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THE AUSTIN-RAUCH TEAM:
“You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” – Author Unknown
This well-known and fairly relatable quote holds a powerful truth: empathy in life is not only important, it is necessary. If we want to truly understand where someone is coming from or why they react a certain way, we need to teach ourselves to become empathetic. Unfortunately, empathy has become a rare quality these days, but when it is found, it is like uncovering gold.
Knowing Dani Austin-Rauch, Realtor® and Assistant Manager for First Weber-Lake Country, is not only like discovering gold, but more like unearthing an entire treasure. Dani and her team, The Austin-Rauch Team, are a group of outstanding agents who take customer-service to heart. Their ability to empathize, understand, problem solve, and assist their clients is superb.
The Austin-Rauch Team is made up of three agents: Dani, Steve Demakopoulos and Laurie Stewart. Collectively, they have been in the Real Estate business for 25+ years.
While working as a Realtor, Dani knew one day she wanted to make her way into management, which also meant she would need a team to help with her workload. Steve came on board as a referral from a friend. Dani fully intended to mentor him and work him in as a valuable teammate, which he now is today. The most recent addition to the team is Laurie. Laurie entered the Real Estate world knowing she wanted to be a part of something bigger—that is when Dani stepped in and took her on board. This completed the collection of valuable gems that make up the Austin-Rauch Team. Together, their knowledge, different strengths and different weaknesses allow them to conquer any situation that comes their way.
“I feel like I have it all,” said Dani about her team. “I have a team that can help and relate to anyone! We’ve got residential, commercial and builder client experience. We can adapt and handle this ever-changing field.” According to Dani, everybody naturally worked into their positions on the team and it just…fit; nobody had to be told what to do.
The Austin-Rauch Team’s tag line is: “Highly Ethical Care & Knowledge …That Moves!” They stand by their motto, and it only takes working with them once to experience how true it really is. “If you can recognize a client’s needs, you can provide top-notch service,” says Dani. No matter what situations bring for the team’s clients, Dani, Steve, and Laurie have the exceptional ability to understand, help and empathize in every way needed. This rare group is definitely one to be treasured, just as they treasure every opportunity given to do what they love each day.
Meet: Dani Austin-Rauch – REALTOR®/Assistant Manager/ABR, CSS, Relocation Specialist, New Construction Specialist
[email protected] / 414.788.3264 / daniaustinrauch.firstweber.com
Dani is a one-of-a-kind leader. She teaches her team to always prepare clients for the “what-ifs” so that their experience is never a surprise. “Whatever my team needs—I’m here. I put it all out there in the beginning so they know.” She is constantly mentoring her teammates and always makes herself available. When requested, she will attend meetings and appointments with them, letting everyone watch and learn how Dani handles certain situations. This allows her team to grow in their consistency and expand their knowledge of the field together. This method of teaching has not only helped the Austin-Rauch Team grow in confidence as agents, but it has also benefited any other agents who have asked for Dani’s help, too.
Forming such an outstanding team and gaining the necessary experience to be a top-producing agent doesn’t just happen overnight. Dani’s life has molded her into the incredible agent and leader that she is, and if it wasn’t for her past, she may not be the same person she is today.
Dani has a background in marketing, and she started her career with a job in the printing/publishing industry. She remained in that field for 15 years, learning and growing as time went on. At one point, Dani and her family needed a Real Estate agent to purchase a home, and that was the turning point in Dani’s career. Her experience with this agent was awful, to say the least. This agent had worked with her whole family, but was an extremely poor Realtor when it came to ethics. It was because of this that Dani decided to get her Real Estate license, so she could show the world there are honest agents with integrity out there.
“I care. That’s what helps me remain successful. Printing and publishing was simply ink on paper, and yet it was still a huge deal for people. I needed to do something important—something that was actually big. I get the emotion in buying and selling a home. I got in this over 20 years ago and I can still feel it.”
That’s all it took; one bad experience with an agent, and Dani found a career that spoke to her heart. Dani doesn’t have one specific specialty that she focuses on, even though most of her business just happens to be residential. She has experience in Relocation, Commercial, New Construction, and many other areas of the field.
Some of Dani’s greatest strengths are her care and concern for people, her understanding and empathy, and also her ability to be assertive. Dani is not afraid to stand up for what her clients deserve and ask for what they need. She thrives off the challenges that Real Estate brings. “Negotiations are my most favorite part…I like to win!” Recently, Dani had to go forth to a Condo Board and plead a case for her clients—something that is definitely above and beyond the typical agent “call of duty.” There were issues with insulation, ventilation, and mold in an attic. “I presented my case regarding the safety concerns. I do not like speaking in public, but I was passionate about helping my client get what was fair. It was the right thing to do.” This driving passion of hers, and her ability to take on any challenge, is what won this case. This is only one example, out of many, that shows how much Dani [and now her team], really work on behalf of the client to do what is right and fight for what is fair.
Victory is great, but hardships in Real Estate are inevitable. What keeps Dani going is not focusing on the negativity, but rather on the positive aspects of a situation. “You have to learn to let things go. I think about what positives there are in the hard situations, whether it’s the friendships I found or the business I obtained. Don’t focus on the negativity or you could be missing opportunities.” This wisdom, only known by somebody who has learned and earned the ability to advise this, remains a cherished piece of advice to all who hear it.
Dani belongs in Real Estate—it’s a place where her heart and her mind are in agreement. Being a Realtor is part of what makes Dani the incredible person she is today; however, there is more to Dani than just Real Estate. Her true heart resides with her family. She and her husband, Mike, have been married for 14 years and currently reside in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Dani is originally from Howard, Wisconsin, near the Green Bay area, and she has lived in numerous other counties in the state. Dani is a proud mom to four kids—three daughters, Lexie, Chloe and Marissa, and a son, Vincent. She also has a grandson named Oliver. Being a mom, wife and grandmother is an honored calling that Dani delights in.
When she’s not with working with clients or spending time with her family, Dani takes time to enjoy the other hobbies in her life, like flower gardening, being outside, bow hunting, ATV-ing, motorcycles and art.
Dani Austin-Rauch is a spectacular person to know, whether it’s as a friend or an agent. When you know Dani, you can be sure you are getting exactly what you see: an honest, hardworking person who will always stand up for what’s right. Dani and The Austin-Rauch Team are ready and willing to make sure your Real Estate experience is successful. They care. They understand. They want to help. If you want to know what it feels like to have struck gold, just give them a call—you’ll feel like you’ve won before you even begin.
Favorite Sports Team-“Green Bay Packers”
Favorite Restaurant-“Union House”
Dream Vacation-“Anywhere with a beach and an ocean. I am a warm weather person”
Favorite Quote-“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” -Satchel Paige
Meet: Steve Demakopoulos – REALTOR®
[email protected] / 262.391.2590 / stevedemakopoulos.firstweber.com
Steve grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin and now lives nearby in New Berlin. When you meet Steve, you’ll immediately feel at ease. His caring and understanding personality allows him to work with people of all types. Known as the team rock, Steve is always there when a helping hand is needed and doesn’t mind putting in the extra time! Whether it’s meeting clients, going on showings, holding open houses or simply being available, Steve is a vital member to the Austin-Rauch Team. Not only is he of great support to his teammates, but he is a great resource for clients, as well. He makes himself available for those who need him and is a one-of-a-kind listener. What brings Steve the most joy in his work is being able to interact with people on a daily basis. Being a natural-born people-person, Steve loves bringing people together to make Real Estate transactions flow. To the team, Steve is irreplaceable, and they appreciate all he brings to the table.
As much as Steve loves Real Estate, he also loves to experience new things and spend time enjoying different hobbies. Steve can often be found in the kitchen cooking up new recipes, working on his drive out on the golf course, or playing a game of pool to unwind.
Favorite Sports Team-“Wisconsin Badgers and the Packers!”
Favorite Restaurant-“Bravo—it’s great Italian food.”
Dream Vacation-“I’d love to go to Greece. Not just for the beauty, but for family, too.” [It’s not hard to tell Steve is Greek by his last name]!
Favorite Quote-“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us”-Socrates
Meet: Laurie Stewart – REALTOR®
[email protected] / 262.569.1669 / lauriechristophersonstewart.firstweber.com
With more than 20 years experience being entrusted with peoples’ lives in intensive care units and emergency rooms, you can trust Laurie to provide a high quality real estate experience. Having transitioned from one helping profession to another, Laurie will advocate for you with attention to detail and make your experience an enjoyable one. She possesses a not so common, common sense and the drive to do what’s right, even when no one is looking. Her warm personality, enthusiasm, creativity and open-mindedness make her an excellent listener.
Laurie has earned four college degrees, most recently an Associate Degree in Real Estate from WCTC, graduating with distinction (4.0 GPA), and earning certificates in Property Management and Mortgage Lending. Laurie is a lifelong Lake Country resident. She lives in the country with her husband, rescue dogs and cats, and chickens. When she’s not working, Laurie enjoys travel, music, yoga, paddle boarding, baking recipes just like grandma used to make, and trying new things.
Favorite Sports Team-“Milwaukee Brewers! Swing batta swing!”
Favorite Restaurant-“I love Thai food, and it doesn’t get any better than Bangkok House in St. Francis. It’s not hot enough if it doesn’t make you sweat!”
Dream Vacation-“I’d like to go on a monthlong excursion to Europe that would include a visit to Sweden to better understand my ancestry and see the Northern Lights, a tour of Germany to take in the sights and smells of a Christmas market on a hushed snowy evening, and jaunt to the City of Lights, Paris, along with the hinterlands of Provence.”
Favorite Quote-“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt