Melinda Johnson DRE #01764472
Owner . Broker . Realtor® . Attorney
Following her graduation from UC Riverside with a degree in Economics, Melinda continued her studies at Pepperdine School of Law. She served as managing editor of the Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Amjur awards in real property and in wills, trusts and estates. Melinda spent the next twelve years in the legal field most notably as in house Counsel for Boeing Capital Corporation.
In 2006, Melinda obtained her broker’s license and helped her husband, Neal, launch Freedom First Properties with the thought that her legal and business skill set would provide a distinct client advantage. Recognizing this, local attorneys seek Melinda’s assistance and she continues to be recommended, selected and even court appointed in divorce, probate and trust administration cases. Most importantly, Melinda believes she has found her true passion which is reflected in her success. In 2013, Melinda was ranked #5 in the county by title companies for sales volume. Her business continues to grow and is driven by client referrals and repeat customers.
Marc Smith DRE #01956931 | AL #043579
Realtor® – Appraiser
In 2006, Marc began working in real estate. He joined the valuation division of Freedom First Properties in 2012 as a licensed appraiser and expanded his capabilities in 2014 with a Realtor’s license. Marc enjoys interacting with people and doing property appraisals because it gives him the opportunity to be out in the community and meet new people every day.
For Marc, honesty and integrity are essential components to both his personal and professional relationships. It is what brought him to Freedom First Properties along with the opportunity to work and learn the appraisal business from owner, Neal Johnson. Marc received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cal State Fullerton.