We save sellers money.

Our Team

Samara Presley

Founder/Listing Specialist

Mark Davison

Buyer Specialist

Angie Jones

Listing Coordinator

Claudia Roberts

Listing Specialist Charlotte

The Future of Real Estate

Smart Choice Realty was started by Samara Presley in 2008, just as the real estate market began to decline. While this was the death knell for many real estate firms, it actually was the perfect time for us – because more than ever, sellers were questioning traditional approaches, and starting to look for ways to save money.

Million Saved
Homes Sold
Years in Business
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Our History

Our Birth

After years of practicing traditional real estate, we started questioning the traditional approach. And decided two things:  

  1. Buyers and sellers are – surprise! – consumers who value their hard earned dollars.

2. The real estate industry has to change. Just like every other business in the Internet age.

Not surprisingly, those two things are connected. Because when we asked ourselves what we could do differently, the answer was clear: Have a less expensive business model. And pass our savings on to you.  

  In the old days, it was hard to list and sell a home. It required advertising in print publications. Holding open houses and hoping someone would drive by. And – without cell phones, email and web sites – a lot more legwork.

  Today, thanks to the Internet, things are a lot easier. No more expensive print publications; an agent can upload your listing and it’s instantly available to millions of buyers – who can easily search the MLS themselves. Great for buyers. Cheaper for agents.

We don’t like to brag, but…

Spectrum News Channel

Spectrum News Interview

2015 Raleigh's 15 Best Realtors

15 Best Realtors in Raleigh

2011 Realtor Magazine's 30 Under 30 Samara Presley

Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Honoree

2016 NC Top 100 Most Influential Realtors

Named one of NC’s Most Influential Realtors

2017 Top Producers MagazineCover

2017 July Cover of Top Producers Magazine

What People are Saying

Excellent service. I have recently relocated to NC and was able to find a good home in a short time. Great job Mark and team for their flexibility in showing properties and providing great guidance. I highly recommend Smart Choice Realty, it was great working with Mark as he made the process much easier for me as I was the first time home buyer. Thank you!
Manisha Annam
Manisha Annam
16:59 22 Apr 22
Actions speak louder than words…House sold in one weekend with so many offers we had to stop showings early. Samara was responsive to all my queries. Angie was also very helpful and responsive. And saved a few bucks as well?Great job!!!
Dave Harringbone
Dave Harringbone
19:48 10 Jan 22
We were surprised with the care that Smart choice offered us from the start to finish. Staging property to having showings and follow up to the sale of your property. Listen to Samara for she will guide you and she will give you happy results. Yes, you will pocket some extra money.
Joseph Murray
Joseph Murray
00:43 05 Jan 22
Samara and Angie give their customers great service for a fair price. They perform as well as any other full service (and full commission) realtor I've ever worked with over 30 years of buying and selling homes. I highly recommend their agency.
Paulette N
Paulette N
21:30 22 Dec 21
We made a Smart Choice going with Smart Choice Realty. Great job by Samara and her team. Many thanks!
Robert Strickland
Robert Strickland
13:35 16 Dec 21
Samara and Mark were great. It was like they had known us for years. They did a great job managing the sell of the house. I would use them again in a heart beat and they saved us a lot of money.
This was my husband and I's recent review of this company's services. I wanted to make sure we posted it here as well!

"WOW!!! I cannot speak highly enough of Smart Choice Realty. Really, just a great experience in every regard. I originally sought out their services because I came across a few great reviews of Mark Davison from a few months back on social media. I am happy to report, he more than exceeded expectations. Mark Davison throughout the entire process was nothing but professional, kind, caring, hardworking, the list goes on. He really made sure my wife and I as first time home buyers were taken care of throughout every step of the process. He went above and beyond to help us understand the process and make sure we knew what we were doing. He was always ready to fight for us, and always made sure to put us first. He is a master at negotiation, and really knows how to talk to and understand people, which obviously helped us as buyers when working with other parties. We absolutely would not of found the success we did in this historic, crazy RDU market without him. I will absolutely recommend none other than Smart Choice Realty, specifically Mark Davison, for any and all home buyers in his areas of service from here on out. You will absolutely not be disappointed. A shout out to his team as well, specifically Nichole! You were great to work with and a huge help as well. Thank you all for everything, we will not take our business anywhere else!"
Carly Redlawsk
Carly Redlawsk
13:20 20 Oct 21
Samara & Smart Choice Realty did a great job for us! We got 25 offers in three days, sold for 14% above asking price, and saved thousands on commissions! Thanks Samara!
Ed Bell
Ed Bell
21:13 06 Oct 21
Samara and her team were wonderful to work with. They made the process easy and fast. My house sold for $50,000 over asking price. Plus I had 16 offers in only three days. The team responses to questions I may have had were answered promptly. Plus they take less commission than any other real estate company; thus more money in your pocket. I highly recommend smart choice realty for anyone in the market to buy or sell.
Michelle Emery
Michelle Emery
20:48 06 Oct 21
Our experience with Smart Choice Realty was excellent.. They were very thorough in evaluating and recommending the best price to list our house that would generate the most interest.The end result was the house sold in 3 days with over 50 showings and 6 offers. The offer we accepted was $70,000 over asking.Samara and the team were great to work with and provided excellent support through closing. They were extremely professional, knowledgeable and responsive. There flat fee approach saved us a considerable amount of money while still providing us full service.
Robert McGee
Robert McGee
14:46 02 Oct 21

Our Vision

We are the industry disruptors of real estate.

The real estate world has changed and we believe we are at the forefront of that change. We want to revolutionize the way real estate is sold by offering sellers another option that not only delivers thousands in savings, but also top notch service.

We are the Future

Not only are we striving to deliver the best customer experience we can offer, but we are also working to become a great firm that agents can call home. We want a professional team of agents whose core beliefs align with ours. We believe in teamwork, putting the customer first, always doing the right thing and maintaining a positive attitude.