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Lisa Ellis Managing Partner/Broker Associate

To work with Lisa Ellis is to be in awe of her insatiable passion for real estate and unparalleled knowledge of the Triangle. Throughout her 20-year tenure as a Realtor, Lisa has become a leading expert in local real estate and has seen the ups and downs of our market lead to its current boom of unprecedented growth. It is this experience that gives Lisa’s clients the advantage of something money can’t buy- her wisdom. From Lisa’s first sale of a modest home on the outskirts of Chapel Hill to her position today as owner of her own firm, Real Estate by Design, over 700 families have benefited from trusting Lisa’s expertise with the purchase or sale of their home.

Lisa currently resides in her beloved hometown of Durham with her 11-year-old son, Cooper, and their two very active french bulldogs, Axel and Ella. Being a mom has defined Lisa as a selfless, compassionate, and humble personality- attributes that seamlessly carry into her professional relationships. When they’re not cheering on their home team at the Durham Bulls Stadium, you can find Lisa and Cooper enjoying the sights and sounds of the Triangle, and taking advantage of the incredible amenities and local businesses that our area has to offer. Raising her family in such a thriving part of the country has been a true gift, and Lisa loves having access to local gems like the DPAC, the American Tobacco Trail, exhibits at the Nasher and the NC Art Museum, as well as her favorite restaurants, Basan or Oval Park Grille. Lisa is also very well-travelled, and prides herself on her journeys around the world, from Japan to Greece, St. Thomas to Switzerland, and most recently to Costa Rica. These experiences have given her a worldview adept at welcoming residents from all over the planet and making them feel at home here in North Carolina.

Like her favorite Einstein quote, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value,” Lisa Ellis’s priorities are all substance, and the success has followed. Clients return to Lisa over and over because her service and care are simply unbeatable. Lisa is in the Top 5% of realtors in North Carolina and has appeared on My Carolina Today and WQDR for her work giving back to local charities like the Oxford Children’s Home, Durham Public School Social Services, the Orange County Public Library, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle. Lisa accredits hard work, market knowledge and a genuine passion for helping people as the keys to her success in keeping clients happy and coming back. See what Lisa Ellis and her team at Real Estate by Design can do for you and thank yourself later! 

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