“I like to think clients would say that I helped them with the most important investments of their lives, and that they understood the process better because of me.”
John Barlow’s real estate practice spans more than thirty years, and has afforded him the opportunity to assist clients, both private and commercial, with closings, foreclosures, boundary disputes, title matters and more. Aside from helping his clients, John also finds satisfaction in unraveling complicated real estate problems and successfully closing purchases and sales and feels a sense of awe at how the practice of real estate law has evolved over the years.
John is currently president of the Rotary Club of Oriental and serves on the Pamlico County Board of Equalization and Review. He lectured for the Wake Forest CLE program for several years, and co-edited Skelton on the Legal Elements of Boundaries and Adjacent Properties (Lexis Law Publishing, 1997). He was also in the first group of attorneys to take and pass the Real Estate Specialty Exam, both residential and commercial.
Prior to joining Tuggle Duggins, John was secretary and general counsel to C. Douglas Wilson & Company, mortgage bankers, where he gained extensive experience in commercial lending and loan workouts.
Recent Representative Matters
- John was involved in the trial of a partitioning proceeding complicated by claims of adverse possession and filing dates, and successfully got a judgment for the client, a single mother with two children.
- In another matter, a client discovered a power line buried on its property while constructing a building. While there was no exception in the title policy for a right of way, the title company denied coverage without reason. John and his team sued, won, and the company paid all attorneys’ fees connected with the suit.
Outside of the Office
John and his wife enjoy traveling and do so as much as possible. Recently they ventured to Vietnam and have also had their passports stamped in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Tunisia.
When he is at home in North Carolina, most of his time is spent fishing and reading, though he has recently taken up the violin which he has found to be “a very humbling experience.”