After moving to Boone, I attended Watauga High School, earned a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and returned home for a MA in Political Science at Appalachian State University. Upon graduation, I worked and lived in South Sudan, Haiti, Vanuatu, Spain, Uganda, and NYC working in foreign aid, the arts, and government. I recently moved back to Boone after teaching high school in South Carolina. However, during all these travels I kept a single image on my computer screen - a picture of my home in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina.
With a vast array of global experiences, substantial time in the helping professions, and a deep appreciation of what home in the High Country means, I have the many different skills needed to guide you through the process and bring you to closing. Whether buying or selling, communication and care are my signature. Contact me today to start your adventure.
"Are you looking for a realtor to help you buy or sell a home? I highly recommend Melody Banks with the Stacie Pineda Team at RE/MAX Realty Group. Let me tell you about the crucial role Melody had in my personal home selling story.
The story began three and a half years ago when I purchased my first home. As much as I grew to love my home and as many memories as I had made there, my job, my family, and my life in general were pulling me in a different direction and this house was simply no longer the right one for me. This past winter I began exploring the idea of listing my home for sale. The more I researched, the more overwhelming it all felt. There seemed to be too many intangibles. What if I priced my house too high or too low? How was the real estate market trending? In what ways should I market my home? The questions kept mounting. I realized I needed someone I could trust to guide me through the process.
This is where Melody came to the rescue (not an overstatement). You see, I have been close friends with Melody since high school and I knew she would have the energy, work ethic, levelheadedness, knowledge, and, above all, integrity to smoothly navigate me from listing through negotiations and inspections all the way to closing. If you want to be treated like more than just another client, I promise you that Melody will make every effort to establish a relationship with you and personalize an approach based on your individual needs, background, and character traits. Let me elaborate. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a control freak and a habitual worrier. Here's where Melody found the perfect balance of making sure I felt informed and involved throughout the process, while at the same time giving me peace of mind that she was constantly working on my behalf and looking out for my best interests. Melody went to bat for me every step of the way. From the start we went over how to appropriately stage my home for sale, we discussed the housing market and what comparable homes were priced at and selling for, and we developed a marketing strategy to ensure my home got maximum exposure.
I received an offer on my home promptly and that's where Melody's savvy negotiating skills were on full display, ensuring I received more than fair market value for my house. As the period of due diligence elapsed and closing day proceeded without a hitch, I realized that I never once had to be anxious because I was confident in Melody's abilities and I was kept in the loop from day one. What I expected to be a stressful time of uncertainty and jumping through hoops turned into a journey of learning and even understanding what I hope to find in my next home.
I consider it an honor to have had Melody alongside me to help sell my first house. What's better, I'm looking forward to taking the next step in the journey as I begin looking for my next home where I will make even more memories as I begin the next exciting phase of my life - with the best realtor and friend I could ever hope for by my side!"
"Thank you, guys! We are beyond please with our experience buying a home with Melody. She was professional, responsive and genuinely cared about the needs of our family. Probably the most helpful support she provided was her local knowledge of the market and the players involved as well as her negotiation skills on our behalf in the final stages of the purchase. She guided us through the complexities and nuances of being a first time home buyer in a new town. We got the price we wanted for the home we wanted in the area that was the best for our family. We are very happy in our new home and highly recommend Melody to anyone looking to jump into the market."
March 25, 2018
"We worked with Melody Pineda Banks, who is a Remax Broker/Realtor in Boone NC, to purchase a home. Melody's expertise and diligence were instrumental in our finding a home with an ideal location. She worked hard to narrow down the list of available houses to those that met our picky requirements, and then she was extremely patient as we kept changing our requirements. She contacted us immediately when new houses came on the market and she scheduled home tours on weekends for our convenience. Melody communicated with us constantly, days and evenings, throughout the negotiation process, and she helped us find inspectors and contractors to inspect the home. She made it all happen! Melody is conscientious, professional, extremely personable and we consider her a good friend. Melody is the only realtor we'd recommend to people interested in selling or buying property in the Boone area."
D. Case & M. Viotlins