Melissa grew up in Richmond Virginia and Attended St. Bridget’s School and Marymount High School. Melissa graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Psychology.  While attending college she worked at the family’s restaurant “Philip’s Continental Lounge.” After graduating college, Melissa, worked at the Martin Agency in Richmond, which is the biggest advertising agency in the Southeast. She worked in project management on accounts such as “Vanity Fair”, “Geico” and “Alltel.”  Her position was to ensure that the advertising stayed on target from start to finish. She learned how to be extremely organized, detailed and was forced to meet tight deadlines. During Melissa’s college years she was exposed to the real estate business while working part time with her father, Arthur J. Shaheen. Her true passion for the business was formed during that time. In 2004, Melissa acquired her real estate license and has been enjoying a successful career ever since. She often tells people that she can truly say she loves her career. Melissa attributes her success to her father who was a wonderful mentor. Melissa believes that if you are to survive in the business it takes discipline, persistence and a strong work ethic. Melissa is a member of St. Bridget's Church, the Windsor Farms Garden Club, the Tuckahoe Women's Club, Westwood Club, and Hermitage Country Club. As an active member of the community, Melissa knows Richmond! Melissa resides in Windsor Farms with her husband, Karl Berling and their three children Elizabeth, Greta and George. 


"We moved to Richmond from out of town and did not know the city.  Thanks to Melissa we now live in a home with exactly the character we hoped for, and the longer we live here the more we love our neighborhood. Melissa took the time to understand what we were looking for, and would not stop until she found it for us.  She was patiently persistent, always listening to and responding to our ideas, reactions, and questions.  Melissa has connections for every need at her fingertips, whether we needed an immediate estimate on a potential addition, an on the spot house showing, or flooring and painting contractors, she took care of it.  Melissa was a strong advocate for us and we are grateful for her hard work and energy, and her ability to make house hunting fun."

Ray Roberts and Jessica O'Connor-Petts

"We purchased a house and used Melissa to represent us. We were very happy with her efforts. She was always available, responsive and professional.”

Carlisle and Linda Bannister 

"Melissa is very responsive, flexible, and knowledgeable. I have worked with her as our realtor multiple times with successfully buying and selling my home. I highly recommend her services and will always be a repeat customer."

Amanda Lindsey

"When buying my home, Melissa handled the normally stressful process with ease and exceeded my expectations as a realtor! I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone in the market for buying or selling a home!"

Carlisle Bannister

"Melissa helped me with purchasing my first home. I had a tight budget and a very specific wish list. She helped me find the perfect house in my top choice neighborhood. Melissa Berling is a lot of fun to work with and made my home buying experience as stress free as possible."

 Elizabeth Hendrick


"Melissa did a great job selling our condominium in Kilmarnock Virginia. She was quick, honest and worked diligently to get us the right price."

Chuck Shewbridge