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5 Things You Should Do Before Moving into Your New Home

5 Things You Should Do Before Moving into Your New Home

Finally about to close on your dream house? Read this list to get some good tips on what you should do when moving into a new home to make the place your own.

Is there anything more exciting than moving into a new home? But preparing to move is a busy time. You’ve got to figure out how to pack for moving, pick up packing boxes and look up moving tips to make the whole process go more smoothly. Plus, there’s hiring movers, renting a truck, enlisting friends and family to help – and that’s on top of all the other stuff you’ve got to do to prepare for closing day and, once you’ve taken possession, get the place ready for move in.

Before you settle into your new home, these new simple home hacks can help you make the place feel like your own. Make moving day as smooth as possible, and stave off future new homeowner hiccups, with these moving day tips.

1. Change the Locks

The very first thing you should do after taking possession of a new home is change the locks, or have them re-keyed. If you’re handy, you can do this yourself with a re-keying kit from your local big-box hardware store, or you can buy new locks. These days, homeowners can choose from a range of smart locks, as well as old-fashioned ones.

Why change the locks? While the previous owners are probably great people, there’s no knowing who has keys to your home. There could be any number of copies of your house key out there, and you never know who has them. Make sure you and your loved ones are the only people who can access your new home. Locksmith rekey services are typically covered under your home warranty.

2. Forward Your Mail

Don’t miss important bills, housewarming cards or letters from Grandma – set up mail forwarding to begin on moving day. You can apply for mail forwarding online for $1.05, or you can do it in person at the post office. Of course, you’ll still have to change your address with your bank, credit cards, magazine subscription issuers and others who send you mail, but you’ll have 60 days to change your address for magazines and a year to change it for other kinds of mail.

3. Deep Clean the Whole Place

Just like you can’t know who has a copy of your house key, you can’t know how thoroughly the previous owners cleaned the place before they left. It’s a good idea to give your new home a good deep clean – clean the refrigerator, the oven, the walls, the floors and the cabinets inside and out, as well as the bathrooms. It’s easiest to do this before you start bringing your stuff in, or at least before you start unpacking it. If you don’t want to deep clean your new home yourself, you can hire professional cleaners to perform a move-in clean.

4. Check Your Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

Smoke alarms and CO detectors are among the most important safety devices in your home. They could save your family’s lives in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak. Before you move into your new home, test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working properly.

Your new home may not have a carbon monoxide detector; many don’t. But carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless but can be deadly. Even when it doesn’t kill, it can cause serious symptoms, including brain damage. If your new home doesn’t have a CO detector, plan to install one on moving day. Make sure to calibrate it for the first time outside, so it can use fresh air for its baseline reading.

5. Look for Plumbing Leaks

If you have a leaking pipe in your new home, you need to know about it ASAP, and the easiest time to check for plumbing leaks is before everyone has gotten settled in. On moving day, check your water meter and either write down the reading, or take a photo of it. Wait two hours, making sure no one uses the water, and then check the meter again. If the reading isn’t exactly the same as it was two hours before, you have a plumbing leak somewhere in your home, and you need to locate it and put it on the priority list of things that need fixed right away.

While you’re looking for plumbing leaks, this is an excellent time to locate your home’s main water and gas shutoff valves as well as your breaker box. That way you won’t find yourself hunting for the breaker box in the dark with a flashlight or frantically hunting for the main water shutoff valve while a burst pipe fills your basement with water. Plus, if you find a plumbing leak, you’ll want to shut off the water to your home until you locate it.

Moving day is exhausting, stressful, and exciting – but it’s worth the work to finally settle into your brand new dream home. Make sure you take the time to do moving day right; it’ll save you a lot of trouble in the long run, and help you make your home your own a lot faster.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield blog!

NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate is the Newest NextHome Office

NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate is the Newest NextHome Office

Ana Afshin

Pleasanton, CA — April 16, 2019 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate. The new brokerage represents the 56th office location opened in the state of Florida by the NextHome franchise. The Minneola-based brokerage will be owned and operated by broker Ana Afshin.

NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, rehab & resale, commercial, senior living, and traditional single-family sales for the areas of Minneola, Claremont, Groveland, Kissimmee, and the remainder of the North Orlando area.

Ana also works with investors from overseas, particularly from Europe and South America.

Based in Lake County, the city of Minneola is located 40 minutes northwest of Orlando and is home to just under 15,000 residents.

Ana started her real estate career right out of high school in 1999 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her stepfather convinced her to work with him at his commercial real estate business. The two of them focused on purchasing and managing apartment complexes.

Ana worked as the leasing agent for one of his complexes and was responsible for filling the units with qualified tenants, as well as maintaining each unit. Shortly after, she assisted in selling and acquiring those apartment complexes.

After moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas in 2004, Ana got her real estate license, but not for commercial real estate reasons.

“While the money was good in commercial real estate, I really didn’t enjoy it,” said Ana. “My passion was in residential real estate, so I changed my focus to selling homes.”

Over the next five years, Ana worked at a local franchised office, before opening her own brokerage in late 2009. With residential sales slowing due to the recession, Ana went back to her roots and focused mainly on multi-family and commercial sales. During this time, she also purchased a large apartment complex that she rehabbed and resold for more than $1 million in profit.

“I take pride in not only knowing how to help investors evaluate how to buy and sell commercial and multi-family properties, but as an investor myself, I can share with them ideas and strategies on how to maximize their profits,” said Ana. “Additionally, I really loved being able to provide people with a nice home to live in.”

In 2015, Ana and her family moved to Florida after selling her Texas brokerage.

“My husband, Cameron, is from the Dallas area, but we always went to Florida for vacations with the family,” said Ana. “Since we spent so much time there, I was finally able to convince him to make the move and we relocated after we sold our brokerage.”

After making the move, Ana focused on raising the couple’s three children, while Cameron bought and flipped properties from 2015 to 2017.

In 2018, Ana was ready to come back and sell real estate full time and that’s when she found NextHome.

“I Googled every phrase related to ‘real estate franchise’ and NextHome kept coming up no matter what I searched,” said Ana with a laugh. “I was instantly intrigued because the orange colors were exactly what I used in my previous brokerage. But the thing that made me most interested in the franchise was the camaraderie between brokers– not competition.”

The NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate difference will be the constant goal of earning client trust.

“I want our agents to know it’s not about the commission, but rather the families that are entrusting us to represent them as best as we can,” said Ana. “If we take care of our clients with top-level service, the money takes care of itself.”

Ana and Cameron have been married for 13 years and they have four wonderful children – sons Skyler (13 years old), Blaze (10), Jax (eight-months-old), and daughter Hailo (4). The family loves spending one full day a week enjoying the beach, Universal Studios or Disneyworld.

Please join us in congratulating Ana and the rest of the team at NextHome Orange Blossom Real Estate on the opening of their NextHome office in Minneola, FL!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Meet your March 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your March 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Please join us as we celebrate our NextHomie of the Month for March 2019, Scott Louser of NextHome Legendary Properties! With offices in Minot and Bismarck, North Dakota, Scott serves his community in more ways than one making him the perfect fit for the Culture Committee’s NextHomie of the Month title.

For Scott, real estate and public service are a part of his DNA. His father owned a real estate franchise when Scott was growing up, and at the same time, his mother served on the state’s real estate regulatory board. While he started in a retail career, it wasn’t long before Scott realized his calling was in real estate, and that is exactly where he went.

In 1997, Scott obtained his real estate license in North Dakota and got straight to work. In 2001, Scott served as the President of the Minot Board of REALTORS® Association. In 2005, he served as the North Dakota State Real Estate President. In 2006, he was recognized as REALTOR® of the Year. In 2007, he purchased his first franchise. Oh, and in 2012, he went on to serve as the Vice President of a little group called the National Association of REALTORS®, you may have heard of them.

Scott Louser is a true servant leader and to him, that’s what life is all about. “It’s not a dirty little secret, it’s a clean big secret,” said Scott. “I get back way more than I give by tenfold. If you give back and pay it forward, you’ll always get back more than you give.”

Even after all of that, he still wanted more. In 2010, he decided to run for public office and he was selected to serve as Minot District 5’s State Representative. Since then, he has won two additional elections and continues to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader of the House today.

“I’ve always had a passion for politics,” said Scott, “I was tired of sitting back and just complaining.”

Scott first found NextHome in 2015, where he had a unique start. “I was involved in putting together the Danger Report for NAR,” said Scott, referring to the report first released in 2015 that targets the dangers and risks that impact the residential real estate market. “I talked to James Dwiggins [the CEO of NextHome] about the report twice, then we hired him to present that report to the National Association of REALTORS®.”

While working on the Danger Report together, Scott and James began working on a project of their own. Shortly after, in December of 2015, Scott announced his move to NextHome and he opened his first NextHome Legendary Properties office in Minot, North Dakota.

So, why NextHome?

“I stole this quote from (NextHome Vice President of Sales) Charis Moreno,” Scott said with a laugh, “but I wanted to be a part of something bigger. Culture is everything. They (NextHome Corporate) feel it and they work it. You can’t just say you have it, you have to work it. There’s a feel in this brand that doesn’t exist anywhere else. I was nervous, but I knew together I couldn’t fail.”

So, what’s next for Scott?

He and his wife, Alexa, have three beautiful children together. For now, serving as a father, a husband, a legislator, and a NextHome Franchise Owner of two office locations is more than enough to keep him busy.

“If I’m fortunate enough to get reelected, I’ll continue with the legislature. I’d like to expand and open other NextHome offices, but we’ll just have to see how things go.” Whatever Scott’s future may hold, we are certain it will be filled with passion and the same desire to serve that has filled his life in both real estate and politics.

“Being a REALTOR® means making a lasting difference in a client’s life, and being a Broker means making a lasting difference in a REALTOR®’s life,” said Scott.

“And being Scott Louser means making a lasting difference for what you believe in,” added Randy Lenz, Culture Committee Chair.

Congratulations, Scott Louser!

NextHome RGV Realty opens two office locations in Texas

NextHome RGV Realty opens two office locations in Texas

Ronnie Ontiveros

Pleasanton, CA — February 14, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our two newest additions to the franchise, NextHome RGV Realty in Port Isabel and McAllen, Texas. The two brokerage locations represent office locations #21 and #22 opened in the state of Texas for the NextHome franchise. The offices are approximately 20 minutes from each other.

The brokerage will be led and owned by top-producing REALTOR® owner Ronnie Ontiveros. She will handle all day-to-day operations for the company in both locations. She will be assisted on the leadership team by her mother, Nora Flores, who will handle back office details. Scarlett Pardo will serve as the Team Leader for the office.

The team at NextHome RGV Realty will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, military and veteran services, land, relocation, foreclosures, short sales, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units. With nearly 20 associates between both offices, the company is poised to make a mark in South Texas.

The McAllen-based NextHome RGV Realty location will work in the cities of McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Alamo and the entirety of Hidalgo County.

The Port Isabel office will handle clients in the cities of Port Isabel, Harlingen, South Padre Island, Brownsville and the remainder of Cameron County.

McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County with a population with nearly 150,000 residents.

A REALTOR® since 2004, Ronnie started her career in Dallas as a manager for the #1 Keller Williams agent in the United States at that time, Patrick Iommi. Working in that environment allowed Ronnie to learn the ins and outs of running a high-volume, highly productive real estate sales location.

After two years, Ronnie decided to make the move back to her hometown of McAllen and started working with a real estate team at Select Properties as a buyers agent. Shortly after, she switched to becoming a listing agent and had a very successful three year run as a member of the team.

In 2009, Ronnie and a business partner, made the move to Keller Williams in McAllen. Slowly building her business, her first year at the company, she sold nearly $4 million in volume – a huge achievement in a market where $179,000 is the average sales price of a home.

For nearly a decade at Keller Williams, Ronnie was one of the top producing agents in the entire city of McAllen. In 2018, Ronnie sold more than $14 million in real estate.

With ten years of high-volume sales, Ronnie was ready to go into 2019 as a business owner rather than just a REALTOR®.

“Prior to joining NextHome, I knew I wanted to either own my own brokerage or buy into an existing company and be part of the ownership team,” said Ronnie. “When I realized that an ownership opportunity wasn’t possible at the brokerage I was working at, I knew this was the time for me to go out on my own.”

After researching several different companies, Ronnie eventually decided to franchise with NextHome due to the strong organizational structure of the franchise.

“Having someone of Ronnie’s caliber join our company is an honor for us at NextHome,” said NextHome’s Vice President Imran Poladi. “As a long time real estate icon, she brings a stellar reputation and a brokerage full of talented and committed real estate agents who are really making an impact in their community. I speak for our entire corporate team when I say that we are beyond excited to have NextHome RGV Realty team join our NextHome family.”

Please join us in congratulating Ronnie and the rest of the team at NextHome RGV Realty on their office openings in Port Isabel and McAllen, Texas!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome opens newest office in Ashland, Ohio

NextHome opens newest office in Ashland, Ohio

Bill Stepp

Pleasanton, CA — February 5, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Next Stepp. The brokerage represents the fifth office location opened in the state of Ohio for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will be led by broker/owner Bill Stepp and he will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

The team at NextHome Next Stepp will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, land and farms, relocation, foreclosures, short sales, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units. Additionally, the brokerage will serve the community with an auction platform for all real estate properties.

Located an hour south of Cleveland and one hour north of Columbus, the Ashland-based NextHome Next Stepp will service various areas throughout Central Ohio including the cities of Ashland, Mansfield, Wooster, Millersburg, and the remainder of the Richland, Wayne and Holmes Counties.

A professional auctioneer since 1990, Bill brings a unique advantage to the local community. In 1997, he became a full-time auctioneer and has adapted his auction model to serve as a way of selling homes for over 30 years.

In 1997, Bill started in real estate with Dilgard and Associates – a real estate and auction company. Shortly after, Bill purchased it from the owner of the company, who started it in 1953, when he expressed a desire to retire. The company has been known for their real estate auctions and has been consistently auctioning more than 30 homes a year.

As the owner and broker of Dilgard and Associates, Bill grew the company to 14 agents with an annual sales volume of over $13 million – no small feat when the average sales price of a home is around $125,000. In 2018, the company closed over 100 real estate transactions.

While very successful, Bill did look at various real estate franchise models, but always decided to not franchise due to a lack of value. However, in mid-2017, he found NextHome through a real estate magazine. After researching for over a year, Bill made the decision to franchise with NextHome.

“As NextHome Next Stepp, I’m excited about bringing this fresh, new look and feel to our agents and our community,” said Bill. “Adding what NextHome offers, along with our auction platform, we really will be a cut above in what our agents can offer buyers and sellers.”

Bill has been recognized for his service to the real estate industry and auction community for many years.

Bill served as the 2011 President of the Ohio Auctioneers Association and in 2018, he was inducted into the Ohio Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. In 2019, the company has been nominated by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce as a semi-finalist for the Sales and Marketing Award.

Bill and his wife of 34 years, Connie, have two sons – Zane, who is the Office Manager at NextHome Next Stepp, and Zach, a nurse based in Tampa, Florida.

Please join us in congratulating Bill and the rest of the team at NextHome Next Stepp on their new NextHome office in Ashland, OH!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

(clockwise from top right) Pete O’Brien, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pizzi and Vince Tallercio

Pleasanton, CA — October 19, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Brandywine. The brokerage represents the eighth location opened in the state of Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Brandywine will be owned and operated by business partners Dan Pizzi, Mike Schmidt, Pete O’Brien, and Vince Taliercio. Dan will be the managing partner handling the day-to-day operations for the brokerage. Mike will be in charge of all financials and compliance issues. Pete will be responsible for business development and public relations for the company, while Vince will serve as the broker of record.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Pottstown and the counties of Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The relationships formed back in 2004 when Dan and Pete worked together in the telecommunications industry at MCI WorldCom. For three years they worked at the company with Dan as a Project Manager and Pete handling sales.

As the market changed with the economic downturn in 2007, Dan pivoted towards home sales with his family’s background in the real estate industry. His cousin owned a Century 21 office, so Dan started selling real estate part time.

In 2013, Dan and Pete reunited once again at Communications Test Design Inc. The friends worked together for two years before they were caught in another round of downsizing.

“After being part of another round of layoffs, I knew that I was ready to take control of my own destiny and get into real estate full time,” said Dan.

From 2016 to 2018, both Pete and Dan worked at Weichert Real Estate. Working their sphere of influence and using sales skills from their previous career, the partners did very well and were two of the better selling REALTORS® in the area.

After two years of selling as agents at a brokerage, Dan and Pete were ready to go out on their own and open their real estate company.

“We had the opportunity to purchase an existing brokerage, but after exploring all of our options, NextHome was the right fit for our new brokerage,” said Pete.

In 2011, Dan met Vince who was looking to open his own office at that time. They stayed in touch over the years. When it came time to open NextHome Brandywine, Dan reached out to have Vince be the broker of record.

“Vince has the well-rounded knowledge of not only the real estate compliance, but also how to manage a business,” said Dan. “Vince is skilled in multiple ways that will be huge in helping out our company.”

“With Mike, we have a business partner with an attention to detail like no other,” added Dan. “His strength is providing business insight into our brokerage unlike anyone else I know. Just his thought process brings a level that really charts the course for NextHome Brandywine.”

Please join us in congratulating Dan, Pete, Mike, Vince, and the rest of the team at NextHome Brandywine on the opening of their new NextHome office in Downingtown, PA!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Zillow Group: Friend or Foe?

Zillow Group: Friend or Foe?

When it comes to Zillow Group, there seems to be a lot of fear and anger in our industry and it has been this way since the company launched in 2004. I experienced this first hand while working on the portal side of the business, starting with Realtor.com in 2003 and leaving Trulia in 2014. What I learned during these years has provided me insight into what the consumer needs and demands, as well as the fears of real estate professionals across the country.

Fear in business can be dangerous and detrimental. Some of us pull old quotes from Zillow executives and use them today to justify our concerns. Have we never changed course in our business or personal lives? Is it wrong for Zillow to shift direction? If the plan is not working, then perhaps the plan should change but not the goal.

One thing is certain: Zillow has never been shy about their goal of giving power to the people when it comes to making the best decision on the single greatest investment of their life. It’s not as complicated as we have made it over the last several decades. Instead of seeing them as a threat, why not look at Zillow Group as a way to learn and adopt what is working?

Yes, you could ignore them or pull your data as a way to fight against them. The reality is Zillow Group has captured over two-thirds of the total market share of online real estate shoppers and has more than double the audience of Realtor.com, the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®. We used to pay at least five times more for this kind of reach in print advertising without any guarantees readers would even flip to the real estate section. And don’t even get me started on TV or Super Bowl commercials.

NextHome’s leadership team understands that change is inevitable, but transformation is optional. And we choose transformation.

We are focused on transforming the franchise model into something fun and desirable; our franchise owners and their offices into a profitable and enticing place to work; and our agents into the most valuable part of the transaction, so there are no objections at closing time when the commission is paid.

We are also focused on transforming our relationship with industry partners, such as Zillow Group, so our agents and franchise owners are one of the first to be called upon when our partners want to try something new.

Especially if it means we can hold Zillow accountable for providing a service that will need to be successful if they want to get paid. And why shouldn’t they? After all, they are consuming all the financial risk to position themselves as the most visited real estate site in the world. How is it any different than hiring Cartus or paying another broker for a referral, except in this case the referring company is Zillow?

Is this a risky move? Of course! But it becomes a shared risk and without risk, there would be no progress. And without progress, we will not transform into the best version of ourselves.

NextHome 180º Realty opens in Warner Robins, Georgia

NextHome 180º Realty opens in Warner Robins, Georgia

Sylvia and Adam Myers

Pleasanton, CA — August 23, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome 180º Realty. The brokerage represents the fourth office location opened in the state of Georgia for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by husband and wife team, Sylvia and Adam Myers. Sylvia will be the broker of record and handling all day-to-day sales and agent leadership duties, while Adam will serve as the Operations Manager for the brokerage.

Based in Warner Robins, NextHome 180º Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, veteran and military relocation, and land deals for the cities of Warner Robins, Perry, Bonaire, Macon, Kathleen, Centerville, and the remainder of Houston, Bibb and Peach Counties.

The city of Warner Robins is located 90 minutes southeast of Downtown Atlanta and is home to approximately 70,000 residents. The city features Robins Air Force Base, which is the largest logistics Air Force Base in the southeast United States.

Sylvia is a graduate of Middle Georgia State University and holds degrees in both Business Management and Information Technology.

Licensed since 1997, Sylvia has been a longtime top-producing REALTOR® in Georgia. She worked for 3 years as a RE/MAX agent. In her first full year in real estate, she sold nearly $3 million in volume where the average sales price was $120,000 at the time.

In 2000, she opened Hometown Realty, where she was the broker/owner of the business. After building up a successful brokerage, she sold the company a few years later and moved to EXIT Realty where she served as the sales manager for the brokerage.

Sylvia met Adam in 2004 and the couple married in 2014. Adam is also a graduate of Middle Georgia State University and holds a degree in Psychology and Public Service. With Adam’s background and education, he is excited about leading the operations for the brokerage and helping agents be as productive as possible.

He is also the owner/operator of 180 Home Construction, which will provide inventory for the brokerage. Managing 20 to 30 rehab construction projects a year, Adam’s vast experience in construction will be a huge asset to the brokerage.

When Sylvia and Adam started the discussion of going out on their own, they had already kept an eye on the NextHome franchise for some time.

“I can say that I’ve been stalking NextHome for some time now,” said Sylvia with a laugh. “I loved the branding and saw how it resonates with the younger generation of home buyers and sellers.”

NextHome 180º Realty will be a community resource to not only help people buy and sell homes but offer information on the entire process. The agents will provide valuable education that will make their clients feel knowledgeable about the entire home buying and/or selling process.

Sylvia and Adam are committed to helping their community. They have participated in several Habitat for Humanity home builds and are very active within their church.

When not selling real estate, the two of them are very involved in the world of gaming. They are prominent online players of World of Warcraft and enjoy the online interaction with players from around the globe.

Sylvia is also an author and has a children’s book scheduled to be released in fall of 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Sylvia, Adam and the rest of the team at NextHome 180º Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Warner Robins, GA!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

 

NextHome Premier Homes Realty opens in Humble, Texas

NextHome Premier Homes Realty opens in Humble, Texas

(From left to right) Rita Zarghami, Keyvan Zarghami, and Virgie Green

Pleasanton, CA — August 17, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Premier Homes Realty. The brokerage represents the 20th office location opened in the state of Texas for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by real estate broker Rita Zarghami. Rita will be the broker of record and in charge of all day-to-day operations. She will be joined on the leadership team by her husband, Keyvan, and Virgie Calligan-Green. Keyvan will serve as the Vice President of Operations for the brokerage, while Virgie will be the Office Manager.

Based in Humble, NextHome Premier Homes Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, second homes, investment, luxury, and land deals for the areas of Humble, Lake Houston, Atascocita, Kingwood, Crosby, Porter, Huffman, North Channel, and the surrounding areas of Northeast Houston.

Humble is located 20 minutes north of Downtown Houston and is home to approximately 20,000 residents.

Licensed since 1994, Rita has been a longtime top-producing REALTOR® in the Houston area. After nearly ten years of high-volume sales, Rita opened her own brokerage in 2003 – Red Stone Realty LLC.

Under her leadership, she built the brokerage with talented agents to see annual sales in excess of $25 million. Additionally, Keyvan also opened a mortgage company, 1st Community Mortgage Group, concurrent with the opening of the real estate brokerage. The mortgage company was just as successful with more than $20 million in volume annually.

During the recession in the late 2000’s, Houston and surrounding areas were hit extremely hard. Pivoting to adjust to the market conditions, Rita agreed to take over as the Sales Manager for the local Humble Century 21 brokerage, while still actively producing as a selling REALTOR®. Managing 20 agents, Rita guided the brokerage to a very productive office in the midst of an extremely challenging financial time for the state of Texas.

In 2013, Rita went back to running her own brokerage. Changing the brokerage name to Premier Homes, she grew the company to 1o REALTORS® and a large portfolio of listings. But Rita knew she needed more to provide to her agents.

“At the end of 2017, I was approached by several local franchisees about merging with their companies,” said Rita. “I really didn’t have any interest in doing that. I personally went out to seek what was available out there to provide more value for our agents.”

After doing her own research and sharing the info with Keyvan, the Zarghamis reached out to NextHome and spoke with NextHome’s VP of Sales, Charis Moreno.

“I was really excited about the NextHome franchise and what the company had to offer Premier Homes,” she added. “I continued to research other companies, but all roads led back to NextHome.”

Rita says the NextHome Premier Realty difference stems from the company’s five core values: Spiritual, Family, Business, Financial, and Personal.

“We truly treat our clients as people and not just a sale,” said Rita. “We want to build deep relationships with the families in our community. Our agents are client-focused and hold the highest standards. Ethics and honesty are key to earning the trust of our clients and community.”

When not selling real estate, Rita and Keyvan look forward to spending time with their family. They have three children – daughter Akila, and two sons – Jeremiah and Keyvan Keyanoosh. They also have five grandchildren – Joshua, Jacob, Isabela, Kaiden, and Jackson.

Rita loves to cook for the family, while Keyvan is a Corvette enthusiast and attends as many car shows as possible.

Please join us in congratulating Rita, Keyvan, Virgie, and the rest of the team at NextHome Premier Homes Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Humble, TX!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome City Realty opens second location in Michigan

NextHome City Realty opens second location in Michigan

Paul Mychalowych

Pleasanton, CA — August 3, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome City Realty – Detroit Branch. This is the second location for owner, Paul Mychalowych. The brokerage represents the tenth office location opened in the state of Michigan for the NextHome franchise.

As a 14-year real estate veteran, Mychalowych is one of the top-producing REALTORS® in the area. He will also serve as the broker-of-record for the company.

NextHome City Realty – Detroit Branch will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, investment, luxury, short sales, probate sales, and land deals for all areas of Wayne County including the Grosse Pointe Markets as well as every city up the Woodward Corridor to NextHome City Realty’s Birmingham Location.

With a population of just over 4.3 million residents, the city of Detroit is the largest in the state of Michigan. In 2018, Detroit’s economy has seen a huge boost as many of the neighborhoods affected by the 2008 recession are now beginning to stabilize. With a 30% increase in average sales price in the past 12 months, and a successful launch in March 2018 of his first location in Birmingham, MI, Mychalowych felt it was the right time to expand his business into a second location.

“In the last five years, we have seen an influx of Millennial buyers coming into the downtown Detroit area,” said Mychalowych. “There has been a significant boost in housing developments and investments coming from all over the world.”

“With our unique collaborative work environment, we want to be a part of this community as the real estate resource as it continues its growth as one of the fastest growing cities in the nation,” he added. “With offices spanning from Detroit all the way up to Birmingham we can service all the growing communities in between. We have extensive knowledge of these markets and can hopefully help contribute to Detroit’s resurgence, which in turn will filter out into the surrounding areas.”

Before Mychalowych began his real estate career, he spent years as an electrical engineer. As the owner of Advanced Systems & Designs Inc., Mychalowych led a large staff of software and hardware engineers, and a nationwide sales organization including a global network of distributors. He sold the business in 2012.

In 2009, after years as a top-producing REALTOR®, Mychalowych decided to open his own brokerage, Birmingham Realty LLC, in downtown Birmingham.  As the broker of a successful office, Mychalowych did not rest on his laurels.

In 2017, in addition to running a brokerage of associates, Mychalowych closed 64 transactions in excess of $18 million and the brokerage had $26 million in sales volume.

Mychalowych had many reasons behind his decision to partner with NextHome.

“I wanted to provide more value to our agents with better branding, additional technology, technology leveraged training, and tools that would help them save time and make more money,” said Mychalowych.

In addition, “it just made good business sense to not reinvent the wheel and create all this stuff on my own.”

As he was researching franchise options, he was specifically looking for a company that provided a plug and play option that was affordable, yet provided a lot of value.

“NextHome City Realty will bring the features of an office of tomorrow to today’s buyers and sellers,” said Mychalowych. “We have a consumer-centric brand and I value a commitment to education for both our clients and our agents.”

Mychalowych said NextHome City Realty is just the beginning of the expansion of his office footprint. “I see us growing throughout the Detroit area very soon,” added Mychalowych.

When not selling real estate, Mychalowych focuses on family. The Mychalowych’s have been married for 27 years and have two children – daughters Madison (age 18) and Brooklyn (15). The family enjoys spending time relaxing at their lakefront home and in Northern Michigan.

Please join us in congratulating Paul and the rest of the team at NextHome City Realty on the opening of their second new NextHome office in Downtown Detroit, MI!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.