2020 & 2021
Since then, my passion for real estate has allowed me to transition into real estate sales and help make great connections for my buyer and seller clients. A life-long resident of Toronto, I know the areas in which I operate and I study the statistics and market trends daily to ensure my information is up-to-the-moment. I believe that an informed client is a happy client. Educating my buyers and sellers not only on location and home attributes but also on issues they may face in the medium or long-term is a strong part of my mandate. I use statistical analysis and market knowledge to support my valuation of a home. Your job as a client is to be passionate about your current or future home – my job is to provide the numbers and area knowledge to support our estimation of value.
My seller clients see the results of my decades-long marketing experience as I utilize unique tools to expose their home to as many qualified buyers as possible. I thread traditional advertising (print ads, lawn signs, just listed cards, to name a few) with more modern approaches (integrated social media exposure, international / cultural media advertising, sponsored and boosted posts, web site advertising, neighbourhood Open House special events) to make for a powerful one-two marketing hit.
I feel fortunate to still be working in an industry I love and that translates every day into the personal care and commitment I show my clients.
“There is not enough space to write about how wonderful Melissa Berall is. The least I can do is write a few words here….
I’ve had the fortune and pleasure of working with Melissa, not once, but twice over the course of the last 4 years. First, in finding me my current rental downtown Toronto (perfect location, gorgeous space, under my budget AND all inclusive!!) and most recently, she assisted me in the purchasing of my very first condo – also downtown Toronto.
Melissa’s attention to detail and knowledge of the real estate industry paired with her impeccably sharp instincts are just unparalleled. And I know this because I work in the real estate industry myself, and have spent much time around many agents although I am not an agent myself.
Melissa waited until she knew the time would be right for MY specific needs and then we began our search this year in the midst of a tumultuous market. She was incredibly honest during our process and never pushy. She literally walked with me through this entire process, and, as a first time buyer, I couldn’t have felt better supported.
Not only did she find me the perfect unit in a building I’d been dreaming of for some time, but she orchestrated a fantastic and very savvy deal and, yet again, I came in WELL under budget.
Because I was so green in this purchasing process, she also completely directed my team of lawyers and caught possible hassles for me beforehand so they could address them. She didn’t have to and she did these things anyway.
I’m still in awe and I could go on for days. Without a doubt, I would recommend Melissa to absolutely everyone who wants the job done well, and done with care.
For as long as she is an agent, I will be her client.“
– Shani K.
“If you’re looking for a fabulous Realtor, Melissa Berall from Chestnut Park is the best!!! Melissa is very professional, ultra knowledgeable about real estate and the market. I recently dealt with Melissa to lease my investment property (condo) and she took care of everything for me so seamlessly. Melissa goes above and beyond for her clients and it speaks to her passion for her work. I would recommend her 200% to anyone. I look forward to working with Melissa Berall again.“
– Dina G.
“I have been looking to downsize from my large home to a condo over the last several months. Melissa was my agent and nothing less than professional, patient, knowledgeable and knew exactly what I was looking for. As well, she knew what would best suit me. Melissa always looks out for the best interest of her clients and works extremely efficiently. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her any time. I was very pleased with everything.“
– Marla K.
“We recently sold our condo at 801 Bay Street. When we decided to sell our property, we realized that it was a huge task. We did not know what the market price was, how we should begin, how we could advertise, what kinds of paperwork were involved…the practical and legal questions were many and we had only a vague inkling of what our next steps should be.
Fortunately, a friend of ours had sold their house not too long ago and recommended her realtor, Melissa Berall. We arranged for an initial meeting with Melissa. From that first meeting onwards, Melissa impressed us with her vast and deep knowledge and understanding of property sales and her professionalism. She showed data to guide our decisions, was very realistic about where the market was at, and most importantly, she listened to what we were thinking. There was no pressure on us to decide one way or another, no pressure on us to sign up for anything. Melissa gave us space to think and decide what our next steps would be.
From the moment we decided to ask Melissa to represent us we never had a moment’s worry. She took care of everything: legal forms that must be signed, keeping us informed about changing market prices, preparing the condo for showing, and ensuring that even the smallest part of the process was taken care of. Our timing was complicated by lockdowns due to COVID-19. Melissa was flexible with timelines, understanding of our stresses as we faced delays clearing the space because of social distancing, and kept closely in touch with us, even if it was just to check-in. She was infinitely patient. We never felt that we were alone even during the unprecedented times of having to only communicate virtually or on the phone. We always had her expertise at any time of the day – literally, as she was always only a text or email away. Her response was always very quick.
Once the condo was prepared and ready for showing, we could hardly recognize it! The furniture, pictures on walls, plants, homely touches – Melissa certainly showed potential buyers how beautiful the space could be if they made it their home. It looked so incredible we joked that we would want to buy it again! Our condo went on the market on June 18th and by June 23rd we had received a stunning offer. By June 24th we had sold our condo! Talk about superspeed! We were stunned by how quickly we received an offer that we were absolutely delighted with. We knew that this was made possible because of Melissa. She was able to see the best potential of the space and showcased this for those who came to view it.
We would very highly recommend Melissa without reservation to anyone wanting to sell your home. She took the stress out of the whole journey. We are deeply appreciative of her guidance, her collaboration, and her professionalism.
Thank you, Melissa, from the bottom of our hearts!“
– Peter T & Yvonne C, sellers of the condo at 801 Bay Street.
“I have worked with Melissa 3 times in the past year to purchase 2 condos and rent a 3rd. I could not have asked for a better agent to work with! Melissa is extremely professional, very hard working and her attention to detail is exceptional. She worked hard to understand my needs on each transaction and produced the results needed. Melissa is a joy to work with and I highly recommend her for anyone’s real estate needs!! “
– Lisa L.
“I recently worked with Melissa to purchase my first condo. My ‘dream building’ was located in midtown Toronto, where large 2 bedroom suites don’t come available often. Melissa had prepared an extensive market and building analysis so I knew exactly what market value was should a unit become available. Late one afternoon, the perfect suite came onto the MLS – we went to see it immediately and had an offer prepared that evening. Melissa stayed focused on my needs and wants and in spite of being caught in a bidding war, she never let me forget my budget. Throughout nearly 12 hours of negotiations, Melissa helped me stay calm, reviewed with me the data which supported our offer price, and handled the discussions with the listing agent brilliantly. In the end I managed to secure the condo while not going beyond what I had budgeted. Being a first time home buyer, Melissa provided me with much needed resources – from lawyer referrals to movers, cleaners and so much more. They too have all been amazing so far. Melissa is very responsive to calls and emails and I always felt as though I was her main priority. I could have not have asked for a better agent. I highly recommend working with Melissa Berall.”
– Laura B
“My husband and I have bought and sold 5 homes in the last 15 years and have worked with many Realtors. Melissa is in a class of her OWN!! When we decided to move to Toronto from Montreal last summer, we knew that finding the right realtor would make all the difference! Especially at a distance…we needed someone on our side – someone in “the know” – and someone who understood how to negotiate a winning deal! To say she went above and beyond doesn’t do her justice. She worked day and night, took our family on each and every home visit (and there were many!!!) and ultimately got us the home we loved, at the price we wanted!! Melissa gave us her utmost attention and took on the mandate to find us our new family home like it was her personal mission! She has many years of experience and deep knowledge of the GTA market – it is so evident from the first meeting with her! She’s a natural communicator and you’ll never wonder what’s going on, she’s excellent at keeping you informed! In my opinion, the way in which you get to the Finish Line is just as important as finally getting there. It was a long 6 month process (at a distance from Montreal) but Melissa remained focused, dedicated, and always pleasant throughout our time together, always respectful of our family decisions, and open to new ideas and directions. We were simply blessed to have had the Good Fortune to work with her!”
– Bev Mitelman
“From the first meeting to the last signing of the documents, Melissa provided a professional, courteous, and exceptional service in handling the sale of our property. She paid extra special attention to the finer details. We were treated with extraordinary respect and personal compassion. We knew we were in good hands, and that the transaction would flow smoothly throughout the contractual period and beyond! Thank you, Melissa, for your personal and professional expertise! “
– Ken D.
“You eased the pain of what was a daunting proposition – downsizing, after 25 years in my home. From preparation to staging and sale, you made it all happen seamlessly. Your experience and professionalism shone through.”
– Seller, 8 Plumbstead Court
“I enlisted Melissa to sell my parents’ condominium. She was incredibly efficient, honest and direct. My parents’ absolutely loved her. Melissa staged the condo and sold it in 2 weeks. I would recommend Melissa 100%. She is the very very best!”
– Heidi G.
“Melissa is one of the best real estate agents that we have ever worked with. Very knowledgeable and thorough! Having gone through the long process of selling our house with multiple offers, what really stood out was how versed she was with the whole process compared to the buying agents. We always felt that she had our backs and was not just driven to complete the sale. We will definitely be using her services for any future housing needs.“
– Stanley Wang
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Melissa for my most recent condo in Yorkville. From start to finish, Melissa’s service has been nothing short of immaculate. She’s made herself available for questions around the clock and helped me secure my ideal unit despite the high demand for it. Simply put, there is no better Toronto-based real estate agent than Melissa. She goes above and beyond to ensure her clients are 100% happy.”
– Matt K.
“We feel that people come into our lives for a reason. Our family was very fortunate to have found a professional and charismatic individual like Melissa who was able to take us through the whole process of getting our home ready to sell, putting it on the market, and finally helping us find the home of our dreams. We never had any doubts that she was the right individual; she was very professional, knowledgeable about the market, and was always readily available with her expertise. The level of service that we received from Melissa greatly exceeded our expectations. She always was there at a moments notice to answer any questions and help guide us through the whole process. We know that you won’t be disappointed, and we would highly recommend her to handle all of your real estate needs.”
– Donna Vodopia – Holmeshaw
“We are new to Canada and met Melissa right away, she was so kind and helped us to find our perfect house in the perfect area. She’s super professional and made us feel extremely comfortable during these weird times visiting houses. She was always responsive when we reached out to her and always made us feel we were a priority to her at any time. I’d recommend to work with her with all my heart.”
– Kim Lieber
This was our first time working with Melissa and we would definitely work with her again in the future. She made the process of listing our condo for a lease incredibly easy. She was professional, informative, and thorough. We felt like we could fully trust her experienced opinion and helpful suggestions. She completed all the appropriate paperwork and steps required to find us an excellent tenant. She was patient in answering all of our questions and is an overall nice person. Thank you, Melissa!
– C & D
From the moment I spoke with Melissa I knew she was going to be able to help me with what I needed! She is professional, kind and hardworking. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy, sell or lease. She is knowledgeable and thorough but she also is looking out for your best interest which is what anyone could want in this business. Thank you!
– Sarah McCallion
I was referred to Melissa by a friend of mine during my move to Toronto. She provided amazing service and always went above and beyond expectations! I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a professional, hard working and experienced realtor! Thanks Melissa!
– Bharbhoor D