Local Purveyors of
Happy Buyers and Sellers

Genuinely local REALTORS® helping you swap home buying and selling nightmares to achieve your real estate goals in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties and the surrounding areas. 

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Feel a little lost navigating
The Housing Market?

Buying or selling a home is super stressful. And if you’re moving to a new neighborhood? Even more nerve-wracking.

Feeling neglected and alone using online home search applications to research your options? Then what could be a fun real estate experience soon ends up leaving you feeling sad. We don’t think home selling or searching should be that way at all!

We’re local real estate agents who know the local housing markets and are here to help you reach your real estate goals, whether you are buying or selling!

Local Realtors®
Who actually get you

We don’t care if you’re buying or selling a studio apartment or a 10-bedroom mansion, you’re important to us. Your happiness is important to us. Your money is important to us.

When selling your home, you need a local REALTOR® with years of experience to help you prepare your home for the best possible sale, to make you the most money. And you need somebody on your side to walk you through the process to closing day. Guess what? Our crew has over 75 years of experience to help you get it done!

And if you want to find somewhere that fits your lifestyle, family dynamics, and overall “vibe”, but how can you know if you’re not from the area? Luckily, we are (yay!). Our REALTORS® have lived here for decades, so no, we’re not pulling recommendations out of nowhere. We know where you’ll fit in, we know the market, we know the area- it’s our local instinct.

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Hear from our many clients spread across Triangle, from Chapel Hill, to Durham and Carrboro – could you be next?


James Blackburn was the perfect person to assist my husband and I as we purchased our first home! He took special care to answer our questions from the start to the close, and I would encourage anyone in the area looking for a new home to reach out to him to make your dream home a reality!

Chesney Maniaci March 13, 2023

Jeff was great! Jeff has a deep understanding of the community and works hard to understand his client's needs. After my father got sick, we needed to move quickly to a bigger house so that my parents could move in with us. Having Jeff as an honest and direct partner on this difficult journey was critical. He was so supportive, kind and resourceful throughout the process. He was able to help us find a house that is working well for a teenager, a photography business, a home office with a first-floor solution for my dad. Go Jeff! We will definitely work with Jeff again.

Silvana Lawvere January 5, 2023

We sold our house in Chapel Hill that we have lived in for over 10 years with Dwell real estate. Everything went really well. The kitchen needed updating prior to the sale, and there were many delayed home repairs that needed to be done to make the house ready to sell. Our realtor helped us find the right people and accomplish this all very quickly. Exceeded all of our expectations. Now our house is sold and I couldn't be happier. Highly recommend them to anyone considering selling in this area.

James Sasaki-Adams January 5, 2023

James Blackburn is our realtor and the only appropriate qualifier for our experience is him is absolutely outstanding!! James has been incredibly patient with us in our quest for the perfect house for us, he's made every effort to find one that met all our (numerous) needs and wants, and he ultimately did find us our new home!! James was always incredibly available and helpful, willing to jump on an opportunity with us at a moment's notice. He walked us through the process of buying our very first home and made the whole thing far less intimidating that it truly is. We definitely intend to keep working with James again when the time comes for us to look for home #2, and we have both already very highly recommended him to many of our colleagues. He is fantastic!!! i & j

James and Ioana July 7, 2022

I've known Jeff Rupkalvis for 15 years; first as my buying agent for a new Chapel Hill home, then as a neighbor because that home was across the creek from his, as a friend, and finally as a selling agent when I sold that house 15 years later. He's honest, available, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable of the market and the local area. Dwell is a solid organization, and highly recommended.

Brian Ford July 5, 2022

My wife and I worked with Jeff and his team for a number of years all over the Triangle. They were always professional and handled our business with the upmost respect. Do not hesitate to work with Dwell.

Harold Lindsey June 23, 2022

The best real estate/realtor experience I could have imagined, setting a high bar for real estate agents. Jeff may sell real estate but, more importantly, he is a genuine 'people' person. He listened and helped me process and prepare for the often times grueling task of selling one's home. Nothing fell through the cracks, even though cracks showed up. Jeff was always there, one step ahead, anticipating the next decision to be made, and offering sage and friendly counsel (he has clearly been doing this for decades). I highly recommend his services.


Jeff Rupkalvis of Dwell Real Estate is an excellent realtor. He supported our long distance search in Chapel Hill intently, with the uttermost care and the provision of helpful resources. His follow-up and patience is above all others we have experienced in NC, Tennessee and TX... and this means a lot as experienced homebuyers. His ability to listen and effectively represent us as buyers facilitated the search and offer process giving us confidence each step of the way. Many thanks.

Georgia Ruiz June 13, 2022

We're more than just

At Dwell, our goal is to take away the stress of buying or selling your home – so you can just focus on the excitement.

Our local REALTORS® will patiently guide you through the process at your pace, going above and beyond to make you feel supported and prioritized, no matter what’s in your bank account.

In other words: we’ve got you.

Locally owned and operated

1000+ houses sold & counting

75 years combined experience

#1 real local real estate office*

*According to our clients (and us)!

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