Mel Hellums

Mel Hellums

Broker (NC License #285325)
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Mel grew up in the Pacific Northwest and his love of travel and adventure led him to join the US Army. While stationed at Fort Bragg, he fell in love with the state of North Carolina, as well as a local NC girl (whom he married). He moved to Wilmington in 2002 after serving for more than 20 years, protecting citizens in many locations around the world. He continues doing just that as a broker for Just For Buyers Realty, looking out for the best interests of the buyers he’s serving.

After retiring from the US Army, Mel went on to work for the Oregon National Guard, the Transportation Security Agency, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Throughout it all, serving people has been Mel’s focus and he says that’s not going to change.

When not working, Mel and his wife stay busy trying to keep up with their teenage son, who is a high school athlete. A longtime fitness buff from his Army days, Mel also enjoys traveling and riding his motorcycle. And then there are the tools and technology – when he’s not tinkering with his old truck or something around the house, he can be found on his computer figuring out a new application or new way of doing something.

In the military, Mel lived by the Army values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. He has carried those values over into his real estate career as well. Those values, in addition to attention to detail and listening to clients to help them find the home that best fits their needs and make them happy, is what drives Mel. “I know that buying a home is the most important investment most people will ever make and I want to do everything I can to not only protect the buyer, but also make buying a home a positive experience for them that will result in years of good memories.”

Why you became an EBA:
To help people find their perfect home. I wasn’t interested in selling properties.

I had heard good things about the company and when I found out that the company put their client’s interests above their own, I was sold.

What you love most about living in Southeast NC:
The people.

Favorite local attraction:
The beach (any one of them).

I was born in Melbourne, AR, but I grew up in Moxee, WA.

First Job:
I worked in the hop fields and orchards around Yakima, WA.

Perfect Day:
Riding my motorcycle or spending the day with the family.

Proudest moment:
When my children were born.

Favorite neighborhood:
Whisper Creek.

My wife, my children, my parents and my brothers.

All the military members fighting for freedom around the world.

People say I am….:
I can’t say those kinds of things in public.

Places you’ve lived while in the military:
Oklahoma, Washington (the state), Virginia, Washington, D.C., Oregon, North Carolina, Germany, The Netherlands, Korea.

Favorite place for a motorcycle ride:
The Blue Ridge Parkway, The Snake on US 421 in Tennessee, or the Tail of the Dragon.