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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

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.

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.

NextHome launches new office in the state of Alabama

NextHome launches new office in the state of Alabama

Shabbir Hossain
Shabbir Hossain

Pleasanton, CA— May 25, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Star Real Estate. The new brokerage is the second NextHome franchised location opened in the state of Alabama.

Based out of the city of Mobile, NextHome Star Real Estate will be owned and operated by top producing REALTOR® Shabbir Hossain . The brokerage will service the cities of Mobile, Semmes, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Fairhope, Wilmer, and the remainder of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

The brokerage will serve clients with residential real estate services such as investment properties, move-up properties, first-time home buyers, lot purchases, as well as commercial properties.

Licensed since 2007, Hossain started his real estate career after many years in the engineering industry working at AT&T. He began his career with a national franchised brokerage location in Mobile.

Coming into real estate during the worst real estate markets in history, Hossain took a learn-to-earn approach to his career. Even though he came into the business while many agents were leaving, he persevered and steadily sold more homes year over year.

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Why Buying a Home Isn’t as Easy as Seen on HGTV

Why Buying a Home Isn’t as Easy as Seen on HGTV

How do you find your dream home? If you play by HGTV’s “House Hunters” rules, then all you need is to look at three houses, put in an offer, and move in. But real life rarely fits neatly into a 30-minute episode, and it is likely that you are in for a house hunt that’s more complicated than as seen on reality TV.

There are many factors that affect your house hunt – from your budget to your wish list – so before you commit your calendar to open houses for the foreseeable future, here are some things to consider:

How Many Houses Should You See?

Kellie Tinnin of ERA Sellers & Buyers Real Estate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says there’s “no magic number” when it comes to house hunting.

“Some buyers need to see 50 homes before they can make a decision and some can see 5,” Tinnin says. The number of open houses is relative to how well she knows her clients needs. “It helps to have buyers outline their needs and wants on paper so they can visualize their home desires,” she says.

Having a wish list can definitely help you make the most of your home search. Sites like Real Scout allow you to save your favorite listings in one place, so you can keep your real estate agent in the loop with what you’re specifically looking for in a home.

Kathryn Bishop, a REALTOR® in Los Angeles, says discussing her clients’ needs and wants helps separate the “looky-loos” from the serious house hunters. According to Bishop, a real estate agent “can advise you about the odds of finding that dream house in the area you want for the price you want.” By knowing what clients want–and what they don’t want–Bishop says that a good real estate agent can suggest other possibilities, as well help you “sort out your emotions about each of the items on your wish list.”

Is There Love at First “Site”?

Perhaps you’re thrilled by the prospect of browsing dozens of houses. So what happens when you fall in love with the very first house you see? This is a house you’re buying, not a pair of shoes, so we’re talking serious buyer’s remorse if this isn’t the best house for your needs and budget. What’s a house hunter to do?

Katie Messenger, a REALTOR® with The Bello Dimora Real Estate Network of Keller Williams Realty in Louisville, KY, tells house hunters not to worry.

“If the first home you walk into is truly ‘the one,’ and there’s a fear about ‘what if I like something else?’ or ‘I shouldn’t buy the first house I look at,’ then your agent failed to normalize that feeling that it’s OK to love the first home you see,” says Messenger,

Kelly J. Joyner, a Real Estate Broker and REALTOR® from Charlotte, NC, would agree. If you hit the jackpot with the first house you visit, Joyner says, “then your real estate agent has listened, and you have communicated your wants and needs appropriately.”

When to Call off the Hunt

On the flip side, what if you’re not finding a property that says “home” to you? At what point do you decide to put your house hunt on hold?

Bishop says, “If you are only going to buy a certain type of house in a certain type of neighborhood at a certain price limit, and there are none available, quit looking,” she says, explaining that it could take years for the market to adjust to your price point. Of course, if you must relocate for a job, a growing family, or other pressing purpose, it’s a good idea to revisit your wish list with your real estate agent in order to revise and expand your house-hunting parameters.

HGTV has a way of making house hunting look easy. In real life, your house hunt is likely to take longer, but that doesn’t mean you have to look at a hundred homes, either. By conducting a realistic search based on your needs and budget, you could be moving into your new home sooner rather than later.