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Blair Nell

Broker, GRI

(Photo by Gretchen Mathison Photography)

Taking the scenic route is always my first choice. I remember as a child, choosing the route for a family drive, I fell in love with the area’s old trees and beautiful farms. I loved nothing more than stopping to move a box turtle out of the road, and still today, I am awestruck when driving the backroads of our community.

I moved to Chapel Hill in 2001 as a first generation college student to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Never could I have imagined that I would hang around long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Social Work in 2009, meet and marry an amazing partner, Clayton, and start raising a family.

The question often comes up, “How in the world did you go from social work to real estate?! That work seems totally different.” My answer, “You clearly haven’t done both jobs!” In each profession, there is advocating for others and helping clients navigate an unfamiliar situation with trust and respect. Being a good real estate broker requires both skills and many, many more.

During my social work life, I lived in Kibera, Kenya, one of Africa’s largest slums. During that time, I made a promise to myself that I would never live life by simply going through the motions. Life is simply too short. I refuse to settle for a job that results in me waking up in the morning, wishing I was headed to do something else with my day.