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The best part of our job is getting to meet and work with amazing people. There are few things in life more meaningful than home, and we feel pretty lucky to play a part in making home happen for you. Read a few of our Realtor Testimonials below, from some of our recent clients.
"In our corner and advocated for us" When the sellers tried to be difficult, Jessica was in our corner and advocated for us. She really cared about us not being taken advantage of. She also got us a good deal and had us do another counter offer that worked and got us our home for cheaper (which we wouldn't have done on our own). ~ Beth, Madison
"Plan to recommend Roost to all of our friends" It was so nice to be able to trust Jessica and to know that we were in good hands. Our time with Roost was relatively brief (our first and only offer was accepted!), but we found it so easy to work with them. Jessica is incredibly sweet and goes out of her way to make the home buying process as stress free as possible. Leading up to closing we didn't have a single hiccup working with Roost. They kept us well informed of next steps and did a great job of clarifying anything that was confusing to us. I have heard many stories from friends and family members who felt that their realtors were not looking out for their best interests and just working for a quick and easy sale. Based on our experience with Roost, we have trouble relating to these stories. We plan to recommend Roost to all of our friends as they begin to look for homes. ~ Madeline Kasper and Bret Schluederberg, Madison
"Knew the city and neighborhoods well" Emily was very flexible with time and stayed in close touch throughout the process. She brought a house knowledge and a critical eye to details that was very helpful. Knew the city well and neighborhoods. We are transplants from Ohio so having a realtor who knew the city and neighborhoods well was essential. What she didn't know she promptly researched for us. Emily was always positive and encouraging which helped us deal with the anxiety that house hunting brings along. She was terrific! ~ Kathy, Madison
"Took the time to learn about what was important to us" We were so happy with our decision to work with Roost Realty and Jessica and Emily. They not only worked to find the house that was perfect for us, but the home that fit our lifestyle. They took the time to learn about what was important to us from a neighborhood, community and lifestyle perspective and then made sure that when our dream home came on the market, we were one of the first to see it. They stand out as realtors who consider factors beyond just the bricks and mortars to help find the home that was a perfect reflection of our family's lifestyle values. They helped navigate us through some competitive bidding and complicated contingencies and made sure our legal and financial interests were always protected. They were always quick to respond with our inquiries, and generous with their time. We are forever grateful to Jessica and Emily for helping us sell our home quickly and for finding our dream home! ~ Camille Zanoni & Samuel Pratsch, Madison
"Great at what they do" Jessica and Emily are great at what they do! Jessica really helped me figure out what I wanted in a home and found it, very quickly! As a first time buyer, I was nervous, but Jessica's knowledge and connections made the process very smooth. I'm really happy to be moving into my new home. ~ Laura Faye Schmidli, Madison
"Frank, open, and effective" When we decided to sell our house, there were three driving facts: 1) we had tickets to move to Hawaii in six weeks; 2) our home was unconventionally laid out and appointed; and 3) our budget for fixing up and staging the house was small. Jessica and her team listened well to our needs. Emily and Carrie helped us by taking over the color selections, staging, and procuring of necessary elements. We provided the substantial labor, and the house was transformed well within our timeline. Frank, open, effective communication was the norm, and our house sold within weeks of our arrival in Hawaii. Three cheers for these wonderful professionals! Thanks, Roost! ~Luke Matthews, Hawaii (formerly of Madison!)
"A great team!" Jessica and Emily make a great team! From the first time we met Jessica and Emily at an open house we were impressed! They actually listened and took notes during our visit. Of all the Realtors we have met, only Jessica took the time to listen and understand our situation. We honestly believe we wouldn’t have sold our house for a reasonable price without the marketing savvy of Jessica and her fantastic team! After the sale of our former house, Emily took over and spent countless hours searching for our new home. Despite touring more than 40 houses, Emily remained upbeat and reassuring, providing much-needed input and guidance until we found the perfect home. If you are looking for agents who are hardworking, honest, knowledgeable, accessible and patient, look no further than Roost Realty and Jessica and Emily. They aren’t just really good realtors, they have become friends. ~ Bruce & Lisa Stein, Madison
"Extremely helpful and honest" We originally were working with another Realtor, who was not very helpful. We switched to Jessica after talking to a couple of other agents and deciding that we liked Jessica the most. She was extremely helpful and honest throughout the entire process. While we were originally searching for homes in the Dungeon-Monroe neighborhood, Jessica helped us discover the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood, and helped us realize it has everything that we were looking for. Jessica was very helpful through the whole process, constantly pointing out features of homes that we might have normally missed. She also helped us look past the stylistic decisions of the current homeowners and imagine a home's true potential. Even though we have already purchased a home, Jessica has continued to help us make decisions with our home. She has helped us decide which improvements are the most cost-effective, as well as putting us in contact with some excellent contractors. We really enjoyed working with Jessica, and we highly recommend her. Thanks, Jessica! ~ Patrick and Sarah, Madison
"Found us a home that wasn't even on the market" Jessica found us a home that wasn't even on the market yet. We were amazed that our first offer was accepted. I don't think it would have been with just any Realtor. She knew just what to say, as well as how and when, to the seller. In other words, she was an excellent advocate for us. I still can't believe how fortunate we are to live on what is known as 'Monona's most beautiful street.' I can't imagine being anywhere else. ~ Liz M., Monona
"Service beyond anything we expected" When my husband and I first met Jessica, we were impressed with her knowledge and understanding of the process, her interest in finding the perfect home for us, her honesty, and her attention to detail. She knew what we were looking for almost better than we did. The more we got to know her, we discovered we had just scratched the surface. Jessica and Emily are true experts about home buying and selling. They are professional and extremely service-oriented. In fact, their service goes above and beyond anything we expected from Realtors. They helped us find everything we needed -- from a fence contractor, to a tree removal company whom Jessica met with at our house in our absence. She even talked with our neighbors about our fencing project. All in all, we can't recommend Jessica and Emily enough. Not only did we find the best Realtors in the city, we found friends who truly cared about helping make our move the best experience it could possibly be. Thank you, Jessica and Emily! ~ Karen and Dan, Madison
"Without reservation" I would recommend Roost without reservation to anyone buying or a selling a home in the Madison area. They are consummate professionals—knowledgeable, hard-working, and detail-focused. Jessica applied her excellent critical-thinking skills during our home search, as we were very specific about what we wanted in a house. She listened to us and used her creative talents to help us find a home we love. ~ Joe C., Madison
"Exactly what we were looking for" Jessica did a great job of listening to us and helping us find what we wanted. On the very first day we looked at houses with her, she listened closely to what we liked and didn't like about each. When we were almost done with the houses on our itinerary for that first day, she asked if we would mind adding one more house to the list. That last house was exactly what we were looking for and ended up becoming our new home. ~ Michelle Watkins & Jolin Mitchel, Madison
"She negotiated masterfully" As a first-time homebuyer on an abnormally short schedule, I was concerned about ensuring my home search and purchase would go smoothly. Upon recommendation from a friend, I contacted Jessica and explained my situation. She immediately scheduled a face-to-face meeting and got to work right away.
She was careful to explain the purchasing process to me and answer all of the questions I had. Jessica was patient throughout and helped educate me on what to look for.
The weeks leading up to closing were rather rocky, due to seller-driven issues, but Jessica put time and energy into handling problems before they reached me. She negotiated masterfully with the seller, ending with a deal that was acceptable to both parties and again preserved my interests.
If I am ever again in a position to purchase or sell real estate in the Madison area, I will not hesitate to go back to Jessica Riphenburg. Her experience and skills made all the difference in my home purchase, and I wouldn't entrust such an important matter to anyone else. ~ Steve P., Monona
"Walked us through our questions brilliantly" Jessica was Rad! Patient, listened to what we wanted, and found a wonderful home for us. Never thought working with a Realtor could actually be pleasurable. She never made us feel silly, and walked through all of the first time questions brilliantly. ~ James & Anisa Irwin, Madison
"So accommodating and patient" You did a great job responding to my questions quickly and efficiently. I love that you were so accommodating to my schedule, and so patient with me! Thank you so much. ~ Emily Allred and Rick Hanson, Madison
"Knew what I was looking for" Jessica was wonderful to work with! She quickly became a friend and knew right away what I was looking for. She understood what my price range was and worked with my budget -- didn't try to "up-sell" me. When Jessica called to tell me that my offer was accepted, I was first thrilled, then sad that soon I wouldn't be working with her anymore. I look forward to selling with her in the future. ~ Amy Kruchten, Sun Prairie
"Informative without being pushy" I decided to use Jessica as my buyers agent after meeting her at a couple open houses. I chose her because I appreciated that she was informative without being pushy. I always felt confident that I could trust her to give an honest opinion while valuing my judgment as well. ~ Karen Kann, Monona
"Never made us feel rushed" Jessica was very patient and helpful, she never pushed us into buying, and never made us feel rushed. She was very knowledgeable and always answered our questions in a timely manner. ~ Erik Russell and Shanna Bransted, Madison
"A real professional" It was a pleasure having Jessica to sell my parents’ house. She was a real professional and I would recommend her to anyone. ~ Jim Knepler, Madison
"A pleasure to work with" We would not hesitate to recommend Jessica to family and friends for all of their real estate needs. She was knowledgeable, dependable, and a pleasure to work with. We are forever grateful for all of her kind assistance, making for a wonderful first time home buying experience. ~ Olivia Rico and Marty Honisch, Madison
"She was our eyes and ears" Jessica was an incredible help to us as first time homebuyers. She walked us through everything, explaining general processes, legal jargon, even going so far as to offer car rides to help us get to several major signings. She was our eyes and ears, drawing our attention to possible homes, and also a calming balance to our eagerness when we found houses we liked. We highly recommend her. ~ Emily & Drew Hutchinson, Madison
"The perfect match for us" I feel like our agent was the perfect match for us. Jessica went above and beyond our expectations of a real estate agent. Having someone knowledgeable who was able to help us through every aspect of buying a house, from finding a lender to looking for a home inspector, made the whole experience easier. I would refer her to friends, especially those who need alternative loans to get a mortgage. ~ Mariah Renz & Ruben Mendez, Madison
"The best choice while looking for a home" As first time buyers, working with Jessica was the best choice we made while looking for a home. She was very knowledgeable & helpful, walking us through the process, listening to our wants and needs, and helping us into a home perfect for our family. I would recommend Jessica to anyone; she did a great job. ~ Chris & Olga Sutton, Madison