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Donald Payne is a certified REALTOR®, agent and broker for top-rated Columbus realty firm Vision Realty, Inc. Don brings his clients 36 years of experience and dedicated service, 21 of which have been spent building a reputation of excellence at Vision Realty. Don assists both buyers and sellers in the Columbus real estate market , primarily serving two story single family home, townhouse, ranch, multi-level/split level, short sale, and bank owned property transactions. Don holds the distinguished Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS) designation, which is the highest award given to sales associates in the field of residential sales. The CRS® designation indicates Don's accomplishments in both education and experience, as it requires advanced training and is a distinction that fewer than 2 percent of real estate professionals nationwide are awarded. Don additionally holds the Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) designation, a specialized award given to REALTOR®s that have been specifically trained to assist sellers in need of short sales or foreclosure avoidance options. For these clients, Don brings compassion and an emphasis on due diligence and expediency, leading clients safely through the eye of the storm.

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Donald's most recent endorsements

He is very knowledgeable and always willing to give helpful advice.He seems to put his client's best interest first. – Curtis Kaltenbach
Ive been working with The Don Payne Group for around 8 years. I continue to support Vision reality because of several reasons. First and foremost, Don is always so professional with all facets of real estate. Second, he is very organized and early for every appointment. Third, and most important, he gets your goals accomplished. I'm the most impressed with his work ethic. I've never meet anyone who works so early and stays so late at the office servicing clients. It seems like everyone time I call he is servicing clients. I'm just in awe of his many talents and look up to him as a fellow business man. I consider him the Realtor of the Realtor. – Bill Hermanson
Thanks to Don I have had the opportunity to view some great condos in the downtown area. My experience has been nothing short of amazing. He has been a great partner in helping me in my home search and his extensive knowledge of the real estate marketing has really helped me since I am a first time buyer. – Sandra Melek
Donald Payne was recommended to me by my lender. Donald was patient and informative throughout my entire home buying process which began in May 2011 and has finally been resolved August 2011 with the purchase of my new home! I would recommend Donald to all buyers regardless of age, race, gender, etc. because he knows how to make you feel as if you are his one and only client! Thank you Donald for your support, patience, knowledge and professionalism! Sincerely, S L Smith – S L Smith
I met Don Payne through a referral from a friend. When I first heard about Don, I thought to myself, "if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is". I was in the process of interviewing realtors and had relationships with realtors in the past from buying and selling, but the first time I met Don I knew I had met my new realtor. Don came to view my home and immediantley got to work. He told me exactly what needed done, provided a DVD to help me prepare to sell my home and spent ample time gathering my expectations. We developed a guideline of sale time, price and outcome together based on what we both expected. Don not only sold my home in record time for a price that I was happy with but sold it a with determination and very professional drive that I had never experienced before with a realtor. I am now preparing to sell and buy again and have already contacted and met with Don to start the process and I have no doubt that I will be more than satified once again. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Don Payne for your realtor, you won't either after your experience. Kim K – Kim Kehagias
My wife and I recently purchased our first home. We interacted with a handful of realtors before we met Don Payne at Vision Realty. Our budget was modest, our free time limited, and we needed an industry expert to help navigate the potential mine field that is the real estate market. We are lucky to have had Don Payne on our side. Although we were not big spenders, Don gave us the same amount of attention that would be bestowed upon the big buyers. My wife and I had rather different views on what and where our dream home would be, but Don worked through it. He found us the house we could really agree on and make our home. Don made our home buying experience smooth and easy by providing thorough home searches, specific to our wants and needs, through his website at I would recommend Don to anyone in the real estate market, be you a buyer or seller. Don will bring experience, professionalism, and tenacity to work for you...And best of all, he is a BUCKEYE. O-H-I-O! – Brian Gefvert
After looking for the right home for over a year with no luck I gave up. I saw one of Don's listings, and asked to see it without any representation. Don was able to meet me two hours later and didn't care if I had an agent or not! In the end Don worked as a dual agent for me and was able to help me get the perfect house in my budget. Don worked through all the negotiations saving me thousands when surprises issues were found, an impressive feat when the seller is a bank. The best part about working with Don is his knowledge. As a first time homebuyer I had lots of questions throughout the process, Don not only handled my real estate questions, but was also able to help me understand much of the financial process as well! Without Don I would still be searching for the perfect home, instead I know own my dream house, in the exact location I want to be. Thank you so much Don!! – Meghan Harley
I have referred Don to numerous people. He was prompt, responsive and personable. He listened to our wants and needs, paid attention to our parameters, and we found a home that we love! – Tera Wedel
Don's work as a buyer's broker was superb and professional throughout the entire process. I endorse him whole-heartedly. Bruce Massis – Bruce Massis
It has been a pleasure to have Donald Payne Jr. at Vision Realty Inc. as my realtor. I’m a first time homebuyer and was somewhat nervous of what to expect. However, Donald has made this process very easy for me. He is a professional and highly knowledgeable about real estate. But he also was able to connect me with high rating inspectors and contractors. Any questions or concerns I had was answered promptly and additional options were given. Donald has exceeded my expectations in the home buying process. Thank you Donald! – Mandi Molton
I highly recommend Donald Payne!! Donald is an honest professional agent who works hard to insure you'll find the home that is perfect for you. I had lost several homes I wanted to buy when working with another agent and finally realized that person was not a good fit, I needed someone that understood this market was hot and would do everything possible to make certain I could be competitive with other buyers. Donald knows all of Columbus and the surrounding areas extremely well and would truthfully answer my questions re the areas/homes even if that meant he wouldn't get a chance for a sale. The home that I bought, and love, had 5 bids the day it went on the market, that was a Sunday of all days and Donald still kindly stepped up even though that was his special family church time! My offer wasn't the highest but Donald made certain it would be vey attractive to the Sellers regardless! Obviously I was overjoyed that I got my home and to this day Donald is still very helpful, and never makes me feel like I am bothering him, to recommend, say an electrician or whatever! He's simply a kind professional easy going gentleman who is a pleasure to work with!!! – Vicki Pierpont
Donald Payne was recommended to me by a coworker. He met my needs as a client and expectations as a first time seller. Mr. Payne is forthright and professional. I appreciate his service and would recommend him to any potential buyer or seller. – Juanita Morrison
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Donald's experience and certificatons

Certified Residential Specialist
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. It recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. CRS® Designees are experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling, and meet rigorous production requirements.
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Certified Distressed Property Expert