In Joanne’s nearly thirty years in Real Estate, she has advised over 1,500 buyers and sellers, representing well over $1 billion in luxury real estate. She has consistently received top accolades and is recognized annually as one of Chicago’s top-producing brokers.
In 1991, Joanne transitioned from corporate attorney to realtor, hoping to pivot her negotiation expertise away from corporations and towards helping individuals and families finding their dream home. Within her first five years, she earned the “Founders’ Award” for selling over $100 million, the youngest recipient ever to do so.
After a successful transition into Real Estate, Joanne has continually challenged herself to keep learning and enhancing relevant skills. She is still a licensed attorney and is also an expert in the investment property space, with extensive experience in leasing, marketing, and management.
Joanne has received the title of “Mega Broker of the Midwest” by Unique Home magazine, is consistently named one of the “Top 100 Agents in America,” and has been named one of Chicago’s elite top producers by Chicago Association of Realtors since 1991. Joanne has also been honored by LuxeHome, Chicago Magazine, Zillow, and Five Star Agent. In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Joanne was recognized as the top broker among all Berkshire Hathaway affiliates in the 13 state Midwest Region. In 2018, Joanne moved to Compass to enhance her already proven client service offerings with Compass’ advanced resources and technological expertise.
In 2019, Joanne was #6 of all Illinois individual real estate brokers. As a native Chicagoan and active member of the Lincoln Park community, Joanne has an intimate and adept understanding of Chicago’s Real Estate market. She is committed to her community and to her clients, taking a personalized, client-first approach to each and every transaction.
Tania Hollander, a licensed REALTOR® and expert in Real Estate Marketing and Project Management, has been working with Joanne for almost six years. Rachel Nemerovski, a licensed REALTOR® with expertise in Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing, joined the team in early 2020. Before inevitably following in her mother’s footsteps, Rachel previously spent nearly ten years managing client projects at top advertising agencies Digitas and Edelman. Tania and Rachel help support Joanne’s efforts to continually think innovatively, utilize new technologies and marketing strategies to enhance the impact of sales efforts and keep all pieces of the always fast-moving puzzle organized and efficient. The team also maintains an extensive network of expert partners in staging, repairs, renovations, moving, storage, and more.
"Joanne is amazing. After relocating to the Chicago area, and being 8 months pregnant, Joanne held our hand through the whole search and ultimate purchase of our new home. A whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, Joanne was able to help us frame our search parameters in a very practical way. She gave us wonderful advise about the different neighborhoods and the pros and cons of the different homes we were viewing. But it was her skill as a negotiator that was the most impressive. She knows the ins and outs of the legal process and drives a hard bargain. She got us into our current house at a great discount, and in the nick of time. She was a pleasure to work with, and we owe her a debt of gratitude."
"Your knowledge and experience led me to make the best possible decision on my purchase. My mind was hopelessly cluttered with too many online listings. You knew what was right for me before I did. You were right when you told me that this home was the "perfect" place for me. It was a pure genius, and something I could not have figured out on my own."
Buyer, March 2020
"Joanne is undoubtedly one of the best and most hard working real estate agents in Chicago. Her skill and professionalism resulted in the sale of our house in Lincoln Park. She is personally involved in every step of the sale process and always had a positive and sunny attitude about our home that she conveyed to buyers."
Seller, 1255 West Schubert
"I remember very clearly when we met for the first time in August to discuss listing the house. I had a light bulb moment when you told me that in the current market, a seller's broker cannot sell a house simply by listing it on the MLS and hoping that people show up to see it. You promised me that you would work hard for me, and you delivered on that promise. From the very beginning, this experience was different, and I was confident that the results would be different too. There is no substitute for someone, like you, who has a ton of experience selling homes in Lincoln Park. You have seen it all before and could anticipate how things would play out. It made me very comfortable with the decisions that we made together."
Seller, 854 West Webster
"Joanne is truly the best there is. Whether you're a first time buyer or an experienced buyer, Joanne is able to utilize her market knowledge and expertise to ensure that her clients are getting the best possible outcome based on their preferences. She's a staple in the Chicago real estate market; this was most apparent when when we would arrive for a showing and the seller/seller's broker immediately recognized who she was or had heard of her. She treats every client she has equally and offers the same level of responsiveness and passion across the board. She accommodates to her client's schedules despite her services being in such high demand all the time. I couldn't imagine going through this process without having Joanne by my side and there is no one else that I will ever use."
Buyer - Chicago, IL
"Joanne represented us in selling our Lincoln Park condo. She is extremely knowledgeable of the local market. She and her team are extremely professional and were very helpful throughout the entire sale process (initial listing, pricing, pictures, marketing, negotiations, etc.) and kept things moving forward smoothly. Her network to other local brokers and clients ultimately helped us sell our condo quickly (before public listing). We highly recommend her to any others looking to sell real estate in the Chicago area."
Seller - Lincoln Park
"I cannot say enough good things about Joanne. She is very professional while at the same time being relaxed and open. She is easy to communicate with and has the magic touch when it comes to selling. Thank you Joanne!"
Kate - Near North, Chicago, IL
"Joanne sold our vintage Lincoln Park co-op apartment. From the initial listing and pricing process through the eventual sale and closing, Joanne was actively involved in moving us forward. We chose her to represent us based upon her sterling reputation and upon our personal knowledge of her over a number of years. Our apartment took over a year to sell, but Joanne was tireless during the entire period in marketing and publicizing. She was extremely professional in all her dealings with us. We still believe her to be the most effective real estate professional in Chicago and we heartily recommend her."
Seller - Lincoln Park
"We've now both bought and sold with Joanne as our agent, and we couldn't be happier with our experience with her! She's incredibly knowledgeable in the Lincoln Park market where we lived, and thinks creatively and strategically to reach new potential buyers. In an EXTREMELY tough market, we sold our house for more than we purchased it for (September 2011), and Joanne was instrumental in closing the deal. Thanks Joanne!"
"If you are looking for someone extremely professional, a strong work ethic and very knowledgable in all aspects of Real Estate, then Joanne is your answer. She is sensitive to your needs and wants and really takes an interest in her clients. She makes you feel like you are her only client and she and her staff are there to answer any questions or solve any problems that may arise. Joanne and her staff from the very start had our beautiful brochures made and her marketing skills were the best. Joanne has great negotiation skills and you can put your trust in her and know that the best job will be done for you in every way!"