As a practiced real estate professional, I help people across Dane County with their real estate needs. My experience includes over a decade of representing sellers and buyers of homes, condos, income properties, land, and restaurants. I've been honored to earn the Top Producer award consistently since 2002, but my proudest accomplishments are the testimonials of satisfied clients. Additional recent testimonials can also be found on Zillow and Trulia.
I like to tell my clients that, when I represent them, they can be assured that I'll "go the distance". Those aren't empty words - as an accomplished duathlete and triathlete who has won several world championship awards, I know what it means to go the distance. The dedication and effort that drives me to medal in a race is the same dedication and effort I bring to my clients. I give care, attention, and commitment to each real estate transaction, no matter its size.
My credentials include a Wisconsin Realtor's License and Broker's License, a BA in Psychology and Philosophy (University College Dublin), and graduate studies in Health Education. Additionally, I'm committed to ongoing professional education and specialized training. My additional certifications include:
Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)
Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)
Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
I also enjoy staying current on real estate related trends and industry developments. Clients benefit from my special expertise - from initial consultation, to guidance throughout the buying/selling process, to final negotiations. I made the Madison area my home over three decades ago when I relocated from County Clare County, Ireland. Let me help you find your Madison home!
“Sheila was fantastic to work with. She knows her stuff and looks out for her clients. I felt she was honest, knowledgeable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.”
Drew & Jennifer F.
“Sheila and her team of associates are top of the line professional realtors who get the job done. The staging was great, the video photographer was perfect, the showing software was easy. Sheila priced the house for the market with multiple offers at or above the asking price. I even closed while I was out of town.”
“We had the pleasure of purchasing and selling homes with Sheila. Each time she worked her magic and advocated for us from both a buyer and sellers perspective. Sheila is resilient, patient and quick to respond to all of our requests. She made everything so easy, especially during the pandemic! We would recommend her to anyone buying or selling in the Madison market.”
Lainie & Michael M.
“Sheila worked very energetically for Bruce & I. Even more so recognizing this took place during Covid-19. And she referred us to a good mortgage broker and contractor.”
Bridgid & William M.
“Sheila has been a friendly, responsive, and helpful realtor to me for a couple years of my home search. When I finally found THE ONE she was great at working through all those details and ensuring the process went as planned.”
“Sheila is our ‘go to’ realtor. She has helped us on searches for multiple properties. She makes time in her schedule for us and pursues our interests in the transaction. I have recommended Sheila in the past and will continue to recommend her when someone is interested in a property. Her energy and willingness to seek out answers for our questions makes her an invaluable asset in the buying and selling process. Thank you!”
“It was a pleasure working with Sheila. She helped us maintain some calm throughout a challenging, out-of-state move during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sheila’s level-headed expertise helped us land in a great home for our family. Very grateful!”
Manuel & Kathleen T.
“Sheila was absolutely awesome to work with in the sale of my home. Sheila is truly a caring and wonderful person. Who is very professional and knows the real estate business very well. I would highly recommend Sheila to anyone who is looking for a great real estate agent. Many Thanks to Sheila for everything!!”
“Sheila was a pleasure to work with! Without her, we wouldn’t have found our house!”
Ben & Sarah M.
“If you’re looking for someone to help sell your house, we would recommend Sheila. We found her to be knowledgeable about the market and the intricacies involved with selling a house. She was always professional and listened to our needs. She is tireless and she represented us well.”
Paul & Diana J.
“Sheila was amazing to work with. My wife and I were first time home buyers and she guided us through the process. She was available at all times of the day and kept us informed on any developments in real time, which was very important after we put in an offer and worked out negotiations. Shelia was patient and very easy to talk to and work with. I would recommend Sheila to anyone that is interested in buying or selling a house.”
“Sheila was a great buyers agent! We would highly recommend her to anyone. She was extremely attentive and was always available for questions. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the market and ability to guide us in this competitive market!”
“We would highly recommend Sheila! She was kind, efficient, professional, and listened to us to understand what we were looking for. You could tell that she has a depth of experience that allows her to move swiftly and confidently and also be measured and thoughtful in her interactions. If you want someone who is highly competent, a great communicator, and thorough, Sheila is your person!”
“Sheila was fantastic! We had a long lead in time to look in anticipation of a transfer and she gladly stuck with us through it all. We had some particular requirements that required extra consideration and when it all came down to it, we found the perfect place. Sheila’s performance in negotiation was quite impressive as well…in a very competitive market environment and she was able to secure a deal in short order. We highly recommend Sheila!”
Jeanette & David M.
“Sheila helped us sell our house. She did everything for us — and more! We recommend her unreservedly to anyone buying or selling a home. An added plus: she has a great Irish accent!”
Sheila was a real pleasure to work with. She used her extensive knowledge to help us secure our dream home. She advised us on what we needed to do to make an acceptable offer in the face of many competing offers. Once our offer was accepted she kept us informed throughout the process and her attention to detail made the transaction go smoothly. We would highly recommend Sheila’s services.
Sheila is an honest person, and I am happy that we got to work with her on our first home purchase. I would highly recommend her. Thanks again Sheila!
Sheila Power is someone you can trust! My home buying experience was one I would do all over again with Shelia the next time I’m in the market to buy or sell. Sheila understood my needs and she did an excellent job of finding me the right house at the right price. She diligently provided me listing after listing and took me on showing after showing. I knew Sheila was representing my best interests. She negotiated every aspect of my purchase and did so with friendliness and professionalism. Sheila is definitely a real estate agent you know is there for you!
Your commitment to helping me find a condo has been overwhelming in your generosity. Words can’t express what this means to me. Thank you for all of your hard work!
Sheila met our needs as a realtor exceptionally well. With one of us living out of state, it was important that Sheila could show us homes on our schedule and when it was convenient for us. She was available on weekends to take us around to numerous homes. We had a good idea about which area we wanted to live and what type of house we were looking for, and Sheila did a fantastic job of narrowing down the houses we visited to ones that fit our needs. Once we had found the right home, Sheila moved quickly to seal the deal. We felt that buying our first home would be stressful, but Sheila insured that everything went very smoothly for us. From quickly returning our calls and emails, to retrieving information we were asking for, and putting us in touch with a great mortgage banker and a reliable home inspection agency, Sheila did it all for us! The entire process, from start to finish, was simplified thanks to the efforts of Sheila. If we ever need to find another home or sell our current home, we will surely rely on Sheila’s talents to guide us through the process!”
Ann and Thomas
During our recent house purchase, Sheila Power functioned as our buyer’s agent and did a terrific job. Everything went incredibly fast and smoothly, from apointments with seller and home inpectors, to fast, efficient, and reliable acting on our behalf in the days of negotiating back and forth with seller’s agent. Sheila provided us with excellent service, her hands on experience shined through and got us the dream house we wanted in our price range. Based on our experience, We can only give our highest possible recommendations of Sheila Power.
Jeremy and Michael
Thank you for all of your hard work over the last several months. Amy and I were more than pleased with the outcome of our first house buying experience. In what can be such a stressful moment, your help allowed us to enjoy the experience of purchasing a home. It is your commitment which allowed us to find a place to call home!
Andy and Amy
I met Sheila Power at an open house. I felt she was warm, open and honest with me. These qualities led me to acquire Sheila’s services in my search for a condominium on Madison’s west side. Sheila assessed my needs and matched me with a seller that had already purchased a new home. Circumstances of timing and unique financing challenged the success of this sale. Sheila worked with the seller, several mortgage companies and myself and found a way to complete the sale. I recommend Sheila to anyone looking to solve their real estate needs. She will creatively work hard for you to make your dream a reality too.
Being a first time home buyer can be a intimidating experience, but Sheila made me feel comfortable from day one. She took all my needs into consideration and even sent me notifications regarding new properties with exactly what I was looking (location, size, price range) directing to my email! Sheila even recommended financing for myself, which I was leery of, but once I actually met him for the first time we clicked immediately. He ended up writing a great loan for myself. Sheila went, what I felt was, above and beyond what she really had to do and I really appreciate everything she has done. She has my made first time home buying experience an extremely pleasurable one with little to no stress involved. I would recommend her services to anyone. When it comes time to sell and buy again her number will be the first one I call. Thanks for everything!
Sheila was a joy to work with. She is warm-hearted, energetic, knowledgeable and bright. Even though she always has many irons in the fire, she works hard to give individual attention, and to keep in contact with her clients. She discerned what I was looking for in a home and showed me many until I found the one that “spoke to me” the instant I walked in. And she worked tirelessly to see that I got a handsome price for the house I was selling. At both closings, I felt that she valued not only my business, but my friendship. Sheila walks with you the whole way. I would not hesitate to recommend Sheila to any family members or friends who need the service of a qualified realtor. And I would certainly use her services again in the future, should the occasion arise.
Sheila was exceptionally energetic, timely and professional as our Realtor. We are grateful for all of her patience and dedication as we were not the easiest clients. For many months, Sheila coordinated showings around our hectic work schedules and always willing to meet with us 7 days a week any time of the day. She quickly learned of the style of home we were looking for and would notify us of homes before they were listed on the internet. We were impressed with her attention to detail and keeping us informed as much as she did. If it wasn’t for all of her hard work, we wouldn’t be in our dream home today. We wholeheartedly recommend Sheila to anyone who needs a Realtor in the Madison area.
Jaime and Ericka
Sheila did a great job for us. She was a very hard worker and was willing to meet with us or talk to us about anything at anytime despite our very hectic schedule. It made it very convenient to go around looking for houses. When it came time to actually put in the offer, and the negotiations between her and the seller’s, she also came up great. We feel she helped us get a great deal on the house. All of the references she has provided for various house services related to buying and owning a home have been excellent as well. Thanks Sheila!”
Aaron and Lauren
As a first-time homebuyer, I had an excellent experience in working with Sheila Power through Restaino & Associates Realtors. Sheila listened to what my property interests were, coordinated property showings without delay, provided answers to all of my questions, and guided me through the home buying process. I felt valued and comfortable as a customer. Needless to say, I am very happy with my new home and will not hesitate to work with Sheila again in the future. Thank You!
Sheila was very knowledgeable and supportive during the entire process of assessing my home value and the showings that followed. She was familiar with market values and provided me with suggestions as to how to best show my home. I believe this is what made the difference in selling my home. The best part of my interactions with Sheila was that she changed my opinion of realtors in a very positive way. She was considerate of me and of the buyers interested in my home. The process fair and done in a very honest way. It was quite extraordinary to sell my condo so quickly.
Sheila was an immense help in selling my home. Her experience and knowledge went a long way in dealing with what has become a very complicated housing market! She was ready, and willing to do what was necessary to get the job done; all the while maintaining a positive, yet realistic outlook.
As first-time home buyers, we were very anxious about the process of selecting and purchasing a home. Sheila listened very carefully to our needs and wants, and made sure we saw every house that we were interested in seeing. She never pressured us to make a decision, nor told us “what we wanted to hear” just to appease us. During the process, she was involved in every step, never afraid to pick up the phone to make things happen. She was in constant contact with our lender, the builder, the listing agent… and us! If we needed to get in touch, she was available and always got us the answers we needed. Even after the deal was closed and we had moved in, she helped us contact the electrician who worked on our home when we had issues with the electricity in our kitchen. Sheila is a committed and caring realtor, and we are lucky to have found her.
Holly and Jared
We would definitely recommend Sheila Power to anyone looking for a real estate agent. She was a pleasure to work with, did a great job finding us the right place for the right price, and it is obvious that she deeply cares about her clients as people. We will be keeping in touch with Sheila and using her services for future home sales and purchases
We have finally sold our home in Madison, WI and my wife is ready to join me in Bellevue, Washington where my new job is located. Considering the miserable housing market conditions, we expected a tough time to sell the house anytime soon when we listed it for sale late summer this year. We almost gave up and decided to delist it by the time when the housing market got worse and the winter season started. However, Sheila?s hard work and perseverance have changed something almost impossible to reality. She spent tremendous amount of time and made ceaseless effort to remove the stumbling blocks until we go through the deal. Without her sacrifice and many experiences in real estate deals, we could have never sold the house upon the only opportunity to sell the house in time. We regard her highly for her professionalism as a realtor and appreciate the great help she provided throughout the process. We wish the best luck and prosperity for Sheila and her business!
Chun and Kim
I worked with Sheila Power for a little over 4 months, first selling my previous house (she found my buyer after 2 months) and then buying the house I finally wanted. I learned a new respect for realtors and how hard they work to earn their commission. I was so grateful to have someone else to take care of the myriad of details, especially surrounding the closing times. I sold our house and had to be in another one in a little less than 4 weeks and I felt that Sheila probably worked full time on me alone during that time! Even though I think at times I was a source of frustration to her (things had to be done my way) she was always professional, very friendly, and eager to move on to the next step. I feel I have found a friend in Sheila and would recommend her highly to anyone.
Buyer and Seller
Recently we bought a home in the Hawk’s Landing area. We were very lucky to meet Sheila, who represented the sellers. She helped us in the transaction as well. She was very courteous, knowledgeable and professional throughout the whole process. Without her persistence and integrity into this transaction, it would have not been possible for us to own this beautiful home. We also want to emphasize that the services she provided was beyond anything we were expecting. She was extremely prompt and detailed oriented to every single issue we faced. She has an amazing liaison of inspectors, handyman, roofers, painters, plumbers, lawyer; (you name it!) to make your home buying experience less stressful and more pleasurable. Her friendly approach made us feel comfortable. We are extremely satisfied to work with her. Three Cheers for Sheila.
Anupama, Saswati, and Abhik
Sheila is energetic and professional. She listened carefully to what our property interests were and she was willing to do what was needed to get the job done in a timely manner. Her extensive human network helped the buying process go smoothly without being stressful. I will definitely call her and use her services again when we sell this house. Sheila , thanks much for your patience and tireless efforts!
I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for your great work in representing me as a realtor. You were simply awesome. I felt I was in good hands all along. You handled every aspect of the deal in a most professional manner. Some people think a realtor only shows homes, which admittedly is the sweet and easy part of the job. That is not the case, however. The thorny issues are negotiation and dealing with the repairs, and you handled both admirably well. Even showing homes is not such a simple matter as it may seem. In the past, I had realtors distract me with banal items or missing the point altogether. That was not the case with you. I felt you had good intuition in that regard as well. I would recommend you enthusiastically and would gladly use your services again in the future.
I highly recommend Sheila Power as a real estate agent. I know Sheila from the triathlon community. I needed to move my family to Florida for work and we had to leave our home behind. Sheila became our home ambassador: our home liaison. What I found out is that in a tough real estate market it is especially important to have an experienced, knowledgeable, hard working agent like Sheila. She helped deal with tenant issues, she did errands for me, she checked on our home, and she even went to my storage locker in the rain to find the combination to the safe which I had misplaced. She had the empathy to deal with me and the toughness to deal with the buyers. Most importantly she SOLD our home. Ours was one of only two homes sold in Hawks Landing in the past four months. Sheila did a great job for us.
I am writing to commend Shelia Power for her excellent work in selling our home in Madison, Wisconsin. Before the house was on the market, Sheila provided my wife and I with professional assistance in preparing our home for sale, including staging consultations. The photographer she hired was superb. Once the house entered the market, we had showings almost daily, culminating in the house selling in just 35 days. After the first solid offer was made on the home, Sheila immediately checked with everyone who had previously expressed interest, resulting in an additional three offers being made almost simultaneously,giving my wife and I significant leverage in the negotiations. Throughout the process, Sheila was attentive, responsive, and trustworthy, especially in advising us on less attractive offers. The closing process was streamlined and easy. I’d recommend Sheila Power to anyone wishing to sell or purchase real estate in the Madison area.
Finding a good real estate agent is never easy in any market, finding a great real estate agent in this market is even harder. Sheila was one of the few agents that helped us investigate properties that weren?t even on the market. Sheila works very hard to match her client?s ?needs? to the right property. She is a good negotiator and made sure that everything addressed in the inspection report was repaired by the sellers. Sheila has a cheerful personality and is a pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend Sheila to anyone looking for a top notch realtor.
Sheila and her team at Restaino were so pleasant to work with. From the minute she walked into our home to assess our needs (in selling), we knew we could trust her. Unlike others we had interviewed, she took a deep look at the condition of our home and the improvements we made to it. She took highly detailed notes and suggested we really think outside of the box. One of the best selling features to us was the view of the horizon off our deck. She made sure to highlight the lifestyle aspect of the house, not just the brick and mortar. Because of her attention to detail, she was able to come up with a very reasonable listing price. We doubted we would get that much, but after being on the market for a week and receiving multiple offers, we did! Sheila found that “sweet spot” in terms of pricing. Prior to listing the house, she referred us to a professional stager, who really helped us get our house in selling condition. Sheila not only understands the real estate market, but also has great communication skills. She was available for questions and kept us updated on changes. I highly recommend Sheila Power to anyone who needs a passionate Realtor to sell their house for the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time.
I am writing this testimonial as I want others to have the positive homebuying experience that I have just had with Sheila power. I met Sheila by chance and have come to know her to be a capable, involved and hard-working professional. most important, she listens! She took the time to understand my wants, needs, concerns and parameters. She actively walked with me during this journey and didn’t leave me to fend for myself. She was a great sounding board and put forth the extra effort to help me to understand the marketplace as well as to guide me through the process. Words cannot fully capture her consistent performance and tireless work-She accommodated my demanding work schedule and short timeframe. I am lucky to have had this chance meeting and oh, she doesn’t disappear after closing. You will not go wrong with Sheila.
Thank you for helping us find our new home! Your patience and understanding was very much appreciated by both of us. We are thankful that you took the time to show us the many houses that we selected as “hopefuls.” We also appreciated how you stayed in the background and were unobtrusive when we were looking at the houses. You answered questions we had and if you didn’t have the answer, you told us that you would get the information to us, which you did. Since we hadn’t bought or sold a house in almost 30 years, it was a huge step for us to take. You were there every step of the way, providing suggestions and open houses for the quick sale of our old house (only 3 1/2 weeks on the market!) and helping us find this new, wonderful house that we are in now. We want to commend Restaino’s Concierge Service. When we had to make a few repairs to our old house, the craftspeople that were recommended were highly skilled and reasonably priced. The movers that were recommended handled our household goods with care and the move itself went without a hitch. We also appreciate your after-sale help in finding companies to handle our new house projects.
Rose and Paul
Sheila came to us through family recommendations; she helped relatives buy or sell three other homes. She’s becoming our family realtor, for all the good reasons that build loyalty among clients. In our search for a house, we appreciated her perspective on the market in general, and on the individual properties we looked at. She has the ability to see value where it lies hidden, while at the same time seeing through mere window dressing. That takes both imagination and experience, which Sheila has in good supply. Beyond that, a realtor’s value lies in attention to details of the deal. In all these matters, Sheila is responsive, supportive, organized, thorough, and fun to work with. Top marks from us!
Jeremy and Wendy
Sheila Power is a fantastic real estate agent. She took care of preparing our house for sale and staging it. She brought in numerous workers to fix things that needed fixing. She scheduled all the work on our behalf and oversaw the workers. We were out of state during the whole process, so we relied completely on Sheila. Because of her work and guidance, our house in Madison sold for an amount well above our highest asking price. Our faith in her support, hand-holding, and service was rewarded even beyond our expectations. She was not only our agent, but became our friend. We were sorry that after the closing we would have less contact with Sheila. But she is a dedicated athlete, so it is our hope that she will visit and stay with us during the Tour de Tucson in November 2013. I cannot say enough positive on behalf of Sheila Power. To put it as simply as possible, she is competent, smart, hard working, communicative, pleasant, and delightful. In short, she is amazing.
I have sold several houses in the past and was not looking forward to the potential troubles of selling my mothers house from a distance when she passed since we do not live in Madison. A neighbor recommended Sheila Powers as a good, honest and very hard working agent that I could trust and who would get the house sold for us in a reasonable amount of time. Wow, I can only say that she was all those things and more for us. We were still grieving my moms passing and trying hard to handle all the things that must be done to get the house ready to sell. It was over whelming until Sheila stepped into our lives. She not only handled all the things that had to be down on the house by finding good contractors and making certain the work was done right, but she always gave good advise and provided a calming voice when things seemed difficult to make the deadlines we had set. Bottom line, she got our house successfully sold in record time (1 day) and helped us to the closing. I was and still am amazed at how hard she worked for us and at what a wonderful person we had a chance to get to know through the process. I can’t recommend her enough to anyone looking for a great agent to get them through the process to a successful closing and who knows the demands of the Madison market so well. You couldn’t do better!