For Joanne DeSanctis Kirk, becoming a real estate broker was a natural step from her prior career experiences. She gained most of her outstanding people skills as a recruiter at some of Chicago’s largest law firms. She built her profile in design and project management skills renovating several speculative properties as well as three of her own. As a co-owner of a local home performance and insulation company, Joanne gained first-hand knowledge of building science and construction practices while putting her business and marketing skills into practice.
Joanne’s experience with renovations and construction science makes her a natural fit for investors looking for a real estate broker who knows what to look for in an investment property. Her development experience has also given her in-depth knowledge of Chicago’s neighborhoods and their housing stock. When choosing a real estate broker, knowledge is everything. And Joanne has a wealth of tools at her disposal to help you find the right property.
Joanne has also been on the buyer’s side of several real estate transactions and understands the struggles buyers typically go through. She loves that every client and every transaction are different and derives joy from helping people navigate the process to start their next adventure. She truly enjoys being a resource to her clients. Joanne will be that person you keep in your contact list because “Jo would know someone.”
Joanne moved to Chicago shortly earning her Bachelor of Science from Marquette University. She loves the city and has been here ever since. She enjoys Chicago’s diverse culture and especially appreciates the broad world view her daughter experiences growing up here.
Joanne prides herself on being an integral part of her community. She has volunteeed for local charities and non-profit boards, including leadership positions with Friends of Prentice Women’s Hospital, the Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board, the Junior League of Chicago, and the National Association of Law Placement.
In recent years, Joanne has given 3% of her commission to charity. For 2021, Joanne is donating to Humble Design Chicago. Joanne’s especially proud of her time mentoring and training younger women in her life. She’s proud of building a solid business from absolutely nothing within a few years and hopes others will see her as a role model and follow in her footsteps to success.
For Joanne, the best advice she received came early in her career. She had only been at her new job at a law firm for a few weeks and felt frustrated that she did not know everything and was still finding her way. The senior attorney she worked for said, “You can never compare five weeks to five years.” And now that Joanne has been in real estate for much longer than five years, she is proud to offer everything she has learned in her vast experience to her clients.
There is a reason why #JoWouldKnow is trending! She is phenomenal! Joanne is not just along for the ride collecting a commission while you do all of the work looking for a place. Instead, she listens to your wants and needs and then searches for the perfect fit for you. With other realtors, you just get an automated email list of properties fitting your budget and size. Letâ??s face it, those suck and never are good matches. Joanne is so involved in the market that she has either seen every listing or knows about every listing and will alert you of listings that truly meet your wants/needs. In the event that there are multiple listings that fit your particular criteria, she has builderâ??s knowledge to distinguish between the construction quality. With Joanne, you not only get someone who lives in the city and knows the market but you also get someone who listens to you and uses a discerning eye to find you the best possible home. I have been lucky enough to work with her to sell a home and buy a home. When selling my home, she brought material over to stage it and educated me on the comps. In less than 24 hours, I had two offers - one over ask! When buying a new place with Joanneâ??s help, she always made herself available (a rarity with other realtors), had references for mortgage brokers and real estate lawyers, and truly helped me find the perfect place (and paid less for it)! She is truly your secret weapon for buying or selling and I will always be grateful for her.
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