Rena Ripp

(608) 228.6821

Ask anyone who knows Rena and they’ll tell you there’s seemingly nothing she can’t do and certainly nothing she won’t try. A veritable Renaissance woman, capable of growing, cooking and building anything, her can-do attitude and persistence are forces to be reckoned with. Not surprisingly, within one week of earning her real estate license she already had her first sale and a very happy client.

I love meeting new people and learning about my clients on all levels, especially as it relates to their dream home. Some love to cook so a kitchen is important, others could care less if they even have a kitchen! But the best part is how throughout the process of finding their new home they become friends.


“I have know Rena Ripp for several years, both personally and professionally. Rena is highly motivated and dedicated in whatever project or task she undertakes. She is highly creative and inspires those around her to think outside the box! She values honesty and sets a positive example for others. She doesn’t give up ….she only gives more and I have come to admire her for that.

— Jerri Cerniglia

“I first met Rena at work and we now have a great friendship that I will cherish forever. In addition to being a supportive mother, daughter, wife and friend, Rena has always found time to get involved in life around her. Whenever she adopts a cause or pursues a new interest she is guaranteed to be highly committed. She has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her generous, giving, helpful ways are just a few of Rena’s many good qualities that make her special to everyone in both her professional and personal lives.

— Paresh Patel

“I am so pleased with the extra care and service I received from Rena while selling my condo and finding my new house.  Rena was there every step of the process, from the moment she walked into my condo and gave me such great feedback (which turned into selling it in two days!!),  to the moment I asked her to accept the counter offer on my new house.  She made the process seem so easy, relaxed and most of all, a positive experience from start to finish.”

— Jessie Coppernoll



About Rena

  • 27+ years in a project management role in the telecommunications industry = multi-tasker extraordinaire
  • Owner of Hummingbird Social Media which teaches older adults how to use technology
  • Creator of Crancello – a cranberry riff on the Italian liquor Limoncello which is distributed locally through Yahara Bay
  • A volunteer dynamo, Rena is on the board of or chairs several local organizations: Social Media Breakfast, Waunakee Chamber of Commerce, Wauktoberfest Wine & Cheese Tasting, Together Waunakee: Keeping Businesses Open During Main St Construction
  • What she loves about her home: “I love everything about our home. Our house sits on 12 acres overlooking a pond, close to town, but not too close. My favorite room is the covered porch. Nothing compares to sitting on the deck in the morning with a cup of coffee watching the day unfold, or at day’s end sipping a glass of wine while the frogs chirp.
  • When not wheeling and dealing in real estate she is: Shopping the Amish farmer’s market on Friday’s picking up mass amounts of produce and flowers for friend’s and family (including five kids and six grandkids!); lots of entertaining at home with her husband Steve; tending to her flower beds which has a very therapeutic and beautiful effect

Local Favorites

  • The vast amount of entertainment and dining options in and around Madison
  • Waunakee schools
  • Lake Wisconsin and Crystal Lake (Hidden gems!)
  • The seasons: no matter the time of year, there are endless events and activities to occupy your time
  • The small towns!
  • Tavern food: Coach’s nachos in Cross Plains, the cajun chicken sandwhich at Peg & Docs’ in Dane, the Friday fish fry at Fish Tales in Lake Wisconsin, the grilled cheese sandwhich at the Blue Spoon in Sauk City and the Grumpy Troll burger and fries in Mt. Horeb