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7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor

7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor

Win and woo your next-door friends with a little neighborly know-how.

If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood.

1. Good neighbors bring cookies

Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them.

If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full of loot, then surely they can train your neighbors to do your bidding. Consider the following scenario.

“Honey, somebody’s robbing the neighbor’s house again.”
“Wait, Janet. The ones who brought cookies yesterday?”
“Exactly. This time I’ll call the cops.”

2. Good neighbors rarely gossip

If your neighbor seems to know the dirt on everyone within a two-block radius, you can count on them to keep tabs on your personal life as well.

The next time Nosy Nellie gleefully describes the contents of the Rickenbacker’s trash again, move the conversation along by refocusing the conversation on her. “So, what are you growing in your garden this year?”

You aren’t in high school anymore, so preserve relationships with your neighbors and avoid the gratuitous gab fests.

3. Good neighbors share phone numbers

For such a connected age, you should really question why you don’t have your neighbors’ phone numbers. After all, what if they receive your package by mistake? What if the house floods while you’re on vacation? Worse yet, what if you need a babysitter?

If you feel uncomfortable bringing it up, ask during one of your cookie deliveries (you are following rule number one, right?) or right before a trip. Jot down your name, number and email address on a piece of paper and ask if your neighbor is comfortable sharing theirs.

 

4. Good neighbors help before they’re asked

The neighbor who says, “Let me know if you need anything,” probably isn’t going to help whenever you actually need something. You, on the other hand, are a good neighbor and genuinely want to help out.

To get ahead of the meaningless small talk, anticipate their needs. If they have kids and you’re comfortable babysitting, tell them up front. If they’re clearly struggling to mow the lawn during a heat wave, ask for the best time to stop by with your lawnmower.

5. Good neighbors are tidy

Even if you lack self-respect, respect the sensitive tastes of others and clean up your act.

Keep the ironic lawn ornaments to a minimum. Keep trash receptacles hidden in the side yard, or better yet, the garage.

Whenever you’ve finished gardening or landscaping for the day, put away your tools and bags of unused mulch. Rake the leaves and clean up grass clippings and all the other stuff your dad used to bug you about.

And if it’s not too much trouble, pressure wash and paint your house periodically.

6. Good neighbors mow the lawn

An unkempt and weedy lawn is embarrassing for your neighbors, so it should be embarrassing for you as well. Keeping it mowed every week or two is a good start, but it will take more than that to win the approval of the locals.

Trim the edge of your lawn regularly, fertilize on schedule and keep weeds to a minimum. Keep your foundation plantings simple, neatly trimmed and topped off with mulch.

If your neighborhood allows it, go the no-lawn method by planting swaths of low-maintenance, drought-tolerant ground covers. Crucially, don’t overdo it on the sprinklers — especially when it’s raining.

7. Good neighbors communicate

That old “good fences make good neighbors” quote had to come up at some point, right? A good neighbor must respect boundaries. That said, they should also be crossed when the fences themselves start losing pickets and falling over in a storm.

Even if it’s technically their fence, you might not be happy with the shoddy workmanship and resentment that you’ll have to live with when they get around to fixing it themselves.

Address shared interests like fences, drainage ditches and troublesome trees ahead of time so that you can work out a plan that both parties can agree to.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring cookies.

 

For more helpful tips, visit the Zillow blog.

NextHome announces eight new office locations in October 2018

NextHome announces eight new office locations in October 2018

Pleasanton, CA — November 7, 2018 — NextHome is proud to welcome eight new franchised locations announced in the month of October 2018.

Mike and Tanya Scott opened the doors to their second office location, NextHome SoMo Life in Springfield, Missouri. With the addition of top-producing real estate team, The 417 Sisters, the Scotts knew it was the right time to expand in the area.

October also marked the launch of NextHome VIP Realty in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. An experienced recruiter, Heath Van Patten took over as the owner of NextHome Treasure Valley in Meridian in 2017. Bringing on a trusted broker gave him the opportunity to leap into a new market with a second office location.

Nathalie Ames, Ross Beede, and Eileen Turner opened not one but two NextHome franchised locations in Colorado. With offices in Mesa and Grand Junction, NextHome Grand is poised to make a significant impact on the local real estate market.

Serving the Greater Orlando Area, NextHome Central Realty in Lake Mary, Florida became the newest addition to our franchise. With a strong background in lead generation and internet marketing, Roger Michaels will take the brokerage to new heights.

Business partners Dan Pizzi, Pete O’Brien, and Mike Schmidt opened NextHome Brandywine in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. With each partner focusing on their core strengths, the dynamic brokerage is set up for success.

Continuing NextHome’s expansion in Idaho, October brought us the opening of NextHome Solid Ground in Post Falls. Broker/owner Janna McRoy brings a wealth of experience to the agents joining her brokerage. We are excited to see Janna and her team grow their presence in Post Falls, Hayden, Sandpoint, and the surrounding communities.

Finally, October ended with another strong office opening in Florida. Based in Apopka, Natalie Arrowsmith opened her brokerage, NextHome Arrowsmith Realty. Through her involvement in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and her local association, Natalie continues to make a real impact on the Florida real estate community.

The NextHome franchise is proud to announce 81 new offices opened since the beginning of 2018.

Which just leaves one question…

#WhosNext?

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Preview Properties opens in Washington

NextHome Preview Properties opens in Washington

Marty (left) and Jasmine (right) Loberg

Pleasanton, CA — November 7, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Preview Properties. The brokerage represents the sixth location opened in the state of Washington for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Mount Vernon, NextHome Preview Properties will be owned and operated by longtime real estate veterans and husband/wife team of Marty & Jasmine Loberg. Joining them on the management team will be David Huynh, Sara Fish, and John Combel. Teri Huynh will handle all financials for the company.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, commercial, second home and vacation home purchases, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Mount Vernon, Burlington, Clear Lake, Big Lake, Whitney, Bay View, and the remainder of Skagit County.

Located one hour north of Seattle, Mount Vernon is the largest city in Skagit County, with more than 30,000 residents.

Marty has been in real estate for more than 30 years. Getting his real estate license in 1987, he came from a background of selling camping and vacation memberships. Jasmine worked in escrow and title in the local area before she attained her real estate license in 1994.

The Lobergs opened their Skagit-based real estate brokerage, Preview Properties, in 1999 after working for Preview Properties in Everett. The couple moved to Skagit County for better weather and a better quality of life.

After moving to Skagit, Marty felt renting a location for their brokerage didn’t make sense, so they purchased a building to house their company. Once they opened Preview Properties, they remodeled the location to best fit serving the agents in the area.

While starting the business on their own and growing to more than 50 agents, Marty and Jasmine are quick to credit the leadership team at Preview Properties as the big reason for the company’s growth and success. All of the leadership team are top-producing agents in addition to leaders at the company.

“David’s 28 years of experience has been invaluable for our company,” said Marty. “He’s in the office every day and is not only an office manager who helps agents on a daily basis, but also is a top-producing agent himself.”

“John steps up to help our agents with all things technology,” he said. “His steady work ethic and his commitment to growing as a leader are an example of why we trust him to be a leader here.”

“Sara has an incredible personality and is always available to help out any agent in our company,” added Marty. “Knowing how much she dedicates herself to learning, she is our primary educator for Preview Properties.”

The Lobergs were running a top-producing brokerage with hundreds of closings a year, but they felt they could be better and provide more for their agents.

“We needed a better technology platform to offer not only our agents, but for other agents in our area that we would like to join us,” said Jasmine. “After researching NextHome and seeing how our brokerage could benefit from the partnership, we knew joining the franchise would be the right move for us.”

“We are really happy about our new method of consistent branding and now having a national network of real estate brokerages to refer to,” she added.

NextHome Preview Properties recently had their Grand Opening and NextHome Chief Executive Officer, James Dwiggins, was on hand for the launch of the newest NextHome franchisee.

Please join us in congratulating Marty, Jasmine, and the rest of the team at NextHome Preview Properties on the opening of their new NextHome office in Mount Vernon, WA!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Oracle Realty is the newest NextHome franchisee

NextHome Oracle Realty is the newest NextHome franchisee

Fadi Toma (left) and Sundus Lewis (right)

Pleasanton, CA — November 5, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Oracle Realty. The brokerage represents the 12th location opened in the state of Michigan for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Warren, NextHome Oracle Realty will be owned by business partners Fadi Toma and Sundus Lewis. Fadi will be the Broker of Record and handle all financials for the company, while Sundus will lead the sales division.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, commercial, luxury purchase and sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Warren, Sterling Heights, Troy, Rochester, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, and the rest of Oakland and Macomb counties.

While based in Warren, the majority of business for NextHome Oracle Realty will be in the city of Troy, which is the center of Oakland County. This area is often known as “Automation Alley” due to the automotive industry and the businesses involved.

Fadi comes from a law background of over 14 years and has been a partner at Hakim, Toma & Yaldoo PC law firm since 2010. He started his real estate brokerage, Oracle Realty, in 2011 after several law clients were looking for real estate representation from someone they had already built trust with.

With a specialization in commercial real estate, business transactions and corporate law, Fadi is uniquely qualified as a broker who can provide expert advice for all agents working at his brokerage.

Before starting her real estate career in 2012, Sundus was a corporate financial analyst. After years in finance, Sundus felt it was the right time to start her own business.

“After looking at several different business options, I found real estate to be the most interesting and a career where I could help many people through home ownership,” said Sundus.

From 2012 to 2018, Sundus worked at Keller Williams Realty in Troy. Successfully increasing her sales volume year over year, she closed 32 transaction sides in 2017.

Fadi and Sundus met each other via a real estate transaction. Sundus had a client who was looking for commercial legal representation and she turned to Fadi for help.

“I was so impressed with the way Sundus represented her client and how detail-oriented she was,” said Fadi. “Add in her go-getter mentality and her unbelievable work ethic and you have someone who I am proud to be in business with.”

“Fadi is incredibly knowledgeable when it came to all things real estate and I knew that being in business with him would be a huge benefit for me and my clients,” added Sundus. “I’m excited to see what NextHome Oracle Realty can do in our community.”

Sundus was the one who found the NextHome franchise. She found the technology, the branding, the professional image, and being fully cloud-based – all wrapped up with the forward-thinking leadership of the company – to be exactly what she wanted in a franchise affiliation.

While they are dedicated professionals, Fadi and Sundus find family to be their real motivation to succeed.

Fadi and his wife of nine years, Mariam, have three children – Jacob (age 7), Joelle (4) and one-year-old John.

Sundus and her husband, Walden, have been married 17 years. The couple has three children – Kenzie (age 16), Louie (14), and Kaylie (12).

Please join us in congratulating Fadi, Sundus and the rest of the team at NextHome Oracle Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Warren, MI!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Hive Properties Opens in the San Diego Area

NextHome Hive Properties Opens in the San Diego Area

Jose Frausto (left) and Nichole Quiroz (right)

Pleasanton, CA — November 1, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Hive Properties. The brokerage represents the 60th location opened in the state of California for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Chula Vista, NextHome Hive Properties will be owned by Jose Frausto and will have Nichole Quiroz serve as the Director of Operations for the brokerage. Warren Barrett will be the Broker of Record for the company.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, commercial, luxury purchase and sales, vacation home purchases, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Chula Vista, La Jolla, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, North Park, South Park, Kensington, Point Loma, and the rest of the greater San Diego area.

With more than 14 years in real estate, Jose is no stranger to all phases of property development. An experienced house flipper, he started a holding company, Main Group Holdings LLC, in 2016 in order to acquire properties for rehab and resale.

After meeting Nichole in 2017, Jose found her to be a perfect fit to run the real estate division of Main Group Holdings LLC. At that time, Nichole was working for a hard money lender who was working on funding of a development project Jose was involved in.

“I was so impressed with Nichole’s attention to detail and her straightforward honesty and her ambitious nature,” said Jose. “She says what she is going to do and always delivers on her promises.”

“The opportunity to work with Jose came at a perfect time in my career,” said Nichole. “I have a background in land development for more than ten years, so expanding the real estate division of Jose’s company was something I was very interested in.”

Jose and Nichole say that the NextHome Hive Properties difference is their ability to provide several services a home buyer or home seller would want.

“NextHome Hive Properties is just one division under the Main Group Holdings LLC family of companies,” said Jose. “With companies that handle solar, plumbing, and title just to name a few, we can provide a one stop shop for all of our clients.”

Wanting to provide that edge for Nichole and the real estate division, Jose looked into franchising and found NextHome to be the right fit.

“By aligning with NextHome, we are now able to leverage a nationwide network of real estate professionals,” said Jose.

“We really love the clean and beautiful branding, the forward-focused technology, and the ability to run our local business as we see fit,” added Nichole. “We love having a real estate company where adding value is easy for us to do.”

When not selling real estate, Jose and Nichole each find family to be their real focus.

Jose and his wife, Xilma, have been married 15 years. They have two children – Isabella (age 7) and Aaron (4). Jose says his favorite activity is anything that allows him to spend time with the family. You’ll often find them enjoying most Southern California theme parks, specifically Disneyland.

Nichole and her husband, Alfonso, have also been married 15 years and the couple have two children – Dylan (age 14) and Nora (12). Nichole is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and helps people achieve optimal health through workout and nutrition. She also volunteers time and efforts in helping with breast cancer research.

Please join us in congratulating Jose, Nichole and the rest of the team at NextHome Hive Properties on the opening of their new NextHome office in Chula Vista, CA!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Arrowsmith Realty opens in Apopka, Florida

NextHome Arrowsmith Realty opens in Apopka, Florida

Natalie Arrowsmith

Pleasanton, CA — October 26, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Arrowsmith Realty. The brokerage represents the 47th location opened in the state of Florida for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Arrowsmith Realty will be owned and operated by broker and top-producing REALTOR® Natalie Arrowsmith. As a fourth generation Apopkan, Natalie is proud to bring the NextHome franchise to her community. Her father, Bill Arrowsmith, served as the Vice Mayor for the city for decades. Natalie is proud to continue service to the Apopka community for the Arrowsmith family.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, commercial, second home and vacation home purchases, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Mount Dora, and the rest of Lake, Seminole and Orange Counties.

Located 15 northwest of Downtown Orlando, Apopka is home to approximately 42,000 residents. Considered part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area, Apopka is in the heart of a 2.1 million resident metro area.

Before real estate, Natalie worked for several years at the Florida League of Cities, an organization focused on promoting local self-government. From 1999-2004, Natalie served several roles within the organization, with her primary role as the Policy Holder Relations Manager.

In late 2004, Natalie moved to North Carolina and started her real estate career with Century 21 Real Estate in the city of Waynesville. At that time, many Floridians were purchasing investment properties in North Carolina and Natalie was able to represent many of these investors.

After several very successful years selling in North Carolina, Natalie moved back to Apopka and worked at RE/MAX from 2008 until 2010. During those three years, she grew her business with traditional sales and the addition of foreclosure/short sales to see more than 100 transaction sides closed annually – making her one of the top agents in her area.

In 2010, Natalie opened her own brokerage – Arrowsmith Realty. Knowing the increase in her business and the needs of her clients, she took it upon herself to open a brokerage that would provide the level of service her clients had come to expect. Under Natalie’s leadership, she grew the company to 11 agents.

While not originally looking to franchise her office, Natalie’s desire to always provide world-class service led her to look at NextHome.

“We were a successful boutique brokerage that served our clients well, but I wanted to be able to provide even more,” said Natalie. “Not just for our clients, but for the Arrowsmith Realty agents as well.”

Introduced to NextHome in 2017 by friend and NextHome franchisee, Paige Brewer, Natalie was interested in the company because of the fresh branding and the fun, forward-thinking way of doing business.

“NextHome Arrowsmith Realty will be known as the company where agents will be able to provide the very best in technology, tools and marketing for their clients, wrapped up in a fun environment,” said Natalie. “Our commitment to the community will be a huge part of who we are.”

Natalie gives back to the real estate industry as well. She is the 2018 Secretary for the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and will serve as Treasurer in 2019. She has been on the Board of Directions for her local association for the past four years.

Through her involvement in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® for the past five years, Natalie has made a real impact on the Florida real estate community. At the national level, she will serve as NAR Director in 2019.

When not selling real estate, Natalie is all about family. She and her fiancée, Mark, are getting married May 2019. Between them, they have four children – sons Cody (28) and Luke (9); and daughters Cassidy (22) and Lily (7). She also has a granddaughter, one-year-old Ava Rose.

Please join us in congratulating Natalie and the rest of the team at NextHome Arrowsmith Realty on the opening of their new NextHome office in Apopka, FL!

 

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

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Blog Reboot: 5 Ways to Revive a Tired and Neglected Real Estate Blog

Blog Reboot: 5 Ways to Revive a Tired and Neglected Real Estate Blog

The new year is approaching fast and so is your chance for a blog reboot! If your goal is to put out more content in 2019, there’s no better time to step back and reframe your blog ideas and posting goals.

Before you get started, think about what makes you likely to come back to a website. People tend to revisit sites that offer value — and we don’t just mean monetary value. As a real estate agent, you have a wealth of knowledge about topics that most buyers and sellers will have to research before they get started on a transaction. Put this knowledge to use to gain blog fans who come back for more.

Below are five foolproof content ideas that real estate agents can deploy as they make a 2019 blog plan.

1. Don’t please everyone at once. Segment your audience and speak to them separately

If you work with first-time buyers, move-up buyers, empty nesters looking to downsize, relocating buyers, military personnel, celebrity or frequently relocating buyers, you know you’ll need pointed and timely content to entice them to read your blog. Start out the year by making a list of your top five buyer or seller segments, then write out 2-3 different posts you could write that would appeal to each of those segments.

Once posted, boost traffic to the post by running a targeted Facebook ad. Set up an ad group dedicated to each market segment in your area.

Looking for inspiration? One of our clients, Dana Hall Bradley, Better Homes and Gardens in Celebration, FL, recently wrote this post aimed at military officers preparing for retirement or deployment.

2. Channel your inner Dear Abby and write an advice column

Buyers and sellers turn to you advice every day. Why not leverage your knowledge by creating an advice column blog where you offer these same insights?

We love this post from SmartZip client, The Loken Group sharing their professional knowledge by offering the uncommonly known details surrounding Home Warranties.

Important: Be sure to present pros and cons for any decision and stop short of making a recommendation that could be construed as legally binding. Notice that Katie mentions that for the right buyer who understands the risks, buying a rental home on a college campus can be a good investment.

3. Create engaging FAQs for your visitors

Not sure about an advice column? If you want a less personal approach, create separate FAQs pages for both buyers and sellers. List out typical questions then briefly answer how you handle these scenarios as the agent in charge.

FAQs are also excellent for cross-linking opportunities. Remember to link to a free CMA offer, your contact page, free content offers or to your mortgage loan officer’s page. Check out this excellent example of an FAQ page with optimal cross-links.

4. Create a buyers’ dictionary or sellers’ dictionary

If you ask buyers and sellers to define FHA, DTI or MLS, their response will likely be IDK (or something a little more colorful). Consider creating a list of terms that buyers and sellers need to know, then update it as you have time. The NAR has a glossary that can be a good resource as you get started.

Another idea — which may provide more SEO juice — is to take one term per week and tackle it in an individual post. Because you’ll be familiar with these terms, each post should take you only 15-30 minutes to write. Then, you can continue to cross-link to the specific terms across your site, ensuring that visitors stay on your turf even when they run into words or terms they don’t understand.

5. Create evergreen or market-based infographics without the help of a designer

Infographics haven’t lost their popularity, so consider tackling this visual content tactic in 2019 with the use of a free infographic generator.

Our favorite free infographic tool is Canva. But if you’re willing to spend a bit of money, Piktocharthas more than 500 templates that can greatly reduce the time it will take you to concept and design an infographic.

Looking for inspiration? Here’s our Pinterest board of past infographics we’ve created, plus more trending infographics from the real estate industry.

 

For more helpful tips, visit the SmartZip blog.

NextHome Solid Ground Opens Brokerage in Idaho

NextHome Solid Ground Opens Brokerage in Idaho

Janna McRoy

Pleasanton, CA — October 23, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Solid Ground. The brokerage represents the sixth location opened in the state of Idaho for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Solid Ground will be owned and operated by designated broker and top-producing REALTOR® Janna McRoy. With over 18 years in the real estate industry, Janna will bring a wealth of experience and guidance to agents at the brokerage.

NextHome Solid Ground will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers, sellers, and builders in the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, Sandpoint, and the remainder of Kootenai County. The brokerage will also specialize in relocation services for out-of-area buyers and sellers.

Janna started her real estate career in 2001 on the mortgage lending side. As a senior loan officer and manager for a national mortgage company, not only was she one of the top loan officers for her company, but Janna was also responsible for hiring and training new loan officers who joined the company.

In 2005, Janna made the switch to the real estate sales side. Her business continued to thrive, and she helped many families through the difficult change of the market and economic downturn.

Selling as many as 52 transactions in a single year, and with demand increasing, she made the conscious decision to shift her focus to providing more quality service to a select number of clients instead of taking on many different clients.

“When my business was growing, I decided to restructure and grow my team in order to provide first-class service to the community I serve,” said Janna. “By doing that, not only were my clients happier, but I was a better agent in representing them.”

In 2015, Janna opened her own brokerage – Solid Ground Real Estate. It was important to tailor her business specifically for her clients using high- level marketing and technology, with a foundation of integrity and personalized service. By owning a brokerage committed to those standards, clients could count on a great experience.

After three very successful years as owner/operator of Solid Ground Real Estate, Janna wanted to add another dimension to her company.

“It was a tough decision for me to franchise but having the NextHome support team to assist in the branding and technology integration was key in choosing NextHome,” said Janna. “There was no need to duplicate efforts. It was very easy aligning with a company who had the same beliefs as I did.”

“Aligning with NextHome allows our agents to have the competitive edge and a level of marketing and technology not normally seen in our area,” she added. “Sellers will have confidence that their home will be marketed aggressively and with the highest quality. My clients will have access to the best tools in the industry.”

Janna says NextHome Solid Ground will be a community-based company with a family-oriented feel. The company’s agents will work together to create a year-round brokerage committed to helping the community not only with real estate needs, but charitable events as well.

When not selling real estate, Janna and her husband, Eric, spend time with their 11-year-old son, Ryan. The family enjoys camping, spending time outdoors and taking in all that Northern Idaho has to offer.

Please join us in congratulating Janna and the rest of the team at NextHome Solid Ground on the opening of their new NextHome office in Post Falls, ID!

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

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

The AHS Top 10: Best “Smart Home” Voice-Control Devices

The AHS Top 10: Best “Smart Home” Voice-Control Devices

Wondering what the thermostat is set on, but you really don’t want to get out of bed? Wishing the TV was on in the background while you cook, but you’re already elbow deep in the mixing bowl? Have no fear — voice-controlled home automation devices are here. The selection appears to grow every month; however, here’s our latest list of the top 10 “smart home” voice-controlled devices.

1. Vocca Light

Forget clapping; voice-controlled lights are where it’s at. And they’re easier to obtain than you may think. Vocca is a plug-and-play gadget that works straight from the box. In fact, it’s as easy to set up as it is to change a lightbulb. The best part? It can recognize your voice commands from up to 15 feet away.

2. Ivee Sleek

Speaking of 15 feet away, Ivee Sleek’s microphone can pick up commands from that distance, as well. And we’re not just talking about adjusting the thermostat. Want to create a new playlist? Schedule a ride with Uber? Ivee Sleek can handle it.

3. Jibo

The Jibo goes beyond connecting to your smart devices. Its built-in, high-resolution cameras (that recognize and track faces, might we add) can also capture pictures and enable video calling, too.

4. Athom Homey

Live in a multi-lingual household? You can take advantage of home voice control, too! The Athom Homey’s unique ability to understand commands in several languages makes it stand above the competition.

5. LG Vacuum Cleaner

No, we won’t judge you for talking to your vacuum cleaner. Especially if it’s one that can perform different cleaning patterns, such as spot cleaning those extra dirty areas, with a simple command.

6. Mycroft

Mycroft doesn’t simply lock the doors or switch on the lights. It can actually sync up with your streaming services, such as Netflix, and stream the content right on your Roku or Chromecast.

7. Samsung Smart TV

Tired of looking for the remote? Too lazy to get up and push buttons on the back of the TV? No problem. Samsung’s Smart TV allows you to control it — including apps like Netflix — without lifting a finger.

8. Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat With Voice Control

This device goes beyond the typical learning thermostat — it can actually expand its “command vocabulary” based on interactions with you.

9. Amazon Echo

Alexa is going to become your new best friend. We just know it. Can she play music? Sure. Answer questions and tell you the news and weather? Of course. Control your lights, thermostat, etc.? Easy.

10. Apple Homekit

Of course we couldn’t talk about home voice control without mentioning Siri. After all, she basically pioneered our voice-activated obsession, right? With Homekit, you can control all your smart devices at one time, ensuring a unified home environment. What’s more, you don’t even have to be home to have control. Just ask Siri to handle everything.

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

(clockwise from top right) Pete O’Brien, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pizzi and Vince Tallercio

Pleasanton, CA — October 19, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Brandywine. The brokerage represents the eighth location opened in the state of Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Brandywine will be owned and operated by business partners Dan Pizzi, Mike Schmidt, Pete O’Brien, and Vince Taliercio. Dan will be the managing partner handling the day-to-day operations for the brokerage. Mike will be in charge of all financials and compliance issues. Pete will be responsible for business development and public relations for the company, while Vince will serve as the broker of record.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Pottstown and the counties of Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The relationships formed back in 2004 when Dan and Pete worked together in the telecommunications industry at MCI WorldCom. For three years they worked at the company with Dan as a Project Manager and Pete handling sales.

As the market changed with the economic downturn in 2007, Dan pivoted towards home sales with his family’s background in the real estate industry. His cousin owned a Century 21 office, so Dan started selling real estate part time.

In 2013, Dan and Pete reunited once again at Communications Test Design Inc. The friends worked together for two years before they were caught in another round of downsizing.

“After being part of another round of layoffs, I knew that I was ready to take control of my own destiny and get into real estate full time,” said Dan.

From 2016 to 2018, both Pete and Dan worked at Weichert Real Estate. Working their sphere of influence and using sales skills from their previous career, the partners did very well and were two of the better selling REALTORS® in the area.

After two years of selling as agents at a brokerage, Dan and Pete were ready to go out on their own and open their real estate company.

“We had the opportunity to purchase an existing brokerage, but after exploring all of our options, NextHome was the right fit for our new brokerage,” said Pete.

In 2011, Dan met Vince who was looking to open his own office at that time. They stayed in touch over the years. When it came time to open NextHome Brandywine, Dan reached out to have Vince be the broker of record.

“Vince has the well-rounded knowledge of not only the real estate compliance, but also how to manage a business,” said Dan. “Vince is skilled in multiple ways that will be huge in helping out our company.”

“With Mike, we have a business partner with an attention to detail like no other,” added Dan. “His strength is providing business insight into our brokerage unlike anyone else I know. Just his thought process brings a level that really charts the course for NextHome Brandywine.”

Please join us in congratulating Dan, Pete, Mike, Vince, and the rest of the team at NextHome Brandywine on the opening of their new NextHome office in Downingtown, PA!

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.