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Melissa Karlson

Melissa Karlson
5808 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226

Melissa has lived and worked in the Metro Richmond for over 10 years and has quickly become one of the top agents in the region. She has closed over 25 transactions in 2018 alone! Her customer service and attention to detail are common strengths that have propelled her career. She comes from a teaching background and that work ethic and organization help her keep everyone on track in the sale. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and received my B.A. in Secondary Social Studies teaching. Melissa is proud to be part of the Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate family. Contact her direct at or 804-476-2443.


  • We both sold our former home and bought a new one with Melissa, and were very impressed with her throughout the process. She sat down with us at the beginning and helped us to map out a strategy to get to our ultimate goal of getting into our new home and then was highly responsive once we put the plan into action. We bought our new home first, and then were able to sell our former home in three days in a price range that satisfied us. Her knowledge of the local market was excellent, and we couldn't have been happier with her service. I can't recommend Melissa highly enough! Helped me sell a home - dbigelow23 reviewed Melissa Karlson 02/11/2017

  • Melissa recently helped us with both the sale of our house and purchase of our new home. She was very attentive and responsive to our needs...both in listing our home and helping us find a new house that fit our needs perfectly. She was instrumental in appropriately listing our home at a price that would sell. Our house went on the market on. Monday .. by the end of the day we had over 300 views and 2 showings. We received an offer the very next day. She helped us negotiate the offer and we subsequently successfully sold our home. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone buying or selling their home. Helped me sell a home - derin27 reviewed Melissa Karlson 02/11/2017

  • Melissa was fantastic. As first time home buyers, she walked us through every step of the way and was very professional throughout the process. Would highly recommend to anyone buying or selling in the metro Richmond area. Helped me buy a home - terrykr84 reviewed Melissa Karlson 09/05/2016

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 6 reviews
by Elber & Jessica on Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville
Confident and Honest

It is important for us to work with a confident, "aggressive" Relator who knew how to navigate deals. We were also coming in at a slight disadvantage in a seller's market. We needed her to "keep it real" and be honest with where we'd have better chances. I truly believe she was the only reason we got the dream house.

by Andrew and Sarah on Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville
Very Impressed

Melissa was awesome! She quickly got our house on the market. I was impressed with the entire process. She was able to help with all the things we needed.

by The Gonzalezes on Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville
Very Personable and Knowledgeable

Melissa is on it! Very personable with tons of knowledge!

by Courtney W. on Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville
Amazing Attention to Detail

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to work with Melissa Shaheen in both selling our home and purchasing another home. We found a home we wanted to purchase, and Melissa helped us come up with a very competitive offer. The house had been vacant for 1+ years, so we wanted to make sure we knew what we were getting. Melissa met us at the house several times before helping us craft a competitive offer. Part of our offer included listing our own home within a week. This was not an easy task, especially with 2 teenagers and 1 five year old. Melissa helped us get the house show-ready. She brought in a stager at the end whose finishing touches made a big difference. The marketing materials and social media campaign really showcased our house. Pricing the house appropriately was a big concern of ours. Melissa spent a lot of time working through comps to help us come up with the right number. We listed on a Friday and had solid showings on both Saturday and Sunday. We accepted a very competitive offer the following day. Melissa did not disappear after our purchase contract and contract to sell were accepted. She kept in regular contact with me on inspections and other requests and questions we had. She met me at the new house several times, so I could have contractors planning work that needed to start as soon as we closed on the house. Melissa made sure everything was set with the bank and closing attorney. She was on top of everything. Her attention to detail and thoroughness made both transactions close successfully. Rob and I have purchased and sold several homes both in Richmond and in the Midwest. Melissa has been the strongest realtor we have ever worked with. I would recommend Melissa without hesitation to my family and friends.

by Rachel & Josh Grim on Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville

Melissa is amazing in every way!! She was always available for us, it made it seem like we were her only clients and got her full attention (which i KNOW we weren’t). She was straight forward and called us all the time to keep us fully in the loop, we completely trusted her and didn’t feel like we had to worry about anything. She’s an amazing realtor and friend! I couldn’t imagine ever buying or selling a house with anybody else.

by Chris Powell & Laura Malinoski on Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville

Melissa was an amazing realtor! My wife and I were first time home buyers and we had a large number of questions. She was very patient in walking us through the process in finding an amazing home. She was extremely available and helpful from start to finish.