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Raju Uppalapati – CEO / Principal Broker in Charge

rajuRaju Uppalapati is a highly successful veteran of the real estate industry with first-hand, real-world experience in real estate sales, marketing and development, vacation rentals and hospitality service industries.

For 16 years, he served as CEO of BD&A Realty and Construction, a premier luxury real estate and construction company on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In partnership with BD&A, he has assisted in building over 2,000 luxury homes and developed many prestigious communities throughout Eastern North Carolina. Raju has managed over 60 sales professionals and sold over 1 billion dollars in real estate.

In addition to leading BD&A, Raju founded Elan Vacations, an Outer Banks luxury vacation rental company, and served as CEO for nine years. After enjoying great success in the vacation rental industry, Raju partnered with Wyndham and Hilton to develop multiple hotels in North Carolina.

After successful sale of BD&A and Elan, Raju is now focusing on building a successful real estate brand, EILLU, a progressive and tech enabled real estate brokerage offering full service real estate sales and marketing services to help Buyers and Sellers. He is also very actively involved in managing all his other business interests.

In addition to his years of real-world experience in building, real estate, sales and marketing, Raju holds an MBA from Wright State University and a Masters in International Management from the University of Texas.

Cell:  252-305-0707


Reviews on Zillow

“We used Raju for the purchase of our second home in OBX. We couldn’t be more happy with the expertise, knowledge and service that Raju and his team … more
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“Raju is an outer banks local with years of experience in real estate developing. He is knowledgeable about local land values, community history and … more
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“Raju was great. He went out of his way to work with us in getting our approval for a property in OBX. He was able to extend our due diligence time to … more
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Vijayasree Uppalapati-President

VijayaVijayasree Uppalapati is a business professional with extensive experience in real estate, technology, marketing and healthcare services industries. A graduate of Andhra Medical College, Vijaya started her career as an emergency room physician in India and the British Virgin Islands.

After a successful medical career, Vijaya began to focus on the business world, helping establish and manage many real estate and hospitality ventures. In addition to Eillu, she oversees the day to day management of a technology and marketing company.

Vijayasree is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker and enjoys helping buyers and sellers fulfill their real estate needs. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends and committing time toward many community and wellness organizations and efforts.

Jack Riggle – Associate Broker

Jack Riggle Associate Broker Eillu Real Estate

Throughout his 30+ year real estate career, Jack has offered clients and customers the highest degree of service.  Not only has he mastered the art of multi-tasking, but he is a financial guru! 

He has managed the sale of new homes for builders through the largest real estate company in the Metropolitan Washington market and he engineered their “Guaranteed Sales Program”.  He also gained valuable experience as a Mortgage Broker before relocating to the Outer Banks in 1999 and continuing his real estate sales career. 

As a broker, Jack is held in high esteem among his peers, clients and customers.  His positive, “can do” approach to his business and life contribute not only to his success but also in prosperity for others.  “Jack’s knowledge and honesty is refreshing.  He is not only our Realtor, but has become a friend,” are just a portion of the  comments shared about Jack by his clients and customers.


Tel:  252-457-6457

Carol Riggle – Associate Broker

Carol Riggle Associate Broker Eillu Real Estate

Carol is known as a pioneer in the real estate industry, having created the first Real Estate Career Counseling Division in the United States in 1981.  She joined Jack to  further build their real estate business in 2001.  “Our clients receive the best we have to give and one of us is always available,” says Carol. 

Their combined efforts have consistently placed them in the top percentile of all Outer Banks Realtors.  Carol’s success can be attributed to her personal touch and genuine caring about others.  She has the ability to listen and hear what clients want and need.  “We know we’re doing something right when our clients and customers keep coming back to us and refer others to us; that’s the ultimate compliment,” says Carol.

Tel:  252-202-8806

Wanda Wise – Associate Broker

Wanda Wise Associate Broker Eillu Real Estate
Wanda, originally from Pennsylvania, spent many years as a computer operator and office manager for the York Daily Record. Wanda, her husband Sam, and their family fell in love with the Outer Banks after vacationing here in 1980. They realized a dream when they built their investment beach home in South Nags Head in 2000.

As empty nesters, Sam and Wanda began eyeing a move to the Outer Banks and she pursued a real estate license in Pennsylvania. Her immediate success in Pennsylvania meant an easy transition to the Outer Banks in 2004 as a full time real estate broker with the top producing Riggle Team, originally starting with BD&A, currently with Eillu Real Estate.

Wanda’s background in accounting and customer service has served her well in real estate and her ethics and integrity make her an excellent advocate for her clients. Her experience as a vacation home owner allows Wanda a unique perspective on the Outer Banks real estate market. She is constantly striving to expand her market knowledge in order to best service her buyers and sellers and her commitment to doing whatever is best for her clients results in the ultimate in customer satisfaction.

 Wanda’s designations include Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Short sale Foreclosure Representative (SFR), and Resort and Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS).  She enjoys the beach and boating here on the OBX.  Make a “Wise Choice” and call Wanda.

Tel:  252-599-7870

Michelle Register – Associate Broker

Michele Register Eillu Real Estate Associate BrokerBefore obtaining her Real Estate license in 2015, Michelle worked for 23 years at a private laboratory focusing on customer service and physician satisfaction. 

Most recently, Michelle worked for Century 21 in Greenville.  Her team was recognized for 2016 end of year results:

2016 Overall Team producer

2016 Listing Team of the year

2016 Selling Team of the year and the award for Quality Service Team Producers.

She has distinguished herself with two designations: ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) and RSPS (Resort and Second Homes Property Specialist).  Michelle has a 99% buyer’s satisfaction rating during her tenure at Century 21. She continues to strive for ways to help buyers find the best property for their needs and navigate all the details to make moving in a reality.  Her attention to detail allows Michelle to zero in on how to best show your listing to get top dollar and a faster sale.

After years of vacationing in the Outer Banks and ready for a fresh perspective; she moved to the Outer Banks and joined Eillu. In her spare time, Michelle is an active volunteer for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She donates a portion of her commission to this foundation.

She served 8 years with the US Army Reserves.

United States Army

Accredited Buyers RepresentativeResort and Second Homes Property Specialist

Marti Thoms – Real Estate Sales Coordinator

Marti Thoms is an experienced Sales Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Sales, Marketing, Statistical Analysis, Residential Lending, Credit Review, Customer Satisfaction, and Customer Retention. 

Marti is a strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration from George Mason University and a North Carolina Licensed real estate broker.

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