Among the most stressful experiences in a person’s life is the buying and selling of real estate. That’s why it’s critically important that the person you work with is someone who is knowledgeable, experienced, and a great listener. For Melanie Mitchell, it was also important to find someone she genuinely liked.
Melanie is a Winston-Salem native who had been living out of state for five years when she and her husband, Steve, made plans to return to her hometown. “This was a huge change for my husband. He moved two months before I did so he could start his new job and while I settled the sale of our home. Since I am from Winston-Salem and know the area, I knew what to expect. However, I wanted to pair Steve with someone who could help him navigate unfamiliar territory and who would exercise patience with the very specific must-have list we had for our new home. I spoke to several realtors, and when I talked with Jody, I instantly knew we’d found our agent.”
Not only is Jody familiar with the stress of a relocation, but she has also served Forsyth County for 11 years. She knows the area and when Melanie described their needs, as well as the parts of town that she would consider living in, Jody took notes and began helping Steve look at homes that met their criteria.
After several weeks of looking online, meeting Jody at the most promising locations, Steve had found their dream home. “Every relocation has its challenges,” shared Jody, “but Melanie and Steve were in a unique situation. Melanie was involved online, while Steve was the one who was physically present to make the final decision. It’s a testament to the trust they have in each other that Melanie felt confident about the purchase of their new home without seeing it before closing.”
But Melanie gives much of that credit to Jody. “Of course, I trusted my husband to make the decision for us. We had talked extensively about what we wanted and needed. But Jody was a key part of this experience. She listened. She didn’t waste our time showing us homes that didn’t meet our requirements. Since Steve is a musician, a walk in / walk out basement was mandatory for loading his equipment in and out of the house. We also have dogs and wanted a fenced in yard for them. I needed an office, and we needed guest room space. We were also thinking long-term and though we’re only in our 40s, we wanted our house to be suitable for growing older, so we didn’t want to deal with multi-stories. Our vision was pretty specific for a couple who also wanted move-in ready! Jody genuinely understood our needs and our lifestyle. She understood that our wish list wasn’t based on ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have?’ These were requirements based on how we live our life and how we see our future!”
While Melanie and Steve are happily settled in their new home, with no plans to move again in the future, they readily recommend Jody to anyone who is considering a move.
“Jody is a true professional and has all the qualities you could want in a realtor,” said Melanie. “If we had to do it all again, I’d choose Jody every time. I’ve worked with several realtors in the past and have not had great experiences. Without question, she’s the best I’ve ever worked with. Not only did she help lead us to our home, but she also helped negotiate, to make sure we got the best deal possible.”
In addition to her work as a realtor, Jody is an active member of the community, serving on the board of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, and she’s a founding leader for Clemmons Community Day. Jody also co-founded Women Who Care, a non-profit group supporting those who are in need within the community. She’s won numerous awards and accolades throughout the years, including the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors Community Service Award.
Jody has been married for over 27 years to her husband, Cliff, and together, they have two children. Jody is a woman with a servant’s heart and a calling to help others. Since the heart of community begins in the home, her chosen profession is perfect for her. It enables her to serve others by helping them find their place they can call home.
Jody Peske is an agent for Keller Williams. She can be reached at 336.918.7496. Visit her online at JodyPeske.com and be sure to “like” her on Facebook!