Walls with windows and doors form the house
but the empty space within it is the essence of the home.
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 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 also being able to tap into the resources of an established, well-connected firm with up-to-date technological resources.
My focus is residential buyers and sellers at all budget levels, throughout south-central Wisconsin. My approach comes not only from my life as a real estate professional, but also as an experienced buyer and seller myself, including buying and selling single- and multi-family homes, condos, vacant land, and investment properties. I have experience with conventional financing as well as specialized mechanisms including FHA and USDA loans, VA loans, Physician’s loans, and Islamic financing, and I’m particularly skilled at managing the challenges of relocation. I’m also an experienced renovator, and I can help to envision the sometimes hidden possibilities of a home. I particularly enjoy helping artists, scholars, and musicians find homes that suit their needs, and working with buyers and sellers interested in architecture and design.
Whether working with buyers or sellers, my method is project-based. We’ll create a timeline based on your goals, make a plan, monitor its effectiveness, and be ready for a new plan if the first plan isn’t the right plan. I break the process into clear steps, and I put communication first: at every phase you’ll know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, and you’ll never wait for an answer to a question. My approach is about constant engagement.
For buyers, I’m in it for the long haul: I’ll quickly get up to speed on what you’re looking for in a new home, we’ll do a lot of fieldwork, I’ll make a 100-mile drive to preview something for you, and I’ll be there with you at inspections, tests, and all the way to closing.
For sellers, I personally supervise all photography and video, stage my own listings, write my own marketing materials, maintain my own website, and host my own open houses. My hands-on approach and my strong visual, writing, and communications skills can help us to get your home on the market fast, and presented in a way that highlights its uniqueness and tells its story.
It’s right there in the name: real estate, not simulated estate. We need to step away from our screens and get out there. Check out some of my client feedback here, then 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 for ten years in management, curatorial, and fundraising roles in cultural organizations such as New Art Examiner magazine and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
I have a master’s degree 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 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.
Duke Ellington once said that “there are only two kinds of music: good music, and the other kind,” and as a musician and record collector I’m always seeking out new and challenging sounds. I also collect mid-century furniture and design 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 focus my volunteer activity on supporting the arts community by serving on the Boards of two exciting arts organizations, Arts + Literature Laboratory and the Willy Street Chamber Players. I support both organizations financially, and put in more volunteer time than I can probably afford. If you’re out at a chamber music concert, a cutting-edge jazz show, or sometimes even a punk rock show, you’ll probably see me at some point. Be sure to say hi.