Supporting Stevens Point Area Schools!

NextHome Priority is proud to be a part of such a great community in the Stevens Point Area. Here at NextHome Priority real estate we recognize how important the school systems are in continuing to build a strong community so we are proud to be one of the locally owned companies that is known for continually supporting Stevens Point Area Schools!

Stevens Point Area Schools – Panacea

Check out some of our agents introducing Panacea 2018 which we were happy to be a sponsor of! Panacea is a great event put on by Pacelli Catholic Schools each year featuring food, rides, entertainment and more! It is also home to the largest silent raffle in Wisconsin, we had a blast putting together a basket for our community to bid on! Our basket included wine, coffee, mugs, glasses, and everyone’s favorite – chocolate! If you see NextHome Priority merchandise around be sure to ask if they received it from one of the many baskets we donate or perhaps at one of the several events hosted at our office.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see what other events we will be at as well as for ways for you to help out in the community!

 

 

Benefits of Buying Land & Building Your Dream Home!

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Lower Maintenance Cost

Typically when buying a home there will inevitably be things that need to be fixed or updated due to normal wear and tear. Oftentimes the entire scope of maintenance required on a house isn’t even fully realized until at least an entire year is spent in that home.  When buying land and building, everything is brand new – you will know exactly how and to what extent things are used over time. Also, with new homes, new appliances often come with warranties giving the owners a peace of mind. New homes are often built more energy efficient which will save you money on utility bills as well.

Customization

With new construction, you won’t have to choose between updating the carpeting or the cabinetBuying Land, Buildings as everything will already be move in ready and with all of the finishings that you choose! Whether having a large entertaining space or perhaps large closets are your priority – with a custom-built home you are able to pick the layout that best suites you and your needs saving you money from having to remodel a home down the road.  You also do not have to compromise on either the lot or the home, you can find the lot that gives you the yard you desire and then build the house you want. This is possible when buying a pre-existing home, but oftentimes more challenging.

AvailabilityBuying Land & Building

Finally, especially in a market like the current one where homes are selling fast, oftentimes with multiple offers, there is less competition with buying land and building. You can take your time to assure that the location is right and that all the details are how you want verses jumping into an emotional decision quickly.

While there are pros and cons to both buying a house as well as custom building one, if you are looking for more insight on which option is best for you be sure to give us a call today or view our land available for purchase!

For Sale by Owner vs Real Estate Company

Homes For Sale By Owner – Why Using A Realtor Makes the Most “Cents”

According to Realtor.com, For Sale by Owner vs Realtor“statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional realtor will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission in addition to putting more money in your pocket.”

Selling a home on your own (For Sale by Owner), requires a seller to do all the negotiating in lieu of relying on an experienced agent who will help you receive the best value for your home. Experienced agents will also place your home on the market for an appropriate value based upon the climate of the current local market. This is not something that is normally accurately calculated by sellers as they tend to use generic online calculators that do not take several important factors into consideration. Appropriate pricing is crucial as pricing a house too high will turn off potential buyers and squander the house’s sale potential, while pricing a home too low leaves money on the table that the seller would have otherwise put in their pocket. Once the pricing is correct, making potential buyers aware of your home being on the market is the next crucial step.

For Sale by Owner Vs RealtorMany sellers underestimate the amount of time and money that is spent on marketing in order to complete an efficient sale. NextHome Priority, use the latest, up to date technology to send listings out to 100s of websites ensuring buyers see your home regardless of where they are searching. Print medias as well as connections within the community are also crucial and prove beneficial in finding a qualified buyer for a house as soon as possible. Time and money will be saved in the long run by trusting an agent and their extensive marketing.

Coordinating and hosting showings are another time consuming part of selling a house, unless you are willing to be available to let people into your house and potentially waste a lot of time on people who just want to look as well as investors who are looking to flip your property – it is best to allow an agent to handle the scheduling.

Paperwork and the legal aspect of selling a house can be a daunting, long, and tedious task. Small details, written variances, or forgotten forms can make a huge difference resulting in future liability.

Along with saving time and potentially earning sellers more money, agents ability to answer questions and provide recommendations throughout the home selling process is invaluable.

If you’re considering selling your home, be sure to contact one of our agents today!

Humane Society of Portage County – Golf Outing

NextHome Priority Cares – Humane Society

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Earlier this week, we had the honor of being a Lucky Dog Sponsor at the annual Humane Society of Portage County Golf Outing!

Held at Sentry’s Golf Course, this annual fundraiser helps the shelter raise much needed funds to support the animals in their care.  Along with donating to the shelter, we were honored to provide bags to the golfers as well as set up a game at one of the holes! “It was a “purr-fect” day to be outside, meeting new people and being at Sentry World Golf Course for a great cause” Carlee stated.

Carlee Jakubek, Keely SullivanKalee Zdroik, & Lynn Senfelds enjoyed interacting with the golfers throughout the day as they played “Pin the Tail on Luke” as well as allowed golfers to enter to win a gift basket! As Lynn stated, “they had a great day meeting the golfers and employees of both Sentry World and The Humane Society!  She’d like to thank everyone for their generosity with the event and their participation at hole #10 where Luke seemed to be very popular and in demand!”

Partaking in events like these we are able to help a great cause while also interacting with the wonderful people in our community and are just one of the many reasons why we are grateful to be working for such a great, community orientated, company!  NextHome Priority Cares - Humane Society

Buying a House Without a Large Down Payment

20% Down Payment?

Have you hesitated to buy a house because you think you can’t, or shouldn’t, without a 20% down payment? You’ll be relieved to hear that isn’t necessarily the case! According to the National Association of Realtors, the average down payment was only 6% in 2017, down from 11% in 2016. While we do recommend talking to a mortgage or financial expert, read on to learn more about buying a home without a large down payment.

VA, FHA, Conventional Loan Programs and Down Payment Assistant Programs all help make it possible to buy a home with less than 20% down.
VA Loans are either fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgages that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backs as a benefit for active-duty military personnel, veterans and some Down Paymentspouses/widow(er)s. While credit is taken into consideration, typically minimal requirements allow one to qualify for competitive rates as well as 0% down.

FHA, Federal Housing Administration, Loans allow one to put as little as 3.5% down and typically can help borrowers who would not qualify for other types of financing. Those with lower credit and higher debt to income ratios would use this loan as opposed to a conventional loan. However, although this loan allows many people to qualify to buy a home that otherwise would not be able to, there is mortgage insurance that must be paid on top of the actual loan amount for the life of the loan.

Conventional Loans require that the borrower have a minimum FICO score to qualify however do not require a 20% down payment. The rates for these loans are low but private mortgage insurance is typically required until the loan-to-value ratio reaches 80%.

First Time Home BuyerOftentimes restricted to first time homebuyers, down payment assistant programs are designed to be secondary loans or gifts to help meet minimum down payment requirements. Different variables are taken into consideration such as credit score, income level, property type, and property location to determine who and how much one will qualify for.

So while a lot can depend on individual scenarios, it is reassuring to know that there are several options out there that do not require a 20% down payment in order to get you into your Next Home!

Not sure where to start your home or loan search? Contact one of our NextHome Priority agents today!

NextHome All Pro Realty Opens in Michigan

NextHome All Pro Realty Opens in Michigan Dewayne White launches his new office in Northville, MI Pleasanton, CA — June 20, 2016 — NextHome is proud to announce our latest addition to the franchise, NextHome All Pro Realty. Owned and operated by topproducing real estate broker Dewayne White, the brokerage represents the ninth NextHome location in the state of Michigan.

Dewayne will be joined on the leadership team by Joe Conway, who will serve as Team Leader for the office.

Based in Northville, the brokerage will provide residential real estate services to the areas of Northville, Plymouth, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Canton, Southfield, and the remainder of Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

NextHome All Pro Realty will provide services such as first-time homebuyer representation, investment purchases, and new home builder business.

Located 30 minutes northwest of Detroit, Northville is home to just over 6,000 residents.

Dewayne comes from a unique background. In 2003, he was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Playing seven years in the NFL, Dewayne saw the benefits of investing in real estate early. He began purchasing properties for his real estate portfolio in 2004.

Getting his real estate license while still an NFL player, he assisted several teammates in purchasing properties. When he retired in 2010, he focused his attention to new construction development and real estate sales.

“I had a goal to create a real estate company where we create income to help fund other businesses,” said Dewayne. “When I started DW Development in 2013, we were able to build quality custom homes throughout the Detroit suburbs.”

In 2017, Dewayne found NextHome through a familiar connection – an existing NextHome franchisee.

“Brad Sandberg and Jeff Scott (owners of NextHome Edge) help me with my property management,” said Dewayne. “I looked into the NextHome franchise and loved what I saw. With the flexibility of the franchise fee structure and the tools offered, I knew the company would be a good fit for my brokerage.”

Dewayne met Joe back in 2013. In 2018, he asked Joe to join the brokerage as the person who would help grow the company with talented agents.

“Knowing Joe and his skill set of running a brokerage and organizing a successful company, he’s a great person to be in business with,” said Dewayne.

“I was running a team for an independent brokerage when Dewayne and I began talking about NextHome,” said Joe. “I loved his vision on how he wanted to grow his brokerage. I did research about NextHome and liked what I saw. It was a great opportunity to work together.”

Dewayne says the NextHome All Pro Realty difference for the brokerage will be to provide agents a small-town atmosphere with high levels of technology and systems.

When not selling real estate, Dewayne spends time with his family. He and his wife of 13 years, Melissa, have four children – daughters Makena (age 16), Maya (13) and Malia (7) and son Luke (9). He has plenty of activities he does with the kids, but really likes the time spent together playing video games.

Joe has a daughter, Ava (16) and enjoys cycling and gardening. The two of them also donate time “life remodeling,” where they help clean up blight around their community.

Please join us in congratulating Dewayne, Joe and the rest of the team at NextHome All Pro Realty on their brand new NextHome office!

Special Olympics Summer State Games

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NextHome Priority Cares – Special Olympics

One of the many things we are passionate about over here at 20 Park Ridge Drive, is volunteering and participating in community events.  Recently, a group of our agents had the honor of assisting at the Special Olympics Summer State Games Tournament in Stevens Point.  This event has been hosted at UW-Stevens Point since 1979 and typically has approximately 1,500 athletes attend along with 500 coaches. Around 600 volunteers are required each year to make this event a success!

While we made up a small portion of those 600 volunteers, through assisting with gathering data on health and lifestyles of the athletes, our team members were able to engage with not only the Special Olympics athletes but their families as well and gain a greater understanding of what the day to day life looks like for these individuals. Tammie Cansler mentioned that “it is definitely a heart fulfilling event. Everyone was in it for the sake of the team. The athletes were very much looking to work together and were careful to not leave anyone out.” She was grateful to be able to attend, let alone volunteer in such a helpful position!

We are so lucky to host events like this in our community that bring various community members together. Kalee Zdroik  “absolutely loved the joy, the energy and all the smiles that all the athletes had while interacting with them.”  Her time volunteering flew by with how much fun she was having and she looks forward to doing this again in following years!

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on future events in the Stevens Point area that you may be interested in volunteering with! Also stay tuned to hear more about the community events where you will see the NextHome Priority Family!

Keeping Your Lawn Mosquito Free!

Summer has finally reached Stevens Point and along with that comes pesky mosquitoes! Whether you are in a new house and need to get some Mosquito Free Yardlandscaping done or in a home you have lived in for years and want to spend time outside barbecuing, mosquitoes can be a huge deterrent! Are you looking for ways to keep these pests out of your yard? Keep reading for tips on enjoying your lawn with as few of these biters as possible!

The first step is prevention! Eliminate standing water by dumping out kiddie pools, dog bowls, plant saucers, tarps, etc on a regular basis. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to reproduce and the entire process only takes 7-10 days from the time the eggs are laid to them becoming adults. Trash and leaves should be thoroughly cleaned up from your yard regularly as they create a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Finally ensure that your gutters are cleared so water can run through them quickly. Spending a little time on these tasks throughout the summer will prove to be well worth the effort.

While you are landscaping,French Bulldog in his yard incorporate these plants as natural mosquito repellents: citronella, catnip, rosemary, marigolds, horsemint, ageratum. These plants are fairly easy to grow and give off a scent that repels mosquitoes. The effectiveness does depend on circumstances though such as the quantity and sometimes variety of the plant as well as the weather. If it is a breezy day and the wind is blowing a direction opposite of where the mosquitoes are flying from, these of course will not be as effective.

Mosquito traps as well as chemical sprays ar e another option. Mosquito traps typically use a propeller or vacuum to suck the bugs into the machine where they are then killed. These traps do work right away but it does take approximately a month to break the mosquito breeding cycle for a significant difference. Chemical sprays, whether done by the home owner or by a company are another way to reduce or eliminate the pests. There are several options available that range from having to retreat the yard every few weeks to commercial grade treatments that will last an entire summer. Toxicity, amount of yard to treat, as well as reviews of the product should all be considered before choosing a chemical treatment.

Finally, in combination with any of these techniques, using fans on your patio, wearing nets, and spraying repellant or essential oils on yourself or clothing while outdoors will allow for you to enjoy your time outdoors!

 

Design Trends of 2018

The design trenHome Design 2018ds of 2018 seem to be quite bright! Lighting and lighting fixtures are a large focus of interior design. That along with a more natural look that focuses on bringing local area elements into the home are currently trending.

Throughout homes in 2018, you can expect to see more and more design elements from local artists and small businesses, especially when it comes to light fixtures. The trend is veering away from the tech savvy look of 2017 to more of a natural and artistic appearance. This includes large art pieces, creating gallery walls in the home as well as large light fixtures. This artisan trend is one we can really get behind here at NextHome Priority. It helps support local businesses and the local artistasans. Their pieces can be found at local businesses such as Antique Up, Emy J’s. Q Gallery, Riverfront Arts Center, Judah Studios, and Mission Coffee House.

Alongside the artisan elements, interior design is going back to a more natural look including stone, copper, granite, dark wood, and concrete. Copper in particular is something you can expect to see more of specifically in accents throughout the home including faucets, wall pieces, and light fixtures. Mixing these natural elements pexels-photo-1090638together in the kitchen is something that will be in high demand. Home owners can try mixing different sizes and colors in order to personalize their space while remaining stylish. Bold kitchens that make a statement with mixed natural elements and unique light fixtures may be the biggest trend of 2018, however these trends can also be carried over to the living room.

The advice to hang onto clothes as they are sure to come back into style seems to be true for home décor in your living space as well. In 2018, many old styles are making a comeback including 70’s chic, burnt yellow, geometric patterns and even velvet! Curvy, colorful chairs, fringe, and bold, color rich patterns are seen throughout the home. Vintage lighting, including aged copper used as accent pieces throughout the living room are being used as a way to add functional character to high traffic areas.

Whether you are trying to give your house an edge on showings or perhaps just impress your friends and families with your space, implementing even just a few of these ideas can help modernize your living space.

NEXTHOME LAUNCHES FOURTH OFFICE IN LOUISIANA

BY IMRAN POLADI

 

Christie House Theaux (left) and Joy Cobert

Christie House Theaux (left) and Joy Cobert

Pleasanton, CA— May 18, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Cutting Edge Realty This is the fourth NextHome office opened in the state of Louisiana.

Based out of Lafayette, the brokerage will be owned and operated by business partners Christie House Theaux and Joy Cobert.

NextHome Cutting Edge Realty is dedicated to serving the needs of clients in Lafayette, Acadiana, Broussard, Youngsville, Carencro, Maurice, Abbeville, Breaux Bridge and the remainder of the Lafayette parish area.

Both Christie and Joy have been licensed since 2011. Building their businesses independently from each other, they decided to partner up in 2018 to start NextHome Cutting Edge Realty.

Christie has been the leader of the House Team and has consistently sold 60+ homes annually. As one of the top real estate teams in the Lafayette area, her dedication to client service has earned her the reputation of a respected leader in the community.

Joy has an impressive resume as well. While selling more than 25 homes yearly, her skills as an instructor have led her to various positions of leadership. As the Productivity Coach at her local Keller Williams, she helped coach more than 40 REALTORS® on all things real estate including prospecting for new business, providing world-class client service, and best practices to retain clientele.

While both women each had successful businesses, they wanted more for themselves and for the local real estate industry.

“I wanted to bring something different to the area,” recalls Christie. “I wanted to showcase how real estate should be done and raise the bar in real estate. After sharing that with Joy, she felt exactly the same.”

As they looked at options for a real estate franchise, they felt one company in particular aligned with the goal of changing the real estate game – NextHome.

“After talking with (NextHome’s VP of Sales) Charis Moreno, we both felt the choice was easy,” added Joy. “NextHome was the natural choice of company to partner with.”

The business partners will lead NextHome Cutting Edge Realty with the intention of providing a high level of marketing not normally seen in their area. By offering a career-oriented environment for local REALTORS®, the brokerage will provide top level coaching and guidance, while holding high professional standards for all listings and buyer representation.

Christie and Joy also volunteer time and efforts for their Lafayette community.

Christie volunteers at Lafayette High School, where she sits on the Board for the school’s Booster Club and football team. Lafayette High School is the largest high school in the state of Louisiana.

Joy leads a children’s ministry group for Our Saints Church in Opelousas, LA. She volunteers her time as both a speaker and personal growth coach for children.

Christie and her husband, Rocky, have three boys – Brett (22), Christian (17) and Ryker (11 months).  Their family are avid water recreationists and love boating and offshore fishing.

Joy and her husband, Roger, have three children – sons Christian (age 16) and Colin (12) and daughter Carleigh (9). The family loves to travel and recently returned from a Florida Disney World vacation.

Please join us in congratulating Christie, Joy and rest of the team at NextHome Cutting Edge Realty for the opening of their brand-new office location in Lafayette, LA!