NextHome Zenith opens in Freehold, New Jersey

NextHome Zenith opens in Freehold, New Jersey

Michelle Anderson

Pleasanton, CA — June 11, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Zenith, based in Freehold, New Jersey. The brokerage represents the 15th office location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise and the 582nd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located about 45 minutes south of New York City, NextHome Zenith is poised to provide exceptional customer service to clients across Manalapan, Marlboro, Howell, Millstone, Jackson, Freehold, southern Middlesex County and the remainder of Monmouth and Ocean counties. 

NextHome Zenith is owned by Michelle Anderson – an experienced REALTOR® with a passion for offering excellent client experiences. 

Michelle began her career in real estate in 2004, working with a small regional independent brokerage. In 2006, she joined a nationally franchised brand where she excelled for the next 14 years. 

Michelle’s appreciation for her clients helped her become a high producer whose business is entirely referral based. 

“I am a people person,” Michelle said. “When clients work with me, I want them to have a great experience and know that I am there for them every step of the way. I want them to feel that it is OK to have whatever worries they have, big or small, knowing they can ask me about anything, and I will be there to answer.”

In 2020, Michelle discovered the NextHome difference and became an agent with NextHome Force Realty Partners. 

“NextHome was a new, innovative company and I really liked the brand,” Michelle said. “I really loved the company and what it was all about.”

Michelle soon obtained her broker’s license and continued to excel in real estate sales. 

As her career continued to evolve, Michelle knew she wanted to leave a legacy for her children and grandchildren by owning and building her own business. 

Today, Michelle is making that dream come true through NextHome Zenith. Under Michelle’s leadership, the brokerage is all about helping people make the best decisions for themselves and their families. 

“We are going to hold hands through the entire transaction for each of our clients,” Michelle said. “If they need help, someone will be there to help them, even if it’s just the need to cry, laugh, or get frustrated. We have a unique ability to help our clients feel calm.”

NextHome Zenith agents are focused on customer care, providing an emphasis on quality and a great experience. 

“This is not just a transaction,” Michelle said. “It’s the biggest transaction many people will make in their life, so it is important to give our clients the attention they deserve. Moving on from that it’s really about the people that we are working with. We care and we are all in to go above and beyond their expectations. Real estate is really about the person. We care and we are going to go above and beyond their expectations.”

Michelle is a highly credentialed REALTOR® with several NAR designations. She is a graduate of The REALTOR® Institute – a designation given only after hundreds of hours of intensive education. Only four percent of REALTORS® in the U.S. hold the designation. Michelle is also a Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Staging Professional, and is obtaining her Luxury Designation through NAR. In addition, Michelle has been coached by Buffini & Company for more than 12 years. 

Outside the office, Michelle enjoys showing her clients her appreciation through events, parties, and an annual evening at the local AAA ballpark. 

She is the mother of two children Frank and Lauren, and together with her partner Fabio, Michelle enjoys travel, golf, hiking, spending time at the beach, cooking, fine wine, and relaxing with friends. 

Please join us in congratulating Michelle on the opening of NextHome Zenith in Freehold, New Jersey!


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

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Things to Avoid Before Selling a Home

Things to Avoid Before Selling a Home

As a real estate professional, you’re probably accustomed to giving clients advice about what to do before listing their homes. In some cases, it can be just as important for clients to know what they shouldn’t do before selling. If a client lets you know they are thinking about putting their home on the market, here are some reminders of things they should avoid doing:

Procrastinating on maintenance tasks.

Now is not the time to put off needed property care and upkeep. Tell your clients to tackle any delayed maintenance projects such as painting, roof repair, landscaping, gutter cleaning, window washing, and other upkeep.

Painting with bold colors.

If the interior or exterior of the home needs painting before the home is listed, advise clients to choose neutral, conservative shades that will appeal to a broad spectrum of potential buyers. Trendy, bright, or dark colors can be controversial and may make rooms look smaller.

Making expensive improvements that you won’t have time to enjoy.

It’s never a guarantee that a homeowner will get their entire home improvement investment back when they sell the home. Instead of sinking a lot of money and time into a big improvement project right before listing, it’s often more advantageous to adjust the asking price to reflect any deficiencies.

Overestimating what the house is worth.

Especially in sellers’ or low inventory markets, it’s tempting to see local home sale prices and start projecting potential profits. Remind your clients that many factors come into play when setting asking prices, and it’s best to let you analyze comparables, square footage, and the market outlook before getting a firm number in mind.

Buying a lot of furniture.

Purchasing new furniture right before selling may not be a good strategy. Your clients will just have to pay to move it when the house sells, and filling rooms with too many new pieces can make spaces look cramped and smaller. In addition, the furniture your clients choose may not fit as well in their new location.

Hiding problems.

Even if potential buyers don’t notice issues, system and structural issues can be discovered at inspection time. In fact, qualified home inspectors are often good at spotting cover-ups. Rather than trying to hide issues, it makes better sense to go ahead and address them by making the needed repairs. Tell your clients to be sure to keep copies of contractor invoices or home center receipts in case any questions arise during the transaction process.

Neglecting to have home warranty coverage.

An American Home Shield® home warranty can provide a marketing boost for listings while protecting sellers from out-of-pocket expenses for unexpected home repair or replacements for covered items during the listing period, subject to contract limitations and exclusions. American Home Shield coverage also offers sellers a solution for finding reliable service professionals to diagnose covered malfunctions, helping to keep showings on schedule. Ask your American Home Shield Account Manager for marketing materials that you can use to help explain the benefits of home warranty coverage to your clients.

Keeping the lines of communication open with your sellers can help the real estate transaction process go more smoothly. They’ll appreciate your guidance and advice and will feel comfortable asking you questions along the way.

For more tips from our partners at American Home Shield, check out their blog!

NextHome announces new Massachusetts brokerage

NextHome announces new Massachusetts brokerage

Dave Matthews

Pleasanton, CA — June 10, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Soundings Realty, based in Norfolk, Massachusetts. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in Massachusetts for the NextHome franchise and the 581st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Soundings Realty will serve clients across Millis, Medfield, Medway, Franklin, North Attleboro, and the remainder of Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex counties. NextHome Soundings Realty connects with the area’s deep nautical roots, providing a trusted source where buyers and sellers can measure the depth of their local market and get reliable guidance on how to navigate the often-choppy waters of home buying and selling. 

NextHome Soundings Realty is owned by Dave Matthews, an experienced REALTOR® who brings an exceptional leadership and mentoring background to his new brokerage. 

Dave spent many years as a CPA as well as teaching as adjunct faculty at various area colleges. After his employer went out of business, Dave took the opportunity to go into real estate. Dave started his real estate career with Century 21 Commonwealth before opening his own independent brokerage: Soundings Realty. 

Throughout his years in real estate, Dave has developed expertise in investment properties, specifically flipping homes. He has completed several successful flips himself and looks forward to sharing that expertise with clients. 

As an independent broker/owner, Dave kept his office small for several years. However, as agents began to express increased interest in working with him, Dave knew it was time to partner with the right franchise. 

“I need to give my agents all the training and tools and marketing they could need to be really successful,” Dave said. “I started thinking about building all of these systems myself as an independent, but quickly realized that NextHome already had these things down to a science. I had seen the marketing around town, and it was love at first sight.”

In addition to the back-office support that NextHome provided, Dave was impressed by the company’s culture. 

“Everyone has such a positive and excited attitude toward the industry and each other,” Dave said of NextHome’s corporate culture. “The enthusiasm is visible from everyone. When you combine that enthusiasm with the company’s technologies and marketing products, NextHome is unparalleled.”

Today, Dave is building NextHome Soundings Realty the same way he built his real estate sales business: by being consistently available and attentive to both agents and clients.   

“I am going to be actively involved with all the agents in my office,” Dave said. “For any agent who is thinking they need a change from their existing brokerage, I would want to listen to what is making an agent unhappy, then point to what this franchise can do with its toolbox to remedy that.”

Outside the office, Dave has built a legacy of serving in his community. He is a member of the Norfolk Lions Club and volunteers his time and expertise in accounting to other nonprofits. Over the past years, the Norfolk Lions Club has sponsored community clean up drives, Christmas tree sale fundraisers, and helped numerous people with home projects – or even moving boxes and furniture into a new house. 

Dave also volunteers his time with his town’s local community theater. 

Dave will be celebrating 29 years of marriage to his wife Gina in September, and he is the father of three adult children: Ian, Rachel, and Justin. 

Please join us in congratulating Dave on the opening of NextHome Soundings Realty in Norfolk, Massachusetts! 


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


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Don’t Fear the Appraisal!

Don’t Fear the Appraisal!

Perhaps no step in the process of a real estate transaction is more misunderstood – and more feared – than the appraisal. Simply put, the appraisal exists to assign a value to a property that is derived from a standard methodology, providing parameters for mortgage lending, and negotiation between buyer and seller.  Appraising is also an art, as it relies on the judgement and observation of the appraiser to assess condition, quality, similar properties to compare against (Comparables) and other subjective criteria. Appraisals also differ from Broker Price Opinions (opinion of listing price provided by a real estate agent) or a sales price on a website such as Zillow or Appraisals follow the substantial and detailed framework put forth in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), which was initiated by Congress in 1989, and is now overseen by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation. It is updated every two years, and a licensed appraiser is required to reacquaint and update themselves with the 600 page volume every two years through mandatory classwork.  Following the mortgage crisis of 2008, further legislation was enacted to create “appraiser independence”, to further protect the integrity of the appraisal from undue influence.

With these stringent standards in place, why is the appraised value so often hotly contested? One must understand the difference between “market value” and “appraised value”.  The appraised value is derived from the process as outlined above, whereas the market value is simply the price someone is willing to pay. In our current market, many properties are being sold for considerably more than appraised value. In other times, the market could be flooded with properties and market values can be less than appraised value. Or maybe a buyer just wants a certain property and is willing to pay market value or more, despite cited defects or other issues that may lower appraised value.

Is there overlap and gray area in the market vs. appraisal value scenarios? Yes, and that leads us to the expectation that the value derived from a formal appraisal can happily coexist with market value. How? Many agents and appraisers differ over what comparables to use, property and neighborhood characteristics or other factors, yet are under the impression that USPAP and appraisal independence prohibits working and communicating together. This is not the case, and a savvy agent will learn to work with the appraiser by recommending comparables, attending the appraisal and providing other helpful information that will facilitate the most accurate appraisal and help expedite the lending and closing process.

Appraisers often get blamed for “killing the deal”, when more typically the additional factors of inadequate communication from the agent and unrealistic expectations of the seller contribute to disagreement of value. With today’s sky-high market, low inventory, virtual inspections and a host of other factors, it makes sense for agents, appraisers and informed buyers and sellers to communicate and work together to facilitate a transaction based on the most appropriate property value.

For more information from our partners at Landy Insurance, click here.

NextHome hosts Military Relocation Professional Certification Course

NextHome hosts Military Relocation Professional Certification Course

Pleasanton, CA — June 9, 2021 — NextHome recently hosted the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification course designed for real estate professionals who want to work with current and former military service members. 

The MRP certification program educates REALTORS® on working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.

The training course was offered to NextHomies who attended the 2021 NextHome Virtual Conference as part of their admission ticket. Hosted by Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President, the virtually MRP training course was completed by 250 NextHomies. 

“I love how many of our members made the commitment to becoming certified as a Military Relocation Professional,” said Poladi. “With over 500 locations nationwide, our NextHome agents interact and assist with military families on a regular basis. I’m excited that our company will be able to assist these families with an even higher level of understanding and care.”

NextHome’s commitment to education is one of the pillars of the franchise’s offerings. Through certification courses, webinars, podcasts, workshops, and trainings, NextHome continually provides opportunities for members to expand their knowledge to better serve their communities. 

“As always, NextHome and Imran Poladi brought it home in this meaningful and timely certification class,” said Owen Freiburger, Owner of  NextHome Pro Realty. “The MRP certification is a designation that should be the goal of every working REALTOR®. Assisting and transitioning our military personnel and their families are responsibilities that should be taken with great care and diligence. This class prepared agents to be facilitators for the very best – our many people in service to the USA!”

Those who completed the certification course are thrilled to take their new learnings and implement the new tactics into their business right away. 

“I am proud that I can be of service to those who have served and protected our country,” said Michele Bass, Owner of NextHome Premier Properties. “I feel honored to be given the opportunity to get the MRP certification so that I can truly say I am invested in being able to give back to the ones who have served and given so much of themselves to our country. Thank you to all of our veterans and active military members.”

NextHome looks forward to hosting future NAR courses, and continually supporting the  education of all NextHome members in the ever-evolving real estate industry. 


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

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NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions opens in Columbus, Georgia

NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions opens in Columbus, Georgia

Dorothy Loyal & Felecia Saunders

Pleasanton, CA — June 4, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions, based in Columbus, Georgia. The brokerage represents the eighth office location opened in Georgia for the NextHome franchise and the 580th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve all types of residential clients in Muscogee and Harris counties in Georgia, and Russell and Lee counties in Alabama.  

NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions is owned by Dorothy Loyal and Felecia Saunders – two dedicated REALTORS® with a heart for helping people with all of their real estate needs.

“We genuinely care about people, and we don’t just say it, we demonstrate it professionally,” Dorothy said. “We love being more than just an agent, but also a friend, showing our clients that we love what we are doing and love helping them to make the most important purchase they are going to make in their lives.”

Dorothy is NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions broker of record and Felecia is the brokerage’s agent/owner. 

Dorothy entered real estate in 2007 after serving 23 years in the U.S. Army. After a distinguished career serving in forward operating positions, leading companies of several hundred people, and serving in Iraq, Dorothy pursued her dream of joining the real estate industry. While attending real estate school, she met Felecia and the two remained great friends. 

Dorothy began working with Century 21 Premier Real Estate, where she built a reputation for honest, ethical service. 

Felecia has been working in real estate since 2007 while maintaining a dual career in the insurance industry. Despite working two jobs, Felecia excelled in real estate. In 2020, in the depths of a global pandemic, she was recognized as a member of her brokerage’s Million Dollar Club.

In 2020, Felecia retired from her insurance job to pursue real estate.

“Dorothy and I always thought we would do something together after I retired,” Felecia said. “Real estate has always been a passion for me and NextHome offered the right opportunity at the right time.”

The franchise provided the right mix of technology, tools, branding, support, and company culture. Both Dorothy and Felecia knew that this mix would help them provide unparalleled customer service. 

“Seeing that the company truly stands behind the concept of Humans over Houses was my ‘ah-ha moment’,” Felecia said. 

Today, NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions is providing values-driven service, backed by industry-leading technology and marketing. 

When not in the office, Felecia enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and connecting with new people. She and her husband Russell have been married for 31 years and are the parents of two sons, Bryson and Brandon. 

Dorothy is an avid bowler who also enjoys cheering on her beloved Atlanta Hawks. She has been married for 36 years to Alfred and is mother to three daughters and grandmother to three children. 

Please join us in congratulating Dorothy and Felecia on the opening of NextHome Infinite Real Estate Solutions in Columbus, Georgia!


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

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NextHome announces new Buffalo-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Buffalo-area brokerage

Jason Beck

Pleasanton, CA — June 3, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Brixwood, based in Batavia, New York. The brokerage represents the 17th office location opened in New York for the NextHome franchise and the 579th NextHome office opened nationally.

Conveniently located between Buffalo and Rochester, Batavia is a charming community of about 7,000 people. From this location, NextHome Brixwood will serve clients from Buffalo in the west to the Finger Lakes Region about two hours east. Under the leadership of broker/owner Jason Beck, NextHome Brixwood has eventual plans for office expansion into both Buffalo and Rochester.

“I am very proud to be a part of NextHome,” Jason said. “I’m proud of what I’ve done over the course of my career and look forward to growing with NextHome through ethical and quality customer service.”

Jason began his career in 2011 in commercial real estate. Prior to 2011, Jason was a third-generation business owner in the dairy farm equipment industry. After successfully selling that business, Jason launched Rocket Commercial Real Estate. For the next three years, his company specialized in commercial transactions before expanding into residential and property management.

In 2013, he became a broker and founded Brixwood LLC. Although he initially intended to keep that brokerage small, Jason’s client-centered philosophy attracted several agents and more business. As his business grew, Jason’s available time for the truly important things shrank.

“I felt like I was missing out on a lot of opportunities because I was running around doing all the business tasks primarily by myself,” Jason explained. “It was time to take my business up a notch. I knew that I needed to align myself with better technology, better back-end support, and a bigger presence nationally. That’s why I decided to connect with NextHome.”

Today, Jason continues to attract superb agent talent to NextHome Brixwood through NextHome’s “Humans Over Houses” approach to real estate.

“NextHome is new in our market and will catch a lot of attention,” Jason said. “The franchise offers great technology and marketing, but more than that, it’s about centering support around real humans – the agents and clients.”

As NextHome Brixwood’s office of eight professional agents continues to expand, Jason is looking for caring REALTORS® who provide quality service and prioritize a great client experience over pure transaction count.

“A NextHome Brixwood agent takes their time with clients and is dedicated to building long-term relationships with the people they help,” Jason said. “It is the long game that is important to us here.”

When he isn’t in the office, Jason loves to spend time with his family. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for almost 20 years and they are the parents of three kids, Justice (26), Owen (21), and Gavin (16).

Please join us in congratulating Jason on the opening of NextHome Brixwood in Batavia, New York!


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

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NextHome franchise brokers and teams graduate from rigorous MBA-style leadership program

NextHome franchise brokers and teams graduate from rigorous MBA-style leadership program

Pleasanton, CA — June 2, 2021 — T3 Fellows, the executive leadership program for real estate entrepreneurs passionate about dramatically growing their business, announced the graduates of another NextHome T3 Fellows graduating class. The MBA-like program from T3 Sixty delivers a year-long curriculum focused exclusively on business-specific solutions for the residential real estate brokerage industry and is delivered through an extensive one-on-one mentoring schedule, in-person mastermind workshops, and monthly web conferences.

The NextHome franchise business owners who have successfully completed the rigorous 12-month program and will be graduating in the spring 2021 class are as follows:

Left to right: Alex Krumm (NextHome Excellence | Sarasota, FL), Dave Faxel (NextHome Select Realty | New Lenox, IL), Garrick Olerud (NextHome Prime Real Estate | Westby, WI)
Left to right: Steven Burch (NextHome Unlimited | Junction City, KS), Stevie Krumm (NextHome Excellence | Sarasota, FL), Tom Smolinski (NextHome Champions | Holland, MI)

The T3 Fellows curriculum covers all vital aspects of building and expanding a real estate brokerage and agent team business. It targets growing brokerage and agent revenue by recruiting the agents that best match each organization, improving profitability by increasing agent sales, creating powerful branding and marketing programs, and leveraging lead generation and conversion for more sales.

“It has been an incredible pleasure for me to work with these outstanding NextHome franchise owners and entrepreneurs,” said Dean Cottrill, senior vice president at T3 Sixty and program director of the T3 Fellows program. “What a wonderful group of highly professional, growth-minded business leaders.”

“The T3 Fellows program has a track record that speaks for itself,” said Imran Poladi, NextHome vice president. “Each and every one of the brokers who made the commitment to this program has seen a positive increase in their business, in both production and agent morale. Anyone who makes the choice to participate in the T3 Fellows program is bound to succeed in a huge way.” 

In the increasingly complex and quickly shifting residential real estate industry, these NextHome T3 Fellows graduates are now ready to lead and grow their businesses more strategically. 

For more information on the program, visit

About T3 Fellows

The T3 Fellows program helps the leaders of brokerages and teams grow successful real estate organizations through a detailed, thorough curriculum, one-on-one consulting, in-person retreats and mentor support. The program provides a proven framework for success, supported by smart, accomplished cohorts and an experienced group of guides and mentors. To learn more about the program or apply, visit

About T3 Sixty

T3 Sixty is a trusted advisor and management consultancy in the residential real estate brokerage industry. T3 Sixty also provides extensive data services and research to affect intelligent change and growth. For more, visit


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

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NextHome announces new Orlando-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Orlando-area brokerage

Yari Villarrubia

Pleasanton, CA — June 2, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Family 1st Realty, based in Kissimmee, Florida. The brokerage represents the 85th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 578th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just south of Orlando, NextHome Family 1st Realty will serve clients throughout St. Cloud, Celebration, Poinciana, South Orlando, Lake Nona, Winter Gardens, and the remainder of Osceola and Orange counties.

The brokerage is owned by Yari Villarrubia, who brings broad real estate industry experience to her new venture.

Before becoming a licensed sales agent, Yari operated a property preservation business, working with National Property Preservation Companies as a vendor. Throughout her time in that industry, she worked closely with several REO brokers who encouraged her to get her real estate license.

In 2013, Yari obtained her sales license and joined a local boutique brokerage. Throughout the years, Yari’s sales expertise grew as she worked with various small independent brokerages.

In 2017, she joined Offerpad, an iBuyer that purchases homes for cash in an effort to streamline and expedite the selling process. While there, Yari held various roles within the company. Yari gained experience as a listing consultant, Acquisition project manager, home marketing consultant, as well as working the new construction area as a Homebuilder Partnership Manager for Florida.

As the world evolved in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, family dynamics prompted Yari to reassess her professional and family legacy. She knew it would soon be the right time to build her own brokerage.

Yari initially heard about NextHome through another agent.

“She was so enthusiastic about the company,” Yari recalled. “That level of excitement and praise coming from an agent was so unique, I knew I needed to look into NextHome. Once I started doing the research, I fell in love with the brand, and everyone from the corporate leadership to the agent was so friendly!”

Yari soon discovered why everyone at NextHome loved their company.

“NextHome actually practices what it preaches, which is Humans Over Houses,” Yari said. “There is a lot that has been lost in this industry, but this brand is defined by the consumer experience. Hands down, it was the Humans Over Houses approach that helped me know that NextHome was the perfect franchise fit.”

Today, Yari is leading NextHome Family 1st Realty into the future with that consumer-centric approach.

“We aren’t afraid to think outside the box to give the client exactly what they need,” Yari said. “Our clients can expect their experience to be personalized to their needs and their family – we put your family first. This means providing all the resources you might need under one roof.”

When she isn’t helping other families, Yari enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony, and their five daughters: Genesis (13), Angelique (11), Julianis (9), and twins Sofia and Sarah (4).

The family enjoys time at the oceanside and great conversation as they explore new restaurants together.

Please join us in congratulating Yari on the opening of NextHome Family 1st Realty in Kissimmee, Florida!


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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Signature Properties expands in Western Washington

NextHome Signature Properties expands in Western Washington

Debbie Mitchell

Pleasanton, CA — May 28, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Signature Properties, based in Graham, Washington. The brokerage represents the 13th office location opened in Washington for the NextHome franchise and the 577th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Signature Properties is owned by Designated Managing Broker, Debbie Mitchell. Amanda Berteig will lead the brokerage’s day to day operations, including its sales and growth division.

Amanda started her real estate career as Debbie’s assistant and after much encouragement, Amanda obtained her real estate license in California and was the first agent to join NextHome Signature Properties in Granite Bay. Since obtaining her license in both Washington and California, Amanda has sold over $13.5 million in sales since joining the NextHome Family.  Because of Amanda’s strong commitment to family and the real estate industry, it was an easy choice to continue to support Amanda in the Northwest.

“As her designated broker, I could not be more proud of her accomplishments in the Northwest Region in such a short time,” said Debbie.

NextHome Signature Properties (Graham) will serve clients across Western Washington, including Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Tacoma, Renton, Thurston County, and the Seattle suburbs.

NextHome Signature Properties (Graham) builds on the success of Debbie’s first NextHome office based in Granite Bay, California. Since opening that initial office in 2018, Debbie has shattered already remarkable sales records. Last year, Debbie transacted more than $14 million in sales volume, making 2020 her best year ever. As a brokerage, NextHome Signature Properties also elevated the service level clients can expect in the Northern California real estate market.

“I work really hard to cultivate relationships with my clients before the sale,” Debbie said. “For me, humans over houses is a way of being.”

That people-first way of doing business is a legacy that Debbie and Amanda will continue to champion in Graham.

Debbie has been a top-producing REALTOR® in the Sacramento region for more than two decades. She picked up the business quickly, selling 10 homes in her first six months as a REALTOR®. From that point forward, she built her business by referral and has been selling at least $10 million annually ever since.

From 2008 to 2013, Debbie averaged more than 100 transactions per year.

After working for 18 years at a local franchised office, Debbie was ready to go out on her own and open a brokerage under the NextHome brand.

“After a lot of thought and preparation, it was time for me to open my own company and create a positive environment for career-oriented REALTORS®,” Debbie said. “I want our agents to feel like a valued person in addition to being a valued agent.”

NextHome was the perfect franchise fit.

“The No. 1 thing that sets NextHome apart is its leadership,” Debbie said. “From the top down, the people in this company are hands-on, approachable, easy to talk to, and I feel like we are all friends. NextHome’s proactive support makes it easier for me to focus on my clients.”

When not selling real estate, Mitchell and her husband of 38 years, Steve, enjoy heading to their cabin in Blue Canyon and spending time outdoors. The couple have two children and two grandchildren.

Please join us in congratulating Debbie and Amanda on the opening of NextHome Signature Properties (Graham) in Western Washington!


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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.