Maintaining the Tradition of Service and Quality

It's more than just a motto. It's the way of doing business at Marie Austin Realty.

In 1960, with the help of her mother, Marie Austin established a tradition in Durham when she founded her real estate company.  Based solidly on service and quality, Marie Austin Realty flourished and now is one of the most respected locally owned realty companies in the Durham area.  

In 2002, Marie's daughter, Joan Austin, assumed control of Marie Austin Realty and has skillfully maintained the time-tested traditions of service and quality.

A good company attracts good Realtors, and good Realtors ensure that the reputation of accepting nothing but the best continues to be available from generation to generation.

Realty companies come and go in the Durham area, but the pink sign continues to represent a standard of excellence that only comes with service, quality, and tradition.

Marie Austin
1914 - 2002

In 1965, Marie was the first woman accepted as a member of the Durham Association of Realtors®. She was also one of the founders of the Durham Multiple Listing Service, served on the DAR Board of Directors, many DAR committees, and in 1985 was honored as Realtor ® of the Year. She actively participated in the company until her death in July, 2002.  Marie's contributions and legacies have opened doors for all women in real estate and paved the way for many to follow in her footsteps.

Joan Austin

Joan joined her mother’s company in 1973. Former President of the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®,  Joan received the prestigious REALTOR® of the Year Award in 2000 from the Association. She is a graduate of the REALTORS® Institute and currently serves on the DRAR Board of Directors. Joan, a Durham native, graduated from Durham High School, Peace College and UNC-CH. Consistently a multi-million dollar producer, her 37 years experience distinguishes her as a proven leader. In her spare time, Joan enjoys family time at Hyco Lake. 

Emilie M. Morgan

Emilie M. Morgan is a fourth generation Realtor following in the footsteps of her mother, Joan Austin, and her grandmother, Marie Austin. She was born and raised in the Bull City and is proud to share her love and knowledge of Durham with friends and clients! Being married to a U.S Marine, Emilie has extensive knowledge of military moves and working with clients from out of state, as well as a wonderful referral network across the country. When she's not out showing houses, Emilie enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. 

Ellen Dagenhart

Ellen began her career in real estate in 1980, and holds the designations Accredited Buyer Representative, Graduate of the REALTORS® Institute, e-Pro internet certified, and Seniors Real Estate Specialist. A two-term president of the Durham Association of REALTORS®, she was named REALTOR® of the year in 1997 by her peers. Deeply involved in the community, Ellen serves as Immediate Past-President of Preservation Durham,  advisor to the Durham Symphony Board, and formerly as a trustee on the board of the Durham Arts Council. Her experience, knowledge and depth of community involvement helps her give buyers and sellers low pressure, personalized service. When not volunteering or working, you'll find Ellen rock climbing.

Shelba Johnson

Shelba has lived in Durham and been in the real estate business since 1978.   She enjoys working with first time buyers and is a constant multi-million dollar producer, due in part to return business from those clients.  She also enjoys helping clients find just the right lot on which to build their new home.  Her clients appreciate her enthusiasm and attention to detail.

Ethel Snuggs

Ethel has lived in Durham for 35+ years and knows the area well.  During her 31 year career in listing and selling real estate, Ethel is a consistent multi-million dollar producer and a Graduate of the REALTORS® Institute.  Ethel offers dependable and professional service, with integrity, to her many satisfied customers.

Wanda Guins

A  Durham native, Wanda has been in real estate since 1986 and brings to her clients an intimate knowledge of the area. A quiet listener, she takes pride in helping buyers find just the right home and is equally comfortable giving sellers the best advice for expediting the sale of their homes. In her spare time, Wanda enjoys spending time with her family and 3 grandchildren.

Kim Robinette

Kim, a Durham native, has 18 years administrative experience in the real estate industry. She plays an integral part in keeping the office running smoothly and efficiently. She feels knowledge, organization and professionalism are very important in every aspect of real estate. She treats all clients as if they are family and has never met a stranger! She will be glad to assist or guide you in the right direction. In her spare time, Kim enjoys music, outdoors and gardening, interior decorating and the beach. She lives with her husband of 36 years.