Since my wife is an academic we have to move often for her job. The only thing that made this bearable is Grant Samuelsen. He not only helped us get a beautiful house in the wonderful Marquette neighborhood for $13,000 below asking price but sold it, 18 months latter (within 36 hours), at $11,000 above asking price, and for $148,000 above what we originally paid. He promply returned all our calls, answered our questions honestly, and dealt with problems that always arise in any real estate transactions. In this time of great stress, it is reassuring to know there are good people like Grant who are there to help you. He did everything he could to help even to the extent of driving me to the airport upon leaving Madison. USE GRANT SAMUELSEN; you will be glad you did.
Vince and Phyllis S., Madison
Grant guided us through our first home purchase process from start to finish, honing in on neighborhoods likely to meet our specifications using his expert knowledge of the Dane county housing market and showing us great properties that fit our budget. The first offer we put in with him was accepted, and he guided us through the entire closing process with professionalism and insight. I’d recommend him to anyone looking to buy a house in the Madison area.
Carol and Ben H-D, Madison
As first-time home-buyers, we were incredibly intimidated by the process of finding our house. However, Grant was with us every step of the way and made the process fun and exciting! His vast knowledge about homes and building materials, ability to break down the home-buying experience to an understandable level, and expert advice about negotiating made the whole process so easy and fun. He was very easy to get ahold of, and he especially took our wants and needs for our home to heart. We love our house, and we loved working with Grant. You will, too!
Molly and Matt S., Madison
Grant is an outstanding real estate agent. 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. We met Grant at the UW Credit Union First-time Home Buyer Seminar, and it was immediately clear he is excellent at his job. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate business and the current market, including a vast knowledge of architecture and the neighborhoods in and around Madison. He helped us to be sure we were making an informed decision about a major purchase, and he was our advocate during each step of the process. Grant diligently researched the house we were interested in and provided thorough explanations and recommendations. He took the intimidating experience of being first-time home buyers and made it accessible and smooth. Grant is also very personable, and easy to get along with and talk to. He is trustworthy, reliable, and was there for us 24/7 if we had questions or concerns. You can tell he personally wants to ensure his clients’ happiness and peace of mind. We absolutely recommend Grant to any home buyer.
Patrick T. and Sarah T., Madison
Grant was a friendly acquaintance before we asked him to sell for us. Being a supporter of arts and culture in Madison, he could appreciate the charm of our 1961 split level with lots of vintage details. Grant rates highly and has a good market sense. But the truly outstanding quality is his hands-on approach. If something needs to be adjusted, a color matched, or a leftover object disposed of (as in, re-homed), Grant’s totally on it. We were out of the area before the house was ready to be listed. Grant supervised all the spruce-up work and regularly checked on the house. We were in regular communication across the time zones. We’ve purchased three times and sold twice; Grant’s among the hardest working of our agents.
Dan W., Madison (Los Angeles)
I am an attorney and can be very critical, but I also believe that when a person does a great job that should be acknowledged. My wife took a job as a professor in December of 2018 and we had to move to Madison ASAP. Grant did a great job. He not only found us a great house at a great price, but assisted us in all other aspects of purchasing a home (eg. inspection, helping us relocate from Seattle, recommending repair persons, etc.) and got us a lower price due to some necessary repairs to our home. Grant did a really good job because he is a really good person; and his integrity shows in his work. USE HIM and you will be well pleased, we are. Thank you Grant Samuelsen.
Vincent E., Madison
[Grant is] amazing to say the least. He is attentive and knowledgeable. He takes time with you as a buyer. He gets to know you and doesn’t rush or pressure you. He gets creative people who need artistic space. He worked with us for a total of 18 months, through one of the most challenging years I have had in my entire life. I cannot say enough good about this man. If you are looking for a house, this is the only agent I would recommend.
Christina K., Fort Atkinson
Grant’s knowledge of the Madison market played a key role in the successful sale of my house. My house was a gem of a property in an excellent location, but small square footage required I access a niche market of buyers.
Grant makes a point to establish relationships with community members, local businesses, restaurants, and cultural organizations which gives him incredible knowledge of what different people are looking for in their real estate searches. He uses this knowledge to build a unique marketing strategy for every listing and cast a targeted net within a wide group of contacts.
My open house was attended by exactly the right group of people and offers were on the table immediately. During the closing process Grant was always available for calls and did an excellent job at moving the process forward around my busy schedule. His communication skills (both with the buyer and with me) were fantastic. I closed in the time frame I needed and walked away with a sale price I wanted. I can’t provide a stronger recommendation.
Rachel H., Madison
It has taken me a while to share this, but here I go. Grant was recommended to me through a co-worker. At the time we reached out to Grant it was only about a day or two after we decided we were going to start looking at purchasing a home. We jumped in to the idea not having any background or knowing where to start. Grant provided us great guidance throughout the whole process. After our first session of looking at homes I felt very confident in his ability to find us the perfect Dream Home. As he continued to send us listings to look at, I know that he immediately know what we were looking and was able to understand our wants and needs in what we wanted. I think it might have only been about a month of us looking when we came across that perfect Dream Home. Grant provided us with the guidance we needed in putting in the perfect initial offer to receive an acceptance. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking to purchase a home whether you are a first-time home buyer or if you’ve purchased homes in the past. I could not be more happy with the overall experience and how easy it went with his guidance and expertise.
Amanda V., Madison
I’m so pleased to have hired Grant to usher me through my first home buying process and orient me to Madison. I’d never been to Madison or Wisconsin before deciding to move here and Grant was simply PHENOMENAL as a local guide and guru. He took time to honestly get to know me, learn about my history and lifestyle, and earnestly took an interest in ensuring my transition to Madison went as smoothly as possible. Not only did he get me into a house that is a great fit and which I LOVE but he also provided an excellent orientation to the city, it’s neighborhoods, and overall housing market.
Through seven different offers, 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. He was detail-oriented and provided the perfect blend of pragmatic, direct input and process-oriented conversation.
I feel like Grant provided an excellent crash course in local real estate and property purchasing. I couldn’t be happier with Grant’s professionalism, skill, and knowledge. He was a pleasure to work with at every step of the process and I truly felt (& continue to feel) valued—first as a customer and now as a friend.
If you want an agent who truly gets to know you and values your priorities Grant is your man. Further, he’s an outstanding choice for first-time buyers, families, artists, and alternative types. He is fluent in the language of real estate and architecture. You can do no better!
Lauren P., Madison
Grant helped me look for ‘just the right place’ for over a year and a half. While we looked a great many places none of them hit just the right combination of my long list of wants and needs. I had expressed interest in Mid-Century Modern style which is both in high demand and relatively low availability. Grant would find a way to uncover that ‘hidden gem’ that covered much of my wish list.
We talked about the feel of a place and how certain elements that are not commonly thought of can be a significant feature. (I have a tall family and not having to duck walking down the stairs or getting a sore back when bending over to use low counter tops is a big deal.) As we went through one house after another he would incorporate those discussions into the features of the next.
After all of that, Grant patiently would listen how one place just didn’t ‘feel right’ (even though a sane person would probably have jumped at the opportunity.) He moved on cheerfully to finding me another house to look at, convincing me that ‘that’s ok, it HAS to feel right.’ (He has the patience of a saint.)
When houses were coming and going faster than I could get off of work to see them; he would offer to go on scouting missions and report back so we could prioritize the most promising listings.
We worked through multiple attempts to bid on houses and he taught me a TON about the nuances of making offers and the legal aspects of a sale. He even enjoyed when my parents would go see listings with us, and discussing the merits or issues with a particular listing.
Jillian W., Middleton
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.
Jack D., Madison
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. Grant combines marketing knowledge and experience with a passion for design, to find the right buyers for an architect designed mid-century modern property. 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!
Kristie L., Lodi
Grant’s local knowledge was flawless. He has a good sense of the history of Dane county as well as its architects. His process expertise was good, when we bought our house Grant was relatively new, I am sure he is even more skilled now. Grant’s responsiveness was reliable in every way. In negotiation Grant was good, yet we didn’t fully utilize his skills as our house required little along those lines. I would really recommend him for his courtesy and skill while working with people. He was always able to anticipate our needs. It was overall an excellent experience.
Chris B., Madison
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