Local Purveyors of
Happy Buyers and SEllers

Genuinely local REALTORS® helping you swap home search nightmares for the home of your dreams in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties. 
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Feel a little lost moving to a
New neighborhood?

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

If you feel neglected and alone using online property robots, or you’re struggling to find what you want with home search applications, what should be a fun experience soon ends up horrifying. Not what a home search should be, at all.

We’re local real estate agents who know the area and are here to find you not just a home but the home.

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 profit is important to us. We want you to love where you live and find a house (and neighborhood) that immediately feel like home – because it’s just so perfect. And we don’t stop until we’ve found it.

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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Happy Clients
Happy homes

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


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 sold our house recently and listed it with James. He is by far the best real estate agent I have worked with. His attention to detail in getting your house ready to sell is second to none. I highly recommend working with James and Dwell.

Michael Dlugos June 13, 2022

We had a great selling experience working with Colleen Jelley. She was super-positive, thorough, and professional. She kept us quickly apprised about developments with the sale, and made the selling process less stressful. Colleen was honest and straightforward. Would 100% work with her and Dwell again.

Zingo Munger June 1, 2022

I've both bought and sold houses with James Blackburn. Each time, we've sold high and bought low. Every experience has been a pleasure because he knows his craft. I recommend him whole heartedly!

Daniel Siler December 21, 2021

We really appreciated the work of James Blackburn in selling our Chapel Hill home. He knew the local market exceptionally well and helped us through all phases of the process. I highly recommend Dwell's experienced and personalized service!

David Oskardmay November 15, 2021

My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with Jeff when purchasing a home for an out of state move and for selling a house for a local move. He is very knowledgeable of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro and surrounding areas. Jeff quickly and proficiently answers questions and always has good advice for clients navigating the home buying/selling process. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Jeff again in the future.

Carrie Clark November 14, 2021

We're more than just Your Realtors®

At Dwell, our goal is to take away the stress of buying or selling your home – so you can just focus on the excitement (and perfecting those Pinterest boards!)

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.

We’ll even check-in after you move to see how you’re settling in, hook you up with our favorite local professionals, and just generally give you that warm welcome you deserve.

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 our us & our clients

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