What + Who + How
It’s real estate, not simulated estate. Homes aren’t pictures and online videos: they’re living, breathing things where we create our lives. We need to step away from our devices and screens and get out there – open the doors and walk the floors. We need to do the work, together.
I’m a Realtor® in Madison, Wisconsin, with Restaino & Associates Realtors. We’re a locally owned firm with the highest average sales price in Dane County, and we’ve been voted one of the Best Places to Work in the area by Madison Magazine. Restaino agents aren’t constrained by a template or slogans. We’re encouraged to be ourselves: to build the practices and methods that work best for our clients. Check out some of my recent feedback from clients here.
My focus is on residential buyers, sellers, and small-budget investors at all budget levels, everywhere in south-central Wisconsin. My experience comes not only from my professional life, but also as a buyer and seller myself, including experience with buying and selling single-family homes, multi-family homes, condos, vacant land, and other real estate. I have experience with conventional financing as well as specialized mechanisms including FHA and USDA loans, VA loans, Physician’s loans, and Islamic financing. I’m also an experienced renovator, and I can help you to imagine the sometimes hidden possibilities of a home.
Whether working with buyers or sellers, my method is project-based. We’ll create a timeline based on your goals, make a plan, and a make a plan for a new plan if the first plan isn’t the right plan. I break each part of the process into clear steps and categories, and I put communication first: you’ll never wait for an answer, and at every phase you’ll know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. For sellers, I supervise all photography and video, write my own marketing materials, maintain my own website, and host my own open houses (as many as it takes). For buyers, I’m in it for the long haul, I’ll make a 100-mile drive to preview something for you, and I’ll be there with you at inspections, contractor visits, tests, and the many other ways we’ll look at your future home. I believe there is no such thing as “wasted time” when it comes to supporting the goals of my clients. My approach is about constant engagement with the task. Hands-on, and hands-dirty, and you’ll know at every step that I work for you, not the other way around.
Get in touch and let’s get to work.
I grew up outside of Chicago but have spent more than a third of my life in Madison. Until joining Restaino & Associates, I spent over 13 years in senior managerial roles in research institutes at UW-Madison and Duke University. Prior to my work in higher education I served in programming, curatorial, fundraising, and management roles in cultural organizations such as Washington Project for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. But I’ve always had an abiding interest in Real Estate field. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to change the course of my career. I really love what I do.
I have a Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. My education, like my career, has given me a combination of strong contractual, financial, and negotiation skills, alongside a keen sense for design, high standards for construction and condition, an eye for assessing the fit and finish of a home, and the imagination to envision what a home might become with the right planning and design.
As a musician and record collector, music is at the center of my life. Duke Ellington once said that “there are only two kinds of music: good music and the other kind,” and I try to follow his lead by constantly seeking out new and challenging sounds. My wife and I also collect mid-century furniture, design objects, and contemporary art, and I’m fascinated by architectural history: as a Realtor I often have the privilege of experiencing first-hand the work of many of our region’s most amazing architects.
Our family lives on Madison’s east side. I serve on the Board of Directors of Arts + Literature Laboratory, and the Community Advisory Committee of the Willy Street Chamber Players, two small but exciting and up-and-coming arts organizations that are transforming the cultural landscape of our community, and both of which I support financially.