About Us

Denise was a sole practitioner for many years but realized that her clients deserved better. That was when her idea to start a team was formed.

With the team you get not just Denise’s experience but every agent on her team has had some experience to learn from. Whether it is working with a builder on a custom home or doing a 1031 for investment property.
Buying and selling homes and investment properties take knowledge to get through the complexities of the real estate process. We do real estate and pride ourselves on staying up on the latest financing, latest developments and the latest trends of employment.

Interested in joining our team? Contact Us

About Denise Payne

Denise Payne is a highly productive real estate agent serving both buyers and sellers in Columbia and Mid-Missouri. She is a Graduate of Realtor® Institute and has earned the following designations: Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Relocation Professional, and Electronic Professional. With over 500 active real estate agents in the Columbia area, Denise continues to be ranked at the very top thanks to her experience, customer service and all-around community involvement. Denise belongs to several groups in Columbia including the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, Voices, Women’s Network, Chamber of Commerce, University of Missouri Alumni Association, PEO, and Business Network International. She volunteers and attends many events benefiting the community each month.

Preceded by 15 years of real estate experience, Denise takes pride in helping mid-Missouri homeowners and buyers with their property transactions. Her skills in finance, marketing, negotiation, and economics are all part of her wealth of knowledge. She graduated from the University of Missouri and has lived in Columbia for over thirty years; as such, she knows the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions, zoning regulations, and local economy of the city. Her network of trusted contractors and businesses is impressive, and she is more than willing to leverage those connections toward your needs. Her business philosophy revolves around a satisfied client. Toward that end, to work with Denise Payne is to become a valued member of her professional network. Even beyond the closing table, Denise nurtures the connections she makes and is always more than happy to offer expert opinions and recommend services or businesses so that her client’s dream home can remain a living dream. Respect, expert advice, and trust are key parts of the “Payneless” real estate experience.

Denise is committed to the success of your real estate endeavors and is passionate about her clients’ satisfaction. Let Denise be the real estate expert in your corner.


Our Team

After a fruitful 25 years in healthcare as an administrator, David has developed a sixth sense for client care and avoiding unexpected hurdles, to ensure a smooth transaction. He strives to make sure his clients feel they were well represented and received the best service available. He brings attention to detail, excellent communication, and a passion for real estate to the table.

Since the age of 3, David has been proud to call Columbia home. His knowledge of Mid-Missouri is extensive. He owned and operated a small business in Hallsville plus held positions in Jefferson City. He can go from showing rural properties in boots to meeting you in slacks at the best subdivisions. David is a well-rounded individual that can speak your language.

David is the co-owner of a local home renovation business, which has heightened his knowledge of the inner works of homes. This has proven to be very beneficial to his clients not only because he can point out what is or isn’t wrong with a home at the first showing, but also because of his excellent relationships with contractors and home project companies.

David enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending the day on his friend’s farm. He is quite the cook and likes flipping homes! Family dinners are also an exciting occasion which include his son Drew, girlfriend Denise – her 2 daughters, and son in-law.

Let David go to bat for you – he is the agent in your corner!

Daniel has considered Columbia his hometown for as long as he can remember. As a graduate of the University of Missouri, he is aware of everything that Columbia has to offer to new members of the community- including real estate! He specializes in finding entry-level homes for first or second-time homebuyers who are in search of that perfect home. Daniel thrives by remaining available to his clients 24/7- he understands that the current generation often needs updates and answers issues in the “now”- not later! By combining his passions for real estate and people, he remains highly energetic and helpful throughout the entire transaction. His professional resume’ of strong customer service skills allows him to establish common ground with new clients and gauge an accurate idea of where they’re coming from to the house-shopping process. He learns of his clients’ needs, builds a relationship, and provides the guidance and advice necessary to navigate an intimidating transaction. Leading clients through the entire process and relieving them of as much stress as possible is his #1 goal with every new house. Knowing that he will anticipate potential issues and stay prepared with solutions, you can count on him to be there every step of the way with you and deliver the results that you deserve from a real estate professional. When he is not showing houses, completing paperwork, or negotiating on behalf of his clients, Daniel enjoys running, practicing drums, playing softball, sampling new restaurants, and seeing live music with friends.

Charles has been in Columbia for over 28 years. He stayed after graduating from Mizzou to raise his three children. In his spare time Charles volunteers. He has been on the Board of Directors for Columbia Youth Basketball Association, Downtown Optimist Club, ParentLink and Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. Charles has coached his children in basketball, soccer and been a crew chief for his son in the local Soap Box Derby. Charles is also a veteran of the United States Army serving in Iraq in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. His knowledge of Columbia, analytical background in computer science and attention to detail will make your real estate transaction smooth. Charles likes to help military personnel, first time home buyers, first time sellers and anyone who wants an honest agent who is here for YOU.

Shelby Brandt is a full-time professional real estate agent on the Denise Payne Real Estate Team. She is enthusiastic, knowledgable, and highly motivated, you will not be disappointed in the level of service she provides.
Shelby has lived in Jefferson City for 23 years. She is a Graduate of Real Estate Express. Graduating with honors, Master of Business Administration and Marketing degree from Lincoln University, Shelby is a master when it comes to marketing your property or helping you find your dream home. She listens to her clients to understand their objectives and develop a plan to reach their goals.
Shelby will guide you through the home-buying or selling process ensuring your interests are protected. Her goal is to make sure your transaction is memorable and run smoothly. As a proud member of the Weichert family, Shelby Brandt carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service in everything she does.
Her priority is you. Choose Shelby to be the real estate expert representing you. Call her today 573-645-3464.

David DeSmit is a real estate professional with over 35 years of experience in customer service and management. David’s hospitality and service experience will address your buying or selling needs in a prompt, professional, and friendly manner. David’s past work in plumbing, electrical and home building industries sets him apart from other realtors. David has spent the past 16 years in the Columbia area so he has strong ties to our community. He has volunteered at local charities, nursing homes, and he and his family have grown and donated hundreds of pounds of vegetables to the food pantry. David enjoys spending time with family, friends, and hitting the ATV trails at Finger Lakes State Park. Looking for an all-around, full-service realtor? Call David.