Sammy Martin


I’ve been deeply involved in Chapel Hill real estate since 1983. When I left tennis as a profession, I dived headfirst into real estate. I have never “dabbled” in it.

In 1991, I was one of a group of local agents who founded Franklin Street Realty, which remains independently owned and operated to this day. Our connections to the community are invaluable in this business. Our contacts and relationships with other brokers have helped us to facilitate over 4500 transactions since inception.

I know our community inside and out. I raised my family in Carrboro, my children attended the schools here. They grew up at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club when they weren’t playing in the neighborhood. I taught them how to use the bus system, the best in North Carolina. I have been mentored numerous agents, several of whom have gone on to start or manage their own firms. While I wish they hadn’t left, I am proud of how they got their start. As broker-in -charge, there is hardly a situation that I have not encountered somewhere along the way, and we have always come up with a win-win solution. The pandemic, appreciation, inflation and interest rate hikes, make this a challenging time to buy a home and a great time to sell one. In this environment you need someone who has lived through it all  Recessions, wild speculation, high inflation. Whatever it was, our agents at Franklin Street Realty kept making things work, and as a result, people have homes and an avenue to some degree of security.  

In addition to helping people find a home, I have overseen several projects that served, and continue to serve, a true need in the community. Developments such as The Gables in Chapel Hill and The Shire and Winsome Lane in Carrboro are residential developments that I am proud to have been associated with. 

On the commercial real estate front, I have personally brokered some of the most iconic buildings in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.  The Franklin Hotel (now The Graduate) would not be there if not for contacts established over the years. Brokering McFarlings Exxon Station and the Wicked Burrito Building on West Franklin led to new uses that are still thriving today .  This has culminated in the latest incarnation of MIDWAY at W Franklin and N Graham. MIDWAY has brought great opportunity to more than a dozen beloved local businesses. They all survived through the height of COVID,  because we ensured that they could stay afloat. Almost all of them have now been there for more than 10 years.  It is a destination for all kinds of people who live here or visit, hoping to find just a little bit of the Village that used to be Chapel Hill. I saw what ill-conceived development was doing to the soul of Chapel Hill, and we decided to go the other way, This slice of our community continues to bring joy to the entire town. 

 As Broker in Charge, I can assure you that your interests will always come first. Call or text me at 919.608.3417. I look forward to working with you.