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Shakti and Service Dog Ember

Shakti and Service Dog Ember

Yoga is well known for its benefits to the mind, body and spirit. But for Canine Companions® graduate Shakti, it also led to service dog Ember.

Shakti, who’s had multiple sclerosis (MS) for 21 years, is an avid yogi and instructs yoga classes for people with disabilities. Two of her long-time students, both of whom have MS, would bring their Canine Companions service dogs to the weekly classes Shakti had been teaching. Shakti was able to see firsthand how expertly-trained assistance dogs can help a person with a disability.

Shakti’s journey to Service Dog Ember

Shakti’s MS causes her to have issues with her legs, and she uses an electric wheelchair for mobility. After observing her students’ dogs and the benefits they provide, Shakti decided to apply for a service dog herself. By having an expertly-trained service dog by her side, Shakti was hopeful her independence would be increased.

Shakti was as matched with Service Dog Ember – free of charge – by Canine Companions for Independence. Ember picks up dropped items and delivers them to Shakti, opens and closes, turns on and off lights, and so much more. Shakti says, “I can count on Ember to help me and be by my side wherever I go.” She continues, “This is such an amazing thing to happen for me.”

To learn more about the Veterans Initiative offered through our partners at Canine Companions for Independence, click here!

NextHome welcomes a new office to Charlotte, North Carolina

NextHome welcomes a new office to Charlotte, North Carolina

Bobby and Jayme Downey

Pleasanton, CA — June 14, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Downey Properties. The new brokerage represents the 17th NextHome franchised office in the state of North Carolina.

NextHome Downey Properties will be led by broker/owner Jayme Downey. She will handle all day-to-day aspects of the company including mentoring, training and brokerage growth. Her husband, Bobby, will be joining her on the leadership team and will handle all sales components for the brokerage.

Based out of Charlotte, NextHome Downey Properties will handle real estate in all of the Charlotte metropolitan area including the counties of Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Iredell, and Gaston. The brokerage will also serve residents on the South Carolina side including the cities of Fort Mill, Indian Land, Rock Hill, Lake Wylie, and Clover.

The Charlotte metropolitan area is home to more than 2,500,000 residents and is the most populated city in the state of North Carolina. Bobby was born and raised in this area and loves the “big city with a small town feel.”

With expertise in working with first-time home buyers, move-up buyers, investors, new construction and military housing and relocation, NextHome Downey Properties is proud to state that 86% of their business comes from either repeat clients or referrals.

Jayme and Bobby met in 2002 and married in 2004. The couple met while both of them were in restaurant management. Bobby started entering real estate as a part-time loan officer in 2003 and saw how he could turn this side passion into a full-blown real estate career.

In 2004, Jayme felt the stress of managing a restaurant, so she stepped away from it and got her real estate license. With her father being a North Carolina real estate broker, Jayme was excited to follow in the family tradition of being a REALTOR®.

Jumping fully into her new career, Jayme had a very successful start and ended up making the move to Keller Williams in 2006. At the same time, Bobby moved completely over to mortgages and was a top producing loan officer for many years.

While Bobby did well in mortgages, he recalls coming home in 2014 and telling Jayme how he didn’t like being on the mortgage side.

“I remember him coming home and saying he was miserable as a loan officer,” said Jayme. “I asked him what he wanted to do and he said, ‘I want to work with you.’”

The newly formed real estate team – The Downey Group – grew to be incredibly successful, selling more than 50 properties a year.

Seeing how they were a self-sustaining real estate team, Jayme and Bobby realized it was the right time to go out on their own and launch their own real estate brokerage, where they could do business on their terms. In 2017, the Downeys opened their own brokerage – Downey Properties.

They continued to sell at a high level, but wanted more technology and support to provide better service for their clients.

“We Googled real estate franchises and really looked into some of the up and coming brands, rather than the more traditional and familiar names out there,” said Bobby. “We wanted to be able to run our brokerage with that boutique personalized touch, but with the support of a national franchise. NextHome fulfilled everything that we were looking for.”

The Downeys say the biggest difference between their brokerage and other companies in their local market is that they treat the paycheck as a secondary part of the sales process. The focus is fully on the client’s needs and how they help buyers and sellers first, above all else.

“We have a philosophy of taking care of the clients first,” said Jayme. “We know that in our experience, if we do right by our clients every time, the money will come. We will always have that mindset and expect all of our agents to adopt that philosophy as well.”

“It’s the best feeling in the world when you can help that client find their perfect home,” added Bobby. “We want to have a long lasting relationship with these buyers and sellers. That is so important to us and always will be.”

The Downeys are proud parents and are involved in all kinds of activities with their children. Jayme has served on the PTA Board for five years and Bobby has coached flag football, basketball, and soccer.

The Downey family spends their downtime on the water, whether it be fishing, boating or hanging out beachside.

Please join us in congratulating Jayme, Bobby, and the rest of the team at NextHome Downey Properties on the opening of their brand new NextHome brokerage in Charlotte, NC!

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 continues expansion in Iowa

The NextHome franchise continues expansion in Iowa

Travis Hiatt

Pleasanton, CA — June 13, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Beyond. The new brokerage represents the fourth NextHome franchised location opened in the state of Iowa.

The company will be owned and operated by top producing REALTOR® Travis Hiatt. Based out of North Liberty, the brokerage will provide real estate services throughout both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City metropolitan areas. Additionally, NextHome Beyond will serve the residents of Johnson, Cedar, Iowa, Linn, Jones, Louisa, and Washington counties.

North Liberty is directly north of Iowa City and is home to approximately 20,000 residents. Over the past 19 years, North Liberty has been known as the second fastest-growing city in the state of Iowa.

The brokerage will provide various real estate services such as working with first-time homebuyers, investment properties, new construction, ranches and farms, and land lots and parcels.

Travis bought his first house while attending college at the young age of 19. This early entry into real estate inspired him to help others buy and sell homes right after college.

In 2003, he started his career at Skogman Realty in Cedar Rapids. He spent his first years in the business gaining trust with clients using all the traditional methods of real estate – knocking doors, handing out flyers and business cards, and attending community events. While these methods may have seemed simple, they were very effective in helping Travis establish himself in the local market.

In his second year, Travis sold nearly $4 million in volume – a huge accomplishment for a young agent.

In 2007, he made the move to Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors. Working there for nearly ten years, Travis built a business in both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City markets. In 2011, the owner of the company asked Travis to step in and manage a new office that was expanding into Cedar Rapids.

Two years later, he became the manager for the Coralville office location and led that office for the next five years.

While managing the brokerage, Travis attended the Iowa Association of REALTORS® Convention in 2015 and had a chance to meet NextHome’s Vice President, Imran Poladi, who was the keynote speaker for the event.

“I started researching the company and thinking about how I wanted to one day open my own brokerage,” said Travis. “What NextHome had to offer made me really excited about the possibilities.”  

While he ended up leaving Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, Travis held off opening his own company. He worked at Keller Williams in Cedar Rapids – first as a Team Leader and then as the General Manager for the company. With more than 100 agents at the brokerage, Travis and the leadership team worked hard to make the company one of the top real estate brokerages in the area.

In 2018, after nearly seven years in management, Travis was finally ready to go out on his own. He knew exactly who he wanted to partner with.  

“I knew that when it was my time to go out on my own, I wanted to franchise with NextHome,” said Travis.

Travis says that the NextHome Beyond difference is exactly what the company name describes.

“I wanted to name my company NextHome Beyond because I want our company to provide a level of service above and beyond what the client is expecting, as well as providing support and real estate services beyond the buying or selling period,” said Travis.

Travis has a passion for teaching and is a certified Dotloop trainer, helping agents with online transaction management systems and tools.

Outside of work, Travis loves spending time with his nine-year-old daughter, Emersyn. Travis is a huge Chicago Cubs fan and does everything he can to catch a Cubbie game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Please join us in congratulating Travis and the rest of the team at NextHome Beyond on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in North Liberty, IA!

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.

Understanding Homeowners Insurance: What all new and prospective homeowners need to know

Understanding Homeowners Insurance: What all new and prospective homeowners need to know

If you arrange a mortgage, your lender will want you to have homeowners insurance. This coverage is critical for protecting your home and personal property against various potential liabilities.

A homeowners insurance policy is actually a package of coverages. These policies commonly offer the following forms of protection:

*Dwelling coverage insures your house and any attached structures, including fixtures such as plumbing and electrical and HVAC systems, against damages.1

*Other Structures coverage is included to compensate you for damage to structures unattached to the main dwelling on your property, such as a detached garage, tool shed, or fence.1

*Personal Property coverage addresses damage to your personal possessions, such as your appliances, furniture, electronics, and clothes.1

*Loss of Use coverage reimburses you for additional living expenses if you are unable to live in your home due to damages suffered.1

*Personal Liability coverage is designed to pay out claims if you are found liable for injuries or damages to another party. As an example, say someone attends a barbeque held in your backyard, then stumbles over a tree root and breaks a wrist or an ankle.1

*Medical Payments coverage pays the medical bills incurred by people who are hurt on your property, or hurt by your pets. This is no-fault coverage. If someone is hurt at your house, any resulting medical bills may be sent by that person to your insurer.1

These coverages pertain only to losses caused by a peril covered by your policy. For instance, if your policy doesn’t cover earthquake damage, then losses will not be reimbursed.1

The types of covered perils will depend on the type of policy you buy. Special Form policies are the most popular, since they insure against all perils, except those specifically named in the policy. Common exclusions include earthquakes and floods. Typically, flood insurance is obtained through the National Flood Insurance Program, while earthquake coverage may be obtained through an endorsement or a separate policy. Some homeowners are reluctant to buy flood or earthquake coverage; they think it is too expensive and may never be needed. The thing is, the future cannot always be guessed by looking at the past.2

Your policy will of course limit the amount of covered losses. If you have a valuable art collection or jewelry, you may want to secure additional insurance on those items.

When you scrutinize a policy, see if it insures your residence for replacement cost or actual cash value. Actual cash value is less preferable: it may not cover all your losses, as the value of your personal property can be affected by wear and tear, and your home’s value can be affected by housing market fluctuations. If your home is insured for replacement cost, then the insurance carrier will pay the expenses of using materials of similar kind and quality to rebuild or repair your home.3

As a last note, you may also want Umbrella Liability coverage. Do you consider yourself wealthy? You may find the liability limits on your current homeowners policy inadequate. For a greater degree of coverage, you might elect to complement it with an umbrella policy.4

Shane Westhoelter may be reached at 858-428-3929 or shane@gfainvestments.com
www.gatewayig.com/nexthome

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Citations.
1 – https://www.iii.org/article/what-covered-standard-homeowners-policy [12/3/18]
2 – https://www.valuepenguin.com/types-homeowners-insurance [9/25/18]
3 – https://www.thebalance.com/replacement-cost-insurance-vs-actual-cash-value-4154015 [11/18/18]
4 – https://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C000-S002-why-you-need-an-umbrella-insurance-policy.html [9/25/18]

NextHome Northstar Properties opens in Goldenrod, Florida

NextHome Northstar Properties opens in Goldenrod, Florida

Paul Stennett

Pleasanton, CA — June 10, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Northstar Properties. The new brokerage is the 57th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Florida.

The company will be owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR® Paul Stennett. The 11-year real estate veteran will lead the Goldenrod-based NextHome Northstar Properties. As a virtual office, the brokerage’s agents will provide real estate services throughout the state of Florida, including Winter Park, Goldenrod, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Port St. Lucie.

The brokerage will provide various real estate services such as working with first-time homebuyers, investment properties, vacation and second homes, condos, and multi-family properties.

As a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a holder of a Master’s Degree, Paul’s commitment to education shines through in everything he does. Before real estate, Paul taught elementary and middle school students.

This high education standard is reflected in his expectations of his agents and their commitment to staying on top of their knowledge in the real estate field. This expectation has set NextHome Northstar Properties agents apart from the competition.

Paul started his real estate career in 2008 with a local Century 21 office before making a move to (current NextHome Z House Realty’s owner) Janice Zeisig’s office. Working with Janice was a very beneficial experience and shaped Paul to be ready to go out on his own in 2013.

That year, Paul opened AmCar Realty Group – a play on the words “American” and “Caribbean.”

Along with traditional buyers and sellers throughout Florida, the brokerage partnered working with the national real estate purchaser Invitation Homes and grew the business to close more than 100 transactions a year.

Paul handled most of the brokerage business and resisted the temptation of growing the company with lots of agents. This changed in 2018 when he made a conscious decision to grow and help agents personally and professionally.

“I got the chance to get to know NextHome and the people behind the brand – specifically (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno,” said Paul. “I was thoroughly impressed and really enjoyed the fact she was so informative, but not pushy in any way.”

“Being a part of the NextHome franchise has allowed me to have the power of a national company that encourages me to run my brokerage the way I want,” he added. “Our agents are now able to provide clients a level of service they never had before.”

Outside of selling real estate, Paul spends time with his wife of 19 years Tanisha, who teaches kindergarten. Paul lives and promotes a healthy lifestyle. He runs 10 miles several times a week and adheres to a vegetarian-based diet. He is also a self-proclaimed “Star Wars fanatic.”  

Please join us in congratulating Paul and the rest of the team at NextHome Northstar Properties on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Goldenrod, 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.

NextHome HomeFront opens in Mississippi

NextHome HomeFront opens in Mississippi

Crystal Boggs & Bobby Wantland

Pleasanton, CA — June 7, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome HomeFront. The new brokerage is the fourth NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Mississippi.

NextHome HomeFront will be owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR® Crystal Boggs. The brokerage will service the cities of Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, D’Iberville, and the remainder of Jackson and Harrison Counties.

The brokerage will provide various real estate services for the local community such as working with first-time homebuyers, investment properties, vacation and second homes, multi-family properties, land and lots, and military family relocation. Crystal says more than half of NextHome HomeFront’s business involves military housing.

Crystal will have another top-producing REALTOR® serve as the company’s broker of record. Bobby Wantland brings years of experience to NextHome HomeFront and Crystal is happy to be in business with him.

“Bobby brings a lot of experience and I really love how he builds relationships with people,” said Crystal. “He’s been like a big brother to me and I am so happy to have him be a part of this journey.”

“I never thought I would want to work in a partnership format,” said Bobby with a laugh. “But I couldn’t pass up a chance of working with Crystal. She has a great heart, she is always wanting to grow personally and professionally, she is totally selfless… why wouldn’t I want to be in business with her?”

After selling off her very successful party rental business, Biloxi Bounce House, which did more than 1,000 rentals annually, Crystal decided to go into real estate. Her interest in becoming a real estate agent sparked from the positive experience that she and her husband, Bryan, had with their REALTOR® – Bobby.

Crystal first became licensed in real estate in 2016 and started with Keller Williams Realty.

While she spent most of the first year learning the marketing and prospecting side of real estate, that paid off just a few months into her second year in the business. Within the last three months of 2017, she sold over $1 million in real estate – an incredible number considering the local average home sales price at that time was just under $140,000.

Crystal made the move to a local NextHome franchised office where Bobby was working. That move paid off and in 2018, she sold 24 homes with more than $5 million in total sales volume.

In late 2018, Crystal felt it was the right time to open her own brokerage. As the previous owner of a successful business prior to real estate, her experience and track record gave her the confidence to open NextHome HomeFront.

“NextHome HomeFront will be a boutique brokerage company where the agents will be treated like family,” said Crystal. “That will allow them to connect with the ownership/leadership team and know they will be heard and treated with respect.”

In 2019, Crystal was honored with one of the most esteemed awards a military spouse can receive – Armed Forces Insurance Keesler Military Spouse of The Year.

The Boggs’ have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of Mecquela (age 15) and Bryanna (13). The family enjoys all types of outdoor activities including four-wheeling, fishing, and crabbing. They also love to travel and visited Germany, England, and France last year.

Please join us in congratulating Crystal, Bobby, and the rest of the team at NextHome HomeFront on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Ocean Springs, MS!

 

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 Champions opens second office location in Michigan

NextHome Champions opens second office location in Michigan

Tom Smolinski

Pleasanton, CA — May 31, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Champions – Grand Rapids Branch. The new brokerage is the 5th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Michigan.

NextHome Champions – Grand Rapids Branch will be owned and operated by broker Tom Smolinski. The brokerage will service the cities of Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Comstock Park, and the entire Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

This will be Tom’s second office location. He opened his first NextHome office in May of 2017 and has steadily grown his business to where a secondary office location became necessary. Located 25 miles northeast of his first office, this expansion will allow him to help his growing clientele of the Grand Rapids area.

After many years in engineering, Tom was looking for an opportunity that was a better fit for him. Thanks to the suggestion of his former co-workers, Tom entered the real estate industry in 2005.

“At that time, several of my engineer friends had recently sold their homes,” recalled Tom. “They were really unhappy with how they were represented and suggested there was an opportunity for me to come into real estate and provide real estate service that was lacking in our local market.”

With his commitment to world-class service and his attention to detail, Tom steadily built his business to the tune of more than 100 transactions annually.

He has been ranked as one of the top-producing agents in his local market for several years. Tom ranks as one of the top 10 REALTORS® out of 3,000+ agents in his local Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

After years of selling real estate under a real estate broker, Tom started his own company, Epsilon Resources, which focused on local needs of homeowners who were facing foreclosure.

“Our community was one of the hardest hit in the entire nation when the recession happened,” said Tom. “I wanted to provide a service to help homeowners facing foreclosure. By providing options including short sales and relocation assistance, our company became known for reaching out and helping our neighbors.”

In early 2017, Tom wanted to add a higher level of technology to his brokerage business services.

“I found NextHome through a simple Google search,” said Tom. “The three things that stood out to me were the commitment to technology, the ability to allow me to run my brokerage in a formatted, yet flexible way, and the tools provided to my agents.”

Tom added that since being with NextHome, his clients have loved the added technology, the professional photography, and the 3D tours.

“I am proud to say that our agents are all about growing our business through great relationships with our clients,” he added. “I want them to know they will be treated like we would treat our own family.”

In addition to his commitment to the real estate industry, Tom dedicates time to volunteering for the less fortunate.

He is actively involved with his local Board of REALTORS®. Tom is also involved in the Leadership Academy for the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® (GRAR), and will be the Chair for GRAR’s West Chapter, which provides a voice for the Lakeshore agents for the large Association.

He has served on the Board of Directors for Pathways – a human services organization which provides services such as counseling for those with addictions and adoption services.

Tom also volunteers time as a member of the Executive Board at the association for Zeeland Quest – a school where his ten-year-old daughter Abby is a student.

Outside of selling real estate, Tom spends time with family. He says his “number one priority is being the best husband to his wife of 18 years, Lori, and the very best father he can be to his daughter Abby.

Please join us in congratulating Tom and the rest of his team at NextHome Champions on the opening of their second 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.

 

7 Ways to Win More Listings Regardless of Market Conditions

7 Ways to Win More Listings Regardless of Market Conditions

A changing market, summer selling season, low inventory, high inventory, queasy economy, fluctuating interest rates… are all, without question, factors affecting your production potential. However, regardless of current conditions and circumstances beyond your control, the question remains, what can you do to find more sellers and get more listings?

Here are seven ways you can rise above the rest and win in any market

1. Create the ultimate customer experience: In today’s world, everyone has gone paperless, mobile and social. The more technology enabling easier communication the less connected we actually become. All the more reason to it roll back. By all means, establish a robust digital presence in your prospecting territory, and let clients know that you are accessible via email, phone, text and even Facebook message. And then, take it a step further. Back up your digital ads, social media posts, and emails with hand-written notes, cards and letters. It’s so unusual these days to find something personal in your mailbox. Be the one who does that and stand out. Make it personal. Then circle them back to your digital efforts. Give them a “don’t take it from me” challenge and lead them to your custom testimonial, and referral page. Peer opinions speak volumes. (see tip #6)

2. Go hyper-local: Content is still queen/king! That’s why creating a blog or content specifically to suit your market, and its residents are essential. Create significant content that serves your audience and make it relevant. Providing value is always a good idea. Whether you’re writing about housing trends, market updates, or the lunch spot downtown now serving the”impossible burger”. Make your content matter!

3. Employ the 80/20 rule: Focus on the Top 20%! It’s the classic Pareto Principle which states that “80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients.” If you could focus on those with the highest likelihood to sell, wouldn’t you drive your marketing efforts toward that specified group? Focusing your efforts on a set group of people not only helps your marketing budget, but it will make you a more efficient agent. It just makes sense to build deeper connections with a select few than shallow associations with many. There’s so much value in making yourself memorable and creating trust.

 

 

4. Predict & Target: The ability to predict homeowners who are most likely to sell and focus on them is key (see above)! Whether you get most of your business from your sphere and want to keep it that way. Or if you’re expanding your database with prospects in your farm knowing who to go after will tremendously impact the way you spend your time and effort.

5. Leverage current listings: Current listings help you shine! Advertising your clients’ listings is your best marketing tool. Employ circle marketing and target the geographical area surrounding your listing with “Just Listed mailers. Show your work in action. Give a sample of what you can do for them. Better yet, target the homeowners in the surrounding area showing signs of selling in the next 3-9 months.

6. Social Proof: Create your very own testimonial page and let prospects know how others feel about you. Reportedly 84% of consumers research products and services they are considering before they take the plunge. Make sure those researching you online not only FIND you but see the TRUE you. By creating a testimonial and referral page, you have control over your online presence. Ask your clients to write you a testimonial or refer you immediately upon the close of your transaction. Check out Reach150 and see how with one click you can request a testimonial. Far too often we overthink the request to a point where we put it off and then even let it go. You don’t need to do that. Make it easy on yourself and your clients to promote you. Quite honestly, your clients will love to praise you. However, they may need to be prompted. For whatever reason, the knee jerk reaction to leaving online and in person reviews is to share the negative. The positive stuff is too often kept to ourselves. Give your sphere the chance to share. They will feel good and so will you!

 

 

7. Think outside your comfort zone: Don’t be afraid to do things you’ve never done before. Not a door knocker? Well, picking up the phone is still a useful way to introduce yourself and foster relationships with prospects. But, foster, you must. So choose what fits your style. Alternatively, hire someone to do it for you.

Nurture not drip! Nurture means giving prospects relevant and contextual content, depending on where they are in their homeownership life cycle. Merely putting your brand in front of your prospects won’t get you where you need to be with your business, but sparking meaningful conversations will! Foster relationships with homeowners and establish trust. When the time is right, you will be the one they turn to.

Last note, have fun, remember why you went into this business in the first place and close more business!

For more helpful tips, visit the Smartzip blog!

NextHome Gadwood Group expands into Missouri

NextHome Gadwood Group expands into Missouri

Julie Gadwood

Pleasanton, CA — May 29, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Gadwood Group – Gravois Mills Branch. The brokerage represents the fifth office location opened in the state of Missouri for the NextHome franchise.

The new Gravois Mills location will be led by broker/owner Julie Gadwood and she will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.

Located two and a half hours east of their Shawnee, Kansas location, the NextHome Gadwood Group – Gravois Mills Branch 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. The agents will serve the needs of residents in Gravois Mills, Sunrise Beach, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Laurie, and the remainder of the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Julie has been focused on expanding to The Lake of the Ozarks area as many Kansas residents own second homes there. With one of her own agents selling their Kansas home and moving to The Lake of the Ozarks to live full time, it made sense to open the new location.

“The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the few lakes in our area that allow homes to be built lakeside,” said Julie. “This has made it a very attractive place for people to live and play.”

Licensed since 2005, Julie started her real estate career with Coldwell Banker Regan in Shawnee where she worked for six years. She originally intended real estate to be an extra source of 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 in their lives.

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 we talked to, but none of them really piqued my interest. 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 company, the consistent branding, and the entire suite of tools and services 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 their 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 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 Gravois Mills, MO!

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.

Home Values Dip Month Over Month for First Time in 7 Years

Home Values Dip Month Over Month for First Time in 7 Years

April Market Report

  • In April, the median home value fell 0.1% from March, the first time the market has posted a monthly decline in seven years.
  • A more stable metric — year-over-year appreciation — shows U.S. home values up just 6.1% from last April. That’s below annual growth of 7.5% in April 2018.
  • 16 of the largest 50 metros posted home value declines in April and have had flat or falling home values since January, raising our confidence that local home values there may have reached a peak.

The median U.S. home value fell 0.1% in April from March, the first monthly decline in seven years and another signal that the housing market continues to pump the brakes after several years of torrid growth.

The national housing market has been cooling for months, with annual gains slowing to 6.1% in April, down from April 2018 annual growth of 7.5%. The median home value now stands at $226,800, still above last April’s $213,700.

Home values in all but four of the country’s largest metro areas were flat or down from March to April. San Jose, Calif., posted the largest monthly decline, down 1.4%, the area’s sixth month-over-month decline in a row. April also was the second month in which San Jose’s median home value fell on an annual basis, down 2.7% to $1.19 million—still the priciest large market in the nation.

It’s important not to exaggerate the significance of month-over-month changes, which are always more volatile, following the adage that one point does not make a trend. A small percentage change in one month easily could rebound the following month, something that happens with housing data on a regular basis. That’s part of the reason market watchers prefer less-volatile quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year measures, which capture longer running trends.

Still, the data show it’s likely that home values in 16 of the largest 50 metros truly have peaked: Their home values are down this month and have been flat or falling for the quarter. They are San Jose, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, New Orleans, Boston, Miami, St. Louis, Portland, Ore., Tampa, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Houston.

Home values in five of those markets—Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa, Virginia Beach and Baltimore—never returned to heights reached prior to the Great Recession more than a decade ago.

The number of U.S. homes for sale fell 1.7% year-over-year. Ten of the largest 50 metros posted double-digit inventory declines, led by Washington, D.C., (down 31.8%), Kansas City (down 24.1%), Oklahoma City (down 17.8%) and Baltimore (down 17.3%).

In a handful of the previously mentioned metros where home values appear to have hit a recent peak and are declining, inventory is also down in the double digits: Pittsburgh, where inventory dropped 12.2% year-over-year; New Orleans, down 13.1%; St. Louis, down 10.8%; Virginia Beach 13.8%; Baltimore 17.3%; Philadelphia 11.1%. That’s counterintuitive, and only time will tell what is happening in these markets.

Nationwide median rent continued to grow in April for the sixth consecutive month. The median U.S. rent rose 2.6% on an annual basis, to $1,477. Rents grew the fastest in Las Vegas (up 7.8%), Phoenix (up 6.7%) and Orlando (up 6.4%).

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