Our team of brokers are ready to help you reach your Real Estate goals by making your needs our number one priority. It is incredibly important who you choose to represent you with your Real Estate transactions; please take a moment to learn about each of our brokers from their bios below. Feel free to contact any of us to ask questions or to get to know us better.

Michelle Smith

Broker
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Michelle is an area native who grew up in North Raleigh; she’s always loved the Triangle and felt a strong connection to the community here. She is a proud mother of 2 wild boys, 2 cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon. When not pursuing her philanthropic efforts or practicing real estate and law, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband. In 2009, Michelle founded a local nonprofit, Models for Charity, where she blends…

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Shaun T. Smith

Owner, Broker, Developer
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Shaun has lived in several parts of the U.S. throughout his life, but is proud to call the Triangle home since 2007. He is a father of two boys, and husband to his amazing wife. When not completely immersing himself in Real Estate he enjoys traveling with his wife, boating on Jordan Lake with family and friends, and cooking and entertaining at his home.

Shaun has been involved in some facet of Real Estate for over 15 years.  Shaun’s wide…

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Fiquet Swain

Broker/Developer
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Fiquet is a North Carolina Native, and has lived in the Triangle area for over 30 years. Staying true to her North Carolina roots she attended North Carolina State University where she studied design. When not helping clients with their Real Estate needs, you can find Fiquet on her 20 acre farm in Eastern Wake County training and showing dressage horses. Having grown up in a family of developers she’s had a passion for Real Estate and development since a…

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Melanie Milone Cooper

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Melanie, a NC native, has been a Raleigh resident since 1991 after moving here from Wilmington.  She attended Sanderson High School and after graduation attended East Carolina University. After college, Melanie enjoyed an exciting life as a flight attendant and then after becoming a mom, she entered into the criminal legal field as a legal assistant and paralegal. Throughout her adult life, many friends and acquaintances alike have encouraged her to embark into a real estate career because her warm…

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Lauren Bhothipiti

Broker
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As an official “half-back” having grown up in New York City and Florida, my love for Raleigh and The Triangle area grows daily. I deeply appreciate its vast offerings and enjoy discovering them with my husband Luke, a fellow real estate agent, our daughter Colette, and son Thaddeus. Whether it is a program through the Raleigh Parks and Rec Department, a night out sampling local cuisine, or the entire family going on a bike ride along the Greenway Trails…

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Joe Kolousek

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Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, Joe has made Raleigh his home since 2010. He loves Raleigh and what it has to offer. Joe, his partner, and their chocolate lab enjoy road trips to the beach or the mountains, exploring North Carolina and beyond, trail running, hiking, playing volleyball, and starting and sometimes finishing DIY projects around their newly built home!

A graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in education, Joe combines his teaching skills with…

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Debra Morgan

Broker
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Debra, a Louisiana native, grew up in Northern California where she owned and operated an insurance business, a daycare, and served as a Community Outreach Minister.  In 2007 she relocated to North Carolina, where she lives with her amazing husband Louis, their daughter, and her mom.  Together with her family, Debra loves to explore her adopted home of Fuquay-Varina, go to the movies, cook, decorate, and travel.

In 2014, Debra earned her BA degree in Theology from the Justice Fellowship…

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Jemalia van Rijssen

Broker
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Jemalia, an Atlanta, GA native has been in the Raleigh area since 2011.  Her previous career in commercial construction management has paved the way for her to be an amazing agent.  She has been a Broker since 2013 and loves meeting new people and learning about all that Raleigh has to offer.

Jemalia loves spending time with her husband who is from the Netherlands and is currently teaching her Dutch, and her two daughters aged 17 years and…

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John Cush

Broker
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Originally from the northeast, by way of Pennsylvania after being born in Brooklyn, New York, John has called Raleigh home since 2005. John enjoys the downtown vibe, mixed with the country feel that Raleigh and its surrounding areas has to offer. Being a father of two young twin boys, he and his sons enjoy being outside, whether its playing disc golf, or riding the train at Pullen park. John is a big sports guy, with hockey being his favorite to…

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Courtenay Bailey

Broker
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As an NC native with deep roots, Courtenay Bailey ‘s enthusiasm for her community combined with her intimate knowledge of the area helps her connect with clients to ensure that they find the perfect home for their unique needs. Courtenay is a proud UNC Chapel Hill grad, and has a Master’s degree in Art and Architecture. Her commitment to our community developed during her previous career in local non-profit management and fundraising, where she advocated for local arts groups and…

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Sherry Case

Director of Operations/Broker
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Sherry relocated from Maine in 2005​, ​and has called North Carolina home ever since. Raleigh’s tight knit feel was exactly what she needed when moving from small-town Maine and transitioning to city life while attending North Carolina State.  Sherry still enjoys that feeling of community when exploring all that the Triangle has to offer.  She loves discovering a new restaurant or brew house, listening to live music with friends, cooking, and travelling anywhere that sand meets ocean.

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Mort Congleton

Director of Marketing
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Mort is a forty-year veteran of Wake County and the Triangle having served on the Raleigh City Council and assisting many non-profits such as United Cerebral Palsy and SPCA of Wake County. Mort had just completed a career at Wake Tech as their Chief Fund Raiser and is now active in more than ten different business ventures, including mentoring many young adults.

In his “off time” he enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with friends and family. Mort splits…

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