Levi & Lindsay, SW Portland
“Choosing to work with Mel was the best decision we could have made during our home buying process. After finding our dream home online, we were trying to determine whether or not we really needed a realtor to help us close on the house. Ultimately, we asked Mel to help us out, and we are SO glad we did! She is an excellent communicator and a true advocate for her clients. She helped us navigate the challenges of negotiating prices, interpreting home inspections, getting bids on repairs, and overcoming financing hurdles with professionalism, knowledge, and care. Anyone looking for a real estate agent would be doing themselves a huge favor by working with Mel!”
Megan & Nick, N Portland
“As first time home buyers, we reached out to Mel with hopes that we could learn more about the process and maybe figure out a plan to start. 8 weeks later we moved into our first home. She is incredible, and we will be forever grateful for all the effort she made to bring us this happiness. Her expertise, patience, and timeliness exemplify her excellence in this profession, and we can not recommend her enough. Mel is trustworthy and truly had our best interest at heart. Our goal was to find a 2 bed 1 bath with a yard in our price range. Mel not only found us what we were looking for in record time, but negotiated for us to move into a turnkey property while saving on closing costs! Thank you Mel, for making our dream come true, and for caring as much as we did.”
Mona & Doug, SW Portland
“When we first spoke with Mel, we explained our situation and our goals. She listened and had great ideas on how we could achieve our goals with the least amount of stress. Mel helped us see the big picture along what repairs were really needed. It took us a while to get our house in order and ready but Mel checked in with us and always had encouraging words. Once we were done with the repairs, she got our house on the market in no time at all. The whole process was incredibly smooth. Mel made certain we were well informed at all stages and was a dynamic negotiator on our behalf. It’s hard to say what the best part of working with Mel really is because she is really a great Real Estate Agent who works diligently for her clients. We can’t recommend her enough to everybody that we talk to who asks. We will certainly come back to Mel if we decide to purchase a home in the Portland area again.”
Ross, Sarah & Etta, NE Portland
“Mel has been an amazing realtor to work with. When searching for an agent we had a connection to the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors who recommended Mel. This is a good sign of why Mel is great to work with as she is being recommended over 100’s of other realtors. When we were selling our condo in NE Portland it was in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. This is a crazy time to sell a home and Mel did a fantastic job of putting us in a place to be successful in selling. Mel was very helpful in letting us know what we should do to spruce up our condo and that advice was helpful as we put it on the market. We also had moved out of the area and Mel was great to work with remotely. We didn’t have to worry about anything getting done or being able to keep communication channels open and knowing where we were at in the process. In the end we had multiple offers and Mel helped us negotiate getting final best offers and we ended up getting over asking price and was the highest sold 2-bedroom condo in the complex ever. Mel helped set the bar for what these condos are currently worth in the market today. Can’t go wrong with Mel!”
Eduardo & Shantell, N Portland
“This is the first home we have bought and Mel made the process incredibly easy. She walked us through every step, always answering all of our questions (about process, market, even mortgage-related) in a prompt and thorough way. She found and showed to us a good variety of homes, always tending to our needs. Furthermore, she is knowledgeable, friendly and speaks Spanish. I would definitely recommend working with Mel.”
Rich & Christine, NW Portland
“We met Mel in 2014 when we first started to think about moving to Portland. She came highly recommended by friends of ours who had moved to Portland in 2013, as Mel had sold them their condo. The most remarkable feature of Mel as a Realtor is her patience. She must have shown us 50 properties or more in Portland over a period of 6 years. She wanted to give us a flavor of many different neighborhoods and many different types of units (including small houses) so that we could make a reasoned decision about where and what type of unit we would buy. She did both in person showings (when we could be in Portland) and online presentations where we’d follow here through the unit while she showed us video from her cell phone. She was always patient and professional, answering all of our questions and consulting with the sellers when we needed more information. She is extremely knowledgeable about all of the Portland neighborhoods as well as the surrounding area. If she doesn’t know something she will find out about it as quickly as possible. When it comes time for us to sell the home that we purchased in October of 2020, we’ll definitely go with Mel as our agent. We can’t recommend her enough.”
Jaime & Shea, Molalla
“Mel has been a huge asset for our business, as well as our family! She is by far the BEST real estate professional we’ve ever worked with. Her professionalism is incredible, she’s available for all questions and concerns, and is eager to tackle a tough sales situation. Our most recent commercial sale was very complicated and detail oriented, in a county we don’t live or work in (commercial acreage) she was able to successfully market, be available for showings quickly and navigate the onboarding of reliable, competent professionals for inspections, financing, real estate law, and more. She made every move forward easy, with confidence and efficiency. Mel always impresses us and we look forward to her support for our future personal and commercial ventures.”
Shannon, N Portland
“Sometimes the circumstances around the selling of a home aren’t the greatest. My home needed to be sold within a specific time frame as it was an asset in my divorce. With this situation, there aren’t just the normal real estate stresses but heightened human emotions and lots of other moving factors. A real estate agent must be able to handle not only the normal workload but also many other variables. Mel easily rose to the level needed and showed tremendous compassion and understanding. We had to get the home on the market within a specific time frame and needed the most value as possible as one home would now become two. She showed us exactly where our limited resources would be best used. She diffused stress, knew when to step in and offer guidance, and how to expertly handle all parties involved. We had multiple offers during the slowest part of the year – winter during the holidays. Mel exceeded all my expectations and made the experience the best it could have ever been. Because of her level of professionalism, ability to handle additional variables, and exceeding my needs, I have recommended her to family and friends and plan on using her for any future real estate needs.”
Steve, Portland Metro
“Mel is truly a joy to work with and takes all the stress out of a real estate transaction. I have worked with her on at least six home purchases and sales and she handles them all as if we were her only client. Personal, great level of checking in, creative ideas for promoting property. On top of every detail to ensure successful and timely closing.”
Justa & Conor, SE Portland
“I knew of Mel’s work through some friends that bought and sold their homes with her as their Realtor, so she was the first person I contacted when I needed a CMA on my home. I was very impressed with the time she took and her level of professionalism, and knew she would be who I contacted if I decided to sell. When the time came to sell my home, she was a support in more ways than just a Realtor. She handled difficult personalities involved with grace and skill. She kept the process on track in spite of many derailments. She gave me much advice on how to prepare my home for listing and I truly believe that listening to her recommendations resulted in the best possible outcome with the sale of my home. Mel was also our Realtor when it came time to purchase a home and I was again impressed with her level of organization. Her extensive experience in the Portland market was evident throughout both the sale and purchase of a home here. She is realistic and grounded while having high standards for the outcomes for her clients. Mel is exceptional in her field and I recommend her to anyone I know looking for a Realtor.”
Nadia & Franny, Woodburn
“Mel is an absolute treasure. She was always quick to respond and her genuinely positive attitude helped us to feel comfortable throughout the whole process of buying our first home. We had some hiccups and hurdles pop up with our lender in the weeks leading up to closing, which was very stressful. Mel was always quick to answer our questions and to step in and provide clear, direct communication while we were finding a solution with the lender. It can be very intimidating navigating these unforeseen issues as a first-time buyer, and it made all the difference in the world knowing that she and her team were always there fighting for us. You will be glad you have her in your corner.”
Margarita, SW Portland
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Mel when purchasing my first home. As a female professional, it was important to me to work with another female who excels in her field. She was highly recommended to me through a family member who is a successful business realtor. At our first meeting, she had a packet ready for me with a notebook and was very organized about all the details we needed to cover. She asked me questions to understand what I was looking for and it was easy to talk to her and narrow down where our search should start. She also thoroughly answered any questions I had in a way that was easy to understand. Throughout the process, she was extremely communicative being accessible by phone, text & email and would always respond within hours. I consider myself very fortunate to have gone through what could have been a very stressful experience with such a knowledgeable, kind and caring woman. I now consider Mel a friend and will definitely work with her in the future when buying or selling real-estate.”
Skye & Chris, NE Portland
“We recently worked with Mel to sell our NE PDX home and Mel was a pleasure to work with. She came over to our house multiple times to discuss the market and what practical improvements could be made to our house. She was responsive and assisted in navigating the ups and downs of the selling process which can be quite a stressful process. We appreciated all that she did to help us sell our house quickly and for a great price. We would definitely recommend Mel!”
Teddie & Josh, Sherwood
“You will never for one second regret working with Mel. We worked with her just about 5 years ago to buy our first home. She made the process super easy, and was awesome then. We knew we’d work with her again when the time came.Fast forward to May of this year. We now had two kids and only two bedrooms. It was time to call Mel. Let me tell you… “The house” we wanted to buy came and went a few times before we found “THE HOUSE.” And the sale was not as straightforward as we hoped it would be. Mel worked so hard on our behalf, stayed positive, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results. That left us with one other task. We needed to sell our first home. The inspection revealed a few things that we needed to address, and Mel was always right there to answer questions and provide suggestions to get things done right. When things got tough with the buyer, she stuck with it and made sure that everyone felt comfortable with the sale. We will never use another realtor, and we absolutely recommend her for any buying or selling needs.”
Nora & Sean, SW Portland
“Mel was a pleasure to work with as we looked for, and finally found a new home. She always arrived on-time to multiple showings, answered our questions, and gave insightful advice and opinions. Mel has a great knowledge of the Portland market and was very responsive as we moved through the buying process. She made everything easy. We’d definitely recommend Mel – she’s an absolute pro.”
Andrew & Johanna, Milwaukie
“When we started working with Mel, my wife and I had been first-time house shopping for a full year on a budget with little success. Then suddenly within a couple of weeks of working with her we already had an accepted offer, it’s that simple. Like everything, a little bit of luck is involved, but Mel is a fantastic, friendly and professional broker who helped get us into a house that we liked in record time. Every step of the way she was available via texts, calls and emails and clearly communicated the parts of the process that we didn’t fully understand. We had various lenders and agents along the way tell us how lucky we were to have found her. When the sale closed she continued to stay in touch, asking how she could help, offering advice and giving contacts for minor home repairs, and we will absolutely stay in touch and enlist her services as a broker again in the years to come. Thanks Mel!”
Jason & Meredith, NE Portland
“Working with Mel was a great experience. We had the fortune of consulting with her on two separate occasions. Initially, we had partnered with her after our decision to move across town. Mel spent a lot of time listening to us about our needs, and clearly had a deep knowledge of all the Portland neighborhoods. Looking to cast a wide net, Mel took time to really show us the breadth of communities on the West side. She was diligent to ensure we experienced a lot of what was on the market, in a very small window of time. Although a move to the west side was not in the cards for us, a move across country soon was. And Mel moved on a dime to get us in a position to sell our NE Portland home. Within days of deciding to take a job in the Midwest, Mel had us totally confident and comfortable with the idea of selling our first house. She was great about navigating us through the selling process and was extremely patient with us as we sorted out our move. Her knowledge and professionalism allowed for us to get the house staged, on the market, and sold all while being located out of state, 2,000 miles away from Oregon. At every turn, she was quick to call with information and advice to get the deal done, and get our house sold. Mel has an amazing attitude and a really positive outlook that made our partnership so effortless and stress free.”
Berta & Bill, NE Portland
“My husband and I recently bought a house in Concordia. This was a complicated process since our permanent residence is in Memphis, TN. We have purchased 5 homes during our 52 years of marriage. However, working with Mel made this process a joy. Mel answered every question promptly and with joy. Through negotiations, she was quick to respond and advocate for us. With the shortage of appraisers in Portland, we had further complications, but Mel guided us flawlessly through it. Her language was filled with positivity and enthusiasm. Her attention to detail was phenomenal. Once the sale was finalized, she did not drop us but continued to show interest in us by offering to help us rent furniture while ours is being made. She further helped us by sending comps for our neighborhood since we used cash and are refinancing to meet the sellers demands. Through the purchase of 5 homes in our lifetime—-in Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, and Tennessee, she is the best realtor that we have had the pleasure of doing business.”
Aaron & Ethan, SE Portland
“Mel was my parents’ Realtor a few years ago. My parents had such a good experience with Mel that they recommended my partner and I contact her when we decided to buy a home. From the beginning of my very first email response from Mel, I could tell I made the right choice. Mel was always amazingly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful.
My partner and I had a very short window of time in which to vacate our apartment, look for a home and take care of the long list of necessary home buying logistics. We were extremely worried that we wouldn’t be able to find a place in a timely manner. Mel assuaged our fears from the very beginning. She was able to expedite our home buying process in a way I assumed was impossible. Her experience, expertise and savvy granted her the ability to make important steps and processes happen much faster than we expected. Mel always stayed in very close touch, regardless of the time of day. Because of Mel’s tireless work ethic, we were able to be in our new home much sooner than expected.
Mel truly can’t be recommended enough. The process of buying a home is extremely stressful, but Mel is the very best person to successfully guide you through the process.”
Debbie & Dave, NE Portland
“We were introduced to Mel by our daughter and son-in-law when we first contemplated buying a house in NE Portland – a year ago. One of the main criteria was that the house had to be within walking distance of our daughter’s. The real estate market is super hot and before we knew it, we were in a bidding war. Since we were not in need to move immediately, we decided to ‘keep looking’ until the right unit came on the market.
The right unit finally came on the market, we decided to make an offer but there was a major hurdle in the way. We were leaving for an extended overseas vacation within two days and as a result, everything had to be done electronically. With Mel’s great guidance, the escrow process went smoothly and we were able to close escrow as scheduled.
Looking through my records, over the course of over a year, Mel sent us over 300 listings in the areas of our interest. She did not waiver in her determination to find us a unit to purchase and her persistence and perseverance finally paid off royally for us. Where other Realtors would have given up the pursuit, Mel kept her ears and nose to the ground. Mel’s pleasant personality is a joy to work with and no request is too hard for her. Her knowledge of the industry and market made our decisions easy to make.”
Alexis, SE Portland
“I recently worked with Mel George to buy my first home. She came recommended by friends who had recently purchased theirs and if I ever buy a second home, I’ll work with Mel again.
It was a lengthy process, over a year from when Mel and I first sat down together to when we closed on my house. We viewed maybe a dozen homes and put offers in on three, spending countless hours on the phone and writing emails. The home that I finally purchased had a number of special conditions to figure out. Mel was a tough negotiator and worked closely with my lender to solve problems as they arose. It really felt like the three of us were on a winning team together.
What I especially valued about the experience working with Mel is how empathetic she was with me as a first time homebuyer. I imagine we’re not the easiest clients; more gun-shy, more fraught with anxiety at every step. Our highs are higher and our lows are lower. But not once did Mel appear frustrated or impatient with me. She was always available, always responding to my question and concerns quickly and warmly. In many ways it felt like Mel was wearing the hats of a realtor and counselor at the same time, seeing her role as not only getting me into the house, but making sure I was as happy and healthy as possible along the way. It was exactly what I needed.”
Molly, NE Portland
“Mel found my first home in NE Portland in 2010. I could not have been more fortunate to experience my first home buying experience than I was working with Mel. Her knowledge of the Portland area, market and how to calm buyers’ fears, and answer their multitude of questions in a timely manner is exceptional. From lenders to contractors, Mel has an amazing team of experts to refer her clients to so that the entire process is seamless. Mel is so professional, experienced and personable, that I called her immediately when we decided to sell that little gem of a house six years later in 2016. The sale experience was even more exciting than the buying process! There was a line of buyers at the open house, and multiple offers made. Mel walked me through from beginning to end with ease and professionalism. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor in the Portland area.”
Jennifer & David, N & SW Portland
“We used Mel to sell our house in Portsmouth and find a new home across town. We chose Mel because she sold a house across the street from ours a year ago. We saw that house sell a few years before and from the moment we walked into it the second time we knew we would call Mel if we ever had to sell. We loved working with Mel and would definitely use her again. She’s great. She had a plan for us from day one, kept us updated, and everything happened pretty much exactly as she said it would. Moving is always hectic but Mel makes it as stress-free as possible. It’s always nice to have a personable realtor, and Mel is certainly that. But she also gave us invaluable comments and ideas on our walkthroughs of potential houses. Mel is the absolute best and we felt perfectly secure having her walk us through these big decisions.”
Emily, NW Portland/Downtown
“Mel is the BEST REALTOR EVER. I’ve bought and sold several houses over the last 10 years and never had an experience even close to what I’ve had with Mel, who has now sold two properties for me. The first house had been on the market for almost a year during the down economy when we finally decided to make the switch to Mel. Mel came highly recommended by a mutual friend, and she came in with a bang—so professional, determined, and well-versed in her trade, but with such a thoughtful, kind and caring personal touch. We were discouraged and frustrated and she knew just what to do. She brought in her stagers, and marketed the home like it had never been before. It sold within weeks for very close to full price!
More recently, and because of my wonderful previous experience with Mel, I wouldn’t have dreamed of calling anyone else to sell my condo. A very hot real estate market presented different challenges, with multiple bids, condo financing deals, and cash offers, but Mel had the knowledge and expertise for navigating all of it. Mel was there every step of the way, always so responsive and helpful in the weighing of some very tough decisions.
Mel is incredibly ethical and trustworthy, never putting her own agenda above what was best for me, which is sometimes hard to find. I can’t imagine going anywhere else for my real estate needs. Mel is one of a kind!”
Allie & Wyatt, NE Portland & SW Portland
“Mel came to us highly recommended by a mutual friend. They had such success selling their home that we could only hope our process would be half as easy. From the beginning, Mel brought a sweetness and understanding that made the whole process easier. I was concerned about working with someone that was just interested in the bottom line, but she listened to our concerns and made sure to ask us about our favorite characteristics of the home to help us highlight the desirable aspects.
We also loved her professionalism, and the fact that she works closely with a staging company who wanted to showcase the beauty of our older home. Through all steps she was easily reachable and made sure to explain all the steps we were going through in selling our home (not to mention buying a new one). We highly recommend Melissa George if you are planning on buying or selling a home.”
Annette, NW Portland
“As a first time buyer, you can only imagine the anxiety and fears that come with searching for a place to buy. A close friend referred me to Mel. I had never used a broker before. I was pleasantly surprised with Mel from the very first contact. She was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable.
Thank goodness I had her looking for me, as I had a short period of time to find a place. She quickly responded to my requests of what I wanted to find in a place. I now have a wonderful place to call home. I absolutely love my place and am so grateful to her! It was a smooth process thanks to Mel and I am very satisfied with the results. I would highly recommend using her if you are looking to purchase a home or condo. I would definitely use her again. Thanks so much Mel!”
“Mel was referred to me by a friend as being an extremely knowledgeable and experienced Realtor for first-time buyers. I bought my first home with Mel this summer and the experience seemed less daunting with her on my side. Mel is not pushy, which I appreciated immensely. She was quick with advice, knowledge and market information when I requested it but her approach isn’t to overwhelm her clients into a decision. She’s happy to help you get there on your own. She was patient in our search, with my limited budget and priorities and was encouraging when things looked dire. She was not willing to let me settle just so she could close the sale and move on. When I found my house, she moved fast and she knew how to put together the best offer. I’d recommend her to any home buyer–especially in this market.”
“It’s a family affair. Mel helped my daughter and son-in-law find the perfect home for their family. When I began looking for a home, my daughter said Mel was the best and she’s correct. Mel tirelessly walked us through many homes before finding the perfect fit for me. Once found she made sure as the buyer I was well protected during the buying process. I now have a beautiful home perfect for me.”
Nick & Christine, N Portland
“Mel helped us purchase our first home in 2015 and we could not have been happier with the way she guided us along the stressful process of purchasing our first home. We were fortunate in that the very first house we put an offer on we ended up purchasing and we owe this to Mel’s hard work in crafting a good offer. Mel has considerable experience in home remodeling and if you are looking at purchasing a home that might need some work then Mel will be an invaluable resource in looking at the skeleton and nervous system of the house to determine what work needs to be done. We have remained in contact with Mel over the last few years and she remains my go to resource for any PDX real estate questions. I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone in in need of help buying or selling.”
Alan & Sara, N Portland
“It was a pleasure working with Mel; her knowledge and expertise made all the difference in us finally obtaining the right home. We would highly recommend using Mel to anyone in Portland or the surrounding area needing a realtor.”
Ron & Vona, Gladstone
“We met Mel by chance as she was showing us a Realty Trust property listed by another agent. My wife and I knew immediately that night we had found the right agent to assist us in our search for a new home. Having been in our current home for 25 years, we had many questions and wanted to look at many properties to find the right home.
Mel was extremely professional during this at times challenging process. Life is very busy and finding time to house shop can at times be difficult, Mel was available to show homes, answer many many questions and be a real partner in this process. Though we have found our perfect home for our family and don’t anticipate another purchase in the near future we have comfort knowing that if and when that day comes Mel will be there for us and as a referral for our friends and family.”
Erin & Jake, N Portland
“Mel has been a close friend of ours for years. When we began looking for a home, she was the only one we trusted to guide us through the process. We heard rave reviews from friends and acquaintances, touting her professionalism and dedication; little did we know exactly how hard she worked and how her decision making and determination would land us our dream home.
Over the course of 4 months and touring nearly 50 homes in a very competitive market, we were becoming disheartened. With Mel’s consistent support and tenacity, everything fell into place. She discovered a listing that could have been easily overlooked and recommended that we go see it immediately. Our timeline, due to work and holiday travel, made the viewing nearly impossible but Mel made it happen. We fell in love with the house immediately — we submitted an offer and were thrilled when she called to give us the good news!
Mel’s expert knowledge and tireless approach helped us keep a level head in what can be a very emotional process. We’ve been in our new home just over a week now and feel extremely grateful. You simply could not ask for a better Realtor. We’d recommend her to anyone without hesitation.”
Cheryl, NW Portland
“Mel did it. Mel sold my land. And she did it in just a few months. After working with other Realtors over the course of several long years (and long-distance from Southern California), I had given up hope thinking I had undeniably the most difficult piece of land to sell in all of Portland. Then came Mel. She is positive, energetic, excited, engaging, creative, knowledgeable, professional, patient, and the hardest working Realtor EVER. When I received notice there was an interested buyer, I about hit the floor. In a serious time of need, she closed the deal. Thank you Mel!”
Devin, N Portland
“When circumstances in my life led me to sell my home, I turned to Mel for help. We originally met as an opportunity for me to ask her some questions and learn about the market. She was incredibly knowledgeable and professional, arriving with a folder of information on the current market and speaking to me about my options in a way that was not intimidating and never made me feel pressured to do anything a certain way. After my first meeting with Mel, I asked her to sell my home.
Throughout the entire process, Mel remained sympathetic to my situation and always made sure to check in from a friend’s perspective. It was never about the transaction with Mel, it was always about my best interest and my satisfaction. Throughout the two month process, she was prompt in her communications, warm and genuine in her interactions, attentive to details, and always smiling or laughing. She guided my decisions by arming me with all of the knowledge I needed, carefully explaining any pro’s or con’s of each decision. With her advice and guidance, I had a buyer for my home within the first 4 days, offering well above our asking price. The process was seamless, and Mel represented me beautifully. I would not hesitate to recommend Mel to anyone in need, and she will continue to be my resource for any future real estate needs.”
Drew, N Portland
“Finding a good real estate agent is like finding a good doctor. You want someone you can trust, is professional, knowledgeable, experienced, and most importantly: honest. You will find all of these qualities in Mel. When I was ready to sell my home, I was overwhelmed by the number of homes in my neighborhood that were also for sale. Mel always had a very professional approach to the preparation and listing of my home. I accepted an offer above asking price four days after listing.
Whether you are buying or selling, do not hesitate to contact Mel. I can say without doubt, Mel made this transition as stress free as it possibly could have been. I will be contacting her for all of my future real estate needs, and personally referring her to anyone I know in need of a real estate agent.”
Jennie & Abe, NE Portland
“We recommend Mel without hesitation. She is knowledgeable, hard-working, unfailingly professional and generally a good time to be around. Buying or selling a house is a stressful and emotional experience at times, and Mel has the perfect demeanor for the job. She worked with us for almost a year to first buy our new home and then in turn sell our old one. Working with picky, know-it-all architects like us can’t be the easiest assignment, but she gave good, steady advice, whatever the hour. Our home purchase was fairly complicated, with an extended inspection period focused on serious foundation issues. Throughout, Mel was able to guide us through the negotiations and the battery of inspections. She obviously had a lot of great knowledge and experience, but she was also able to tell us when something was new to her and where we might find the answer. She went the extra mile and treated us with the utmost of respect. We couldn’t be more happy with how it all turned out.”
Rachel & Mark, SE Portland
“Stop. Stop right now. Stop looking for a Realtor. Just work with Mel. You won’t regret it. Here are five reasons to work with Mel:
- She’s super cool. Mel made the process fun and easy.
- She’s super fast. Before the home inspector even put his pencil down, Mel was already on the phone with contractors, scheduling estimates. And her emails move like lightning.
- She’s super patient. Our home search lasted 6 months. Mel never pressured us.
- She’s super knowledgeable. Mel always knew what red flags to watch for, and which experts to call.
- She’s super committed. When the repair addendum got complicated, Mel stayed tough and kept the deal on the rails.
Here is one reason NOT to work with Mel:
- Having Mel on your team would make everyone else super jealous.”
Arien & Kathleen, SE Portland
“We were looking for our first home for about a year when Mel was recommended by a colleague. She was the positive energy we needed to keep pushing through the tough real estate market. It took almost another year to find our beautiful home, but Mel encouraged us all the way! She was patient, had our best interest in mind, answered every little question we had, was our cheerleader, extremely knowledgeable (pointing out important aspects of each home that we had never considered before/noticed), and really listened to what we had to say. As first time home buyers, we also really appreciated that she spoke realistically to us about being competitive. If not for Mel, we would still be in our tiny apartment. Thank you so much for supporting us and for making such a (dare I say it) tedious task, so worthwhile.”
Nicole & Thomas, NE Portland
“Mel is, and always will be, the real estate agent for us. We were first-time home buyers and had a ridiculous amount of questions, seriously, A LOT! She was very informative, resourceful and knowledgeable. Even after closing and moving into our new home she has been willing to respond to our questions that arise as new home owners. In a competitive housing market, she was encouraging and creative from start to finish. Mel is passionate about what she does and it shows though and through. She has a drive in her that is only to be desired. We couldn’t have done it without her and feel extremely fortunate to have her by our sides.”
Tom & Carol, SW Portland/Downtown
“Mel is the go-to person. In September of 2013, we began working with Mel to identify appropriate condos within walking distance of Portland’s city center. Once Mel understood our requirements, were able to save vast amounts of time by Mel’s quickly assessing those properties that might appeal to our needs.
In the middle of November, the perfect condo came to market, and with Mel’s knowledge and communications we were able to close by the middle of January. This all via long distance contact and Mel’s management of the process for us.
We are now happily relocated to Portland and enjoying our new home. We think a significant accomplishment for us and made much smoother and a lot less stressful with Mel as our agent.”
Nora & Jose, Lake Oswego
We worked with Mel for about two years in search of the perfect one-level home for our parents. Change can be difficult for anyone, and adjusting to change can be especially difficult for elderly parents.
“We recommend Mel 100 percent.
Mel was extremely patient; we always felt that she was looking out for our parents’ best interest. She was extremely professional, well prepared, and always on time. It was truly a pleasure to work with her.”
Josh & Teddie, Tigard
The market right now is very competitive; you have got to be on the lookout on a daily basis for THE house. Mel was all over it. We had daily emails sent to us with houses that met our criteria, and any questions we had about the houses were answered very quickly. When we decided on what houses we wanted to see she was very flexible with dates and times because she understood how quickly these houses get snatched up.
“Mel George was recommended to us by family as a wonderful, hard working realtor and good family friend. She made the whole overwhelming process of buying our first home go very smoothly.
When we finally picked out a house, Mel did all the leg work. She was in constant communication with our lender, set up all the inspections that were needed, and was so valuable in getting the purchase go according to the timeline that was initially set.
We absolutely recommend working with Mel. She has so much knowledge to share, and really enjoys what she does so you never feel rushed to just pick a house. We will absolutely work with her again in the future when it comes time to buy another home.”
Rachele, SW Portland/Downtown
Mel has a wealth of knowledge about the local market and was able to explain the nuances of the buying and selling process patiently and in terms that were easy to understand. She was able to dissect my needs and wants and view the options through the lens of what was best for my particular situation.
“I had the good fortune to work with Mel as both a first time homebuyer and seller. I would recommend Mel in heartbeat to anyone who is in the market for a purchase or sale.
Communicative, responsive and with all the necessary technical knowledge at her fingertips, Mel was an absolute joy to work with throughout the whole process.”
Jorge & Claudia, Aurora
Mel was awesome and she really knows what she’s doing. She knew exactly what areas to avoid and what features to look at in each home based on what she knew about us, so no trip was a waste of time.
“We just bought our first home and we couldn’t have had a better experience than the one we got working with Mel. We were able to find the perfect home after house hunting for 2 months, seeing 20+ homes, and spending endless days on the go.
The rollercoaster ride was no fun and though we wanted to give up a few times, Mel was always there to encourage us and get us excited about the wonderful experience of house hunting. She’s always available, has an excellent attitude and very knowledgeable, always knew how to steer us the right way.
We would definitely go to her again and we recommend her to anyone that’s looking to get the best experience!”
Aaron & Ashley, NE Portland
“As first time home-buyers, my wife and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We just knew that we loved Portland, and had heard it was a good time to buy. After meeting with Mel for the very first time, we were immediately put at ease – she is very knowledgable about the Portland market and has lots of great advice to offer. She was a total pro throughout the entire process, and held our hands every step of the way but never pushed us to make any decisions we didn’t feel totally confident in. She knew exactly who to contact when it came to inspections, repairs, etc. and was invaluable in the negotiation process. We plan on being in our home for years to come, but if/when we decide to move on we will absolutely be going back to Mel for her expertise and have already recommended her to several friends interested in buying.”
Josh & Kara, NE Portland
This year, we made the move and our experience working with Mel was all that we expected. She listens to you (no random homes out of your price range or style) and does not foist her opinions or need to close the deal on you.
“A few years ago when our son bought his first–and very small–home, Mel worked diligently for him despite the promise of a meager commission. We were so impressed by her attitude and application we decide to use her for our next home purchase.
Additionally, she has a very solid knowledge of structural and code matters in part due to her constant work with Habitat for Humanity. She spotted things that we missed in several homes that would have led to expense and hassle down the line.
Mel is everything you want in a realtor and we unabashedly recommend her.”
Paul & Hillary, SW Portland
The sale process went through almost without a hitch. And, when any problems presented, Mel was right there with a solution. She responded promptly to every email and voicemail, even after hours and weekends. She guided us with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. We simply cannot praise her work enough. She treated us wonderfully, and we have a beautiful home thanks in no small part to her.
“I am writing to praise the efforts of Melissa “Mel” George in assisting us with our recent purchase. My wife Hillary and I were, in a word, thrilled with Mel’s work.
Please accept my compliments on having such a capable, intelligent, and gracious agent on your staff. She is a credit to your office. Mel is what every Realtor should aspire to be. In short, she’s an Ace.”
Mel was always there to answer questions and was able to tailor her skills to work with my schedule, my budget and helped me to find my perfect home. I would work with Mel again in a heartbeat and confidently refer her to anyone in the market to buy property!”
“As a single woman and first time home buyer, I was blessed with a referral to work with Mel. She is professional, knowledgeable and helpful.
Craig & Shahin, SE Portland
“Mel George is unique. She is articulate, intelligent, highly organized, a great listener, a tremendous advocate. Yet there is still something more to her than her myriad capabilities. She wants to do things the right way.
We live in California and buying a home in Portland was no simple task. Most of our communication was via email and our eyes on the ground of Portland were Mel’s. She looked at dozens of houses for us and sent us detailed written evaluations of these houses. She didn’t hold back, candy-coat anything, A bad house was a bad house. She saw those endless houses strictly in terms of our particular needs. We never sensed that she wanted to sell just any house to us; she wanted to find the one house we would like.
She found that house for us. Probably despite us, because it was never high on our list. We had seen it online and it looked more like an afterthought, perhaps if we were out of other options. Mel just said “this is a great house, you ought to give it a look”. So we looked and we loved it….and ended up buying it.
Our dealings with Mel George were the singularly most enjoyable buying experience we’ve ever had. Easily. She is the whole package: organized, capable, forthright, empathetic, and enjoyable to be around. Someone to be trusted; she’s someone who gets it right.”
Bob & Vicky, Tigard
We were not easy clients, we knew exactly what we wanted & were not willing to compromise. Move-in-ready sounds simple but to our standard it was very difficult to find homes that met our critical standards. During the whole looking process, she only referred homes for our consideration that met these standards. In viewing homes, open houses & each offer scenario we made, she became our advocate & sponsor as we waded through the melee of negotiations. When finding the home we would finally purchase, she was by our side through the whole negotiating process & had the courage to tell us when we were asking too much & honestly conveying concerns when the sellers were expecting too much. After the final offer was accepted is when we really appreciated Mel’s professionalism & mentoring abilities.
“Mel George made her work with us personal. Being a disabled veteran, she understood my unique needs & concerns & honored my service in a way that made my wife & me very proud that she was representing us. Her signature service was realized through immediate response to any inquiries, always on-time, personal visits when necessary & excellent counsel & advice.
Through all the trials & tribulations of the inspections & mortgage company requirements plus our buyer jitters she was there as our rock to keep the buying process going forward & finally during closing & taking possession on New Year’s eve 2012, she was present, by our side, assisting & advocating for us all the way. We love our new home, it was move-in ready & we are so happy. We are proud to have been represented by Mel George & without hesitation would recommend her to anyone who is seeking personal, professional & ethical representation in the home purchasing process. In fact, we so enjoyed her personal care & concern for both us we feel she is a part of our family. Mel earned our trust & respect; she will always be welcome in our home for dinner or a simple chat over a cup of coffee.”
Andrea & Jack, N Portland
Mel George is the most competent and thorough real estate agent we have ever met. She was always two steps ahead and anticipated our questions and needs. Her positive attitude made a traditionally stressful process, very pleasant. She is the only person we will work with in the future. Thanks Mel!”
“We enlisted the services of Mel George to sell our rental home last November. We sold the home the 1st weekend it went on the market at full asking price. Mel was instrumental in getting this done. She was completely knowledgeable in every aspect of the sale – from what needed to be done physically and cosmetically at our lowest cost, to determining the requirements of inspectors, insurance companies, and loan officers, to negotiating on our behalf with the buyers.
Lindsay, N Portland
“Mel is fantastic! As a first time home buyer, I wanted a real estate agent that was trustworthy, understands the current housing market, and would always be looking out for my best interest. Mel was all of that and more. She is incredibly hardworking, it seemed as though she pretty much worked all hours of the day. She often times would return my emails within minutes. Mel is an extremely good listener. She was very patient with all my questions and she was especially patient with my family members’ concerns. Mel’s knowledge of the ins and outs of a home goes well beyond that of an average real estate agent. She has much experience with remodeling houses from the foundation to the roof and can answer pretty much any question that may come up. Finally, what I appreciate most about Mel is that I never once felt pressure to buy a house. Our interaction was always at my pace and my comfort level. I was a confident buyer with Mel’s support every step of the way!”
Sean & Lauryn, N Portland
We were first-time homebuyers & excited about the opportunity but largely unfamiliar with the process. We met at a coffee shop in our neighborhood for our first meeting, where she explained the process of buying a home. Throughout the rest of the buying process she was calming, patient, & informative, up to & beyond the moment that we got our keys.
“We feel very fortunate to have worked with Mel to help find our home. We connected with her through a friend’s recommendation & are eager to share our wonderful experience & recommend her to other prospective buyers as well.
We started looking for a house without being quite sure what we wanted. Mel discussed with us what to expect with newer & older construction so that we could see firsthand what was the right fit for us. We really appreciated her style of letting us look at a house & share our impression before she offered her input. It was valuable to have her insight, & it really helped us both craft our wish list & feel confident in our decisions as we moved forward in the buying process.
In our experience, buying a home was an up-&-down, emotional process. It was very valuable to have Mel’s support & expertise, & we would strongly recommend her to others who are looking for a home.”
Darshana & Milan, N Portland
“We could not have asked for a better real estate agent than Mel George. We worked with Mel over the last year and half in the purchase of our new home and the sale of our previous home. We found Mel to be a consummate professional who was always prepared and responsive, very knowledgeable about the market and neighborhood, and a strong advocate for our best interest. Mel went above and beyond her duties many times and worked around the clock to make sure that we did not miss any opportunities and to make sure both sales went smoothly. Although buying and selling a home can be very stressful and complicated, with Mel we had full trust that she was taking care of everything with the greatest diligence and expertise. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a real estate professional!”
Becky & Stepan, NE Portland
“We recommend Mel 100%! As first time home buyers, my husband and I were quite naive to the whole process. Mel easily and happily guided us through each step of the way. She didn’t mind our many, many questions, know (or quickly finds out) all the answers, and explains them so you understand them. She is super speedy with email responses. Mel works hard for you and stands up for you throughout the process, making sure your requests and concerns are heard. We so appreciated her flexibility and willingness to work with our schedules and meet us ‘after hours’ to view homes or sign papers. We’d recommend Mel in a heart beat–she is the best!”
“Before I was referred to Mel, I was working with another REALTOR® for nearly two and a half years. Mel definitely knew the ins and outs of the mortgage lingo and programs. I loved that she had such a warm and friendly energy about anything that I had to talk to her about, especially when it came to helping me try and find the right loan program. She always knew when a house was not up to standards and when to cut my losses and start looking again. She was definitely not afraid to barter on my behalf if she knew she could get me a better deal. She would even call or email regularly just to check in to see how things were going even if they were unrelated to finding me a home. Mel genuinely cares for her customers!”
Tom, NE Portland
“I had the joy of purchasing my first home with Mel George. From day one she was very personable, professional and highly efficient. She made buying a home a very positive experience. If I ever had a question or concern, she was very honest and open with her expert opinion and I never felt pressured to purchase. Her turn around time to emails/inquiries was lightning quick and her friendly personality made the entire process enjoyable. I would be the first in the line to recommend Mel as a real estate agent for anyone looking to purchase a home.”
Lori, Lake Oswego
“I would recommend Mel George to someone looking for a realtor in a heartbeat! For starters, she’s an excellent listener. She tuned in to what I was looking for and then focused the search for my future home accordingly, fine tuning all along the way. Mel used her deep and wide knowledge of house systems and construction to knowledgeably assess their quality in the houses we looked at. She also had a good sense of remodel possibilities. Mel was savvy about all the phases of finding and buying my home and remained grounded and even-keeled throughout the process. Interpersonally, Mel brought positive energy to our relationship. This combined with her strong work ethic to make her a pleasure to do business with. Mel is on the ball, goes the extra mile, is a woman of integrity, and simply an all around good human being—and she helped me find and buy my home! If I’m in the market again I’ll be calling her.”
Megan & Kiva, SW Portland
“We recently hired Mel as first-time home buyers. We had hundreds of questions at every turn, and Mel always had thorough and descriptive answers. At no point did we ever feel confused or uncertain. She spent countless hours both during the business week and after-hours ensuring the prompt completion of all necessary real estate processes. Her knowledge of the entire process expedited the sale and assisted us in making crucial decisions. We definitely recommend hiring Mel, and will do so again ourselves, should the need arise.”
Natasha & Erik, NE Portland
“Personable, On Time, Creative”