As an International Services Specialist for Wm French Buyer’s Real Estate Services, Cristina (Cris) de Melo enhances the already robust Wm French Relocation Services, helping the region’s largest companies attract top talent from around the world to live and work in St. Louis. Cris focuses her efforts at Wm French on helping international clients not only find a home, but acclimate to the new culture, make connections, and find new lives in St. Louis.
A native of Brazil, de Melo came to the United States for the first time as an au pair. Unable to speak anything but Portuguese and knowing no one, she experienced firsthand how overwhelming a move to the U.S. can be – even a temporary one, as hers was. Returning as a full-time student, first at St. Charles Community College and then at Lindenwood University, de Melo learned English and graduated cum laude.
After earning her realtor’s license, word spread in the close-knit St. Louis Brazilian community that de Melo was a resource for Brazilians interested in moving to the area, and she soon was in high demand as a consultant. Having been through an international move, she knew the issues newcomers to the U.S. would encounter and knew what to do to make the transition easier. Whether it’s as simple as where to buy certain foods or how to set up utilities, or more complex as in where to send children to school, Cris helps international Wm French clients live and thrive in St. Louis.