September 22nd, 2021 – Fall Equinox

September 22nd, 2021 – Fall Equinox

The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider.

– Jane Hirshfield


Isn’t it crazy how Summer can come and go in the blink of an eye? It may still feel a bit like Summer, but Fall is officially here. To get in the mood for some Autumn fun, we wanted to share some of our favorite things about Fall.


Pumpkin Flavored Food + Drink

You either hate it or you love it, but ’tis the season for all things pumpkin spice. This Fall favorite is not limited to just the Pumpkin Spice Lattes… there are many ways to incorporate your favorite flavor. Take a look at 50 Ways To Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix courtesy of Taste of Home.


Mulling Spice

It’s the smell of cinnamon sticks and cloves for us… this seasonal favorite not only makes for a delicious mulled wine/cider but keeps the home smelling like pure comfort. Create your own mulling spices blend to make a delicious mulled wine, spiced apple cider, tea, coffee, syrup, or even stovetop potpourri thanks to Julie Blanner.



Oh, Halloween. Of course, when you think of Fall – Halloween comes to mind fairly quickly. Whether you celebrate Spooky Season for all of Autumn or just on the 31st, this list of movies coming to Netflix is sure to satisfy your need for thrill and fright.


Leaves Changing Colors

We couldn’t leave out the LEAVES. One of Fall’s most photographed moments is the leaves transforming from green to the many shades of orange, yellow, and red we all love. A site to see, this seasonal change is one to truly enjoy. Fear not! If you don’t know where to go to see this change, we have a list of Best Fall Foliage Views in the U.S.


Feasts Such As Thanksgiving

Saving the best for last… Fall means we are just that much closer to Thanksgiving – a time for feasts, family, and fun. Get inspired early by exploring House Beautiful’s hub for Turkey Day!


Yes, we are sad to see Summer go but there is so much to love and embrace when it comes to Fall. Enjoy the cooling temperatures, crunchy leaves under your feet, and all the wonderful things that come with the changing of seasons. 

Fall Home Tip Series | Part I – Gutters

Fall Home Tip Series | Part I – Gutters

Fall is finally making its way to Hampton Roads. From cozy sweaters to PSLs, to crispy evenings around the bonfire – it’s time to get ready for all the festivities that come with Fall. But before you kick your feet up, there may be a few things around the house you should take care of. Let’s start with the obvious… time to clean your gutters.



Importance of Cleaning Your Gutters

A home’s gutter system controls the flow of rainwater from the rooflines. This protects your home’s roof, walls, foundation and landscape. If debris builds up in them, it could lead to sagging gutters, mold growth, wet basements, a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Gutters filled with debris can also make homes for rodents and other pests. Neglecting gutter maintenance can lead to costly repairs down the line.

Gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. If you have pine trees near your home, needles will need to be removed every three months to reduce the potential for clogging the gutters and downspouts.

Hiring someone to clean your gutters is an option if you aren’t comfortable on a ladder. Fees vary depending on your location. Prices are based on how many linear feet of gutters you have. It typically costs more if you have a two- or three-story home.

Source: The Home Depot



How to Clean Your Gutters

  1. Make sure you have a good, sturdy, extendable ladder. Always place the ladder on a sturdy surface (beware of landscaping rocks below which can shift). You can use a ladder stabilizer for safety and to help prevent damage to the gutters. Also, it’s best to have a helper in case you drop something or need a hand with the ladder.
  2. Dress for the job. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and rubber gloves. Cleaning gutters is a dirty job.
  3. To remove the gunk from the gutters, use a small, plastic scoop. Gutter scoops are available at the hardware store, or a child’s sandbox shovel also works just fine. If you have an old plastic kitchen spatula, that works too, and it won’t damage the gutters. Better yet, get a gutter cleaning robot to do the job for you!
  4. Spread a tarp underneath your workspace to collect all the gutter gunk and protect your lawn and landscaping.
  5. Once you’ve removed the debris from the gutters, use a garden hose to flush the gutters and downspouts and clear out any remaining debris. This will also show you if you have any leaks.
  6. Once the gutters are clear, repair any sagging metal. You can do this by mounting a gutter hanger. Many gutter repairs are DIY jobs.

Source: Family Handyman


What Does It Mean To Go Behind The Scenes?

What Does It Mean To Go Behind The Scenes?

When we say BTS, we don’t mean the K-Pop group. BTS, in the world of film and real estate, actually stands for “Behind The Scenes“. It’s an in-depth look at the video process, specifically all that goes into creating the cinematic home feature videos we call Lifestyles.



Recently we spent some time in the OBX filming for an upcoming lifestyle video. We can’t give away too many details on the property yet but wanted to shed some light on the process. To start, typically our crew is composed of the talent (on-screen actors/actresses), the film crew, our Marketing Director, our Social Media Director, and often times the agent listing the property is there in attendance.



Once we have everyone ready to rock and roll on location – we begin filming! Not only do we shoot from ground level, but we also film the bird’s eye view of each applicable scene. With multiple cameras, we are able to capture several POVs (point of view) throughout filming. Talent act out different scenarios that are outlined by our Marketing Director, who has a specific vision in mind for each property we shoot. When our Social Media Director is not in the scene, she typically follows the film crew like a shadow – showcasing the process.



Now, where the BTS comes into play is on our Instagram specifically. If you want to check out the day’s filming process for this lifestyle, you can check it out in our Instagram Story Highlight called “On Set”. Not only does our Social Media Director cover BTS herself but she also adds in any shared videos/photos from the rest of the crew.



But wait, there’s more! By piecing together some BTS taken that day, our Marketing Director actually cut together a little video to show you all just a little taste of what’s yet to come. Follow us on all Social Media Channels to catch when the Lifestyle drops and the property is officially featured!



Top Performers, August 2021

Top Performers, August 2021

It’s about that time, our final numbers for August are in. The market is STILL hot and our agents are absolutely on fire. Let’s take a look back at the Month of August and recognize those who went above and beyond.



Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Agent of the Month | Ebony Dawkins

Ebony has been an active member of her Coastal Virginia community for many years now, She was raised locally in a military family and is so excited to be turning that community focus toward real estate.

With a passion for service in the Coastal Virginia area, Ebony is ready to help with your home buying and selling needs. As a proud member of the Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty family, Ebony carries the values of hard work, integrity, and extraordinary client service into everything she does.


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 his 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.


Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Admin of the Month – Ron Schafer

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

Kris Weaver Team Inside Sales Associate of the Month – Kevin Armando Gonzalez

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Welcoming Jules Reid

Welcoming Jules Reid

“Let my diverse experience be the reason you select me to assist you with your real estate needs. I have top notch skills in sales and in design. As a Vice President at Merrill Lynch and DLJ in New York City, I served as a stockbroker money manager for my clients for 12 years. Upon the birth of my first of 3 sons, I diverted my attention to my creative side and founded my own Interior Design firm helping clients create their dream homes. In 2010, I created my own namesake clothing and lifestyle brand, Jules Reid.

I have my real estate licenses in both Virginia and Florida. I am a Virginia native, and I am proud to call Virginia Beach my home. In Palm Beach, I completed many Million Dollar transactions landing back in Tidewater.

Let my energy and honestly be your leader as you realize your dreams in buying or selling your home.”




Welcoming Nich Becerra

Welcoming Nich Becerra

Representing the Hampton Roads area, Nich Becerra brings fresh innovation to the real estate industry. As part owner of Image Home Development Nich Becerra is no stranger to the housing market. From building a home to finding the perfect property, Nich strives to leave every client in love with their new home. If you are looking to buy property, sell your home, or find up-to-date information on current market trends, look no further! Whether you are looking for a property right amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, a home where closed eyes hear ocean waves, or a quaint countryside getaway, Nich is the agent for you. When you think “Dream Home,” think Nich Becerra at Dawkins Residential.




Labor Day Weekend in Hampton Roads, 2021

Labor Day Weekend in Hampton Roads, 2021

Labor Day is almost here, which means it is time to figure out what’s in store this extended weekend. You know the drill… from local events in Hampton Roads to online deals, we’ve got you covered. But first, we have a little history in store.

According to, “Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, street parades, and athletic events.”



Fri, Sep 3 – Mon, Sep 6 | Virginia Beach KOA Holiday
1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
Start planning to spend your Labor Day Weekend at KOA! With live music and local food vendors, we’ve got you covered for entertainment on Saturday night.


Thu, Sep 2 – Mon, Sep 6 | Williamsburg / Busch Gardens Area KOA Holiday
4000 Newman Rd, Williamsburg, VA
Labor Day weekend is coming our way, complete with plenty of fun. It’s one of our very favorite holidays! 


Fri, Sep 3, 12 PM – Tue, Sep 7, 12 AM | Commonwealth Brewing Co
2444 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA
We can’t believe it’s time for our 6TH REVOLUTION CELEBRATION this Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd through 6th!


Sep 5, 3 PM – Oct 3, 5 PM | Reaver Beach Brewing Co. NFK
3800 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA
Live Music with Brett Williams is on Facebook. To connect with Live Music with Brett Williams, join Facebook today.


Sat, Sep 4, 6 AM – Mon, Sep 6, 12 PM | Burnham Guides Paddle & Bike
2 King St, Onancock, VA
Paddle all sides of Virginia’s Eastern Shore: Bayside, Seaside, and with the Ponies! Lodging and dining in the 1680 Colonial port of Onancock.


Sun, Sep 5 – Mon, Sep 6 | Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA
Race info for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon & 5K, with a course map, elevation profile, runner reviews, registration and more.




Enjoy major deals on furniture, mattresses, bedding, kitchen appliances, and more. – VIEW NOW



End your three-day-weekend on a delicious note with these easy ideas. – VIEW NOW


Now go and enjoy Labor Day Weekend, no matter which way you decide to spend it.

Welcoming Sharon Ryan

Welcoming Sharon Ryan

Originally from the Washington DC area, Sharon moved to AZ to attend ASU and began her real estate career while attending college in pursuit of her psychology degree.

Over the last 30 years, she has worked in the states of Arizona, Florida, and Virginia. Specializing in residential resale, new homes sales and management, land development as a sales and marketing director, and investment properties. She has also mentored and trained newer agents.

She currently resides in VA Beach and has two adult sons who are also in the real estate business as investors.

Currently licensed in the states of VA and FL she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, volunteering in the community, doing workshops for the Salvation Army and Judeo Christian Outreach, time with family and friends hiking the trails, and enjoying the beach…

With all of her experience, she is committed to helping agents grow their business and is very excited about her affiliation with Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty as a REALTOR®Associate and Certified Real Estate Instructor.




Significant Sales of Summer 2021

Significant Sales of Summer 2021

From the sale of a $2,842,337 Sandbridge Beach home to the sale of a unique estate on Linkhorn Bay, here are five Significant Sales from the Summer of 2021 represented by the Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.


Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach

Sold for $2,842,337 | Pat Barton, Associate Broker –


Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach

Sold for $2,528,000 | Chris Johnson, REALTOR® – Kris Weaver Real Estate Team


Linkhorn Bay, Virginia Beach

Sold for $1,300,000 | Andrew Christe, Associate Broker – The Christie Group


Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach

Sold for $795,000 | Pat Barton, Associate Broker –


East Beach, Norfolk

Sold for $625,000 | Cain Cuninghame, REALTOR® – Kris Weaver Real Estate Team


Explore previous editions of Significant Sales here

Celebrating National Banana Split Day in Hampton Roads

Celebrating National Banana Split Day in Hampton Roads

National Banana Split Day is upon us, August 25th to be exact! We do not want you to miss out on any ice cream opportunities, so here is a list of some places to enjoy some sweets here in Hampton Roads. Grab the family,  loved ones, even pets – calories don’t count, we promise.


Lolly’s Creamery | Virginia Beach, VA

“Lolly’s exists to share joy with the Hampton Roads community through our delicious food products and our Joy Squad. Read more about how we got started and why we are so passionate about serving our local community.” VIEW MORE

Urban Ice | Norfolk, VA

“Urban Ice is excited to announce it has started it’s opening process. We will be offering from custom 3D Lattes all the way to Build-Your-Own Sweet Crepes!” VIEW MORE


The Yard Milkshake Bar | Virginia Beach, VA

“The Yard Milkshake Bar was created by husband-and-wife team Logan and Chelsea Green. They both came from families of entrepreneurs and spent their early years working for their parents. Logan as an electrician and Chelsea at her parents convenience store.” VIEW MORE


Bergey’s Breadbasket | Chesapeake, VA

“We offer fresh, made from scratch pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, breads and more! Come in and try our creamy ice cream and milkshakes or one of our delicious sandwiches.” VIEW NOW


Farmer Frank’s Ice Cream | Suffolk, Virginia

“Welcome to Farmer Frank’s Farm Market, a family owned and operated business for more than 30 years. We will take you back to the good ol’ days where we grow our own produce and peanuts. We can sell by the pound and even by the bushel. Many other items are also available. Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Meats, Candies, Crafts, Gifts, Candles, Nuts, Boiled Peanuts, Antiques, Hoop Cheese and much more!” VIEW MORE


BONUS | Salty Paws Virginia Beach – Dog Friendly

“Salty Paws is the first Doggie Ice Cream Shop in the country. Some may say its a dog restaurant so pet friendly that our customers can actually sit at tables while enjoying their treats! At Salty Paws we have created an unique interactive ice cream and retail experience. Customers can enjoy spoiling their pets while they shop for antlers, CBD, toys and so much more!

Kick back and watch your dog enjoy cones, waffle bowls or dishes full of dog friendly ice cream with a topping bar that is undeniably a must for the pickiest of dogs! From dehydrated chicken to sweet potato fries sprinkled on top or something absolutely delicious from our bakery section, it doesn’t really matter because Salty Paws keeps your dogs wagging for more!” VIEW MORE