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The dirty “D” word of insurance – Deductible

The dirty “D” word of insurance – Deductible

In the business of insurance, customers and clients have identified two dirty words, premium, and deductible, because they imply a cost the customer will have to pay. Premium refers to the monthly, semi-annual, or annual bill a customer pays for insurance protection. A deductible is the financial portion of a claim an insured (aka homeowner) would be responsible for in the event a claim is made.

When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, a deductible can actually be structured one of two ways: it can be a flat rate (for example a $1000 deductible) or it can be a percentage of the insured structure (for example a 1% deductible on a $250,000 home would be $2500.)

Generally, the higher deductible a customer can afford, the more inexpensive the regular premiums will be. With a higher deductible, the customer is taking on more personal risk in the event of a claim, so the insurance companies reward them with a lower bill.

 

PRO TIP for homeowners: set up a separate savings or investment account that always keeps your deductible set aside so you can use it as needed during the time of a claim.

Also, be aware that a homeowner’s insurance deductible does not operate in the same fashion as a health insurance deductible. Each homeowner insurance claim requires the same expected deductible* and small claims do not add up until you “meet your deductible” as it does in healthcare. This means that clients should not file a claim unless the damage to the property is substantial enough to surpass their deductible. Your designated insurance agent will be able to help educate you on do’s and don’ts of filing claims.

 

PRO TIP for homeowners: consider bundling your home and auto insurance with the same company to earn discounts on your insurance costs.

Finally, don’t expect to write your insurance company a check for your deductible in the event of a claim. The insurance company will assess the damage and make payment to the insured minus their deductible. For example, a homeowner’s insurance claim adjusted in the amount of $10,000 with a $1,000 deductible would pay the insured $9,000.

When you understand the dirty words of insurance, they become a little less intimidating and you can control how you use them (literally and figuratively.)

Be sure to reach out to Gateway Insurance Group to explore your options for deductibles, discounts, and more! Visit us at www.gfapandc.com/nexthome

*With some policy provision exceptions (like a lesser deductible for a wind claim, etc.)

What is a Real Estate Home Warranty?

What is a Real Estate Home Warranty?

As a real estate professional, you probably already know that home warranties can serve many valuable purposes in real estate transactions. Home warranties can help market properties, offer reassurance to prospective buyers, and help homeowners protect their budgets when many common household breakdowns occur on covered items. In addition to knowing the advantages, do you know how to explain home warranty coverage to your clients? Here’s a quick explanation to help.

  • A home warranty is a service agreement, often for one year, that covers the repair or replacement of many major home system components and appliances that break down over time due to normal wear and tear.
  • A home warranty is not the same as a homeowners insurance plan, which typically protects homes from potential events like fires, theft, or natural disasters. While a home warranty is a good complement to standard homeowners insurance, it’s not a substitute for it.

Depending on the plan, most home warranties require an annual or monthly fee as well as a service call fee that is due per contractor specialty to diagnose a covered problem or to perform service. Knowing these costs in advance can help homeowners budget for many of the inevitable household breakdowns that always seem to occur at the worst possible times. In some cases, there could be additional costs associated with covered repairs or replacements, so always advise your clients to thoroughly review their home warranty contract for details to avoid surprises.

In addition to helping protect homeowners’ budgets, home warranties can also offer homeowners a reliable resource for repair help when breakdowns occur on covered items. Home warranty customers are given a number or website to contact for repair requests, which can save homeowners valuable time when seeking a qualified contractor. Home warranty companies, such as American Home Shield®, go the extra mile to monitor and grade contractors on their performance through customer satisfaction surveys.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.

NextHome opens first franchised office in the state of Delaware

NextHome opens first franchised office in the state of Delaware

Bobbi Slagle

Pleasanton, CA — February 7, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Preferred. The brokerage represents the very first office location opened in the state of Delaware for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will be led by broker/owner Bobbi Slagle. She and her administrative team will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

The team at NextHome Preferred 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.

Located in central Delaware, the Dover-based NextHome Preferred brokerage is located within a 90-minute drive of most major cities in the region such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Atlantic City. Dover is the capital of Delaware and is the second largest city in the state, with nearly 40,000 residents.

The brokerage will service various areas throughout Central Delaware including all of Kent County, which encompasses the cities of Dover, Magnolia, Harrington, Milford, Camden, Bowers Beach, Clayton, Farmington, Felton, Smyrna, Hartly, Houston, as well as parts of the bordering counties of New Castle and Sussex.

Dover is home to the Dover International Speedway where various NASCAR events are held yearly. Additionally, the Dover Air Force Base is one of the most heavily used military bases on the Northern East Coast and a large part of the community of Kent County.

A REALTOR® since 2004, Bobbi started her career in Dover with a large nationally franchised office for the first three years. Doing very well, she moved on to the boutique firm, First Class Properties, where she used the company’s innovation and community commitment to further advance her personal business.

In 2009, Bobbi attained her broker’s license and was promoted to be the broker/manager for the 15-agent brokerage from 2011 until 2016. Even though she led the company as the broker and office manager, Bobbi was still able to sell real estate at a high level. From 2007 on, Bobbi has ranked in the top 10% of all REALTORS® in Kent County.

“Leading my colleagues taught me a lot about how to help others achieve their goals by adapting to various personalities and learning how to best communicate with different agents with different needs,” said Bobbi. “I’m most proud of our agents who worked extremely hard and pushed through what was a down market in the early 2010s.”

In January 2016, when the local Brokerage affiliated with a franchise, Bobbi felt the need to make a move to RE/MAX Horizons in Dover to free up some time to focus more on her family and lead a small team. In the two years at the company, Bobbi increased her personal sales to more than 30 transactions a year and grew her property management business, 5 Star Property Management, as well.

“Our 5 Star Realty Group team was doing really well, but I saw an opportunity and a need in our local market for a brokerage that would provide guidance, leadership, accountability and growth for real estate agents.”

After a lot of discussion and research, Bobbi found NextHome by accident.

“I was actually trying to research a different real estate franchise when I stumbled upon NextHome,” she said. “Other companies didn’t make me feel good about what they offered. But after taking some time and looking at NextHome.com, I was very intrigued.”

“Since the moment I was able to speak with the team at NextHome, I’ve been extremely happy with every step along the way since. It’s been very exciting to be aligned with a company with the same consumer focused values at the core of what they do.”

Bobbi loved the clean branding, the standardization of marketing, the high-level technology, and the professionalism the company created and maintained.

Bobbi has spent years perfecting her craft through education and certifications. She has earned accreditations such as Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), the Military Residential Specialist (MilRES), and the Military Relocation Professional Designation to name just a few.

She has also made a commitment to volunteering in her local real estate board as not only a member of the Board of Directors but she’s served on the Kent County Association of REALTORS® (KCAR) Professional Standards Committee, the Education Committee, the TREND MLS Board of Directors and in 2018, Bobbi was awarded the REALTOR® of the Year.

Bobbi and her husband Charles have been married for 15 years. Between the two of them, they have three children – daughters Amber (19 years old) and Madison (15) and son Wesley (18). The family loves to travel and recently took a trip to Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Please join us in congratulating Bobbi and the rest of the team at NextHome Preferred on their new NextHome office in Dover, DE!

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.

NextHomie of the Month for January 2019: Joe Montoya

NextHomie of the Month for January 2019: Joe Montoya

Sometimes all it takes is a “regular Joe” to have a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of people. Such is the case with Joe Montoya of the Sacramento area’s NextHome Select and our January 2019 NextHomie of the Month.

When people are in need, Joe gets rolling. “Never go to help empty handed,” Joe said in a recent interview.

“Joe’s inspiring,” said Tiffany Lewis, broker/owner of NextHome Select along with her husband, Jason. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. I was at a party at Joe’s home recently and past clients of his told me they could have lived anywhere, but they picked a house near Joe so they could be closer to him.”

Joe’s story is about one man deciding to step up.

Joe and his wife, Julie, had taken some time off and were vacationing in the Paradise, CA area when her brother showed up in his truck and said the authorities wouldn’t let him go back to his house. They didn’t know it at the moment, but Julie’s brother’s house had been destroyed and his dog killed in the wildfires that recently raged through the Paradise area. By that time, thousands of people had been displaced and many were living in a makeshift campground in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

That was all Joe needed to hear. He headed home where Joe and Julie cut up meat and vegetables and made pounds and pounds of hot posole stew. He loaded it into his burner stove on his truck and took off for Paradise.

“It was getting colder and colder up there,” Joe said. “We just had to do something.”

When he arrived, Joe was amazed at the scene –  the parking lot was already packed with people, tents, and vehicles.

“But just as we arrived, one car just happened to pull out and we pulled right into that spot,” Joe said. And when the word got out, there was almost immediately a long line behind Joe’s truck.

“One guy told me the people there hadn’t had a hot meal in over a week,” Joe said. Most of the donated food items were non-perishable items such as jerky, canned goods, or snacks. With the declining temperatures, they needed a hot and heavy meal.

That afternoon, Joe and Julie served over 300 people – until all the posole was gone.

“I can still see all those faces in need and how cold they looked and …,” Joe said, his voice cracking and going silent for a moment as he recalled that day.

But according to Tiffany, this selfless act is just who Joe Montoya is – and why the Culture Committee easily selected Joe as our NextHomie of the Month.

“Joe’s language of love is food,” Tiffany said. “I haven’t known him for a long time, but what I do know is he is our kind of people – personable, fun-loving, passionate for what he does, and completely dedicated to his clients.”    

Joe has been licensed since 1993. For a few years he worked for Realty World Northern California & Nevada where he met two “geeky, tech guys” by the names of James Dwiggins (NextHome’s CEO) and Tei Baishiki (NextHome’s Chief Operating Officer).

“They were just the guys who fixed my computer when I had a problem,” Joe said with a laugh.

Fast forward, Joe was treading water in his real estate career. He had married Julie and they moved from Tracy, CA to Roseville, CA.

“I was in this room and sitting at this conference table and I remember just thumbing through this white book and I was stunned,” Joe said, remembering the first time he flipped through a NextHome presentation book. “As I flipped through that book, I saw the two guys who used to fix my computer. I knew I needed to be branded and what James and Tei were offering was clean and looked like the perfect way to go to me.”

And today, Joe is home at NextHome Select.

“I feel at home,” Joe said. “This place is tailor-made for me. I list a home and I get an email with all my marketing materials done for me. I am a servant of others and so is this company. They operate from a servant mentality and they always have my needs in mind.”

Just like Joe had in mind the needs of hundreds of people in Paradise, CA who hadn’t met him or enjoyed a hot meal in over a week – until Joe Montoya and his truck pulled in.

$33.3 Trillion Housing Market Up 49% Since 2012 – A Third of the Gain From California

$33.3 Trillion Housing Market Up 49% Since 2012 – A Third of the Gain From California

  • The total value of the U.S. housing market rose $1.9 trillion in 2018 to $33.3 trillion.
  • A third of the market’s $10.9 trillion gain since its housing-bust low in 2012 has come from California.
  • The New York metro area’s $3 trillion in value makes it the most valuable market in the country, representing 9.1 percent of the country’s total value.

The value of the U.S. housing market continues to climb, gaining 6.2 percent in 2018 to reach a total value of $33.3 trillion. That’s up $10.9 billion from the bottom of the market in 2012 – and a third of the gain has come in California. The Golden State’s value has climbed $3.7 trillion since February 2012, the nation’s housing-crash low. No other state has gained more than $1 trillion in that same span.

The total value of all homes in the New York metro is the highest among metros analyzed, at $3 trillion – on its own accounting for 9.1 percent of the country’s total housing value. Four of the country’s 10 most valuable markets are in California: Los Angeles, which rose 5.2 percent to $2.9 trillion; San Francisco, up 9.3 percent to $1.6 trillion; San Jose, which gained 10.4 percent to $799.6 billion and San Diego, up 3.4 percent to $673.5 billion.

The housing stock in some pricey metro areas is so valuable, in fact, that the total value in one market often eclipses that of all housing in an entire state. For example, all homes in the Washington, D.C. metro are worth a combined $892 billion – which is more than the values of all homes in 40 individual states, including Colorado ($833.8 billion), Arizona ($708.1 billion), Ohio ($695 billion) and Oregon ($451.8 billion).

These numbers are so gargantuan that it’s tricky to put them in perspective. For example, even the total cinematic earnings from top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time – including Avatar, Titanic, three Avengers movies, Black Panther and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – total $17.9 billion, a drop in the housing market bucket. And Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ net worth of $160 billion is still only about half Detroit’s $314.9 billion housing value.

Better comparisons come from the gross domestic products of entire nations. The U.S. total housing value of $33.3 trillion is equivalent to the combined GDPs of the United States ($19.4 trillion), China ($12.2 trillion) and Canada ($1.7 trillion).

Even individual metros dwarf entire countries’ economies.

For more helpful tips, visit the Zillow blog.

7 Tips on How to Prepare for the 2019 Real Estate Market

7 Tips on How to Prepare for the 2019 Real Estate Market

What’s ahead for the real estate market in 2019? While there’s plenty of speculation about new construction slowdowns, a low inventory of existing homes and rising housing prices and mortgage interest rates, nobody knows for sure yet exactly what the new year will bring. Even without a crystal ball to see into the future, there are some things real estate professionals can do to prepare for what’s in store for the coming year. Here are some tips:

1. Do Your Own Research

Read a wide variety of different forecasts and opinions from financial and real estate experts from different parts of the country. In addition to trade publications and online sources, listen to podcasts, radio programs, and watch financial news programs. Then, draw your own conclusions based on what you’ve seen and heard so that you can answer questions and give informed opinions when clients turn to you for expert advice about what’s ahead. Be sure to make copies of any articles that you find particularly interesting to share with clients and colleagues, or save the links to pass along.

2. Attend Industry Functions

This is an ideal time to network and to hear speakers address predictions and projections for 2019. Local and national industry and association meetings, conventions, and seminars can provide valuable market information as well as provide opportunities for question-and-answer sessions and the exchange of ideas. Make time to attend as many events as your calendar and schedule can accommodate.

3. Talk to Your Mortgage and Banking Contacts

Now is a good time to meet with your partners in the mortgage and banking sectors to find out what they see happening in the coming year. They may also be able to provide information about any changes to the mortgage application or approval process that could affect your clients and closing timeframes.

4. Survey Clients

Sending a brief, informal survey to your clients by mail or by email is a good way to gauge their real estate market outlook as well as whether they have plans to buy or sell a home in 2019. A survey also provides you with a touch point for helping to maintain client relationships. In addition, it gives clients the opportunity to ask you questions about the market in your area.

5. Update Technology

Whatever is in store for real estate market trends, one thing that is for certain in 2019 is that technology will continue to play an important role. Update your cell phone, computer, tablet, or any other outdated technology so that you can have the tools you need to succeed next year.

6. Revise Your Provider Network

Sometimes it takes a village to sell a home, and the relationships you have with provider partners can be crucial in closing transactions. Review your provider network and touch base with any partners you haven’t worked with in a while. In addition to a mortgage broker or lender, it’s a good idea to have established relationships with a home inspector, a home warranty provider, an appraiser, a pest control professional, a home stager, and movers. Clients may also ask you for other referrals, including roofers, pool inspectors, home stagers, movers, painters, and other services.

7. Add Value to Your Service

To be prepared for whatever the 2019 real estate market brings, look for ways to add value to the service you provide to your real estate clients. For example, adding an American Home Shield® Home Warranty to each transaction is a great way to reassure buyers and sellers, build client loyalty, and help deals close smoothly.  Make sure your clients know that while markets may fluctuate, the caliber of service you deliver never will. To learn more about an American Home Shield Home Warranty and how it can help protect your client’s budgets, contact your local Account Executive.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.

NextHome welcomes NextHome Gadwood Group to the franchise

NextHome welcomes NextHome Gadwood Group to the franchise

Julie Gadwood

Pleasanton, CA — January 23, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Gadwood Group. The brokerage represents the 22nd office location opened in the state of Kansas for the NextHome franchise.

The 17-agent company will be led by broker/owner Julie Gadwood and she will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

Located in Shawnee, the NextHome Gadwood Group will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, farms, ranches and land, military and veteran’s assistance, relocation, foreclosures, short sales, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units

NextHome Gadwood Group services various areas throughout both Missouri and Kansas. On the Kansas side, the brokerage handles Wyandotte and Johnson counties. In Missouri, the company’ agents will serve the needs of residents in Kansas City, Platte City, Raymore, Liberty, and Lee’s Summit.

Licensed since 2005, Julie started her real estate career will Coldwell Banker Regan in Shawnee. Working there for six years, she originally intended real estate to just be a source of some extra income. But after selling five homes in her first six months in the business, Julie realized she had the ability to turn real estate into a viable career.

While she grew her real estate business to see nearly $8 million in sales annually, the most important thing for Julie was that she was able to still spend quality time with her children and not miss any of the important events with them.

In 2012, Julie went out on her own and opened Gadwood Group Realty Company Inc.

“I started my own brokerage because I wanted to have a platform and a business that allowed me to put the total focus on the client,” said Julie. “By owning my own company, I was able to have a high level of service and know that our clients would be really taken care of.”

Julie was able to grow the brokerage to over 20 agents and saw the company do more than 125 transactions and over $40 million in a single year.

Additionally, Julie was recently recognized for the tenth year in a row as a 5 Star Award nominee for her outstanding real estate service in her community.

After several successful years as an independent brokerage, it was a random stroke of luck that Julie found NextHome.

“I found out about the franchise during a real estate conference that I attended,” recalled Julie. “Over the years, there were several different franchises who we talked to, but none of them really piqued my interest. But after years of studying what NextHome was doing and after speaking with (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno, I felt that it was the right time to align my brokerage with NextHome.”

Julie and her agents are excited about the freshness of the brand, the consistent branding, and the entire suite of tools and services that they now have at NextHome Gadwood Group.

In addition to selling real estate, Julie and her team volunteer time to bettering the real estate industry and providing hope in her community.

As a member of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR), Julie has actively participated in Habitat for Humanity, where she and her agents have helped rehabilitate homes in her community for those in need.

In 2018, the Gadwood Group were the sole recipients of the Spirit Award by KCRAR for their service in the community.

The company has also volunteered in the local coat drive and the local Ronald McDonald House organization.

When not selling real estate, Julie and her husband of 27 years (and high school sweetheart) David, love to spend time with their three children.

Their eldest, Jake (25), is a graduate of Kansas State University with a focus on Finance Economics. Nick (22) is currently a student at the University of Kansas and is not only an Accounting major but a licensed real estate agent as well. Their youngest, Carney (19), is a sophomore at the University of Kansas and is majoring in Business.

Please join us in congratulating Julie and the rest of the team at NextHome Gadwood Group on their new NextHome office in Shawnee, KS!

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 NextHome Elite Properties in Houston

NextHome opens NextHome Elite Properties in Houston

Marysol Calvillo

Pleasanton, CA — January 22, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Elite Properties. The brokerage represents the 22nd office location opened in the state of Texas for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be led by broker/owner Marysol Calvillo and she will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

Located just outside of Houston, the brokerage will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, farms, ranches and land, military and veteran’s assistance, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units for the Greater Houston area.

Licensed since 2013, Marysol comes from a background in the insurance industry. As a high-producing insurance agent, she handles thousands of insurance policies annually and is bringing that same high level of client care to residential buyers and sellers.

“I’m excited about serving Houston residents and providing them with first-class real estate service,” said Marysol.

In 2018, she opened her own brokerage and made the move as a NextHome franchisee shortly after.

In 2019, Marysol says she is focused on growing the company and adding additional quality agents to the brokerage.

Please join us in congratulating Marysol and the rest of the team at NextHome Elite Properties on their new NextHome office in Houston, 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 partners with leading wine club company Splash Wines

NextHome partners with leading wine club company Splash Wines

Pleasanton, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2019NextHome, the progressive real estate franchise with consumer-focused branding, technology and marketing, reveals its newest partnership with Splash Wines, a three-generation family-owned wine club company that offers elite wine memberships at best industry value. The partnership stems from NextHome’s effort to expand high-quality resources made available to agents, and the buyers and sellers who work closely with them.

As a forward-thinking franchise in the real estate industry, NextHome promises to pursue opportunities and explore new ventures that enable its members with proper tools needed for ultimate agent success. Moreover, as a consumer-centric brand, NextHome ensures buyers and sellers alike are able to benefit from its services.

“At NextHome, we want our agents to succeed. That means as a franchise, it is our responsibility to help our members build connections with the people in their communities and equip them with the proper tools, resources and products,” said James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome. “Furthermore, aligning with consumer-focused companies like Splash Wines allows us to impeccably work toward the overall goal of excellent customer service.”

As a partner of NextHome, Splash Wines will offer agents the Real Splash Partnership (RSP), a service package that includes a free membership, along with top-tier wine at 50 percent below retail price and free shipping to any location desired – from a customer’s address to a NextHome office. Splash Wines will also offer personalized NextHome branded stickers on every bottle, options for every price-point bottle, from French Champagne to affordable reds, exclusive cases with access to all of Splash Wine’s every day low prices – all with superior customer service at top-of-mind.

“The business of real estate is nothing new. However, that hasn’t stopped NextHome from being an innovator in the industry and driving a whole new level of focus on the consumer, becoming one of the fastest growing real estate franchises in the country,” said Splash Wines CEO Rob Imeson. “It is this customer-driven spirit that makes the partnership a slam dunk for Splash Wines, which has revolutionized the online wine industry. We are excited to see this program grow.”

The partnership is geared toward real estate professionals, allowing them to strengthen and continue relationships with new and existing buyers and sellers. With consumers at the core of the franchise, Splash Wines is another component to NextHome that reinforces how the brand connects and resonates with clients.

For additional information about this new offering, visit:  https://www.splashwines.com/pages/nexthome-real-splash-partnership

NextHome expands in Alabama with NextHome Limitless Realty

NextHome expands in Alabama with NextHome Limitless Realty

Stacey Smith

Pleasanton, CA — January 16, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Limitless Realty. The brokerage represents the fourth office location opened in the state of Alabama for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be led by broker/owner Stacey Smith and she will handle all day-to-day operations of the five-agent company.

Located equal distance between Huntsville and Birmingham, the Cullman-based brokerage will focus on helping clients throughout Cullman County including the cities of Cullman, Vinemont, Decatur, Falkville, Hartselle, Holly Pond, Fairview, Addison, West Point, Bremen, Crane Hill, and Smith Lake.

NextHome Limitless Realty will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, farms and land, military and veterans assistance and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units.

Before leaving in 2015 to sell real estate, Stacey taught for five years in the local county school system.

Although she was starting as a REALTOR®, Stacey had spent more than 20 years fixing and flipping real estate properties with her husband of 25 years, Jonathan. Building a successful investment property business, it was a friend who was a real estate broker who finally convinced Stacey to become an agent.

Stacey chose to start at MarMac Real Estate in Decatur, AL. In her first two years, Stacey built a strong business model that reached multi-million dollar sales volume annually – even more impressive with average home sales price under $150,000.

In 2017, Stacey moved to New Beginnings Real Estate in Cullman, AL where she incorporated more technology into her business. This development of her business saw her reach new heights. In 2018, Stacey sold 45 transactions for $5.7 million in sales volume.

Although she was happy with her sales, it was a connection with an agent on the other side of a transaction that sparked her interest in opening her own brokerage.

“I was able to meet Sharon McMichael when she represented a client on the other side of the transaction with me,” said Stacey. “As the co-owner of NextHome Southern Realty, I was able to research and find out more about what NextHome could offer. With my interest in providing more technology to my clients, it made sense to partner with NextHome when I opened my own company.”

When Stacey opened the doors of NextHome Limitless Realty, she reinforced her commitment to holding a high standard of agents at her brokerage and made sure they represented professionalism within their community.

“We want agents to know that if they are looking for a company that embraces technology and encourages constant education, NextHome Limitless Realty is a company to consider,” said Stacey.

Stacey not only gives to her agents and clients, but to her local community as well. Her volunteer work includes volunteering at Temple Baptist Church where she donates time serving at the church’s coffee shop, Common Grounds. The shop raises money to provide funds for church missions. Stacey has been on missions herself, with visits overseas in the Philippines. Stacey is planning another mission in 2019 to Israel.

When not selling real estate, Stacey enjoys playing on her local softball team. She is an avid reader and tries to go fishing as much as possible.

Stacey and Jonathan have two children – Savannah (age 23) and Maverick (20).

Savannah is an author with her book Limitless, a 60-day devotional. She is currently working on a children’s book which will be published soon. Maverick is the owner of a bulldozer and construction company.

Please join us in congratulating Stacey and the rest of the team at NextHome Limitless Realty on their NextHome office location in Cullman, AL!

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.