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Larry Tollen

 BROKER, SFR, e-PRO 
1130 Weaver Dairy Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 967-6363
(919) 619-8675
(919) 968-8509
larry@mynchomes.com
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1130 Weaver Dairy Rd. , Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I'm Larry Tollen and Team Leader of MyNCHomes. We specialize in assisting Buyers and Sellers throughout Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough and Pittsboro, North Carolina. I've been buying and flipping homes from the time I was 18 years old and at 26, I got a real estate license which I never actively used other than to save on commission on the homes I was buying and selling. In 1991 I decided to move into real estate full time and have never looked back.

My Professional Specialties and Services include:

Buyer Side Brokering and First Time Homebuyers Specialist. I am SFR and e-PRO certified. I will diligently search for properties that meet your specific criteria. Once you find a property you want; I will analyze its true market value and show you how the neighborhood has trended over time.

Seller Representation. I am a master at Internet Marketing. I will guarantee that your home is given the most effective marketing possible, designed to give it maximum exposure to local, national and international Buyers.

Negotiations. I do not represent both Buyer and Seller in a single transaction; I am focused exclusively on doing wha'ts best for you. I have more than 25 years of experience in successfully negotiating real estate transactions; I know how to craft deals that work for my clients. I will track and communicate to you; throughout the entire process from start to finish. You will know at all times where we're at and what's being said so there are no surprises. My objective is a smooth transaction and closing.

Resource. I can offer personally vetted professional resources from Inspectors, Mortgage Lenders, Contractors, Tradesmen, etc. Long after you've purchased, I will be there for you.

2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award I was also very proud to be recently honored by Trulia and as the Featured Cover Agent on Top Agent Magazine.

2015 Featured Cover Agent in Top Agent Magazine - Read it here!

And, this is all only the beginning of what MyNCHomes provides to you. To learn much more, please visit our website at www.MyNCHomes.com .

What my clients are saying (74)

07/17/2018 - caitlinbiggers1

We recently sold a town home in Carrboro, and I would highly recommend our realtor, Larry Tollen. This was my husband's second time working with Larry, who originally helped him buy the property many years ago. We returned to Larry when we ready to sell, knowing we'd be in good hands with him. Larry is extremely professional, responsive, and detail oriented. He got us over asking price with multiple bids during the first 48 hours on the market. Larry was very knowledgeable about the market and provided helpful advice and assistance as we renovated and prepared the townhome for sale. He negotiated a great deal, and everything after went very smoothly all the way through closing. We greatly appreciate all of Larry's hard work for us, and would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home!


06/05/2018 - dukepiki

Larry is a first-rate buyer's agent. He's knowledgeable, responsive, professional, and a great communicator.

Larry helped us buy a home in Chapel Hill when we decided to move back to NC from out of state. Shopping from out of state in a tight market is tough, and Larry was extremely helpful. I flew in for 3 days and spent 2.5 of those days with Larry, looking at houses, negotiating an offer, and executing paperwork. I was glad to have his full attention during that time, and he helped me make the most of the time available.

The rest of the diligence and closing process went smoothly. Larry has extensive experience building and improving homes, which he puts to good use during both selecting and inspecting a home. He says his role is to help clients understand the condition of a home's major systems and leave the subjective, aesthetic matters up to his clients -- for us, that was a great fit.

We have already recommended Larry to two relatives shopping for homes in Chapel Hill, and I wouldn't hesitate to work with him again the next time I shop for a home here.


05/23/2018 - jwkonar

Larry helped us find our dream home in the Chapel Hill area. We were new to the process and the area, and Larry communicated everything we needed to know and helped us understand the process. Our home was for sale by owner, a situation we didn't quite understand. The seller ended up telling us that he accepted our offer over a higher one because he trusted that Larry would get it done quickly and efficiently. Larry also works with solid vendors and professionals in the area (home inspection, well/septic, maintenance, etc.) and the process from offer to close couldn't have been easier. His background in construction also helped us learn quite a bit as we toured homes. We'd definitely recommend working with Larry.


10/23/2017 - Eric Forslin

Larry did a fantastic job helping us buy our home. He is knowledgable, responsive, experienced and helped us greatly in the negotiation process. I would recommend Larry to anybody looking for real estate in the triangle area of NC.


10/11/2017 - zuser20170614072415408

My wife and I HIGHLY recommend our Realtor and friend Larry Tollen! I usually don't post many reviews, as I feel I get or have had the basic service from anyone or anything, like everyone else. This experience was not just like everything else! Larry went above and beyond for our family! We were selling our townhouse and also needed to find our dream home. Larry said "don't worry guys, I will take care of everything". We sold our place in just two days of being on the market, with 11 total offers! I was more than pleased with the whole process and felt like we were in the best hands possible! We are now in our dream home and couldn't be happier with Larry and all he has done for our family!


08/25/2017 - burnett carolann

We had a great experience with Larry. He’s extremely professional and goes to bat for you in a no nonsense manner. He’s quick to respond with questions and he’s always available to handle the various situations that can arise in the home selling process. He gives great guidance and provides a wonderful marketing program. We would highly recommend Larry.


03/27/2017 - zuser20161214063352241

Larry helped me buy my first house on my own and then helped my husband and myself buy our first house together.

I wouldn't have used any other realtor. Larry's ridiculously responsive, genuinely attentive, has decades of experience under his belt and knows the ins and outs of houses. He's pragmatic, he works hard for you as a seller and as a buyer...and frankly, he's worth every penny.

It has been a pleasure to go through this experience twice with Larry and his team.


03/11/2017 - griffy edwards

Larry was a great realtor to work with. He knew a tremendous amount about the area and was always just a phone call away. He was knowledgable about the entire process for first-time homebuyers like ourselves. Larry negotiated a good deal for us and even cut some of the closing costs.


01/05/2017 - omar Lopez

Larry is absolutely invaluable for a first time home buyer. His wide breadth of knowledge in both building and selling homes, truly helped us make an informed decision. In the end we knew exactly what we were getting and loved it! He is very prompt and takes the time to respond to the most ridiculous of our questions or requests. Additionally, once we had chosen our new home, he made sure the closing process was straight forward and that we understood what was happening. Overall, I would highly recommend him as a realtor.


08/31/2016 - Dr. Ryan and Shannon Schulteis

Larry is a full-stack realtor. We have listed and bought through Larry, and he has proven himself to be an expert negotiator. He will get you the price you want, whether you are buying or selling. He and his team at My NC Homes literally think of everything - even if you are a detail-oriented person, you will always find him one step ahead of you. In the triangle area, I will never need another realtor.

Home Buyer and Seller 2015

Dr. Ryan and Shannon Schulteis


08/31/2016 - John and Mary Burbridge

We were prepared to move in early summer, During the late spring we contacted Larry Tollen and Andrew Palumbo. As a result of meeting with them, we were given a game plan for staging our house, pricing and timing. We followed their recommendations and five days after our house was listed, it was sold. To you prospective sellers, get in contact with Andrew and do what he says. You'll be very happy.

Sellers- July 2015

John and Mary Burbridge


08/31/2016 - Sara and Robinson Earle

As first time home buyers with a limited budget, we were in need of a Realtor who would be patient and willing to explain the process to us, and Larry met our needs and exceeded our expectations. Working with Larry was a pleasure, and his reassurances and suggestions were immensely valuable throughout this process. During viewings, Larry would point out all manner of things (while we were walking around doing the emotional assessment, he was busy looking for potential financial pitfalls: "Guys, I'd like you to come look at this..." was a phrase we heard often. He was good with giving guesstimates of the ages of things like the roof and HVAC system, and educating us about things like "just house settling cracks" and "signaling distress cracks" in the foundation.

Because of Larry's experience doing market analysis, his evaluations about pricing were dead-on and realistic. He was patient with our emotional approach to home buying, but he also continued to point to the bottom line, and explained us whether or not the house was worth the price in the current market.

When we decided on a house, Larry took care of EVERYTHING! He organized the inspections to be done all on one day, and the inspectors he set us up with were courteous and thorough. When someone else (the sellers, for instance) were taking too long to respond, Larry was quick to write a short note "just checking in" to make sure that the process didn't drag on. We were kept up to date on each communication Larry had with every other person we dealt with. We can't recommend him enough!

Home Buyers - October 2014

Sara and Robinson Earle


08/31/2016 - Bruce and Peggy Lodewyk

Larry Tollen is unquestionably the best Realtor we have ever dealt with. We live in Minnesota and about a year we started looking for condos in the Durham area. Our daughter and family live in Durham and she found Larry's website and we followed suit.

Within a few months we arranged an appointment with Larry. From our first meeting we concluded that he was truly a professional, and exhibited a willingness to "go the extra mile". He was always available to address whatever issues came our way, even long distance. We finally "fell in love" with a foreclosure in the area. Larry was very up front with us and educated us to the pros and cons of this type of transaction. He was with us every step of the way and always reflected our best interest. He worked extremely hard and generous with his time.

Larry is a personable,sensitive and exceptional Realtor and we would highly recommend him . Thank you Larry

Home Buyers - February 2014

Bruce and Peggy Lodewyk


08/31/2016 - Larry and Jillian Goldberg

Larry was recommended to us by my son & daughter-in-law after acting as a sellers agent for their home in Durham, and their buyer's agent in purchasing their new home. My wife and I were searching for a very specific set of requirements in a new home that would be an alternative to a very extensive addition to our existing house. He worked diligently and expertly to find the specifics we were looking for, and helped us through the purchase; he then proceeded to support us in the necessary renovation to prepare our old house for sale. In this he was invaluable, having a great deal of expertise in building and repairs. Once the renovation was complete, he was able to achieve his targeted price for our house, a price which that we had not thought possible, and which was a full 10% above the best appraisal we were able to receive. In fact the house was not on the market for more than a few days. While this is a reflection of the very strong demand at that time in Cary, his sense and reading of the market, and his timing of the process was impeccable. I highly recommend Larry.

Home Buyers and Sellers 2015

Larry and Jillian goldberg


08/25/2016 - Amber Giles

If you want an agent who is straightforward, honest, knowledgeable, and a true advocate for his clients, then Larry is your man. The services he provided prior to listing all the way through closing were invaluable - if you are selling, he will provide a stager, have a professional come in to take measurements and draw an accurate floor plan, have professional pictures taken and virtual tour done, and a professional cleaner come in before closing. Larry is an absolute gem, and if he worked the Raleigh area I would choose him to be my buyer's agent.

Seller - May 2015

Amber Giles


08/25/2016 - Tom Sebanc

Larry is an excellent agent. He was honest, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.

Seller - July 2014

Tom Sebanc


08/25/2016 - Ali Rosenberg

Before we even moved to Durham, my husband and I contacted Larry to help us find a house. After a quick conversation; Larry ascertained our needs and desires and put together a list for us to peruse, and from that list we selected houses of interest. Once we arrived in town Larry took us on a multi-day tour to visit every house we wanted to see, and let us spend as much or as little time as we needed to get a feel for each home, while asking important questions along the way so he could further tailor the list to our needs. Larry put together a great list for us and helped us understand what matters in a house, and is excellent at inspecting properties for potential pitfalls, such as roof and HVAC age, siding, and mold. With his expert assistance we found a fantastic house in no time and he helped us close in record speed. Larry is knowledgeable and will give you no-nonsense advice in selecting a home, and he will steer you towards the wisest decision you can make while acknowledging your desires. He knows the Triangle very well, understood our commutes and social needs, and has recommended excellent restaurants to visit along the way. He also did a great job negotiating the price for us and works with very competent inspectors. We couldn't recommend him more highly and are very happy with our new home.

Home Buyers - November 2014

Ali Rosenberg


08/25/2016 - Nick Kuhn and Andrea Roush

We first met Larry about more than a year before we bought our home and he was kind enough to show us some properties we were interested in. We were first time home buyers and when we were finally ready we reached out to Larry who introduced us to Andrew. By this time we knew exactly what we wanted. Andrew was great. He understood our needs and took all the steps need to accomplish the goal. He walked us through the process and made sure to check with us every step of the way to make sure we were comfortable before processing. He even meet us on a day off to get some paperwork. Thank you Andrew! We love our new home!

Home Buyers - February 2014

Nick Kuhn and Andrea Roush


08/25/2016 - Scott Gifford and Alecia Septer

We couldn't have been more pleased with Larry as our realtor. As first time home buyers, he thoroughly explained the home buying process and was patient with our questions and inquires. We found him to be highly knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate and the local market. He also made the house tours fun and enjoyable.

Home Buyers May 2015

Scott Gifford and Alecia Septer


08/25/2016 - Jason Gionta and Emily Lowery-Gionta

Larry worked with us to both buy and sell our home. Both were great experiences, and we highly recommend Larry for either buying or selling your property. Larry worked with us tirelessly to find our home. He was patient with our requests, knowledgeable about the areas in which we were looking, and willing to offer advice on the home buying process that we felt was invaluable as first-time home buyers. With his combined experience in real estate and construction, we found we could count on Larry to recommend certain homebuilding materials over others based on maintenance costs and resale value. On the selling front, Larry worked with us to determine the sale price of our home based on the present market and was a true champion of its value. Again, he offered wise advice throughout the process and kept us on track towards a successful sale. Larry is direct and fair, qualities that we found refreshing and necessary while navigating the arduous processes of home buying and selling. Our only regret is that we moved out of the area and will not be able to work with him again to find our next home!

Home Buyers and Sellers June 2015

Jason Gionta and Emily Lowery-Gionta


08/25/2016 - Michael and Paula Schneiderman

Andrew Palumbo and Larry Tollen have been wonderful to work with especially because they worked out many details of the transaction while we lived in another state. They both have complete knowledge about the finer points of real estate and go the extra mile in getting things done. We worked primarily with Andrew and his attitude is always calm,cheerful and efficient. He worked closely with his partner to insure that the deal went thru without any hitches. You will be fortunate to have Andrew on your side. A really nice guy and a great team.

Home Buyers - November 2014

Michael and Paula Schneiderman


08/25/2016 - Corey and Samantha Kraft

My wife and I were referred to Larry by some friends of ours who purchased their first home with him. Even considering the glowing recommendation we got from them Larry and the MyNCHomes Team exceeded all our expectations. This was our first experience buying a house and throughout the entire process Larry did a great job of helping us feel educated and confident in our decisions and was not afraid to leverage his expertise and experience to challenge us to look at things from multiple perspectives. Everyone he referred us to from the inspector to the mortgage and legal teams was outstanding. Larry made us feel like we were the only client he was working with and helped us find the perfect home for us in a fraction of the time we expected to spend looking. Whether you are buying your first home like us or you've been through this before and know exactly what you want, I can't say enough to recommend him.

Home Buyers April 2015

Corey and Samantha Kraft


08/25/2016 - Boyce Byerly

Larry helped me in the search process for my home, and helped me purchase the one I eventually selected. Larry absolutely shines in a number of ways. He worked with me quite well in selecting plausible candidates, respecting my choices and learning from them, and adding some very good ones of his own to the mix. When evaluating homes, Larry is not one of those "Mr. Sunshine" brokers -- he was quick to point out flaws, and was quick to walk away when it was clear one of our choices was not a good fit when viewed in person. He's got extensive knowledge of building and construction that helps a lot in this regard. When it came to buying the one I chose, he's got good contacts and streamlined the fairly complex set of required inspections so they went smoothly and quickly.

Home Buyer - July 2014

Boyce Byerly


08/25/2016 - Nathan and Parul Goetz

MyNCHome’s Larry Tollen and Andrew Palumbo confidently and successfully guided us through the complexity that comes with the sale of an existing home and the building of another. With patience, professionalism, and, most importantly, serving steadfastly as our advocates during this process, they ensured that the sale of our house maximized the return in which we sought and the negotiations and building of our new home met all of our needs. Their combined knowledge of both the process, what to expect, communication with the builder, and recommendation of an ethical and reliable inspector set our minds at rest. They were tough when they needed to be as clearly demonstrated in their ability to ask the right questions of the builder which ensured that the job was done correctly and no detail was left out. We strongly recommend this team to anyone who is seriously considering a sale and then a build. As a family with a young child, the stress and uncertainty that such a project can bring can be daunting. Having the right team is everything and Larry and Andrew get it done. Period. Sellers 2015 / New Construction Buyers 2016

Nathan and Parul Goetz Sellers 2015 / Buyers 2016


08/25/2016 - Anne Aylin

I would never work with another Realtor. Larry and MyNCHomes are exceptionally knowledgeable and communicative throughout the process. When I thought I might have to pull out of the deal due to my current lease situation, he came up with such a great alternative that my lender was envious, saying, "I wish I had thought of that!" We closed on time with very few hiccups. You will not regret hiring Larry and MyNCHomes as your Realtor!

Home Buyer April 2015



Anne Aylin


08/25/2016 - John and Bonnie McCarthy

Larry Tollen is an excellent realtor and we wholeheartedly recommend his services as a real estate agent. Larry knows the local market and was able to show us homes in our price range throughout the Durham–Chapel Hill area. He suggested we look at new construction as it gave us virtually everything we wanted generally at a lower price point. We ended up taking that advice and just closed on our newly constructed house in mid-November. Larry was with us every step of the way; this was critical for us as we were out-of-state during the building process. He is diligent, knowledgeable and very easy to deal with. He responds to all enquiries promptly and in a thorough manner. Honestly, he exceeds expectations. Furthermore, he is professional; he neither smothers you in trite observations nor does he fail to listen to your preferences and requirements. He added genuine value to our real estate buying experience. Home Buyers November 2015

John and Bonnie McCarthy


08/25/2016 - Jonathan Markow and Beth Navon

My family recently relocated from New York City to Durham, NC, and Larry Tollen helped us throughout the process. I really can't recommend him highly enough. The experience was ideal and we are delighted with our new home. Larry combines a deep knowledge of the real estate environment down here (as well as home construction) with a strong sense of professionalism and integrity, as well as a robust network of resources for the home buyer and home owner. He quickly became our "go to" person for any questions we had related to our move, including referrals to a host of related services. We were particularly impressed with Larry's responsiveness. He very efficiently balanced a heavy load of clients during a busy season with our needs for information and questions about our house search. Larry is a calm and easygoing person, which was very reassuring during the occasionally stressful process of buying a home. His confidence and knowledge were always reassuring, and his proactive handling of the due diligence, legal, and financial aspects made everything that much easier for us. So, all in all, we will recommend Larry very highly to anyone who asks (and will likely take him up on his invitation to use him as a referral source for home services-related information!)?

Home Buyers May 2015

Jonathan Markow and Beth Navon


08/22/2016 - Mark Vittuci and Kerry Dorr

Larry is both an excellent buyer broker and seller broker. A true testament to what those in the realtor profession should aspire. Due to his very firm background in building construction and local markets a client can rest assured Larry knows what he’s talking about and has their interests at heart.

A little background: Larry came recommended to me by a colleague several years ago when I was first interested in purchasing a home in Durham. As I was someone not very well-versed in anything home-related at the time, Larry was kind enough to give me an outline of all the required steps, what his opinion of the local markets were, and an honest opinion of what might be appropriate for my needs. I did not end up purchasing anything then, but fast forward 7 years where I have a family with 2 kids and looking to expand and change locations, as well as sell my wife’s home.

Larry and I had intermittent contact during those years and I let him know we were ready to start getting serious again. He rapidly set up a meeting with us to get a clear understanding of what our desires were and notably, what we did not want to see in our home screens. Within a day, we were set up to get automatic alerts. The 2 biggest benefits you will get with Larry are his knowledge of the market and his very deep knowledge of home building. He’s not just some guy trying to sell you a house. Larry has a keen eye for structural components of homes. He will take the time to point out and consider things that not all buyers will. For instance, how old is the HVAC, condition of roof, too many trees close to the house, settling of the ground and any affects, environment surrounding the local neighborhood? He’s also willing to share his vision of what a home could be and not let buyers focus entirely on what they’re seeing. To be clear this doesn’t come with any pressure but only as things someone should think about. Secondly, his data driven knowledge of the market is invaluable when it comes to pricing and negotiations. He’s willing to be firm and unyielding if something isn’t really reasonable or he’s more lenient with something that’s small potatoes. Ultimately, he’s interested coming to an agreement that works for both buyers and sellers, while getting whichever one he represents the most value. Always practical in his opinions, his ego and compensation are never a factor. He’s going to get his commission regardless and the difference of some thousands of dollars on a buy or sell don’t really matter. Realtors make their money with volume. And to this end he does quite alright because he provides such excellent service to his clients Despite that I know he was serving many other clients simultaneously as a buyer and seller, I always felt that Larry was devoted to my cause; he was always available to answer questions and give opinions when asked. He was never a communication bottleneck; when it came down to buying and selling our homes we was always the first responder. At the end of the day, I can confidently say that Larry was everything I could have hoped for in a realtor, and then some.

Mark Vittuci and Kerry Dorr Buyers and Sellers Spring 2016

Mark Vittuci and Kerry Dorr


08/22/2016 - Jim and Lindsey Bennett

We first got to know Larry as our buyers agent in 2010. That process went smoothly, and Larry was very responsive over the years helping us find excellent contractors to work on our home when needed. Aware that we would be selling again in a few years, we also talked with him before doing improvements to make sure we weren't maxing out our home's potential value.

We recently had an unexpected relocation across the country and consulted Larry on whether to rent our house out through the fall/winter or sell it right away. We followed his advice to get it on the market as quickly as possible, which meant that he had to coordinate some things for us while we were gone. He had a yard crew come in and clean up the lot (we had been gone). When we decided we wanted to have the exterior painted at the last minute, he knew the guy to do the job (done affordably and within 2 days!). His photographer's marketing pictures were stunning. When Larry needs things done, he finds a way to get them done and knows exactly who can help. Most importantly, he knows the market extremely well and priced our house right on the money. We got three offers in the first two days and were closed in a little more than a month. His timing and efficiency with it all was impeccable. Throughout the whole process, we knew we were in good hands and couldn't have asked for a more experienced and knowledgable agent. All in all, selling was a very easy process, thanks to Larry's expertise and hard work. We would recommend him to anyone and in fact have recommended him to all of our friends looking into buying or selling.

Home Buyers 2010 and Sellers 2014

Jim and Lindsey Bennett


08/22/2016 - Megan and Justin Eldridge

My husband and I were comforted knowing that we were in such capable hands during our home building and buying process with Larry Tollen. Larry eloquently and effectively handled several mishaps on the part of the builder that occurred while our home was being built. Larry is an honest, dedicated realtor that shares his knowledge of critical aspects of the home and buying process with his buyers. He never pressured us to rush into any contract with him or the seller. We sincerely appreciate his expertise and highly recommend him to prospective buyers

Home Buyers May 2015

Megan and Justin Eldridge


08/22/2016 - Karen Bremer

Larry has helped me buy and sell many homes over the years. Anyone can show a house and anyone can write an offer to purchase. But, where Larry is invaluable is in guiding both the buyer and the seller, and sometimes another novice realtor, through the due diligence process, keeping everyone focused and on track. He brings everyone back to focus on the most important parts of the process while steering them through the maze of emotions and things that can easily sidetrack a contractual agreement. While Larry is sensitive to the needs of both parties, he helps take the emotions out of the equation in order to finalize a deal and have both parties win. This, and this alone, is what makes it so necessary to have the services of a true professional, and Larry is stellar in his performance throughout the sometimes tangled web of real estate transactions. I often just sit back and let him run the show, confident that he has my best interest at heart, along with getting the deal closed! This is what makes Larry shine and this is why it is so important to have a true professional realtor, such as Larry, on your side during such an important decision. I am so happy to have had his experience and knowledge available to me on many occasions, and would highly recommend his services for great RESULTS!

Home Buyer and Seller - Multiple Occasions

Dr. Karen Bremer


08/22/2016 - Marisa Escolar and Gianluca Corinaldesi

As a first-time home-buyer, new to the area, Larry was a lucky find for us. He is pragmatic, detail-oriented, professional and efficient, all while having patience and a healthy sense of humor on top. I did most of the finding of homes to visit, but as soon as we got to a property, Larry sprung into action, evaluating structural details, age of roof, HVAC, etc., so that there were no surprises later. He was very thoughtful in crafting an offer letter, concrete and practical during negotiations, and during diligence you could see how helpful it is to have an experienced, well-connected agent: he has all sorts of inspectors and contractors who love working with him and who do a great job in a timely fashion. He also did a great job negotiating repairs--very savvy about what to ask for and how to get the most out of the seller. After closing, Larry has been a veritable treasure-trove of information on contractors, landscapers, cleaning services, locksmiths, you name it. Although Larry works with a high volume of clients, sometimes I felt like he was my concierge. And my two-year-old loved him as well!

Home Buyers August 2013

Marisa Escolar and Gianluca Corinaldesi


08/22/2016 - Matt Meier

Larry made the selling of our house easier than we could have possibly imagined. We interviewed several agents and decided to go with him because he was knowledgeable about the area, he was easy to work with, and he was very professional. He arranged for amazing pictures to be taken of our house. Larry priced our house perfectly, and we had multiple offers on the first day. He also remained in close contact throughout the process and did a great job managing all of the minor issues that come up when selling a house. If I had to do it all again, I would absolutely go with Larry Tollen

Sellers- June 2013

Matt Meier


08/04/2016 - jb Bentz

Larry knows his stuff, and definitely works relentlessly on behalf of his buyers. Real Estate can sometime feel like a battle....and it is times like those, when you had better hope you have Larry on your side, and not against you.

Throughout the process, if I needed to talk, to strategize, or just vent, he was always available and willing to chat. If you had asked me at the time, I would have sworn we were his only customers, but I know for a fact that was not the case. Larry just somehow manages to stay on top of everything with ease.


07/17/2016 - JoeNyiri

Larry was absolutely great to work with. He was always quick to respond to my e-mails or phone calls, which is an absolute must-have for anyone I choose to work with. He has a great deal of experience not only with real estate transactions, but also with home building, so he was very handy to have in our corner when evaluating possible home purchases. In the end, my wife and I used Larry as our buyer's agent and couldn't have been happier with his services.


07/10/2016 - HollyRollins01

My husband and I recently worked with Larry to purchase our first home and we could not be more pleased with the outcome. Not only were we about to become first time homeowners, but also first time parents, so we were working against a budget and the countdown to the arrival of our son.

Larry has so much knowledge and understanding of the real estate market and as brand new shoppers this was so helpful to us. He was able to tell us things about a home we saw that we may not have noticed or thought to ask about and this helped us really see the whole picture and not just the price tag while we were out looking at homes.

Larry made himself available to us on the weekends so we could work within our work schedules and also made last minute changes to the lineup of homes we wanted to see if a house came on the market late the day before our scheduled outing.

In addition to being extremely knowledgeable, Larry was also a lot of fun to work with! We enjoyed our time with him and also felt comfortable and confident with any additional vendors he suggested (such as homeowners insurance agents, lenders etc.). We had hoped to be moved into our new home prior to our son joining our family and although we knew this was a tall order given the limited time we had (less than 4 months), with Larry's help we were moved into our home with time to spare.

Although we love our house, when/if we plan to move again we will definitely be giving Larry a call!


11/27/2015 - jjmcc53

Larry Tollen is an excellent realtor and we wholeheartedly recommend his services as a real estate agent. Larry knows the local market and was able to show us homes in our price range throughout the Durham–Chapel Hill area. He suggested we look at new construction as it gave us virtually everything we wanted generally at a lower price point. We ended up taking that advice and just closed on our newly constructed house in mid-November. Larry was with us every step of the way; this was critical for us as we were out-of-state during the building process. He is diligent, knowledgeable and very easy to deal with. He responds to all enquiries promptly and in a thorough manner. Honestly, he exceeds expectations. Furthermore, he is professional; he neither smothers you in trite observations nor does he fail to listen to your preferences and requirements. He added genuine value to our real estate buying experience.


09/29/2015 - Stephen Erickson

Larry is very knowledgeable and responsive. He's a strong negotiator and he made me and my wife extra confident during the process. His background as a contractor made him especially helpful during our purchase.


08/27/2015 - Tara

Read the good things everything everyone else wrote. It's true. Larry is great at his job. He helped me buy my first home. I went through the process and bought this house on my own, so it was extra important for me to work with someone who was thorough, patient, and honest.


07/21/2015 - mmd2744

My husband and I were comforted knowing that we were in such capable hands during our home building and buying process. Larry eloquently and effectively handled several mishaps on the part of the builder that occurred while our home was being built. Larry is an honest, dedicated realtor that shares his knowledge of critical aspects of the home and buying process with his buyers. He never pressured us to rush into any contract with him or the seller. We sincerely appreciate his expertise and highly recommend him to prospective buyers.


07/21/2015 - eglowery

Larry worked with us to both buy and sell our home. Both were great experiences, and we highly recommend Larry for either buying or selling your property. Larry worked with us tirelessly to find our home. He was patient with our requests, knowledgeable about the areas in which we were looking, and willing to offer advice on the home buying process that we felt was invaluable as first-time home buyers. With his combined experience in real estate and construction, we found we could count on Larry to recommend certain homebuilding materials over others based on maintenance costs and resale value. On the selling front, Larry worked with us to determine the sale price of our home based on the present market and was a true champion of its value. Again, he offered wise advice throughout the process and kept us on track towards a successful sale. Larry is direct and fair, qualities that we found refreshing and necessary while navigating the arduous processes of home buying and selling. Our only regret is that we moved out of the area and will not be able to work with him again to find our next home!


07/20/2015 - smgifford0

We couldn't have been more pleased with Larry as our realtor. As first time home buyers, he thoroughly explained the home buying process and was patient with our questions and inquires. We found him to be highly knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate and the local market. He also made the house tours fun and enjoyable.


07/20/2015 - jjmarkow

?My family recently relocated from New York City to Durham, NC, and Larry helped us throughout the process. I really can't recommend him highly enough. The experience was ideal and we are delighted with our new home. Larry combines a deep knowledge of the real estate environment down here (as well as home construction) with a strong sense of professionalism and integrity, as well as a robust network of resources for the home buyer and home owner. He quickly became our "go to" person for any questions we had related to our move, including referrals to a host of related services. We were particularly impressed with Larry's responsiveness. He very efficiently balanced a heavy load of clients during a busy season with our needs for information and questions about our house search. Larry is a calm and easygoing person, which was very reassuring during the occasionally stressful process of buying a home. His confidence and knowledge were always reassuring, and his proactive handling of the due diligence, legal, and financial aspects made everything that much easier for us. So, all in all, we will recommend Larry very highly to anyone who asks (and will likely take him up on his invitation to use him as a referral source for home services-related information!)?.


06/19/2015 - Matthew Spencer

Larry was thoughtful and imaginative about what we were looking for, and often was able to anticipate both the limitations and the advantages of a space in relation to our vision. He has an eye for the possibilities of a space. He had from the outset a patient understanding that the search could take some time; we never felt the slightest pressure about time. He was flexible about scheduling. He is knowledgeable about building and repair: he can judge the life of a roof or an HVAC system or siding. He knows a lot about the way a house sits on a lot (he gave good notes on potential sources of flooding, the grading of the earth around the foundation, etc.). He is the king of email responsiveness: we always heard back from him within a few hours, often within a few minutes. He is very well connected and has helpful contact lists full of people who do not want to disappoint him (we used one of his recommended bankers, who very clearly works hard to remain high on Larry's list). I will recommend Larry to everyone I know and will call on him again the next time we're in the market.


06/10/2015 - vetter alex

Larry did a fantastic job assisting my wife and me with buying our first home! He was always very prompt in returning emails and answering questions. He was also a very effective negotiator when it came to ironing out the details of our transaction. We would absolutely use Larry again!


06/09/2015 - tedstank

Larry is an ultimate professional who brings a discipline to the real estate selling/buying process. His negotiating skills and knowledge of the local "landscape" were invaluable and served to deliver a highly satisfying result. I strongly recommend him for both buying and selling a house in the area.


06/01/2015 - Valzv63

I know Larry for a few years. He helped me to buy a house and he helped me to sell a house when I had to move out of the area because of the family situation. The first of all Larry is very personable and amazing to work with! His knowledge of the market around the area is exceptional.His responsiveness is top-notch, and I felt like he was totally and completely selfless to make sure the house was looked after since I had move to a new area before the house was sold. He did an excellent job, the house was sold within a day of being on the market.
I highly recommend Larry to everybody and especially to a new buyers.


04/02/2015 - Anne Aylin

I would never work with another Realtor. Larry is exceptionally knowledgeable and communicative throughout the process. When I thought I might have to pull out of the deal due to my current lease situation, he came up with such a great alternative that my lender was envious, saying, "I wish I had thought of that!" We closed on time with very few hiccups. You will not regret hiring Larry as your Realtor!


01/15/2015 - Jillian


Larry is very easy to get along with and he understands what the client is looking for. He is extremely well versed in his profession and he makes the process a fully informed experience.


11/04/2014 - Bennett2338

We first got to know Larry as our buyers agent in 2010. That process went smoothly, and Larry was very responsive over the years helping us find excellent contractors to work on our home when needed. Aware that we would be selling again in a few years, we also talked with him before doing improvements to make sure we weren't maxing out our home's potential value.

We recently had an unexpected relocation across the country and consulted Larry on whether to rent our house out through the fall/winter or sell it right away. We followed his advice to get it on the market as quickly as possible, which meant that he had to coordinate some things for us while we were gone. He had a yard crew come in and clean up the lot (we had been gone). When we decided we wanted to have the exterior painted at the last minute, he knew the guy to do the job (done affordably and within 2 days!). His photographer's marketing pictures were stunning. When Larry needs things done, he finds a way to get them done and knows exactly who can help. Most importantly, he knows the market extremely well and priced our house right on the money. We got three offers in the first two days and were closed in a little more than a month. His timing and efficiency with it all was impeccable. Throughout the whole process, we knew we were in good hands and couldn't have asked for a more experienced and knowledgable agent. All in all, selling was a very easy process, thanks to Larry's expertise and hard work. We would recommend him to anyone and in fact have recommended him to all of our friends looking into buying or selling.


10/24/2014 - sara.mosher

As first time home buyers with a limited budget, we were in need of a Realtor who would be patient and willing to explain the process to us, and Larry met our needs and exceeded our expectations. Working with Larry was a pleasure, and his reassurances and suggestions were immensely valuable throughout this process. During viewings, Larry would point out all manner of things (while we were walking around doing the emotional assessment, he was busy looking for potential financial pitfalls: "Guys, I'd like you to come look at this..." was a phrase we heard often). He was good with giving guesstimates of the ages of things like the roof and HVAC system, and educating us about things like "just house settling cracks" and "signaling distress cracks" in the foundation.
Because of Larry's experience doing market analysis, his evaluations about pricing were dead-on and realistic. He was patient with our emotional approach to home buying, but he also continued to point to the bottom line, and explained us whether or not the house was worth the price in the current market.
When we decided on a house, Larry took care of EVERYTHING! He organized the inspections to be done all on one day, and the inspectors he set us up with were courteous and thorough. When someone else (the sellers, for instance) were taking too long to respond, Larry was quick to write a short note "just checking in" to make sure that the process didn't drag on. We were kept up to date on each communication Larry had with every other person we dealt with.
I can't recommend him enough!


10/18/2014 - mpschneiderman0

Larry Tollen has successfully been in the real estate business for more than two decades so he must be doing something right. We recently bought a home that he brokered for my wife and I. The transaction had been nothing less than exceptional. What made it exceptional was that we were purchasing the house while living in another state with few opportunities to be hands on.
We have owned several properties over the years and found the transaction process less than fun. Larry working extremely well with his excellent associate Andrew Palumbo has made our acquisition go extremely well. Larry absolutely knows real estate and communicates verbally and in writing clearly and understandably. He always has his client in mind and goes beyond what is usually required to make the transaction go smoothly as possible. We are glad we found him and you will be too.


08/19/2014 - mbrandm

Larry helped us buy a home in the Chapel Hill area. Our situation was unique in that we had specific requirements and we also were commuting to Chapel Hill from 450 miles away. Larry maximized the use of emails and telephone calls to make the long distance process much easier.
Furthermore, Larry's exceptional knowledge of home construction helped tremendously in that we were planning to perform major modifications to the home after our purchase.


08/12/2014 - Bennett1238

Larry Tollen was a great broker to work with! Although I did not purchase the home that I was interested in, Larry worked very diligently to get information for me regarding the home buying process and the home itself. It was very communicative and made sure I understood each step of the home buying process which was good for me since I am a first-time home buyer.


07/30/2014 - sebanc

Larry is an excellent agent. He was honest, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.


07/29/2014 - bethfloyd

Larry Tollen is truly great at what he does. He provides a wealth of knowledge for both buyers & sellers in the real estate market. He listens to clients & guides them to their best options based on both their needs & wants, providing insight & clarity along the way. A true professional, Larry makes what is a daunting task seem relatively easy. I trust his opinions in the world of real estate & look forward to the opportunity of working with him again.


06/21/2014 - wmcmanes

Larry is attentive and effective and extremely knowledgeable. he knows a great deal about the local market and that knowledge was put to the test on our transaction when the appraisal came in low-- it was Larry's experience and local knowledge that saved the day


05/25/2014 - zuser20140525155541999

Larry has helped me buy and sell many homes over the years. Anyone can show a house and anyone can write an offer to purchase. But, where Larry is invaluable is in guiding both the buyer and the seller, and sometimes another novice realtor, through the due diligence process, keeping everyone focused and on track. He brings everyone back to focus on the most important parts of the process while steering them through the maze of emotions and things that can easily sidetrack a contractual agreement. While Larry is sensitive to the needs of both parties, he helps take the emotions out of the equation in order to finalize a deal and have both parties win. This, and this alone, is what makes it so necessary to have the services of a true professional, and Larry is stellar in his performance throughout the sometimes tangled web of real estate transactions. I often just sit back and let him run the show, confident that he has my best interest at heart, along with getting the deal closed! This is what makes Larry shine and this is why it is so important to have a true professional realtor, such as Larry, on your side during such an important decision. I am so happy to have had his experience and knowledge available to me on many occasions, and would highly recommend his services for great RESULTS!

Dr. Karen Bremer
Chapel Hill, NC


03/11/2014 - jen684

As a first time homebuyer, I was pretty nervous about the whole process. Larry never pressured me to make any decisions; however, he worked more quickly than I could have asked for once I decided on a home. He is full of knowledge that extends farther than what I would expected with a broker. He gave me advice and held my hand through the whole process. I am extremely happy in my new home and have no regrets about any of the steps. Larry is a great guy, and I enjoyed working with him immensely.


02/22/2014 - aimeemeyer97

Larry Tollen is unquestionably the best realtor we have ever dealt with. We live in Minnesota and about a year we started looking for condos in the Durham area. Our daughter and family live in Durham and she found Larry's website and we followed suit.
Within a few months we arranged an appointment with Larry. From our first meeting we concluded that he was truly a professional, and exhibited a willingness to "go the extra mile". He was always available to address whatever issues came our way, even long distance. We finally "fell in love" with a foreclosure in the area. Larry was very up front with us and educated us to the pros and cons of this type of transaction. He was with us every step of the way and always reflected our best interest. He worked extremely hard and generous with his time.
Larry is a personable,sensitive and exceptional realtor and we would highly recommend him . Thank you Larry !
Sincerely,

Bruce and Peggy Lodewyk


02/14/2014 - tmjohns7

We are extremely pleased to have chosen Larry to help us buy our first home. We were a bit unsure at first about what exactly we wanted, but Larry was very accommodating and we soon found the perfect house for us. We appreciated that Larry did not hesitate to share his opinions about the houses we viewed. He seemed at all times to have our best interests in mind and wanted to make sure the house we bought is one we would be happy in for many years to come.
Once we found the house for us, Larry seemed to effortlessly guide us through to closing even though we were several states away. We felt very comfortable throughout the whole process and Larry has some great connections in the area that made thing go very smoothly.


01/07/2014 - kelapure

Larry,
Helped us sell our town home in Morrisville and buy a new home. I recommend him without reservation. He was an excellent source of support and his professional advice helped us through several tricky situations.


12/31/2013 - john j martin

Larry is a gifted realtor. I have bought four houses in my lifetime, but I have never worked with a realtor who combines such a sharp an eye for value with such a thorough grasp of the buyer’s aspirations. In addition, in my most recent transaction, Larry went out of his way to make every single step as painless as possible. I am deeply appreciative, and recommend Larry to anyone seeking a realtor in the Triangle.


12/10/2013 - Jon DeHart

I Have known Larry for almost ten years. He makes sure his clients gets the possible possible service in every transaction. He has superior communication skills and always keeps his clients up to date on their transactions.


11/13/2013 - jeffrey27rj

Larry was referred to me by a lender that I had a relationship with. He was always very responsive and took the time to get to know what I was looking for. He only sent me listings that matched what I wanted, which saved a lot of time. After not finding anything I was happy with, I decided on new construction.
Larry went above and beyond once the sale was made and I signed the contract to build by showing up to the design center to give his opinion on what would be good to pick for resale purposes. He also stopped by the house several times to check in on it. His background in construction helped as he was able to point out red flags (both as we looked at used homes and through the new home build process).
I've already recommended Larry to some of my friends and clients looking to buy homes and will definitely be contacting him again for any future needs in the RDU area.
Thanks Larry!


11/13/2013 - Klicata

We wholeheartedly recommend Larry and the Home Team, as did an amazing job selling our homes and buying a new one. He came over a few months before we listed to give suggestions, talk about the market and prices, and get to know what was important to us. He was incredibly thorough and helpful at each and every stage. We listed and signed a contract above list price in less than 24 hours. That was exactly what we wanted (we had seen houses linger in our neighborhood the year before and that was a major concern so speed of sale was critical for us over pure price maximization). We are happily settled where we want to be with very little stress or disruption. With four small children, endless showings and open houses would have been impossible.
Although I could select for both in this review, Larry helped us navigate the contract, due diligence period and any repairs, and also purchase of our new home. I highly recommend Larry. He is an advocate for his clients and we enjoy the time we spend with him then and now. He has a wealth of information about the area, as well as excellent service providers for new projects or repairs/inspections. His marketing style and associated video were stellar (my husband works in marketing and was similarly impressed and pleased).
Truly no downsides for us either in the sale of our former homes or purchase of our new home. In our eyes, Larry is the only realtor to use.


10/22/2013 - Cromeiser

We were out of state buyer's and Larry spent an entire week showing us homes. He was quick to realize what we wanted . Once we decided on the home we wanted, his negotiating skills were great!
We highly recommend working with Larry for buying or selling a home! He is, by far, the best realtor we have ever worked with!
Jim Webster


10/21/2013 - daniellehinesnc

We would recommend Larry without hesitation to anyone looking to sell their home. From our first meeting, his knowledge of the real estate business, the local area, and home building was evident. With his exceptional marketing skills and staging recommendations, our house was under contract at full asking price within two days of being on the market. Throughout the entire process, he was quick to respond to any emails or calls, and he always kept us in the loop. Our move was necessary because of health and resulting financial reasons, and Larry was understanding and honest about what he believed would be the best decision for us, even if it meant sacrificing a sale on his end. We appreciated his dedication and negotiation skills. We are so happy we decided to go with Larry when we sold our home, and we will contact him again if we decide to buy in the area.

- D. & J. Hines


10/20/2013 - jennm1816

Larry helped my husband and I both buy and sell our home in Durham, and I truly cannot say enough positive things about him.
On the buying side, Larry took me to view many homes, and he quickly grasped what my husband and I were looking for and found lots of great options in our price range. Additionally, Larry knew that we planned to live in the house for only three years (my grad school years), and he was knowledgeable and forthcoming with what he believed each house's resale potential would be. He was also very knowledgeable when it came to home maintenance and potential inspection issues.
When it came time to sell, Larry made the process seamless, despite the fact that we were out of state by the time the house got listed. Even from afar, it was clear that Larry worked hard to market the house, and we were under contract in less than three months. Just as when we bought the house, he was an excellent advocate during negotiations, and he walked us through every step of the closing process.
If you are looking for a real estate agent in the greater Durham/Chapel Hill area, I highly, highly recommend Larry. He is dedicated, professional, and an absolute pleasure to work with.


09/17/2013 - KCC129

I met Larry when a friend of mine was buying her first home. I was impressed with his knowledge and the attention he gave them. So when it came time to sell my home, I didn't even need to think twice. I listed with Larry. He prepared an aggressive and realistic sales and marketing strategy. He hired a professional photographer whose photos made my house look like a model home -- and trust me, you want good photos! The first offer came in just two days after listing and by the end of the week, I had accepted an offer. During the due diligence and inspection period, I really valued Larry's prompt and thorough communications and advice on which items to repair or not. Overall, he took the worry out of the entire process. If (and when) I have to do this all again, Larry will be my choice again.


09/17/2013 - user8745127

I met Larry when I tagged along on a good friend's home inspection. I was immediately impressed by his knowledge and how responsive he was to her questions and needs through the entire process. A year later, I knew exactly who I wanted as my listing agent.

Larry did his homework and developed a strategic pricing and marketing plan that would help me sell quickly and get the best price for the market. I trusted him and am happy to say that my first offer came in just 2 days after I listed. Larry was spot on with his recommendations and he gets the job done. You would be foolish to list with someone else. Trust me, you want him on your side of the negotiations.


09/06/2013 - user9852232

Larry was listed as a foreclosure agent, but when I contacted him he made it very clear that he did not like working with foreclosures and the property I was interested in probably was not in foreclosure. I had no way of knowing this and a curt reply was not warranted.


08/19/2013 - marisa.escolar

As a first-time home-buyer, new to the area, Larry was a lucky find for us. He is pragmatic, detail-oriented, professional and efficient, all while having patience and a healthy sense of humor on top. I did most of the finding of homes to visit, but as soon as we got to a property, Larry sprung into action, evaluating structural details, age of roof, HVAC, etc., so that there were no surprises later. He was very thoughtful in crafting an offer letter, concrete and practical during negotiations, and during diligence you could see how helpful it is to have an experienced, well-connected agent: he has all sorts of inspectors and contractors who love working with him and who do a great job in a timely fashion. He also did a great job negotiating repairs--very savvy about what to ask for and how to get the most out of the seller. After closing, Larry has been a veritable treasure-trove of information on contractors, landscapers, cleaning services, locksmiths, you name it. Although Larry works with a high volume of clients, sometimes I felt like he was my concierge. And my two-year-old loved him as well!


08/14/2013 - richardlambert.iii

As first-time home buyers in a tough market for buyers, Larry was an invaluable partner for us in our home search. Not only was he incredibly patient, taking us to home after home, but his local expertise and knowledge of homes helped us to make the most informed choice. We love our new home, got it for a good price, and would highly recommend Larry and his services to anyone looking for an honest, straight-shooting real estate agent.

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4 Bed(s) | 4 Total Bath(s) | 3,049 SqFt$400,000
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Durham, NC 27713
3 Bed(s) | 4 Total Bath(s) | 1,941 SqFt$230,000
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Durham, NC 27713
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