Desiree’s Bio

I moved to Chapel Hill 20 years ago for the reason so many come here: top schools and a wonderful place to raise kids. My children got the great education I expected and are now gone, but I’ve stayed to enjoy all we have to offer here.

Shortly after arriving, I became a Realtor. Other than coming here, that was the best move I’ve made. It’s been the perfect fit with my skills, experience and work ethic. Others think so, too. I was named the 2010 “Realtor of the Year” by the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors and was recently inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

Prior to real estate, I spent a career in small business consulting. Helping individuals and families with their biggest financial decisions segued well into helping others buy homes, often their biggest financial commitment. Plus, being a consultant – not a salesperson – set the tone with how I like to work with my real estate clients.

I love being part of this community. I was a leader in the schools, as co-PTA president, have been a leader in the Realtor association as Governmental Affairs Director. I am active in our Town’s governance; working to make Chapel Hill and its surrounds economically sustainable, while retaining its small town feel. I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

There’s one other aspect of my background that you should know, because it sets the tone of how I will work for and with you. I am a 2nd degree black belt and winner of silver and gold medals in national TaeKwonDo championships in 1999-2003. Martial Arts are more than physical exercise. The tenets of courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance and an indomitable spirit that are foundational in TaeKwonDo are integral in how I lead my life and my business.

If you’re looking for a Realtor who has only the your best interests at heart, one who will not falter in tough situations and shows grace under pressure, you’ve found her.


 

Real Estate Excellence

My promise to every client is to provide exceptional service using all my skills to get clients what they want regardless of price or neighborhood or how much work it will take to get the job done. During my career, I’ve earned recognition and achieved advanced educational designations that few real estate agents have compiled:

  • I’ve held many positions for the Greater Chapel HillAssociation of Realtors, last serving on the board as Legislative Affairs Director.
  • Licensed Broker – Advanced post-licensing education is required to achieve this highest-level professional N.C. license.
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)– This coveted designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Real estate agents must meet specified educational and experience requirements to earn this distinction
  • Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)– This designation assures clients that their agent has made the commitment to provide a high level of service by securing a strong educational foundation from the National Association of Realtors. The GRI designation is given to realtors who are highly trained in an array of real estate areas, and are able to better protect and serve their clients.
  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS)– The Institute for Luxury Home marketing helps real estate professionals provide high quality service to buyers and sellers of luxury homes. To earn the CLHMS designation, extensive training and experience with high-end real estate must be completed. Desiree was the first general broker realtor in the area to achieve this recognition.

 

My Pledge To You

Desiree Focuses on Buyers 

Finding the right property for someone is both a science and an art, and often a challenge.  Whether working with a family seeking to make a house a home in a neighborhood that fits, or an investor looking for a something to fit their portfolio, Desiree is up to the challenge.  

Desiree Focuses on Sellers

When you sell a home, you need to make sure you have a professional handling every step of the process. I will guide you step-by-step, starting with an initial consultation that will best help you prepare to put your home on the market. I match beautiful staging and a tried-and-true comprehensive marketing plan to attract buyers from the beginning and to best sell your home effectively and efficiently.  Beginning to end, I get the results you want.  

Desiree Focuses on Excellence 

She keeps ahead of trends and believes that professional education is an asset. Maybe that’s why Desiree was named Realtor of the Year by the Great Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS®.  

Desiree Focuses on Results 

In every aspect of her life, Desiree has striven for achievement.  (Ask about her TaeKwonDo career.)  In real estate, she is your advocate.  Since every transaction is a series of negotiations, you want a strong person representing you. 

Desiree Focuses on Knowledge.

She serves areas she knows personally and consequently she knows them well.  That serves her clients well, as they can buy with confidence. 

Desiree Focuses on Quality

She has the experience to recognize it.  She will insist on you getting it.

Desiree In The News

Chapel Hill News:
“Pure Gold” by Mark Derewicz

 

 

News & Observer:
“Growing market spurs name change for board of Realtors” by Eddy Landreth