Eva VanAken Managing Broker


Office: 919-459-6325


For over 25 years, Eva VanAken is one of the Triangle’s most trusted and top-producing brokers, counting among her clients numerous distinguished business and community leaders. A member of the Block & Associates Realty team since 1999, Eva works with landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers, as well as investors and developers interested in any area of the Triangle.

Eva has consistently ranked among the area’s top residential rental brokers. A high-touch broker known for her extensive market knowledge and her unmatched devotion to clients, Eva’s success is based almost exclusively on positive referrals. She earns the respect of her clients by working tirelessly on their behalf and by always offering them candid advice. Eva also utilizes the latest technologies and is supported various team members, who share Eva’s attention to detail and passion for perfection.

As Managing Broker at Block & Associates Realty, Eva helps train and mentor fellow agents. With the management team, she creates and implements company policies and procedures, and addresses legal matters. Because she appreciates the importance of all business relationships, she continually seeks to enhance the overall services provided to both our clients and customers alike.

When she isn’t working, Eva enjoys spending time with her two “little monsters”, Jacob and Ryan, and her husband, Ralph. She also enjoys going to the beach, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.


Aruna M – Cary, NC

Eva has been consistently exceeding our expectations with timely follow-ups and excellent advice for more than 13 years now. She readily imparts her knowledge and experience and helps us make informed decisions. Thank you Eva!

Ravi D – Cary, NC

Eva, we appreciate your help over the past several years. You are very professional and provide valuable guidance when it comes to property management. We rate you at 5 stars! -- Ravi D.

Kimble Wattenbarger

I own several rental properties in the Raleigh area. I have been using Block agent Eva VanAken for several years to find tenants. She has delivered qualified tenants in a timely manner. Best of all, Eva is easy-going and professional, making for a pleasant relationship. -- Kimble Wattenbarger

George Devlin

We have used Eva VanAken for many years to handle the renting of our property. Without exception everything has always gone smooth and without a hitch. They have always been clear to both Owner and tenant as to expectations and responsibilities. -- George Devlin

Jeanne Seay

Eva VanAken was my realtor. She not only rented my home but sold it in record time. The sale went through with no problems. I recommend her highly to list or sell your home. You will be in good hands. -- Jeanne Seay


It has been a pleasure doing business with you for the past ten years. You did a very fine job taking care of all the issues and handling my sometimes prickly personality. I truly appreciate all your help over the years. The only thing I will miss about owning this house in NC is you!!  Please feel free to forward this to the Blocks so they know you and Block & Associates did a super job for me for ten years and should receive a nice bonus! I am very glad you were my listing agent. You did a very fine job and this was not my first transaction. Also this house would not have sold so easily and for such a good price if it were not well maintained by Block’s property managers for ten years. So thank you to Lori Nance and her team as well.
-- Renton

Sydney Frazier

Dear Mr Block and Ms Schovain,
I wanted to take time to sing my praise about Eva VanAken. I have been working with a lot of rentals in the past two years and have never had as pleasurable experience as with Eva.

Her emails are caring and considerate in tone and responsive by including the client in the loop at every step and turn. Rental clients get really nervous after applying when they don't hear anything at all for a few days. It always helps them to know the information was received, the process will take so many days, and the rental agent will touch base at a minimum of 3 days regardless of the process. Eva did all of those things and included letting us know that due to our request for new carpet, there would be a delay while they got a quote. My client was very at ease, and in my opinion, it kept things working in the best business manner on both sides. I think sometimes people don't respond well to short, nondescript answers and business becomes emotionally challenging.
I especially liked that she copied me on every email to my client. It cut down on me having to check-in with him over every detail...
One thing she did in every email that I'm going to steal for my own, was that she started with....I hope your day is going well....I hope you had a nice weekend......I hope you are staying dry on this rainy day. How could any of it go bad after that?
Thank you for reading this,
Sydney Frazier, REALTOR® Fonville Morisey Realty A Long and Foster Company

MK Whitlock

I just rented my house through Block and Associates and could not have had a better experience. Eva VanAken was amazing to work with and made the process incredibly simple--she came to my home to review all of the paperwork, explained everything thoroughly, and within three weeks, my house was rented and the lease was signed. Emily McBrayer was also very helpful when Eva was out of the office. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to rent their home in the area...what I thought was going to be a very stressful experience was so easy.

Robert B.

I have used Block & Associates since 2006 for my Raleigh rental. Living in California with a rental property in Raleigh can be trying. Eva VanAken and her team have kept my total number of renters to just two in 8 plus years. When asked for an opinion, I get a well balanced answer. When asked “What would you do?” the response is personalized and well appreciated. Only minor repairs have been recommended from time to time and the work done on the property has been easy to facilitate even being out of town. I highly endorse “Block & Associates” for rental property management.

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