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About me

Business Philosophy

My clients come FIRST. Listening to you and  having open communication are my key points to understanding your needs. Whether it's strong Real Estate promotions, holding extended open home hours to secure the best offer for your home, or taking extra time to locate that special dream home for you, my job is to help you buy or sell your home.

Education and Training

Pierce High School Arbuckle California/ Butte College Oroville CA/ California Smog Certification 1991-2006/ Automotive Service Excellence Technician/ Automotive Training Institute Re- Engineering business Program graduate/ Advance Scuba Diver.

Areas of Expertise

Mel brings over 20 years of sales and management experience to support you in negotiating your buying or selling contracts.

Mel Burgess has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI). The CNE® is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training.  Agents who receive this certification are in the top 1 % of all agents nationally.

Community Involvement

Mel attends The Rock Church/ member of the Lion's club/member of the Elks club/ Masonic Temple-Master Mason/ United States Air Force honorable discharge.

Personal Background

Hello: My friends call me Mel. I am noted for my infectious enthusiasm and tenacious desire to see others fulfill their Real Estate dreams.

Born a natural entrepreneur, my business experience started at a very young age of 10 years old. From a shoe shining booth, to newspaper door to door sales, I quickly learned the value of hard work and determination.

After managing three successful businesses in Reno Nevada, I decided to start my own businesses of automotive parts and diagnostic service and repair in the Northern California area. Now, after three decades in the automotive business, and an unquenchable thirst to live on the San Diego coast, I have relocated to Southern California.

Knowing that I have a talent for connecting with people, I have found myself unable to resist the opportunity to live out my passion in the Real Estate arena.


At the end of March, 2010 I employed Mel Burgess to sell the Mission Bay condo I inherited from my Dad. Mel is a very energetic, knowledgeable real estate salesperson. He arrived at our first meeting loaded with facts and figures to substantiate the right pricing of my property. He also pointed out many good aspects of the condo that would attract customers (a number of which hadn't even occurred to me).
He stayed in constant contact with me to let me know the latest developments, which I appreciated very much. Mel showed the property numerous times to not only potential customers but other real estate salespeople. The condo had several open house showings, internet advertising on the Coldwell Banker website, and advertising in real estate publications. Mel really reached out in many diversified ways to market my property. I felt he was putting forth the best effort possible towards finding a buyer.
Within a very short period of time we had several highly qualified buyers!  I was thrilled!  My confidence in his abilities was confirmed. Mel sold the condo in record time for a comfortable price. This was especially a wonderful event for me because I live on other side of the country.
Not only would I highly recommend Mel Burgess to others selling their properties, but I intend on having him sell my multi-million dollar home in Tennessee when I am ready. He was so easy to work with and quickly produced the results I wanted. Mel’s super!!
Deborah Lenl

More Testimonials

We recently sold our home through Coldwell Banker Residential at the 4090 Mission Boulevard office in San Diego.Our dealing with your realtor, Mel Burgess, was a wonderful experience. Mel was professional, always on time and offered to help us in ways that left us with a great feeling. We always knew that he gave us 100% in everything he did and that he went above and beyond what we expected.
We had such a great relationship that when we went looking for a new home, we never thought of working with anyone but Mel.
It will be our pleasure to recommend him to our friends and family members.
Sandy McCauley

Mel Burgess is an outstanding agent who keeps in touch and has a good appreciation of the market. He also possesses a good soul and cares about his clients. You will also find him to be very warm and personable!

Allan Seim


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