It’s called 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 get out there. We need to do the work, together.
I’m a Realtor® based in Madison, Wisconsin, with Restaino & Associates Realtors. We’re a locally owned firm with the highest average sales price in Dane County (2017), and we’ve been voted one of the Best Places to Work in the area by Madison Magazine (2015). Restaino agents aren’t constrained by a template created by a mega-corporation. we’re encouraged to be ourselves: to build the practices and methods that work best for us, and for our clients.
Whether working with buyers or sellers, my own method is project-based. We’ll make a plan, and 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. My approach is also about hands-on/hands-dirty: I supervise all of my own photography and video, write my own marketing materials, host my own open houses, and I never miss an inspection or closing.
Grant approaches his work with incredible professionalism and skill. From our very first meeting he paid meticulous attention to the uniqueness of my home, which came with a few quirks. He immediately identified the best market for my listing and created a specialized strategy to target the right group of potential buyers. His plan was spot-on and my home received multiple offers. Grant helped determine the best offer for me and took me through the entire process from listing to closing. He was always available to answer questions and I’m very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend him. [R.H., Madison, 2017]
In the Madison-area market, time and timing are critical. Buyers sometimes find that it will take time to find the right home, and that the right home might not be on the market at the right time. But whether it takes a weekend or six months to find the perfect home, you’ll know at every step that I work for you, not the other way around.
I’ve worked with several other agents, but in only a short time I have found that Grant’s abilities, sensibilities, skills, knowledge, and professionalism stand alone. He has the skills to contribute to the process of home-buying, and adds a strong architecture and visual arts background which enables him to truly understand the type of home that fits the client’s taste and needs. I found him to be extremely helpful with thoughts and suggestions relating to the type of home that fit my criteria. In addition, he is personable, low-keyed but highly focused – the absolute opposite of the high-pressure agent.[Prof. J.D., Madison, 2015]
As a Realtor I draw from a range of past experience and education that includes work in cultural organizations and higher education, communications, and marketing. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison and a Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, which gives me a combination of aesthetic sensibilities and experience with the financial and analytical puzzles we’ll encounter. I’m also an experienced renovator, and I can help to imagine the sometimes hidden possibilities of a home.
Get in touch and let’s do some good work together.
After listing my Mid-Century Modern Lake property – designed by a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright – with other Realtors for two years with no offers, the right realtor found me. Once I listed the property with Grant, the house sold within a month to buyers who loved the location and the home’s architectural pedigree. What is different about Grant from all of the other real estate agents I’ve worked with? Grant combines marketing knowledge and experience with a passion for design and a feel for what makes a home special. I have bought and sold five properties over the years, and Grant is the only Realtor that understood how to market a house for the creative buyer. I wish we had connected sooner! [K.L. Twin Lakes, 2017]