We’ve all heard it. In real estate, it’s “location,” repeated for emphasis. Well, Rose & Womble Realty Company has the locations, 14 of them, and the company’s colors of red, white and blue are proudly displayed in the seven municipalities of Hampton Roads.
Rose & Womble traces its roots back almost a half-century, beginning as two realty companies: Rose and Krueth; and Womble. The companies merged in 1998 and created Hampton Roads Real Estate Resource, achieving “number one” status in December, 2014, based on the parameters of the real estate business.
Real Trends Magazine recently ranked the company as the 36th largest independent REALTOR® in the United States, placing it in the top 1 percent of real estate firms in the nation.
Rose and Womble has a large resale division, a new homes division (marketing more than 60 new home communities from Williamsburg to North Carolina) and a property management division. It also touts a dozen more departments, services or affiliated partnerships, including Advance Title & Settlement Services and Land Planning Solutions.
The company has a loyal and satisfied client base. And a large portion of the company’s business comes from referrals.
With more than 130 years of combined experience in the local real estate market, employing 600 agents the enterprise is guided by Art Zachary, chief executive officer, and Van Rose, chief operating officer.
Dale Chandler is managing broker for the Newport News and Hampton offices. “I’m a local guy,” Chandler says, “Born and raised here, I attended local high schools and the Shipyard Apprentice School.
“Our offices serve the entire Peninsula, plus New Kent, Gloucester, Matthews, Smithfield and Isle of Wight,” Chandler says.
The Newport News group of 50 agents is unique because “We do not sell houses; we find homes that appeal not only to a buyer’s needs but also to the buyer’s heart,” says Chandler.
Asked what makes a home to be sold marketable, Chandler says, “We explain to our sellers that in today’s market we are in ‘a beauty contest and a price war.’ Buyers are greatly influenced by what they see when viewing a house.
Regarding newly built homes versus the resale of older houses, Chandler says, “There are a lot of pluses to buying a new home…improved building techniques, building materials and energy efficiency, to name a few. When it comes down to purchase, buyers can normally get more square footage, baths and rooms in a resale home.”
A typical day for Chandler? “There is no such thing,” he says with a smile. “My day starts with emails, text messages and voice mails before I leave for the office. Once at the office I have one-on-one coaching sessions with agents and fixed-time training classes. And, even though we are a large company, I handle all aspects of running a business, with support from corporate. I interview and hire new and experienced agents. My job is to provide training, coaching and information to our agents so they can be professional and operate on the highest ethical standards.”
Chandler’s agents believe in “giving back” to the community, “This is our third year working with LINK to care for the homeless,” he says. “We also run a booth with clothes that we have donated and gathered. And we take care of one to two families, providing for their children at Christmas. All funds for this are donated by our agents. This past Thanksgiving, Rose and Womble provided 2,500 meals to families throughout Hampton Roads.”
Community service is a significant part of Rose & Womble’s mission. “We have agents who are involved in a variety of ways working with Samaritans Purse, Peninsula Rescue Mission, Food Pantry, Gloucester Women’s Shelter, American Cancer Society, Animal Aid Society, Menchville House, Wounded Warriors, Save the Bay Foundation and many more,” Chandler says.
When he is not working, Chandler can be found spending time with his three grandsons, who are a big part of his life. They love to go boating with him. Chandler also enjoys a good game of golf.
Chandler has been in real estate for about 14 years and he now happily serves Rose & Womble in hiring, training, managing, motivating and leading the personnel in its two offices.
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Rose and Womble Realty Company
Address: 800 Diligence Dr., Newport News, VA 23606
Contact: Dale Chandler, managing broker
Direct Phone: 757-879-9200
Specialty: Full-service real estate