When Katie Brown was a kid growing up near Chapel Hill, she had a peculiar reading habit. She’d inevitably leave the grocery store with a stack of gratis real estate glossies, those magazines that linger in loaded racks near every storefront. She’d pore over the issues, then marvel at the assorted open houses her parents would frequent. For years, Brown wanted to be an architect. But an apprenticeship with a successful agent while she attended N.C. State taught her an invaluable lesson about real estate: She wasn’t simply selling people things—she was helping people navigate around the pitfalls of one of their biggest purchases ever, serving as a tour guide to their dream lives.
But first, Brown wanted to try a few alternate avenues. She worked in hospitality for years, even attending an esteemed catering program at a Charleston culinary school, and managed office spaces back in North Carolina. Those experiences helped galvanize her passion for interacting with a variety of people, listening to their needs, and doing everything she could to fulfill them. That’s the ethic that compels Brown—who has lived in most every corner of the Triangle after a lifetime here—to help find their ideal home. An avid swimmer, the “crazy, cool aunt” to four nephews, and the published author of a romance novel, Brown lives now in Durham with Kodiak, her fluffy Cavachon puppy. Say hello sometime.