When it comes to building your new home, working with a partner you can trust to walk you through every step of the way makes all the difference in the world. Rachael Sellmann of Payne Family Homes consistently receives stellar reviews from the homeowners she assists.
Rachael is presently working at Main Street Crossing in Wildwood representing the New Urban Collection and Lifestyle Series of Payne Family Homes.
This popular Wildwood neighborhood has a wonderful charm about it. It’s breathtaking location, architectural appeal, traditional grid-style street layout, walkability, and connectivity to Wildwood Town Center makes it a very popular destination for buyers seeking genuine quality and real style. In fact, Main Street Crossing in Wildwood is nearly sold out!
Before the opportunity passes to make our house your home at this beautiful neighborhood, pop in a talk with Rachael about what you’re looking for in your next home. With closeout incentives, historic low mortgage rates, and quick move homes already under construction for accelerated closings, the time is right to make your move to new home construction.
Because we believe building the home of your dreams should be simple, easy, and fun, we’ve taken the liberty of asking Rachael a few ice breaker questions. We think you’re going to love her as much as we do!
Q: Are you native to STL? If so, where’d you go to high school?
A: Yes. I grew up about 30 minutes south of StL in Festus, MO (Jefferson County) and graduated from St. Pius X High School.
Q: What did you want to be when you ‘grow up’?
A: When I was little I wanted to be a teacher, then a lawyer… eventually I decided, I wanted to be an Interior Designer. I attended William Woods University in Fulton, MO and acquired a BFA in Interior Design.
Q: How did you meet your husband?
A: After college I went into the Kitchen & Bath business, having the opportunity to work for a couple local Kitchen & Bath companies, one being Modern Kitchens & Baths and that is where we met. He worked there when I started with the company in 2003.
Q: How many in-person or eLearners are you coaching this 2020 new school year? How’s it going for you so far? Any suggestions or pleas for help?
A: I am coaching two eLearners – my oldest son, Colten, who started Middle School this year, so he is in 6th Grade. And, my middle son, Clayton, who is in 1st Grade. All while also keeping my youngest son, Coty, a rambunctious 2-year old toddler, entertained and occupied. Last week was our first week of virtual learning, and let’s just say, it was a bit stressful. Trying to navigate our new ‘normal’, a new routine and unexpected virtual connection issues, there wasn’t a dull moment. Suggestions – I would say take it one day at a time (my patience was definitely tested… LOL J) Remind yourself that you’re not alone, don’t be so hard on yourself, we are all in this together. Pleas for help? Yes! I need a nanny for my toddler and laundry fairy!
Q: What’s your special, hidden talent?
A: I am crafty and love to decorate. I enjoy crafting in what spare time I can find… you should see my Pinterest page. Crafting is a time for me to unwind and be creative.
Q: If you could pick your super power… what would you pick?
A: My Super Power would be to freeze time, or time travel.
Q: What was your first car?
A: My first car was a 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity that I named ‘Betty’.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your Rachael time?
A: Spending time with my boys… time goes by so fast, I just want to enjoy as much time with them as I can while they are young and still actually want to hang out with me. Oh, and Crafting!
Q: 3 Pet peeves… Go!
A: 1) Poor Etiquette/Manners, 2) When people scrape their teeth along the fork when eating, 3) Liars
Q: How did you arrive to selling new homes at Main Street Crossing?
A: I have been in New Home Construction since 2010 and with Payne Family Homes since 2015. I have managed communities from Jefferson County, to St. Louis County to St. Charles County. I returned from Maternity Leave in December of 2018 and managed a community in Wentzville that I just loved. Opportunity came in March 2019 to get a little closer to home, as I live in South County, and I jumped at the opportunity. I had never managed a community in West County and was excited to get to know the area better!
Q: Open bar! What’s your poison?
A: Malibu and Coke.
Q: Music or Shopping? If music… who’s your favorite artist? If shopping… to what store would you want to win a shopping spree?
A: Music… I’m a teenager at heart and love NKOTB. But, I don’t really have a favorite… I like all kinds of Music from country Country, Rock, Pop, R&B, even Disco. My playlist is quite a mix. Shopping… I have three kids, ever taken 3 kids to the mall? I buy most of my clothes online, but I have mentioned once or twice that I love to Craft – so I would want to win a Shopping Spree to Hobby Lobby.
Q: Dogs or Cats? Have a favorite?
A: I grew up with dogs. But in my adult life, have cats. Our family had two cats, Annie & Sheba, that both passed away in 2018. We have since adopted two new cats, Bama (boy) and Angel (girl), they are littermates, from Stray Haven Feline Rescue St. Louis back in August 2019. We love our fur babies!
Q: Do you have a special piece of advice for today’s home buyer?
A: Don’t trust everything you see and/or read online, such as Zillow. If you talk to your Doctor, they wouldn’t recommend for you to google your symptoms and diagnose yourself. Always seek advice from the Professionals, we can give you accurate market information and we are here to help you through the process.
Q: If your life was a musical, it would be: Grease – one of my favorite movies growing up. Even dressed up as the Pink Ladies one year for Halloween with some of my Besties.
Q: What else would you like us to know about you or your neighborhood?
A: Main Street Crossing is a hidden gem in Wildwood, even though the community is right off 109 and in walking distance to Wildwood Town Center. Main Street Crossing is quaint, cozy, yet Urban. A place where you can sit on your amazing front porches, relax and get to know your neighbors, who end up becoming your friends, your family.