Erica Thompson Colstad

Our History

Four generations of trust… and counting. As the oldest, and one of the largest real estate companies in South Central Wisconsin, Stark Company Realtors has a rich heritage and a respected name. Paul E. Stark believed that "a community isn't built one house at a time, but rather one handshake at a time." We still believe that. We still operate that way. It’s tradition. A family tradition.

 
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Presbyterian Minister Albert C. Stark co-founds Stark-McLane Land Co. to sell land in the Dakotas. His son, 23-year-old Paul E. Stark, replaces an ill Mr. McLane and the company name changes to Stark Land Co. In 1910, the company begins selling real estate in Madison.

1908

History Image Paul Stark helps organize the Madison Real Estate Board & becomes early President of what is now the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin. RASCW

1916

History ImagePaul Stark co-founds the Anchor Building and Loan Assoc. (today, Anchor Bank) to ease the frustration of getting a mortgage.

1919

History ImageCompany changes name to The Paul E. Stark Co. as we are no longer just a land company.

1921
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First office building is built – first ever by a Madison Realtor.

1926
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National Assoc. of Real Estate Boards elects Paul Stark as President (a first for someone from a small city), the same year he co-creates a comprehensive real estate program for the University of Wisconsin (the first in the country).

1937

History ImagePaul Stark passes away at age 61. Longtime employee Walter Schar becomes General Manager. (Paul’s two sons, Phillip and Richard, had just returned home from WWII military service.)

1945

History ImagePhillip Stark joins the company with a distinguished infantry record and his B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, with a major in real estate (the program created by his father).

1948

History ImageWalter Schar passes away. Phillip Stark becomes President.

1965
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First branch office opens, a new building soon follows. It’s on the west side and managed by a woman – a radical step for the times. MADISON WEST OFFICE

1977
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Phillip's son, David Stark, joins the firm as a Sales Associate. East side branch opens and a new building is constructed.MADISON EAST OFFICE

1978

History ImageAn affiliation begins with Better Homes and Gardens that would last only four years.

1979
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Phillip Stark retires and David Stark becomes President. In the same year, the company buys the real estate brokerage business from Anchor Savings and Loan Assoc., doubling the size of the firm and adding two branches.

1989
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David Stark becomes one of five founding members of a partnership group owning Preferred Title. Later that same year, the group again partners to create Universal Home Protection.

1992

History ImageSun Prairie Office opens after purchasing Yunker Real Estate Services. SUN PRAIRIE OFFICE

1996

History ImageMiddleton Office opens (and later moves its staff to the West Office) after purchasing Simon & Voss Realtors. MADISON WEST OFFICE

1998

History ImageStoughton Office opens, and a new building is built, after purchasing Hill, Hanssen & Pfundheller. STOUGHTON OFFICE

2003

History ImageThe Central/Corporate Office is built in Fitchburg – becoming the eighth building that Stark Company Realtors builds in the Greater Madison area. CENTRAL OFFICE

2004

History ImageBaraboo Office opens after purchasing Coldwell Banker McGann Realty. BARABOO OFFICE

2006

History ImageNathan Stotlar, David’s stepson, becomes a Loan Officer with the company’s mortgage affiliate and is quickly promoted to Manager.

2009

History ImageChristopher Stark, David’s son, joins the company as a full-time licensed Real Estate Agent and becomes a Branch Manager in 2014. Chris is now Executive Vice President of Stark.

2010

History ImageAlison Stark, David’s daughter, joins the company as a full-time licensed Real Estate Agent and becomes the Customer Service Manager in 2016. Alison moves to Recruiting and Agent Development in 2019.

2015

History ImagePhillip C. Stark passes away at age 94. ABOUT PHILLIP'S LIFE

2020

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