Joanie has handled three purchases for me and two sales, each very different. The first purchase was a new condo with my former partner David in a triple-decker in JP, Boston. The developer/owner did not use a Realtor and the closing attorney was perhaps the most inept man I've ever met. I can't remember all the ins and outs of the case now, but I remember spending long hours in his tawdry office with Joanie, reviewing everything (and changing most of it). Joanie started life as a social worker and then became a renovator. I don't know how many houses she has renovated, but she has the people skills of the former and the eyes of the latter to advise people about the actual physical condition of a house that they are considering buying.
When David and I decided to sell the condo, we listed it with her. She quickly found a wonderful buyer (who is still there and still sends me Christmas cards). Joanie priced it just right: David and I made a lot of money on it and it sold fast. We asked Joanie to help us find a house. We wanted a yard. She showed us a number of houses, explaining in detail (without our having to hire a building inspector) the deficiencies of each house and how much it would cost to correct those deficiencies. We ended up buying a lovely Victorian in Hyde Park whose issues were chiefly cosmetic--and a somewhat peculiar neighborhood. When David and broke up, we listed it with Joanie. She packaged it beautifully, and it too, sold quickly, and again, we made out very well on the sale.
Meanwhile, I was searching for land to build an ecovillage. I was looking in Maine, upstate New York, the western Berkshires, everywhere but here. Joanie by that time had moved to Conway and urged me to check out properties here. Eventually, I relented (thinking that central Mass was all like Springfield) and immediately fell in love with the area's beauty. She found me the Katywil property. Then the fun began.
Fortunately, whatever genome suppresses memory of childbirth also suppresses the many details of the purchase of this property, maybe because it took nine months to get to closing. Suffice it to say that it eventually involved a terrified building inspector, two fired realtors, a fired attorney, lies about bankruptcy, lies about (for me crucial) property frontage, tons of trash, abused children, abused animals, the state police and the local police. At the end, the only ones standing were Joanie and I. Nobody could believe that sale went through. She kept all the parties talking (OK, yelling) and pulled it off.
Currently Joanie is the Realtor representing Katywil, a co-housing ecovillage in Colrain. It has been a 6-year project. Four houses have already been sold and the community is becoming more cohesive. Joanie has been there every step of the way. Her enthusiasm and abundant energy has been an asset during these unstable economic times. As soon as you meet her, you know that she is there to serve you. She loves her business. She loves her customers. She gets the job done.
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