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Annette Ferrara Backes
Real Estate Broker, ASP (6 years experience)
17 Recent Sales (last 12 months)


Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Staging

- Highly likely to recommend
03/11/2014 - user1927539
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $200K in Richfield, WI.
My wife and I had a unique way that we needed to buy a home due to previous homeownership experiences. Annette made sure that we not only got the home we wanted and needed but that we got the right loan as well. After a full year of searching and continually grinding through a tough home market Annette found us a home that not only did we love but our kids loved. This home was listed extremely far out of reach for us financially but her negotiation skills came through and we purchased this home far below our budget. Without Annette on our side we never would have had our dreams come true. The comfort of having a realtor helping anytime or any day of the week really made this a simple process. We were never treated as a customer but we were always treated like a close friend or family member. My advice to everyone is use Annette only if you can handle the best care because that is what you will always get from her.
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Response from Annette on 03/13/2014
Ben, I am so very touched by your kind words. Thank you, Annette


- Highly likely to recommend
02/14/2014 - kerihesselbein
Sold a home in 2013.
I have to say that I was completely blown away with Annette. She has gone above and beyond numerous times and has been so accommodating with my crazy schedule. We found our dream home and she helped us with every step of the way. She also has extensive resources to help if any issues arise and was able to provide reputable providers for anything that came up. She is the perfect blend of professional and fun. You are really missing out if you do not choose to work with Annette! She is the only realtor I would ever work with and I tell everyone I know to work with her if they are looking to buy or sell.
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Response from Annette on 02/16/2014
Keri, you and Ryan were pretty amazing to work with too!!! Thank you for your very kind words.


- Highly likely to recommend
01/07/2014 - etatge
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Thiensville, WI.
Annette worked with us for more than two years. Her patience and knowledge helped us find our perfect home. For months, she showed us homes without pushing. Every showing was an opportunity to learn and she took the time to get us comfortable with the home buying process. As first time homebuyers, Annette wasn't just helpful, she was essential.

Annette is an honest, forthcoming and supportive realtor. Highly recommend! (Thanks again, Annette!)
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Response from Annette on 01/08/2014
Thank you so much for the kind words.


- Highly likely to recommend
12/20/2013 - AnishJaytaGupta
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Bluemound Heights, Milwaukee, WI.
I found Annette on Zillow. My wife and I were moving from Michigan to Milwaukee and just started our search online. I only expected it to be a feeler out there for the Milwaukee housing market but Annette was so good at communicating that we decided to go ahead and use her.

On our first meeting, she was very helpful and explained how the process worked to new homebuyers like us. She was great in all aspects. Always nice, always respectful, never condescending. I could tell at times when my wife (and surely myself) was being extra picky or indecisive, that Annette would still listen. She was helpful in pointing us in the right direction when our desires and dreams were too grand for what we needed. And in that sense, she knew what we wanted better than we did. Like I said before, always helpful and always in a respectful manner.

We eventually found a condo after 6 months. Grueling for all of us but Annette became a friend to us in the process. For that we are extremely grateful and give her the highest of recommendations.
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Response from Annette on 12/22/2013
Thank you for much for the review. Annette


- Highly likely to recommend
10/20/2013 - megs0212
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $325K in Shorewood, WI.
We really enjoyed working with Annette. We were first time home buyers and she was very patient and responsive. We highly recommend her. She accommodated our schedule and was great explaining the home buying process to us.
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- Highly likely to recommend
10/19/2013 - user19536375
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $75K in Riverwest, Milwaukee, WI.
We contacted Annette through Zillow after reading prior reviews and we are so happy we did! We were living in the Miami area when we originally contacted Annette requesting assistance in locating a home/condo in Milwaukee for our son who would be attending graduate school there. Since we were unfamiliar with the Milwaukee area, we had to totally rely on Annette's expertise and experience in finding a home for him. Once Annette accessed our needs, she began sending us notification of properties that fit our criteria. Subsequently, we narrowed the possibilities and Annette spent a day with our son showing him several units, along with a tour of the city and surroundings. Based on her knowledge and input, we decided to purchase a condominium on the near northeast side of Milwaukee. From our initial contact with Annette until closing (and beyond) Annette has been an EXCEPTIONAL REAL ESTATE AGENT to work with. She always returned our calls promptly and answered our questions truthfully. Annette was always very professional, courteous, thorough, knowledgeable of the real estate process and non-pressuring to make a sale.

It is our belief that if you are looking for a home in the Milwaukee area, you cannot go wrong in choosing Annette Ferrara Backes as your real estate agent.
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- Highly likely to recommend
10/16/2013 - zuba.mi
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in South Milwaukee, WI.
In the beginning of the process, Annette was a little more hands off than I was expecting, but it turned out to be a learning experience for us. My husband and I were first time home buyers and were moving to WI from IL so we didn't know what areas were good and what weren't so good. We looked at hundreds of listings from her database, but I think I expected her to pick them. But doing this made us see what we wanted, and what we did not want. We came up almost every weekend and saw 8-10 houses with Annette. She let us know well in advance the one weekend she couldn't show us and had someone else show us. This is where we saw her real skills come to surface. She knew a lot more about problem areas like the basement, which we had no idea about, than the one-time weekend substitute. So after that, we were really glad she was coming back in town. She was very timely in emails and getting the offer written up, and always had spare water bottles for us. That was a nice touch. The day of the closing we had our walk through, and there had been recent work done on the house and there were a few things that weren't the way we last saw them, however our closing was in hours. Annette spoke with the selling agent and did such a great job to make sure we got everything fixed. She realized our gas line to the stove wasn't hooked up and so that was one less thing we had to worry about. Needless to say, I was SO SO thankful for her that day. She really put our worries to rest and made sure EVERYTHING was perfect the day of. I think for me, that was her shining moment, that really made her stand out. Was how far she would go and fight for us. That's why I would recommend her.
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- Highly likely to recommend
08/30/2013 - user3057239
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $250K in Germantown, WI.
I knew Annette would be a great help in buying our first home before we even got started. I met her a couple years back when I worked as a banker & she was one of my favorite clients. Her personality stuck with me, and I knew I wanted to go through her when the time came to buy a home. She helped my wife & I as if we were family, and stood up for us when things got rocky at times. It was very great to know we had Annette "in our corner" throughout the process. In the end we got the house we wanted, and couldn't have done it without her. My wife & I would recommend Annette to anyone in the area looking for a personable, committed real estate agent.
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Response from Annette on 09/12/2013
Thank you!


- Highly likely to recommend
06/17/2013 - user43668759
Bought a Other home in 2013 for approximately $125K in Riverwest, Milwaukee, WI.
Annette helped me get my first home. At the start, I had absolutely no idea what the process of buying a house entailed. With unending patience, she explained every step of the process that I needed to know about, as well as educated me about and guided me through the additional steps necessary for getting an FHA 203k loan.

Additionally, I truly felt like she had my best interest in mind. At one point I was ready to purchase a home, but she advised me not to, as it would have been a poor investment. And in the end, I wound up with an even better home for less!

I have been recommending Annette to all my friends, and would highly recommend her to anyone reading this. She will be an incredible educator, advocate, and asset to your search for a home.
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- Highly likely to recommend
05/29/2013 - user5324696
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Grafton, WI.
My wife and I relocated to the greater Milwaukee area after college. When we began looking for a home Zillow recommended I call Annette regarding a property we had seen on It was after 7pm when I placed my first call to Annette. I was expecting to get a voicemail greeting, but to my surprise she answered the phone and we began discussing what I would be looking for in a home. We spent at least an hour on the phone discussing my home needs.

A few days later we met in person for our first round of showings. We looked at a few different types of homes that met our criteria. Throughout the process Annette kept our ideas in mind, but would also suggest possibilities that we hadn't thought of. We found our home fairly quickly in the process, but the Kitchen and Master bath were a fair ways off from what we were looking for. Annette recommended we look into a FHA 203K loan that would allow us to make the needed renovations to the property.

Annette helped us the entire way through the 203k process. Everything from helping us find a HUD consultant to setting up appointments with contractors. She was essential to creating the amazing team of professionals we assembled for this project.

Annette is extremely knowledgeable about her market and helped us draft a solid offer. She kept us on time and did everything she could to help us expedite the loan approval process. When our lender requested documents from the sellers Annette would make sure they were obtained in a timely fashion. Our title company said they had never seen a 203k loan ready to close so far in advance of the closing date.

Throughout the entire process Annette was right there with us, making sure we had everything we needed and were well informed of the situation. I can think of no higher recommendation than my wife’s words after closing. "It's like [Annette] is one of the family".
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