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
“Thank you Don and your team for expediting the sale of my house in Pontiac Missouri so quickly. Even though I was living in New Jersey at the time, you always kept me updated as to what was going on. You even had repaired several things that was needed to be done before the sale of my home. Your attention to detail and advice helped me prepare for the sale, and I appreciate all that you did to get the house sold so quickly. It was fantastic when you called and said, ‘We've got an offer on the house!’ I am very pleased with all you did for me. If I have friends in the area who want to sell their home in the future, I would gladly recommend you. Again thanks,
William Richardson, retired military, Galloway, NJ
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'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
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)
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
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
My Gorgeous wife and I decided to retire in the Ozarks after vacationing there and taking a number of trips to other Regions for comparison, over the years. Bull Shoals Lake is the perfect place and Don and Connie Smiley were as much a 'Treasured Find' as the property they helped us procure. We started our retirement planning a little early and began seriously looking for a lake home at around 57 years old. For the next 3 years we took our vacation in the Ozarks, each time meeting with Don and being driven from one property to the next. Don listened closely to our requirements and showed us the full spectrum available, from the lower cost to the higher end, so that we would understand the values and comps of the area. We have found an Intelligent Gentleman that is also a Very Knowledgeable Real Estate Agent and Broker who knows the area and most of the people. If you need anything, Don is very well informed and knows who to call. He also tells really good stories and has a great sense of humor, all of which are important to us, coming from South Texas... y'all. After viewing lots of properties (some online) we circled back to one Don has shown us on our very first visit and was a little out of the price range we had decided on. It was no longer listed for sale, but it was 'the one' that stuck in our mind and we used as comparison to others. So, we talked with Don and he contacted the owner and with his guidance, we were able to put together the deal of our Lifetime. Soon afterward, we closed on our Beautiful Forever Home on 62 Acres with a Lake View you would find on a Postcard. A Very Private Setting, Heavily Wooded with a half mile long Driveway and a Huge Shop for my Classic Trucks, Boat and other Toys. The Perfect Place and Everything we Wanted ... We call it the 'Gun and Rod Ranch'. Thanks Again Don. You are a Definite Asset to the Ozarks...Missouri and Arkansas! Your Friends,
Steve & Vickie Chaffin, software technician, Just South of Houston 'Adios-See Ya Later' Texas
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, Protem, MO
Thank you for everything! Makin' memories!
Herb and Tanea Laub, flooring contractor and hospital worker, Springfield, MO
As a former realtor and one who has bought and sold a significant number of homes, I can safely say that Don Smiley is truly an exceptionally competent realtor. He has been there for my wife and me every step of the way as we have bought and sold both lands and homes utilizing his brokerage Sierra Ozark Realty . He is understanding, helpful, competent, and a pleasure to work with. I give him my highest recommendation.
Charles E Borden, retired realtor and developer
I have an above great review for Don Smiley. On May 1 ,18 I was finally able to purchase my Lake cabin. Without Don's willingness to overcome unbelievable obstacles this would have never been possible. I could not give a higher recommendation, If you are looking for property of any kind Don Smiley is without any doubt the man for the job. I plan on having Don locate additional property this fall I have no intention to look elsewhere.
David N Anderson, construction engineer, Wichita KS
I've bought one home and two acreages from Don Smiley. Great communication, great attitude, hard worker. Both my wife and I give Don Smiley a 100% satisfaction review.
Larry Bottjen, videographer, Theodosia, MO
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, MO
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 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