I’m a Realtor with Restaino & Associates in Madison, Wisconsin. I do what I do for many reasons, but mostly because one of the driving forces in my life has always been to connect people with opportunities that can help them take the next step. You can read about me and how I do what I do here, contact me here, and check out some recent work with clients here.
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 while sporting a fantastic location came with a few quirks. He immediately identified the best market for my listing and created a specialized advertising strategy to target the right group of potential buyers. His plan was spot-on and my home received multiple offers. Grant later helped determine the best offer for my needs and took me through the entire process from listing to closing. He was always available to answer questions and I am very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend him. [R.H., Madison, 2017]
Buying or selling a home isn’t just about numbers, pictures, and online videos, its about the way homes feel, look, and work: real estate is real, not virtual. I follow a project-based approach that prioritizes face-to-face communication, clarity, and getting out into the world. We’ll make a plan (and a plan for a new plan if the first plan isn’t the right plan), you’ll never wait for an answer to a question, and at every step you’ll know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
In my process, I draw from a range of past professional experience and education that includes work in large cultural organizations, 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 has given me a unique combination of aesthetic skills and historical knowledge, balanced with hardcore training in the administrative and financial puzzles we’ll encounter along the way. I’m also an experienced renovator with an informed eye for condition, build-quality, design, and the (literal) nuts-and-bolts details of homes.
I have 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]
When I begin working with a buyer I’m in it for the long haul: whether it takes a single weekend or six months to find the perfect home, I’m fully engaged. For sellers, my first focus is on getting the price right, ensuring that the fit, feel, finish, and presentation of your home is as attractive as possible , and making sure that our marketing your home attracts interested, qualified buyers.
After listing my Mid-Century Modern Lake Wisconsin 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 love 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]
I created this site because I wanted to make something useful, interesting, and maybe even entertaining for everyone who participates in the Madison-area real estate market. Whether you’re actively selling, searching, or just interested and hovering, there may be something of interest for you here, and I hope the site says something about the way I think and work. Have a look around my site and get in touch if you’d like to explore the possibility of working together. I look forward to hearing from you.