My fiance and I worked with Melanie Gunn from Seabury Hill Realtors on the purchase of our first home. We had a pleasant experience from start to finish. My fiance and I were both nervous and unsure how the process worked being it our first experience with home buying but Melanie was outstanding. She was beyond helpful with answering any and all our questions and eager to help us find our dream home. Her energy throughout the process was strong and supportive. I never once felt rushed or that we were taking up too much of her time, she truly wanted us to find a home we loved regardless how long it took. We feel blessed to have had such an excellent experience as first time buyers and we owe it to Melanie. We would work with her again and I have recommended her to friends who are looking in the area. Thank you Melanie!
We began working with Melanie several years ago when we were completely unfamiliar with the City of New Haven and the local real estate market. It took us almost two years of fits and starts before we finally found the condo we wanted. Throughout the entire process, including some fairly challenging negotiation, Melanie remained confident, professional, instructive and, most importantly, persistent. She was a genuine pleasure to work with. Over the course of our search she remained attentive and responsive by sending us leads, ideas, and just just generally keeping in touch. But she went beyond the ordinary in helping us to find quality support services such as painters, lawyers, and home inspectors. She even helped us find a place for off-street parking in the neighborhood. Melanie is well-connected, and it really makes things easier for those of us who are new to the area. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is looking for a home in New Haven. Thanks for all your help, Melanie.
Melanie was our agent while we looked from homes from spring 2016 until spring 2017 when we finally found the perfect house. She was unbelievably patient with us as we went back and forth between buying a lot, going with a lot and house contract, or going with an existing home. We felt so bad at times that she worked with us, unpaid, for so long and because we are such incredibly picky people no matter how much we saw, we struggled to make a decision. We had a list a mile long with our “dream house wants” and with every listing we saw she managed to get the vast majority of the items but because it was an absurd list, our budget and desires didn’t match up most of the time. We were a realtor’s nightmare and she never once acted frustrated with us, she just kept searching for more potential homes for us and helped us to see the potential for making a house our dream home! Both my wife and I work full-time and we have a very young child so Melanie was very aware of how valuable our time is. She worked closely with us to schedule as many showings as we could back to back and to also do it on week nights so that we could save our precious weekends to spend time with our son. Additionally, she had the tricky task of searching for some homes in areas outside of her typical radius, we looked in Bethany, Oxford, Southbury, Woodbury, Cheshire, and Woodbridge. When we couldn’t find a sitter for our son, she even helped play with him to give my wife and I time to walk about a showing and focus!! Now that’s dedication to do whatever it takes to make a client happy!! Melanie has such a unique perspective and a fresh approach to real estate. She understands the needs of the modern family and she knows how to show you how to make the almost dream home become the dream home with a few updates. She helped us feel reassured and as relaxed as possible through the negotiation, inspection, appraisal and financing process. I agree with an earlier review that she really is the much needed breath of fresh air that this stuffy dated industry needs!
Melanie was wonderful to work with. I was living in California but buying in Connecticut, and I can’t imagine getting through the process without her help. She was very responsive via all means of communication and had no problem working with family members of mine who were local to the purchase. As a first time buyer, it was comforting to work with a true professional!
Melanie exceeded my expectations of a realtor in every way. She was not only personable and energetic but responsive at every turn. I had to find a property on very short notice (as I was transitioning quickly from one job to another, and moving across the country). I would not have succeeded if Melanie had not been so on top of everything. She even helped me with the home inspection and with finding a painter to repaint my condo because I was traveling abroad between the time of the offer and the closing. She has since provided me with some many helpful contacts for workmen and cleaning services in the area. Melanie has my highest recommendation!
Melanie did a wonderful job in helping me find a home. She was knowledgeable about the areas she showed me homes in and helped me find something that was the right fit in a different area than I was originally considering. Overall very professional, nice and fun to work with! Very happy in my new home.
Melanie provided my wife and I with wonderful service when we were looking for a home in the New Haven area. She was very responsive and flexible when we were looking at properties, and she was able to grasp our needs/priorities very early on. She is very knowledgeable of the market, very professional, and top it off, she is a really cool person. She will most definitely be our agent/realtor for all of our real estate transactions. We highly recommend her.
As an out-of-state buyer with VERY specific requirements, my house hunting process was prolonged, stretching out over a period of 5 months; almost 7 months total including the weeks from the initial offer to closing. During this entire time, with it’s ups and downs and direction changes, Melanie remained patient, positive, and professional! I started my search at the beginning of September, just as the last of summer’s best inventory sold. Also, I was only in the area for a day, once or twice a month. With those two major factors, plus my list of requirements, it was hard to get traction, but Melanie persisted when others might have just given up and let the search “go cold”. Although I had done a lot of research on line and made at least two trips just to get a better feel for the various towns and specific neighborhoods, Melanie was a terrific source of information and local anecdotes. Mid-way, I threw her a “curve ball” and opened up the search to include multi-family properties in addition to single family homes. Ultimately, the multi-families were not workable and that part of the search was abandoned, but she remained unfazed, re-grouped and moved ahead. Melanie was quickly able to ascertain my opinion and never tried to “sell” me. She is a good listener and always polite and respectful. Melanie was able to “translate” my comments or feedback to others in a way that was both accurate AND appropriate. These are rare qualities in anyone. Melanie was especially helpful on days I was without a car; picking me up, getting me to the showings and dropping me back off at the station. One of the visits, a beautiful day in early October, she made sure to highlight some of the finest points of the city as we made our way. That particular trip, due in large part to Melanie, I knew that I had chosen the right spot. And on a very snowy day early in February, Melanie picked us up, got us to an all-important 2nd showing, on to her office to write the offer and safely back to the station in at least 12″ of snow! Her advice regarding the offer, counters and so on was sound and her knowledge of the various procedures and practices quite thorough. And although we hit a particular rough patch during the post-inspection negotiations, Melanie was unflagging and remained focused on making sure I was happy with the outcome. We navigated through to a successful closing and today I own a home I love, in no small part due to Melanie Gunn!
Melanie provided us with wonderful service when we purchased our first home. She really grasped our priorities, and she did a great job finding listings that met our needs. She was extremely responsive and patient throughout the process, taking us back to see the house we ultimately purchased many times as we hemmed and hawed over the decision. We highly recommend her.
Melanie sold our home located in the Mount Carmel neighborhood of Hamden in October 2015. She was very patient and supportive with my husband and I for the entire process (listed in June- offer received in September), from helping us with knowing how to get our house ready to be listed to walking us through every step of the negotiations. She made us feel like we were in very capable and reassuring hands. She was very receptive to everything we asked for during the process of showing the house and during negotiations. There are so many stuffy agents out there who don’t feel like they have your best interests in mind, Melanie feels like a breath of fresh air in this field. I would highly recommend her if you’re looking for an agent who is very professional, patient and caring.
Melanie was on top of her game from start to finish. Before partnering with Melanie we had worked with a number of other agents unsuccessfully. I would call her again in a heartbeat.