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I designed this website to focus on educating and partnering with Buyer and Seller clients interested in making a positive investment/return both financially and personally.

Use links throughout the site to learn - in depth - about how the home buying and selling process works in North Carolina.

Shoot me a text, pop me an email or get me on the phone for questions not answered clearly here. I may be with clients at the time you call, but I promise to get back to you ASAP. This website is one thing, but my commitment to you is another!

MY GOAL: Be the leading Clayton Area Real Estate Resource
for those who seek it!

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Selling your home? We'll discuss my non-traditional low commission approach, designed to maximimize your profit. Violation to mention numbers here, but with a short discussion we'll cover the fees in full!

Buying a home? You pay me nothing. The important thing is making sure you're represented. That's where I come in and partner with you!


"As your agent, my job is to provide you the utmost care, skill and diligence. I look forward to working with you!"
- Duane Devalle, Realtor, Broker, Owner

Let's get started!

But first... before you do anything else, understand how you will be working with real estate agents and how to avoid big mistakes.

BUYERS - click here    SELLERS - click here






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When Buying a Home:

The first thing you should do, even before you make a call to a Clayton NC real estate agent, is to understand the type of relationship you will have with the agent. You need to know whether the real estate agent is working for you as a client or merely with you as a customer.

Very important terminology... "client" vs "customer"!

Client = represented by agent... GOOD THING!
Customer = not represented (BE CAUTIOUS!). The agent is essentially a sales person for the seller - not necessarily looking out for your best interest.

What you need to know about NC Real Estate Law and working with Clayton NC Real Estate Agents and Realtors.

You simply need to know who they are working for.

The real estate agent represents someone in the transaction. Is that person you?

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission has produced an informative brochure meant to protect consumers. The "Working With Real Estate Agents Brochure" explains who a Seller's Agent, Dual Agent, and Buyer's Agent represent in the transaction. Every real estate agent is required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission to present and explain the brochure with those seeking the services of a real estate agent.


Who Do They Represent?

New Homes "On-Site" real estate agents - -

An agent who is working at a new home construction site is working for and representing only the seller - likely the builder or developer.

(These agents typically work out of a sales center/model home near the front of the community.)

Their loyalty belongs to the seller. That real estate agent is obligated to gather as much information as possible about you in order to assist the seller in profiting from the transaction... so beware of that from the start!

Real estate agent listed on the "For Sale" sign - -

If you contact a Clayton NC real estate agent listed on a "For Sale" sign, they too represent and serve only the seller. That real estate agent is making every effort to capture as large a profit as possible for the seller.

These real estate agents prior to showing you any property or home are required to discuss and explain the "Working with Real Estate Agents Brochure".

As a buyer, under such circumstances, you are not represented. Only the seller is represented. Keep personal and financial information to yourself. And don't give your negotiating hand away by letting the agent know how much you must have this home!


Be Represented by a Clayton NC Real Estate Buyer's Agent.

If a homebuyer wishes to be represented, the homebuyer will seek a buyer's agent. In this case, you will seek a buyer's agent and enter into a "Buyer Agency Agreement" with the real estate agent.

A buyer's agent exclusively represents the buyer client. You want to have a buyer's agent working with you!

The services of a buyer's agent are often at no cost to the buyer.

The real estate agent agreement defines the compensation terms. The agreement should clearly spell out who is compensating the buyer's agent. Seek agreements which state compensation will be paid by the seller only. Under these circumstances, the real estate agent will serve you at no cost to you.

Some buyer agency agreements contain a clause asking you to agree to dual agency. Dual agency may not be to your best interest. As a dual agent, the real estate agent is bound to protect both the buyer and the seller. A difficult, if not impossible, proposition.


Beware of Dual Agency!

Under dual agency the real estate agent or firm may represent more than one party in the same transaction. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission requires that all parties have the knowledge and consent of the dual agency relationship.

Dual agency adds complexity to the transaction. Dual agency is likely to occur when a buyer represented by a buyer's agent wants to purchase property listed by that agent's firm. This more often occurs with larger firms which have an abundance of listed properties. This conflict does not need occur for a firm committed to protecting the interests of the buyer.

With dual agency, you have an agency relationship in which you are no longer represented exclusively by that real estate agent. You are now "sharing" your agent or firm with the seller.

Avoid Dual Agency!
Seek a real estate agency relationship which protects only your interests. A strict buyer agency relationship does exactly that. A Clayton NC real estate agent who represents you as a buyer's agent, represents only you - not the seller.

Seeking the Right Buyer Agent.

Going even deeper into agency discussion - not for the light-hearted!

When seeking a Clayton NC real estate agent and firm consider the following regarding dual agency:

Not all firms are created equal.

Large real estate firms with several offices and branches are considered "under the same roof". In other words, each listing/seller they work for "belongs" to all of the offices and agents. Those agents are obligated to protect the interests of each of those seller clients.

If, as a buyer, you feel one of those listed properties meets your dream home criteria and you so happen to have a buyer agency agreement with any of those agents or offices, you would have the option of entering into dual agency. You would no longer be represented solely by that real estate agent. That agent of the firm will now represent both the seller and you simultaneously. Such a situation is less than favorable.

Consider a Clayton NC real estate agent who will not allow this potential conflict to occur.

Make certain you enter into an agreement in which the real estate agent will remain loyal to only you throughout the entire process.

You must be given the answer to this question:

"Will your loyalty and obligation remain exclusively to me throughout the entire process?"

As a buyer, you should accept nothing less!


""Enjoy the rest of the website and abundance of additional information! Suggestions below..."
- Duane Devalle, Realtor, Broker, Owner


Clayton NC Homes for Sale.

Begin the search for your new home using the search tool on this website!

This site provides complimentary use of the Triangle Multiple Listing Service to search for Clayton NC homes for sale.

Visit the "Featured Properties" page to view thousands of available homes for sale. Simply click on the "Search for Clayton and surrounding area homes" link.

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This site also discusses the various Clayton neighborhoods which have available homes for sale.

The numerous links located on the right-hand side of this site direct you to more information and links highlighting the area neighborhoods and surrounding cities and towns.


Location plays a large role to the growth and economic development in the Clayton, Johnston, and Southern Wake area. A town described as the fastest growing municipality in the fastest growing county in the State of North Carolina. Close proximity to the Research Triangle Park, State Capital, Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina State University, Duke University and Univerity of North Carolina makes all the difference!Highway and interstate access provides a quick commute in all directions... most notedly, only twenty minutes to Downtown Raleigh.

Johnston County marks the midpoint of Interstate 95, connecting New York and Florida. Route Interstate 40 crosses east to the beautiful Atlantic Coast beaches (two-hour drive) and west to the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains (four-hour drive).

The last decades have experienced a transformation from a rural farming and agricultural region to what is becoming home to biotech industry led by Grifols, Novo Nordisk (worlds largest manufacturer of diabetes related products) and Hospira. Approximately ten percent of all bio-pharma jobs in North Carolina reside in Clayton.

The local economy is rolling along thanks to other major employers such as Sysco Corp, a food distributor, employing 345 people which opened in 2006. Other major employers include - Andrews Corp., Eaton and Caterpillar, all of which have also been instrumental in re-defining the local economy.

The small downtown charm of Clayton provides the friendly atmosphere, quality of life and low crime rate which families are looking for. Clayton boasts a quaint, historic downtown district speckled with specialty shops and restaurants, yet within minutes, major shopping centers are anchored by retail leaders such as Target, Staples, BJ's and Best Buys.

Good schools, cultural arts and museums, collegiate hub (NC State, UNC and Duke), entertainment, recreation and sports all draw attention to the Clayton area.

Most are impressed to find homes for sale at prices they would not find otherwise. People discover they are able to afford more home for less. Homes in all price ranges are available. Larger lots are also available, in Clayton, for less than what many thought possible.


Enjoy everything this site has to offer in helping you understand more about Clayton NC homes for sale.

"I'm available to assist you any way possible. Keep in mind, working as your buyer's agent, you pay me nothing. You pay no commissions or fees while utilizing my buyer services. Look forward to hearing from you!"
- Duane Devalle, Realtor, Broker, Owner

Visit the "Buying a Home" page to learn even more about the home buying process.

When Selling a Home:

The first thing you should do, even before you make a call to a Clayton NC real estate agent, is fully understand the type of relationship you will have with the real estate agent. You need to know whether the real estate agent is exclusively working for you or for the buyer as well.


What you need to know about NC Real Estate Law and working with Clayton NC Real Estate Agents and Realtors.

Before you begin to work with any real estate agent you need to know who they are working for. The real estate agent represents someone in the transaction.

The question is - "Who does the real estate agent represent?"

Will this listing agent be looking out for my best interest?

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission has produced an informative brochure meant to protect consumers. The "Working With Real Estate Agents Brochure" explains who a Seller's Agent, Dual Agent, and Buyer's Agent represent in the transaction. Every real estate agent is required by the NC Real Estate Commission to present and explain the brochure with those seeking the services of a real estate agent.

Specifically for sellers, will this listing agent exclusively work for me?

Who Do They Represent?

Real estate agent who is helping a buyer locate a home - -

BEWARE!!!

That real estate agent may be working for the client as a buyer's agent. If so, they solely represent the buyer. They are obligated to protect the interests of the buyer. Any information the real estate agent is able to gather from the seller, which may tip the negotiating scales to their favor, is to the buyer's benefit and may negatively affect the sellers's potential profit from the sale.

A different scenario...

That real estate agent may not have formed an agency relationship with the buyer and in time will seek an agency relationship with the seller or the firm listing the home. In this situation, the buyer is not being represented. On hte other hand, if an agreement is formed with the seller, the real estate agent is loyal and obligated to the seller.

*Note - there should always be some concern when the real estate agent is unable to form an agency relationship with the buyer.

A third scenario...

The real estate agent may also be associated with a large firm having several offices and an abundance of listed properties and buyer clients. When you list your home with such a firm all of the firms's agents work for you, BUT they also work for all of their other clients, as well. In other words, the real estate agents are equally obligated to protect your interests and those of their buyer clients. The agent who you listed your home with is obligated to protect the interests of the buyer clients of the firm. If a buyer client of that firm expressed interest in your home, you are not exclusively represented. You are in a dual agency situation.


Beware of Dual Agency.

Under dual agency the real estate agent or firm may represent more than one party in the same transaction. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission requires that all parties have the knowledge and consent of the dual agency relationship.

Dual agency adds complexity to the transaction. This more often occurs with larger firms which have an abundance of listed properties and buyer clients. This conflict does not need occur for a firm committed to protecting the interests of the seller only.

With dual agency, you have an agency relationship in which you are no longer represented exclusively by that real estate agent. You are now "sharing" your agent or firm with the buyer.

Seek a real estate agency relationship which protects only your interests. A listing agreement free of dual agency does exactly that. Seek a Clayton NC real estate agent who will represent only you, not the buyer.

How Best To Be Represented.

If a home seller wishes to be represented, the home seller should enter into an agreement in which you will be exclusively represented throughout the entire process.

The standard agreement form used by real estate agents contains a section devoted to this issue. The choice is given to the seller as to how the relationship will be conducted - dual agency or exclusive representation.

Exclusive representation assures your interests will be protected.

You must be given the answer to this question:

"Will your loyalty and obligation remain exclusively to me throughout the entire process?"

As a seller, you should accept nothing less!


Visit the "Selling a Home" page to learn even more about the home selling process.

"Reach out at any time to set up an appointment at the home you wish to sell. It will allow me the opportunity to preview the home and provide you a Comparative Market Analysis(CMA). We will also discuss everything involved in selling a home in North Carolina. Look forward to hearing from you! "
- Duane Devalle, Realtor, Broker, Owner