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James Blackburn, REALTOR®

James Blackburn919-260-9614 | james@jamesknowshomes.com

Although born in Australia and raised in the UK, James’ heart has been rooted in the local area for the past 30 years. He has an impressive record, helping both buyers and sellers with properties from starter homes to multi-million dollar estates all across the Triangle. Don’t let the accent fool you – he has been a Chapel Hill & Carrboro real estate fixture for the past 15 years, with the track record to show for it. Excited to join the team at Dwell, he brings his signature humor, extensive knowledge, experience and client-centered approach to the company with enthusiasm and excitement. In his spare time he enjoys travel, photography and cooking with passion and (more than a slight) international flair.

  • Local Resident since 1991
  • Graduated Chapel Hill High School 1993
  • Graduated UNC Chapel Hill 1998
  • Funny accent since 1975


Testimonials for James


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 O., Google Review, November 2021


James @ Dwell has handled two property transactions for us now and I can not recommend him (and Dwell) highly enough. He went above and beyond and responded to questions promptly throughout the whole process. – John N., Google Review, May 2021


“We had the pleasure of having James help us sell our house in Chapel Hill. In addition to James being a very skilled and knowledgeable realtor, he’s the most down-to-earth realtor that I’ve experienced working with – and he truly has the best interests of his clients at heart.” – Gabe M., Google Review, May 2021


James has been working with me and my family for 10+ years, and always takes the time to meet, look at properties, and discuss the circumstances. His ability to provide the knowledge as well as taking the stress to organize everything around the purchase of a home, makes the buying and selling experience pleasant. One aspect I really appreciate about him, is his communication with his clients, so you know exactly where you stand throughout the selling and buying process. – Christian G., Google Review, April 2021


“If anyone in the greater NC Triangle area needs a realtor to help buy or sell a house, James Blackburn is your man. Katy and I had a complex and long-term real estate hurdle to get through on both the buying and selling side, and James made the impossible not only possible, but also a lot of fun. He’s a trustworthy, brilliant, witty, affable guide when you’re trying to find your home, and a focused, scarily tireless closing machine when you find what you want. I used to think that I might sell or buy a house on my own, but seeing the level at which James practices his craft makes me realize how incredibly wasteful and miserable that approach would have been. We’re so lucky to have someone like James in our area. I couldn’t be more appreciative of who he is, what he does, and how he does it. Everyone I know who has used him considers him not only the only choice to consider for a realtor, but also a friend and a valued member of the community.” — Mark O.


“Congratulations on selling the house, James! We appreciate everything you did to help sell the house. Thanks for treating our Mom so sweetly through the process.” — Jenny C.


“Knowing how attached owners can be to their homes, it’s official – the sale of my house in NC closed! Thanks to my awesome Realtor & friend James Blackburn for all the help along the way. Excited for the future!” — Rebecca S.


“Seamless, professional and friendly service. We couldn’t have done it without him.” — Chris B.


“We loved having James as our realtor! My friend recommended him, and now we recommend him to anyone even considering owning a home. James was fun, attentive, extremely knowledgeable about real estate in the area, a great advocate during negotiations, and a calm and reasonable voice during stressful moments. We couldn’t have asked for a better realtor, and we love our new home.” — Jean Z & Ryan E.