Jenny Brugnolotti Barrier
I absolutely love real estate.
I began my career in 2007, after five years in residential design. I was renovating homes and got my license for my own education. It quickly became a full time job and I have never looked back. I am devoted to serving my clients as a passionate advocate and I have a knack for understanding the complex needs of each person. My extensive experience with renovation and construction allows me insight into problems other agents may not see and saves my clients time and money. I give my clients the benefit of honest advice, respect, and the ability to make informed decisions for themselves. I am a full service agent and I will handle your transaction personally from day one to close. Whether you are a first time buyer with a limited budget, an experienced home owner looking to reinvest your equity, or if you are looking for assistance in selling your home or estate, you deserve equally dedicated representation. I hope that you will allow me the honor of being your advocate.
I aspire to be a true agent of the people of my community. Whether you’re ready to buy, to sell, or to weigh some real estate options, together we can find the best path to your chosen destination. Let’s talk about what you need and how I might help you get there. It would be fun exploring the possibilities.
After attending culinary school in Providence, Rhode Island, I spent the first half of my career in the food and wine industry, where most recently, I served as manager of a busy restaurant in Philadelphia's center city. Living in those small but spirited cities solidified my admiration of historic architecture, and the way various neighborhoods develop unique personalities. When my sister and brother-in-law moved to Durham to start their family, I was charmed by the historic neighborhoods, thriving culinary scene and vibrant downtown. I made Durham my home in the fall of 2013 and continue to live in awe of this growing cultural hub.
My attention to detail and affinity for customer service derived from years in the food and beverage industry make me an asset to my home buying and selling clients. By providing thoughtful advice and building strong relationships, I am able to efficiently help clients navigate this fast-moving housing market. I love Durham and all of its neighborhoods, and relish in the opportunity to make others feel the same. A New York native, I live in the Burch Avenue neighborhood with my Cat, Dinah.
It was a pleasure to move back to Durham in 2013 after growing up here, watching the transformation of a city with so much history. I have been lucky to learn from and work with a remarkable source of experience, knowledge and presence in this field. I bought my first home two years ago with Tammi Brooks as my agent. It was overwhelming, exciting, daunting, exhilarating, nerve-wracking and satisfying ... just to name a few. Having an agent who recognized these different emotions and responded to them throughout the process for me was incredibly valuable. I was suddenly intrigued by real estate, realizing that there is much more to it than meets the eye. Being a broker combines so much of what I love in a job: interacting and connecting, learning and teaching, problem-solving and succeeding. I love figuring out what makes people tick and helping them find a house that feels like home. I love making a house shine, to put its best features forward in a competitive market. I love discovering more every single day about the ins and outs of houses, the development of this incredible area, and the best way to serve individual clients.
My wife and I have called Durham our home for the last 10 years. Before real estate, I worked in hospitality and guest relations where I developed a love for problem-solving and finding creative solutions. When the opportunity came to use my expertise to help others navigate the triangle real estate market, I could not resist.
Today, I strive to leverage technology to organize complicated real estate transactions and save my clients their most valuable resources, time and energy. I am committed to communicating with my clients throughout the process so that they feel informed and in control.
My fondest moment as a real estate agent was helping a couple find their first home. After two agents had turned them away, I was able to work with their budget and needs and find a newly renovated townhome that met all of their criteria. After being told twice that their dream would not be possible, they were so delighted to close on their first home and I was happy to be a part of that process.
I fell in love with North Carolina when I first visited as a child. My dream finally came true when I decided to permanently plant roots in Durham a few years ago, and I have never looked back. Growing up in the DC area I always had an immense appreciation for historical architecture. I was completely enamored with all the amazing old architecture, history and culture I discovered in Durham and other surrounding cities. I knew I had to get involved and learn more, so what better way than to become a real estate agent?
My background in nonprofit and community service has given me a diverse skill set necessary to understand what people need and want. I thrive in an environment where no two work days are exactly the same and that is exactly what I get from real estate. In addition to being flexible and reliable I’m also a fanatic for details – particularly when it comes to presentation. I consider myself to be professional, competent, and hardworking. I am always up for a challenge. I enjoy implementing my creativity in the work I perform on a day-to-day basis. Knowing that I am changing people’s lives by assisting them in selling and/or buying their dream homes is satisfying and fulfilling.
How often do you get to go to work and help people find a dream? I have helped hundreds of people find the place they call home. When I hear from my clients that they love their home, it reminds me why I love this job, knowing that I helped someone start their next chapter.
Sometimes you are destined to have a certain job. I have been around real estate in one form or another since I was nineteen years old: as a real estate appraiser, general contracting license educator in four states, NIBI-certified home inspector, and owner of a wood finishing (house materials) company. I also worked as a negotiator for a government project that dealt with easements and eminent domain cases. In short, I have experience from footers to finance. If you don’t know what a footer is, we should talk.
I love problem solving: finding the "right" property for a buyer or figuring out what a property is worth for a seller. Working to find solutions by tapping in to my experience is what sets me apart. I take pride in being able to communicate effectively with my clients, and I have great relationships with many market-centric Realtors and Brokers.
Rebecca Simonds Ives
The Triangle area is home to me. Always has been and always will be. I've lived in Durham, Wake, and Orange Counties, north of town, south of town, and "in town." I grew up cheering for Duke, but went to Carolina. I worked in human resources for an airline followed by a software company before getting my real estate license 12 years ago. I am married to a Chapel Hill native and have two children in middle school who keep my gas tank on empty from all the here, there, and everywhere. I could go on and on about all the activities and interests I have, but enough about me ... let's talk about YOU.
You are the reason I enjoy working in real estate. You are the one I want to get to know--your family, your needs, your wants, your budget ... the list never ends. My desire is to serve you well and develop a relationship that endures beyond the purchase or sale of your home. That's how community works. I'd love to have you in mine.
Home selling and buying is an adventure which requires an able guide, familiar with the terrain, and open to different paths toward the desired destination. The journey is typically exciting, but can, on occasion, be stressful. Choosing the right agent is the first step.
I was born in Berlin, Germany, and have called Durham my home since 1998. While I mostly grew up in New Hampshire, I also spent some time living in Atlanta, Boston and the South Pacific; but it's Durham that won my heart like no other place I've lived. I've overseen the renovations of several homes around the city center of Durham, and have a great appreciation for historic restoration. Additionally, I am passionate about increasing workforce housing options in Durham.
The Bull City captivated me because it's evident it grew out of a boot-strapping entrepreneurial spirit which continues to thrive today. From our tech start-up scene, to growing life sciences, to world class education, to college sports rivalries, to RTP (which was a game changer for the region as an innovative R&D campus in the '50s) --- its no wonder Durham keeps showing up on top 10 lists of Best Places To Live. Durham however, is one spoke in the wheel we call the Triangle region, which collectively has so much to offer its residents. Whether you live in Cary, Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Durham (or anywhere in between) all of the Triangle is at your disposal, and the region is rich with things to do and see.
I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and learning how I can help you sell your home and/or purchase your next home in the Triangle.
I love my job. Working with buyers and sellers to identify and fulfill their home goals energizes me every day. I have developed a talented team of experts—builders, electricians, plumbers, painters, stagers, designers … you name it—who help me help you realize your dreams. My clients describe me as relentless, creative, shrewd, and fun! If you are ready to sell, I will listen to you, study your home and find its story—the quality that will attract buyers—and then develop a marketing plan tailored to you. I also work hard to help you prepare your home for sale, knowing which repairs or updates to make to maximize your return and how to stage your home to draw attention to its best qualities. I love to find off-market gems for my buyers in this inventory-lean market and am known for cultivating my relationships with former clients to suss out early leads in coveted neighborhoods.
I moved to Durham at the end of 2014 with my husband and our dog from a small town in southwest VA. Excited about all the culture, events, and food that the area has to offer, we decided to rent downtown for a year while we got to know the lay of the land. We quickly realized that this was a place that we planned to stay for a while, and went for the plunge buying our first home! I was connected with Tammi and Emma through a friend, and they made a new/major life decision such a smooth process. I am thrilled to be helping this group of amazing brokers to continue their real estate success here in the Triangle.