Intro

Walls with windows and doors form the house
but the empty space within it is the essence of the home.

Lao Tse

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 town by Madison Magazine. Restaino agents aren’t limited to a template: we’re encouraged to be ourselves, and to build the practices that work best for us, and our clients, while being able to tap into the resources of an established, well-connected firm with up-to-date technology and effective marketing tools.

Whether working with buyers or sellers, my method is project-based and service-focused, and I’m obsessed with communication and clarity. We’ll make a plan based on your goals, timeline, and budget, but we’ll be prepared to shift gears and stay open to new ideas and unexpected opportunities. I break the process into clear steps, and at every point you’ll know not only what we’re doing, but why we’re doing it.

For buyers in a competitive market, I’m in it for as long as it takes. I’ll quickly get up to speed on what you’re looking for, we’ll do a lot of fieldwork, I’ll preview listings for you, and I’ll be there with you at each step all the way to closing. For sellers, I personally supervise all photography and video, stage my own listings, and host my own open houses. My strong visual and communications skills, and my project-based approach can help us to get your home on the market fast, and presented in a way that highlights its uniqueness and tells its story. I particularly enjoy working with creative people, artists, musicians, scholars, and scientists who seek unique living spaces.

My approach is hands-on, hands-dirty, and about constant engagement. Real estate isn’t simulated estate: machines and algorithms can point us in the right direction, but we need to step away from our screens and get out there. Let’s get to work. Get in touch here, at (608) 772-4656, or gsamuelsen@restainohomes.com.


About Me

I grew up outside of Chicago and have lived in five cities, but I’ve spent more than a third of my life here in Madison. Until joining Restaino & Associates, I spent over 13 years managing research institutes at UW- Madison and Duke University, and the previous 12 years in management, programming, and fundraising roles in arts organizations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Pittsburgh Symphony, and others. I have a Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. My education, and my career to-date, have given me a combination of hard and soft skills that tend to be very useful in a business which is about analysis, negotiation, and technical knowledge, but also about feel, lifestyle, and aesthetics – those so-called “intangibles” that are, for most of us, very  tangible.

I’m a musician and record collector, and I’m fascinated by architecture, design, and urban history. Our family lives on Madison’s near east side, where I focus my volunteer activity on supporting Madison’s thriving creative community by serving on the Boards of two exciting emerging arts organizations, Arts + Literature Laboratory and the Willy Street Chamber Players. I’m also on the Board of the Parent Teacher Group at our daughter’s school, Georgia O’Keeffe Middle, where I do what I can to advocate for educators, students, and public education.


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