We know that people want to purchase remodeled homes that they can trust, and our community has many old houses that need love. New Again Houses® was founded in 2008 to solve these problems. We began in a small office flipping a few houses each year. After the housing crash, we also began offering free consults to help buyers get qualified to purchase and access grants through licensed lenders. New Again Houses® franchise locations have grown steadily each year. Along the way, our professional team has invested well over $15,000,000 in local properties and helped hundreds of buyers’ dreams come true.
New Again Houses® transforms old houses into fantastic modern homes and provides a bridge for real people to own them.
Matt Lavinder founded Lavinder Development in 2007 while an Assistant Professor, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Men’s Soccer Coach at King College. He has been rehabbing properties ever since and left King to run the company full-time in 2010. Matt has a Master’s of Divinity degree from Duke University (1999) and a Business degree from King College (1995). He enjoys finding creative solutions to real estate problems and transforming neglected houses into great homes. He is active in the community through Emmanuel Episcopal Church and FC Dallas TRI soccer club. He is married to Dr. Hollie Lavinder, who is a clinical pharmacy specialist for Advanced Home Care. The two have been married since 1999, rehabbed their first house in 2002, and have three children, Corey, Laura Jess, and Lana.
Sam FergusonVice President
Sam Ferguson is originally from Knoxville and graduated from King College in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration and as a member of the Snider Honor’s Center. He was also an Academic All-American soccer player at King. Before joining the company in 2011, Sam spent time in Zimbabwe working with a non profit organization called Lasting Impressions. He returned to be an Assistant Construction Manager with Empire Construction. Sam is now involved in every area of operations and manages all construction and purchasing. He is married to Sarah Ann Ferguson, who is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and they have two sons, Cedar and Carson.
Annie ElliottProject and Design Manager
Annie Elliott joined the New Again team in 2014. She graduated from King College in 2006 and went on to get her MBA and comes to New Again Houses from Bristol Motor Speedway where she was the Corporate Sales and Campground Manager for seven years. Annie leads the design of our remodels, while also managing the back office finances and project management. She brings a unique mix of creative energy, style and administrative skills to the team. Annie is married to Brian Elliott, a P.A. at Appalachian Orthopedics, and they have a daughter, Finley, and son, Bo.
Kelly MoranSales Team Leader
Kelly Drum Moran joined the New Again Houses® team in 2015 and is the Sales Team Leader. Kelly has a talent for finding solutions to problems and the work ethic to bring those solutions to reality for our buyers. In addition to leading the sales team, she meets directly with potential buyers, understands what they want in a home, shows properties, and solves the problems keeping our clients from becoming homeowners. She is also a licensed real estate agent with The NAH Team at Keller Williams Johnson City. Kelly has a B.S. in Architecture from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Art History from ETSU. She started her career as the Assistant Director at the NC Museum of Art. She went on to be the Director of Art Galleries and an art dealer in Bozeman, MT and Telluride, CO before returning east to teach art history and digital media at King University and ETSU.
Quennie Rose Daquila
Quennie Rose Daquila joined the New Again Houses team full time in 2015. Quen manages our databases, performs valuations, and other important back office responsibilities to keep our business growing. Quen has a degree in Business Administration with a major in Business Economics and is married to Jeriel Daquila.
Blaine Hutchinson moved to the New Again Houses® team from a management position at Lowe’s. Prior to Lowe’s, Blaine served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007-2011. Commenting on his experience in the USMC, Blaine says, “The USMC really shaped me as a person and remains one of the greatest personal achievements and experiences I ever had.” Blaine brings a deep passion for solving problems and helping people. He is the first contact for most of our clients. He gets people started on the road to home ownership by trying to understand what they want in a home and any obstacles we need to help overcome. Blaine is married to Sarah Hutchinson and they reside in Virginia with their three dogs.
Katie HarlowShowing Assistant
Katie Harlow joined New Again Houses® in 2017 as a showing assistant. In addition to being full-time with New Again, Katie is also a licensed real estate agent. She graduated from Liberty University in Central VA in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Human Development. Before coming to New Again, Katie began her career working with children at Highlands Community services as a Children’s Care Coordinator and Day Treatment Counselor. She loves getting to know her clients and helping them find the home of their dreams! Katie is married to Jonathan Harlow and they have one son, Luke.
Gabrielle DayTransaction Coordinator
Gabrielle joined the New Again team in fall of 2018 as the Transaction Coordinator. She graduated from Lee University in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration. Before coming to New Again Houses, Gabrielle began her career working in personal finance at One Main Financial in Chattanooga, TN. She then moved to Charlotte, NC for a year working in human resources before coming back to the Tri-Cities to “settle down”. She loves building personal relationships with clients and can’t wait to help them through the home buying process.
Alicia graduated from St. Petersburg College with a Bachelors in Business Administration and minor in Leadership. After college, as luck would have it, she fell into banking and spent 10 years as a Private Banker and Mortgage Lender. After feeling completely defeated in her career, she began using her skill set in the finance industry to leverage herself as a Private Contractor for large Credit Repair Firms. She says,”It’s incredibly rewarding helping others attain their goals.” She and her fiancé Brian founded Purposed2Help, a non-profit, to feed the homeless in St. Petersburg, FL – they still have friends and family members continuing their efforts back home while she and her fiancé travel. Working remotely has afforded them the great privilege to RV the country over the past three years. Currently, Alicia, her fiance’ Brian, and furbaby Bella have spent the past 6 months traveling, hiking and photographing the California and Oregon Coast. They are not sure where they will end up next, but it’s been the most fulfilling time of their life.
Jessany joined the New Again team in early 2018 as a Content Creator. She graduated from King University in 2015 as a Snider’s 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 creates content for multiple social media accounts and plays the piano for her home church.
NewmanDirector of Marketing
Newman joined the New Again Houses team in 2013 as the Director of Marketing. Originally from Upstate New York, Newman was previously in the entertainment industry before following his passion for marketing. When he’s not out buying houses, Newman enjoys eating berries, learning to ride a bicycle, and making people smile.