Top Performers, May 2022

Top Performers, May 2022

Summer is good for the SOULstice. We are officially heading into the hottest month here in Hampton Roads. Let’s take a look at our Top Performers and recognize the individuals who brought the heat in May. Congratulations to all. It’s time to keep striving for the extraordinary.



Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Agent of the Month | Jaime Nyheim

Whether you’re buying your first home, pursuing a flip and fix, or finding your dream home – you deserve the best.

Real estate provides an investment opportunity that helps people realize their dreams and betters their lifestyle. As your Realtor® I develop a deep understanding of what you truly value in life so that I may guide you to a fulfilling purchase.

You deserve a Realtor®, such as myself, who provides current real estate market analytics and assists you in exploring financial opportunities while matching your risk tolerance. This along with an established foundation of expertise here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty enables you to make well-informed decisions.

Are you searching for a home in a community that best serves your family’s lifestyle? I specialize in understanding those needs and guiding you to a home that fulfills them. Plus, as a veteran and military spouse, I understand what it takes to streamline a complicated transition.

Are you planning to invest in your next positive cash flow investment? My background in finance and my ability to spot the latest real estate and cultural trends will sharpen your return.

With a track record of success in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the nation, my tact and diplomacy deliver polished results even amidst unexpected chaos. Whether you’re buying your first home, pursuing a flip and fix, or finding your dream home – you deserve the best. I am here to help.


Kris Weaver Real Estate Team Agent of the Month | Chris Johnson

Being a resident for over 25 years in the Hampton Roads area Chris has gained extensive knowledge of the area. Chris prides himself on his punctuality, honesty, dedication, and ability to get the job done. With over 15 years of Customer Service Experience, Chris has gained the skills to truly understand people and how to take care of them and provide them with the exceptional customer service they deserve. Chris’s goal is to build a long-term relationship with his clients, make the process as stress-free as possible as well ensure that all his client’s needs are met, that they get the home they desire, and most of all – leave HAPPY.

Welcoming Justin Roman

Welcoming Justin Roman

Memorial Day Weekend in Hampton Roads

Memorial Day Weekend in Hampton Roads

The weather here in Hampton Roads is heating up as we begin to say goodbye to Spring. That’s right, Summer is right around the corner! Typically Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to Summer here in the 757. Let’s take a look at what Memorial Day is all about and what’s in store for us, locally, this weekend.



“Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, in the United States, holiday (last Monday in May) honoring those who have died in the nation’s wars. It originated during the American Civil War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle.”

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica



MONDAY – from The Virginian Pilot

Memorial Day Ceremony, at Victory Arch, 25th Street and West Avenue, downtown Newport News. 11 a.m. (757) 245-4532 or (757) 247-8523.

Memorial Day Ceremony, Conaway Cemetery at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, 9 a.m. Attendants must have base access. (757) 953-7422.

Memorial Day Observance, Hampton National Cemetery Complex, Marshall Avenue and Cemetery Road, Hampton. A 21-gun salute, music and more. 10 a.m. (757) 723-7104.

Memorial Day Observance, Fort Monroe’s Continental Park. A 105 mm howitzer 21-gun salute, music and more. 11:55 a.m. (757) 788-2263.

Memorial Day Service, on board the battleship Wisconsin, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 10 a.m. (757) 644-1000.

Virginia Memorial Day Cluster All-Breed Dog Show, 8 a.m., Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. (757) 315-1610.

Virginia Beach Mayor’s Veterans Committee commemorates Memorial Day, Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 19th Street across from Virginia Beach Convention Center, 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. (757) 467-6435.

Memorial Day Evening Service, Courthouse Community United Methodist Church, 2708 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. 7 p.m. (757) 427-3272.



Hampton Roads is home to many military families. There is much to enjoy throughout Memorial Day Weekend for all. Whether you’re looking to hang out with friends or enjoy some activities with family – CLICK HERE to search all local events.




“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman


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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.



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!


“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



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.



“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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