Coldwell Banker Traditions: Continuing its legacy

Sandra Hood continues the legacy of client service and community connection. (photo by Karen Eure Wilson)

Teachers, nurses, administrators, service members and military spouses are a sampling of people who have a home within the franchise of Coldwell Banker Traditions. Housed under the banner of the iconic Coldwell Banker, these independent real estate contractors are carrying the legacy forward while establishing their own mark in the Hampton Roads community and beyond.

Founded in 1906 by Colbert Coldwell, who later partnered with Benjamin Banker, Coldwell Banker is a household name that is recognized as the oldest and most established full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage service in North America. As stated on its corporate website, “its global network includes 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 49 countries and territories.”

Coldwell Banker Traditions became one of these independently owned and operated franchises in 1997. While it was originally founded in 1885 as Brooks Real Estate, this new alliance with Coldwell Banker complimented and strengthened its standing “to be the trusted source of innovative real estate solutions, creating exceptional experiences for all we serve,” as it states on its website.

Today, Coldwell Banker Traditions is a full-service firm handling residential real estate, commercial transactions and property management. The franchise has its main office in Williamsburg with branch locations in New Kent and Newport News. The principal brokers are John Wilson and Charlotte Jones. Sandra Hood is the managing broker in the Newport News office.

Says Hood, “We have an exceptional team of professionals who are great at what they do and who are community minded. What sets us apart is that most of the people in this firm not only have great volume, but they are also strong leaders involved in realtor associations at local, state and national levels. That’s a lot of experience under one roof.

“From the top down, our philosophy is ‘what can we do to support the agents as they’re out there to do their business, and what can we do to help the clients get their transactions done more easily?’ We continue to grow, which is testimony to the great support, training and tools that we offer,” says Hood with a smile.

Hood is pleased that her organization is in an expansion mode. She is positioned in Newport News to help facilitate growth by connecting with more clients and bringing in more qualified agents who also operate with professionalism, integrity and with an attitude of community service. She understands that there is an emotional investment made by clients purchasing property and knows it is critical to have agents in place with the skills and empathy to deal with the public.

“Home ownership is more than just a sale for us. We know that having the strength of home ownership builds an economy,” says Hood.

Through her own experiences, she sees that nurses, teachers and people affiliated with the military are a good fit for work in the real estate industry because they usually have strong people skills and know the importance of a strong and diverse community. She recognizes this in the agents working beside her.

“We care about the community because we are part of the community,” Hood says. “We live here, our kids go to school here and we are all active volunteers in the community.”

At Coldwell Banker Traditions, Hood says, “Every year, we set up a community service agenda quarterly, so we have an activity. We just finished a fundraiser for Avalon, and we also completed a fundraiser for the humane society and the Red Shoe Lady. To us, giving back to the community is very important.”

Through Hood, it’s clear that transparency, integrity, dedication and results are standard operating procedures. Reflectively she says, “What makes us stand out is what we bring to the table for our agents, clients and community. We have the power of Coldwell Banker behind us.”

This is a power fueled by the principles of honesty, integrity and service. This is a power based on tradition. This is a power that comes through making connections and continuing a legacy.

Coldwell Banker Traditions
Address: 710 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-598-1232
Contact: Sandra Hood, managing broker

About Karen Eure Wilson 28 Articles
Karen Eure Wilson is a mother, an evangelist, entrepreneur, print journalist, author, speaker and broadcast producer. She entered the world of journalism as a mass media major at Hampton University and honed those skills as a public affairs specialist at Fort Eustis and Langley AFB. In this "second season" of her life, she has coined the term "DIP" (deliberate, intentional and protective) as her map for navigating the adventures and opportunities that lie ahead. Karen wrote for the Oyster Pointer for three years, 2010 - 2013, and happily returns to help highlight the great people and programs of Newport News and the surrounding area.

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