Colleen Jelley


Since moving to Carrboro in 1992, I have held down home base for my pilot husband, raised our daughter, worn many hats at a nationally known leadership firm, immersed myself in the community, started three businesses, and become a die-hard Carolina fan. A 15-year collaboration with a NC broker/property manager on numerous Chapel Hill rental and investment properties reignited my interest in real estate and taught me a great deal about our local market, property maintenance and repair, and dealing with renters, buyers and sellers.

Making the transition back to real estate, I created Carolina Staging & Redesign to help clients achieve their goals. Now, as a Broker at Franklin Street Realty, my goal is to help you and your family navigate whatever transition you’re facing by understanding your needs, timeline, and priorities.

With a strong work ethic, solid project management, communication and organization skills (also a NC Notary Public) I can help you. Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, I am ready to guide you through your next real estate adventure.

Give me a call at (919) 619-2335. Let’s talk!



03/26/2020 – Caity K.
Bought a Single Family home in 2020 in Pittsboro, NC.

“Colleen was an absolute DREAM to work with. She is so incredibly knowledgeable about the area, local builders, and well-built homes in general. She was 100% on top of all of the details we would have drowned under without her. I am so grateful for all of the hard work she put into finding us the  perfect home. I would 10/10 recommend her to any of my friends, family, or strangers looking for a home.”

01/21/2020 – Christina M.
Bought a Condo home in 2019 in Carrboro, NC.

“Colleen was great with helping me buying my home. She has a detailed knowledge of the area and provided me with a list of recently sold houses nearby the first time we met at my future home. She was very informed about the house and pointed out possible problems when we walked through it. She was  always friendly and respectful and walked me through the process of buying my home very efficiently. She responded quickly to emails and texts and went out of her way to meet with me at my convenience. The house I bought has a tenant in it and she communicated with the tenant, property management and the repair crew throughout the process to make it as easy as possible for me.”

09/29/2019 – Peter & Michelle M.
Bought a Single Family home in 2019 in Holly Springs, NC.

“We first met Colleen when she helped another family member buy a home in Pittsboro, and we knew right away that she was the one we wanted to work with on our first purchase here in NC. We moved from Los Angeles last year and not knowing the area all that well, she was great helping us navigate the  local market. She went above and beyond answering our questions and offering advice, showing us multiple properties, and when we found the home we wanted in Holly Springs, had the patience of a saint arranging repeated visits while we worked through the contract, inspection, and finally closing process. She has extensive resources in the area and connected us with inspectors, a closing attorney, contractors and other trades, who have all been amazing. We couldn’t recommend her enough!”

09/27/2019 – Maggie & Steve P.
Bought a Single Family home in 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC.

“Colleen represented us, as buyers, in Briar Chapel. She took the time to listen for our needs and wants, showing us several outstanding properties. When we made the decision to purchase, she was an effective advocate on our behalf. She helped us find a thorough inspector for our new home. We would recommend her services in a heartbeat. Our only regret – she was not our agent selling our former home!”

09/27/2019 – Blair & Barbara K.
Bought a Single Family home in 2019 in Pittsboro, NC.

“We used Colleen Jelley as our buyer’s agent while purchasing a home in Fearrington Village, NC, in 2019. She is an absolute delight to deal with and was exceptionally helpful and professional. I’ve dealt with many real estate agents over the years, and she is among my very favorite. We had a number of questions along the way, and if she didn’t know the answer herself, she quickly figured it out and got back to us in a timely fashion. She was consistently pleasant and professional and made the entire process a breeze. Even after we completed the purchase, Colleen went beyond the call in helping us, meeting repairmen at the house, locating services we needed and giving us helpful recommendations. Our daughter and her husband followed our footsteps and made use of Colleen when they recently purchased a house, and I know they were equally pleased. I highly recommend her to others in need of a real estate agent in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.”