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NextHome Bold opens in Texas

NextHome Bold opens in Texas

Jerome Hawkins

Pleasanton, CA — July 31, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Bold, based in Cedar Hill, Texas. The brokerage represents the 37th office location opened in Texas for the NextHome franchise and the 497th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients across the Dallas/Fort Worth area including Mansfield, Grand Prairie, DeSoto, Arlington, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Red Oak, and Waxahachie.

NextHome Bold is owned by Texas-native Jerome Hawkins – a savvy entrepreneur with extensive experience in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate investment. 

After growing up in east Texas, Jerome eventually moved to Hawaii where he started dabbling in real estate investment. Jerome built a wealth of knowledge around buy-and-holds, flips, and vacation rental properties. As the years rolled on, Jerome eventually brought on partners. 

“We became very good at taking a property and realizing its highest use,” Jerome said.

In 2016, he brought that level of real estate savvy back to Texas where he continued to thrive in the investment industry. Jerome soon averaged about 50 transactions per year. With that impressive volume, and years of experience, Jerome knew that obtaining his real estate license would open doors for him. As a born entrepreneur, he also recognized an opportunity to own his own real estate franchise. 

Although Jerome looked into several franchises, only one aligned with his long-term goals. 

“NextHome offered the versatility and the outstanding branding that I needed,” Jerome said. “If you want to be the mom and pop real estate shop, NextHome lets you do that. If you want to be the biggest firm on the block, you can do that too. The versatility was just amazing, and Luke the French bulldog mascot was fun too.”

Today, Jerome is setting NextHome Bold apart by offering a bold new approach to how real estate is done in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. With more than 8,000 square feet of prime office space, NextHome Bold can provide a collaborative and integrated experience for clients and agents, partnering in-house with the best and brightest in the industry. 

Through NextHome Bold, clients will be able to work with energetic professionals who love to connect with people and focus on value benefit selling. 

“We are thrilled to offer the NextHome difference to agents across Cedar Hill and beyond,” Jerome said. “At NextHome Bold, our brokers will take an active role in supporting our agents as they build their business.”

In his community, Jerome is passionate about helping youth with financial literacy. He can often be found helping recent high school or college graduates work through the financial changes and challenges that come with major life transitions.

Prior to real estate, Jerome served for more than 20 years as a military police officer. 

Please join us in congratulating Jerome and the entire team at NextHome Bold on the opening of their office in Cedar Hill, Texas!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome expands in Virginia

NextHome expands in Virginia

Curtis Siever

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

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

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

The expansion into Staunton was truly an organic situation. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

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

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

1. Failing to Disclose

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

2. Failing to Recommend Inspections

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

3. Failing to Identify Potential Issues

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

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

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

5. Exaggerating Features of the Property

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

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

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

7. Making Promises You Cannot or Do Not Keep

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

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

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

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

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

10. Representing Clients in Unfamiliar Geographical Areas

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

 

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

 

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NextHome announces NextHome Vision in Rocklin, CA

NextHome announces NextHome Vision in Rocklin, CA

Kristi & Jaret Ghent

Pleasanton, CA — July 23, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Vision, based in Rocklin, California. The brokerage represents the 76th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 495th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve clients throughout Northern California, providing particular expertise in investment properties and residential real estate. 

They are headquartered about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Sacramento in the family community of Rocklin. The city offers a family-friendly environment and accommodates many diverse lifestyles. Nestled outside of the Sierra Foothills, Rocklin is about 90 minutes from the Lake Tahoe region while also offering the best of Sacramento’s contemporary culture. With its proximity to the Nevada border, NextHome Vision has intentions to represent clients in both states in the very near future. 

NextHome Vision is owned by the husband and wife team of Kristi and Jaret Ghent. Kristi and Jaret have enjoyed more than 20 years of phenomenal success across a wide range of sub-specialties. From real estate investing and agent mentoring, to small business leadership and technology innovation, the Ghents offer that expertise and much more at NextHome Vision. 

Jaret and Kristi are truly partners in life and business. They met in 1990, and in 1993 were married in the Bay Area. They purchased their first home, which happened to be a foreclosure, igniting their passion for rehabbing homes. Much of their shared love for everything real estate comes from Kristi’s Dad, who was a long-time professional in Bay Area real estate, and Jaret’s upbringing in the Midwest around his Grandfather and Uncle, who could build most anything with their own two hands.

Partnering with a construction co-worker in the late 1990’s, a Bay Area design/build firm was established. Several memorable projects were commissioned for local professional athletes and some of Silicon Valley’s brightest young minds. Specializing in high-end residential remodels, their work was featured in Sunset Magazine and Designer’s Illustrated. Together, Jaret and his partner began identifying real estate investment opportunities across Northern California that they could fix and sell for profit. Instantly hooked, they quickly became known as “the flippers.”

After obtaining his sales license, Jaret joined RE/MAX. In 2002, he was recruited by the largest RE/MAX franchise Northern California based out of Sacramento, and Kristi left an almost two-decade career in retail and consumer banking to support the growing business. Together, they applied their work ethic and real estate knowledge to help their RE/MAX office become No. 1 in sales production in California & Hawaii. Their out-of-the-box approach to business and their consumer-centric model propelled their team to the top 10% in real estate sales worldwide for several years.  

In 2007, as the economy changed, so did their thoughts about the business and the industry. 

“We started to develop what we believed to be the future of real estate brokerage models”, Jaret said. “We built one of the country’s first truly paperless offices, utilizing technology to manage and grow the business. We streamlined every aspect and designed our brokerage with systems that enabled us to operate from anywhere.”

In 2009, the Ghents launched Vision Real Estate. The brokerage model was foreign to state regulators at the time, operating paperless and without a trust account. Jaret and Kristi’s forward-thinking approach and innovative thinking have directly influenced and had a lasting impact on real estate still today. 

“We named our company Vision Real Estate, because that’s who we’ve always been,” Kristi said. “We are forward-thinking people who see the vision for our industry.”

In 2013, Kristi and Jaret decided to shake things up a bit, taking on different roles in their real estate businesses. Kristi became the company CEO and was solely responsible for the day to day operations and for the first time, also took the sales lead, quickly building an impressive “referral only” sphere-based business. By focusing on the clients she served, not the transaction, it became apparent that her way of helping buyers and sellers was a much more rewarding and sustainable practice.

Through all of their success and failures, Kristi and Jaret know that steady innovation is essential for long-term growth. Most importantly, the ability to free up their time by partnering with the right franchise would allow them to take the next steps in their careers, giving back and sharing their life experiences to influence the lives of others. After watching and carefully analyzing NextHome’s success over the past several years, Kristi and Jaret knew that the franchise would be the best platform to help them achieve their next goals.

“There’s such a wide demographic that our industry services and if we don’t continually connect with people and evolve with their unique needs, real estate agents will be useless,” Kristi said. “The best way that I have found to do that is to put people first. NextHome has the Humans Over Houses mentality at its core, and is a company that understands that connection with people is what’s going to make your business successful.” 

Today, NextHome Vision’s core focus is helping agents grow. With their deep experience across a wide range of real estate specialties, Kristi and Jaret have the tools to help agents thrive. They are stepping aside from the routine of real estate sales, and opening doors to agents that yearn to grow professionally and personally, leading to living a “life by strategy.” 

“We have worked hard to truly become experts in every aspect of the home experience,” Jaret said. “We have built homes, and our business, from the ground up. We have helped every type of client. We have owned and operated several successful real estate businesses. We truly are experts!”

“Through NextHome Vision, we want to create something that is bigger than us,” Kristi added. “We want to give back to the real estate community by helping agents grow. NextHome is a company and a platform where we felt we could truly accomplish this.”

Kristi and Jaret are the parents of four kids, ages 15 to 26. Understanding now the impact of their decisions more than 25 years ago, they see that real estate has given them and their family the opportunity to do what they want, when they want, which has allowed them to be deeply involved in their kid’s lives through education and extracurricular activities. 

“From kindergarten to high school, I’ve had the chance to be involved in my kid’s classrooms, athletic activities, organizational boards, junior achievement, and I even taught art for 11 years,” Kristi said. “Time is one commodity that we can’t replace. Real estate and the way we have structured our business has given me the privilege to spend my time in the best way for my family.”

Please join us in congratulating Kristi and Jaret on the opening of NextHome Vision in Rocklin, California!

 

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.

Luke Day 2020 filled with community support across the nation

Luke Day 2020 filled with community support across the nation

Pleasanton, CA — July 22, 2020 — An integral part of our brand identity and culture, NextHome wouldn’t be the same without our beloved mascot Luke. In honor of his birthday, we have declared June 15th our company’s annual day of community service and outreach – Luke Day. We use this day as an opportunity to step away from our business and come together to serve our local areas and the people and pets that thrive there. This year, Luke Day took place on July 15th to allow more time for planning and execution in our ever-changing world. 

Last year, many of our NextHomies organized pet adoption events or raised donations for our national charity partner, Canine Companions for Independence. This year, we encouraged Luke Day efforts to focus on the youth in our communities. With daycares and schools closed, friends and teachers absent from their daily lives, and comforting routines disrupted, children of all ages have gone through very trying times the past few months.

One of the best attributes of Luke Day is that each NextHome office across the country (close to 500 of them) has the opportunity to make a difference in their local community by donating their time, supplies, or funds to a charity of their choice. 

Our orange hearts are full of amazing stories from Luke Day events from coast to coast.

NextHome Cedar Street Realty in Roseville, California held a drive-through donation event to support Snowline Hospice, Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance, and Habitat for Humanity in their community. 

The idea stemmed from hearing from clients who had spent much of the lock-down cleaning and organizing, while many donation spots were closed. The team opened their office as a donation center where community members could simply drive up, open their trunks, and the team removed everything safely and without contact. Through their efforts, NextHome Cedar Street Realty collected two semi-trucks full of donated goods thanks to 100-plus drive-though donations. 

“We love that our company intentionally sets aside one day each year to give back to our communities,” said Amy Rivers and Sherry Montalvo, the owners of NextHome Cedar Street Realty. “We feel tremendous camaraderie with our NextHomies across the country as we all prepare and execute different events for wonderful causes.”

NextHome Preferred in Felton, Delaware organized a fundraiser to collect needed supplies for Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club to support local children who have been affected by COVID-19. The organization, whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, stayed open during quarantine to provide a safe environment for the children of essential workers. 

The team at NextHome Preferred collected enough supplies through donations to supply Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club with craft supplies, sports equipment, hygiene items, and monetary donations to ensure the kids would have the enjoyable and safe summer that they deserve. 

“Luke Day is an exciting time for our office to be able to go out and give back to a community that gives so much to us!” said Bobbi Slagle, owner of NextHome Preferred. 

Our corporate office based in Pleasanton, California raised donations for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. It’s been an emotionally and financially difficult year with many families facing hardship, which is greatly felt by children. Many of our neighbors rely on school meals for their children, and we wanted to offer some support – because food is a basic human right. 

Because of the organization’s efficiency and vast network of food resources, the Food Bank is able to distribute $7 worth of groceries for every dollar we raised. Our team raised $2,846 which allowed $19,922 of fresh fruits and vegetables and staple groceries to be donated to children, adults, and seniors in Alameda County.

Additionally, 250 plush Lukes have found their new homes with kids participating in the free lunch program. We’re so glad that Luke brought a smile to their faces as he does to ours.  

Company-wide, NextHome held an additional fundraiser for our national charity partner, Canine Companions for Independence – a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. 

Thanks to The Orange Appeal Store, our NextHomies not only were able to purchase Luke Day hats and shirts for their local events, but a portion of the proceeds went to a cause we all love and support. Together, we were able to raise $2,428 toward Canine Companions. 

We can all make a difference, even with the unprecedented times our communities are experiencing. We couldn’t be more proud of our NextHomies across the country as we hear about their Luke Day events and the organizations they’ve helped. 

 

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.

No Bargains in Sight as Home Prices Show Little Impact from Coronavirus

No Bargains in Sight as Home Prices Show Little Impact from Coronavirus

  • The median sale price was up 4.6% year-over-year in May, to $263,408.
  • Most major metros saw a slight deceleration in sale price growth from April to May
  • A resurgence of more-expensive listings, low price cuts, and record-low days on market are all expected to sustain upward pressure on sales prices.

The median price of U.S. homes sold in May was $263,408, up 4.6% year-over-year. But May was also the second straight month in which annual growth was slower than the month prior — definitively snapping an almost year-long period of continuous acceleration that began in April 2019 and peaked in March at 5.5%.

Annual growth in median sale price was slower in May than in April in 31 of the nation’s 50 largest metros, though the deceleration was generally small. The biggest slowdown was in Providence, down 2 percentage points in May from April (from almost 9.2% to just slightly more than 7.1%). San Jose was at the opposite end — annual growth in the heart of Silicon Valley was 2.1 percentage points faster in May than in April (to 5.3% from 3.2%).

The data make clear that despite the nationwide shockwaves generated by the coronavirus pandemic, home prices haven’t been hit to the same degree as other sectors of the economy — at least for now. And because closed sales obviously lag active listings, we can expect sales prices to reflect the relative stability and growth of median list prices that we’ve seen over the past few months. Sale prices increased year-over-year in May in all 50 of the nation’s largest metros.

Still, the pandemic has had a small but noticeable impact on prices. In mid-April, inventory of available homes to buy hit its low-point as stay-at-home orders temporarily paused home transaction activity. Initially, listings of the most-expensive homes fell the most, skewing the distribution of homes actually available for sale toward those in lower price ranges. It’s likely we’re seeing the impact of the closed sales of those lower-priced homes reflected in May’s deceleration in the median sale price.

Recent data point to continued stability in sales prices. By early June, as inventory recovered from April lows, listings at more expensive price points surged back to levels close to last year’s, while lower-priced listings remained depressed. Sellers are also consistently holding firm on their asking prices — just 4.1% of active listings in the last week of June had undergone a price cut, compared to 5.6% of listings a year earlier. And with homes typically selling just 20 days after hitting the market — the lowest level ever recorded by Zillow — sellers have little incentive to slash prices. All of these upward pressures on list prices will likely carry through to sales prices in the coming months.

As spring turns to summer, buyers currently in the market and expecting to score a bargain from desperate sellers may be in for a rude surprise. Zillow listing metrics clearly point to the fact that, despite challenges posed by the pandemic, it remains a very competitive homebuying season — ever-low inventory is no match for buyers’ pent-up demand. Steady sales prices are a final confirmation of this trend.

NextHome announces brokerage expansion in Louisiana

NextHome announces brokerage expansion in Louisiana

Joy Cobert & Christie House Theaux

Pleasanton, CA — July 17, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Cutting Edge Realty in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This newest addition to the franchise (NextHome Cutting Edge Realty II) will serve clients across Calcasieu Parish, including Moss Bluff, DeQuincy, Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake, Iowa, and Vinton.

The brokerage represents the ninth office location opened in Louisiana for the NextHome franchise and the 494th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Cutting Edge Realty II is owned by Christie House Theaux and Joy Cobert – two friends with a unique skill for fostering happiness and an upbeat culture among their family of thriving agents. Ivan Jennings is rounding out the leadership team as NextHome Cutting Edge Realty’s associate broker. Ivan joined the team in July and will be operating out of both the Lake Charles and Lafayette offices. 

With this expansion, NextHome Cutting Edge Realty is offering unparalleled marketing, hands-on training and support, and cutting-edge real estate technology to agents in the Lake Charles area. 

“The Lake Charles real estate market has some great local brokerages and with the growing millennial population, we feel that NextHome offers a different approach to marketing and an abundance of tools to support the agent looking for technology,” Joy said. “We also love to teach and train agents who want to grow their business and who have a desire to impact their community.”

The pair opened their flagship NextHome brokerage in Lafayette in the spring of 2018. 

Both Christie and Joy have been licensed since 2011. Christie was the leader of the House Team and has consistently sold 60-plus homes annually. As an integral part of one of the top real estate teams in the Lafayette area, her dedication to client service earned her the reputation of a respected leader in the community.

Joy has an impressive resume as well. While selling more than 25 homes yearly, her skills as an instructor have led her to various positions of leadership. As the Productivity Coach at her local Keller Williams, she helped coach more than 40 REALTORS® on all things real estate including prospecting for new business, providing world-class client service, and best practices to retain clientele.

“We are teachers at heart and we love helping agents grow,” Joy said.

While both women each had successful businesses, they wanted more for themselves and for the local real estate industry.

“I wanted to bring something different to the area,” Christie recalled. “I wanted to raise the bar in real estate. After sharing that with Joy, she felt exactly the same.”

As they looked at options for a real estate franchise, they felt one company in particular aligned with the goal of changing the real estate game – NextHome.

“After talking with (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno, we both felt the choice was easy,” added Christie. “NextHome was the natural choice of company to partner with.”

For the past two years, the business partners have led NextHome Cutting Edge Realty providing a high level of marketing in their area. By offering a career-oriented environment for local REALTORS®, the brokerage provides top-level coaching and guidance, while holding high professional standards for all listings and buyer representation.

As they launch their Lake Charles office, Christie and Joy look forward to offering more hands-on support for agents. 

“It has always been my goal to be able to truly help the agents and not just put them in a room and talk to them,” Christie said of her role as a broker and mentor. “I want to be able to go with them when they need me to, supporting them on appointments and through real-world help. That was the different type of brokerage we were trying to create – a place where it’s all about humans over houses.”

As they welcome new agents into their Lake Charles expansion, Christie and Joy hope to nurture professionals who love the human aspect of real estate. 

“We want to welcome agents who know that they are in the right industry, but maybe haven’t found the right supportive fit,” Joy said. “We want to offer that support to get them to their next level. We welcome the agent who knows that they are making an impact, and wants to continue making an impact, but needs the support on the side of the brokerage to continue to grow their business.” 

Christie and Joy also volunteer time and efforts for their Lafayette community.

Christie volunteers at Lafayette High School, where she sits on the board for the school’s Booster Club and football team. Lafayette High School is the largest high school in the state of Louisiana.

Joy volunteers her time as both a speaker and a personal growth coach for local organizations in her community.

Christie and her husband, Rocky, have four boys between the ages of three and 25. Together, the family loves boating and offshore fishing.

Joy and her husband, Roger, have three children – sons Christian (age 18) and Colin (14) and daughter Carleigh (11). Together, the family loves to travel.

Please join us in congratulating Christie, Joy, and the rest of the team at NextHome Cutting Edge Realty on the opening of their brand-new office location in Lake Charles, Louisiana!

 

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 announces Mammoth Lakes brokerage

NextHome announces Mammoth Lakes brokerage

Eric Leach

Pleasanton, CA — July 14, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Mammoth Lakes, based in Mammoth Lakes, California. The brokerage represents the 75th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 493rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just three hours south of the Reno/Tahoe area and five hours north of Los Angeles, Mammoth Lakes is a mountain paradise with meandering streams and majestic views. The vacationer’s wonderland is located just 45 minutes from the east entrance of Yosemite National Park and offers scenic recreation in the summer and world-class skiing in the winter. The area provides attractive real estate investment opportunities and thrives on short-term vacation rentals and second homes. 

NextHome Mammoth Lakes is poised to provide superior service to clients up and down the Highway 395 corridor, from the town of Topaz in the north all the way south to Lone Pine. 

NextHome Mammoth Lakes will serve this unique area’s residential and investment real estate needs under the leadership of owner/broker Eric Leach. Eric has been a full-time real estate professional in the Mammoth Lakes area for more than a decade and has held his real estate sales license since 2002. 

Throughout his formative years in the industry, Eric worked with both a large national franchise and a small independent brokerage. 

In 2008, Eric obtained his broker’s license and, with two other partners, opened Resort Property Realty, Inc. In the midst of a national housing downturn, the business managed to thrive. 

“We really did open in one of the worst times,” Eric said. “But I was a young guy and I was hungry which pushed me to continue to hustle and hustle. We have been successful since the first month we opened and that is something I’ve been very proud of.”

Through hard work and dedication to both agents and clients, Resort Property Realty, Inc. became the second-largest brokerage in Mammoth. In 2015, Eric’s partners left to pursue other opportunities making Eric the company’s sole owner. 

Last year, the small-town brokerage achieved a high watermark of over $71 million in real estate sales with 137 annual transactions. 

However, what Eric is most proud of is his connection with his 16 agents and his dedication to their support. 

“They can call on me anytime, anywhere,” Eric said. “They never feel abandoned and I always go to bat for them.”

In 2019, that dedication to agent success and a desire to grow his business prompted Eric to look into options for more robust marketing and technology. 

“It was something I knew I needed to do,” Eric recalled. “But revamping the brokerage’s marketing always seemed to take a back seat to other more pressing concerns.”

As time went on, Eric kept seeing the NextHome brand pop up. One day, he read an article about the company in REALTOR® Magazine. Between the franchise’s industry-leading marketing and what he read in the magazine article, Eric began to think that 2020 was the right time to finally transition his independent brokerage to a NextHome franchise. 

“Since partnering with NextHome, I see how I will take the marketing and technology to a new level,” Eric said. “It will help us stay sharp and keep agents at the top of their game. With NextHome, we have the tools to be great leaders in our real estate market.”

Eric and the 16 agents already working with the brokerage are excited to bring relationship-based real estate service to all types of clients.

“As things have become so automated, interpersonal relationships are just that much more important,” Eric said. “If someone is looking for a trusted advisor to help them out with a financial transaction that may be one of the largest in their lives, I want to make sure they are working with someone who is as responsive as possible, who is on top of their market and who knows all the ins and outs. With that approach, we hope to not only provide a successful transaction but also build a new friendship.”

In addition to his real estate brokerage, Eric operates Mammoth Lakes Jiu-Jitsu – a community program that brings the joy and discipline of martial arts to both youth and adults. Eric has been an active martial artist for more than 25 years and has been running the Mammoth Lakes Jiu-Jitsu program as the lead instructor for over 12 years. 

An avid cyclist and outdoorsman, Eric has traveled all over the world. 

“I love getting to see and experience other cultures,” Eric said.

He has completed five bike tours throughout Europe and especially enjoys his time traveling through Asia. 

Please join us in congratulating Eric and the entire team at NextHome Mammoth Lakes on the opening of their new brokerage!

 

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.

How to Prepare Your Kids to Move

How to Prepare Your Kids to Move

No matter what real estate trends you’re dealing with in your market, moving is always stressful and difficult, but it’s even more overwhelming when you have to prepare kids for the process. Kids usually don’t want to leave their friends and school behind, and they may anticipate missing family members. But it’s important to frame moving as the start of a new adventure, while giving kids space to grieve for the things they’re leaving behind.

Get your kids ready for a move by starting discussions about it as soon as you can. These moving tips will help you get your kids ready for a big change of lifestyle.

Don’t Put Off Telling Your Kids About the Move

If you have an upcoming move, the best thing you can do is let your kids in on it as soon as possible. Telling your kids about the move early on gives them a chance to process their feelings about it and get used to the idea. This is especially important for older kids and teens, who are the most likely to react poorly to a planned move; they are more strongly tied to their social groups and more likely to be looking forward to events and outings, like prom with their friends, that they might miss because of a move.

Kids will tend to react to news of a move with apprehension, so it’s a good idea to talk to them about it often and give them as much information about it as you can. Answer their questions and address their concerns with reassurance. Kids need to know that moving can be a good thing. If possible, take them to the town or neighborhood so they can get an idea of what to expect. If it’s not possible to take kids to their new home in advance, try to find as much information about the new community as you can. Look for pictures of the new town and school, activities they can get involved in or facilities they might enjoy.

Give Your Kids Some Decisions to Make

Kids will feel more confident about an upcoming move if you involve them in the decision-making process. You could take them house hunting with you, or if that’s not practical, show them the online listings for houses you’re considering and ask for their input. Older kids can even help you look for promising listings.

Once you’ve found a new place, give kids some input on getting the new home ready. Maybe they’d like to choose a paint color for their new bedroom or spend some time planning new bedroom layouts with crayons and paper. Getting new furniture? Let kids choose their own bedroom sets or decorative elements. Take the opportunity to start teaching kids about home maintenance or plan some outdoor DIY projects for them to look forward to.

Ease the Transition

Very young children, under five years old, may not understand what moving means. Use stories or books to explain the concept, and explain what’s happening again when you’re packing up. Ease the transition for very young children by trying to keep the same furniture and layout in their new bedrooms and play areas, if not throughout the house.

Older kids can understand the process and will appreciate being given some role in the move. School-aged children may be sad about leaving friends and relatives, or anxious about a new school. Prepare for the move by gathering as much documentation as you can for the new school, including test scores, medical records and curriculum information. School-age children will want to know everything they can about their new school, new teachers and potential new friends, too.

Teens are most likely to struggle with a move, since they are often so closely connected to friends and social groups and are deeply committed to extracurriculars and hobbies. They may resent uprooting their lives, leaving their friends and missing out on upcoming social events. Give teens the chance to express and come to terms with their feelings, while reassuring them that moving is difficult for everyone and helping them plan to maintain their relationships with those they’re leaving behind. Planning a post-move trip to visit old friends and relatives might help, as well as encouraging teens to maintain connections via social media and correspondence.

If a move happens in the middle of a school year, it might be worth letting teens finish out the school term with a close family friend or trusted relative. If your teen is close to finishing school, it may be easiest for everyone if he or she is allowed to graduate with his or her friends before joining the family in the new home for the summer before college.

While moving is often logistically difficult and stressful for adults, it can be exciting for children. Getting your kids ready for a move can give them the foundation they need to thrive in their new home, and buying a home warranty can give you the budget protection you need to focus on helping your kids adjust, instead of worrying about unexpected repairs. American Home Shield® today to find out more about protecting your new home.

NextHome announces new Nevada office

NextHome announces new Nevada office

Janet Jacaway & Joree Anderson

Pleasanton, CA — July 10, 20120 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Gold Rush Realty, based in Winnemucca, Nevada. The brokerage represents the sixth office location opened in Nevada for the NextHome franchise and the 492nd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Gold Rush Realty will serve residential clients across Humboldt and Pershing counties including the towns of Winnemucca and Lovelock. 

Known for its mining industry and outdoor recreation, Winnemucca is located about two hours east of Reno on Interstate 80. The city of just more than 7,000 people is a haven for ranchers, hunters, and small-town living. 

NextHome Golf Rush Realty is owned by local REALTORS® Janet Jacaway and Joree Anderson.

Together, Janet and Joree bring a new level of professionalism and superb customer service to their market area. 

“We want our business to have a memorable impact on people,” Joree said. “NextHome Gold Rush Realty will do business in a way that helps clients feel good about their decision and gives them peace of mind knowing that they are in good hands.”

Janet and Joree have been working together since 2017. However, Janet’s real estate journey began earlier in 2004. 

After purchasing her first home, Janet became interested in a real estate career. 

“I absolutely loved looking at homes and I enjoyed the whole process, so I knew I needed to get into that line of business,” Janet said. 

She began her career with a Vision West Realty where she spent the next decade developing a reputation for excellence in her market. Then, in 2014, Janet joined RE/MAX Great Basin Realty. 

Joree began her real estate career with that same office in 2017 after deciding she needed a more family-friendly career change. Joree spent her early working years with Cyanco, a local mining company that produces sodium chloride. 

After obtaining her license, Joree gave her new profession every ounce of energy she had. Her hard work produced phenomenal success. In a matter of months, she became a top producing agent. Last year, Joree achieved more than $11 million in sales with about 56 transactions. She was recognized by her brokerage with several awards and is known for always being available for her clients. 

Janet’s sales success was also remarkable. In a market where the average home price hovers around $250,000, Janet was able to achieve about $10 million in sales in 2019. 

Although they never formed a team, Janet and Joree loved working together. 

“She has every strength that I lack and vice versa,” Janet said. 

The pair knew that they wanted to work together on their own terms, so they started looking into franchise options. Both Joree and Janet seemed to discover NextHome at the same time and both were impressed. 

“The color is what initially got us,” Joree said. “No one has orange, so we knew our marketing would stand out.”

“The friendliness of the franchise owners and the overall feel of the company was also outstanding,” Janet added. 

It also didn’t hurt that NextHome incorporates its mascot, Luke the French bulldog, into its branding. 

“I am excited about what we can do in our community with Luke,” Janet said.

Today, NextHome Gold Rush Realty is combining world-class marketing with the work ethic and friendly service that Janet and Joree are known for. 

“We love that when locals buy or sell a house, they know that they want to work with us because they already know how we operate,” Joree said.

When they aren’t serving their clients, Janet and Joree are avid outdoors people who enjoy spending time with their families. 

Janet and her husband Ken have been married since 1996 and have two grown children, Alex and Britany. Janet loves to waterski on Rye Patch Reservoir and enjoy time on the ATVs with her kids. She also enjoys elk hunting and trap shooting with Joree. 

Joree is the proud mother of her son, Parker (3). 

“My son really inspires me to be outstanding in everything I do,” Joree said. “They watch you and learn from you and because of them you want to do better.”

When she isn’t helping her clients, Joree enjoys working with horses, wakeboarding on the reservoir, and trap shooting with Janet. 

Please join us in congratulating Janet and Joree on the opening of NextHome Gold Rush Realty in Winnemucca, Nevada!

 

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.