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Rising Stars: Meet Missy Derr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Missy Derr.

Hi Missy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a nationally recognized Top Producing REALTOR with Engel & Volkers Atlanta, which is awarded as one of the most prestigious brokerages globally. There’s a joke that I’m married to real estate, and I must admit it is the love of my life. There is nothing more rewarding to me than helping people realize their dreams through real estate. I believe the only true way of building generational wealth is through homeownership. It is imperative to ones’ stability physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. I am proud to have sold over 80 homes resulting in a volume excessive of $25 million in a little over three years putting me in the top 5% of REALTORS for Atlanta and a member of the Atlanta REALTORS Association 2021 Class of Emerging Leaders.

I am originally from Columbus, Georgia, where my family has been involved in real estate for two generations. Real estate has always been in my blood and having seen firsthand the remarkable changes that can happen through homeownership, I knew I too wanted to become a REALTOR. In 2013, I moved to and fell in love with Atlanta, and in March of 2018 I secured my real estate license. I quickly interviewed various in-town brokerages but truly found my home with broker Scott Askew. I will be eternally grateful to him for hiring a new licensee and putting forth the time and effort for me to succeed with his exceptional post-licensing course and advice throughout the years. Joining Engel & Volkers was truly life-altering. My first listing was actually a co-listing with an agent as I was constantly in the office soaking up all the information I could and making the connections one needs in real estate. Real estate is truly collaborative and social. That first listing gave me the confidence I needed to truly establish myself. My growth has continued to be supported by the incredible staff, co-agents, and support of CEO Christa Huffstickler of Engel & Volkers Atlanta.

By the end of 2018, I had closed numerous deals and found myself really narrowing in on what I wanted to focus my book of business on. Many agents focus on a specific geographical area, which is a tried and proven means to success. However, I have chosen a different route. Through a passion for historic preservation and creating wealth, I focus on first-time buyers and “Up and Coming” neighborhoods. I. absolutely love working with first-time homebuyers as I feel that this is one of the most important moments’ in ones’ life. I am literally changing lives. When someone walks into the house that will be “the one”, an entire new reality and future is laid out before them. Hopes and dreams will be realized. I am a part of that! My clients become lifelong friends. I adore them. I adore y’all! With that said, I am an equally formidable listing agent, as I have a special insight into what is driving buyers. I also pride myself on innovative marketing techniques carefully curated to create an experience as unique as each home I sell. As my clients vary, my area of sold homes has spanned numerous counties resulting in a well-rounded understanding of Metro Atlanta resulting in significant achievements. In brief here is my resume:

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR), Atlanta REALTORS Association (ARA), and Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR)
2018 Capitus (formerly GIRE) Graduate
2019 Engel & Völkers Elite Level Ruby (GCI over $100,000)
2019 ARA Top 10% of Realtors for Units
2020 Q3 Top Performer Highest Closed Sales Units (19 Homes sold alone in Q3)
2020 Engel & Völkers Atlanta Top Producer (Third in company for 36 units, Eighth for volume of $10,000,000+ out of over 110 agents)
2020 HomeSnap Top 15% of Nationwide Agents
2020 Engel & Völkers Elite Level Diamond (GCI over $250,000 Qualification met)
2020 ARA Top 5% of Realtors for both Units and Volume
2021 Homesnap Top 5% of Agents Nationwide for Q1 & Q2 Nationwide
2021 ARA Class of Emerging Leaders
2021 Atlanta Magazine’s Real Estate All Stars
2021 Nominated for Modern Luxury’s Modern Real Estate Awards “One to Watch”
2021 Estatenvy “Young Ones to Watch”
2021 Engel & Völkers Atlanta Top Producer (AS OF YTD 8th in company for 28 units, volume of $11,000,000+ out of over 110 agents)
2022 Five Star Professional’s Rising Star for Real Estate

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As the joke goes that I am “married to real estate”, it truly serves to illustrate the commitment I have to not only my industry and co-agents but most importantly to my clients. Buying and selling a home isn’t purely a financial process. It is very personal and very emotional. With a business so highly charged, emotions run high on both sides. My job isn’t limited to showing homes and writing contracts, but it encompasses so much more. I am a liaison, a sounding box for venting and even a referee at time. I am a matchmaker and we all know the highs and lows of falling in love. My biggest challenge in this market is ensuring I am carefully and considerately handling peoples’ expectations. Communication is essential to a successful real estate transaction.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Engel & Völkers Atlanta Real Estate Advisor.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I am eternally grateful to Scott Askew, Christa Huffstickler, Averie Layne, Rebecca Hodgson and my amazing co-agents. My family has also been a significant source of support especially my sister, Abigail Derr and Aunt Jeanmarie. It goes without saying that without my incredible friends and clients, I wouldn’t be successful. It is their kindness and referrals that sustain me. I am inspired daily by their dreams of homeownership!


  • I have sold homes ranging from $60,000 to over a million dollars! I work in all price points.

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