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“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 lot of questions and anxiety as a first time home buyer. Liz and her team were always there for us to answer any questions, big or small, and expertly guide us through the process of buying a house. Liz’s knowledge of Madison area housing market as well as her keen eye in noticing our needs was amazing. We loved that she helped to focus and prioritize what really mattered to us. We found a house perfect for us and will highly recommend Lauer Realty Group.” Amruta V
“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
“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
“We were two first time homebuyers. We had no clue where to start. Andrea was there for us the entire way. She answered every “I have no bloody idea” question and made sure to clue us in where we didn’t even know to ask. She is absolutely wonderful and took a great amount of care to ensure she knew exactly what we had in mind, even when we ourselves didn’t. I’d highly suggest working with her. She is great.” – G.G
“Andrea was very patient with us in helping us Nnd out Nrst home. She’s very communicative, prompt, and very knowledgeable. We would recommend Andrea to any one looking for a home in the Madison area.” Roi L
“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
“Ben is very knowledgeable and passionate about recognizing both the good and bad with any house. He is reliably able to explain what is good or bad about houses, rooms, wiring or plumbing after just a few minutes looking around. He is also on top of the market, and has a good idea what a given house should be going for.” Kevin S
“We loved working with Ben Anton. He listened closely to our goals, he never pushed us, and he could offer helpful advice on what might be an expensive fix, and what we could potentially handle ourselves. He made the whole process feel easier!” Carrie C
“Ben Anton did an incredible job helping me as a first-time home buyer. He explained the process in great detail, and I felt very well informed in the search for my first place. He came through all the way to the end, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.” Josh S
“Ben Anton provided the perfect combination of experience and advice to facilitate the sale of our SASY neighborhood home. We felt confident we were in good hands with Lauer Realty Group.” Lisa L.
“Asher is an outstanding agent! My husband and I could not have asked for better guidance. We were lifelong renters who were dreading the house-buying process. But not only did Asher answer all of our questions — and we had a lot — they actually made the search fun. I’m almost sad we found a home so quickly! I would highly recommend Asher for anyone looking to buy or sell. But they’re an especially good fit for first-time buyers. If we ever sell or buy a new home, Asher will be our first call.” -Keri W
“Asher was extremely helpful and guided us through the process as first time home buyers. In fact, Asher made the process seem easy and smooth and continued to keep us updated. We were able to have a stress-free introduction meeting with Asher to explain the process. Then, during the actual home-hunting period, Asher gave us details on each of the places we were looking at – including information that we couldn’t find online – so that we were prepared for the showings. In short, we highly recommend Asher to anyone looking for a home!” -Alex L & Dan J
“Asher is an amazing agent. We have bought and sold about 20 properties and she is the best agent we have ever had.”—Roderick P.
“Asher did an amazing job getting me into my new home! As a first time home buyer, I had no idea what to expect from the process, but Asher was with me every step of the way, explaining the process clearly so that I never felt left in the dark. She was in constant communication, and was a strong advocate, especially during pushback in negotiations. The process was painless, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Asher again (though not too soon–I love my new house too much!)”—Jane W.
“Asher is willing to go the extra mile. Asher is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about real estate. Would recommend Asher to all.” —Jane & Ronald D.
“It was an absolute delight working with Asher. She really let us explore and put in her knowledge whenever we had questions. It was really refreshing having her as our buying agent. She never pushed us into anything so it really gave both my wife and I peace of mind when going through houses that she wasn’t all about the money, instead it felt like she truly wanted to find a compatible home for us. She was never rude or snippy when we would take too long with certain areas and it was just an overall wonderful experience.”—Emily M. & Kyle H.
“Asher was the consummate professional, attentive and prompt in all correspondences. Thanks for everything! ”—Jay S. & Kathy D.
“Asher was an energetic and enthusiastic Realtor. Their comments were insightful and I really appreciated the hard work and dedication they put into helping us find our house. I felt completely informed throughout what is normally a confusing process, and I felt free to express any questions I had, no matter how small. Thanks Asher for helping us
find our first home!” —Jes L. & Andrew D.
“Asher was fantastic! They helped us find a great home and was quick to respond to any questions we had.”—Casey W. & Greta S.
“Very professional, friendly and hard-working.” -Jane & Ronald D.
“Asher was super helpful during our entire home buying process. From the beginning she helped us narrow down exactly what we were looking for in a house and went to countless showings with us. She responds to emails very quickly and answered every question we had. When we finally found our dream home she made the buying process seem simple. She negotiated with the sellers back and forth and got us the price we wanted. We would highly recommend working with Asher and we will definitely be working with her in the future if needed.” -Ashley R. & Sal D.
“Asher was great! My husband and I were first-time home buyers, and Asher explained everything clearly and made the home search and purchase process easy. We were searching in a tough buyer’s market, and we had fairly specific requirements for the home we wanted to purchase. Asher was extremely patient through many showings, was very friendly and approachable and understood what we were looking for, and in the end helped us find the perfect home. We highly highly recommend Asher!” -Myszka & Rhys L.
“Asher was an absolutely fantastic seller’s agent. Super understanding of how ridiculously busy my situation was, Asher‘s emails were extremely informative and always included to-do items if necessary or explicit “this is just for your information” if not so I knew immediately what I needed to do to get things moving.Asher took great initiative dealing with the few minor hiccups we encountered and gave very solid advice about the offers we received. It’s unfortunate that I’ve moved away from the area; I would work with Asher again without hesitation.” -Laura L.
“I really appreciated Asher‘s genuineness and her laid back style/personality. She really was interested in making sure my husband and I liked what she was showing us and didn’t push us into making a decision. The choice of the home was always up to us. She is amazing to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone.” -John & Megan R.
“Working with Asher was wonderful! My wife and I just bought our first house and working with Asher made the whole process so much easier for us. Asher always quickly and thoroughly answered any questions I had. And I ask a lot of questions! Asherwas flexible with appointments and showings. And they explained our options well with every house we looked at in case we wanted to move forward with an offer. Things went really quickly for us. We signed with Asher, got pre-approved by our lender, and three weeks later we had an accepted offer on a house with a closing date of exactly one month from then. We were able to get everything done- inspection, appraisal, fixes, everything- in time. I really appreciate Asher‘s knowledge and thoroughness, and their ability to explain all the paperwork and details so they made sense to us. Thanks!” -Kate & Avery F.
“As a first time home buyer Asher was there for me every step of the way. Asher was in constant contact with my mortgage person to make sure we were all on the same page. When it came time to close, Asher was right there with me. There was a problem with the contract but Asher had it worked out just before sitting at the table. I will use her services in the future and will recommend her to everyone I know.”- Tracy K.
“We loved working with Asher! She always maintained clear, quick communication, took time to get to know us and understand our wants and needs in the home buying process, and advocated for us on multiple occasions. Asher made it genuinely enjoyable to attend showings and open houses – whether we ended up liking the home or not. It was clear she had our best interest in mind, streamlining the process and making the more complex ins and outs as digestible as possible, which was important for us as first time home buyers. We learned so much by working with Asherand strongly recommend her insightful, personable service!” Liz L.
“I can’t even begin to say how awesome Asher is. As first time buyers who used a down payment assistance program to purchase our home, I can’t imagine going through the process with anyone else. They were helpful, reassuring, incredibly detail oriented, and beyond knowledgeable. There were a lot of different people/institutions involved in the process, and a lot of moving parts to keep track of, but Asher was the one we never ever had to worry about.” -Leah P. & Kris A.
“My spouse and I were first-time home buyers, and Asher was wonderful to work with. They were very patient with us early in the process as we waffled about what we could afford, and very helpful in explaining the overall process. It took a few months after our initial contact with them for us to truly be ‘ready’ to proceed, but once we set out price range, we were looking at homes in short order. In what was a much shorter time than we expected, our dream home appeared. Asher worked with us to ensure our offer was competitive (in this market, that’s a challenge), and we won out. After our offer was accepted, they made the process very easy by recommending a reliable inspector and guiding us through the closing process in very unique circumstances (COVID-19). There were a lot of firsts for Asher in this sale, and they handled it like a true professional. My spouse and I were both extremely impressed and comforted along the way that everything would work out: and it did! We highly recommend Asher, particularly if you are looking for solid neighborhood knowledge, quick communication (even in a crisis, we can confirm!) and an overall very positive experience. We owe Asher a drink after this crisis has passed and we’re out allowed out of our new home again!” -Brandon C.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better realtor. Asher was amazing in helping us to navigate the home buying process as first time homeowners. We were looking for a home outside of Madison and Asher met us numerous times nearly an hour away from their office. Asher was extremely knowledgeable in what to look for when first looking at a home to make sure the property was in good condition while we were simply looking at bedrooms and cabinets. They happily answered any and all questions we had throughout the entire process, which was a lot! Asher put our minds at ease during what could have been a very stressful experience. I already recommend Asher to anyone I know looking for a home!” -Madelon S. & Mariah B.
“Asher did an amazing job with my house listing and sale. Her staging recommendations made the house look great and she made the whole process go very smoothly. I will definitely be contacting her for future real estate transactions.” -Jennifer S
“Asher was super knowledgable about the local market and really helped us strategize the conditions of our offer to maximize our chance of getting an accepted offer. Asher was great at helping us understand the conditions of the homes we looked at as well” -Thor & Keely J
“Our experience working with Asher to purchase our first home was professional, patient, and sincere. Asher took the time to get to know what we were looking for, providing advice throughout the search that was honest, organized, and easy to understand. I would highly recommend Asher to anyone looking for a realtor! Thank you, Asher!” -Joe V
“Working with Asher was a dream! As a first-time home buyer, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Asher’s calm confidence, extensive knowledge, professionalism, and cheery attitude immediately put me at ease. Though I was buying a home by myself, I never felt alone since I knew Asher had my back. They were quick to respond to my questions, and they gently guided me through my moments of anxiety. When things got complicated at the last minute, Asher fought hard to keep things on track and to make sure my best interests were centered the whole time. My whole life I’ve dreamed of owning my own home, and thanks to Asher, that dream came true!!”-Natalie M
“Asher was kind, helpful, professional, and extremely thorough. They took the time to answer all of my questions, check in on me throughout the closing, and make sure that I felt confident in all parts of the shopping and buying process. I can’t recommend them highly enough.” -Kat W
“We were first time home buyers and Asher made the process super smooth. They were so responsive and courtesy throughout the entire duration. With the market being as competitive as it is, having someone that takes the time to explain things was really important. Highly recommend!!” -Emily P
“Asher scores a 10/10. I would recommend her in a heartbeat. She is reliable, honest, and exceptionally knowledgeable about houses and the market. We found a property in a tough market! She even guided me through an early morning “buyer-zilla” moment. I looked forward to seeing her every time we met to see a place and I could count on her advice to help me through the process. I wouldn’t even dream about calling someone else if I had to sell my place or look for another property.” -Conor N
“Our realtor Asher did a fantastic job of making a difficult process feel easy. We are so grateful to have had such a level headed, bright person to work with. In the tumultuous waters of the housing market Asher stands as the welcome life preserver.” -Michael & David
“It was a pleasure working with Asher throughout the entire process. Her no pressure attitude and insight during showings was very much appreciated. When it came time to close, she was very thorough, making sure to remind me of all upcoming important events and immediately responding to any questions that I had.” -Eric D
“Asher was amazing! It was the best buying and selling experience we have ever had. Asher’s knowledge of the market was very impressive. We bought a lovely little home for a fair price (in this market) and sold our condo for way more than we ever dreamed possible all because of Asher’s expertise.” -Lindsay R & Alicia S
“Asher Masino took the time to get to know us, our wishes and as a result, found us the perfect first home. They were reliable, professional and patient. Asher helped us navigate the market with excellent tips and advice. Highly recommend working with this realty group for home-buying in Madison” -Antonia C
“Asher at Lauer Realty Group did a tremendous job leading us through the homebuying process as first-time buyers. Patient, knowledgeable and mindful of our goals for our home. We will be recommending her to all of our friends and family looking in the greater Madison area!” -Gillian W
“Ryan was always very gracious with his time, no matter the hour. He’s worked with us multiple times, buying and selling, and each transaction has gone smoothly thanks to being in his capable hands. Most importantly Ryan is honest and trustworthy. His clients are always in his best interest. Thanks Ryan for all you’ve done for us!” – Cory & Robb
“Ryan Esser served as our listing and buying agent in February/March 2017. Deciding to list our house prior to securing our next home was nerve-wracking — Ryan was confident and re-assuring. He advised us on how to prepare our house to draw buyers in and limit the duration of time needed for showings. Within 5 days of listing and 3 days of showings, we had nearly a dozen others in hand. His attention to detail helped us identify and craft an appropriate, competitive other on our new home. He aligned our closings to be within the same morning on the same day, which satisfied all our needs. We’re thankful he chose to work with us!” – Teresa and Nathan
“After seeing him sell my parents condo very quickly a few years ago it was a no brainer to reach out to Ryan when I was considering buying my first home. As first time home buyers we had a lot of questions. Whether by e-mail, text of phone call Ryan was happy to help. He made the whole process less intimidating, he was attentive and answered questions in plain, easy to understand language. Buying or selling I would 100% recommend Ryan Esser. Thanks for everything!” – Rachel and Amy
“When we relocated to Madison from Columbus, OH, we met Ryan Esser as a referral through my employer’s relocation service. Our initial impressions were that he was an excellent realtor who understood the real estate market realities. He demonstrated an excellent aptitude for discerning what amenities were really important to us as prospective buyers. He shared his insights based on what really mattered, whether a concern was cosmetic, costly or realistically consider a totally different option. We are now living in a beautiful home which had the essential things we were looking for plus some upgraded amenities. We are living in this home because we valued Ryan’s experience, perspective and credibility. Thanks Ryan” – Richard and Dorothy
“We’ve had a great first home buying experience with Lindsey! We were total novices and needed a lot of help and support! She has been patient and willing to explain every detail and has given us insightful advice all along the way. She went out of the way to quickly view properties with us and make offers and had excellent communication at every step. And she’s kind and funny to boot!” -Rebecca B
“Incredible awareness of detail and knowledge of the market. We absolutely loved working with this team of people. Lindsey was incredibly flexible, considerate, and kind to our family. Her work was efficient and her communication was clear. She made the process of finding our home really warm and intentional.” -Ali M
“Lindsey Cooper was great to work with! We had great communication and she understood what we were looking for. She was so knowledgeable and just fun to work with!”-Katherine N
“We loved working with Lindsey Cooper! She’s a rockstar realtor!”-Ryan N
Praise for Alejandra Torres
“Alejandra is wonderful. After looking for months on a tight budget, never did i feel that i was inconveniencing her. Her patience and availability is outstanding. I appreciated her compassion and thoughtfulness in every situation. Clone Alejandra! You are truly fortunate to have her on your staff.” -Terrie P
“Alejandra was very pleasant to work with and was attentive to our needs. She always answered messages and emails promptly. She was professional, yet extremely personal. We felt confident that she was helping us get the perfect house. We also appreciated that she didn’t just want us to settle on a house that just wasn’t right.” -Marty B
“Alejandra was particularly effective in showing us properties we liked and helping us get to know more of Madison. She was consistently professional, easy-going and has a great sense of humor. She guided us through the entire process with grace and flexibility. I would highly recommend her.” -Heather B
“As first time home buyers, Alejandra made finding an affordable and quality home SO easy and smooth. She taught us a lot about the market and how to make a strong offer. She was quick to answer all of our questions and discuss strategy in such a competitive market. She also connected us with a very helpful mortgage company that was able to help us get affordable financing!” -Jenna B
“Alejandra was absolutely amazing! I was able to contact with her at any time. She even changed her plans to come and show us a house at the last minute and we are in that house right now thanks to her great advice and quick service. There wasn’t one thing that was difficult with this house purchase. Thank you Alejandra and team!” -Angela K
“Alejandra is very patient and responsive, she guided us through the process and helped us find the house that we like. In this competitive market, her skills and strategies made it possible to secure a house within a month and in a very desirable location. She is full of ideas when it comes to writing a strong offer. During showings, she would spend time with us not only showing the property but explaining some of the very important details about the property, she has a keen eye when it comes to spotting any possible issues and points of concern. All these definitely made it possible to get a great house at a great location and a great price. Highly recommended.” -Lalit C & Melissa A
Praise for Tamara McDougal
“When we started for looking for a home, Tamara was recommended to us by a colleague and we couldn’t be happier to have had the opportunity to work with her. Right away we felt a great sense of relief as she clarified the process of homebuying for us as we discovered we were quite naive! She helped educate us with patience and light-heartedness and it was exactly the right mix of encouragement and realism that we needed. She took the time to get to know us and exactly what we were looking for. We had a great time viewing homes with her as she learned our tastes, dreams and quirks. It was such a blast, we miss getting together with her and wish we could buy another home so we could do it all again.”
“Tamara gave us absolutely stellar advice for putting together the strongest offer possible in the competitive Madison market. Her advice has followed us all the through moving in and beyond! Her suggestions for things like finding inspectors and obtaining insurance quotes were much appreciated. We similarly love the contractor she recommended for kitchen updates and aren’t sure what we would’ve done without her!”
“Tamara was available when we needed her at a moment’s notice throughout a long house hunting process that stopped and started a few times. When it came time to make an offer, she helped us craft one that beat out several other offers and was accepted. Love our new home!”
“Tamara is an outstanding realtor. She is hard working, focused, knowledgeable and honest. She sold my property in less than 2 weeks and her attention to detail is impressive. She does extensive market research which is in valuable and is a perfectionist when it comes to staging your property and photographing it. I would definitely recommend Tamara and already have!”
“Tamara is AMAZING!!!! Buying a home is always stressful. Selling a home can be challenging. Doing both at once a bit overwhelming, then add in a global pandemic and it’s like – Whoa, so crazy. My husband and I could not have been happier with the care, commitment and expertise that Tamara provided us. We ended up selling our starter house for 25K over asking and found our dream home that we call “the palace” – all within 2 days!!! From the moment we met I was impressed with Tamara’s responsiveness, transparency and guidance. Tamara was just great to work with and work she did! From emails, texts, calls and tours she knocked it out of the park every single time. For the rest of our home-buying/selling needs we will always call Tamara. She’s simply the best!”
“Being first time home buyers, we had no clue where to start or how to go about the process. Once we met Tamara we knew it was the best fit. She answered all of our questions right away no matter the time or day! She really helped guide us along this journey and was always so enthusiastic and positive! Tamara did everything in her power to make it as seamless and enjoyable. Buying a home can be a daunting task but it never felt that way with her leading us in the right direction! We cannot thank her enough for helping us find our dream home but most importantly being a great person!”
“Prior to working with Tamara, we had a poor experience in the homebuying process. However, this was NOT the case once we started working with her! She was extremely responsive, professional, respectful, and understanding of our questions as well as the fatigue that comes with the stress of home buying! We felt so supported in every question and decision we had and it made our home buying process so much fun and so enjoyable. We cannot say enough good things about Tamara!”
“Tamara is absolutely the best! She has helped my husband and I with three different purchases now, and has been so responsive, thorough, and so enjoyable to work with. She gives sage advice while allowing us to proceed as we see fit, and she really strives to understand us as buyers. Plus she gives great referrals for inspectors, loans, etc. Our inspector actually told us that she was one of the handful of agents he’d take referrals from because of her integrity. She’ll always be our go-to for our property purchases.”
“As someone that was not from the Madison area and a first time home buyer, Tamara was extremely helpful in helping me find a home and walking me through the home buying process.”
“My fiancé heard great things about Tamara from one of her coworkers. Everything we were told was true, Tamara was wonderful to work with! We had a lot of questions going in with this being our first house buying experience, but Tamara was there to help us through the whole process. We really appreciated how she handled working during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was very respectful to the residents of the properties that we viewed by wearing masks and gloves and maintaining social distancing. When it came time for us to submit an offer, Tamara worked super hard to get us the strongest possible offer! Thanks to her, we were able to buy our dream house! We never would have gotten it without her! Thank you so much Tamara! We will definitely be suggesting her to our friends!”
“I have worked with Tamara three times in the past twenty years – she is my go-to Realtor! Tamara is so genuine and honest. Beyond that, she is incredibly knowledgeable about Madison and the surrounding areas. This time around, I had her sell my home and she was honest about what would make my home “pop” and sell quickly as I was relocating to another state due to a new job. She provided recommendations and suggestions of people for me to contact to prepare my home to get top dollar. Even though I may have pushed back on some of her suggestions, she reminded me that we wanted to present the house in the best light. Her advice was SPOT ON! We had multiple offers in a matter of days. Tamara walked me through each offer along with the pros and cons of each. She helped me pick the best offer for me! I was kept informed and made to feel like I was her first priority. Tamara was able to bring in multiple offers, negotiate, and close the deal! Throughout the entire process she brought energy, humor, kindness, honesty, fun and mad real estate skills to get my home sold! Work with Tamara – you will not be disappointed!”
Praise for Minh Nguyen
“Minh was very helpful and responsive during the buying of our new home and selling of our old home. He has such a positive attitude. We very much enjoyed working with him.” – Ryan S
“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
Praise for Lindsey DeFlorian
“It was a pleasure to work with Lindsey DeFlorian to sell our house. She was very knowledgeable and made the process easy and streamlined. Plus she was extremely responsive and available to answer all our questions. We were able to sell our home quickly, within three days. Thank you, Lindsey!” -Patrice N
“I worked with Lindsey Deflorian and she is a saint. As a first time home buyer, she was extremely responsive and available whenever I questions no matter how dumb. She even worked late on a weekend night for me when I wanted to put an offer in on a house. She made the process of buying a home frictionless for me, and clearly explained all of the complicated aspects. I highly, highly recommend working with Lindsey, and I would not hesitate to work with her again in the future.” Matthew W
Praise for Tony Bricko
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Praise for Renee Heine
“Working with Renee Heine was a total pleasure. She is a true professional and gave me great advice on what to prioritize before listing my home. She made the process stress free. Thanks to Renee, I accepted a strong offer in just three days” -Barbara
“We have used Renee on 5 real estate transactions now (soon to be six) and she has always gone above and beyond for us in many different ways. I trust her judgement, skill and knowledge wholeheartedly. She takes care of us as if she is family and we appreciate that. I could not work with anyone else and we recommend her to everyone.” -Lindsay & Aaron
“We were able to work with Renee during the sale of our home as well as purchase our new home. Everything that Renee promised would happen, did happen, and at a fast pace that we loved. She went the extra mile to make sure we were positioned for success, which was not what we experienced when we purchased our first home with a different realtor. We will definitely work with Renee in the future and recommend her to anybody looking to buy or sell.”-Nathan & Krystal
“Renee helped me buy this condo two and a half years ago and she helped us sell it. What stood out to me during the selling process was that it was during a really busy and stressful time for me at work. She handled everything that she could and made it as easy and stress free for me as possible. She was out of town when we got the accepted offer and you would have thought she was in the office the whole time as she didn’t miss a beat. I love our honest relationship and I will continue to recommend her to my friends and family.” -Lindsay
“Renee assisted in selling my home quickly. She brought in a designer to help stage the house and it was sold in a matter of a couple days! She made the experience very easy and took a lot of stress away. Renee also found the perfect house to buy in our ideal location. She was well prepared and had shown us many different houses in the neighborhood. She does her homework and takes the time to think about the people she is helping. I definitely recommend Renee for any house selling and/or buying needs!!” -Lily
“Renee was a huge help to my husband and I as we both sold our home and purchased a new home. She brought in a designer to help us get our home ready for the market and it sold within 5 days at our asking price! Then she helped us acquire the home of our dreams. We couldn’t be any happier with Renee and she has become a good friend!” -Jen & Drew
“Renee was a pleasure to work with, as a first time home buyer. While she is certainly responsive and knowledgeable about the Madison real estate market, I especially appreciated how honest she is in her approach. I never once felt pressured or rushed to buy, and she was often able to give good advice that ultimately made my first purchasing experience a breeze. She was prompt with completing paperwork, and was overall an enjoyable person to collaborate with. Her work and attitude set the bar high for any future real estate adventures I may have – highly recommend!” -Kolbe
“Renee was amazing to work with! As first-time home buyers, we came in with very little knowledge of the home buying process or the Madison area market. Renee was available around the clock to answer our questions and was never afraid to tell us when “we could do better” on a home that wasn’t perfect for us. She took the time to get to know us and our situation (baby on the way and working from home) and helped us narrow down our options based on our needs. When it came time to write up a bid, Renee used her experience of the Madison market to guide us in crafting competitive offers that stood out to sellers resulting in the purchase of our new home. My wife and I couldn’t be happier with our new home and the experience we had working with Renee. We strongly recommend Renee to anyone looking to buy, but especially to first-time home buyers.” -Abby & Stephen
“Renee was a pleasure to work with and made everything so easy for a first time buyer like myself. She was responsive and patiently answered all the questions that I had throughout the entire process. I look forward to working with her again in the near future” -Reza
“As first time home buyers, finding the right agent was really important! We were referred to Renee through a friend and are so grateful for that connection. Renee was extremely responsive when it came to explaining next steps, scheduling showings, answering our questions, and coordinating offers. We were a bit overwhelmed by the idea of house hunting but Renee made it easy and fun! We really appreciated her advice and guidance throughout the entire process. She helped us find the perfect home, even in a very competitive market. Thanks Renee!” -Elise & Alex
“I loved working with Renee! There was zero pressure to settle for anything that I was not completely happy with. The weekend before I found my home, we looked at two places that were in my price range but very disappointing. She encouraged me not to give up, and the next day (Monday), the perfect place was listed. With Renee’s confidence and expertise, we moved quickly and I got the home of my dreams. I wouldn’t dream of working with anyone else and highly recommend Renee!” -Amy F
“I have worked with Renee for years on multiple properties and it has always been a fantastic experience. Renee always puts her clients first and goes above and beyond to make sure they get a great property for a great price. I would highly recommend Renee and look forward to working with her on my next property.” -Zachary
“Renee Heine is the best of the BEST! She gives fantastic advice regarding potential pitfalls with a home and the cost to fix up/renovate homes; she has the experience and knowledge to operate in this difficult real estate market; she is crazy quick to respond to questions and draft offers; and communicates extremely well with other agents. I 1000% believe that she is the reason I was able to close on a home I love, and I now think of Renee as a dear friend. I look forward to working with her again, and I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends, family, and colleagues.”-Amy
Praise for Kate Weis
“Kate was a wonderful agent. We particularly appreciated her superb customer service, detailed knowledge, kindness, warm personality, and availability. We value honesty, meeting us where we were at (regarding income and interest), and efficiency; Kate was respectful of these values. Our home purchase required quick negotiation, which Kate handled impressively. I have referred her to a number of friends in the Madison area and will continue to do so. Though home-buying is stressful and confusing, Kate was always a few steps ahead ready to clarify and help us prepare. We have stayed in touch with Kate and continue to be appreciative of her respectfulness and professionalism. We’re happy in our home and will continue to work with Kate, if needed, in the future.”
“We really enjoyed working with Kate. She has deep knowledge of the Madison market and was very helpful in determining negotiating strategies on our home purchase. Very friendly and easy to work with.”
“We could not have asked for a better agent than Kate. She was very responsive and flexible, and helped us find the perfect home. In this competitive market, she helped us write a good offer that was accepted right away. Throughout the process her knowledge and expertise helped us foresee problems and avoid any major issues. Even when we had some last minute problems arose, she helped us problem solve and get us in our house on time. I highly recommend her!!!”
“Great communicator, very timely with responses, enjoys working with first time home buyers so no question is too stupid. Got to know my family and had a good idea of what we were looking for. A pleasure to work with, don’t plan on buying another home any time soon but would definitely use her again.”
“Kate was awesome. She helped us navigate a fast-paced and intense transaction where everything happened very fast, and provided advice, guidance, and reassurance every step of the way. Her knowledge of the local real estate climate was top notch and she maneuvered us through the process with confidence. Very happy with Kate and would recommend to anyone.”
“From our very first meeting with Kate we knew immediately that we had found the right person to work with. She made the seemingly impossible task of simultaneously buying and selling our home extremely easy. Her communication throughout every step of the process was amazing.”
“We worked with Kate on both the buying and selling side. She always strove to make the process as smooth as possible for us. We especially appreciated how available, prompt and responsive she was when we had questions or needed to discuss anything. Her calm and positive attitude put us at ease and made what is normally a very stressful experience more fun and enjoyable.”
“Kate has helped me to purchase and sell 2 homes in the last 6 years. Kate is an absolute joy to work with as she has a lovely combination of skills and traits that I value. Kate is uber-responsive and proactive with raising issues I need to consider. She is also personified sunshine which really helped me through the occasional stressful moments of real estate transacting. I was in strong, competent, yet gentle, hands with Kate. Would recommend her without reservation.”
“When my wife and I set out to buy our first house in 2017, we were greeted by a fast-moving, intimidating market. Thank goodness a friend referred us to Brett. Brett’s expertise and honesty were immeasurably important, not only in finding our current home but in the negotiating process. Since buying our house, we have happily referred Brett to family and friends with no hesitation, and he has treated them with the same patience and respect shown to us. We hope to work with Brett for every future home purchase and cannot recommend him enough.” -Gwen & Eric
“In the midst of a competitive real estate market, Brett helped us find a house that had everything we wanted and was within our price range. He was great at finding prospective homes for us to look at. On our visits to those homes, it was valuable to have his remodeling experience to help us evaluate those homes. He helped guide us successfully through the offer process, and he was helpful and proactive at every step from offer to closing. We would happily recommend Brett to all of our family and friends. You couldn’t have a better agent by your side.” –Kathy & Cliff
“Brett was recommended to us by a colleague and working with him was an absolute pleasure! His experience helped us navigate a tough Madison housing market while still living out of state and led to the purchase of a great home in a neighborhood that is perfect for us. We would highly recommend Brett to anyone who is in the market for a new Madison-area home!” –Chris and Erin
“We have bought and sold many properties through the years, and Brett Larson is simply the best realtor we have ever worked with. He first helped us buy and sell a condo in Middleton, and recently a house in Madison. His breadth and depth of knowledge of both the condo and housing markets and the various neighborhoods in and around Madison were invaluable to us as we were moving from out of town. There is no substitute for decades of experience and wisdom, and that’s exactly what you get with Brett.” –Scott & Holly
“My boyfriend and I worked with Brett when we decided to buy our first house together, as well as to sell my house and my boyfriend’s condo. It was obvious from the start that Brett had our best interests in mind throughout the entire home buying/selling process. He took the time to listen and understand our needs, budget, and criteria we were looking for in a house, and was extremely knowledgeable about the market. Brett struck the perfect balance of educating and advising without ever being pushy or demanding. Navigating three sizable real estate transactions simultaneously was overwhelming at times, but Brett calmly guided us through every step and detail and was so supportive. We ended up with the perfect house for us. We highly recommend Brett for buying or selling a home!” – Steph & Will
“Brett has been our realtor for many years, throughout the changing needs of our family. He is our realtor because my wife and I find him easy to work with, he knows the Madison market, he’s a straight shooter, and I trust that he’s doing what’s in our best interest. I recommend him to our family and friends.” – Tom & Stacy
“Brett Larson was my broker when I sold my west side home. The buyers’ inspector was very critical, and the buyers demanded multiple repairs. Brett helped every step of the way to coordinate and facilitate what needed to be done to complete the sale and assist me in finding my new home. I cannot rave enough about Brett’s real estate expertise, professionalism, and willingness to go the extra mile for his client.” –Janine
“I had an excellent experience with Brett when I sold my house in Middleton two years ago. It was around Christmas when I was looking to get on the market; that can be a tough time of year. After interviewing several agents, I chose Brett because he had a great customer service attitude, a friendly demeanor, and an understated confidence. He knew just what fixes were needed to make the house attractive without me incurring excessive costs. He made arrangements to bring in services to do the fixups which helped a ton because I just didn’t have time to sweat a lot of those details. When it came time to negotiating with the buyer, I felt like Brett had my back. There were a couple of tricky issues related to the age of the house. Brett’s advice on properly disclosing these avoided a potentially costly mitigation that would have delayed and possibly killed the deal. Instead, we worked with the buyer and came to a solution that satisfied both parties. The sale went through on time at a great price and without a hitch. I was so happy that I offered Brett an extra 0.5% commission. He really deserved it! He’s a great agent and a really stand-up guy. I highly recommend him.” –Bob
“I relocated from Madison to Milwaukee for a job. I had to quickly list and sell my Madison property and purchase a home in Milwaukee. I was overwhelmed. Enter Brett Larson, calm and knowledgeable. In addition to his real estate expertise, Brett has an eye for design and experience remodeling homes. He knows how to show a property in the best light to sell it and maximize return. He quickly got me up and running and worked to find me an experienced, compatible realtor in Milwaukee. The whole process was seamless. Brett is not a histrionic, “the sky is falling” personality. He is the calm steady hand you need for this experience. I highly recommend Brett.” –Don
“Brett has sold several investment properties for me, and he did an excellent job. He got top dollar and sold the properties quickly. Brett also has great communication during the entire process. I would definitely recommend him to someone looking to sell a property.” –Rick
“I had a great experience with Brett in buying and selling an income property. Brett’s knowledge of the market helped me hone in on certain neighborhoods that met my criteria. He was patient with me while I asked questions. His prompt follow-up helped keep the process moving. And his background in home renovations enabled him to point out certain things I wouldn’t have noticed. In short, really great to work with. The entire process was stress-free!” –Tom
“We’ve used Brett twice to help us find our perfect home in Madison, the second included a move back across state lines! He was extremely flexible with us through the entire process. Brett provided on the ground information while we were hundreds of miles away, procured a lengthy list of homes that met our needs, and took an entire weekend to set up showings for all of these homes in the 3 short days we were in town to knock everything out! We’re pretty picky and have a lot of questions and Brett never wavered or made us feel like we were “too much” in working through everything with us. We couldn’t recommend him highly enough!” -Anne & Hao
“We could not have asked for a better realtor than Brett. He was always one step ahead of us, watching the market and scheduling home tours as soon as something came on the market. He is so responsive to our calls and emails that we wondered if he ever slept! His deep knowledge of the housing market was crucial to helping us make the right decision. He also helped us navigate the financial system. We are very grateful to Brett for helping us find the right home for us.” -Deborah & Keith
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.”