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NextHome Opens New Office in Clovis, California

NextHome Opens New Office in Clovis, California

Kim Dixon (center) with her daughter Kiri and son Jake
Kim Dixon (center) with her daughter Kiri and son Jake

Pleasanton, CA— March 28, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Five Star Realty. It is the 39th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Clovis, the new brokerage will be owned and operated real estate broker, Kim Dixon.

NextHome Five Star Realty will provide real estate services such as residential sales and investment property sales in the areas of Clovis, Sanger, Fowler, Fresno, and the remainder of Fresno County.

Clovis is located approximately seven miles northwest of Fresno. The city is home to just over 100,000 residents.

Dixon entered the real estate industry in 2010 after a career in law enforcement as a police officer for the Salinas Police Department. Knowing she wanted to focus on spending more time with her family, she started a career in real estate to allow the flexibility to be there for her two children.

With her father being a contractor in Monterey County, Dixon grew up around construction job sites and rehabilitation projects.

“I have always enjoyed real estate and grew up watching my father work on various projects all around Monterey County,” said Dixon. “When I was younger, I would be on-site with different construction projects with him. Being there made me appreciate the work put into real estate projects.”

She started as a REALTOR® with a family-owned, independent brokerage in Clovis. Over the next six years, Dixon was able to sell 15+ homes a year, all while continuing the commitment to be there for her family.

“My daughter, Kiri (age 22), is a young woman with special needs,” said Dixon. “Being there to help her in her teen years has been so important to me. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful son, Jake (16), to assist me with caring for her, and a career that allows me the flexibility to be with my kids.”

In 2016, Dixon got her broker’s license and found it the right time to open her own brokerage.

“I wanted to add more tools and technology to better serve my clients,” said Dixon. “I knew those needs would be best met with a franchised brokerage model.”

Dixon first found out about NextHome through an advertisement in REALTOR® Magazine.

“The bright orange theme caught my eye, but it was the incredible amount of technology tools and service that made me decide NextHome was the perfect fit for my new brokerage,” added Dixon.

When not selling real estate, you’ll find mother and daughter watching Jake on the baseball diamond as the starting pitcher at Sanger High School. He has committed to attending and playing baseball for Fresno State. A student herself, Kiri is also taking courses at Fresno City College.

“My kids are my everything,” said Dixon. “I’m so proud of both of them.”

Please join us in welcoming Kim and the rest of her team at NextHome Five Star Realty for the opening of their brand 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 expands in South Carolina with New Franchisee

NextHome expands in South Carolina with New Franchisee

Tammi and Liam Pierce
Tammi and Liam Pierce

Pleasanton, CA— March 24, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Seekers. It is the 5th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of South Carolina.

Based out of Murrells Inlet, the new brokerage will be owned and operated by the husband and wife duo of Liam and Tammi Pierce.

NextHome Seekers will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, commercial sale, luxury and second home sales in the areas of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Surfside Beach, Pawleys Island, Conway and the remainder of Horry and Georgetown Counties.

Myrtle Beach is one of the most visited places in the United States due to the city’s warm subtropical climate and numerous beaches. The city of Myrtle Beach is estimated to have nearly 14 million visitors annually.

Both Liam and Tammi entered real estate after several years in management for a furniture distributor. The two met while living in the West Virginia/Pennsylvania area and were married in 2009.

It was an especially snowy winter in the Northeast that made the couple rethink where they wanted to raise their family. The hours of the corporate lifestyle weren’t working either.

“We enjoyed our jobs, but after we had our second child, we realized that living in the Northeast really didn’t fit our family,” recalls Liam. “Tammi and I decided to head south and make Myrtle Beach our new home. With the move, we were able to reevaluate what career we wanted to pursue that allowed us to raise our children.”

“After the stressful travel, corporate deadlines and demands of our previous career, Myrtle Beach has been the perfect place for our family,” added Tammi.

After relocating, Tammi got her real estate license in 2012, and Liam followed suit a year later.

Starting their real estate career with a local franchised brokerage in Myrtle Beach, the Pierces sold an amazing 26 homes in their very first year.

Over the next several years, they continued to build on their business, selling over 35 homes annually.

In November of 2015, the Pierces opened their own brokerage – Realty Co. Unlimited.

“We wanted to expand our client base and knew we could be better by getting tools to help our clients,” said Liam. “It just so happened that several months after we opened our company, we found out about NextHome.”

“The company’s philosophy matched up exactly with what we believed in,” said Tammi. “Add in that the technology was second to none and we were in. We are excited about being a part of the NextHome family.”

“NextHome Seekers will operate with a client-first philosophy and we want agents to join the brokerage who want to adapt to the ever-changing market,” said Liam. “We also want to be the local resource of housing education for our community.”

When the Pierces aren’t working, it’s all about spending time with their two children – daughter, Jaina (age 7) and son, Xander (5). The family of four love spending time at the beach and taking in all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

“We are very lucky to have built a home where millions of people come to vacation,” says Tammi with a smile.

Please join us in welcoming Liam, Tammi and the rest of their team at NextHome Seekers for the opening of their brand 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.

4 Lessons March Madness Can Teach About Homebuying

4 Lessons March Madness Can Teach About Homebuying

For college basketball fans, March is an all-encompassing, schedule-rearranging, emotional roller coaster. “March Madness” doesn’t just take over your free time, but your news feed, work conversations, and of course, that anguished bracket.

If you’re considering buying a home, be prepared for the same kind of excitement. Settle in and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Here are four lessons potential homebuyers can learn from March Madness.

1. You’re going to be surprised.

Nearly every year, Americans fall in love with some small college basketball team that unexpectedly upsets a traditional winner. Maybe it’s Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State, or some other little-known team who comes from behind and wins the hearts of fans. Similarly, you may assume you know exactly what you’re looking for in a home, but by being open-minded, you may fall in love with something else entirely. A new construction home with all the bells and whistles may be tempting, but the updated bungalow with a large backyard and mature trees may offer the charm and personality you didn’t even know you wanted.

2. The final number is all that matters.

A basketball team doesn’t get extra points for being ranked higher than its opponent, or for being up by 20 points at halftime. All that really matters for advancing in the tournament is what the scoreboard says at the final buzzer. In the same way, your mortgage provider may have advertised a super-low interest rate last year when you started looking for houses, or even last week. But if you haven’t locked it in, that low rate will not be your rate. The only one that really matters is the lowest one you can get when you’re actually ready to buy the home.

3. There’s no substitute for effective coaching.

Any team can have a standout player for a couple of years who leads them to a strong, if not amazing, showing in the tournament. But the teams who build legacies for always performing well, year after year, aren’t riding on one or two great players. They are led by a great coach who knows what his players need and how to communicate it to them, year after year. Like in basketball, you’ll have a better chance of mortgage success if you have an informed, experienced advisor.Mortgage advisors are knowledgeable about a wide variety of mortgage types and can guide you in finding the mortgage that will work best for your particular situation.

4. Always expect the unexpected.

Your March Madness bracket is completely theoretical. Every game results in another winner and another loser, changing the eventual outcome of the tournament. Similarly, the mortgage process can have stops and starts, changing closing dates and requests for additional information. You can handle the process best by being flexible, preparing to respond to requests promptly, and taking changes in stride. Every provider has different timeframes so make sure they can work with what you need.

When the tournament ends, the team that stands tall gets a trophy—and when you stay committed through the mortgage process, you get the house you wanted for the loan that works best for you.

NextHome opens new location in Post Falls, Idaho

NextHome opens new location in Post Falls, Idaho

(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— March 22, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Living The Northwest. It is the 2nd NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Idaho.

Based out of Post Falls, the new brokerage will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, resort properties, and second home sales.

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

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 as the Office Manager, and Shawn will handle all things technology.

As real estate investors for nearly 20 years, the Van Dinters met Carrie in 2012 when she was the office manager of a local 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 need 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 our brokerage as the manager than Carrie.”

They knew they needed to add technology and tools to set themselves 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 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 culture. 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 off 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 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 brand 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.

Who Needs a Home Warranty? You Do! Here’s Why.

Who Needs a Home Warranty? You Do! Here’s Why.

Home warranties can reduce repair costs, especially if you have older appliances or need-to-repair home systems. Learn how you can benefit.

You may ask yourself, why should I invest in a home warranty? When managing your household budget, there are many important considerations and numerous resources. Maybe your New Year’s resolutions include looking for new ways to save money and be frugal as you get your finances back on track after the holidays.

Learn how a home warranty can help save you money on repair costs for appliances or home systems. Here are a few things to think about:

Older appliances and systems

Do you ever hold your breath and keep your fingers crossed that your refrigerator, stove or air conditioner will make it through the year? You know it could be a big expense and a hit to your budget. A home warranty can help ease your mind in knowing when an unexpected breakdown happens, you have a plan in place. A home warranty is a service contract that covers repair and replacement costs of the covered items in your contract. You pay a monthly or annual fee for your coverage and usually a set trade service fee when a service technician comes to your home.

Considering a home sale or purchase.

Often home warranties come into play during a real estate transaction. Sellers find them advantageous because they are attractive to buyers and help give buyers more confidence in their purchase. Also, as a buyer, it is an excellent feature to help with unexpected repair costs once you are in your new home. Wouldn’t you rather spend money on decorating rather than fixing things? You can ask a real estate professional about adding a home warranty to a transaction.

Budget conscious.​

If you are not a fan of big unexpected expenses, a home warranty may appeal to you. You can weigh the advantages of the annual home warranty cost compared to the potential expense of a big repair or replacement. Replacing a major home system without a home warranty can result in thousands of dollars in an out-of-pocket expense.

Locating a reputable contractor.

If you’re like most of us, the plumbing breaks or your refrigerator goes dark typically when it’s most inconvenient. You start Googling repair people or reach out to friends and family to see what they recommend. You may even spend time reading reviews. Then, if you want to compare estimates, you try to schedule a few people to come out and may even pay a fee for each visit. Plus, scheduling people can be a challenge in itself. A home warranty helps eliminate this part of the process because when you make a claim, your home warranty company connects you with independent service contractors or technicians who can help solve your problem.

For the things homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover.

Homeowners’ insurance is different than a home warranty. A home warranty is a service contract to pay for the repair or replacement of covered items, such as your appliances, plumbing or HVAC systems. Homeowners insurance covers losses if your home and its contents are damaged due to theft, fire or certain natural disasters. They complement one another for more comprehensive home protection.

Not all home warranty companies are equal. Look to see how many years they have been in business and how many dollars they have paid in claims made by homeowners. Look at their network of skilled professional contractors. Also, look at their industry awards. American Home Shield® is a home warranty leader providing protection for 45 years with a large network of service professionals and is consistently awarded by HomeWarrantyReviews.com

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

NextHome Opens Brokerage in Santa Rosa, California

NextHome Opens Brokerage in Santa Rosa, California

(from left to right) Jock McNeill, Teri Villeggiante, Marnie Goldschlag, Eric Goldschlag
(from left to right) Jock McNeill, Teri Villeggiante, Marnie Goldschlag, Eric Goldschlag

Pleasanton, CA— March 20, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Wine Country Premier. It is the 38th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Santa Rosa, the new brokerage will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, and luxury home sales. The brokerage will serve the needs of residents in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, and the remainder of Sonoma County.

NextHome Wine Country Premier will be owned and operated by four business partners who will specialize in different aspects of the brokerage – Marnie and Eric Goldschlag (Training and Operations), Teri Villeggiante (Agent Development), and Jock McNeill (Recruiting).

Teri met Marnie during their time working at the same local Prudential brokerage. They enjoyed working together and quickly built a friendship on trust and helping one another with their real estate business.

When the two left Prudential to join the local Century 21 office in 2011, they continued to work alongside each other although not officially on a team. With Teri and Marnie having 25 and 13 years of real estate experience respectively, the dynamic between the two made a lot of sense to join forces and form a team.

In 2014, Marnie and Teri created The Wine Country Home Team.

“We had already helped each other with our business in the past, and we are such close friends, it made complete sense for us to partner up and work as a team,” said Marnie.

After a successful career in law enforcement for nearly three decades, Eric came on board to handle all Operations for the brokerage. Licensed since 2003, Eric was instrumental in building the Goldschlag’s real estate business. Now able to focus on real estate full-time, he will bring a steady eye to the brokerage’s financial division and the day-to-day operations of the company.

After meeting Marnie in 2004 as a member of the same Rotary Club, Jock comes to the table with vast experience in running a thriving property management business. License since 2000, he owns a company that manages over 1,000 properties. As the member of the ownership team responsible for growing the brokerage, Jock’s deep connections within the community will be key in developing NextHome Wine Country Premier.

After an exceptional year in sales in 2016, the four knew it was time to look at opening their own real estate company.

“We wanted a franchise that had not only a fresh look, but also a fresh approach to real estate,” said Teri. “After meeting with several different franchises, there really was only one choice – NextHome.”

“We found NextHome through a simple Google search,” added Jock. “What we found was a franchise that had that fresh, clean look, was forward-thinking and had all the technology we wanted…. and more.”

The owners of NextHome Wine Country Premier have a crystal-clear vision for their brokerage that they pride themselves in.

“It really comes down to the people,” said Marnie. “We have a brokerage focused on having agents who are career-oriented, who want to provide world-class service for their clients and who want to work in a caring, collaborative work environment. Real estate is about having fun, yet providing great service to our community. We have a brokerage that will attract like-minded agents to join us.”

Please join us in welcoming Marnie, Eric, Teri, Jock and the rest of their team at NextHome Wine Country Premier for the opening of their brand 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.

Back To Basics: Mortgage 101

Back To Basics: Mortgage 101

When you start the home financing process, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Making one of the biggest financial decisions of your life deserves more than a trial and error education. In school, you learned your numbers, then algebra, and eventually probability and statistics, but personal finance was probably not on the list. It simply isn’t taught.

If you’re just starting the process of shopping for your mortgage (yes, shopping for it) here are a few basics to get you started:

Get up to speed on your lingo and your letters…

There is a unique language in the mortgage industry and you need to translate it fast. LTV, ARM, HELOC, APR … if you feel like you’re swimming in acronym soup —we understand.

Here are a few of the most important (and often used) terms you can learn right now:

  • ARM: Adjustable Rate Mortgages are those in which the interest rate paid on the balance changes according to certain benchmarks.
  • LTV: This is the loan-to-value ratio. It is a risk-assessment ratio used by lenders that compares the amount you’re borrowing to the value of the property.
  • APR: The Annual Percentage Rate gives you the cost of the money you’re borrowing. It reflects the amount you’re borrowing plus things like points, fees and other charges.

Get up to speed by brushing up on mortgage lingo with these helpful articles: Don’t Swim in Acronym Soup: 12 Mortgage Terms Translated and Decoding Mortgage Acronyms.

How important is your credit…

Remember that time you maxed out your credit card on that last minute getaway with your friends or partner? Bet you weren’t thinking about applying for your first mortgage then. Your credit score is the lender’s compass for how financially responsible you are —and whether or not you can handle more debt.

Here are a few credit score facts to keep in mind:

  • 580 is the minimum for an FHA low down payment loan
  • 620 is the minimum for most conventional programs
  • 740 is the magic number most experts will suggest to get a good rate
  • 780+ puts you in the absolute best position to get the lowest rates available

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the 3 nationwide credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to provide a free copy of your credit report once a year. You just have to ask. To order, visit annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.

If your credit score could use some help, check out our tips to fix mistakes on your credit report.

How to know what loan is best for you

There are so many different loan types and programs available to today’s homebuyers. From VA and FHA loans to Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) and fixed rate, what’s right for you? Selecting the mortgage that’s best for you is a crucial part of the homebuying process.

A few key things to think about:

Do you see yourself living in the home long term or short term? Are you planning on expanding your family size and will need more space? Will you be relocating or downsizing?

If the answer is long term, a 30 year fixed will likely be a good fit. For many first time homebuyers who plan to start small and upsize later, a shorter term ARM will give them more buying power to get in the market.

If you are a veteran, VA loans allow you to do 100% financing with no down payment. If you’re not a vet but still need lower down payment solutions, there are a number of options including conventional loans with as little as 3% down and FHA loans with a low 3.5% down payment. If you have less than 20% for a down payment, mortgage insurance may be required. With conventional loans it can be canceled when the loan balance reaches 80% loan-to-value (LTV), with FHA loans, the upfront mortgage insurance and monthly mortgage insurance that cannot be canceled). When you’re ready to select a loan program, Sindeo will walk you through all of the different options and what total costs will be over the life of the loan.

What kind of property will you buy? Typically condos with a 20% down payment with higher interest rates than single-family residence; investment properties typically require more down payment and higher interest rates than primary residence

When to lock in your rate …

You might not pay a lot of attention to interest rates, but when it comes to your mortgage they’re crucial. Even the smallest fluctuation can mean you pay thousands more over the course of your mortgage’s life.

Typically, when you lock your rate, you are protected from rising rates, but you are also locked out of improved rates. Typical locked periods are 15 days, 20 days, 30 days, etc. The shorter the period, the better the rate/pricing, but if you don’t close on time, rate extension costs are very expensive. Make sure the lender is comfortable closing within the locked period prior to locking.

How to know when to lock in your rate?

If you’re buying a home, the earliest you can lock your rate is when you have a ratified purchase contract.

  • If you’re buying a new construction home, the earliest you should lock is at least 30-45 days prior to project completion.
  • In volatile market conditions or in a rising rate environment like today, it’s safer to lock as soon as you can.
  • In a low rate environment, you can float your rate and watch the mortgage market, and lock in a shorter period when you get closer to closing.
  • Check with your lender on how long it will take to close prior to locking. A longer rate lock is more expensive.

What’s involved with closing costs

It might sound small with the amount you are already spending, but all the costs add up and you deserve to know what’s included. How do you know if they’re calculated right? Have you saved enough? Can the seller contribute?

Closing costs vary from lender to lender, but range from about 2-5% of the purchase price of the home. Always ask for the Loan Estimate and use the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) to compare rates and true closing costs between lenders. The APR takes into account both the interest rate and the loan costs like origination fee, discount points, credit report, appraisal, etc. The Loan Estimate gives you a breakdown of the loan costs and other costs.

Can you really shop around for a mortgage?

Did you search Amazon before you bought your coffee maker? Browse Yelp for the best Pad Thai in town? Now, you can shop for your mortgage and save thousands over the course of your loan.

With SindeoOne, you run your credit only once, and you can shop over 1,000 loan programs with 45 lenders with a single application that often takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Remember, multiple hard credit inquiries after 30 days can hurt your credit score.

NextHome Family Tree Realty opens in Vacaville, CA

NextHome Family Tree Realty opens in Vacaville, CA

Amanda Mills
Amanda Mills

Pleasanton, CA— March 14, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Family Tree Realty. It is the 37th NextHome franchise location opened in the state of California.

Based out of Vacaville, the new brokerage will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, and purchases for first time homebuyers.

Owned and operated by Amanda and Shawn Mills, the company will serve the residents of Vacaville, Vallejo, Dixon, Suisun City, Fairfield, Winters, and the remainder of Solano County.

Licensed since 2003, Amanda entered real estate after many years as a computer programmer. She started building her sales skills at a local real estate office. As a graduate of Sonoma State with a degree in Psychology (emphasizing in Neuropsychology), Amanda credits her understanding of people through her studies.

“I work really hard in making sure my clients feel heard,” said Amanda. “In a career like real estate, understanding how a buyer or seller might feel before, during, and after the transaction is really important in making them feel like their needs are being met.”

In 2008, Amanda moved her license to Kappel & Kappel, a longtime local brokerage well-known in the Vacaville community. In 2014, Coldwell Banker franchised the office, thus making it Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway.

Working in an office that was an independent model which switched to a franchise made Amanda think about how she would eventually own and operate her own brokerage.

“I love the feeling of having an independent brokerage that stood out because of its family-first connection with the community,” said Amanda. “But I do understand the benefits of a streamlined, all-service packaged approach when a brokerage aligns with a franchise.”

“I knew I wanted to open my own brokerage, but didn’t find a company that made sense to franchise with,” she added.

By chance, Amanda met Imran Poladi, NextHome’s Vice President of Business Development, through her local service at the Northern Solano County Association of REALTORS® (NSCAR) as the 2015 Board President.

“I saw Imran speak at an event for the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and I wanted him to speak at our very first meeting for our local board,” recalled Amanda.

“After getting to know Imran, I followed the details about his company and NextHome for nearly two years before making the decision to leave and open my own brokerage,” said Amanda. “I saw other leaders I respect such as Scott Gieser and Yvette Sloan join the franchise. I knew NextHome was the only company I wanted to be a part of.”

The name NextHome Family Tree Realty came through Amanda’s commitment to culture.

“The word ‘culture’ is thrown around these days without real regard to what it truly means,” added Amanda. “Family Tree represents treating our agents and clients like family and knowing we have strong roots in our community.”

When not selling real estate, Amanda dedicates time to the real estate industry – serving as a CAR Director, a NSCAR Board Member and Past President, and the Chair of several committees for her Association.

Shawn joins the brokerage as the Broker of Record for NextHome Family Tree Realty and has been assisting Amanda with her property listings and sales for several years. In addition to his work as the Broker of Record, Shawn has been a Certified Transaction Coordinator for the past eight years.

The couple of 20 years have a 19-year-old son, Harrison, who has been a competitive Kart racer for 11 years.

Amanda is a world-renowned singer who has opened for the likes of Loretta Lynn and Toby Keith. In 2016, Amanda sang the National Anthem to open the CAR Directors Meetings in Sacramento.

Please join us in welcoming Amanda, Shawn and the rest of their team at NextHome Family Tree Realty for the opening of their brand 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 Keely Realty opens in Grand Blanc, Michigan

NextHome Keely Realty opens in Grand Blanc, Michigan

George Keely
George Keely

Pleasanton, CA— March 3, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Keely Realty. It is the fourth NextHome franchise location opened in the state of Michigan.

Based out of Grand Blanc, the new brokerage will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, foreclosure sales, short sales, and purchases for first time homebuyers.

Owned and operated by veteran real estate broker George Keely, the company will serve the residents of Gland Blanc, Davison, Fenton, Swartz Creek, Flushing, Montrose, Lake Fenton, Mt. Morris, Clio, and the remainder of Genesee, Shiawasse and Oakland Counties.

Keely started his real estate journey in 1999 after leaving his previous career in the corporate world of Information Technology. Selling real estate for Century 21 Halstead in Flint, Michigan, Keely built a successful business through growing his database.

“I came from a world where organization was key,” recalls Keely. “I really worked hard to grow my database of contacts and make sure I stayed in touch with current and potential clients and those who might send me a referral. I always wanted them to know I was available to help them with any real estate related questions.”

After four years as his own agent, Keely accepted an opportunity to be the Team Leader/Manager for Flint-based Keller Williams Gateway. He found the opportunity to teach, mentor, and assist agents in growing their business too good to pass up at the time.

In 2013, after a nearly a decade of real estate leadership and ownership of a brokerage, Keely returned to sales and picked right up where he left off. Using many of the techniques he taught his agents, Keely returned to being one of the top selling agents in his local market.

In 2016, Keely sold over 30 properties without the help of an assistant, a buyer’s agent, or transaction coordinator.

“I’m fortunate to be able to monitor and run my own transactions,” said Keely. “It really comes down to organization. Staying organized helps me be a better resource to my clients.”

In late 2016, Keely explored to opportunity of not only continue selling, but once again helping other agents as their mentor. It was clear he wanted to open his own brokerage. What wasn’t clear was whether he was interested in joining a real estate franchise or opening his new brokerage as an independent.

“I was going to open my own brokerage, but didn’t feel that any franchises made sense for me,” said Keely. “But after seeing what NextHome had to offer, I was very interested in finding out more.”

“After researching the technology offered to agents and then finding out about the leadership team and the extensive professional background from each member of the senior management team, I knew NextHome was for me,” he added.

When not selling real estate, Keely spends time with his wife of 32 years, June, and their two sons – Lance (age 30) and Brock (27). Keely recently became a grandparent to Lance’s one-year old, Carter.

Keely is a former competitive hockey player, but now turns his sights to a different sport – golf.

“I love a challenge,” said Keely with a laugh.

Please join us in welcoming George and the rest of his team at NextHome Keely Realty for the opening of this brand 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 Destination joins the NextHome Franchise

NextHome Destination joins the NextHome Franchise

Sarah and Abe Antonucci
Sarah and Abe Antonucci

Pleasanton, CA— March 2, 2017 NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Destination. It is the second NextHome franchise in the state of Montana.

Based out of Bozeman, the new brokerage will be owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Sarah and Abe Antonucci. NextHome Destination will provide residential and second home sales services to the residents of Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston, Manhattan, Three Forks, and Big Sky.

Licensed since 2013, Sarah entered the real estate sales side of the business with significant experience in housing. As a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Construction Engineering, she was the project manager for Wright Brothers Building Company and supervised various developments.

Sarah began her real estate sales career when Abe was working full time as a police officer. It was at that time they bought a home and learned the true value of home ownership.

“We bought our first home in our early 20’s,” recalled Sarah. “Seeing what owning our home provided for us in long term financial security, made me realize how important is was for me to advise others about making homeownership a priority.”

Shortly after buying their home, they invested in a land deal which led to the Antonuccis to custom build their next house.

In just a few short years, Sarah built her real estate sales career into a thriving business. So much so that Abe left his career as a police officer in July of 2015 to join Sarah in selling real estate full time.

In 2016, the Antonuccis sold an incredible 70 transaction sides. Abe credits the growth of their business to personal relationships developed rather than focusing solely on online leads.

“We worked on creating a great experience for our clients,” he said. “By providing quality marketing for our listings and being a real estate resource for the members of our community, we have been able to significantly grow our business.”

In 2016, the couple began exploring options of opening their own brokerage. Hearing about NextHome through a real estate colleague, they found the NextHome franchise and model to be the perfect fit for their new venture.

“We wanted to expand our marketing and online reach for our clients,” said Sarah. “Everything NextHome had to offer made so much sense for us. It was an easy decision to become a NextHome franchisee and we are excited about the possibilities.”

When not selling real estate, the Antonuccis spend time with their four children – Natalia (age 11), Jacoby (8), Marianna (4) and Matteo (2). The family loves to travel and explore new destinations. A perfect reason why NextHome Destination is an appropriate name for their brokerage.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah, Abe and the rest of their team at NextHome Destination for the opening of their brand 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.