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ODR's Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Old Dominion Realty

As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.

Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.

Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.

What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.

Global Network

A Global Network with Local Knowledge

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.

When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.

Local Team

Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.

On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.

Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.

  • Luxury Portfolio International®
    Luxury Portfolio International® is geared toward luxury clientele, with more than 50,000 of the world's finest properties listed annually. If you're searching for a luxury home, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help you find it.

  • RELO Direct, Inc.®
    RELO Direct, Inc.® is a service for corporate clients, providing comprehensive administrative support to help employees move with high satisfaction rates. It also has extensive certifications to help government organizations manage employee moves.

  • Solutions Group
    The Solutions Group program helps us help you. LeadingRE partners with a wide range of service providers that allow members to leverage the best tools, technology, and services in the real estate industry to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Our Team

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move

Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.


A Place to Call Home: Colby Shifflett

Colby Shifflett, REALTOR®

Colby Shifflett, REALTOR® Talks About Why He Loves Living in Staunton, VA

College Park | Staunton, VA

We sat down with Colby Shifflett, from our Augusta office, to find out what he loves most about living in Staunton.

Colby Shifflett Family

I live in the College Park neighborhood of Staunton, Virginia (McSwain Elementary and Staunton High School districts), and my family and I love it here! We have great neighbors, and there is a genuine sense of warmth and community here. We're always looking out for each other, and it's always easy to say hello or offer neighborly help to one another. Life is a little bit slower, and southern hospitality is everywhere. Furthermore, my son really enjoys McSwain Elementary, and we have nothing but good things to say about the awesome teachers there. I would also like to highlight the plentiful programs available to us through Staunton Parks and Rec and the local YMCA.

Colby Shifflett Staunton
Living in Staunton, there are a lot of great restaurants to enjoy, with one of my personal favorites being Kline's Ice Cream and BBQ. My son gets some delicious ice cream while my wife and I chow down on some pulled pork BBQ! I'll never get tired of their Carolina-style BBQ.

Colby Shifflett Website

Another few local spots we greatly enjoy including Gypsy Hill Park, where the ducks are always waiting to be fed and downtown Staunton where you can find some great gelato at Split Banana as well as cool antique shops and historic buildings to take in. If I were to use only three words to describe why I love living in my Staunton community, it would be "connected," charming," and "historic."

Even though I live in Staunton, I work with clients all over the Shenandoah Valley. The best part of my real estate career would be meeting people from all walks of life and helping them by representing them, working with them closely, as well as being able to bring their dreams to reality. With this career, I've been able to explore many parts of the Valley and make new friends and acquaintances, which has also been very rewarding.

Colby Shifflett Home

I have overcome many challenges in my life, and I am very thankful to be where I am today with my family and career. I'm excited to continue to serve my community with the Old Dominion Realty team!

Visit Colby Shfflett's Website

Get to know more about Colby Shifflett by visiting his website.


Buying a House or Selling a House

How a REALTOR® Represents You

So you're ready to take that giant step and buy a house. Maybe you drove down the street and saw a yard sign in front of your dream home. You wrote down the real estate agent's name and phone number and are ready to give them a call. Wait Stop!

How a REALTOR represents you

Before you make that call, there are a couple of things you need to know. The number you are dialing belongs to the REALTOR® (or Listing Agent) who works for the person selling the house—not you the prospective home buyer.

People interested in buying a house should have their own real estate agent (or Buyer's Agent) whose job it is to represent their best interests.

There are a world of differences between the services of a Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent.  Here's what you can expect from each type of REALTOR®.

What a Listing Agent Does

A home owner will engage the services of a Listing Agent when they decide to sell a house. A written agreement or listing contract will be signed outlining their working relationship, how the REALTOR® will market the home, the real estate commission and terms of the home's listing. The Listing Agent has a legal obligation to get the highest selling price and best sales terms available for the seller.

There are a number of other services a Listing Agent may perform before it is time to think about closing day.

  • Create a Comparative Market Analysis to suggest the best listing price for the home owner
  • Devise a marketing plan for the home
  • Take (or have taken) photos of the home
  • Provide the seller with tips on staging their house
  • Coordinate and host open houses
  • Promote the benefits of the home and neighborhood to buyers
  • Schedule showings
  • Provide showing feedback to the seller
  • Present purchase offers and advise the home seller
  • Coordinate the purchase process with all parties involved
  • Make the home selling process easy for the seller

What a Buyer Agent Does

Buying a house is a big decision. When you do make the decision, engage a Buyer's Agent to represent your best interests.

A Buyer's Agent will negotiate the best purchase price and terms for you. In exchange, you will be asked to sign an agency agreement outlining your working relationship, real estate services, and compensation.

Buyer's Agents also:

  • Protect the financial information of the buyer
  • Negotiate the best purchase price
  • Disclose to the buyer if they are working with another buyer interested in the same home
  • Show the buyer all other homes for sale that meets their criteria and budget
  • Supply name of service provides to suit their needs.

Most buyers assume they pay a commission to their Buyer's Agent. The truth is: only the seller pays the commission from the proceeds of the sale. The same commission is usually paid whether or not a Buyer's Agent is involved. It is to your benefit to have a Buyer's Agent on your side.

Working with a Buyer's Agent that knows the local real estate market can save you time, money and undo stress during your entire home buying process.

Contact Old Dominion Realty

REALTORS® in Virginia and West Virginia

Whether you are buying or selling a house in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate areas, contact our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty to represent you. 


Five Real Estate Agents Join Old Dominion Realty

Old Dominion Realty Adds Five to Augusta & Moorefield Offices

Old Dominion Realty New Realtor News


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 Attends LeadingRE Conference

Old Dominion Realty among attendees from 25 countries around the world.

Old Dominion Realty at LeadingRE Miami
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.

Cathy Ward and Carolyn Spicuzza Miami LeadingRE

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.

Contact Old Dominion Realty

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.

For more information about Old Dominion Realty, visit www.OldDominionRealty.com or call 800-296-2455.


Old Dominion Realty Recognizes Five REALTORS

Old Dominion Realty Recognizes REALTORS®


Five Old Dominion Realty REALTORS®--Lillian Boutros, Travis Bowman, Micah Branson, Pam Estes, and Renee Whitmore--recently passed their Broker's Exam and joined the ranks of Associate Brokers with Old Dominion Realty.


Old Dominion Realty Acknowledges Karen Rodgers

Karen Rodgers receives Integrity Award from Old Dominion Realty.

Karen Rodgers Receives Integrity Award


Contact Karen Rodgers with Old Dominion Realty today.


Old Dominion Realty Acknowledges Barry Pugh

Barry Pugh receives Integrity Award from Old Dominion Realty.

Barry Pugh Integrity Award

Contact Barry Pugh from Old Dominion Realty today.


Old Dominion Realty Acknowledges Brian Ratliff

Brian Ratliff acknowledged as Rookie of the Year by Old Dominion Realty.

Brian Ratliff Rookie of the Year



Contact Brian Ratliff at Old Dominion Realty today.


Old Dominion Realty Acknowledges The Ward Team

The Ward Team acknowledged as Top Listing Team and Top Selling Team at Old Dominion Realty.

The Ward Team Award Winners

Contact The Ward Team
at Old Dominion Realty today.


Old Dominion Realty Acknowledges John Bowman

John Bowman acknowledged as Top Listing REALTOR® and Top Listing and Selling Agent.

John Bowman Top Agent

Contact John Bowman
at Old Dominion Realty.


2015 Old Dominion Realty Award Winners

Old Dominion Realty Announces 2015 Award-Winning REALTORS® at its Annual Kick-Off Celebration.

Old Dominion Realty 2015 Award Winners


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