As a first time home buyer and new to the area I was directed to Real Estate By Design on a referral. I was paired up with Theresa and right away I could tell it was the right decision for me. I can't tell you how fantastic she really is and how she went above and beyond to get me in my home. She was there to help me from start to finish and her knowledge was a great help and helped put my mind at ease when I was having doubts. I can not recommend her enough and if anyone is looking to by a home they need to look nowhere else!

- Jeff Blanken

Lisa helped us buy our first home, sell our first home, and buy our new house. When selling our first house we contacted Lisa months before we put it on the market and she provided great feedback on the steps we needed to make in order for it to sell. We followed Lisa's advice and we had four full asking price offers the first day the house went on the market! Lisa is the ultimate professional, responsive to all your request, and even provides comfort when things get scary. The team she surrounds herself with is also great. I would recommend Lisa Ellis and we plan on using her services again when it comes time to sell and buy

- Peter Harris

It was wonderful to work with Lisa Ellis on the sale of my home. She gave me a lot of great advice prior to entering the market and then sold my house for a much higher price than I expected! I was not an easy client to work with (we unexpectedly found our dream house before we were ready to list our current home, so we had to get it ready FAST and sell for the MAX amount possible), but Lisa pulled off a miracle and we could not have been more thrilled with her work.

- Elizabeth

Lisa was great! She has a strong team that is always available to help. Lisa is very experienced and knowledgeable. She not only got our house sold (quickly, I might add) but provided solid improvement advice that helped make the house much more marketable. I would recommend her to anyone selling

- Brian Taylor

For something important like buying or selling a home, you want it done right the first time. But with Geoff Boone at Real Estate by Design, you don't have to worry.

I sold my townhouse in Raleigh, NC near NC State with Geoff's help in fall 2015. I knew I needed a highly capable realtor since I now live in another state and I can't just drive across town on a whim of the closing attorney or a realtor. Geoff Boone was absolutely the perfect choice.

Geoff helped me electronically sign most documents online and let me know in advance when some would have to be notarized and mailed. After doing his research, Geoff explained what changes and repairs might helpe sell my home quickly and helped me choose a competitive asking price. When it came time to negotiate offers and punch-list repairs, Geoff explained details that I didn't know about, in order to protect my interests.

Despite having to deal with a very difficult and unprofessional buyer's agent, Geoff was patient and clear every step of the way. Real Estate by Design got all my paperwork right the first time and they even helped me get things fixed when other firms made mistakes.

Real estate transactions are a big deal, so make sure you choose the right company. I highly recommend Geoff Boone and Real Estate by Design

- Wayne Pfeiler

Darlene Zeitler is an excellent realtor! I have used her to buy 2 different homes and sell 1 and she is awesome. She is very easy to get a hold of and always willing to help in any way possible! She is very knowledgeable and was able to sell my house in 2 days! I would not use anyone else when buying or selling a home

- Storm Kincaid

My agent handled the sale of my house last year, and did an outstanding job! She researched my neighborhood for comparable sale properties. Recommended minor repairs to improve staging and curb appeal, and hired professionals to do the repairs. She hired a clean-up company to declutter my house and shed. She took professional photos to showcase my house in the best possible light. It got 3 or 4 offers at full or above the full price the first day it was listed. I really couldn't have asked for more.

- Sheri E.

Both Lisa and Colleen were absolutely fantastic to work with. Our house sold swiftly and the closing process for our new home was seamless. We would definitely recommend Real Estate by Design to any future homebuyers in the Triangle!

- Zach Tewell

Lisa Ellis and the team from Real Estate by design have helped my wife and I close 3 transactions since moving to the Durham area in 2011. Lisa and her team take care of their clients from start to finish. Their expertise, knowledge of the region and delivery of great customer service keeps us coming back! If you are looking for true real estate professionals, then use Lisa Ellis and the Real Estate by Design team.

- Eric Boyer

I really can't say enough good things about the folks at Real Estate By Design. Relocating from out of state can be daunting (especially if you have little kids!), but our Realtor not only made it super easy for us to find a nice home in the best neighborhood (with amazing schools) in our price range, but also helped us with the negotiations so we were able to save thousands of dollars. If you're relocating to Durham, be sure to call Real Estate By Design. They'll guide you through he whole process and make it painless.

- Renee Stanton

Last year I thought I might have to sell my house so I reached out to Real Estate By Design to see what they could do for me. I was really impressed with their level of local area knowledge, their connections with contractors and painters (for getting it looking great before selling) and their ability to easily stage my home. They made the whole selling process incredibly painless and even showed me how I was going to make a nice profit off the sale. I'm glad I didn't need to sell, but if I did, Real Estate By Design would have been my #1 choice.

- Brendan Monahan

My husband and I are first time homebuyers, with Theresa Olson at our side we felt more at ease and well informed about house hunting and the housing market. She is a genuine, sweet, and very patient (especially with our indecisiveness on picking a home, lol) and an all-around fantastic person to be working with on our home buying journey. She truly is a gem and it was a pleasure working with her and anyone will be lucky to have her as their agent. Trust me, you will not regret it!

- Michaela L. Reyes


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