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Our History

The Cale name has been synonymous with real estate on the Virginia Peninsula dating back to 1951.

James Hatcher Cale Sr., “Jimmy”, started Cale Realty Company and opened its first office in Hilton Village in 1951.


Jimmy Cale originally moved to Newport News from Eastern North Carolina to work in the Shipyard, but quickly saw an opportunity in the real estate business. He prided himself in always being honest, polite & courteous, and always focused on service to others.  Building on Jimmy Cale’s momentum, James “Hatcher” Cale Jr. took over Cale Realty in 1976. Under Hatcher’s leadership, Cale Realty Company grew to over 125 agents and six sales offices, obtaining numerous awards and recognitions along the way.  While serving as President of Cale Realty Company, Hatcher was also Principal of Regal Homes Inc. (a residential construction company), and Co-Owner/Partner in McCale Development Corporation, where he and his partner developed over 3,000 lots and many prominent communities throughout Southeastern Virginia.


In 1998, Hatcher sold Cale Realty Company and decided to shift his real estate focus from single-family sales and development to multi-family and student housing. This inspired John Cale, the middle of Hatcher’s three sons, to start a career in real estate, becoming the third generation of Cales in the family business. John first obtained his North Carolina Brokers license in 2005 while living in Raleigh, NC, where he traveled throughout the southeast searching for student housing sites. After developing several successful student housing projects throughout the Carolinas, John decided to move back home to be closer to family and learn more about all aspects of real estate under his father’s guidance.

In 2010, John formed Cale Management, Inc., a full-service real estate brokerage firm with a core focus on property management and development. Soon after, John revamped Cale Realty Company as a full-service Real Estate Firm and serves as its Managing Broker.

John’s commitment to core values – bestowed upon him by his father and grandfather – along with an outstanding team, are what continues to drive Cale’s success.

Our Team is Here to Help

Our team of experienced real estate professionals is here to help you with any of your real estate needs. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your real estate goals.

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