Susan Cox Holden knew her path long before she found herself on it. Pursuing her job interests required bravado, but it was tenacity that helped her to launch a career.

“I always had an interest in real estate, homes and home décor,” she says. “As a single person, though, I worried about a 100 percent commission job, so I did not get licensed until I married. My husband has a background in real estate development, but held no license in Missouri. So I went to night classes with him and continued on to get my broker’s license as well.”

Holden’s almost three decades of experience have taught her to come out swinging and roll with the punches. “It is a challenge, since the housing industry is tied to the economy, which changes – sometimes rapidly – and we have little control over that,” she explains. “In tougher times, we have to be more creative – but the means to the end are the same. It is key to educate buyers and sellers as to what they can expect throughout the process, and what they need to do to be ready to buy or sell in the market in which they find themselves.”

From organizing to packing and everything in between, Holden has a great respect for the many complicated parts of buying and selling a home. “I love putting people together with the things they want,” she shares. “I love wearing many hats and being in the position to share my knowledge and expertise with clients, including my contacts for contractors and service providers. One of the reasons I chose Janet McAfee is that I strongly identified with its philosophy of legendary service and personal integrity. ‘Simply … superior service’ – that is how I do business.”

Contact Susan Cox Holden at 314-503-3345 (direct), 314-983-2210 (office) or online at

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