2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award
The Lauer Realty Group, formerly Liz Lauer & Associates, has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
“Only about 5 percent of the Real Estate companies in Madison, Wisconsin area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
2014 Trulia Awards
The Lauer Realty Group, formerly Liz Lauer & Associates, has received two 2014 awards from Trulia, reflecting a high quality of business and successful transactions that we strive for. These badges reflect an exemplary year of service which we provide our clients on a daily basis. Our successes could not have happened without the motivation of our future clients, the love of our past clients, and the faith of our current clients.
Thank you to all our clients and friends, as well as the other professionals such as Lenders and Title Companies that are just as determined to get our clients the best and smoothest deals possible.
“The Best of Trulia list represents the highest-ranked, most successful agents on Trulia based on client reviews and ratings and 2014 sales.”
“REAL Trends is the undisputed leader in ranking the performance of residential real estate services firms, agents, and teams in the U.S. These annual, production based rankings rank the top brokerages, agents and teams by their transaction sides and dollar sales volume. Due to requirement of independent verification, REAL Trends is the trusted source for information about the performance of these residential real estate services firms, agents, and teams.”
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What our clients say
“We worked directly with Liz Lauer to find and purchase our first home. It took us some time to learn what we liked or not, and she was really patient during the whole process, which took almost a year. We never felt she was rushing us, in spite of being so popular as a realtor. She is really friendly and opinionated, which helped us greatly since we had no experience in houses. All the staff from her office is amazing too. We greatly recommend her!” – Delia T.
“Awesome, Very Professional and Prompt. Lead me through the process of selling my house by myself. Explained the process and went above and beyond from beginning to end.” – Lois F.
“I initially spoke with Rachel regarding purchasing a house. She specializes as a buyer’s agent and suggested I talk with Liz Lauer regarding the sale of my condo. I met with Liz and she was well prepared for the meeting. She had provided research regarding condo sales around my area and provided a suggested starting price. She gave me ideas on how to stage the condo for showings. She explained her marketing campaign and discussed the housing forecast. I felt very confident that she could sell my condo for close to the asking price. Shortly before I met with her, I had been contacted by a buyer to see my condo that was listed as Make Me an Offer on Zillow.com. I ended up receiving an offer from this buyer. I had planned on listing with Liz if the buyer did not make an offer on the condo.” – Jennifer M.
“Hi Liz, Just sending a quick note to say I found our listing on Realtor.com, and it looks great! Your photos capture the house in it’s best light, and your description hits all the right chords. I’d buy the house again!! :-)” – Adam
“Liz helped my husband and I purchase our first home. We could not have had a better experience. She taught us a ton about real estate and home ownership while also making looking at homes enjoyable. After a long day of seeing homes, we weren’t overwhelmed or exhausted because we liked spending time with Liz. Her love for houses is obvious, she is extremely knowledgeable, and her negotiating ability made it possible for us to buy our home. In all of my interactions with her staff I found them to be professional and warm. I recommend Liz and her agency wholeheartedly and without reservation.” – Kira and Maxfield
Click here to read Holly’s referral. Although all our customer’s referrals and comments are equally important and meaningful, hers was exceptionally lengthy and detailed, to which we dedicated a blog spot towards.
“We had a very difficult home to sell due to its uniqueness during the housing crisis and it was designed for a couple. After a year and half on the market and two realtors the house had not sold. Liz was recommended to us as a realtor because she sold our friends condo after 2 years on the market. After we decided to go with Liz our home sold within 7 days during the month of January. What made Liz different than the others is that she knows how to market a home different than the other realtors we had used and had interviewed. She is both innovative and understands real estate. Since this time, Liz has sold our friend’s condo and a friend’s home. The sales, like ours where within a month of the place on the market. There are many realtors, but after experiencing the sale of 2 homes and a variety of realtors, I would say Liz is the most professional and knowledgeable realtor who wehad success with.” – Elizabeth K.
“Liz and her team could not have done a more stellar job for me. Early on I was very eager to get a house, and Liz did a great job of reeling me in and made sure that I did not pay too much for a house, even though she could have made a quick commission and moved on to another client. She was CLEARLY always looking out for the best interest of the client. She was always very honest about providing feedback, both positive and negative, about any houses we would look at. It was so wonderful having an agent who I could trust 100% start to finish for the whole project. Liz and her team were true professionals: prompt, honest, responsive, and eager to help in every way. Liz has a motto on her website that says “the last realtor you will ever need.” I could not have said it better myself. She and her team do live up to their reputation as being one of the very top realtors in Madison. ” – Laurie O.
“Basically Liz listed and sold my mother’s house for us but that doesn’t begin to describe what all she and her staff did to make the process quick and painless for us. The house was in need of a little TLC to prep it for market so Liz contacted and scheduled wood and vinyl flooring, painting, chimney repair, radon remediation and plumbing work. They prepared extremely attractive brochures for people touring the house to pick up and listed it in every possible location I could think of. When a neighbor alerted me to a possible Craigslist rental scam using Mom’s house I called Liz and found they already knew about it and had taken care of having the fraudulent ad taken down. I couldn’t be happier with the professional service Liz and her staff provided! Made a very busy and stressful time in my life much easier to deal with. Without question I’d recommend Liz and her staff to anyone looking to sell their house.” – Charles B.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Liz Lauer to sell a house and purchase another. I have also referred several friends to her and everyone has been as delighted as I. For the first time ever I have someone I think of as “my realtor”. Liz really knows what she’s doing. I’ve bought and sold about 10 houses over the years and Liz Lauer has been – by far! – the best realtor I’ve worked with. She knows the market, timing, and what to expect. Liz was able to sort through a lot of information and focus on our needs and preferences very quickly. Liz is a professional, but there’s so much more going on with her that makes her stand out from other realtors. Her instincts are spot on and she’s a great advocate. You’ll never wonder if Liz is following up or if you’re on her radar. She’s in touch, very organized, and I’ve always felt like a priority for her. Her focus is amazing! She makes it seem easy, even though, of course, she was working with several other people at the same time. Liz makes it look seamless and relaxed and that you have every bit of her attention and concern. On top of that, she’s smart, funny, and wonderfully connected with people and the community. Liz clearly loves her work and it’s infectious. Buying and selling houses can be really stressful. Do it with Liz Lauer and the entire process of looking, offers, counter offers, inspections, paperwork, and closing will go like a dream.” – Karen V.
“You will be in very good hands with Liz Lauer. She and her team know the city, market, houses… and they know people. What I’ve most appreciated about Liz and her team is their multi-faceted understanding of all aspects of realty. This is very, very rare. Many realtors don’t actually understand the mechanics of houses. Liz and her team do. Many realtors don’t actually understand the math around financing. Liz and her team do. This is critical! Finally, Liz and her team understand that buying and selling a house is really part of the life/living process. They stick with people, help them and guide them. I’ve bought and sold many houses. I’ll only use Liz Lauer and Associates. Good luck!”
“We had a very positive experience; Liz’s knowledge of local neighborhoods was critical in helping us locate a place that was perfect for our new family. Liz also guided us through the negotiation and purchase phase, making the entire process as painless as possible. We also appreciated how easy it was to get in touch with Liz — and she was available anytime we had a question. We would certainly recommend her to our friends and family in the future.” – John O.
“Liz has helped me buy two houses and sell one, and I’ve referred several people to her. A coworker I referred to Liz was very grateful for the reference and spoke very highly of Liz’s work. No doubt that referral put me in great standing with this work peer. I found Liz’s professionalism to be outstanding and bar-setting for her field. She has great integrity and tact, is always punctual and flexible, and has always been tenacious in working for my best interests. If I ever leave the area, I’ll likely have to search long and hard to find a better agent. Liz is truly an asset to the community and a personal resource beyond the requirements of her role as a Buyer Agent.” – Chris M.
“Liz has helped us a lot in finding the right house in the right neighborhood for us. She was never too pushy, as we had experienced with other agents in the past. She was very resourceful through the entire search phase. Finally, during the closing period, she was especially there for us, when we needed her input a few times a day to settle the deal.” – Ortrun K.
“Liz is wonderful to work with. Personable, professional, humble, and very education-oriented. She is a great listener, and she is vigilant at keeping your wants/needs in mind (even when you forget yourself). We looked at a lot of homes with Liz, and we never felt judgment or pressure from her rush a decision or go against our goals. If you’re in the market for an agent, go with Liz… you’ll be really happy you did.” – Nick W.
“Working with Liz is stress-free for me; because of her reliability, outstanding communication skills and expertise, she has earned my complete confidence. Not only does she have everything covered, it’s a pleasure to work with her!” – Jean F.
“Listened to what each of our needs were in a new house and kept a positive attitude in what’s a difficult market. She gave us confidence and it’s all worked out better than we had ever imagined.” – Rachel & Abu
“Liz worked tirelessly to identify the prospects most likely to have interest in a property like ours. We tried without success in a down market to sell our home ourselves, but when we turned to Liz, she sold our property in about two months. This was a considerable accomplishment because there were lots of sellers and few buyers at the time. The transaction went smoothly on all accounts. We can recommend Liz without hesitation.” – Dean & Martha B.
Dear Liz, Thank you very much for the excellent service you provided pertaining to the purchase of our new home and sale of our previous home. Overall, we enjoyed a very smooth progression of events. Your experience, thorough work, and patient explanations assured us of a successful process. Your friendliness, kind attitude and personal touch made the process human. Our most sincere appreciation to you, Liz.” – Gene and Kathryn
“Liz Lauer came highly recommended by a good friend of mine when we moved to Madison from out of state last year. We could not have been happier with our home buying experience with Liz! We started looking 3 months before we expected to move and she always made us feel like our time was important. She met with us over a holiday weekend, spending most of one day driving us around and showing us properties. With Liz we found and bought our new home in just two short trips to Madison! Her expertise in the Madison area helped us to quickly hone in on exactly where we wanted to live. She was always willing to look in depth at properties and explain the differences in the structural style, the pros and cons of the neighborhood, schools, and surrounding areas, etc. From start to finish, Liz worked tirelessly for us. She often worked at night discussing the tedious details of the contract and negotiating a fair price with what proved to be a very difficult seller. Her knowledge of comparable home sales in the area as well as her keen ability to find solutions enabled us to buy our dream home while staying within our budget. Liz is down to earth, funny, caring, and really works to get to know her clients. She not only asked us about our wants and needs in a home, but also asked us about ourselves to get a better feel for how to help us find our ideal neighborhood and home. If I had a question, Liz usually had the answer and if not, she knew exactly who to call to find out. But most importantly, she was always available to help and put my mind at ease whether via email, text, phone call, or in person. In addition to Liz and the amazing work she did for us, she has surrounded herself with a high quality team of experts to help in all aspects of the buying process. She was able to make recommendations for all areas including mortgage brokers, home inspectors, painters, etc. I will DEFINITELY use Liz Lauer for all of my future real estate needs. I continue to recommend her to everyone I know regardless of whether they are buying or selling a home. She was with us every step of the way, doing everything she could to make the entire home buying experience as stress free as possible. Liz Lauer is one of a kind and truly the best Realtor in Madison!” Holly L.
“I was recently recruited to join the staff in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health. Liz Lauer was referred to me from her relocation department to help my partner and I find residence in Madison. We both found Liz to be extremely pleasant to work with, very resourceful and very helpful. She was able to quickly learn by talking with us the kind of neighborhood and house that we were looking for. She also was able to help us facilitate our transition to Madison quite well. I have recommended Liz to other friends and collegues who moved to Madison.” Bruce
“Liz Lauer sold my house in the first weekend we listed it. She had two buyers immediately and we picked one to make the deal. She had more people lined up but we didn’t need to show it. I was very pleased with her efforts and attitude both toward me and the potential buyer.” Eleanor C.
“Liz helped me buy my first home. I relied on her to make sure all the details were taken care of – I would have been lost without her! She worked diligently to find homes that fit my top criteria, and was tactfully candid with me regarding how my ideal home matched up with my actual budget. In the end, I found a place that was perfect for me! I will definitely seek her help again.” Liz S.
“Liz was fantastic! I’ve never met a Realtor like her, and I was so impressed by her ability to assess our needs without ever being pushy. I appreciated her promptness, her frankness and her friendly attitude.” Tenaya & Carl
“Liz went above and beyond our expectations. She was extremely knowledgeable, sincere and honest. We really felt she was taking our interests to heart and helped us find the perfect home. We have already recommended her to friends and will continue to recommend her!” Cedar & Anne
“We had a short window to make our first visit to the Madison area to search for a new home. Tobi cleared much of her schedule to be able to help us. With pre-coordination before our arrival, in the first two days of our visit, Tobi was able to show us a variety of houses in areas that suited our needs. She listened to what we were wanting, and although the number of houses that fit the bill was limited, gave us good options. We were able to find a house we liked, pay it a second visit and put in an offer by day 3. Tobi was very helpful pointing out features of a house that we might have overlooked. She also was good at explaining the Madison area housing market, and the characteristics of the various Madison neighborhoods. She was there for us during our walk-throughs and closing. She made the whole process uncomplicated and enjoyable. We were impressed with her knowledge of not only the existing home market but the builders as well. We ended up confidently buying a new home in a great neighborhood and are looking forward to our new life in Madison. We would recommend her to any friend looking to buy in the Madison area.” – William O.
“My brother and I were so fortunate to find Liz Lauer’s agency. We worked with Tobi Silgman, who was a font of knowledge about both the house buying process and the Madison neighborhoods. We were moving two houses from out of state. Tobi took on this daunting task and went above and beyond to make it not just possible, but easy. She scouted houses for us with her video camera, gave us honest opinions, and arranged everything we needed before we even got to town. Not only that, but she shared some of the best music venues and restaurants in town, giving us a head start when we actually arrived. We are both extremely pleased with the services we received from the Liz Lauer agency!” – September 2014
“Tobi was and is awesome. She was extrememly responsive. She was proactive in finding houses and neighborhoods that were in our range. She’s friendly and knows Madison so well. We couldn’t believe how seamless the process was with her. I highly recommend working with Tobi.” – Dana
“Can’t say enough about how great Tobi was from Day 1 through the close (and after). Tobi and we were connected randomly after inquiring about a home (on very short notice), but we completely lucked out. From the start, Tobi agreed to meet us twice in one day (my wife couldn’t join the first showing) and met us on a Sunday morning so that our offer was timed appropriately with open house and the buyer’s planned review of offers. Her recommendations always proved to be on point. She very patiently walked us through the whole offer process, inspection process, closing process and was even a resource after closing turning us on to the best service providers in our new neighborhood. I’m sure we were difficult clients as first time homebuyers with little real estate exposure, but Tobi made the process easy and was very helpful, kind and downright cheery through the whole process. You cannot go wrong with Tobi and we emphatically recommend her whatever your real estate needs.” – Rob B.
“Tobi Was great to work with. She is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the home buying process, which was especially important to me as a first-time home buyer. She is also extremely efficient; she scheduled six or seven showings in one evening after I got out of work and we saw them all within two hours. It was a good selection of houses, and the next day I made an offer on one of them. After the seller accepted my offer, Tobi worked with my lender to make sure the processing of my loan happened on schedule. The turnaround between the accepted offer and the closing date was tight, and the lender was taking a worrying amount of time processing everything. Since this was my first time through the process, I was particularly unsure of what to expect, and I was concerned the loan wouldn’t go through in time. Having Tobi to prod the lender into working more quickly was definitely reassuring, and I think that without her persistence in following up with both my lender and the seller things may not have worked out as smoothly. Finally, her expertise in writing the offer saved me a ton of money in closing costs. Tobi was recommended to me by a friend, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone else in the market to buy a house.” – AJ F.
“Tobi was extremely helpful and patient. She put up with all of our questions and lead us through every step of the home-buying process. Her negotiating skills helped us to get the home we wanted for the price we wanted. We would highly recommend her services if purchasing a home in Dane County.” – October 2014
“As first time home buyers, Tobi was a wonderful choice for us. She was extremely patient and always took the time to answer our questions, allay our fears, and help us better understand the home buying process. She was incredibly responsive and always went above and beyond to work around our schedule as we were looking at homes and writing offers. I always felt like she was being honest with us and had our best interests in mind. And she is a ton of fun! I have to admit I was a little sad when we finally closed on our house because it meant we would see a lot less of her. I highly recommend Tobi to anyone looking to buy a home in Madison.” – November 2014
“My husband and I weren’t exactly sure what we were looking for in our first home, but Tobi helped us find our perfect fit. By getting to know us personally, from a financial, lifestyle, and personal tastes vantage, Tobi was able to make suggestions that resonated with us. We were pleasantly surprised how relatively stress-free the process was. We ended up closing on a home within a handful of weeks after starting looking with Tobi. She is an expert on the Madison area and I would highly recommend her.” – Natalie O.
“We moved from out of state to the Madison area without much knowledge of the area. My husband and I went through two agents who were very lacking and were searching for someone we could trust. We found Tobi through recommendations and so glad we did. She was extremely knowledgeable of the area and just an overall great agent. She gave great advice on the Wisconsin market and worked with us to find the perfect home for our family. We have worked with numerous agents in different states and we found Tobi to be one of the very best. I would highly recommend her to any one looking for a home in the Madison area.” J. K.
“Rachel made buying our first home an unforgettable experience. Her enthusiasm and optimistic outlook made our search fun and easy. Rachel listened closely to what we were looking for in a house, and her knowledge helped us target exactly what we wanted. She was willing to go out of her way to make sure we did not settle for something that did not fit us. Once we found our house, her understanding and explanation of the closing process helped alleviate many of our concerns. Our entire home buying experience was better than we could have hoped for and almost all of the credit goes to Rachel. The only negative aspect is, now that we have found our dream home, we no longer get to see Rachel on a regular basis!” -Amy and Mike
“Rachel has been patiently working with us for to find our next house on the near east side of Madison. We greatly appreciated that she would only tell us about houses that truly met our must haves (or could be added). We often asked to houses that looked great on the outside only to find out they were sorely lacking in features. Rachel communicates very well, is very knowledgeable, and fun to work with. We finally found our dream house outside of our ideal area, which she tactfully told us on occasion. She helped with our offer and counter offer, and really sold us to the current owners that we would be great stewards of this home they really love.”
“It’s been a year and a half since we moved in to our wonderful home and we still talk about what a great experience we had with Rachel. (Seriously!). She was so knowledgeable and patient with us as first time home buyers, and not pushy at all. Rachel has lots of knowledge about homes on a budget, and what can be easily fixed versus avoided at all costs, and we really appreciated all her tips. The entire process was a great experience and we felt supported by Rachel & the entire Liz team during every step of the way. As a couple in our 20’s, Rachel gave us the tools to search on our own online as well as selecting homes for us to tour. We really enjoyed being able to choose which houses to visit – and had fun touring them with her! The most important part to us was how honest Rachel was to us. It was clearly apparent that she really cared that we were in the right house, in the right neighborhood, for the right price. (And in the end, we couldn’t be happier!).” -TL and Dale
“Rachel helped us buy our first home. She made the experience as stress free as possible. She was very knowledgeable and wasn’t going to let us settle. She was great about listening to what we wanted in a home as well as helping us determine how to prioritize our wish list. I would recommend Rachel as an agent!” – Kasey S.
“We were purchasing our first home and Rachel helped us navigate the process, all the while helping us find a home that was right for us. She quickly learned what ‘our style’ was. Rachel also was quick to ask ‘tough’ questions of the seller to get to the bottom of potential issues such as outdated or underperforming utilities in the house (old, leaking water heater, outdated furnace, etc.). She was also amazing with our then 1.5yr old (who adored her) which made viewing multiple houses in a morning with toddler manageable! If we had it to do over again, Rachel would be our first call, hands down.” – Dave L.
“Rachel was referred to us by a friend since we were new to Madison and clueless about all of the different neighborhoods and the home buying process in general. Rachel is very down to earth, honest (pointing out pros/cons in a home), helpful (even with our little kids we brought along everywhere), and very knowledgeable. It is obvious she really enjoys all aspects of the home buying process from the first meeting to the home inspections. She isn’t just looking for a quick sale – she wants to take the time to find the right home for her clients regardless of budget.” – Jill B.
“My husband and I were referred to Rachel through friends of ours who had a very positive experience with her. We had tried to buy once before and had an absolutely awful experience with a different agent, so we were scared to try again. We were more than pleased with the absolutely fantastic job she did! Rachel made herself available for showings, emails and phone calls when we had questions and was very honest with us. She helped us get past that first time buyer idealism and really look at houses that were affordable, practical and in neighborhoods we liked. We really appreciated all the time she took with us and won’t hesitate to recommend her to friends and family looking to buy in the area.” – Angela
“My husband and I began looking at houses online and knew it was time to find a realtor. We were connected with the Liz Lauer agency through a listing on Trulia. They recommended Rachel to us as a buyers agent. We were so happy she was recommended to us. This was to be our second home purchase, but our first one did not go so well. Rachel was everything that realtor wasn’t. She was very honest and responsive. She answered any questions and helped calm any concerns we had. She has a lot of knowledge about the area and was an expert at negotiation and explaining the whole process to us. I feel like she was always looking our for our best interests and on our side, not just out to make a quick sale. She really made the process fun and painless. I would recommend her to anyone needing a realtor.” – Diann B.
“We had an outstanding experience working with Mark! He was very approachable and easy to work with. We were selling a home on Madison’s near east side, and Mark helped me prioritize my list of “to-do’s” to focus on the things that were going to give us the most return on our investment. He advised to skip a couple of time consuming activities that I thought needed to be done and instead helped me focus on what would matter most to potential buyers. To me, this was such a huge help. The photographs Mark took of the house were gorgeous, and I was so pleased and impressed with the portfolio he put together. We did an open house the first weekend it was listed, and we had 3 offers by the end of the weekend! Amazing! He was very helpful guiding us through all of the pieces of the process as well. The house sold faster than we were expecting, and Mark helped us find a great house in a neighborhood we were interested in. He was a very helpful during the bidding process and ensured that we were getting what we wanted. We love our new home! My sincerest gratitude goes to Mark for everything he did to make this happen for us. I would recommend him to family and friends without hesitation”
“A shout out to Mark Gladue who has not only been our Realtor but also has become a good friend. We first got to know him when he was our buyers agent when we bought our house in Deerfield. So when it came to putting our house on the market there was no question as to who would represent our home and we specifically requested that Cartus allow Mark be our agent in the process. Mark recommended to us as to how we should show the house he then took great photos, listed it on Wednesday evening December 17, showed the house on Sunday December 21st during a Packer game no less and then received two offers from that showing on Tuesday morning December 23. Result – our home sold in less than six days on the market! We were stunned to say the least! So if any of you know someone who needs a buyers agent or need to sell their home in the Dane county region Mark is your guy. Thanks much Mark! Also thanks for the recommendation of our buyers agent down here in Austin! Chris has been doing an excellent job for us.” Jeff & Janice W.
“Mark was awesome in helping me to sell my home, which was admittedly in not great shape. He was so helpful that I had an acceptable offer with four days of the initial listing.”
“Mark was instrumental in helping us buy our first house 5 years ago and our new house. In both instances, it was his research and perseverance that got the deals done. The house we just bought was a short-sale with Chase. We had heard horror stories about short sales lasting for months and Chase being a particularly difficult lender to deal with. Mark cut through all the red tape and helped us get our dream home for a price we loved. He continued to make sure all the details were perfect, right up to the closing. If you have a chance to work with Mark, I strongly recommend that you do!” Annonymous
“Mark was great to work with, everything he did was to help me find a home that I would love and in my budget. In the end the house that I purchased is exactly what I was looking for and then some. We only needed to look at a few homes for me to find the one I was looking for because he sent me numerous listings to help identify precisely what I was looking for in a home. I would recommend him to anyone because he made this process as easy and pain free as it can be.” – Josh H.
“Mark Gladue is a very experienced, friendly, and professional realtor. He helped me to purchase my first home and to sell it five years later. He was very patient showing me homes that spanned the gambit because I was unsure of what I wanted. I highly recommend him!” – Matthew G.
“We were so lucky to make a connection to Mark and work with him. He knows the Monona market so incredibly well, both as a resident himself and Realtor in the Madison-area. Additionally, his aesthetic and personality were a perfect fit to ours–easy going, energetic, very responsive and funny! We always recommend him and we’d use him again if we were to move, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon!” – Jocelyn V.
“Mark was incredibly helpful. My home was in poor shape and he gave great advice for selling it at a fair price. The result was that I had an acceptable offer within 4 days of listing. He was also timely in his help after the initial acceptance right through to the closing.” – Steve
“Mark is an excellent man, he’s not “realtory”, he listens and cares and makes the buying and selling experience as enjoyable as it possibly can be. He’s got excellent negotiating skills and people skills and I feel like I can’t even say enough about how much you should work with him. He’s very easy to communicate with and puts the time in – call him now.” – Natalie & Mike
“Mark has helped me buy and sell 2 homes. He has sold both my homes for a good price in a very short time. I love working with Mark because he is patient and very responsive; always available by phone and accommodating for showing properties on short notice. He is really knowledgable about Madison and surrounding neighborhoods and it was fun looking at properties with him. I recommend him to everyone I know that is buying or selling a home.” – Megan
“Andrea was the BEST! Very good at determining what our needs/wants were and never made us feel like we were being pressured into a decision. Genuinely made us feel like she cared about finding us the right home – in fact trusted her so much that in the end we made the offer on the home we ultimately purchased site unseen because she is just that good!” – Martie B.
“I have worked with many Realtors over the years and without a doubt Andrea is the best! The property I purchased was in a different state from my current residency. Andrea protected my interests from the offer to the closing. At times, I was unsure of exactly how to proceed and she supplied the expertise needed to guide me in the right direction. Andrea’s abilities and knowledge of the Madison market will make any home purchase a smooth and positive experience.” – Diane
“This was my first home buying experience so I was not that savvy in my assessment of each property. I had to look at a ton of houses before I started to feel comfortable with what was feeling right to me. Andrea was very patient and stuck with us on our lengthy search. She was always very prompt responding to our calls and emails and made herself readily available for showings. She was honest with her opinions of the properties we saw and kept our priorities in mind. She got us in to see the home we purchased just before it went on the market which was critical in the competitive downtown area we were looking in. I really enjoyed working with Andrea and would definitely use her again in the future.” Michelle W.
“As a first time home buyer I didn’t know what to expect, but was glad to have found Andrea Davitt, who truly was a professional dedicated to assisting clients to the best of her abilities. In any industry, it is seldom that you come across a professional that truly cares about their clients which made working with Andrea even better! It’s evident that Andrea is passionate about knowing her marketplace, and I believe that she constantly educates herself to expand her knowledge and stay on top of the ever-changing marketplace. I valued all of her insights as she was showing me homes. I highly recommend Andrea, I am confident you will be pleased with not just her abilities . . . but the results she produces.” – A.A.
“We really appreciated your help during our search for a home and we thought you did a great job listening to both of us and steering us in the right direction. We also really appreciated your educating us on important things to look for inside a home (we didn’t know anything about furnaces, for example). ” – M.G.
“As first time home buyers, we could not have appreciated Andrea’s enthusiasm, flexibility and responsiveness more! She was great from start to finish and walked us through everything so we could understand it. She was incredibly energetic from the moment we met her and was willing to take whatever approach we wanted. I felt as though she was always in our corner, working with us to get what we wanted. We will definitely recommend Andrea to my family and friends who are looking to purchase a home.” – L.T.
“My husband and I just closed on our house just a few days ago and unfortunately the sellers were a nightmare from the offer to the close, but Andrea did a wonderful job mediating. She was very proactive in answering all our questions and contacting the listing agent to address all our concerns. We looked at around 16 homes before we settled on ours and Andrea was willing to meet us at odd hours and days; we also didn’t have to wait more than 36 hours to get into a house to look at it. All in all, Andrea made our home buying experience a pleasurable one and we will never forget how hard everyone worked to make our home a reality.” Thank you again, M and A J.
“We would both like to express our extreme pleasure with our experience working with Andrea. You have been incredibly helpful and patient working with us. I am amazed that you all were available virtually any hour of the day, and how quickly things are being done. I’m still flabbergasted at the fact that that 8:45 pm we decided to put an offer in, and by 9:45 that same night the sellers agent had the offer in hand. I’ve never worked with a real estate office before, and in the back of my head I figured it would be like working with a combination of lawyers and car salesmen…you all dispelled that idea, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with you and your office again.” G.T.
“H. and I were celebrating this week our first year as homeowners and were talking about how you were such a blessing in our life. So we decided to share some of the photos of the before and afters during this year of intense work. We have done every single thing by ourselves and you would never imagine how much I have learned about homeownership. Hope you enjoy.Blessings for you and your family and thank you very much for your excellence.” H. and Y.
“My experience of working with Andrea was wonderful. She went above and beyond to make the whole process go smoothly and make me feel at ease.” – J.O
“Our first contact with Jackie started off with “We have 72 hours to purchase a condo before packing up and moving from Madison to Sedona, AZ.” Although this might have put off other agents, it did not dissuade Jackie. We had sold our house on the near west side of Madison and had come back to monitor the loading of the moving truck with 72 hours left, my partner found a condo on the lake on the near east side of Madison we wanted to purchase. Jackie was quick to inform us that the unit was already under contract but thought someone in her office had mentioned a family member was thinking of selling another unit in the very same building. With that, Jackie arranged for a showing that same day and was fantastic at meeting our needs of getting everything in place within our tight time frame. She did not once hesitate, always explaining the next couple steps so we knew what to expect and when. I don’t know if she can always pull this sort of “rabbit out of a hat” but she sure did for us. She did this with a caring, well-informed and guiding attitude. We could not help but like her. I highly recommend Jackie Brown without hesitation and would seek her services should we need an agent again in the future.” Christopher W & Gary G
“I had no idea what to expect in buying a first home. Jackie explained the processes involved in a way that I could understand, always educated and honest in her answers to my questions. With the specific preferences I had for build and location, Jackie helped me become familiar with the market options. She addressed all my concerns and questions until I found a home that I was happy with. Jackie is a pleasure to work with, caring and professional, and I am grateful to have had her help navigating the complex processes of buying a home.” Jacqueline G.
“I was relocating to another town and Jackie was very helpful in giving information about neighborhoods and features. She listened to what I wanted for my family and showed me appropriate homes. I was a bit of a difficult client because I kept changing my mind on criteria. She was very knowledgeable about the whole process of buying. She was also friendly and patient as I asked to view so many homes. I am very happy with the results. Thanks Jackie!” Carol N.
“I want to say thank you to Jackie for helping us find our forever home!” Stephanie N.
“Jackie helped me through the entire process of buying my first home and she was great. From helping me decide whether it made sense to buy to answering many questions even a few months after buying my home. She was also patient, encouraging and so very helpful. She listened to my needs as well as my concerns and I ended up with the perfect starter home.”
“Ben provided true leadership while displaying negotiating skills and industry experience that made the difference. We worked together for a client to complete a challenging purchase with a lot of back-and-forth with the sellers. It was obvious very early Ben cares for his clients’ best interests while accommodating all parties involved–lender, seller, listing agent, Home Inspector, etc. It takes a leader like Ben to find “win-win” solutions.” – TJ S.
“Ben Anton is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He puts his client’s interests first. And that is a refreshing change in the highly competitive real estate business.” Jim Yeadon, Real Estate Attorney
“Ben came through for me like no other agent in town could have when I needed a house a year ago. He understood where I was coming from, advised me wisely, and treated me like I was a high roller. Highly recommended.” – Stephen J.
“Ben Anton is personable, reliable, and compassionate. I very much enjoyed working with him and look forward to my next opportunity.” Jen Yakimicki-Guimond, Director of Sales Hilton Garden Inn
“Ben was recommended to me by some of my closest friends, after he helped them sell their condo for what they were asking in a ridiculously bad market. He helped me buy my first house and never seemed to tire of my endless opinions (fireplaces are not worth paying for!). When the deal threatened to go south, Ben saved the day with his amazing smarts and negotiating skills. Ben is often described as a straight shooter and that’s exactly what I needed from him when I was buying. His extensive personal experience in buying and renovating properties is priceless, since he can tell you exactly what it’ll take to re-build that deck or install new countertops. He has great connections throughout the Madison area–to home inspectors and mortgage brokers and guys that can install new carpet for you cheap. When you hire him, you’re getting incredible value from a man who truly loves Madison, loves helping people buy and sell, and is very good at it, to boot.” – Alison R.
“I am very comfortable recommending Ben to friends in need knowing they will have a great experience.” Lyle Anderson, Carillonneur
“Being a first time home buyer can be a very intimidating and confusing experience; Ben takes the time to make sure you understand everything that is going on and help you through every step- he was the perfect person to go through the process with. He is extremely involved in the community which gives him a unique perspective that not all realtors can offer. He knows that to some people, when you buy a home, the community you will be living in can be just as important as the house itself. Ben really cares to understand what his clients need and want in a property, and he will not be satisfied until he helps you find and purchase the perfect home. Ben helped us find our dream home and we could not be happier; but if we do ever want to look for a different house, Ben will be the only realtor we call.” – Ryan and Kelly
“When I sell my home, I am going to call Ben Anton. His broad base of knowledge allows me turn to him with any real estate or home ownership concern.” Ellen Sapega, Professor Spanish and Portuguese
“Working with Ben Anton has been a great experience. He was attentive to my needs and concerns at every point of the sale. He was just as quick to respond to my concerns after closing as he was before he had my listing.” James Mott, Electrician
“Ben Anton is a refreshing straight shooter in a field all too congested with phony ‘yes’ people. With an excellent understanding of real estate from all perspectives, Ben is like your trusted family mechanic in a pool of used car salespeople. Being well versed in both home construction and repair, he will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. I am a building contractor, and I cannot express what an incredible resource this in a real estate agent. You will receive an education on the many variables that are always a part of buying or selling a home. Most importantly, Ben is fantastic at keeping perspective and helping his client do the same. It’s beyond rewarding to keep focus on your dream home versus engaging in some thousand dollar pissing match that leaves everyone feeling icky. Ben understands that whether buying or selling, it’s about accomplishing your goal and to that end, he is just the partner you need- Agent, Contractor, Psychologist & Educator all under one cowboy hat! Ben Jones and family.” – Ben J.
“I frequently recommend Ben Anton to friends and colleagues. He is a friend and a resource that I can turn to for anything relating to real estate.” Jeff Kirsch, Author
“Home buying can be a stressful experience as stakes are high and emotions can lead to bad decisions. Couple that with buying in a seller’s market where supply couldn’t meet demand and you have a pretty difficult situation to work with. Ben understood what we wanted better than we did. Most houses were being sold within hours of listing, and as we became more and more desperate, he talked us out of putting an offer on a house we didn’t really like even though he could have sealed the deal and received his commission sooner. He ended up finding us a house that was not only better than what we wanted but it was cheaper than what we expected. His knowledge and expertise was very helpful during the negotiation process as well. Ben was also very responsive throughout our home search. He sent us listings as soon as they became available, responded to emails very timely, and was always available to meet and show us a house. He made us feel like we were his only customer! Overall, Ben is a great person to work with and a very good businessman. I would recommend him to anyone buying or selling a house and I plan on working with him in the future.” – Doroteia
“Ben was a big help at each step of the home buying process, from when we first met at a condo showing, to looking at duplexes, then single family homes, then back to duplexes. His knowledge of both the construction of homes and the financial side of things was invaluable.” – Ben N.
“Ben is no-nonsense; he understands the needs of the buyer and finds the perfect houses to consider. He’s a font of knowledge throughout the process, and well after.
He may even come over and help paint after you close.” And then… “Six years after closing, Ben is still an invaluable resource (and friend!) for this inexperienced homeowner, fielding questions about water heaters not staying lit and giving advice from a remote location. i won’t say that i will rely on him forever, but i might for a very long time.” – Bekee G.
“Ben Anton is a deal-maker. He helped me buy a home that I desperately wanted, but he made it happen without me doing anything stupid along the way. Ben helped me insist that the sellers make the repairs that were important to me, and he helped me to see the wisdom in accepting certain things so that we could close on the house at a price I could afford. Last spring I needed to sell a rental property. Ben helped me understand what repairs I should invest in before listing the property; he knew how to balance the cost and effort of fixing things up with the payoff it would bring in interesting buyers and keeping the sales price where I wanted, and needed, it to be. Ben was patient when necessary and moved quickly when things needed to happen. Once again, the Deal Maker came through, selling the house quickly and easily. If you want things to go well, work with Ben.” – Madeline G.
“Ben is a man of honesty and integrity who will tell you the truth of the matter, not just what you want to hear. He did a great job selling my near eastside home. His deep knowledge of the structure and mechanics of homes are a real asset that not many other realtors can bring to the table.” – Steve H.
“We chose to work with Ben initially because he was a friend from the neighborhood, but what we got was so much more. He didn’t push us to buy the first house we saw, and was more interested in helping us find the right house for us, rather than just making a quick sale. We were outside of his usual comfort zone, looking way out in the sticks of rural/suburban Dane county, but Ben came through with flying colors. Anyone looking for a friend to help them buy or sell a home could not find a better person. He will provide the professional expertise when it is needed, the friendly advice when it is wanted, and better service then could ever be expected. We have already recommended him to several others, at least one of which has also purchased through him already.” – Jason A.
“Whether you are selling or buying a house, go with Ben Anton. He helped us purchase our dream home on the eastside and sold our Northside home during the slowest month in real estate sales ever. Ben was fun and easy to work with and went the extra mile for us. He even made minor repairs to the home we were selling. Take the stress out of home buying/selling by working with the best!” – Tay T.
“I worked with Ben to find an income property on the near east side. He was great to work with. We looked at many properties and Ben’s advice was invaluable to me as we evaluated which property would work for me. He has continued to help me as I fix up the property and learn the ropes as a landlord. I highly recommend him whenever I can. Thanks, Ben!!!” – Dea L C
“My husband and I started looking for a duplex in the fall of 2010. The real estate agent we had used previously turned out to be very dishonest and soured us on real estate agents in general. So when we found Ben, we were happily surprised to find someone who was a straight-shooter — honest, super helpful, patient, knowledgeable and always on top of things. He is a gem in the field. With his help, we found something and closed in December. He has continued to help us even after the closing which always surprises people when I tell them. It is so nice to know that we have someone on our side who we can trust for any of our future real estate needs. Thanks Ben!!” – Michelle N.
“For first time home buyers who can get overwhelmed with the number of houses on the market and the differences between them, Ben really helped out. Ben kept a steady stream of prospects in front of us, helping us sort out the options. He is a wealth of knowledge and extremely hard working.” – Andrew B.
“Ben rocks. The experience of purchasing six homes over the years has, frankly, made me appreciate Ben’s uniqueness. Because I recently relocated to the area, I knew very little about it. However, from the beginning, Ben fully grasped my desires and matched them with the perfect house in an excellent location for me. But the story continues… As we were working the deal, there were many times when it could have fallen through. However, Ben’s diligence kept it moving forward to closing. Bottom line is he gets it, shoots straight and makes things happen. And I am a grateful recipient. Thank you Ben.” – Phil M.
“Ben’s work ethic is unparalleled and he is committed to meeting the needs of his clients. He helped me sell my house four years ago, and recently helped my husband’s family sell a home that had been in their family for more than 50 years. Ben was respectful and diligent in helping to spruce up a home that was in need of much cleaning and updating after my husband’s grandmother was moved to a nursing home. When Grandma died, Ben came to her funeral service. He’s not only a great real estate professional, he’s a pretty great human being.” – Jeanne K.
“As a first-time buyer that didn’t know more than what was aesthetically pleasing, Ben guided me through home-buying with effortless skill. He dealt with my numerous and frequent anxiety ridden emails with much patience, and shared a lot of worldly advice along the way. Additionally, he helped out with the many idiosyncrasies needed in getting the paperwork and inspections up to speed. I must say that what have could been a couple of headache inducing months, ended up being quite pleasurable. Thanks Ben!” – Heather C
“We are guessing that any number of real estate brokers can give you conventional wisdom…and a listing that lingers. We know from experience that Ben Anton is a real estate professional who cuts through the clutter and works hard with you to get your house sold. If you are looking for a lot of happy talk, call anyone. If you are looking for genuine movement – as either a buyer or a seller – call Ben.” – The Plourd family, Cottage Grove, WI