Our Team

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Denise Payne

Broker-Real Estate Agent | GRI, e-Pro, ABR, CRP

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 14 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.


Get In Touch

Office: (573) 777-7274

Email: denise@denisepayne.com

David Lewis

Real Estate Agent


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!


Get In Touch

Office: (573) 777-7237

Email: david@denisepayne.com

Daniel Blake

Real Estate Agent

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.


Get In Touch

Office: (573) 823-7823

Email: daniel@denisepayne.com


Join the Team


Buyers and Listing agents at the Denise Payne Real Estate Team are the driving forces behind our success. We pride ourselves in a quality team comprised of goal oriented and compassionate agents who have the client’s best interest at heart.



Job Description for Buyers Agent
  • Prospect for, follow up with, present to, and service buyers.
  • Develop expert knowledge regarding mortgage financing options, neighborhoods, schools and all issues regarding homeownership.
  • Provides and coordinates a time efficient home search process.
  • Consults and provides service from initial contact through contract to close for buyers.
  • Effectively negotiates for all buyer clients.
Goals of Listing Agents
  • Getting sellers top dollar
  • Handling all necessary paperwork
  • Show sellers all sides of the market
How Listing Agents Receive Top Dollar
  • Proper Pricing
  • House Presentation
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Contract Issues
  • Managing the Transaction until Closing
Key Skills Required
  • Exceptional rapport building
  • People oriented
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Learning based
  • Willing to learn scripts and dialogues
  • Coachable


Please send your resume and letter of interest to denise@denisepayne.com

Thank you for considering our team!



*Listing and buyer agents are required to be licensed real estate agents. If you are interested in a career in real estate, The Denise Payne Real Estate Team has the tools and resources to get you licensed.

Real Estate Agents working with The Denise Payne Real Estate Team are brokered through Weichert, Realtors First Tier.