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New Again Houses® was born in Bristol TN in 2008 when Matt Lavinder began buying houses and systematizing the flipping process. A tiny converted roofing shop served as its first home in 2010. Sam Ferguson joined in 2011 to help build the company and it’s been growing ever since. Matt and Sam have flipped hundreds of houses together while remaining committed to quality rehabs. Annie Elliott left Bristol Motor Speedway to join the team in 2014, taking over design and accounting.

With three people and a very small office, the team began to seek out a new office with room to grow. In 2015, New Again Houses® purchased its current 6000 sq. ft. headquarters in downtown Bristol. Somehow, the three ended up sharing one room while the rest of the building filled up quickly. Kelly Moran joined the team in 2015 to lead the sales team and she was soon followed by Blaine Hutchinson, Katie Harlow, Jessany Willis, Gabrielle Day, and Jeremy Yanapoulos. To accommodate the continued growth, New Again Houses® began construction on a second office building across the street in 2019, and in 2020 a partnership with HBX Realty was born.

The team is committed to adding real value to houses by executing full remodel projects. New Again Houses® continues to grow its local operation in Bristol, producing annually well over $2,000,000 of construction work on its own flips. The Bristol operation typically manages 25 of its own flip projects at any given time and includes an entire network of contracting crews managed through the MasterSuite systems.

In 2015, New Again Houses® began building its own proprietary software and creating a national franchise model. In 2018, the federal Franchise Disclosure Document was completed and the first locations launched in 2019. The franchising model empowers individuals to replicate the success of New Again Houses® in locations around the country with minimal overhead costs. An innovative, fun culture has always been at the heart of New Again Houses®, and the team is excited about extending the vision nationally through a growing network of real estate entrepreneurs.

The New Again Houses® Franchise Support Team

Matt Lavinder


Matt Lavinder founded New Again Houses in 2008 after earning a Master’s Degree from Duke University and spending 12 years at his alma mater, King University, as an Assistant Professor of History, Men’s Soccer Coach, and Assistant Athletic Director. Matt’s real estate interests began when he and his wife, Hollie, flipped their first rental houses in 2000 and eventually grew into a full-time business in 2010.

While Matt has no useful construction skills, he built the business by developing analytical systems, recruiting talented people, and staying out of their way. Matt has a keen interest in innovation, business strategy, branding, and developing business ecosystems that facilitate growth. Matt has focused on growing New Again Houses® into a national brand through a franchise model. He is now focused on identifying and developing entrepreneurs who have the ambition and character to grow New Again Houses® locations throughout the country.

Matt is married to Dr. Hollie Lavinder, who is a clinical pharmacy specialist. They reside in Bristol and have three children, Corey, Laura J, and Lana.

Sam Ferguson

Vice President

Sam Ferguson is originally from Knoxville and graduated from King University with a degree in Business Administration and a Snider Honors Fellow. He was also an Academic All-American soccer player at King. Before joining New Again Houses® in 2011, Sam spent time in Zimbabwe working with a non profit organization called Lasting Impressions. He returned from Africa to be an Assistant Construction Manager with Empire Construction in Ohio.

Sam has been a critical part of New Again’s success and strategy. Having purchased and executed hundreds of flip and rental projects, Sam has a wealth of knowledge in every area of operations. He is also well versed in literature and business strategy, in particular. As Vice President, he is involved in every area of operations and manages all acquisitions and construction in the local operation. He has been a key contributor to the evolution of the MasterSuite Technology™.

Sam is married to Sarah Ann Ferguson and they have three sons.

Tracey Bryan

Business Operations Manager

Tracey joined the New Again team in December 2019 as the Business Manager, she began her accounting career with United Central Industrial Supply. She spent 16 years of her career with Bristol Herald Courier & Community Newspapers of SWVA. Tracey completed the GPS program at King College in May 2007 with a degree in Business Administration, while working full time and raising her daughter. She is a 2016 Lead Bristol Graduate.

Tracey works closely with New Again’s franchise locations, providing business support and pep talks. Her knowledge of business operations has helped the franchise successfully grow in 2020, and she has helped bring some much-needed organization to the franchise as it grows.

She is married to Daniel Bryan and together became a blended family, with Kaitlyn and Zacharie, and their rescue dogs.

Jessany Willis

Brand Manager

Jessany joined the New Again team in early 2018 as a Content Creator. She graduated from King University in 2015 as a Snider Honors Fellow with a BA in Photography and a minor in Biblical Studies. She loves documenting and telling stories through photo and video, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to do what she loves every day. In addition to working for New Again Houses®, she photographs professionally around the Bristol area.

Jessany creates content for the franchise and manages all things digital. As well as managing the marketing for our headquarters in Bristol, she works alongside our marketing partners to make sure each location receives results. She loves getting to know the franchise owners and their families, and will probably make an appearance in your area to tell your story too.

She is married to Ian Willis and they currently reside in Bristol TN as newlyweds. They are expecting their first child in September.

Our Headquarters

501 Alabama St

Bristol, TN 37620


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