Joanne Desanctis Kirk

Joanne Desanctis Kirk


548 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

An experienced professional, Joanne now brings her broad skill set to residential real estate. Joanne's experience combines outstanding people skills honed as as a recruiter at some of Chicago's largest law firms with design and project management experience as a seasonsed renovator.  Her renovation experience includes several speculative properties as well as three of her family's residences. Being co-owner of a local home performance and insulation company has given Joanne first hand knowledge of building science and construction while putting her business and marketing skills into practice.  Joanne is equally comfortable with first time buyers, sellers or investors.   Joanne grew up in southeast Pennsylvania but is a long time Chicago resident, moving here shortly after graduating from Marquette University. Her development experience has given her in depth knowledge of Chicago's neighborhoods and their various housing stock. She also has a deep knowledge and understanding of the process of navigating Chicago's school choices, both public and private.  She lives with her family in one of her own renovations in the Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood where she also serves on the local Resident's Council.   Committed to the Chicago community, Joanne has volunteered countless hours over  the years for local charities and non profit boards, including leadership positions with Friends of Prentice Women's Hospital, the Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board and the Junior League of Chicago and the National Association of Law Placement.  She remains an active volunteer at her daughter's school and with the Lakewood Balmoral Residents Council.   Joanne works to make sure that both buyers and sellers know exactly what to expect along the way,  and that the transaction goes smoothly for everyone involved .  Her real estate development and construction experience make her very comfortable working with developers, their budgets and project deadlines.  She looks forward to putting her knowledge,  skills and experience to work for the benefit of buyers and sellers of all types.    

Clients are saying:

"Wow! When starting our home selling process, we were totally lost as first-time sellers. Joanne brought her experience and skills to our condo and we were immediately impressed and trusted her with the entire process. Joanne made the right calls on everything: unit staging, list pricing, attorney letter advice: Joanne consistently provided clear and logical guidance that always seemed in lock step with our expectations as Sellers. Joanne's expertise rewarded us personally as we recieved an offer, at full listing price, after only 5 days on the market.

For the buying process, Joanne diligently fielded our ever changing opinions on houses and what we were looking for in a house (translation: we really had no idea what we wanted until we saw it!). While looking at houses, Joanne's past experience with flipping/contracting gives her a leg up in pointing out major red flags in properties. Joanne's prowess in placing a competitive offer for our new home led to us winning a 5-way bidding war for the house of our dreams. Joanne's contacts for home inspection, lawyers and lending are also incredibly professional and on top of the entire process. We will not hesitate to partner with Joanne again, and she is highly recommended."

"Joanne was recommended by a friend, & I understand why. She quickly learned what I liked & showed me great properties to choose from. With several properties I wanted to see going off the market as soon as they were listed, Joanne used her network of realtors to get me into places before they went public. When I finally found a home that checked off all my requirements, Joanne did everything in her power to make my offer stand out. She didn’t ask me to increase my offer, instead she adviced me on how we could make my offer more attractive to the seller. When she came back with the news that the seller accepted the offer, I was extremely delighted. After the offer was accepted, she was with me until the very end, guiding me through the entire process. When we hit a bump with some urgent documents I had trouble collecting, Joanne did some investigative work & got me the information I needed. Just like my friend recommended Joanne to me, I will also gladly recommend her to others."

"Joanne is very very professional and can be trusted to perform equitably and with great integrity. She truly spends the time getting to know the dynamics of the real estate market and provides solid advise and guidance through all aspects of the transaction. Joanne's attention to details and the mechanics of her transactions also separates her from most other real estate agents. "She is truly a pleasure to work with"."

"I've been through the buying process with a few different brokers. Joanne is hands down the best."

"Joanne was a pleasure to work with in the home buying process. As first time home-buyers, we had many questions and she was always responsive and helpful to get us the answers we were seeking."

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