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About Us

Tugwell Auction & Realty Co. is known for their many diverse sales, including all types of real estate, land auctions and farm equipment sales.

If you are considering an auction or buying equipment please contact Tugwell Auction & Realty Co. for more information about their many services.  They will confidentially meet with you; explain the auction process and answer questions you may have without charging a fee.

Call John or Sharyn Tugwell @ 252-531-1500 or

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Auctioneer and Real Estate Broker, John Tugwell was born in Pitt County, NC.  The son of a tobacco farmer, John’s desire to auction came at an early age while visiting the tobacco warehouses with his father. He has been actively involved with the farming and tobacco industries for over 40 years, 28 years as a tobacco auctioneer on the flue cured and burley tobacco markets.

John and his wife Sharyn are both North Carolina licensed auctioneers and real estate brokers.  Job Tugwell, their son, also an auctioneer works with his parents.  Their daughter, Rachel Whitehurst and Bonnie Allen work in the mobile office during the auction sales, keeping the computers and printers up and running.  Tugwell Auction has six licensed auctioneers and four real estate brokers working with them.

Tugwell Auction & Realty Co. has a reputation for honesty and fairness and is proud to work with the very best farmers in North Carolina, Virginia and surrounding states.  They take their logo seriously, “Buy Well, Sell Well with Tugwell” as they work hard to be certain their customers who buy and the clients who sell are treated fairly in every aspect of this business.  A buyers’ premium is never charged and they always appreciate your business.

Remember, Buy Well, Sell Well with Tugwell! 

NC Auction Firm License # 9485
NC Real Estate Firm License # 23998
John Tugwell NCAL # 883, NCRB # 44867
Sharyn MacDonald Tugwell NCAL # 6755, NCRB # 151934
Job Tugwell NCAL # 9485

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