Meet The Team

 As local real estate experts, we are passionate about our business and delight in offering exceptional service to each of our clients. Over the past 20 years, our seasoned team members have worked together to provide outstanding service to our buyers and sellers, while developing a unique partnership to better care for our clients. Our team talks and shares ideas with each other regarding our various clients’ needs each day. When you work with any of our realtors, it is just as good as working with the entire team and benefiting from our collective years of experience.

 

Jodi Bakst2Jodi Bakst, Owner | Broker
CRS, ABR, GRI, CLHMS, CDPE, SRES

A Chapel Hill resident since 1990 and a Realtor since 1997, Jodi Bakst has achieved recognition through both her market performance and her professional growth as an expert Realtor. She has been a consistent top producer and has a comprehensive understanding of real estate in the Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas, as well as expertise in real estate technology. In addition, Jodi and her partner Bill Matthes  have built Team Jodi Property Management Group, a successful property management company. She has numerous professional designations, including Broker, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Graduate of Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyer Representative, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and Senior Real Estate Specialist. Jodi has built a successful Team of top Chapel Hill REALTORS, Durham REALTORS and Cary REALTORS that deliver Real Estate Experts’ clients seamless, high-quality service. She is a past member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors Forms Committee and the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors Board of Directors.  Currently, Jodi serves on the Town of Chapel Hill’s Board of Adjustments. She has two children and is an active volunteer in the Jewish community. Jodi holds an MA in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA in Economics from the University of California Santa Cruz.  For help with all your real estate needs, contact Jodi today at 919-928-5131, ext. 2, or send her an email.

15181501168b47a5bb5841f97af744f4Bill Matthes, JD
Property Manager | Broker

Bill Matthes brings more than 30 years of successful business management experience and in-depth knowledge of law, accounting, and customer service to the Real Estate Experts team. With a proven track record of building business networks, Bill serves as manager and primary agent working with Team Jodi Property Management Group.  Contact Bill for your rental and property management needs. Bill has lived in Chapel Hill/Durham since 1999, and understands the Triangle area real estate market from the buyer, seller and owner perspectives. Bill has three grown children and four grandchildren. For all your rental and property management needs, contact Bill today at 919-928-5131, ext. 1, or send him an email.

 

Kayrn ChoKaryn Cho
Broker | SRES

 Karyn Cho has served as a Realtor since 2007, after relocating to Chapel Hill from Silicon Valley in 2004. Nothing brings her more professional joy than guiding her clients through a hassle-free, seamless home buying or selling experience. Karyn is committed to tailoring each real estate transaction to the unique personal needs of each client. She makes sure to stay apprised of the ever-evolving technology and real estate market, which is indispensable in providing excellent service. Karyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She worked for  years as a retail manager in the greater Chicagoland area, and also gained experience in marketing for a small business. Her greatest blessings are her husband and  three sons. Karyn is an active member of Newhope Church in Durham. Karyn is Korean-American and bilingual.  For assistance with all your real estate needs, contact Karyn at 919-360-7319, or send her an email.

 

Stacie DyeStacie Dye. Broker

 Stacie Dye loves being a realtor. She is passionate about helping her clients find or sell their homes in the Triangle area. Her philosophy is to get to know her clients first and foremost, listening to their hopes and dreams. She presents her clients with all the pertinent information needed to make an informed decision. As part of the Real Estate Experts team, Stacie helps her clients navigate the buying or selling process from the beginning to the closing table, and beyond. Her relationships with clients don’t end when the transaction is closed. She will continue to provide helpful information about the market and a list of service providers for any issue clients may still need.In her spare time, Stacie loves to travel, read, cook, walk trails, explore local restaurants, and the farmer’s market. I enjoy the arts, attending community events and volunteer at Durham Urban Ministries and the Full Frame Film Festival. For all your real estate needs, contact Stacie at 919-475-9460, or send her an email.

 

Susan Crawford, Broker

Real Estate is Susan Crawford’s passion! Having been a full time REALTOR® since June, 2000, she knows this is her life’s calling. Susan moved to the Triangle on her birthday in 1999 from Southern Indiana and can’t imagine calling anywhere else home! Susan loves building long lasting relationships with her clients, embodies the protector role and always strives to go above and beyond the “call of duty.” She is an active member of the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® where she serves on the Grievance Committee, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. She also serves as a Director for the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Foundation (NCREEF). Susan has one daughter currently studying Social Work at Western Carolina University and is “human mom” to shih tzu Scooby and her beautiful kitty, Hershey. She is an active member of newhope Church in Durham where she plays clarinet in the chamber orchestra, is an avid baker and custom cake decorator, loves both foreign and domestic travel, scuba diving, and ballroom dancing…and she really wants to be YOUR REALTOR® for life! You can contact Susan at 919-491-4663 or send her an email.

 

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James Lankford, Broker

James Lankford provides real estate expertise throughout the Triangle. His goal is for his clients to be able to be able to buy, sell, or rent on their terms, with as little stress as possible. James offers the benefits of a real estate professional who will listen carefully to his clients’ needs and be sure to protect their interests. In James’ experience, buyers and sellers often find that negotiating the price was the easy part, and deals are more susceptible to issues with regard to repairs and financing. James’ role is to uncover and resolve those challenges beforehand, ensuring the deal goes through. James grew up overseas and has lived, worked, and studied in more than 20 countries across four continents. He enjoys working with international clients and first-time home buyers.  For all your real estate needs, contact James at 919-599-4640, or send him an email.

 

Boyce Duffie, Broker

Boyce grew up in Greenville, SC and moved to North Carolina in 1985. He worked in a family owned construction related company until he moved to North Carolina. He started his own contracting business in Raleigh and ran it successfully for more than 18 years. Boyce’s years in the construction industry give him a unique ability to see homes in a different perspective than some others might. His business was always based on service, so he knows what clients expect and deserve. Boyce has lived in Raleigh and Chapel Hill and now calls Durham home so he knows the area well. He enjoys working with buyers and sellers, is hard working and treats them the way he would expect to be treated. He is always willing to learn and stays abreast of the latest technology and trends in real estate.
For all your real estate needs, contact Boyce at 919-225-2174, or send him an email.

 

Gene Mack, Broker, Property Manager

Gene Mack comes from a family of builders and craftsman and is passionate about quality work. His own start in real estate came as a landlord. During his first career as the operations manager of Every Nation Campus, he was able to build a financial nest-egg through rental properties. Having done it himself, Gene takes special pleasure in helping others benefit from the simple and steady wealth-building opportunities in real estate ownership. He and his wife, Devin, have three young children. They recently moved back to his hometown of Durham from New York City, and they’re super excited to have a driveway again! Contact Gene at 770-769-7234 or send him an email.

 

Glenn SimonGlenn Simon, Broker

Glenn Simon’s approach to helping clients purchase or sell property is a consultative one. He and his wife Yvonne relocated to the Triangle from Port Jefferson, NY 25 years ago in search of a more agreeable climate and lifestyle. The Triangle has proven to be a great destination, with high quality education, health care, cultural activities, and access to recreation.Glen knows the local market and neighborhoods well, and has over 15 years of real estate experience, including owning residential and commercial investment property. In addition to past careers in education and business, he also brings the experience of 25 years of home ownership that has involved a wide range of renovations, repairs, and updates. These life and property-related experiences provide a broad base of knowledge and good judgment that clients find helpful in making their important financial and real estate decisions.Glenn believes effective real estate representation is about guidance in weighing your options, evaluating, negotiating for the best deal, managing the details of the transaction with proven systems and technologies, and preventing problems from arising (and if something does come up, nipping it the bud). Glenn’s focus is always on responsive performance, knowing the numbers, creating successful outcomes, communicating effectively, minimizing stress, and treating others with honesty and respect along the way. Glenn believes it just doesn’t make sense to go it alone with so much at stake when buying or selling a home. He looks forward to earning your trust and business, and can provide you with letters of reference when you are ready to decide on a realtor to protect your best interests. Glenn has two school-age children and sits on two nonprofit boards, including an HOA, and enjoys being active in the outdoors. For all your real estate needs, contact Glenn at 919-606-2803, or send him an email.

Jerry Silvestri, Realtor

Jerry Silvestri is a North Carolina native, born and raised in the triangle area. With his father owning a construction company, and his mother being a real estate agent, Jerry grew up surrounded by this line of work. Having worked with his father, he not only has expertise in real estate but also in construction. He has a passion for learning and trying new things. In high school he started a social media marketing company that has now expanded to over 1.5 million followers. For 3 years he worked with multiple companies to grow their social media presence, drive sales and drive traffic. Jerry graduated a year and a half early from high school, and moved to Italy to play professional soccer for a year. After returning from Italy, he continued expanding his social media business, and launched his own T-shirt company called Atlantic Allure. Networking and customer service is something that has always been a factor in his life as his business is oriented around it. Working with people is something he has been doing since he was 13 years old. He is a peoples person and will work to make sure you are comfortable and satisfied at all times. He listens closely to his clients needs and will work to accomplish them at all costs. For all your real estate needs, text or call Jerry at 919-816-5941 or send him an email (jerry@realestateexpert.net).

Paul BarrettPaul Barrett, Broker

Real estate is a personal passion that has been a major influence in Paul Barrett’s life. When you entrust your real estate goals with Paul, you can rely on a combination of passion and expertise that will make a difference during every step of the buying or selling process.

Paul is a native of Great Britain, where he completed my first real estate sale in 1979. He then pursued his love of real estate, even while building a successful career in foreign exchange futures trading. After working in the prestigious Prudential Bache foreign exchange department, Paul founded his own trading company in 1992, and within five years was managing a $250 million fund and was named Trader of the Year by a respected financial publication.After living and working in London, Dubai, and Luxembourg, Paul turned his energy to expanding a residential property portfolio and committed himself to real estate as a full-time occupation. In 2004, Paul and his wife, Michelle, relocated to the United States, where he has been bestowed citizenship.Upon moving to Hinsdale, Illinois, where they were raising two sons, Paul established a real estate holding company to buy and sell premium residential properties. The company also owns managed properties across northern Illinois. Paul and is wife subsequently relocated to Cary, North Carolina, where they are currently applying the same real estate approach. Apart from his daily immersion in real estate, Paul is a devoted volunteer in support of CASA a child advocacy group, focusing on children in foster care. Paul would be honored to guide you on a successful journey toward home ownership and years of cherished family memories.  For all your real estate needs, contact Paul at 919-592-5688, or send him an email.

 

a893cd9f80804017b651c8cc041cf466Jim Pearce, JD

Since receiving his law degree in 1979, Jim has worked as a real estate closing attorney, bank counsel, and labor lawyer specializing in contract negotiations. As Senior Attorney for the FDIC during the failed bank crisis in the 1980’s, Jim litigated cases involving real estate transactions, as well as finance and corporate issues. A certified mediator since 1985, Jim has helped clients resolve a wide range of disputes involving real estate, employment, business, and personal matters. As a Realtor since 2002, Jim uses his legal background and mediation experience to represent clients’ interests to their fullest capacity. Having earned his designation as a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Jim also assists homeowners involved in foreclosures and short sales.  Above all else, Jim has the calming personality that is needed in today’s world.  When you meet him, you will know that you have made the right choice for your real estate representation. For all your real estate needs, contact Jim at 919-672-1035, or send him an email.

 

Michael WhiteMichael White, Broker

I’m a UNC alumni and have lived in Chapel Hill for 20 years. In that time, I saw Chapel Hill’s growth and Durham’s extraordinary transformation, and I’m happy to become a part of that through this industry. I’m passionate about historic homes, especially mid-century modern homes. I have spent the first 2+ years in the business gaining a significant amount of experience helping clients with investment properties in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. I served as co-chair in 2015 Legislative Committee for the Durham Regional Association of Realtors, and I’m in the NCAR Leadership Academy in 2016.

Languages: English, Spanish, and German.  Contact Michael at 919-448-8778, or send him an email.