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Personalized and customized is the Matchmaker Covering the Ozarks®, Debra Schilling Smith’s philosophy when it comes to her customers and the real estate company she represents. Debra is a full-service Real Estate Professional located in the REAL OZARKS licensed in Arkansas and Missouri.  Whether you are buying or selling, Debra is transparent with her clients and shares great enthusiasm about the real estate profession. She enjoys helping families with their largest investment, their home. She is a full-time REALTOR®, REALTREE LandPro and received the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement from the National Association of REALTORS®. Debra is one of the 2% of nationwide real estate professionals who has continued their education and has achieved elite rank of: Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®), Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS®), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE®), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA®), Military Relocation Professional (MRP®), and who capably represents buyers and sellers in making the right decisions for themselves.

In 2016, this Illinois native and New Orleans transplant, purchased the family home overlooking beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. Her Bull Shoals Lake roots go deep because of her personal knowledge of this region due to 40-year summer, fall, winter and spring visits to her family here in the Ozarks. The next time you visit the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks in Hollister, Missouri, be sure to look for an exhibit on the second floor featuring her grandfather’s Winchester Rifle! Debra has embraced living in the Ozarks and has fully immersed herself into the Ozark communities and cultures she serves. Debra introduced the TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS to Ozark County which is now an annual event held on the last Saturday in February. She offers competent, reliable, comprehensive service for real estate and possesses a passion for people to fulfill their real estate needs, with an emphasis on the counties of Ozark, Douglas, Howell, & Taney (MO) and Marion, Baxter, Fulton, & Boone (AR). 

Debra is married to her best friend, Gary Smith. They are the proud parents of two Doxies, Fritz & Chloe. Debra’s adult children include, Luke & his wife, Samantha and is a proud Grammy to fur babies [Kingsley & Oliver] currently living in the KC area; stepmom to Laura [Helen], and Nicholas & his wife, Amanda [Cameron & Wesley] living in New Orleans metro areas.

Debra is active in her local church, Ozark County Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and Theodosia Area Wide Chamber of Commerce. She is also a lifetime member of Worldwide Association of Female Professionals. Active member of Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Land Trust of Louisiana, Ozark Regional Land Trust, Ozark Heritage Garden Club, and Ozark County Historical Society. Debra enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, canoeing, traveling, eating out, helping others, and a host of other activities.

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I've had the privilege of working with Debbie professionally and through the Chamber of Commerce. She is extremely passionate about her work and in doing her absolute best to provide optimal service to her clients. She is a hard worker, a go-getter, and a visionary for her community. I truly enjoy working with her!

- Sandy Morgan

Debra sold a property for us in Gainesville, there were some hitches (Not her fault) but she got the job done. I feel she went above and beyond.

- Dan H.

Debra joined real estate around the same time as Susan and I. She is incredible, not only did she complete or Arkansas Realtor license but went back to back and completed her Missouri License (WOW you go girl, hats off to you. Debra is very personable, ambitious and has a heart to help and please people. Every time we see Debra, she has a smile on her face, works hard and will do a fantastic job as your go to Realtor.

- Dean

Debra sold a home we had in Gainesville, Missouri. It’s a tough market up there and she got the job done!

- Megyn Adam

I recently had the privilege of doing business with Debra. I was looking for a realtor in my area, I was thinking of selling some property. A friend recommended Debra and I spoke with her regarding my selling of property in IL. She gave me the name of a realtor and much needed advice. She is very businesslike and upstanding realtor. If ever I have the need of a realtor, Debra will be my choice of the person I want to talk to for advice and realtors in my area.

- Anonymous

I have really enjoyed getting to know Debra. She is such an asset to our community. Always has a winning smile, & so much energy. Just seeing her always brightens my day.

- Carol Lee