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Your Local Real Estate Resource for Solano County. Certified HAFA Specialist-helping distressed homeowners. DRE#01474067
Local Expertise-National Exposure
As a Full-Time REALTOR® I am committed to providing un-paralleled service to all my clients. Since 2007 I have teamed with Jenny Castaneda, now there are two of us to call upon for all your real estate needs and questions. Coldwell Banker International awarded us the prestigious Sterling Society Award for 2011 , 2010 and Presidential Circle Award for 2008 and 2009. In 2011 we were the number 1 Team for listing homes for Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific. We consistently rank in the top 10 teams for Coldwell Banker teams throughout California. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2013 assisting our clients reach their real estate goals.
Continuing education, involvement in the Solano Association of Realtors, community service with Reach Out Benicia, Meals on Wheels are just a few of the activites I enjoy and make me a better REALTOR® and person! My husband of 37 years and twin daughters keep me grounded. We love to camp with friends..the more the merrier!
Referrals are an honor to receive and a pleasure to give!
Many people, our neighbors, friends, family, co-workers are struggling with making their monthly payment to the lender. Majority of homeowners quietly fret, not seeking help as in the past this was a shame to admit. NOT in Today's world. There are ways to help you if you want to stay in your home or if you want to move on. Foreclosure if far worse then a short sale. The banks today are finally "getting it" and we are having more and more shorts sales approved. You can move on with your life, a new homeowner moves in and the best part....start the paving the way to own another home under much better circumstances that you had to endure these past several years.
My partner and I are experienced with helping homeowners who owe more on their home then they can sell it for...we are getting your short sales approved. We are constantly enriching our knowledge by making connections with the major banks. In addition I am now a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and Short Sales Foreclosure Resource (SFR) and Certified Short Sale Negotiator. This extensive training enables us to streamline the process and in the end, shorten the time it takes to get a short sale approved. The newly released HAFA program is now in place as of the first of April 2010. As a Certifed HAFA Specialist, let me help you navigate the complex set of guidelines the government and loan servicers have put in place. In today's market getting a buyer does not take long. The process we have put in place enables our team gets the transaction accepted and closed. You can get on with your life with respect and dignity, knowing you did what was right for your situation. Give us a call for a confidential unbiased consultation to review the opportunities you have.
My knowledge of Solano and Napa County runs deep. Benicia, CA and Vallejo, CA are two of my favorite cities. I have lived in this area for over 21 years plus served the business community in my previous corporate positions. Having a healthy business climate provides the starting point for people who sell and buy homes. I use that knowledge and expertise to assist my clients in making their investment decisions. Whether my client is a first time home buyer or savvy investor, I take the time to communicate and smoothly facilitate every transaction.
Now is the time to buy, if you wait because you think the market will go down...the only way you will know if it was the right time is when the market goes back up...then it is too late. There is no crystal ball, interest rates are good, inventory covers a wide spectrum of homes. Go ahead, put pen to paper and Just Do It!! Look to the Future, as time proves over and over, real estate does appreciate again.
"What Our Clients Say"
Melanie and Jenny were always available by phone, email or in person when we need them. They never hesitate to provide service and spend time to insure all details are covered. They were an advocate to the other agent and we seldom see that in this business. - Mr and Mrs Gerry Surban
Excellent, positive, encouraging, helpful even when we called or emailed at night and on the weekends. Gene and Naomi Cooper
I was very pleased that I chose Mel and Jenny. I interviewed four REALTORS before I selected them. They handle pressure situations very well. - Emily Stone
These two are upbeat, positive, reassuring and accommodating. They maintain the highest level of credibility and knowledge. - Jeffrey and Dina Calica
Melanie and Jenny were so helpful and patient. I would recommend them highly for their knowledge of procedure and keeping us informed. - Dr and Mrs Krouse
I enjoyed working with Jenny and Melanie. As first time home buyers, they were willing to explain all parts of the process with us. They were very accessible, professional and a joy to work with. - Kristin and Jesse Obrochta
Great attitude, went above and beyond for us. Dealt with with everything very professionally. Cared about us through the whole transaction and great knowledge of real estate. Two great people. - Chad and Lori Constanza
"The best of the best of the best" - Jeremy Wade
Mel and Jenny made this stress-free. They took good care of me and always stayed in contact. I can't thank them enough!! - Harmony S.
If it hasn't been for these two wonderful people, we wouldn't have had our dream! I have only one reply, "They walk on water" as far as we are concerned. - Scott and Paulette
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.