Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Agent
WORLD CLASS REALTY/ World Class Realty and Assoc R
5705 LYNNHAVEN PKWY SUITE 106
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
I'm an original. No, really. I am the ONLY woman in Southeastern Virginia to hold a Class A commercial/residential builder license, EPA Lead Renovator Certification, InterNACHI residential inspector certification, the 132-hour Occupational Health and Safety Professional Certification AND a Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License. Whew! If you're looking for an agent who can knock it out of the park, I'm not too bashful to say it's me!
A round-about start. 35 years ago, I thought I was going to be a photographer. That’s what I was spending all my dad’s money on in college, after all! But fate had very different plans for me. I got a job with an interior designer in Manhattan, and I discovered a whole new world of color, pattern, balance, and harmony: all the things I’d been seeing through the lens of a camera, I was now manipulating and creating in 3-dimensional space. It was exhilarating. My camera started collecting dust on the shelf. My awesome, incredible boss passed away too soon from cancer, and I was left to decide whether to dig that camera out of the back of my closet. Nope. I got a job with a massive construction company in New York City, and spent the next two decades in construction project management. I ate, slept, and breathed construction: new construction, remodeling, historic preservation, residential structures, commercial structures. Wood, steel, concrete, brick, pipes and wires. I eventually got a formal Diploma in Interior Design, and established a Design-Build firm in Ohio with my husband, which we transferred to Virginia in 2005.
Class A, baby! After returning to Hampton Roads in 2005, I spent two years studying for the Virginia Class A contractor license and in 2008 I passed all 4 tests on the first try, earning both the residential and commercial builder classifications. 20+ years in the business prepared me pretty well for all those questions about foundations and carpentry and contracts and law! I still co-own Chelsea Custom Contracting with my hubby, Jimi (who, by the way, is a phenomenally talented painter, anything from house painting to murals to portraiture). We’ve been married for 26 years and he’s definitely a keeper! We have no kids, just cats, a dog, and the occasional rogue opossum.
Real estate was just a natural next step. I frankly LOVE law! I love studying it, memorizing it, understanding it. I’m just not partial to courtrooms, so a career in law was never up my ally. But combining my knowledge of structures with being the fiduciary agent for home buyers and sellers, protecting them, guiding them, acting in their highest and best interest, understanding real estate law inside and out - yeah, I could get behind that! So these days, the hubby runs the contracting firm and I focus on providing ridiculously superior service to my real estate clients. For example, I drove 80 miles to get a missing signature from a buyer whose agent had gone incommunicado, so my client (the seller) could get their house sold.
My promise to you: You will benefit from my robust knowledge of construction, building codes, real estate and contracting law, and I will always be RELENTLESS in the pursuit of getting you the best real estate deal, whether that means buying your dream home or selling your home for the right price and helping you transition to your next home.
P.S. Are you wondering where my camera is now? Well, my original Nikon literally disintegrated on its 3rd trip to Europe back in the ‘90s. These days, I tote a Nikon digital SLR around, and I love to do fine art photography and painting when I have downtime between negotiating contracts! Look up WhitesideArtStudios on Facebook and Instagram for a peak into my artsy world!
Virginia Beach, VA