Accredited Buyer Representative
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T Washington
History & Home Life
Since August 2004, Tobi has been a licensed Realtor®, certified as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR). In December of 2012, Tobi accepted her current position to work with Lauer Realty Group and she is in the top 5% of all Realtors in South Central Wisconsin.
Tobi excels in working with first time buyers and delights in helping new friends catch their dreams of buying and selling in the greater Madison market. Tobi has sold homes in all price ranges from starter homes to high-dollar estate properties, from downtown condominiums to quaint farmette properties. Tobi’s business mostly generates from referrals and repeat clients, which mean the world to her. It is of utmost importance to provide excellent service in order to earn their trust, referrals and repeat business. Clients appreciate her flexibility, great sense of humor, low-pressure sales, patience, ability to listen and hear what a client wants, negotiation and analytic skills, and her ability to accurately price and market a home. Tobi isn’t a realtor’s realtor if that makes sense; she strives to help folks achieve their dreams and have fun while doing it.
Tobi graduated with honors from UW Oshkosh with a BS in Education. She moved to Madison in 1998, taught Middle School and coached various sports until she decided to pursue Real Estate in 2004, always keeping in mind the importance of education and team building.
Currently she is an avid exerciser participating in various charity runs. She’s a mom of 2 beautiful rescue dogs, Wilbur & Opie, and has teamed up with Minh not only in her professional life but also her personal life! Keep your eyes open for Tobi Silgman around town; you won’t be able to miss her contagious smile and compassionate nature.
Silgman Real Estate Team
Tobi and Minh are dedicated to making every real estate interaction enjoyable and seamless! Minh brings a fresh pair of eyes having worked in the trades for over 15 years to Tobi’s over 15 years of real estate experience. You will always find them out in the community volunteering; building tiny homes for the homeless or working the Goodman Center Thanksgiving drive and dedicating countless hours to their community, the environment, the humane society and supporting local music. You will also inevitably bump into them supporting all of Madison’s summer festivals! They both have a love of food and you can find them dining in some of their favorite spots like Himal Chuli, Lao Laan Xang, and Salvatore’s or if you are lucky they will cook for you! They have a love of travel, the excitement of new experiences and meeting new people. The Silgman Real Estate Team is built on fun loving, compassionate and supportive relationships. When you hire Tobi and Minh you are not just getting some of the best realtors around, you are getting friends for life!
What Clients Say
“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.
“Working with Minh and Tobi was such a pleasure. I was a very needy costumer and they never dropped the ball. The house sold as soon as it went on the market, in large part to their knowledge and experience. When we needed to look at homes they gave up time whenever we needed and worked around our busy schedule. We probably looked at over 30 homes before finding the perfect one. Thanks for all your ongoing help and support Minh and Tobi. If you are selling, buying or both these two are the only ones you need to work with in realty.” Keith K
“Our family interviewed three different realtors before choosing to list our home with Tobi from Lauer. Tobi’s kindness and competence immediately put her above every other person we had considered. She put our listing needs first and always went the extra mile. The Lauer team was phenomenal. Ever person we worked with (interior designer, photographer, office manager, etc.) was superb. I can’t speak highly enough about Tobi and her team. We give them our HIGHEST recommendation!” -Marissa R