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“John and Melissa are some of the best in the business. They were a pleasure to work with and helped us buy a multi unit property that we plan to hold as a long term investment. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the San Diego market and are experienced investors themselves, which was very important for us. I'd highly recommend them whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced investor.”

- Jake and Nancy

Mike and Amanda

“My husband and I had an amazing experience working with John and Melissa to purchase our new home! We are relatively new to San Diego and they were very knowledgeable on different areas and neighborhoods. When viewing properties, John and Melissa were very honest, thorough, and knew what to look for. From start to finish, very good communication and we could tell that they had our best interest in mind. When the right home hit the market, we acted quickly and they made it happen for us. Would highly recommend Team Steele as they truly went above and beyond!”

- Mike and Amanda

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“Looking to buy a home? I have two of the best realtors in San Diego. I felt very comfortable working with Melissa and John Steele. They were friendly, patient and very informative throughout the whole process of buying a house. I felt that they continuously kept my interest at heart. They really listen to their clients and that is a real plus! I feel that their knowledge and professionalism paid off since I feel I found the perfect home. So, take my word, you will not be sorry.”

- Susie, Chris and Sara

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What it’s like working
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Group 129 (1)

“Melissa and John were a pleasure to work with. Their different personalities, knowledge, and skills definitely make for a good balance as a team. Their advice is solid and reasonable. John is the analytical one and will give you a perspective from that point of view while Melissa is crafty, engaging and imaginative. Their style and personalities really resonated with my partner and I since we're similar in that sense. I would definitely recommend them and would love to work with them again. Had a fun experience with them and a lot of good laughs!!!!!”

Vanessa O.

Group 129 (1)

“John and Melissa Steele were the best I've ever worked with. This is my second home buying experience and it was perfect. They are both professional and respectful, they never pushed on when to buy and gave their honest opinion on homes. I recently moved to the area so their expertise in the local neighborhoods was very beneficial. I've had previous experiences where I've felt very uncomfortable putting my potential future home in other people's hands but with team Steele I never had a doubt. With the current market the home buying process is very stressful and you have to make decisions quickly. Not knowing the area I relied heavily on both John and Melissa to properly guide me in choosing a home. In my particular case I saw a home on day 1 and had to have the offer written up by the end of day 2. This was my first offer on a home here in San Diego and with their knowledge and expertise I was able to claim this beautiful home as my own. I could not say enough about how much I loved working with this team. They are kind, professional, nonjudgmental, knowledgeable, and all around outstanding. I will 100% work with them again and recommend them to everyone I know looking for a home”

Brenda R.

Group 129 (1)

“Team Steele is the best to work with. Our first home purchase in San Diego was the smoothest possible outcome we could have asked for, thanks to their guidance. You can really tell they truly care for all their clients, and they make it seem as though you are their #1 priority throughout the entire home search. Professional, friendly, very educated, and overall just awesome people to meet and work with. My wife and I couldn't have been happier!”

Ankur G.

Group 129 (1)

“Working with John and Melissa has been fantastic. They are very responsive , hardworking , made time to explain how the home buying process worked and made the overall process enjoyable. They worked with us as first time homebuyers to get competitive bids out there especially with the hot Covid market we are in. We never felt pressured by them. They truly just wanted us to get the right house. They provided guidance and their expertise throughout the entire process that ultimately led us to the home we live in now and love. They advocated for us and were able to get the home off the market within one day. We are so thankful to them. They really are genuinely good people. The biggest thing that really sets them apart is they are very responsive. When we asked to see properties, they would schedule the showing immediately, and when we made offers they would always keep us in the loop. There was never a delay. Overall, I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a home in the San Diego region.”

Danny C.

Group 129 (1)

“Wow, a whirlwind of changes going on but I definitely wanted to give a HUGE thank you  to John and Melissa. They provided the most professional conduct, personalized communication and went the extra mile for us at every turn in our home buying process. We were out of town right after we made an offer on a house and John and Melissa stepped in and did literally everything for us while keeping us in the loop. They are not your usual agents, they offer more and have a "new" attitude about the real estate market. I will recommend them to everyone and know you will love their style and hard work ethic. Keep up the good work you two !”

Michelle L.

Group 129 (1)

“My husband and I were first time home buyers and had an amazing experience with John and Melissa, as well as everyone they recommended we work with.  We lost out on 2 offers initially but the third time's a charm, and we got our dream forever home.  John was super patient and communicative throughout the whole process.  There were weeks I sent him multiple homes we wanted to see and he would promptly schedule showings for us.  Other weeks there was nothing of interest, but he still checked in with us.  It took us almost 6 months to find our home but it was a fun and exciting experience.  Once our offer was accepted, John and our loan officer (Sean Aguirre, who was also awesome and recommended by John) took over and got us closed in 18 days with no hassle or drama.  The day we closed, John, Melissa, and Sean met up with us at the house to get keys and celebrate (with champagne!).  We could not have asked for a better experience.  John and Melissa really hustle for their clients and I'm glad we chose to work with a young energetic couple that are obviously passionate about what they do.”

Tammy N.

Group 129 (1)

“John and Melissa made this whole ordeal SO easy. I mainly spoke with John the whole time and he answered all my questions no matter how dumb they are and how many times I ask. He's been very honest and knowledgeable which helps so much. Melissa has been so sweet and prompt with everything that we needed to sign. Everything was broken down into such simple terms for us and as nervous as I was, I felt at ease at the same time. They even provided recommendations for lenders and inspectors who are very reliable as well.


Thank you guys for helping us achieve a dream that people like us don't get to have coming where we came from. Thank you for helping these two college dropouts have something so big to call our own. We truly felt like you were on our side rather than treating us like just another number. Keep it up! We hope to work with you again, and I will 100% recommend you to anyone I know.”

Janet K.

Group 129 (1)

“I am so glad Melissa reached out to me to follow up on where I was with my home ownership goals. I am a first time home buyer and Melissa was an absolute pleasure to work with!!

She sat down with us and put together our home goals and we set out to find what fit for our budget and needs. Before we knew it...we set out to look at homes and Voila! We found one that caught our eye. While I know it doesn't happen for everyone, we were able to move quickly and confidently thanks to Melissa and her team as they had a lot of familiarity in the industry but also with our particular home.

As a younger couple and first time home buyers, I was ecstatic that I had Melissa (and John!) to count on. I felt comfortable with the entire process and they were even able to help us achieve home repairs before close. Thank you for all of your help!!”

Andrew T.

Group 129 (1)

“Melissa and John were referred to us by a friend.  Our first meeting with them we felt like they listened to our wants and needs and could help us navigate purchasing a home.  As we looked at homes we felt really lucky to have them as our agents because they continued to listen to us and we never felt pushed into a decision.  We felt fully represented when we put in an offer and throughout escrow.  I also felt like we had so many questions but Melissa made sure to tell us there are no silly questions and always got back to us as quickly as possible.  I think there was a lot of behind the scenes that Melissa negotiated with the seller's agent to 1. get our offer accepted 2. repairs for inspections 3. change our initial payment for the home from cash to partial cash/loan.  Melissa also had to navigate working with my mom, who was out of town, and I appreciated that she took the time to talk to both of us and made sure we understood any questions we had during this process.  We loved working with them and would recommend them to anyone looking for a home.  Thanks so much Melissa and John!”

Lian W.

Group 129 (1)

“Melissa and John are a terrific team! From the start they were great listeners, they took the time to get to know us, understand and learn what we wanted and needed to make our purchase of our first a smooth and enjoyable journey. We feel very lucky to have met Melissa and John. They are great people who will not push you to go for something you will not be happy with, they are young, driven and they can relate to your needs! We loved working with them and 100% recommend them! They are delightful and we can call them friends.”

Jenn M.

Group 129 (1)

“As a young, first time home buyer, this process could have been stressful, time consuming, and frustrating. But with John and Melissa, it was the opposite! We had fun buying our first home! We had time constraints and very specific preferences - but none of that was an issue! We found our dream home, got it for lower than expected, and got in earlier than expected! They fought for us in the process and made sure that we were always protected and our interests at the forefront. They communicated every single step of the way and made us truly feel like we were their only clients. I could never, ever recommend any realtor more. We got our dream home and made friends for life.”

Jennifer S.

Group 129 (1)

“We can't say enough good things about John and Melissa! We avoided the process of home buying for a little while because we did not want to deal with the stress or the unfamiliar process. From the very beginning, John and Melissa made us feel so comfortable! They were always available when we needed them and they were never pushy about a home we didn't like (which is what we kind of feared with real estate agents). They literally walked us through every step of the home buying process and when we didn't understand something (which happened a lot) they never hesitated to answer our questions! John literally went over a 30 page document with me page by page! They are such authentically kind hearted people who genuinely care about you! We are so glad we found them! They definitely come highly recommended from us 🙂 Thank you for everything John and Mel!”

Ann T.

Group 129 (1)

“John and Melissa Steele were FANTASTIC to work with! We are first time homeowners and they made the entire process smooth and fun. They made sure we didn't just find a house, but that we found our HOME. They listened to our preferences and needs and also opened us up to new possibilities. They truly care about their clients and it shows. We would absolutely work with them again and highly recommend others!”

Asher M.

Group 129 (1)

“11/10 would recommend to a friend.

TLDR: if you want a knowledgeable realtor that feels like working with a friend, look no further. They made me feel like a priority each time I reached out and helped me through every stage of my first home purchase: from understanding if I was financially ready, to 6 months of touring, through an incredibly quick inspection and closing period and finally, talked me through my first home improvement projects. With their guidance (and some help from Lady Luck), I ended up paying under market value for a single family home in my dream neighborhood. Pretty incredible for a single, first time buyer. Thanks you two!”

Lauren B.

Group 129 (1)

“A Wonderful Experience. As first time home buyers, my wife and I were skillfully guided through the process which not only made us confident in our home search, but also resulted in finding a home we are extremely happy with. From the first call, Melissa and John empowered us with knowledge about both the home buying process and the San Diego market. They ensured we were able to put our best foot forward when we put in offers and their honest, transparent feedback was an extremely valuable tool. We felt we had a secret weapon in making and pursuing offers in this competitive market. We were able to find a house we love and are grateful we had Team Steele by our side!”

Luciano F.

Group 129 (1)

“First time home buyer. Their knowledge, honesty, optimism, professionalism and patience was a life saver for me when looking to buy my first home. They genuinely wanted to set my wife and I up with a place that we would be happy with and was always there to answer any questions with great insight. In my opinion it's rare to find a team that not only is extremely skilled and competent, but a pleasure to work with as well. Without a doubt, I will hands down recommend John and Melissa to any of my friends and look forward to working with them again on my next purchase. If you're looking for a top notch team, you've found them.”

Adam W.

Group 129 (1)

“My wife and I recently purchased our first home.  Team Steele provided exceptional service and support throughout the home buying process.  They always responded promptly and thoughtfully to our communications.  They provided sound advice on all aspects where we had questions, such as inspectors and contractors.  They worked exceptionally well with professionals we had already selected, such as our loan officer.  They also helped improve our home buying process in aspects we did not expect.  For instance, my wife and I were both very familiar with the San Diego area; however, John and Melissa were still able to come up with leads in great neighborhoods my wife and I had not thought to consider.  Despite the many challenges of the COVID housing market, Team Steele made the process comfortable and fun.  Overall, the hard work and professional skill of Team Steele empowered us to find a house that fit our dreams and our budget.”

Michael S.

Group 129 (1)

“I don't know exactly where to begin! This is the second time my wife and I have used Melissa and John to purchase a home. Not only are these guys PHENOMENAL people but they are absolutely the best at their craft. My wife and I recently just got a great deal on a home in an absolutely insane market and this is 100% accredited to the unmatched work ethic of Team Steele. Regardless if this is your first time buying a home or not Melissa and John are the best realtors that you could ever ask for!”

James P.

Group 129 (1)

“Melissa and John are an excellent team! We knew we would need a "tiger" team to help us navigate this crazy market and when we met Melissa and John, we knew we found the right team! They know their business and will work day and night for their clients. They are well respected in the real estate community because they are consummate professionals. Together, they can help you sift through all the little details that can be overwhelming when purchasing a home and you can feel confident that they will do their best to make sure you find the right home.”

Lisa W.

Group 129 (1)

“I cannot say enough great things about Team Steele! From our first conversation, I felt instantly at ease with Melissa - like I was talking to an old friend - and throughout the whole process I knew I could reach out to her or John with any tiny question or concern (and as a first-time buyer I had a lot!) and they would help me work through it. I'm typically a very diligent person and I analyze a decision from every angle before making it. But when I found myself considering putting in an offer on the very first property I viewed, John and Melissa gave me the information I needed to feel confident in that outside-my-comfort-zone decision with zero pressure. They are all about educating and giving their clients the tools they need to navigate the crazy San Diego real estate market and the whole buying process. That approach continued throughout the entire transaction and coupled with their attention to detail, super fast responses and advocating for me throughout the process, made this an incredibly easy home buying experience. And their A++ approach isn't limited to them - everyone they recommend or work with exhibited the same superb professionalism and resulted in a support team I couldn't have imagined having on my side. If you need an all star team look no further than John and Melissa Steele!”

Tayler M.

Group 129 (1)

“My husband and I just purchased our first home. After one deal with a different realtor fell through, we were looking for agents who could be our partners in the process. John and Melissa were perfect to work with: they provided us ample information and guidance, while also not pressuring us to act until we were comfortable with answers to our questions. We worked mostly with John directly, and he went above and beyond in contacting inspectors and mold remediators. In the end we got a credit from the sellers for way more than we were expecting thanks to John's proactive approach. In addition to being knowledgeable and having strong relationships within the industry, they're also eager to continue building their business which means absolutely stellar customer service. When people asked if the home buying process was stressful, I could honestly say that it wasn't so bad and that was due to John and Melissa!”

Erin R.

The experts

Meet team Steele

Young, fun, and not your average realtors, this power couple is driven by a passion for real estate and financial education. After relocating from Buffalo, NY in 2013, San Diego has truly become “home” for John and Melissa and nothing gets them more excited than selling in a city that they love.

Since starting their business in 2015, John and Melissa and Team Steele have sold over $250 million in real estate and have consistently ranked among the top agents and producing teams in San Diego. From supporting buyers to sellers, people relocating to or from San Diego, seasoned investors, or those just looking to get started, Team Steele is here to help every step of the way.

John and Melissa realized the many shortcomings that consumers experience when working with realtors after having a poor real estate experience selling their home in Buffalo with the first agent they ever worked with. Lack of communication, transparency, knowledge and honesty plagued their first agent experience and as they learned more about real estate and the industry, realized that there were many others who had a tainted perception of agents after having poor representation in the past. John and Melissa saw this as an opportunity to not only build their own real estate business, but to also set a new standard for what a great real estate agent can and should offer.

From day one, their promise has been to provide the best real estate experience possible, while offering full transparency, honesty, and education along the way. Regardless of your budget or goals, Team Steele is committed to setting the right expectations and having you feel like a top priority. Many of their past and current clients have given the feedback that they “feel like the only client”, which is the type of service John and Melissa strive for. And with over nine hundred 5-star reviews across online platforms, you can feel confident that you are in good hands as Team Steele supports you in achieving your real estate goals.



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