John and Kristie Melendez are a Dynamic and Energetic team at Active Realty Group. John and Kristie are used to working a high volume of buyers and sellers, with vast experience in all aspects of real estate.
John has been in the business of real estate in different aspects of the business for over 32 years. He started as a corporate VP with the Quin/Dez Corporation in 1984, where he worked in the management of developing tract houses, commercial office buildings, and apartment buildings. Starting with the purchases of vacant land, working through the city and county agencies for approval of the projects, John was able to take a project from dirt to turn key properties all over the Southern California region. In 1988, John obtained his real estate license and started working sales. In the past 28 years, John has worked and enjoyed listing and selling homes for sellers and buyers. In that time, he also worked as a loan officer with a high volume in lending. John understands most all aspects of real estate, including standard sales, short sales as well as foreclosures and loans. His work as a loan officer is invaluable when it comes to the intricate aspects of any real estate transaction.
John met the true Love of his life 3 1/2 years ago. Now married for over two years, Kristie Melendez and John proved to be a match made in Heaven! While dating, Kristie was working as a leasing consultant with the Irvine Company. This experience was invaluable with knowledge in which she developed a strong work ethic in high volume and understanding how people think and react while putting them into homes. John and Kristie came to the Happy conclusion that they should create a real estate team while on their honeymoon. Kristie and their son, Johnny both obtained their real estate licenses shortly thereafter and the K and J Team was created. Joining Justin Tye at Active Realty Group was a life changing event. Working a very high volume of buyers mixed in with the listings and sphere of influence of existing clients gives them vast experience that any client may benefit from.
John and Kristie have 9 kids and 2 grandchildren together. Holidays and Family Events are a blast! Kristie is a Culinary Graduate as well. Having family dinner every Sunday, Kristie cooks for 20 to 30 people every week! John has coached tennis for many years. Most of their kids have played high school tennis and some have gone on to play at the college level. John used to run the youth tennis league in town, which grew to 350 players. He also coached at the high school level for a few years. The exception, being their youngest son, Michael, at 11 years old is a baseball all star in Little League as well as joining a travel ball team.
Kristie’s experience as a chef as well as running a catering business also works into their business. At every close of escrow, John and Kristie offer each buyer a house warming party, where they take care of the invitations and RSVPs and Kristie prepares all the food for these lucky clients. It only amazes John and Kristie when certain clients don’t take advantage of this offer as it gives every client a chance to show off their new home and receive housewarming gifts from their friends and family. But that’s okay, the offer is always open.
Even though this constant high volume makes for many hours, John and Kristie look at it as a win win because they are able to team up and spend much of their time together.