Growing up on a farm in Church Hill, TN, Melissa Bell came to love the early morning hours. Waking before the sun rose was a common element of life on the farm; rather than resisting it, Melissa reveled in those precious times before dawn.

“I believe this is where I learned that if you do not have a strong work ethic, then you will not succeed in life,” Melissa explains. “All the sayings about getting up and out first thing in the morning are true, and I apply that drive to my business every day.”

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Melissa landed a job in the mortgage industry. Over 20 years later, she’s still enjoying the gift of helping others with monumental transitions. “I knew I had to find a job that allowed me to help folks follow their dreams, to provide opportunity, and to be a trusted resource.”

Seeking the Win-Win

Despite her two-decades-long career in the mortgage lending world, helping clients never gets old for Melissa. She feels there is “nothing finer” than knowing she played a role in one of the most significant milestones in someone’s life — the purchase of a home.

“Knowing that they trusted you, counted on you, and believed in your knowledge that led to their shelter not only makes me smile but gives me purpose and reason to find ways to get all Americans into homes,” Melissa smiles.

Melissa approaches her business from a relational standpoint. She believes that investing time into her clients, teammates, and referral partners allows her to build relationships that are remembered, cherished, and reliable. As vice president and branch manager with McLean Mortgage, she enjoys working with people from all walks of life but has developed a special place in her heart for veterans.

“Relationships are truly the pillar of my business,” Melissa continues. “I am not a saleswoman. I enjoy getting to know people and love to understand what is important to them and what their goals are. I want to know how I can help them achieve those goals through the resources, personal experience, and tools I have. I always want to make people feel important, that they have a purpose, and that they have a trusted friend in the business.”

Remembering Her Roots

All these years later, Melissa remains an early riser. Before most people have hit their snooze button, her workday is in full swing. She begins by making a daily to-do list, then answers emails and begins her daily administrative tasks.

Melissa is also deeply connected to her community. She loves where she lives and wants to pass that passion and emotion on to her clients. “My community is a safe and fun place to raise a family. I would say the true win-win is when I get the chance to help others find their safe place where friends and family gather to create unforgettable memories,” Melissa says.

Perhaps most importantly, Melissa wants her clients and partners alike to know that they can count on her to be a trusted friend with a strong work ethic.

“At the end of the day, we are all people,” she reminds us. “A title sure shows that we have experience, but it will never speak to our integrity or drive. Get to know me, and we can move mountains together.”

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