Meet The Team

Leigh Hart

Hart Homes Founder|Realtor|Lead Listing Specialist

Born and raised in the Dayton area, Leigh Hart is not only an industry expert, she is also an area expert with extensive market knowledge. Leigh attended the University of Cincinnati College of Business Undergraduate Program for Marketing with a Public Relations focus. Soon after, Leigh and her husband moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and then Fort Benning, North Carolina, which was the birthplace of Hart Homes. Leigh successfully launched Hart Homes in North Carolina and Ohio and simultaneously operated in both states until 2016 when Leigh and her family moved back to Dayton and decided that Ohio was truly a place she was passionate about, and Hart Homes became an exclusively Ohio Real Estate team.

As the CEO/Team Lead of Hart Homes, Leigh oversees all training of sales agents and is the lead listing agent for the team. Leigh has been the recipient of numerous awards both locally and nationally such as the Ohio Association of Realtors President’s Sales Club Award in 2017 & 2018 and most recently the 2018 Keller Williams Cultural Ambassador for the Ohio Valley Region.

Above all else, Leigh truly believes in raising the standards for the Real Estate Industry and ensuring that her and her team are producing the highest level of customer service to all of their clients.


Jim Hart


Hart Homes Sales Agent|Realtor


With years of experience delivering superior customer service to his clients, in business to business sales as well as arranging financing for loans, has earned him numerous Sales awards as well as Presidents Club and Sales Executive Club statuses. An Alumni of Hondros College of Business, he is passionate about the Real Estate industry and taking care of his clients. Jim’s extensive knowledge in the local area and his Customers First motto make him a perfect fit to assist buyers, sellers or investors with all of their real estate needs. Jim is a family man with a devotion to his wife Teresa, two adult children and their spouses as well as 5 grandchildren.



Melany Salak

Hart Homes Sales Agent|Realtor

With a background in Business and Marketing, Melany sits on the board of directors of two companies. Her experience in real estate started as an investor wholesaling distressed properties. Combining her passion for real estate along with her expertise in business and marketing has allowed her to achieve success in the short amount of time she has been in the business.

She began working as a real estate salesperson after closing her business in family child care services in Santa Barbra California and relocating to Dayton Ohio for her husband’s career. She has been a military spouse since 2006 and has had the opportunity to live in over 8 different states and 12 different cities providing her with a dynamic knowledge of many different markets. She is especially capable of relocation services; having gone through the process multiple times herself. The result is prompt, reliable, individualized service coupled with straightforward advice.

Melany’s mission is to offer the highest quality representation and professional service to her clients. Her clients range from first time home buyers to sophisticated long-term real estate investors.  She takes pride in maintaining a long lasting relationship with her clients and organizations that she has connected with throughout her career.