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Selling small-town and country dreams in Southwest Missouri!
Southwest Missouri: The Place You've Been Looking For!
Sit Back and Relax...
Take a deep breath and dream of a special place...Somewhere that people still greet one another on the street. Somewhere that business gets done with a smile. Somewhere with charming, affordable towns. Somewhere to get away from it all without giving up the things you love. Somewhere beautiful. Now, open your eyes and look around. Welcome to Southwest Missouri!
There's something for everyone here:
Explore a dozen charming downtown areas in the midst of revitalization.
Visit farmer's markets, festivals and antique shops.
Play a round of golf.
Go boating, swimming or fishing on our many lakes and rivers.
Take your horse for a trail ride.
Find your own patch of land and grow a big garden.
Get out your motorcycle and swoop down old Route 66, stopping on the way to visit restored 1950s diners.
Learn to sit oh-so-quietly and wait for the deer, whether you hunt with gun, bow or camera.
Get the kids into soccer, football, or 4-H.
Southwest Missouri has a Midwestern feel, and an added touch of Southern charm. You're going to love it here.
You'll Be Welcome Here
You'll make new friends before you know it. When I moved to Southwest Missouri, I found that people welcome newcomers. Each community has so many things to be involved in, from church and school to clubs and teams. Like anywhere else, you'll get what you give, so be ready to mingle!
You're not the only transplant. After you move, you'll start to see how many people are actually not from around here. People come to visit, like what they see, and stay. This is still small-town America at its best, and the people who choose to come here tend to be the open and friendly kind who want to keep that atmosphere going.
What's In Southwest Missouri?
Our Southwest Missouri hub cities are Springfield and Joplin. Springfield is the "big city" with 150,000 people, while Joplin has about 50,000. A scenic patchwork of farms, forest and smaller cities and towns makes up the rest of this area. Every town has its own fascinating history. We're just on the edge of the Ozarks, and the rolling hills create a beautiful landscape.
I specialize in relocation, rural property and classic homes. Our offices have all the expertise you could want on topics from crops to schools, cattle to quarter horses, hunting to gardening. Together, we are ready to help you fulfill your country dream!
Everyone's dream is different. Southwest Missouri has been the fulfillment of a dream for me. Let me show it to you too. Contact me today at 417-316-1326 and let's get started!
The United Country Dream
About United Country
United Country has been unique since 1925 as the only national real estate company with a consistent focus on rural areas and small to medium towns.
Known as United Farm Agency back then, we published the first national real estate catalog in 1928. Its purpose was simple: to give urban people who wanted to move out to the country a way to find properties they would never otherwise see.
That catalog was so innovative that it's now on display in the Smithsonian, and it's been in continuous publication ever since. Innovation continues, with national specialty catalogs for classic homes, farm properties, waterfront properties, and more. In addition, our website is unrivaled for easy access to country property.
United Country currently has over 650 offices nationwide. I joined United Country not because of their size, but because their message is still the same as it was 80 years ago: We want to help you find your dream.
Helping Buyers and Sellers
United Country's marketing is based on a simple truth: Most buyers who relocate outside cities have no idea where they're heading. They just want it to be a great place. We make sure that our buyers know about the best places that no-one ever heard of!
Prove it to yourself by checking out our website, unitedcountry.com. It's the only real estate website where you can do a national, regional, or state level property search.
If you're a rural seller or a seller in a small to medium town, this is the kind of exposure you need for your property. Every other large website requires a buyer to know zip code or city before they can search. How will relocation buyers ever know the name of your town or your zip code? Those desirable relocation buyers can find you better on our website than on any other, bringing you a fast sale at the best possible price.
Our Countryside Realty Offices
Our United Country franchise, Countryside Realty, operates offices in Carthage and Mt. Vernon. We are members of both the Springfield and Joplin Boards of Realtors.
Carthage, a town of 13,000, is located 15 minutes from Joplin and an hour from Springfield. Carthage is full of classic houses. Not one or two here or there, or a few mansions, but street after maple-lined street of lovely homes. They come in a wide range of prices, and even modest homes often have great period details.
It isn't all about history though. Carthage is a thriving town with its own industries, including Leggett & Platt, a Fortune 500 company. There are new housing developments as well as mature neighborhoods. The schools are good, crime is low, and we generally get "just enough" winter weather to make us remember why we like spring!
Our other office is in Mt. Vernon, which is close enough to Springfield for a commute. Mt. Vernon is a town of around 5,000 people located just off Interstate 44.
It is a county seat with a beautiful courthouse on the square and lovely historic homes, in addition to quite a bit of new development. Mt. Vernon is a growing town, but it isn't just a bedroom community for Springfield. It's a distinct and friendly town of its own. I think you'll like it.
About Me and How I Can Help You
I joined Century 21 in South Florida right after receiving my license. I was my office's Best New Realtor for 2005, and continued with a very good year in 2006. Missing the Midwest, my husband and I moved back to Missouri in mid 2007. We chose a small farm in the country, and I'm enjoying Southwest Missouri.
CPA to SCUBA Instructor to What...?
I came to real estate after substantial business experience,. I have a bachelor's degree in business administration and spent my first three years in the business world with Ernst & Young in San Francisco. From there I went on to 9 more years of finance, from SEC reporting and running 50+ person accounting departments, to helping a startup successfully through its first three years in business.
The next four years were spent in a completely different environment. I became a scuba instructor, which means teaching classes, retail equipment sales, and lots and lots of time on boats and in the water. I loved it, but in the end it wasn't enough to keep my mind challenged, so onward to real estate I went.
How Can My Experience Help You?
My diverse experience is a perfect fit for real estate.
Paperwork, negotiation and financial aspects of real estate come easily to me after 12 years in corporate finance.
Selling houses is a lot like selling scuba equipment: I help buyers evaluate dozens of expensive, similar-seeming items to find the perfect fit for them and their budget, and continue to provide service after the sale.
Helping people through the process of buying or selling a house is similar to teaching people about either finance or scuba: I will teach you how to perform a potentially intimidating activity with skill and confidence. We might even have fun!
What Areas Do I Work In?
I cover a large geographic area around, between and beyond our offices in Carthage and Mount Vernon. My work area inlcudes Lawrence, Dade, and Jasper counties as well as portions of Greene, Barry, Newton, Christian, Cedar and Polk counties.
If you're considering Southwest Missouri, give me a call. I can probably help you, and if your particular part of Southwest Missouri is one I'm not familiar with, I'll refer you to an area expert from one of our other United Country offices.
My Bottom Line
I believe the key to working well in any market is plain hard work and customer service. Show up, get it done, pick up the phone, knock on the next door, stay educated about your business, move with technology. Most important, treat everyone as you want to be treated.
You may find me all dressed up to show Victorian homes in Carthage one day, and the next in my jeans and boots to walk over farm property with a potential seller. But no matter how I'm dressed, you can expect professionalism and service from beginning to end.
Let me use my experience and enthusiasm to help achieve your real estate goals!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.