I recently decided to retire the Springtree Realty flag that I’ve used as my DBA for many years and join Distinctive Properties, which is owned and operated by an old friend, Eugene Brown.
Eugene and I share an intense interest in politics. For him this has meant 6 terms and 12 years on the Durham City Council, which he has described as a full time job with part time pay. I believe him. It has also meant that he has not been as active in real estate or the Koi Gallery, the art gallery that he operates out of the company offices at 605 Jackson Street.
Distinctive Properties has operated continuously for over 30 years. One of the reasons that I approached Eugene about working with him is that I much prefer the autonomy that working for a small company allows you. They also have a great reputation in, and deep knowledge of Durham’s historic and finer neighborhoods, including Trinity Park where Eugene and his wife Signe founded Distinctive Properties in their historic home on North Buchanan Street across from Duke’s East Campus.
When I joined Distinctive Properties one of the things I agreed to do was to help redo their website. A first step in that was to obtain a URL that was a dot com and included their real name. I have been creating single property websites for my listings. These are relatively simple sites like this one (Ordinary Durham.com.) I also created and maintain a site for my Rotary club that is a little more involved, so developing website has become a bit of a hobby.
With the new Distinctive Properties site I wanted to do some things that were challenging and have taken some time to figure out but I think the result gives it a striking look.
We’re almost ready for prime time but anyone that wants to provide a little feedback I’d appreciate it. My big concern is that I might have gone a little crazy with the color flexibility the theme I bought for the site provides.
Check it out at http://DistinctivePropertiesDurham.com. I promise that any real estate services we provide will be very professional even if the website might be a little amateurish.