Meet Our Executive Team

Murray Duggins

Murray Duggins has been working in real estate for nearly 30 years. He has been a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker since 1972 and a North Carolina Licensed General Contractor since 1978. He led the expansion of United Realty by founding several subsidiary companies, becoming one of North Carolina's leading developers of single-family housing. He has also developed one of the largest and most successful apartment portfolios in the Carolinas. In the mid-eighties, the Duggins family companies expanded into daycare, commercial construction and land development. Today, Murray Duggins is focused on apartment development.



James B. Smith

James B. Smith began his career with United Realty in 1988. While working full time on his B.S. Degree in Business Administration, he also worked full time as a Bookkeeper for United Realty. Upon graduation, Jim moved into the construction side of the company and has since become President of United Developers, Inc. During this time, he has helped the company expand its construction capacity, while maintaining United Developers commitment to excellence in affordable housing.


Wade Duggins

Wade Duggins started his career with United Developers in 2001. During his time with United Developers, he has supervised the construction of over 1800 units, consisting of 30 different apartment complexes. Wade currently holds the title of Vice President of Operations for United Developers, United Management and Duggins Smith Builders. Wade is an Unlimited North Carolina General Contractor.


Steve Pate

Steve Pate has over 30 years of experience in the real estate development and construction industry in Florida, Texas and the Carolinas. His past projects have included high rise condominiums, single family home communities, golf courses and commercial properties. Steve spent 11 years in the banking industry, financing and developing properties. Much of his experience was gained while working with large national home building and development firms.

Debbie Hawkins

As one of our longest standing team members, Debbie Hawkins serves as the Chief Financial Officer for United Developers. From our Fayetteville, North Carolina office location, Debbie's responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, draws and budgets.



Bill Owen

Bill Owen's primary responsibilities at United Developers consist of site location in North Carolina and South Carolina, the securing of appropriate zoning and special use permits, and coordination with various city and/or county governments to secure support for developments. Bill represents United Developers at various housing meetings and handles special projects as assigned by ownership.

Sara Butler

Sara Butler works at United Developer as a Development Coordinator. Sara oversees the annual submission of North and South Carolina tax credit applications to city and county Community Development Departments. She works closely with lenders, legal counsel and state and local financing agencies to provide the due diligence needed for project construction, tax credits, HUD and permanent financing.

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