Melissa Meza is a San Diego native who graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School and SDSU with her degree in psychology. Following college, Melissa jumped feet first into the mortgage industry managing warehouse lines and selling loans on the secondary market. Melissa has held a multitude of different positions that range from Mortgage and Escrow to Real Estate Litigation and Investments. The wide berth of knowledge obtained early in her career has proved an invaluable asset in navigating the Real Estate Investment World.
Melissa has been an integral part in Real Estate Acquisitions, Operations and Portfolio Management since early 2008. Her investment career began as Director of Acquisitions for a small private investor in San Diego. Her main focus was to identify and acquire residential, multifamily and mixed use investment opportunities in CA,AZ and Hawaii. Her main focus pre-foreclosure acquisitions. Additionally she assisted in the acquisition and ground up build out of two separate Eco-Resorts in Panama as well as a robust short term vacation rental portfolio in Hawaii.
In mid 2012 she left Westminster Investments and joined the nation’s fastest growing Institutional Real Estate Investment Firm, Aslan Residential. Melissa’s task at Aslan Residential was to take advantage of market inefficiencies that existed in distressed residential housing. The Company acquired foreclosures, short sales, REOs, Bulk Tapes, Trust Sales, Probates and Auction properties. The targeted homes were acquired, renovated, and resold returning profits to several institutional investment funds. As Director of Acquisitions Melissa oversaw the entire portfolio and was responsible for making direct buy decisions for every property that was acquired by the company in CA,OR, WA, MI, AZ and TX. Under Melissa’s management, Aslan developed a highly successful and scalable platform for residential repositioning, and was able to raise leveraged equity funds to acquire $500M per year in distressed residential properties. During Melissa’s career she has overseen the acquisition, renovation and disposition of over 4500 homes. Melissa oversaw the growth of Aslan Residential and was not only responsible for acquisitions, but also the entire Acquisitions department of which she grew by 500% under her command. She prides herself on her strong ethics and morals in the workplace, and considers herself an excellent steward of capital.
Melissa is a true analyst at heart and spends her free time creating and testing excel models to better analyze everything from individual submarkets to overall portfolio performance. Melissa has two loves… her amazing daughter Hannah and their German Shepherd, Conan. Melissa is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries across the globe. She has been snowboarding since age 11 And also enjoys outdoor running and hiking and so far has completed over 10 half marathons. Melissa enjoys beautifying neighborhoods one home at a time and believes real estate flipping is as much as art as it is a science.