Meet Dawn + Gayl

We have set a standard for ourselves in the Real Estate business which requires daily attention to market conditions, quick response to customers and clients and a desire to attain the best possible transaction for everyone involved. We value honesty and integrity and promise a cheerful and enthusiastic attitude at all times. It is truly our pleasure to work with you!

In today’s ever-changing real estate market, you need a real estate professional you can count on – one of the finest in the metro Milwaukee area.

Tarpey Franz Team is your answer!

We have proven our ability to effectively handle any situation that may arise during a real estate transaction. We understand it all – marketing, lifestyle needs and negotiation – and will help you through many important decisions with grace as seasoned veterans.

Through the whole process, we never lose sight of the fact that real estate involves much more than legalities and contracts, it’s really about helping people achieve their goals.


We specialize in representing our clients in the purchases and sales of homes within the North Shore and the surrounding metro Milwaukee areas: Ozaukee County (Mequon, Grafton and Cedarburg,) Waukesha County (Brookfield, Elm Grove, Delafield and Waukesha)which include relocation customers. We keep current of all transactions in these areas, and are also very knowledgeable with the local schools.

What our clients say

We had the absolute best experience working with Dawn and Gayl! We met them by chance when we walked by an open house and decided to take a quick look. This look led us to falling in love with the house and wanting to put in an offer. Through the expertise of Dawn and Gayl, we were able to obtain pre approval and put in an offer (which was accepted!) in a matter of hours. They guided us throughout the entire process and kept us informed. They took the stress of buying a house and selling a house at the same time away from us. The process was smooth from start to finish! They also provided recommendations for movers, cleaners, etc. which was extremely helpful. We are so grateful to have met Dawn and Gayl and enjoyed working with them. We highly recommend them!!

Beth and Andrew M  

Dawn and Gayl are the absolute best realtors we could have asked for! As first-time home buyers, we did not know what to expect during this crazy housing market. Dawn and Gayl took the time to help explain and educate us on the home buying process. When we went on tours, they made sure the houses we looked at made sense for us. They aren’t the type of people that will try and sell you on every house just to make a sale. They truly cared about us, our future, and our happiness in our home. Our favorite part about working with Dawn and Gayl is that from the moment we met them until closing, they made the process really personable and fun. No house tour with them is boring and they also help you realize the potential of a home. In the future, whether it be referring our friends or selling a house of our own, our first call will always be to these two.

Emily Martin  

Working with Gayl and Dawn was a pleasure. They fully understood our needs and worked within our criteria. We were more than pleased with the outcome of the sale of our house. We would highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in buying or selling a home.

Neil S. Siegel and Terri A. Siegel  

All around 5-start rating for the Tarpey Franz team!! Wonderful people first of all. And they do the job with such professionalism. In our case, the bidding strategy guidance they provided was critical and a key to us getting our dream condo. We are forever indebted to Dawn and Gail! Paul and Melissa Alexander

Paul J. Alexander and Melissa E. Alexander  
Gayl and Dawn and the whole team at Shorewest were incredibly effective and helpful selling my father’s home in Shorewood. What could have been a difficult process was streamlined by people who knew how to remove obstacles and then position us for a tremendous showing and a successful close. The marketing strategy was spot-on and they thoroughly understood the realty climate of the day, suggesting ways to maximize the appeal of the property and then following through with energy and drive when it came time to present the house. I couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic or heartfelt group of professionals — they truly love what they do and it shows!
Paul Baron