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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.

 

NextHome First Class opens in Freeport, Illinois

NextHome First Class opens in Freeport, Illinois

Kimberly Taylor
Kimberly Taylor

Pleasanton, CA— May 24, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome First Class. The new brokerage is the second NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Illinois.

Based out of the city of Freeport, NextHome First Class will be owned and operated by award-winning, top producer Kimberly Taylor. The brokerage will service the entire Northwest Illinois area.

The brokerage will serve clients with residential real estate services such as investment properties, move-up properties, first-time home buyers, luxury home sales, Veteran’s Affairs (VA) home loan purchases, land purchase and listings, as well as commercial properties.

Located two hours northwest of Chicago, Freeport is home to nearly 25,000 residents and is the largest city in Stephenson County.

Licensed since 2001, Taylor has always been an early adopter of cutting-edge technology and constant education. With her commitment to providing first-class service to her clients, she has steadily built her business year-over-year as one of the best agents in her area.

Seeing that online property searches was going to be a large part of the buyers’ home search process, she was an early adopter of using online portals such as Zillow and REALTOR.com for lead generation. Starting as far back as 2009, Taylor understood buyer and seller tendencies well before the real estate agent masses did.

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Building Business Through Text Messaging

Building Business Through Text Messaging

Since you can’t send texts to someone unless they consent, partnering with a bulk texting service provider helps make it easier.

On average, a Real Estate Professional’s email campaign messages are opened less than 10% of the time. SMS text messages get read 97% of the time…and more than 95% of text messages are read within 5 minutes of receipt. As these jaw-dropping numbers indicate, if SMS isn’t currently part of your marketing plan, it’s time to start texting.

Choosing a Service Provider

There are a number of technical and logistical hoops that have to be jumped through to develop an effective SMS marketing plan. That’s why determining which bulk texting service provider and plan is the best fit for you is the first step in the process. If you’d like to get an idea of what’s available, take look at SUMOTEXT, SlickText and ProTexting, three of the leading service providers in the bulk texting business.

The All-important “Opt-in” List

As long as your phone’s working, sending text messages to your friends, family members and co-workers is simple. Marketing via text message is little more complicated. Your potential recipients have to give you permission to send them marketing texts by “opting in” first. This means you’ll have to work with your bulk texting service provider build an opt-in list, usually by placing a “Click 2 Join” widget on your website and Facebook page and/or adding “Text 2 Join” messages to your marketing materials.

What to Do with Your List

Once you have an opt-in list, it’s important to focus on what you plan on communicating to your audience. While SMS messages are great for following up and answering (or asking) specific questions, instead of continually sending messages asking for referrals or touting your latest listing, try taking a “give to get” approach to your marketing campaign. When you give recipients something of value, you’ll get responses…and results. You can send personalized birthday wishes or holiday greetings, conduct a survey (with prizes for participants), invite recipients to download your mobile app and more.

From SMS to MMS

In addition to SMS, most of today’s phones also support MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messages, allowing you to send photos and videos to everyone on your list. There’s no need to limit yourself to strictly sending SMS messages. Once you put the power of the smartphone to work for your business, the possibilities are endless.

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

NextHome franchise announces fifth location in state of Michigan

NextHome franchise announces fifth location in state of Michigan

Tom Smolinski
Tom Smolinski

Pleasanton, CA— May 18, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Champions. The new brokerage is the 5th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Michigan.

Based out of the city of Holland, NextHome Champions will be owned and operated by Tom Smolinski. The brokerage will service the cities of Holland, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Saugatuck, and the Southwest Michigan area.

Located 20 minutes southwest of Grand Rapids, Holland is home to nearly 35,000 residents. The city of Holland is the host of the world-renowned annual Tulip Festival which brings over 100,000 visitors to the area from all around the globe.

After many years in his career of engineering, Smolinski was looking for an opportunity that was a better fit for him. At the suggestion of his former co-workers, Smolinski entered the real estate industry in 2005.

“At that time, several of my engineer friends had recently sold their homes,” recalls Smolinski. “They were really unhappy with how they were represented and suggested there was an opportunity for me to come into real estate and provide real estate service that was lacking in our local market.”

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NextHome opens new location in Springfield, New Jersey

NextHome opens new location in Springfield, New Jersey

Rosa Stimmler
Rosa Stimmler

Pleasanton, CA— May 16, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Royal Lion Realty. The new brokerage is the 3rd NextHome franchise location opened in the state of New Jersey.

Based out of the township of Springfield, NextHome Royal Lion Realty will be owned and operated by Rosa Stimmler. The brokerage will service the counties of Union, Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Middlesex. As a bilingual brokerage, the company will provide service to both English and Spanish-speaking clients.

Located 10 minutes north of Newark, Springfield is home to nearly 16,000 residents. The township is well known for the wonderful golf courses throughout the area. The Baltusrol Golf Course was the location of the 2016 Professional Golfer’s Association Championship.

Licensed since 2006, Stimmler started her real estate career in Summit, NJ with the local Coldwell Banker brokerage. Two years later, she moved brokerages to the Coldwell Banker in Union, NJ.

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NextHome adds another Florida office with NextHome Coastal Realty

NextHome adds another Florida office with NextHome Coastal Realty

Dawn Walls
Dawn Walls

Pleasanton, CA— May 12, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Coastal Realty. The new brokerage is the 28th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Florida.

Based out of New Port Richey, NextHome Coastal Realty will be owned and operated by Dawn Walls. The brokerage will service the cities of New Port Richey, Port Richey, Spring Hill, Hudson, Trinity and the remainder of Pasco County.

New Port Richey is located 30 miles Northwest of the City of Tampa and is home to nearly 15,000 residents. The west side of the city borders the Gulf of Mexico and is a coastal community that attracts visitors from all over the world.

The brokerage will provide sales services for residential properties including foreclosures, property management, first-time buyers, move-up buyers, vacation homes, and investment properties.

Licensed since 2006, Walls started her real estate career assisting her brother-in-law with buying and selling properties. She helped evaluate properties for the acquisition and rehab for resale.

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NextHome adds new location in Lake City, Florida

NextHome adds new location in Lake City, Florida

Leigh Ann Mills
Leigh Ann Mills

Pleasanton, CA— May 11, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Gateway Realty. The new brokerage is the 27th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Florida.

Based out of Lake City, NextHome Gateway Realty will be owned by Leigh Ann and Richard Mills. Leigh Ann will be handling the day-to-day operations of the brokerage and leading the growth for the office. The brokerage will service the counties of Columbia, Suwannee, Hamilton, Union and Lafayette.

Lake City is home to nearly 13,000 residents and is known as “The Gateway to Florida” due to the Interstate 75 running through the city, carrying a large percentage of commercial and tourist traffic.

The brokerage will provide sales services for residential properties with a specialization in investment properties for rehab and resale.

Licensed since 2001, Leigh Ann started her real estate career with a small independent brokerage before moving to RE/MAX a year later. In 2003, she was asked to take over leadership for a RE/MAX branch office in Lake City.

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How to Beat an All-Cash Offer. Yes, it is Possible.

How to Beat an All-Cash Offer. Yes, it is Possible.

In a hot real estate market, it might seem impossible to beat cold hard cash, but it’s not. With a few tips and tricks you can make a competitive offer, without liquidating all your assets.

Jennifer Branchini of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Pleasanton, California, knows the allure of all-cash for sellers, but serious buyers with traditional financing should not count themselves out. “One or two less things could go wrong in a [cash] transaction but [those buyers] can walk away just as easily as somebody that is getting a loan,” she says. Smart sellers know that and will look at the full picture.

Still, even with 1 in 3 homes being snapped up by all-cash buyers sellers still have skin in the game if they concentrate on knocking every other obstacle out of the way.

“Find out what the seller needs and then try to meet those needs,” Branchini advises. Here’s how.

Go in strong

Go ahead and get pre-approved for a loan – prequalifying just won’t cut it. And while you’re at it, go ahead and get an online appraisal for the house and have an inspection all lined up too when you make the offer.

“Less can go wrong because they’ve had the formal approval based on the house. And lenders are getting smarter and meeting the needs to compete with cash offers,” Branchini says.

Sometimes the all-cash offers are not the highest or best, so going in with more than the bare minimum down payment along with your financing will still show the buyer you are a serious contender. And forget lowballing. “You have to go in with your very best foot forward, put all your cash up front and then hope for the best,” Branchini says.

Lose the contingencies

Want to compete with cash? Sell your home now so when you make an offer it isn’t contingent on the sale. “That’s like the death sentence,” Branchini says.

And while all-cash buyers offer the benefit of closing within days, that isn’t very appealing to sellers in a hot market. Many of them are going to be in the same predicament of finding their next home now that their current one has sold. Being flexible the seller’s needs can boost your chances of success.

“I’ve got to keep these people in the house to go find another house,” Branchini says. “They need rent backs, they need to stay for a longer period time. So a 30-day close is actually not a terrible thing.”

Get personal

Sometimes all it takes to stand out is to make your offer personal – without imposing or veering into stalker territory. Branchini recently had a client who knew they were up against multiple offers, some cash, but were desperate to make the home theirs. Knowing a bit about the sellers they left a personal note on their front porch that included a bottle of wine and a toy for their dog.

And it was just the thing that put them over the top and got them the house.

“As long as you don’t knock on the door and disturb the owner I think it is a nice touch,” Branchini says.

Of course you don’t have to go as far as that – a simple note delivered with some flowers will set a nice tone without potentially putting you in personal contact.

The total package

Sometimes it’s all in the presentation and it’s hard to discount an offer so complete.

“My package has a cover letter, a letter from the buyer, the pre-approval letter, proof of funds to close a transaction, it has the offer and then if they’ve asked for disclosures it has that as well,” Branchini says. “Everything they possibly could need to make a decision is in one PDF.”

She strongly encourages buyers to write that personal letter to the seller. “You’ve got to touch both sides,” she says.” You’ve got to touch the warm, fuzzy seller and you’ve got to touch the financial seller.”