Pappalardo Real Estate Group


Meet The Pappalardo Team
Named One of the Top Ten Teams in the Carolinas!

The Pappalardo Team is a Top Producing Team that has helped many clients over the years.  We are unlike other million dollar production teams, however.  When you work with us, you will have access to our information and guidance throughout the process.  You receive the benefits of numerous professionals to help guide and protect you all the while providing individualized attention to detail.

Our business is built on referrals and based on family values.  We understand the importance of community, integrity and professionalism. But our experience alone is not what makes us successful.  We are continually educating our agents on local market trends, investment strategies and continuing education. 

We look forward to earning your business!


Kim Pappalardo

Listing Specialist
Investment Specialist
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Kim was born and raised in New Jersey, but quickly realized that North Carolina was "home". She and her family have lived in Cary and now reside in Raleigh. The Pappalardos have two daughters, Gabriela and Olivia. 

Kim has a bachelor's degree from Pace University in Psychology and a master's degree from The College of New Rochelle in School Psychology.  Prior to her real estate career, she honed her people skills as a psychologist.  This background gives her the edge when it comes to negotiating.  She is able to adapt to many different personality styles, putting deals together and making people's lives more enriched. While a school psychologist, the real estate bug bit and her career started as an investor. 

Since purchasing her first investment property, she has helped countless number of people learn to invest and increase their net worth.  She continues to work with clients, teaching them the skills they need to reach their individual investment goals. She has helped clients on a nationwide basis.

As an individual agent, she has written over $100M in sales and prides herself in developing successful, long term business relationships with her clients.  She is recognized in Who's Who in Real Estate, has won numerous international production awards, has participated as a member of the Agent Leadership Council for Keller Williams and is continually recognized as a Top Producer. She gives back to her community, mentors new agents and volunteers her time at her children's school.



 Marc Pappalardo
Director of Sales
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Marc grew up in New Jersey and relocated to the Triangle area in 1996. He went to Pace University for his business degree and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a Master of Physical Therapy degree. Marc is a coach for The Miracle League of the Triangle and is involved with the Y-Princesses with his 2 young daughters.

Marc's focus is developing marketing strategies to optimize the sales of our team's listings. He is involved with both local and national business networks increasing exposure to the highest levels. 
He works one on one with our agents to maximize the opportunities for their clients and helps them with professional training, growth and development.


Jessica Miller

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Jessica has been involved in the real estate industry since early 2011, when she joined a local area builder as the marketing and design manager. In this role she worked individually with customers on design choices to help personalize their new homes, and worked with the field teams to coordinate projects and ensure customer satisfaction, as well as marketing. After receiving her real estate license in 2012, she then began working with buyers through online sales.

Born and raised in Clayton, North Carolina, Jessica is proud to call the Triangle home. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she received a BA in Public Relations. Prior to her position in new construction, Jessica worked at a local news station as a production assistant and as the associate producer for Football Friday, and then at a PR firm. She was also an account manager for a cloud-based content syndication company. 

Jessica lives in Wake Forest with her Husband, Adam, and their daughter, Kate. She is an enthusiastic member of the community who enjoys trying new restaurants, running and showing clients the best the Triangle has to offer!


Chase Barnes
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Chase uses his knowledge of home construction and the renovation industry to educate his clients with the ins and outs of every home. His passion for real estate and drive to find every client the perfect home is only the start to why buyers feel comfortable, excited and stress free when Chase is at their side.     

Chase was born in West Virginia but lived the majority of his life in Baltimore, Maryland. Chase and his family moved to North Carolina after visiting a friend and just absolutely falling in love with this beautiful scenic state. He is a graduate of Wilmington University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Business.  Prior to real estate, Chase worked in kitchen and bath sales and construction management.  

Chase lives in Wake Forest with his wife Rebecca, a local veterinarian, and their daughters Olivia and Harper. He is an active member in the community, plays and coaches baseball in the North Wake men's baseball league, loves the local family owned restaurants and frequently takes hikes at many of the nearby state parks with his family.

Rich Burghgraef
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 Rich Burghgraef is a versatile and goal-oriented sales leader who loves to help people to buy. Over 20+ years’ experience in sales and sales management allows Rich to adapt quickly to understand the needs of his clients and help them to find the home of their dreams, no matter the market conditions.

Rich is a smart strategist, able to “think outside of the box” and able to help clients achieve their goals. He uses these skills to set expectations early to avoid stress later on. “I become much more of a resource to my clients when I listen to what they want and work to get it for them rather than to sell what I have,” Rich states. “People hate being sold things but love to buy, so my job is to make the BUYING process as easy as possible.”

Rich started coming to the Triangle in 2008 to meet with clients but fell in love with the people…and the great weather…and decided to move here in 2011. “I had the opportunity to stay in Fuquay and Holly Springs when I traveled here for work, Wake Forest when I first moved here, and now I am in Cary/Morrisville so I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about the area. I’ve seen so much incredible growth!”

An avid runner, Rich has completed over 20 half marathons and 2 marathons, including the New York City Marathon. 


Kelli Wygant
Director of Operations
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Kelli is originally from Pennsylvania where she attended Slippery Rock University with a focus in Communications. She moved to North Carolina almost 22 years ago and  met her husband Adam here, who coincidentally is also from Pennsylvania.  Together they are raising their daughter, Avery.

Kelli previously worked for Wells Fargo in the bankruptcy department for several years prior to joining the Pappalardo team and the entire family are die hard Steeler fans! Kelli enjoys football, reading, golf and playing Texas Hold Em.

Megan Defibaugh

Client Care Coordinator
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Megan is a graduate from the University of Mary Washington. After earning her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, she moved from the northern Virginia countryside to the upbeat city of Raleigh.  She worked at the State Employees’ Credit Union before utilizing her real estate license and mastered her coffee crafting skills at Starbucks.

As an advocate for wildlife, Megan enjoys volunteering for and exploring the outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, and traveling are a few of her favorite activities. She also has a love for music and enjoys singing. She has a passion for helping others and works diligently to make dreams come true.