Joi Kressbach

Broker


Passion and Experience

My passion for real estate began in 1987 when I managed a Portland real estate agency. Since then I have bought and sold both residential and commercial properties, managed vacation properties and the construction of my own waterfront home. My experience in real estate, along with my knowledge of shore land zoning regulations, architecture and interior design, allow me to help my clients find their perfect Maine home.

I pride myself on providing my clients with outstanding service and will always go the extra mile to ensure that you have a positive experience. I am organized, detail oriented, personable and professional and truly love what I do. Whether you're selling your home and need staging, marketing and pricing expertise or are buying and new to the area, you will benefit from my experience and local knowledge.

Background

I grew-up in Bangor, Maine and moved to Southern Maine to attend college. I lived in Portland, South Portland and Falmouth Foreside before finally moving to Yarmouth in 1990 when I married my husband Lee. We've been fortunate to raise our two daughters in this beautiful seaside community where my husband grew-up. Our girls graduated from Yarmouth High School, so I am very familiar with Yarmouth's award-winning school system. We own a small family business, which my husband runs on the Portland waterfront. Our company, Maine Lobster Direct, ships Maine seafood throughout the United States. In our spare time we love to get out on our sailboat and enjoy Casco Bay!

Education

I graduated from the University of Southern Maine where I received my BA in Communication. My personality lends itself to listening and problem solving and I find great satisfaction in connecting with my clients, assessing your needs and helping you achieve your real estate goals.

Memberships

  • Greater Portland Board of Realtors
  • Maine Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Women's Council of Realtors

Testimonials

I highly recommend Joi to everyone I know who's looking to buy or sell a home. She has the ability to take a complicated process and make it feel seamless through her attention to detail, experience and professionalism. She is honest, capable, kind, thoughtful and most importantly effective in dealing with all kinds of personalities. Whether you are a first time home owner or a seasoned buyer, Joi brings the same interest and client-centered conscientiousness to all transactions.

– Alison Rhenberg, Yarmouth

 

Joi is the most incredible realtor, always thinking one step ahead and taking care of every detail. She has assisted in buying and selling a property for me as well as my neighbors. Her knowledge of shore land zoning is thorough and unmatched. She is well respected in the local real estate community as someone with whom other brokers look to do business. Always a delight. Always professional. Simply the best.

– Marty Hamre, Yarmouth

 

Joi was extremely patient with us as we navigated through the first-time-homebuyer process. She very quickly figured out what it was that we were looking for and helped to keep us on track, looking only at properties that we could see ourselves in and that we could afford. She was extremely communicative and responded immediately to all of our questions, especially when we were submitting offers on the weekend. She is a great negotiator, and it was clear she was always working in our best interests. Going into the process, we were fully prepared to not end up in the exact location that we wanted. Joi went above and beyond to make it happen for us, and for that we will be forever appreciative. We can't recommend Joi highly enough. She was so wonderful to work with.

– Emily Bates, Yarmouth

 

We met Joi as a result of one of life’s odd coincidences (through out-of-state friends who were her summer tenants in Yarmouth), and have enjoyed knowing her and working with her for several years. She is a real pro when it comes to both selling and buying a home. She was endlessly patient with us when we were ready to downsize but uncertain as to which way to go—Condo? Smaller house? Stay in our neighborhood? She even convinced us to wait and do nothing for a time and that was absolutely the right decision, proving that her guidance is always about what is best for the client!

When it came time to sell our home she did a spectacular job staging our property, guiding the photo shoot and navigating three separate offers that came through in one day! We were amazed and pleased to close on that house above asking price.

We would be more than happy to recommend Joi to anyone in need of a great real estate advisor and to provide additional verification of her skill, talent, listening abilities and professionalism.

– Christine Palmer & Arian Eigen Heald, Brunswick, ME

 

I cannot express to you how thrilled Todd and I have been with Joi. From the first moment that we spoke she listened to our wants and needs in finding a new home. As you can imagine this can be quite challenging with twin 6 year olds, 3 horses, 2 dogs, a bird and 2 cats. Not to speak of the fact that my husband built our home in Vermont and did not relish leaving it. So, we were looking for some place very special.

Joi spent countless hours patiently sending us listings, communicating by phone/email and showing us around the different communities. She was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the homes that she showed us. Steering us in the best direction for our children's education while finding a nice mix of country life close to the hospitals. She understood our need to find the perfect setting to raise our family and was successful in finding us that special place.

Not only did Joi help find us our home but she continued to go above and beyond in arranging our transition. She facilitated the process by keeping the home furnished (so that we could rent it), to finding renters, introducing me to contacts in the local Maine horse world and even helping us find the appropriate agent in Vermont to aid in selling our home.

Joi truly goes above and beyond. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and working with her. She is an amazing realtor. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.

– Elise and Todd Hotalling

 

Joi recently helped my family find a new home. The process could not have been made any easier. We found that Joi was extremely knowledgeable, and confidant, and that in turn, helped us through a potentially stressful situation. I wouldn't enter the housing market without her! Joi is an absolute gem, and anyone that knows her would certainly confirm this.

– Rob Titterington

 

Joi is exceptional. She is kind, savvy, loyal, hard working, and well connected with the community of realtors in greater Portland. She was a pleasure to work, kept us in the loop at all times, and made what could have been a stressful experience, a pleasurable one. She priced, staged, marketed, and negotiated our home sale perfectly. We would definitely work with her again.

– Debbie and Dick Woodbury

 

We met Joi through a listing of hers so had no prior familiarity with her. Although we didn't have interest in that home, we loved her honesty and knowledge of the area. She was low key and surpassed all of our expectations as we were looking for a home in Maine but lived in another state. Joi always made herself available during the short windows we were in Maine and helped us secure the perfect home for us. After agreeing on the purchase, Joi met with various vendors and workers on our behalf while we were out of town. She followed up on every detail from the beginning to the closing and has continued to offer support as we move our family to Maine. I would highly recommend Joi!

– Abby Psyhogeos

 

Joi was recommended to me by another realtor-that says a lot! Joi is fabulous! She worked for me-finding my family exactly what we wanted and needed. She thought outside of the box to get us our home. Not only did Joi help us get our house, she has been there after we moved in. We were new to the area and when I need help, she suggests electricians, contractors, handy men and even the best vet to go to! Joi is great at her job. She cares about her buyers and her sellers. You couldn't ask for a better realtor!

– Debbie Bozak

 

Whether Joi is buyer’s agent or seller’s agent (she has been both for us in the last year), she exhibits the qualities and behavior that home sellers and buyers dream of. Joi’s attention to detail, advocacy, communication and time management skills ensured two successful transactions for all involved. She not only guided us with knowledgeable advice about the market, but personally scheduled and attended inspections and handled follow up tasks on our behalf. For us, Joi’s skill and service represents the gold standard of realtors. We recommend Joi without reservation.

– Sarah Kelly and John Bueche

 

We were extremely pleased to work with Joi selling our home in Yarmouth. Throughout the process, Joi was professional, informed, responsive and supportive. Her assistance as we prepared our house for showings was invaluable and she provided sound and timely advice and guidance as we evaluated offers. She is a skilled and astute agent and we can confidently recommend her services.

– Kay and David Ray