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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!

1702 new team

Melanie Bunting-Seymour


MRP Certified

PSA Certified

RESA Certified

IAHSP Certified

HSE Certified


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 it's 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 15 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!



You’ll often see Melanie’s 11 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 16th season following his passion for 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 or the Eastern Shore has to offer.

Melanie is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, RESA® Real Estate Staging Association, IAHSP® International Association of Home Staging Professionals and has earned her designation as an HSE® Home Staging Expert, (MRP) Military Relocation Professional and (PSA) Pricing Strategy Advisor. She is active in the community, serving as the President on the Board of Directors for Habitat For Humanity of Southwest Alabama, as well as sitting as a long time board member and current Vice President of Restore Mobile Inc, a 501(c)3 organization that renovates, secures and/or stabilizes dilapidated historical properties. She is passionate about animal rescue and volunteers with several groups. 


John C. Mims


Licensed Home Builder

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 just to have a home that they love.” Call John today and let his knowledge work for you!

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Natalie moore


SRES Certified

"Welcome to the beautiful Mobile Bay Area! I’m Natalie Moore. I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES.) I grew up in Andalusia, Alabama, but since 1990 I’ve lived in Fairhope, Magnolia Springs, Daphne, Bay Minette, and Mobile; I currently own a cute little house in Midtown Mobile. I’ve been in sales since graduating from the University of South Alabama; it’s in my blood, it’s what I do, and I love it. I was the Rookie of The Year in 2005 when I started in real estate and I’m now a multi-million dollar producer. Over the years I’ve developed great relationships with insurance agents, title companies, mortgage lenders, contractors, as well as other real estate agents. This is my only job – YOU are my priority. I answer your calls, texts, and emails promptly. But the best part of working with me is that I’m fun, honest, and eager to help. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, our access to water is a huge draw and our warm weather means there’s always something blooming in your garden. I love to show off what Mobile and Baldwin County have to offer and I love helping people find their local piece of this paradise."


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Bethany Knight Metzger


Bethany’s real estate network is close to being 100% established on positive word of mouth and referrals from prior sellers and buyers. She is patient, knowledgeable, and considered by many to make the stressful process as easy as possible! She’s known to be thorough, informative, professional yet user-friendly.  My goal is to reach a happy conclusion and positive outcome for all involved in every transaction. Her 17 years in real estate has proven results as a million to multi-million dollar producer.  She has long term friendships with fellow agents on both sides of Mobile Bay. Her professional relationships include lenders, insurance agents, home inspectors, and home builders. “ My company, 1702 Real Estate provides design and staging with a modern buyer in mind, and style that is eye-catching and promotes a short time on the market.”

 Bethany is highly involved with the community and sits on numerous boards including:

  • Mobile Bay Sierra Club
  • Old Dauphin Way Association
  • League of Women Voters
  • Weeks Bay Foundation
  • Alabama River Alliance
  • Mobile Museum of Art
  • Contemporary Art Center, Mobile

Her Personal interests include:  “My two grandchildren, travel, and collecting contemporary and outsider art.  I’m an avid reader.  Enjoy gardening, birds, historic preservation, environmental activism, and the next obvious interest, of course, is cats.”


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Catherine 1702

Catherine Mackey



Catherine is a born and raised Mobilian. She ventured off to the College of Charleston where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her love of travel and desire to see new places sent her around the world to work, learn about different cultures and meet new people. She has traveled to 6 of 7 continents with Antarctica being the remaining spot to complete the list. While Catherine still loves to travel, she now calls Mobile home for good. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, running, and most importantly, spending time with Lucy, her rescue dog. She’s been a Real Estate agent for 6 years and has been heavily involved with our local association’s Board of Directors and Community Relations Committee. She’s also a graduate of the Alabama Association of Realtors Leadership Class of 2018! In addition to professional volunteerism, she’s active with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a member of a cooking group for Ronald McDonald House, Family Promise, and is very active in her neighborhood’s events in the Oakleigh Garden District. Catherine is the current Commercial Acct Manager for Phoenix Restoration Services here in Mobile. They focus on water and fire mitigation, mold remediation, and asbestos abatement. She has a wealth of knowledge to add to our team and to all of our 1702 clients!


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1702 Clay

Clay Norris


Born and raised in Mobile, Clay knows every part of Mobile through and through. Within his first year of Real Estate, he was a multi-million dollar producer and his success continues to grow! After gaining his experience and education in the Corporate Brokerage world, Clay decided to join locally owned 1702 to gain experience in design, staging, and renovation, adding that additional level of service to his clients that only 1702 can.  When he is not selling homes, Clay enjoys spending time with his Partner, and their ten-year-old rescue dog, Zoey, at their neighborhood pub – Callaghan’s. Being social in his local community has been a great resource to his clients. They confidently trust his advice not only when it comes to buying and selling, but also on things like who is a great referral for a job, or the best place to get a good bottle of wine for a great price. Clay specializes in taking on the stressful parts of Real Estate so his clients can focus on enjoying their experience. He considers each client a working relationship, where you will not only have a successful transaction, you will also gain an experienced Mobilian friend!

Clay Norris

James Avera



 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 on 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 area's 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. 


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