David Bickford is Vice President of Divaris Real Estate where he primarily focuses on the representation of Industrial and retail landlords, landowners and tenants throughout southeastern Virginia, and northeast North Carolina. He brings to DRE over 20 years of experience in real estate negotiations, development, and construction. His portfolio spans the commercial real estate landscape, accessing industrial manufacturing clients from China, to local Hampton Roads entrepreneurs.

Recently David Sold 135 Acres of raw land to Sentera Hospitals, He sold 35 acres to Vulcan Materials, He has renewed several Food Lion Leases, and he pre-developed 150,000 sqrft of the Tanglewood Pavilions Shopping Center to: Hobby Lobby, Ross, TJ Max, Dollar Tree, Cato, Hibbett, Rue 21, Rack Room Shoes, Sleepy’s, AT&T and Zaxby’s. When the center opened its doors in November 2015 it was 95% occupied, with a second Phase to be delivered in 2018.

David represents the Portsmouth Economic Development Agency as well as Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority with the listing of a number of land parcels they wish to sell to developers and/or retailers with the goal of increasing the quality of the retail product in the City of Portsmouth.

In 2011 David was honored by the Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance with the Rookie of the year Award for billing more transactions than any other incoming agent in Hampton Roads. He also took all of these shopping centers from 60 percent leased to fully occupied in under six months. David also has experience as vice president of Bickford Construction II, Inc., where he oversaw construction and rental property management.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Business from East Carolina University and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Virginia and North Carolina.


  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2012 Rookie of the Year award,
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2012 Bronze award Winner
  • CoStar Bronze winner for billing over 100,000 in one year
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2013 Bronze award Winner
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2014 Bronze award Winner
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2015 Silver Winner
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2016 Bronze Winner
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2017 Gold WInner
  • Hampton Roads Commercial Alliance 2018 Bronze Winner

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