Lisa Ellis and Company

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We've sold two houses with Lisa and she's been great! She arranged all the work that needed to be done on the houses in a timely manner. In both experiences, the houses sold quickly with very little stress on our end.

Patrick & Kaitlyn

Lisa was my listing agent for my house in Durham, NC. I had great experience working with Lisa. She struck me as a real estate specialist who delivers her promises. Before hiring her, she promised the house would sell at a price I would accept, and she delivered. She promised my house would sell within one week, and she achieved that. She also promised she would keep me timely informed on each step of the process because I lived remotely, and she accomplished! I trust all of these stem from her confidence, professionalism, and superb experience with the market and the work. She is highly recommended!

James Rong

If you want a successful sale of your home you have to go with someone who knows the area. Lisa was referred to us by a neighbor as well as a close friend. She was everything they said she would be and more. Her knowledge of the area neighborhoods as well as her network of business associates made for a quick and painless sale of our home. I highly recommend her and her team and look forward to their involvement in the purchase of my next home. A true professional.


Victor Serrano

Lisa and her very attentive staff kept us informed and up to date during the process of selling our home. She was extremely helpful in negotiating a very difficult inspection report. She is a very experienced, competent, and professional realtor.

-Bruce & Nora

Bruce & Nora

Lisa treats her clients like family, she worries about them, fights for them, and does everything she can to make sure they're treated with love and respect. Hands down the best.

Mike T

Thank you Lisa & company for assisting us in the sale of our home! I knew we were in good hands from your first visit to the last! If anyone knows the area & all of south Durham has to offer ... I highly recommend Lisa & her team!

Kathy S

Kathy S

Lisa worked with my mother in law during what was a very difficult transition time after my father in law's extended illness and death. She went above and beyond in helping her with all aspects of her home sale, from staging to the actual sale--assisting her with document signing when her home internet wasn't functional, recommending resources to help her with repairs, and most of all supporting her through the process. Lisa's team also was extremely professional in assisting my mother in law--she just couldn't have been more pleased with the service she got from Lisa. ~Lesley


Many thanks to Lisa and her team for selling our house so quickly. They are a wonderful, friendly, professional team who knows the real estate business. She was recommended to us by a real estate friend who lives outside of our market. Lisa and her company ranked high in our area. Thanks to Lisa, Erin and Sharon for doing a great job of marketing and selling our home.

Joanne and Joe

Lisa and her team were absolutely great to work with. She helped us not only buy our dream home but also sell the one we were living in. Both transactions occurred seamlessly and in record time. She was very responsive to our calls and always able to answer our questions. She demonstrated a solid knowledge of the local housing market and gave us great advice along the way. We would definitely use Lisa again and would highly recommend her to others.

-Tracy Roberts and Zeynep Savas

Tracy Roberts and Zeynep Savas

Lisa Ellis and Company made our home buying experiencing an easy one. Throughout the entire process I felt like I had Lisa by my side helping me ask for what I wanted and getting the work done in a very timely fashion. When I would communicate with her or her team I didn't have to wait for a response back. Someone was always there to guide me along the way. I would not hesitate to pass along Lisa Ellis and Company to any friend of family member in buying or selling a home. ~Melissa & Greg

Melissa & Greg

My husband and I decided to downsize from our home in Croasdaile Farms, Durham, NC. After that decision , we had to decide on a realtor. We interviewed 3 realtors. Immediately we felt a connection to Lisa Ellis , Lisa Ellis Real Estate By Design. She came prepared to the meeting with information about our area and the other houses for sale in close proximity. She listened to what we said. She suggested a couple of things we should do before putting on the market. She and her design team member came over and made suggestions for staging, and actually physically rearranged some furniture. She sent over a professional photographer who took some great pictures. Our house pictures went online and we had nine showings in 4 days and sold in 4 days well over our asking price. I highly recommend Lisa Ellis and her team . She represented us very well!!

Jo Anne and Elmo Yancey

Lisa and her team were amazing to work with - we outlined a plan, which was effective and our home had two offers OVER asking price and went under contract in just 3 days! Lisa's team followed through and communicated every minor detail, making this an easy, seamless and pleasant process. Everyone was beyond just professional, but also personable, and treated us like family. Look no further, Lisa Ellis and her team are your source for home selling and buying!

Lily Van Dillen

Lisa was very professional and helpful and understood our goal clearly! Erin and Sharon were very helpful! I highly recommend you let them help you with your selling or buying!

Jo Anne & Elmo

Jo Anne

Lisa and her team were great to work with both in selling our house and with buying our new house. We made things a little more complicated than usual, but they adapted and helped us get into a house that really makes us happy. Lisa really does want what's best for her clients.

Jason Block

Lisa helped us buy our house and acreage in Hillsborough 17 years ago. Now that we are older and our needs have changed, she helped us sell our 7 acres with house. She helped get the house ready and staged so that it sold in a few weeks with several full price offers on the table. Her buyers agent Sharon Carter helped us look for a new house and was extremely patient with finding the right house. Thanks Lisa!

Ted and Linda Fowler

We are seniors and Lisa first showed us houses 3 years ago when we came to this area from Idaho. We decided to rent for awhile and this summer, while out of state for 2 mos our daughter found a house she said we should consider. We called Lisa who looked at it with our daughter and the short story is Lisa helped us buy it from Wyoming! Scary thought, but with her expertise and our daughter onboard we closed on it Aug 15. Nothing is too hard for Lisa to do!!! We were doubly nervous trying to make decisions long distance but Lisa never made us feel we were being too picky and reassured us all our concerns were legitimate. Hire her!!

Mark and Pat Mengering

I would like to thank Lisa and her team for getting my mom's house sold. Once Lisa took over the process of selling her home, we had more showings and offers to finally get it off the market. She took the burden off of my plate and handled everything until it was sold. Lisa is a true pleasure to work with and I thank her for all her hard work!

Ryan Thomas

Lisa Ells was the broker for selling my home in Old North Durham in July of this year, and I am very happy to highly recommend her for her knowledge of the Durham real estate market, the efficient way she handled my property, and the overall professionalism of her office personnel. During the contract period, she ensured that all issues were amicably resolved, and I believe the buyer was happy with their purchase experience, too. I certainly was pleased with the result, which ended up in having my house sold at an above-asking price!

Jim Ellenson

Lisa helped me to both sell my previous house and buy a new one. She was fantastic !!!! and I could NOT have done it without her. First, I have recently become a single parent and so, she helped with staging the house, with helping to negotiate repairs and painting, and in general, with helping to  get the house show ready and it needed help. I moved into a smaller and older house and she helped negotiate an awesome price so that I could have a bit of a financial cushion and through it all, nothing was ever too big or too much of an issue or problem that couldn't be solved. My kids remember her and as long as she is in business, I plan on having her give our family real estate "counseling" advice over the years as well as she is the very first person I will call when I am ready to sell again.

Beth Morgan

It was wonderful to work with Lisa on the sale of my home. She gave me a lot of great advice prior to entering the market and then sold my house for a much higher price than I expected! I was not an easy client to work with (we unexpectedly found our dream house before we were ready to list our  current home, so we had to get it ready FAST and sell for the MAX amount possible), but Lisa pulled off a miracle and we could not have been more thrilled with her work.


Lisa Ellis at Real Estate by Design was our listing agent. We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic, experienced and energetic agent whose efforts made the sale of our home possible in a depressed market.  Lisa did a fantastic job staging our home to look great in photos and in person.  
She made suggestions about the interior and exterior to ensure we get the sale price we wanted.  She stayed in contact with us on a regular basis and we never had to wonder where we were in the process.  Her excellent communication skills and follow through are second to none.
For such a large/important transaction, Lisa covered all the bases to ensure that it went extremely smooth.  She was also open to suggestions or opinions we had.  She takes such great pride in her work.  Three examples of this are that she advises you how best to show and stage your home, she has an excellent marketing team and she uses a professional photographer to capture your home at its most beautiful. Our home was under contract within 4 days of listing and we got an offer that exceeded what we expected.

We can't say enough great things about Lisa Ellis!  It was such a pleasure working with her and we HIGHLY recommend her!

Joe G.
Bahama, NC

Joe G

Lisa helped us buy our first home, sell our first home, and buy our new house. When selling our first house we contacted Lisa months before we put it on the market and she provided great feedback on the steps we needed to make in order for it to sell. We followed Lisa's advice and we had four full  asking price offers the first day the house went on the market! Lisa is the ultimate professional, responsive to all your request, and even provides comfort when things get scary. The team she surrounds herself with is also great. I would recommend Lisa and we plan on using her services again when it comes time to sell and buy.

Peter Harris

Lisa helped us to sell our home, and although it was a long process, Lisa made excellent suggestions to keep buyers coming to see the home. Once an offer was made, the sale process went quickly and smoothly. Her office team is wonderful to work with.

Andrea Sterling

Lisa has has been our agent now for the purchase of our first home in 2003 and again this year. She has an incredible knowledge of the area and the current market. You truly feel like she has your best interest at heart and guides you through the entire process! Lisa is always willing to go the  extra mile! She will have our business again in the future!


Lisa is the type of real estate agent that all others should aspire to be. She's real, she's realistic, she's honest, she's extremely smart, and most importantly, she truly cares about your particular situation. Every time I met with her or spoke to her on the phone, I was struck by how focused she  was on dealing with only me at the time, without a hint of distraction from the hundred other things that needed her attention that day. It was very reassuring and very much appreciated. Like it says at the top, Lisa "helped me sell a home". And someday,she'll "help me buy a home" too. I already know this because she's the only person I'm going to call.

Matthew Riggs

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or sounding area use Lisa Ellis. My husband and I sold our home and purchased a new home, and I am certain that neither deal would have gotten done if we had gone with anyone but Lisa. She and her team demonstrated  incredible attention to detail. Lisa was on top of every issue that arose. More importantly, Lisa was incredibly pleasant to work with. She was always honest and gave great advice. 


Lisa sold our home within 2 weeks. Her knowledge of the area (home values, schools, taxes) is outstanding. She is honest, friendly, and always on time. Lisa not only sold our home, but represented my family as our buyers' agent. As expected, Lisa did a remarkable job, by setting us up with  inspectors, handling all the paperwork, and making our transition into our new home as stress-free as possible. I highly recommend Lisa Ellis for all your Realty needs.


We have known Lisa for many years. When we decided to move and sell our home, she was our first call. Lisa helped us stage our home for professional photos which created a terrific online presence. She gave us insight on the changing real estate market around us so we knew how to price our home at  the top of the market without being over market value. Lisa and her Team handled everything for us while we were out of state. Her negotiating skills and ability to handle each facet of the transaction with professionalism made the process seamless for us. I would recommend Lisa Ellis and Company to anyone who is in the market to sell a home.

Arthur Koch

Lisa was great! She has a strong team that is always available to help. Lisa is very experienced and knowledgable. She not only got our house sold (quickly, I might add) but provided solid improvement advice that helped make the house much more marketable. I would recommend her to anyone selling  their house. 

Brian Taylor

Lisa did a great job helping us sell our home. This was an especially difficult case because we were living 1000 miles away at the time. She handled everything for us, even the small things that home owners typically are responsible for. Lisa has a competitive edge about her that makes her very  good at her job. Going in, I was skeptical of real estate agents in general and what they did for the money they made. Now that it is over, Lisa was worth every penny and more!! 

Joe Heidrick

We are very pleasured with our decision of choosing Lisa and her team. Everything went very smoothly: setting the right price; staging the house well; getting it on market with good marketing strategy, etc. Lisa has unique knowledge and experience and helped us to set the house to a reasonable  price range and get it sold quickly. I would highly recommend her and her team to sell houses.


Lisa and her team were extremely helpful and professional through the process of assisting in the sale of an existing home and then acting as the agent to negotiate the purchase of a new-construction home.

Lisa and her team were helpful in many other intangible areas, as well.
  Additionally, the marketing support provided was top-notch and ended up in a sales contract for our home within 6 weeks of listing in a relatively flat/poor market during the winter/early spring.

You won't be disappointed.


My wife and I worked with Ms. Ellis & Ms. Wheeler in both the selling of our existing home and the purchase of our new home. They were fantastic! We would highly recommend using their services. Our home sold in a week and a half in this down market do to their expertise in the business and  knowledge of the current housing market climate. Do yourself a favor and choose them. 


I can't say enough about the positive support I got from Real Estate by Design. Lisa was very helpful and her knowledge and experience helped me get a quick sale and find a new home. The whole team participated in my sale and purchase and the level of professionalism was fantastic. Home by  Design built a fence at my new home and again I was in great hands with Greg's skills. Erin and Colleen were also both helpful at each step. Thanks so much to the whole team. Lisa J


Lisa and her team were wonderful to work with as we were looking for homes in the Durham area. Lisa was extremely honest and knowledgeable regarding real estate and helped us find the perfect home quickly! Lisa and her team have a very welcoming presence and made the process fun. I would highly  recommend working with them.

Kristen Hironimus & Jay

They helped us find and purchase out first home. We were very happy with the professionalism from Lisa and her staff. After 7 years we are selling our first home now and are using Lisa again.


I would very highly recommend Lisa Ellis and Real Estate by Design - very knowledgeable and well prepared for every meeting and showing. During our home search they were very accessible, amenable to our schedules and well prepared to discuss all the homes we viewed. At the ready with meaningful  and helpful info, as well as quick to point out things we weren't hypersensitive to in terms of imperfections or potential future problem areas for concern. When it came time to prepare an offer, they were very much in our corner, making sure we made the best, most well-informed decisions, and were quick to act on new information such as competing offers. Ours was overall an excellent experience, and I have nothing but positive things to say about the entire team.


Lisa, Erin and their team have helped my family through many transactions! Buying or selling, Lisa's attention to detail, flexibility in schedule and market knowledge always provided the service we needed - never missing a beat. Over the past 7 years, she has obtained full-price offers on two of  our homes, both in less than 10 days! She knows how to price, market and stage given the current conditions, neighborhood and what's currently on the market.


I am so pleased with the service I received from Lisa and company. They were with me every step of the way, with expert advice. Selling/buying a home is a huge stress for anyone, but Lisa took that away with her professional experience and recommendations that made our process smooth and  successful. She and her team worked hard to sell my house at an excellent price and negotiotiated a great price for the house I bought. I think they went above and beyond. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy/sell in the Triangle area.


My husband and I learned about Lisa from a friend (word of mouth works!) and had the best experience buying and then later selling our home before leaving the area. Working with both Lisa and Erin could not have been easier and when we ran into bumps along the way they were always ready to help us  with a solution. Highly recommend! 


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