Welcoming The Z Team

Welcoming The Z Team

Courtney and Stephen Zawisa (Pronounced Za-Visa…like the Visa Card) reside at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach and have been helping Hampton Roads residents buy and sell property for over ten years!  They are both REALTORS, Certified First Time Home Buyers Coaches with the state of Virginia and strive to excel in the areas of financing, contracts, negotiating and marketing to provide their clients with utmost satisfaction.

Stephen graduated from ODU in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Communications.  He loves helping his clients reach their goals and specializes in waterfront property.   He enjoys kayak fishing, property management and spending time with his wife, Courtney.  Prior to real estate, Stephen was a Sales and Marketing Manager for Media General, a new car salesperson for Checkered Flag Honda and a Tow Truck Driver.

Courtney graduated from the University of Georgia with 2 Bachelor’s Degrees in Speech Communication & Broadcast News.  Before discovering her love of Real Estate she was a news reporter, radio D.J and Advertising Agency Executive.  She enjoys playing with their 2 dogs… Rudee, a Yorkshire Terrier and Sierra, a Doberman.   Courtney has excellent customer service skills, always answers the phone, and takes the home buying & selling process very serious.

You are going to love the way we do business!

 

Brianna Seeds, Associate Broker

Brianna Seeds has been a Virginia Beach local for over 25 years and studied marketing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  She has been helping families with their real estate needs for over 4 years.  Brianna works tirelessly to exceed her clients’ expectations by selling their homes for top dollar and helping buyers find their perfect properties with no pressure.  She loves learning & keeping current with all the latest real estate information!  Brianna prides herself on being extremely organized and hardworking.  She has extensive knowledge of the Hampton Roads area and is here to help you have the perfect real estate experience!

 

Yashima Clarkson, REALTOR®

Yashima Clarkson epitomizes integrity, energy, expert customer service, and creative solutions in every detail of your real estate transaction.

Yashima is the true American Dream. After moving to the United States from Panama she joined the United States Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Gonzalez. After obtaining an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Yashima launched a successful career in the auto industry where her attention to detail, tenacity, ability to work on behalf of her clients, negotiating skills, and endless positivity made her a favorite of customers and co-workers alike.

Having helped countless families find the perfect vehicle, Yashima decided she wanted to use her skills to guide families through an even more important decision – their home purchase.

As a Hampton Roads resident for over 15 years, Yashima has keen insight into the unique characteristics of each of the 7 cities, and as a mother of a very energetic 9-year-old boy, she understands how important school systems are in choosing the right home for you and your family.

Also, both bi-lingual (Spanish) and a Military Veteran, she has a true passion for working with members of each of these communities to find the perfect home.

By combining her passion for helping others achieve their goals with her tenacity, tough negotiating skills, knowledge of the area, and “won’t quit” attitude, Yashima makes for the total package.

 

Tracy Albert, REALTOR®

Professional yet down-to-earth Tracy Albert is focused on providing clients with outstanding customer care. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, relocating, or selling an existing home, Tracy understands that every client has specific and unique real estate needs. Her philosophy is simple, clients come first! Her top priority is to assure every client feels understood, protected, and informed every step of the way. She believes honesty and communication are key. Through her motivating spirit and exceptional listening skills, Tracy will go above and beyond to help you achieve your real estate goals.

If you would like a real estate professional who will strongly advocate for you, contact Tracy for a consultation today.

 

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Welcoming Stéphane Koto

Welcoming Stéphane Koto

Welcoming Amber Norge

Welcoming Amber Norge

Top Performers, April 2022

Top Performers, April 2022

Time flies when you’re busy uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary people. We cannot believe we are already in May… Summer is creeping up fast! Let’s take a look at our Top Performers and recognize the individuals who crushed it in April. Congratulations to all. It’s time to keep striving for the extraordinary.

 

 

Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Agent of the Month | David Allison

David Allison was raised in Chesapeake, VA. He is a proud class of ‘95 graduate of Great Bridge High School and always knew he wanted to stay in the area. After a successful 15 year career in the automotive industry, David wanted to make a career move that would allow him and his family the opportunity to work in the area of Hampton Roads he grew up in.

During his time as a Realtor®, David has taken advantage of his homegrown roots, building strong connections with several local businesses both inside and outside of the real estate industry.

With the support of his family and friends, his intimate knowledge of the area, his local business connections, his sales experience, and his people-loving demeanor have led to quick real estate success for David! A 3-time Circle of Excellence winner and with a ranking of #328 out of over 7,000 agents across Hampton Roads, David is comfortably in the TOP 5% of Realtors® in the area.

In addition to his Virginia real estate license, David is also a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina with the ability to serve clients throughout both states.

 

Kris Weaver Real Estate Team Agent of the Month | Melanie Currey

I’m Melanie Currey and I want your business. I love life, family, and selling homes. I love finding my clients homes that feel like home. I am a NAVY wife and understand the urgency in transferring and know how emotional it can be, but I’ve also personally moved several times (outside of NAVY life) and know the emotions involved in that as well.

Today, with over eighteen years in real estate and over 300 homes sold, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have the professional experience to make the process smooth and pain-free. I always put the needs of my clients first. In a society where we are bombarded by options, listening is overlooked and under-rated. I’m the agent who listens, then puts to use my expertise to guide you in fulfilling both your needs and desires. I have very high standards. I expect nothing less than the best from myself and you should demand no less when hiring an agent.

 

Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Admin of the Month – Katie Ringo

Atlantic Sotheby’s Property Manager of the Month – Donna Dasher

Kris Weaver Team Inside Sales Associate of the Month – Rick Garcia

 

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Extraordinary Achievements | Phil Kazmierczak

Extraordinary Achievements | Phil Kazmierczak
Photo: The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

Meet Phil Kazmierczak, Associate Broker and President of Property Management here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.  Phil has been in real estate since 2015 and started in property management in 2016.  Since then he has excelled and risen to the top of his field.  Phil is actively engaged in the community serving in several roles such as the 2022 Government Affairs Director for Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and was appointed to the 2022 Virginia Beach Housing Advisory Board by Virginia Beach City Council.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association (HRRA) and is the Moderator of the HRRA Property Management and Leasing Council.

 

Photo: The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

Most recently, Phil was named by the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association 2021 Rising Star of the Year for volunteerism and engagement, 2021 Distinguished Property Manager, and the most highly coveted top award, 2021 Distinguished Property Manager of the Year. We interviewed Phil regarding his recent achievement – 2021 Distinguished Property Manager of the Year.

 

Q1. Did you know that you were going to win?

Photo: The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

I actually had no idea I was going to win. Barbara Sgueglia, Chairman of the Board, reached out to my husband 2 months ago to tell him I had won. We even all had drinks together one evening prior and they didn’t say a word about it. My husband, Aaron, had also asked me for my bio recently and lied about what it was for. As for the day of, they tricked me into sitting up front unknowingly. It truly was a surprise.

 

Q2. What does winning this mean to you?

It is a verification of all the hard work the team has done for property management in the Hampton Roads Area. Property Management can be a very thankless profession. This award shows that we are effective and knowledgeable in the property management services we offer.

 

Q3. What’s your favorite part about being a Property Manager?

My favorite thing about being a Property Manager is making things work. I am all about the processes. Whenever there is any kind of problem, we put a solution in place so that it never happens again.

 

Q4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or mention?

This award has very little to do with me and everything to do with our Property Management Team and the work that they do.

True story, back in 2016 when Kris Weaver, Principal Broker, asked me to consider this position I said “Okay, but I want the opportunity to go back to being a full-time agent if it doesn’t work out.” And he said “No. You’re either all in or all out.” From that moment on, I was all in.

 

Please join us in congratulating Phil on his recent achievements! Here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, it is our mission to provide our clientele with the highest standard of Real Estate Services. This Includes our extraordinary Property Management Division.

 

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Welcoming Nate Priest

Welcoming Nate Priest

Nate is a born and raised native of the Hampton Roads area. He spent his early adult years traveling the western United States, which perfected his ability to not only adapt but succeed in new and unfamiliar situations. He is extremely loyal and looks at every interaction as an opportunity to build a solid relationship with his clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a home for the first time or you’re a seasoned buyer his goal remains the same. His main objective is to create an effortless, stress-free home buying experience for each and every buyer. With over 10 years of sales and customer service experience, his will to succeed ensures the satisfaction of all your home buying needs.

When Nate is not working hard to get you in your dream home, he enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. He is passionate about extreme sports and the connection they provide with nature. Surfing and snowboarding in particular. He also has two golden retrievers that he loves to include in his daily adventures. They don’t seem to mind either. Regardless of how busy Nate is though, he is always sure to set aside time for the most important and motivational people in his life. His family and friends.

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Celebrating Earth Day in Hampton Roads

Celebrating Earth Day in Hampton Roads

One thing we can say about Hampton Roads is that every Earth Day there is much to do locally! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do, check out the full blog post. We hope this makes your Earth Day a breeze!

LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT HELP THE EARTH

“After 50+ years of celebrating Earth Day, it’s more important than ever to be green. If you’re looking for simple changes you can make at home in honor of the holiday, these easy, eco-friendly lifestyle changes on our list will help guide you: little yet important things like reusing the items you already have, purchasing environmentally-friendly products that don’t come in excess packaging, and reducing your daily water and energy consumption. After all, even a tiny bit goes a long way when it comes to saving the earth!”

Source: Good Housekeeping

 

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL IN HAMPTON ROADS

Wow, did we find a list of Earth Day Events for you all! From an Earth Day Market hosted by Bloom Beauty Bar VA and Farmer John’s Market to Earth Fest at Tradition Brewing Company – the options are endless! CLICK HERE to search all local events.

 

KID-FRIENDLY CRAFTS

“Every year on April 22, people around the world gather to celebrate and appreciate our planet for Earth Day! The movement started in 1970, as many became aware of the growing environmental issues, including air and water pollution. The day typically includes fun and engaging Earth-conscious activities to help you and your little ones learn how to make a positive environmental impact. While there are some easy things you can do to make a difference — think changing the light bulbs in your home to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and using eco-friendly products — partaking in our Earth Day crafts for kids can keep the change going for generations to come.”

Source: Good Housekeeping

 

 

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. –Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Significant Sale | Katrina Pulliam, Associate Broker

Significant Sale | Katrina Pulliam, Associate Broker

Meet Katrina Pulliam, Associate Broker with the Welcome Home Realty Group… She believes her clients deserve an agent who always has their best interest at heart and Katrina works with the utmost integrity in order to do so. Katrina’s clients know that she is about them, will put in the work to get the transaction done professionally, that they will be in the home of their dreams, and get the highest market value for their home.

 

Recently we received a letter of commendation from a seller that had an extraordinary experience with Katrina. We would love to share from both the seller and Katrina herself regarding the sale of this gorgeous and elegant Toano home.

 

 

“I recently had the pleasure of working with one of your agents/brokers, Ms. Katrina Pulliam, in the sale of my house in Toano and the purchase of another home in Kiln Creek. Please see the attached letter of commendation that I felt compelled to write after a very positive experience!  I have worked with other real estate agents in the past who seemed to care only about concluding a sale as quickly as possible to make their commission and add to their sales record.  Nothing could be further from the experience that I had with Ms. Pulliam!  She made me feel like she was truly representing me and my interests, and that she cared about my objectives!!” – Christine Belcastro, Ph.D.

 

We interviewed Katrina regarding the sale of this Stonehouse home and here is what she had to say.

 

Q1. What was your favorite part of the home?

My favorite part of this home was the gourmet kitchen and the outdoor balcony and patio, very quaint.

 

Q2. What was the most difficult part of selling the home and how did you overcome it?

The most difficult part was that the homeowner shared a well with a neighbor that supplied the sprinkler system for both properties and they did not have an agreement in place, so we put together an agreement that satisfied the new owner and the neighbor.

 

Q3. What’s your favorite thing in the area?

Photo From Google

My favorite thing about the neighborhood is the Saudé Creek Vineyards and Gauthier Vineyard are close. The neighborhood Stonehouse is a golf course community, has a restaurant on site The Virginia Grill, and how centrally located between Williamsburg and Richmond this community is.

 

Q4. What’s your favorite part about being a REALTOR®?

My favorite part about being a realtor is knowing that I have the ability to help people accomplish their goals in the housing arena.

 

3224 Oak Branch Lane

 

“Extraordinary custom all-brick home in Stonehouse provides tranquility in a picturesque neighborhood with lots of amenities and easy access to Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Richmond! Ample light and many luxury features (see list) make it a must-see!”

 

VIEW THE LISTING HERE | SOLD FOR $800,000

 

For those who seek an exceptional home and life, there is only Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

Welcoming Paul Tatum

Welcoming Paul Tatum

Significant Sale | Lea Loves Listings Inc.

Significant Sale | Lea Loves Listings Inc.

Meet Lea Marie Ngowakl…She is an award-winning agent and property manager in Hampton Roads. Not only loved by her clients, Leà Marie is well-respected and admired by agents with whom she has engaged in transactions over the years. Buyers, sellers, landlords, investors, and even renters adore her calm yet assertive nature and unique style.

 

Recently Lea’s listing was featured in Country Living Magazine. Something cool about this home sale is that “most 2BRs of that size that are not WF sell for around $200k but I was able to get $270k for this. It originally appraised at $208k, but I argued the value, hired a second appraiser for the buyer, and it then appraised at $278k!” – Lea Marie

 

“Lea Marie Ngowakl and I got featured in this month’s Country Living Magazine!!!! It was for her Folk Victorian listing that I got to take photos of (top picture – house was built in 1910).” – Steven Salazar

 

Welcome home to this CHARMING Eastern Shore oasis brought back to life with meticulous, tasteful, & unique upgrades. This home offers an updated kitchen with a beamed ceiling & one-of-a-kind finishes & fixtures. A decorator’s delight, this darling beach retreat boasts beautiful hardwood floors throughout with freshly painted walls. Natural light pours into this special craftsman home filling it with warmth. Many of the original aspects of this home have been preserved while still peppering in modern-day amenities. Spend peaceful mornings & crisp evenings lounging on your wraparound porch watching the sunrise & set over the quiet, cozy town of Wachapreague. This historic coastal town has less than 250 permanent residents. Enjoy adventuring the wetlands, fishing, birdwatching & exploring the quaint Victorian-era town. Wachapreague is truly heaven! Be prepared to be impressed. Yes, there is even a little white picket fence.

VIEW THE LISTING HERE

 

For those who seek an exceptional home and life, there is only Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.