Empire Realty Company, Inc.
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Whether you are looking for your first home, listing your commercial property, or buying that lakefront property in Northern Wisconsin that you've been dreaming about, Empire Realty has over 40 years of experience that can help you get the results you desire.  Having helped literally thousands of people buy and sell real estate in the Dane County area, we have extensive knowledge of the various communities and their markets.  And, with full access to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), we are sure to find a buyer for your property and find the property that is just right for you.

We may not be one of the larger real estate firms around, with claims of millions of dollars in yearly sales, but there's a reason for that.  Rather than striving for a high rate of activity and volume sales, we prefer to focus on insuring that those we do work with receive the attention they deserve.  Your satisfaction is our priority.

Whatever your real estate needs, Empire Realty will provide you with quality service, personal attention, and the ability to achieve your goals.

Larry E. Lichte

Larry E. Lichte, President, Empire Realty Company, Inc.




Empire Realty was founded in 1961, and has been owned and operated by Larry E. Lichte since 1970.  With a Bachelors in Real Estate, and over 35 years of experience as a licensed Real Estate Broker, Larry is one of the most knowledgeable real estate professionals in the Dane County area, with experience in a broad range of real estate issues.  In addition to being a licensed Real Estate Broker, Larry:


  • is a Certified Appraiser
  • has developed numerous residential and waterfront recreational properties
  • is the Area Property Manager for the U.S. Veterans Administration
  • owns and manages various residential, commercial, farm, and waterfront/recreational properties throughout Wisconsin
  • has served as General Contractor on various residential and commercial building projects
  • is founder of, and an instructor for, the Empire School of Real Estate
  • is an attorney specializing in real estate and probate issues
  • has served on the City of Madison Board of Revue since 1965
  • serves on property management committees for several local and national non-profit organizations


Larry is also a member of the following professional associations:


  • Madison Board of Realtors
  • Wisconsin Realtors Association
  • National Association of Realtors (CRS, CRB)
  • National Association of Certified Real Property Appraisers
  • National Association of Real Estate Appraisers
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


Empire Realty's Vice President is Paul Lichte, Larry's son.  Paul has been a licensed Real estate broker since 1987.  In addition to his broker's license, Paul has a B.S. from the UW-Madison in Natural Resources, having specialized in Land-use Planning and Landscape Architecture.  For the past several years Paul has been working with his father in real estate sales, development, leasing and appraisal.  He has brought unique and complimentary knowledge and skills to the company, bolstering Empire Realty's tradition of dedication to knowledgeable, quality service.

With experience like this, you can be sure you are receiving the assistance you deserve.  Whatever your real estate needs - buying, selling, leasing, appraisal, development, probate - if you are looking to work with accomplished professionals, Empire Realty is the company of choice.


Empire Realty Company, Inc.   123 West Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin  53703

General Inquiries:  (608) 257-4806  Appraisal:  (608) 257-4807
Legal Representation & Rental Inquiries:  (608) 257-4808
Facsimile:  (608) 257-4809

Email:  info@empirerealtycompany.com