Everyone deserves the opportunity to own a piece of the American dream, a home, and at Bringing Homes to You, Susan Myers and Marshelle Clark, provide more than 38 years of combined real estate experience to make that dream a reality. They are a diverse and dedicated team of Real Estate Professionals that use the latest technology and marketing strategies, invest in the future and look to the horizon for what’s next. Through ongoing education, Susan and Marshelle set themselves apart by guiding clients through the home buying and selling process and working with utmost integrity to be valuable Resources for Life. You have choices when it comes to home buying and selling, and whether your move is across town or across the nation, whether it’s your first home or your tenth, it’s about building lifelong relationships. One person at a time, one home at at time, Susan Myers and Marshelle Clark Bring Homes to You in Columbia, Boone County and all of mid-Missouri.
There are major differences between providing a service to a client and actually selling a home. Selling requires the art of motivating another person to purchase a home. This involves working through issues, concerns or problems and finding solutions to keep a transaction together. Service involves meeting your communication needs, working to identify creative ways to market your home, and providing you weekly updates on the progress of your home.
There are a few things that you, the homeowner, can do to prepare your home for sale. Below you will find a short list of suggestions to get started.
Outside Your Home:
Inside Your Home:
Your REALTOR® can assist with determining your price, staging and exposing your home to its best advantage and to the widest pool of home buyers with our aggressive, custom marketing techniques.
Working with a REALTOR® can save you time, money and headaches. When you enter into a contract with one of our distiguished agents, you have the security of knowing that he or she is legally representing you and acting in your best interest throughout the transaction.
There are many aspects to selling your home and since every home is unique, every situation will be a little different. What sets our agents apart from the rest is their exceptional marketing and selling skills.
Download our home marketing brochure to learn more about our approach.
1. Digital Photography
Digital photography offers the best way to keep marketing photos updated, clear for print advertising and internet usage. More photos of the home increases the opportunity to entice a buyer to visit the home.
2. Internet Exposure
The internet has changed how buyers search for homes. Statistics show that homebuyers between the ages of 25-35 go to the internet first to identify potential homes and then contact a real estate professional. With today’s technology, viewing the interior of a home can easily be captured by panaromic photographs or even with 360 degree virtual tours of the property.
3. Yard Signage
Yard signage is still the most common way of identifying when a home is for sale with an agency. Never underestimate the networking power of a neighbor! Many times they know people who would like to live in the neighborhood or area.
4. Premium Brochures
Brochures should be professionally designed. Just like buying an automobile, marketing for a $100,000 or a $550,000 home should be flattering and accuate. The format of the brochure can vary, but the highlighted features and room measurements that are included will entice the buyer to schedule an appointment to tour the home.
5. Magazine & Newspaper Publication Marketing
There are several real estate publications, newspapers and magazines used to advertise a home depending on who the audience is. If the audience is located in the Columbia, Missouri area, then The Columbia Daily Tribune’s Columbia Homes Weekly section, The Columbia Missourian’s Real Estate This Week insertion or The Real Estate Book are all effective means of advertising.
6. Direct Marketing
Direct mailings can target individuals in a geographic area and introduce the home to a future buyer. Most postcards have about two to three seconds to capture the attention of a person before they are thown in the garbage. Direct marketing continues to only provide more exposure for the home.
We know the local market and can quickly narrow down a few areas where you are likely to find your home at the price you want.
We can save you time by doing a lot of the legwork. By knowing your needs, we can eliminate homes that don’t meet your criteria.
We will make appointments to view homes with you and assist with determining the pros and cons of each home.
We have access to the multiple listing service (MLS), a service that provides access to literally thousands of homes on the market.
We can also provide information about, and set appointments to view, almost any property listed for sale. A home does not have to be listed by a REALTOR® in order to get detailed information or an appointment to view.
When you find the home you want to purchase, a REALTOR® will guide you through the negotiation, legalities and details of purchasing a home.
There are probably few things in life that are as exciting, or as nerve-racking, as the search for a home. All the good and bad emotions seem to coincide when the home searching begins. Don’t worry, this is a normal reaction, and is found in first-time home buyers, as well as seasoned home buyers.
One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether you want
to do your house hunting on your own, or buy using a distinguished, REALTOR®.
From your home search to the closing table we will assist you through
the buying process. A REALTOR® assists buyers in the
Once the decision to buy a home has been made, take the time to prepare before you go on your home search. For example, much of the information on this Web Site should be very familiar to you before you go looking for homes. Yes, it is very tempting to rush out and actually look at homes, but to do so without full preparation can be both disastrous and expensive.
Prior to Lewis and Clark’s expedition in the early 1800s, Osage and Missouri Indians roamed much of the parts of Missouri. The settlement known now as Columbia was called Smithton. A lack of water supply moved the settlement east across the Flat Branch and thus renamed it Columbia in 1821. The city was organized in 1892 and became incorporated in 1949. Columbia continues to be a growing city of national recognition for it’s cost of living, education, retirement and other amenities.
Columbia has big city entertainment and a great appreciation for the arts ranging from local to international opera and ballet companies to modern music superstars. Columbia also provides many recreational parks and other fun activities to keep in shape no matter what your age.
Arts & Culture
Columbia Mo Music Scene
The Blue Note
Missouri Symphony Society
The University Concert Series
Museum of Art & Archaeology
Enns Entomology Museum
Museum of Anthropology
City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs Artists’ Registry
Columbia Art League
The Walters-Boone County Historical Museum
Maplewood Barn Community Theatre
Columbia Entertainment Company
Theater Reaching Young People & Schools (TRYPS)
Discover the District
The Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebration & Air Show
Preforming Arts in Childrens Education
Columbia Parks & Recreation Department
Katy Trail State Park
MKT Nature & Fitness
Missouri Department of Tourism
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Conservation
Show-Me STATE GAMES
Missouri State Parks
Columbia offers “Big Town” amenities, for a relatively small town. One can find a variety of businesses, several hospitals, a number of radio stations and plenty of restaurants and accommodations.
Addison’s American Grill
Bambino’s Italian Cafe
Boone Tavern & Restaurant
Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
Hoss’s Market & Rotisserie
Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop
Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Wine Garden
The Pasta Factory
The Colosseum Bistro
The Wine Cellar & Bistro
Accomodations (Hotels & Motels)
Best Western Columbia Inn
Fairfield Inn Columbia
Days Inn Conference Center
EconoLodge of Columbia, Inc.
Hawthorn Suites LTD
Holiday Inn Select Executive Center
Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center
Super 8 Motel Lake of the Woods
Holiday Inn Express
Ramada Convention Center Columbia
Columbia/Boone County Health Department
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital
University Hospital (Children’s Hospital)
Columbia Regional Hospital
Boone Hospital Center
Missouri Rehabilitation Center
Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
Rusk Rehabilitation Center
Columbia Public Schools have received national recognition. They have earned the highest possible ratings in Missouri and continue to receive national honors from both students and teachers alike. Columbia also prides itself with having two private colleges and one university from which to receive extended education.
Russell Blvd Elementary School
Mill Creek Elementary School
Cedar Ridge Elementary
Midway Heights Elementary
New Haven Elementary
Blue Ridge Elementary
Derby Ridge Elementary
Rock Bridge Elementary
Two Mile Prairie Elementary
West Boulevard Elementary
Local Newspapers & Publications
The Columbia Daily Tribune
The Columbia Missourian
The Kansas City Star
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Columbia Business Times
The Real Estate Book
The Apartment Guide
University School Newspaper
KRFU AM 1400 (news/talk)
KTGR AM 1580 (sports)
KBXR FM 102.3 (adult rock)
KCMQ FM 96.7 (rock & roll)
KCLR FM 99.3 (news/country)
KPLA FM 101.5 (adult contemporary)
KBIA FM 91.3 (classic/news)
KJMO FM 100.1 (today’s rock)
All Numbers Below Are In Area Codes 573, Unless Noted.
|Airport – Columbia Regional||874-7508|
|Ameren UE, Gas Company||1-800-552-7583|
|Boone County Sheriff||875-1111|
|Boone Electric Cooperative||449-4181|
|Boone Hospital Center||815-8000|
|Columbia Chamber of Commerce||874-1132|
|Columbia City Office and Information||874-7111|
|Columbia Community Hotline||874-7650|
|Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau||875-1231|
|Columbia Parks and Recreation||874-7460|
|Columbia Public Library||443-3161|
|Columbia Regional Hospital||875-9000|
|Consumer Hotline (Atty Gen’l Ofc)||1-800-392-8222|
|Directory Assistance||1411 or 1-573-555-1212|
|Ellis Fischel Cancer Center||882-2100|
|Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center||884-1300|
|Time & Temperature||449-0655|
|University of MO-Columbia Directory Assistance||882-2121|
|University Hospital & Clinics||882-4141|
|Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital||814-6000|
|Water & Light Department||874-7325|
901 N. College
Phone: (573) 443-1535
1510 Boone Industrial Dr.
Ameren Union Electric
City of Columbia Utility Accounts and Billing Office
725 E. Broadway
Phone: (573) 874-7380
TDD (573) 443-0633
Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
Black Jack Hauling
11501 St Charles Rd
Phone: (573) 814-2844
AAA Waste Management
5150 County Rd 325
Fulton , Mo 65251
Phone: (573) 474-7411
City of Columbia Utility Accounts and Billing Office
725 E. Broadway
Phone: (573) 874-7380
TDD (573) 443-0633
Public Water Supply District No. 1
1500 N 7th
Phone: (573) 449-0324
Public Water Supply District No. 7
Phone: (573) 442-8614
Public Water Supply District No. 9
391 Rangeline Road
Phone: (573) 474-9521
I am a full-time dedicated Realtor® with more than 20 years of real estate experience. More than 90 percent of my business comes from past clients or referrals and that is the highest compliment I could receive. I strive to be your lifelong Realtor® and value our relationship and friendship. I welcome the opportunity to walk you through the buying and/or selling process and make it as simple as possible.
Along with my business partner, Susan Myers, you will get more than 40 years of combined real estate experience working for you.
Aside from real estate, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
I enjoy outdoor activities, and I was a four-year academic letter winner and national champion for the University of Northern Iowa women’s softball team.As a University of Missouri alum, I am an avid supporter of MU athletics and a member of Hallsville United Methodist Church.
As a third generation native to Columbia, Susan takes great pride in selling real estate in a location she knows so well – especially when the home buyer is new to mid-Missouri. It is an opportunity to impart her knowledge of the area and its history, while getting acquainted with her client and identifying their wants and needs as it relates to a home. Susan learned early on the importance of great customer service, honesty, and attention to detail while working in her family’s automotive business. Those qualities continue to be essential to Susan not only in the world of real estate, but in all aspects of her life.
Susan began her career in real estate in 1997 and steadily grew her business, eventually partnering with fellow realtor, Marshelle Clark. Together they established the Bringing Homes To You team that has grown to four agents plus ofﬁce and marketing staff. Susan and her team take advantage of the latest technology, marketing strategies, and market trends to ensure the best possible outcome for every transaction. A home is not just a house, and Susan understands it is often the biggest ﬁnancial investment her buyers will make. Susan is proud that 95% of her business is repeat customers and referrals – a true testament to her commitment to giving 100% to each and every client.
Whether a move is across town or cross country, whether it is for a ﬁrst home or the 10th, Susan and her team will strive to become Your Realtors for Life!
Realtor, Columbia Board of Realtors
I’ve been a member of the Columbia Board of Realtors for a little over 28 years. Prior to that, my position wasthe coordinator of purchasing and real estate at the University of Missouri Central Administration. The real estate responsibilities of my job were very enjoyable and I met Roy Willey while working in that capacity. I made the decision to go into real estate full time and we made plans to work together at his existing real estate office. My brokers’ exam was scheduled to be taken in January 1990 and Roy died unexpectedly in December
1989. I continued with my plan to go into real estate, but always felt a loss about not being able to work with Roy. His experience and knowledge of real estate as well as his easy going attitude was impressive to me, and I felt he would have been a wonderful mentor.
After graduating from high school in 1971, I came to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri and have been here since. Having come from a very small town, the bustling small city atmosphere with so many activities to enjoy has kept me in the Columbia area.
When not working, I enjoy gardening, exercising with my friends and weekend travel explorations. My husband, Garry, and I also thoroughly enjoy our pets, which include a horse, burros, dogs and cats. We obtained them through rescue, abandonment or they found us by just showing up.
Probably the most unique property I have sold is Rivercene in Howard County. It’s a beautiful mansion after which the Missouri Governor’s Mansion was said to be designed. I listed it for the descendants of the river boat captain who originally built it, and it sold in 1992 with the true disclosure that it had never flooded. Then came the Flood of ’93 and the flood waters went high into the entire first floor.
Two areas of real estate I particularly enjoy are older, historic homes and rural properties. Both require a level of appreciation and come with their own set of unique obstacles and potential issues. I grew up in a house that was built in 1850, so I find the quality of workmanship as well as the uniqueness of each older home to be very intriguing.
Real estate is a continuous educational experience and I love the challenges that come with each contract. However, as most agents will attest, the most satisfying experience we have is when you walk out of a closing with the buyers beaming with excitement over the purchase of their home.
My strongest asset as a real estate agent is my tenacity to see a contract through to completion. Problems and issues can crop up on any contract (and usually do) and I will try every avenue available until a solution is found. It’s very satisfying to successfully resolve situations that arise. I often get guidance from a local title company, lender or real estate attorney; we have access to some of the best here in Columbia.
3700 Monterey Dr. Suite A
Columbia, MO 65203
Marshelle Clark: 573.268.0157
Susan Myers: 573.268.0293
Melody Derendinger: 573.219.0174