Hampton Roads is a wonderful place to call home. With seven unique cities and nearly 1.8 million people, there is truly something for everybody. Whether it’s your first time here or you are a lifelong resident, Coastal Virginia has something to offer that you will love from beaches and forests to waterside homes and urban condos. 

However, there are many factors in deciding which city and neighborhood to ultimately choose. The most important step? Contacting the team at ProActive Real Estate Services that offers decades of experience and market knowledge to find the home of your dreams and make the home buying process easy and efficient.

Hampton Roads, Virginia

What’s the Vibe in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, and Portsmouth?

To start, you may want to ask yourself what’s your “vibe?” Every community in Tidewater offers a unique sense of community. Heck, every neighborhood in every city gives you a different feeling! With so many options, it can sometimes be overwhelming nailing down exactly what you want. There are historical neighborhoods scattered all over the Southside and Peninsula. Check out Norfolk’s historic Freemason District, Portsmouth’s Olde Towne, or Olde Hampton in Phoebus. With classic architecture and rich history, these neighborhoods are filled with memorable homes that have withstood decades upon decades.

On the other hand, maybe you are not looking for an old home but a newer home filled with the latest amenities. Fortunately, Hampton Roads has you covered. You may appreciate the homes and townhomes in Chesapeake’s Culpepper Landing, all developed post-2010. If you are looking elsewhere in the Southside, Suffolk’s Harbourview neighborhood offers new homes with expansive developments around it. If you are not looking for a single-family home, Spence Crossing in Virginia Beach has beautiful new townhomes and condominiums. Maybe you want to be near the water or ocean? Take a look at Norfolk’s East Beach neighborhood.

If neither of those are up your alley, no worries! Plenty of options throughout Hampton Roads give you the best of both worlds. You might like Norfolk’s Larchmont or Lochhaven neighborhoods, which are near Naval Station Norfolk and Old Dominion University. Maybe you would like to enjoy the ocean views and cottage homes in Virginia Beach’s North End. Your options in Hampton Roads are limitless.

How Do You Like to Get Around?

One of the unique parts of living in Hampton Roads is traversing the seven cities. On your daily commute, you could experience a bridge, a tunnel, or even a bridge-tunnel! While all the surrounding water is beautiful, it can sometimes make getting around a hassle. This means it may be a consideration for you in the homebuying process. For example, if you work at Naval Station Norfolk but live in Newport News, you will be navigating the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel every day. Depending on the time and day, it could mean an extra hour in your vehicle.

Instead, you may wish to look at homes in Norfolk. If you are working in the Newport News Shipyard, but want to live in Suffolk, you will have to familiarize yourself with the long stretch on the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. Depending on what commute you are accustomed to, the time spent on I-264 in rush hour may not be a dealbreaker for you. 

Alternatively, you may be used to a trip to work of only a few minutes and would want to move somewhere much closer to the office. Working in Downtown Norfolk or Town Center Virginia Beach? Check out Norfolk’s Ghent and West Ghent or Virginia Beach’s King’s Grant, Thoroughgood, or Kempsville neighborhoods. 

How About Schools in Virginia?

The Hampton Roads area offers a wide array of schools for educating children. From many high-ranking public schools to small faith-based private schools, once again, there is something for everyone. 

Virginia Beach and Chesapeake have top tier programs at large public schools. For example, Princess Anne International Baccalaureate Program or the STEM Academy at Chesapeake’s Grassfield High School. Would you prefer a private school? You may want to look in Norfolk or Newport News at schools like Norfolk Collegiate, Norfolk Academy, or Hampton Roads Academy

Many of Hampton Roads’ schools are highly ranked and offer a plethora of extracurriculars from athletics to the performing arts. This is just a sampling of the many unique programs available in each city, and at the end of the day, you will find a more than suitable education offering for your kids.

What is There to Do in Hampton Roads?

Recreational and social opportunities here are expansive. While obvious, there is nothing quite like the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. However, there is plenty more to do in Virginia Beach including First Landing State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the Virginia Aquarium in addition to numerous restaurants and bars that many consider to be the best in the area.

Maybe that’s not your scene? Perhaps the City of Norfolk might be the next place to look with plenty of entertainment for history lovers including a World War II-era battleship, the USS Wisconsin BB-64. Norfolk also has a thriving art scene, anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Neon District neighborhood in Downtown Norfolk. Or perhaps you enjoy a more lackadaisical outdoor experience. Try The Hermitage Museum and Gardens or the serene Norfolk Botanical Garden, the largest in Virginia! Norfolk also offers one of the best craft beer scenes in the commonwealth, and the city’s breweries are sure to be a good time for people of all ages.

Sold on Hampton Roads?

Hopefully, we’ve given you a glimpse into all that is going on in Hampton Roads. No matter what it is you and your family enjoy, you will be sure to find it in Coastal Virginia. Let us help you find the perfect home for your lifestyle and call the ProActive Team today at 757-652-1225!

Craig Champagne

Field Inspector/Real Estate Agent

Craig joined the ProActive Team in 2021 as a Field Inspector and Real Estate Agent. Originally from Waterbury, CT, Craig moved to Hampton Roads in 2015. As a talented small engine and electronics specialist, he previously owned his own business before entering the real estate industry. In his role as a field inspector and agent, Craig conducts on-site inspections after move-outs and before move-ins and shows properties to prospective tenants and buyers. In every interaction, Craig is committed to diligent research, honest communication, and thorough work for clients and customers.

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Nichole "Nickiey" Crosby

Maintenance/Contractor Supervisor

Nickiey joined the ProActive Team in 2022, having previously worked in property management for eight years. As Maintenance/Contractor Supervisor, she is responsible for all property inspections, maintenance requests, and coordinating workstreams across team members and third-party contractors. Born in Texas and raised in Virginia, Nickiey is the mother of three children, two boys and a girl.

Kandy FulliloveKandy Fullilove

REALTOR® and Military Relocation Professional

Kandy has lived in Norfolk since 1991 where she received her first orders as a Navy Seaman.  A proud military spouse of 30 years with 2 boys who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and now serving, Kandy can tell you a few things about the Hampton Roads area and military life.  Her own experiences as a home buyer and investor for over 20 years gives expertise to educating a buyer or seller on their many options in selecting the right home, building their wealth portfolio, and knowing when to sell to maximize their investment.  She has been in real estate since 2015.  She joined ProActive Real Estate to have the benefits of a full-service brokerage.  She always prides herself on integrity throughout the transaction and is here to help with all your real estate needs.


Karen DanielKaren Daniel

Associate Broker/Office Manager

Licensed in Virginia, Karen is our Office Manager and holds an Associate Broker designation.  Karen oversees all transactional operations and communications over our team of real estate agents, leasing specialists and maintenance crews. Karen has been a resident of Hampton Roads for over 40 years. Karen is also a seasoned real estate professional and is well versed in all the intricacies of the buying and selling process.


Joe LeeJoseph “Joe” Lee

Real Estate Agent

Joe Lee joined the ProActive Team in 2022 as a Real Estate Agent. Prior to joining the team, he was an Associate Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Appraiser, practicing residential and commercial real estate in the Tidewater, Virginia area for 45 years. His service areas include the South Side of Hampton Roads, the Peninsula, and Suffolk. In addition to his experience as an agent, Joe is a veteran of the United States Army and received his B.S. in Finance from Old Dominion University.


Bob JohnsonRobert “Bob” Johnson

Maintenance Coordinator

Bob Johnson has been with ProActive since 2019. A seasoned client relationship executive, he troubleshoots and manages tenants’ maintenance needs. He has spent several years painting, managing small electric projects, troubleshooting HVAC, and plumbing, as well as providing a detailed eye for general property aesthetics. He enjoys getting to know the ProActive tenants and strives to build long term success for both the valued tenants and property owners.


Hal DunkelHarold "Hal" Dunkel

Commercial Real Estate Agent

Hal Dunkel joined the ProActive Team in 2022 as a Real Estate Agent. Prior to ProActive, Hal was a Senior Associate for Statewide Commercial, Hal was responsible for representing office and industrial clients of all types, from tenants, landlords, purchasers and sellers, as well as multi-family developers, sellers and investors.

Chris OslanderChris Olander

Real Estate Agent and Maintenance Manager

A proud Texas native and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Chris became a Naval Aviator in 2012. Over the next nine years, he accumulated over 1,700 hours as a helicopter pilot and instructor pilot. In 2017, following the birth of his daughter, Chris became a licensed Realtor to help his wife, Nina, with her business anytime he wasn't flying. He worked behind the scenes becoming an expert in business finance while managing his family's personal investment properties. Chris considers his experience with managing his personal investments as the spark that launched him into full time property management for his clients. He cares for each of his owner's properties as if it were his own which has led to his exponential growth. When not at work, you’ll probably find Chris out on his mountain bike, praying for snow in the mountains so he can get out his snowboard, or at the rock climbing gym with his daughter.

Fouad Mohit

Sr. Business Broker/Commercial Real Estate Agent

For the past 35 plus years, Fouad Mohit has invested his time in the ownership and sale of business and commercial real estate in the greater Hampton Roads area. Through his personal experiences in a wide breadth of industries, including gas stations, convenient stores, grocery stores, both franchise and non-franchise restaurants, Mr. Mohit has honed his expertise in Main street business operations. With the divestiture of his business obligations in 2002, Mr. Mohit joined the Sunbelt team to supplement the global Network of Brokers with his know how and insights in the local market. Over years Mr. Mohit has helped Sunbelt transfer restaurants, retail stores, fitness centers, electrical companies, educational establishments, publishers, medical practices, production companies, and much more. His fundamental understanding of the main street structure gives Mr. Mohit the tools to, confidentially and with keen attention to detail, take the business and commercial real estate to close giving the highest yield and security to his clients. It is of the utmost importance that the longevity of the business and the stability of the community remain intact by allowing a new owner in the market with the business and the real estate. His experience in commercial real estate brings much knowledge to the ProActive Team.

Kingna Scott

Transaction Coordinator

Kingna “Scottie” Scott, a native of Farmville, VA, has always loved to assist people. She began her formal education at her alma mater, Norfolk State University, while also attending Old Dominion University, as well as TCC, to receive her Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Scottie has always been driven by an autonomous, enthusiastic passion to do her best, whenever and wherever. She is down to earth and has the gift of communication; relating with people from all walks of life. On her downtime she’s either creating music, studying, or spending time with her pets outdoors.

Laura Bazemore


Owner of Chesapeake Bay Bookkeeping & Accounting Services, LLC and a graduate of Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Information Systems Technology, Laura has many years of experience as a staff accountant in various fields such as restaurants, retail, healthcare and contracting. Because of her vast experience, she has a broad knowledge base to meet the needs of many different clients.  In her spare time, she enjoys country music, going to concerts with her friends and loves taking care of her rescue puppies!  Working with ProActive Real Estate Services has opened her eyes in all aspects of real estate transactions.

Gary Layne

Owner/Realtor ®(Residential/Commercial)

In today's competitive market, you need a passionate, local advisor that can help you navigate the residential/commercial selling and buying process. As a valued client, you'll receive:

  • Local market knowledge
  • Access to industry-leading real estate tools to determine your property value or customize your real estate search
  • A proven negotiator who will be with you every step of the way
  • A trusted and knowledgeable partner through closing and beyond


A resident of the Hampton Roads area for many years, and graduate of Old Dominion University, I have been engaged with this real estate market as a homeowner, business owner and investor for over 35 years. Presently residing in Norfolk, VA, and part owner of ProActive Real Estate Services, I specialize in residential & commercial real estate along with property management.  I am also associated with Sunbelt Business Brokers which allows me to assist business owners in listing their business for sale or assist those looking to purchase a business.  As a business owner and real estate agent, my goal is to provide strong customer service with open communication to obtain the goals of sellers and buyers in this market.

Direct: (757) 652-1225
Office: (757) 383-9510
eMail: Gary@CallProActive.com

Billy Wilson


A serial entrepreneur, Billy has launched and sold multiple successful businesses over the course of his career, but real estate has always been his passion. A lifelong Norfolk resident and graduate of Old Dominion University, Billy brings a wealth of valuable experience to the ProActive Team. From property management and flipping, to traditional listings and sales, Billy relies on years of experience to advise his clients in making the right buying or selling decisions. Billy loves to play tennis, “Old Boys” rugby, and spend time with his wife of 26 years, Anna. Billy’s daughter, Elise, is a teacher in Washington State, and his son, Will, attends Hampden Sydney College.

Direct: (757) 724-1793
Office: (757) 383-9510
eMail: Billy@callproactive.com