NextHome opens new office in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area

NextHome opens new office in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area

Rudy Martinez

Pleasanton, CA — January 15, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Real Estate Advisors, based in Southlake, Texas. The brokerage represents the 31st office location opened in Texas for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will serve clients across the Fort Worth area including Southlake, Dallas, Grapevine, Northlake, Roanoke, Westlake, Justin, Colleyville, Arlington, Irving, and the remainder of Tarrant and Denton counties. 

The brokerage is owned by Texas-native Rudy Martinez who has 28 years of real estate experience. NextHome Real Estate Advisors agents are excited to offer their expertise in all types of residential sales. Rudy and his team are especially happy to help first-time home buyers and Texans who are looking to relocate to the perfect forever home. 

Rudy began his real estate career in Corpus Christi in 1991. While there, he owned his own independent brokerage – Mitchell Lloyd Properties. After 19 years of building a great reputation around the Gulf of Mexico, Rudy moved to Southlake to be closer to his grandkids. 

Building a career in his new home meant getting involved in the area with all it had to offer. Rudy became the president of the Keller Chamber of Commerce and spent his time there bringing businesses together and promoting economic development in his community. He also started teaching with the Texas Real Estate Commission, a job he still enjoys today. 

Rudy continued to build his portfolio of satisfied clients by working with several nationally franchised real estate firms. 

In 2018, Rudy realized he eventually wanted to own his own franchise or once again open up a small independent brokerage. 

“My dream was to open an office that could create and nurture agents who are true professionals and who deeply understand our business and the fiduciary responsibility we have to our clients,” Rudy said. “If I could accomplish that, I knew we could elevate the real estate profession in our area.”

As he started researching options, Rudy reconnected with an agent he mentored years ago during his time at a nationally franchised office. 

“That agent had joined NextHome and raved about how great the company was,” Rudy recalled. “I Googled NextHome, researched it, watched the videos posted on the website, and I liked what I heard. The company culture was helping to grow great agents and it resonated with me because that’s the direction I wanted to go.”

Today, NextHome Real Estate Advisors is offering top-tier agents the tools and training they need to thrive in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. 

“When agents come on board we sit down and create a road map for where they want to be as an agent and how we can successfully get there,” Rudy said. “Then, we offer weekly mentoring and coaching sessions to keep agents accountable and reaching their goals.”

That high level of agent training resonates with NextHome Real Estate Advisors clients.

“I want people to know that our agents truly care about what the transaction does for you,” Rudy said. “We are always working to a result that is beneficial for the client. We want to create client relationships for life so we can be there for not only their current home but their next home too. Our highly educated agents will not be transactional, but relational.”

Education is a passion of Rudy’s both in his business and in the Southlake community. Rudy serves as a board member of the Northwest Education Foundation. The foundation provides grants for the area schools so teachers can acquire tools and implement teaching techniques tailored to their student’s specific needs. The foundation’s hope is that as teachers take the lead in implementing novel approaches in their classrooms, the entire district will lift to a higher level of achievement. 

Rudy is also a 15-year cancer survivor. The life-changing diagnosis led him to serve as a board member with Cancer Care Services. The organization not only helps cancer patients with transportation to their appointments but also provides access to counselors for the patient as well as their family and caregivers.

Rudy has been married to his wife Belinda for 32 years and together they are the proud parents of three grown children: Leslie, Arron, and Matthew. 

Please join us in congratulating Rudy on the opening of NextHome Real Estate Advisors in Southlake, Texas!


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 Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise 500®

NextHome Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise 500®

Pleasanton, CA — January 14, 2020 — Entrepreneur magazine revealed its annual Franchise 500 list, and NextHome was ranked among the world’s very best franchise systems. Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever. Over 1,100 companies were considered for recognition on the list.

Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks NextHome at No. 95 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. NextHome’s ranking placed the franchise fifth in the real estate category. 

“The 500 companies on this list all have something in common —  they understand what consumers want now,” said Entrepreneur editor in chief Jason Feifer. “Making our list means they’re forward-thinking, nimble, and closely in touch with their customers’ needs — because in an ever-changing business environment, that’s what a franchise must do to thrive.”

The factors that go into the evaluation are based on The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500® which include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, as well as financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. 

Over its 41 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. At just five-years-old, NextHome’s position on the ranking affirms its strength as a franchise opportunity. 

“NextHome’s recognition on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list is a testament to the corporate team and franchise members who have helped build the brand to where it stands today, and where it continues to grow,” says James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome. “The ranking confirms our focus on the consumer, branding, and innovative technology are making a difference in the real estate industry.” 

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all members across the country for making recognitions like this possible. 

To view NextHome in the full ranking, visit Results can also be seen in the January/February 2020 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 14th. 


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.

Why You Should Create a New Year’s Resolution List

Why You Should Create a New Year’s Resolution List

Here it comes. The question that everyone gets asked at least a zillion times toward the end of each year. “So, what are your New Year’s resolutions?” If you’re reluctant to make a New Year’s resolution list (or even reluctant to answer the question), maybe you should reconsider. Resolutions can be healthy, productive ways to make positive changes in your life. Here are some reasons you should join in on the tradition:

Goals are good.

Resolutions are purposeful goals that you set for yourself. When you set goals, you take stock of where you currently are and where you’d like to be. This process can be helpful in shaping the future that you’d like to have. If you look at resolutions as short-term goals, it may be easier to set them.

Resolutions help keep you focused.

Our work and personal lives are full of distractions that can sometimes take our attention away from our goals. Resolutions can help us set priorities and stay on target.

Resolutions are motivating.

It’s easy to think about making changes, but it’s harder to put them in motion. Committing to a resolution can help you follow through. Sharing your resolutions with others can help keep you accountable, which can also be motivating.

Resolutions help get you out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes it takes a gentle nudge, or even a firm shove, to get us out of our comfortable spaces. New Year’s resolutions encourage you to pursue opportunities and reach accomplishments that you might not have reached otherwise.

Resolutions are fun.

Too often, we look at New Year’s resolutions as being difficult to accomplish, but who says resolutions can’t be enjoyable? For example, instead of resolving to lose weight or get organized, maybe your New Year’s resolution should be to spend more time with friends or to travel more often. Do yourself a favor and select a resolution that you actually want to accomplish and will relish doing.

Resolutions can be business-oriented.

The goals you set don’t have to be personal. You can set specific business-related resolutions and objectives, such as to gain more listings, to network more, or to pursue career development activities.

A good resolution to make is to add a home warranty to every transaction in 2020. American Home Shield® home warranties cover the repair or replacement of important appliances and system components that break down over time, offering your clients important budget protection and reassurance. American Home Shield offers a variety of plans and coverage options to fit your clients’ needs. Your AHS® Account Executive can tell you more about the plans and about the effective real estate marketing tools available to you.

For more helpful tips from our partners at American Home Shield®, visit their blog!

NextHome South Pointe opens in St. Petersburg

NextHome South Pointe opens in St. Petersburg

Kent Rodahaver

Pleasanton, CA — January 10th, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome South Pointe, based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The brokerage represents the 63rd office location opened in Florida for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome South Pointe and its office of skilled real estate professionals are ready to help buyers and sellers in the Tampa Bay metro area find the perfect home, invest in a great rental, expand current investment portfolios, locate a great vacation home, or locate the ideal commercial property. 

St. Petersburg, located just 20 minutes from Tampa, is known for its stunning resorts and some of the world’s most attractive beaches. The NextHome South Pointe team will serve clients across St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ocala, Gainesville, north-central Florida, and the remainder of the greater Tampa area. 

The brokerage is owned by experienced general contractor and real estate expert, Kent Rodahaver who brings a wealth of experience and leadership to his brokerage. In 1998, his first foray into real estate involved renovations and flip properties. Kent became a successful entrepreneur, renovating and flipping residential properties across the St. Petersburg area. 

In 2005, the general contractor started a residential/commercial investment firm – Water Oak Development Group. Obtaining his real estate license was a natural career progression for Kent. 

“As a buyer, seller, remodeler, and developer, I was very involved in the transactions,” Kent said of his first attraction to real estate sales. “I appreciated that side of the business and recognized how much I liked it. Once I realized how much I enjoyed that side of things, then I made it my full-time career.”

Kent’s career in real estate sales began with a Florida boutique luxury brokerage. After several years working with that office, Kent transitioned to a 100 percent commission-based brokerage where he continued to excel – selling about 30 properties per year. Soon, the time came for Kent to branch out on his own. The real estate professional obtained his broker’s license and started conceptualizing his own business-owning aspirations. 

“Partnering with a customer-centric organization that had a great culture was mandatory for me,” Kent said of his decision to open a NextHome brokerage. “The more I researched, the more I knew that NextHome was going to be an amazing fit for me as a business owner.”

Today, Kent is setting NextHome South Pointe apart through top-level agent support and training. 

“Without a doubt, the NextHome South Pointe difference is how we operate as a true team,” Kent said. “I want to raise others up and even raise them above me. I love helping my associates realize that there is meaning and significance to what they do on a daily basis. By helping our team members succeed, I’m able to show them that they are important.”

That ability to help agents succeed is noticed by satisfied NextHome South Pointe customers. 

“I want my associates to know that I always have their back so they are able to focus on our customers,” Kent said. “It’s great to partner with a franchise that has exceptional back-end support so that agents aren’t too worried about the administrative or transactional side of what they do. It’s important to have that support and know that you can focus instead on what you do best.”

The ability to help others achieve incredible success is part of Kent’s personal and professional DNA. As an IronMan athlete and performance coach, Kent has a knack for helping people realize their full athletic potential. 

“It is a neat feeling to be able to impact lives,” Kent said. “I have had the honor of helping people change their lives and lifestyles and I like to think I have that same positive impact on my agents and office.”

Kent has been married to his wife Laura for 17 years and together they are the parents of two children, Christin and Matthew. In addition, their home is brightened by two dogs – Lucas and Harvey. 

Please join us in congratulating Kent on the opening of NextHome South Pointe in St. Petersburg, 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 Kingdom opens in Endicott, NY

NextHome Kingdom opens in Endicott, NY

Carrie & Keith King

Pleasanton, CA — January 9th, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Kingdom, based in Endicott, New York. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in New York for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Kingdom is owned by the husband and wife team Keith and Carrie King and will serve Endicott, Binghamton, Johnson City, Vestal, Endwell, Chenango Valley, Owego, and the remainder of Broome and Tioga counties. 

The pair will focus their skills on residential real estate of all types, including first-time home-buying, investment properties, and resales. 

Carrie was first attracted to real estate after navigating through their first home-buying adventure in 1998. At the time, Keith and Carrie both had entry-level jobs and only qualified for a small mortgage. To qualify, Carrie had to return a necklace Keith had bought her to change their debt-to-income. It was difficult for them to find an agent who would work with them at their price point, leading Carrie to take on most of the legwork herself. The reward was worth the hard work when they closed and both felt so proud to be an American Dream success story with owning their own home.  

In 2006, the couple had grown more financially secure and Carrie obtained her real estate license so she could sell homes part-time. All the while, she remained active in her first career as an optician. 

“I was working as an agent during my lunches and after work and I found incredible success,” Carrie said. 

In her first six months working part-time, Carrie sold about $1 million in real estate in a market where home values were in the $112,000 range. 

Realizing she could help her family financially by switching to real estate full-time, Carrie jumped in with both feet leaving her career in opticianry in February of 2007. Ironically, she took the leap just in time for the real estate crash that accompanied the Great Recession. Through it all, she pressed on not willing to turn back to her old career. She took any type of business she could get to help keep the family finances afloat. Between broker priced opinions, rentals and property management, foreclosures, short sales, small investors, and land speculators, Carrie’s hard work and creativity helped increase her sales each year.  

Her perseverance paid off. Throughout her 14-year career, Carrie developed lasting client relationships that she enjoys to this day. In 2018, she had her biggest year to date with 52 properties under contract, selling $9.2 million.

With Carrie’s continued success and Keith’s pending retirement, they started considering opening their own brokerage and fulfilling a dream that seemed unattainable when they met working at a local Hardees in 1993.  

“When we first met 26 years ago, we knew we worked well together professionally and we always wanted to open our own business. After years of hard work and saving, now we can,” Keith said. 

 They began researching brokerages and discovered the NextHome difference. 

“I love how with NextHome I don’t have to recreate the wheel at all,” Carrie said. “I want to focus on selling properties and recruiting phenomenal agents. NextHome’s back-end support gives me the freedom to do those two things well.”

Today, Carrie and Keith are nurturing relationships with clients that they have enjoyed for many years. Carrie is the office’s broker of record, but still enjoys selling real estate. Keith is NextHome Kingdom’s administrative lead and handles day-to-day business operations. Together, they are promoting customer-first service throughout their area. 

“I always put my clients first,” Carrie said. “Humans over houses has been the cornerstone ideology of my business since 2006. In fact, when I hear agents boast about properties they’ve sold without giving acknowledgment to their clients, I can’t help but feel upset. That type of behavior makes the personal accomplishment of the clients become secondary, I never want to treat people as if they were just a file or a sale and lose that human factor of my business.”

Keith is a proud Navy veteran and retired law enforcement officer. He has given 29 years of service to his country and the community he loves. He is looking forward to using his experience with leadership, problem-solving, and communication to help NextHome Kingdom grow. 

Together, Keith and Carrie are the proud parents of two children: Kyla (22) and Kelsey (17).

Please join us in congratulating Keith and Carrie on the opening of NextHome Kingdom in Endicott, New York!


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 opens new office in Grand Blanc, MI

NextHome opens new office in Grand Blanc, MI

Justin & Sabrina Villaire

Pleasanton, CA — January 8th, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Great Lakes Realty. Based in Grand Blanc, the new brokerage represents the 16th NextHome franchised office opened in the state of Michigan.

NextHome Great Lakes Realty is owned by the husband and wife team Justin and Sabrina Villaire. Together, they are thrilled to provide their expertise to local clients, whether they’re first-time home buyers, investors, commercial buyers, or luxury home seekers. 

The team will serve buyers and sellers across Grand Blanc, Fenton, Goodrich, Linden, Holly, Davison, Burton, and the remainder of Genesee, North Oakland, and Southern Lapeer counties. 

Located about an hour north of Detroit, Grand Blanc is known for its many beautiful golf courses and the city hosts a well-known Ally Challenge professional golf tournament annually. 

Sabrina began her real estate career in Grand Blanc in 2010. The couple was always recreationally interested in real estate and would spend time looking at homes as a hobby. That hobby evolved into an investment business and then morphed further into a part-time job when Sabrina began selling luxury homes for Keller Williams. 

She became so successful as a REALTOR that Justin stepped in to help as an administrative assistant. Together, Justin and Sabrina closed over 35 transactions per year, selling about $6 million in real estate in an area where the average home prices hover in the $145,000 range. 

Before delving into real estate, Justin was a supervisor for a series of McDonald’s franchises around eastern Michigan owned and operated by his parents. Beginning in 1994, he immersed himself in every aspect of franchising and learned many valuable leadership lessons. 

“I worked every position so I could relate with everyone at every level,” Justin said. “From the entry-level worker to the top CEO, being in the franchising world has really opened my eyes to different people’s experiences.”

Justin obtained his own real estate license in 2016 and was awarded Rookie of the Year. After three years of successful selling with Sabrina as The Villaire Group at Keller Williams, the couple began thinking about opening their own brokerage. 

“We always wanted to do our own thing,” Justin said. “In 2019, we decided it was the right time to make that change.”

Justin and Sabrina began researching franchise options and struck up a conversation with a local NextHome agent. 

“I liked everything he had,” Justin said. “I loved the marketing, the signage, the whole brand appealed to me. It was a model of what I wanted to build into my brokerage.”

Today, Justin and Sabrina are building an office where agents can find top-level training and support. 

The couple is also active in their Grand Blanc community supporting local businesses, and volunteering with their church and Holy Family Catholic School.  

When they aren’t selling real estate, Justin and Sabrina enjoy spending time together as a family and vacationing at their cottage on Little Island Lake. Justin and Sabrina have been together for 19 years, and together they have three children: Austin (17), Marissa (13), and Cooper (11). 

Please join us in congratulating Justin and Sabrina on the opening of NextHome Great Lakes Realty in Grand Blanc, Michigan!


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 Minnesota office

NextHome announces new Minnesota office

Francine Marsolek

Pleasanton, CA — January 7th, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Metro Real Estate Services. Based in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, the new brokerage represents the fourth NextHome franchised office opened in the state.

The brokerage is led by Minnesota-native Francine Marsolek and will serve clients across the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro areas including the seven-county metro area. 

Francine brings over 16 years of experience to her new office, specializing in all types of residential transactions. 

She began her career in 2003 with a small independent brokerage. She soon transitioned to a real estate company where she built a successful career for the next six years. Then, in 2011, Francine opened her own independent brokerage – North Metro REO. 

“My business was growing by leaps and bounds and I realized that it was a great time to use my skills as an independent business owner,” Francine said. 

At the time, the foreclosure market had a wealth of inventory and Francine became well-versed in REO transactions.

However, as the market continued to evolve, so did Francine. In 2017, she rebranded her company, changing its name to Metro Real Estate Services. 

At the business’s high point, Francine had five agents working for her and, on her own, she was closing about 20 transactions per year. 

As the business grew, Francine knew she needed to keep up with evolving technology and branding needs. As she considered how to scale up her company, Francine discovered NextHome. A marketing e-mail from the company landed in her inbox at a serendipitous time. 

“I had looked at a few others, but I always came back to NextHome,” Francine said. “I loved the marketing and technology tools the company provided. I knew that as a small business, I needed to keep up with change. It takes a lot of money to first get all the technology pieces needed, and second to keep up with those tools as they evolve. By partnering with NextHome, I could build all their tools into my brokerage automatically.”

Today, Francine is building a team of committed, professional agents who can deliver NextHome’s “humans over houses” commitment to clients. 

Family is incredibly important to Francine and when she isn’t growing her business, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children. 

Francine and Brent Marsolek have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of George (30), William (27), Trista (24), Frank (22), and DiMaggio (17) and enjoy being in-laws to George’s wife Laura. Francine also enjoys spending time with her granddaughter Juniper and is looking forward to welcoming grandbaby number two in March. 

Francine and Brent are avid curlers and play at the town’s Friday Fun League. They are also Minnesota Twins baseball fans and love to spend time at the region’s many lakes. 

Please join us in congratulating Francine on the opening of NextHome Metro Real Estate Services in Lino Lakes, Minnesota!


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.

Triad area welcomes new NextHome brokerage

Triad area welcomes new NextHome brokerage

Lori Hankins & Karen Wood

Pleasanton, CA — January 1st, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Beyond Realty, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 22nd office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Beyond Realty agents offer extensive experience with residential, commercial, investment, and luxury real estate. The team is happy to serve clients across the Triad area including Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, Clemmons, Kernersville, Lewisville, Pfafftown, Advance, Bermuda Run, and the remainder of Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Surry, Stokes and Yadkin counties.  

The brokerage is owned by experienced businesswomen Karen Wood and Lori Hankins. 

Karen is a veteran in the marketing and advertising industry and got her North Carolina real estate license in 2016. Although she has been interested in real estate for many years, the right opportunity to change careers didn’t present itself until 2016 when she reconnected with a childhood friend and joined a nationally franchised brokerage. Karen made the move to a local boutique brokerage where she used her organizational skills, market knowledge, and marketing insights to help get that brokerage up and running.

Meanwhile, Lori was building two successful businesses in addition to her career as a social worker. Lori is the joint owner of a local furniture store and a long-time Mary Kay Sales Director. 

However, in 2018, Lori felt the pull toward real estate. Her career path was similar to Karen’s – she started with a large franchised brokerage but then transitioned to the same boutique brokerage as Karen and that is where they reconnected. 

“I was training new agents at that time and when I saw Lori’s name I hoped it was the same person I knew,” Karen said. “We worked well together and our individual skills complemented each other.”

After joining forces at the boutique brokerage, Lori and Karen started building a successful real estate team. The Sweet Homes Carolina team had five agents and its success taught Lori and Karen the power of their partnership. 

The two began to consider building their own independent brokerage, but that’s when they discovered NextHome. One day, Karen was flipping through REALTOR Magazine and the franchise’s snappy branding in an advertisement caught her eye. 

“As we began to research NextHome, the lightbulb turned on,” Karen said. “We were building all of the marketing, infrastructure, and tools ourselves while it was already built just the way we wanted it to be with NextHome.”

Today, Karen’s experience working for advertising companies in sales and marketing along with Lori’s social work background, the two are helping NextHome Beyond Realty bring professional and people-first service to the Triad area.  

“Our main goal is fostering a core group of professional, seasoned agents,” Karen said. “NextHome Beyond Realty offers unparalleled opportunities for agents who love their jobs and want helpful tools to do their  jobs quickly, effectively, and efficiently.”

Please join us in welcoming Karen and Lori to the NextHome family with their office opening in Winston-Salem, North Carolina!


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.


As we head into a new decade, members of our NextHome team wanted to share some of their thoughts for the New Year and what it means to them personally and professionally.



In 2012, I suffered an injury to my right ACL that dramatically altered the direction my life was going to take.  At the time, I spent about 60 hours a week in dance classes and show rehearsals, and suddenly I was unable to do any of it.  After a year of physical therapy, I didn’t return to that life for fear that I could never be what I once was.

Everything about my life changed.  In some ways, I am thankful for what happened because it led to my marriage and the connections that I have now with my friends, but in many ways I have felt for a long time like I lacked any sense of identity or purpose.  Like I lost myself. I went from being someone who was confident to being afraid of virtually everything around me.

This year, I broke from the seven years that I took off from performing.  I did 42nd Street and took on a large role with my own songs and dances All while I took on some of the most difficult tap dancing pieces I have ever performed.  

I felt like I got a piece of myself back.

This is what I hope for in 2020.  Not just to perform more, but to fight to be myself again.  To feel like I can be confident and unafraid and unashamedly myself.  I’m not sure yet how I will get there, but knowing what you want is a great first step.


Matthew Stein – Member Services


2019 has been a great year thanks to joining the NextHome Corporate team and the nationwide NextHome family as a Marketing Coordinator. Right off the bat, I got the opportunity to attend the NextHome Conference in Las Vegas. Being able to feel the “orange energy” in-person solidified the NextHome difference.

With the New Year, I look forward to working towards achieving the following in 2020:

  • Dedicate time to have non-disruptive quality time with friends, family, and my significant other, Nathan
  • Continually strive to learn new skills and general knowledge from podcasts, articles, books, and video
  • Move every day… whether it be a walk, going to the gym, or attending a class
  • Provide NextHomies with valuable marketing assistance across the board

I look forward to achieving these goals alongside the industry-changing objectives our franchise will accomplish in the New Year!


Raechel Jackson – Marketing Coordinator


Man…. 2019 was a beautiful mess!

At the beginning of the year, I was living in Houston, Texas and I was absolutely miserable. I had no family out there and felt entirely alone. All I wanted to do was move back to California.

On May 13th, after months of saving, I did just that. Shortly after arriving back home, I started working at NextHome – the first job I’ve ever had that I genuinely enjoy. All of my friends and family are here in the Bay Area. I’m so grateful to be able to spend time with them and new memories. I’ve also made so many new friendships and met so many awesome people since moving back.

If 2020 turns out even half as good as 2019, I’ll be perfectly content.

Here’s to another great year!

Scott Babcock – Member Services


“Adults are just outdated children” 

– Dr. Seuss

It’s New Years’ resolution time and mine is so simple this year.  I want to strive to be more like my amazing seven-year-old daughter, Reese Robinson. She saw her presents under the Christmas tree and felt like she had so much when others have so little she was inspired to fill to the brim a bag for donation to a local women’s shelter so children who didn’t have presents on Christmas would have something.

When I asked her, “What made you want to do that Reese?” She simply said, “I have so much it felt wrong not to give back something.” Wisdom from the mouth of babes.  

So 2020 for me is about giving back. Sure I like to play hard and win in business. Yes, I will always strive to push our company forward.  

But Reese helped me remember that I have so much and it would be “wrong to not give back something”. 


Keith Robinson – Chief Strategy Officer


Instead of writing resolutions, I like to set goals for a few specific categories; financial, travel, professional, and health goal setting helps me keep my life balanced.

  • My financial goal is to be out of debt by June 2020
  • My travel goal is to take a vacation that involves beaches and drinks with little umbrellas
  • My professional goal is to learn more about statistics and data analysis
  • My health goal is to cook homemade meals at least three times a week

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2020!

Summer Sandlin – Member Services


2020 not only marks a New Year, but also a new decade. Looking back on the past ten years it’s amazing to see how much change has occurred for me both personally and professionally. 

Fortunately, all for the better. I’m not a huge resolutions person, but in the New Year, I’m excited to master more Disney princess song lyrics with my 2½-year-old daughter, Remi, continue to eat the delicious food that my husband cooks, and travel more as a family (and maybe even squeeze in trip with just my husband). I’d also like to spend more time outdoors. That’s a somewhat attainable new year’s resolution…. so if I had to pick one, I’d go with that. 

Oh, and stocking the wine fridge my dad got us for Christmas. We mustn’t forget about that. 

Cheers to 2020!


Taylor Cannon – Operations Manager


As I step into 2020, I’m realizing that this past year has been filled with lots of highs… and even a few lows. It’s been quite the year.

My work ethic has always been the same. I’ve really loved what I do, but that has its downsides too. My true focus for 2020 is being healthy both physically and mentally. 

People already know my health history, but 2019 has been one of the most challenging for me to stay healthy. And it didn’t help that I wasn’t taking time for myself to do things that I enjoy that would allow me to lessen my stress. 

I’m overall incredibly happy… and love what I do. But 2020 is a year where I have every intention to:

  • Spend more time and take more trips with Jessica
  • Do more with some of my philanthropic work and organizations that I enjoy
  • Play more sports this year
  • Lose some of this weight I found during the Holidays
  • Care about myself and my health as much as I care about others
  • Spend more time with the people I care about and less time with the toxic ones

“2020 Vision” is a real thing. And I see this upcoming year being my best one yet 🙂


Imran Poladi – Vice President

NextHome announces Parker, Colorado office

NextHome announces Parker, Colorado office

Darla Greenwaldt

Pleasanton, CA — December 31th, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Summit Group, based in Parker, Colorado. The brokerage represents the 12th office location opened in Colorado for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Summit Group is owned by Darla Greenwaldt and will serve clients across Denver, Castle Rock, Elizabeth, Parker, Lone Tree, Highland Ranch, and the remainder of the Denver metro south area. The NextHome Summit Group team lends their years of expertise to all types of both commercial and residential transactions. 

Darla has been a real estate professional since 1999. She moved to the area to attend the University of Colorado’s MBA program. While obtaining her master’s degree, she started working in administration for a local boutique downtown brokerage firm. 

“It was a small office and I had the opportunity to learn a little about everything,” Darla said of her time as an office manager. 

She delved deeper into the profession in 2002, obtaining her real estate license and becoming an investment analyst for a large commercial brokerage in 2004.  

Over the years, she worked as an escrow closer, and then property manager for a portfolio of large properties, and eventually becoming the director of closing for a large real estate investment trust. Darla has also worked with nationally franchised brokerages and large luxury realty companies. 

In 2006, Darla started her own real estate company – Live Green Real Estate. The name was both a play on her surname as well as a nod to her certification as an eco broker. The company focused its expertise on helping all types of residential real estate clients. 

Despite remaining a small operation, Darla’s company and her success steadily grew through the years.  

In 2018, Darla decided that it was time to scale her business up. She began hiring and growing, but the success was hard to manage on her own. Darla felt it was time to research franchise options. 

“That’s when a friend in Florida suggested NextHome,” Darla said. 

Amy Smith of NextHome Bay Area Experts in Tampa, Florida had discovered her own success with the franchise and wholeheartedly suggested NextHome to Darla. 

“It had everything that I was missing in my own company and all the things I would like to build out,” Darla said of NextHome’s tools. “The signage caught my eye and I really like the branding. Everything about it is clean, crisp, and modern. The back-office support is crucial to hiring agents and focusing more time on clients. That’s really what brought me in.”

Today, Darla is using her own experience to help home buyers and sellers across the Denver metro area. 

“For my buyers and sellers, I really listen to what they want out of their situation,” Darla said. “Everyone’s situation is different and there isn’t one cookie-cutter way to buy or sell a house. So I think it’s about taking all of my vast experience and applying that to my clients’ situation with creativity and integrity. Whether they are looking to move up, or just for a small assessment, I listen to what they need. I am a real estate concierge and advisor in that sense.”

The agents at NextHome Summit Group can also expect great things from Darla. 

“My agents have a broker who cares about them and their clients, but also has the knowledge to offer solutions when something comes up in their deals, which happens more often than not,” Darla said. “I’m also here to help them grow their own business. A lot of agents are struggling mid-level, and I want to make them accountable in a way that supports the whole agent helping them reach the next level in their success.”

When she isn’t selling real estate or helping her agents succeed, Darla is active in the Parker community. She volunteers with the Douglas County Canine Rescue as a foster family. 

Darla also volunteers with the Denver chapter of Savvy Giving By Design. The non-profit helps create rooms to heal for children with life-threatening illnesses can heal. Darla is one of the board members, serving as treasurer. 

Darla is married and the proud mother of two children – Ashlyn (12) and Rhys (9). The family enjoys traveling together and enjoying Colorado’s stunning outdoors. 

Please join us in congratulating Darla and the rest of the Summit Group team on the opening of their brokerage in Parker, Colorado!

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


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