I am a lifetime Madisonian who attended K-12 at Madison public schools and graduated from UW-Madison earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture. My interests in Horticulture include organic farming and ornamental home gardening. Prior to Real Estate, I worked in residential landscaping with native plants, rain gardens, and retaining wall and patio construction. I also have a background in the restaurant industry and value hard work, efficiency, and excellent customer service.
My interest in homes and remodeling began as a young helper on projects with my parents. One of my favorite programs has always been This Old House. I have gone through the construction process of a new home and have learned priceless remodeling knowledge by completing projects such as wall removal, drywall, trim work, tile, and hardwood flooring. I am intrigued by green building techniques, and have had geothermal heating, radiant floor heating, and extra insulation installed in my own homes.
As hobbies, I enjoy volleyball, biking, boating, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and home improvement projects. I especially enjoy spending time with my family, our two dogs, and also with the many wonderful dogs and fellow volunteers at the Dane County Humane Society where I have volunteered since 2006.
I joined the Alvarado Team in 2011 and assist clients with selling and buying. I enjoy helping clients determine options to prepare their homes for sale and successfully meet their goals. I also truly enjoy helping people find their dream homes! The lasting relationships built with people throughout the process are rewarding and fun. I’m proud to say my clients have described me as patient, thorough, knowledgeable, helpful, accommodating, honest, genuine, and professional.
Q&A with April: What’s It Like to be a Realtor?
Udip & Michaela
There are not enough wonderful things to say about April Johnson. She’s phenomenally organized, approachable, and knowledgeable, but the one thing that makes April stand out far above the rest is her commitment to answering our questions. Whether it was a small question (do you know any good painters?) or a big one (how frequently do houses like this come on the market?), April followed up until our questions were clearly and thoroughly answered. As first time homebuyers this made all the difference. April worked hard to understand what type of home we were looking for and brought her expertise into every home we looked at to help us make sure we found a home that was perfect for our family. We highly recommend hiring her!
I think April was Fantastic! I wasn’t sure what to expect having never sold a house before but I could not have had a better experience then I did working with April. She was so helpful right from the beginning spending time with us to walk us through the process of everything and helping us to prepare our house the best way we could prior to sale. She was always available and responsive to questions we had. I would recommend April and plan to use her again when I start the process to purchase a place in the future.
We worked with April for the second time purchasing a house and the first time selling! We cannot say enough good things about her, as well as our experience as a whole with Alvarado. Troy also filled in for April on a couple occasions, and he was also wonderful to work with! If you’re searching for a realtor, you can’t go wrong here.
10 years after April sold my house, she helped me acquire a piece of furniture not wanted by the person who bought it from me. This meant a lot to me.
Ben & Nicole
I am so grateful to April Johnson and the Alvarado group for sticking with me for nearly a full year to find the perfect house during one of the most difficult years for real estate (a global pandemic, historically low inventory). I was moving to Madison from Los Angeles and couldn’t be there to view any of the homes in person. April was beyond meticulous in pointing out flaws or shortcomings while virtually taking us through the homes, and helped us find the perfect place. So often, people worry about realtors who want to unload clients quickly and gain the maximum commission possible; nothing could be further from the truth with April, who was honest and reliable every step of the way. Just as importantly, the “welcome package” that I got upon moving in demonstrated the amazing values the company holds—it was filled with items advocating for local businesses, recommendations for greener living, etc—further validating my decision to stick with them.
I had a great experience working with April at Alvarado Real Estate Group. She was very helpful and patient with me as I navigated the home-buying process. I highly recommend April!
Mara & Jeremy
April is amazing and we cannot recommend her enough! As first-time homebuyers we weren’t sure what to expect, and April expertly walked us through every step. She is incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive. In the end, we decided to build rather than buy. April went above and beyond to help us with this process including setting up meetings with builders, attending meetings, and negotiating a better price on our lot. We are so grateful to April and would happily recommend her to anyone!
Josh & Julie
April is very knowledgeable of the Madison market and its buyers. She has a very detailed process for covering all parts of the real estate process but was still flexible in accommodating our preferences throughout. April’s knowledge is only second to her responsiveness. We would have thought we were her only clients given how timely and thorough her responses were.
April’s knowledge on how to make the offer attractive to the seller allowed us to buy after the first offer we made! She was available and friendly. She did such a good and efficient job in helping us buy our house, I am going to have her list my condo. I know she will do a good job! I recommend April to anyone in the area looking for a realtor.
We highly recommend April. She really listened to what we were looking for and we ended up buying the second house we saw. We are first-time home buyers and she took the time to walk us through each step and even made us aware of things we didn’t know, especially during the inspection and negotiation phases. She’s also very quick to respond, which was important to us. I highly recommend her and The Alvarado Real Estate Group.
I felt that April Johnson did a perfect job. She gave excellent advice. She attended to every loose end. The time between the listing going public and the closing of the sale was very short.
Alvarado Realty Group has been fantastic to work with both in buying a home and selling ours. They made a complicated process accessible and have been transparent and honest the whole time. Moreover, they are a socially conscious organization that provides support to non-profits in the community that I care about, such as The Road Home. We’d 100% recommend Alvarado, and April Johnson, whom we’ve had the joy of working with.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with April! She showed patience as I worked on downsizing after living in my home for more than 40 years, and had tactful and helpful suggestions on how to prepare my home for sale. Her knowledge and familiarity with the neighborhood was key in marketing the value of my location, as well as the desirable features of my older home. Everything went smoothly and I had multiple offers and it sold in a week!
I’d highly recommend April! She is friendly, professional, responsive, and a pleasure to work with.
Thank you, April Johnson and Alvarado Realty, for being such a trustworthy and excellent business to work with to buy my first home. I will always appreciate how April patiently supported my home-buying process, even when it seemed like I might be wasting her time and bound for many more years of renting. It’s been 3 years now since she first spent 3 hours at my kitchen table, teaching me all about home buying and the Madison landscape. Three years later, I feel like I’ve found the perfect home for me, thanks in large part to April. I’d check in with her periodically as opportunities or my interest rose and she was always ready to jump in and go with the flow, guiding and educating me at every possible turn. Then at the right time, the most surprisingly perfect opportunity presented itself and she helped the very quick sale go through smoothly. She was like a guardian angel for a very major life decision, and I’m so thankful to have had her looking out for me!
We had an amazing experience working with Alvarado Real Estate Group. Our buying and selling agent, April was awesome! She was with us every step of the way, start to finish. She was detail-oriented and always responsive. It made such a difference to have an experienced realtor, who understands the market and the processes involved with transactions. It is comforting to have someone with experience explain how things generally happen, what to expect, how to problem solve, etc. Alvarado Real Estate Group did an amazing job marketing the sale of our current home and managing paperwork. I would absolutely recommend them!!
Ariel and Jacob
April was great to work with and I would recommend her to any first-time home buyers. I did already recommend her to some friends who are looking for a house. She struck a good balance of helping us understand everything without overloading us with information. This process could be very confusing but with April I felt like I understood everything from start to finish. She is very knowledgeable about Madison in particular, which is great since we are newer to the area. I could tell she shared honest opinions with us and I really appreciated that. We looked at about 25 houses before we made an offer and she was on board the whole time that we needed to find the house that worked for us.
April was great to work with. The whole group is very knowledgeable and ethical. When our realtor April had to go out of town for a couple days, she was still reachable and other realtors were available to assist us. She worked hard to help us find exactly what we were looking for. She also made sure we understood every step of the way.
Lauren & Justin
We were on a very tight timeline when we began working with April. She was always prompt answering our questions and getting us out to see newly listed properties as soon as possible. She also set us up with a great mortgage broker. She walked us through three different offers before we found our house, and each time made it as easy as possible. We our newly settled into our home and couldn’t be happier with our purchase!
The Lovely-Langer Family
April Johnson with the Alvarado Real Estate Group was much more than just our Realtor, she was our project manager. April helped us figure out exactly what we needed to do to sell our house. She helped keep us organized and on task. She recommended a painter, a mason, and a roofer for our renovations. They were all very friendly and affordable, and most importantly, did a great job. April has experience in horticulture and offered great advice on landscaping to add curb appeal. I called her all the time to ask questions. She was always really good about answering my calls. I remember standing in Menards feeling bewildered about which faucet to buy, I called April and she steered me in the right direction.
When it came to buying our house, she was so good. April was our voice of reason when a house wasn’t a good investment; even if we really liked it. We found a house to buy before ours was even ready to go on the market. April negotiated an offer to purchase with a contingency of our house selling. We had many showings and multiple offers even though it was just before the holidays! Our house sold for $37,500 more than what we bought it for a year and a half prior (April was our realtor then too). We were also able to buy our new house for less than the asking price, including a major repair, and with our contingency! All of this happened in only four months. If you are looking to buy or sell, or both, I highly recommend April as your realtor. You won’t regret it.
Kelly and Dane
We couldn’t be more satisfied in our buying experience with The Alvarado Group. Lead by our realtor April Johnson – supported by Eric Turnquist and others behind the scenes – every detail was handled in a professional and timely manner. Working with a tight timeline, April was flexible with our schedules, responsive to our needs, and worked quickly to ensure we found a place in time. Her knowledge, patience and humor were exactly what we needed during a stressful time. We can’t thank April and The Alvarado Group enough for helping us find our new condo.
I feel very fortunate to have worked with April Johnson as my buyer’s agent. As a first time home buyer I had a lot of questions and was a bit overwhelmed by the process of buying a home. April was great at explaining things step by step. She also provided excellent counsel in helping me prioritize and decide what aspects of a home were the most important to me. She was readily available and willing to contact other professionals and do research on my behalf. April is very knowledgeable and worked hard to make my home buying process smooth and enjoyable. I highly recommend April Johnson and the Alvarado Group to anyone looking to buy a home in the Madison area!
April was very helpful to me as a first time home buyer. She has a wonderful mixture of honesty, integrity and professional skill. I received plenty of individualized attention I am not sure I would have gotten from an agent from a larger firm. It took some time given Madison’s tight market but she kept at it. I highly recommend her.
Abby and Mike
We could not be more pleased with April Johnson. As first time home buyers we had lots of questions and concerns. April was knowledgeable patient informative and helpful with her answers. More importantly she listened to our requests but made appropriate suggestions when her knowledge of the industry offered insight we did not have. But most importantly, April was enjoyable friendly and fun to work with. We will no doubt use her again in the future and would absolutely recommend her to anyone.
Laura & Brian
April and the Avarado team were a perfect match for us as first time homebuyers. April was highly responsive to our many questions and time-sensitive requests, and was flexible with our busy schedules. She helped us to understand each step of the home buying process, and we felt that we always had the tools and information we needed to make informed decisions. She was also a great advocate for us throughout the process. We love our new house, and we would recommend April and the Alvarado Group to any of our friends!
Kate & Doug
April Johnson was indispensable to us as first-time home buyers. We had a lot of questions about the process and she patiently (and always quickly) responded with thorough and insightful answers. She was on top of our search and what we were looking for, which gave us the opportunity to have the first showing at what ended up being our first house! During our home inspection she pointed out potential issues we would have never thought of ourselves, and provided great recommendations for contractors to do repair work. Her combination of professionalism and friendly demeanor were exactly what we needed in searching for our new home. We love our new house and could not be happier with our agent.
Erica and Kevin
Our search for our first home came at a busy and stressful time in our lives (Beginning a residency and expecting twins!) Â and we were anxious about this unfamiliar process. Â We were feeling overwhelmed and hopeless until we contacted Alvarado and met April Johnson. Â Not only did April help us find the perfect home, but she kept things moving along quickly to fit our tight timeline. Â Even when we felt like the right house just didn’t exist in our budget, April was persistent! Â She was incredibly insightful and professional, guiding us through every step of the home buying experience. Â April has still been helpful after our closing date by helping us find reputable tradespeople for home improvements. Â I would highly recommend Alvarado and especially April Johnson for anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Madison area.
Russ, Kelly, and Lydia
Being first time buyers and new to the Madison area had us feeling overwhelmed. We knew we needed help and had met a handful of agents through open houses, but it wasn’t until our encounter with April that we were confident about moving forward. Immediately we felt she was very genuine, yet also extremely knowledgeable. Later we would find those first impressions to be more than accurate. We have April to thank for so many of the things we learned along the way and for her continuous effort to find the right house for us. We are thrilled to get started on our new house projects in a place we can finally call home. We will always be grateful to April and The Alvarado Group for all of their help!
Andy and Sam
Buying a first house is a daunting process. Buying that first house in Madison when the market is booming back, even more daunting. April Johnson at the Alvarado group helped us feel more at ease. She never pressured us into anything that made us feel uncomfortable. She worked with us at all times of the day and night to find the perfect house for us. Thank you!
April was an amazing agent from start to finish. She helped me sell my home in a matter of days, and easily navigated the entire process. I highly recommend her.
Drew & Kira
April gave us all the info we needed to have the house in perfect order the day it hit the market. She wrote a carefully crafted listing that detailed all the great things about the house. We had an accepted offer that first day. What more could you ask for? She nailed it.
Matt & Rachel Pavlue
As first time homebuyers, we are very grateful to have worked with April and the Alvarado Group. Thanks to their help, the home buying process was made easy and even fun. From searching for the perfect home to closing on a house, April was very helpful in aiding us and communicating with us along the way. We couldn’t be more happy with our beautiful first home!
Eric and Allison
We were so lucky to stumble upon April at an open house. She guided us through buyer’s agency and found us dozens of homes to browse in our desired locations. We ended up looking at about 10 homes, and April was willing to work around our busy schedules to set up convenient showings. Along the way Alvarado took care of all logistics and helped us with everything from narrowing down choices to sifting through the paperwork. We would highly recommend April and the Alvarado Group to anyone looking to buy a home in the Madison area.
Martha and Korey
Working with April Johnson and the Alvarado team to find our first home was truly a wonderful and rewarding experience. April was always patient and professional as she helped us to navigate the journey to find a home perfect for us. As first-time home buyers we had many, many questions. April went above and beyond to provide us with timely information we needed to make important decisions along the way. Thank you April for your expert guidance! We are thrilled with our new home and would highly recommend the Alvarado Group!
Ellen and Mel
April was very friendly and likeable from the beginning while maintaining a professional relationship. Once we signed her as our buyer’s agent, she worked even harder for us to find the right place for the price we set. Any questions we had she was able to answer or would get back to us right away if she had to do any research. She was there for us every step of the way and even now that we’ve been in our home for about a month, we know that we can contact her with any questions we might have; that’s not something a lot of realtors will do these days, so if you want great customer service, contact April.
Brian and Laura
April Johnson was everything we were hoping for in a realtor. Her personal knowledge and experience in home remodeling and landscaping provided a valuable perspective while searching for homes as well as after we had an accepted offer and were dreaming for the future. We now are proud owners of our first home and would recommend April and Alvarado Group to anyone looking to buy a home in the Madison area!
April was invaluable in selling a home that needed some work. She pinpointed exactly what needed to be done to get the home in selling shape — even though I grumbled from time to time at her to-do list, she was right on the money. She crafted a great listing to showcase the attributes of the house, and was amazing helping us through a negotiation with a, shall we say, “quirky” buyer! I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Mike and Jessica
From the moment we met April Johnson, Jessica and I were impressed with her calm, easygoing manner and strong commitment to our needs. As first-time homebuyers, we benefited from April’s patience, expertise and support as our abstract ideas of what we wanted in a home evolved into a reality. April was responsive to our particular wants (including those for our beloved Golden Retriever) and walked us through the process in a manner that gave us comfort and confidence to make such a momentous decision. Throughout the process, April was genuinely concerned about us as people instead of mere clients. After this process, we not only consider April an excellent realtor, but also a friend.
Christina, Michael and Anna
April Johnson was a real pleasure to work with and we will miss seeing her as often as we did! We highly recommend her to anyone in need of a house, complete with counseling on the side. As first-time home buyers set on purchasing an older home, we greatly appreciated her extensive knowledge and expertise. April always made herself available to talk, and was extremely flexible with her time. We looked at dozens of homes, and she always kept the same patient, optimistic demeanor ensuring us that we were going to find “our” house. And finally, we did!