Season of Love in Durham

It’s the season of love, and this month I’d like to take the opportunity to share some of the fabulous features I adore most about my city. Durham has always been near and dear to my heart, and that’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about practicing real estate here. Sharing my hometown and […]



Great Local Coffee Shops in Durham

There’s no better way to beat the winter chill than a hot cup of coffee and there are dozens of great local coffee shops in Durham and throughout the Triangle area. While this city is best known for its world-class healthcare and prestigious Duke University, Durham has adopted a hip and trendy vibe unlike any […]




Happy 2018

Happy 2018!! We hope you had a beautiful holiday season and are as invigorated as we are to take on this brand new year and seize the opportunities it brings us! We’re thrilled to be headed into a new year of business in such a supportive community with booming growth. As January leads the charge […]


6 Ways to Save for Your Down Payment

A 20% down payment is a significant chunk of change. But with enough time to prepare and a little bit of creative budgeting, you’ll be able to save up for your new home sooner than you think. Follow these helpful budgeting tips to get started! Break Down Your Budget While it’s never a bad idea […]



The End of a Wonderful Year

Here we are, at the end of a wonderful year. In 2017, the Real Estate By Design team has moved offices, brought a new Broker-In-Charge and some wonderful new agents on board, and closed our most transactions ever! The Lisa Ellis crew was also involved in growing our local community with the development of the […]