Friendly, down-to-earth and focused on finding the right fit at the right price.
Family, friends, home improvements, cooking a great meal (and enjoying it with a good glass of red).
Swansea. It’s a character-rich, family-friendly neighbourhood nestled between nature and culture, with Lake Ontario to the south, the Humber River to the west, High Park to the east and Bloor West Village to the north.
Getting out on the lake on a hot sunny day.
She’s ashamed to admit it, but reality TV.
GETS HER UP IN THE MORNING:
Her dogs (both pugs) wake her like clockwork with sloppy kisses.
Work hard, play hard and treat everyone the way you want to be treated.
Fifteen years as a corporate recruiter for household names such as Rogers, Capital One, Air Miles and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan taught Melissa Stutz a lesson that works just as well in real estate: fit matters.
First, it’s about the fit between Melissa and her client. When it comes to buying or selling a home, are you a “today is too late” kind of person? Or do you get overwhelmed by big decisions? Do you want daily updates? Or do you prefer information on an as-needed basis? Are you only interested in the bottom line? Or do you crave every detail?
Melissa is a communication chameleon, and it’s how she sees herself adding value in the age of the internet, when savvy clients have already done their homework online. “You don’t need me to give you a list of properties and then play chauffeur,” she says. “You need me to help you manage the process in a way that works for you.”
The second way fit matters is finding the right home. This is where being a neighbourhood specialist is a strategic advantage. “I know this part of Toronto because I live here,” Melissa says. “I know the value of the homes—which is critical, because the last thing I’d ever want is for a client to overpay—and I know the unique areas and hidden gems. A generalist who chases listings across the city just can’t offer that.”
As for Melissa, she’s found her fit working for Trust. “I love the idea of working in my own neighbourhood,” she says. “There’s nothing more satisfying than negotiating the best deal and, because of that, helping people achieve their dreams.”