Jamestown - Why I Chose To Live Here

When my wife and I chose to move to central Missouri about ten years ago, we wanted to live away from sizeable cities (think St. Louis and Kansas City), but close enough the necessities of life (think groceries, home improvement, etc).  Central Missouri provided the perfect location halfway between my home state (Oklahoma) and my wife's (Ilinois), thus it provided the perfect spot for trips to visit family.

Both Jefferson City and Columbia offered us all that we needed and chose to live between the two.  We wanted to build a house in the middle of a sizeable piece of land so we could have a good buffer between us and the neighbors.  We wanted plenty of space for our son (who was born a week before we moved into our new house), and his brother (who was born 1.5 years later).


Jamestown school district was spoken highly of by people in the area, so that was a plus.  The small town (less than 400 people) offered a close-knit community of friendly and helpful people.  It offers a gas station, two places to get a bite to eat, an ag store, a post office, community pool and park.  There are several other businesses that all Jamestown their home.

As far as price goes, the land we purchased was less expensive than comparable land on the East side of the Missouri river.

All these reasons, and probably a few more, contributed to us choosing Jamestown over other locations in Mid-Missouri.

Looking back after ten years, would we have chosen a different location?  Probably not.  Life events and changes can drive our needs and desires.  But even now, we are happy with our chose of homes.

Churches in Holts Summit

When moving to a different town, there are so many things to check out including schools, churches, police, etc. For a small town, Holts Summit has a lot to offer with different dominations of churches. My husband and I moved here in 1980 and we didn’t think about this. It took us some time to find that right church home. I feel this is very important to consider, along with schools, and other factors.


Union Hill Baptist Church

460 S. Summit Drive, Holts Summit MO 65043 (573-896-4374)
Sunday at 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 6:00 pm, Sunday School 9:45 am Wednesday at 6:00 pm Prayer Meeting
Food Pantry - Tuesday and Thursday
Clothing Giveaway - Twice a year

Cedar Grove Baptist Church

119 Thompson St, Holts Summit MO 65043 (573-896-8045)
Sunday school at 9:00 am and church at 10:00 am
In 1993 this congregation moved from Cedar City to this location, as the church was flooded.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church

3092 State Road AA, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-295-4229)
(Will be moving to the outer road into a new church)
Sunday School is at 10:00 AM, Church Service at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM
Recovery Program (866-733-6768)

Faith Baptist Church

194 East Simon Blvd, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-418-2856)


St Andrews Catholic Church

400 St Andrews Ln, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-896-5010)
Mass times – 5:30 pm Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday

Jehovah’s Witness

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

185 Northstar Dr., Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-761-5459)


Life House Church

222 East Center St, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-821-0984)
Sunday School – 9:30 am, Celebration Service – 10:30 am – There are numerous programs and meetings throughout the week for kids, women, and men.


Grace Lutheran Church

618 Halifax Rd, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-896-8824)
Sunday Services – 10:00 am


Shiloh United Methodist Church

2380 State Road AA, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-896-4565)
Hours – 9:00 – 11:00 am


Assembly of God

261 Spalding Road, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-896-5558)
Sunday at 10:00 am


Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry

11608 County Road 4031, Holts Summit, MO 65043 (573-896-9248)
Services – Saturday – Bible Study at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sabbath Service 1:30 – 4:00 pm

O’Donoghue’s Steaks and Seafood

I love times where I get to sit down and actually enjoy time with my family. It happens seldom, because as a Realtor you’re always answering phone calls, running to listings, and in the middle of a making a deal (all at once). We enjoy places where we can all sit and feel a sense of home, even when we aren’t at home.

That’s why we frequent O’Donoghue’s. First of all, I love the bread they have there. They start you with a fresh plate of signature bread that doesn’t even need butter to make it delicious. Second, Robert makes you feel like family. Robert is always behind the counter smiling and letting you know you’re welcome there.

The food is also outstanding, it’s not called O’Donoghue’s Steaks and Seafood for no reason. Their steak is great and their seafood is just as good. Anything you order on the menu is going to be phenomenal, and that’s hard to find in a restaurant sometimes.

O’Donoghue’s is perfect for any occasion. Go enjoy for a day with family, friends, or a nice date night.

Reasons to be Denied a Mortgatge After a Pre-Approval

Reasons to be Denied a Mortgatge After a Pre-Approval

Congratulations…you went to your bank or mortgage company and have your pre-approval in hand.

This is an exciting time and you are ready to start looking for your home.

There are a few things I want to caution you on.(Just because you have a approval doesn’t mean you are not still under the scrutiny of your lending institution.

Life is All About Balance

Life is all about balance… or so I’m told. The stereotypical lifestyle of the “Great American Dream” is to work hard in your corner office (or cloth cubical) for 40 hours a week, attending meetings, jumping on and off conference calls, pushing paper, refilling your coffee…. Then you drive home in your top safety-rated minivan to play catch with your 2.5 kids and golden retriever surrounded by a white picket fence, nestled in a cozy subdivision.  To top it off, you have two uninterrupted days to do whatever you please.  Most refer to these as weekends.  I’ve been there.  Kinda.  My dog was a random crossbreed that smiled when you talked to him, and the fence was chain link.  But, I did have the 40 hours a week desk job, complete with benefits, holidays, and the periodic snack day perks. And the minivan.  I did have a minivan.

Then, I transitioned into Real Estate and everything changed.

My main office chair no longer swivels, but the steering wheel in front of it does.  My lunch breaks have gone from scheduled and anticipated to grabbing whatever I can on my way out the door, if I stop to eat at all.  The time of day that was once spent counting down the minutes until I can leave and driving to pick up my kids has now become the busiest part of my day.  I still pick up my kids, but they’ve learned to stay quiet because I’m usually on the phone.  And weekends?  Those became a thing of the past.  The 40-hour workers get to come home, make dinner, help with homework, and eat dinner with their families.  I do that, too…. between texts and emails. I’ve found myself working on marketing material, editing pictures, uploading listings, cleaning up my Dropbox… well after 10:00 pm because that’s when it’s quiet.  I soon began to notice that my family was moving right along, almost living life without me.  Not ok.

I decided that something had to give.  I needed to find a way to give my clients the best service I possibly could without becoming a distant memory to my kids.  I took to Pinterest (because really, Pinterest has ALL the answers). I found helpful suggestions utilizing dry erase boards, downloading calendar apps, detailed spreadsheets, breathing exercises, and of course- endless motivational pictures.  SO MANY MOTIVATIONAL PICTURES!  But, my organization wasn’t the problem.  My priorities were.  It took the sad, puppy dog eyes from my youngest child and not so subtle pleas from my better half for me realize what needed to be done.  I had to treat my family events and commitments just as I’d treat a Real Estate obligation.

Open house on Saturday?  Can’t. It’s my daughter’s birthday, but I’d be happy to host one on Sunday.

Lunch date on Thursday?  Can’t.  I’m showing homes to some clients, but I’d love to have lunch with you on Friday.

Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when my work and personal lives cross one another.  In fact, just a few weeks ago we were headed out of town as a family to take the kids fishing when I got a text from a client.  “I’m ready to place an offer.”  Great! Except, there was no Wi-Fi where I was headed and cell phone service was spotty, at best.  So, I pulled over on the side of the road, wrote a contract, and submitted it.  Then, I got back on the road and continued to our destination, fulfilling my promise to my kids.  Or, how I’m writing this blog that is required by my broker, but I’m doing so at 11:13 pm, in my sweatpants and sipping on a cold one. After all, life is all about balance, right!?!?

Voted #1 in the News Tribune's Readers' Choice Awards

For the fourth year in a row, McMichael Realty has won an award in the News Tribune's Readers' Choice Awards Contest.  The contest works by receiving votes from the community for a specific business category.  We were entered in the Best Real Estate Company and Best Real Estate Agent categories.

For the first time, McMichael Realty won the #1 position in BOTH categories!  We are sincerely grateful to all the people who were willing to vote for us.  We work very hard to earn your trust.  Thank you for voting us #1.

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