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Melissa Urena and Associates
REALTORS® | DRE# 01900591 | 02001442
Melissa Urena
REALTOR® | DRE# 01900591
Juan Castro
Realtor® | DRE# 02001442
Michele Baca Lopez
REALTOR® | DRE# 01340917
Company JohnHart Real Estate

About Melissa Urena and Associates

Melissa Urena & Associates is a growing and dynamic group of Realtors dedicated to the person behind the property. We help buyers and sellers negotiate the parts of a real estate transaction that cannot be tackled through a website or a phone app. As part of the JohnHart Real Estate brokerage, we count on over 10 offices in Southern California from the Antelope Valley down to Long Beach. We go where our clients' needs take us, but we truly shine in the South East LA, South Bay and Long Beach markets where we have been helping move-up buyers leverage the equity of starter properties into dream homes! We also have extensive knowledge helping investors make the most of the opportunities available in the rapidly changing communities of Compton and South Central L.A.


About Melissa Urena

Melissa Urena & Associates is a growing and dynamic group of Realtors dedicated to the person behind the property. We help buyers and sellers negotiate the parts of a real estate transaction that cannot be tackled through a website or a phone app. As part of the JohnHart Real Estate brokerage, we count on over 10 offices in Southern California from the Antelope Valley down to Long Beach. We go where our clients' needs take us, but we truly shine in the South East LA, South Bay and Long Beach markets where we have been helping move-up buyers leverage the equity of starter properties into dream homes! We also have extensive knowledge helping investors make the most of the opportunities available in the rapidly changing communities of Compton and South Central L.A.

Melissa's Experience

+ Platinum Award Winner at JohnHart Real Estate in 2013 - 2019

+ Expert First Time Buyer and Move-Up Buyer representation

+ Expert Listing Realtor

+ Experienced Investment Property Agent

Melissa's Credentials

+ Graduate of UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara)

+ Member in Good Standing, National Association of Realtors

+ Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Certified


About Juan Castro

Juan grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and after a short stay in New York, he is now a proud resident of Long Beach, CA. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Economics. Juan worked briefly with American Financial helping consumers evaluate purchase and refinance products. In 2016, he co-founded the real estate team “Melissa Urena & Associates” with his business partner and fiancée, Melissa Urena.

A cycling enthusiast, he has completed the AIDS lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a two-week tour of Oregon by bike, and is now training to complete the New York Century ride. Juan has a deep appreciation for film, classic rock, and his madden league!


About Michele Baca Lopez

Michele brings over 16 years of real estate experience to the team “Melissa Urena & Associates.” Having grown up in Carson, graduated from Torrance High, with family ties in Wilmington, and now living in Long Beach, she is uniquely suited to service buyers and sellers in the South Bay and surrounding communities.

Michele trained professionally as an ice-skater and that cardio conditioning shows! She is a full time real estate agent, mother of three beautiful children, and guardian of two full grown Rottweilers. You’ll always catch her on the go, wearing a genuine smile.

She wants her future clients to know that she’s a professional that strives for excellence. In her own words: “I love helping people achieve their dreams. I have the heart of a servant. As your agent, I will handle your transaction with the utter most dedication and care.”


Active Listings (5)


Pending Listings (2)


Closed Listings (366)


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Meet our Staff

Jennifer Perez

Jennifer Perez

Agent Liaison Assistant
Jenny Manukyan

Jenny Manukyan

Director of Operations | DRE #01874389
Jessica Tovar

Jessica Tovar

Agent Liaison | DRE #01930690
Louisa Park

Louisa Park

Senior Graphic Designer