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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 OZARKS and is 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® and has 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 three Doxies; Fritz, Freddy & Chloe. Debra’s son Luke & fur baby Kingsley currently living Protem; 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 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 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

Working with Debbie was a delightful pleasure. She made the house buying process painless. She has superlative knowledge of the real estate market. Not only did I find the home I was looking for, I also found a friend. I highly recommend her.

- Bolick

Deb truly IS the Matchmaker of the Ozarks. She helped us find the exact property we were looking for and helped us complete the transaction with ease. Debra ha the gift of really knowing her people and being able to introduce you to like-minded folks along the way. We are a few friends richer since working with Debra and we are grateful for her service to this community.

- Mikayla L.

Debra goes above and beyond as a realtor. Lucky to count her as a newly found "sister by heart" also. She is the best. A trustworthy, honest, godly person who I trust beyond question or doubt. Don't hesitate to work with her. You'll be blessed to use her services.

- Rhonda F.

Debra was a pleasure to work with, helping us get our cabin sold. She was quick to reply to any questions I had and everything went smoothly with the sale. Highly recommend her.

- Vickie H.

Debra was very thorough making sure our experience was the absolute best it could be. She spared no effort in taking time to answer all of our questions and researching everything needed to make sure our property selection was everything we wanted. I highly recommend.

- Michael L.

I found Debra to be the ultimate real estate professional. Debra took very good care of us during our real estate purchase and now we consider her a friend. It is obvious to us that Debra not only cares about doing good business in the area, but makes an effort to help improve the community for all involved. I would highly recommend Debra if you need a realtor.

- Rick L.

Debra was a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and went above and beyond to make us out-of-towners fell comfortable and confident in our purchase. Thanks Debra!

- Megan M.

If anyone is looking for a dedicated realtor to help them sell or purchase, Debra is the best. We live in Arizona and we located Debra and she was very thorough, professional, and pleasant to work with.

- Judy S.

Debra was amazing to work with. She listened to us and helped us find what we truly wanted. I would highly recommend her to help you find your dream.

- Christy N.

My husband & I were searching for our dream retirement property in the Ozarks. We had many "must haves" on our list that could prove to be challenging for some. After searching and walking through many acres in the Ozarks looking at multiple listings, we were able to find what we were after! Her hard work and diligence was instrumental and communication was key as we currently live in Northwest Illinois and travel times were sometimes hard to come by! She always has a positive outlook and made the search an adventure in itself! It was like we had been friends for years even though we had only met through our search for property. We truly enjoyed our time spent with her and appreciate all her efforts. We wish her the best of luck and would recommend her to anyone trying to reach their goal of finding the perfect place they belong and want to call home! Thanks in part to her, our retirement will be spent where we truly home in the Ozarks.

- Lauri S.

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 M.

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

- Megyn A

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.

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