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I would like to thank Tom Smith Land and Homes and especially Michael Oswalt for helping my wife and I with our recent land purchase. Michael was very professional, prompt and understanding of our concerns and questions. This being our first land purchase, we were thoroughly impressed. Once again, thanks to Tom Smith Land and Homes and Michael for their help. Thank You, Aaron Evans

We thought, “we have to have a good agent to make our homebuying process easier.” Kerri Mathews did make the process look easy to us. As time went by, when we began to understand, how frustrating the whole processes is, that is where Kerri’s expertise came in. During that frustrating time period, Kerri became more than a real estate agent. I began to understand how much dedication this work required like answering my questions without time being a factor, answering my every phone call at that moment or always calling back, if there was a missed call. Kerri made it look like we were the only clients even though she was handling several clients at that time. Even after buying the house, we still exchange phone calls and text messages. That speaks volumes about Kerri’s work. I could have used some adjectives to describe her work ethics but I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe them hence the story. Overall, we started with a real estate agent and we ended with a good friend!

I have used Michael for two land deals now, one buying in one selling. I could not be more pleased with both. He is very passionate and worked extremely hard to get both deals done if ever in the need for any other land deals, he will be the first I call on the first I recommend. ~ Chad Blalack

I have had the privilege of using Michael Oswalt as my personal agent. I have been a buyer and a seller. He demonstrated knowledge and patience in handling complex issues while delivering positive results. ~ Clay B

We would like to express our appreciation to you and your company for the professional and friendly manner in which we experienced during a recent purchase of land in Terry, Mississippi. Your agent, Bill Patrick, did an outstanding job working with us while also working with the seller on this property. He was immediately available to show us the property and always prompt in answering our calls or questions. This process of purchasing property went smoothly because of his knowledge and eagerness to help. We would recommend your company to anyone buying or selling property. Thank you again for everything. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Burchfield

We had a small land sale of about 6 acres. Preston was very professional and got it sold for more than we thought and did it quickly. This is land in Utica, MS with not a lot of demand. We would definitely use and send business to your company.  Thank you so much, Whit Simmons

Just wanted to thank you and your team for helping me sell my property. Heath Daniels is very knowledgeable, professional and he worked hard to get the job done. It was a pleasure working with Heath and I am very satisfied with the sale. I hope to do business with you and your team in the future…

Again, I thank you both…Mark

“I generally never write reviews for anything/anyone. However, my home buying experience was amazing thanks to Tony Bahou. He is very knowledgeable of the housing market, he is very patient (trust me, you will need a patient realtor), he was readily available any time I need him and he assisted me beyond my closing date. He truly made me feel as if it wasn’t just about him making a sale but about me finding the home of my dreams. That is the feeling every homebuyer deserves to have. I highly recommend him!!! I’m sure anyone who uses him as their realtor will agree that he is one of the best in the business.”  Ninawoods27

Kristi and I would like to say thanks Michael, for all that you did for this sell to happen. We all know we had a few speed bumps along the way but we made it through them.

Michael – I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your hard work!!  You were amazing to work with.  A tremendous burden has been lifted from us thanks to you. To be honest, I never thought that the land would ever sell, but I am so grateful that it did.  I feel sure this might be a transaction that you won’t soon forget.  Please stop by and see me and Jason when you are in Oxford.

It was a great pleasure working with Michael Oswalt. I live in Knoxville, Tennessee and needed help selling my late father’s land in Mississippi. I called the office of Tom Smith land and homes and Michael Oswalt was there and available to help me immediately. I found him to be very kind and professional. Every question I texted or emailed him, he return all answers within 30 minutes. I really appreciated his dedication to the prop selling of my dad’s land. Thanks for everything Michael, especially for getting my dad’s land sold within one month. I am a very happy and satisfied customer.

Kindly, Ida Wood

I am highly pleased with the broker services of Tom Wiseman with Tom Smith Land and Homes in the sale of an inherited piece of property.  As I do not reside in the state where the property is located, I needed professional help to sell it.  This is exactly what I got.  The Tom Smith Land and Homes website effectively disseminated information about the land, and it was sold in 24 days spanning a holiday period.  The closing, which I was unable to attend, was all professionally handled from a distance.  Communication with the real estate agent, Tom Wiseman, was simple and effective.  The agency was originally recommended to me by a professional forester as an agency with expertise in selling rural land.  I enthusiastically pass on the informed recommendation. ~ Rebecca Kellum

I just closed the deal on some recreational  land that was listed by Tom Smith Land. I had the privilege of working with Michael Oswalt, Associate Broker, on the deal. Michael was very helpful. He truly represented both Seller and Buyer. Michael was quick to supply me with good info about the property, patient with me walking and looking around while showing me the property and helpful with advice about things to possibly do after I bought the property. Michael made buying the property easy. I hope I get to work with him again some day. -Bob

Michael Oswalt,

Mike and I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into selling our property.  Mike appreciated the calls and texts to keep him informed when you were showing the property. Thank you again for all you did for us. Sincerely,

Mike and Carolyn Bowles

 

Mr. Smith,   In June of 2016, Heath Daniels contacted me through a Craigslist ad I posted regarding 30 acres I was attempting to sell. After a negative experience with a past realtor, I was hesitant, at a minimum, to respond to Mr. Daniels inquiry. After several weeks of no responses I finally called Mr. Daniels back and agreed to meet with him about my property. 

From the moment Mr. Daniels walked into my office, I knew he could get the job done on a difficult piece of property. I signed his forms, and Mr. Daniels was on his way. Within days, Mr. Daniels had put together a brochure of the property with several pictures and a brief description. After a few short weeks, Mr. Daniels and I were driving to Macon, MS to close on my property – something I never thought would happen.

 Another couple of months had passed, and Mr. Daniels and I had become friends. Again, I called on Mr. Daniels to find a home for my wife and I. He listened to our wants and our needs, he gave us solid and realistic advice, and within two days we put in an offer on a home in Madison, MS. Mr. Daniels guided us throughout the entire process, assuring me he had our backs. He did not let us down.

 We began running into one issue after another with our mortgage broker. So many issues, in fact, I wanted to walk away. However, Mr. Daniels assured me he would get us through to the finish line. Mr. Daniels went above and beyond all of my expectations, and I believe he surpassed the level of customer care any company would demand from their employees. He worked day and night, tirelessly, to ensure we got our first home closed. He put in numerous phone calls to the broker whom I did not care to deal with, he organized everything with the closing attorney, and he kept me calm in a very anxious situation.

 You do not know me and I only know of you, through your reputation, but believe me when I say Heath Daniels is the best employee you could ever ask for. What started out as a skeptical meeting has turned into a lasting friendship and two complete closings. Consider yourself lucky to have Mr. Daniels representing you and your business. As long as Mr. Daniels is working in real-estate, I know who I am using as my realtor.  – Jason Brown

Michael, Just wanted to says thanks for the great job you did for us, you didn’t just promise to sell our property, but you delivered, in less than 30 days!! I couldn’t believe how fast you got it done especially when another agency had it for over eight months with no success. I would definitely recommend you and Tom Smith Land and Homes from the start! Thanks Again!! ~ Garry & Angie Culver

Michael,
I wanted to to tell you how much we appreciated all the work you did for Shirley and myself. You made our purchase of buying our equity share in this hunting club very pleasant. When we inquired about it you answered all our questions we had. Then you took us to see the property and you let the property sell it’s self. The best thing was you are not a pushy sales man you let us make up our minds. Unlike some salesman I have delt with in the past. But you were there through the whole time with answers to our questions and you  gave us whatever information we needed. ~ Steve & Shirley Bleakney

“I searched the state of Mississippi for 10 years trying to find the perfect tract of land that would fit my families needs. Each tract I looked at there was something that didn’t fit. I contacted Tom Smith. I explained to him what we were looking for and he smiled and said I’ll find it. He changed the subject and asked me about my family, we talked about his family, we talked about hunting, business and several other things over the next hour. I was thinking he must not be very busy to take this much time with me. ( little did I know he sold more land in Ms. than anybody else ) before we left I looked at Tom and said ” don’t forget what I’m looking for”  he laughed and said ” I will find it”. About a month later my wife and I met Tom to look at a tract of land. We loved what he had found. We looked at it several times before making an offer. Our offer was accepted and we finally found our perfect place. I told this story to let people that might read it to understand the attention that Tom pays to find you what your looking for and to emphasize Toms personable demeanor. After a year had passed my wife and I decided to build a home on our new land. Again we contacted Tom Smith Land and Homes. Tom and his wife Ellen came over to our house and we discussed the selling our our home. They looked around took several pictures and then sat down on front porch and we  visited. Tom and Ellen are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. It took 10 months to build our new home, I called Tom in month 8 of our construction and was ready to list our older home. Tom and Ellen took over and sold our home within 6 weeks. The staff at their office was very professional and friendly, and our closing was perfect. My wife and I not only would highly recommend Tom Smith for your land needs and home needs but consider Tom and Ellen friends. Our experience of buying and selling real-estate was a great one thanks to Tom Smith.” ~ Matt and Cheri Cranmore

Dear Michael Oswalt,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your help in finding the right hunting club share for me.  I let you know what I was looking for and you put me on the right track to purchase just what fit my situation.  If I had to do it again,  I would surely contact you for your help and insight all over again.  You made the whole process seamless.  Anybody looking to buy real estate in Mississippi would do themselves a favor by letting you and your firm help secure “the purchase of their dreams”!  Thanks again, Michael! ~ Eddie Hammond Winona, MS

John and I want to thank you, Michael Oswalt, for all you did to make the purchase of our property trouble free. You made this the most enjoyable process we have ever had in real estate purchases. We wish you the very best and will highly recommend you and your company. We love our new spot!!! ~Pam White

We were very pleased with the personal service and promptness throughout our time working with Michael Oswalt. His thorough business sense made things work smoothly. We would not hesitate to use Michael in any future land transactions, he was a pleasure to work with. ~ Jay and Shirley Turner

“Tom listed our property in Northern Madison County and we closed within 7 weeks, Thanks Tom.  Tom made several great suggestions about things we could do to increase the value of the property.   He took the lead to get these things done and answering any questions potential buyers had. Closing was very organized and much easier than I dreamed it could be.  I would not hesitate to recommend Tom Smith Land and Homes to anyone looking to buy or sell property.  Tom “The Land Man” will get it done and get you the best value possible.” ~John Skains, Madison, MS

“We want to thank you, Michael Oswalt, for all of your efforts over the past couple of years in guiding us through the sale of our property.  We are very appreciative of the way you communicated with us and kept us informed each step of the way.  In this day and time it is refreshing to work with someone you can trust and who actually does what he promises. Thanks for your professionalism, knowledge, and sound advice. We would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone in the market for land sales or purchase.” Richard and Christy Thomas

“I am pleased and honored to share my experience with Tom Smith Land and Homes. If you feel the time is right to sell your “piece of heaven” call Tom Smith. Period. After enjoying our property in Holmes County for 18 years, the time had come to move in another direction. I contacted friends who all recommended Tom for the job. I called Tom about listing my property. He met me on site and came prepared to take photos and notes. Tom and I talked candidly about values. I like that. He was honest and straightforward. Within 2 weeks, my property was featured on his email blast. When I received his email blast, I called him and said my place looked so good, I didn’t want to sell it anymore. Selling your place can be a difficult decision. Tom understands the connection we make to our property.  I had an offer to purchase within 3 weeks of listing the property with Tom. It became apparent to me that Tom has a list of buyers looking for property. He knows how to get it done and sell your property fast. Speaking of fast. Tom introduced the buyers to me and today, we have a great relationship. I am so pleased to know that the new owners of my “piece of heaven” are enjoying it as much as I did and are providing stewardship the property deserves. Tom sold my property so fast, I asked the new owners if I could plant their food plots for the fall hunting season as I had already purchased the seed and was not expecting the sale so quickly.  The bottom line? When Robert and Rebecca Watson have property to sell, there will be only one person I call and it’s Tom Smith. I highly recommend Tom Smith to sell or purchase property anywhere in Mississippi. As I write this, Tom has me on the buyers list looking for my next project. Call Tom Smith, you won’t regret it.” ~ Robert Watson

 

“My name is Chad Jones and own a law firm in Ridgeland, MS called The Jones Law Firm. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Oswalt with Tom Smith Land and Homes while looking for some hunting land to buy. Michael did an amazing job for me. The first day I talked to him we were able to move fast and submit an offer on a property I was interested in. The next day we went back and forth a couple times with some counter offers and were able to agree on a price. The most amazing thing was we were able to close on the land in one week and was the holiday week of the July 4 2016, making it that much more impressive. I would recommend Michael to anyone whom needs a realtor that knows and understands what is required to get a deal done. Thanks so much for your help Michael, and looking forward to buying more land through you in the future!”

 

“I have had the opportunity to work with Tom on three occasions, for two, I was the buyer and he was representing the seller and one, he represented me in selling a property.  On each occasion that I was the buyer Tom presented himself in a professional manner, he was well organized and had the sellers best interest in his sight.  When I decided to list a property, Tom was the first person I called and in my mind would be the only one I would contact.  The way he takes a property to market is second to none.  His team that works alongside him also has a high level of professionalism, excellent communication skills, and second to no one when it comes to customer service.  As I remain in the market for property I will continue to use Tom and his team and would recommend him to all.” ~ Elmer M.

 

“My wife and I recently closed on one of your properties that was listed by Mr. Michael Oswalt.  We could not be more pleased with the highly professional manner in which Michael approached every aspect of this transaction.  We especially appreciated the assistance that Michael provided since we were relocating to Mississippi from out of state and were not in the local area to attend to many of the necessary details.  Michael made the process easy and totally free of complications.  Michael ranks as one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable real estate professionals with whom we have ever dealt.  When you add to that his highly honest and ethical approach to the representation of his clients, one could not ask for more.  Michael is an outstanding representative of your company and is a great asset to your clients.” ~Kevin McNeill, MD

 

“Susan and I want to thank you for all the hard work you put into making this closing happen today. You went above and beyond in your efforts. Ellen, thanks for being there to walk us through, and ironing out the electrical issue. You all should be proud of your company slogan “Expect more Get more” you surely delivered on that promise. Tom, can’t thank you enough for all you do. You are the Land Man! Your friendship means a lot to both of us. Praise the Lord for bringing you all into our lives. Thanks again!” ~Randy & Susan

 

“Michael Oswalt was great!  He is friendly, knowledgeable of the market and thorough in communicating information. I was looking to upsize to a larger piece of property, and living 3 hours away, needed to make the most of my visit(s).  The day we met to discuss selling my place, we walked the property completely, sat down to discuss market values and he listed all pertinent information he needed from me. After we finished, we drove 20 miles up the road so Michael could show me a new listing that I was interested in.  Several calls, texts and emails later, we met again, 23 days after our first meeting, to close on the property I was selling. It was a pleasure doing business with Michael, and now, I not only have a broker that I can depend on to help me find a larger piece of land, but, also a new friend.” ~ Jason
“I wanted to tell you, Michael Oswalt, what a great experience it was to work with you on the sale of my 185 acres and house. I watched you the first time we met riding the property and taking pictures, and what great pictures they were. You stayed on top of things and communicated very well. Then when we got an offer you went the extra mile and made things work. You can bet I will call you again whether its buying or selling property.” ~ Eddie Odom

 

“I listed my farm property with Tom the week before Thanksgiving and he had it sold by Christmas!  And, at the full listing price!  Both Tom and his office staff were very knowledgeable and efficient, so closing went off without a hitch. I would recommend Tom Smith to anyone looking to buy or sell property!”
~ Pam McCollough, Brandon, MS

 

“The purpose of this letter is to recommend realtor, Bill Patrick. From the first time we met and he listed my Madison County property, I knew he would be a good realtor. He was always honest and consulted with me throughout the entire process. He represented me well and got me a good price for my property. He is very knowledgeable and was always available and responded to my inquiries the same day, even at night and on weekends. I am very happy with the service he gave me and will absolutely use him again for my next real estate transaction.” ~ Jessica Wood

“Michael Oswalt was a professional while working with me. He was very knowledgeable of the land that we looked at and exhibited a lot of patience in finding me that perfect property. It is obvious that he enjoys his work and if I ever decide to sell, he’ll be the first person I will call” ~ Ron Ford

 


“It cost $1,100,000 but it was worth every penny.”
~Richard Headrick

 

“I recently had the pleasure of doing business, as a seller with Michael Oswalt of Tom Smith Land and Homes. Michael took the time to learn about my property and then within a matter of days found buyers who were looking for what I was selling. Contract time was short, negotiations were easy and the sale took place in less than 30 days. I would highly recommend Mr. Oswalt if you are considering buying or selling land in Mississippi. ~ Troy Peters

“When my wife and I decided that we wanted to put some funds into non-paper assets, we decided on timber land.  We contacted Tom Smith and met with him one evening.  We knew nothing about this kind of investment and Tom patiently explained the ins and outs and how this sort of thing worked.  We discussed our desires and Tom translated those into a specific type of property that we should be looking for, considering our budget.  Because of our ages, we needed to find something that would be harvestable in a relatively short time.

One thing you find out pretty quickly is that someone is willing to sell you a piece of timberland every hour of every day.  If an agent or even an acquaintance finds out that you want timber, they will have something for you to go look at the next day.  People kept asking me why I had not bought anything yet.  They seemed to think it was like buying a car.  You just go pick out what you want.  Tom weeded out properties that did not fit our goals.  We kissed a lot of frogs as we looked at different properties.  They looked better on paper than they did in person.  Eventually we found exactly the right piece at exactly the right price.  There were a number of unforeseen difficulties in closing the deal, but Tom was right there every step of the way during the negotiating process and, with his help, we closed on the perfect investment.  We could not be happier.  The next time we want to buy or sell some property, Tom will be our man.”
-David Moak

 

“Would expect nothing less from a driven and hardworking person such as Tom. The irony here is that he probably did this more for his clients (to provide the best service possible) than to advance his business…that’s just the kind of guy he his!”

“Dear Tom, T and I both want to thank you for all the wonderful help you have given us over these last couple of years.  I can’t say that I know anyone who enjoys their work more than you.  We consider ourselves your friends and will always be your Cook-Cobb road neighbors in our hearts. Once again, thank you and all the best to you.  I’m sure our paths will cross again soon and often! ”

“We began looking for hunting land months before being referred to and contacting Michael Oswalt.  We were very pleased with his friendliness, assistance and patience in finding us exactly what we were looking for.  Even after looking at several different properties all over north Mississippi, he continued to search for what we were looking for until he found it.  We highly recommend Michael to other prospective buyers and will definitely contact him first when we are ready to buy again.” – Tyson and Michelle Clem

 

“Tom,

My family and I are enjoying the holiday at the camp you help us purchase.  We have enjoyed every minute of it. The lake in front of our camp is loaded with big bass.  MY BNL has caught about 20 this afternoon even though it is cold. Sitting in the deer stand waiting for a big one.”

 

“Dear Tom,

Carlos and I truly appreciate you and your expertise during our pursuit of Willow Break. You were very informative and definitely had the patience with me when I had a million questions and concerns. I couldn’t have imagined a better person to represent us and our interests. The house warming gifts were a nice bonus.  The husband loves the koozie and uses it almost everyday! The glasses  are the perfect size for a frosty beverage. We look forward to staying in touch. Best of luck in the new year.”

 

“Hi Tom,

I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I talked to Michael Halfacre today and he was able to give me an average price for the land and timber based on yall’s research. You both are a wealth of information that really has helped me out. If yall are ever in Virginia Beach, I owe you lunch. Thanks again.”

 

 

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