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NextHome Titletown launches office location in Massachusetts

NextHome Titletown launches office location in Massachusetts

Rory Gill

Pleasanton, CA — May 30, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Titletown. The brokerage will represent the sixth NextHome location opened in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Boston-based brokerage will be operated by broker/owner Rory Gill. NextHome Titletown will cover the three counties of Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex. Agents at the brokerage will service areas throughout the Boston Metropolitan Area including the areas of Roxbury, Cambridge, Winthrop, Salem, North Shore, and Beacon Hill, to name a few. Additionally, the brokerage services southern New Hampshire.

The team at NextHome Titletown works with all types of buyers and sellers including first-time home buyers, move-up buyers, relocation, luxury listings, multi-family, and other real estate services. A specialty for the brokerage is working with investors who are acquiring properties for long-term hold and increasing their real estate portfolio holdings.

As Rory has built his brokerage, he takes pride in having agents at his company who focus on becoming neighborhood specialists. This hyper-focus on neighborhood knowledge allows these agents to be a community resource that many other companies don’t have. By doing this, residents of specific neighborhoods know that their NextHome Titletown agent understands all facets about buying and selling to that niche.

Rory comes from a legal background as a specialist in real estate law. He attained his real estate license seven years ago while attending law school. He graduated from Boston University in 2006, then later earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2011.

After receiving his law degree, Rory opened his own real estate law practice in December of 2011 – Urban Village Legal.

In 2013, Rory attained his broker’s license with the intention of using it for personally buying and selling properties. As he delved more and more into the real estate side, he realized how much he enjoyed the sales side and sought to open his own real estate brokerage.

His legal background brings a unique dynamic that many other brokerages don’t have on their leadership team.

In 2018, he came across the NextHome franchise and found that the company really aligned with what he was looking for in marketing, technology, and systems.

“NextHome provided a unique and different opportunity that allowed me to run a brokerage the way I wanted, yet allowed me the framework of a company that had the very best in tools and systems,” said Rory.

Rory proudly says that agents who work at NextHome Titletown will experience something that no other company locally can offer.

“I wanted to create a brokerage where agents had the coaching and training matched with first-class technology and tools,” said Rory. “All while providing a setting where these agents know they are getting solid real estate legal advice that allows them to focus on their business growth and providing their clients with the very best in service and advice.”

Rory is very active with investor groups such as the Boston Real Estate Guild. His investment knowledge is well known throughout the local investor circles and has allowed Rory the opportunity to work with some of the savviest Boston area real estate investors and developers.

Outside of selling real estate, Rory keeps busy being a new father. His husband of almost five years, Jason Muth, has been in sales and marketing for a radio group for many years. Jason brings additional value to the company in assisting Rory with new and fresh ideas in web and social media marketing to Boston neighborhoods. They are hosts on a real estate legal podcast called The Real Estate Law Podcast.

Rory and Jason are the proud parents to a beautiful one-month-old daughter, Cecily Quinn Gill-Muth.

Please join us in congratulating Rory and the rest of the team at NextHome Titletown on their new NextHome office launch!

Meet your May 2019 NextHomie of the Month

Meet your May 2019 NextHomie of the Month

Please join us as we celebrate our NextHomie of the Month for May 2019, Alex Krumm of NextHome Excellence in Sarasota, Florida! Alex and his wife Stevie opened NextHome Excellence in October 2017, and their office name couldn’t be more fitting. Alex spreads excellence everywhere he goes, making him a perfect fit for the NextHomie of the Month nomination. Congratulations, Alex!

Alex is a second generation REALTOR® and has been passionately involved in real estate for over 13 years. When asked why he decided to get into real estate, his answer came easily, “It’s the people. I love the customers, I love my colleagues. This is a profession built on optimism and energy and it excites me every single day. Plus, we get to do something that really matters to people, and that’s truly special.”

So, why NextHome? Alex started following NextHome from the moment the first office launched in January of 2015. He knew right away he had found his tribe. When asked what it was about NextHome that stood out to him the most, he proudly answered, “NextHomies share common values with me, family, leadership, and proficient care. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re so much fun!” He defines a NextHomie as someone who wants to do the right thing, and has a pretty good idea of how to do it, all while being fun and empathetic in the process. There’s no doubt that Alex is a prime example of a NextHomie!

Alex believes he was nominated for this recognition because of his “frequent social media posts,” but what truly made him stand out is his relentless commitment to excellence.

His excellence shines through in his definition of success: “Success is advancing in proficiency, acting with integrity, being a lighthouse for people in the dark, being a servant leader. It’s putting others first while making sure you’re taken care of, too. It’s being smart and charismatic and caring. It’s having a set of values and living up to your own expectations of yourself.”

Although we all define success differently, I think Alex nailed it. Congratulations to Alex on being the NextHomie of the Month for May 2019!

Amanda Mills

2019 Culture Committee Chair

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%).

For more helpful information, check out the Zillow Blog!

NextHome Experience opens third office location

NextHome Experience opens third office location

David Caraboolad & Vadim Barash

Pleasanton, CA — May 24, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest location for the franchisee, NextHome Experience – Marysville Branch. The brokerage will represent the sixth location in the state of Ohio.

The brokerage will be operated by business partners, David Caraboolad and Vadim Barash, who opened their first NextHome brokerage in Ohio in September of 2016. Two months later, David and Vadim opened a location in nearby Granville.

Over the course of the last two years, NextHome Experience has seen unbelievable growth. Based on their 2018 production, the brokerage was recognized as the #1 office in both transactions closed and total sales volume for the entire NextHome national franchise.

In 2018, the Columbus Business First organization recognized NextHome Experience as #7 of the top 25 real estate brokerages in the area.

Located 30 minutes northwest of Columbus, the new Marysville location will service the needs of residents in Union, Franklin, Delaware, Madison, and Logan counties. Marysville is home to several Fortune 500 Companies including Honda and Scotts Miracle Gro Co.

“Vadim and I are so proud to open our third NextHome Experience location,” said David. “We have an exceptional team in The Virginia Golan Group that will be anchoring the Marysville location. We couldn’t be more pleased to expand into a new area and providing Marysville residents the NextHome way of real estate.”

Vadim started his real estate career in 1999 as a REALTOR® with King Thompson Realtors in Columbus. In his very first year, Vadim closed nearly 40 transactions and set the tone for his successful real estate sales career.

In 2001, Vadim opened his own real estate brokerage, RE/MAX Town Center. Alongside the company’s broker of record (and Vadim’s wife), Marina, the couple grew the brokerage from just the two of them to 187 agents in less than five years. And the results were nothing short of exceptional.

The brokerage exceeded 5,000 transactions annually and was ranked one of the Top 50 producing offices in the world for the global RE/MAX franchise.

After a decade of brokerage leadership, Vadim sold his brokerage and moved into a corporate role with RE/MAX in the summer of 2011. He served as a franchise sales director for the Ohio region until late 2015.

RE/MAX Town Center had many successful agents at the company. David was one of those agents.

A graduate of Ohio State University, David began his real estate career with a local real estate brokerage, North Steppe Realty in 1994. In addition to his real estate sales, he served as the accountant for the brokerage, overseeing the details to the property management of 80 units.

In 2003, he joined RE/MAX Town Center to work with Vadim and was a consistent producer. He closed over 40 transactions annually and was an award winner every year he worked at the brokerage.

While he was successful in sales, David wanted to use his entrepreneurial background to open his own brokerage.

In early 2016, David began researching potential real estate brokerage opportunities and franchises to affiliate with. During his research, he received a call from an old friend – Vadim.

“Vadim suggested that we should consider partnering together and affiliate with this new franchise he had been researching,” recalled David. “I was on board with working with Vadim, but skeptical about NextHome. But after spending time finding out more about the company and speaking with (NextHome’s Vice President of Sales) Charis Moreno, NextHome made so much sense for us to partner with.”

When not selling real estate, the business partners focus on family.

Vadim and Marina have been married for 20 years and have two children – son, Brandon (16 years old) and daughter, Riley (10). Admittedly a “hockey family,” the four of them enjoy attending NHL hockey games and traveling together.

David is married to his wife of 20 years, Wendy, and are parents to their 13-year-old son, Gabriel. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, the Caraboolads focus on caring for Gabriel and providing care for their special needs child. They are founders of “Gabe’s Army” and creators of the local Columbus Autism Walk to raise awareness for the disorder.

Please join us in congratulating Vadim, David, and the rest of the team at NextHome Experience on their third NextHome office!

Charlie and Devon: a veteran service dog team

Charlie and Devon: a veteran service dog team

It takes a distinct form of courage to take on a job called “Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.” Especially while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Charlie Linville, of Boise, is that kind of brave.

Even while recounting how he was injured, Charlie is matter-of-fact. “I stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device),” says Charlie. “When I came to and figured out what happened, my leg was severely damaged, my hand was severely damaged and I had some brain injuries.” Charlie tried to save his leg but ultimately decided it wasn’t worth it. “For 18 months after my injury I had my leg. I had several surgeries, but I was in so much pain I decided to have it amputated and live a happy life,” he explains.

Although Charlie had every reason to feel sorry for himself, he’s moving on. He’s still in great shape. He even climbed Mount Everest! And he’s a great father of two little girls. Despite his challenges, somehow he manages to stay positive. “I’m lucky that I’m not in a wheelchair for the rest of my life,” Charlie says.

Still, Charlie needs help with everyday tasks. That’s where Service Dog Devon III comes in. Charlie received Devon, free of charge, from Canine Companions for Independence in August. Canine Companions is 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.

“I have a lower spine injury that makes my left leg go numb so my balance isn’t always what it needs to be,” Charlie explains. “When I’m using my cane and carrying something, having the dog with me to pick up something that I’ve dropped, open a door or hit a light switch is a big day-to-day thing for me when I’m out in public.”

At home, Charlie does not always use his prosthetic leg. “Devon is learning to bring me the prosthesis when I’m sitting on the couch,” explains Charlie. “Sometimes I have a hard time getting up, and Devon can retrieve something and bring it to me. Just having someone with me to help do things that are really difficult or painful for me really affects my life in a positive way!”

Charlie is one of hundreds of military veterans who have received assistance dogs from Canine Companions. “Canine Companions assistance dogs are amazing, magical gifts,” says Charlie. “They change people’s lives.”

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

You Control the Outcome: Downsizing in Retirement

You Control the Outcome: Downsizing in Retirement

Congratulations – you’ve reached a point in your life where the heavy lifting of child rearing, career chasing, ladder climbing, and “accumulation phase” have peaked and you’re ready to steadily slide into your glorious, golden years of retirement. Naturally, many people think that retiring and downsizing must be synonymous. Sure, there are many benefits of downsizing in retirement, but there are also some common pitfalls to be aware of. We’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts so you can successfully navigate downsizing in retirement.

Do:

1. Focus on your “must haves.” Set your non-negotiables whether that is wanting to be near a golf course or grandkids, having an attached garage or gourmet kitchen, handicap accessible doors and hallways, and main-level living, etc. Knowing what you want (and don’t want) will narrow your options down quickly.

2. Have a budget. Talk with your financial advisor about your plans. Map out your monthly budget and be sure to make considerations for HOA fees, rising healthcare costs, leisure activities, transportation costs, insurance, and other important budgetary line items that can affect your overall spending in retirement.

3. Try it before you “buy it.” You don’t have to make a final decision immediately. There are many alternatives to simply selling and moving because you feel like you have to.

  • Find a rental comparable to what you ultimately see yourself owning.
  • Secure a “long-term” Airbnb or VRBO to test drive your downsizing plans.
  • Rent a storage unit for the excess furniture and possessions you are considering eliminating. If you can live without them for 4-6 weeks, chances are you are ready to part with them permanently.

Don’t:

1.Set unrealistic expectations. Just because you find a smaller space doesn’t mean it will save you money. Similarly, don’t expect the sale of your property to generate unrealistic profits. Find a trusted realtor to help you understand the process start to finish.

2. Do it alone. Cleaning, decluttering, organizing, packing, and unpacking are strenuous jobs. It can also be emotionally trying leaving a home you’ve created lasting memories in, and parting with sentimental items you’ve accumulated. Seek help. Whether it is hiring a professional packing and moving company, or recruiting your friends and family, secure a support system before you begin the journey of downsizing.

3. Wait until it is too late. Timing is everything. Waiting until you’re forced to leave your home could have severe consequences on your emotional and financial well-being. With the proper advanced planning, you stay in control of your satisfaction and happiness rather than leaving it to chance.

Are you ready to start planning your downsizing efforts? Gateway Insurance Group would be glad to partner with you. Give us a call at 858-428-3929 or visit us at www.gatewayig.com/nexthome

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NextHome opens first franchised office in Alaska

NextHome opens first franchised office in Alaska

Kirk Maynard

Pleasanton, CA — May 14, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Arctic Sun. The new brokerage represents the first office location in the state of Alaska by the NextHome franchise. The Fairbanks-based brokerage will be owned and operated by Kirk Maynard and his wife, Lisa. As a second-generation REALTOR®, Kirk brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NextHome franchise.

The agents at NextHome Arctic Sun will focus on selling homes throughout the northern Alaska region including the cities of Fairbanks, Fort Greely, Salcha, Nenana, Denali, and Healy.

NextHome Arctic Sun will provide real estate services such as first-time buyer, investor, rehab & resale, military, traditional single-family sales, and commercial.

Born and raised in Alaska, Kirk first became licensed in 2004. Starting his first year at the local Century 21 office, he attained his broker’s license shortly after. In 2006, he moved to a Coldwell Banker franchise, and in 2007, he bought the Coldwell Banker Gold Country brokerage.

At the time of his purchase, the office had three agents. Over the course of the next 10 years, not only did Kirk grow his personal business to more than 60 transactions annually, but the brokerage agent count grew as well. With more than 25 agents at the company, Kirk’s company grew incredible market share due to the agents’ hands-on personalized approach to working with clients and providing them world-class service.

After more than 10 years with the Coldwell Banker franchise, Kirk knew it was time to look at increasing value for the agents and their clients.

“I really liked the NextHome difference,” said Kirk. “The clean and modern feel was something that our brokerage was missing. On top of that, we now have top-level technology, connectivity with a progressive corporate team, and a connection with brokers all over the country. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of NextHome.”

Committed to giving back, Kirk has served the real estate community for more than a decade. He has been a member of the Greater Fairbanks Board of REALTORS® (GFBR) for 15 years and served on the Board as a Director for five of those years. He was elected 2009 GFBR President and currently serves on both the Alaska Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) State Board and the 2019 GFBR Education Committee.

“From the moment I spoke with Kirk and Lisa, I felt like we’ve known each other for years,” said NextHome’s Vice President of Sales Charis Moreno. “Having them be the first to bring the NextHome franchise to Alaska is very exciting. Their market has not seen a new real estate franchise brand in a long time. Bringing a fresh, unique spin to local Alaska real estate, NextHome Arctic Sun is perfectly positioned to bring a new look and feel throughout Alaska.”

Outside of selling real estate, the Maynards focus on family. They have three children – son Colby (20) and daughters Chloe (16) and CeCe (13). Living in Alaska, the family enjoys all that the state has to offer such as fishing and snow activities.

Please join us in congratulating Kirk, Lisa, and the rest of the team at NextHome Arctic Sun on the opening of their NextHome office in Fairbanks, AK!

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.

10 Summer Prepping Ideas for Your Home

10 Summer Prepping Ideas for Your Home

Get your family and home ready for summer by using some of these prepping ideas. The weather is changing, which means time to get outside and get your home ready for warmer weather.

The weather is getting warmer, and that means it’ll soon be time for backyard barbeques, evening cocktails on the patio, growing a new crop of vegetables and playing catch with the kids. Break out the home maintenance checklist and get your home ready for summer with some of these tips.

1. Get Your AC Tuned Up

While there are some cool DIY projects on this list, getting an AC tune-up isn’t one of them – you should call in a professional for this task. Just as you need to get your furnace tuned up every fall, you need to get your AC tuned up every spring. An AC tune-up includes inspecting and cleaning components and connections inside your AC, and it’s important because the technician should be able to tell whether your AC will soon need repairs. With regular tune-ups, you can avoid most breakdowns of your AC unit. Many HVAC components are covered under a home warranty. If your warranty doesn’t cover your AC appliance, check out American Home Shield® today.

2. Conduct a Home Energy Audit

Now is the time to learn more about your home’s energy profile, and what you can do to improve its energy efficiency. A home energy audit can tell you whether and where your home is drafty, for example, or whether you need more insulation and where to install it. Whether you have it professionally done, or do it yourself, it’s worth it – and your local utility company may offer an incentive for homeowners to have this done.

3. Install a Smart Thermostat

Springtime is a great time to install a smart thermostat, because soon you’ll need to keep your home cool. A smart thermostat lets you program your HVAC to cool your home only when you’re in it, so you’ll save a bundle on cooling costs, while still staying comfortable on even the hottest days.

4. Get Ready for Bugs

Many species of insects go dormant during the cold weather of winter and early spring, but they come out again in full force as soon as temperatures rise. Before the bugs come out, get ready for their return. Take steps to keep the bugs away, such as cleaning up piles of leaves or other debris near your house, sealing cracks in doors and windows, and inspecting window screens for holes. If you want to put out pesticides or other repellants, now is the time to do so.

5. Check for Water Leaks

The summer months bring more than heat – they can also bring storms and flooding. Check your basement for signs of water leaks. Clear out grates or drains near your home so that water is directed away from the foundation. If dirt has settled around your home, or your home is at the bottom of a hill, water will run towards your foundation. Install grates to direct water away.

6. Clean the Gutters

If you only clean your gutters once a year, do it in the spring, so that they can most effectively direct the rains of summer storms away from your siding and foundation. Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice a year – once in the spring, and again in the fall.

7. Reseal Your Doors and Windows

Now is the time to inspect your doors and windows for missing, cracked or peeling caulk and reseal them to prevent water leaks and draftiness. If you have wooden window frames, check to see if they need repainting. You can also take this opportunity to repaint your front door, if necessary, and wash your windows.

8. Aerate, Dethatch and Overseed the Lawn

Okay, so this is three things, but they all go together, and they’re all equally important to helping your lawn look its best in the summer months, when you most want to use it. Your lawn may not need to be aerated, dethatched, and overseeded every year – if it looks healthy and lush, it’s probably fine, especially if it’s newly installed. But take the time to do it at least every two or three years, so your lawn stays healthy and oxygenated.

9. Spruce Up Your Garden Beds

Spring is a great time to weed, mulch, and plant in your vegetable and garden beds, and if you’re looking for summer crafts for kids, there are plenty of gardening tasks they can do. Kids love playing in the dirt, growing things, and helping out. They can help pull weeds, spread mulch and compost and even seeds or seedlings.

10. Clean the Lawn Furniture

Soon you’ll want to entertain friends, relatives, and neighbors outside, so it’s time to drag the lawn furniture out of the garage and knock the cobwebs off. Use a power washer or a hose to clean chairs, tables and other pieces of lawn furniture. Don’t forget to wash the cushions! You can also take steps in protecting your patio furniture, and have them last longer.

Summer is coming fast – don’t let it catch you unprepared. Get your home ready for warm weather, so you can focus on enjoying yourself and your loved ones.

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