome has made its mark in the real estate industry and beyond. 

Although 2020 has been a difficult year for all, to say the least, the NextHome network of real estate professionals across the country has created an even stronger bond – and it’s been recognized. 

Through the bad, we want to make sure we share the good. NextHome has hit and surpassed many milestones this year and we couldn’t be more proud to share them, but they are all a direct result of the members who have helped build the brand we are so proud of today. 

Let’s break it down!

To start, as of this month NextHome has opened over 500 franchised offices, with a total of 4,000+ members. While growth is good, we pride ourselves on growing with the right people. Each oncoming NextHome office has been meticulously reviewed to ensure that they will be a good fit for the culture of the franchise. 

Ensuring every NextHome office will cultivate our shared core values has allowed us to build a solid foundation that speaks for itself. This year Franchise Business Review named NextHome the No. 3 top franchise in owner satisfaction out of 307 of the country’s top franchise brands across all sectors. In the real estate category, NextHome ranked No. 1 in the U.S.

Along with being named one of the country’s top franchised brands, Franchise Business Review also recognized NextHome on the Top 100 Culture List and named our organization a Top Franchise for Women. 

“It was always important for me when I was asked to lead the growth of the NextHome brand that we brought on the right people that share our vision, provide value, make a difference, and raise the bar in our industry,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome. “Seeing that we made the list in a category I represent makes what we are doing that much more important and inspiring to me. Helping every class and gender become a business owner in our country is part of the American Dream, and to see we are leading in that dream makes our success that much more meaningful.” 

Inc. magazine revealed its annual Inc. 5000 list this month, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. We’re thrilled to share that NextHome ranked No. 3344 on the list, with a growth rate of 112.97%. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

Another impressive list, Entrepreneur magazine ranked NextHome No. 95 among the world’s very best franchise systems on its annual Franchise 500® list earlier this year. The recognition was given for NextHome’s outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

Of course, NextHome wouldn’t be where it is today without impeccable leadership. Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins and Chief Operating Officer Tei Baishiki of NextHome were recognized by T3 Sixty this year as prominent leaders in the residential real estate industry for 2020, making the SP200 list of most powerful leaders and the Watchlist.

James was also selected as a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker—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. James was recognized in the Trailblazer category, a fitting title as NextHome continues to grow exponentially. 

While a successful franchise can be attributed to being in the hands of great leadership, it’s core strength is its members. This year we were proud to see the recognition of four NextHome offices on The REAL Trends 500 list for closing over 500 sides in 2019. Congratulations again to NextHome Experience in Worthington, OH with 1,023 closed sides, NextHome Experience in Bangor, ME with 712 closed sides, NextHome Realty Center in Cypress, TX with 694 closed sides, and NextHome Specialists in Columbia, SC with 567 closed sides. 

The REAL Trends + Tom Ferry’s The Thousand list also recognized the orange and gray with NextHomie Kimberly Taylor of NextHome First Class in Freeport, IL being ranked No. 12 on the 2020 Agent-Owned Brokerage Individual Transaction Sides list with 283 sides. The notable list highlights the top one-tenth of one percent of more than 1.4 million licensed REALTORS® nationwide.

Alongside these amazing recognitions was an ongoing pandemic that halted most plans, and created an immediate need for member support. While we couldn’t be more proud of NextHome’s accomplishments, we’re most proud of how our franchise has shifted while continuing to put our people first – by putting humans over houses. 

“In a matter of weeks, our team canceled our 2020 NextHome Conference set to take place in April as the world closed. However, we quickly adjusted and launched a webinar series over a six-week period featuring some of the industry’ss (and the world’s) top speakers, motivators, and educators for our NextHomies,” said James. “Although a pandemic was something we couldn’t have predicted – change is inevitable and we will always ensure our members are our top-priority through thick and thin. We’re family.”

That family-centric approach is how we conduct business, and will continue to be our core value at NextHome no matter how big we grow, or how many recognitions we receive. 


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 Northwest Group opens in Washington

NextHome Northwest Group opens in Washington

Kim Rucker, Katie Parkinson, and Roberta Rudnick

Pleasanton, CA — August 27, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Northwest Group, based in Olympia, Washington. The brokerage represents the 10th office location opened in Washington for the NextHome franchise and the 507th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Northwest Group will serve clients across the Olympia area including Thurston, Mason, Lewis, and Pierce counties. 

NextHome Northwest Group is owned by a trio of high-producing professionals who have dedicated their lives to real estate. Katie Parkinson, Kim Rucker, and Roberta Rudnick have almost 70 years of combined real estate experience among them. Katie will be NextHome Northwest Group’s broker of record while Roberta and Kim will offer unparalleled sales service and agent support. 

“We all go above and beyond for our clients,” Katie said. “We make sure that things get done no matter what it takes. For NextHome Northwest Group, it’s not about the sale – it’s about striving to make our clients happy.”

The trio is happy to help with all types of residential real estate, including first-time home buying, relocations, and investment properties. 

Katie obtained her real estate license in 2016 after leaving a career in medical office administration. She connected with real estate after talking to her landlord, who happened to be Kim Rucker.

For the next several years, Katie received mentorship and career guidance at a small independent brokerage from two of the highest producing and experienced agents in the Olympia area – Kim and Roberta. 

By the time Katie joined the industry, Roberta had been selling real estate for more than 32 years. Her journey began after graduating from St. Martin’s University in the late 1970s with a degree in psychology. A fellow university student was the broker at a local independent and asked Roberta to manage the office. In 1984, Roberta obtained her sales license and gained valuable experience working with independent brokerages. Roberta then joined Classic Realty in 1992. Two years later, she became an owner of Cornerstone that eventually evolved into Prudential then Berkshire Hathaway. It was during her years at Classic Realty that Roberta met Kim.

The daughter of a general contractor, Kim has been immersed in the world of new construction almost her entire life. In her early 20s, Kim began managing real estate offices – first with a small independent and then for a national franchise. In 1991, Kim joined Classic Realty where she joined Roberta on the brokerage’s ownership team. 

Together, they achieved incredible success. Roberta is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) whose impressive sales volume has garnered national recognition. In 2019, Roberta was recognized by Real Trends as one of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. In addition, her sales volume has been in the top one percent for Berkshire Hathaway nationwide for the past seven years.  

Kim has performed in the top three percent of Berkshire Hathaway agents for as long as she has been with the company. She is also thrilled that almost all of her business is referral. 

“We are not part-timers, but full dedicated professionals who love what we do,” Kim said. 

In early 2020, as their franchise agreement neared its close, Kim, Roberta, and Katie wanted to make a change. 

“Having a franchise with all the right technology and support is vital in today’s market,” Roberta said. “We started looking, but at first we couldn’t find any franchises that were taking the steps toward the future that we wanted.”

Then, through a simple internet search, Kim found NextHome and pitched the idea to the team. 

“I liked the freshness of it,” Katie said. “Not only do the colors and the marketing stand out, but the franchise itself is cutting-edge. I wanted to be innovative, and NextHome absolutely stands out.”

Roberta was impressed with the company’s culture.

“I liked the family feeling NextHome has and it was exactly the team concept we were looking for,” Roberta said. 

Today, NextHome Northwest Group is going above and beyond for each client and agent. 

“Being local, we know our market inside out, and we all live and breathe real estate,” Kim said. “We are a focused group of REALTORS® who have made a full-time career doing something we love.”

In the rare moments when they aren’t working, Kim, Roberta, and Katie each enjoy spending time at the beach and enjoying Olympia’s natural beauty. 

Katie is the mother of four children: Haley (22), Tanner (16), Cooper (12), and Lola (11). Together with her partner Reid, Katie enjoys cheering on her kids in their various sports and taking the boat out for tuna and salmon fishing. 

Kim recently celebrated 29 years of marriage to her husband Bill, and together they are the parents of 16-year-old Sam. The family enjoys all things real estate and every four years or so they can be found building a new home. Together they also enjoy golfing and spending time with extended family. 

Roberta has been married to her husband Terry for 20 years. An accomplished fisherman and author, Terry has battled cancer since 2014. Roberta refers to him as her “hero.” Together, they are the parents of two adult children, Adam and Evan. In the community, Roberta is active in raising funds for pancreatic cancer research. Through her annual fundraisers, she has managed to raise more than $100,000 for the cause. 

Please join us in congratulating Kim, Katie and Roberta on the opening of NextHome Northwest Group in Olympia, Washington!


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 Prime Real Estate expands in Wisconsin

NextHome Prime Real Estate expands in Wisconsin

Garrick Olerud

Pleasanton, CA — August 13, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Prime Real Estate in Hillsboro Wisconsin. The newest franchised location builds on the success of NextHome Prime Real Estate’s flagship office in Westby – about 45 minutes away. The brokerage represents the 14th office location opened in Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise and the 503rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just over an hour and a half northwest of Wisconsin’s capital, Hillsboro is nestled in the winding rivers and abundant hills of West-Central Wisconsin. Sometimes known as the Czech Capital of Wisconsin, Hillsboro offers historic farmsteads, outdoor recreation, and Amish settlements. 

This newest addition to the franchise will serve clients across Richland Center, Reedsburg, Mauston, Hillsboro, and the remainder of Vernon and Sauk counties. NextHome Prime Real Estate Hillsboro will continue its legacy of excellent residential sales, investment property, land and farm sales, and commercial services.

The office is the second NextHome franchised location for top-producing real estate broker Garrick Olerud. Since opening his original office just over one year ago, Garrick and his small but mighty team have doubled their production. Steeped in rural charm, Hillsboro attracted Garrick with its small town way of life. 

“I built my first office in that small town community atmosphere,” Garrick said. “We hope to continue that small-town based service as we continue to establish ourselves and grow the brand.”

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

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 eight years Kassi love spending time with their two daughters – Peyton (age 6) and Piper (age 3). The Olerud’s also welcomed a new baby son, Rexton, into their family last October.

Please join us in congratulating Garrick and the rest of the team at NextHome Prime Real Estate on the expansion of their office in Hillsboro, Wisconsin!


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 announces new brokerage in southern Florida

NextHome announces new brokerage in southern Florida

Chuck Bonfiglio

Pleasanton, CA — August 12, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome AAA Realty, based in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The brokerage represents the 76th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 502nd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome AAA Realty will focus its service on the southern half of Broward County, offering professional residential real estate services. The brokerage is poised to skillfully serve clients throughout the cities of Plantation, Cooper City, Davie, Hollywood, Miramar, Weston, and Pembroke Pines. 

Pembroke Pines is the second largest city in Broward County, offering a family-oriented community atmosphere with plenty of open space. With 50 professional agents already onboard, NextHome AAA Realty can serve a diverse range of clients. The brokerage offers agents who speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Dutch. 

NextHome AAA Realty is owned by second-generation REALTOR® Charles (Chuck) Bonfiglio, Jr. 

Following in his father’s footsteps, Chuck got his real estate license shortly after graduating from high school in 1992. He then worked his way from the bottom up at Century 21 AAA Realty, learning every aspect of the business from his father, broker, and mentor, Charles Bonfiglio, Sr. 

From its beginnings in 1981 until 2009, the brokerage remained a franchised office. However, after Charles Sr. passed away in 2008, the family had to make decisions about the company’s future. Chuck decided to take the company independent. 

“Way back when, when people used the phone book to find businesses, my father named his brokerage AAA Realty to be first in the phone book,” Chuck said with a laugh. “So to keep the legacy going, we named our independent office AAA Realty Group. We carried on the legacy and added to it.”

AAA Realty Group thrived, and Chuck’s greatest sense of professional accomplishment came from his fantastic agents. 

“The greatest highlight for me was that most of our agents have been with us since day one when they started their careers,” Chuck said. “I’m happy that we have been able to support our agents and keep them happy.”

As the years went on, AAA Realty Group did well, but Chuck knew that in order to avoid stagnation, the brokerage needed a strategic partner. 

In 2014, he attended a conference where NextHome Vice President Imran Poladi was a featured speaker. 

“Honestly, that experience planted the seed,” Chuck said. 

Thoughts of franchising began to simmer in his mind. Finally, in 2020, it was time to take his business to the next level. 

“I was looking for a strategic partner and NextHome checked off all the boxes for the things I needed most,” Chuck said. “Now was the time to do it. The experience partnering with NextHome was seamless and provided the plug-and-play type training and marketing I needed. NextHome seemed to have everything I was looking for.”

Today, Chuck is using NextHome’s suite of cutting-edge tools and technology to attract exceptional agent talent. He is also building on a great workplace culture. 

“We have a family atmosphere here,” Chuck said. “That was another reason why NextHome was so appealing – NextHome mirrors the culture we already have. We treat people like family. We create great experiences and understand that real estate isn’t just about making a sale and moving on. We want to create long-lasting relationships and serve our clients as much as we can.”

Chuck is a dedicated volunteer with real estate associations on the local, state, and national level. He is the past president of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale and has served on that board’s finance and strategic committees. He is also a past district president of Florida REALTORS® in addition to serving on the board of directors for the Florida Association of REALTORS®

This year, he is serving on the executive committee of his state association. 

On the national level, Chuck is currently on NAR’s Board of Directors, has served on the NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee, and was a pioneering member of NAR’s Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) program. 

Chuck has been married to his wife Tiffany since 2006 and together they are the parents of 12-year-old twins Charles III and Antonia. 

Please join us in congratulating Chuck on the opening of NextHome AAA Realty in Pembroke Pines, 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 announces 500th franchise location

NextHome announces 500th franchise location

Tony Anderson

Pleasanton, CA — August 7, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Lifestyle Living, based in The Villages, Florida. The brokerage represents the 75th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 500th NextHome office opened nationally. 

NextHome Lifestyle Living will serve residential clients in the world’s largest 55+ community. The Villages is a master planned community with a population of more than 150,000. As one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S., The Villages boasts more than 50 golf courses, 90 swimming pools and more than 2,500 organized clubs. 

NextHome Lifestyle Living is owned by veteran REALTOR® and brokerage owner, Tony Anderson. Tony opened his flagship NextHome office (NextHome Gulf Coast) in Largo in 2016 and soon followed with offices in Indian Rocks Beach, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey. Tony has been a part of NextHome’s phenomenal milestones since 2017. The Largo and Indian Rocks Beach expansions represented the NextHome’s 100th and 200th office locations. 

“To see the franchise add an additional 100 offices in less than a year, I knew that I had aligned with the right company,” Tony said. “I’m also surrounded with a like-minded, supportive, nationwide broker network. Here I am, more excited than ever about the brand and where our company is headed.”

Today, Tony is thrilled for the opportunity to open his fifth brokerage and NextHome’s 500th office in an area he is familiar with. 

“Things just came together really organically with this office,” Tony said. “We found a great location, we had the right people in place, and everything just started lining up. I’ve always wanted to open a brokerage here, and I am thrilled that all the stars aligned for NextHome Lifestyle Living.”

Tony is an experienced professional in the real estate industry and owns four other NextHome franchises across Florida. His area expertise and leadership skills mean that clients in The Villages will be in good hands. Tony and his team offer expertise in seasonal properties, second homes, investment properties, downsizing or right-sizing. 

Tony first entered the industry after delving into real estate as an investor. He bought his first investment property in 2003, rehabbed and resold the home in just a few months. Realizing he made a substantial profit in a relatively short period of time, Tony left his job in the cellular phone business and purchased six properties over the next three years – turning all of them for a profit.

In late 2005, Tony made the decision to immerse himself completely in real estate by getting his real estate license and representing himself on his purchases.

The following year, the real estate market saw significant shifts in values. Tony held off purchasing properties and turned his focus to working with buyers and sellers. He eventually connected with a foreclosure listing agent, where he learned the methods of selling foreclosure properties.

From 2008 until late 2012, Tony worked for a REO real estate broker and honed his skills in negotiation and client services. In 2012, Tony accepted the position of manager for the Largo-based brokerage. Under his leadership, he was able to grow the company from a single agent brokerage to over 30 agents in less than three years. His success led to his promotion in 2016, where he was appointed the managing broker for the company’s expansion location in Clearwater, Florida.

In mid-2016, Tony began to realize that opening his own brokerage made the most sense and NextHome was a franchise he had been watching for some time.

“I kept seeing the NextHome real estate signs showing up in various neighborhoods in Florida,” Tony recalled. “As I found out more about the company, I realized it would be the perfect franchise to align my new brokerage with.”

After opening his first NextHome office in 2016, Tony went on to expand with four additional offices. 

As he opens NextHome Lifestyle Living, Tony is also expanding his volunteerism in the community. The brokerage has partnered with Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg – a no-kill animal shelter that is near and dear to Tony’s heart. He adopted his own dog from there about 13 years ago. NextHome Lifestyle Living will be hosting two fundraising events for the shelter. 

When not selling real estate, Anderson loves to spend time with his wife, Peppy. After enjoying 16 years together, the couple was married in April of 2016.

Please join us in congratulating Tony on the opening of his fifth NextHome office – NextHome Lifestyle Living in The Villages, 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 Virginia

NextHome expands in Virginia

Curtis Siever

Pleasanton, CA — July 30, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Realty Select in Staunton, Virginia. NextHome Realty Select – Staunton will serve clients across the Shenandoah Valley, with a focus on the growing Staunton-Waynesboro Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

The brokerage represents the 14th office location opened in Virginia for the NextHome franchise and the 496th NextHome office opened nationally.

Owned by real estate veteran Curtis Siever, the Staunton office builds on the success of his series of Virginia and West Virginia-based NextHome offices; Winchester, Woodstock, Front Royal, and Martinsburg.

The expansion into Staunton was truly an organic situation. 

“I was approached by an agent who worked in that market who was really excited about the NextHome brand, its culture, and what it could do for her clients,” Curtis said. “In turn, she had a friend in the profession who also wanted to come aboard with her.”

Today, NextHome Realty Select – Staunton is poised for success with professional agents Lisa Belcher and Lori Bonnell leading the way.

Lisa and Lori are working from the brokerage’s charming new downtown offices, and they are already experiencing the NextHome difference.  

“We are truly growing in that area,” Curtis said.

Curtis has been a NextHome owner/broker since the Fall of 2016 when he opened NextHome Realty Select’s Winchester offices. Today, he is the owner of five brokerages across Virginia and West Virginia.

Since embarking on a career with NextHome, Curtis has enjoyed phenomenal success. In 2019, his three locations were able to close more than 240 transactions and reach $50.5 million in sales volume. Although impressive, these numbers represent an even larger accomplishment for Curtis and all the agents at NextHome Realty Select, they were able to increase their business by 62% year over year. 

Curtis has been working in real estate for more than 26 years. Originally from Front Royal, he was licensed in 1994 and started his career with Weichert Realtors. Curtis’s brother, Terry, was the owner of a successful real estate construction business. Blue Ridge Construction created beautiful homes but needed someone to market and sell these properties. Curtis was the perfect person to provide that service.

The early years of his career were spent selling homes in the Front Royal and Linden areas to many clients moving from the Northern Virginia and D.C. area. Curtis also had a desire to build new construction homes and managed a construction company from 2003 to 2008, building 35 new homes.

Over the next two decades, Curtis leveraged his new construction sales background to create an incredibly successful real estate sales career. Averaging over 40 transactions yearly, he consistently ranks as one of the top producers in his area.

In early 2016, Curtis felt it was the right time to open his own brokerage. He attained his broker’s license and began looking for a franchise that would best help him deliver services and technology to his brokerage.

“I found NextHome through a simple Google search,” Curtis recalled. “I was hooked on the website and found myself researching the company pretty thoroughly before reaching out to (NextHome’s Vice President of Sales) Charis Moreno.”

Over the years, the partnership has proven to be a great one for many reasons. 

Through the franchise, Curtis has been able to pursue his passion for mentoring and teaching by becoming a NextHome Certified Instructor. This certification allows Curtis to teach National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) courses. 

“I am so happy that NextHome Realty Select continues to grow and thrive,” Curtis said. “We hope to continue to attract top-tier agents to our brokerage.”

When not selling real estate, Curtis enjoys spending time with his wife, Donna. The couple enjoys traveling and spending time with Curtis’s daughter, Amanda.

Please join us in congratulating Curtis and the rest of the team at NextHome Realty Select on their fifth NextHome location in Staunton, Virginia!


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


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Top Ten Ways For A Real Estate Agent To Avoid Being Sued

Top Ten Ways For A Real Estate Agent To Avoid Being Sued

1. Failing to Disclose

A majority of lawsuits arise out of agents knowing about a material fact that affects the value or desirability of the property and failing to disclose that fact to the buyer. For example, agents knowing about, but failing to disclose, improvements without permits, construction defects, roof leaks, and water leaks, cracking, noise or nuisances.

2. Failing to Recommend Inspections

Buyers’ agents frequently fail to recommend appropriate inspections, such as pool, chimney, general home inspection, roof, septic, structural or soils.

3. Failing to Identify Potential Issues

Agents occasionally fail to identify red flags, which could indicate more serious issues, such as cracking in walls, which may be signs of a structural or drainage defect.

4. Failing to Properly Advise on the Terms of a Contract

When an agent prepares or reviews a contract, the agent does not identify issues, explain the terms or discuss problematic clauses.

5. Exaggerating Features of the Property

Agents sometimes exaggerate or over- emphasize features of a house with statements that border on untruths. Buyers will move into the house and learn that the house was not what they believed it to be.

6. Failing to Explain the Significance of a Disclosure Issue to Buyers

A buyer learns of a defect during the inspection period, but fails to understand its significance. They generally blame the agent for not explaining it or recommending further investigation.

7. Making Promises You Cannot or Do Not Keep

Agents sometimes promise their clients or another party that they will do something and then fail to do it. Keep your promises, do what you say you are going to do, then keep the client informed.

8. Failing to Explain the Significance of a Disclosure Issue to Sellers

A seller fails to disclose a material fact and when a claim is made by the buyer, the seller claims that the agents did not properly advise the seller to disclose the issue.

9. Failing to Comply with the Time Frames in the Contract

Generally, real property purchase agreements contain time frames in which the parties are to perform certain obligations. If the time frames are not followed, a party may cancel or terminate the agreement. If this occurs, the agents may be held liable.

10. Representing Clients in Unfamiliar Geographical Areas

Agents frequently represent clients in unfamiliar geographical areas. Many times, the area has particular characteristics or requirements of which the agent is unaware.  When the issue is not identified and the buyer learns of it later, the buyer generally blames the agent.


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*Reprinted with the permission of Shannon B. Jones, Attorney and Real Estate Litigation Expert.


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