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About Home Buyers Round Table

Home buying is a stressful process that benefits from a helping hand. This fact caused founders to organize the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County Inc. (HBRT) in December 1997 to help would-be homeowners overcome two significant barriers to home ownership:

  • Limited knowledge of the home buying process, and
  • Lenders unfamiliar with down payment assistance programs.

HBRT continues these efforts today. We strive to meet the needs of low- to moderate-income potential home buyers through education, counseling, and support of both home buyers and industry professionals, and through targeted programs that increase knowledge of the home-buying process.

We provide meaningful, current education through monthly member meetings, free education classes for potential homebuyers and annual down payment assistance training for lenders and realtors. HBRT partners with HRI (Housing Resources Inc.) to provide content experts who teach homebuyer education to promote and facilitate homebuyer readiness and confidence in the home buying process. We also offer Lender Down Payment Assistance Training in partnership with the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association every February and Realtor Down Payment Assistance training in partnership with the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin every March.

Our Mission

The Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County is a collaboration of housing industry representatives that promote homeownership through education and counseling to low and moderate-income families.  We believe homeownership will increase family stability and financial security; stabilize and strengthen communities and neighborhoods; and generate jobs and stimulate economic growth.

Our Board Members


Laura Stanfield
Wintrust Mortgage Corp.  
(608) 444-5392


Susan Fischer
Banker’s Bank
(608) 217-4896

Ruth Hackney
(608) 240-2800 Ext 0207

Doug Dalsing
Testudo LLC
(608) 205-8025

Joanna Cervantes
Dane County Department of Human Services
(608) 283-1382

Juliana Burda
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County
(608) 255-1549 Ext 109

Julian Walters
Urban League of Greater Madison
(608) 235-5837

Linette Rhodes
City of Madison Community Development
(608) 261-9240

Dave Van Beckum
Provisor Home Lending
(608) 227-2003

Connie Hilla
Coldwell Banker Success

Jake Johnson
Mad City Dream Homes
(608) 215-3627

Home Buyers Round Table Governance