MELINDA MARTIN BAILEY
Melinda Martin Bailey, Associate Broker with Seabolt Real Estate, was born in the Hostess City to a family whose Southern roots trace back generations. She graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Georgia and studied language at the University of Dijon in France. Melinda obtained her real estate license in 1987 and found her place in her father’s company, working in all areas of buying, renovating, leasing and managing downtown properties.
Melinda’s father carved out a place in local history as one of the pioneers of property renovation in Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. While keeping a watchful eye on her father’s innovative practices, Melinda gained valuable knowledge that would play an instrumental role in her transition to full time real estate sales in 1997.
A love of distinguished design and luxurious home decorating combined with a firm understanding of what buyers are looking for gives Melinda an edge in preparing her clients’ homes for sale.
Melinda recognizes the purchase or sale of a home is a significant financial decision and a deeply personal experience. She takes pride in assisting her clients in making sound decisions while respecting the emotional aspects. Whether buying or selling a home she understands that each client, like each home, is unique and requires an individual approach.
Melinda is consistently among her firm’s top producers and is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors Distinguished Sales Society.
Bios are for the most part not very interesting. So, I thought I would share how I became the owner of a wonderful company that happens to help customers find their dream home or sell one to find another. After all, it is for most of us, the single largest investment we make.
In 1997 I, like many others, decided to take a long weekend trip to the charming city of Savannah. I decided to drive around to see Savannah’s wonderful homes, instead of its many spectacular tourist attractions and fell in love with a house. Not just any house, a beautiful white brick Greek revival on a tree-lined street. Six weeks later, I was in the house and thinking what have I done.
Most of my life had been spent in Atlanta raising Ryan and Shannan and selling real estate. So, here I was in a city where I knew no one and no one knew me. I was fortunate to run out of gas and stop into a locally owned gas station on Drayton Street. Larry Smith, the owner, helped me and noticed that I was a bit perplexed. He gave me some advice, which I am glad that I took. He said that if you stay long enough, Savannah will absorb you and IT DID!
I was lucky to re-establish my real estate career in a new city. I opened the Christie’s Great Estates office for the developers of The Ford Plantation. It was in a charming building owned by Lee Smith of Southern Antiques and Interiors. This is important to remember! A few years later I became President and COO of another real estate company in the Historic District.
At age 55, I decided to take the leap and open my own real estate company. At the same time, I was asked to affiliate my company with a well-known Atlanta vompany, Harry Norman Realtors, that had just been purchased by Warren Buffet’s real estate entity, HomeServices of America.
In July of 2006, I along with several believers, I like to call them, opened the doors to Seabolt Brokers, LLC at the same location that I was in when I first opened the doors to the Christie’s office. It seems that 28 Abercorn Street, absorbed me as well.
Since opening we have also had the opportunity to add to our family. The Coastal Real Estate Group joined us as did several members of another well established firm in our area. This merger strengthened our company and increased the size of our family.
So, I would like to invite you to call, email or visit us. We love what we do and we still believe in your dreams.