This has been our second home transaction with Melinda. My husband and I first worked with her when we bought our home three years ago and then this past month selling our rental property. Melinda is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. If you need someone to hand hold you through the process or hustle for you she and her team are it. We highly reckoned her to all of our friends and family.
Its been 25 years since we bought our condo and the real estate market has changed drastically. Thankfully Melinda was our agent, because her vast knowledge and compassion for our situation made this transaction so much easier. She and her staff were a pleasure to work with. They definitely went above and beyond and we were so Thankful to have found them. Excellent communication skills, hard working, positive and honorable people, are just a few characteristics to describe Melinda and amazing people. We highly recommend her Company to all of our friends and family.
Freedom First properties and their stellar team worked incredibly hard to get us into our home! Freedom First had the difficult task of finding two houses within blocks from each other; a home for my family and I, and one for my sister and her family. To make matters more complicated, we also had to sell our individual homes before buying. There’s were sooooo many contingencies and hurdles that had to be overcome. Freedom First properties are seriously miracle workers!!! Not only were they able to find my sister and her husband their dream home but also our dream home just around the block from each other!!! My sister’s family and ours each wanted bedrooms both upstairs and downstairs, they wanted a pool-we didn’t, we both wanted great school districts and safe neighborhoods. The Freedom First team worked seamlessly together with our lender and to make sure our contingencies were quickly lifted. They worked tirelessly and professionally to meet all timelines and negotiated with diligence and wisdom to make sure we didn’t overpay or get stuck with horrendous out-of-pocket repairs after move in. We’re so thankful for them!
Melinda is an amazing real estate broker. She was able to sell my home in record time and also find my wife and I a new home. Melinda’s skills as an attorney and her knowledge of the real estate market were valuable. Without getting into the specifics, I can say Melinda quickly troubleshot 3 major issues that arose during the sale of my home with the buyers; ensured the home for sale was properly staged, marketed, held open houses, and made the home available for everyone who was interested; and got my wife and I into a new home that consisted of 3 contingencies in place on our end. I have no doubt we could not have done this without Melinda. We are so blessed to have worked with Melinda and her outstanding team. We are so happy to be in our dream home!
I was devastated with a death in the family and I needed to sell a Anaheim Hills condo for the estate. I was approached by numerous brokers, but I did my own research for an experienced local broker and I found Melinda. I planned on interviewing a few brokers, but after meeting with Melinda I knew that she was the one to hire. As is turned out, she is an attorney and an expert on Probate. Melinda and her team was such an incredible help with the preparation of the condo. She has a wonderful brilliant, warm and compassionate team. These are hard workers and everything they promised came though with FIVE STARS. During the escrow I left for Europe and they were right on top of EVERYTHING. Such a ray of sunshine during a sad period for my family. Thank you Melinda.
Thank you for making the sale of the house so easy and all of the extra things you did for us. If we ever have an occassion to refer someone, you’ll be at the very top of the list.
I was involved in the mortgage biz for over 20 years and am HIGHLY skeptical of all realtors but when it came time to sell my Mothers home after her passing I was unnerved as well. I interviewed two other useless realtors (or should I say listing agents) and then Melinda walked into my life. I have NEVER, EVER, run into a more professional team as well as compassionate group of people in my entire life. We referred to Moms home as “Pandora’s Box” as every turn had a surprise waiting for us. Melinda or her team handled each problem as if it was the most interesting thing they had ever seen and in no time at all each “challenge” was solved perfectly. When all was done I have no problems recommending Melinda to anyone for any transaction. Prior to meeting her, I would tell friends to try to do it by FSBO and use a good escrow company but now I simply hand someone Melinda’s card or phone number and I absolutely know, without a doubt the person I refer will be treated honestly and respectfully each and every time.
Melinda and her team helped us sell our old house and buy our new one. They made the whole transaction so simple and seamless. On Sunday, we found the house of our dreams. Melinda had the purchase done in less than a week for under the asking price in a seller’s market. On the sale of our old house, she got us top dollar in less than two weeks. When the purchaser made an unreasonable list of repairs, she didn’t make down or try to convince us to make concessions. The sale of our old and the purchase of our new home couldn’t have happened any smoother. I kept waiting for a bump in the road and it never happened thanks to an incredibly professional and knowledge staff. I have recommended Freedom First to my friends and wouldn’t hesitate to do so in the future. If I ever have the ability to purchase investment properties, I know where to go.
Saying “thanks” and thinking, too, how very nice it was of you! I really appreciate your wonderful advice! Thank you very much.
Dear Melinda & Deby, Thank you so much for your professionalism and attention to detail in renting our property. Each time we’ve worked with you it has been a please and made a potentially stressful experience quite easy. Thank you for the personal attention you have given us.
My family and I worked with Jojo on the sale of our home in 2016 and purchase of a new home late last year. Throughout the process Jojo went above and beyond what would be expected of any realtor. On the sale side, she helped with taking care of small fixes (she actually fixed stuff herself), staging our home, generating a ton of interest and most of all she has a great attitude – she was always available to us for whatever we needed. We had offers within days of our first open house. Not only is Jojo highly knowledgeable of the housing market, she also knows construction. On the purchase side, she was able to easily spot out potential problems immediately upon walking into a home (electrical, foundational, code violations, etc.). She guided us through a very difficult housing market in which there were numerous offers on every home, all cash buyers and investors that we couldn’t compete with. When we finally found “the one,” we were able to beat out eight offers without having the highest or best offer, thanks to her creativity and the relationship she was able to establish with seller and seller’s agent. We never once doubted that Jojo was always working in our best interest. She handled everything for us; meeting with inspectors, contractors, vendors of all types, down to writing letters to sellers on our behalf. The current trend for many is to reduce the involvement of realtors from buying/selling process. We would not be where we are today if we had taken this route. We will always consider Jojo our realtor of record and a close friend.
Melinda is a rainmaker in a drought. We got ourselves into a bad position, bought anew house before selling our existing residence in Anaheim Hills. A really dumb thing to do. Melinda saved us, she ran realtor viewing parties, advertised, and finally procured a decent offer from qualified buyers. She structured the sale so that everybody was happy, a very creative result. It helped that Melinda also represented the buyer, sold their house in 5 days to make the deal work, then took over and handled the administrative aspects with the least amount of inconvenience. We love Melinda, she has substantiated our reason for contracting with her. She has a great support group, a good team, she is an example of what would be expected of the best, really there is no competition.
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Anaheim Hills. Melinda was the listing agent for the home we purchased in Anaheim Hills. She is simply a delight to work with, is ethical, personable and professional. We’ll be happy to refer her to our friends and family for future real estate opportunities!
just sold my home in March 2014 – Melinda Johnson and the entire Freedom First Properties team were the perfect fit for me! Buying/selling a home is such an emotional roller coaster but working with the right people helped me make smart decisions during the entire process. For me, it started with a realistic assessment of the market and the value of my home. With an in-house appraiser on the Freedom First Properties staff, this is where I believe they exceled. We talked in detail about my goals and objectives, the appraiser visited my home and did his research to determine the estimated value, and only then was I provided with several pricing strategies and options. They help you to step away from your “emotional” attachments to the home and focus on what is really possible based on the market data. They were right on the money (literally) with their assessment and as a result my home received multiple offers after only nine days on the market. Once the agreement was signed with the buyers, this is really where Melinda Johnson and her staff did an exceptional job. We had several challenges during the process and Melinda stayed in control of the situation and always looked out for my best interest. The Freedom First Properties appraiser even met with the lender’s appraiser at my home to make sure the house was properly assessed. I found Melinda’s skills from her previous work experience as a lawyer who worked on deal structures with Boeing Capital to be extremely helpful. She knows how to negotiate and get the deal done no matter what issues crop up during the sales process, while always maintaining strict moral and ethical standards. She’s a true professional and now, a friend. In the end, my home sold after a 30 day escrow and I am very happy with the sales price. Not only would I recommend Melinda and Freedom First Properties to anyone, I will definitely be using them again when I have another real estate transaction.
Bought a single family home in 2014 in Oak Hills. I have complete confidence in Diane. She is a true professional. The viewing and entire purchase process went flawlessly. I highly recommended Diane Greenbaum as your agent for purchase or sale of your home.