Client Testimonials

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Joanne, congratulations on yet another stellar job! I am proud to work with you and always know that I am working with an honest person who wants to treat the customer right (as our company founder/past president Gordon Gundaker would say). Thank you for all of the excellence you bring to our office, our company and our profession.

-Vernon Hatridge, Coldwell Banker Gundaker Regional Vice President / Ladue Office Branch Manager

We were very happy with Joanne. She sold our house at a good price in a very short time. She is friendly, has good suggestions, and always responded immediately to any questions we had.

-Stephen Thaman, University City, MO seller

Joanne, and her husband Joel, were absolutely fantastic throughout our home selling/ buying process. Joanne primarily helped sell our house in University City and Joel led our home buying effort (resulting in a purchase in Kirkwood). Joanne's ability to help explain the home selling process and the specific market that we were in was extremely helpful, and paired with her level of responsiveness, made for a really great experience. Specifically, we ended up with 8 offers on our U. City house by the end of the first weekend it was on the market. While there was likely some luck involved with this (the market seemed to really take off in the week or two leading up to our house going on the market), it was largely a result of Joanne's ability to market and position our particular property. Not only did we receive eight offers, but none were below asking and three or four included escalation clauses. The house eventually sold for 12% above asking and we, obviously, could not have been happier. Furthermore, during the inspection process it was discovered that we had a crack in our sewer pipe. Initially, this was somewhat demoralizing but Joanne immediately put us in touch with a firm that was able to fix the issue within just a couple of weeks (with time to spare before closing!). Her experience with all kinds of "issues" and knowing who to call to fix those issues, is invaluable. I want to also single Joel out for how awesome he was in helping us find our new home. He has a great disposition for his role (calm, measured, methodical) and is/was really good at asking us questions and really understanding what we were looking for in a house. We could not have been happier with the entire experience and would highly recommend Joanne (and Joel).

-Kirkwood, MO buyer and University City, MO seller

Joanne was our agent in selling our home and buying a new one. Throughout the process, she made us feel as if we were her only clients. She is experienced and highly professional. She pays close attention to the details of your particular interests, needs, and concerns. Consider this evidence of how hard Joanne will work on your real estate transaction: she held our open house and got us a contract even though it was 98 degrees and we had no lights or air conditioning due to a power outage.

-Ann Lever and Carmileta Matheny, sellers and buyers

Joanne was very knowledgeable about properties in my area. Since I was out of state at the time of selling my property, she went above and beyond, keeping me informed every step of the way. I would have no hesitation in recommending her as an agent.

-Isabel Ripley, University City, MO seller

Joanne was thoroughly professional, efficient, and caring. She walked us through all aspects of the sale, and clarified paperwork deftly. Emails and calls were always answered within a couple hours, and she patiently answered all questions. Joanne provided sound advice when asked for it, but she kept us in control of all aspects of the process. We would recommend Joanne without reservation!

-Howard and Kate Schwadron, sellers

Joanne Iskiwitch did an outstanding job selling my University City home. It sold the first week on the market at an aggressive but fair price. What was even more impressive is that it sold during the usually slow winter season. At our initial meeting, I was impressed with Joanne’s presentation, at which time I learned the high number of homes she sold in the area. In fact, many of the homes were located on my street and the surrounding area. Joanne is not only personable but exhibits a great balance between being tech savvy and possessing sharp negotiation skills, which are powerful assets for any realtor. She is very familiar with local policies and procedures and answered all of my questions in that regard in a timely manner. Her legal background was helpful when we were addressing all such questions, and when in search of helpful advice with regard to a variety of contractors on miscellaneous repair jobs, Joanne had plenty of quality referrals for me. Additionally, she put me in contact with some talented design stagers, and I feel by using their creative advice, it helped sell my home quickly. I would highly recommend Joanne to anyone looking for a true real estate professional in the St. Louis area.

-Todd Cooper, University City, MO seller

Joanne represented my family in the sale of our existing home in Clayton, MO and the purchase of our new home in University City, MO in spring 2016. She is extremely professional and thorough in all aspects: readying the home for sale, listing the property and getting showings, navigating inspections, all the way through closings. She was strategic in preparing the house, understanding what needed to be freshened up and helping us accomplish that economically. She helped us determine a price that was both data driven, but also sensitive to market trends. The result was 25 showings the first weekend, 6 contracts all at or above list price and a quick and satisfying sale. When we were ready to purchase a new home she was informative about the various neighborhoods of interest, and was able to find us a home in our favorite locale that was not even listed on the market yet. I do not think there is another Realtor who can match Joanne's expertise in the central corridor of St. Louis. I cannot recommend any other realtor as highly as Joanne Iskiwitch - professional, patient, sympathetic yet realistic, and a pleasure to be around.

-Hope Horn, Clayton, MO seller and University City, MO buyer

Couldn't have had a better experience. She was right there all the way with the answers to questions and situations. I was confident in every stage of the sale of one house and purchase of another. She let me know with detailed emails what needed to be done time-wise during the process.

-Pat McBride, seller and buyer

Joanne has been helping people with buying and selling houses in University City, MO, for over 30 years. She grew up in U. City; she knows every property, and in many cases the owners, and knows very quickly which property will be a match for which client. She helped us sell very quickly a house we weren't able to sell for over a year with a different agent. We were so pleased, we just retained her again to sell our current home, which is also in U. City!

-Vladimir Masek, University City, MO seller and buyer

We chose Joanne to list our house because of her extensive /long term real estate experience in University City and her attention to detail. Because the houses in U-City are diverse, even block by block, we knew we needed an agent who knew the area intimately. Joanne’s deep experience helped guide us on pricing the house and staging it to present it in the best light possible. Her many listings in the area turned out to be a strong positive for us as they allowed her to show a number of houses she knew well to prospective clients that fit their criteria. When it came to negotiating the Buyer’s offer, she and her team was there every step of the way from contract through inspections. In short, our experience with Joanne was one of the best real estate transactions we have had.

-Pat and Linda Vollendorf, University City, MO sellers

We planned to relocate to California upon our retirement and wanted to sell our home in University City before we left. We knew we would need an agent that would listen to our needs and provide us with sound advice about how to go about meeting them. Joanne Iskiwitch was recommended to us by a close friend and we did ourselves a favor by following our friend’s advice. Joanne was an unending source of good advice and information about what we needed to do to get our 85-year old house in shape for sale and about who to use to do it. Once the house was on the market, Joanne and her team worked with us to schedule the twenty or so showings that resulted from the listing and, approximately three weeks later, we had an offer on the house that we accepted. Joanne expertly shepherded us through the inevitable back-and-forth negotiations between buyer and seller and the multiple inspections needed for the sale and we successfully closed on the sale relatively soon after. Joanne’s ability to listen and her extensive expertise in the world of real estate, made what is usually a trying and stressful time much less so. If we were asked to provide her and her team with a rating, we would start with five stars and work our way up from there.

-Michael Green and Ann Sartori, sellers

My husband and I began searching for a new home in St. Louis as I was being relocated with my work. Like most couples these day, our search began on the internet. We found a house that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. Joanne Iskiwitch was listed as the agent. On my next trip to St. Louis, she met me at the house and what I had seen on the internet was confirmed. I loved this house!

We were in a unique position as we were coming from a small town. Houses don’t always move as fast in small towns as they do in larger cities. I explained my situation to Joanne and asked her to consider if we might be able to create a “lease to own” arrangement. This was not a small challenge I proposed to her. She would not only need to convince the sellers that this could be a good arrangement, but she had to figure out all the legal ramifications involved in a lease to own purchase.

We knew our proposal was a long shot. Here were sellers that had their house on the market to move as soon as possible. They had not planned to receive an offer for a lease to own. But, Joanne laid out the proposal and worked with the sellers. She worked through the legalese and on January 1, 2016, we moved into our leased home.

The contract was for one year. We hoped to sell our house before purchasing our dream home. On December 14, we sold and closed on our house that we had to sell. On December 30, we closed on our dream home.

Throughout the year, Joanne would touch base with us making sure everything was as expected. As it neared the end of our contract, she was very engaged to make sure everything was going as planned. Even at our closing, she was exceeding our expectations with celebratory surprises for us, when it was Joanne who had made it all happen.

I can unequivocally give my highest recommendation to Joanne and the professional, friendly, attentive service she provided to us as our realtor. She was a problem solver, detail oriented agent that made our dreams come true.

Thank you, Joanne. We feel very lucky that you were the agent representing our dream home. Our most sincere thanks for a job well done.

-Diann and Tom Gordon, St. Louis, MO buyers

I highly recommend Realtors Joanne and Joel Iskiwitch. They are extremely professional, friendly, and thorough, and my house was under contract only 5 days after the listing went live, even though I listed it in the fall! They walked me through every step of the way, from consulting on how to best prepare and present my home to working with University City and the buyer on inspections. They were lightning fast when responding to my questions and concerns. They provided materials and a very detailed timeline to guide me through the entire process--I always knew what I had to do and what to expect from the buyers. In addition to their excellent service, they are both just the kind of people who put you at ease and who are fun to be around. I could not be more pleased with my experience.

-Amy Surber, seller

Joanne, thanks very much for your help throughout this process. I realize that picking it up mid-stream was less than optimal, but we very much appreciate your responsiveness and attention to detail. It made trying to sell a home from another continent that much easier and less stressful. Hopefully our paths will cross again; and we will be on the lookout for possible referrals.

-Jeffrey R. Miller, seller (London, UK)

I would like to express my great satisfaction with Joanne Iskiwitch, who recently sold my home in University City. While interviewing Realtors, it was clear that Joanne was head and shoulders above the rest.

Joanne has been selling in my neighborhood for over 20 years. She came to our meeting prepared with a very large stack of accurate comparisons and analysis and very clearly explained the options for a home only a block from Clayton. She was extremely professional and detailed.

I was impressed that Joanne listened when I explained that I didn't want to bother with any major improvements. Again, she was prepared with and thoroughly explained valid options. I was then able to decide what route to take to get the highest price for my home.

Selling in University City for so long, Joanne has many contacts and interested parties who keep in touch with her. Being so close to Clayton, Joanne felt that she could contact a few people that might be interested. Amazingly, the house was sold in less than 2 days just by working within her network. A contract was quickly signed, and we closed seamlessly, and, most of all, painlessly. I never needed to officially list the home or deal with any of the usual selling headaches. I was able to sell for a very competitive price.

I can't thank Joanne enough. I highly recommend her as a very experienced, extremely competent and professional realtor.

-Ruth A. Hardin, seller

We love the new house and neighborhood. We are getting ready to do a full kitchen and bathroom renovation as well as update the front porch and we're looking forward to putting our stamp on the house. We would love to have you over once the renovations are done and to meet our new baby son. We cannot imagine even considering moving until both boys are off to college. We don't have any regrets and have you to thank for this great house. We wish you continued success and would recommend you to anyone. You can absolutely use us as a reference. We really cannot thank you enough.

-Tom and Jenny Solari University City, MO sellers and Brentwood, MO buyers

A 3-hour sale? Bet you did not think it was possible, right? Well, let me tell you - 3 hours after The Iskiwitch Team dropped off the paperwork for potential buyers to pick up, an offer came in. Not only that, 24 hours later, a back-up offer was received! Our condo had been on the market for 1.5 years with two different agencies before we decided to go back to our roots and hire the wonderful team who sold us the condo! As true professionals they know how to get the word out about your home, take extraordinary pictures of your home so it is represented correctly, take you step by step through the selling process, but more importantly they know how to get that perfect buyer to walk in your door. Hire these agents from the start; they will not let you down.

-Lauren Brown, seller

Joanne Iskiwitch is an outstanding real estate agent. She loves her work, so she brings energy, enthusiasm, and a cheerful spirit to the sometimes complex and tedious business of selling a home. Her ethics are uncompromising and she's clear about where she stands. Her excellent communication skills make it easy to work with her and to trust her communications with others. She responds promptly to phone calls and emails and is very reliable. Her explanations of complicated procedures are clear and easy to follow, and she patiently answers questions. If problems arise, she's both realistic and reassuring. She's an excellent listener who knows when to give a client information and when to step back and let them make their own decision. Her 26 years of experience have given her invaluable insights, information, and contacts. She has outstanding working relationships with a number of contractors which makes it much easier to solve problems if they arise and get work done when necessary. Joanne knows a lot about houses, but more importantly, she knows a lot about people and how to work with them, recognizing their strengths and dealing with their limitations. Our sale was complicated: We live in Wisconsin and had to sell the house in University City where my mother had lived for 43 years. No problem for Joanne. During our brief visit to St. Louis in early spring, she made excellent suggestions for staging the house and then rolled up her sleeves and helped us move things into place. She provided names of outstanding contractors who could be trusted to manage things while we communicated with them from Wisconsin, doing repairs, taking care of lawn and garden, etc. She stepped in herself when needed, picking up inspection reports, maintaining the air conditioning at an appropriate level, and generally keeping an eye on the property. She explained the rules and regulations governing a sale in University City and anticipated things we needed to do (like collecting lien waivers) so they could be handled before they became problems. She was calm, reassuring, and supportive through bumps along the way, when offers were complicated, when inspections turned up unexpected problems, when we needed to make difficult decisions. Although Mom's home was more modest than the properties Joanne usually handles, we had her full attention and support whenever we needed it. It has been a real pleasure to work with Joanne. We are grateful to her for turning what could have become a nightmare into a relatively quick and very successful sale and a positive experience for us. We recommend Joanne highly.

-Susan and Larry Kaseman, sellers

This letter is to recommend Joanne Iskiwitch as a Realtor, both as a buying and a selling agent. I have used Joanne to buy and sell one house in University City and buy and sell two houses in Clayton. Joanne has many years of experience in both of these areas. Joanne is very knowledgeable about each step of the buying and selling process. She always made sure that all steps to complete the sale were correctly completed according to all deadlines/rules/etc. Importantly, she was very quick to respond to all my questions and concerns; even coming to my house for signatures or discussions day and night. She would schedule appointments immediately when I wished to see a house and always followed-up with me. She did not pressure me to make any quick decisions but helped me make an informed choice. She then helped us negotiate with the sellers to a fair price. As a selling agent, she created a beautiful full color professional brochure to help advertise my house and also advertised my house on a large number of Internet web sites, placing my house at or near the top of many of these sites. In fact, she sold my house in just 37 days in a very tough market!

-Dr. David and Susie Rubin, sellers and buyers

We couldn't have been more satisfied with the experience we had working with Joanne Iskiwitch. From the beginning, she guided us in pricing the house appropriately and successfully marketed our home so that there was substantial interest in our property prior to the first open house. We quickly received multiple offers over list price in this tough real estate market.

-Dr. Paul and Joni Checchia, sellers

The best word to describe Coldwell-Banker Gundaker agent Joanne Iskiwitch is RELIABLE. Despite a slumping housing market our house was under contract after only twelve days and sold for 97% of the original asking price. We attribute this amazing feat in large part to Joanne’s ability to properly price the properties she represents and her excellent reputation among other agents in the area who know Joanne’s properties will appeal to their clients. She also was invaluable to us in suggesting names of other reliable workers whom we employed to address small issues that came up during the inspection. Joanne was very prompt to return phone calls and emails and always made us feel like her focus was on us, no matter how many other properties she was representing. If attention to detail, professionalism, and quick results are things you want to have be part of your home-selling experience, we cannot recommend Joanne Iskiwitch and her wonderful staff highly enough!

-Kim Schreck and Peter Chivers

Joanne is highly professional. She provided services and information so that I could easily expedite all the necessary decisions - documentation, inspections, financing - which comprise selling and buying a home. Her work was always thorough and timely and I felt she tailored her approach to meet my particular situation.

-University City, MO seller and buyer

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Joanne for all of her help with the sale of our home. Joanne's detailed and professional approach for preparing our home for the market made all the difference. Selling our home in 5 days for full asking price is a credit to her guidance. Joanne's continued attention and expertise from contract to closing made us feel that we were in good hands.

-St. Louis, MO seller

Joanne's integrity is above question and she is most pleasant to work with. I'm glad to recommend her for a successful buying or selling endeavor.

-University City, MO seller and buyer

On three previous occasions, we have engaged real estate agents to sell or buy a house. Our experience ranged from mediocre to calamitous. Consequently, our view of Realtors has been somewhat jaundiced. We were not looking forward to going through this ordeal again. That is, until we met the indomitable Joanne Iskiwitch!

Much to our surprise, pleasure and good fortune, Joanne turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Not only was she professionally competent, she seemed unusually dedicated to her duties and responsibilities. She exuded integrity and gained our trust from our very first meeting. Before, during and after the sale, Joanne was extremely patient, understanding and reassuringly thorough, as she guided us through the maze of infuriating detail necessary to consummate the transaction. Her immediate responsiveness to our questions and concerns was most impressive. She seemed to be on call all day, any day of the week and long into the night. She did, indeed, convince us that some real estate agents really do earn their commissions!

Incidentally, during our very first meeting, Joanne was recounting the number of recent sales she made within an impressively short period of time. At the time, I ascribed her fling at self-promotion to typical sales hyperbole. She then turns around and sells our house within 1-1/2 days! Go figure! At the risk of telling you something you already know, Joanne Iskiwitch is certainly a superb and model representative [of the real estate profession] and it has been a distinct pleasure working with her. We have already and will continue to recommend her services to friends and acquaintances as the opportunities arise.

-St. Louis, MO seller

It is our pleasure to recommend Joanne Iskiwitch as a real estate professional. She worked very closely with us during one of the toughest housing markets in recent years. She listened to our concerns and many questions throughout the process and kept in close communication with us. She used her vast experience to provide guidance and help as needed. She was our resource. Once we had a contract, she attended to every detail, followed through on the inspections and bottom-line, made sure the sale went through. Whenever we decide to move again, we will seek out her services to again be our real estate agent. Without question.

-Kirkwood, MO buyer and University City, MO seller

I was a first time homebuyer interested in a home in University City. I had very definite and inflexible ideas about the type of house I wanted and the price I was willing to spend. Joanne demonstrated her expertise in the market by finding me the perfect house within a few weeks of our search. Joanne's clients are able to utilize her expertise by receiving her professional advice and comprehensive knowledge of the real estate market.

-University City, MO buyer

Joanne is a consummate professional. Her knowledge of the area is invaluable - we bought our house the day after it went on the market and only then because Joanne was available on Saturday to run contracts and amendments between the sellers and us.

-University City, MO buyer and Ladue, MO seller

At our interview of Joanne, it was apparent by her presentation and materials that Joanne was well organized, highlighting her experience and success in selling homes. Even before we had officially engaged her, Joanne was already working on the selling of our home. In preparation for putting the house on the market, Joanne and Joel (her partner) created a program of things to be done and offered us a selection of proven individuals and companies, based on their experience, to accomplish the tasks. They were aggressive on follow up on all matters including back and forth with potential buyers. When a contract was submitted, Joanne and Joel presented us with a time line and list of what would take place, with accompanying information and details of tasks we needed to complete. During the process, where feasible, they removed as much of the burden as possible. Joanne and Joel were with us as a team from the first moment through closing. The sale of a home has many challenges and in our discussions they were always positive and patient.

-Zalman Stein, University City home seller

We interviewed multiple agents and from the moment I met Joanne, through the signing of the final sale documents she was there holding our hands and guiding us through the process of selling our home. Even before we had hired her she was available to answer questions and offer advice. We could always count on her for things big and small, she was readily available, always reachable, and went out of her way to do anything she could to make things go as smoothly as possible. She even went shopping for vanities with me when we decided to update one of our bathrooms before putting the house up for sale. Once our house was on the market she did a phenomenal job of advertising and showing the house, we got a great response and a great buyer. I was thrilled with the work Joanne did throughout the entire experience and now that it is done, looking back I am confident and happy knowing that we made the right choice. Joanne was always looking out for us, had our best interests in mind, and got the job done! She is warm and friendly and a joy to work with - a true professional, and we were lucky to find her. I would recommend Joanne to anyone planning on selling a home without hesitation and am truly grateful to her for everything she did!

-University City home seller

Joanne has a deep knowledge of University City real estate and is well regarded in the broker community. She gave us excellent advice on the updates we needed to make to our home, and referred us to a good stager. She was able to make our home look its best. At the same time, her reputation for quality listings made many brokers present this opportunity to their clients, with a confidence that they would not be wasting their clients' time, so we got a lot of good traffic through the house. Ultimately, she got our home sold in a tough market and we were very happy with her work.

-Margaret Malewski, University City home seller

We had a great experience working with Joanne. She is very responsive and she was great during the negotiation process. We were very satisfied and would readily use her for a future sale or purchase.

-Bill Clendenin, University City home seller

We had a wonderful experience with Joanne in a quick and easy sale of our home. She was helpful and knowledgeable at every turn, and when there were more complicated issues she very quickly found resources to get answers.

-Clayton home seller

I chose Joanne because of her credentials in my neighborhood and I am not sorry in the least. She did a great job for me starting with a market analysis that indicated what the house is worth and it proved to be true because we got 99% of the listed price. I would recommend Joanne to anyone selling a home in University City. She helped me not only thru the pricing but when we had to make some repairs she had excellent contacts to give me to call to get the work done right and cost effectively. She knows the local requirements and will guide you thru them as you sell your home. I am very happy that I decided to work with Joanne.

-Nick Schilling