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.
"Our realtor Melody Banks went above and beyond what we expected for a realtor! She helped us buy our very first house ever in Boone while we were living in Austin, and we didn’t even see the house in person until the day before closing. But because Melody was our realtor, we were confident it would all work out.
We knew absolutely nothing about the house buying process before we met with Melody. But Melody calmly coached us through each step, so we didn’t get overwhelmed, and was constantly looking out for us. She went out of her way to tour many houses for us while we were on FaceTime, or would send us multiple videos, so we could see it from afar. She looked at houses while always focusing on our list of preferences to steer us toward what we were looking for.
Many houses we loved by looking at the pictures online, but once we mentioned them to Melody she knew the area so well, she would immediately tell us the downsides or positives of the house’s location, like if it was hard to get to, if there was a factory nearby, if the roads are bad during winter, etc., many things we would never have known without her expert knowledge of the local area that really protected us from buying something we might have regretted.
During negotiation time, she fought for us during our bidding war. She coached us in how to bid, gave great advice, and helped us win a dream house! We started the process as scared first-time home buyers, and ended it feeling confident in understanding how the home buying process works and that we got a good deal ALL thanks to Melody’s help! If she can help clueless first-time home buyers from out-of-state buy a beautiful house with ease, she can do anything for anyone!!!"
Sherri and Dom
"Melody Banks of RE/MAX realty group in Boone, NC did a fantastic job for us as we bought our new home. She is familiar with the area and all the positives and negatives in each aspect of the buying process. She worked above and beyond the call of duty for us. I would highly recommend her if you are considering buying in Boone or the surrounding area."
Scott and Josie
"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