She has lived in Pike Road, Alabama, her entire life and knows the landscape of Montgomery County like the back of her hand. She possesses an abundance of knowledge rarely found in a real estate broker—a degree in accounting and finance from Auburn University and certifications in interior design and home staging, as an ASID associate. And when this universe of expertise converges with a boundless energy and passion for the industry, a real estate supernova is born. This is Kate Rudd, the owner of Katherine Madison Real Estate Co., who has been lighting up the lives of home buyers and sellers across the Southern vista for over a decade. And in doing so, she’s setting the industry on fire as well with a litany of awards, including American Institute of Real Estate Agents’ Top 10 Best Real Estate Agents and Zillow’s Five Star Premier Agents, both consecutively from 2018 to 2020, and Worldwide Publishing’s Roster of Top Executives in 2016, among others. But for Kate, it’s not about accolades or profits. What drives her is the desire to help people. “They’re putting a lot of trust in me to help guide them in one of the biggest purchases of their lives,” she shares. “It’s not about my commission; it’s about my clients’ best interest—always.”
Kate enjoyed a very successful career as a licensed real estate agent for 12 years with $50 million in transactions under her belt, but she always wanted to start her own brokerage where she could have more control over how she worked with both clients and other agents. She made that dream a reality in July 2020 when she launched Katherine Madison Real Estate. With a growing team of four agents, the brokerage serves the areas of Cecil, Mathews, Pike Road, Wetumpka, and Montgomery. Their services include new construction, renovations, luxury homes, horse properties, farms, investment properties, and Kate’s particular specialty, home staging. While most new brokerages work for months, if not years, to get their footing, Kate’s far-reaching reputation sent her agency skyrocketing right out of the gate, with $3.7 million in their first year alone and $5 million in just the past 12 months.
Kate’s design experience not only allows her to make properties as visually appealing as possible; it also gives her insight into how to increase a home’s value through strategic upgrades—all with an eye on her client’s unique situation and budget. “If the value of your home is $600,000, and you added $5,000 in lighting and this increases the value and makes it more appealing to buyers, then it’s worth it,” she explains. “But if you’re struggling to make the mortgage payments, then there’s no sense in doing it.” Kate’s unique balance of the creative and the analytical means the best of both worlds for her clients. “I love design, but I’m a numbers girl at the end of the day, and I always strive to surpass their expectations,” she says.
Kate is a member of numerous industry organizations, including the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors (MAAR). She is also the owner of an interior design company, Studio 180, and serves as president of Goodwin Capital Partners.
Broker & Owner — Katherine Madison Real Estate Co.