April Economic Update

April Economic Update

Let’s dive right into the market updates as of late. This economic update will be a little longer since we’ve gotten a convergence of news that is worth noting. 

Rates: It’s the second straight week of lowering rates. I’ve been paying attention to the pace that rates were rising, we were hoping for a taper and that’s exactly what we have received. It seems to have leveled off at 3.3%. Still a great rate, and the leveling off helps keep that shock out of the market. Overall, good news. Read a great article on the details HERE.

Jobless Claims: These have moved in the right direction. Jobless claims have hit a one-year low, which is huge for recovery. You may remember one of my fears is the “willfully unemployed,” but if this number continues to move in the proper direction, it means that will be less of an issue since people will be choosing to go back to work instead of stay on the subsidy. A big plus for recovery. 

Retail Sales Numbers: This topic has been pretty baked in, but we also saw a bigger than the already expected big retail sales numbers. Some are saying the spike in retail sales is because of the stimulus, but I don’t really buy that (get it?). What this is really about is the world opening back up, so people are spending again. 

In short: Jobless claims are down, retail sales are up, both key indicators for recovery. Another great article on this topic can be found HERE.

Inflation: CPI (Consumer Price Index) rose…  a lot. Sure, it’s mostly because of gasoline prices, but I won’t unpack what’s going on in oil – it’s too much and oil and real estate are only loosely correlated. However, the summary is this: it got more expensive to buy things and that, ladies and gents, is called inflation. Some are saying this is the first step of many in inflationary pressures. You can flood the market with this much easy money and not have inflation, but we said that in 2008 and we never saw inflation. We still have historic unemployment, underemployment, and a beat-up GDP, so it’s not exactly the roaring 20’s over here. Personally, I think a little inflation is a good thing, it’s another sign of recovery, but we do have to pay close attention to this one. Read an informative article on this topic HERE

Summary: More people are at work, more people are buying things, and inflation is starting to creep in. Now is when you’ll start to hear the Fed come off of that whole “no rate increase for a long time” language. They’ll start to hint at recovery and things that they’ll need to do to start to reduce the amount of stimulus they’re giving to the market. In 2008, this was the “taper” discussion. Without going too deep (too late?) they will taper off their support of the secondary mortgage market and then (maybe at the same time) start to raise rates. I am calling for a rate increase before the end of the year, but we shall see. Oh, and the market is going to go bananas today. The recovery is in full effect today, up 245 points at the time of this writing. 

That’s a lot to unpack, but I have been looking at these for a few weeks and with receiving the jobless and retail sales numbers recently, it seemed like a good time to share an update on what’s floating around in my head (so take it with a grain of salt).  

NextHome PaperTown opens in Clyde, North Carolina

NextHome PaperTown opens in Clyde, North Carolina

Teresa Bailey & Jeremy Colclasure

Pleasanton, CA — April 28, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome PaperTown, based in Clyde, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 29th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 563rd NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 20 minutes from Asheville, NextHome PaperTown will serve clients across Haywood, Jackson, Madison, and Buncombe county. 

The brokerage is owned by Teresa Bailey and Jeremy Colclasure – a husband and wife team who are building their business on a foundation of compassionate service. 

Teresa obtained her real estate license in 2018. She started her career with two nationally recognized franchises, benefitting from great mentorship and guidance. Most recently, Teresa sold with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Heritage in Canton, North Carolina. 

During her first year in business, Teresa’s hard work created $1 million in sales volume. Last year, she sold more than $7 million in a market where the average home price hovers around $225,000. As she considers her career, Teresa is most proud of the people she helps. 

“Most of my sales are in the under $175,000 range because I tend to work with a lot of people with low credit scores or who are first-time homebuyers,” Teresa said. “I enjoy helping people achieve homeownership when they thought it might never be possible for them.” 

Teresa’s business also includes her experience with commercial sales and vast experience in the area of mountain luxury homes.

From the beginning, Teresa’s goal was to build her own business. After talking with other REALTORS®, she discovered NextHome and knew it was the right fit for her. As a new NextHome broker, Teresa hopes to create a business built on service and compassion for those in her hometown. 

“I do this to help people,” Teresa said. “I was born and raised in Haywood County and I want people who live there to be happy. My goal is to help people realize that they can own their own homes.”

Though Teresa has spent her years in real estate refining many valuable skills, her greatest strength is an ability to love and nurture those around her. This talent has been refined through her 23 years of experience as a foster parent. In that time, Teresa and Jeremy have provided a temporary home for more than 300 children. Teresa and Jeremy are the proud parents of Dustin, Skyler, Chandi, Samuel, Jack, and twins Gabby & Jasmine. Additionally, they are Gigi and Poppy to Sawyer, Bryson, Everlee, Lainey and several foster grandchildren. Teresa and Jeremy would like to invite you to join their big family by being part of NextHome PaperTown!

Please join us in congratulating Teresa and Jeremy on the opening of NextHome PaperTown in Clyde, North Carolina!


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


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NextHome Named a Top Low-Cost and Fastest-Growing Franchise

NextHome Named a Top Low-Cost and Fastest-Growing Franchise

Pleasanton, CA — April 27, 2021 — NextHome has recently been recognized by Entrepreneur as a Top Low-Cost Franchise and a Fastest-Growing Franchise for 2021. These rankings follow the franchise being named a Top Franchise on Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500®. 

NextHome was ranked No. 8 on their Top Low-Cost Franchises list for 2021. Companies on the list are ranked based on the scores they received in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 ranking, a comprehensive analysis that looked at more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. 

“Being a real estate franchise opportunity with an attainable point of entry was one of our core values when starting NextHome,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome, Inc. “Having the recognition of being a top low-cost franchise solidifies why we’ve strived to be an option for those who want to make a difference in their business, in their lives, without putting their financial security at risk. Seeing our NextHomies follow their dreams in franchise ownership and finding success in doing so is the reason we do what we do so proudly.”

NextHome was ranked No. 43 on Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises in U.S. and Canada list for 2021. Growth is what franchising is all about, and this ranking identifies the franchise brands with the greatest franchise unit growth in the U.S. and Canada from July 2019 to 2020, based on data submitted for the 2021 Franchise 500®. Earlier this year, NextHome ranked No. 54 on the list of the Fastest-Growing Franchises in the U.S. alone by Entrepreneur. 

While growth is good, NextHome prides itself on growing with the right people. Each oncoming NextHome office has been meticulously reviewed to ensure that they will be a good fit for the culture of the franchise.

“Our growth stems from our people. Better put, the right people,” said Charis. “The most empowering word in our language is the word ‘no’ and I use this word often when I discuss franchising opportunities with prospective brokers and agents. While metrics are important in some conversations, I don’t find them important when it comes to the overall success of NextHome. At the end of the day, you can have the best marketing, technology, and integrated systems and tools, but if you don’t have the right people, the rest doesn’t even matter.”


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 announces new Salt Lake City brokerage

NextHome announces new Salt Lake City brokerage

Melody and Rod Moser

Pleasanton, CA — April 23, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Navigator, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The brokerage represents the third office location opened in Utah for the NextHome franchise and the 562nd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Navigator will serve clients across the Wasatch Front, which stretches from Nephi in the south to Brigham City in the north, and across the Wellsville Mountains to Cache Valley, with about 80 percent of Utah’s population living along the mountain ranges. 

NextHome Navigator is owned by Rod and Melody Moser – a high-producing husband and wife team with more than 50 years of combined experience in the real estate industry. 

Melody began selling real estate in 1993 in Cache Valley, Utah. Throughout the majority of her career, she has been a dedicated independent brokerage owner. Melody’s strong work ethic and talent for coaching agents helped her build a phenomenal reputation in Cache Valley. In her first few years in the business, Melody was able to spend a high volume as well as attract substantial business from new developers. 

As Melody’s business continued to grow, Rod was making a name for himself in the Oklahoma real estate industry. He obtained his license in 1996, eventually transitioning into the mortgage business. 

In 2008, Rod moved back to Cache Valley, Utah, which is where he grew up. In his first year, he closed 26 transactions and built a reputation for excellence. The next year, Rod’s business increased to more than 50 annual transactions. Then, in 2009, he met Melody. 

“We were competitors,” Melody said. “My assistant asked me if I knew a guy named Rod, because he thought we would get along really well. At the same time, apparently Rod’s broker said the same thing to Rod about me. So, I made an excuse to meet him.”

Rod and Melody soon began selling together through Melody’s independent brokerage, Powerhouse Real Estate Services. During their first year as a team, Rod and Melody closed more than 110 transactions making them the No. 1 agents in Cache Valley. 

Eventually, Powerhouse evolved into Premier Real Estate and the duo moved to the Salt Lake area. In Salt Lake, Rod had the opportunity to be a team leader for a nationally franchised office. Then, he was recruited to manage the largest real estate office in the state – Century 21 Everest. 

Rod and Melody were married in 2017, all the while continuing to work together. 

Their professional journey evolved again in 2014 as they became Tom Ferry International, Real Estate Coaches. Throughout the next several years, Rod and Melody would use their extensive experience to guide hundreds of agents toward successful careers. 

In 2020, the duo delved back into full-time real estate sales in the Wasatch Front. However, as business grew, they began to crave better integrated technology and tools. 

“I was spending a lot of time in the back office, stuck trying to figure out the technology pieces and their integrations,” Melody said. “It’s really hard to do that all on your own. It’s just not cost effective, and I didn’t have time to be the tech guru for everyone in the office.”

However, as lifelong independent brokerage owners, Rod and Melody were not franchise people.

“Rod was especially hesitant,” Melody said. 

“The reality was that we wanted all the tools,” Rod said. “So, the question became, do we spend all the time and money trying to recreate something that NextHome already had figured out?”

After speaking with NextHome’s VP of Sales, Charis Moreno, the answer became obvious. 

“NextHome made great financial sense because of all the industry-leading tools that we have at our fingertips that, previously, we had spent hours and weeks trying to integrate,” Rod said. “We love the branding, the marketing, the people in the company. We did a deep dive into what NextHome was about and every time we discovered that it matched our values, the direction we want to go, and what we were looking for.”

Today, NextHome Navigator is offering clients across Northern Utah access to dedicated real estate professionals. 

“Our agents have integrity, and they do business the right way,” Rod said. “When you combine the branding with the fun nature of our agents and their absolute class, we stand out just being who we are.”

When not at the office, Rod and Melody enjoy traveling and building relationships with their blended family. They are the proud parents of Khris (26), Conner (23), Dillon (22), Brock (21), and twins Alex and Ben (15). 

Please join us in congratulating Rod and Melody on the opening of NextHome Navigator in Salt Lake City, Utah!


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 Owner Heidi Powell Recognized as a Powerful Woman in Franchising

NextHome Owner Heidi Powell Recognized as a Powerful Woman in Franchising

Pleasanton, CA — April 23, 2021 — As part of Franchise Business Review’s annual Top Franchises for Women research, FBR surveyed over 8,000 female franchise owners to get their perspective on owning a franchise business in 2021. Earlier this year, NextHome was named a Top Franchise for Women in Franchise Business Review’s 2021 report.

The past year has been difficult for many business owners yet women franchise owners have demonstrated their resilience and commitment to their local communities.

While franchising has historically been a male-dominated industry, women business owners have made significant strides in the past decade. Today, women are opening one out of every three new franchise businesses and female franchise ownership has increased significantly.

Franchise Business Review shared a series of 27 inspiring stories from female franchise owners who are experiencing success as business owners – breaking through the barriers and challenges unique to being a woman in the business world. One of those stories featured Heidi Powell, Owner of NextHome Dynamic located in Freeport, Pennsylvania. Read on to learn more about Heidi, and click here to read the full article. 

As a real estate agent, Heidi Powell wanted to support her community in finding their next homes.

“It’s not about the houses, the land, the numbers – it’s about the human factor,” she says. “We’re dealing with the human factor: The view over the kitchen table as you watch the kids play in the yard. The memories that will be made around the dining room table.”

Heidi initially started her career with a different franchise, but quickly found that her morals clashed with the numbers-driven goals of corporate. When her agreement ended, her research led her to NextHome and in July 2018 she became the 300th business with the franchise. 

“Anyone who’s thinking of franchising, the research is so very important,” says Heidi. “To meet and speak with other franchisees.”

The NextHome franchise community has supported and uplifted Heidi while allowing her to follow her own initiatives. Early on in the pandemic and realizing how many in her community were struggling, Heidi partnered with a group of volunteers to provide and deliver free lunches to those in need.

“Any time you can do something for your local community, it’s not about business,” Heidi says. “It’s so important to support the community that takes care of us every other time of the year.”

We’re thrilled to see Heidi’s dedication to her community and being a proud example of being a woman in business recognized by Franchise Business Review. Her passion for putting humans over houses couldn’t be more of an encompassing representation of a NextHomie. 


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 announces new Knoxville-area brokerage

NextHome announces new Knoxville-area brokerage

Deanna Mendenhall-Miller & Paula Kelley

Pleasanton, CA — April 22, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Makers City, based in Knoxville, Tennessee. The brokerage represents the 14th office location opened in Tennessee for the NextHome franchise and the 561st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Makers City will provide concierge-level service to clients across Knox County and the surrounding areas including Sevier, Jefferson, Blount, Loudon, and Anderson counties. At its helm are two of Knoxville’s most accomplished real estate agents, Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley. With over two decades of combined real estate experience, the duo will provide luxury-level service to each and every client.

“We believe luxury is a level of service, not just a price point,” Deanna said.  “Clients can be confident in our handling of one of their greatest assets, whether that is a modest first home, an investment property, or a dream home.”  

That dedication to excellence began early for Paula and Deanna. 

Deanna began her real estate career in 2006 with a national franchise. While there, she developed a passion for great workplace culture and putting clients at the center of her business. She continued that legacy of exceptional customer service with various nationally franchised brokerages for more than 14 years.  

Deanna and Paula crossed paths in 2015 when Paula obtained her own real estate sales license. As a fresh agent at a large national franchise, Paula wanted to learn from the best. The two co-listed a multi-million-dollar property together. Since then, they have been working seamlessly together. Deanna and Paula soon became their brokerage’s top producing team. 

“I am proud that most of our business is referral or return business,” Paula said. “We have developed a clientele that respects us, who values our service, and who freely sends their friends and family to us. We take our fiduciary duty to these people very seriously with honest and ethical service that puts people first.”

As their success grew, Deanna and Paula discovered that other agents sought their advice. 

“Deanna is great with new agents,” Paula said. “We wanted to have an office where we could help agents grow – where we could mentor them with high standards for professionalism.”

After a years-long search for the right franchise fit, the duo discovered NextHome. 

“I watched a video on the NextHome website on the humans over houses concept, and I was amazed,” Paula said. “This was exactly what we were all about. We really do believe in humans over houses. Plus, having Luke as the mascot was a plus for us. Beyond that, NextHome has great back-end systems. The support we receive means that we don’t have to build everything from the ground up.”

Both Paula and Deanna are active in their Knoxville community, serving in various causes. Paula spent many years as a nurse practitioner before becoming a REALTOR®. She holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from The Medical College of South Carolina. Paula is very involved in the local medical community, serving with the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance. She has been married to her husband Joe for 22 years, and together they are the parents of three children: Sarah, Abby, and Megan. 

Deanna enjoys serving on various local non-profits through fundraising efforts. She is the founder of Knoxville’s 100 REALTORS® Who Care. The group of 100 real estate professionals meet quarterly and listen to presentations from three local non-profits. At the end of each session, the association votes on which non-profit to support and everyone immediately chips in $100, making a significant $10,000 impact in their community.

Deanna also fosters dogs with the Tennessee Doberman Rescue. Alongside her husband Norman, Deanna is the mother of two kids: Mitchell and Madison. She is also the proud grandmother of Reece and Rory. 

Please join us in congratulating Deanna and Paula on the opening of NextHome Makers City in Knoxville, Tennessee!


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 launches Venice, Florida brokerage

NextHome launches Venice, Florida brokerage

Nick & Beth Flerlage

Pleasanton, CA — April 16, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Suncoast, based in Venice, Florida. The brokerage represents the 84th office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise and the 560th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage aims to be an integral part of the Venice community as it serves clients across Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties including Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Englewood, North Port, and the Wellen Park planned community. 

NextHome Suncoast is owned by Nick and Beth Flerlage – a husband and wife team with a track record of small business excellence in the Venice area. 

Nick and Beth have been small business owners in their hometown since 2002. They have owned several franchises, including convenience stores and two Florida UPS Stores. 

For years, Nick had a huge interest in the real estate industry. So, when an offer came to sell his UPS stores, he took the leap. 

Since obtaining his sales license in 2005, Nick has worked with nationally franchised brokerages in the Venice area. 

“I fell in love with it,” Nick said of his first experiences in real estate. “I liked the fact that I would spend my days getting out, meeting people, and solving problems. Then, there was the data analysis part of it too, which I loved.”

Beth and Nick have always been a team, working together to build their small businesses. In 2008, Beth obtained her sales license and joined Nick at one of the largest real estate companies in Florida – RE/MAX Alliance Group. The duo has been selling together as a team ever since. Year after year, they maintained their status as top producers. Nick is a 12-year winner of the Five Star Professional Award and the Team has won numerous Best of Venice Awards. 

Eventually, Nick and Beth began the search for a brokerage they could own that aligned with their personal philosophies. 

“We had looked at every other franchise model,” Nick said. “Nothing was clicking, but when I found NextHome, there was just a connection. I am the type of person who is not easily persuaded, who looks everything over again and again. So that instant connection was odd for us. NextHome was saying stuff that was already in my head.”

Beth did her own due diligence and was quickly impressed. 

“It was a good match, a great fit,” she said. 

In addition to the company’s culture, Nick and Beth were impressed with NextHome’s streamlined tools and technology. 

“I was really impressed with the ability to sign in with one single sign-on,” Nick said. “Plus, the back-end tools you have access to are phenomenal. Everyone who accesses NextHome’s technology finds themselves saying, ‘It’s almost too good to be true.’” 

Today, Nick and Beth are making a name for NextHome Suncoast in the Venice community. With the franchise’s industry-leading technology, tools, and culture, NextHome Suncoast can provide an exceptional experience. 

“The NextHome Suncoast difference is that through a laser focus on the customer we will create a ‘wow’ experience for them,” Nick said. “So much so that these clients become brand ambassadors for us going forward.”

NextHome’s flagship concept of putting humans over houses really attracted the community-minded couple to the franchise. 

“We are really involved in our community, and always have been,” Nick said. “That idea of being a service-minded business was really appealing to us.”

Nick served as the president of the Venice MainStreet Board in 2019. 

“Our downtown district is thriving,” Nick said. “People come from all over to experience it and I am thrilled to be a part of that.”

In addition, Nick serves on the City of Venice Environmental Advisory Board and Code Enforcement Board. 

Beth enjoys serving her community on the City of Venice Public Art Advisory Board. 

Together, they are the parents of two grown children. Their oldest son, Zach, is the owner of Florida Bike and Beach – a rental company that provides accessories to tourists. Their daughter, Lexie, is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Real Estate. She has joined NextHome Suncoast as one of their service-minded associates. 

Please join us in congratulating Nick, Beth, and Lexie on the opening of NextHome Suncoast in Venice, 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 announces new Las Vegas brokerage

NextHome announces new Las Vegas brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — April 15, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Discovered, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The brokerage represents the 9th office location opened in Nevada for the NextHome franchise and the 559th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Discovered will serve clients across southern Nevada including Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Indian Springs, Summerlin, and the remainder of Clark County. 

The brokerage is owned by a trio of Las Vegas locals who bring extensive construction and real estate experience to the new venture. Darryl Chinn, Alfredo Ortega Hernandez, and John Poon have each worked in the Las Vegas area construction and real estate industry for many years. Darryl will assume the role of broker in charge for NextHome Discovered. 

Prior to opening their own brokerage, John and Alfredo owned and operated Pyramid Group LV LLC. The company provided honest, quality construction services to the Las Vegas area. The duo connected with Darryl, who was a REALTOR®, through their construction company. 

As the trio looked to expand their business opportunities, they discovered NextHome. 

“John and I bounced business ideas off each other for a long time,” Darryl said. “I’ve been immersed in real estate for a few years and with Darryl and Alfredo’s ideas and initiative, I knew a NextHome franchise would be a successful partnership. The three of us are familiar with each other’s work ethics. We are excited to come together and make NextHome Discovered successful.”

As they grow their brokerage, Darryl is looking for friendly agents who enjoy providing great customer service. 

“The NextHome Discovered difference is that we really focus on the individual,” Darryl said. “We are building a brokerage with personal relationships and serving people in a way that helps them know they are not just a number. When it comes to REALTORS®, we want them to know that we see an individual and that we really want them to succeed.”

Please join us in congratulating Darryl, John, and Alfredo on the opening of NextHome Discovered in Las Vegas, Nevada!


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 Experience Recognized on The Top 1,000

NextHome Experience Recognized on The Top 1,000

Pleasanton, CA — April 13, 2021 — The NextHome franchise is thrilled to congratulate NextHome Experience for being placed on RISMedia’s 2021 Power Broker Report due to their hard work in 2020. The Worthington, Ohio-based brokerage finished the year with $309,996,586 in volume with 1,171 transactions, placing them No. 853 by units on the list for the entire country. 

NextHome Experience is owned/operated by business partners David Caraboolad and Vadim Barash. Since they joined NextHome in 2016, the brokerage has seen unbelievable growth with the opening of three office locations in Worthington, Granville, and Marysville, Ohio. 

Based on their 2020 production, the brokerage was recognized as the No. 1 office in both transactions closed and total sales volume for the entire NextHome national franchise of more than 550 locations. 

“We couldn’t be more proud of David, Vadim, and the entire NextHome Experience team for their hard work and dedication to serving their community,” said James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome, Inc. “Even during a year of such adversity, they have gone above and beyond to help people find their next home.”

Please join us in congratulating NextHome Experience on their continued success!


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 Gold Rush Realty expands in Nevada

NextHome Gold Rush Realty expands in Nevada

Janet Jacaway & Joree Anderson

Pleasanton, CA — April 9, 2021 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Gold Rush Realty in Battle Mountain, Nevada. The brokerage builds on the phenomenal growth of NextHome Gold Rush Realty’s first office in Winnemucca, Nevada. 

The brokerage represents the 8th office location opened in Nevada for the NextHome franchise and the 558th NextHome office opened nationally.

Known for its mining industry and outdoor recreation, Battle Mountain is located about three hours east of Reno on Interstate 80 – between Winnemucca and Elko. The city of about 4,000 people is attractive to those working in the region’s booming mining industry.  

Since launching NextHome Gold Rush Realty only eight months ago, owners Janet Jacaway and Joree Anderson have built one of the highest performing brokerages in their MLS region. 

After only six months operational, NextHome Gold Rush Realty ranked third in sales for the Northern Nevada MLS area.  

“I feel like NextHome makes it so easy to succeed,” Joree said. “All the tools are there, and their team is on the ball when it comes to training. NextHome makes it convenient to get quick answers, and all that support makes it easy to succeed.”

That success organically attracted world-class agent talent – including agents who are intimately familiar with the Battle Mountain market. Expansion was the natural next step. 

“Local agents fell in love with what we were doing, and they wanted to join us,” Joree said. “We believe in the franchise. We love the franchise, and I think other people are seeing that and want to be a part of it.”

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

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 cyanide. 

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. 

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. 

Now as it expands, NextHome Gold Rush Realty will continue to combine world-class marketing with the work ethic and friendly service that Janet and Joree are known for. As they look to the future, Janet and Joree plan to expand again into Reno, Nevada. 

“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 (4). 

“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 expansion of NextHome Gold Rush Realty in Battle Mountain, Nevada!


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.