It’s the first day of Fall! Are you ready for fallen leaves, apple picking, hayrides, bonfires, pumpkin carving, and everything else Fall has to offer? I know I am! With coronavirus still impacting our communities, and events getting canceled, we thought it’d be a good idea to fill you in on some fun things still happening in Kent County!
Fifer Orchards is continuing to offer their yearly Fall activities, but with social distancing in mind! Here’s what they’ll have:
6-acre Corn Maze (September 21-October 31 | Monday-Saturday): Think you can find your way through this Pac-Man themed corn maze? Reserve your spot online to find out!
Apple Picking (now until mid-October | Thursday-Saturday): Online reservations are required!
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch (late September-October 31 | Monday-Saturday): What kind of crazy pumpkin can you carve with the pumpkin you pick out? No reservations are needed!
Check out these recipes for some delicious pumpkin seeds afterwards!
Killens Pond: Be sure to call (302) 284-4299 to find out more information and register!
Private Wagon Rides (now until end of October | Weekends): For a minimum of $25 or $5 per person, you can book your own wagon ride for you and your friends and family!
Spooky Spiders Tour (October 3rd & 4th): Think you can handle eight legged creepy crawlers? Delve into the world of spiders and learn all about them!
Local Legends: Supernatural Thrills (October 10th & 11th): Learn all about the supernatural side of Kent County at this family friendly event!
Homeschool: Fall Colors (November 10th & 12th): This fun educational program will teach kids (ages 6-12) why some leaves change color and even takes them on a walk to see it in action. Pre-registration ($5 per child) is required.
Biggs Kids Workshop: Scary Portraits (October 3rd): In this virtual workshop, kids get to learn how to make their own spooky portraits inspired by the portraits found in the Biggs art collection.
Adult Flashlight Tour (October 9th): Using only flashlights, explore the Biggs Art Museum and discover the darker side of the art world. Dress up in your favorite art inspired costume to get a free drink too!
Children’s Flashlight Tour (October 10th): Recommended for ages 8 and younger, kids get to explore the Biggs Museum at night in their PJs.
We hope you get to enjoy some of these activities, but more importantly, we hope you stay safe doing them!
Homes in Kent County Delaware are selling very quickly and our inventory is extremely limited. This housing market update compiles all of the data for the listings in the Kent County area, even those properties that may not be very desirable. The reality we are seeing is that homes that are priced appropriately and that are ready to move into, are selling within days or even hours!
Come out this Saturday for Diamond State Pole Building’s Spring Open House and take a sneak peek of our new office! NextHome Preferred is super excited to get into the space and tell you more about the amazing people of NextHome! There will be FREE Food from Mission BBQ and plenty of activities, bring the whole family!
Pleasanton, California — Feb. 27, 2019 — NextHome was recently named the No. 4 top franchise in 2019 by Franchise Business Review, out of 310 of the country’s top franchise brands. It is the latest accomplishment for the progressive real estate franchise, which is known for consumer-focused branding, technology and marketing that empower its brokers and agents to provide superior service without compromise.
“Our 2019 Franchisee Satisfaction Award winners are among the best in franchising,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “For NextHome to be ranked in the Top 5 by Franchise Business Review places them in very elite company. This award speaks volumes of the quality of the company, the team, and the franchise opportunity they have built.”
Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review announced the new rankings during the International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention where NextHome’s official position, ranking fourth in the country, was revealed.
Founded in 2014, NextHome has been committed to changing the way consumers work with local agents and adapting to the modern real estate landscape to meet the everchanging needs of agents and clients altogether.
The company is among 310 franchise brands, representing over 30,000 owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Franchisees of each brand were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.
“Our leadership team is deeply moved by the exceptionally positive findings of this survey. Our franchisees’ transparent acknowledgments emphasize that we are truly doing our part in meeting the needs and expectations of our members,” said NextHome CEO, James Dwiggins. “Being recognized as one of the top 4 franchise brands in the country when we launched less than 5 years ago is a great milestone for NextHome. This acknowledgment inspires us to continue investing in our members and seeing where we can take this incredible culture.”
Pleasanton, CA — February 7, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Preferred. The brokerage represents the very first office location opened in the state of Delaware for the NextHome franchise.
The brokerage will be led by broker/owner Bobbi Slagle. She and her administrative team will handle all day-to-day operations for the company.
The team at NextHome Preferred will handle all types of residential property sales such as first-time home buyers, investors, military and veteran services, land, relocation, foreclosures, short sales, and all forms of residential sales of 1-4 units.
Located in central Delaware, the Dover-based NextHome Preferred brokerage is located within a 90-minute drive of most major cities in the region such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Atlantic City. Dover is the capital of Delaware and is the second largest city in the state, with nearly 40,000 residents.
The brokerage will service various areas throughout Central Delaware including all of Kent County, which encompasses the cities of Dover, Magnolia, Harrington, Milford, Camden, Bowers Beach, Clayton, Farmington, Felton, Smyrna, Hartly, Houston, as well as parts of the bordering counties of New Castle and Sussex.
Dover is home to the Dover International Speedway where various NASCAR events are held yearly. Additionally, the Dover Air Force Base is one of the most heavily used military bases on the Northern East Coast and a large part of the community of Kent County.
A REALTOR® since 2004, Bobbi started her career in Dover with a large nationally franchised office for the first three years. Doing very well, she moved on to the boutique firm, First Class Properties, where she used the company’s innovation and community commitment to further advance her personal business.
In 2009, Bobbi attained her broker’s license and was promoted to be the broker/manager for the 15-agent brokerage from 2011 until 2016. Even though she led the company as the broker and office manager, Bobbi was still able to sell real estate at a high level. From 2007 on, Bobbi has ranked in the top 10% of all REALTORS® in Kent County.
“Leading my colleagues taught me a lot about how to help others achieve their goals by adapting to various personalities and learning how to best communicate with different agents with different needs,” said Bobbi. “I’m most proud of our agents who worked extremely hard and pushed through what was a down market in the early 2010s.”
In January 2016, when the local Brokerage affiliated with a franchise, Bobbi felt the need to make a move to RE/MAX Horizons in Dover to free up some time to focus more on her family and lead a small team. In the two years at the company, Bobbi increased her personal sales to more than 30 transactions a year and grew her property management business, 5 Star Property Management, as well.
“Our 5 Star Realty Group team was doing really well, but I saw an opportunity and a need in our local market for a brokerage that would provide guidance, leadership, accountability and growth for real estate agents.”
After a lot of discussion and research, Bobbi found NextHome by accident.
“I was actually trying to research a different real estate franchise when I stumbled upon NextHome,” she said. “Other companies didn’t make me feel good about what they offered. But after taking some time and looking at NextHome.com, I was very intrigued.”
“Since the moment I was able to speak with the team at NextHome, I’ve been extremely happy with every step along the way since. It’s been very exciting to be aligned with a company with the same consumer focused values at the core of what they do.”
Bobbi loved the clean branding, the standardization of marketing, the high-level technology, and the professionalism the company created and maintained.
Bobbi has spent years perfecting her craft through education and certifications. She has earned accreditations such as Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), the Military Residential Specialist (MilRES), and the Military Relocation Professional Designation to name just a few.
She has also made a commitment to volunteering in her local real estate board as not only a member of the Board of Directors but she’s served on the Kent County Association of REALTORS® (KCAR) Professional Standards Committee, the Education Committee, the TREND MLS Board of Directors and in 2018, Bobbi was awarded the REALTOR® of the Year.
Bobbi and her husband Charles have been married for 15 years. Between the two of them, they have three children – daughters Amber (19 years old) and Madison (15) and son Wesley (18). The family loves to travel and recently took a trip to Costa Rica and Jamaica.
Please join us in congratulating Bobbi and the rest of the team at NextHome Preferred on their new NextHome office in Dover, DE!
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.