Jo-an is an absolutely incredible realtor. She negotiated an incredible deal for us and got us our dream house. She was responsive and easy to talk to throughout the entire process and made a stressful situation much more manageable. I would highly recommend Jo-an to anyone looking to buy their dream house…she will make your dreams come true!


I contacted Tanya to help us find our new home. She was great! She sent us all the new listings and actually was the one that encouraged us to see our new home. She took us out several times to look at homes and was very patient with us. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She will work hard to find you the perfect home.

L. & B. A.

“Jo-an is a true professional! Her knowledge and expertise in Southern Pines was incredibly valuable to me since I was moving from out of the area. We had a few tricky issues during the buying process that Jo-an helped me navigate through with patience, determination, and kindness. She had a way of making me feel as though I was her only client! I would happily work with Jo-an in the future.”


Tanya is the quintessential professional. Her attention to detail, her unending determination to do an excellent job for her clients, her poise under pressure, and her friendly and professional manner make her an excellent choice when buying or selling. We feel fortunate when she is on either side of a transaction we are closing.


“The consummate professional. Jo-an takes nothing for granted and is one of the most thorough people you will meet. She thinks of things others assume will be satisfactory. She is forward-thinking beyond today and that pays great dividends in the real estate business. She recommended inspections of our newly built home and we are so glad we took her advice and counsel. There were about 10 things that were in need of addressing. She works well with sellers and home builders, but always put our best interest in the forefront. Reasonable and prudent business-woman. She listens intently and picks on things that might go unspoken, but are, nevertheless important. She is astute. This was our first closing in 50 years of buying home where we didn’t have hiccups, drama or trauma. Jo-an’s thoroughness paid dividends in that we didn’t have a lot of missteps or problems. It was smooth sailing…for all concerned. You can count on her judgment and counsel. She has a keen eye and is well-grounded.”


Tanya and her team were so easy to work with. They are professional and really know the market and what people are looking for in a home.

S. & J.K.

“I wish to reiterate the hard work and consistent effort put forth by Jo-an, which was exceptional. She is a great agent/broker, and does everything possible to make sure her clients get the best service. She is a very hard worker and very trustworthy. Thank you again, Jo-an, for helping me to sell my property. I appreciate everything that you did above & beyond the usual client/broker relationship.”


“Very professional all the way through!! Outstanding service and always helpful.”

P. & J. P.

We met Tanya while attending our first open house. She immediately came across as professional, kind and thorough. We opted to work with her while looking to buy our first home, and we do not regret it at all. She is very organized, easy to communicate with and eager to answer questions. After we  made our offer for the home we wanted, she kept us on track and ensured a timely closing. She has also gone out of her way to establish ties with local lenders and vendors, which was very important to us since we were not from the area. We thank her for making the process a truly smooth one, and would not hesitate to recommend her.

S. A & P. S.

“Jo-an DeSell went above and beyond for us. Our plans changed midway and she remained committed and dedicated to meeting our needs. Her professionalism, knowledge of the area and horse farms, efficiency,commitment, and courtesy exceeded our expectations. We spoke to multiple realtors/brokers prior to meeting Jo-an and have been in awe of her skills.”

K.K. & B.K.

“Jo-an DeSell was very professional, she guided me through all the issues from selling a house. She was easy to get in contact with and I would highly recommend her to sell any home or farm.”


“Jo-An did an excellent job in all aspects of this sale. We highly recommend her.”

M.B. & D.B

Tanya is very professional. She is a wealth of information in and around Union County. She goes out of her way to make the deal happen. Especially when we had issues with the underground oil tank removal by the seller, she called around to the contractors and various departments to get the cleanup work done and inspected before the deadline for us to qualify for the stimulus. She worked with us, patiently, for more than 2 years, until we bought the house in Cranford. I would highly recommend her and would also use her real estate services, if need be, in the future. 

R. B & S. K.

“When I decided to relocate from New York to Moore County, the choice of the right property was essential. Jo-an DeSell has a very good understanding of the community, and the types of property available. She has a realistic view of the market. And most importantly, she makes the best use of your time, only showing properties that are appropriate in size and value. A pleasure to work with in all respects.”


Jo-an was extremely helpful and professional throughout the entire home buying process and went way beyond her duties to make sure the house was clean and ready to move in to by closing time. During the closing process, I discovered we knew the same people throughout the horse riding community and can honestly say she is now a friend of mine. I encourage anyone to contact her when searching for or purchasing a home.

C. T.

Tanya was an amazing realtor to work with. She helped us find a great house in an adorable neighborhood and was incredibly helpful when we came across some issues with the fireplace. She found us experts to help us make an informed decision on whether or not to buy the house and was so helpful when dealing with difficult sellers. Buying and selling houses can definitely bring out the best and the worst in people. Tanya is at her best in the realty world. She’s also a great person to be around, I’m so happy you were my realtor! I hope not to move for a long time, but if I do, Tanya will be my first call.
5 stars!


My husband and I being first time home buyers were completely unaware of the process on buying a home. Whitney helped us every step of the way. When buying a home it often is a long process, but Whitney navigated us through it all perfectly. I feel confident to say that without her we would have  been lost. She ensured that every detail was taken care of and due to her diligence we got everything we could ever want out of our new home. Not only did she negotiate well, she also sent us plenty of updates so I never once felt forgotten or pushed to the side. I highly recommend Whitney; I can’t imagine anyone else who could provide the level of service we received.


“A successful experience!”


“Jo-an DeSell is excellent at her job. Would recommend her to anyone that wants a dependable and trustworthy realtor that knows the Southern Pines / Pinehurst area!”


“Jo-an DeSell was very helpful and helped us make a good move.”


Best person I have dealt with in a long time. Her knowledge of real-estate is a given and her attention to detail is second to none. She took the time to guide us through a process we had not done in some 30 years, buying and selling a home. A lot had changed and Tanya was right there to answer,  guide and advocate for us. We made a great team and we got the house of our dreams. She had fantastic associates who took pictures, who helped us stage our old home. Her list of vendors who fixed, repaired and inspected our old and new home made our decisions easy. She was a one stop shop and made our move a pleasant journey. We miss her as, we are all moved in. Tanya’s smile, her bright personality, her caring nature, her attention to detail and her ability to listen to the clients are strengths most realtors today do not posses. She is a gem.


“We had a contract within the first week of listing but unfortunately it took a bit longer to close than we had hoped. This has nothing to do with Jo-An or her firm. Overall the marketing plan and sales process with Desell & Co was done very well. We had a specialty property and Jo-Ann is well known for horse farms and acreage.”


“Jo-an DeSell is, simply said, the very best! The same can be said for her staff!”

C. & L. B.

My wife and I were originally were looking around the Pittsboro area, which is Tanya’s area. After looking around for a while, we decided to stay in the Wake County area. The few times we spent looking at houses with Tanya, we loved! She was very personable, professional, and helpful! There  were many times I could call, text, or email her and she would reply immediately. Ultimately, we bought our home in Fuquay Varina, which is about 45 minutes East of her area. Tanya traveled this way numerous times and was asking questions neither one of us would have ever thought about asking. She even helped us blue tape the house when we did the walk through. I can honestly say, the next time we need a realtor, we will go back to Tanya!

M. & R.H.

“Jo-an is hands down the best. Her incredible knowledge of the market and wonderful attention to detail truly make such a difference. We felt completely comfortable with her the entire time and she took excellent care of us.”


“Would choose Jo-an again, without question, if needed an agent in that area in the future.”

G. & A. M.

“Tanya was by far the best real-estate agent we ever had. Recently we sold our families house in Garwood whereas we had 2 previous agents before Tanya. She applied 3 times more effort and selling techniques that far exceeded our expectations and sold our house in no time at all. Thank you Tanya!”


“Jo-An was excellent at providing feedback, giving us advice for mortgage companies, giving us referrals for every other business we’d need once we moved to the Southern Pines area. She was just the best!”

K. & T. S.

Tanya worked diligently to find us a home. We looked at many a house and she always notified us quickly about new listings to check out. We appreciate all the time and effort.

R. & B.D.

Jo-an was recommended to us by my sister who lives in Southern Pines. We chose her to list our property because of her excellent reputation and knowledge of horse property. Jo-an is the best, most knowledgeable horse property real estate agent in Moore county in my opinion. Her communication skills were excellent from start to finish. I would highly recommend Jo-an to anyone buying or selling property in horse country. If in the future we were to decide to move to Southern Pines I would definitely work with her again.


“I am confident that my wife and I have experienced the same kind of personal attention, professional expertise, and genuine care in other business transactions but I cannot remember one that would exceed the level of service exhibited with Jo-An and her entire staff at DeSell & Co. Realty. We Highly recommend Jo-an and her company to anyone in the real estate market, whether buying or selling, especially if you are relocating to the area. A+++”

S. & L. G.

Tanya came and helped sell our horse farm in Pittsboro, NC after it had been on the market for a year and a half. She brought in a professional real estate photographer and developed a full proof marketing plan and targeted audience for a special property. 24 hours after it was listed on MLS (and other online sites) it was under contract! Since then I have enlisted her help again to sell some undeveloped land that is again specific for a horse farm.


“Jo-An was the perfect agent to help us sell our family’s horse farm. She knows the market, the challenges, and the values.”


“Jo-an was very knowledgeable about the area and was in constant contact with me throughout our buying process. She was easily reached and very friendly. I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking to buy real estate.”


Working with Tanya was wonderful. She made our out of town sale a breeze with her knowledge of the market and matrix of experienced contractors. She is very responsive and thorough. Great Experience!

P. & G. F.

“Jo-an was a pleasure to work with.”


“I have worked with Ms. DeSell on several occasions. She has been great to work with and will absolutely work with her again when the time comes. Thank you Jo-an!”


“Jo-an is great!. She has been on target with my criteria for a home. She has been very accessible and responsive. She is able to make you feel like you are her #1 priority. All around a great professional and a pleasure to work with.”


Tanya possesses everything you need in a realtor; knowledgable, responsive, flexible, patient, and professional. Her ability to use technology is so helpful, especially if you are an out of area buyer. She helped reduce the stress that buying a home can bring. We are eternally grateful for Tanya  and her expertise.

F. & K.K.

“We are very pleased with Jo-an and the DeSell team. Jo-an knows this area and has relationships with the other agents, contractors, inspectors and the community. Her guidance made our move to Southern Pines a real pleasure. She was knowledgeable and trustworthy during the contract process and set us up with a great attorney to close the transaction. As we were out of town, Jo-an and her team went “above and beyond” to handle our inspections with very qualified contractors. We felt very confident that everything was professionally handled in our absence. A true professional, we will recommend DeSell & Co. to anyone without reservation. We trusted her with everything and were never disappointed. She had the patience to show us “a ton of properties” over multiple trips before selecting our perfect home. On top of it all, Jo-an is also a very nice person and a pleasure to do business with.”

Happy Buyer

Nobody can find a better Realtor/Broker than Tanya Papandrea. She had sold 2 of my houses in Chapel Hill, NC, also had helped me from the beginning to the end in the building of a new house also in Chapel Hill, NC. What I like about Tanya is her devotion and her professionalism toward the job she was hired for. She had kept me informed of the status of the marketing and will take actions if necessary. If I must buy/sell again, no need to say who my Broker will be. I greatly recommend her.

M. & L.G.

“Jo-an has an outstanding reputation for her straight dueling, business ethics, and business knowledge.  But even more important to me was that I trusted her completely.  We were working with her from out of town, but she was so efficient in sending us information and documents, the deal went more smoothly that most of our local transactions.  By the time we got to settlement, my husband, who is a retired attorney and barely knew Jo-an when we started, was singing her praises to everyone.”