I became a Realtor because I love helping people make their dream of home ownership a reality, especially in Durango. I was fortunate enough to be born and raised here and can’t imagine a better place to own a home. I grew up playing soccer, raising Guide Dogs for the Blind and learning the importance of balancing work and hobbies. While attending Fort Lewis College, I took advantage of their Junior Trimester Abroad program and spent six months studying business in Europe. After earning my Bachelor’s Degree, I spent a summer in Minnesota working for Outward Bound. My time away from Durango was just the experience I needed to realize that this amazing, unique community is where I want to live, work and raise my family. I would love to listen to your story and help you see the benefits in buying or aid you in selling a home in the Durango Area!
What my clients are saying (17)
09/08/2018 - dgrettenberg5
Excellent experience. Always available and able to answer questions and give advice. Trustworthy, confident, honest, knowledgeable. Highly recommend Melanie.
02/05/2018 - jennjenkins77
Mel got me a dream home that I never imagined I would be able to own. She is a true professional that understands the market and its trends. She takes the time to know the needs of her client and makes sure that they are represented at every stage of the process. On top of all of that, she is a kind and wonderful person. I highly recommend Mel and will use her when I go through the process again.
01/07/2018 - SydneyForsberg
Where do I start?! Melanie helped us buy and sell our first home! She was absolutely amazing! She was always in touch, and keeping us in the loop. We were never in the dark about what was going on. I couldn’t imagine going through that process with any one else!
08/07/2017 - chad n
I can't say enough good things about Mel. She sold our house in record time, 6 days from listing we had a full offer!! She is incredibly detail oriented and and always responds to emails and phone calls quickly. Her professional and personal attention to detail proved how much she cared for us as a client. Even though I know we couldn't have been her most important one, we felt like we were. I think that may be the best thing about working with Mel, whether you're selling the least expensive house in town or the most expensive one, she will treat you with the same level of respect and care. That reason alone is why she will be our realtor as long as she'll have us! Thanks Mel, we couldn't have sold our house without you.
07/06/2017 - chelsearobbins0
Melanie was great! She understood exactly what I was looking for in a home and she worked hard to find it for me. She was always willing to work with my busy schedule and I would highly recommend using her for your real estate needs.
07/01/2017 - larizangel13
Melanie is top notch! She helped us thru the entire process from start to finish! And still checks up on our family. She is knowlegible, patient, honest and willing to go the extra mile.
02/09/2017 - zuser20160821183943360
Melanie is a phenomenal realtor who's passion for her client's happiness is present at every step of the process. She is straight forward, clear and concise when explaining the real estate buying and selling processes. Her attention to detail and creative thinking helped us secure a contract that may not have otherwise been possible. She helped us find our perfect home and we are forever grateful.
12/17/2016 - wajneufeld7
We recently purchased a vacant lot in the City of Durango, CO and plan to build a house on it sometime in 2017. Melanie helped us through a maze of challenges as we looked for the right property. We won't go into a lot of detail about the problems, - but will say that if you want to deal with a sincere and competent problem-solver, - a real professional, - then Melanie is your girl! Every time a problem presented itself, Melanie guided us to the solution. You will never regret choosing Melanie as your Real Estate Professional! Thanks, Mel, - and best regards from Walt & Audrey.
11/08/2016 - juliarosine
Melanie was a great real estate broker. We found her easy to work with. Her presentation when she was courting us for the listing was excellent. She's very knowledgeable about the Durango market and was great about giving us information about the market as the process went on. She was very available for open houses, she respected our wishes and demands, and was patient with us through the process of selling our home. She gave us plenty of notice for showings, and always gave us honest feedback. We never had any problem communicating with her, she was very available and returned our calls promptly. The best thing is, she got the job done!
11/05/2016 - mom1moretime
Melanie Cordes went above and beyond to help us sell our home of 35 years. She is very professional and extremely helpful in the selling process. I highly recommend her if you want to sell your home.
10/11/2016 - zuser20160518094938999
Melanie has become a part of our family she is so kind and knowledgeable. Really helped us understand the home buying process. She helped us make our dreams of home ownership come true she's wonderful
07/28/2016 - durangoresident
Melanie did an excellent job handling all of the marketing for a condo that recently sold. Everything was done in a professional and timely manner. She answered all the questions that arose promptly and efficiently. I would recommend her without reservation for handling real estate needs.
05/15/2016 - mtncreek
When I first met Melanie, I was approved for a bottom of the market purchase price and had my doubts that I would be able to find a home in this expensive town. At our first meeting, she tried to get a feel for what I was looking for and gave me hope that there was something out there. During the home search, Melanie shared her opinions when asked and was very supportive. It was Melanie that found my cute townhome for me. She was knowledgeable, honest, inspiring, patient, and responsive throughout the homebuying process. She was on top of things and negotiated well with the seller and lender. Best of all I felt like I had a friend at my side. I would definitely recommend Melanie for any real estate needs!
05/02/2016 - zuser20160303122440104
Melanie did a great job finding me my first home, and was a pleasure to work with. She listened to my needs and understood them, and set realistic ideas of what I was looking at. She did this by providing me a listing over the past 2 years of all houses that would be in my market and range that bettered helped my decision and weigh pros versus cons of each area. This allowed me to understand when a house popped up, what was the best option for me. I am ecstatic with my choice and Melanie was crucial to that process.
Throughout the process of purchasing, she was always available, very knowledgeable and helped me through the whole process keeping me informed. She was trustworthy and a great person to have at my side throughout. I was never confused by the processes and if I was, she was very good at providing clarification.
I would recommend anyone looking for a house to reach out to Melanie for her knowledge, understanding and patience to guide you through your next purchase.
12/12/2015 - sgoldsborough
If you manage to have Melanie as your agent, you truly have lucked out. We had just started new jobs when we found Melanie and we were usually only available on nights and weekends. Not only was Melanie extremely flexible, but she has the patience of a saint. She worked incredibly hard for us but still made us feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Melanie was professional, understanding, and returned every email and phone call immediately. We changed our mind on a couple different properties and she constantly went above and beyond for us, continued to follow-up, and treated us as if we were buying a million-dollar house.
Melanie was genuine and not afraid to speak her mind if she had concerns about a property, which I truly appreciated. She was also detailed and even remembered a house we had an interest in that was off the market at the time; she put it at the top of our list as soon as it hit the market and that was the house we bought.
Above all, Melanie was unequivocally kind throughout the buying process, which could not have been more valued during all of our weekend property visits and late-night phone calls! I cannot imagine a better real estate agent. She is a keeper and she will be the only one we call when we decide to purchase another home.
-Sheena & Justin
10/19/2015 - Jen Manganello
Melanie was just wonderful every step of the way! We were so confused about the buying and selling process and she answered all of our questions in ways that we could understand exactly what was going on. She was always quick to respond and made us feel like we were her number one priority. We put our full trust and confidence in Melanie and were not disappointed!
08/10/2014 - kreker06
Mel was great with helping us buy a house. She sat down with us and really listened to what we were looking for in a home. We had come up with our own list of houses we wanted to see, and she scheduled showings for those houses but also suggested many others we might be interested in. The house we ended up buying was one she had picked out to show us, so without her we might have missed out on a great home. Even after we were under contact on the home, she was on top of making sure everything got done that needed to. Mel was so great to work with. She was available to answer any questions or address any concerns whenever anything came up. Now we have a great house to turn into a wonderful home thanks to Melanie!