Success Stories

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Gracious, Kind, and Amicable

“The entire team, lead by Pat Barton were perfection: the balance of serious-minded, experienced realty professionals coupled with, gracious, kind and amicable, warm personalities, the best mixture for home sellers and buyers alike.”
– Rebecca Holden


We Netted More Than We Were Expecting

“Pat Barton did an outstanding job selling our house this past spring. We had worked with him nine years earlier to sell a Sandbridge property with a distressed house on a beautiful location. We remembered the experience and his results for us. We knew we wanted him to sell our Kempsville home. He exceeded our high expectations at every step with his outstanding team who handled getting the house listed, under contract in six days and then closed while we were out of the country. We netted more than we were expecting while he handled all the details with a smile. Pat gave us a closing present of a book of the listing pictures. Could not have asked for anything more!”
– Chris Drake


Honesty Made this Transaction Happen

“Great team! Pat and Susan were great to work with. They are extremely knowledgeable about the market and what clients are looking for. We were in a very sensitive situation and they were extremely understanding. They transform our beach front condo. They did all the design, colors and Susan even hand picked all the furniture and accessories. I have worked with a lot of agents and had the condo off and on the market with out any interest. When I found Pat his expertise and manor made the sale on our condo seamless. Our first offer we got $40,000 over our asking price!

Since we live out of state from the property that was listed , Pat’s honesty and hand holding made this transaction happen! We truly appreciate Pat, Susan and Team!!! Thank you!!!”
– Jin Eslami

Efficient and Professional

“Working with SBH Real Estate was very comfortable, easy, efficient and professional. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.”
– Ellen McHugh

Knowledgeable, Patient, and Hardworking

“To say we had an easy transaction is far from the truth, but Pat and his team worked so hard to make it as smooth as possible. It was truly a team effort! We are so thankful for everything that they did for us & continue to do! They make you feel like family even after closing! We started the process to find our home and ended up making life long friends! If you are looking for a real estate agent who truly is knowledgeable, patient, hardworking and truly cares about your family, look no further, Pat Barton is your man! Thanks again!”
– Bethany Brinkley

Kind and Caring, Top of the Line Professionals

“Over the years, our family has worked with Pat Barton on 4 different home transactions. He has extensive, invaluable, knowledge of the local market and lifestyle in this area. Pat and his team were fantastic to work with. Prompt with communication, answering any questions. His team did an amazing job with staging and photos. Kind and caring, top of the line professionals, I highly recommend.”
– Erin Forbes

Thoroughly Professional, Provided Excellent Advice and Counsel

“I was extremely pleased with everything involving the recent sale of my condo in Sandbridge, VA. Pat Barton and his team were thoroughly professional, and provided excellent advice and counsel, allowing my wife and I to get the best price for our unit and to complete the transaction in a very short amount of time. Pat and his team were totally focused on helping us with every aspect of the sale and are very understanding and kind individuals. They are the best real estate team with which I have ever had the pleasure of working. I recommend them highly to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the Virginia Beach area.”
– John Horn

Exceeded Expectations Through Several Real Estate Transactions

“First Class Services! Pat Barton and team exceeded all our expectations throughout several real estate transactions. Pat’s extensive experience and resources empower you to make the best decisions for your best outcomes. Pat’s team excels at marketing and customer service for a first in class experience all the way to closing. Thank you, Pat and SBH Real Estate!”
– Mary Naegele

Significant Effort in Concierge & Home Staging Services

“Pat, Amy and Susan are fantastic! We had previously listed our home with another agent and weren’t success in selling it. After being off the market for awhile, Pat and his team came in and put significant effort into transforming our home through amazing staging and were fully focused on us through the entire home selling experience. Even when Pat was on vacation, he made sure that we were completely covered through another extremely competent agent. Due to their efforts, we received multiple offers and were able to sell our house in a short amount of time, within a few months of listing. I highly recommend Pat and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell in Sandbridge!”
– Danielle Reilly

Unflappable, Calm Guidance

“As a family who has lived overseas for almost 20 years, buying our first home was a daunting and sometimes overwhelming process. I greatly appreciated Pat’s unflappable nature and his calm guidance. He was helpful in every stage of the process, he was quick to get back to us on any of our questions, and he was tireless in our three-month search for a home. We’ve known Pat and Amy for years, seeing their family when we were in the US visiting. They have always been so warm and inviting to our family. During the moving phase, after our house purchase, they were both so helpful in recommending fix-it people or lending a hand in moving or cleaning. They offer such great service – it’s personal, intentional and heart-felt. You want them on your team! Thank you, Amy & Pat & team!”
– Jill Coyle

SBH was the Best Fit After Meeting with Several Agents

“Pat Barton was our agent when my family moved to Sandbridge and were looking to buy a house. We knew right away that he was the best fit for us after meeting with several agents. He was very understanding of our needs, informative about the process and super knowledgeable of the Virginia Beach area. His as well as his team’s assistance went well beyond buying a house. They were helpful in answering many questions about schools, shopping, and local life. We highly recommend using SBH for any of your real estate needs.”
– Carol Schnupp

Prompt Communication

“We are so thankful for Pat, Amy and the team at SBH. We just bought a home in Va Beach. They helped us in ways we didn’t even know we needed help! Pat was easily reachable and always responded to communication promptly. He was easy to work with and helped us find a house that worked well for us. His years of experience were a huge asset to us as first-time home buyers.”
– Danny Coyle

Buying Our Home was Fun & Easy

“Pat Barton made searching for our home easy, efficient and fun. He assured us that with a little patience, we would most definitely find the right property and he was right! Pat is knowledgeable, friendly, accessible, and honest. Call him! You won’t be sorry!”
– Laurie Eaton

SBH Gave Us Their All

“We just sold our much-beloved home in Sandbridge with SBH Real Estate. The team at SBH was wonderful to deal with! From their expert and tasteful staging to their almost daily communication, SBH gave us their “all”, and they did it with kindness and sensitivity, which we so appreciated. SBH knows Sandbridge; in fact, they know the entire area well! We felt comfortable and confident that our home was in expert hands with Pat Barton and team. We will highly recommend them to anyone who needs their services.”
– Denny Cole

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The Best Decision We Made

Pat was referred to us by Sandbridge locals after trying out two other disastrous realtors. As absentee owners of a rental property, we needed someone we could trust and who would advise us if the house needed attention. We found that in Pat. He found us the right buyer, at the right time, and at the price we wanted. Sandbridge is a unique market and going with Pat was the best decision we made. No hesitation in recommending him!
–Review from mlarmao on Zillow | See more Zillow reviews.

The Best Agent We Have Worked With

Pat Barton is an excellent agent. We have worked with many other agents in other markets, and he is the best agent we have worked with! He is full service. We we were not living in the house, and in fact out of the state. Pat helped a tremendous amount to coordinate or get the required items from the inspection list completed. He is pleasant, responsive and a great negotiator. Thank you Pat and team!
–Review from Zillow | See more Zillow reviews.

Honesty Every Step of the Way

When it comes to any professional reviews, I believe it is best to leave comments free of emotional or preferential treatment. With Pat, this is truly not possible. Pat is very professional but Pat is also an incredibly caring, personal, and compassionate realtor. We had a very difficult closing due to circumstances outside of Pat’s control, but Pat walked with us every single step of the way. Pat made us feel like we were his most important clients, if not his only clients. I know this is not the case and we certainly were NOT his most lucrative clients, but you never would have known that. Pat treated us like he was going to receive the commission of a lifetime and I know we were on the low end. Pat is a great realtor because he loves what he does but also because he cares so much for the people he serves. I would recommend Pat to anyone looking for real estate in this area. He is a magnificent negotiator and he is honest every step of the way. Even when it is tough to be honest about a tough situation, Pat will be honest and explain how best to overcome the obstacles you are facing. Pat is incredibly knowledgable about the local market and real estate in general. I didn’t know Pat when we started looking at houses in this area, but now I hope to continue to know Pat and call him my friend. Pat is a great realtor, but Pat is also an incredibly great person.
–Nate Huffman

Guidance and Reassurance

We highly recommend Pat. We had tried to sell for 4 years off and on, but Pat made it happen. He sat w/us often, guided us w/pricing for the market, made suggestions as how to improve access to the house, and KEPT re-assuring us the ‘house would sell’. He managed to find the buyer by holding an open house when we didn’t think such a thing was possible. And then he guided us though the contract process, using imaginative tools to bring the deal together. We HIGHLY recommend him!

–Review from Zillow | See more Zillow reviews.

Understanding this Unique Market

When we decided to buy a home in Sandbridge, picking an agent to help us in our search was a no brainer. Pat Barton, by reputation alone, was our top choice. He understands how unique a market this coastal community is and his advice to us during our search and subsequent purchase made a tremendous difference. He is professional, quick to respond, knows this market extremely well, is respected by the community, and is great to work with. We highly recommend Pat Barton.

–Todd and Trisha Preti

Top Selling Price in the Area

Pat was very professional and knowledgeable about the process of buying and selling. He negotiated a fair price when we bought our dream home and also when we sold our house we got the top selling price in the area. Both processes went smoothly. I would recommend Pat Barton as a realtor. My husband and I are very pleased with our decision to use Pat as our realtor.

Unmatched Professionalism and Expertise

Tom and I cannot adequately express our appreciation for your hard work in selling our beach house. Your expertise, professionalism and ability to get things done were remarkable. We have bought and sold houses before and have never received the individual attention and efficiency that you and your staff displayed. We appreciate everything and only hope we can send you clients in the future.

Best wishes,

Tom and Mary Ann Owners of “After All”

An Excellent Experience

Pat represented us on both the purchase and sale side. He did a fantastic job in identifying what we were looking for and directing us only to homes we would be interested in and not wasting our time. When it came time to purchase Pat had a good understanding of what the seller was looking for and helped us get as good of a deal as possible.

On the sale side, Pat provided an excellent perspective of where the market was and helped us price the house effectively. We had an offer within 30 days of listing. He helped us work through the process and sell our house very rapidly. Pat is easy to deal with because he spends the time to understand your needs and provides very little pressure until you are comfortable to move. He has an excellent understanding of the local market which cuts down on time and effort on your part. Overall we had an excellent experience working with Pat.

– Steve Fabian

Informative & Efficient

My husband and I are seniors and over the years we have bought, sold and advertised five or six homes and each time we used a real estate agency. Never in all of those years have we ever experienced an agent who was as informative, efficient and effective as Pat Barton. When we called him and he didn’t answer, we received a call-back extremely quickly. He was always there to answer a question or help us in any way. Pat Barton is absolutely the best!

– Thomas and Mary Ann Everette

Definitive Real Estate Expert for Sandbridge

Pat patiently allowed me to kick tires on Sandbridge Beach properties for more than six years before I decided on a foreclosure property that required him to navigate an online bidding process that was outsourced, along with most of the follow-up issues leading to closing, to India. He never lost his relentless attention to detail and gregarious demeanor, systematically bringing the process to conclusion. As a result, I’m a Sandbridge homeowner. Though he handles all of Virginia Beach, he’s the definitive real estate expert and ambassador for the special place that is Sandbridge.

– Pete Williams

Thank You from a 20+ Year Sandbridge Resident


I wanted to thank you for your hard work that resulted in the sale of our home on Back Bay in Sandbridge. When we listed with you we had confidence that you were the agent to use and our experience indicates we were right. The job that you and your photographer did on creating the e-brochure was awesome. We will be recommending you to others in Sandbridge looking to buy or sell homes.

Rick E. Burnell (20+ year Sandbridge resident)

Devoted Time and Professional Advice

Pat Barton is amazing to us because he devoted time for us. Phone calls and e-mails are returned the same day. He is a professional who is there to listen, problem solve and advise when needed. The process of both selling and now buying a new home has been smooth with Pat’s gentle, calm manner and expertise. While meeting with our builder, Pat is there to read over the documents, give suggestions and encourage us. Pat Barton is a family man who is respected in both the business world and the community. We recommend him without reservation to anyone selling, buying or building their home.

– Neale and Linda Durkee

Market Insights and Facilitating Communication

Pat Barton is the most outstanding real estate professional we have ever worked with. As out of state buyers, we relied heavily on Pat to manage the process, provide market insights, and facilitate communication. He is a proactive problem solver who anticipated our needs and delivered a level of service that was truly exceptional and above and beyond our expectations. When a list minute issue could have derailed our transaction, Pat didn’t hesitate to offer up a solution and gain alignment with the sellers to keep everything on track. With Pat on your side, you are in great hands!

– Derek & Mindy, Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Value of a Professional Approach

Good morning Pat,

I have been meaning to write and thank you for the GREAT JOB you did in working with Sharon and me to sell our home. Having live in the home for 36 years made the effort, emotion and execution a little more difficult for us. Your guidance and recommendations made the process run as smoothly as possible and we appreciate your help.

At the start of the process I think we had an inflated value in mind for the house. I guess that was to be expected. Your recommendation and engagement of an independent appraiser allowed us to settle on a realistic value and in the long run expedited the satisfactory sale of the property. Many of our friends and associates visited the website to see the professional work accomplished by your photographer. The website marketing was obviously a major help in the sales process, and again, thank you for recommending and making this tool possible.

As you know, I have been in the leadership role at our family owned business for 40+ years. During that time I have employed or worked with many hundreds of team members, customers and business professionals. I know the value of a professional approach, attention to detail, follow through, punctuality and respect for other peoples time. You demonstrated these traits on many occasions and made the whole process run smoothly. Your work ethic and commitment to getting our home sold in a very reasonable length of time and for the right price is a tribute to your knowledge of the real estate market and your industry. We anticipated that this would be a difficult and trying experience; you made it very easy for us and we greatly appreciate your effort. THANK YOU!

Tom and Sharon Fraim

Short Market Time and a Successful Closing


It’s hard to believe, but settlement on our Pintail property was only three weeks ago. And, what can we say, but thank you so much for your energy, professionalism, and willingness to work with our particular wishes – all of which led to a short market time and a successful closing.

As you recall, we had the property listed for eight months previous to our connecting with you and the results were not good. You, however, took up the challenge with gusto. Your first step was a professional photographer and a copywriter who produced a wonderful depiction of the property. Your next step was the production of an architect’s plans along with work by an interior designer to show how a relatively inexpensive remodeling and expansion of the lower deck area could truly enhance the living space. (Had we not sold the house, we were actually contemplating doing this expansion ourselves.)

In addition, your willingness to screen potential buyers to see if they were really in the market for a purchase made the time and energy we expended in preparing the property for showings worthwhile rather than wasted. Of course, the fact that there were two offers — one of which we accepted — within six weeks of placing the house on the market with you was amazing. All the way into closing you helped with last-minute communications between us and the buyers to make the entire experience very positive.

Again, our thanks. Sandbridge property owners are very fortunate to have you as a Realtor.

And, you might like to know that the fantastic coffee mugs designed by your grandmother hold a place of honor in our kitchen display area. Thanks for these also.

Gary & Susan Senechal

Invaluable Knowledge and Experience

Dear Pat,

We so appreciate the manner in which you performed as our real estate agent during our recent real estate transaction. As you well know real estate transactions can be quite emotional for both the buyer and the seller. Your gentle personality and professionalism were refreshing and your communication skills were top notch.

Making timely informative decisions can be crucial in such transactions and your service was excellent in the way you provided us with valuable information throughout the process. Your knowledge and experience relating to the many options available to us throughout the negotiation process was invaluable. You were able to effectively communicate with all parties involved and made a difficult process much easier.

Thank you again for being such a good agent, a good person, and of course, a good friend.

Dave and Fran Dennis
Sandbridge Seaside Market

Beyond the Call of Duty

Our home buying experience with Pat Barton was exceptional. Pat was not only professional and easy to work with; he was also very accommodating and considerate during the negotiating/buying process. My wife and I were involved with a special loan for our new home that took on extra efforts in order to get the house closed! Pat was instrumental in getting our closing date pushed back 3 times in order to get all the details organized for our loan. He listened to our wants carefully and added his in-site when needed to enable us to get the house we desired!

Pat was always available, regardless of the hour and went above and beyond the call of duty. Pat was on vacation for 10 days out of the country, but was always responsive to any questions we had. Who does that? Not many people! Without Pat and his dedication and work ethic we would not have been successful in finding our new home! Through this experience my wife and I not only found a great Real Estate agent, but we also got a great new Friend! Thank you Pat!!

We would recommend Pat Barton to anyone without hesitation!

Jason and Rose Giska

A Powerful Combination

Dear Pat,

The final touches are being completed on our new house in Sandbridge so needless to say we are very excited. Melissa and I can’t thank you enough for guiding us through the buying process every step of the way. Your knowledge of the local real estate market and the insight you bring to the table as a long time Sandbridge resident is a powerful combination that served us well. We thank you and the Remax team for a job well done and look forward to working with you in the future.

John and Melissa Fraim

Diligence & Trust

Dear Pat,

As you know, Suzanne and I have been vacationing in Sandbridge over the past several years and have fallen in love with the beautiful beach, area, and community. At this time we would like to sincerely thank you for assistance in helping us find and purchase our dream retirement home.

Living in the fast-paced metropolitan New York area, we have found that trust in lacking among people. However, as out-of-towners in Sandbridge and not being able to view houses as often as possible, you have always been both prompt in returning our phone calls and emails, answering our questions, and providing us with any information in order to assist us in our decision making.

Our purchase was unique in the sense that we put an offer on the house and committed immediately within a 6 hour period of time or we may have not been able to purchase the house under the bank’s circumstances. Without your prompt response in putting the deal together, we would have not been afforded this beautiful home. Again, your diligence is appreciated.

Over the years we have come to know you and your family and that you are long-time residents of Sandbridge and actively involved in the community. We appreciate the kindness you and your family has extended to us as we acclimate ourselves to the area.

My family and I look forward to making Sandbridge our home and are proud to part of such a wonderful community. We cannot thank you enough and will highly recommend you to anyone looking to purchase or rent a home in the Sandbridge area. We are so impressed with your knowledge of the area and honest personality.

We wish you and your family all the best and will always welcome you at our home!

Warm regards,
Jim and Suzanne Louis

Effective Communicator

“Pat is an excellent agent! I am an agent myself in another locality and trust Pat with handling my real estate in Sandbridge. He has long term roots in the Sandbridge Community and is very knowledgeable with respect to “all things Sandbridge.” He is an effective communicator and is very good at facilitating transactions.”

-Kevin Adams

Professionalism, Organization & Methodology


A special thanks for marketing the sale of the Beach house. You have demonstrated professionalism throughout with good organization and methodology, always on top of all matters. I believe we priced it right for today’s market and presented it well. It was perhaps the quickest sale at the beach with close to asking price. Thanks again for a good job!

Vaughn Privett – 25 year Sandbridge property owner

A Refreshing Change!

We are completely satisfied with Pat Barton’s efforts and results in the listing and sale of our Sandbridge home. We had our property on and off the market for about 3 years, listing with several different Realtors.

Since we do not reside in Virginia, we were very reliant upon the listing agents to communicate with us. Once we listed with Pat, we had timely and frequent phone calls keeping us abreast of market conditions, buyers’ interest and the showings of our home. What a refreshing change!

Better yet, Pat’s efforts directly resulted in the sale of our home in a very slow market. His naturally friendly personality, coupled with his in depth knowledge of Sandbridge and perceptive business skills make him a winner. Pat Barton is the one to seek out for any Sandbridge real estate advice or service.

Bob and Marie Bridges

Old Friends, New Beginnings

Dear Pat,

Just a note to tell you once more that I really appreciate your good work in getting my home at Sandbridge sold recently.

While I have known you and your family as friends over my 30 years of residence at the beach, I was impressed with the real professionalism with which you handled all phases of the sale, from the market data to determine a listing price at the beginning of our association on this, through the sales effort in working with prospects and keeping me updated in developments, to the negotiated sales contract, and finally to your assistance in the closing of the transaction, even help with disposing of the contents. I was very pleased with your work, and am happy to recommend you to others.

With kindest personal regards, I am

Sincerely yours,
Rieman McNamara, Jr.

The True Cost of a Realtor

I believe from the beginning we saw a realtor as a true cost. Not choosing you to handle our real-estate needs would have been a costly mistake.

You put money in our pocket that otherwise would have been foregone. Safe to assume that we would have under-listed both properties we sold and probably would have paid too much for our current Home had we tried to do it ourselves, as was our initial thought.

As a Hampton Roads native, Knowledge, Expertise and Understanding were used to our advantage.

You were the perfect guide for our Real Estate Safari!

From start to finish you handled every situation, answered every question and walked us through the process one step at a time. Even now, we enjoy the benefits of your monthly follow up letters and suggestion mailings.

Pat, you have our sincerest gratitude for a job well done, Thank You so much for your dedication to excellence!

Kindest Regards,
John Nelson

The Ease of the Buying Process

Pat made the entire buying process effortless for me. We conducted the entire transaction by phone. He was always there and was able to give me invaluable advice during the process.”

Thanks to Pat I was able to complete the transaction from my home in Brazil with the same efficiency and speed as if I had been in Virignia. This was possible because Pat knows Sandbridge like few others. He grew up in the community. His knowledge of the market was critical for me to make the decision to buy.”

If you want to know the score in Sandbridge you have to talk to Pat Barton. No one knows Sandbridge better.”

Kevin Corning

Preparation is Everything

My husband and I had an opportunity to interview several companies and agents before we settled on Pat Barton and ReMax. Pat rose to the top during the selection process because he came to our meeting prepared, he was able to provide a genuine “market analysis”, and he was prepared to offer suggestions on how we should market our home.

From the very first meeting to the day that we went to closing, Pat was always “on top of his game”. During the listing period, Pat was constantly calling and letting us know about changes and guiding us through the process of selling our home. He went above and beyond to bring us a constant “update” and a steady stream of “lookers”. His efforts in marketing our home were innovative and successful! In the many times that we have used real estate agents for a home (or for investment), we have never had an agent devote so much time and effort to us! We will forever be grateful to Pat for making it so easy to do business with him! And… for selling our house!

George and Terri Rakowski
Sandbridge residents for 20 years