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.
Peggy helped my husband and I buy our current home in South Durham, as well as sell our townhouse, and we can’t recommend her more highly! She went above and beyond to help us with every step of the process. We worked with Peggy over the course of several months as we searched for homes, and she did a fantastic job finding houses that met our criteria, and helped us honestly evaluate whether the houses were right for us. She did a great job working through the negotiation process once we decided to make an offer, and was super responsive by phone, email, and text whenever we needed to get in touch.
Peggy also was wonderful throughout the process of listing and selling our townhouse – we had several showings right away, and had an offer within two weeks. There were a few snags along the way while we negotiated with the buyer, and Peggy was so helpful throughout the sale in navigating those issues. It was so reassuring knowing that she was on top of everything, and very responsive to any questions we had. She even offered to meet contractors and appliance deliveries at our new house, because my husband and I aren’t easily able to leave work during the day.
Overall, we would highly recommend Peggy as a thorough, responsive, and helpful agent, as well as a kind and caring person who helped us through the stressful buying and selling process. We are 100% satisfied and so happy that she was our agent!
Dan & Dayna
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.
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
Peggy is great! We’re first time homeowners, thanks to Peggy, and she walked us through every step of the house-buying process. She accompanied us on our house searching trips, providing valuable insight, and was available to meet with us or anyone who needed to look at the house, no matter the inconvenience. She gave us advice and suggestions, but never pushed us one way or the other. It was always our choice. When we had particular requests or requirements, she always worked hard to make sure that we got what we wanted. As we got toward closing, she was at the house regularly, even though it was a bit out of the way, because she didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Now that closing is over, we still have a few repairs to finish, and Peggy is still helping us get everything sorted out. Peggy’s positive energy and genuine care for her clients made the whole, stressful process less so. We’re so glad we chose her to guide us through this major life decision. We would wholeheartedly recommend her and will definitely return to her if we have any home buying or selling needs in the future.
Matt and Elizabeth
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
We could not more highly recommend Peggy Jennings as a realtor. From the moment we met her, she made us feel comfortable. Through the whole process of selling our house and buying another, she was with us every step of the way. She responded to every question and concern, no matter how trivial on our part. She gave us excellent advice at every turn and met with us constantly. She had amazing local contacts for all of our needs – repair people, handyman, roofers etc. She did all of our negotiating and really protected us. For all of you who see the one review that did not give Peggy excellent feedback, disregard because there is no way it is true! She is amazing and now a friend and not just our realtor.
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.
A quality person needs no one else to follow a trendy way to be, but Melanie looks to her own heart for understanding, listening, helping and with a sense of pragmatism and value and fairness. This approach needs no qualifications. A wonderful realtor for your request to secure an important step of finding a home here.
I keep in touch with Melanie as we both share an interest in serving Seniors and representing a segment of American life that is not dependent on changing to be aligned to the latest fad.
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.
Peggy is AMAZING! She has Energizer Bunny energy, makes calls, finds information, helped me spread mulch at the house I was selling, helped me clean. My house sold in 4 days. She also worked with us relentlessly to find the best house for us – even when it took several attempts to finally get the house. She listened and knew exactly what I was looking for. At one point, she mentioned another client, and I was like, “What?” With the amount of time and energy she spent with us, I didn’t even think she had any other clients.
Lisa & Javier
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 live in Massachusetts and was forced to sell my Mom's house in Fearrington, NC following my Dad's death. Because every real estate transaction has a number of little (and not so little) issues that must be dealt with prior to a closing, and because I was living out of state, I was not looking forward to this process. However, Melanie was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process and helped me through it all flawlessly and with a positive, can-do attitude. On a number of occasions, she went above and beyond to insure a successful closing. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Out of State Seller
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!
Peggy Jennings is not only a superstar Real Estate Professional, she is a top notched person as well. Peggy recently sold a house for me during a very stressful, emotional time. Peggy went to great lengths to make sure every step of the process was easy. She certainly went above and beyond to provide every needed assistance to make sure the house was in perfect shape to come onto the market resulting in an offer and a quick sale, all within the first weeks the house was on the market. I cannot recommend Peggy more highly for how much extra energy she put into making sure that I was included in the process every step of the way. She constantly communicated with me whether it was comments from prospective buyers after an Open House or other needed information. I never felt I didn’t know what was transpiring day to day. Peggy is an exceptional realtor. She really listens, she responds to your questions and she is always willing to make sure you needs as the seller are heard and acted on. I would wholeheartedly recommend Peggy Jennings to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home. I would rate her well above 5 stars. I am so thankful she was my realtor. She certainly got the job done.
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.
Buying a home in the next neighborhood is stressful. But buying a home from 600 miles away like we did is on another level. That’s why it’s so important to have a real estate agent you can trust, like Peggy Jennings.
Over the course of numerous phone calls and FaceTime sessions, we quickly developed a warm relationship with Peggy. She helped us understand what we were looking for by asking smart questions. She cast a wide and comprehensive net to find houses that fit what we wanted. When she would visit them on our behalf, she would meticulously draw our attention to things we loved, as well as current and potential issues. And once we found the house of our dreams, Peggy fiercely defended our interest during the negotiating and due diligence process. Though one of us finally flew down to see the house, we would have felt comfortable buying it sight unseen based solely on Peggy’s review.
She is a true professional: knowledgeable, hard working and passionate about going above and beyond for her clients. She worked tirelessly to hire contractors, arranging for the floors and carpeting to be installed before we moved in. She even went to see a house for us after running a marathon!
This is our third home purchase and those other brokers can't compare. When it comes time to buy our fourth, Peggy will be our first call.
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.
Recently bought a house in Chapel Hill. Peggy is very knowledgeable of the area and was a pleasure to work with. If we buy a house in the future we will definitely go through the process with her.
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!!
Peggy's fantastic! She spent countless hours touring numerous homes with me, often meeting me early in the morning to work around my work schedule. She's knowledgeable and incredibly helpful in pointing out potential problems and explaining things. When new construction ultimately turned out to be the best and most cost-effective option, she was with me every step of the way. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in the Triangle area!
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.
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.
Boro Realty & Peggy Jennings provided us exceptional dedication this summer while trying to buy a house during our 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The effort and time Peggy gave us to make sure we found the most perfect home for our growing family made bringing our baby girl home much easier. With Boro Realty & Peggy it does not just stop with finding a new home as they make sure that the old home gets sold as fast as possible with exceptional photos for open house digital material. Buy or sell you must call Peggy Jennings at Boro Realty and let her amaze you like she did our family.
We had a wonderful experience working with Melanie Girard. Her expertise and knowledge put us as ease as first time sellers. Thanks to her hard work, we received three offers on our home within two days of it being on the market. We highly recommend Melanie to any sellers or buyers, whether you are experienced or it is your first time buying or selling a home!
Peggy Jennings is not only very pleasant to work with, but exceptionally knowledgeable. Her knowledge of local vendors, from inspectors to lenders, her in-depth knowledge of the current local market and her willingness to spend the time necessary to find my husband and I our best house made the buying experience for us very pleasant and productive. We have recommended her to many others and give her our highest rating. She is a true professional.
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!
Peggy was an absolute pleasure to work with. She really listened to us about what we were looking for but also paid attention to the conversations my wife and I had while we were looking at properties. This extra attention allowed her to gain a better insight into our thought process, needs and wants. And now, after we have purchased and moved into our new home she has followed up with us to make sure certain repairs negotiated in the purchase have been completed to our satisfaction. If we ever have the need to sell our home and purchase another, Peggy will be our first call.
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!
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.
Just bought our first home using Boro Realty. We are new to N.C. and had no idea about real estate laws or process. Kelly Powers was our agent and she was so informative, personable and responsive. We felt like she was one step ahead of us the whole time. It really made for a fun easy process. This realty group is A1 and would highly recommend it to anyone. Will definitely be contacting Boro Realty when we decide to sell our home.
Matt and Nina
Mel is a total pro. She helped us buy a house 10 years ago, and helped us sell the same house late last year.
In both instances, emotions were running high, as first time buyers, and again years later as very motivated sellers.
no is the perfect blend of being all business, someone who will give it to you straight, but who also knows and works with what you are going through.
A long time ago, she found us the perfect house, when we could afford, when they didn't seem to be anything out there. And years later she gave us exactly the right advice to get us the most for our house, as quickly as we could.
Mel is fast, efficient, and detail oriented, She is very experienced, but most importantly, she is kind and generous in the way that she shares her knowledge and expertise.