Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty - Durham

Home to over 245,000, Durham is at the core of the Durham-Chapel Hill Metro area. Being at the core, it attracts people from all over the state (and further) for work. Whether you are moving to, within or from Durham, our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty team is ready to help you with any of your real estate needs.

Some fun facts about our office and the Durham area:

Our office has been in the Durham community since 1967, and we continue to love the community more and more each day.

Being in Durham, we are surrounded by some of the most popular universities in the country with NC State University, Duke University, and UNC all less than 30 minutes from our office.

We like to spend our lunch hours dining at Blue Olive, a family operated Mediterranean bistro.

Our favorite thing about the Durham neighborhood is that we are just one mile away from Cameron Indoor Stadium and we get to be part of the "Cameron Crazies" every once in a while.

We have over 50 real estate experts ready to help you buy or sell your next home.


Recommendations (522)

2 days ago

Rob Autry recommends Elizabeth Barry

Property Owner

I have had an excellent experience working with Elizabeth. She is a “go-getter” agent! She had two different showings on my property the same day!!

Elizabeth is easily approachable and you can see she genuinely enjoys her job and respects each party of the real estate transaction, regardless of buyer/seller.

I say all of this because she was the buyer agent; whereas, I am on the other side as the “seller” - without an agent! (honoring an Agent Fee)

Elizabeth is professional from the start, she is knowledgeable and her responsiveness is impeccable.

Elizabeth had an offer ready to submit the same day of her showings and that shows she recognizes “urgency” in properties that have multiple interests.

Although, we didn’t get to work together on this transaction, Elizabeth followed-up with a kind email to see if I needed help with anything ? (since I’m FSBO-ing my property)

I say again, her genuineness is by far a trait that surpasses all the others out there. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire/work with Elizabeth on any real estate transaction.
Feb 12, 2019

Dale L. Thomas Jr. recommends Johnathan Howard

Closing Attorney

Johnathan is the consummate real estate professional and always has his clients’ best interest in mind. He is always a pleasure to work with on closing transactions and is very organized and detail oriented. I highly recommend him to any prospective buyer or seller in the market for a realtor.
Feb 12, 2019

John Alexander recommends Crystal Foushee

Agency HR Consultant

Crystal has been very informative and helpful through the process when working towards homeownership. She has demystified the process and helped guide me in the correct direction.
Feb 9, 2019

Tim Gabriel recommends Tracey Goetz


Tracey has been an excellent Broker In Charge in helping me launch my career. There are so many attributes that Tracey brings to mind; for example, leadership and quick understanding of a variety of personalities, consistency, vast knowledge, positiveness, attention to schedule and making progress, focused but always having a minute to answer questions and often having great suggestions. But most of all warmth and caring about people.
Feb 8, 2019

Adam Hall recommends Tracey Goetz


I cannot say enough great things about Tracey. She is the best managing broker I have ever worked for. She is a wealth of knowledge, resources, and inspiration. I feel so fortunate to be working under such an amazing leader.
Feb 8, 2019

Patrick Joseph Donahue recommends Tracey Goetz


Tracey is the primary reason I am a Berkshire Hathaway team member. During our interactions the years prior to my joining her team I was thoroughly impressed with her character, professionalism, her genuine caring nature, energy level and commitment to the promotion of the Berkshire brand and her group of Brokers.
Not a day has gone by since joining the Durham Berkshire office that those values have not been validated and reinforced.
Feb 7, 2019

A. Ely recommends Barbara Lyster

Barb was a wonderful realtor to work with! She was incredibly timely with all our questions (usually getting back to us within minutes!!). Best we have worked with to date! Thank you!
Feb 4, 2019

Warren McCauley recommends Johnathan Howard


Jonathan's efforts allowed my home to receive multiple great offers, ultimately selling in less than one week to a cash buyer. He is extremely knowledgeable, dependable, thoughtful and a great communicator. He listened to the goals I had for the sale of my home in terms of desired profit and was able to develop a plan to help achieve it. In addition, he exceeded his required duties by do small repairs (i.e. repairing a toilet paper holder) and hanging pictures to help with staging. He was also able to get a hole in my carpet, made by my dog, repaired quickly and extremely cost effectively. Overall, it was amazing working with Jonathan. I give him my highest recommendation and plan on using him again in the future.
Jan 28, 2019

Dave Park recommends Patrick Donahue

Owner - Advantage Inspection

Patrick is a professional, compassionate, detailed oriented real estate agent. He always goes above and beyond whether his clients are buyers or sellers. We interact with his clients and they have nothing but praise for his work ethic and performance. I personally give Patrick my highest endorsement.
Jan 22, 2019

Amy B. Obrien recommends Barbara Lyster

Operations Manager Talbots

My husband and I relocated to the Durham area under a rather strange circumstance. We were not your typical home seekers. Barb was absolutely amazing. She carefully listened to our crazy situation that changed multiple times. Through the changes she never missed a beat. She selected homes that fit our changing needs. Once a house was selected she walked us through the process and we are now comfortably tucked in our new home. We could not have asked for a better experience. Barb is a wonderful, caring, knowledgable agent. Barb is more than an agent to our family, she has become a wonderful friend.

Amy & Tim OBrien
Jan 18, 2019

Logan Roberts recommends Mark VanAlstyne

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for Cross Country, Furman University

As an assistant coach under Mark VanAlstyne in his previous line of work, I highly recommend working alongside him in the process of finding the right home for you. He will listen to your wants/needs and work tirelessly to help you reach your goals in the home buying process. Mark seeks first to serve and will guide you smoothly through the stress-free process of finding the right place for you and your family.
Jan 16, 2019

The Connor Family recommends Johnathan Howard


We would highly recommend Johnathan Howard’s services to sell/purchase a home. He helped us do both, and the process went as smoothly as it can go with little hiccups. When the hiccups arose, Johnathan was able to give us time to think, help us to understand things with clear explanations, and guide us through the process step by step.

Johnathan possesses great loyalty, integrity, confidence and understanding of his job. It was great to see and feel him relate to us and provide us with support and direction when uncertainty or time conflicts occurred.

We are so happy that we met Johnathan at the right time to help us sell our home of 10 years as well as buy a great house to call our home. Johnathan has been a great help and asset during the selling/buying process as well as after the process when questions arise. There is no other person we would have wanted to experience this journey with.
Jan 15, 2019

Craig Phillips recommends Barbara Lyster

IT Program Manager

I would 100% recommend Barbara for any real estate deal. She is extremely knowledgeable, hardworking, and willing to push through the toughest aspects of even the most complicated real estate deals. We had an enormously complex situation where we were relocating and needed to sell our old house while moving into the home of our dreams, which was being sold by an out of state seller via a relocation company. Despite these complications, Barbara made this deal seem very easy. Would love to do business with her again!
Jan 11, 2019

Robby Mullis recommends Barbara Lyster

Accounting Manager

We used Barb for both a sale and purchase towards the end of 2018, and we couldn't be more pleased with the work she did for us. In multiple instances she went above and beyond what we would have expected from an agent. If you are looking at using Berkshire, it would be a mistake not to include Barb in your list of possible agents.
Jan 3, 2019

Helen Krauss recommends Barbara Lyster

I have known Barb personally and professionally for 25+ years. There is no one more dedicated to understanding another's needs and working tirelessly to find a solution. She is incredibly personable, can work with a wide variety of people, and is very caring about her customers. I would not hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend her services as a realtor!!
Jan 3, 2019

Dale and Connie Patton recommends Barbara Lyster

My wife and I live out of town and we were in Durham for a short time before having to fly home. We met Barb on a Sunday afternoon as we happened to walk into the office looking for someone who could show us what the area has to offer. We explained what we were only in town for the next two days, she very quickly arranged for us to look at some properties and was extremely helpful. By Tuesday afternoon, we ended up selecting a home. Without her help and her understanding of our needs we would not have found such a perfect place to set down our roots.
Jan 3, 2019

Evelyn Shellenberger recommends Barbara Lyster

On January 5 we closed on our new home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This process began the Friday before Thanksgiving. Barb worked with us constantly during that time helping us find the perfect home. Once it was found it was a whirlwind process with Barb in the lead. We were back in Florida and she stayed in constant contact with us and there was not one glitch in the entire process. We made an offer two days before Thanksgiving and it was accepted the next day. I cannot begin to say enough good things about all she did to make this purchase so pleasant. She was completely professional and attentive to our request. I highly recommend Barb if you are in need of a realtor. Thank you, Barb Pam Derr and Evelyn Shellenberger
Jan 3, 2019

Antoine Taylor recommends Barbara Lyster

I was very fortunate to have worked with her. She took an appropriate amount of time to address my questions and concerns properly. She is very courteous and professional. She is very knowledgeable, has a meticulous attention to detail and an exemplary dedication to her work. I'm very satisfied with the great job she has done for me. I'm full of gratitude to her hard work throughout the entire process of purchasing my beautiful home. I should like to expressly like thank your firm for granting me the opportunity to have worked with her. Sincerely
Jan 3, 2019

Andrea R. recommends Barbara Lyster

Barb was amazing! We were first time homebuyers and she was so helpful and thorough in helping us find the perfect home. We had 2 different realtors before we found Barb and she was far and away the best! My family is enjoying our new home thanks to Barb.
Dec 23, 2018

Julie Stackhouse recommends Mark VanAlstyne

Small Business Owner, Corporate Wellness

You will not find a more professional, capable and diligent broker than Mark VanAlstyne. His attention to detail in all aspects of a business relationship and ability to listen attentively to a client’s needs will ensure satisfaction every time. After spending decades as an elite athlete and Division I Track & Field and Cross Country Coach, his knowledge and expertise of the best active lifestyle options in the Raleigh-Durham area are unparalleled. Don’t hesitate to contact Mark before your make your next move!
Dec 21, 2018

Joan Davis recommends Mark VanAlstyne


I would highly recommend Mark. Great guy, smart and personable.
Dec 21, 2018

Annie Smith recommends Amy West

Marketing Manager

Amy was instrumental in making our first home buying experience as smooth and successful as it was. She held our hand every step of the way - insisting on a honest and eyes open approach to every decision we made. She took her time to make sure we understood and were comfortable at every turn. When we found a house we fell in love with she went above and beyond to help us get over the finish line. The home buying experience can be a very stressful and complicated process but Amy made it easy for us to trust her which allowed for a surprisingly enjoyable, often very funny journey. I can't recommend Amy enough!
Dec 17, 2018

Beth Catt recommends Amy West

We bought our new home with Amy's help. She was amazingly helpful to us. We were new to North Carolina. She spent two afternoons driving us around to show us different areas that we might want to focus on. She definitely helped us narrow down our search. We looked at a lot of houses. Amy was always happy to take us 'on to the next one' until we found the home that was just right for us.

Her knowledge and experience were very beneficial during the offer/negotiation phase as well. She helped us through that every step of the way. We can't say enough great things about Amy and highly recommend her!
Dec 17, 2018

Melissa M. recommends Amy West

Melissa M.

I highly recommend Amy West !
My wife and I moved here from out west and Amy was just the realtor we needed ! She drove us around the area and gave us a lot of information about the city and surrounding areas. It was so very helpful to us . We saw a lot of different homes and Amy was very patient and helpful through the whole process. Now we are living in our Dream Home is a city that we love !
She is very skilled in all areas that are needed in the process of buying a new home. We felt we were in very good hands from beginning to end. She has her clients best interest are heart.
Dec 13, 2018

Eric Boerner recommends Amy West

Director of Services and Program Activation

Amy was great to work with as a realtor...She did more than most realtors would do during the process--she even mowed my lawn when I was out of town on business and couldn't get to it before the house was shown. She is extremely professional, yet highly personable...Fast and efficient, Amy made selling my house and buying a new one a very simple and pleasurable experience

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