Wilma Clay
Wilma Clay
  • Office: 757-472-9595
    Cell: 757-472-9595
    Direct: 757-472-9595
    Fax: 800-730-2611
  • Beacon Realty
    1 Columbus Ctr
    Ste 600
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Guiding You HOME!

Finding Keys to the American Dream.

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Wilma Clay, Beacon Realty
Virginia Beach's Cape Henry Lighthouses have served as beacons to guide sailors home for more than two centuries.  Beacon Realty and I have not been around for two centuries--but for 30 years (and still going strong), I have provided resources, information and assistance to help clients navigate the real estate maze and drop anchor at HOME! 
I work in the Hampton Roads area--the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News.  I can showcase homes for sale or rent and provide information to assist you to become familiar with the Hampton Roads area, government, activities, arts, events, happenings and schools. 
Please call me at the minute you think about: 
* Selling a Home 
* Buying a Home
* Managing your Rental Property
* Purchasing an Investment Property
* Completing a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange (Starker delayed)
* A Short Sale to Avoid Foreclosure
* Whether or Not You Should Refinance
* Whether or Not You Should Remodel, Improve, or Expand your Current Home.
I am a former math teacher and I have completed many real estate classes, seminars, and courses in Appraisal, Real Estate Finance, Relocation, Buyer Brokerage, Marketing, 1031 Tax Free Exchanges, Property Management and Real Estate Law to maintain my credentials at a level that will inspire your confidence in my ability to competently guide you HOME.

Whatever your real estate needs, my primary concern is your long-term happiness and financial well-being.  I am fully committed to my real estate career and I promise to provide the finest real estate service available--always with your best interest in mind.
The real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day. You should demand a diligent agent who understands the dynamics, is attentive to details, is accessible and is positioned to assist you in finding KEYS to the American Dream!

Whatever your real estate needs--buying real estate, selling real estate, a short sale and foreclosure avoidance, tax free exchanges, or property management--your worries, concerns, emotions, and investment will be "Handled with CARE!"

--As though YOU are Family!   




I was raised in Carroll County near Galax Virginia (about 100 miles Southwest of Roanoke, Virginia).  Our home did not have electricity, running water, telephone, central heat or AC, or a bathroom (and YES the Sears Roebuck catalog was a coveted and "handy" possession).  I attended a one-room grade school (7 grades in one room) without a bathroom, central heat, or running water.  The school "library" was a van that came by every 60 days with books for us to check out.  Teacher's pets (I was one) were allowed to walk 1/2 mile into the woods to a spring and bring back a bucket of water for the school each day. Children were inventive then and games such as "Kick the Can," "No Bears Out Tonight" and hopscotch were played OUTSIDE, not in front of a computer or game screen.  Needless to say, I have a real appreciation of the "finer" amenities in today's homes and schools. 

My father was an iron ore/copper miner and my mother was a housewife.  Later, when my brother and I were teens, both parents obtained jobs at Fries Knitting Mill in Fries, VA. and they worked there for more than 20 years.  I was raised in my mother's home place--a quiet, modest. bucolic, 15 acre farm (now with bathroom, running water, telephone, and central heat & AC).   The little red building you see to the right of the home is the old outdoor toilet (only one stool). 

My parents had 10 and 9 siblings respectively, so the yearly family reunions were a lot of fun.  The best part about big families is the wonderful cousins you inherit!

My mother died in July 2010 and my father (age 95) is now in a nursing home in Hillsville, VA. 

Below: Gilbert (at age 88; he is now 95) with his sister, Beatrice, who died in 2013.


I have a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree from Radford University with post-graduate studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  My degrees say, "Radford College; Women's Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute" (i.e. "Before Radford was a University," "Before Radford and VPI were coed,"  "Before VPI added State University to the name," and "Older than DIRT!").  I taught math at Dublin High School and then taught math, geometry, logic, trig, and calculus to freshmen at Virginia Tech for 6 years prior to moving to the Hampton Roads area in 1979.

I have two loving adult children, Lisa Arguello and Michael Clay. 

Lisa, the oldest, is an audiologist at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She and her husband, Francisco, who works as a medical equipment technician for Bowman Gray School of Medicine, have two children, Sarah and Julio.  Below is Lisa with my granddaughter, Sarah, and Franscisco, Lisa's husband.


My grandaughter, Sarah, has a black belt in Tai Quan Do.  She attends UNC at Greensboro with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.  My grandson, Julio, has said since he was three years old that he wants to be a paleontologist. I thought this was apropos since I am close to becoming a real dinosaur specimen.  Now in college, though, I am spared;  I think he has changed to Geology.


Michael, my son, lives in Blacksburg, Virginia and he owns a computer consulting business called Clay Solutions (www.ClaySolutions.com).   

My brother, Gary Lawson, is the entrepreneur of the family.  He worked full time as a senior in high school.  With the exception of that job, his two years of Marine Corp service, and a few years as a truck driver, he has always been self-employed.  He now owns Gary's Backhoe Service in Hillsville, Virginia and he runs a successful business with several employees, heavy equipment, a calendar, a cell phone, sticky notes, calculators, legal pads, file cabinets and integrity and wits--NO computer!  His wife, Melissa, is manager of an ABC Store.  


I love racquetball (but the old gray mare ain't what she used to be!), occasional tennis ("choppy" tennis), learning, reading the newspaper, movies, anything computer, internet jokes, Snopes.com, YouTube Videos (music, informative, or funny ones), occasional crosswords, Wikipedia (Yes, I know Wiki can be edited by regular people and may NOT be the final word), hiking (Viva! Mt. LeConte) and most of all--interesting and challenging conversations or games with friends.   


 What Buyers Have Said:  

"Thank you so much for being more than just a real estate agent. Thank you for caring and helping me."--Mindy Leaphart

"Wilma, Thank you! We so appreciate your patience during the home hunt. It was a challenge, but we've got the most perfect home!"--Patti Laverntz

"Thank you for all your hard work, patience, and kindness."--Sheila A.

"Meeting you has been my unique privilege, for because of your tremendous sense of responsibility, I have been enriched."--Al Promuto

"Thank you for all the hard work you've done. We consider you to be more than just our real estate agent."--Angie Fulton

What Sellers Have Said:

"Wilma Clay is an outstanding real estate professional. She was helpful, patient & knowledgeable in all real estate matters. She executed 4 closings on difficult to sell properties within 2 months. She supervised all aspects of repairs, problems & issues with honesty & integrity. She kept me updated on a daily to weekly basis as needed. I would highly recommend her to family & friends.--With Respect & Admiration," Helen Turner

"I'm very happy to say everything went smooth and easy. The personal attention and advice you provided made this a picture perfect sale. I truly hope I find the same service and commitment in buying my new home in Florida. Please keep in touch. I would love to have you as my agent again."--Randall Owens

"Thank you! You did the impossible; you sold my house."--Stan Hill

"Thanks so much for alerting me to the Tax Free Exchange."--Bob Wheeler

"Your real estate expertise grouped with kindness and persistence, involving our tenant and sale is greatly appreciated. You went over and beyond the call of duty of a Realtor."--Donna Price

"You kept in close touch through every phase of our sale, making a rather difficult long distance closing easy. We recommend you to everyone that needs the services of a competent Realtor."--Darren Rice.

"Through all this, Wilma has been a true professional . . .we feel that she should be congratulated on her diligence, professionalism, and her caring attitude."--Richard Stone

"You're the best agent in the business! Thanks for all your hard work! When you are taken care of the way you took care of us--you tell others! Thank you."--Candie Driskell

"Keep in touch. You're still our favorite Realtor!"--Bert Edelchick  



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