My partner and I worked with Blair Nell (with some occasional help from Clayton Nell) on finding our new home in a beautiful wooded area of Pittsboro. We had a lot of hard requirements on the property we wanted and Blair found us a lovely home that met all of them. This was our first time purchasing a home so we were a bit naive about the process and how to proceed. Blair was on top of everything throughout the process; she was pretty much available 24 hrs/7 days, even on a holiday (though she says she would like to create a couple of evening hours that are reliably work-free for her family, which she and they certainly deserve) to make sure we got OUR offer accepted on a sweet house in a competitive market. She arranged and attended all the inspections so we didn’t have to miss much work, kept us up-to-speed on every part of the process (including bank-related issues that weren’t even her responsibility) and went to bat for us when we wanted the sellers to repair multiple issues and when some of the HVAC reports seemed questionable. From the start of the process to weeks after the purchase, she was in touch with us to ensure we were happy and that all i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed. It was a total pleasure working with Blair and I will certainly recommend her to friends and colleagues in the future.
Clayton helped us buy our first home, sell our first home 4 years later, then buy our current home, so we really know him very well! As a seller, he helped motivate us to stage and sell our first home within 36 hours with 2 toddlers, a dog, and a cat. We made a profit in a neighborhood where that was not the norm, and it was his and Blair’s touches that made a huge difference. As a buyer, we felt like we had the upper hand at all times due to Clayton’s experience with the market including his history as an appraiser. In these times you need someone willing to step to the plate with integrity and Clayton was that person. We can’t recommend this team enough…!
Chapel Hill Buyers / Sellers, Hillsborough Buyers
We were first-time home buyers who were reluctantly hitting the real estate market after getting booted out of our rental in Durham. Even before we “committed,” Blair spoke with us for almost an hour on the process and procedure of how to even go about buying a house, and made me feel like it was not only possible, but totally fun. We had busy schedules, but she made everything happen, from viewings to inspections, to negotiations, to the closing. She was knowledgeable, gently drawing our attention to “red flags” that we might otherwise miss. She was responsive, and never once dropped the ball on communication with us or our seller. She expertly soothed a few anxious calls, and was there to celebrate when we closed. Her approach is personable, professional and totally tuned in to her client’s needs. Would highly recommend.
Clayton’s depth of knowledge and experience were invaluable to us as first time home buyers! He always had the patience to explain the process as well as answer our many little questions along the way. He has great contacts in the industry which made the experience very seamless. Another wonderful part about working with Clayton was getting to work also with his wife, Blair. When you are buying a home in Carrboro you need to move quickly. We always were able to see places right away working with a couple team. Since buying a home we have gone back to Clayton for service provider recommendations and have never been disappointed–his recommendations are always underpinned with quality. When we go to sell our home long into the future we know we will be knocking on Boro Realty’s door.
Blair was exactly what I needed in an agent from very first hello to closing! Moving from Asheville to the Chapel Hill area isn’t the greatest of distances but it was enough that having someone local to trust would be essential. While selling my house in Asheville I had some negative experiences with agents that felt like pushy sales so it was very important to me during my search that I find someone genuine to trust. I scoured agent bios and read SO many over several days before selecting Blair. Right away she was great at just upfront communication and understood what I was seeking. I will be highly recommending her in my new town whenever I can work it into any conversation.
We used Blair to help us buy our first home in South Durham, and we could not have asked for a better realtor! She started out by educating us on the home buying process, helping us understand what to expect both financially and from a process perspective, and was patient until we were actually ready to start looking. When we did start to look, we felt she truly understood what we were looking for, and when we needed guidance, she did not hesitate to offer it, which we really appreciated. We ended up in the absolute perfect home for us, and Blair was the reason our offer won in a competitive situation. I would have been crushed if we hadn't gotten this house and am SO grateful we had Blair to help us get it! She is amazing to work with and we will continue to recommend her to anyone who needs a realtor! So glad we found her!
Blair was great! We never would have even found our current house if she didn’t stay on top of the listings and suggest it to us before we saw it show up online. Her knowledge of the area (we saw a lot of houses together) made all the difference. And we were even able to get the house for under asking price in a spring market where the majority of prices were inflated. We couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!
Danny & Lindsey
So many business owners get it wrong. So many realtors under perform, underwhelm, and when they show up they care more about their commission than your needs.
I had the absolute best realtor experience of my life this year (And I have worked with over 12 in the last 8 years). Thank you, thank you, thank you Clayton Nell and Boro Realty! If you are in Durham, Raleigh or Chapel Hill please reach out for me to make a connection. Every “dream realtor” box was checked.
Chapel Hill Buyers
Blair was a terrific agent for us as we were selling our condo in Chapel Hill. She guided us through the process from listing to final sale and we were impressed with her knowledge of the market, experience in the entire process, and appreciated her general positive/kind demeanor. We were selling our condo while living in a different state and Blair went above and beyond our expectations by helping us find and set up appointments with local contractors – she even met them at our condo and provided us immediate feedback/guidance. She was always responsive/available to us and we would highly recommend her!
Rachael and Dan in Boston
I have really enjoyed working with Blair. She helped my partner by some land about a year ago, and I called her up when I was ready to buy my own home. The market is competitive this season – and though several of my (above asking price) offers were not accepted – Blair was steadfast in letting me know when homes that fit my interests came to the market. Finally, the perfect home for me came on the market in a neighborhood I had been mentioning since I started my search. She showed the house to me the first day it was listed, and my offer was accepted within two days. The seller wanted a fast closing. We closed in under 1 month. Blair was able to help me pull it together that quickly because of the great working relationships she has with her colleagues (I went with her recommendations on lawyer, lender, inspector, etc. they were all superb). Needless to say, I’ll be recommending Blair to my friends and family.
Whether you are choosing an agent to buy or sell your home, it’s not an understatement that the next chapter of your life is in the hands of the individuals you choose to navigate this transaction. I can think of no two people more capable–or kind–than Clayton & Blair. They are a tireless team who devote 110% to following through with their commitment to serve with integrity and honesty, and they have an uncommon belief in never settling for anything less than the best.
We recently listed our condo for sale through Bill Mullen at Boro Realty. It was a great experience from start to finish. Real Estate transactions have become increasingly more complex, so having an experienced professional like Bill was key. He was extremely helpful with the prep and staging for the listing. Boro Realty sent out professionals to take measurements, draw a layout of the condo, and take great photos that really captured the feel of our place. We were pleased that we got an offer in a matter of hours. During the process Bill made sure the lines of communication were open and everything was taken care of in a timely manner. He stayed on top of the process and made sure everything stayed on track to avoid any of the details that can sometimes cause problems and delays. It was a pleasure working with Bill and Boro Realty.
My husband and I just bought a home in Carrboro and Blair was our buyer's agent. While I monitored the typical real estate listing websites, Blair often knew of available homes days ahead of time due to her deep knowledge of the market. We moved here from out of state and trying to find a home while learning the community is never easy.
Blair had great advice at every step of the way and knew what would work for us. She is attentive, kind and persistent — all qualities you really need in a real estate agent.
Blair is the absolute best- she is a fantastic realtor and great person in general. She is so hard working, incredibly responsive and communicative. She leaves no stone unturned through the home buying process and is a great advocate to have in your court. Blair is incredibly knowledgeable of the market AND a bonus is that her husband is also a realtor, and together they are a great team. You will not be disappointed by hiring Blair as your realtor. She helped me to find the perfect home, navigate starting a business on the property, and was incredibly supportive through a difficult personal situation. In short, she’s incredible!
Clayton was our realtor when we bought our first home in 2013 and he was wonderful. Helped walk us through the process, understood our unique property needs and was accessible, smart, prepared and experienced. We recommend him highly!
The whole process of buying a home has been so low-stress, working with Blair. Impressed with her social work background and disarming, kind and competent demeanor, she was just our style. Proactive and knowledgeable, Blair alerted us to aspects of each house; the importance of chimney height, what certain cracks suggested about the foundation, how traffic might impact noise and ease of resale. She quickly picked up on exactly what our needs and tastes were, and guided us to just the right house! When it came down to negotiations, Blair researched comps in the area, and guided us to come up with a workable deal, to everyone’s satisfaction. She has great connections in the community and referred us to excellent folks for inspection and repairs. As gentle and friendly as she is, Blair gets the job done-a mattress was still on the street after sellers had left the home. Blair’s right-on emails to all the right people solved that problem right away!! Get Blair on your team. She’s the one!
Paula & Becca
I can’t recommend Clayton enough. When we attended open houses together he was always focused on us. I remember seeing other agents taking phone calls, but not Clayton. That felt good. When we toured a home together he led the way, pointing out critical structural issues and scoping out every inch of the place. If there was a crawl space, he crawled it. Clayton always made us feel like we could linger as long as we needed to. We never felt rushed. In the end he showed us a house that we couldn’t have found on our own, in a neighborhood we never knew existed. Now we have a home we love with a neighborhood full of kids just like we wanted. Years later, Clayton still answers questions we have about the house and is a great source for recommendations for anything that comes up.
Chapel Hill Buyers
Blair has helped me to buy two different houses in Carrboro and was fantastic to work with on both occasions. I had lackluster experiences with two different local agents before her so was feeling pretty jaded when we started working together. Blair was a breath of fresh air – she actually listens to what your home needs are and makes thoughtful and appropriate recommendations based on those. She is also honest and straight forward and lets you know when you are being unrealistic vs. when the seller is. And to boot, Blair is energetic, friendly, and responsive!
Let's face it. Selling a home is never a joy ride. The folks at Boro Realty handled our sale with as much knowledge, experience, and patience as one could hope for. We would use them again.
Very conscientious and knowledgeable realtors. As low-stress a process as I could hope for.
Absolute Best Team - It is still unbelievable to us that we completed our goal to sell quickly and gained so much more. We never thought this process would be easy and now looking back we are overwhelmed with gratitude in how much Blair and Clayton helped to simplify the process and achieve the sale itself. From the planning, to the timing, to the staging and the marketing, we had a collaborative plan that put us in the best possible position to sell. You both were so thoughtful and strategic in working with us. You were conscientious and kind. You went above and beyond in so many ways (helping with furniture sales and paperwork) and we cannot thank you enough. Your professionalism and yet personable approach remains unmatched with any of our past realtors. You brought heart and smarts. We could not have accomplished this without you and we are forever grateful for your understanding and concern around our situation.
Boro Realty helped us to find our first home! Blair understood our needs as first time home buyers, and took the time to talk to us whenever about whatever. Her patience, communication, and honesty showed us that we could trust her knowledge of the area and the market. From the first informal meeting to closing day, we felt confident that we were in good hands! We are so thankful.
Boro Reality helped us navigate the process of home buying with confidence and ease. My husband and I were lucky enough to cross paths with Blair Nell when she was closing a sale next to my mother's house. We knew instantly that this was who we wanted to work with! Blair worked tirelessly for us through our lengthy search. We did not have a huge amount to spend and wanted so badly to find a home with character where we could stay for decades. With Blair as our realtor we always felt that our needs and aspirations were understood, valued, and honored. She counseled us with the deep knowledge and expertise of a true professional but also with the kindness and compassion of an old friend. She fought for us, she explained everything thoroughly, she never missed a beat. Thanks to her and Boro Realty we are now in our DREAM HOME! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!
Martha & Dylan
Words to describe the real estate service Blair Nell and her real estate partner and husband, Clayton Nell from Boro Realty provided?
Integrity, wisdom, and tireless pursuit of best possible outcomes. We are so very happy we chose Blair to both buy and sell homes this spring! Throughout the six-month period we worked with her, she consistently provided timely clear communication – especially when time was of the essence such as before and during contract negotiations. She’s an agent who is super reliable and has excellent negotiation skills. On both our contracts, buying and selling, I was relieved to discover she has great expertise and I could relax and rely on her. She thought of items to include on the contract resulting in us getting more money at closing. She’s super organized and detail oriented. This was especially helpful when she clearly explained buyer and seller rights during the due diligence process and kept us on track to meet contract deadlines. As buyers, she listened to our needs and was patient. She never pushed us. As sellers, the marketing strategies and pricing advice were excellent and as a result we sold our home quickly. She vastly exceeded our expectations. Thank you so very much Blair and Clayton!
We recently worked with Clayton at Boro Realty in purchasing our first home, and he made the process incredibly easy. When we first met with Clayton he talked us through the entire process and answered all our questions. He was very straightforward and honest in making sure we had realistic expectations before beginning our search in earnest. While visiting homes, he had incredible knowledge of the area and of home construction- he was never afraid to climb in the attic or under a crawl space to check it out. Clayton was always prompt in his responses and on the ball when it came to new listings he thought we’d be interested in. The whole process was much easier than we anticipated, and that was entirely due to Clayton- plus he’s just a lot of fun to be around! We ended up in a wonderful house that we’re excited to call home!!
Blair Nell of Boro Realty was a real joy to work with. She came heartily recommended to me by my daughter, who she assisted in the sale of their home in Chapel Hill and the immediate purchase of another one, no small feat with my daughter’s boisterous three young children and constantly changing schedules. Blair went overboard seeking solutions to all obstacles thrown in our path during the purchase of our new home. She kept cool and calm, returned our phone calls and texts quickly, and never let us down. Blair’s the first person I’d call if we ever decided to buy another home.
Working with Bill Mullen to find us a one-level home in a popular Chatham County neighborhood was a surprisingly stress-free experience! Bill was very knowledgeable of the market and the area we were targeting, finding us an ideal home within our budget that met all our needs. He stayed focused on our preferred neighborhood but also showed us properties in similar neighborhoods for comparison to help us make sure of our choice. We were impressed that he noticed some needed repairs and contacted the HOA to begin fixes as soon as our offer was accepted. Bill was also able to advise us on minor architectural/remodeling changes that would make the floor plan and livability of the home work even better for us. Through every step of the process, Bill was always available for us with the right answers to move things along. He was consistently good humored, reliable and on time. We highly recommend Bill Mullen without reservation!
We recently purchased a home in Chapel Hill and Clayton from Boro Realty served as our knowledgeable Sherpa throughout the entire process. He carefully listened to what we were looking for, selected homes that fit our criteria, and patiently adapted his search as our vision changed along the way. We were often visiting homes the day they were posted which shows both his commitment to getting us into the right house and also his ability to be flexible. Once we were under contract, he demonstrated his deep knowledge of the home buying process. Given that we were buying an older home, he made sure we had all of the necessary people provide assessments and estimates of replacing items or having repairs done. He negotiated on our behalf as if he were buying the home for himself or a close family member or friend. We wholeheartedly recommend Clayton to anyone looking to buy a home in Chapel Hill.
Buying a home, especially your first, is not easy and comes with a lot of fear, frustration and could be an emotional turbulence. However, if you have an agent like Blair on your side than you have lucked out. She is thorough beyond imagination, knowledgeable, creative (yes, that’s important too), hard worker (she is always there available for anything you throw at her), and just takes care of EVERYTHING in the buying process. Everything! Do yourself a favor and work with her. Thanks Blair!
Blair recently helped me purchase a new home as our family transitioned into a new phase of life. Throughout the entire process - from searching for homes that fit our needs, going through inspections, finding bids on repairs to closing and moving - Blair was the most professional, knowledgeable, responsive Realtor with whom I have ever worked. I love the approach that Blair and Clayton bring to the table, as we felt we had a solid team of professionals supporting our family through this process. I felt their commitment to their motto "integrity matters" throughout every step of the process and am so grateful for the ease with which I was able to make this purchase and move. I cannot speak highly enough about my experience in working with Blair and the Boro Realty Team!!
Bill Mullen was recommended to my husband and myself by a trusted friend when we were looking to purchase land in Chapel Hill. Bill was responsive, helpful, knowledgeable, professional and a real pleasure to work with. He showed us several properties, sincerely interested in us finding the "right" place. Of course, when it was time to sell the land, Bill was our go-to-guy. Once again, it was a seamless process. We highly recommend Bill!
When my elderly parents decided to downsize, they engaged Bill Mullen to sell their longtime home. Bill was amazing, helping them declutter and modernize their home with some simple changes that made it appealing to younger buyers. He did a great job with the listing text and photos, playing up the unique features of the relatively small Chapel Hill home on a tricky hillside lot—its proximity to schools, the view of a creek and pond, decks, and a screen porch. He made the whole process for them easy from listing to closing. In the first day on the market, they had multiple offers. Bill helped them manage the offers and quickly sell the home for above asking price. I strongly recommend Bill Mullen and Boro Realty to future buyers or sellers.
My husband and I have bought and sold several homes as we moved around the southeast. Clayton was the 7th realtor we worked with so we have some points of comparison. Clayton was AMAZING. We were looking for land to build a home and Clayton was able to advise us every step of the way. He knew all the right questions to ask. And, more than that - he knew: who to ask, what to do based on the answer, when and how much to push on something. He made great recommendations on builders to consider and connected us with a designer and other folks who could provide insight and assistance. We highly recommend Clayton because of his expertise, connections to the community/other experts and integrity (he actually cares/wants to help you!). And ...he's enjoyable to work with and be around!
I feel so fortunate to have met Blair & Clayton. They sold my house in Chapel Hill and then helped me find a perfect fit in Carrboro. They were always available to answer questions and address any concerns. I really appreciated their knowledge and sound advice. I highly recommend them!
Bill Mullen has been very helpful to us in several real estate transactions over the years. From helping us find a buyer for a house many years ago to more recently acting as an agent for purchasing a lot on which to build a new home and selling our beautiful house in downtown Chapel Hill.
His knowledge of land and housing markets, attention to detail, willingness to respond to any and all questions in a timely manner and overall calm steady demeanor were extremely reassuring to us during the preparation, showing and final closing activities.
Bill’s input and advice on what we needed to do to make our home and its surroundings more attractive made the process easier and resulted in having a property that was more valuable on the market.
During all of our real estate interactions, it has been a comfort to know that Bill was working for us and in a way that was proactive, organized, and highly ethical.
Chris and Catharine
Bill Mullen is the best! His knowledge of the Triangle area is vast and his hospitality is the most gracious. With his kind sense of humor he made the search for a house so much fun! The neighborhood that we landed in turned out to be the best one for our lifestyle. We have many new friends!
When we needed to sell our condo from a distance, and Covid-19 was preventing normal travel, Blair went above and beyond the call in order to list and sell our unit. She sold the unit quickly and took care of all the details. It was the easiest real estate transaction we've ever had, thanks to Blair. Highly recommend.
Blair Nell stood by our side for two whole years after we relocated to the Triangle without friends or family nearby. She helped us navigate the red-hot Durham housing market—and its notorious clay—with grace and grit. When we started to get nervous about our prospects and were ready to settle for less than what we wanted deep down inside, she and her husband, Clayton, encouraged us to be patient and reminded us that the right house would come along in due time. And it did! Along the way, she offered us wise counsel and a detailed roadmap of what lay ahead of us. She climbed into crawlspaces, pointed out structural defects, and recommended the most reliable and knowledgeable contractors and home inspector to help us assess potential issues. Her judgment, integrity, and negotiating skills are second to none. We are proud to recommend her and her company, Boro Realty, to anyone looking for their forever home.
Blair Nell is great! My Sister-in law and Mother & Father-in law have both used her so she is the family's agent. She helped me and my wife buy our first home and was excellent at guiding us through the process. She is very knowledgeable about the area. After finding the home we wanted, we found that there was already an offer on it. Her negotiating/bargaining skills quickly allowed our counter offer to be accepted and we were able to close in 30 days. We highly recommend Boro Realty!
Blair Nell helped us find our dream home. We moved to the area from NYC, and had very little knowledge of the local neighborhoods. Blair took the time to understand us as a couple and as a family and with her infinite knowledge, helped us navigate the local area and narrow down our search to fit out specific needs. She kept us from jumping on a home that really didn't suit us, and then went to battle for the house we wanted. I can't recommend a better person to have on your side.
Searching for and buying a house from out of state comes with its own set of challenges, but working with Bill/Boro Realty made the experience totally doable and enjoyable. Bill was always super responsive and flexible with our schedules - much appreciated when you work full time and can’t meet in person. He helped us navigate the local market and negotiation process. Once successful, he never left our side even after closing. He went above and beyond to check in on our house and meet inspectors/repairmen/contractors when we weren’t able to make the trip due to COVID-19. We felt like Bill truly cared about us and that our desires mattered to him. He has great knowledge of the area and is a trustworthy source. We would certainly utilize his services again and recommend him and Boro Realty highly.
Dedicated and knowledgable, a real class act! I can't say enough good things about Blair and her team at Boro Realty. Blair and Clayton helped our family find the perfect home and guided us through the process of buying and selling with ease. Blair is a dedicated professional who will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure you stay informed and get the best possible results. I highly recommend Blair, she is simply the best!
My husband and I recently purchased land in Orange County along with 4 partners. What could have been a very complicated process was made seamless and simple because Clayton was such a responsive, organized, and knowledgeable agent. He helped us identify surveyors and soil scientists familiar with the area and was always available to answer questions or walk the property. He kept all six of us on schedule with regards to our contract and informed us immediately when there were any changes or issues that needed to be addressed. We would highly recommend Clayton (and Boro Realty) to anyone who was looking to buy or sell property in the Chapel Hill area.
We worked with Blair from Boro Realty three times over the last five years and wouldn't even consider anyone else after our successful work together. Her dedication to understanding client needs and guiding them through the process is unmatched in my experience. At every step she was prepared and professional and used a practiced eye to advise us while helping us to find the perfect home for our quirky little family. Highly recommend.
Bill Mullen at Boro Realty was exceptional in terms of helping me with getting the house ready for sale and guiding me through the process of selling it, the paperwork, the inspection, and all the many details that go with selling a house. He had originally sold me this house over ten years ago and I went back to him to sell it, which tells you how much I value his help.
Blair and Clayton are wonderful to work with! We would highly recommend them to assist whether you are planning to buy/sell or both! The personal experience that they provide is truly invaluable and we felt as if we had a true partner who understood what we were looking for. Never once were we left questioning the next steps in the process and the expertise from Blair and Clayton helped us navigate a competitive market. From the moment we engaged to the moment we closed we were taken care of and at the end of the day that's all that matters.
Having the right realtor in such a hot seller's market is key. And honestly? There is a gamut of realtors with varying levels of experience, temperament, and intelligence. Blair was, by far, incredibly gifted in all three. You want someone who will negotiate in your best interests, who will tell you how to negotiate when other realtors just intone, "best and highest" at you. You need someone who truly wants you to be happy in your home. Blair cares about her clients and her service was top notch. Blair was ridiculously available, 10pm need to write an offer? She was on it. Need to see a house that just listed an hour ago? Done. Need to nudge other stakeholders to get things in line on time? She's already sent off the friendly email. When you are panicking because buying a home is an emotionally intense process? She will talk you off the ledge, but tells the tough truth when you need to hear it. Her command of the local area is exceptional: she talked me out of houses that she knew were bad deals / big problems when other realtors would have happily sold them to me. She never made me feel less important because I wasn't buying a 500K home. I felt just as important, and I believe she gives the same kind of attention and care to all of her clients, no matter what. Available. Kind. Honest. Knowledgeable. Invested. That is Blair, and that is Boro realty, you cannot go wrong.
Blair and Clayton epitomize "dream team," especially when it comes to real estate navigation. There is no one I would want on my team more than the folks at Boro Realty. The wealth of knowledge and steadfast attention to detail, combined with fulfilling the needs and wants of their clients is unmatched! It is a joy to spend time with these two. As first time home buyers, my partner and I never once felt pressured into a situation we weren't comfortable with. All of our many questions were addressed and Blair never slept on an opportunity (truly, this woman sends emails at all hours). We cannot give them enough praise!
Genna & Kevin
Blair helped us navigate a tumultuous market and stuck with us until we found the right home. Her knowledge of the area is incredible and deep. She constantly has her eye on properties and looks at each one of them in terms of her clients. She gets to know you and what resonates with you. She sincerely wants you to find the home that is going to make you happy. What we wanted was a realtor that wasn't afraid to tell us when she though something wasn't right for us. Blair did that and more. Her insight and intuition are amazing. She made us feel understood. Her negotiating skills were impressive as well. She never pushed us to go outside of our comfort zone, but she did lay it out for us in how to be aggressive in this sellers' market. I would 100% recommend Blair to help you find your home.
In nearly 40 years and the buying of many homes, working with Clayton Nell and Boro Realty was by far the best experience I had. Clayton did an outstanding job of all the basics helping us to find a home remotely and work through all the usual closing details. His communication and attention to detail throughout was awesome. What impressed me most though was his willingness to go above and beyond over and over again to help my family, even long after the sale was complete. If you need a realtor, Clayton is the one!