I've got some Happy Customers!

At the heart of my work is a commitment to delivering exceptional experiences. It's truly satisfying knowing that my clients are delighted and thrilled working with me. Explore the exciting stories of those who have journeyed with me.

JoAnne, appreciate your honest sharing on the panel of how you have overcame challenges in your career… that it was how you dealt with setbacks, continuing to show up!

Irene DeGutis (Sheng)

Experienced Medical Leader

Qianzhuang Annie Qu Wu, CFS, PCQI, CFSQA

Quality Management Leader/Expert, ex-Mars, MBA Candidate at Kelley, DEI board, Forte Fellow and Ambassador

Loved your advice… will always remember. It’s “who knows you”! All The best in your real estate and thanks for taking the time to share your wisdom!

Lynn (D’Silva) Cinelli

VP Global Supply Chain

JoAnne has helped me and my family with two property purchases and recently helped us to successfully rent our condo at our original asking rate. JoAnne is a true professional that dives deep into research and her wealth of knowledge of the real estate market is truly impressive. JoAnne was able to give us the sound advice we needed when searching during our purchase as well as when setting a reasonable rent rate that would not alienate potential tenants. We’re very excited to report that JoAnne helped us to get the highest rent in our building to date. In addition to her seasoned professionalism in the real estate market JoAnne is also a lot of fun and just a pleasure to work with. We look forward to working with JoAnne again in the future.

John Laker

Technical Director

Peggy Hemphill


JoAnne’s work as a real estate broker has been incredibly insightful in our professional relationship, as I now have an in-depth understanding of the complex world of New York real estate. I have endorsed her professional services to friends and family, who are delighted to work with her on their own real estate projects and will certainly continue to recommend JoAnne in the future.

Jonathan N.

Urban Planning

Fordham University

Danielle Carlino

Digital Supervisor

Havas Media

I have known JoAnne for 20 years and have learned a great deal from her at various times in my career. Most recently she advised me on a real estate opportunity, providing invaluable insights. Her relationship with a wide network of brokers has given me access I couldn’t otherwise find. Jo is both knowledgeable and highly personable. I understand she’s one heck of a coach and speaker as well. Connect with her, you’ll be glad you did!

Phillip LoFaso

Marketing Executive

Tracey Cannon Mulrooney

Product and Brand Manager

JoAnne Kao is an industry leader dedicated to investing in the future. I first met JoAnne at a Fordham Univesity Gabelli School of Business event, where she spoke about real estate investments. From her presentation, JoAnne gave me the tools to create a financial goal to purchase a rental property. Afterward, I had the opportunity to speak with JoAnne about her journey. I found JoAnne extraordinarily insightful and easy to talk to as I learned more about her journey into real estate. In addition to real estate, JoAnne told the importance of spreading knowledge and confidence among future generations. I am glad I had the confidence to speak to JoAnne; she has provided me with a great role model to follow.

Jonathan (Max) Guy

Undergraduate Marketing Student

Fordham Gabelli School

Joanne McNamara

Director Clinical Pharmacy


JoAnne has ruined me for all other brokers. I’ve lived in NY for over 20 years and have had many brokers for both rentals and sales. I’ve also been on the Board of my Co-Op. So I’ve interacted with a lot of NYC real estate brokers. I can say without reservation that JoAnne is the best. She is professional and personable, supremely knowledgeable about the NY real estate market and extremely responsive. She puts in the work and offers sage advice but never, ever pressures or complains. It’s great to have someone on MY side and guiding me through this stressful process. JoAnne takes the stress out of renting, buying and selling. Navigating this process with JoAnne is an absolute pleasure.

Michael Gribin


Credit Suisse

Michiko Fahsbender


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

JoAnne is one of the best brokers I have had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely efficient, went above and beyond and always provided an amazing level of service. We have just closed on an exclusive apartment in Belgravia (London) and JoAnne was brilliant throughout, even though we were working on different time zones. I look forward to working with JoAnne again and would highly recommend her for anyone’s real estate needs. She’s the best!

James Somers

Be prepared with your “must-have” and “nice-to-have” neighborhood / apartment list, and work with her to have your vision expand!

Stefanie Djie

Photo Art Director and Photographer

I have nothing but praise for Joanne Kao. She is an extremely talented real estate agent who I would recommend without hesitation to anyone looking to buy or sell property in New York. Joanne took charge of a complicated situation involving estate issues and a challenging co-op board and found us a great buyer and sold our apartment at a very good price. Everyone was very happy with the results. Joanne was consistently kind, thoughtful, easy to talk with, and meticulous. Her professionalism was of the highest level. She was very savvy and drove a tough bargain while maintaining very good relations with all parties. Before working with Joanne, I had been involved in several real estate transactions. Never before had I met or worked with a broker of Ms. Kao’s caliber. She is a real pro who took the pain and the headache out of a difficult process.

Jeremy Orgel

Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist, and Psychotherapist

Abby Haliti


Abby Haliti Color Studio NYC

I highly recommend JoAnne to anyone who has real estate needs. She’s supportive of her clients, but also a straight shooter – she’s aggressive when you need her to be, but she also has no problem keeping a very level head in the crazy world that is real estate. I was in a situation where I needed to move ASAP – and JoAnne gave me the support and resources I needed to get out of my current living situation, and also find a new apartment (that met all my needs – including my budget) in a matter of weeks. JoAnne is responsive, knowledgable, but most importantly a pleasure to work with. She’s 100% someone you want on your side. She’ll be my first call if and when I ever have to move again!

David McAlpine

Global Head of External Comms


We were looking for a rental around the UWS/UES. Before working with Joanne we met with few other realtors. Most nyc realtor in my experience were very quick, not very patient and always in a rush for us to sign something or other. Joanne was exactly the opposite – she was so very patient, knowledgeable and didn’t pressure us for anything. She knew the building, the area and everything around the neighborhood and was very pleasant to work with.

We had a lot of specification and wanted to be on budget. Joanne made us feel okay for being specific and always made us feel that we were priority for her. She also took great deal of effort to made sure that we understood the process well.

Highly recommend this gem of a NYC realtor!!!

Richa Bhandary

CRM | ERP | TMS | Automation | Solution Design | Product Management | Integration | Implementation

Andrew C.

Puja Singh


Global Strategic Alliances

Throughtout my professional and personal experience I have worked with over a dozen real estate agents in various states; Indiana, Texas, Florida, California and now NYC. JoAnne marketed the studio as if it were her own. She spared no expense, she never turned down a showing and the Open Houses were practically weekly and only stopped when the client said to STOP. JoAnne also got to show off her negotiating chops. On the first offer, she was very supportive of the counter offer and I have no doubt she did her best in presenting the counter. When the deal fell through, she was positive, supportive and hit the market again with renewed unlimited energy. When the second offer came in, she was very insightful about the buyer which was extremely helpful, in knowing how to proceed with our counter-strategy.

The studio sold at the highest price per square foot in the building, and sold in half the time of the average sale in that building. I want to add that JoAnne is an incredibly competent professiona with an instinctive high touch ontop of being a delightful person. It just does not get better than JoAnne. She is so great to work with, now my dream is to purchase a place in NYC, just to work with her again. In the interim, I will refer her without abandon to all that I come across and all of my colleagues in our NYC offices.

Charles H. Garrido, Jr.

Managing Director Midwest Region

A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners

It has been an absolute pleasure collaborating with JoAnne! She’s my GO TO Realtor/Broker for all client referrals from Ontario to New York City and vice-versa; and my clients have been absolutely delighted with her help & professional advice. She has a ton of experience in real estate and she knows NYC better than many! JoAnne is not only a knowledgeable and trust worthy professional, but also the sweetest person to deal with. I highly recommend her services for anyone looking to Buy, Sell or Invest in New York City. Thank you, JoAnne 🙂

Salman Khan

BCom, MBA | Realtor® | Award-winning Real Estate Broker & Investment Strategist | ABR® | SRS | Commercial & Residential Real Estate

Pontis Realty Inc., Brokerage

JoAnne and I worked together on an interview event for Fordham University’s Real Estate Club. She was diligent, thoughtful, and a pleasure to work with. Club members were inspired by her wisdom and insight and spent lots of time discussing the field with JoAnne. Knowledgeable, creative, and charismatic – there is no one better to work with!

Kaleigh Pfohl

Incoming Market Risk Analyst

Goldman Sachs

JoAnne made my move to New York easier than I could have ever imagined. I’d highly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional broker that will always keep your interests in mind!

Ronnie Odlum

Zachary Slater

Senior Producer


Scott Stevenson

Associate Attorney

Flannery Georgalis


Joshua F.

Asset Management Consultant

Fodera Consulting

Blair Mgbada


Cong Xiu

Machine Learning Engineer


Fun Facts:
JoAnne's former business partner, a Certified Master Chef (CMC), created Tomato Sushi, a sustainable alternative to tuna.
As SourceMedia's Director of Sales, JoAnne consolidated over 50 print and digital media classifieds products into one unified and integrated digital platform.