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Whether your next step is buying, selling,  planning a renovation or some redesign, #OWNIT by letting our talents work for you! Our collection of expertise in different real estate facets from sales to renovation has cultivated a next generation type Real Estate company better equipped to help you achieve your goals in the fastest and most cost effective ways possible.

We pride ourselves on being able to help and guide you through more than just the sales process, tying in different aspects along the way to help make your experience with us one that will change your expectations of all of your future real estate transactions!


Melanie Bunting-Seymour


My Story

When people ask me what exactly I do for a living, I tell them:

“I love to help people find ways to create the lifestyle they dream of.”

But what I really want to say is:

"I put money and ideas together to help people save the most and get the most out of their home... and everything in between."

But what I really REALLY want to say is:

"I pour my heart and soul into Real Estate. People ask me what my hobbies are and I draw a blank because I LOVE my job!  People may say I'm a workaholic but it's in my blood and its what makes me excited, happy and makes me feel fulfilled. I turn anything real estate into red velvet cupcakes... because the more fun I pour into work, the more clients I get to share it with! I love Mobile and I LOVE to share everything about her with anyone that will listen!"

Melanie is the broker and owner of 1702 Real Estate and the (brain and brawn) behind 1702 Design Build. She was fresh out of college when she moved to Mobile from Birmingham and began selling real estate. She quickly realized helping people buy and/or sell homes was her passion! At the ripe old age of 25 with some courage and a lot of tenaciousness she set out into the world of renovation. Most of those early years were spent tearing out carpet, learning the works of different saw types, studying the realms of the construction business and just back breaking hard labor! Now, over 14 years later, she has been blessed to be able to bring her talent, knowledge and love of all things real estate and renovation to others, showing them how easy, fun and fulfilling buying, selling or renovating a home can be. She's helping many achieve what they never thought possible!


“Watching someone’s beloved outdated home turn again into something beautiful or a forgotten old beauty regain its former glory is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced.”


You’ll often see Melanie’s 9 year old daughter Lola where 1702 is working. To Melanie, family is of utmost importance and the time spent together is something that cannot be replaced.  

“Lola represents the future generation of Mobile and we want to give her every opportunity to learn about compassion, hard work and perseverance so we can help to ensure that Mobile continues its growth and continues procuring servant leaders. Lola will tell you herself, 'We work hard but play hard, too!'”


Melanie’s husband Jon is in his 14th season following his passion coaching baseball at the University of Mobile. He was also a transplant to the area, but together they have moved both sets of parents here and have set up permanent roots. You’ll often see the Seymour's and their three rescue dogs out about town enjoying all the awesome local activities, food and music among other activities Mobile has to offer.

Melanie is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, RESA® Real Estate Staging Association and has earned her designation as an HSE® Home Staging Expert. She is active in the community, serving as a Tourism Ambassador for Mobile, holding a seat on the Board of Directors for Habitat For Humanity and volunteering with several animal rescue groups, The Seymour's street association as well as sitting on the board of Restore Mobile Inc, a 501(c)3 organization that renovates, secures and/or stabilizes dilapidated historical properties. 


James Avera


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Jeff Zeiders

Web Design/Developer


John C. Mims


James is a native of Orange Beach, AL and moved to Mobile in 1999 to attend the University of South Alabama. There he studied fine art and concentrated in graphic design and painting. With over 25 years of experience as an artist, James has a vast amount of creative energy behind him. In 2004 he began working as a Real Estate photographer and has produced some spectacular images. After working with one of the areas only virtual tour providers for over two years, James jumped on an opportunity to create a multi service operation that offers various types of photography and design services to all real estate professionals. AD Photography Graphic Design, LLC. was established in 2006 and now services the photography and design needs of clients throughout the country. 



Jeff is a Mobile transplant originally from the Washington, D.C. area. His background spans multiple fields, careers and passions, including design, consumer technology, governmental affairs and music. Jeff received his PhD in Music Composition from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and lived in Virginia and Minneapolis before moving to Mobile with his wife, Mary-Lacey. Jeff is also the co-founder of CigarClub.com, the only hand-picked cigar subscription company in the world. As part of the 1702 Real Estate team, Jeff provides all design and web development services.


John has a passion for all things real estate! Having grown up in a Creole cottage built in 1846, he has loved historic homes since he was a child. He eventually turned that love into a career. John started his real estate career at a large firm, but after many years realized bigger isn’t necessarily better. “There are many aspects to the real estate business, not just listing and selling. “I want to be able to share my knowledge with my clients so they can make the best decision possible. Each client is different, that’s why I enjoy having the flexibility of a smaller firm so we can develop a strategy to help that client reach their goal and not be bound by corporate guidelines.”  Whether it be, a first home, a dream home, a fixer upper, an investment property, or a design and renovation, John has experience in all aspects of real estate.  “I want my clients to get the most out of their investment, whether it be financially or to just to have a home that they love.” Call John today and let his knowledge work for you!


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