Meet The Team


Real Estate Experts is a residential real estate and property management company.  We have been serving the local market for over twenty years.  We go above and beyond to provide exceptional service to our clients.  Not only are we experts in our market, the real estate transaction, negotiation and marketing, we are out of the box thinkers.  With you the client in mind, we listen and we deliver the results you ask for.

One of the most important things we can do for our clients is set your expectations throughout every step of your transaction whether you are buying, selling or renting your home.  Real Estate is a complex business and a transaction moves on a linear path but many things can happen throughout the process that affect decisions you will make.  We know the entire process deeply and we make sure you are educated to make really good decisions that protect your interests.

We are a full-service real estate company.  Our focus is to take care of every detail before you buy, sell or rent your home; manage the transaction seamlessly; and make sure all parties to the transaction are delighted.  We go above and beyond throughout the transaction because not only do we want your repeat business, we want your referral business.  We want to be top of mind when you think real estate.  We provide outstanding service from the beginning of the transaction to the end and beyond.

Once you work with Real Estate Experts we are your trusted resource forever.  If you ever have a real estate need or question, we want you to come to us first.

To find our more about who we are and what we do, visit:  Why Sell Your Home With Real Estate Experts, If you are a buyer, Why Work With Real Estate Experts  and What We Do Differently in Property Management.

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Jodi Bakst

Jodi Bakst, Owner | Broker

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, Senior Real Estate Specialist and most recently, Jodi earned her Certified International Professional designation. 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.

Meet the Team - Bill Matthes, Broker & Property Manager

Bill 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.

Meet the Team - Karyn Cho, Broker

Karyn 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.

Laurel Matthes

Laurel Matthes, Broker

Laurel Matthes has joined Real Estate Experts, working in the Property Management sector, as well as providing general residential brokerage services.  An independent broker-in-charge for more than twenty years, she also brings management and customer service skills from her 19+ years of experience as a departmental business manager and executive assistant at Duke University.  Prior to entering real estate, Laurel provided marketing, sales and advertising services for a wholesale floral supply company in Syracuse, NY.  She has also worked as Executive Director of a state-wide professional trade association and provided executive management of a co-owned wholesale floral supply company in Wilmington, NC.  She and her husband, Bill, have lived in Cary and Chapel Hill, and currently reside in Durham since 2001.  Having owned homes in all three cities, Laurel and Bill understand the Triangle from the perspective of buyer, seller and owner.  They have three adult children, five grandchildren, and one very spoiled standard poodle.  Laurel looks forward to working with buyers and sellers throughout the Durham-Chapel Hill areas, as well as assisting owners with their leased properties.  She is detail oriented, time sensitive, and culturally competent. Her brokerage philosophy is clear:  represent all clients fairly, accurately, and respectful of everyone involved in a transaction.  You can reach her at 919-618-9148 or

Meet the Team - Gene Mack, Realtor and Property Manager

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.

Meet the Team - Glenn Simon, Broker

Glenn 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.

Kait Maarschalk

 Kait Maarschalk, Realtor

Kait Maarschalk has found her passion in real estate and is excited to share her experience with you! Her philosophy is that the smallest details are in many cases the most important and she strives to ensure that every detail no matter how minute is to her client’s preference. Growing up as a Florida native, Kait moved to Apex in 2001 and after a brief intermission in Boone where she earned her BS & MS in Criminal Justice, moved back to Durham where she currently resides with her husband. Her time in NC has given her a strong understanding of the Durham, RTP, and Raleigh areas and beyond. Kait has a tenacious nature and is willing to put in the time necessary to make every real estate transaction she is involved in go as smoothly as possible. When working with Kait your concerns are her concerns and your interests are her interests. Kait takes great professional pleasure in taking what may seem an intimidating process of buying or selling a home and making it as seamless and enjoyable as possible for her clients. If you are looking for someone who can meet all of your real estate needs don’t hesitate to contact Kait at 919-345-5166 or send her an email.  You can also find Kait on Facebook.

Michael 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.