Licensed Real Estate Professional
Mel Desemone is a true professional. He personifies integrity and exemplifies an unwavering commitment to his clients. But what makes Mel unique is his collection of industry-related certifications, and his relentless, lifelong passion for learning.
Go ahead. Ask Mel what his favorite book is.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? Moby Dick? Think and Grow Rich? The Godfather??
Nah, not even close.
Mel will mention the works of the influential German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), and offer up one of his favorite Kant quotes: “By a lie a man throws away, and as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man.” That’s Mel; he’s sharp. He sees the big picture and focuses on long-term success for his clients and himself.
While Mel’s real estate career is relatively brief compared to his 35 years in St. Louis City public service, he has earned certifications as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR). Mel is also a Certified Commercial Investment Member (affiliate), sits on the Board of Adjustments for the city of St. Louis (a group responsible for approving zoning variances), and has his real estate managing broker’s license in the state of Missouri.
Fortunately for Mel’s clients, he’s equally adept at applying his knowledge to help homebuyers. Recently, Mel assisted a Haitian family who immigrated to St. Louis. This young family had one small child, another on the way, and were in desperate need of professional guidance.
“I was able to help them negotiate their way out of a lease, and to find qualified, professional assistance from a home inspector and lender,” Mel says. “And I made sure that they understood the process. I wanted to make sure that they didn’t get taken advantage of. “
When Mel isn’t helping clients reach their real estate goals, he’s likely to be on a treadmill at the YMCA or in a classroom, learning even more about his chosen profession. And if Mel had to rely on an Immanuel Kant quote to summarize his approach to client service, it would be:
“Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.”