Our Team

Whether looking for your first home or selling your fifth, we bring the same excitement and level of service to every client. We are a very personable group, from our agents to our admin staff who strive to make the process of buying or selling less stressful and even enjoyable for our clients. We are a locally owned, small firm who puts our clients first.


Dave Brion

My approach to real estate is very different than many agents, at least that is what my clients tend to say. I believe that comes from spending many years traveling the country as a Project Manager. I approach real estate with the same mindset.

I love working in a collaborative relationship with my clients, getting to know their wants/needs/whys and then helping them achieve the goals they set. I am not the boss, but a key player on the team, assisting them through the process.

With over a decade of experience in the local real estate market, I have the knowledge and experience needed to help guide you through any real estate project.

Buying your first home? Want to buy/sell a historic property? In the market to buy/sell a unique luxury home? Need advice on investment properties? Moving up? Downsizing? Ready to check out the newest 55+ community? Intrigued by a new construction home? I can help with all of that.

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Karen Roberts

Karen understands that when it comes to real estate, the consumer has many options. When asked to list a home or help someone with buying a new one, it's often that person's largest single investment. Doing things right is really important to her. She understands you only have one chance to get it right! Karen is honest, fair and dedicated to earning your business.

With over twenty years of real estate experience, Karen understands the local market. She will advise you on exactly how to prepare your home for the market, cost effective ways to make it happen and an extensive contact list to get things done. She understands how to price homes to get the maximum amount possible while still making a quick sale. When it comes to closing the deal, she is a strong negotiator and will guide you through to a successful closing.

Karen has opened 3 real estate offices in the Triangle and has hired and trained hundreds of Real Estate Professionals. Karen also serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Durham Regional Association of Realtors. Karen and her husband, Len are native North Carolinians. They have two sons, Brandon and Bryson, one daughter-in-law, Beth, and the newest love of their lives, a new grandson, Theo.

Karen loves real estate, will exceed your expectation and desires to have you as a client for life.

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Debra Jackson

Debra is a seasoned agent serving the Triangle area since 2003. Debra is passionate about Real Estate. Her specialties range from walking step by step with the first time home buyer, assisting with the sale of the family estate, and everything in between. Her clients appreciate her patient approach. In fact, most clients say by the end of the transaction, they feel more like family.

Speaking of family, Debra is proud to have lived in Durham all her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Randy, and they are proud parents of 3 terrific grown children and one grand child.

When Deb is not helping her clients, you may find her and Randy hiking, kayaking, sitting on the beach reading or working in their yard. Debra and Randy are active members of Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh.

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Tom Bagby

Tom Bagby is a widely respected member of the Triangle real estate industry. His track record remains spotless, a record he attributes to always placing his clients’ interests ahead of his own, providing attentive one-on-one service and knowing the contracts and procedures extremely well.

Tom’s real estate career includes considerable experience in brokerage working with both sellers and buyers on a personal basis. Not one to pass people off to associates, Tom develops close relationships with each of his clients.

In addition to real estate brokerage Tom built a nationally recognized photography company and has taught professional photography and marketing to photographers all across the country.

Tom attended Colorado State University and University of Arkansas where he studied Business and Marketing. An active member of the community, Tom is a member of The Downtown Durham Rotary Club and has worked extensively with Shadow of His Wings Orphanage in Monjas, Guatemala and attends Duke Memorial United Methodist Church.

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April Williams

April knows that the home buying process is a very personal experience. That is why she believes that clients become more than just “business”—they become lifelong friends. She has built her real estate career on integrity, strong personal values, and good relationships. As a strong negotiator, April always pushes for your needs and interests to be met. She prides herself on her responsiveness to her clients and always going the extra mile to make sure your transaction runs as smoothly as possible.

April is an adventure enthusiast! After graduating from Meredith College in Raleigh, she decided to seek out adventures of her own. She moved to Hawaii and worked as an ATV tour guide and Zipline instructor, and later moved back to Asheville, NC for another adventure as a White-Water Rafting instructor. April now resides in Durham with her latest adventure being a career in real estate.

If you’re looking for your next home buying adventure, give April a call. She knows, that with the right tools, home buying can be a fun and pleasant experience!

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Albert Cleef

I understand that finding a new home is one of the most important decisions people will make in their lifetime. And it also can be one of the more stressful ones. After all, it’s not about finding a new house, it is much more about finding that one house that you feel you can call HOME.

Whether the move is across the ocean, like I did about 35 years ago from the Netherlands, or across town, being a part of such an important decision and being able to guide and assist my clients in finding that new home is an honor and a privilege to me.

It’s why I chose to become a Real Estate Broker and it’s why I chose to join the Classic Carolina Realty team. I have found that they too are here for the same reason- finding that one place that makes you feel happy and the one you can call home.

I, together with the entire team here at Classic Carolina Realty, am looking forward to working with you!

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Leigh Brantley

After relocating to North Carolina in 2001 from Texas, Leigh quickly fell in love with all things Carolina. Her southern charm and giving spirit are one of the first things you'll notice when you meet her, but don't be fooled... this girl means business!

Having worked in the insurance industry for 17 1/2 years prior to getting her real estate license, Leigh certainly understands the value of keeping her clients happy. You'll often find her in the office putting together fun "Welcome" packages or on the phone checking in with her past clients. Leigh takes customer service to a whole other level!

When she's not helping clients find the home of their dreams or helping folks find their new investment property, she can be found checking out new construction neighborhoods, coaching her daughters rugby team (RRFC), or out in the community giving back.

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Rachael Cruickshank

Rachael came to Classic Carolina with one goal in mind, to make a difference. Her persistence, dedication, and people first mentality are a huge advantage to her clients. With over a decade of experience in research science, she joined the firm with an abundance of skills and traits she gained on the job. As a scientist, she learned how to think analytically while approaching each problem with an open mind, uniquely crafting a solution. She uses these same tactics to help each of her clients find the home of their dreams.

Helping others is one of Rachael’s greatest passions. She is actively involved in her local church and serves on the board of directors for a non-profit that seeks to meet the needs of the impoverished people in India. Since joining the organization, she has made two trips to India to provide hands-on assistance with their work. Rachael is also very active in her local community. She volunteers with her daughter’s school’s through PTA, Project Graduation, and the Public-School Foundation 5K. She is also an ambassador for Carolina Donor Services – an organization which works to increase organ and tissue donation awareness.

When she’s not in the office or volunteering, you can find Rachael taking on her other passions – spending time with her husband, Andy and two daughters or running and hiking local trails in her Chapel Hill neighborhood.

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Kristen Bagby

Kristen Bagby has dedicated her life and career to helping others. She graduated with a BSN from Duke University after receiving her MBA and is now a Registered Nurse at Duke Regional Hospital. Kristen strives to meet others needs first while often putting herself second. After many dedicated years of nursing, Kristen decided to pursue a career in real estate alongside her husband, Tom. A strong compassion for others is where health care and real estate intersect. This love of people and their well-being has allowed Kristen to be successful as both a Nurse and Agent.

Kristen and Tom love traveling around the world and have visited Guatemala numerous times where they have done charity work with the orphanage “Shadow of His Wings”. Before nursing and real estate, Kristen received numerous awards for her Graphic Design and Marketing work including “International Marketer of the Year”. When not busy working, you can find Kristen snuggled up on the couch with a good book or hanging out with her 200 pound dog, Storm.

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Executive Assistant / Client Care Coordinator

Tyler Whitt

Born and raised in Durham, NC, Tyler is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College with a degree in Pre-Law. Highly involved in marketing, management, and client transactions, his passion and drive keep our team running smoothly to provide the best experience for our clients. Tyler’s customer service background and responsive communication skills ensure that our clients receive the highest quality care and attention.

Tyler recently married the love of his life, Amanda. They both share a strong desire for helping others. Amanda helps her students grow and develop while Tyler helps clients through their home-buying process. Outside of the office, you can find Tyler and Amanda cheering on their favorite sports teams, grinding out on the volleyball courts, or spending time with friends and family.

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Atlas "Doodles" Roberts

Atlas joined Classic Carolina Realty in 2018 as our official puppy mascot. He greets every client with barks and kisses. If he deems you worthy of friendship, you may call him "Doodles". His professional list of accomplishments includes: Lead-Barker on security, general cuteness, and Top Disposer of all dropped foods. He works “Paws-On” to make every transaction run smoothly while also supervising and coordinating all team meetings and conference calls.

In his free time, Atlas enjoys long walks on the beach during sunset, working on his one-man production of “Winnie the Poodle”, and snuggling on the couch with his mom while lapping on a tall Blue Moon.

Without this sly dog at the helm, we’d be four paws short of a working office.

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