Born just outside of New York to the children of Greek immigrants whose memories of the depression we’re still close at hand, Melisa learned from an early age that saving money and being frugal was as American as apple pie. From an early age, Melissa began receiving lessons in financial fortitude from both her father and grandfather in the front seats of their 1976 Ford LTD Station wagon. Growing up Middle class, Melissa got a front-row seat to what it meant to live paycheck to paycheck. While her father was a successful attorney, his passion for helping people who couldn’t afford his services often meant he’d return from a hard day of work significantly underpaid for his time. But his passion for helping the underdog was unmatched, and this value paired with his deep interest in the world of finance left an indelible mark on melissa as she grew into adulthood.

Melissa Terzis

In 2001 as Melissa enrolled in Grad School, she found a passion for home building and real estate, working as a financial analyst for a land developer outside of Baltimore. Out of the many jobs she had tried over the years, working her way through school, this one stuck with her. She absorbed as much as she could over the next two years until she graduated from the University of Baltimore with her MBA in 2003.

After Graduating, Melissa left Baltimore for Rockville, Maryland, where she took a position with a home builder as a land development analyst. Melissa had found her groove. She loved this job, complete with all of its complexities. A puzzle addict at heart, land development was a perfect fit for her. Every day posed a brand new set of challenges she would have to solve at a lighting pace until one fateful day in 2007 when the challenges became insurmountable.

Standing on the frontlines of the worst housing crash this country has ever seen scared melissa’s psyche. In a matter of days, everything she had worked for was erased. Her career, colleagues, and an entire industry, etch-a-sketch-ed from existence in what felt like seconds. To this day, the memories of the weeks following the crash have colored Melissa’s investment philosophy. While always frugal, Melissa became much more conservative and diligent in her investments, a practice she now uses to guide her clients in their own investments.

Now living in DC and struggling to find work in a post-apocalyptic home building environment Melissa did what to many would have been unthinkable. She became a licensed real estate agent.

Those first years were rough. A newly married Melissa was navigating uncharted waters with the rest of the real estate industry while trying to start a new business and a new family all at the same time. By 2014 Melissa’s family had grown into a foursome and while her two children, both under two at the time, were a handful, so was her business. While the shadow of the recession lingered, the housing market was recovering, and with it grew Melissa’s business.

Through both her blog and youtube channel, Melissa quickly became known as a down-to-earth family-friendly real estate agent and expert in the DC real estate market. As her popularity grew, she soon was fielding phone calls from anxious buyers and sellers from across the country looking for advice and guidance in finding our selling their home.

Melissa and her girls | Melissa Terzis real estate

Never one to rest on her laurels, in 2017, Melissa started the East Coast Corgi Rescue in honor of her two beloved Corgis and as a way to give back to the breed that had brought her family so much happiness over the years.

After Graduating, Melissa left Baltimore for Rockville, Maryland, where she took a position with a home builder as a land development analyst. Melissa had found her groove. She loved this job, complete with all of its complexities. A puzzle addict at heart, land development was a perfect fit for her. Every day posed a brand new set of challenges she would have to solve at a lighting pace until one fateful day in 2007 when the challenges became insurmountable.