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Melissa Shelby



Alexandria - Old Town Office

109 S. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 Directions
Phone: 703-549-9292

The appeal of Northern Virginia speaks for itself.  One of my favorite missions is to help you find your unique piece of it to call your own.  In the more than twenty years since I first moved to Alexandria, my career, my family and my networks have grown and evolved, and my affinity for this area has respectively flourished.  I consider it a special place to raise my three sons and I take pride in representing it well.

I first served on Capitol Hill as a U.S. Senate staffer, then in Marketing for a large telecommunications company, and before becoming a realtor, spent several years creating and maintaining a home for my fantastic boys.  During this time I have developed expertise in strategic marketing, remodeling and equity-building design, contract negotiation, real estate investing, client relations and expectations management.  (That last one has really been honed during my parenting years!)

Whether you are new to the area or have been here all your life, I would love to learn about your immediate needs, as well as your long-term goals and dreams for the home you own or seek. I have established the trust of my clients through my devotion to their best interests, not mine. My commitment to providing the highest level of customer service--the only kind I would want for myself--is what separates me from the rest of the pack. I will work tirelessly to make sure your expectations are exceeded and your experience unsurpassed. Together with the McEnearney Associates staff, I have every resource I need to fulfill these promises.  I am proud to represent an esteemed firm like McEnearney, and look forward to an opportunity to serve you well!

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  • Virginia

" Melissa was very helpful from start to finish during our successful search for a house. 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 for sure."

– Jason Geske

" 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 Wilson

" Melissa worked tirelessly to help us sell our home. We had trouble selling it a few years ago. Melissa asked strategic questions and did her due diligence in order to understand what could have caused our home not to sell. She researched current market trends and comparable homes to make certain we were within the right range in terms of pricing. Also, she was hands-on in getting the house ready. She is a good communicator and is flexible with her schedule making sure she was available when needed. We would definitely recommend Melissa Shelby."

– Jo Hyman

" Melissa is amazing at her job and is a subject matter expert in her Industry. She is very responsive and provides honest and constructive feedback. She is also a strong negotiator and helped us sell our condo in record time. We can't thank her enough for her efforts! We highly recommend her to anyone!"

– Christopher Murphy

" Melissa is the best! We used her to list our former home and help us purchase a new home. We had a home sale contingency so once we found our dream home, we had to quickly get our former house ready to list. She truly went above and beyond to get our house in tip-top shape! She spent all weekend at our house doing everything from gardening to painting to decorating our place and when she was finished, it looked better than it ever had! She did a great job of marketing our place prior to putting it on the market so by the time it did hit the market, people were eagerly waiting to see it. Not only did we receive multiple offers within the first 24 hours of our home being on the market, we ended up selling our house for way more than we could have ever imagined! We certainly couldn't have done it without her! She was also great in helping us buy our new home. She ensured that we get everything we asked for at a fair price. We would 100% recommend Melissa to anyone looking to buy or sell their home."

– Shannon Vazifdar

" Working with Melissa to sell a condo was a great experience. She is knowledgeable, helpful, and has great contacts to make the sales process go more smoothly. Melissa's contacts enabled us to quickly and affordably make the updates/repairs that were needed, and once the property was listed, she worked diligently to promote it. Melissa also worked to make sure that the closing process went as smoothly as possible. We would gladly work with Melissa again."

– Meredith Purser

" I've bought and sold a few homes in my 40 plus years. Never, NEVER, have I ever received the type of focused determination and commitment that I received from Melissa. After moving some items out of the house to a new house that we bought, she brought her own furniture in to help stage our house. When the sunroom floors didn't sparkle enough, she scrubbed them herself. In fact, even after a team of professionals cleaned the house, it wasn't "Melissa clean" so she was there with cleansers, mops and magic erasers in hand to make everything perfect. And when we had deliveries or workers there to fix things, she was there to let them in and direct traffic. She's embodies everything you could want in an agent. She's a true partner in the process and is committed to helping you through one of the biggest decisions of your life. Highly recommend!"

– Scott Keller

" I worked with Melissa in my search for a home in Alexandria. Melissa was great -- very responsive, driven, and willing to go the extra mile to help me find my future home. I highly recommend Melissa to others!"

– Jim Gehrke

" When my wife and I began searching for a home in the Alexandria area we contacted more than half a dozen local agents, and Ms. Shelby was by far the most helpful. She cheerfully took the time to follow up when the listing that we initially inquired about went under contract, calling at our convenience to discuss exactly what sort of property we were interested in and could afford given our budget. Her advice was candid and extremely helpful and she routinely followed up with us to provide updated compilations of online listings for us to review. Although we ended up signing a contract for a home inside the District that we had previously made an offer for with the assistance of another agent, I would enthusiastically recommend enlisting her services for home purchases in the Alexandria area... and have already done so for friends who were considering home ownership south of the Potomac! This and other 5 star reviews are well earned I can honestly say that I would not hesitate to contact Ms. Shelby for such inquiries in the future."

– Adam Ruch

" Melissa was a total joy to work with and a complete professional - in addition to being extremely knowledgeable and savvy about the area and the market, she really listened and quickly understood what I was looking for, picking up on my personal needs, tastes, likes/dislikes and preferences, which made the process so much more efficient. She was extremely flexible with my schedule, always making herself available and responding to phone calls, texts or emails in an extremely timely manner - and she was ready to look at homes whenever we were, even sometimes meeting me under very short notice. On top of that, she is friendly, kind, thoughtful and just tons of fun to be around. And most importantly, she operates her business with a refreshing level of oppenness and integrity. As her client, I felt like she always kept my needs first and advised me as she would herself or her own family, going above and beyond, offering very candid opinions about the condition or potential of each property we considered. I would recommend Melissa to anyone and will absolutely use her again in the future."

– Katie Beck

" She is the best!! Very friendly, very knowledgeable and she was able to work with my schedule. Got me through the whole process really quickly!! Helped be there for inspections when I couldn't and was a great help for scheduling the few repairs needed!!"

– Kim Molnar

" 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 Murphy

" 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 for 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 for a great buying experience!"

– Taylor Houck

" My fiancée and I are extremely happy with our new home. We were not the easiest clients and ended up changing our search criteria a few times. Melissa hung in there and was there for us any time, any place. Her local knowledge was unmatched, which was great for us as we had recently moved to the area. Super easy to work with and comforting through the sometimes daunting process. Strongly recommend her as an agent on either side. Thanks Melissa! "

– vfox

" We are so happy with our new house which Melissa Shelby helped us look at and buy. It was a find, and Melissa's offer strategy made it happen! We had already lost out on 2 other properties we liked because we didn't have the best approach. We didn't move quickly enough & we didn't bid effectively. Because of the way Melissa suggested we structure our offer, we were able to buy our new house and move in so quickly. Before we found our dream house she made herself available pretty much at the drop of a hat when we wanted to go out looking to learn the market. You will be in good hands with Melissa. And she's very nice and engaging to spend time with!"

– Peggy Braly