Promises made, promises kept and a 100% satisfaction guarantee is
what you can expect from Steve and Holly! Imagine you’ve been a
successful real estate agent for 30 years. How is that possible? With
dedication, tenacity, a strong desire to succeed, and with focused
commitment to your clients. That’s exactly what has made Broker
Associate Steve Markley an icon in the highly competitive real
estate industry–it is what has also been the foundation for his and
wife, Holly’s strength as a team, both professionally and personally.
Both natives of Madison, Steve and Holly were married over
30 years ago. Steve graduated with an Associate Degree in Real
Estate and Holly followed him into the real estate industry
obtaining her broker’s license in 1995. Their journey began in
Madison at St. Mary’s Hospital where they were born one year
apart. Unbeknownst to each other, they attended the same high
school–Madison East, yet they did not know each other until they
met one year after graduation while attending UW-Madison. Of
German descent, three of their parents grew up on Southern
Wisconsin farms where their families spoke both German and
English. “Our parents instilled a strong work ethic in us,” says
Steve. In fact, Steve was a hardworking entrepreneur at a young
age selling bait to local ﬁ shermen in the Lake Mendota area. His
interest in sales continued as he worked at local, well known stores
selling men’s clothing and sporting goods. Steve also used to go
along with his father doing construction and home maintenance
on executive homes in Maple Bluff. “I truly believe that my interest
in sales and real estate started at a young age and continued to grow
as I acquired other skills while working with local building
contractors. It all provided me with the insight and interest into
the real estate profession I enjoy today,” states Steve.
Holly’s part-time employment has focused on customer service
through the medical ﬁ eld. She works as a Medical Administrative
Assistant with the Department of Family Medicine. Previously
she was at UW Hospital and Clinics. Holly is a personable and
empathetic person who possesses a high degree of detail and
accuracy to the work she does. She is a team partner with Steve in
their real estate business.
Steve and Holly’s strengths complement each other as a team.
Their experience and track record have provided them with the
strength of credibility. Steve has consistently been a top producer
every year and weathered through some tough times in the real
estate industry. When interest rates were high during the 1980’s
and the market was tough, Steve survived because of his diligence
and tenacity. “I saw many bankruptcies and foreclosures, and
ﬁ nancing by land contract was the norm. How did I survive? I
found creative ways to get the job done. I guess you could say
that after all these years I have withstood the test of time.” And
his hard work has paid off, consistently placing him in the top
ranking group of REALTORS® in South Central Wisconsin.
Continuing education is important to their continued success.
Steve has earned his CRS, ABR, and GRI designations and
completed the appraisal course toward state licensing, while Holly
has earned her CRS, ABR and GRI designations.
With their strong work ethic and their will to succeed, they have
built a large, solid base of local clients who know that they can
trust Steve and Holly to “get the job done right the ﬁ rst time.”
Their motto, “You can count on Steve and Holly,” rings true
with their clients–90% of which are repeat and referral business.
They treat their clients like family. In fact, many past clients have
become their close friends. This is due to their “100% satisfaction
guarantee promise.” “Our word, our reputation and our integrity
are the core values of how we function in life and as a team.”