Meet your new support staff.

Our experienced real estate agents are ready to help you make the most of your time in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Whether you're from out of town and looking for the perfect vacation home, or a local resident keeping a close eye on the market and aiming to resituate, we're ready to work for you.
Alexus Hilliard of Sundog Realty

Alexus Hilliard

Alexus moved to Sylva, NC in 2015 after graduating from the University of South Florida. Since then, she has applied her passion for connecting with and caring for her community and clients to her real estate business. Through open communication and negotiation utilizing research, she skillfully balances both sides of the business — by ensuring her buyers get the best deals, and her sellers get a quick turnaround for top dollar. In her spare time, Alexus enjoys traveling, hiking, and going to the lake with her husband and her dog, Tucker.
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Mark Brooks of Sundog Realty

Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks has lived in Western North Carolina his whole life, having been raised in Graham County and attending college at WCU. After working in sales for more than 30 years, his experience speaks for itself; but his knowledge of the area is what makes him the best realtor for local families searching for their perfect mountain home. “I know the area well, from Tuckaseegee to Robbinsville/Fontana,” he says, a fact that is revealed with his $16 million in sales over his first 5 years as an agent. Mark works hard to keep lines of communication open with buyers and sellers, making himself available 7 days a week and always returning phone calls. Mark has served on the Carolina Smokies Association of Realtors Board of Directors and has twice been elected to the Jackson County Board of Education. He has 3 grown daughters, and in his spare time, he loves to hike, spend time on the lake, and hang out with his German Shepherd, Suzy.
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Phillip Gamble of Sundog Realty

Phillip Gamble

Phillip's been with Sundog since 2010. He started his career in construction management and later transitioned into to selling land and new homes. His combination of construction and sales experience gives him a unique perspective that benefits his clients during the discovery process and beyond. Phillip also serves as a mentor and sales manager, and is always willing to share his time and expertise with others. When he's not helping clients, he enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and their four children.
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Melissa Bush of Sundog Realty.

Melissa Bush

Melissa has lived in Western North Carolina for over 20 years, and has been a Realtor for 12 years. She credits visiting family in the area while she was growing up for her desire to live here one day. She says “The people, history, and beauty that surround us everyday feels like home,” and one of her favorite parts of being a realtor here is working with people from all over and hearing their stories. Melissa believes her success as a realtor comes from her ability to listen to clients’ wants and needs. She works closely with many area lenders, and can provide clients with trustworthy referrals for just about any service they need - whether that is helping with buying or selling a home, or land sales and purchases. A background as a legal assistant has given her insight into real estate law, and working with an in-house home builder has given her insight into new construction. Melissa lives in Sylva with her husband, children, 3 dogs, and a hamster. When she’s not selling homes or land, she enjoys music and concerts, bonfires with friends, exploring the mountains in her Jeep, and traveling.
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Bernie Gilchrist of Sundog Realty.

Bernie Gilchrist

Bernie works with both buyers and sellers to understand what their lifestyle is and how best to accommodate that - whether it’s by building a custom home, buying a pre-owned or newly built home, or finding that perfect piece of land on which to build. Bernie also specializes in finding and selling resort, vacation, and second homes - especially those with mountain views and lake- and stream-side properties. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry in addition to his real estate career, he truly understands customer service and wants to help his clients find the perfect place to call home. Bernie has lived in North Carolina his entire life and now calls Sylva home. He is passionate about his love for the outdoor opportunities offered in Western North Carolina, and thinks the “mountains possess an energy that lets you feel and breathe and get the most out of every day!” His hobbies include snow skiing, trout fishing, camping, hiking, and kayaking.
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