Robert M. Pickles Jr.
robert@simonhouses.com
Local: 757-694-2979
Toll Free: 877-704-7604

I am passionate about real estate, and passionate about helping people. If you are considering a move to Virginia Beach, or any of our wonderful surrounding cities, I would love the opportunity to meet with you.  I believe I bring two traditional ideals back into real estate: service where clients come first and a consultant’s heart.  These standards have made the difference in the lives of almost 200 families, and I think they could make a positive difference in yours.

I remember coming to Virginia Beach for the first time.  My young fiancé and I drove up I-64 on a midday afternoon.  It must have been late spring or early summer, because the trees were in full foliage and they towered on the sides of the highway and in the median.  I was struck by the beauty of the area, but little did I know it would become my home forever.

Soon, I was married and looking for a home in Virginia Beach.  As fate would have it, the combination of being an E3 in the Navy and high interest rates at the time prevented me from buying a home.  It took several years before the interest rates brought homeownership into our reach, but as soon as they did we jumped for it.

Our first home was a new construction house in Rosemont Forest.  Picking out the flooring, cabinetry and countertops of this beautiful home was exciting.  The style back then was stained wood, and even though money was tight we splurged for crown molding throughout the first floor.  We put up a fence for the kids and pets then installed a swing and basketball hoop.  For the next seven years we watched our kids play on the cul-de-sac while we drank coffee with the neighbors.

Life and finances change, and soon we had enough equity to move up to a bigger home and larger yard.  Our second home and possibly final home is in the heart of Greenbrier.  I feel Greenbrier actually chose us; it’s close to our church, five minutes from the mall and we can be almost anywhere on the Southside in 30 minutes.  This home was where we watched our kids graduate from high school, hosted our daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner and enjoyed holidays surrounded by loved ones under our own roof.

Now 25 years later, we have just three years left on our loan and almost $300,000 in equity.  It is amazing how much we have done in this home.  We laid tile in the kitchen and baths, replaced the flooring throughout the home with bamboo, installed granite countertops, added a pool, replaced a deck and painted every surface at least twice.  We have made this house a home, and along the way amassed quite a bit of equity.  We can use this equity if we ever downsize, or pass it down as a heritage to our kids if we don't.

I want everyone to enjoy the privileges of homeownership.  I want them to enjoy the tax benefits, while they amass equity- equity that may one day be a part of their retirement, or a legacy for their children and loved ones.  I want them to lay tile and hardwood flooring, makeover kitchens and baths and watch their kids and pets run in the yard.  I want them to have a place they can call their own, a shelter after a long day and a place to entertain on Super Bowl Sunday.

I never imagined my background as an IT analyst and consultant would be so helpful to people buying and selling homes.  But in an industry full of slick marketing campaigns and salespeople, my clients find my analytical and consultancy skills both invaluable and refreshing.

Beginning with a thorough homebuyer consultation, I inform and equip my clients to achieve their goals of buying or selling their homes.  I explain what fair market value is, and how to obtain it as well as how to craft their offer and/or negotiation strategy based on factual information.  I explain the value of a home inspection, and I guide them with the negotiation of repairs.  They make decisions to walk away or fight for a property based on facts and information, not emotions.

Then a month or so after the process begins, we meet at the closing table to finalize the purchase or sale.  Buyers go home with a new set of keys, a housewarming gift and a thousand thoughts running through their mind on how they will decorate, place their furniture or layout the string to ensure that the fence is straight.  Sellers can close this chapter of their lives, and they can begin planning on how they will use the equity they acquired during homeownership.


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"Thank you for the prayers, I really do need them. I really do appreciate you and Heather for all your hard work. I've heard a lot of horror stories about realtors and I know it was indeed divine intervention on my behalf, it wasn't by accident that I found SimonHouses website. I thank God for all you do for military families and helping us with our dreams. I will see you soon and I can't wait to see the pictures of the house. I wish I was a little closer so I could visit and take pictures from start to finish. Thank you again..." Nora M.

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