Melody Russell, Ranked as 1 of the top selling agents in SC County (eXp Realty of California Inc.)
BRE #01743923

1414 Soquel Ave Ste 100

Santa Cruz , CA 95062

Melody is consistently ranked as one of the top selling listing agents within Santa Cruz County (of 1500).

Get to know Melody Russell

Melody Russell is consistently ranked as one of the top selling agents within Santa Cruz County. Melody is CEO of the Melody Russell Team (serving Santa Cruz County, CA + Silicon Valley). Melody was voted as Best Realtor in Santa Cruz 2019. She is an ICON agent with eXp Realty of California and is a lifetime resident of Santa Cruz County. Her passion is helping others, which she accomplishes through her real estate expertise, as well as via the life-saving charitable organizations that she supports (including but not limited to: Rising International, Charity Water, Smile Train, Second Harvest Food Bank). Melody's clients benefit from her extensive real estate education, her business/marketing/economics degree from San Jose State University and over 20 years experience in the field of marketing and negotiations. Her passionate team of full-time real estate professionals are said to "make you feel as if you are their only client." You can be the next to benefit from the high level of service as well as the expert marketing and negotiation skills provided by the Melody Russell Real Estate Team.


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The Melody Russell Real Estate Team is a dedicated team of four full-time real estate professionals. Melody's team specialize in residential real estate in Santa Cruz County. With expertise in the following small towns: Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Live Oak, Soquel, Rio Del Mar, Aptos, Seacape, Seacliff, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Felton, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos.

One member of Melody's team specializes in the expertise associated with the listing and selling of properties. Another team member specializes in the highest level of service when caring for buyer's who work with the Melody Russell Real Estate Team. Another key team member is the Transaction Coordinator who makes sure that every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed.  This knowledgeable and caring team works together to serve clients at the highest level.


Testimonials for Melody Russell

  • Andre Lafleur

    After evaluating six qualified Realtors and what they offered, I engaged Melody Russell and her team with conviction. Her track record was the primary factor. She was referred to me by a prominent community member, who's home she had just sold, with the highest of recommendations. A bonus was that I found I really enjoyed working with her. She was a great choice. Melody is smooth, professional and helpful at every turn. After three days on market I received multiple offers. One was cash, a 10 day close with no contingencies and a free 3 month rent back. Melody's advertising generated the best buyer I could have hoped for. Bravo Team Russell! I am appreciative of your work and the unbeatable results you delivered!

  • Lloyd Regier

    Melody sold the home of my departed relative. Melody’s professionalism and sensitivity greatly relieved the stress of the situation. The sale was accomplished while I remained in San Diego. Melody brought in her professional organizer to oversee the packing and sorting of years of accumulation and the estate sale. The listing price was twice what I had expected. Within 10 days we had offers. Melody’s skill in negotiation resulted in a sale above asking price. All beneficiaries of the estate were ecstatic! I found the process to be as stress-free as possible under the circumstances and actually enjoyable. I could not imagine any other agent could have done what Melody did for me. I heartily recommend her!

  • Jay Friedland & Milissa Koloski

    As we settle into our new lives, we want to thank you and your team Melody for such an AMAZING home selling experience! We’re still talking about what a great experience selling was with you, and how smart we were for selecting you as our agent. From the first moment, we appreciated that you saw the real value in our upper west side Santa Cruz home and suggested a list price that ranged $150K - $400K higher than the other agents we interviewed, two of whom are also among the top selling agents in our area. After you listed our home for hundreds of thousands higher than the other top agents recommended, you achieved multiple offers, yielding us even higher than list price!! That was the icing on the cake! We are still pinching ourselves. Thank you so much for your thoughtful guidance and hand holding throughout the process. After the prep for sale and the professional staging by your team, our home looked beautiful and SOLD without a hitch. That let us move on to our next adventure, for which we are forever grateful to you and your team.

  • Cher Roberts & Philip Albuquerque

    Melody Russell, Santa Cruz, CA, brought the highest level of expertise and professionalism to the task of selling our Scotts Valley home. Thanks to her expert team, the house was smartly staged, professionally photographed and beautifully marketed. We received two above asking offers within four days. Not only was she the ultimate professional, she conducted business kindly, timely and gracefully. We have been involved with a number of real estate sales and purchases over the years. Our experience with Melody was that she is exceptional. She receives the highest recommendation from us.

  • Gina & Mitch

    Melody - We feel fortunate that we met you when we needed to sell our Scotts Valley home a few years back. Thanks to the knowledge you obtained when you owned a construction company in Palo Alto, you saw through the inaccuracy when our buyer’s roof inspector said we needed to replace our roof for $20K. You involved an ethical roofer who said we did NOT need a new roof at all! You did an amazing job of protecting our interests and getting us a price for our home above what homes were selling for in the neighborhood. Since we moved, we have LOVED the amazing SC home that you and your team helped us obtain. We were sad when my health forced us to move out of the area but felt blessed to be able to again rely on you standing by our side. I was thankful for your help in the prep for sale due to my health constraints. Again, you set a new high for the neighborhood when you sold our home for $1,735,000.(above list price) with multiple offers! You have become a treasured friend. We will keep you in our hearts and in our Rolodex and look forward to your visits to Arizona.

  • Gary and Debbie Jones

    To anyone looking for the best real estate team: Look no further than The Melody Russell Team! Melody and team went above and beyond helping us to sell our home in Scotts Valley. She sold it in 7 days for our full asking price while other homes are still sitting on the market in our neighborhood. The help from her team in decluttering, organizing and staging our home within a few days was absolutely amazing. They all worked around the clock with us. Melody was in constant contact with us keeping us updated through emails and phone calls as the sale of our home progressed to closing. Not only did she go beyond what was necessary in the sale, she also helped us find and buy our dream home. Melody isn't just another Realtor, she is someone that you will recognize as a true friend. We give her and her team the highest recommendation possible. We strongly feel that anyone not using her expertise is truly missing out. Thank you Melody and team. You are the BEST. You are amazing and we feel very fortunate to have you in our lives!

  • Dave and Patty Michelson

    It is our privilege to express our highest appreciation for the outstanding work Melody Russell performed as our real estate agent. After a detailed search of the best agents in the region we chose Melody to help us sell our Scotts Valley home and we are thankful that we did! Melody is an excellent communicator who answered all our questions and helped us with our concerns promptly. A significant benefit of working with Melody is that she is a “Sellers” agent. By that I mean that her entire focus is on the seller, which is rare these days. From the start she had our best interests at heart, so we never worried that our interests were not being fully supported. Melody is an excellent marketer as well as skillful negotiator. She knows the market, knows people, and knows when to push and when to be patient. She helped get full price for our home. One of the highest compliments we can give Melody is that she is capable of handling expensive homes and the people and issues that come with those homes. She has a unique blend of being very warm and personable, while at the same time proving to be very competent and professional. Melody was highly recommended to us and we would highly recommend her to you. If you want your home sold at the highest price, with a great advocate and support at your side—we would encourage you to partner with Melody. We are so glad we did!

  • George P.

    I have seen over and over again the success people have had using Melody Russell. She sells more, closes faster and gets expectations set for both buyer and seller better than any one in our area. As a local school Board President, where real-estate tax revenue is essential to our schools financial health, Melody is the clear cut leader in getting the highest value for home owners which has a positive impact on our school and eases the fund raising efforts of our hard working parents.

  • Bob & Leola

    We have bought and sold real estate many times over the years, and we can say unequivocally that Melody is a joy to work with. Within weeks, Melody had the home staged, invited brokers to see it, held an Open House and completed a successful contract. A month later, the escrow closed. Melody is a pro!

  • Carol Peters

    Melody & Mike,

    Thank you for co-listing and selling my home quickly for a great price!
    I am so happy, so relieved, so thankful for all your hard work & superb professionalism. You are without question the best realtors I've ever known. Alongside that, you are both wonderful people. My very best & ever so much love.

    Service Areas (7)
    • Scotts Valley, CA
    • Scotts Valley, CA
    • Santa Cruz, CA
    • Capitola, CA
    • Soquel, CA
    • Rio Del Mar, Aptos
    • La Selva Beach, CA
    • Bonny Doon, CA
    Languages (1)
    • English