September 2013
Dear ,
Leslie The Realtor


"Tough times never last, but tough people do."

I wear many hats as a REALTORŪ.  One of the most important ones is being an objective voice to my clients going through the highly emotional home sale and/or purchase.

This year presented not one but two very personal sales.  The first being my childhood home, which my mother resided in for 43 years.  The second, my father's 2-flat on Lake Monona which he occupied for 26 years.  

Both sales were met with emotional resistance.  

I learned that others were taking advantage of my mother's need for assistance in the maintenance & upkeep of her home. But the most frightening thing to find was her application for a Reverse Mortgage, which stemmed from a TV commercial. Come to find out, after the company took $50k off the top and charged an unnecessary interest rate 4 times more than normal, they would only be paying her $181/month over the next 30 years! (Please, please consult with a professional if you hear of anyone considering a Reverse Mortgage. The language in the paperwork can be very hard to make sense of.)  After educating my mother on the Reverse Mortgage, she gladly shredded the paperwork and agreed to list the house.  Her home was pre-inspected, de-cluttered & staged.  As a result, she accepted a full price offer and no inspections! I am happy to report that mom loves living in her new senior apartment.

One week after my we closed on my mother's home, my father became gravely ill.  He suffered a stroke in his spinal column as a result of complications during surgery.  He lost the use of his legs but thankfully not his spirit.  We are all grateful to have him alive but his home on Morrison required 3 sets of stairs to allow him access.  We explored all his options and decided to sell rather than continue as a rental property.  As emotional as this was for the entire family, I said to my dad, "If we have to give up Morrison for you become better, then it is worth it! There will always be another house but nothing compares to another day spent with you."  
Once again, a pre-inspection was completed, 26 years of belongings were removed & we put it on the market.  After a dozen showings, a cash offer with no contingencies was accepted and we successfully sold his lake house to a very fun-loving family last week.  I left the closing with a smile on my face knowing that more laughs & memories would continue to fill Morrison by the new family.

In the end, these two experiences have reminded me of what my own clients are going through, as well as, where my strength & determination stem from. Thank you mom, dad & Aleesa for your never ending love and support.  They trusted me to sell their beloved homes during unsettling times. 

Best regards,


2013 July Home Sales ReportLeslieTheRealtor.com
Home Sales and Prices Continue Path of Robust Growth

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin home sales and prices both grew in July, outpacing the solid rate established for the first half of 2013 according to data just released by the Wisconsin REALTORSŪ Association (WRA). Sales of existing homes for July increased 17.3 percent over July of 2012, which is stronger than the 11.4 percent rate of growth established in the first six months of this year over the first half of last year. READ ON...
9 Ways to Make a Kitchen Look Swank for Less
Costs for even relatively moderate kitchen redos can run well into the tens of thousands of dollars. Here are a few ways to enhance this focal point of a home on a budget.
Kitchen Remodel


According to Remodeling magazine's latest Cost vs. Value survey, the average price of an upscale kitchen redo hovers about $113,000. Even the cost of a mid-range overhaul is a whopping $58,000.

However, sellers are rarely willing to invest the kind of time and money it takes to do that kind of remodeling job, especially one they'll barely use before they move. 

Did You Know?
Tomato is world's most popular fruit

The tomato is the world's most popular fruit. And yes, just like the brinjal and the pumpkin, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit, the banana. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons). READ ON...

In This Issue
2013 July Home Sales Report
9 Ways to Make a Kitchen Look Swank for Less
Did You Know?...
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Special thanks to Rachel who referred her dear friends family to me. I was able to assist them with the sale of their late brother.

Katie's condo received multiple offers which resulted in a selling price $8000 over asking price. Madison misses you and Macey!

Welcome to Cottage Grove Danny & Stephanie. I can not wait to see all the improvements!

Bitter-sweet on the sale of my father's home in Madison. The memories, love & laughter will always remain. Thank you for listening to me & following my advise.
MAX - Business Networking Group 
Join us and other professionals on Wednesday, October 2nd at
Networking starts at 11:30 am and lunch at noon.
No membership fees, no pretense - we get together for lunch once a month.  We meet & We eat.
Interested in joining?  Send me an email or find us on Facebook
September Events

UW Badger Football Schedule & More

Complete coverage of all Badger NCAA athletics, including Football, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Softball, Track, Rowing, Cross Country 


Ironman Madison

Saturday, September 8

Monona Terrace

For small-town charm with plenty of personality, it's tough to beat IRONMAN Wisconsin and its 45,000+ cheering fans lining the course.


Thursday, September 12, 5-8pm
Downtown Middleton
Guests will start the evening at the BMO Harris Bank, where they will receive a wine glass and a wristband. Guests will then proceed to each business as desired and enjoy tasting red and white wines.

Friday, September 20, 5pm
King St, downtown Madison
Final concert in the free summer concert series. 

Adult Swim: Wisconsin Science Festival Preview Party 

Friday, September 20, 6-10pm

Madison Children's Museum

No, we don't have a swimming pool, but we honor the time-honored "adult swim" tradition at public pools as we kick the kids out so adults can have the museum to themselves.


Festival of Food: Dueling Desserts 

Thursday, September 26, 6-9pm

Karben4 Brewing  

Last year, Madison's top chefs competed for votes during the Dueling Chef dinner. This year, we are asking Madison's best pastry chefs to do the same! 


36th Annual Monroe Street Festival

Saturday, September 28

Monroe Street, Madison

The Monroe Street Festival runs the entire length of our street, and includes bargains from many of the merchants as well as activities for the whole family. 

Restaino & Associate REALTORS




Mortgages come in all shapes and sizes - we offer just right.


Whether it's your first home or custom dream home, find the perfect fit at Park Bank.

Jessica Duren at 608-826-5504 or apply online anytime at www.jessica.parkbank.com
Mention Leslie for a closing cost discount.  Subject to credit approval.