Chris Durant – Bio
Chris Durant ~ REALTOR® / Broker, Owner
Chris Durant, a 25 year veteran in senior level business and sales management, found his niche and has fully immersed himself in all areas of residential real estate. “If you are going to do something, do it right.” A legacy imparted by his grandfather and role model, Durant carries this advice with him in all he encounters. When Durant relocated into the Lake Norman Area he fell in love with it and worked for one of the area’s leading builders, MI Homes, selling new construction. This catapulted his love of real estate and was the fuel that brought the new brand and a unique, new approach to Real Estate to be born.
Chris began his professional career with United Parcel Service (UPS) in Knoxville, TN where he spent seven years in sales and sales management throughout eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia before being transferred to Atlanta to head up the company’s sales force restructuring initiative. After 12 years with “Big Brown”, and an exciting albeit unsuccessful run for US Congress, Chris embarked on a brand new career path; supplying weapons and training solutions to law enforcement agencies and the military. “This was not your typical day on the range,” Durant admits. “We developed and were engaged in scenario based combat exercises that would help train operators to work through the stress inoculation and adrenalin surges that such situations naturally create. I’ve been tazed, beat up, and repeatedly shot with less than lethal rounds – just think ‘hurt not injured’.”
Chris’ unique characteristic is that he creates an immediate trust and empathy with his clients. It is not just the negotiating that drives and excites him about real estate but also understanding the emotional challenges and his ability to create a calm process. His clients describe him as passionate but with a quiet, powerful presence coupled with an infectious sense of humor. Originally a native of Florida and graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Political Science, he can often be found enjoying the beauty of Lake Norman and is drawn to the water. He is also a voracious reader and enjoys writing on a variety of subjects as an aspiring and published author. He ardently believes in giving back to his community. Chris balances his time between Real Estate and working with local organizations. He is the Executive Director and Event Coordinator for the LKN Navy SEAL Swim and advises the board for SEAL Swim Charities helping to raise money and awareness for the veteran suicide epidemic plaguing our nation’s warriors suffering from PTSD and CRS. He is also active in animal advocacy.
A student and practitioner of traditional Eastern Yoga and Shaolin Kung Fu, Chris can truly be dubbed a “Renaissance Man”. His interest and knowledge in a variety of areas from art, literature, leadership, philosophy and humanitarianism create an engaging experience with each client relationship.
Mobile 704.975.5301 / chris(at)reallknliving(dotted)com
Named one of the ‘LKN Men You Should Know’ by Lake Norman Woman Magazine 2014 & again for 2016.