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Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Consulting, Staging, Investment Property Expertise


Penn State University
Bachelors Degree, English

Client Testimonials

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"What an amazing experience we had with Melissa! We recommend her to help you sell or purchase a home. She was professional, creative in her ideas/plans, took charge of the process to get our home ready to sell, provided timely feedback and advice. We sold our home in a matter of days with multiple offers. Great job Melissa! Thank you so much." - Brent & Jennifer D.

"It's easy to give Melissa a 5 star rating. She is professional, personable and provided excellent advice on selecting a home and submitting our offer. She is extremely patient and never pushed us to buy. Just the opposite, Melissa encouraged us to wait until the "perfect" home for us came on the market and helped with each step in the process. I recommend her without hesitation." - Jerry M.

"Melissa was great. Responsive. House sold fast and for well over asking price. We highly recommend her." - Mike S.

"We could not have asked for more from Melissa Shelby. We requested to see a listing and Melissa responded. We immediately liked her friendly and efficient style: she was always professional, never pushy, very pleasant, and super knowledgeable. Her experience in real estate was obvious - she was able to read us very well, sending us suggestions for the type of homes/properties that we were looking for and providing us with valuable guidance when asked. She went the extra mile on several occasions, helping us assess certain properties. And although we were doing our own research on listings every day (and consulting her about them), she sent us the listing of the house that we closed on today. :) When it came time to place a bid on our home, she was savvy and worked with us to determine a reasonable price. She also arranged a very fast turnaround for our closing, which also went incredibly smoothly. We were so fortunate to have found Melissa and know that it is because of her that we are now the proud owners of a wonderful property in Arlington, VA. We will use her in the future and recommend her highly and without reservation!" - Abby & Franciso A.

"Melissa was extremely helpful with the details of our home sale, especially since we were out of the area most of the time. She always conducted herself professionally with great attention to detail. It was a pleasure to have her as our agent. Indeed, I feel we’ve made a friend. I recommend her services without reservations." - Mary P.

"Not having any real estate connections in Northern Virginia, I originally connected with Melissa through Zillow when I was booking a tour of a home through the website. She immediately felt like a good fit so I continued to utilize her throughout my home buying experience. The market in Northern Virginia is tough and she always gave the best advice on how to be competitive. She never made me feel pressured into anything and always made sure I wasn’t just settling on something I liked versus something I loved. She always made herself available to show me homes and answer my questions, even if that meant moving her schedule around for the day. When I finally did find something I loved, she was quick to find a great home inspector for me (within 24 hours) so I could comfortably put in a contract without worrying about the quality of the home. I had heard stories elsewhere about people putting in over 10 offers before getting a home, not even one they loved but one they settled on. This was my first offer and she gave me the best advice on how to put in the most competitive offer. She remained engaged with the listing agent as there were several other offers within just a few days of the house being on the market and within 3 days, Melissa reached out to me to let me know the seller was accepting my offer. She recommended a great lender and title company and we closed quickly. It was a great experience and I highly recommend Melissa for your future home purchase!"
- Kristin S.

"Melissa is everything you could ask for in a real estate agent and more! She worked patiently with us for months and helped us finally find our dream home in an extremely competitive market. We were first-time home buyers and she coached us through the whole process. Her work ethic, responsiveness, efficiency, people skills, knowledge of the area and home-buying process, negotiation abilities, and wealth of contacts is truly impressive. She is not only incredibly good at her job, but she is also a genuinely good person. She truly cares and is a tireless advocate for her clients. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor in NOVA in a heartbeat!" - Muna & Hussan M.

"Melissa is kind, efficient and knowledgeable re: both the buying and selling of a home. We used her as our agent to both sell our home and buy a new one and she made the process smooth in both cases. We highly recommend her." - Jean & Bill M.

"We have bought 4 properties with Melissa. She has been wonderful to work with - extremely professional and knowledgeable. Our house that we listed with Melissa sold in 3 days. We received three offers and she helped us to choose the best one. I can’t say enough about Melissa - I would highly recommend her!"
- Jill & Sean M.

"Melissa Shelby recently helped me purchase my first home. She is extremely knowledgeable and understands the Northern Virginia Real Estate market. She was extremely patient and helped answer all of my questions and guide me through this process with such professionalism. She also has strong negotiation skills which helped me purchase my first home with significant cost savings to me. I would highly recommend Melissa's services to any of my family members, friends, and anyone else." - Christopher M.

"Melissa Shelby recently helped me purchase a home in Alexandria. She was professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. Proactive at all the right times, Melissa presented me with options at several different points during the search so that I could evaluate and make the best choice my needs. When we'd narrowed down to a couple of homes, Melissa prepared a very insightful pros/cons list that was a big help in my decision. Melissa was both objective and thoughtful during the purchase negotiation. We were able to reach an agreement with the seller and had a smooth closing. Thanks, Melissa a great buying experience!" - Taylor H.

"Melissa is a terrific partner who spent quality time to understand our priorities and mediate differences where necessary. Her diplomacy and navigation through the whole process were terrific. After growing up in a real estate family, I can't imagine a more positive experience. I have been recommending her since the day we closed." - Patrick W.

"Melissa was very helpful from start to finish during our successful search a . She adjusted as our budget and preferred location changed multiple times. She gave great advice concerning when and how to counter and took care of all the hard work as we put multiple offers down through the course of our time working together. I would recommend Melissa sure."
- Jason G.

"Melissa is a total professional. Her honesty and realistic approach about a fair offer, based on data and not emotion, was so helpful. It was also effective. She not only helped us land our dream home by being responsive at all times of the day and week, but our condo in record time. Highly recommend her." - Katie F.

"I can’t thank Melissa enough for all she did for me while searching for my new home! Not only was she able to find my perfect home but she also went above and beyond her duties as a realtor. She listened intently to all my wants, she was super responsive and provided me guidance when I needed it. She was NEVER pushy like other realtors I’ve dealt with in the past. She really cares about her clients and she is very honest. She is absolutely amazing! I really loved working with her. I whole-heartedly recommend her!" - Carolina C.

About Melissa
The appeal of Northern Virginia speaks itself. In the more than twenty-five years since I moved here from Pennsylvania, my career, my family and my networks have grown and evolved. My affinity for Virginia and the DC area has flourished respectively, and I've considered it a special place to raise my three sons. Both personally and professionally I remain committed to representing my town and my industry with honor and integrity.

I first served on Capitol Hill as a U.S. Senate staffer and then in Marketing at a large telecommunications company. Before becoming a Realtor®, I designed and built the home where I currently reside with my three fantastic sons. As my children have grown and my business has followed, I've purposed to build and strengthen all of my relationships and increase my expertise in strategic marketing, equity-building design and renovations, negotiation, real estate investing and expectations management. Being a mother requires mastering that last one!

I believe I have established the trust of my clients through my unwavering devotion to their best interests. My commitment to providing the highest level of customer service--the kind I'd expect for myself--is what separates me from the rest of the pack. I personally manage every aspect of every transaction because ultimately the buck stops with me. I work tirelessly to ensure that my clients’ expectations are exceeded and their experience in each and every transaction is unsurpassed.

I feel infinitely blessed in all areas of my life, and based on tallying total homes sold, the number of transactions conducted and overall sales volume, I have arguably achieved success in real estate in a relatively short time (seven years and counting). Personally, though, I calculate my professional success on a different scale; year after year my close friends continue to become my clients, and new clients I serve continue to become my treasured friends. To me, that feels like success.

Melissa Shelby’s Listings

Listed By Compass
Open: 2/4 12:00pm - 2:00pm
918 Pete Jones Way

Alexandria, VA 22314

3 BD
3.5 BA
1,742 SF
Listed By Compass
231 East Taylor Run Parkway

Alexandria, VA 22314

3 BD
2.5 BA
1,671 SF