Client Testimonials

Dear Chris and Tammy and Mad City Dream Homes, 

Thank you for everything you did to help me find and get my dream condo! Monroe Commons is amazing so far, and it will only get better! All your friendly help was greatly appreciated!

- Dean, Madison

Dan is wonderful to work with. He helped to identify what house items definitely needed to be fixed.  He recommended workmen that are reasonable and responsive.  His stager made numerous recommendations that transformed my house.   He helped evaluate bids pointing out weaknesses and strengthes.  He understands the emotional highs and lows involved in the selling process.   He smoothed the difficult moments by making astute recommendations.  He even helped find contractors for requested buyer repairs.  He checks in to see how you are doing.  He made me feel like we were a team.  Great agent.

- Peggy, Madison

Chris Venden was a joy to work with. She did an excellent job of marketing and selling our home. And she skillfully helped us navigate the complicated maze of buying a new home. I highly recommend her!

- Jack B, Madison

Hi Dan and Tammy -

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the awesome job you guys did.

Your patient guidance and wise counsel throughout this journey were light years above and beyond what our previous real estate agents have provided (and that's saying something, because we've generally had really great experiences in the past). Thank you for sticking with us and helping us finish the race!

- Bill and Jane, Madison
Honestly, Dan provided everything I needed with accuracy and timeliness. He even managed me successfully. I inititially thought an offer was low and didn't think it warranted a counter. Dan let me sleep on it, then approached me with a plan the next morning. We ultimately sold to that buyer at a good price. Also, in my first meeting with Dan, he brought data that showed Dane County signings by month. We were originally thinking of listing in July. Seeing that May is the big month, we changed our approach and were listed by end of February. Dan also arranged cleaning and staging services timely and for a fair price. Outstanding service from start to finish. As an out-of-town seller, the transaction couldn't have gone smoother. Dan's diligence and communication were key to that success. - Craig, Fitchburg
Chris and Tammy,
 
Wish we could do something to thank you for everything. Your help, knowledge, professionalism, and friendship were an irreplaceable part of our journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything - right down to the personalized wine bottle.
 
I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. We'll be sure to give you a jingle if we need anything. :)
- Sarah

Dan, Tammy and Chris, 

Thank you so much for making this all happen! We're enjoying our new home. Thank you for the thoughtful gifts. The personalized wine bottle was heartfelt and will be treasured for years to come. 

Sincerely, 

- Jeff and Patsy, Madison

A thank you to Dan:

The video was outstanding. His negotiations and advice were spot on. He was also quite good in anticipating a potential series of events and planning for that with the right documents being prepared ahead of time.  I gained new respect for Dan prior to the listing when I explained that I had been stalked by a couple of buyers prior to the listing contract. While I was reluctant to show the house, he was very understanding and encouraged me to do just that. We actually learned a lot from those experiences. As I have told others, a good realtor earns their commission. The reality is that if I had met the right buyer before the listing contract, I would have accepted less than what we ultimately received in the sale proceeds.

- Andy, Shorewood Hills

Chris and Tammy were terrific. We knew we would have to act quickly to tour houses and put in an offer, and Tammy was always available at the drop of a hat. Chris and Tammy made our home search and our closing easy and stress-free. We knew we would like working with you when we first sat down with Chris and she was very honest and straightforward about the current market and helped us manage our expectations.

- Jim and Nicole, Madison
It was so refreshing to work with a Realtor that really listened to all the things that were important to us...instead of pushing us into the first home we saw. After getting engaged and deciding to buy a home together, my fiance and I quickly realized how stressful buying a home while trying to sell two homes can be!  Chris was so easy to work with...she really took alot of pressure off of us in the buying process!  Chris Venden is the most fun and efficient Realtor we have ever met!  

You Rock! - Dave and Dede, Fitchburg

Tammy, you are the best realtor EVER!

Thank you!

- Stephanie, Madison

Well done Chris!!

You were awesome! You put in tons of extra work on your end, and we couldn't be more grateful for how helpful and supportive you were throughout the process. Thanks again!

- Andy and Carolyn, Madison

Dan,

You are the heart and soul realtor of the sale of our home. From February to May, you offered professional advice and personal attention to our family situations. You helped us through our maze with confidence and kindness. Fondly,

- Buck and Mary Anne and Family, Dane
Shelley-

We just wanted to personally thank you for all of your time and insights at the open house on Hanover Trail last weekend.  Your explanation of the home, neighborhood and sub-division were incredibly helpful in our overall decision process.

We ended up purchasing the home yesterday and our interaction with you was a wonderfully positive influence on that decision.  We look forward to saying thanks in person as soon as we get get moved in. - Dan and Maureen, Waunakee
Hi, Tammy, Chris, and Dan:

I did not open the bag Chris gave me this morning until I got home (just now, actually), and what a surprise: not only a personalized label but also a sketch of MY new condo  on the wine bottle.  What a great & delightful idea!! I may drink all of the wine, but I’ll never throw the bottle away!

Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and great service. I will definitely recommend you to any friends or acquaintance (or even strangers on the street) who are looking for real property!

Best wishes and I’ll see you for the “after” party! - Chris, Madison
Hi Dan,

I finally have the break to express my sincere thanks to you and your team, especially Jill who has been very helpful and patient to show me around and spend time in my moving and closing.  Also, it was terribly sweet of you and your team to give me such a wonderful gift.  I will keep it forever since it is so unique and special to me.  Thank you all again.
- Jason, Shorewood Hills
Dear Chris,

We are getting married in our beautiful backyard (from a house I found through the best Realtor in the world!)  It's going to be very simple but it will be a wedding and a pig roast!!! I will be sending you an invite soon! - Isabel and Chava, Madison

Hi Tammy, I just wanted to thank you for helping my sister from the very beginning of this process to the end. My husband and I have bought some properties but it’s been so long, we are out of it in our decision making process in these matters.

You were so helpful and so caring. We felt like we were really being so thoughtfully navigated through these waters! You were more patient than we were! You looked for that darned storage unit in the garage level like it was YOUR storage area! You laughingly tried the thousand keys when trying to get us into the condo! You helped with the things that really mattered and that put things in perspective for us. You worked on weekends, and were SO nice about it.

We appreciated Dan very much also. If it hadn’t been for him, we might have forgone the inspection and it turned out to be VERY significant in the negotiations and bottom line. His Saturday stint with the offer writing was above and beyond considering his dead car battery (did he walk from Sun Prairie, I forgot?!).

We all agree you are a very special person.

Most sincerely,

- Deb, Madison

Dear Chris and Tammy, 

Thank you so much for all your help finding our dream home! We still can't believe that it's ours!! You were both so amazing to work with, so full of helpful information so helpful, flexible, and kind! We are so glad we were able to work with you and connect with you on Facebook. Thank you so much for everything!

- Dan and Danielle, Madison

Thanks Dan

Everything went very smoothly. I appreciate all that you, Shelley and April did to make this less stressful considering the time frame from start to finish.  Now that it’s over, I’m amazed this came together as well as it did. 

BTW – I want to thank you again for the recommendation for the moving company.  General Purpose Movers were great from the first time Ben called me to the last box off the truck.  I have recommended them to a co-worker for moving her parents. 

Thanks again

Jean

- Jean, Sun Prairie

Dear Chris,

You were a real find for us.  We were looking for our first home and had no experience searching for houses.  You were helpful from beginning to end, always listened to us and were open to our requests, while at the same time providing us with the information we needed to make the best decision for us.  You were flexible, reliable, kind, and thorough.  Chris you were there with us every step of the way and helped us find an amazing first home! Thank you!

- Katey and James, Madison

It was our good fortune choosing Dan as our realtor and our great pleasure in working with him! From the start Dan provided services above and beyond what we expected starting with bringing in a troop of teenage boys to help us clean our yard and ending with taking out our garbage after we had closed on the sale of our house and moved to another state. His team provided excellent support in helping us with staging, thanks to the keen and perceptive eye of Debbie, and showing our house on-line with beautiful pictures, thanks to the superb photography of Tracy. And importantly Dan secured an offer and helped us close the sale at a price point which exceeded our expectations! All in all working with Dan and his team was a superlative experience!

- Ed and Mary, Madison

Thank you Chris! For all of your service, your support, and your guidance. You are truly THE BEST! I appreciate you as a realtor and as a friend. 

Erica

- Erica, Madison

Hi Dan,

If the other realtors were ever to ask why I chose you, one of the top reasons I'd list was your promise of staging combined with great photos and a video narrating the house - not to mention your honest and calm personality.

- Heather, Madison

It has been almost two years since the team at Mad City Dream Homes helped us both buy a condo in downtown Madison and sell our home which was in a rural area in Iowa County. They even facilitated a same day closing for both transactions. We would absolutely look to the team at Mad City should we decide to sell our Madison condo.

Across the board, the teamwork by Mad City Dream Homes supported both the buying and selling processes and was critical to its success. It was done efficiently and effectively for both transactions. As many know, the process of selling and buying a home in short order can be both emotionally and physically draining. The whole team were with us during all steps of that journey.

Dan set up the marketing plan for the selling of our home in the country which had some unique features. This involved high quality photos of our house and drone views of the property. Debbie came and made staging suggestions. Tammy, meanwhile, was showing us various properties in Madison at times that always worked with our work schedules. Chris assisted in the financial arrangements, including drafts of the various paperwork for all the transactions, and Shelly closed the sale of our home with the buyer using excellent negotiating skills. They all did this while being pleasant and professional at every step of the way.

We believe wholeheartedly in the Margaret Mead saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” While this refers to social justice work, it also seems to be part of the mission of what teamwork at Mad City Dream Homes  tries to do for people when they are in stressful situations with the process of buying and selling homes. They strive to take care of the “village” of customers that they are providing services to during this life transition process. For us it was a dramatic decreasing of a life style footprint as empty nesters; and that in and of itself was stressful and emotional.  They never made judgments about anything, but just steadily worked with us. They even continued this support after the closing with Shelley negotiating an additional purchase of some of the items the buyers of our home wanted. We can’t say enough about their teamwork and its effectiveness.

- Deb and Chris, Madison
Dan... thank you.  I’ve been meaning to tell you that for awhile now, but what a whirlwind of a week!!  Best one that I can remember in a long time...Our new home is definitely what we all have been working toward, all this time.  Nothing is perfect, but this home is perfect!  For us, it is perfect.  It just feels right... And easy.  Thank you for helping us get to this happy place.  I am glad Chris was a KEY player in this incredible offer and acceptance.  Without her immediate action and expertise, not to mention incomparable people skills, we would not have this home to call our own.  With her drive and personality, everything else was able to fall into place.  Chris has been a joy to work with and we are SO thankful for both of you. - Amanda and Andy, Middleton

Thank you for the assistance in the sale of my home! It has been a pleasure working with Mad City Dream Homes. Dan was always available to answer my questions. And there were many in the process of selling my house. 

- Joyce B, Madison

Hi Dan,

Just a quick note to say THANK YOU to you and the entire team. You all were such a great help! Your approach to helping people find the right home is exceptional! We won't hesitate to recommend you to others and we will be giving you a call to sell our current home in a couple of years.

- Beth and Andrew, Middleton

Dan, Shelley, and Chris,

I wanted to thank all of you for helping Doug and I find our dream home and sell our beloved home during a pandemic. You lead a team that provides outstanding service. The process went smoothly, and your help was simply outstanding. From staging our home to online video, from carefully planned showings, to the sale, inspections and closing—you were there to support and guide us. And, finding our new home went so quickly and Chris has been a knowledgeable intermediary between the seller and us. All of you are incredibly fast responders which works well for impatient people like me.

Yesterday, from the window overlooking the woods, I saw two Baltimore orioles and many other birds. We are very happy with this new home.

Thanks again and hope you all have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Mary

- Mary, Sun Prairie

Kudos for our stager!

Your advice was invaluable to us as we prepared our house for showing.  We listened to pretty much everything you said and I think the end result was impressive!  Thank you for your detailed report and expertise. I’m so excited to share that we had 8 showings in our first 27 hours of being listed, and we received multiple offers!  I truly believe the staging made a world of difference.

Gratefully,

- Angie and Phil, Madison
Dan, Yours was the most professional real estate firm we've ever used and we've bought and sold seven homes over the years. If we hadn't switched to your team we'd still be sitting with a house to sell. We appreciated you being up front on the price. Keep up the great work and feel free to use us for references. - Dave and Loraine, Fitchburg
Thank you Dan! Chris was awesome! I was lucky to have her in my corner during this tough market shift! Thanks for everything your team has done for me on both sides of the transaction! - Sara, Madison
Chris really listened to our wants and needs and understood what we were looking for. She found us the perfect house in an area that we hadn't even considered & it has turned out to be the absolute best place for us to be living.

Thank you Chris! - Dave and Nila, Madison

Dear Chris,

Thank you. I was so blessed to have you and Tammy and Aiman and Jill brought into my life, and I hope that we can have a friendship out of this. I appreciate everything you have done for us and all the help. Oh yeah I loved the wine bottle and am going to find the perfect spot for it. I'd never seen anything like that.  You take care and stay in touch.

Again thank you so much.

- Robin, Madison
Chris,
Monica and I could not have asked for a better real estate agent. You had great advice, got us into houses we wanted to see quickly and you REALLY pushed us through to the finish line. We were constantly telling each other how happy we were to have you in our corner during that final couple weeks.
Thank you!
- Matt and Monica, Sun Prairie

Dan and Chris,

We offer your names as realty solutions every chance we get! Thank you so much! You're a blessing in our lives! 

- Gina and Chris, Madison

We just wanted to say how much we enjoy working with Tammy.  She really gets us and sees the vision we have for certain properties.

- Rob and Jill, Madison
Chris, you are the best realtor I have ever worked with! Your service was excellent and you have the best web operation that I've seen! - Bill, Madison

Shelley and Tammy of Mad City Dream Homes assisted me in purchasing a condo in the Madison area. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism, attention
to detail and fidelity to their client. They returned calls, texts and emails promptly and showed me only the condos which they knew I would be interested in. Moreover, they were quick to point out not only the pluses but also any defects or potential defects. They are five-star people in a five-star agency.

- Matthew P, Madison

Awesome photos!

We are beyond pleased with the pictures. Wow! Fantastic job, Pat.  The rooms look bigger than I thought they would.

- Angie, Madison
I had a wonderful experience, and your team was outstanding with helping me to find the perfect condo for my needs. I also appreciated all of your help and guidance! - Yvonne, Downtown Madison
Chris, thanks for all of your help. You really have been the best Realtor we have ever worked with and ask Sharon I do not give out compliments easily!!! - Pat, Middleton

Dan and Chris,

Thanks for all of your help! First day in our new house and we love it!

- Doug and Patti, Middleton

Dan, I want to thank you and your team for all the effort you put into selling my condo. It was not an easy task. I know I asked a lot of questions, but you or another member of your team always promptly got back to me with either the answer or a promise that the answer would be forthcoming as soon as possible. At all times, everyone I dealt with was professional and friendly. Your have given a lot of thought as to the best way to sell homes and the system you have developed works seamlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and will recommend you to anyone who asks for a real estate agent referral.

Thanks again for everything and please pass this on to all on your team.

- Meg, Madison

Dear Dan,

We are lucky, through your undying help, that everything went well with our sale and our purchase. We will always be grateful and will offer our reference any time!

- Gary and Denice, Madison
Chris is a wonderful realtor, she was with us through thick and thin!  She did not let a thing get in her way, but learned about the unusual circumstances surrounding our home purchase, which was a short-sale, and followed it through to a success.  We seriously cannot say enough about her, she was FANTASTIC and we will not only use her in the future, but recommend her to anyone and everyone possible.  It was our first home buying experience and thanks to Chris we have a wonderful home and cannot thank her enough! - Brianne and Eric, Madison

Chris,

Thank you for helping us find the home of our dreams! We are so thankful for how well our timing worked out. Being able to work with you and your team made everything seamless - and fun! You are a stellar agent and person to work with and if we ever had to do it again (not for a long, long time!) we know who to to contact. With much appreciation,

- Laura and Austen

Hi Chris!

I am getting settled, and it's *SO* nice to be here!  I've met a lot of my neighbors (all nice & warm & welcoming), and feel like I'm adjusting well to being a homeowner.  I'm really really happy here, and after all of my nervousness about taking the homebuying plunge, I'm really glad I did :D 

And, about a MILLION thanks to you and Tammy and everyone else at Keller Williams that helped get me into this little place--you were all WONDERFUL, and I loved working with you! I always felt like I was in good hands & well-informed, and you will get many recommendations from me! 

I hope to have a housewarming party sometime at the end of the month, and I hope you can come!  I'll send you an invitation once I know when it will be....I need to get a little more furniture first! 

All the best,

Meg

- Meg, Madison

An endorsement for Dan Miller:

I sold my home in Fitchburg in 11 weeks and this fast turn around time was directly due to Dan Miller. Dan was honest from the very beginning and did what he promised. He followed through with commitments and tended to all the details. I had an unusual situation with buyers from outside the Wisconsin area and at the time we were negotiating the deal I was remote in the Boundary Waters on vacation.  I found Dan easy to work with and he made himself available at any time I could access a phone or internet to get documents signed and terms negotiated all remotely. After I returned to my home in Fitchburg, Dan worked hard to protect me from a low appraisal and that effort payed off for me financially as I was able to get a final counter off very close to my asking price. I would not hesitate to refer Dan to my family and friends.

- Yvette, Fitchburg

It was my good fortune to be referred to Maureen Moran by my financial advisor. From the beginning Maureen made me feel comfortable and confident that we would be successful in my search for a new home. The qualities Maureen brings to her role include friendly professionalism, a positive approach, an ability to explain details of real estate market, and personal knowledge of the path to success. It wasn’t long before I felt I had a friend helping me through what I thought might be difficult. My home sold in three days so the pressure built to find my new home. But Maureen had prepared me so well in the beginning I didn’t worry, but felt confident we would succeed. I have a lovely new home as a result of working with Maureen, but I also have a new friend whom I respect. Looking back, we had a lot of fun along the way!

- Laura Ellis

Hello Dan and Team,

I'm all moved into my new place and wouldn't be at this point without you all. Your persistence, professionalism and knowledge got my (nearly) impossible to sell condo sold. I'm quite appreciative of all your efforts. You guys are top notch and I will be recommending you to anyone I know in the market to buy or sell. Also, expect a call from me if I decide to buy again in the area! I couldn't imagine working with another team. Thanks so much!

- Sara, Verona

Dear Dan and Chris, 

Thank you all so much for everything you did in selling my condo! I appreciate all the time everyone put in, especially Dan always following up with me and my questions. On to the next phase! 

- Kristin, Verona

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