Meet Jodi Bakst

and discover why home buyers and sellers are crazy about her.

Best Real Estate Agents in Durham

Jodi Bakst, a licensed Realtor® and owner of Real Estate Experts,has good ideas. A lot of good ideas. The kind that come from creative, innovative, outside-the-box thinking. 

A problem solver by nature, Jodi structures her approach to selling a home or helping someone buy a home according to a client’s specific needs. For example: She recently listed a house that the owners needed to sell as-is even though it needed a new kitchen, bathroom, and about $8000 worth of structural and other repairs. No problem. She positioned it properly, put it on the market, had five offers in two days, and it’s now under contract to close, with no contingencies, for well-above asking price.

For a house Jodi personally fixed and flipped – the deal initially fell through because the buyer couldn’t get financing. So, Jodi suggested to the buyer’s agent that she call Ribbon to bridge the buyer’s gap. As a result, the house sold for cash and the buyer got to move in and rent for a reasonable amount while she works on her financing. When she’s ready, she can buy the house from Ribbon. 

Win Win. That’s just her way.

Getting from There to Here: Rewind to 1990

One of Jodi’s smartest Ideas was to move to Chapel Hill -- aka, the “Southern part of Heaven.”

Another one – which gave the homeowners mentioned above their happy endings -- was to become a Realtor®. *

After receiving a BA degree in Economics from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, Jodi enjoyed a 15-year career in environmental management and economic development until 1997. 

A woman of courage and moxie, Jodi found herself longing to do something entrepreneurial and intellectually challenging that would require her keen organizational skills, encompass her aptitude for marketing and strategic thinking, and satisfy her desire to serve others. When the idea to become a real estate agent occurred to her, she grabbed it with both hands and threw herself into full pursuit of becoming a Realtor®. 

Fast forward: At the conclusion of the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program, she not only received that designation but also scored higher than every other candidate in the state of North Carolina.

It should come as no surprise then that Jodi Bakst is an over-achiever (a virtue that annoyed her siblings to no end). So it didn’t take long for her to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the local real estate markets in Chapel Hill, Durham, and surrounding communities. So she had another big idea: to launch her own independent real estate agency, which she appropriately named Real Estate Experts.

Just as quickly, she became an expert in real estate technology. And she’s used that expertise to integrate systems into her work that send important information to her clients quickly and let her address clients’ questions or needs just as quickly and efficiently. 

As her real estate business blossomed, so did another good idea: to add a property management group to her business. For this, she teamed up with fellow broker Bill Matthes. Together, they’ve built Real Estate Experts Property Management Group into a highly successful company buoyed by highly satisfied clients.

While Jodi has grown their thriving business, she has acquired the knowledge and experience to earn numerous professional designations (and a sizable collection of initials after her name). She is a licensed Real Estate Broker/Realtor®, a Certified Residential Specialist, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, an Accredited Buyer Representative, a Certified Distressed Property Expert, a Senior Real Estate Specialist, a GRI graduate, and, most recently, a Certified International Property Specialist. 

Jodi has served as a member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors’ Forms Committee, the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors’ Board of Directors, and the Town of Chapel Hill’s Board of Adjustments. 

Most recently, Jodi had another exceptionally good idea – a sort of change-the-world idea. This one merges her two careers and areas of expertise – environmental management and real estate/green building – into ARRAY in Orange County, the first 100% Net Zero Energy** community of homes in North Carolina. Why? Because she knows that the building industry produces 40% of the world’s greenhouse emissions, with the majority of that coming from energy usage, Determined to do her part to reduce our carbon footprint, she is developing ARRAY. (Stay tuned for more information soon!)

Jodi Bakst is also a wife, the mother of one girl and one boy, and a volunteer in the local Jewish community. 

To learn more about Jodi Bakst, click here to schedule a call with her. You can also click here to read an article about her in Featured Agent Magazine.

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*The difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor: While both must be licensed to sell real estate, the latter is a member of the National Association of Realtors and must subscribe to the Realtor® code of ethics. 

** Net Zero Energy means that the total amount of energy used by the house on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy the house conserves by various means and creates by the use of solar energy and the way the house is constructed.

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Our clients are awesome

and here is what they are saying

“Jodi, along with RealEstateExperts, do a great job of taking care of their customers. Even better, they do rental properties and rental property management as well. Jodi has helped me buy a house, sell a house, and even rent out my current house while I was out of state. In every circumstance, I…”
“Our property is in the Chapel Hill area but we live in another state. It was particularly important for us to work with an agent who uses the Web effectively for marketing and who uses email, text, phone, and electronic documents to keep in touch throughout the process. Jodi emailed an excellent…”
“We were impressed with Jodi from the first meeting; that impression continued through every step.

What else can I say? I believe all the "excellent" ratings speak to Jodi and our experience”
“We were very happy with our experience in our recent house sale in Chapel Hill. Although it took considerably longer time to sell this house than our past houses - sold in 4 to 9 days - in three other states we've lived. This is because, we believe for this one we did not start the sale until later…”
“We had a great experience with Jodi Bakst. She was helpful, informative, attentive and patient during the searching process. Once we found a house, she negotiated very well with the sellers to keep our deal moving in the right direction and get us the home for the right price.

Overall, a great…”
“My experience with Jodi has been excellent. Being new to the country I was looking for support and direction beyond a home. She was extremely helpful and patient with all my questions. Jodi is very transparent and professional in her approach. I could totally depend on her judgement of houses that…”
“My wife and I were looking to buy a house in Hillsborough North Carolina and we found a house online. It was the Fourth of July but nobody would be available due to the holiday or so we thought... Jodi Bakst called us right back and said she would be glad to show us the house! We didn't buy that…”
“I live in Kentucky and Jodi Bakst not only kept me informed of the progress during the marketing, due diligence, inspections, and closing periods, she also recommended and scheduled contractors to handle necessary repairs. Her knowledge and contacts made it possible for me to remain in Kentucky and…”
“Jodi uses technology to support the sale. Has great resources available to help address repairs or upgrades. She is confident and knowledgeable about the market. She is a pleasure to work with”
“We interviewed 5 other agents and had them prepare their strategy and met with each one. Someone from Jodi's office called and suggested that I talk to Jodi for 5 minutes. I did so and then we met with her and decided to go with her over the 5 agents we had already considered and had recommendations…”
“Jodi helped me in my search for a townhouse in Chapel Hill. After we did not find any listed properties to my liking, Jodi contacted owners of properties not yet listed or on the market, but in which she learnt I may have an interest,

I ended up purchasing such an off-market property, and it would…”
“Jodi is a top notch professional and this has been by far the best experience I've had while previously selling 3 other houses over the past 20 years.”
“Jodi was an exceptional agent. She helped us prepare the property for the sale and came up with the perfect list price. We received two offers within 24 hours of going on the market! She was available throughout the negotiation process. We are grateful for her hard work and expertise and will…”
“Jodi is great to work, available and listens to her clients. She also has a an excellent understanding of the local real estate market. I would use her again in a minute.”
“This house was in a difficult area, and Jodi guided us through changes we made to be competitive. We were very happy that we worked with her. She was professional and responsive in every way. We were especially impressed with her help in finding and guiding people repairing the house, and in the…”
“Our agent, Jodi Bakst, was an advocate for our interests every step of the way. She listened to and understood the needs and hopes we articulated for the kind of house and property we wanted, and worked diligently to make them a reality. Always accessible and happy to hear from us, she presented us…”
“One of the staff was going to help us while Jodi was away and had lined up some properties to see. Due to an unfortunate accident, we were unable to complete this appointment, yet she called a few times to check on my husband's condition. I would definitely recommend Jodi and her staff to anyone who…”
“Jodi provided a total package from :1) listening to our requirements, 2) assessing the initial condition of the property, 3) with her personal experienced contractors supervised the required repairs, 4) designed the improvements made to the property, 5) effortlessly dealt with contract negotiations,…”
“Jodi is an amazing negotiator; I'd say that was her strongest skill for us - and our most needed. She fought hard to get us the best deal possible, both in the initial negotiations and after our inspection turned up several things that needed to be fixed before closing. She was a strong advocate for…”
“Great attention to detail and persistence!!”
“Jodi Bakst was recommended to me by two of my former neighbors that had used her to sell their houses. Jodi came prepared with all of her research for pricing and got my house on the market in less than a week. Jodi was always very prompt to respond to all my questions and communications. In the end…”
“Jodi is a superior realtor by far. We have had used many other realtors in the past, as we have bought and sold several homes over a lifetime, but Jodi knew how to handle any challenge that came up, protected us from any potential loses, and helped us go the right way when there were difficult…”
“I would recommend Jodi Bakst to anyone needing a real estate agent.

She cares: Jodi spent a year helping my family find our home. She was faithful to our search and adaptive to the changes in our moving strategy, and never made us feel pressured. It was clear she wanted to find the right home for…”
“We were in a tough housing market and the seller didn't want to negotiate almost at all. Even still Jodi got me the best deal we could and continued to follow up after the purchase to help me get the right contractor for the right price. Highly recommend her services to all new home buyers.”
“Jodi was great. Even when we had different ideas about aspects of the process we worked through them clearly and without any drama. And since I was out of state, she did a ton of leg work rounding up various contractors and quotes for repairs. Would recommend her to anyone.”
“This was my first experience buying a home, and I definitely had lots of questions along the way. I have a busy travel schedule for work, and Jodi was able to be available for me when needed despite large time differences. She made stuff happen--and quickly! And I trusted her immediately. I never…”
“Working with Jodi was great from the very first time we met, throughout subsequent meetings, in contract negotiations and finally up to closing and delivery of the check. Jodi made the process as pleasant and painless as the selling of your home of 30 years could ever be. We would have no…”
“As first time home buyers, we had many anxieties. The J2 Team held our hand and guided us easily through the process. Their international experience and cultural understanding were a great help. We don’t think we could have asked for more. For us, the J2 team started as realtors, but quickly…”
“Jodi & Joe were wonderful. My home sold for full price in only nine days. Their preparation made all the difference.”
“I want to express my great appreciation to your team for the very professional, and considerate way in which you represented Teresa and me in the recent listing of our home. The advice and the aides that you provided on the front end of the sales process proved to be invaluable, and the counsel that…”
“We would recommend the J-Squared Team to anyone trying to sell a home. The team did a tremendous marketing job using a variety of media & the most current technologies to attract buyers in- and out-of-state. They provided detailed data that helped us set a fair price for our home. They were…”
“We are so deeply grateful to you for the incredible work that you have done to allow us to find the perfect home for our family. I will never forget this experience for many reasons, but most of all because of your professionalism and support throughout the entire process. We could not be more…”
“We are so happy we found Jodi. She is not only a 21st Century broker she is an excellent communicator and compassionate. We only worked with Jodi for a few weeks when our house sold. We had been on the market with another realtor for six months and had very little feedback during that time. Jodi…”
“Jodi Bakst with Team Jodi Realty was a great partner throughout the entire process of selling our home. Her advice to have the house pre-inspected and staged really helped to sell our home quickly. Jodi coordinated everything from appointments with a stager, an inspector and handymen of all…”
“We are very grateful to Jodi Bakst and her team for helping us sell our house on the terms we wanted after only one week. The marketing plan and preparation of our house for showing were done beautifully, and up until closing every time I asked “Please, take care of this”
“I am writing this letter to thank you for the wonderful service you provided in the sale of my home in Lake Home Farms and the purchase of my new home in Falls of New Hope. I have never worked with an agent that was so available, so patient and conscientious. In the past after I have signed the…”
“We recently relocated across the country and were concerned that it would take quite a while to find the right house, but Team Jodi made the process easy for us. Jodi is the consummate professional, very bright and knowledgeable about the local market, accessible, efficient, and friendly. She…”
“Jodi was wonderful to work with and never lost her humor or tireless energy through the months it took to find the right house. There are things you can expect from any realtor, but Jodi always went the extra mile, which made all the difference in getting a great house in suich a competitive market.…”
“I recently had the pleasure of closing on a townhouse with the assistance of Karyn Cho. She walked me through every step of the process: finding a great community with the amenities I desired, finding the exact size townhouse with the features I needed, securing a loan, and having the townhouse…”
“Karyn did everything in her power to help us find our home, she talked us through every tiny detail and never hesitated to be flexible with her time, schedule and even what and where we wanted (which changed a few times to say the least) and when things got a bit delayed during the loan approval…”
“The sale of this house was a huge success. The sellers explain how pricing and staging a house properly will get your house sold. When selling our house in Durham, we researched and interviewed several realtors. Of those we talked to Jodi was the most relaxed and easy going but professional with an…”
“I contacted Jodi because I had a referral. Someone I know has a friend who buys and sells houses as a business. And he will only use Jodi as his real estate agent. Jodi consulted with us about each step, and then we did exactly what she suggested. She knows good contractors and we used them for…”
“Jodi, thanks so much for everything! We love the property, location and price. Thank you for making our experience such a pleasant and professional one. We look forward to working with you in the future since you are our Broker for life”
“Selling a home could be a daunting task. However, The J2 Team effectively marketed our town home so that it was appealing, priced correctly, and targeted to the right buyers. They understand the emotional aspects of selling ones’ home and are courteous, professional, offered excellent advice…”
“Jodi Bakst recently served as my agents in purchasing a home in the Chapel Hill area. In all respects their performance was
superb and their efforts on my behalf went far beyond anything I expected. Although this was my first home purchase, Jodi’s
attention to details made the process nearly…”
“We recently built our dream house and sold our first home. When we bought our first home we used Team Jodi and our experience went from frightening to smooth. Three years later Team Jodi did it again. They helped us through the complexities of building a house and sold our house quickly, despite…”
“What an effort on your part to get us out of the state! We made a huge decision to change our lives and it meant selling our unique home and property. Did you know we first called and emailed Ida Terbit because we were told she was the best in the business? She never even responded. We interviewed…”
“In the first week we put our house on the market, Jodi Bakst brought us several offers. Of course, we took the best offer and that was more than the asking price. We also purchased a house Jodi found for us. Because of Jodi’s professionalism, attention to detail, fast response time and follow…”
“Working with Karyn was a joy! We were moving to North Carolina from Illinois and Karyn made the process extremely easy for us. She is very knowledgeable about the area and a great negotiator! Karyn also handled everything for us with regard to the home inspection, well & septic, etc. We arrived…”
“Karyn worked with us for several months to find just the right home for our retirement. Since we were relocating from another state, we relied on her knowledge of the area and expertise. She was always available and her attention to detail made the buying experience from offer to closing go…”
“Karyn Cho is incredibly responsive, courteous, and professional. She absolutely has her clients’ interests at the top of her mind and works tirelessly to represent those interests appropriately. Karyn communicates very clearly and helps clients understand and anticipate critical factors that arise…”
“Karyn made buying my first house easy. She was clear to talk to and made the whole process way easier than I expected.”
“Every house Karyn help me buy has a story, we laugh, we wonder, and she close a good deal. Wonderful person, SHE CARES!” Patricia Rodriguez , Durham NC”
“Loved working with Jodi and her team. Nothing more to say.”