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Debra's Biography :

Personalized and customized is Debra Schilling Smith’s philosophy when it comes to her customers and real estate company she represents. Debra is a full-service Real Estate Professional located in the REAL OZARKS states of 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.

In 2016, Debra, an Illinois native and New Orleans transplant, purchased her family home overlooking beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. Even though she’s a newcomer to the Bull Shoals Lake Corridor, she has a 40-year relationship with this area with family ties. Debra’s father, Thomas F. Schilling, was a real estate agent in this area in the 1987-2002.

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 offers competent, reliable, comprehensive service for real estate. She possesses a passion for people to fulfill their real estate needs, with an emphasis on the REAL OZARK counties of Ozark & Taney (MO) and Marion, Baxter & Boone (AR). October 2019, Debra received the SRES® Designation (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and has received additional education and better equipped to help buyers or sellers in the 50+ age bracket. Debra is currently enrolled in C2EX (Commitment to Excellence) sponsored by Missouri/National Board of REALTORS®, and will participate in Missouri’s GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) and also is eager to and working toward obtaining her other real estate certifications and designations, including CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist), e-Pro, MRP (Military Relocation Professional), RSPS (Resort & Second Home Property Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor), and RENE (Real Estate Negotiation Expert.)

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], two (2) step-children who have fur babies and children, Laura & her husband Augie [Helen], and Nicholas & his wife, Amanda [Cameron & Wesley], who all live in the New Orleans metro areas.

Debra is active in her local church, Ozark County Chamber of Commerce Board Member/Office Liaison and Theodosia Area Wide Chamber of Commerce. She is also a lifetime member of Worldwide Association of Female Professionals and member of Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She has extensive volunteer experience with the Stepfamily Association and Land Trust for Louisiana. She currently is a member of Ozark County Historical Society, White River Historical Society, Ozark Regional Land Trust and Ozark Heritage Garden Club. 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