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NextHome Modern Market opens third office

NextHome Modern Market opens third office

Clare & Scott LeForce
Clare & Scott LeForce

Pleasanton, CA — November 9, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Modern Market – Discovery Bay Branch. This new brokerage represents the 49th office location opened in California by the NextHome franchise.

The Discovery Bay-based brokerage will be owned and operated by Scott and Clare LeForce. Clare will head up the entire sales division for the brokerage, while Scott will handle all marketing for the company and the day-to-day operations of the company. They will be joined in leadership by the branch office manager, Doreen Covarelli. This is the third NextHome Modern Market office opened by the LeForces.

NextHome Modern Market will service the entire Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.  The company will provide many different residential services for both buyers and sellers such as first-time home buyers, investor purchases, move-up buyers, luxury sales, land sales, and multi-family properties.

Located 60 miles east of San Francisco, Discovery Bay is a waterfront community built on a network of man-made lakes surrounded by freshwater. With a population of 14,000 residents, the community features its own golf course and many of the homes have private docks with access to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Starting her real estate career in the mortgage industry in 1989, Clare worked for Western Colonial Mortgage. Over the next five years, she grew her business to be one of the top loan officers in the area. Although successful, Clare found herself wanting to move to the sales side of the business to align with her passion of helping people purchase the home.

“One of the best things I could have ever done for my career was to have started in mortgage first,” recalls Clare. “Having the full understanding of the finance side of the business really allowed me to have a significant advantage when it came to helping buyers understand the full process of purchasing a home.”

In 1995, Clare started as a REALTOR® with Realty World – Corral Hollow in Tracy, CA. She built a business that grew to the point where she needed more than just herself to handle the volume.

She started her team (The C.A.R.E. Team) which sold more than $25 million annually. Clare was recognized as one of the top selling REALTORS® in the entire San Joaquin Valley.

“Our team worked extremely hard to help as many families as possible,” recalls Clare. “I could not have done it without their help and dedication.”

In 2001, Clare opened her own brokerage – Realty World – Providence based out of Tracy, CA. In addition to traditional sales, she built relationships with various national banks who were in need of help to sell their foreclosed properties.

With the San Joaquin Valley being one of the hardest hit areas of the nation during the recession of 2007 – 2011, Clare and her team sold more than 100 homes annually during that period.

“It was very difficult to see so many of our residents being displaced at that time,” said Clare. “But it also did allow many first-time home buyers to purchase properties at an affordable price. Many of these buyers we helped during those years are still homeowners today.”

In 2009, Clare and Scott expanded to a second location in Discovery Bay, CA to service the Contra Costa County area, as well.

After 15 years in the Central Valley of California, Scott and Clare relocated to Scottsdale in 2016. Continuing to own and run their business in California, the ability to open an office in Scottsdale was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“When Scott and I decided where we wanted to relocate to, we wanted a place that fit our lifestyle,” said Clare. “With the great weather, the community culture, proximity to an international, and so many things to do in Scottsdale, it was an easy choice.”

“When we moved here, it made so much sense for me to continue to sell real estate – especially in an area we have fallen in live with. Real estate is in my blood and I just love helping people find their perfect place to live.”

Please join us in welcoming Scott, Clare, and the rest of the team at NextHome Modern Market – Discovery Bay Branch to the NextHome family!

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.

The NextHome franchise launches office in Tracy, CA

The NextHome franchise launches office in Tracy, CA

Clare & Scott LeForce
Clare & Scott LeForce

Pleasanton, CA — November 8, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Modern Market – Tracy Branch. This new brokerage is the 48th office location opened in California by the NextHome franchise.

The Tracy-based brokerage will be owned and operated by Scott and Clare LeForce. Clare will head up the entire sales division for the brokerage, while Scott will handle all marketing for the company and the day-to-day operations of the company. This is the second NextHome Modern Market office opened by the LeForces.

NextHome Modern Market will service the cities of Tracy, Stockton, Modesto, Manteca, Lathrop and the remainder of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. The company will provide many different residential services for both buyers and sellers such as first-time home buyers, investor purchases, move-up buyers, luxury sales, land sales, and multi-family properties.

Tracy is home to approximately 90,000 residents and is the second most populated city in San Joaquin County. The city is a popular place to live due to its close proximity to the Bay Area and relatively affordable housing in comparison to homes closer to Silicon Valley.

Starting her real estate career in the mortgage industry in 1989, Clare worked for Western Colonial Mortgage. Over the next five years, she grew her business to be one of the top loan officers in the area. Although successful, Clare found herself wanting to move to the sales side of the business to align with her passion of helping people purchase the home.

“One of the best things I could have ever done for my career was to have started in mortgage first,” recalls Clare. “Having the full understanding of the finance side of the business really allowed me to have a significant advantage when it came to helping buyers understand the full process of purchasing a home.”

In 1995, Clare started as a REALTOR® with Realty World – Corral Hollow in Tracy, CA. She built a business that grew to the point where she needed more than just herself to handle the volume.

She started her team (The C.A.R.E. Team) which sold more than $25 million annually. Clare was recognized as one of the top selling REALTORS® in the entire San Joaquin Valley.

“Our team worked extremely hard to help as many families as possible,” recalls Clare. “I could not have done it without their help and dedication.”

In 2001, Clare opened her own brokerage – Realty World – Providence based out of Tracy, CA. In addition to traditional sales, she built relationships with various national banks who were in need of help to sell their foreclosed properties.

With the San Joaquin Valley being one of the hardest hit areas of the nation during the recession of 2007 – 2011, Clare and her team sold more than 100 homes annually during that period.

“It was very difficult to see so many of our residents being displaced at that time,” said Clare. “But it also did allow many first-time home buyers to purchase properties at an affordable price. Many of these buyers we helped during those years are still homeowners today.”

In 2009, Clare and Scott expanded to a second location in Discovery Bay, CA to service the Contra Costa County area, as well.

After 15 years in the Central Valley of California, Scott and Clare relocated to Scottsdale in 2016. Continuing to own and run their business in California, the ability to open an office in Scottsdale was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“When Scott and I decided where we wanted to relocate to, we wanted a place that fit our lifestyle,” said Clare. “With the great weather, the community culture, proximity to an international, and so many things to do in Scottsdale, it was an easy choice.”

“When we moved here, it made so much sense for me to continue to sell real estate – especially in an area we have fallen in live with. Real estate is in my blood and I just love helping people find their perfect place to live.”

Please join us in welcoming Scott, Clare, and the rest of the team at NextHome Modern Market – Tracy Branch to the NextHome family!

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 Select opens in the Sacramento Region

NextHome Select opens in the Sacramento Region

Jason and Tiffany Lewis
Jason and Tiffany Lewis

Pleasanton, CA — November 3, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Select. This new brokerage is the 47th office location opened in California by the NextHome franchise.

The Sacramento area-based brokerage will be owned and operated by veteran real estate broker, Jason Lewis. He will be joined on the leadership team by his wife and business partner, Tiffany. Jason will handle all aspects of sales and the day-to-day operations of the brokerage, while Tiffany will handle all back-office responsibilities, including setting appointments, contract administration, and lead generation.

NextHome Select will service the counties of Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo. The company will provide many different residential services for both buyers and sellers such as first-time home buyers, investor purchases, move-up buyers, luxury sales, and multi-family properties.

As a second-generation real estate professional, Jason worked under the supervision of his father, Herman Lewis. As the owner of Herman Lewis Architect, Jason’s father built the largest home building company in the Sacramento Region. Starting in 1991, Jason worked alongside Herman for nearly a decade, building large custom homes throughout Sacramento County. In the early 2000’s, Jason made the move to Hawaii and began his own successful building company on the island of Kona.

In 2003, Jason returned to Sacramento and attained his California General Contractor’s License. Having the knowledge of building a house from the ground up, in addition to the sales process of selling the finished home, Jason feels that provides his clients a unique experience.

“I was fortunate enough to be involved in a business where I was able to learn everything about a home – from the foundation to the final sale,” said Jason. “I feel that having the experience and knowledge to be able to give trusted advice to my clients is a unique benefit when it comes to working with our team.”

In 2008, Jason opened Brock Realty (which later became Realty World – Gold), where over the next nine years, the company saw sales in excess of $10 million annually.

As NextHome Select, Jason and Tiffany look to represent buyers and sellers with their unique team approach where clients will be provided first-class service by two professionals instead of a single agent.

When not working, the Lewis’ focus on family. Jason has a daughter, Jenna (age 17) and the couple have a 2-year old daughter, Kaylin. With a due date of April 25, 2018, the couple are expecting their second child together.

Please join us in welcoming Jason, Tiffany and the rest of the team at NextHome Select to the NextHome family!

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.

The NextHome Franchise announces 200th Franchised Location

The NextHome Franchise announces 200th Franchised Location

Pleasanton, CA— August 9, 2017—Real estate franchisor NextHome proudly announces the opening of their 200th office location – Palm Harbor, Florida.

The company’s growth has been unlike anything seen in the real estate industry. NextHome began franchising in January of 2015 and since launching, the company has expanded nationally into 41 states.

“To be able to grow our company from zero to 200 offices in less than 30 months has been an incredible ride,” said NextHome’s Chief Executive Officer, James Dwiggins. “It has been a humbling journey and still having the family feel while building a national network of NextHome agents and brokers has been inspiring.”

“We are looking forward to what the next 30 months has in store for our company,” added Dwiggins.

Key to the expansion has been the work of the sales team, led by NextHome’s Vice President of Sales, Charis Moreno.

“I’m excited about our company’s expansion and how quickly we have grown,” said Moreno. “But what truly impresses me is the quality of the NextHome agents and brokers that have become a part of our company. The best companies are driven by the quality of the people in it.”

Based in Pleasanton, California, NextHome’s headquarters features nearly 20 staff members dedicated to serving more than 1,600 NextHome members nationally. The team, led by NextHome’s Chief Operating Officer, Tei Baishiki, handles more than 8,500 member services inquiries per month.

With NextHome’s highly automated Intranet system, the Member Services team can focus on highly personalized, first-class interactivity with members who are in need of real estate assistance.

New additions to NextHome’s technology platform has substantially increased broker interest in franchising with the company. NextHome’s Chief Strategy Officer, Keith Robinson, focuses on identifying and implementing new products to the NextHome suite of tools. These tools include the integration and connectivity of real estate technology products such as: SmartZip, Ylopo, BombBomb, RealScout, Homespotter, and Spacio.

Once these programs have been added to the franchise’s platform, members are shown the benefits of NextHome services through various live in-person trainings, as well as online webinars. These courses, taught by NextHome’s Franchise Development Director, Mackenzie Baishiki, allow a flexible, yet interactive experience that caters to today’s REALTOR®.

With NextHome’s goal of having offices in all 50 states by mid-2018, the company looks to grow not only in total offices, but also in agent count.

“Our company has seen a pretty significant increase in agent count over the past year,” said NextHome’s Vice President of Business Development, Imran Poladi. “As our brokers get more comfortable and confident in what their NextHome brokerage has to offer, their ability to add talented agents has been exceptional.”

“I remember being in a room just three years ago with a dedicated corporate team who wanted to change the industry. And here we are, just 30 months into our journey and I’m so proud to see our company growing with productive, career-oriented REALTORS®,” added Poladi.

 

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.

What’s Good in the Hood? Six Ways to Check Your Neighborhood’s Vibe

What’s Good in the Hood? Six Ways to Check Your Neighborhood’s Vibe

When Bradley Shaw decided to move to Coronado, California last year, he was drawn to the laid-back beach lifestyle the area offered. But after he sold his old house and needed to find a new place quickly, he blew off some of the research he planned to do and ended up in a neighborhood he admits isn’t exactly what he wanted.

The house is on a busier street than he would have liked, and he’s found that the demographics of the area, including a high military population, lead to a concentration of rental homes and a consistent turnover of neighbors.

The house itself…still awesome. The rest of his environment…less than ideal.

There’s much more that factors into the enjoyment of your home than the structure itself. In fact, “neighborhood quality” is more important than home size for more than three-quarters of home buyers surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Here are six questions to consider about your new home’s environment.

1. How safe is the area?

This is probably the first item on your neighborhood fact-finding list, and with good reason. Crime stats can be found a variety of places online including NeighborhoodScout, which has a section for crime rates; and AreaVibes, which computes a Livability Score that includes crime rates.

To find out if there are nearby sex offenders, check databases at the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website or Family Watchdog. You can also check with your local police department and consult the online community paper, which often prints the police blotter.

2. How awesome are the schools?

Websites such as SchoolDigger and GreatSchools can be a good starting point for assessing your local schools, and they are important to consult since everyone else (read: the next buyers) will be factoring those numbers into their ranking, too. But don’t rely on those numbers completely.

Call your local schools and ask them to send you a copy of the most recent Parent Teacher Organization/Association newsletter. That will give you a good feeling for what goes on in the school community.

Tempted to blow off school research because you don’t have kids? Don’t. The school district is still critical, says Ali Wenzke, a suburban Chicago homeowner who has moved almost a dozen times for her and her husband’s work. “I was pregnant when we bought our first home, and therefore was all over the parks and nearby zoo. We didn’t even consider our school district because kindergarten was years away, and the local high school certainly wasn’t on our radar.” Her story had a happy ending: She had unwittingly bought in a great school district which fast-tracked the resale, but warns it could have easily gone the other way.

3. Can you walk this way?

A new factor popping up is walkability: A NAR survey found that nearly half of people surveyed would choose a community with a smaller yard if it had an easy walk to amenities over a place with a larger yard that required more driving.

“In a city like Los Angeles where people spend so much time in their cars, walkability is a growing factor in many buyers’ decision-making process,” says Realtor® Amber Dolle with John Aaroe Group in Los Angeles. Visit the Walk Score to find ratings for specific houses — the higher the rating, the more walkable the neighborhood is, meaning the easier it is to accomplish routine errands on foot.

4. What is the neighborhood like when there’s not an open house?

Two p.m. on a Saturday is just one tiny sliver in the weekly rhythm of a neighborhood. Nothing beats a drive by on a Friday night to see how wild your neighbors get or just a walk around on a random Wednesday afternoon, says Todd Hutcheson, owner of ISellHomes.com in Orlando, Florida.

Check out if people are friendly when you stroll by; if kids are out playing; and if the streets are well-lit. And be on the look-out for deal breakers, whether it’s people parking their cars on the lawn or a pack of barking dogs next door, Hutcheson says, which can torpedo your peace and your home value.

And of course, you can always do a little door knocking to check with the neighbors, suggests Dolle, who often accompanies clients on a fact-finding mission. Find out if there are known crime problems or nuisances straight from the people who deal with them every day.

It’s also smart to try your commute during rush hour, just to make sure there are no unpleasant traffic surprises.

5. What’s on the horizon for your neighborhood?

Is your neighborhood slated for a three-lane highway, a new shopping mall, or scores of new tract homes? For better or worse, they will affect your home value, so check with the local planning and economic development departments. Development might just increase traffic woes and density, but it could also increases economic vitality, with upgraded buildings, parks and sidewalks, and exciting new merchants coming to town.

6. What are your neighbors ranting and raving about?

Wish you could be a fly on the wall to find out what’s really important to your neighbors? Try hanging out on Nextdoor or the local Facebook Group. “These types of apps and sites can be great for discovering activity in the area, from upcoming events to crime,” says Aaron Norris with real estate investment firm The Norris Group in Riverside, Calif.

On his own community-run site, he finds that participants share everything from information about traffic incidents to funny stories, weather, nonprofit news, and lost dog posts. “It’s amazing how active these self-regulated groups are,” he says, noting that some are inclined to be positive and informative, while others attract squeaky wheels who have a lot of spare time on their hands to complain. Take the chatter with a grain of salt, but public social snooping can still provide an invaluable peek into what’s on your neighbors’ minds.

And, don’t hesitate to take it a step further. Many sites will let newbies ask questions about a community they are considering.

 

NextHome River City Is The Newest Addition To The NextHome Franchise

NextHome River City Is The Newest Addition To The NextHome Franchise

Michael Klein
Michael Klein

Pleasanton, CA— March 30, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome River City. It is the 40th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Sacramento, the new brokerage will be owned and operated by 17-year real estate veteran and broker, Michael Klein.

NextHome River City will provide real estate services such as residential sales, new construction sales and investment property sales in the city of Sacramento with a focus on the neighborhoods of Midtown, East Sacramento, and Land Park.

As the state capital of California, Sacramento is home to approximately 500,000 residents. Sacramento is the sixth largest city in California.

Originally from Berkeley, California, Klein moved to Sacramento in 1999 to complete his studies at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

While in law school, Klein bought a home to rehab and resell. After working with a local real estate agent to help him acquire his investment property, Klein realized he would be better off negotiating his own deals and got his real estate license shortly after selling his rehabbed property.

In 2004, he started Klein Properties, where his main focus was working on real estate developments.

“I really had no intention of working full time as a REALTOR® since I wanted to focus on real estate development,” recalls Klein. “But after seeing how many people wanted me to assist them in selling or buying their home, my business started heading in that direction.”

This pivot in his business led to exceptional sales where his annual sales consistently exceeded $10 million in real estate volume.

In 2014, Intero Real Estate Services was looking for help in expansion and growth in the Sacramento region. Seeing an opportunity to lead and help other agents in their business really appealed to Klein and he took on the role of Managing Partner for the company.

“I have a passion for helping others better themselves personally by improving professionally,” said Klein. “At the time, the opportunity made a lot of sense.”

While running the brokerage, Klein found himself really enjoying the larger brokerage atmosphere, but wanted to return to owning his own company.

Klein found NextHome through a colleague who he had met 20 years prior.

“I found out about NextHome through Keith Robinson, who I have known for nearly two decades,” said Klein. “When I went to the corporate office in Pleasanton, I was able to meet the entire NextHome team and knew right away that the company was different. I wanted to be a part of a company that is going to change the industry.”

When not selling real estate, Klein spends time with his wife of 18 years, Jenny. She works in physical therapy and has spent many years working with children with disabilities.

The Kleins have two children of their own – daughter, Samantha (age 14) and their son, Ben (11). You’ll often find the couple cheering on the kids at their soccer and lacrosse games.

Please join us in welcoming Michael and the rest of his team at NextHome River City for the opening of their brand new NextHome office!

 

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 New Office in Clovis, California

NextHome Opens New Office in Clovis, California

Kim Dixon (center) with her daughter Kiri and son Jake
Kim Dixon (center) with her daughter Kiri and son Jake

Pleasanton, CA— March 28, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Five Star Realty. It is the 39th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Clovis, the new brokerage will be owned and operated real estate broker, Kim Dixon.

NextHome Five Star Realty will provide real estate services such as residential sales and investment property sales in the areas of Clovis, Sanger, Fowler, Fresno, and the remainder of Fresno County.

Clovis is located approximately seven miles northwest of Fresno. The city is home to just over 100,000 residents.

Dixon entered the real estate industry in 2010 after a career in law enforcement as a police officer for the Salinas Police Department. Knowing she wanted to focus on spending more time with her family, she started a career in real estate to allow the flexibility to be there for her two children.

With her father being a contractor in Monterey County, Dixon grew up around construction job sites and rehabilitation projects.

“I have always enjoyed real estate and grew up watching my father work on various projects all around Monterey County,” said Dixon. “When I was younger, I would be on-site with different construction projects with him. Being there made me appreciate the work put into real estate projects.”

She started as a REALTOR® with a family-owned, independent brokerage in Clovis. Over the next six years, Dixon was able to sell 15+ homes a year, all while continuing the commitment to be there for her family.

“My daughter, Kiri (age 22), is a young woman with special needs,” said Dixon. “Being there to help her in her teen years has been so important to me. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful son, Jake (16), to assist me with caring for her, and a career that allows me the flexibility to be with my kids.”

In 2016, Dixon got her broker’s license and found it the right time to open her own brokerage.

“I wanted to add more tools and technology to better serve my clients,” said Dixon. “I knew those needs would be best met with a franchised brokerage model.”

Dixon first found out about NextHome through an advertisement in REALTOR® Magazine.

“The bright orange theme caught my eye, but it was the incredible amount of technology tools and service that made me decide NextHome was the perfect fit for my new brokerage,” added Dixon.

When not selling real estate, you’ll find mother and daughter watching Jake on the baseball diamond as the starting pitcher at Sanger High School. He has committed to attending and playing baseball for Fresno State. A student herself, Kiri is also taking courses at Fresno City College.

“My kids are my everything,” said Dixon. “I’m so proud of both of them.”

Please join us in welcoming Kim and the rest of her team at NextHome Five Star Realty for the opening of their brand new NextHome office!

 

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 Brokerage in Santa Rosa, California

NextHome Opens Brokerage in Santa Rosa, California

(from left to right) Jock McNeill, Teri Villeggiante, Marnie Goldschlag, Eric Goldschlag
(from left to right) Jock McNeill, Teri Villeggiante, Marnie Goldschlag, Eric Goldschlag

Pleasanton, CA— March 20, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Wine Country Premier. It is the 38th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Santa Rosa, the new brokerage will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, and luxury home sales. The brokerage will serve the needs of residents in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, and the remainder of Sonoma County.

NextHome Wine Country Premier will be owned and operated by four business partners who will specialize in different aspects of the brokerage – Marnie and Eric Goldschlag (Training and Operations), Teri Villeggiante (Agent Development), and Jock McNeill (Recruiting).

Teri met Marnie during their time working at the same local Prudential brokerage. They enjoyed working together and quickly built a friendship on trust and helping one another with their real estate business.

When the two left Prudential to join the local Century 21 office in 2011, they continued to work alongside each other although not officially on a team. With Teri and Marnie having 25 and 13 years of real estate experience respectively, the dynamic between the two made a lot of sense to join forces and form a team.

In 2014, Marnie and Teri created The Wine Country Home Team.

“We had already helped each other with our business in the past, and we are such close friends, it made complete sense for us to partner up and work as a team,” said Marnie.

After a successful career in law enforcement for nearly three decades, Eric came on board to handle all Operations for the brokerage. Licensed since 2003, Eric was instrumental in building the Goldschlag’s real estate business. Now able to focus on real estate full-time, he will bring a steady eye to the brokerage’s financial division and the day-to-day operations of the company.

After meeting Marnie in 2004 as a member of the same Rotary Club, Jock comes to the table with vast experience in running a thriving property management business. License since 2000, he owns a company that manages over 1,000 properties. As the member of the ownership team responsible for growing the brokerage, Jock’s deep connections within the community will be key in developing NextHome Wine Country Premier.

After an exceptional year in sales in 2016, the four knew it was time to look at opening their own real estate company.

“We wanted a franchise that had not only a fresh look, but also a fresh approach to real estate,” said Teri. “After meeting with several different franchises, there really was only one choice – NextHome.”

“We found NextHome through a simple Google search,” added Jock. “What we found was a franchise that had that fresh, clean look, was forward-thinking and had all the technology we wanted…. and more.”

The owners of NextHome Wine Country Premier have a crystal-clear vision for their brokerage that they pride themselves in.

“It really comes down to the people,” said Marnie. “We have a brokerage focused on having agents who are career-oriented, who want to provide world-class service for their clients and who want to work in a caring, collaborative work environment. Real estate is about having fun, yet providing great service to our community. We have a brokerage that will attract like-minded agents to join us.”

Please join us in welcoming Marnie, Eric, Teri, Jock and the rest of their team at NextHome Wine Country Premier for the opening of their brand new NextHome office!

 

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 Family Tree Realty opens in Vacaville, CA

NextHome Family Tree Realty opens in Vacaville, CA

Amanda Mills
Amanda Mills

Pleasanton, CA— March 14, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Family Tree Realty. It is the 37th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Vacaville, the new brokerage will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, and purchases for first time homebuyers.

Owned and operated by Amanda and Shawn Mills, the company will serve the residents of Vacaville, Vallejo, Dixon, Suisun City, Fairfield, Winters, and the remainder of Solano County.

Licensed since 2003, Amanda entered real estate after many years as a computer programmer. She started building her sales skills at a local real estate office. As a graduate of Sonoma State with a degree in Psychology (emphasizing in Neuropsychology), Amanda credits her understanding of people through her studies.

“I work really hard in making sure my clients feel heard,” said Amanda. “In a career like real estate, understanding how a buyer or seller might feel before, during, and after the transaction is really important in making them feel like their needs are being met.”

In 2008, Amanda moved her license to Kappel & Kappel, a longtime local brokerage well-known in the Vacaville community. In 2014, Coldwell Banker franchised the office, thus making it Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway.

Working in an office that was an independent model which switched to a franchise made Amanda think about how she would eventually own and operate her own brokerage.

“I love the feeling of having an independent brokerage that stood out because of its family-first connection with the community,” said Amanda. “But I do understand the benefits of a streamlined, all-service packaged approach when a brokerage aligns with a franchise.”

“I knew I wanted to open my own brokerage, but didn’t find a company that made sense to franchise with,” she added.

By chance, Amanda met Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President of Business Development, through her local service at the Northern Solano County Association of REALTORS® (NSCAR) as the 2015 Board President.

“I saw Imran speak at an event for the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and I wanted him to speak at our very first meeting for our local board,” recalled Amanda.

“After getting to know Imran, I followed the details about his company and NextHome for nearly two years before making the decision to leave and open my own brokerage,” said Amanda. “I saw other leaders I respect such as Scott Gieser and Yvette Sloan join the franchise. I knew NextHome was the only company I wanted to be a part of.”

The name NextHome Family Tree Realty came through Amanda’s commitment to culture.

“The word ‘culture’ is thrown around these days without real regard to what it truly means,” added Amanda. “Family Tree represents treating our agents and clients like family and knowing we have strong roots in our community.”

When not selling real estate, Amanda dedicates time to the real estate industry – serving as a CAR Director, a NSCAR Board Member and Past President, and the Chair of several committees for her Association.

Shawn joins the brokerage as the Broker of Record for NextHome Family Tree Realty and has been assisting Amanda with her property listings and sales for several years. In addition to his work as the Broker of Record, Shawn has been a Certified Transaction Coordinator for the past eight years.

The couple of 20 years have a 19-year-old son, Harrison, who has been a competitive Kart racer for 11 years.

Amanda is a world-renowned singer who has opened for the likes of Loretta Lynn and Toby Keith. In 2016, Amanda sang the National Anthem to open the CAR Directors Meetings in Sacramento.

Please join us in welcoming Amanda, Shawn and the rest of their team at NextHome Family Tree Realty for the opening of their brand new NextHome office!

 

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 Cedar Street Realty expands into Stanislaus County

NextHome Cedar Street Realty expands into Stanislaus County

Amy Rivers (left) and Sherry Montalvo
Amy Rivers (left) and Sherry Montalvo

Pleasanton, CA— March 1, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Cedar Street Realty office located in Stanislaus County.

Based out of Modesto, the new branch location of NextHome Cedar Street Realty will provide real estate services such as residential sales, land sales, luxury home sales, investment property sales, commercial properties, and purchases for first time homebuyers.

Owned and operated by business partners Amy Rivers and Sherry Montalvo, the company will serve the residents of Modesto, Ceres, Oakdale, Riverbank, Turlock, Manteca, Ripon, and the remainder of Stanislaus and Merced Counties.

Opening their first NextHome franchise location in early 2015, Rivers and Montalvo grew the Roseville location of NextHome Cedar Street Realty to one of the largest offices in the national NextHome network in just under two years.

As they grew their company to over 30 agents, the partners looked at opportunities to expand their regional footprint. A meeting with a top real estate team in Modesto provided an opportunity that made sense for immediate expansion.

“Sherry and I had the opportunity to work with Shana Gates and her Modesto-based team,” said Rivers. “The Shana Gates Team has been a well-respected and highly productive team in Stanislaus County for several years. With Shana coming on board our company in late 2016, we committed to opening a new office location to spread the NextHome Cedar Street Realty brand.”

“Shana’s team brings a high level of service to their clients and fit the NextHome mold of successful, talented REALTORS®,” added Rivers. “We are excited about the growth of our company and the new location that will provide powerful technology and marketing to a new market.”

Please join us in welcoming Amy, Sherry, Shana and the rest of their team at NextHome Cedar Street Realty for the opening of their brand new NextHome office!

 

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