Top Residential Real Estate Firms in the Triangle

Each year the Triangle Business Journal publishes a Book of Lists to guide both locals and visitors of the Triangle towards the “best of the best” when it comes to services, food, and more. For many years, Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty has been named one of the Top Residential Real Estate Firms in the Triangle. Out of the 25 agencies mentioned in the book of lists, our company stands as the most established firm having served the Triangle for 52 years and counting.

In 2020, we were ranked 12th out of 25 firms in the Raleigh-Durham market area and four of our agents made the list of Top Residential Real Estate Agents in the area as well. These stats come from an array of factors such as total sales volume and average transaction price. We take immense pride in providing our community and clients with exceptional services and it shows in our results.

Here’s a look at the agents within our company who are named on the Triangle Business Journal Book of Lists as top residential real estate agents:

#11 – Joe Hodge – $24,972,325 | $891,868 | since 1977

Learn more: https://josephhodge.hodgekittrellsir.com/eng/profile

#12 – David Worters –  $24,939,855 | $508, 976 | since 2012

Learn more: https://davidworters.hodgekittrellsir.com/eng/profile

#17 – Susan Dahlin Bashford – $22,0437,574 | $487,773 | since 2013

Learn more: https://susanbashford.hodgekittrellsir.com/eng/profile

#23 – Nelson Bunn –  $18,126, 113 | $453,152 | since 1983

Learn more: https://nelsonbunn.hodgekittrellsir.com/eng/profile

More About Our Story:


The company was originally founded in 1968 by Joe’s mother, Nadine Hodge as Nadine Hodge Realty. In 1987, Gilliam and Joe joined together to form Hodge & Kittrell Realtors. Sotheby’s International Realty recognized us as the key player in the local luxury real estate market, and in 2011 we accepted the invitation to join the brand and push our marketing strategy and listing exposure to the next level. In February of 2017, we opened our second office, located on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, to better serve our clients in the western portion of the Triangle. We’ve grown to a family of over 70, with agents who specialize in all areas of the Triangle. We have agents who’ve traded on the New York Stock Exchange, an agent who used to run the NC Symphony, young agents, seasoned agents, artists, dancers, accountants, athletes, who bring those special talents to offering an exceptional real estate experience and specialize in all areas of the Triangle.

The Triangle Ranks Among Best Places in 2020

This year, more than ever, we are thankful to live and work in the Triangle. The area offers an easy lifestyle and low cost of living with abundant opportunities and endless activities. We are proud to share a list of noteworthy accolades cities in the Triangle have received in 2020.

Niche Ranks Raleigh Among Best Places To Raise A Family

Forbes ranks Raleigh among the Best Places To Retire.

SmartAsset ranks Raleigh and Cary among the Most Recession-Resistant Cities.

WalletHub ranks Raleigh among the Best State Capitals To Live In.

WalletHub ranks Raleigh among the Top Tech Towns.

Numbeo ranks Raleigh among Places With The Best Quality Of Life.

Lantern ranks Durham and Raleigh among Best Places To Start A Business.

CommercialCafe ranks Durham and Raleigh among Top Places for Millennials to Relocate.

As you can tell from the lists above, the Triangle region offers something for people of all ages. We feel grateful to live in an appealing and resilient area. The rankings above show just a few reasons why the real estate market continues to thrive in the Triangle. If you have considered calling North Carolina, we would be happy to assist you through every step of the process.

Our Guide to Fall in the Triangle

Although fall activities and traditions may look a little different this year, we are fortunate to have such a mild fall season in the Triangle region of North Carolina where we can still enjoy outdoor activities. Below are some Triangle-area favorite fall activities, and many have made necessary changes to ensure safety (and fun) for all! 

NC State Farmers Market 

1201 Agriculture Street., Raleigh 

Pick your pumpkins, mums and fresh fall veggies from local vendors from around the state.

Hill Ridge Farms Fall Pumpkin & Harvest Festival
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville

Activities include farm animal corral, fish feeding deck, kids’ playland, 80’ giant slide, picnic grounds, live music, train rides, covered wagon hayrides, pony rides, face painting, pumpkins for sale, and more scheduled special events.

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
3175 Benson Highway, Garner

Activities included a six-acre corn maze, rope maze, hay maze, hayrides, farm animals, play areas, pumpkin patches, produce and garden center, and more.

2020 Update: The corn maze will be open with restricted activities. 

Perkins Orchard
5749 Barbee Road, Durham

Bring the kids here to choose a pumpkin from their thousands of pumpkins available. Also shop for apples, cider, and more.

Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville

September 19 – November 7

Haunted Forest, Dark Trail, Howling Hayride, Killers in the Corn  

Phillips Farms of Cary
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary

Open weekends from September 19 – November 1. In addition, the farm will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, new for 2020. 

Haunted Farm: haunted maze, haunted hayride, more

Daytime Activities: Pumpkin patch, pre-picked pumpkins, corn maze, Family Fun Park

Here are a few photos from some of our agents and their listings who made sure their home was festive for fall this year!

Explore Raleigh: Greenway Trails

When we asked Raleigh-based Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Susan Dahlin Bashford what she loves most about living in the capital city, she replied without hesitation, “the greenways.” Susan went on to say, “To me, our greenway system is simply amazing. You can ride for miles and miles without ever seeing a car. It is truly fabulous!” 

North Carolina is known for its greenways, which are long, narrow pathways often used for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Many people who are relocating from out of state are pleasantly surprised to learn Raleigh is home to 180 miles of greenway trails that traverse through parks, neighborhoods and popular attractions. 

Raleigh’s greenway system is perfect for walkers, joggers, runners, cyclists, and skaters hoping to explore the outdoors. When asked about her all-time favorite greenway trail, Susan replied, “The Falls of Neuse trail, a 27.5-mile paved pathway that runs along beautiful topography hugging the Neuse River. You pass sunflower fields, cross bridges, and enjoy the bountiful beauty of our state!” 

In addition to the Falls of Neuse trail, some popular trails in Raleigh are William B. Umstead State Park, Shelley Lake Park, Art to Heart Trail, and Lake Crabtree County Park.

Greenway Map

Moving to the Triangle – Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker Lee Rand presented her buyer clients (Andrew – Left and Shannon – right) with a North Carolina state flag after they closed on their new home in Apex, North Carolina. 

Andrew and Shannon, pictured above, make up one of many families that have chosen to call the Triangle home over the past few months. Due to COVID-19, many of our agents have used newfound technology to make the relocation process as seamless as possible for their clients. Agents from our Raleigh and Chapel Hill offices share first-hand accounts of their recent experiences helping clients make the move to the area. 

Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker Gilliam Kittrell is currently working with two couples, one from New York and the other from New Jersey, who are moving to Raleigh for the lifestyle, climate and convenience to the coast. Gilliam said, “my clients from New Jersey grew up in North Carolina and have a beach home on the North Carolina coast. After no longer needing to stay in New Jersey for work, they decided to move back to North Carolina and settle in the Raleigh area. The couple purchased an 8,800-square-foot home on two acres with a pool and found the price to be a steal compared to what they were paying back in New Jersey.” 

Due to current travel restrictions, Gillam’s clients from upstate New York have not yet seen their new home in person and are planning to close on it in two weeks. The couple had desired to leave behind the cold winters of New York and move south for warmer weather for a while, but the inconveniences brought about from COVID-19 sped up their moving plans. The couple has close friends from Raleigh who were willing to tour the home while FaceTiming with them before the buyers submitted an aggressive offer in a multiple-offer situation. Gilliam utilized technology to assist his clients with their relocation from afar. “After my client’s offer was accepted by the sellers, I had a Matterport 3-D tour of the home created so they could virtually walk through the home and try to decide on the future placement of their furniture before they move,” said Gilliam.

Matterport 3-D tour taken at Gilliam Kittrell’s client’s home

Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Aileen Stapleton and Giselle Feiger recently represented first-time homebuyers from Utah who were unable to travel out of state to view homes. Despite travel restrictions, the couple needed to purchase a home in Durham, North Carolina, before starting new jobs in the area in July. When the couple began their home search, in-person showings were not allowed in Durham. Once the couple found a listing they liked, Giselle and Aileen learned that the sellers of the home would not allow anyone inside their home and also did not want to move out until they had found a new home for themselves. After negotiating with the seller, Giselle, Aileen, and their clients found a creative solution. The buyers suggested allowing the seller’s two months to rent the property back from them, and agreed to rent an Airbnb as their interim home. Logistics were discussed between all parties by video chat throughout the transaction. Ultimately, the buyers proceeded to close on the home before ever entering the property and will move in at the end of July! 

Clark Smith, a Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker at our Raleigh office recently helped a couple seeking to escape Manhattan during the early weeks of the pandemic relocate to Raleigh. The couple has an infant child and they did not wish to risk being exposed to COVID-19 during elevator rides to and from their 26th-floor residence. The couple had originally planned to live in Raleigh temporarily, but now they are unsure when they will return to Manhattan. When asked about the couple, Clark said, “The good news is that this wonderful young professional family is now giving consideration to permanently staying in Raleigh now that the husband’s employer has determined, as have many others, that his work can be performed remotely.” In addition, Clark’s newly listed personal residence was recently shown to another couple who is seeking to relocate to Raleigh from Manhattan for similar reasons. 

Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker Anthony Greco has worked with several out-of-state clients over the past few months. As many people from the Northeast begin the move to the Triangle, Anthony notes that many of his clients are pleasantly surprised by the protection a homebuyer has in North Carolina. Anthony said, “recent clients of mine from Connecticut told me they appreciated the education I gave them on the laws and customs of real estate in North Carolina versus Connecticut. In speaking with them, I realized that contracts in Connecticut differ from contracts in North Carolina. According to my buyers, negotiations are much more complicated and nuanced than they are here. It was a real relief for them to move to a state where the real estate system is more structured and predictable.” 

Thinking about moving to the Triangle? One of our experienced brokers will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the area. View our agent profiles here

Aileen’s Why

Aileen Stapleton shares why she joined the Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty team.

Luxury Real Estate Market Continues to Thrive in the Triangle

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2020) – Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty, a residential real estate firm with offices in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, announced today that its average transaction price has increased by 12 percent in 2020 compared to its average transaction price in 2019. The company also reports its contingent sales volume increased by 26 percent during May 2020 as compared to May 2019. 

Recent Sale – 2817 Anderson Drive, Raleigh, NC – Hodge and Kittrell SIR

Gilliam Kittrell, Owner and Broker at Hodge & Kittrell, said, “We have seen a steady increase in real estate activity since the end of April at our Raleigh and Chapel Hill offices. I believe the recent stay-at-home order has led to a new appreciation for quality of life within one’s home, as well as a pursuit to find quality real estate agents who can quickly adapt to the changes in our industry.” Gilliam notes that brokers at Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty are taking extra steps to keep clients safe at this time, some of which include hosting virtual open houses and taking extra precautions during in-person showings. 

Stacey Anfindsen, a residential market analyst who runs the Triangle Area Residential Report, said, “In spite of unprecedented social and economic headwinds, residential real estate in the overall RTP market continues to be in demand. Pending listings during the first five months of this year were down 1 percent with the majority of the decrease attributed to pandemic onset during the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April. Pending listings during January, February and May were above 2019 levels. The pandemic has influenced market participants based upon price bracket. Pending listings priced between $500,000 to $1 million were up 4 percent compared to 2019.”

After a brief slowdown in March, many real estate brokers are reporting a swift recovery in business. Sheri Hagerty, Raleigh-based Real Estate Broker at Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty and Vice President of the Triangle’s Luxury Home Marketing Group, said, “Deciding if now is the right time to sell is completely determined by the comfort level of my clients. However, when there is less new inventory entering the market, what follows is an increased demand for homes that have stayed on the market, much like we’re seeing now.  A recent $1.4 million listing of mine received an offer quickly, when, just last year, the same house was removed from the market at the same list price. There are buyers out there in the luxury price point right now who have to make a move.” 

Hodge Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty Office in Raleigh, N.C.

About Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1968 to provide superior real estate services to clients in the Triangle area, Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty remains a leader in the local real estate market. With offices in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, the Company’s agents specialize in the Triangle luxury real estate market. The Sotheby’s International Realty affiliation provides a powerful marketing, technology and relocation support system. 

For additional information, please contact Mallory Sikes at (919) 876-7411

Top 10 New Must-Haves for Homebuyers

Most people have experienced lifestyle changes as a result of Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines. These changes have led to a shift in must-haves for some local homebuyers.

Giselle Feiger and Aileen Stapleton, real estate brokers at Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty, have seen a recent spike in buyers’ requests to view homes with the following features: 

1. Homes with great interior lighting and plenty of windows 

3322 Alamance Drive, Raleigh, NC | Details: hodgekittrellsir.com/008109g

2. Homes with a designated office space

2719 1/2 St Marys Street Raleigh, NC | Details: hodgekittrellsir.com/008109f

3. Multigenerational homes

1800 Chester Road Raleigh, NC | hodgekittrellsir.com/008109u

4. Homes with access to high-speed internet 

3115 Stockdale Drive | hodgekittrellsir.com/00810cv

5. Homes with a designated space for projects and hobbies 

3201 Churchill Road, Raleigh, NC | hodgekittrellsir.com/0080fz0

6. Homes with large pantries for food storage 

1504 Brooks Avenue, Raleigh, NC | Details: hodgekittrellsir.com/00810cr

7. Homes on large lots in more rural locations  

6417, 6423 and 6435 Pathway Court, Chapel Hill, NC | Details: hodgekittrellsir.com/008109j

8. Homes with a private pool 

1715 Picadilly Lane Raleigh, NC | Details: https://www.hodgekittrellsir.com/008066l

9. Homes with a private gym

4705 Brook Top Court Raleigh, NC | Details: hodgekittrellsir.com/008109m

10. Homes with an entertainment room 

1820 Oatlands Court Wake Forest, NC | Details: hodgekittrellsir.com/00810cu

Many homebuyers are focused on finding a home that provides comfort and a high quality of life. As many people begin to work remotely, it’s especially important to find a home that includes designated spaces for work, family time and home projects. 

If you are currently on the market for a new home, be sure to make a list of must-haves to review as you browse new listings and go to showings. You may be surprised how your own needs have changed in just a few weeks.  

Contributors: Giselle Feiger, Left, Aileen Stapleton, Right

Susan’s Why

Susan Dahlin Bashford shares why she joined the Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty team.