ABOUT Kate Grace & Helpful TIPS, followed by TESTIMONIALS:
I love my work as a professional REALTOR® and my clients would likely tell you it shows! I take your real estate expectations seriously and respect every transaction as if it were my own - I understand it’s not just a house, it's your home!
I was introduced to the real estate industry shortly after college and became hooked. I began my career as an appraiser —which took me all around Dane County, WI. This experience provided me with an excellent background for real estate sales and consulting. I became a licensed WI Real Estate agent in 1995 and a WI licensed Broker in 2011.
To get away, my family enjoys our Wisconsin travels. We make excursions to the Chain O’ Lakes area in the summer, and skiing in the Upper Peninsula in the winter. On the home front, it is not unusual for us to be in the midst of a remodeling project and we enjoy brainstorming for new design ideas. When relaxing I relish my time for reading and share my love of reading as a “Schools of Hope” literacy volunteer for local elementary students (and look forward to volunteering again post CoVid).
KATE RECOMMENDS THESE HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE REAL ESTATE RELATED LINKS:
COST vs. VALUE - Madison, WI 2021 Click this link and discover which remodeling projects bring the biggest bang for the buck! Scroll to the end of this link to see ROI (return on investment)- remodeling charts.
www.nachi.org/life-expectancy.htm Click this link to find the average life expectancy for appliances and building components for your home. Provided by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).
2018 LANDSCAPING IMPACT REPORT Published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). See what landscape projects are likely to appeal to home buyers.
KATE'S REAL ESTATE BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION:
• Licensed REALTOR® in the State of WI since 1995.
• Currently holds a WI Real Estate Broker's license and works full-time as a professional REALTOR®.
• Real Estate Sales Include single-family homes, rural residential homes (served by well & septic), condominiums, employee relocation, and new construction.
• 12+ years: Real Estate Appraisal experience throughout the Dane County area.
• WI Certified: Real Estate Appraiser since 1992.
• DESIGNATIONS: Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®), National Association of REALTORS® Green (sustainable property) designation, Home Staging Expert (HSETM), and Certified Negotiation Expert - CNE (via the Real Estate Negotiation Institue).
• Member: Wisconsin Realtors Association.
Chosen by peers to serve a term for the Professional Standards Committee for the REALTORS® Association of South Central WI.
• Graduate: UW–Madison
♣ "Our realtor, Kate Grace, knocked the sale of our house out of the park! Her keen eye, sensibility, cleanliness, and friendly professionalism made getting our home ready to be listed straightforward. Kate instructed us what we needed to do to get the house ready, and shortly there after we were ready. Kate’s extensive realty experience and intelligent comps helped us to land on a realistic number that we would list the house for. Typically, one would think that January in Wisconsin is not a great time to list a house. Kate listed our home around 2PM and we received numerous requests for showing by 10PM. The following morning, we had an offer for over $10,000 of our asking price! Kate did not stop there. Kate helped us navigate the buyer’s inspections, appraisal and some subsequent minor issues with our house that were easily resolved. When I was going to use a contractor that wanted $1600 to fix something, she put us in touch with a reliable and well-known contractor that charged us $450. Thank you for all your help! "
— Ryan H. - Madison, WI
We recently sold our house and Kate Grace was our realtor. We had a great experience with Kate. She is so knowledgeable in her field. Kate also has many resources to tap into to help with staging and contractors. Kate also put us at ease when it came to any bumps in the road. I will definitely recommend her to anyone who asks. Thank you Kate for getting us multiple showings and an offer over asking price!
— Dena H. (Dena and Ryan, Sellers, Madison, WI)
♣"Kate helped us immensely every step of the way from shopping for homes till we signed for our new home at the title company. She was able to coach us on expectations along the way which helped reduce our stress level. She responded immediately with all concerns and questions. She was a great council. We could not have done without her help. Thanks, Kate for finding our new home!"
— Pamela and Greg T. - Sun Prairie, WI (Buyers)
♣"We turned to Kate a second time when deciding to make a change. She was great with listening to what we wanted and helping us to find our new home. We highly recommend her for her professionalism, ease to work with, and her willingness to help at any time. She was knowledgeable of the inventory and was quick to respond to our needs. Hoping this is our forever home, but if we need services again, we wouldn't hesitate to contact Kate."
— Paul and Kris M. - Windsor, WI (Buyers and Sellers)
♣"Kate has been my Realtor for my entire home buying and selling life. We have worked together on 4 homes over the last 20 years. I would never think of using anyone else, and I have recommended her to many friends and family members over the years. You simply cannot find anyone who does a better job or will work harder than Kate does. Our current house wasn't even on the market when Kate showed it to us. Don't hesitate for a second to contact Kate, whatever your Real Estate needs may be now and in the future."
—Todd E. – Sun Prairie, WI (Buyer and Seller)
♣ "Kate Grace of the Cottage Grove Rd office was our buyer's agent and I am delighted to say that her expertise made our home buying experience a complete success! We were relocating from out of state and I had a specific set of criteria for the house I wanted to buy--type of house, price, neighborhood, time- frame of closing. I made a trip to Madison to view some homes with Kate but returned home without an accepted purchase offer. I was so impressed with Kate that I knew I wanted to continue to work with her. Despite low inventory, Kate found the perfect house for us a month later! Kate toured the house with 3 of my local relatives, took videos and photos, and after some conferring, we placed an offer that was accepted! Thank goodness for Kate's use of modern technology....electronic signature capability for documents, facilitating inspection from afar, frequent emails....our long-distance purchase was stress-free! When we finally saw the house before closing, it was exactly as expected and we are so pleased to be the new owners! Kate was such a blessing to us and I highly recommend her, especially if you are relocating into the competitive Madison housing market!"
— Karen and David T. - Madison, WI (Buyers)
♣“After 28 years of home ownership, I was ready for less work. Kate’s professional expertise in preparing my home for sale, resulted in it selling in less than a week. Kate found an ideal place (condo) and worked for me to make sure I got it. I was thrilled with her professional yet personal service. Details and deadlines, Kate didn’t miss a thing.”
—Peg B. – Madison, WI (Buyer and Seller)
♣"As first time home buyers, we were pretty nervous about buying a home. Kate Grace made sure we were comfortable with the process and found us the perfect home that fit everything on our checklist! We had a pretty tricky set of requirements in mind for our home, especially for our area. Kate wasn't pushy and didn't try to show us a home that wasn't right for our needs. I recommend Kate to all my friends and anybody who is looking for a realtor! Thanks, Kate!"
—Jake W. and Sara W. – DeForest, WI (Buyers)
♣“The sale of our home was the most significant financial transaction we have made to date. We certainly did not take the selection of a Real Estate Partner lightly and having Kate Grace on our side throughout the journey was the most critical component to the successful close of your sale. Were my wife and I to re-enter the market to purchase another property, we would not hesitate to enlist Kate again. As clients that relied greatly on her expertise throughout our sale, we are proud and honored to give her our highest recommendation.”
—Jason M. – Relocating Seller
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