James Dwiggins is the Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. He brings to the table a sharp, innovative, and forward-focused vision. He has been in the franchise business since 2006, originally joining Realty World Northern California & Nevada as Director of Technology and Strategy. In October 2011, his performance led to the promotion of Vice President. In May 2014, he and his business partner funded their newest venture, NextHome, Inc., and ran both brands until 2020 when Realty World, International acquired the region back. In January 2015, NextHome, Inc. officially launched as a new national real estate franchise brand and has since opened 400+ office locations in 46 states with over 3,600 agents. The company closes over 23,000 transactions annually worth over $6.2B in volume.
Prior to joining Realty World in 2006, James co-founded VREO, Inc., the developer of groundbreaking enterprise-level Internet applications for agents and brokers. VREO pioneered biometric signature software for paperless transactions and garnered numerous industry awards including the coveted Inman Innovator Award for its breakthrough technologies. Previously, James co-founded USA Virtual Tours, helping to grow the company nationally until its acquisition in 2001.
James has been named a “Futurist” as well as a “Trailblazer” by RISMedia, and was ranked #54 on the 2020 list of most powerful leaders on the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) which definitively ranks real estate leaders and executives across the U.S.
Tei is the Chief Operating Officer of NextHome, Inc. He’s responsible for overseeing corporate operations and the creation and implementation of new technologies that give NextHome, Inc. and its franchisees the edge they need to stay ahead of their competition. He has been in the franchise business since 2008, originally joining Realty World Northern California & Nevada as Chief Technology Officer. There he led the establishment and oversight of an in-house team of software engineers, web designers, and IT administrators. Tei directed strategic technology initiatives, infrastructure and application roadmaps for three years before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2011, where he took on all operating aspects of the company. In May 2014, he and his business partner finalized the funding of their newest venture, NextHome, Inc., and purchased the Master License Agreement to Realty World Northern California & Northern Nevada, which was later acquired by Realty World, International.
Prior to joining Realty World, Tei co-founded VREO, Inc. There, as Chief Technology Officer and eventually CEO, Tei led the strategic planning of all operations including infrastructure and application development, and overall direction of strategic technology initiatives. He was responsible for the design of DeepGreen Financial’s fully-automated client generation and loan processing platform which handled over $800,000,000 in volume, and the launch of the original Realty World enterprise platform, which won the 2004 Inman Innovator Award for best real estate brokerage application.
Tei has been recognized as a prominent leader in the residential real estate brokerage industry, being placed on the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) Watchlist for 2020. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tei studied engineering before transitioning into business at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Marnie is a REALTOR® and Co-Owner of NextHome Wine Country Premier in Sonoma County which is in Northern California’s beautiful Wine Country. Born and raised in Sonoma County, Marnie is dedicated to giving back to her community in various ways. She has been an award-winning agent every year since earning her real estate license in 2004. She and her business partner Teri work under the team’s name, The Wine Country Home Team.
NextHome’s vision of building a charitable non-profit to help members and their families following natural disasters is personal for Marnie as her own community has suffered from recent deadly and destructive wildfires. In 2017, Marnie watched her community unravel from a wildfire which destroyed 5% of the housing and displaced thousands of families in a community already grappling with a housing shortage pre-fire. In addition, she witnessed her REALTOR® community struggle – agents who were having the best year in real estate career lost focus as all their time and energy went into mental survival and the decision of re-building or not which became a full-time job for many, and it greatly affected their business and income. Raging fires hit Sonoma County again in 2019 and 2020. Watching your community suffer devastation and then re-build is an amazing vision, but people need help to re-group and re-build - both financially and emotionally.
Giving back to the community that helped raise Marnie is important to her. In addition to serving on the NextHome National Disaster Relief Foundation Board, she currently serves as a Board Member on the Family Justice Center Foundation and is serving a second term as Co-Chair of Sit. Stay. Sparkle. Canine Companions Northwest Regions annual fundraiser. Marnie was an active member of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa until recently and served as President, Assistant District Governor, and Board member during her 17 years in Rotary.
In Marnie’s down time she enjoys spending time with her husband Eric, their daughter Jessica, and her soon-to-be son-in-law Colton. They enjoy spending time at local wineries, exploring new places while glamping and being at their home in Truckee.
Jayme Downey is a veteran Realtor and Owner of NextHome Paramount in Charlotte NC. She is also a passionate philanthropist with a strong commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others. Her desire to be a part of the NextHome Disaster Relief Foundation Board of Directors was driven by the belief that compassion and support are essential during times of crisis.
With a background in event planning and fundraising, Jayme took her dedication to helping others to new heights by establishing "Rock The Relief," a dynamic FUNdraising group exclusively focused on raising funds for the NextHome Disaster Relief Foundation. Under her guidance, "Rock The Relief" has rapidly become a driving force behind the Foundation's efforts, providing the crucial financial resources needed to support the NextHome family during challenging times.
Jayme believes in combining purpose and enjoyment to maximize the impact of charitable initiatives. She is a firm believer that supporting the NextHome family doesn't have to be dull or mundane; it can be an exhilarating experience. Jayme's unique approach centers on hosting unforgettable events that blend fun, entertainment, and camaraderie.
Jayme Downey's vision goes beyond disaster relief. While firmly dedicated to supporting the NextHome family during crises, she aims to elevate the NextHome Disaster Relief Foundation to new heights. Her goal is to work closely with the Board to help build the foundation into a pivotal resource, not only for disaster relief but eventually addressing a wide range of challenges and needs faced by the NextHome community.
As a member of the board of directors, Jayme Downey brings her creativity, strategic thinking, and unwavering passion to guide the foundation's growth. She believes in cultivating a culture of compassion, resilience, and generosity within the NextHome community, fostering a network of caring individuals who are always ready to lend a helping hand.
As one of the leading real estate producers in Wilmington, NC, Harold ranks in the top 1% of all real estate agents both locally and nationally. He continues to achieve this level of success through his team of seven buyer's agents and a full time administrative assistant, assuring clients that service is never compromised. As a Broker and owner of two NextHome offices, Harold is able to bring a unique perspective to each real estate transaction with the emphasis always being on service and customer satisfaction. He holds the prestigious GRI designation in addition to an ABR and E-Pro designation.
Harold’s office was affected during Hurricane Florence in 2018. He has personally gone through the heartbreak of seeing the damage such storms can bring, as well as the hard work it takes to rebuild. He is a valued member of the Foundation.