Melissa Bradley, founder of Bradley Real Estate, attributes her success to the influence of her grandmother, Sue Bradley, who sold real estate and introduced her to the business. At a young age, Melissa worked side-by-side with her grandmother, helping stuff envelopes. As she grew older, she took on more responsibilities and learned the ins-and-outs of the business. By age 22, she earned her real estate license and worked as a sales person and manager. Four years later, she started her own business in her garage in San Anselmo.
Today, Bradley has 11 offices in the North Bay and 400 agents working with her. Along with her real estate license, Bradley is a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management and is awarded to REALTORS who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements and a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers. Bradley believes the secret to her success is her love for working with people and the community. She also believes in respecting her fiduciary duties to her clients, being honest and providing education along with utmost care is a formula that has worked for her.
The real estate company’s services include buying and selling residential real estate including homes and condos. They also help buyers and sellers who have commercial property and work with people who are looking for storefronts shopping malls and retail space. A major part of the company is leasing and selling apartment buildings. Another aspect is finding land without any improvements for potential development. This year, the plan is to provide additional support for their clients and agents offering training classes and seminars on getting better organized.
Bradley is proud to be one of the largest contributors to various foundations throughout Marin, Napa and Sonoma County and understands the importance of supporting your local business and finds that in giving you get so much more in return. She also believes that having her employees participate in community functions helps them feel connected, which gives them more confidence and makes their job a lot easier. Employees are involved with their local community by participating in local schools, chambers of commerce and youth sports organization.
The company is not a stranger to awards, and Bradley is grateful when she receives one. “A reward lets you know you’re doing a good job and gives people confidence in your business and I am so thankful to receive them,” she says.
“I attribute all my success to my strong faith in God, my four children, my grandmother and my mom,” says Bradley. She acknowledges it is her clients and business that made it possible for her to travel and show her children a big part of the world. To date, she has travelled to 33 of these United States 26 countries and knows that none of it could have happened if she had not stepped out in faith and followed her heart. “I love problem solving and people, which helped me do what I do the very best I can.”
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