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 (536)

May 14, 2019

June Poineau recommends Alma Gaudette


I don't know what I would of done without Alma. A was stressed out and needed help to sell and she made it stress free for me. Alma handled everything and just about held my hand the whole time and took all the time I needed to understand what is takes to sell my house. I have lived there for 32 years and love my house and land but it was time to sell. I also want to thank Pat for finding the perfect person to buy my house, it really makes my heart happy. Thank you both for everything you did for me. I recommend Alma highly, highly and highly again.
May 11, 2019

Nikoma Thompson recommends Dana King

Real Estate Investor

I've worked with Dana on many projects. Her eye for style has brought value to my portfolio and increased the desirability of several of my rentals. She has vision and drive to see a project to fruition.
May 6, 2019

Bill Dandridge recommends Tim Gabriel

Real estate agent

Tim was the listing agent for my house, and did a fantastic job of presenting my house to the the multiple folks who saw my house. He did not have long to show interested parties my house, because we received six above-list price offers is less than 48 hours.
Tim was also tremendously helpful with guiding me in choosing the best offer of the several offers that we received. His analytical nature helped us to properly compare each offer, and to choose the one whose terms were most in our favor.
I heartily recommend Tim Gabriel to anyone who is either buying or selling a house in Durham, or anywhere in the Research Triangle
May 2, 2019

Daniel Bashaw recommends Tim Gabriel


I would fully and whole heartedly recommend Tim as a realtor. He is knowledgeable and tireless. He keeps his client's interest first and works very hard to meet all his client's expectations. I would say working with Tim kept the process as stress free as is possible as he was always there with advice, reassurance and a steady hand. You could not find a more personable and professional realtor. I would highly recommend him unreservedly to anyone I know.
Apr 10, 2019

Bob and Bobbie Armstrong recommend Alma Gaudette

We have both bought and sold 2 different homes over the years with Alma's help. Would we use her again if we were going to move? ...YES. Working with Alma is fun

In buying she helped us focus on what we wanted in a house. She listens. We were only shown houses that met out criteria. At each showing Alma would point out good and not so good features and an estimate of the cost of change. That was very helpful.

In selling Alma told us what needed to be changed to make the house more presentable to buyers. And it worked!

Closing in all cases was efficient and there were no surprises. A great experience!

Bob and Bobbie Armstrong
Apr 9, 2019

Kyle Rank recommends Alma Gaudette

Managing Broker/Director of Education & Training

I've had the privilege of working with Alma for the past couple years and I'm truly impressed with her dedication to her clients as well as the real estate industry. She is a true professional with one goal...doing the best for her clients! I'm honored to work with Alma and highly recommend her!
Apr 8, 2019

Tracey G. Goetz recommends Alma Gaudette

Broker in Charge

Alma is a true professional. Her care for her clients and her knowledge of the market makes her stand out among her peers. She has an excellent eye for detail and because of her past experience in new construction she understands today's trends for both buyers and sellers. She is a great listener and has a unique intuitive sense for helping buyers and sellers navigate through the home buying and selling process. It is a joyful experience to work along side of Alma!!
Apr 6, 2019

Sally Clark recommends Alma Gaudette

Real Estate Agent/Colleague

I have known and worked with Alma for as long as she has been in real estate. She is unfailingly kind, responsive, and professional. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market and someone whose counsel/advise I value. She works diligently for her clients and keeps a laser-sharp focus on their needs, wants and desires as she goes through the home-selling/buying process with them. All this while maintaining a sense of humor! I think of her clients as being lucky to have Alma as their agent.
Apr 3, 2019

Brandy Tew recommends Felix Lee

Home Buyer

I would definitely recommend Felix to anybody. He is very knowledgeable and understanding in his profession.. He helped me buy my first home at the age of 30 yrs old and also helped my parents sale their home. He is very upfront and will let you know if it is out of your budget. He always stays in touch with you and is the most nicest and pleasant realtor I have ever met. You rock Felix.
Mar 25, 2019

Beth Moore recommends Patrick Donahue

Wells Fargo Mortgage Consultant

Patrick is great to work with. He knows the Durham/Triangle area very well, as a realtor, and previous builder, makes him a strong asset for any homebuyer or seller.
Mar 18, 2019

Alex MacPherson recommends Felix Lee

Director of Technology

Felix did a great job helping us buy our Durham home and fighting for us when we had difficulty with the sellers right before closing. Would certainly recommend.
Feb 23, 2019

Jeffrey Richards recommends Tim Gabriel


Tim is a wonderful man. He is honest, sincere, motivated and trustworthy. His commitment is seen as he volunteers as a tutor helping students who are in a 2 year drug/alcohol program to help them get their G.E.D. He also contributes to the community by creating electronic displays and placing them in the branches of Durham's library system to assist children in learning to read. I highly recommend Tim Gabriel.
Feb 22, 2019

Jamel McDuffie recommends Tim Gabriel

Family & Cosmetic Dentist

I’ve known Tim for many years but just recently had the pleasure of working with him professionally. I was impressed and completely pleased. Tim’s honesty and work ethic made me comfortable in dealing with real estate and having him for an agent. I highly recommend Tim Gabriel for your real estate needs.
Feb 18, 2019

Alan DeLisle recommends Tim Gabriel

City Development Administrator, St Petersburg, Fl

Tim cares about you and your family. He will take care of all the business issues for sure but will listen carefully to your story, your uniqueness. I have known Tim professionally and as a friend and I know one thing for sure: he will be passionately on your side.
Feb 15, 2019

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.

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