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Colleen Jelley, REALTOR®

Colleen Jelley

Colleen Jelley

919-619-2335 | colleen.jelley@gmail.com

As a 29 year resident of the Chapel Hill, Carrboro area I know there is no other place I would rather be. That says a lot since I’ve lived in seven other states! Whew.

My adult life included constantly watching the real estate market but I didn’t give it my full attention until after spending a number of years working at a nationally known leadership firm. In addition to being a Broker/Realtor, I own a home staging business. It’s there to help facilitate the best service and optimal results I can provide to my clients.

My goal is to help you and your family navigate whatever transition you’re facing by understanding your needs, timeline and priorities. To do that, I place a high degree of importance on my listening and communicating skills, and making each interaction as professional and enjoyable as it can be. In addition to those communication skills, I’ve developed some solid project management and organizational methods. These combined skills haven’t let me down.

Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to the area, I would love to guide you through your next home-related adventure. Let’s explore some real estate together and find the perfect place for you.

You can reach me at 919.619.2335 or colleen.jelley@gmail.com. I look forward to chatting!

Testimonials for Colleen

“We first met Colleen when she helped another family member buy a home in Pittsboro, and we knew right away that she was the one we wanted to work with on our first purchase here in NC. We moved from Los Angeles last year and not knowing the area all that well, she was great at helping us navigate the local market. She went above and beyond answering our questions and offering advice, showing us multiple properties, and when we found the home we wanted in Holly Springs, had the patience of a saint arranging repeated visits while we worked through the contract, inspection, and finally closing process. She has extensive resources in the area and connected us with inspectors, a closing attorney, contractors and other trades, who have all been amazing. We couldn’t recommend her enough!” – Peter & Michelle, Realtor.com Review


“I have bought and sold several homes and have always had great realtors, but Colleen Jelley surpassed them all. Colleen’s attention to detail and excellent eye for staging propelled my home to sell in 4 days, and for over the asking price. On top of that, I had to go out-of-state while dealing with a family member’s serious illness and Colleen was incredibly supportive in getting my house ready for sale. Before closing, she went far and above in helping me get my house contents cleared out and moved to storage. I cannot imagine that there is any realtor out there who can come close to level of support that Colleen Jelley provided and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a realtor.”Cindy R, July 2021


“I was very fortunate to have a neighbor refer me to Colleen when I was selling my first home. During the pandemic and a chaotic time to sell, Colleen was there for me throughout the entire process. She was always prompt, professional, and, most importantly, kind and understanding. Colleen always assured me that she was just a phone call or text message away and I never felt like a question or concern was too trivial. She gave me all of the necessary information, but allowed and encouraged me to make my own decisions. Colleen valiantly advocates for her LGBTQ+ clients, leads with kindness and awareness, and I wholeheartedly recommend working with her.” – Seth G, June 2021, Google Review


“Colleen was a joy to work with. It’s a crazy market right now and to complicate matters we were buying from out of state. We relied on Colleen to be our eyes on the ground as we toured homes via FaceTime. She was thorough, honest, and patient as we viewed houses looking for “the one.” Once our offer was accepted, Colleen went above and beyond to help us through inspections, negotiations, and finally the closing. We can’t recommend her highly enough.” Tracy C, June 2021, Google Review


“Colleen was an amazing realtor. She is truly a full service agent who managed every little detail from listing to closing. We have bought… and sold many homes over the years but this was without a doubt our best experience. We look forward to working with Colleen on the purchase of our new home!” – Donna S


“We just sold our house and Colleen Jelley was our realtor. From the first time we met her, we felt we could trust her completely, and didn’t… even interview any other realtors. Her suggestions – which we took, over our first inclinations – proved spot on. We vacated so that she could stage our house, which she did beautifully without any additional cost to us, we had 45 showings, 21 offers, and sold for over 50K more than our asking price. We cannot recommend her highly enough. Totally professional and a wonderful person.” – Marilyn S


“After interviewing multiple top-ranked area agents, we knew our search was over when we met Colleen. We had never sold a home… before, and doing so during a pandemic added its own challenges. However, Colleen made the experience easy, quick, and, most of the time, even quite enjoyable! My spouse and I secretly enjoyed our conversations with her, and she even has her own ringtone on my phone now. It is calming, just as she always is. Colleen met with us and competently told us what upgrades we needed to make in order to get the best value for our home. She was flexible and willing to do whatever our budget and desires required, however. In a matter of days, our home was on the market, beautifully staged by Colleen, and listed with lovely and professional photos, courtesy of Colleen. Our home sold for full list price on the first day, and we had two full-price offers and a host of requested showings that we had to turn down. Colleen was professional and incredibly knowledgeable, and she walked us through (and held our hands) every step of the way. She was always available to answer questions and give advice, and she responded to calls or texts immediately. She expertly negotiated with the buyer’s agent, and she got us to closing despite multiple hiccups resulting from the buyers and their lender. Colleen’s beautiful staging actually attracted HGTV’s producers, who offered to “rent” our home in order to film. She just has a magical touch in every way, and she goes above and beyond for her clients. As we were living a distance from our property, Colleen generously checked on our home and brought in packages left on our porch. If you are looking for an agent in the Chapel Hill area, you can end your search here. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will be thrilled and, in the end, will not only have a go-to agent but also a friend. Colleen still answers questions for us, and in a few short months we hope to be working with her again for the purchase of a house. If she could get 6 stars, Colleen would deserve them. She is a gem–not only as a real estate agent but as a human being. We trusted her wholeheartedly from the beginning to the end, and that is so important for such major financial transactions. She is knowledgeable and ethical. Always honest. Though I have tried to outline Colleen’s many wonderful attributes, this review does not begin to do Colleen justice. But let me leave by again saying that Colleen is a superstar and was a Godsend to our family.” – Kyra Christina R


Having dealt with many realtors from coast to coast, we wholeheartedly endorse Colleen as the best. We did all of our preliminary house hunting from afar, and Colleen was professional, courteous, responsive, and incredibly patient helping us through the process of finding exactly the home we wanted…which she did. We are incredibly lucky to have found her, and we recommend her fully.”  – Bob & Sue S

“Colleen was the consummate professional, but also friendly, understanding and encouraging throughout the process. We got excellent advice and counsel and managed to complete our purchase completely remotely, in under 30 days…during a pandemic! We recommend her without reservation! Bravo Colleen!” —Pam M & Tom B

Colleen was an absolute DREAM to work with. She is so incredibly knowledgeable about the area, local builders, and well-built homes in general. She was 100% on top of all of the details we would have drowned under without her. I am so grateful for all of the hard work she put into finding us the perfect home. I would 10/10 recommend her to any of my friends, family, or strangers looking for a home.”  – Caity K

“Colleen represented us, as buyers, in Briar Chapel. She took the time to listen for our needs and wants, showing us several outstanding properties. When we made the decision to purchase, she was an effective advocate on our behalf. She helped us find a thorough inspector for our new home. We would recommend her services in a heartbeat. Our only regret – she was not our agent selling our former home!”  – Maggie & Steve P