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When our company decided to begin the search for an investment property in the Outer Banks during what we knew was one of the most challenging periods in the market’s history, we turned to the team that had both the expertise and the experience to guide us. It was very evident from the first meeting that both Raju Uppalapati and Iryna Snyder were committed to and invested in understanding our particular goals and the type of property we were looking to invest in. From the onset of the relationship, they were creative, responsive, and always had our best interests in mind. Their attention to detail and proactive communication assisted greatly in being able to secure the dream property we were looking for. It was critically important in this economic environment that we were able to move quickly and they both worked with a sense of urgency and dedication that was so appreciated throughout the process. As a result, we did find the perfect investment property (and a beautiful home) for our company and that was largely due to the efforts of the Outer Banks Realty Group team. Thank you Raju and Iryna!
They say timing is everything… We started searching for our dream home in the Outer Banks during the hottest real estate market in decades. We put in offers on two houses and lost in bidding wars. It seemed everything was going for $50 to $100k over asking price and getting gobbled up in seconds.
We were about to give up on our dream when we contacted Iryna and Raju. They turned our luck around. Not only did we find the perfect house that checked all the boxes - all of our requirements and “desire-ments” - they skillfully negotiated the price down. In this crazy market! Astounding.
Since we live 4 hours drive from the Outer Banks, Iryna and Raju took care of everything. They did a virtual showing prior to our offer and another right before closing. They arranged for us to see the house in person on a turnover day and shared helpful insights into the rental market. After the home inspection report came out, Iryna and Raju negotiated a significant credit.
They have extensive knowledge of the OBX market and seem to know EVERYONE in the industry. They provided us with valuable contacts for many resources. Everything from a rental management company to various service providers. We are looking forward to increased rental potential, in addition to personal time at the beach.
Even after closing they remain in contact and are highly responsive to any questions. You could not ask for better partners. We highly recommend Iryna and Raju.
Our family has been vacationing in the Outer Banks for several years, and in 2018, we decided to look into purchasing a home there. We were very fortunate to connect with Raju and his team and were blown away by his knowledge of the area, his attention to detail in terms of what we were looking for, and his team's quick response to our questions. We thought Nags Head was our preferred location, but Raju showed us multiple homes in Corolla, and we realized that was the place we wanted to be. We quickly found a home that we liked, and Raju was able to get our offer accepted within 24 hours. Over the next several weeks, Raju diligently followed up with the seller to make sure the agreed upon repairs were being done and he personally visited the house several times to check on the progress and send us photos. Since we live in Maryland, we were not able to drive down on a regular basis, so it was very reassuring to know that Raju was looking out for us. Every step in the process was seamless and went smoothly thanks to Raju.
Fast forward to the Spring of 2021, during one of the hottest real estate markets, we decided to look for an ocean front house that would be used solely as an investment property. We found a house that appeared to fit our needs and was within our budget. Without hesitation, we reached out to Raju to see if he could help. Once again, Raju responded right away and we were fortunate to be introduced to his assistant, Iryna Snyder, to set up our initial showing and work with us to prepare an offer that was eventually accepted. Raju and Iryna were on top of everything, and they handled all of the details in a prompt and professional manner. We were able to settle on our house quickly enough to be able to capture a large portion of the prime season rental income.
We would enthusiastically recommend Raju and his team to anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate in the Outer Banks. Raju's expertise, reputation within the industry, and passion to please his clients, is second to none.
I am thrilled to recommend Raju and his team and share my experiences with them. I met Raju when I was considering buying a second home on the OBX. I was looking for an already established property, but couldn’t find any that met all of my family’s needs. I have worked with other builder’s previously in NC and in NY, and am very familiar with the typical process and scope of work that it entails from the buyer’s end.
Working with Raju from the very moment I spoke with him was a breath of fresh air. He is extremely customer-service centric. He understood our family’s needs and provided a solution that was a perfect fit. He responds almost immediately to emails, and always picks up his cell or calls back very timely. He understands that the client also has a job, schedule, etc. of their own and works very hard to keep his clients in the loop while not overbearing them with unnecessary details.
In the home building process, he provides a unique and unparalleled insight to this area. Every detail is thought-out ahead of time and in an organized approach. From the full-service solution of installing the home, pool, landscaping, driveway, etc. to installing items in the home that will be important to those vacationing and living at the beach (for example the outdoor shower, indoor flooring, open sliders, vaulted ceilings, etc.), he leaves no stone unturned. He sent weekly updates through the duration of the home building process, and our family would sincerely look forward to each update that he would send. He has built thousands of properties and it is very clear he has really put a lot of time, resources and energy into the design and execution of the buying experience. He even makes sure there is audio availability outside (should you choose) and comes in-hand with a computer tablet and a gift on the day of closing.
I would whole heartily recommend Raju and his team to anyone that’s looking for an honest, transparent and fair buying experience. I’m happy to speak with any of his future clients by phone or email to provide more details of my experience.
Working with Raju Uppalapati & Iryna Snyder for our Outer Banks home purchase could not have been a more pleasant experience or gone more smoothly! Raju’s knowledge of OBX real estate is unmatched!
Iryna’s initial response time was incredible! She got back to us within a few minutes of our initial inquiry & her prompt service continued the whole way through the buying process! Whether it was early in the morning or later in the evening, Iryna was always available & happy to answer all our questions.
Raju & Iryna are honest, thorough, & skillful. They are OBX real estate experts, and they worked very hard to find us the perfect home in an extremely tight, time sensitive, and challenging real estate market.
Raju took the time to go to multiple homes as soon as they went on the market. He also took the time to do a “FaceTime walk thru” every time, since we could not immediately be there in person. Raju advised us if a home was prone to flooding, needed costly repairs, or was simply currently overpriced. Raju told us which homes NOT to buy.
When it was time to make an offer, Raju was there to offer his input from his decades of experience, while always listening to our thoughts along the way. It was very comforting to be alongside Raju during the entire negotiation process. He is fantastic! After our offer was accepted, Raju & Iryna continued to work for us, getting us the maximum credit, regarding some repairs that needed to be done. Their “before & after purchase” network has been an invaluable asset to us throughout the buying process.
Raju and his team build long-term relationships from the start! If you are going to buy or sell real estate in the OBX, you will not find a better team!
The experience of developing a new home with Raju was better than we could have imagined. That is not an overstatement. He and his whole development team are some of the most honest, dedicated people we ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Our family has been vacationing in the Outer Banks for over 20 years. When we decided it was time to start looking for a place of our own, we had the good fortune to meet Raju. He listened to what we were looking for and presented us with options that met or exceeded our every expectation.
Once we decided to move forward with the purchase of new home, it could not have been easier. Raju and his team have made the process of selecting finishes and trims easy and fun. Right from the start, the weekly updates from him were something our whole family looked forward to receiving. Living in Virginia, we were able to visit the site a number of times and Raju was always there to walk us through and answer any questions we had. Even between updates and visits, he was always available.
When COVID-19 driven shortages reduced the availability of materials, Raju still found a way to get it done. Never one to cut a corner, it usually meant he had to use upgraded materials at a higher cost to him. That cost was NOT passed on to us. The number he gave us at the start of the project was the number he used at the end. You cannot find that kind of commitment and integrity elsewhere.
It has been two weeks since we closed (three months ahead of schedule) and Raju still follows up with us regularly to make sure we are happy with everything. Thanks to him and the rest of the Homes By Eillu Team, our family will have a place to be together for years to come.
It is our great pleasure to highly recommend Raju Uppalapati and his real estate and development firm as a meticulous developer and outstanding professionals. We hesitated for some time before we made our decision to pursue our family’s dream of owning a vacation home in the Outer Banks. When we toured Homes By Eillu’s model home, we were instantly impressed with the quality and craftsmanship that was obvious in every detail. The model was beautiful, well-designed and full of quality touches throughout and sold quickly. Fortunately, Raju had one lot left which provided us the opportunity to develop our own home.
Raju promised to complete it on time and with the same attention to detail. He did not disappoint and was always available to answer any questions or provide guidance on a moment’s notice. We were sent updated photos every week, which we eagerly awaited. From the beautiful detail on the exterior to the exceptional tile work by his contractors, we could not have been more pleased.
While we have built several homes over the years, we have never worked with a developer that was so accommodating. Despite the COVID pandemic and the numerous issues with supplies and contractors, Raju managed to develop our beautiful home on time with extras that we had not even anticipated.
We could not have been more impressed and thankful for his integrity and professionalism. We were very fortunate to have met him and Vijayasree and look forward to wonderful times with our family in the OBX. All of us are thankful for what Raju did to make our Outer Banks dream come true.
Big, big thanks to the Beach Home made and created by Raju Uppalapati of Homes By Eillu, real estate development company in the Outer Banks. We are so excited to have our dream become a beautiful home! Raju’s eye for details during development, his honest and accurate communication before, during, and after the building of our home is a testament to his caring nature and his deep commitment to excellence.
We felt like every aspect of our home had been carefully thought out before we even broke ground. I can’t say enough good things about Raju and his development team. Thank you, Raju! You made our dream come true.
Raju Uppalapati assisted us with the purchase of a second home in Outer Banks, NC in 2020. We have worked with many real estate brokers, agents and developers over the years – buying and building many homes and we can confidently and without hesitation recommend Raju.
Raju was instrumental in helping us navigate an out of state, home purchase in a very “hot market.” He impressed us at every stage of the process and was a sheer joy to work with. His knowledge of the local market, ability to understand our needs, adeptly provide unbiased guidance on the positive and negative aspects of potential investment rental properties, together with expert referrals and strategies to overcome any obstacles proved invaluable. Raju’s greatest strength beyond his obvious high degree of integrity was his proactive and highly engaging communication approach. No matter what day or time – his availability, accessibility and response to his clients is stellar.
We highly recommend Raju and his entire team based on their professionalism, strong communication and expert advice and counsel. Raju has so many wonderful qualities that make him an extremely successful and effective broker. He is not only knowledgeable but passionate about what he does and tenacious about ensuring the clients best interests are always the number one priority.
As busy executives, time is of the essence and Raju’s style was exactly what we needed. He listened closely to what we were looking for and delivered options that satisfied what we were looking for in an investment property. His expert advice and counsel from assessing fair market value to negotiating effectively on our behalf was greatly appreciated and clearly showed countless years of experience. Raju’s attention to details is top notch – from his verbal and written follow-ups with the management company currently responsible for renting our beach home to items well after our closing, he can always be counted on for his unwavering support.
As shared above, Raju represented us on the purchase side of the transaction but we would not hesitate to use him as our listing agent if we were selling a property. His many wonderful qualities would equally translate and be an asset. We have the highest level of confidence in Raju and look forward to working with him again.
It has been several months since we moved into our dream home developed by Raju Uppalapati. Every day it seems like a dream that we are living here in this beautiful home, with all the wonderful fine crafted details throughout. Raju’s eye for details during construction is evident in every aspect of this home, from bathroom fixtures, lighting, painting, decking, everything, perfection.
The process of developing the home was wonderful, Raju guided us through all phases of construction with seamless precision. From start to finish we were kept informed through weekly photos and emails detailing step by step process that made us feel connected to the house from the beginning. Even with the problems Raju faced building a new home during a Pandemic, he completed construction ahead of schedule and delivered our vision of the perfect home.
My advice to anyone looking for their concept of the perfect home, Raju can make it happen.
Raju’s company slogan should be “We Build Paradise”.
When my wife and I decided to purchase a vacation home in the Outer Banks, we started looking at properties on the usual internet sites. One property had caught our eye, so we responded to the ad on the internet. As our luck would have it Raju Uppalapati and his team responded to our call in an extremely responsive timeframe.
We did not end up purchasing the home that we had originally had called about, but after 8 months of searching we finally found a home that we are excited to start our journey with. Raju had spent a lot of time steering us in the right direction with his extensive knowledge of the island and all of the service people that were needed to complete the transaction. Whenever we needed question answered or concerns addressed, Raju responded immediately, and if he did not know the answer immediately, he found them out in a very timely manner.
Our permanent residence is in California, so this was all done long distance and went very smoothly because of Raju and his team.
I would highly recommend Raju to anyone looking to purchase in the Outer Banks. We will not hesitate to call Raju for any further real estate needs.
We have brought our family to the Outer Banks for 15 years. With each visit, our dream of owning a home here became only stronger. We live in Salt Lake City, Utah and so the thought of going through the complex process of purchasing, and likely renovating, a home from across the country was an insurmountable obstacle to the realization our dream.
During our visit the Summer of 2019, we had requested showings of homes in which we had interest. It was our incredible luck to meet Raju Uppalapati during one of those showings. As we toured a home with him, we learned that his company, Homes by Eillu, had developed several of the homes on our list. After the showing, we both commented that our interactions with Raju had felt like we had been visiting with a longtime friend. Throughout the remainder of our stay that summer, in our conversations with residents in the community two words came up repeatedly when we asked them about Homes by Eillu: Honesty and Integrity.
Six weeks later, after having returned to Utah, we reached out to Raju to inquire whether it would be possible to arrange for a new home in a specific community in Corolla. He indicated that it was feasible, if we were ready to pursue our dream. After a short discussion, we decided to go for our dreams and have not had a single regret. Raju adeptly guided us through each step in what was a seamless process. The associations that Homes by Eillu has forged with construction contractors, design/décor, property management, landscaping and all companies necessary to purchase, build and maintain a home from across the country all reinforced the themes of honesty and integrity. The use of the online BaseCamp application kept us up to date on our home’s progress. In fact, Raju’s updates became an event our whole family anticipated and enjoyed each week.
As we have taken the time to enjoy of our home with our children, we have both been so grateful to the whole team at Homes by Eillu for their ability to have made our dreams reality. Their honesty, integrity and professionalism are truly amazing. The relationships we have made through this process are ones that haven’t ended with our purchase but will be cherished by us for years to come.
I consider myself unbelievably fortunate to have connected with Raju. I never anticipated building a house when I started looking at properties in the Outer Banks; however, when I met Raju, toured the houses he had developed and viewed the lot and neighborhood, the decision to go with him was an easy one.
From the very beginning, Raju made the process easy, transparent and most of all FUN! From evaluating and tweaking the house plans to making design choices to tracking the building process along the way, the process was so seamless that it took out all the stress and let me focus on the joy of creating my new home. Raju is so well-connected across the area and has built such good relationships with businesses and vendors that not only were the interactions with the cabinet, tile, and flooring companies easy to navigate, but he also connected me with furniture distributors, vacation rental agencies, and pool and lawn services that helped me get set up as well.
Tracking the progress each week through the online collaboration tool, basecamp, was also a great way for someone out of town to feel very connected to what was happening. Each week, I would look forward to updates and new pictures that were posted every Sunday without fail. Raju always treated me like I was his only and most important client. He is incredibly responsive. Not only in terms of quickly getting back to me, but also in terms of his attention to detail and actively anticipating my questions or needs. Over and over, he went out of his way to be helpful or do something extra. His guidance and advice were invaluable. Not only does he have integrity, but you can tell that he genuinely wants to make his clients happy.
COVID-19 occurred toward the end of my build and had the potential to derail things in a number of ways, and yet, Raju partnered with me to find solutions and continued to find ways to keep the project on track. In the end, he still managed to deliver the house a week early. The house is gorgeous and so much better than I had anticipated—I also built a new friendship along the way. I couldn’t recommend Raju any more enthusiastically, and I certainly wouldn’t let any of my friends or family work with anyone else!
Working with Raju was the best decision I made when developing my dream beach home in Corolla. He has gifted me the most amazing experience, and the end product is beautiful and better than I ever imagined! Raju is incredibly knowledgeable and was able to offer guidance through the whole journey of making a dream become a reality. He was patient, kind, and offered exceptional customer service. Raju responded to my many, many questions immediately whether through email, phone, text, or communication portal. I received weekly pictures and updates, and I was able to watch the whole building process, which was so exciting. This ongoing communication and attention to detail resulted in a beautiful beach home and a family who feels incredibly blessed to have a new friend and an amazing resource in Corolla. Raju’s ongoing support did not stop after the house was completed. He has continued to support me by recommending insurance agents, landscaping, and pool services. Raju went above and beyond to make sure that the house was exceptional, and I felt comfortable taking over the keys! He has committed to being just a phone call away. Raju and his wife, Vijayasree, are simply kind professionals who truly enjoy making others happy. They have brought a tremendous amount of joy to a family, and words cannot describe how appreciative we are to Raju, Vijayasree, and his exceptional team!
I have worked with Raju Uppalapati twice recently, not only as a Co-Broke Agent but also as a developer with Homes By Eillu Development. I have found Raju to be a very honest and integrity person. He provides a quality developed home, and makes the process from start to finish easy for my clients. He stays in touch with us on a weekly basis with pictures and updates thru his basecamp project management, and we were able to reach him at any giving time. My clients have been known to say, Raju, makes the whole development process fun, you can see from his work ethics, that he enjoys working with clients and helping to make their dream a reality. I would highly recommend using Homes By Eillu for the Development for your next home.
My family and I were interested in purchasing a vacation home in the Outer banks as we vacationed there for many years. During our search, we came across Raju and his Eillu team. Our first communications with the team was with Marti who responded to every single email inquiry timely. This left us with a great first impression and we knew we wanted to take a visit to OBX to learn more. Prior to our first visit, Marti and Raju provided us with extensive details of the towns of OBX and recommendations for possible locations for our new vacation home.
During our first visit, Raju had a full day planned for us where we toured through the many towns of OBX. He reviewed the pros and cons of each town and each community we visited. His extensive knowledge of OBX was extremely helpful to my family and I as we narrowed down which town we would focus on for our search. Raju’s main goal was to make sure that we were happy in the town we chose and we did not feel pressured to select any area or property. At the end of the day of our first visit, we selected a lot in Monteray Shores that met our needs.
Being from out of state, Raju set up a seamless process as we began the construction of our new home. This included using the online tool, Base Camp, where we received weekly photos and updates of the development of our. When it came to selecting the interior elements of the home, Raju coordinated a simple and effective process that made it very easy for us. We made a second trip to OBX where Raju scheduled an afternoon with various vendors to select some of the key options for our home including the kitchen cabinets, flooring and bathroom tile. Raju also recommended a furniture store that would be able to provide us with any furnishings we need to complete the home. Because we are from out of state, this was a wonderful recommendation that made what could have been a complicated endeavor much easier.
Throughout the entire process, we had many questions, and Raju would, at times, respond within minutes via phone or email. This exemplifies Raju’s commitment to customer service and that he is truly there to make sure your every need is met. If you were hesitant about buying a home because you live out of state, Raju has developed an excellent process that will allow you to monitor all progress virtually. Raju made what could be a stressful and complicated process so easy! We are thrilled with how our home turned out and we cannot recommend Raju’s team enough!
My wife and I have spent many vacations in the Outer Banks, and recently decided it was time to have our own “get-away” home in Corolla. We visited many homes for sale. The majority of these homes had been in rental, and unfortunately most required significant renovation, which we did not want to undertake. We had just about given up when introduced to Raju Uppalapati, the premier developer in the Outer Banks. We met with him and visited several of his homes under various stages of development process. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the homes, and the manner in which Raju presented them. Having had 5 previous homes built, we knew a little about home building, and his process appeared to work well with us.
As the project began, we were frequently given status updates by Raju, making us feel very comfortable. We ultimately realized what a great experience this would be when we went to select all the furnishings (colors, granite, sinks, carpet, etc.). It was a very smooth process, with no hidden upcharges.
We were never told any item would cost more (as most builders do) and his standards were all very good quality. Not to expect a “cost addition” at the end of the contract was very important to us. During the development process I became ill, and Raju not only checked on me, but often let me know I had nothing to worry about, he would take care of everything. And he did!
We love our new house thanks to him and his team!
More than a realtor/developer, Raju is now our friend and we hope to see he and his wife often. They are truly exceptional people!
We are happily new residents of the highly anticipated home that was built by Raju and company to our specifications in Sound Front in Corolla Bay community in Corolla. We fell in love with the view from lot we bought as right on a pond that leads into Currituck Sound, it is just breathtaking. We met Raju last Fall and discussed wishes we had and the next time we met, we were both pleased completely with the design which incorporated our ideas into the house and lot we had chosen.
During building process Raju emailed with information of work done that week, plus with pictures, so we felt like we were right here watching the building. We really appreciated him making us feel like a real part of our new home down here and couldn’t have been more pleased with the progress made right when he said it would be, despite weather interference. We picked our flooring, appliances, special hand railing I loved, backsplash in kitchen, and master bathroom and everything done perfectly by his excellent men, everything just couldn’t be better! I even asked him to choose ceiling fans, light fixtures, and island and once again the very best …
Raju’s ethical work is better than anyone we know and he even did things because Jordan wished it to be that way…everything is placed together without any problems and we were able to move-in in 6 months after started which is definitely pretty good during wintertime..
While visiting the Outer Banks in August 2018, my wife and I decided to visit a model home in Corolla Bay with the hopes of getting ideas for a future beach home. We always hoped to purchase a beach home and had looked at several homes in Duck as well as Corolla. Although we would have been happy to do some renovations, we simply had not found the right property. Finding a home with a good rental history was a priority, but the prospects were disappointing. Fortunately, we became interested in a model home we spotted on the internet and decided to have a look even though this new home had no rental history.
Upon entering the model home, we had an instant feeling that this home was different and interesting. Each room revealed a well thought out plan and a surprise feature. Upon arriving on the top floor, we met Raju, the developer of the community. We established instant rapport with Raju and upon further investigation and discussion, we knew we were at the right place. Although the furnished model had already been purchased, he helped us pick out the best lot for us and answered all our questions without exerting any pressure. We left Corolla that day knowing we were ready to start a new venture and firmly believing that Raju was interested in us as individuals and sincerely wanted to deliver a product that would function for us and one that we would be excited to own.
Since that time our excitement has never faded. Raju has been the ultimate professional and has made every effort to construct a solid home that is both innovative and modern. He is thoroughly knowledgeable about all aspects of construction and has an excellent working relationship with his clients as well as his sub-contractors and staff. All questions were answered in a timely matter, and he has made many accommodations to meet our needs.
It is hard to express our appreciation of Raju. Building a home makes most people apprehensive at best, but Raju made this a pleasurable experience, and we confidently recommend him to all interested clients.
Choosing Homes by Eillu was the best decision we made when building our “dream” beach home. Due to the keen insight, guidance, and exceptional customer service provided by Raju Uppalapati, owner and developer, building a home in Corolla while living in Pennsylvania was not an issue, in fact it was a pleasure. From our first conversation, which included a personal tour of Corolla, we were provided with every detail to consider when building a home including location, type, financing, furnishing and rental opportunities. While considering options and throughout the entire process, Raju responded to our many, many questions immediately whether through email, phone or text. After making our final decision, a communication system was introduced where we could watch and engage in the building process from our PA home. This ongoing communication and attention to detail resulted in a beautiful, high quality home and very satisfied customers. This ongoing support did not stop after the house was complete. Raju continued to support us by recommending local landscaping, pool and maintenance services as we transition into the summer rental season. Words cannot describe how appreciative we are of the personalized attention of Mr. Uppalapati and the Eillu team.
Raju is very knowledgeable and experienced with Outer Banks real estate. He has been building homes and commercial properties for 20+ years and truly understands the market. He has had a hand in building a majority of the communities in Corolla as well as contributing to the local community.
I see him more as a mentor than a Realtor when it comes to buying and selling properties in OBX. He is also a great negotiator–the owner had previously turned down an offer that was 30K more than what Raju negotiated for us!
Raju is always responsive, usually getting back to you within minutes. The relationship doesn’t end after the sale either–he has continued to help with advice and even checked up on contractors working on the house when we couldn’t be there. We were fortunate to find Raju and I highly recommend him for building a new home or buying and selling properties in the OBX.
This was our second time connecting with Raju to turn another dream into a reality. This request was an unusual complicated one. We are going to be relocating to the Outer Banks and gave Raju some specifics to our needs. We gave him a location, a budget and the challenging/complicated part was we wanted something where we could live and have it share as an investment. Raju as always hit the ground running. He immediately made up a portfolio of houses/condo’s for us to look through and starting scheduling Zillow Five Star Review OBX Agentappointments for showings. He was more than attentive with our million questions we always brought to him and handled all with such professionalism. During this stressful time being located out of the state and not always being able to travel back and forth, Raju’s warmth, honesty and his genuine sincerity brought us a sense of calm. When we were unable to travel Raju would go that extra mile and inspect properties for us and report his findings. His extensive knowledge of the Outer Banks is unsurpassed. We could have very easily stumbled along the way but Raju was always there giving a “why” and “what” to look for when viewing the properties. So many reasons why you want Raju as your agent. His knowledge of the market and area, communications are superb, negotiating skills, giving advice on lenders and builders in the surrounding area but most importantly he becomes a part of your family.
We recently purchased a home in the community of Villages at Ocean Hills in Corolla, NC. We are from Iowa and we were lucky enough to get connected with Raju Uppalapati to assist us with our endeavor. His patience and knowledge of the OBX area was extensive. We were trying to decideOBX Oceanfront Homes on building vs buying an existing home and Raju helped tremendously with making the right decision for us. After a short conversation (interview) with Raju, he narrowed our search down to some areas with a specific house in mind for us and after visits to many homes and land his initial recommendation was the perfect fit for us. He gave recommendations for inspections, contractors, attorneys, etc. Raju was present for the inspections, which was valuable to us since we were unable to be present. Not only was he helpful with all of the specifics to purchasing our home he gave us valuable recommendations for various services such as pool service, landscaping, contractors, etc. He also provided us with all the necessary contact information for utilities. We had an estimate on some update work we wanted to possibly have done on our new home and when the estimate came in he suggested that it was higher than he expected and identified other avenues to pursue to get a better price. Raju and his staff treated us as family and we could not have had a better agent for this process.
If you are looking for a real estate agent in OBX, you found it. Don’t look further. Raju is the best one that you can get. I found him searching the internet and looking at reports and articles posted by his agency, which offers a big rebate at closing. But the savings in commissions is nothing compared with the value that Raju offers. He educated us on how to manage a vacation home with excellent tips and advice. His network of contractors is huge and an excellent resource. Raju has a vast experience developing communities and OBX Waterfront Propertybuilding custom houses. You can rarely find a real estate agent with such a deep building knowledge. Raju is backed by an excellent team and emails or calls are replied either by himself or his team in a matter of minutes. Any questions or investigation in the properties that you might be interested on are done very quickly. When I approached Raju, I showed him a sample property in my price range and soon he presented me a list of options with a cashflow analysis of each to determine the best investment opportunities. With plenty of time to visit each house, we narrowed it down to two, which we visit again a different day and made a final decision. All this process was orchestrated by Raju. His price negotiation skills are amazing and be sure that he will get you the lowest possible price. Closing was easy despite even a problem in the seller’s deed that Raju helped to solve promptly. He and his team facilitated utility transfers and made the whole process very smooth. To give Raju a five-star review is an understatement. He is the best real estate agent in OBX without any doubt.
Raju Uppalapati is the best real estate agent we have dealt with. His knowledge of real estate and the Outer Banks is amazing. As a builder of new homes in the area, he knows a good property when he sees one and provides the best professional guidance a buyer could ask for. He knows the market, he knows the neighborhoods street by street, and he knows the quality of each home we looked at. We made numerous trips to find the right vacation home for us and Raju was patient with us, available at every moment of the day, and was extremely accommodating to our schedule and wishes during the entire process. He and his team (hats off to his associate Marti Thoms also!) provided the best quality service one could ask for. His negotiating skills are incredible; he saved us from a couple of serious and potentially harmful pitfalls during the process. And his realty company, Eillu, offers a great rebate to buyers which will come in handy once the purchase has been made. Raju does not leave you once you close on the property either–he stays with you all the way, offering a multitude of additional services as you make your way as a new owner. We are so grateful for the wonderful service we received from Raju and team. And we feel like we have a friend forever with him. You can’t find anyone better.
Raju is the best realtor that we have ever worked with. He is a rare find, and a breath of fresh air when it comes to keeping this potentially stressful event personal and sane. He has extensive knowledge about the Outer Banks area and freely provided us with a wealth of information as he showed us around. He took his time to show us what we wanted to see and showed us additional homes that he thought were very good investment opportunities based on what we were looking for.
Whenever we had a question he or a member of his team was quick to respond and always provided excellent sound advice. Our purchase price was below market value and he still amazingly negotiated/fended off a last-minute counter offer, saving us thousands of dollars. His wife, Vijayasree, effectively negotiated assumption of the seller’s flood insurance policy which saved us several thousands of dollars as well.
I have purchased and sold several homes in my lifetime and I can say without a doubt, Raju excelled exponentially above every agent I have worked with in the past. When I purchase my next one, I will definitely request his services again. For the hardest working man in the Outer Banks, he still finds time for family, which you will become a part of. As Raju always says, Carpe Diem.
— C Jackson, Corolla NC
I want to sincerely thank both of you for all your work to get our beach house sold and closed in such an efficient and expeditious manner. I think I knew from the first time I met you that you would be the ones who sold our house. After languishing for over a year, your proactive and results driven approach was refreshing. Most of all, your approach was successful.
I understand that someone with your real estate experience and background would most likely bring something new to the table and while the 1.5% sellers commission was a draw, your approach to the marketing and sale was unlike anything we had experienced in the Outer Banks and that is what sealed the deal.
I know you will continue to be successful and if I ever have someone who needs a professional team to sell their home, your name will be at the top of the list. To say that we are satisfied is an understatement. Thank you again.
We feel Michelle did an excellent job of helping us sell our home. She did a walk through of our home with us, gathering detailed information and background. Sat down with us and provided a comprehensive “sales package” that included comparable sales, current market conditions, photos and information that assisted us in determining a sales price. We were very impressed with the marketing effort and expertise which included the latest drone technology to highlight our home, the surrounding area and proximity to the ocean. She let us know that she was working for us, the sellers, and made sure she gathered all the pertinent information that a prospective buyer would want and need. She was responsive to our many questions, and if she didn’t know the answer, she promptly found out. She was always there to provide input, suggestions and thoughts as to how best to proceed and progress through the aspects of selling a home including offers and counter-offers. We enjoyed having Michelle as our realtor! We found her professional, honest, conscientious, patient, helpful, detail oriented, thorough and responsive to our questions. We look forward to working with Michelle again when the opportunity present itself.
If I could give Raju six stars I would. We gave Raju a specific objective….an objective that 4 other Outer Banks realtors could not achieve. He came through with flying colors. Along the way, he was the consummate teacher. He educated us on the nuances of owning a rental property anywhere, and focused specifically on the advantages and pitfalls of doing so in the Outer Banks. There were several times in our journey that he stopped us from making a mistake at the expense of what could have been the loss of a sale for him. The best part of having Raju as your agent is that he is your agent for life. When the sale is over he is still there, as quickly as ever, with advice and guidance.
We recently purchased a home with Raju’s help, he was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. His help made our home buying experience pleasant and rewarding. I would highly recommend his services if you are considering buying, selling or have other real estate questions
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 provided to us. Not only did Raju negotiate based upon our wants and needs, he “held our hand” through every step of the purchase and closing process. Raju had our best interest in mind, which gave us great comfort. Even after the closing, Raju and his team continued to help us with on-going support and coordination with small improvements. I would absolutely recommend Raju and his team for all your OBX real estate needs!
We recently purchased a home with Raju’s help, he was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. His help made our home buying experience pleasant and rewarding. I would highly recommend his services if you are considering buying, selling or have other real estate questions
Raju is an Outer Banks local with years of experience in real estate developing. He is knowledgeable about local land values, community history and future development, and credible specialist and retailers. He is friendly and accommodating, and responds quickly to questions and requests. Raju’s interest in the purchaser’s satisfaction and well-being doesn’t end at closing on the property, but he continues to keep contact and provide local updates and information. We have been very pleased with our association with Raju, his wife, and his staff.
I have known Raju Uppalapati for over 10 years and Raju has worked with me on several vacation rental home purchase opportunities on the Outer Banks. He has advised me on various real estate investment opportunities over the years. He and his team are thoughtful, responsive and analytical in their approach. I never felt rushed or pushed. I feel he is one most knowledgeable and experienced Realtors on the Outer Banks and in the eastern North Carolina region. He also has years of experience in real estate development and home building on the Outer Banks. His expertise and understanding of construction costs and value is extremely helpful. His relationships in the industry were also very helpful during my research. Most importantly, his integrity and honesty to do the right thing by clients is what makes me continue to work with Raju.
Raju was outstanding to work with, extremely responsive. He knows the OBX area very well. I whole heartedly recommend him for your real estate needs, you wont be disappointed. He made our home buying easy
Raju is knowledgeable, experienced, and responsive. These attributes make him an asset to the real estate community. His effort in helping us with the maintenance and the sale of our properties is appreciated.