Melissa Urena was born and raised in Compton, CA. She graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and traveled to over 15 countries during her undergraduate years.
In 2013, Melissa joined JohnHart Real Estate. She was able to apply sales and marketing tactics she acquired from her previous career in advertisement sales to become one of the company’s top producers. She has received the Platinum Agent Award every year since joining the firm and now runs her own team of dedicated Realtors.
A resident of Long Beach, CA she enjoys all activities that come with sun and surf: running, biking, swimming. When she is not negotiating for her clients, she enjoys a glass of Pinot Noir and a good book with her husband and business partner Juan Castro. They have a furry baby named Cookie.
An old soul at heart, Melissa attributes her success to the time-tested trifecta of integrity, drive, and hard work.
+ Top Salesperson in 2012 (within her office)
+ Expert First Time Buyer/Seller Representation
+ Experienced Investment Property Agent
+ Graduate of UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara)
+ Member in Good Standing, National Association of Realtors
+ Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Certified
Melissa Urena did an awesome job selling my house. My house was sold in a timely manner, she was always available to answer my questions and offer valuable advice. Melissa is very knowledgeable and responsive, ...read more
Best experience ever!! I was really worried that a property that we had to sell “As Is” wouldn’t sell or even come close to what we were asking, but Michelle worked her magic and got it sold for what ...read more
Melissa is great! Very helpful even after closing she is willing to help out on anything needed. Bought our first investment property and she gave us specific paperwork landlords need.read more
Choosing Melissa as our realtor was the best decision we've ever made. This was our first home purchase and she made it so easy for us. We looked at so many houses and Melissa was always available to ...read more
Melissa has been showing us homes for some time now. After a lot of open houses we finally found the one . We feel very comfortable with her service and have already recommended her to my family and ...read more
Juan and Melissa helped me with both the sale of my home, and replacement purchase. On the sale side, they did a great job at marketing my home in Culver City. I had multiple offers to pick from, and ...read more
Michelle did a great job, she sold our house and closed the deal in about 17 days. It seems like we were signing paperwork every day. There was something happening all the time. If something needed fixing ...read more
Mi experiencia con Juan castro fue muy buena, se dedico exactamente a entender cuáles necesidades teníamos como familia para la compra de esta propiedad “y la encontró para nosotros” definitivamente recomendamos ...read more
As first time home sellers, my wife and I had a lot of questions and concerns, the home had been in our family for over 50 years and my wife was emotionally attached to it. Our agent Michele made to whole ...read more
We are so lucky that we worked with Juan and Melissa. We appreciate the professionalism and care they showed at every turn, as it was an emotional process for us. In the end we got exactly what we wanted ...read more