Military service changes you, Thomas Price said.
For him, it instilled leadership, discipline, character and integrity, and it has led to something he never envisioned more than two decades later. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Price and his wife, Dana, recently launched NextHome Price Point Realty, brokerage serving Happy Valley.
Thomas Price worked in real estate for more than four years before being prompted by a mentor and then Dana to consider being a broker. He had no intention to begin his own venture, but was persuaded after research with his wife led them to NextHome. They are the the franchisees in the State College-area.
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“NextHome is very progressive and innovative with technology to make transactions more seamless for sellers and buyers,” he said. “When I was a real estate agent I was always looking for new technology that would help me with transactions, that would help the buyers and sellers have more information and I was trying to automate my business as best as I could. I learned NextHome was doing what I was trying to do 10 times better and was doing more than I even knew was out there. That’s what really sold me on them.”
There are two offerings, he said, that have particularly impressed clients.
A program called Updater enables clients to change their address with the postal service and on credit cards. It can also be used to hook up and disconnect utilities. NextHome also offers virtual tours of homes.
“When you can sit at your dining room table and walk through a house that you’re thinking of buying on the other side of town, what kind of value is that, not only to a buyer but also seller?” Thomas Price said. “Then you know if you really want to schedule a showing to go see it.”
NextHome will host a grand opening 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at its office, located at 3945 S. Atherton St.