I’m a Realtor in Madison, Wisconsin, with Restaino & Associates Realtors. Restaino agents aren’t limited to a template: we’re encouraged to build the practices that work best for our clients, backed-up by an established, well-connected firm with proven marketing tools.
My approach is hands-on, hands-dirty, and my goal is to make every client feel like my only client. I’m project-based and service-focused, and I’m obsessed with communication and clarity. I break the process into clear steps, and at every step you’ll know what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how it’s working.
We recently bought our first house, and with Grant as our agent, we felt comfortable, informed, and confident that we were making the decision which was right for us.
For buyers, I’ll quickly get up to speed on what you’re looking for and I’ll be beside you at every step, for however long it takes. I particularly enjoy working with first-time buyers and artists, musicians, and scholars who seek creative spaces and unique homes.
Grant was dogged and provided perfect-pitch advice and counsel. During our time working together Grant learned to see homes through my eyes, so much so that I trusted him when it became necessary to purchase my home site-unseen.
For sellers, I personally supervise photography and video, stage my own listings, and I don’t farm out open houses to other agents. Exceptional photography, virtual tours, social media, print ads, and take-away pieces are standard features of my service package. I’m also experienced in the fine art of relocati0n, and I can help you to implement the move to your next phase.
Once I listed my lake house property with Grant, the house sold within a month after being on the market with other agents for two years…I have bought and sold five properties over the years, and Grant is the only realtor that understood how to market this special property to find the right buyers. I wish we had connected sooner!
I hold the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) and Green designations from the National Association of Realtors, which have given me enhanced skills in buyer representation, and an understanding of energy efficient homes.
I’ve lived in five cities, but have spent more than a third of my life in Madison. This is home. Until joining Restaino & Associates, I spent over 20 years managing academic research institutes and centers Duke University and here at UW-Madison, and in management, programming, and fundraising roles at major cultural organizations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Washington Project for the Arts, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. I hold a Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. My right brain/left brain education and experience have given me a unique combination of skills critical in a business which is about technical knowledge, analysis, and negotiation, but also about lifestyle and aesthetics – those “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. We live on Madison’s near east side, where I support Madison’s vibrant creative community as a Board member of Arts + Literature Laboratory (currently on leave), and the Willy Street Chamber Players, and I’m an active advocate for public education.