Melanie McNearney

Melanie McNearney


CNE, Eco-Broker

A proud 5th generation Texan, Melanie is originally from the quaint city of Boerne, situated in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country. She moved to Austin in 1993, calling Austin's 78704 zip code home for most of the last 24 years. Melanie chose the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, close to downtown, to take advantage of the natural foods trend. She even worked at the original Whole Foods Market before it was a national chain store.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys traveling, cooking, or walking her rescue Bulldogs, Atticus and Winston around Town Lake. A former bicycle racer, she now enjoys the slower pace of commuting around Austin on her bicycle from time to time. Melanie also stays active in her Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association. She has always had a passion for neighborhood issues and she has worked to help give her neighbors a voice at City Hall in front of the City Council over the past 17+ years. 

Previously a personal chef, Melanie ventured into real estate, a long held dream, and received her license in 2007. Melanie’s interest in the industry has its genesis in her desire to help her clients navigate the often tricky real estate market. She insists on guiding her clients through every step of their transaction. Melanie enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level, and she brings her years of experience in the industry providing ultimate protection and guidance for each client. Melanie’s proudest accomplishment is that most of her buyers and sellers transition into life long friends!


  • CNE, Certified Negotiation Expert
  • Eco Broker

December 2017

My wife and I were equal parts excited and nervous about the home-buying process. As soon as we sat down with Melanie, we knew that we were in good and capable hands. With so many moving parts, it was important to my wife and I that we find trustworthy people who represented our interests and handled the minutiae. Melanie was incredible. We clicked on our first meeting and genuinely looked forward to our house hunting trips. She echoed our own excitement for finding our first home. Melanie does a great job of making sure she understands the needs of her buyers. Not only did we find a beautiful house in our price range, but Melanie handled her end of the buying and closing process like a pro. Everything went so smoothly. If buying a home sounds and feels stressful, you would be lucky to have Melanie on your side. Thanks for making it all so easy and allowing us to focus on finding a beautiful home for our pup.

Ali Haider

October 2017

I've worked with Melanie to buy/sell multiple homes, and I wouldn't go with any other Realtor. Not only is she amazingly friendly, honest, patient and down to earth, but she helps you find the right home, at the right time, for the right price. She knows Austin neighborhoods and developers like the back of her hand, and has an army of amazing experts for anything you may need along the way (finance, inspections, repairs, etc.). She is a strong and effective advocate for her clients, and is always looking out for their best interests. She is one of the best Realtors in town, and a true Austin gem!


Having moved to Austin, and not knowing anyone, I can genuinely say that Melanie was the first and best impression that we had. She was our Realtor. But she is so much more than that. She became the expression and extension of our lifestyle, likes, and desires of what we were looking for in a community. A long time austenite, Melanie lived in Austin for over 20 years and knows it like the back of her hand. And it’s because of that, that she was able to place us in a neighborhood that was the best fit for our needs and wants. She asked all the right questions and more importantly, she listened to us. She is knowledgeable about the market, a strong negotiator, great communicator, patient, professional and always available to show us homes. Through the years, we have recommended Melanie to our friends and colleagues and will continue to do so. 


Melanie just helped me through my first home buying experience, which was anything but ordinary, even in this market. She was fantastic: reliable, patient and really understood what I was looking for. Melanie was committed to finding me the right home, and she absolutely did. I couldn't be more grateful.

Sara Behuneck

Melanie is awesome! She helped us buy our first home in Crestview back in 2010, just sold that same home for us, and most recently helped us buy a new home in Northwest Hills. In all three transactions Melanie was super helpful. More than anything - she has a strong moral backbone, which can be hard to find these days. I felt like she genuinely cared about protecting us as buyers and sellers, and did not pressure us in any way. If we're crazy enough to move again, we'll definitely be calling Melanie.

Amy and Jonathan Clifton

We were first-time homeowners, and Melanie made the search and purchase of our first home an incredibly pleasant experience. She understood what we were looking for, didn't waste our time, or pressure us into anything. Melanie was a delight to work with, and we love our new home!


Melanie is FANTASTIC! I like to think of her as the anti-real-estate agent. My husband and I have lived in Austin for ten years, and this summer, we finally decided it was time to put down some roots and buy our first home. I was so leery of real estate agents being so smarmy and all that, but Melanie was a dream to work with! (Two of my friends have worked with her before me, and they both had really positive experiences as well.) She helped us figure out what we wanted and what we didn't want and was available to us for any little question or concern, because we were pretty much clueless on the whole process. In a few months' time, we found a fantastic home that has everything we were looking for, not to mention character. I'm so thankful Melanie was our real estate agent, because she helped us through an unknown process and in the end, helped us to find our dream house!

Amy R.

My husband and I were high maintenance first time home buyers. We wanted to see many, many houses in a few different neighborhoods to get a feel for what we really wanted. Melanie was helpful and supportive every step of the way. She was out on the road with us many hot summer weekends not just showing houses, but also helpfully (and honestly) pointing out the good and the bad. Above all, I appreciate her helping us keep our cool throughout what can be a stressful and fast-paced experience. We love our house and are so happy to have gone through the house-hunting experience with Melanie. We would definitely recommend Melanie to family and friends.

Bianca and Ben Conrad

Melanie is awesome! We met her through our internet searches when we decided it was time to move back to Austin. Although we had lived in Austin before, it had been 15 years so we really didn't know all the neighborhoods. After narrowing down the houses we wanted to see, we planned a weekend trip where we saw close to 20 homes! She really made herself available to us. We found the house we loved, and that was when she really stepped in and took care of everything! We had difficult sellers that didn't even live in TX, and we weren't in TX either. Needless to say, she did a lot of work for us and without complaint. We really appreciated her help and really felt she was working with us to make our move to Austin as smooth as possible. I could not recommend a better Realtor.

Maggie W. 

Not only did Melanie make every step of the purchasing process comfortable and clear, but she is now a trusted friend. I am sure that if I had gone with a different agent I would have missed out on this extraordinary home. When we made our offer we ended up bidding against another offer. Melanie's sound advice and calming presence made this potentially stressful situation manageable. And we ended up successful. Melanie even made my son feel special and at ease throughout the process and he is a four-year-old with lots of demands :). I would recommend Melanie to anyone who wants a no nonsense agent who is invested, supportive, and wise.

Sasha V. 

When my husband and I were ready to purchase our first home, we knew that we did not want a typical real estate agent or even a typical home. Other agents had shown us very cookie-cutter houses in far-flung suburbs where the emphasis was on square footage and upgrades. Melanie heard us when we talked about our priorities and was realistic about what we could find within our price range.

We looked at a couple of houses together and told her what worked and what didn't. She was very patient with us, knowing that we were in no hurry and would wait to find the *right* house. One day she called to say she had found a great place that she thought would be a really good fit for us. As soon as we walked inside, I knew we had found our very first home!

As exciting as that moment was, we still had to navigate the unfamiliar territory of bidding and closing. Melanie was with us the whole time, making recommendations and ensuring that the paperwork was all in order. We have lived in our house now for three years, and it truly suits us. Thanks so much, Melanie!

Roxanne R.

Melanie is the best!! We can't possibly sing her praises enough. We were first-time home buyers this past summer, and not only did she make a daunting process fun and manageable, but she was also consistently available to patiently answer every question we had. (And we had a lot!) It took several months of looking almost every weekend, but she never made us feel rushed. Instead, she went out of her way to help us hone in on that perfect house. Even as our goals evolved (price-point, neighborhood, etc.) she was flexible and knew how to ask the right questions to guide us to what we really wanted. All of the professional contacts she recommended (e.g. local lenders, the home inspector, etc.) were also a pleasure to work with, and we always felt like we were in good hands when we chose someone based on her recommendation. To sum up: someone else on here called Melanie "genuine and down-to-earth" and that's exactly right. She's also patient, knowledgeable, a great listener, and totally loyal to her clients. She was the best ally in the home-buying process that we could have ever hoped for, and we're immensely grateful to her. We'd work with her again in a heartbeat!

Sara K.

I really can't say enough good things about the amazing experience we had with Melanie. We found her through a friend who had used her and loved her. We were first-time home buyers and we told Melanie we had no idea what we were doing. She was so great to work with, walking us through the process, and helping us to make sure everything got taken care of. She's such a genuine and down-to-earth person. I never felt like I was being schmoozed or that she was just telling me what I wanted to hear. She also has amazing contacts, and she helped us find great financing, an inspector who went way above and beyond. All around, we knew we could trust Melanie completely. She was cool and calm, and pretty much always available. She even met us at 11:30 on a Sunday night to help us draw up our offer. And on top of that, she's just a great person. The worst part about closing was we knew we weren't going to get to hang out with her anymore. We know several others who have worked with Melanie, and they all feel the same way. We're already looking forward to working with her on our next home.

Nathan R.

Melanie is fantastic. We found her randomly on the internet and thank goodness we did! We moved to Austin from out of state, knowing nothing about the various areas of Austin and Melanie was a huge help. After a month or two of emails back and forth we made our first trip to Austin and met Melanie for the first time. Right away she was able (with help from our earlier emailing) to understand what we wanted and what we didn't like. She was extremely patient with us as we went from property to property and neighborhood to neighborhood. Finally, while sitting at home in Chicago, I got a call from Melanie saying she was standing in a newly listed property and that she thought "this is the one". So, trusting Melanie completely, I jumped on a plane to Austin 4 hours later. What can I say, she was right. So hats off to Melanie for finding our new home and knowing right away that is was the right one for us. Thanks, Melanie!!

Joe B. 

Melanie is pretty amazing. She helped me find an awesome home, and made the process completely painless. It was my first time, and she made sure I had all my bases covered. She knew the market, knew the areas I was interested in, and she took the time to understand my goals (which weren't entirely clear) and help me to refine them. She gave awesome referrals for financing and other details, and managed the entire process right through to closing such that it was pretty much effortless, and actually kinda fun!

Travis J. 

Best experience buying a home with an agent that I have had, and this was my third home purchase. Melanie spent a day showing us around the Austin neighborhoods a couple of years ago getting us familiar with the area (we live in Illinois). Recently, we purchased and had Melanie view the property (we closed before stepping foot in the property). I was completely comfortable doing this given Melanie's expertise, having a family member video the property and consulting with a builder and inspector (both recommended by Melanie). The negotiation process went smoothly and I felt like Melanie was my advocate (as opposed to my other experiences where I just felt like the agent wanted a sale and didn't have my best interests in mind).

Alicia K. 

Melanie was AWESOME. She listened to what I wanted and was willing to look at a bunch of houses with me until I found the perfect one. She was always honest - she would tell me if she thought a house wasn't good for me, even though it meant she would have to keep looking with me. I recommended her to my friends and she helped them find their perfect houses too! Highly recommended.

K. W.

When I was in a position that I could buy my first home I immediately thought of Melanie who had sold a home to a friend a year earlier. I liked her then and knew she would be amazing on my journey to buying my first home. And I was not wrong! We looked at a lot of homes and it took a long time but when we walked into my now home we both knew that it was the one. She made a scary intimidating process for me so smooth and easy I will be forever grateful. I have since recommended her to any one who will listen.

Jenny R.

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