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Mark Bonner, Principal Broker

Having grown up in Durham I fondly remember shopping at Woolworth's and Belk's, and buying the latest fashions at the Young Men's Shop where I worked as a teenager. I enjoyed eating the best hot dogs at Amos N Andy's, breakfast all day at the Plaza, The Palm Restaurant and the CCB snack shoppe (great flattened sandwiches) and Sunday after church lunch at the Little Acorn.

My great Uncles Cary and Deck Holland opened Holland Brothers Furniture in 1918 on Main Street and operated their store for 60 years there. They would not recognize downtown now!

After 30 years as a financial advisor, I retired from First Citizens Bank in Raleigh in 2008. I worked towards the NC Appraisers License and a NC Real Estate Brokers License. I now dedicate my time to working with home buyers and sellers, helping those clients reach their goals. I know the Triangle markets very well; I remember a very vibrant downtown Durham and am excited to see its renewal. I bring a unique perspective to my clients and am diligent in providing the best service. I have been married to my wife Diane for 28 years and we have two sons, Matt and Carr. Give me call and see what a big difference homegrown makes.

Paul Ingui


I have a passion for helping people reach their goals. As owner of Sterling HR Solutions and with leadership positions at UNC and Tiffany & Co., I was able to help people succeed in their professional lives. Now, with New Durham Realty, I get to help people find their dream home. I know the Durham market very well and live in Durham with my wife of 12 years and our two children. I enjoy golf, food discovery, travelling and craft beers. Call or email me today.

Heather Garrett


As I child in the Midwest, I was creative. Drawing and imagining is what I did - and went to NYC to do - and still do in NC! But with two realtor parents, real estate was a slow simmer as well. Today, as a residential interior designer and realtor in Durham, the merge of services feels just right. Our shelter, now more than ever, is needed for recovery and rest from the lives we live (and the world in which we're living). And even as we become more mobile, being nurtured in our home environment is foundational. For me, “To nest is to live!” My nest is in a historical downtown Durham tobacco loft, with my two teenagers and cat. I'm proudly affiliated with New Durham Realty, because I love this area for where it's been and where it's headed. And to read about my designing life, Heather Garrett Interior Design. Here's to making the world more beautiful!

What clients are saying about New Durham Realty

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Paul Ingui was a key element in our successful return to the Triangle area. This was a big move for our family, full of questions to be answered and decisions to be made. In addition, we had limited availability to see homes. Paul was very accommodating of our schedule, compassionate, and tireless in his pursuit of finding us the right home. We spent long days together looking at a variety of options. Paul never rushed us, and gave us the time to fully weigh the choices. Throughout the process, we came to rely on Paul's optimism and ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He helped us find a great home in the location we wanted, for the right price! We consider Paul to be a wonderful friend.
Ethan and Betsy
July, 2017
Paul with New Durham Realty was very helpful in both the selling of my old home and finding and purchasing a new one. He showed an extreme amount of patience and kindness throughout the entire process throughout the many obstacles and pitfalls that can come with selling and buying a home. I will be eternally grateful for all Paul did for me. He went above and beyond my expectations for a Realtor.
Karen F.
Dec. 2017
I am so grateful to Paul at New Durham Realty for helping me buy my new home. Paul was patient through my many questions, completely on top of things, extremely responsive, and had a great sense of humor through it all. His support and recommendations through the whole process were spot-on. I appreciated his down-to-earth approach, and his knowledge of the area and houses in general. I'll recommend him and New Durham Realty every chance I get. Thanks, Paul!
Ellen C.
Sept. 2017
Paul Ingui was a very helpful and personable Realtor. He was great to work with as we looked for a new home when relocating to Durham from out of state. Always more then willing to work with our sometimes short notice requests due to a limited travel schedule when coming into town.
William T.
Aug. 2017
I would recommend Mark Bonner with abundant enthusiasm and zero hesitation. Thanks to Mark, I closed on a house yesterday, and this after months of looking all over the Triangle for a house that was walking distance to amenities and under $200K, pretty challenging in this area. There are many reasons Mark is a fantastic realtor: first, he is honest, reliable, on time, all of that. Mark worked with me for four months to find a house I wanted. I never felt pushed to make an offer. Second, he is experienced, and it was helpful to me to have Mark's insight as a former appraiser on how much repairs might cost as I was looking at different houses. Third, Mark is laser focused. When I found a house to make an offer on, Mark guided me through the process, keeping an eye on my due diligence funds and earnest money, and staying in contact with my lender and the seller's agent. Last, I liked working with Mark. He has a great disposition and is easy to talk to and work with. Mark talked me through options for my offer and helped me feel really good about the offer I made. If I were to sell my house or buy another, I'd call Mark in a minute.
Mar. 2017.
I had a specific neighborhood in mind and Mark was very responsive and was happy to show all condos available there.I enjoyed working with Mark and definitely recommend him.
I chose NDR to help find a condo in the Durham/Chapel Hill area because of positive reviews that people gave. I found Mark to be very personable, professional and most important knowledgeable of the area real estate market. Mark was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Mark and NDR and plan to use them for my future real estate needs.
Stuart L.
Feb. 2017
Mark really took care of us. I a€™m sure all of his engagements require a significant amount of guidance, but we needed just a touch more, and he gladly and professionally provided the assistance we needed to buy our new home. Between a pregnant wife, a travelling husband, and ever-shifting thoughts on what we wanted, he worked hard daily to find something that we are incredibly pleased with. Besides providing the typical attorney and financing contacts, he even got us into contact with the head of the HOA so that we could get preliminary approval of remodeling plans BEFORE closing. I would strongly recommend Mark for your broker needs!
Chris and Ashleigh R.
Paul and Mark were the best Realtors a first time home buyer could ask for! They were very knowledgeable in regards to the Durham realty market. I recall Paul stating, "We will look at 1000 houses until we find the right one for you all," and both Realtors kept to that promise as we never felt pressured to buy a home and looked at plenty of them. Once we found the right house, Mark and Paul helped us act quickly and made the home buying process simple. They referred us to great local mortgage and insurance providers as well. We are now living in our dream first home in the exact location we preferred. Working with Paul and Mark was very enjoyable and we highly recommend them.
Westin and Madeline
May 2016
Paul was great to work with. We looked at dozens of houses, often with just a few hours notice, until we found the right one. Paul was very patient and reassuring, and remade the home buying experience that much better.
Jarrod and Breanna
June 2016
Mark knows Durham, pays attention to details and makes things happen. Everyone is happy!
Jane M.
July 2016
Mark & the team at New Durham Realty have set the bar quite high for other real estate firms/companies. My husband and I recently sold our home in Morrisville, NC, and it was the most seamless, smooth, hassle/stress-free process that I have ever experienced. Mark Bonner did an awesome job preparing us to sell our home. Don't believe me? House listed on a late Thursday, first showings were that Friday, signed contract from buyer on Saturday morning. The smoothest 30 day, home-selling process we could have ever asked for. The turn-around times on assessing our home, setting up our listing, getting photos taken of our home, turning over our home to the new owners, and everything in-between, was flawless. I would recommend Mark and New Durham Realty to anyone. The icing on the cake, though - receiving a handwritten note from Habitat for Humanity of Durham, for a donation that was made in our honor, from Mark. You cannot beat a company that gives back to the community in which it does business. If you need a great Realtor & real estate company, go with New Durham Realty. You will not regret it.
Akilah and Connell S.
July 2016
My agent is Mark Bonner and I could not have had a better experience. This was my first real estate purchase and Mark made me feel comfortable immediately. He spent an entire Saturday with me after speaking with him for the first time the day before. He told me from the start that this process may take months and that he would be there for me every step of the way. He never once pressured me to buy and was honest throughout the process. I would recommend Mark to anyone and have no doubt they would be in great hands.
Jeff F.
May 2016
As a single first time home buyer, he was just what I needed in an agent. Mark would point out the unique qualities of the home, suggestions for remodeling and potential issues. We worked together for over a year. He never tired and was quick to respond to my emails. I wouldn'€™t be in this beautiful bungalow if it wasn'€™t for him. You see, I imagined myself in a 1930'™s bungalow but he told me I just HAD to come see a few bungalows built from scratch. I a€™m so glad I did, because my eyes watered when I saw this beautiful craftsmanship and it wasn'€™t long before he was assisting me with paint colors and doing the final walk through. Mark is a Durham native and a gem.
Kelly S.
April 2016
I had a fun and fast moving experience with Mark Bonner. He listed my home and then assisted in my purchase of a new home! He was so knowledgeable about the Durham market; giving me great advice about staging and preparing my house for sale! He efficiently handled all the interested parties and was instrumental in the handling of all the details for a worry-free sale! Purchasing a new home was also a breeze with Mark! In particular, his advice about pricing and handling the results of the inspection were MOST appreciated! I would highly recommend working with Mark whether you are selling or purchasing a home here in Durham!
Mindy F.
May 2016
Mark is fantastic. He has an intimate knowledge of the Durham market and always gave great insights. Mark has an extensive network connection with closing Attorneys, HOA, Insurance companies, etc.. He is extremely responsive to e-mails, calls and text messages. Mark was overall very friendly and great to work with.
June H.
May 2016
Paul is a very patient guy. He told us he would take us to 100 houses if he had to, until we find the right one. He is very professional and reacts quickly to make sure you don''t lose the home of your dreams! Thank you so much Paul. Thanks to you, my wife and I are very happy. Thank you for all your hard work!
May, 2016
Paul was absolutely fantastic to work with. He listened to what we were looking for and helped us find a home that met all the criteria. As first home buyers, we didn't really know the ins and outs of the home buying process and he was there to answer any questions that we had. He understood our budget and didn't try to pressure us into anything. Working with Paul was a pleasure and we highly recommend him to anyone.

May 2016
Paul Ingui is the Realtor I have been working with. He is the nicest person I know. I lost count of how many houses we went to see but he told us we should look until we find the house we have been looking for. He made sure to communicate with the bank loan people that was taking a little longer than usual. Thank you very much Paul, I sure will recommend you to everyone I know. Keep up the good work.
Thanks again
Cassio D.
April, 2016
Mark helped me purchase my new home during the busy Christmas holidays. He found me many homes to look at and when I found the home I wanted, he took all the necessary steps to make sure that the offer was good and the sellers were satisfied. He offered me help at every step of the way--from finding a lending institution that would handle a VA loan, recommending an insurance agent, an inspector for the home, and all the other details involved in the purchase. He is a great guy to work with--friendly, always accessible, and completely professional.
Durham 12/15
Mark Bonner served as my Realtor in both buying a new house and selling my current house. We met him during a visit to a house he was showing and hit it off from there, having mutual friends in the Durham music scene. I appreciate that Mark was always willing to take my calls/texts and responded quickly to any queries that I had about prospective houses. And we went to MANY houses. I not only wanted a home for me but one that enabled me to add or remodel for a rental apt. And my part of the house had to be one level AND the house could only be in certain neighborhoods in Durham (for commuting). I put Mark through a lot! He persisted and found a great house for me, though it had an ornery seller, and we made it successfully through those negotiations, getting almost everything I wanted. When it came to selling my house, I got offers from the first day, and it took a bit to negotiate all of the ensuing offers. Mark was again, responsive, and served as my advocate. The bidding war led to my getting a chunk more than my asking price--a nice bump-up! I'd recommend Mark Bonner to others. Go Mark!

Durham 2015-16
Mark was the best Realtor that we could have ever asked for. He did anything and everything that he could have to find us our dream home. He has great knowledge of the Durham area and was able to help us find a home in a beautiful location. He took care of everything with the whole process in a timely manner and kept us informed throughout the process. Thank you again!! Highly recommended!

Jodi & Ryan MacNamara
Durham NC
I can't say enough great things about Mark Bonner! He went above and beyond during my home buying process and was there every step of the way. Mark is extremely easy to work with, totally reliable and was prompt to respond to all emails and phone calls. He is very knowledgeable and is an expert in his field and in the Durham area. I highly recommend him for your home search and home buying process, he is a gem!!!

Dec. 2015
It's a fact. Buying a home is a life changing experience and for that reason it's so important to have someone represent your best interests. We feel fortunate to have teamed up with Mark Bonner of New Durham Realty. His years of experience in the financial markets, the real estate industry and in home inspections brought a world of knowledge that helped us find the right home. Mark quickly tuned in to our wish list and worked hard to find the right fit. His outstanding communication skills with other professionals really made the difference by supporting our requests & keeping our best interests first in mind. We believe we made it through this process because Mark was by our side every step of the way. Our new home is a result of teamwork, Mark was the leader. Very Thankful!!

Johnny and Arlene Creech
First-time home buyers here and with Mark's help we were able to get an awesome home in a great location! Mark was always available via phone, email, or text to expertly guide us through the ups and downs and ins and outs of the whole process. We will definitely be sharing our experience with our friends and are thankful that we have found such a dynamic Realtor in the Triangle area.
Michael and Evelyn
June 2015
"We stumbled upon Mark because we needed an available Realtor who could work with us on a tight timeline. Mark helped us navigate a difficult market and continued our search, often walking through homes for us and sending extra pictures, as we were doing everything online from Texas. After going under contract, Mark sensed we weren't totally satisfied and continued to look finally finding our perfect house! From day one, Mark was easy going and treated us like family. He was extremely patient and perseverant despite our sometimes difficult demands. He was truly dedicated to finding OUR home and not just any home!"
Samantha and John
June 2015
It was a pleasure working with Mark in purchasing my first home. Mark was extremely knowledgeable,attentive, accessible, and professional. I was able to get the downtown condo I wanted with his help and guidance throughout the entire process. I highly recommend working with Mark to buy or sell your home!
June 2015
Bought my first house today with the help of Mark Bonner. He is an exceptional Realtor and I can't say enough about how much I appreciate all the work he put into this deal and making sure I was 100% happy. He knew exactly what I was looking for and was very responsive to all my texts and emails. I will be recommending him to any and everyone looking to buy or sell.
June 2015
"Mark is a wonderful Realtor. I had a condo downtown, and I was not sure of how to price it. I met with Mark, and he gave me great suggestions for what it might sell for, and even tips for staging. My condo sold the same day it was listed, full asking price. In addition , Mark helped me find a great new home to purchase. Fantastic experience. "

May 2015
Mark was an incredible asset as we navigated the complexities of the first-time home-buying process. Throughout the seven months that we worked with him, he remained committed (but never pushy) to finding the home that was right for us. We certainly had some ups and downs and nail-biting moments, but Mark was there every step of the way. What we respected most about Mark, was that he didn't make us feel like we were just clients, he cared for us as people - as a newly married couple moving to new city. That care and consideration - in addition to the fact that he lives and works in Durham - made us feel comfortable working with him and assured us that he would have our best interest in mind.
Rachel and Chris
May 2015
Mark is outstanding. He understands the downtown Durham market, focuses on creating value for seller and buyer, and makes sure the entire transaction proceeds smoothly - which was a tall order since my transaction involved a corporate relocation. He's also a really good guy and a pleasure with whom to work.
December 2014
Mark did a great job in selling my loft condo! He was very thorough and kept the process easy for me. I have complete confidence in Mark and his expert knowledge of the real estate market in Durham, particularly in the downtown area!
We were very impressed with Mark's listening skills, and his staying power. He heard what we wanted, and kept looking until he found it. The result was that we got exactly the condo we were looking for.
Richard and Linda
Mark is the reason that we found our wonderful home. After two years of looking, it was by chance that we found Mark and Mark introduced us to what ended up being a perfect fit. His dedication to meeting us at all hours to see the property, coupled with his knowledge of how to get our offer accepted (there were 5 offers on the house in one day!) are truly the reason we got the house of our dreams. I would recommend Mark to anybody - he is amazing and so knowledgable. We were so lucky to find him!
Mark promptly responded to our online inquiry for additional information about a listing. His professionalism was apparent immediately. Mark never came across as "salesy," pushy, or overbearing. Rather, he listened attentively to our wish list; he patiently, promptly and thoroughly answered each of our questions.

As first-time home-buyers, Mark proved an invaluable asset. His knowledge base is so extensive that he was able to help us formulate the right questions to ask when we were overwhelmed by the process. Mark honestly had our best interests in mind from our first meeting until after the purchase of our home. We feel incredibly fortunate to have found a realtor who cares about our family and who we now consider a friend.

It is without hesitation that we recommend Mark to any fellow house hunters.
Molly and Colin