Madison Dane County Realtor real estate and homes for sale in neighboring communities. Dorothy Phelan Russ, Real Estate Specialist
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What Past Clients Have To Say

"We can't say enough good things about  our experience working with Dorothy.  Her knowledge and dedication made the process of both selling our old house and finding a new one much less stressful than our prior experiences.  In every step of the process, Dorothy consistently went above and beyond our expectations.  She really listened to what we wanted, and is the reason we are now living in our dream home!"
~Chris and Trish Cremeens 



Dorothy came highly recommended and did a wonderful job in finding me the right home all the way to the closing. There were no surprises and the whole process went smoothly. I recommend her to anyone either buying or selling a home. Karen W.


Condo in Oregon

Dorothy really listened to our needs and helped us find a house that met all of our goals.  I was scared as a first time home buyer but she walked us through each and every step.  Her knowledge, experience and personality made the purchase so enjoyable.  She helped us find a house we felt was home.




Dorothy was great to work with--we had multiple transactions together.  She is very knowledgeable
about the market regarding pricing and value.  She had a lot of great tips for staging my house and condo to sell.  Both sold very quickly.  Dorothy was my advocate during my transactions--I always felt confident with her there.  I will definitely choose Dorothy Russ again with any real estate transactions I have. 
Carrie Rancourt    



I have worked with Dorothy Russ on two different occasions, selling my personal residence and also selling a cottage.  My home sold within the first week that it was listed, and the selling price was above my asking price.  My cottage was also sold, and I was completely satisfied with the price.  Dorothy is a true professional and is dedicated to doing what it takes to help her clients sell or buy properties, she knows the real estate market and keeps on top of the newest trends in the market place.   I would highly recommend her to prospective buyers and sellers.  Dorothy is a people person, and is very pleasant to work with, and is a proven real estate broker who gets results.


DorisGreen Bay, WI




Besides being a joy to work with, Dorothy is a take charge person who not only has strong dedication to her clients, she also exhibits many other qualities that are essential to succeed in the housing market today.  Dorothy was able to sell our house when the market wasn't performing at its highest while also showing us several houses until we found our dream home!  Dorothy is a great partner to have when making that decision to buy or to sell your property.  We highly recommend Dorothy!
Denny and Paula Darrow

Denny & Paula


A friend of mine recommended Dorothy to us. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. I was under the impression that buying a home would be kind of a hassle in some ways or maybe impersonal. That was definitely not the case! Dorothy gave us a lot of sound advice and let us know about what to expect along the way. We really enjoyed working with Dorothy. She is a very kind and knowledgeable realtor and I keep in contact with her even now, almost two years after buying our first home. Thanks again Dorothy! We love our home!  Jenna, Aaron and the Boys



Dorothy came highly recommended to us from my sister and her family. In the past four years we have moved twice and had worked with multiple realtors in the different cities where we lived. Dorothy is in a class of her own, she is very knowledgeable, listens to your needs and wants, and truly works for you to try to get you exactly what you imagined. Dorothy went to many showings with my sister to preview and by herself to narrow out the possibilities, so when we traveled to Madison (we moved from northern Minnesota), our time would be better spent only looking at the houses that fit what we wanted. Dorothy also looked at our house listing on the home we had for sale and gave us some ideas for curb appeal, which we easily implemented and it made a huge difference. When we finally sold our home, and had only three weeks to find a new home, Dorothy made this happen. We love our home and she worked very hard to get the transaction to move smoothly with limited time.It was a joy working with her as she worked with my family from her heart and not her wallet. We would recommend Dorothy for your real estate needs. We consider her a great real estate agent as well as a friend. 
Taka, Bridget, Kai, Hana

Taka & Bridget


Dorothy did a fabulous job helping us sell our Mom's house. She is very knowledgable about the housing market and gave us excellent advise in preparing and pricing the house.  She did a great job in marketing the house and hosting multiple showings.  Dorothy also did all of the legwork related to the Buyer's home inspection, prep work with the closing agency, etc.  This was almost a hands-free experience for us.  It was a pleasure working with Dorothy and we will definitely use her in the future.  Anyone looking to Sell or Buy a property in this challenging real estate market would be well served to consider Dorothy Russ and Rainbow Realty

Bob & Mary


Dorothy is a very special person to my family.  One of my husband’s coworker’s had recommended that we use her. My husband and I had a hard time finding a home that would suit our family. After dragging Dorothy to over 80 homes over the course of 9 months, and one turned down offer, we found our perfect home! We didn’t have much time before our lease was up and needed to act quickly. Dorothy had great ideas to help get us the best deal possible. My husband, son, and I had colors picked out, and bedrooms all arranged in our head. We were so excited. We had our inspection done, had a closing date, and even received the title work for the house. It was perfect. Dorothy’s quest for finding us the perfect house was almost a memory. Then it happened! The mortgage colapse! The funding for our mortgage was revoked. My family was desperate to find a place to live. Dorothy was, just as, upset as we were. She offered to let us store anything we wanted at her home, and even said that we could stay there if we needed to. My husband and I felt horrible. We took so much valuable time away from her, and never bought. Dorothy never once mentioned that. She has made it her personal mission to see us in our own home! Dorothy has become a very dear friend to our family. We call her just to chat and include her in family functions. She has since sold homes to friends and family, too. Dorothy is so much more than just a real estate broker. She is a wonderful caring person that feels honor, when chosen to be included in one of the most important decisions in your life! I can’t think of a more worthy person to aid you in your journey of home ownership!

Anne & Joe


My Husband John and I have entered into and successfully bought and sold  many different types of Real Estate property with the guidance, knowledge and expertise of Dorothy Russ.Over the past 30 years as private home owners and Landlords in the City of Madison, we have worked with other Agents in the past that we sometimes felt as though they did not respect our judgment or have our best interest as a priority. They would often take the path of least resistance to insure a quick sale. Although most people ideally would like a quick sale that doesn't necessarily  mean that it was beneficial or the best handling of the overall sale or purchase transaction of  a property. Dorothy Russ is not only a great Real estate agent  she is a devoted and hard working compassionate person. As the Adage goes "They don't come any better" Best of Luck and Thanks Dorothy, for all you've done. The J. Brooks Family



I met Dorothy 12 years ago at a home buying seminar. Dorothy helped me buy my first home and has since helped my husband and me buy 2 more. Each time she has spent many hours with us looking at houses.  During showings she points out any defects or negatives she sees.  We have learned as much from Dorothy as we have from our home inspector!  Dorothy also goes over the contracts very thoroughly and is not afraid to get creative in negotiations. Dorothy looks out for the clients' needs which is why we are using her again for our next house.

Donna Wong


Dorothy did a great job as our agent selling our house.

Before listing our house with Dorothy, our house had been on the market for approximately four months with another real estate agent.  During that time, we had few showings and no offers.  When Dorothy became our agent, she personally staged the house, without charging a fee.  A short time after staging the house, we received numerous showings.  Within three weeks, we had two offers, one of which we ultimately accepted and closed on.

Dorothy also kept us well informed on the status of the sale of our house.  During the time we were showing our house, Dorothy consistently communicated with us, giving us feedback on the showings and keep us current on the status of any offers.  She was also available for any questions we had about the process and always returned our calls in a timely manner.

Dorothy also did a wonderful job finding us our perfect home.

We wanted to move into a neighborhood in which few homes go up for sale.  Therefore, Dorothy sent letters to 98 houses in the neighborhood, asking if anyone was interested in selling his or her home.  By this process, Dorothy found us the home that was perfect for us.

Finally, Dorothy helped us find a very responsible and skill contractor to remodel a few areas of our new home.
Jason Klimowicz & Becky Eberhardt

Jason Klimowicz & Becky Eberhardt

McFarland/Southwest Madison

Dorothy was a terrific help during all aspects of home buying.  We got our house for a great price thanks to her knowledge of the area, and her shrewd negotiations. Even after we moved in she has been more than helpful answering all our first time home owning questions. Dorothy was great and we consider her a friend.
The Cooks
Thanks Dorothy!!



We thought you were very helpful during the home-buying process, especially during negotiations and after we had an accepted offer.  We really appreciate the time you took to walk us through everything step by step.  You were always available when we needed you and you gave us some great advice and information.

Andrew & Roxanne

Blooming Grove

"Dorothy was an incredible resource both in selling our house and buying the next one.  She gave solid advice every step of the way, was very knowledgable, and went beyond expectations in helping us sell our home.  The thing that amazed us most is how attentive and helpful she remained even after the sales were made.  Dorothy offered a personal level of service that we hadn't previously come to expect.  We are now living in a home that suits us perfectly and are grateful to Dorothy for getting us here!"


Jen & Lenny


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