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J. Frank Efird Sr.

J. Frank Efird Sr. is a distinguished figure in North Carolina’s real estate landscape, with a legacy spanning over six decades. As a seasoned NC real estate broker since 1965, he has cultivated an unparalleled expertise in the industry. His notable achievements include being the original developer of the Town of River Bend, a planned unit development (PUD) in New Bern, North Carolina, a testament to his visionary approach to community development.

In addition to his role as a NC real estate broker, Frank Efird Sr. was previously a North Carolina General Contractor, a title that underscores his multifaceted skill set. His contribution to the state’s housing market is remarkable, having built thousands of residential homes throughout his career. Furthermore, his impact extends to land development, having successfully developed thousands of acres of residential subdivisions, shaping the landscape of North Carolina’s residential communities.

Frank Efird Sr.’s unwavering commitment to excellence and his unparalleled track record have earned him a reputation as a trusted leader in the real estate industry. His dedication to quality, innovation, and community-building continues to leave a lasting imprint on North Carolina’s real estate sector.


  • Born 1933 in Albemarle, NC
  • Graduated Albemarle High School in 1951
  • Attended UNC Chapel Hill from 1952-1953
  • Served in the US Army from 1953-1955
  • Married Peggy McCanless in 1955
  • Graduated from Pfeiffer University in 1958 with a BS degree in Business Administration
  • Employed by Owens-Illinois Paper Products Division in Salisbury, NC, an international company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, in 1958
  • Hired by Stanley Tool Works, New Britain, Conn in 1964 to head the Personnel Department for a new plant in New Bern, NC
  • Recognized the need for new homes, created Efird Company and transitioned to building homes in 1965
  • Completed a major project, River Bend Plantation, in 1986, a planned unit development (PUD) on a 1,200-acre riverfront farm
  • Relocated to Wilmington, NC with wife, Peggy, at the age of 53 to embark on the next stage of life
  • Spent the last 38 years in NC commercial real estate in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation
  • At age 91, holds active NC Real Estate License and is a Partner with SVN | Efird Commercial Real Estate

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