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NextHome opens newest office in North Bend, Washington

NextHome opens newest office in North Bend, Washington

Debbie Buffelen (left) & Michella Gabbard
Debbie Buffelen (left) & Michella Gabbard

Pleasanton, CA — February 24, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome NW Experts. The brokerage represents the fourth location opened in the state of Washington for the NextHome franchise.

Based in North Bend, the company will be owned and operated by top-producing broker Debbie Buffelen. She will be joined on the leadership team by her daughter, REALTOR® Michella Gabbard.

NextHome NW Experts will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, commercial, relocation, land sales, and their specialty of working with investors in the areas of North Bend, Bellevue, Issaquah, Snoqualmie and the remainder of King and Pierce Counties.

Buffelen started her real estate career in 2006 in Olympia, WA with Better Properties Real Estate. She found herself doing well and opened her own branch of the Better Properties Real Estate regional franchise in July of 2007 in Snoqualmie Valley.

Over the next ten years, even through a difficult real estate recession, Buffelen built a successful sales business and brokerage of productive agents. But after 10 years of brokerage experience, Buffelen knew she needed more to provide for her agents and clients.

“Being in the Northwest surrounded by technology firms and businesses, I knew we had to improve what we could offer to both our agents and the clients they serve,” said Buffelen. “I made a list of the technology and branding that I wanted for my brokerage and researched for a franchise that would best fit these needs.”

“After all my searching, only one company fit for us – NextHome,” she added.

Buffelen says the technology and modern feel and branding, among many other factors, was the reason she decided to move forward with the NextHome franchise.

“There’s huge excitement about our new venture with NextHome,” said Buffelen. “Not just from myself, but by all of our agents. We are looking forward to not only increasing the business of our current brokerage, but we hope to expand to additional locations in the future.”

When not selling real estate, Buffelen is all about family. She loves spending time with her husband of three years, Guy, and their blended family of six children and ten grandchildren.

Please join us in congratulating Debbie, Michella, and the rest of the team at NextHome NW Experts on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in North Bend, 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.

How Home Warranties Can Help With Low Inventory

How Home Warranties Can Help With Low Inventory

From time to time, you’ve probably noticed a dip in the number of homes listed for sale. During times like these, when there is greater competition amongst buyers vying for fewer homes, savvy buyer agents know that successful closings are more crucial than ever.

In addition to driving up asking prices, a low-inventory market can lead buyers to stretch their budgets to cover higher down payments. This can then lead to buyers having little leftover to cover the cost of unexpected household repairs, resulting in a lack of confidence in closing the sale.

Here are some tips on how a home warranty can help you and your clients during a low-inventory market:

Offer budget protection for buyers

An AHS® Home Warranty Plan can help protect buyers’ budgets, which can help give them the confidence they need to proceed with their transactions.

Extend quality service through reliable service contractors

The AHS service contractor network features more than 13,000 experienced professionals. This knowledge can help reassure first-time or relocating buyers in new communities that a qualified, reliable resource is available when covered items break down.

In addition, AHS service contractors have in-depth knowledge of home system and appliance repairs. They also routinely deal with refrigerant capture, regulations, codes, new computerized equipment and other situations that can be difficult for even ardent DIY homeowners.

Provide convenient home warranty purchasing options

At AHS, trusted service and valuable protection can also be renewed annually, so buyers can receive continuous coverage on their appliances and home system components if they choose.

Here are some ways that AHS Home Warranties can also help listing agents:

Promote long-term client relationships

AHS helps real estate professionals build the kind of long-term client relationships that lead to referrals and repeat business. One such way is by sending professionals service request notifications for additional client touchpoints.

Help listings stand out from the competition

American Home Shield offers real estate professionals free marketing materials such as sign riders and open house supplies. These resources can help draw attention to and differentiate listings by informing potential buyers the home has an AHS Home Warranty.

Real estate professionals can also use AHS Home Warranties as part of their concierge service model to distinguish themselves from the competition. For example, they can pay for seller’s coverage or the entire warranty as part of the service they provide.

Buying agents can also benefit from working with AHS. Here are just a few reasons:

Help mitigate risk management issues

Retaining a signed acceptance or waiver of home warranty coverage for each buyer may help mitigate potential risk management issues.

Assist with client relationships

AHS Home Warranties support repeat and referral business by helping to build happy client relationships, even communicating paid service requests to agents for another client touch point.

In addition, when a covered malfunction occurs, buyers will call AHS and not their agent, which may help protect the client relationship, the agent’s commission, and frees the agent to move on to the next closing.

Provides added value

Let the buyer know they have an option to pay for the home warranty and include seller’s coverage to help protect the home within the time period from contract acceptance to closing. This provides added value to the offer to purchase because it benefits the seller prior to closing with no cost to the seller.

AHS coverage does not require coverage

If the age and condition of currently operating systems and appliances are unknown, AHS Home Warranty coverage becomes more important than ever, since appliance and system inspections are not required prior to issuing the home warranty contract.
For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog

NextHome opens brand new office in Richmond, Kentucky

NextHome opens brand new office in Richmond, Kentucky

(from left to right) Linda Lester, Angie Alexander, and Cynthia Childress
(from left to right) Linda Lester, Angie Alexander, and Cynthia Childress

Pleasanton, CA — February 21, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Bluegrass. The brokerage represents the fourth location opened in the state of Kentucky for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Richmond, the company will be owned and operated by top-producing REALTOR® Linda Lester. She will be joined on the leadership team by Broker of Record, Angie Alexander, and Office Manager, Cynthia Childress.

NextHome Bluegrass will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, commercial, veteran and military relocation, as well as land and farm sales to the areas of Richmond, Berea, Mt. Vernon, Irvine, Waco, Lancaster, and the rest of Madison and Rockcastle Counties.

Licensed since 1999, Lester has spent her entire career with one company before coming to NextHome. Working out of a Coldwell Banker office in Richmond, she got her career started as a new home builder before getting her license and joining the brokerage.

Over the next 14 years, she built a strong business which eventually needed assistance from a team of five REALTORS® to keep up with the increase in annual sales.

In 2013, the owner of the brokerage retired and Lester stepped in as the new owner for the company. Under her leadership, the brokerage grew to 20 agents in less than 18 months.

In 2017, Lester took a long look at her options during the renewal period of her franchise affiliation.

“We were just about to move to a new location in a new building,” recalled Lester. “After finding out more about the NextHome franchise, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to start fresh with a new franchise affiliation.”

“The new fresh and colorful branding was an eye-catching difference,” she added. “To be able to provide such great client tools for my agents in an affordable way was the piece that made NextHome an easy choice.”

Lester is active in the real estate community, as well as donates time and resources to community projects. She volunteers and sponsors an organization called Day of Hope. The organization provides food to more than 4,000 less fortunate people in the Richmond area.

When not selling real estate, Lester enjoys spending time with her husband of 15 years, Dennis. The couple are life-long fishermen and try to fish every opportunity they can. The Lesters have two adult children.

Please join us in congratulating Linda, Angie, Cynthia, and the rest of the team at NextHome Bluegrass on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Richmond, KY!

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.

Going for the Gold: 3 Things Agents Can Learn from Olympic Bobsledders

Going for the Gold: 3 Things Agents Can Learn from Olympic Bobsledders

If you’re anything like us, you’re channeling the Olympic spirit each and every night. While not every sport gets our blood pumping (sorry, ice dancing), we have been especially excited about watching the bobsledding teams in PyeongChang. Both the male and female teams are so well-synced that they somehow make the mad initial sprint and navigating death-defying curves look easy.

They remind us, quite frankly, of some of the agents and teams we know that make this business look a lot simpler than it is. And as we looked into the sport more, we realized it has a LOT of parallels with real estate. Here’s what smart agents like you can learn from the fastest, most dynamic winter sports athletes around.

Get right back up after a crash

In bobsledding, crashes are inevitable — but watching these athletes get up and make their way to the finish line after a mishap can be more inspiring than even the fastest, most picture-perfect run. After all, do you remember who won the gold in Cool Runnings, or do you remember the painstaking walk to the finish line after the team’s terrifying crash?

As an agent, you’re in the same role as the bobsled pilot. You have to pay attention to signals that could mean a transaction or client relationship is veering off course, then take responsibility to get it back on track. And if you do crash and burn, it’s important to get up and analyze what you did wrong. Did you try to cut corners, or was it the fault of a “slippery track” of workflows that steered you in the wrong direction?

Whether you have derailed the deal entirely or just added a bit more time to your closing path, there’s always an opportunity to learn and grow.

Trust your “brakeman”

The pilot may get all the glory, but the “brakeman” is the one who ensures the team crosses the finish line safely and quickly. In real estate, your brakeman is most likely your broker — they are responsible for pumping the brakes when there’s an issue of liability, or when they feel that you may be taking on more than you can handle.

While you may not want to slow down, it’s important to defer to your broker and know that they have your best interests (and your clients’ best interests) at heart. And if you don’t feel that way? Well just like the U.S. women’s team did this year, it may be time to switch to a new brakeman who you trust and respect.

Don’t be afraid to embrace new technology

If you’re a die-hard U.S.A. bobsledding fan, you may know the story of the “Night Train” sled — an all-black sled that the U.S. men’s team debuted in 2009. As the lore goes, the U.S.A. team was given an unpainted, black prototype to test out. They loved the sled so much that they began using it in competitive races immediately, before it could even be painted to represent the red, white and blue of the American flag.

The result? They became the 2009 world champions and the 2010 Olympic gold medalists — the first Olympic gold in 62 years for Team USA.

Certainly, someone must have pushed back against “Night Train,” either because it felt too risky or simply didn’t look “right” for Team USA to race a black sled. But the risk more than justified the reward, and teams across the world have been clamoring for Night Train’s unique design ever since.

As an agent, you’re inundated with new technology offers all the time. Do you dive into these opportunities or stick to business-as-usual? And even if you are happy with the status quo, have you ever thought about what you might be missing?

Within the industry, there’s no more fascinating and cutting-edge technology than geo-targeted predictive analytics. Imagine being able to predict likely sellers from your local market area, then go after them one-by-one until you get the sale. Our SmartTargeting platform does just that — and just like the Night Train sled, it’s rapidly growing in popularity as agents, teams and brokers across the country realize how much (and how quickly) big data and analytics can move the dial.

Reach out for a free demo and learn more about how SmartTargeting can power your business.
For more helpful tips, visit the SmartZip blog.

NextHome CORE Realty launches in Lubbock, Texas

NextHome CORE Realty launches in Lubbock, Texas

Tim and Janet Garrett
Tim and Janet Garrett

Pleasanton, CA – February 15, 2018- NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome CORE Realty. The brokerage represents the 16th location opened in the state of Texas and the 250th franchised location overall for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Lubbock, the company will be owned and operated by real estate broker Tim Garrett, along with his wife Janet. Tim is the broker of record and will handle the day-to-day operations for the company, while Janet will handle all administrative responsibilities for the brokerage.

NextHome CORE Realty will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, new construction, luxury, and land sales to the areas of Lubbock, Wolfforth, Idalou, Slaton, and the remainder of Lubbock County.

With a population of nearly 300,000 in the Lubbock metropolitan area, the city of Lubbock is known as the “Hub of the South Plains.” Two little known facts about the area are that more cotton is grown in West Texas than anywhere in the world and that there are more music venues per capita than anywhere in Texas – including Austin.

Licensed since 1984, Tim brings more than three decades of real estate experience to the NextHome franchise. Spending the last 22 years with WestMark Realtors in Lubbock, Tim was minority owner, office manager and in charge of the day-to-day operations of the 85-agent brokerage.

Janet entered real estate in 2012 after a career as a grade school teacher. As Tim’s business grew to the point of needing help, Janet stepped in and provided the assistance needed to retain the high level of service to their clients.

In mid-2017, Tim and Janet felt that it was time to go out on their own and start their real estate company. They began looking and researching about franchises when they came upon the NextHome franchise.

“As we looked into NextHome, we found many of the core beliefs of the franchise aligned with our core beliefs,” recalled Tim. “Once we decided to move forward, we felt the name NextHome CORE Realty was perfect for what we believe in and the company that we became a part of.”

Tim describes their brokerage as having four CORE principles: Trust, Integrity, High-Level Marketing, and Creating Friends and Clients for Life.

In addition to real estate sales, Tim gives back to the real estate industry. With more than 25 years in volunteer REALTOR® leadership, Tim has served as the Chair for every committee at the Lubbock Association of REALTORS® and in 1997, he served as President for the Association.

Tim currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Texas Association of REALTORS® – representing over 120,000 REALTORS®.

Tim and Janet have been married seven years and have a blended family of four children – daughters Tiffany (age 26), Baylee (19), Darcy (16), and one son, Storm (20).

The couple love to travel and Lubbock is a perfect location to accommodate their interest in traveling. The city’s proximity to various destinations in Texas is known for being “halfway to everywhere.”

Please join us in congratulating Tim, Janet and the rest of the team at NextHome CORE Realty on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Lubbock, TX!

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 Sampson Realty opens in Michigan

NextHome Sampson Realty opens in Michigan

Miles Sampson
Miles Sampson

Pleasanton, CA — February 13, 2018— NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Sampson Realty. The brokerage represents the sixth location opened in the state of Michigan for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Livonia, the company will be owned and operated by real estate broker Miles Sampson. NextHome Sampson Realty will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, investment sales and commercial to the areas of Livonia, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Ypsilanti, Monroe, and the remainder of Wayne County.

With a population of nearly 100,000, the city of Livonia is located 15 miles Northwest of Downtown Detroit.

Sampson has been in the real estate industry since 2007. Starting as an assistant to a high-producing REALTOR®, he handled all details of the transaction from contract to close. With a specialization in streamlining the escrow process, Sampson was a valuable member of the real estate team.

In 2009, Sampson took a role as an Assistant Market Center Coordinator for a local Keller Williams Realty. With responsibilities such as accounting and management of the entire brokerage’s transactions, Sampson quickly learned how to handle dozens of transactions at any given time. While fulfilling, Sampson wanted to take his talents to the sales side.

In 2011, Sampson made the move to full-time REALTOR® and over the next six years, he steadily built a very successful real estate business.

In late 2017, Sampson felt that after nearly a decade in the real estate industry, it was time for him to open his own brokerage. Understanding the value of leverage, he looked to partner with a franchise that aligned with his values and brokerage needs.

“I found NextHome through a simple Google search,” said Sampson. “I loved the consistent branding. Considering I see so many companies not have branding standards, it was really appealing to find a franchise that held the line with this.”

When not selling real estate, Sampson volunteers for Bethany Christian Services, where he works with foster/adopting parents. As an instructor for the foster care skills class, Sampson helps families adapt to provide a home for these children.

Sampson loves spending time with his wife of seven years (and college sweetheart), Sarah. They have a two-year-old son, Elliott. The couple enjoy playing a unique card game with their friends called “Euchre” (pronounced Uke-Er).

Please join us in congratulating Miles and the rest of the team at NextHome Sampson Realty on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Livonia, 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 City To City is the newest NextHome franchisee

NextHome City To City is the newest NextHome franchisee

Gary May
Gary May

Pleasanton, CA – February 9, 2018- NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome City To City. The brokerage represents the seventh location opened in the state of Arizona for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Scottsdale, the company will be owned and operated by long time real estate veteran Gary May. NextHome City To City will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, investment sales, land sales, and second home and vacation properties to the areas of Scottsdale, Rio Verde, Mesa, Chandler, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, and the remainder of Maricopa County.

Originally from Chicago, May moved to the Scottsdale area in 1977. Leaving a successful career in financial services with Merrill Lynch, he moved to the real estate side after five years at the company.

Getting his real estate license over 30 years ago, he started building his business in the traditional fashion – via door knocking. He established a niche in a local neighborhood in Scottsdale, selling nearly 50 houses in a 200-unit subdivision over the course of four years.

May has been in all facets of real estate including contractor work with new home builders, investment and rehabbing flip properties.

In 2008, he built a brokerage under the Real Living franchise brand with 20 agents. Unfortunately, the market turned due to the recession shortly after. While the real estate market may have hit a difficult time, May looked at it being a time of opportunity.

May pivoted and changed his business strategy. Working with banks in selling foreclosed properties, May sold in excess of 100 transactions annually while many agents were getting out the business due to their inability to sell homes.
Running a successful brokerage as a Real Living franchisee for ten years, May was looking for a new franchise to affiliate with. As the last Real Living franchise in the state of Arizona, he was looking for a company that had a great technology platform and flexible compensation model for his agents.

May found the NextHome brand through a former Real Living franchisee who made the move to NextHome. Ann Banos joined the NextHome franchise in 2016 when she opened NextHome ATX Realty in Austin, Texas. She had kept in touch with May and shared how happy she was about making her move to NextHome.

After researching the company, May loved the franchise concept and signed with NextHome in November of 2017.
May has been married to his wife Cindy for 34 years and the couple have a son, Grant (21 years old), who is a junior at University of Arizona. The couple like to travel to snow destinations such as Park City, Utah to ski and enjoy the outdoors.

Please join us in congratulating Gary and the rest of the team at NextHome City To City on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Scottsdale, AZ!

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 NextHome franchise launches 11 new locations in January

The NextHome franchise launches 11 new locations in January

Pleasanton, CA — February 7, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce that the franchise has launched 11 new NextHome franchised locations in the month of January 2018.

The company opened five offices during the first week of the new year alone.

On New Year’s Day, the high-producing real estate team of Cherrie Brown and Zach McReynolds launched their brokerage – NextHome Real Estate Rockstars. The Valencia, California based team sold 100 transactions in 2017. With a new office renovation completed just after the new year, they had their Grand Opening on January 6th with more than 150 people in attendance.

Jody Ashley opened his new brokerage – NextHome Village Realty. Relocating from Indiana, Jody made the move to Lady Lake, Florida to open his NextHome office. A second-generation REALTOR®, he will focus on growing his company with talented agents from throughout the Orlando metropolitan area.

NextHome Cornerstone Real Estate opened in Davis, California with broker/owner Cory Gold. A longtime real estate veteran, Cory will take his more than four decades of real estate experience and leadership to the Yolo County/Sacramento region. Recently leaving his role as an office manager for one of the top Coldwell Banker offices in the Sacramento region, Cory is looking forward to helping others achieve their goals.

Speaking of the Sacramento region, top-producing REALTOR® Debbie Mitchell will bring her nearly 20 years of real estate sales to the NextHome franchise as she opens NextHome Signature Properties. Based out of Granite Bay, California, Debbie will lead an office of talented agents using her personal sales experience of more than 15 years selling 75+ transactions annually to help guide the REALTORS® working at her company.

Amy Farrow launched NextHome Generator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The veteran real estate investor brings her talent of rehabbing and flipping properties to the NextHome franchise and will specialize in investment and rental properties.

Owned and operated by business partners Rick Hanby and Will Barnes, San Angelo, Texas is the home to NextHome Legends Realty. Located in the center of the state of Texas, San Angelo is home to just over 110,000 residents. The city has a large military and veteran presence with Goodfellow Air Force Base being a central part of the community. With more than $15 million in sales volume annually, Will and Rick will lead an office of eight associates.

With over 40 years in real estate, NextHome is excited to add Paul Milam as the owner and broker of NextHome In The Triad in Greensboro, North Carolina. Paul’s leadership of the office will include his experience running a office of over 125 agents. That wisdom and incredible personal real estate sales background will serve as a huge asset for NextHome.

Karen and Lee Hammonds opened NextHome Realty Advisors in Texarkana, Texas. Located on the state border of Texas and Arkansas, this high-volume brokerage closes in excess of 100 transactions annually. As a long-time top producing REALTOR®, Karen personally sells more than 70 homes a year, ranking her as one of the top selling agents in her region.

Scott Louser, along with his wife Alexa, opened their second NextHome office location in North Dakota. Bismarck-based NextHome Legendary Properties launched with nine of the top producing agents in the city, including team leader and office manager Desri Neether. Having more than 50 listings within weeks of opening their doors, NextHome Legendary Properties is already positioned to be one of the top offices in the city.

Wethersfield, Connecticut is home to NextHome Property Seekers. The brokerage is owned by 15-year REALTOR® David Cirinna and will service Tolland and Harford Counties. As a suburb of South Hartford, the town of Wethersfield is home to just under 30,000 residents. An area of the town known as “Old Wethersfield” is Connecticut’s largest historic district, with more than 1,100 historic buildings dating as far back as the 17th century.

And finally, the husband and wife real estate team of Mike and Tanya Scott of Joplin, Missouri opened NextHome SoMo Life. As one of the top selling real estate teams in the region, the Scotts sell in excess of 70 transactions annually. NextHome SoMo Life will operate on the principle of “people before profits” and will focus on growth for their agents, making sure they have all the tools necessary to give clients a first-class experience.

The NextHome franchise is proud to announce 11 new offices opened in the first month 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 Alliance is the newest NextHome franchisee

NextHome Alliance is the newest NextHome franchisee

Chris Benson (left) and Scott Baglien
Chris Benson (left) and Scott Baglien

Pleasanton, CA — February 6, 2018— NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Alliance. The brokerage represents the sixth location opened in the state of Arizona for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Queen Creek, the company will be owned and operated by business partners Chris Benson and Scott Baglien. NextHome Alliance will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, investment sales, veteran and military relocation services, and second home and vacation properties to the areas of Queen Creek, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and the remainder of Maricopa and Pinal Counties.

Queen Creek is a suburb city that lies southeast of the city of Mesa, with a population of just over 35,000 residents.

Benson started his real estate sales career in 2003 after nearly a decade of working in default servicing with Citi Financial Mortgage. Working in the REO division, Benson was well versed in helping close short sales and foreclosures for the bank. Not only did he process short sales, he often ended up coaching real estate agents on how to complete the forms and sell homes that were in distress.

Seeing an opportunity to work on the sales side of the business, Benson became a REALTOR® with Desert 2 Mountain Realty. Putting his skills from the previous company to use, Benson quickly rose to the ranks of the top producers in his area.

When the market turned in 2007, Benson’s REO and short sales experience was more useful than ever.

When the distressed market for properties switched back to a more traditional market in 2012, Benson and a team of business partners opened their own brokerage – Estate Realty.

In 2014, Baglien joined Estate Realty after a 25-year career in restaurant management with companies such as TGI Friday’s and Applebee’s. Looking for a career that would allow more traditional hours, Baglien wanted to have a schedule that didn’t take such a toll.

“Being a General Manager for a restaurant requires nights that end sometimes as late as 2am, followed up by a morning that starts really early,” recalled Baglien. “As a father and a husband, I wanted to be there more for my family than the restaurant industry allowed.”

Baglien dove right into the business and Benson took notice. The two started working together in 2015 when Baglien assisted Benson on several transactions as a coordinator. Without formally creating a team, the two men worked together over the course of the next two years on most transactions.

In 2017, Benson felt it was time to go out on his own and open his own brokerage. After watching the NextHome franchise over the previous three years, Benson approached Baglien about opening a brokerage with him.

“Seeing how the NextHome franchise grew not only just here in Arizona, but across the nation, it made a lot of sense for us to open our brokerage under the NextHome brand,” said Benson.

In 2017, the partners sold nearly 50 transactions and over $17 million in sales volume.

When not selling real estate, Benson and Baglien are heavily involved with their church and their families.

Benson has been married to his wife Shauna for 20 years. The couple have three daughters – Kacie, Brooklyn, and Brea. Kacie is married and is expecting her first child in April 2018. Brooklyn is a high school senior who will be attending Arizona State University and the Water Cronkite School of Broadcasting. Brea is a high school sophomore and is involved in cheerleading and modeling.

Baglien has been married to his wife Cory for nine years and the couple have a blended family of five children. Baglien is involved in youth hockey coaching for both grade school and high school players.

Please join us in congratulating Chris, Scott, and the rest of the team at NextHome Alliance on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Queen Creek, AZ!

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 NextHome franchise opens office in Ewing, New Jersey

The NextHome franchise opens office in Ewing, New Jersey

Jonathan Lamond
Jonathan Lamond

Pleasanton, CA— February 2, 2018— NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Essential Realty. The brokerage represents the fourth location opened in New Jersey for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Ewing, the company will be owned and operated by real estate broker, Jonathan Lamond. NextHome Essential Realty will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, multi-family properties, commercial and investment sales to the areas of Ewing, Pennington, Hopewell, Lawrence, Princeton, and the remainder of Mercer County.

After a career in owning and operating daycare centers, Lamond started his real estate journey in 2007 with Long and Foster Real Estate in Ewing as a part time agent while still running his daycare businesses.

In 2013, Lamond turned to real estate full time and made the move to Weichert Realtors in Princeton, NJ. Working with a defined business plan, Lamond followed a detailed blueprint and saw immediate results with sales of more than 40 transactions closed annually.

In 2015, Lamond agreed to become the Assistant Manager for the office. A year later, he accepted the position of Manager for the Weichert Realtors office in East Winsor, NJ.

Over the course of two years under his leadership and mentoring, Lamond was able to grow the office to in excess of 40 agents.

“I loved mentoring and helping our agents reach their potential,” said Lamond. “After being able to run an office as a manager for a few years, I was ready to look into opening my own brokerage.”

Lamond has known one of the existing NextHome franchisees, Chris Bowes, for over 25 years. Both men grew up in the New Jersey area and have been friends ever since. When Bowes started NextHome Hilton Head in South Carolina in 2015, Lamond kept his eye on the company.

Bowes encouraged Lamond to look into franchising with NextHome. After researching the franchise and talking with NextHome’s Vice President of Sales Charis Moreno, Lamond decided to affiliate with the company.

“Turning my brokerage into NextHome Essential Realty has been a great experience,” said Lamond. “The franchise provides so much value and I wanted to be a part of a company where I could bring these tools and tech to my agents. After I saw everything that was provided, it just felt right.”

When not selling real estate, Lamond gives back to his community. He has been a volunteer for many years at the local no-kill animal shelter, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation.

Lamond has been married for 18 years to his wife, Mara. The couple have two children – Chloe (age 14) and an aspiring actress; and Ellie (age 12) who is into art and sports.

Please join us in congratulating Jonathan and the rest of the team at NextHome Essential Realty on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Ewing, NJ!

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.