These are words from clients and customers, past and present.
Don was the instrument for changing our lives from the mundane to the magnificent. In spite of serious fears for the future, he saw the potential for our buying the Buck Creek Boat Dock in 1981, and life had it's true beginning for our family at that time. He will always be our hero.
Fred and Vera Richardson, resort owners, Protem, MO
I have dealt with Don Smiley on four different property sales. Don is extremely honest and has an outstanding knowledge of the real estate market in that area. I have personally known Don for over 16 years and have nothing but respect for him. I wouldn't use any other broker.
Randy Evers, retired Highway Patrolman, Prescott, AZ
Vicki and I wanted to pass along our sincere gratitude in helping us during our home selling/buying journey. Don, you did an awesome job in all aspects from listing our cabin, to selling it, to helping us find a house and closing on both properties. When we look back, it is hard to believe we listed our cabin and in just a few short weeks, we sold and bought a home that we look forward to remodeling and making ours.
Vicki and I wish you nothing but the best in the future. We greatly appreciate all your hard work.
Harry and Vicki Keifer, marketing director and production manager, House Springs, MO
Honest, caring, great integrity, hard working, endless energy, professional and just a nice guy, are a few ways to describe Don Smiley. Don, thanks again... You truly do go above and beyond the call of duty!
Tim Williams, U.S. Army, retired; Surgical RN
Don has directed purchases and found qualified buyers of real estate for me in the Ozarks on multiple occasions. I call him first thing when I need help regarding ALL real estate issues! Honesty, intelligence and results are Must issues for me - the Sierra Ozark Real Estate Team consistently delivers all of these for me and my family.
Ron Walsworth, retired corporate executive, Spring Island, SC
A world of thanks for all the hard work you done selling the property. Hope the people who bought it will be happy with it. Thanks again. If you ever get a chance to come to Oregon look us up.
Mary and Don Pelc, retired retail business owners
Our family has been vacationing at the various Ozark lakes (Bull Shoals, Table Rock, and Norfork) the past 10-12 years and we have always wanted to have a place to call our own in that general area.. Last fall (2012) we were able to fulfill our dream by becoming "lakehouse" homeowners on Bull Shoals Lake. This absolutely would not have happened without the help, advise, and guidance of Don Smiley. We came across our "dream" property while on vacation last year. Mr. Smiley was one of three agents/brokers we met with during our vacation week, and he was by far, the most professional, knowledgeable, and proactive of all three. Without his assistance, I'm certain we'd still be looking for our place in the Ozarks as he was instrumental in not only finding the home/property that best fit our needs/desires and getting the deal done, but also in being a "fountain of knowledge" of both the area in general, and to many of the secondary aspects involved in our real estate transaction. Whether it pertains to the lake itself, the nearby area around it, or the Ozarks in general, he is absolutely our "go to" guy.
Even after our transaction of last year, Mr. Smiley continues to be not only very helpful to us, but we consider he and his wife (Connie) very good friends. We are obviously very pleased with our purchase, but the actions of Mr. and Mrs. Smiley during and since our purchase have made our entry into the Ozarks even more enriching! They are great people and we are so happy to have gotten to know them!
Bill & Kim Bretwisch, railroad conductor and maternal child nurse, Channahon, IL (now), Theodosia, MO (not soon enough)
It has been our pleasure working with and getting to know Don Smiley. He is a straight shooter, an honest, hard working man, who can also tell an enjoyable story!
Sandy and Kevin Schubert, former resort owners, now Iowa farmers
We are sitting here looking over the lake enjoying the wonderful view, even though it is raining, thinking about how lucky the two of us got when we met Don. He helped us realize our dream. He listened to what we wanted and showed us property that we requested to see. When those didn’t “float our boat”, he showed us our dream lake home based on what he heard from listening to us!
Before meeting Don, we searched the internet for properties not finding what we were looking for. Then we came across Don’s site. We knew he was our kind of Agent! We found a knowledgeable, honest, hardworking agent that was easy to work with and has a great sense of humor (we could tell by the website). Unexpectedly, we also found a good friend and trusted advisor.
Chris and Sandy Gaffney, Director of Information Technology and EDI Administrator, St, Charles, MO
Don's knowledge of the area, its history, and people is second to none. His vast experience always makes for informative and interesting conversation. Running your own business as long as he has means you're doing it right.
Bob and Sue Minski, retired stationary engineer and teacher, Kenosha, WI
We were not looking for a home when we drove by some lake front property with a man hammering a "For Sale" sign in the drive way. We wrote down the contact information and called Sierra Ozark Corporation. Thus began our adventure with Don and his wonderful wife Connie.
I explained to Don that we lived elsewhere and vacationed at our favorite lake, Bull Shoals. We would love to see what he described as a "park like setting that will bring a tear to your eye", but we were not really in the market since we weren’t retired yet. Don showed us the property and we couldn’t resist. It was all and more than what he had told us. This was just the beginning of what he did for us. Don was with us and walked us through each step. Inspections, testing well water, title search, and personally organized locating the septic system.
Don didn’t stop helping us after the sale. He provided us with lists of people and phone numbers of those who could help us with anything from banking to propane companies (and some fun restaurants). He called to see how we were. Five months after the sale I am still calling him for advice. This is a man who truly cares about people. We have shared stories of our families. I tried complimenting him on how trusting, personable, up front and helpful he was. His response was "I try to always be guided by the Golden Rule".
We highly recommend Don to help you with the sale or purchase of your property. We will call him without hesitation if we have the need. Don Smiley started out as a realtor but is now our friend.
Thank you Don and Connie for our dream come true “park like setting”. I do have a tear in my eye with each sun set.
Fred and Cathy Pfeiffer, Corporate Management
Don Smiley is a U.S. Navy veteran, a distinguished graduate of the University of Missouri, an avid outdoorsman, a doting grandfather, an accomplished raconteur, and an unsung Ozark poet. In addition, he sells real estate for a living.
Don brokered two real estate transactions for me, including the purchase of my Ozark County, Missouri, retirement home. In both cases, his accommodating soft sell approach was to negotiate a fair deal for both buyer and seller.
Dr. E.G. Carls, retired college professor, Gainesville, Missouri
Don Smiley is the consummate professional. His innate ability to understand the buyers' needs and refine searches to focus on and identify the perfect home is remarkable. His superb attributes extend far beyond real estate, if you need to get something done, fixed, bought, located, etc.. Don knows the person to go to or can get it done himself. There is none better in Ozark County! Many want to emulate Don, but none can outperform Don.
RJ Moyers, government cryptoanalyst, retired Army officer, Conifer, CO
I have known and worked with Don Smiley over 20 years in the capacity of a Bank Loan Officer and the past 12 years as a Real Estate Appraiser. It is always a pleasure to work with Don as he is so helpful with his great knowledge of Ozark County, especially lake or lake related areas especially around the Theodosia area. I have always found him to be very honest and trust worthy and there is never an end to the extent to which his services will go. I am/have always been amazed at how helpful he is with his clients and many become friends with him over the years as I feel I have. He is so good in sharing his knowledge when my office is preparing an appraisal needing comparable sales. I have called on him many times if I am having difficulty with a job and normally he knows some information that will solve the issue. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to relocate or sell their home. You will not be sorry that you have worked with him just as he is the first person I contact for assistance. He is a true professional.
Yvonne Sue Wheeler, Certified Residential Appraiser, Ava, MO
Be it known to all who might be thinking of engaging the Sierra Ozark Corporation in selling or buying property in Missouri (or anywhere else), that I have employed Don Smiley (the boss) quite a few times to find or sell property for me, always to my satisfaction.
H. Strohmaier, retired foundry owner, Ulm, Germany
Don, it was a pleasure to do business with you. Trust, Integrity, Honesty = Don Smiley and Company.
Craig Mierkowski, Monsanto Manager
Don has been very helpful with both our buying and selling our real-estate. He is well informed and equipped to make things easy.
Carl N Mentgen, MD, gastroenterologist, Springfield, MO