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.
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 .
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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