Grist Realty
We help our clients make smart decisions.

Meet the Grist Realty team

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Owner / Broker In Charge

Hugh Grist | | (919) 601-8672

The Business Dictionary describes a leader as someone who establishes a clear vision, then shares that vision with others so they will follow willingly. Someone who provides the information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision. Someone who coordinates and balances the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders. A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult solutions. This parallels precisely with the definition of a good real estate agent, and Hugh draws on experience to lead both his clients and his company towards success.


Professional Background

Broker Associate, 2015-2017

Broker Associate, 2014-2015

Property Casualty Sales Agent, 2002-2014

Business Management, 2001

Activities & Interests

• Investment property renovation experience
• Cycling - greenways
• Motorsports and BMW
• Stonewall Sports League - benefitting the local LGBT Center


"Property ownership is always an exciting opportunity to invest in yourself and your community, and in our growing Triangle market, usually with great return on that investment."


Broker Associate

Trevor Marshall | | (919) 255-0856

A walking MLS, Trevor can tell you his top picks for an 1800Sf single family with garage and open floor plan near Five Points on-the-fly any time of the day. He has a photographic memory for recalling addresses, square feet, and prices. He's our secret weapon - a true asset to Grist Realty productivity.


Professional Background

Transaction Coordinator, 2016-2017

Project Management Intern, 2016

B.S., Business Administration in Marketing, 2016

Activities & Interests

  • World traveler
  • Antique furniture collector
  • Interior design and residential architecture enthusiast
  • Social media guru

Buyer Sense

Trevor came to the real estate profession with extensive retail sales experience, so he has a strong sense of what makes buyers connect -- sense that will add value to either side of the transaction.


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BROKER associate and retirement specialist

Les Woolard | | (919) 880-6469

Our forty-year financial services professional whose experience and market knowledge is a new line on your asset column during transitional periods in life such as downsizing or relocation. In addition to real estate, Les is also a life, long term care, accident/health, and property/casualty insurance agent. He's a notary public, and holds many designations and honors.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Certified Financial Educator (CFE)
  • College Planning Relief Specialist
  • Strategic Pricing Specialist
  • 1999 "Above and Beyond Leadership Award"
  • 2001-2002 Chairman Field Management Advisory Group Southwestern Life
  • 2009 MDRT "Court of the Table"

Strategy Expert

"Whether relocating, downsizing, buying the house of your dreams or simply making a lifestyle change, the issues involved can be complex and may come with many difficult decisions. I can provide value added financial planning knowledge and experience to assist you during this challenging occasion. Having a realtor who understands that you are not just buying a house, but making a strategic change at a strategic time in your life can be a huge advantage."

Real Estate Background

  • 21 Properties for renovation and resale
  • 3 historic rehabilitations
  • Created 3 minor subdivisions
  • Involved in land swaps for right of way
  • Associate Broker with Designed to Sold real estate firm in Cary through in 2012 and Berkshire Hathaway through 2015