You may have noticed that a couple of new real estate offices have opened in Jackson in recent weeks. One of them is the Becky Melville Keller Williams agency that is now open in a small office complex across the street from Poor Man’s Bronze. I had an opportunity to talk with Melville about her history in Amador County and how she came to work for Keller Williams…not once, but twice.
As a child, Melville’s parents took her on drives into the Sierra and she always dreamed about living in the Sierra. Melville realized this dream in 2003 when she moved from Elk Grove to Pioneer with her family. She was a stay-at-home mom until 2008 when she took a guest service supervisor job at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.
Melville stayed at the Jackson Rancheria until April 2016, when she decided to scratch her itch to become a real estate agent with Keller Williams. She said real estate was natural for her because she has been working in customer service all her life. “I absolutely love my career in real estate because I’m able to help people in such a personal way,” Melville added.
She worked in the Folsom market for a year. When Melville tired of that, she left Keller Williams to first become a local agent. She became a broker in 2019, and early the following year, she started to think not only about whether to open a new real estate office, but what kind of brokerage she wanted to create. She kept coming back to Keller Williams.
“After a long time, I decided that I wanted my brokerage to look just like Keller Williams since my core values lined up so perfectly with theirs,” she explained. “I felt like our community needed something different and wanted to do something that had not been done before in this area. I wanted to be a company of significance that takes care of their agents and their clients as well as their community.”
Melville pointed out that she’s already working on giving back to the local community. “We’re doing what is called Red Day,” she said, “which is a give back to the community day on May 13 where we are collecting canned and dry foods for the Interfaith Food Bank.” Between now and Thursday, May 13, Melville is accepting donations at her office. However, on May 13, she’ll hold a drive-up drop-off event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
You may have already heard about the hot national real estate market in national media stories, and Melville said that conditions in Amador County are no different. “Often our homes are selling the weekend that they are listed,” she said, and she identified two reasons why the local market is so hot. “The interest rates are currently at historic lows,” she said, “and now with the ability for people to work remotely, they are more often choosing to live in our beautiful hills since commuting is no longer as much of a concern.”
As with many other real estate markets throughout the country, Melville said the most positive things about the market are about the low-interest rates and how quickly homes are selling. The biggest negative, like in the rest of the country, is the lack of homes to sell. “I have a long list of buyers just waiting to find the perfect place and not a lot of homes to put them in,” she noted.
In sum, she said, “If you have been thinking of selling, there’s no time like the present!”
Melville also offers commercial real estate services, and her website currently lists several properties for office space, industrial land, and commercial land in Amador County.
If you want to learn more about Melville’s new office and about what Keller Williams has to offer, you can visit her website or call her at 209-418-5287.
Melville will also hold the grand opening of her new office on Thursday, May 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The grand opening at 827 North Highway 49/88 in Jackson will be an open house that meets all COVID-19 health requirements.
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