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NextHome Santana Real Estate expands into second location

NextHome Santana Real Estate expands into second location

(From left to right) Samantha Santana Tiru, Cuco Santana, and Vicky Santana
(From left to right) Samantha Santana Tiru, Cuco Santana, and Vicky Santana

Pleasanton, CA— June 28, 2017  NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Santana Real Estate – Orlando Branch. The brokerage is the second NextHome Santana Real Estate location in Florida. NextHome Santana Real Estate started in Vero Beach in June of 2015.

Based in Orlando, NextHome Santana Real Estate’s new location will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, commercial, multi-units, luxury and waterfront properties, just to name a few.

Owned and operated by broker/owner Vicky Santana, NextHome Santana Real Estate will help buyers and sellers in all areas of Metropolitan Orlando. This branch location will be led by Vicky’s son, Cuco Santana.

Entering the business in 2004, Vicky started her real estate career with a different mentality than her previous profession of administration in the medical field.

“When I started real estate, I knew the more effort that I put into my career, the more I could get out of it,” said Vicky. “Not just more income, but also more fulfillment knowing that I’m helping families find their home. I didn’t want to be a sales person. I wanted to be a true consultant and help buyers and sellers make smart decisions for their families.”

Over the course of the next five years, Vicky helped many families in the Vero Beach area, making her one of the top agents in her local market. While she was a top producer, she had visions of creating her own brokerage to adapt to the local community.

Vicky opened Santana Realty in 2009, and with the new brokerage came new opportunities to brand herself. She focused on using her independent brokerage to add creativity to the marketing she was previously unable to do with her former broker. And it worked.

She grew her market share and has become well known within her community. By treating her clients like she treats her own friends and family, she has gained the respect, trust and referrals from residents in the area. She also became well known for her client appreciation parties and has affectionately been described as “the local REALTOR®” by residents.

As her business grew, so did the need for new team members. In 2013, she added to her team by bringing on Cuco as a buyer’s agent. In 2014, Vicky brought on her daughter, Samantha, to help with the business.

“I worked so hard for years to create something to provide for my children,” said Vicky. “Every parent wants their children to succeed. To work with my family every day is such a special feeling. We are creating something together. I get to see my children not only succeed, but exceed any expectation I ever had for them.”

Not only did Vicky make the commitment to the local residents and her family, but to the REALTOR® community as well. She involved herself in local and state REALTOR® politics with the desire to step up and help shape the real estate profession. Santana served on numerous committees, including being elected as the 2015 Chair of the Professional Standards Committee at her local Association, and as the 2015 State Secretary for both the Florida REALTORS® Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) and the Florida REALTORS® Certified Residential Specialists (CRS).

Santana was introduced to the NextHome concept when she saw a featured article about the franchise. When she found out a real estate colleague, Anand Patel (owner of NextHome Discovery), joined the franchise, she was interested in finding out more about this opportunity.

“When I saw the technology coupled with a new fresh look, I was instantly intrigued,” said Vicky. “As I explored more about the company, I found that the service from the corporate team was full of great communication and help. The marketing. The technology. The great franchisee service from the corporate team. It all made sense.”

“From the first moment Vicky and I spoke, I immediately knew she was dedicated and passionate about the industry,” said NextHome’s Vice President of Sales, Charis Moreno. “How she runs her business and her brand by looking at every detail ensuring it is relevant to today’s consumers. Coupled with her commitment to her family and her clients, make it a perfect combination for us to join forces. The technology platform we offer at NextHome will now give Vicky the leverage she needs to further grow and expand in her local market and providing something for her children to continue her legacy far into the future.”

Please join us in congratulating Vicky, Cuco, Samantha, and the rest of the team at NextHome Santana Real Estate on opening their second NextHome office!

 

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 Music City Realty opens in Brentwood, Tennessee

NextHome Music City Realty opens in Brentwood, Tennessee

Randy and Kim Bacik
Randy and Kim Bacik

Pleasanton, CA— June 23, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Music City Realty. The brokerage will be owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Randy and Kim Bacik.

The Brentwood-based brokerage will provide residential real estate services to the cities of Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville, Murfreesboro, and the remainder of Williamson and Rutherford Counties. Included among the services provided by NextHome Music City Realty will be first-time home buyers, move-up buyers, luxury properties, single family residence listings, and investment properties.

Located 20 minutes south of Nashville, Brentwood is home to over 40,000 residents.

Originally from Florida, both Randy and Kim are experienced real estate veterans of more than 20 years in the industry. Randy (licensed since 1995) and Kim (licensed since 1997) started their real estate career as owners of their own vacation rental business.

Working in the Sanibel Islands area in Florida in 1997, the Baciks started Royal Shell Vacations – a natural transition as guests became home owners.

The Baciks successfully ran Royal Shell Vacations up until they sold it in 2008. The new owners asked the two to stay on and continue to manage the company.

In just ten years, the couple grew their company from a two-person operation to have more than 450 agents in 27 offices throughout the west coast of Florida. At the peak of their company, Royal Shell Vacations was responsible for managing over 2,200 properties.

Randy and Kim ran the company until 2016, when the couple wanted to relocate to Tennessee.

“We went to a wedding in 2015 that happened to be held in Franklin,” recalls Randy. “Right away we fell in love with the city and Kim said, ‘Let’s do it’. So, we made the move.”

With NextHome Music City Realty, the Baciks will return to their experience in building a company through staying cutting edge, treating their team members with respect, and providing the support and guidance their agents need.

“We are not the type of brokers who want to be in the spotlight,” said Randy. “It’s our belief in our agents and associates that helped us build our last company. With NextHome Music City Realty, those same principles will be at the core of how we treat our team.”

“We have made the commitment to providing our agents with the most innovative technology and tools and to give Franklin and surrounding communities a real estate company they can count on for expert real estate service and guidance,” added Kim.

Agent amenities such as an in-house marketing team and an administrative staff to assist the agents, will allow NextHome Music City Realty’s REALTORS® to be focused on providing world-class service to their clients.

When the Baciks are not selling real estate, the couple spends time with their three children and two grandchildren. The company will be a family affair as their daughter, Tiffany, and sons Tyler and Tanner, will all be working at the brokerage.

Tiffany will be working as an agent, as well as helping with some of the administrative duties, while Tyler will focus on brokerage technology and Tanner handles marketing and photography of company listings.

Outside of real estate, the Baciks have two volunteer organizations they work with.

“We are big volunteers with rescue animals,” said Randy. “We believe in giving animals a chance and we spend time and efforts helping these animals in need. We have been a home for several rescue dogs who needed a home.”

“We also are involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for kids, as well as an organization called The Dream Foundation,” said Kim. “Like Make-A-Wish provides experiences for children, The Dream Foundation provides experiences for the terminally ill elderly to fulfill a lifelong dream. It’s very rewarding for us to be involved working with both organizations.”

Please join us in welcoming Randy, Kim, and the rest of the team at NextHome Music City Realty to the NextHome family and congratulating them on their brand new office location!

 

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 franchise expansion continues in Massachusetts

NextHome franchise expansion continues in Massachusetts

(From left to right) Michele Mullen, Gerry Mullen Jr., Amy Mullen, John Eysie, and Cathy Savage-Eysie
(From left to right) Michele Mullen, Gerry Mullen Jr., Amy Mullen, John Eysie, and Cathy Savage-Eysie

Pleasanton, CA— June 21, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Signature Realty. The brokerage will be owned and operated by five business partners – Michele Mullen, Gerry Mullen Jr., Amy Mullen, John Eysie, and Cathy Savage-Eysie.

The company leadership team, known in their local real estate community as The Dream Team, is comprised of family members coming together to run the brokerage. Each member plays an integral role for the company.

Michele will function as the day-to-day operations manager and the trainer for their agents. Her son, Gerry will serve as the broker of record for NextHome Signature Realty. Gerry’s wife, Amy, will focus on sales, as will Michele’s brother, John. Cathy, John’s wife, will be the branding specialist for the company.

In additional to real estate experience, the members of the team come with diverse backgrounds, and features members who have expertise in fields such as legal attorneys, educators, corporate executives and branding specialists. It’s those skills that will provide NextHome Signature Realty a real advantage for clients who work with the company.

The Dover-based brokerage will provide residential real estate sales services to the all areas of Southeastern Massachusetts including Dover, Medfield, Norwood, Dedham, Westwood, Needham and the remainder of Norfolk County.

Included among the services provided by NextHome Signature Realty will be first-time home buyers, move-up buyers, single family residence listings, multi-family properties, and investment properties. Luxury property sales make up a significant portion of the company’s sales, as Michele is certified as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.

Located 20 minutes southwest of Boston, Dover is home to just under 7,000 residents and located on the south banks of the Charles River.

As experienced real estate investors, the ownership team comes from a real estate upbringing. Michele’s father was a successful real estate entrepreneur who built relationships in the Dover area for decades.

“With me being a second-generation REALTOR® and Gerry being a third-generation REALTOR®, our family has been deeply rooted in the real estate world,” said Michele. “I know my father is looking down on us from heaven and I’m hoping he’s proud that we have been able to continue his legacy.”

The Dream Team decided to open the company after finding NextHome to be the forward-thinking brand they were looking for in a franchise.

“Everything I read about NextHome fit our personality,” said Michele. “We didn’t want to be affiliated with a company that was stagnant and not technology-based.”

“The real ‘wow’ factor is when (NextHome’s Chief Executive Officer) James Dwiggins called to introduce himself when we were looking at the franchise,” added Michele. “To have a CEO of a large company reach out to introduce himself… It’s one of those small things that make such a big difference. It’s exactly the type of company we are proud to be connected with.”

Please join us in welcoming Michele, Gerry Jr., Amy, John, Cathy, and the rest of the team at NextHome Signature Realty to the NextHome family and congratulating them on their new NextHome office!

 

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.

Buyers: What’s Trending in 2017

Buyers: What’s Trending in 2017

A few key trends may hold the answers and provide some important insights for your business. For one, both millennials and baby boomers could be your biggest buyers.

Interesting trends are taking shape across home buyers. For one thing, both millennials and baby boomers will be big buyers. No longer is the sweet spot only in the middle-aged target. As more 25 to 34 year olds enter the job market and start earning higher salaries (a healthy $75,000-plus according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), millennials are poised to take the housing market by storm. On the other hand, now that the market is picking up, baby boomers are not staying put like they used to. They are carving out unique empty-nester lifestyles in new and different places.

First, here’s what you should know about millennials:

Millennials:

Many of those born between 1980 and the late 1990s are expected to buy their first home this year — and likely not a traditional starter home. As a result of paid-off loans and higher-paying jobs, this group is opting for more than a condo or townhome. In fact, this group may be in a position to spend more on a home than you might think. According to a Fortune.com article, generally speaking today, “the typical earner can expect to see her wages grow the most between the ages of 25 and 35, by an average 38%.” This positive income momentum can make a millennial buyer more confident.

Their geographic preference? Midwestern suburbs and medium-sized cities. As it happens, suburban and smaller city living appeals to baby boomers and millennials, alike. Millennials, especially, are focused on safety, privacy and more space.

So what about folks at the other end of the life-stage spectrum?

Here’s what you should know about baby boomers.

Baby Boomers:

This group, the oldest of whom are entering their late 60s, are also looking to move as they reach their retirement years, according to Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com.

Baby boomers’ participation in the housing market has dwindled over the last several years, as many have been reluctant to sell and have opted instead to wait for their homes to recover the value they lost due to the downturn in the housing market.

Interestingly, many boomers are opting not to move to traditional retirement hot spots like Arizona and Florida and are choosing instead to move closer to family or in proximity to their favorite activities, such as music, theater and nature. So it’s become even more individualized, and more important than ever to know your boomer buyers.

Other trends that will influence buyers in 2017:

Slowly rising prices.

Experts say the price climb will be slow but steady, as demand is stronger now than it was at this time last year. According to a recent article on Forbes.com, Redfin predicts that median home sale prices will gain 5.3% in 2017 compared to 2016. In addition, Zillow is forecasting more conservatively the median home value to rise 3.2% from $192,500 between November 2016 to November 2017.

Higher rates. More credit.

Although rates may rise, mortgage credit will likely be more widely available due to slightly loosening lending standards. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin backing larger mortgages for the first time in over a decade — up to $424,100 — making it easier for buyers in expensive markets to finance their purchases.

Medium-size cities continue to rise.

Millennials, or just younger adults in general, are becoming attracted to medium-sized cities, which may not have the same professional opportunities as their larger counterparts, but do provide housing affordability. Redfin.com reports that cities like Raleigh, NC, and Fort Collins, CO, have seen building permit issuance soar over the past six years as they attract young adults seeking affordable mortgage payments and lower asking prices. This trend is expected to continue throughout 2017.

As you stay in step with the ever-evolving marketplace, leveraging trends and insights such as these will help make 2017 your most successful year ever.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog

Real Estate Agent as Therapist: 5 Tips to Soothe Your Buyers and Sellers

Real Estate Agent as Therapist: 5 Tips to Soothe Your Buyers and Sellers

Have you ever felt like a therapist to your home buyers and sellers?

If you’re like many of our real estate customers, the answer is an easy and immediate “heck, yes!”

Dealing with unrealistic expectations, compromises, negotiations, difficulty letting go, the thrill of finding “the one” … homeownership is most likely the largest investment of their lives, both emotionally and financially.

Of course, the process can be a mental rollercoaster for everyone involved – including the real estate agent.

We’ve rounded up five tips to make your clients feel more at ease from beginning to end and – most importantly – to continue building trust and confidence in your judgement.

1 Ask Questions to Help Clients Truly Understand Their Motivations and Desires (Buyers)

Buyers often believe a new home will make them significantly happier.

And while it may, their happiness is definitely dependent on the trade-offs involved. For example, your buyers may believe that choosing a larger home away from their job or another lifestyle tradeoff, is a good option.

Unfortunately, this isn’t usually the case. Committing significant portions of your day to commuting to work daily tends to increase stress and detract from overall happiness.

Help your clients keep the whole picture in mind so they make the right decision when purchasing a home.

2 Justify Reasonable Asking Prices by Simplifying Market Data and Your Knowledge of the Community (Sellers)

Many factors can cause your seller to want to put their home on the market. For example, are they first time sellers? Are they dealing with grief over something like death or divorce? Something of that nature can cause clients to try and overprice their home.

Obviously, you’re the pro. You have the market data. You know the community. You have the pricing strategy. But facts alone can’t turn these sellers around.

We make our decisions emotionally, then rationalize them to ourselves. So leading with empathy for their position and aligning with their point of view builds the buy in you need to bridge over to a reasonable price and strategy. Consistent with “facts tell, stories sell,” if you have a cautionary tale in your pocket, this is a great time to share it.

We’ve heard success stories from clients who have used recorded video messages when communicating with their clients about a lower asking price. This allows you to make a more empathetic and emotional appeal, while giving them the space they need to absorb the feeling and the facts you provide.

In one recent success story, Nancy earned her clients an extra $35,000 in this way.

3 Connect them with a Great Lender (Buyer)

You probably already require your buyers to have a pre-approval letter before you take them on as a client. But that doesn’t say anything about their familiarity or comfort with the entire process.

The most common reason closings fall through is lack of communication. It’s also the likely cause of most of the emotional crises you deal with as a real estate therapist.

Between you and the mortgage professional, keep buyers calm by outlining the entire process, then focusing on the next few steps. Emphasize the importance of compliance, accuracy, and timeliness from the very first meeting and onwards.

As you well know, you may have to pick up some slack here – or the lender may meet you more than halfway on it. Regardless, an informed buyer is a comfortable buyer – and this assures a clean closing.

4 Set Expectations Ahead of Time (Sellers)

The selling process can be a crazy ride. Many first-time sellers think they’re in the clear as soon as they’ve accepted an offer, which is obviously not the case.

From the inspection, to the appraisal, to the actual transaction closing itself, pitfalls abound. And when something goes south, who’s the therapist with open ears, a big heart, and the right answers? You are.

As with buyers and the borrowing process, sellers need to see the entire process from the get go – then smaller next steps as you proceed. Disappointment is a function of expectations, so set them ahead of time and manage them throughout.

What you know well, your sellers should, too: no deal’s done until the closing papers are signed, and the funds are transferred.

5 Use Video to Help Clients Resonate with Good and Bad News (Both)

Buying or selling a home is an emotionally charged process for everyone involved. Your top goals here: amplify the positive and mitigate the negative.

When a buyer’s offer is chosen against many others in a seller’s environment, celebrate it. Instead of using your phone to text your clients at that moment, open the BombBomb mobile app and send a congratulatory video. By showcasing your raw emotion and excitement for the buyer at that moment, face-to-face, you’ll give your buyers the chance to always associate you with the happiness they felt.

And when you’ve got bad news, they need time to process it. An in-person meeting or live phone call demands they react in real time. Give them space and show them empathy by recording and sending a personal video. Use BombBomb analytics to know exactly when they open it and watch your video and follow up accordingly.

Emotionally charged situations – both positive and negative – are featured in our free webinar “Top 10 Times Video Says It Better Than Typed-Out Text.”

Click here to watch it at your convenience. You’ll see real examples and get deeper understanding of how to enhance your role as therapist with simple webcam and smartphone videos.

Real Estate Agent as Therapist: Get Face to Face

You’re better in person. You win when you’re face to face. But you don’t always have the time or opportunity to get together with every client on every update or decision.

When you can’t be there in person, video is the next best thing. Your face, voice, personality, expertise, enthusiasm, sincerity, and all those other rich, nonverbal cues come through in a way plain emails, text messages, social posts, or even voicemails simply can’t deliver.

Especially in your role as therapist, video will help you calm buyers and sellers, smooth out transactions, and improve overall customer experience.

For more helpful tips, visit the BombBomb Blog

NextHome Elevate Real Estate opens in Montrose, Colorado

NextHome Elevate Real Estate opens in Montrose, Colorado

Shawn and Tammy Carroll
Shawn and Tammy Carroll

Pleasanton, CA— June 13, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Elevate Real Estate. The new brokerage is the 7th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Colorado.

NextHome Elevate Real Estate will be owned and operated by husband and wife team of Shawn and Tammy Carroll. Shawn will handle most of the sales and day-to-day brokerage duties, while Tammy will handle the company’s accounting and back office operations. The City of Montrose-based brokerage will service the cities of Montrose, Ridgway, Ouray, and Delta.

The brokerage will focus on residential real estate services such as first time home buyers, investment properties, multi-family homes, and commercial. Over the past several years, the company has been working extensively with high-end home listings.

The City of Montrose in located in the Southwest part of Colorado and is home to just under 20,000 residents.

Licensed since 1994, Shawn spent the first few years of his career with a local independent brokerage – Bray and Company. After several years of successful selling, Shawn made the move to a local RE/MAX brokerage. It was there where he saw growth in his business and saw an opportunity to make a bold move.

“I was already running my business like a brokerage, so we opened our own company – Premier Properties Group,” said Shawn.

For next 13 years, Shawn and Tammy grew the company to 15 agents and had an incredible number of closed transactions represented by the brokerage.

But as the 2013 recession hit the low point in the Southwest Colorado region, the area’s sales numbers slowed to a crawl. As the real estate market hit a wall, it became an opportunity for Shawn to step back and accomplish some of his other bucket list items.

He returned to school and achieved his Master’s Degree.  He also spent more time with one of his passions – coaching basketball.

As the market began to improve, Shawn returned back to real estate in 2016 and joined a local national franchised office on the promises of providing him with updated technology and systems.

“Unfortunately, they did not follow through on their promises,” recalls Shawn. “As frustrating as that was, I realized it was an opportunity to fill a hole in the market for a company that could provide agents with high-level technology expected by today’s buyers and sellers.”

Shawn’s introduction to NextHome was by accident.

“I thought I was calling a different real estate franchise when I connected with (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno,” said Shawn. “We hit it off right away and the more I found out about NextHome, the more I knew it was right for us.”

Since their launch, Shawn and Tammy have been getting rave reviews of their marketing and design of their materials – especially from other agents.

“It’s great to have other agents call and tell me that they love our marketing,” Shawn said with a laugh.

NextHome Elevate Real Estate makes a promise to the real estate community that the high-tech will always lead to high-touch service.

“I’ve always been a broker who believes in the handshake and the client/agent in person relationship,” adds Shawn. “It’s NextHome Elevate Real Estate’s technology that will connect us with more potential clients, which allows us to represent more buyers and sellers as their trusted source in real estate.”

When not selling real estate, Tammy and Shawn spend time with their four children and three grandchildren with a focus around sports. As passionate basketball fans, you’ll either find Shawn coaching basketball or at a game with Tammy and the kids.

Please join us in welcoming Tammy, Shawn and the rest of their team at NextHome Elevate Real Estate for the opening of their new NextHome office!

 

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.

What’s Good in the Hood? Six Ways to Check Your Neighborhood’s Vibe

What’s Good in the Hood? Six Ways to Check Your Neighborhood’s Vibe

When Bradley Shaw decided to move to Coronado, California last year, he was drawn to the laid-back beach lifestyle the area offered. But after he sold his old house and needed to find a new place quickly, he blew off some of the research he planned to do and ended up in a neighborhood he admits isn’t exactly what he wanted.

The house is on a busier street than he would have liked, and he’s found that the demographics of the area, including a high military population, lead to a concentration of rental homes and a consistent turnover of neighbors.

The house itself…still awesome. The rest of his environment…less than ideal.

There’s much more that factors into the enjoyment of your home than the structure itself. In fact, “neighborhood quality” is more important than home size for more than three-quarters of home buyers surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Here are six questions to consider about your new home’s environment.

1. How safe is the area?

This is probably the first item on your neighborhood fact-finding list, and with good reason. Crime stats can be found a variety of places online including NeighborhoodScout, which has a section for crime rates; and AreaVibes, which computes a Livability Score that includes crime rates.

To find out if there are nearby sex offenders, check databases at the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website or Family Watchdog. You can also check with your local police department and consult the online community paper, which often prints the police blotter.

2. How awesome are the schools?

Websites such as SchoolDigger and GreatSchools can be a good starting point for assessing your local schools, and they are important to consult since everyone else (read: the next buyers) will be factoring those numbers into their ranking, too. But don’t rely on those numbers completely.

Call your local schools and ask them to send you a copy of the most recent Parent Teacher Organization/Association newsletter. That will give you a good feeling for what goes on in the school community.

Tempted to blow off school research because you don’t have kids? Don’t. The school district is still critical, says Ali Wenzke, a suburban Chicago homeowner who has moved almost a dozen times for her and her husband’s work. “I was pregnant when we bought our first home, and therefore was all over the parks and nearby zoo. We didn’t even consider our school district because kindergarten was years away, and the local high school certainly wasn’t on our radar.” Her story had a happy ending: She had unwittingly bought in a great school district which fast-tracked the resale, but warns it could have easily gone the other way.

3. Can you walk this way?

A new factor popping up is walkability: A NAR survey found that nearly half of people surveyed would choose a community with a smaller yard if it had an easy walk to amenities over a place with a larger yard that required more driving.

“In a city like Los Angeles where people spend so much time in their cars, walkability is a growing factor in many buyers’ decision-making process,” says Realtor® Amber Dolle with John Aaroe Group in Los Angeles. Visit the Walk Score to find ratings for specific houses — the higher the rating, the more walkable the neighborhood is, meaning the easier it is to accomplish routine errands on foot.

4. What is the neighborhood like when there’s not an open house?

Two p.m. on a Saturday is just one tiny sliver in the weekly rhythm of a neighborhood. Nothing beats a drive by on a Friday night to see how wild your neighbors get or just a walk around on a random Wednesday afternoon, says Todd Hutcheson, owner of ISellHomes.com in Orlando, Florida.

Check out if people are friendly when you stroll by; if kids are out playing; and if the streets are well-lit. And be on the look-out for deal breakers, whether it’s people parking their cars on the lawn or a pack of barking dogs next door, Hutcheson says, which can torpedo your peace and your home value.

And of course, you can always do a little door knocking to check with the neighbors, suggests Dolle, who often accompanies clients on a fact-finding mission. Find out if there are known crime problems or nuisances straight from the people who deal with them every day.

It’s also smart to try your commute during rush hour, just to make sure there are no unpleasant traffic surprises.

5. What’s on the horizon for your neighborhood?

Is your neighborhood slated for a three-lane highway, a new shopping mall, or scores of new tract homes? For better or worse, they will affect your home value, so check with the local planning and economic development departments. Development might just increase traffic woes and density, but it could also increases economic vitality, with upgraded buildings, parks and sidewalks, and exciting new merchants coming to town.

6. What are your neighbors ranting and raving about?

Wish you could be a fly on the wall to find out what’s really important to your neighbors? Try hanging out on Nextdoor or the local Facebook Group. “These types of apps and sites can be great for discovering activity in the area, from upcoming events to crime,” says Aaron Norris with real estate investment firm The Norris Group in Riverside, Calif.

On his own community-run site, he finds that participants share everything from information about traffic incidents to funny stories, weather, nonprofit news, and lost dog posts. “It’s amazing how active these self-regulated groups are,” he says, noting that some are inclined to be positive and informative, while others attract squeaky wheels who have a lot of spare time on their hands to complain. Take the chatter with a grain of salt, but public social snooping can still provide an invaluable peek into what’s on your neighbors’ minds.

And, don’t hesitate to take it a step further. Many sites will let newbies ask questions about a community they are considering.

 

NextHome Horizons represents the newest office for the NextHome franchise

NextHome Horizons represents the newest office for the NextHome franchise

Kent Swenson
Kent Swenson

Pleasanton, CA— June 2, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Horizons. The new brokerage is the second NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Minnesota.

NextHome Horizons will be owned and operated by real estate broker, Kent Swenson. The Baxter-based brokerage will service the counties of Crow Wing and Cass, as well as the Gull Lake, Crosslake, and Pelican Lake areas.

The brokerage will focus on residential real estate services such as first time home buyers, investment properties, and property acquisition for rehab and re-sale.

Home to just under 10,000 residents, the city of Baxter is located approximately two hours north of Minneapolis.

After many years in the automotive customer service industry, Swenson moved to the real estate field in 2012. Starting with a nationally recognized real estate franchise, Swenson sold 12 homes in his very first year.

Swenson steadily built his business year over year with particular focus on helping his clients through acquiring investment properties. In addition, Swenson began purchasing properties and flipping them for his own investment portfolio.

“By understanding the needs of those looking for investment properties, I can help evaluate these opportunities,” said Swenson.

Even though he found success in selling real estate, Swenson became disenchanted with the lack of resources provided by the brokerage that he chose to affiliate with.

Frustrated with the lack of options for real estate companies, Swenson felt it was the right time to open his own brokerage.

“I found NextHome when I was searching for real estate franchises,” recalls Swenson. “After seeing the signage and branding for the very first time, I loved the look and feel of what the company had to offer. Once I was able to find out more about what the company provided franchisees, I was in.”

In 2017, Swenson is looking forward to getting more involved in the real estate community. He is a supporter of the National Association of REALTORS® efforts in raising money for the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC). This committee was formed in order to support candidates who look to protect home ownership rights for all citizens.

When not selling real estate, Swenson spends time with his wife of eight years, Sarah, and their four children – sons, Kruze (5 years old) and Breck (3) and twin daughters, McKenna and Aria (1).

The Swensons enjoy time on Gull Lake where you’ll find them boating and fishing.

Please join us in welcoming Kent and the rest of his team at NextHome Horizons for the opening of their new NextHome office!

 

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 franchise opens second Nevada location

NextHome franchise opens second Nevada location

Mathieu Corbeil
Mathieu Corbeil

Pleasanton, CA— May 31, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome At Your Service. The new brokerage is the second NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Nevada.

NextHome At Your Service will be owned and operated by real estate broker, Mathieu Corbeil. The brokerage will service the areas of North Las Vegas, Henderson, Pahrump, Boulder City, and Mesquite.

The brokerage will focus on residential real estate services such as first time home buyers, investment properties, and multi-unit properties.

Home to nearly 700,000 residents, the Las Vegas area is one of the most visited cities in the nation. Nearly 43 million people visited Las Vegas in 2016.

As a new brokerage owner, Canadian-native Corbeil started his career in real estate several years ago.

Corbeil was a partner in a construction company in Canada before opening his own construction company – DEZAM. The company specialized in providing metal siding for commercial and residential properties.

While living in Montreal, Corbeil became familiar with Las Vegas as an investor. He purchased several properties for fix and flip in what had become a hot market. As the United States came out of the recession that began in 2007, Las Vegas was an attractive option for those looking to purchase properties in a growing city.

Knowing he wanted to move away from his construction business and full time into real estate, the Corbeil family relocated to Las Vegas. Corbeil started as a REALTOR® in 2015 with a local independent brokerage.

“I was new to the local market as a REALTOR® and wanted to get going,” recalls Corbeil. “That’s where I found out that all brokerages are not created equal. I didn’t get very much in ways of support or technology and had to find many of those resources on my own.”

Corbeil earned the trust of his clients quickly and found himself involved with the team of investors who were bringing a National Hockey League (NHL) team to Las Vegas.

In early 2017, Corbeil was ready to start his own real estate company. As an unsupported agent, he felt many times he was on his own anyway. While he was looking for real estate franchise options, his real estate coach suggested he look at NextHome.

“I had been working with my coach for some time and saw great results,” said Corbeil. “After talking with her and listening to her suggestion to check out NextHome, I was happy to have found this franchise.”

“The branding for NextHome stands out in a crowded market,” added Corbeil. “The simplicity of the technology and the value our agents will receive is second to none. I especially want to provide personal coaching and goal setting with our agents. I want to give back by providing the resources I didn’t receive when I started real estate.”

When not selling real estate, Corbeil spends time with family. He and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters –  10-year-old Laurie and 9-year-old Megane. The Corbeils love to head to Red Rock Canyon and hike the trails of the famous National Conservation area.

Please join us in welcoming Corbeil and the rest of his team at NextHome At Your Service for the opening of their new NextHome office!

 

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 Living The Northwest Opens New Washington Location

NextHome Living The Northwest Opens New Washington Location

(clockwise from left) Sheryl Van Dinter, Michael Van Dinter, Carrie Sutton, and Shawn Sutton
(clockwise from left) Sheryl Van Dinter, Michael Van Dinter, Carrie Sutton, and Shawn Sutton

Pleasanton, CA— May 26, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Living The Northwest. This will be the second NextHome location opened by the franchisee. In March 2017, NextHome Living The Northwest opened its first location in Post Falls, Idaho.

This branch location of NextHome Living The Northwest will be located in Spokane, Washington. The new office will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, resort properties, and second home sales.

Both NextHome Living The Northwest locations sit on the Washington/Idaho border and will serve the needs of residents in both states. In Washington, the office will cover Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Mead, and Medical Lake. In Idaho, the brokerage will cover Sandpoint, Hayden, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Kellogg, Wallace, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene.

The NextHome brokerage will be owned and operated by four business partners – Mike & Sheryl Van Dinter and Shawn & Carrie Sutton.

Mike will be the Designated Broker for the brokerage, Sheryl will handle the accounting and financial operations, Carrie will handle the day-to-day operations of the office as the Office Manager, and Shawn will handle all things technology.

Calling Spokane home for over 60 years, the Van Dinters found it natural to open their second office in their hometown.

As real estate investors for nearly 20 years, the Van Dinters met Carrie in 2012 when she was the office manager of a local franchised real estate office. At the time, they were using a REALTOR® in her office to help them acquire and re-sell their rehabbed properties.

Realizing he wanted to be more hands-on with the selling process, Mike attained his real estate license in 2014 and joined Carrie’s office.

Over the next two years, Carrie and Mike built a trusted working relationship and saw the benefits of working together. The Van Dinters flipped between 15-20 properties annually and as their business grew, so did their needs to add services to attract buyers to their listings.

“The idea of opening our own brokerage really started in 2016,” recalls Mike. “I had just gotten my real estate broker’s license and found it to be the right time to open our own company. No one would be better to lead the brokerage as the manager than Carrie.”

Knowing they would need to add technology and tools to set the brokerage apart from other local real estate offices. After researching several real estate franchises, the choice was obvious.

“NextHome stood out from the rest by a mile,” said Mike. “Seeing the orange and how effectively the color scheme worked with yard signage worked so well with listings, in addition to all the incredible technology offered by the company… all of it added up to be the right choice for us.”

As the company’s office manager, Carrie says that NextHome Living In The Northwest will be a fun office with productive agents.

“With our real estate career being such a large portion of our daily lives, it’s important to work at a company where you can have fun,” said Carrie. “We are building a brokerage where having fun where you work will be an important part of our office. We are serious about helping our community with their real estate needs, but can do it in a way where everyone enjoys the process.”

In addition the company will focus on deep relationships with members of the community.

“At NextHome Living The Northwest, it’s about helping families – not pushing files,” added Sheryl.

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

Married for 42 years, the Van Dinters have two children and six grandchildren. Mike has been flying airplanes for nearly five decades and often flies the family to various vacation destinations. They are also Certified Scuba Divers and enjoy time in the water on their boat.

The Suttons have been married for 25 years, have three children, and two grandchildren on the way. In addition to his responsibilities at the real estate company, Shawn runs and operates Sutton Tile & Marble – a company they have owned for 25 years. When they are not working, the Suttons enjoy boating, snowmobiling, and enjoying the outdoors.

Please join us in welcoming Mike, Sheryl, Carrie, Shawn and the rest of their team at NextHome Living The Northwest for the opening of their second NextHome office!

 

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.