This year, we are happy to celebrate our 60th anniversary and mark a milestone in our commitment to servicing our local community. Join in on the celebration and discover more about our 60 years and plans for the future below.
60 Years of History
In 1962 Clyde Pugh founded Old Dominion Realty in the building that is now the Crimson Inn in Bridgewater, VA. In the early days, Clyde shared an office with the town police. He recounted that when the town policeman was out on a call, he would answer the phone for the police. He received some entertaining calls in those days. In the same spirit of cooperation, the town policeman would answer Clyde's real estate calls when he was out of the office on appointment.
Old Dominion was founded on Clyde's integrity, spirit of cooperation, and love for the local community. In the '60s and '70s, Clyde and Old Dominion were deeply involved in the growth and development of the Town of Bridgewater. Clyde was on the town council and was a part of the committee that built Ashby Pool. He was a Director for First Virginia Bank and was on the James Madison Foundation. He was a part of developing Windsor Estates, Northshore, Sanston Sites, Holly Hill Subdivision, Fletcher Pope Subdivision, and much of the western part of the town of Bridgewater and Reherd Acres in Harrisonburg.
In 1973 Clyde Pugh suffered a heart attack and his son, Michael Pugh, 19 at the time was suddenly cast in the role of Managing Broker for Old Dominion Realty at a very young age. Clyde's community stepped up to help in a huge way. Clyde's friends and competing brokers came together to help Mike keep the business running. Clyde's close friend Paige Gordon, a broker at Homeland Realty at the time provided almost daily support for Mike and Old Dominion Realty to continue to operate.
Mike Pugh continued in the broker role after Clyde's recovery and never looked back. Mike's talents and contributions to the local community are innumerable. He has been a part of numerous commercial and residential projects and developments. Some of his work includes Old Mill Landing, Oak Meadows, and Millview Estates in Bridgewater, Saddlebrook Plantation in Mount Crawford, The Springs at Osceola and Wingate Meadows in Rockingham County, Broadway Plaza, the Wal-Mart in Timberville, and Crossroads Plaza in Penn Laird. His vision and ability to draw talented staff and agents to Old Dominion and train and provide support in everyday operations is truly amazing.
Mike has been a leader in the community his entire career. In addition to being Principal Broker for Old Dominion, he is also a Certified General Appraiser and was one of the founding members of Colonial Appraisal Service, Inc. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of F&M Bank and is Vice-Chair on the Board at Sunnyside. He is a past member of the board for Bridgewater Retirement Community, served on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a current board member for Valley Southern Title, Bankers Title, and F&M Mortgage. He currently serves as Chairman of F&M Bankcorp. He was voted businessperson of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
Truly a family operation Barry Pugh, Mike's brother has been with Old Dominion Realty for over 40 years as a real estate sales agent. He has also served as a Certified General Appraiser along with his wife Susan Pugh in the past. Prior to real estate both Barry and Susan served the Town of Bridgewater by being deeply involved in the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company.
Mike's daughter Micah and son-in-law Chad Branson are both involved with the family business. Micah is an Associate Broker and Chad runs Old Dominion Realty Property Management in addition to sales. Micah is a Certified Residential Appraiser. Son John Pugh provides landscaping, snow removal, and general maintenance support through his business, Pugh Landscaping. Clyde, Mike, and Micah are all past presidents of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors.
In 2005, Old Dominion joined Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. LeadingRE is an invitation only network of the world's market-leading independent real estate brokerages. From 2006 through 2007 Old Dominion experienced steady growth, opening offices in Franklin, WV; Moorefield, WV and Penn Laird, VA. In December of 2010 an opportunity arose for Old Dominion to open a real estate office in Augusta County under the leadership of Cathy Ward, who also became a partner in the firm. The Augusta office started with seven agents and quickly grew creating the need for more office space. In 2018, the Old Dominion Augusta Office moved to Myers Corner, where it remains today, and is home to 33 agents and 2 staff members. In recent years, Cathy has passed the leadership torch to her daughter, Natalie Campbell, who is now the Managing Broker for that office. Natalie shared her thoughts on the tremendous growth over 11 years stating, "The key to our success has been the hard work of every ODR member and we hope to continue serving our local communities for many years to come."
Our ODR team has grown to support a sales force and staff of over 100 people. Still family-owned and operated by a talented team who value community and the family culture. With 5 offices in Virginia and West Virginia, our footprint covers the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
For more information on our history, be sure to check out this video detailing our full history.
Our Present and Future
Today our real estate agents are happy to serve our community with support for residential, land, commercial, agricultural and recreational sellers and buyers in Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, we offer or have partnering services in property management, appraisal, and auction services. We are a proud partner with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Which gives our agents the tools to refer clients to qualified agents throughout the United States and Internationally. Ready to work with a real estate team that has the experience you need to accomplish your goals? Contact us today.
Old Dominion Realty is proud to announce the addition of Vicky Harrison to their Augusta real estate office sales team.
Thinking of becoming a real estate agent and live in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate area, join Old Dominion Realty by contacting our Career Development Team today.
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Old Dominion Realty is proud to announce the addition of five new real estate agents to their sales team:
Thinking of becoming a real estate agent and live in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate area, contact our Career Development Team at Old Dominion Realty today.
Old Dominion Realty team members recently participated in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference February 24-26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®(LeadingRE) Conference Week, which attracted a prestigious audience of nearly 2,500 real estate professionals from 25 countries.
The conference was open exclusively to brokers, managers and relocation professionals affiliated with LeadingRE, a global community of real estate companies awarded membership based on rigorous standards for service and performance. A wide range of topics were explored relating to the real estate market and addressed ways to best meet the needs of today's home buyers and sellers. Old Dominion Realty team members--Mike Pugh, Cathy Ward, Carolyn Spicuzza, Linda Goodson, and Jessica Phillips—represented Old Dominion Realty at the conference.
Old Dominion Realty is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. The LeadingRE network only accepts the finest independent real estate firms based on stringent guidelines: market performance, tenure, reputation, and a dedicated relocation department. Accepting only elite companies in an area, LeadingRE turns away 80 percent of companies that apply to join their organization.
Mike Pugh, Old Dominion Realty's Broker comment, "We have been in the business of helping people buy and sell homes since 1962. Our team of REALTORS® offers newcomers to our community an introduction to our varied, culturally diverse area; however, we realize there is a need as a local real estate company to find companies outside of their local community to help our customers. That is why we have aligned ourselves with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®."
Within this network, Old Dominion Realty can connect its clients with an expert REALTOR® anywhere in the world. LeadingRE and its network affiliates sell more real estate that any of your other top brands.
"It was a real honor to bring together the brightest minds in the real estate industry to share ideas, explore current and future trends, and discuss strategies for serving the needs of today's home buyers and sellers," said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O'Connor.
Old Dominion Realty is the Virginia representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. As a member of LeadingRE, Old Dominion Realty provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in any market.
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Real estate is an excellent career for those with self-direction, motivation, and a desire to help people find a place to call home. It can be a good fit for people looking for a little flexibility, and who enjoy variety in their everyday work life. If you've always been curious about becoming a real estate agent, here are 5 reasons to consider it for your next career path.
There is a test that gives you the license to buy and sell real estate, but the information and classes it takes to pass it are pretty straightforward. The information can be complex, but what's great about studying to become real estate agent is that the knowledge is something you can use in your own life. You'll gain essential insights and a deep understanding of homes, mortgages, real estate laws, contracts, marketing, and more. You could even argue that it's interesting enough to make it fun to learn. Since real estate is an ever-changing industry, it's also a requirement to stay current with your education.
You'll have to invest some money up front to get licensed, but once you've gained your credentials, you have several options for jobs and pay structures. It's easy to find one that meets your needs.
Real estate gives people a flexible schedule. That's not to say you won't have the occasional conflict, but if you prefer finding houses to tour at two in the morning when the house is quiet, there's nothing to stop you. One alluring aspect for becoming an agent is that at times your job revolves around socializing. The more you network and build relationships, the more successful you'll be. Real estate is an excellent industry for people who thrive on working with people. You'll have busy times where you work more than the typical forty, and be at a client's beck and call, but you'll also have down time when you want it. In fact, many experts recommend starting real estate as a part-time career and building your business before going full time.
Most people don't look at the fact that when you're a real estate agent, you're walking people through one of the biggest financial transactions in their life. Even more, you are helping them find a place they will live. When you do your job well, you'll have the satisfaction of making someone very happy. That's why it is important to give correct, solid advice. If that means taking the time to look something up or ask someone else, then do it. Building your business is much easier when you provide top-notch client services and transactions that leave clients feeling confident they've made the right purchase.
You'll work with others, and even have a "boss", but not in the same way other careers do. Your success depends entirely on you and what you do. For some people, being your own boss isn't a good fit. However, if words like motivated, hard-working, and independent describe you, a job as a real estate agent is most likely a great fit.
Real estate has the potential to be incredibly lucrative, even early on. Agents with longevity and a solid referral base make six figures easily. Chances are you won't be an overnight success, but you can be confident knowing that if you work hard, are honest, and build an excellent reputation, the sky is the limit.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a real estate agent, contact Old Dominion Realty.
Mike Pugh and Cathy Ward, Old Dominion Realty Brokers, recently hosted a team of their top producing real estate agents and staff members on a five-day, four-night cruise to the Bahamas. Old Dominion Realty's team members were challenged with strict performance specifications over the last year to be included as a part of the retreat. The members who participated in the retreat achieved and even exceeded their goals.
"We like to recognize the hard work of our talented, professional real estate agents and team members at Old Dominion Realty," commented Pugh. "Travelling to ports of call like Port Canaveral, Cococay, and Nassau, gave us a chance to escape the cold, Virginia winter and relate to each other as adventurers, relaxation seekers, and cruisers and instead of co-workers."
Approximately 60 sales associates, staff members and their family members set sail from Port Canaveral, FL on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas® ship on March 2, 2015 enjoying onboard and off board adventures like RCCL Vitality Spa and fitness center, rock-climbing wall, fine dining, Broadway-style entertainment, and relaxing by the pool or on the beaches of the Bahamas.
"Incentives for Realtors like a cruise to the Bahamas help to create a successful and rewarding business environment giving us a chance to celebrate our successes together. This year's cruise challenge brought a lot of excitement throughout our offices, and we're certain future challenges will do the same," said Pugh.
Old Dominion Realty Inc. is a full-service, established regional real estate firm offering residential real estate services, property management, residential and commercial appraisal services, consulting, relocation services, and commercial sales and leasing services. Old Dominion Realty was founded in 1962 by Clyde Pugh.
Old Dominion Realty has expanded to 90 agents and staff located in six offices throughout Virginia and West Virginia.
In 2005, Old Dominion Realty joined "Leading Real Estate Companies of the World," an association of the best-known local and regional independent real estate firms offering relocation and referral services. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World encompasses over 600 established companies in the U.S. and over 35 countries around the globe. Annual sales exceed $400 billion.
Old Dominion Realty is searching for both new and experienced real estate agents to join our sales team. We are looking for real estate agents who are self-motivated, disciplined, and ready to "go for it" in today's real estate market.
We give you the best services and support to ensure you "stand out from the crowd" in the real estate business. We set industry standards when it comes to training, technology, tools, and support services to power the success of both our new and experienced real estate agents just joining us.
When you join Old Dominion Realty, you become a member of a team that makes education and training plus one-on-one support and guidance a priority. We have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable REALTORS® ready to train and coach you towards a successful career in real estate.
If you are just beginning your career as a real estate agent, Natalie Campbell, Associate Broker with Old Dominion Realty, teaches licensing classes at our Harrisonburg, VA and Fishersville, VA office locations. If attending real estate licensing classes in person does not fit into your schedule, online licensing classes are also available through Mosley Real Estate Schools.
Pam Estes provides extensive training for licensed real estate agents on all topics from preparing listing documents to writing contracts.
Technology training classes on topics like how to create your own website, retrieving leads, and managing your paperwork online are available to help organize your business making it efficient and profitable.
An Old Dominion Realty service unique to the local real estate market is 24/7 technology and operations support only available for Old Dominion Realty real estate agents.
Email services are provided with a free Old Dominion Realty email address for all real estate agents. Firewall protection has been integrated into the Old Dominion Realty network to protect our systems and your files with a complete system backup onsite and offsite for our network and email systems.
The real estate industry has evolved and so have we. With over 80 percent of home buyers house hunting online Old Dominion Realty has transitioned our real estate from traditional print media to a strong online marketing presence through our website, OldDominionRealty.com, social media marketing, free educational webinars, and YouTube property listing videos.
Full-time Old Dominion Realty administrative support staff members are available in each of our office locations to help you with daily paperwork so you can do what you do best: list, sell, and generate more real estate business.
Old Dominion Realty is a real estate company that believes in giving back to the communities in which we live. We sponsor local softball and baseball teams, the Alzheimer's Walks, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Race, Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership Race, and the Relay for Life in Augusta and Rockingham Counties.
When you are ready to transition into a career that gives you the ability to "stand out from the crowd," contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about becoming a real estate agent with us.
Does your current job put a smile on your face? No, well maybe becoming a real estate agent just might.
Business Insider conducted a poll in 2014 to find the Top 20 Happiest Jobs in America, Realtor ranked No. 3 in its results. Business Insider worked with CareerBliss, an online career community, to determine careers with the happiest employees in America. CareerBliss assessed 57,000 employee evaluations across more than 450 different job titles ranking Realtor as the third happiest career citing company culture, work flexibility, and job support options as reasons why.
Each real estate agent will tell their own story as to why they became chose selling real estate as their chosen career. Many will say they became a REALTOR because of:
If you live in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate areas and are interested in becoming a Realtor, our team at Old Dominion Realty welcomes phone calls and meetings with people interested in a real estate career.
Old Dominion Realty focuses on empowering its real estate agents with:
In our recent webinar about real estate careers, three of our Realtors, Natalie Campbell, Pam Estates, and Renee Whitmore, told their stories of why they become real estate agents and how Old Dominion Realty can help you succeed too.
Natalie Campbell's Story: Associate Broker, 13 years as a Real Estate Agent
"I choose a career in Real Estate starting off to just as an assistant to help my mom, after I got my license I realized I loved this job and wanted to stay. In every job I have wanted the ability to move up, move ahead, better myself and with Real Estate I found I was not waiting on a boss to give me a raise everything I accomplished was because I choose to work harder."
"The other part I like is being my own boss. I determine how much money I make. I determine if I better myself and my education. I enjoy being able to move up because I chose to take those classes."
"The best decision I ever made for my career was going with Old Dominion Realty, I was a successful Realtor before but when I started with ODR they gave me the tools to fly. Not only did they push me to do more and step out of my box, they pushed education and integrity. I have accomplished so much more in the 4 years with ODR than I ever would imagined."
Renee Whitmore's Story: Realtor, 10 years as a Real Estate Agent
"I started working as an assistant in a real estate office for several summers while I was in college. It was just a natural progression. I was really encouraged by those agents to take my licensing courses and to sit for the exam. Basically, the Tuesday after I graduated from JMU, I sat for my exam and became a licensed real estate agent."
"I have continued my career in real estate because I continually get to meet new people, every day is different; it is always an adventure. I really love that there are always new things to learn and new challenges to overcome. I am constantly being pushed to grow beyond what I have already accomplished in the past."
Pam Estes Story: Realtor, 27 years as a Real Estate Agent
"I became a real estate agent because I am a people person. I enjoy working with people and servicing people. I came to a crossroads in my life relating to choosing a career: I chose real estate because I am interested in homes and serving people."
"I've continued my career because I continue to enjoy serving people and helping them with the largest investment they will make within their lifetime. The other reason why I've continued my career is because I am a mother. I was always able to put my daughter on the bus in the morning and take her off at night. If she was sick I was home. I did not miss one ball game. Real estate has given me the opportunity to be my own boss."
How will you write your own story? Will you continue in a career where you are unhappy and unfulfilled? Or will you take steps to become a real estate agent and make one of the best decisions of your life?
Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to schedule an appointment to learn more about becoming a real estate agent.
The In's and Out's of Becoming a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Virginia
To obtain a License to sell real estate in the state of Virginia an individual must attend an approved required 60 hour pre-licensing course called Principles of Real Estate. This course is offered in several different formats.
1) Community Colleges and Universities such as Virginia Tech and New River Community College have offered this class in a semester long format.
2) Correspondence courses provide printed materials for self-study and are available through Moseley Real Estate School and other providers.
3) Online study is available through McKissock and other providers.
4) Classroom format is available at our Old Dominion Harrisonburg Office. We have partnered with Moseley Real Estate School to offer this service. Visit the Career page at ODRVA.com for more information.
The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation webpage identifies all approved providers for the Principles Class at this URL:
Once the classroom work is complete, a candidate must schedule and sit for 2 portions of a PSI examination and pass the National and State portions of that exam. When both portions of this exam have been passed an applicant can then apply for a license at DPOR (Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation) or REB (Real Estate Board).
Cost: Note*-these figures are based on estimates and average costs of fees to get started.
HRAR New Realtor Application Fee
VAR New Member Fee
New MLS User Fee
Lockbox Card Issuance Fee
*These costs are an estimate. Actual costs may vary according to area.
Author of this blog article: Micah Branson