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.
"lucky to have Alise on my side"
As an out-of-state potential homebuyer, I needed someone I could trust and that could understand my needs and wants in a home. Having never been to Madison before my home search it was obvious that I needed a realtor that cared about me as a person and finding me the right home. Luckily, my mother was curious about a house and reached out to Alise. After the phone call, my mother informed me that she had found a realtor for me. They say a mother’s intuition is never wrong and it wasn’t.
From understanding my wants, sending me videos of walking through houses and face-timing them with me, picking me up from the airport, and getting to know me as a person, we were able to find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood. I am lucky to have had Alise on my side and cannot say enough good things about my experience with her. If you are looking for the RIGHT home, I recommend Alise help you find it.
-Cory & Chloe
"excellent realtor and very responsive"
Alise was an excellent realtor and very responsive. She listens well and tries to understand as quickly as possible what you are looking for. Both her and the team at Roost made us feel as ease with their experience and skills. We were second time home buyers and quite picky in terms of what we wanted our realtor to do and bring to the table. I would highly recommend Alise and the Roost team.
Jen H, Monona
"a priceless ability to ask good and hard questions"
I found Roost because of their blog, an entry discussing ADUs. I was glad I did. Alise and her team really stuck with us through our long house hunt. We saw over 30 homes and she was consistently professional and timely.
We had a few situations where the sellers didn’t have their paperwork or details in order and Alise stepped in to ensure we had clear answers.
Alise has a full team behind her but was our primary realtor. She has a background in remodeling and rehab, great taste, and a priceless ability to ask good and hard questions.
"found this unlisted property.. was very proactive"
Jessica helped us through the process of purchasing a 4 unit property on the near west side of Madison. Jessica was actually the person who found this unlisted property by driving by and noticing a "For Sale by Owner" sign and was very proactive in making contacts with both us and the seller. She was extremely prompt in handling all the communications and details between us and the seller. Her negotiations with the seller enabled us to settle on a purchase price that we were targeting. I would whole heartedly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a realtor that is honest, hard working, and very efficient.
"helped contact potential sellers whose homes weren't even officially on the market!"
My wife and I highly recommend Jessica to anyone looking to purchase a home in the Madison area. Jessica spent countless hours working with us and showing us homes on the market. More importantly, Jessica didn't hesitate to go above and beyond the usual duties of a Realtor - she did market research and helped contact potential sellers whose homes weren't even officially on the market! We were so impressed with Jessica's work ethic and communication skills, and we are happy to be able to move into a house that we can call "home" due in large part to Jessica's fine work.
-Matt & Katrina K
"Even after I bought.. she has followed-up with me to make sure everything is still going well"
Alise was a pleasure to work with! She made sure that I had ample time to look at various locations. She even made sure I had access to sign forms while I was travelling. She helped connect me to other people as well (for example, a mortgage lender). She was there with me every step of the way - which was incredibly helpful to me as a first-time buyer. Even after I bought my condo, she has followed-up with me to make sure everything is still going well. I would definitely recommend her to others!
-Rae Bailine, Fitchburg
"definitely went the extra mile through the entire process"
Alise was able to understand my living situation and got a great grasp of what I was looking for in my starter home. She kept me up to date, is unbelievably friendly, and definitely went the extra mile through the entire process.
"found her honesty very refreshing"
Alise was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her. This was my first experience buying a home so naturally I wasn't sure of the process and what to expect. She took the time to explain everything to me step by step and always did so with a smile. It is evident that she has an extremely high work ethic and responded to all of my inquiries in a timely manner. I also found her honesty very refreshing. She truly wants to find a home that fits your needs and does not try to sugar coat you into something that does not fit your lifestyle.
"Found us a home that wasn't even on the market"
Jessica helped us find a beautiful home in Monona that wasn't even on the market yet. She keeps her finger on the pulse of area properties and is very connected, socially and professionally. This works to her advantage and ours.
We were first-time home-buyers, but this definitely doesn't feel like a "starter home." I can see staying here for a very, very long time.
One thing we really appreciated about her was that when we called or emailed, we knew we'd receive a timely response. We also appreciated her confidentiality. We have a few mutual connections and we always felt she handled all her clients with discretion.
- Liz M.
"Service beyond anything we expected"
When my husband and I first met Jessica we were impressed with her knowledge and understanding of the home buying process, her interest in finding the perfect home "for us", her honesty and attention to detail. She knew what we were looking for almost better than we did. The more we got to know her the more we discovered we had just scratched the surface. Jessica is an expert in all things related to home buying and selling. She tirelessly took us to house after house, and once we found one we liked, held our hand through each step of the process.
Not only is Jessica a true professional, she's also extremely service oriented. In fact, her service goes above and beyond anything we expected from a realtor. She 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 highly enough. Not only did we find the best realtor in the city, we found a friend that truly cared about helping make our move the best experience it could possibly be. Thank you Jessica!
-Karen and Dan
"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
"a strong and savvy negotiator"
We first met Jessica as a seller's agent for one of her listings and she impressed us with the amount of information and background information she had on the neighborhood and house. As a buyer's agent she was a strong and savvy negotiator and definitely helped us get a better deal than we would have otherwise.
We wanted to understand all the details of the paperwork and negotiations and she really took the time to answer our questions and explain things to us, although we feared at times that we were driving her crazy. Finally, she is very passionate about people, neighborhoods, community, and of course, homes. She genuinely enjoys what she does and she does it well!
"We are forever grateful"
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 & Marty
"listened to us and used her creative talents to help us find a home we love"
I would recommend Jessica without reservation to anyone buying a home in the Madison area. She is a consummate professional--knowledgeable, hard-working, and detail-focused. Jessica also has excellent critical-thinking skills, and she applied them during our search. We were very specific about what we wanted in a house. Jessica listened to us and used her creative talents to help us find a home we love.
"We have worked with other realtors, but Jessica went above and beyond for us"
We would absolutely recommend Jessica to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. We have worked with other realtors, but Jessica went above and beyond for us. She has a positive attitude, knows her stuff and is super friendly. We would definitely use her again!
"Jessica was Rad!"
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
"above and beyond our expectations of a real estate agent"
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
"I could trust her to give an honest opinion"
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.
"our boots on the ground since we are in CA"
Real dedication on Jessica's part, knew what we wanted and got it for us. Jessica was our boots on the ground in WI since we are in CA. We would definitely recommend Jessica.
"the best choice we made 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
"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
"I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone serious about taking their time finding their ideal home"
Jessica was able to provide unbiased insight about the unique aspects of home ownership which come from her experience as a realtor, home owner, and mutual human understanding. She was able to point out, explain, and provide recommendations for remedies for any and everything about the several houses we were shown prior to our purchase, things which I would never have been aware of as a previous long-time renter.
I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone serious about taking their time finding their ideal home and understanding that not every home is as it appears and there may be some elbow grease you may or may not want to put into a potential purchase which Jessica can inform you about, and provide recommendations to competitively priced specialist around town.
"Jessica’s knowledge and connections made the process very smooth"
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
"to know that we were in good hands"
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. We also really appreciated the sweet gestures from Roost such as when Jessica dropped off delicious pastries and coffee for us on move in day.
We would definitely recommend Roost. 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 Bret Schluederberg, 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
"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.
"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
"smart, personable, and most importantly, she has integrity"
Our daughter was in the market for her first home. We had looked at several properties that didn't work out due to the market activity and budget. Jessica stayed with us in our pursuit to finding the neighborhood and price point desired. Jessica is smart, personable, and most importantly, she has integrity. When looking to buy or sell properties, honesty is key. We would highly recommend her.
-J. Patton Walsh, 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
"Jessica was in our corner and advocated for us"
Jessica was always available for us, answering questions, good negotiations, information and she was in our corner the whole way.
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 cheaper (which we wouldn't have done on our own).
I’ve already already recommended Jessica to friends and they’ve had a great experience too!
"wonderful to work with"
Jessica was wonderful to work with. She was easy to get a hold of and always willing to help. As first time home buyers, Jessica definitely helped to calm our nerves and help us with the many questions we had. I'd absolutely recommend Jessica!