Clayton Nell

Clayton Nell


Drawn to Chapel Hill after the start of the millennium by the lure of its fabled music scene, Clayton Nell entered the real estate business by asking a series of questions. In 2004, for instance, he learned that a friend was a property appraiser—he wanted to know what it meant, how it worked. Within a matter of months, he was trekking around the state, appraising property and learning the ins and outs of real value. When he learned that another friend was an agent at a small Carrboro brokerage that had a tendency to do things differently, he again wanted to know what it meant, how it worked. By 2008, he was a young agent at the firm; by 2015, he was a full partner. And now, in 2019, he is the cofounder of Boro Realty.

That past gives Clayton a welcome and uncommon insight that both buyers and sellers can use to their advantage: He understands not just how a piece of property looks and feels but also how it’s been built, how it has been maintained, and how it will retain its value. “It gives me a different eye on the house, so that it’s not just a commodity or a product,” he says. “It helps keep buyers from overpaying, and it helps sellers understand what they have.” But it’s not just about making sense of dollars: Clayton likes how real estate means that all of his days are different, how it often sends him for walks in the woods, and how he can funnel his social values into his business by advocating for solar energy and sustainable design. To that end, he likes a good hike, a good trip along the river, and time with his family of four in Carrboro.


So many business owners get it wrong. So many realtors under perform, underwhelm, and when they show up they care more about their commission than your needs.

I had the absolute best realtor experience of my life this year (And I have worked with over 12 in the last 8 years). Thank you, thank you, thank you Clayton Nell and Boro Realty! If you are in Durham, Raleigh or Chapel Hill please reach out for me to make a connection. Every “dream realtor” box was checked.

- Chapel Hill Buyers

Clayton’s depth of knowledge and experience were invaluable to us as first time home buyers! He always had the patience to explain the process as well as answer our many little questions along the way. He has great contacts in the industry which made the experience very seamless. Another wonderful part about working with Clayton was getting to work also with his wife, Blair. When you are buying a home in Carrboro you need to move quickly. We always were able to see places right away working with a couple team. Since buying a home we have gone back to Clayton for service provider recommendations and have never been disappointed–his recommendations are always underpinned with quality. When we go to sell our home long into the future we know we will be knocking on Boro Realty’s door.

- Carrboro Buyers

Whether you are choosing an agent to buy or sell your home, it’s not an understatement that the next chapter of your life is in the hands of the individuals you choose to navigate this transaction. I can think of no two people more capable–or kind–than Clayton & Blair. They are a tireless team who devote 110% to following through with their commitment to serve with integrity and honesty, and they have an uncommon belief in never settling for anything less than the best.

- Durham Seller

Clayton was our realtor when we bought our first home in 2013 and he was wonderful. Helped walk us through the process, understood our unique property needs and was accessible, smart, prepared and experienced. We recommend him highly!

- Saxapahaw Buyers

I can’t recommend Clayton enough. When we attended open houses together he was always focused on us. I remember seeing other agents taking phone calls, but not Clayton. That felt good. When we toured a home together he led the way, pointing out critical structural issues and scoping out every inch of the place. If there was a crawl space, he crawled it. Clayton always made us feel like we could linger as long as we needed to. We never felt rushed. In the end he showed us a house that we couldn’t have found on our own, in a neighborhood we never knew existed. Now we have a home we love with a neighborhood full of kids just like we wanted. Years later, Clayton still answers questions we have about the house and is a great source for recommendations for anything that comes up.

- Chapel Hill Buyers

Clayton helped us buy our first home, sell our first home 4 years later, then buy our current home, so we really know him very well! As a seller, he helped motivate us to stage and sell our first home within 36 hours with 2 toddlers, a dog, and a cat. We made a profit in a neighborhood where that was not the norm, and it was his and Blair’s touches that made a huge difference. As a buyer, we felt like we had the upper hand at all times due to Clayton’s experience with the market including his history as an appraiser. In these times you need someone willing to step to the plate with integrity and Clayton was that person. We can’t recommend this team enough…!

- Chapel Hill Buyers / Sellers, Hillsborough Buyers