Dr. Shep Praises The Choose A Home Team With 22 Smooth Transactions
Several years ago, I traveled to Virginia Beach to visit the area for a second time and to get an idea of what was available in my quest for the perfect place to live in retirement.
Gerry Goodman, a friend of mine who is a realtor in Orange County, California, recommended a realtor named Don Maclary. Then with William E Wood and Associates that has since merged with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Before traveling to Virginia Beach from Sacramento, California, I contacted Don, told him my goal, and arranged to meet with him. Every morning at 8 a.m., Don showed up at the timeshare at the beach where I was staying and took me out for the day, and sometimes for the evening, to get an idea of the community and the neighborhoods, as well as the homes. I wanted to have a place with a water view. We looked at homes on the Atlantic Ocean, on Chesapeake Bay, on the Wolfsnare River, on local lakes, on creeks, on flood run-off streams, and on water holes on golf courses. This amazing realtor “gets inside your head” and figures out what you want, then finds it for you.
Although my original intent had been to just look around for the four days I was in Virginia Beach, within three days Don had found two of exactly what I wanted! The homes were in different neighborhoods, so I picked the more traditional area, with lots of trees. Now I have a ranch house on a lake, with a dock, as well as a Jacuzzi outdoors. It’s almost like being in a bird sanctuary! It is in a cul de sac, so I feel that my grandchildren will be safe from traffic when they visit.
A few times a year, I travel from my work in Sacramento to my retirement home in Virginia Beach, to be joined by my family for holidays and family celebrations. Most of the year, the lake house is rented out, so this investment literally pays for itself. When I am ready to retire and make it my permanent home, it will be waiting for me.
Don Maclary is the most thorough, competent, knowledgeable realtor I have ever encountered. This is true whether you are looking for a vacation home or a weekly rental, as well as your forever home in Coastal Virginia. He answers his phone! If not immediately available, he lets you know he will be right with you. He takes the time to talk with people, and you feel as if you are the only client he has. Meanwhile, he and his team are winning awards for their achievements and their many satisfied customers. If a realtor does not produce, he is not on Don’s team. Although he is seldom out of town, he always has a back-up team member who will effectively service the needs of a client in his absence. After all, he does leave the area to go on the reward trips provided for high achievers in his company, the largest in the area, Howard Hanna!
When you complete a deal with Don Maclary that is not the end of the relationship. If you ever need assistance with which repair person or handy man to use, or which restaurant to enjoy, or what sights to see, the best beaches, etc., you can always call on Don. He is a man of many talents. With his creative, divergent thinking, he can imagine different ways people can adapt various homes to their needs, ultimately providing them with their perfect place to own. On a rating scale of 1 – 5, Don Maclary scores a 10!!!