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.

 

Our house sold less than 48 hours after it was on the market. We had five offers, and they were all above list price. With results like this, it might seem obvious to say that we had a fantastic experience working with Jessica and Alise, but in our case, “fantastic” is an understatement.

After spending an evening going through each room in our house, Jessica and Alise gave us a detailed list of staging recommendations, which ultimately allowed us to list our home at a higher price. Some of their suggestions were such small details that we never would have considered, but certainly made a difference in the appearance of our home. They hired a professional photographer whose photos made our house look amazing. And, with Jessica’s blog post highlighting all of the great things that made our house AND our neighborhood a fantastic place to live, our online presence was outstanding. We could not be more thrilled with the way our house was marketed.

Jessica and Alise are incredibly personable and professional. As first-time home-sellers, we had many questions, and Jessica and Alise patiently walked us through every step of the process. They are both so incredibly knowledgeable of the real estate market, and we are so glad that we had them on our team.

We are extremely happy that we decided to work with Jessica and Alise and highly recommend them to anyone looking to sell their home in the Madison area.
— Katie Lundgren-Smith & Aaron Smith

Alise did an excellent job helping me both find a new home and sell my existing home. She’s extremely responsive and worked very well with my schedule. I really appreciated how Alise developed a nuanced understanding of my particular preferences & goals. She was strongly focused on helping me find and get the best possible house.

With the sale of my existing home, she gave me good and actionable advice for prep, staging, and listing. She worked hard to keep our listing fresh and appealing to drive views. She was continuously engaged following up on potential leads.

Offers, paperwork, and negotiations all went very smoothly. There were no significant surprises, mistakes, or process complications. I was very satisfied with the outcomes of both the purchase and sales negotiations.

I’d recommend Alise to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Madison.
— D Billmire

Thank you Alise Wasserburger and Jessica Riphenburg from Roost Realty for making the sale of my late mother’s duplex a short and successful endeavor! Their expertise and commitment to provide the service and support I was looking for was exceptional. They guided me through what was my first experience as a seller and the sale of what other realtors might have viewed as a difficult task.

Jessica and Alise’s experience was crucial in establishing a hit list of task and a reasonable timeline for putting the property on the market. Their recommendations were invaluable for focusing my time and effort spent on getting ready for that. Alise and Jessica went the extra mile to accentuate what really made the property special; my mother had spent the last 30 years planting an extensive garden of perennials and the listing featured a map of all of the wonderful plantings. Their marketing strategy was right on and I couldn’t have imagined the interest this property received in a very short time!

As it turns out their recommendations, such as doing a pre-sale home inspection, having quotes from good contractors ready, and connecting me to reliable contractors for fixing up the property, were invaluable. I fully credit Roost Realty for the short time it took to receive an accepted offer and can’t thank Alise and Jessica enough for the constant and proactive support I received throughout the entire process. I highly recommend them for for your real estate needs in the Madison area!
— -Derek McRoberts

What really set Roost realty apart, specifically Alise, was her ability to think outside the box and her approach to treating my house as her own.

She always went the extra mile to help set my house apart from others. For example, she left a binder of information that highlighted the unique attractions specific to my neighborhood. Additionally, she did a wonderful job staging my house. I appreciated her prompt responses as well as her kindness and thoughtfulness throughout the whole house selling process.

Selling a house is stressful, but Alise really helped alleviate my stress by having my best interest in mind at all times. I knew I could trust her to help me the receive the best deal. I highly recommend Alise for anyone looking to buy or sell a house!
— Chris Bareis

My husband and I really had an enjoyable experience working with Jessica and Alise from roost realty. They were always available for any questions. They were also very receptive to feedback. They led us through the experience of selling our first home with their realty expertise but also allowed us a day in how we wanted to market our home. They put together a great hand out for prospective buyers not only about our home but also the great attributes about our particular neighborhood. We sold our home quickly and would list with them again.
— Beth Votroubek

The Roost Realty team sold my house quickly at a great price. Living out of state, I was able to continue focusing on the demands of my work and everyday life while they applied all sorts of resources and marketing tools toward attracting potential buyers. Once the house was under contract, they were in constant communication so I always knew what to expect. I especially appreciated the attention to detail throughout the process. It was such a professional team and a wonderful experience!
— Emily Allred

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
Smart, savvy, fun, and definitely on top of all the business. With Jessica we felt like we had a partner and advocate, and also someone we enjoyed talking to and listening to. Our experience was excellent, as pain free as selling any house can be. We were pleased with how quickly we sold and with the results! We will use her to purchase our next house for sure, and would recommend her to friends without reservation.
— Kat D
Jessica was simply brilliant from list to close. We accepted an offer four days after listing, for well over asking price. That result is wholly due to Jessica’s sale strategy, which she tailored to us and our neighborhood. The marketing materials—both printed mailers and on social media—presented our home beautifully and included photographs that made our home look sparkling. She answered our many many many questions throughout the process. And Jessica was always so warm and friendly, and as excited about the sale as we were. I wholeheartedly recommend working with Jessica and all the fine folks at Roost!
— Katie Rusch
Thank you Jessica Riphenburg and Roost Realty. Your personal attention and industry knowledge were greatly appreciated during what can be a challenging and confusing process. Unfortunately we needed to sell our home quickly. Jessica was able to put together a successful marketing strategy using all available tools including the use of social media to maximize exposure of our home. Jessica actively monitored the market and gave us updates and advice to best position our home for a timely sale. I enjoyed the boutique like experience working with Roost Realty and highly recommend them for your real estate needs In the Madison area. Thanks again to Roost Realty and my new friend Jessica.
— Kevin
It is with great confidence that I recommend Jessica Riphenburg and Roost Realty. From the first time I met Jessica at an open house I was impressed! She actually listened and took notes during our visit. Of all the Realtors I have met, only Jessica took the time to listen and understand our situation. She promptly followed up on that initial meeting by setting me up with a regular email communication regarding homes in the areas and price range we were looking for.

I honestly believe we wouldn’t have sold our existing house for a reasonable price without the marketing savvy of Jessica and her fantastic team! Our house was a tough sell due to some bad press the neighborhood had recently received, but Jessica came in with an amazing marketing plan, which included some incredible photographs and two videos. The new owners commented on the videos at the closing, so I know the videos were very effective and help close the sale.

After the sale of that house, Jessica provided much needed input, guidance and patience while we searched the perfect new home! She worked with us on every step of the process. If you are looking for an agent who is hardworking, honest, knowledgeable, accessible and patient, look no further than Roost Realty and Jessica. She isn’t just a really good realtor, she has become a good friend.
— Bruce and Lisa Stein

Jessica and Emily were very helpful, responsive, and reassuring about everything! They went out of their way to help us get that price that we needed by suggesting specific people for repairs as well as even letting the repairmen into our house when we were at work.

We really appreciated their patience! Moves are stressful, and both Jessica and Emily were very willing to work with us while we worked through this process.

We would definitely recommend Roost to family and friends.
— Beth M.

"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.

-Summer P

 

"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.

-Abby Hammes

 

"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.

-J Kronforst

 

 "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.

Chelsea L

 

"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!


-Kate H

 

"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.


-Joe C

 

"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!


-Maureen T

 

"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.

-Karen Kann

 

"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.


-Maureen B

 

"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.

-David A

 

"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.

-Amy Krutchen

 

"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!

-Beth

 

"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!


-E Meinke