Don Maclary

About Don Maclary

Choose A Home Team Leader with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Hampton Roads is a mix of long time locals, Active duty Military, Veterans and others who have decided to retire beautiful Virginia Beach or one of our other inland cities. Members of our team and myself love helping families transition through their changing housing needs. We thank you all for your never ending support and look forward to serving you with your next real estate transaction.
Choose A Home Team Leader

Working From Home – Beach Life

Have you found yourself working from home?

If you have you might start thinking about Beach Life and a new place to work from. Here in Virginia Beach we have had many people from larger cities looking for short term rentals where they can work remotely and enjoy the beach at the same time. For some working from home might be for the near future only. However some have been looking for homes to buy because they have a work from home job already and there is nothing to do in some of the largest cities.

Beach Life has been thought of as a vacation and now it is becoming a lifestyle.

2020 has brought the travel industry to it’s knees. The new plan for many is really decades old. This is creating sharp rise in people buying 2nd homes and vacation homes, even first time home owners. The new trend is personal entertainment spaces, home offices and dual use play / study areas.

Local to Coastal Virginia?

Take a few minutes and speak with one of us . The Choose A Home Team can find you a home that might be more suitable for your families peace of mind. As we are all finding ourselves spending time together in somewhat cramped spaces patients will sometimes run short. 

We hope everyone is doing well coping through 2020 with Covid-19 and the unrest in many major cities around the country. If you are not happy where you are talk to us about possibly relocating.




Working From Home – Beach Life2020-07-03T16:43:15+00:00

Where Should I Move To?

Where Should I Move?

Covid-19 times has created an environment where many people asking themselves where should I move. Considering things like how safe is the city and how good is the school system.

We on the Choose A Home Team are seeing traffic coming from some of the more troubled or locked down Cities. One of the main reasons for the influx to Virginia Beach is

people are are looking  for safe cities to relocate to.

Recently Travel is losing favor to owning homes with entertaining spaces.

More and more people are now working remotely, hence the question where should I move? The number one factor seems to be a desire to relocate to a more relaxed location. Choosing places with beaches and other recreation or dining options. Millennial’s are rethinking where they are spending their money.

Backyard gatherings and media room get together’s are gaining popularity. With breweries and clubs reopening people have figured out the amount of their income is spent there may be enough to buy a home.

Would You Like To Know Why People Are Moving To Virginia Beach as a Favorite Destination?

It is known first for its Beaches. Not to forget Food, Fishing, Bike Trails, Entertainment, Boating, Surfing and many other things. So if the question where should I move ran through your head more then once give one of us a call.

You will find our Realtors on The Choose A Home Team will spend time to learn about you and help you make good choices. You might enjoy a no pressure appointment with one of us if you find yourself here on vacation. Many vacationers come here and love it so much they buy a vacation or second home. (A second home is very much like a primary home that is fifty plus miles away from the primary home)

Thank You,

We look forward to assisting you with your real estate questions or needs.




Where Should I Move To?2020-06-25T21:03:24+00:00

Virginia Beach – Safest City in 2020

The number one concern on everyone’s mind today is safety and security.

The issues with the COVID-19 virus, the spread, testing, treatment and vaccine have many people insecure about what is in store for the future.

The lock-downs, and restrictions associated with the mitigation of the spread of this disease has been difficult. Lock-downs have affected our mental health, as well as the economy, and personal finances. If this were not enough, recent events regarding Civil Rights, have also had people on edge regarding safety and security. But, there is some good news for the city of Virginia Beach.  According to SmithAdvisor, a study recently conducted showed that Virginia Beach is the safest city crime rate for large cities, in the US. They studied 3,383 cities, and ranked them buy size and crime rate. VA Beach is a large city (population over 100,00) and has the lowest crime rate of violent crime (1.3/1k), and property crimes (17.4/1k) for cities of this size. This equated to a total score of 35.8, the lowest of all the cities studied.

What does this mean for the residents and visitors to this area?

We can proudly say that Virginia Beach, VA is #1 in the country. We have the beaches, great schools and colleges, workforce, and access to other highly desirable amenities. This makes it a great place to live, work, vacation and play. Knowing that our city is a safe place makes all of the above even more desirable as a place to live or vacation.

See Where Data Came From

Trying to decide what city to move to?

Would you like more info about living in Virginia Beach?

What would a low interest loan cost?


Virginia Beach – Safest City in 20202020-06-27T20:38:08+00:00

Buying Homes in Covid-19 Times

Covid-19 Has taken a Seller Market back to a Buyer Market.

Due to the Covid-19 shutdown of normal activity many things are changing in Real Estate. Buyers and sellers have both become more flexible on terms.

We on The Choose A Home Team are seeing a Covid-19 Win – Win Market.

Some sellers are getting above full price offers during the covid-19 shutdown while others are taking any offer for fear of not getting another one. To our local crowd that loved to Travel and are no longer able to justify the risks. Welcome to the home buyer market. Renting a room has become much less attractive when you cant go out and socialize in large crowds.

Our team has seen an uptick in the desired home size.

Clients are now looking for things like backyard decks, patios, fire pits, and a yard to run around in. That is on the outside but inside they are looking for Stay AT Home Offices, Theater Rooms and Play Rooms.

Where other Realtors are scratching their heads during Covid-19 The Choose A Home Team has not stopped moving our clients in and out of homes.

Please Reach out to one of our Realtors Today


Buying Homes in Covid-19 Times2020-06-03T21:02:47+00:00

Recent Events Have Changed the Real Estate Market

The Coronavirus pandemic has left people in a changing Real Estate Market.

Real Estate Market Changes may affect people both ready to buy of sell a home. With serious concerns about the future of the Real Estate Market and how it will work for them. Open houses have gone to “virtual tours”, sight unseen buyers are becoming more common. Some buyers are waiting due to fears of “catching the virus” by using someone’s door knob, etc. This is a legitimate concern, which in the future may indeed change how the real estate market works. To discuss a plan for you just ask us.

 However, some of these changes like following social distancing may be beneficial to everyone. I will outline the home of the future, and if you are a buyer or seller how this may affect your decision to enter the real estate market.

If you are a Home Buyer, here are some of the “futuristic characteristics” of the average home:

  1. More space for multi-family living, either for parents, children or even renting a room for extra money. The in-demand home will have extra bedrooms, basements, rooms over garages, or any other unused space, that can be converted to a bedroom. An extra bathroom can also be lumped into this category.
  2. To go along with this thinking, an extra space that can be converted back and forth for multi-purpose use is also a plus. This includes, as an example, if you are now working at home, a room, that is an office by day and a dining room by evening, might be of interest.
  3. Fully equipped homes that include, home security, panoramic WIFI, Bluetooth, streaming abilities, internet enabled devices, and other computer managed apps or devices that can control lighting, heat, air-conditioning, even turn on the oven.
  4. COVID 19 related concerns for safety starting with Social Distancing incorporating into the Real Estate Market. Sanitation and security will remain high on the list for buyers and sellers. Easily cleanable surfaces, use of disposable items (once a no-no) are now becoming the new norm. Self-cleaning toilets, rumba- like robots to automatically clean floors, futuristic appliances that monitor levels of food in the refrigerator, automatically set the microwave or oven to the right cooking length and temp are becoming more common.

If you are a Home Seller it might be the time to:

  1. Showcase your home by highlighting the some of the features discussed above, such as
  • Extra rooms that can be used for multi purposes
  • Installing a security system, or a Ring doorbell
  • Emphasize the cleanliness of the home, change air filters, keeping a log of how the home has been sanitized, i.e. a log book of cleanings, displaying and have available hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and offer masks during showings or open houses
  • Use a staging service that can show the versatility of a multi-use room.
  1. Offer as an incentive: Possibly,
  • A top to bottom house cleaning service upon move-in
Recent Events Have Changed the Real Estate Market2020-05-06T14:24:31+00:00

New Millennial Game Plan

Changes in the Millennial Game Plan toward elbow room and paying attention to social distance.

To the dismay of our previous generations wondering why the millennial focus has weighed heavily on travel and entertainment. Instead of relationships, family and financial security. World wide fear over Corona virus and major shut downs has them questioning dorm style living and traveling around the world. Moving quickly to more traditional lifestyles. By default this change will create a more financially stable future for them.

The future for the Millennial generation is starting to look the same as other generations, planting roots, job security, home ownership and family.

Because Corona Virus is spreading through global travel and large crowds with crowded places being hot spots. Causing a major health crisis shutting down sporting events and bars has become a major wake up call. Reality has set in that small home gatherings allow for social distancing and elbow room. This allows socializing while having a few drinks with friends and spending less.

On the upside we as a country will get through this period of time. Every generation has been left with a scar of some kind and this will be a big one.

What we will learn from this health crisis. And most of all what we choose to do with what we learned will set the tone for what our future will be. The truth is we all come together in hard times this however becomes difficult when social distancing is so important.

As we cautiously start to venture out and about, think about taking advantage of the market as well as your free time and shop for a home with one of our experienced Realtors

Consider getting yourself a home where you can entertain a small group of friends and stay out of large crowds.



New Millennial Game Plan2020-03-25T20:54:56+00:00

Singles Choice Pay or Get Paid?

Singles in their 30’s who pay rent for a room are now starting to  Get Paid!


Singles have been off to a slow start by thinking planting roots would be too restrictive. Hence they have paid way too much in rent to others with no plans to relocate away from family, friends and jobs. This has slowly but surely started to change the tide from a rent mentality to an own mentality. 

Younger single people in the work force are now starting to wake up. They have previously been content living at home or renting a room from someone else. This trend is still continuing with some small changes. Now Millennial’s are starting to buy property for themselves and rent out rooms to others covering the cost of the home. Singles have been more interested in their job, traveling and hanging out. 

Singles now looking at the great job they have with virtually nothing to show for it, Millennial’s are now starting to invest in Real Estate.

In Coastal Virginia known as the 757 area, homes are comfortably priced and paired with currently low rates. What this really means is the cost is less to own then rent a medium priced like property. This equates to investment opportunity for the vast majority of an average worker. 

Our team is excited about helping the Millennial sector turn this trend around. The bubble they may have grown up in when their parents may have had a bad experience tainted what was always the American Dream.

Contact a member of The Choose A Home Team Now


Singles Choice Pay or Get Paid?2020-02-25T19:55:48+00:00

Luis Ocampo Adds Spanish To Our Bi-Lingual Team

Luis Ocampo – Spanish Speaking Realtor – Licensed in Virginia

A Little about Luis Ocampo – Realtor:

Since 1989 the year of my first Real Estate Transaction it was clear as day that anyone paying rent was paying a bill for someone else. For years my wife and I have enjoyed serving the communities in which we lived. Being able to effectively communicate in both English and Spanish has been an asset in all of our endeavors. After spending some time with Howard Hanna Real Estate I noticed in our office that a few agents were part of The Choose A Home Team. What got my attention is how they were always engaging the public in a positive way at local venues. I have always felt that some people were underserved in the housing market due to language barriers and busy schedules.

Long story short after meeting with Don Maclary, The Choose A Home Team Leader and learning that other agents on the team were also bi-lingual we clicked. Now I am still with Howard Hanna and part of a Great Team as well.

We are all Howard Hanna Realtors continuing to serve Buyers and Sellers in all price ranges, things that make our Team stand out is how we reach out to the community educating people where they are.

This is huge for people with busy lives especially those with language barriers.

So please!

Don’t be shy, reach out to one of us and ask how to get started. You may be surprised to find out you qualify for a low or no money down program.

Luis Ocampo

Bi-lingual English / Spanish

Search Homes for Sale

Luis Ocampo Adds Spanish To Our Bi-Lingual Team2020-01-26T16:59:29+00:00

Thanksgiving Tradition With Family

Watching a Thanksgiving movie made us think about our family.

If you think your family is somewhat messed up it probably is, Most are in one way or another. So please be thankful and spend time home with family this holiday season. You may enjoy your visit with family more if you watch this movie first.

Thankful for my Family

is a newly released movie available on Amazon. This comedy movie shares the ups and downs of family gatherings around Thanksgiving. In addition this movie is special to us for several other reasons. The most obvious is that this is the time of year when people get together to make memories, share stories, and otherwise catch up with family and relatives they may not have seen in a while.

For many people, this tradition carries on down thru the generations. This movie’s theme is part of these memories to me. My family always had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, we always had Uncle Fred with his political views, cousin Ray with his latest escapades with the law (he is a cop), and Granny recalling the last World War. But this is what makes Thanksgiving what it is. Having a place to call home, is a top priority for a lot of people. It is too late for this Thanksgiving, but if you wanted to start making holiday memories, you have time to find your Christmas home. Closing can be done in less than 30 days, so if this is your dream for this year or next give us a call. We have a track record of finding the right home homes in just a few days.

  Now let’s get back to the movie

The second reason that this movie is special. Two of the homes that were featured in this movie were sold by The Choose A Home Team. One of my clients rented her beach property to the production crew for them to film the inside scenes. You might also note that the beach scene was filmed at Croatan Beach. My own home was also featured in the last scene, but it was too dark to see the lake. The credits at the end refer to our properties.  It gives me pride to think that they chose one of my properties to film a movie at.  Maybe your next home can be the setting of a future movie?  Look what Santa did in the movie, Miracle on 34th St. You never know.

The Choose A Home Team Would Like To Wish You And Your Family A Happy Thanksgiving!

Start a new tradition by hosting a family gathering in a home of your own.

Contact our team about a new home for the holiday

Thanksgiving Tradition With Family2020-01-29T21:27:41+00:00

Open House For Realtors Not Buyers

Open House – Today is more for Realtors® than buyers and sellers!

Online Information has a good side and a bad side. Lots of information with no training can be a budget disaster!

As Realtors® today we see that an open house is often thought of by a customer as a way to avoid  contact with a Realtor.

The open house way of thinking customers have escapes us as Realtors®. The reason being is the customer entering any open house in a sense is walking into a lion’s den The Lion inside would be the Realtor. The purchase of a home is not made on a regular basis and it is the largest investment that most people make. Too much knowledge is available without the training on how to use it leaves many home buyers at risk. Pretty much everyone knows what a lawyer is and does. Lawyers negotiate legal disputes between multiple parties. If you were to ask a large group of people if they would use the same lawyer as the person they have the dispute with. You would have an instant response of NO! 

Lawyers Negotiate and Realtors Negotiate

Everyone understands that they want their own lawyer to protect their interests. So why do home buyers walk into an open house and engage in conversation with a Realtor who negotiates for the seller. Mostly because they think they can save money. This theory is mostly wrong because once a home is on the market the seller agreed to pay the commission. An open house is a way for the sellers Realtor® to negotiate against you and keep both halves of the commission, In most cases the seller signs upfront to pay both Realtors® Yours and theirs. So why would you want your opponents agent negotiating on your behalf when they are obligated to the seller.


Select a Realtor® to represent you before attending any open houses. 

Once you select a Realtor® you can look at houses on your schedule and save a huge amount of time. Using professional tools instead of watered down public sites you can look at only those homes that meet your criteria. At the same time your Realtor® is obligated to get you the best deal and be paid by the seller.

Stay Out Of The Lions Den

You should look at homes with your Realtor® who works for you at no expense to you. Maybe most importantly at a time that works for you!

Can You Guess Who Is Taking The Lead Toward The American Dream?



Open House For Realtors Not Buyers2020-01-26T16:45:29+00:00