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Joan Caton Cromwell



Washington DC Office

4315 50th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016 Directions
Phone: 202-552-5600

In 2003, after nearly twenty years in the telecom industry, I decided it was time to make a career change. The only choice for me was to become a real estate agent. You see, I love houses and I believe in real estate as an investment. I purchased my first property at the age of 23 and have owned several properties in the DC area over the years. I have had more investment success with real estate than I have ever had in any other investment vehicle.

When acting as a buyer's real estate agent I do NOT sell properties. Instead, I help people buy properties. This is an important distinction because I believe that this process requires an agent advocate for the purchaser. If I am representing you as a buyers' agent, I am your advocate in the transaction.

As a listing agent, my strongest skill is preparing a property for market to maximize profits. Even in a market that has balanced in recent years, many of my listings are under contract in less than ten days. I believe this success can be attributed to my efforts to work with homeowners to properly prepare the property for market launch.

Another important aspect of purchasing a home and working with an agent is working with an agent who understands and respects that your home is likely your largest investment. As such, it is critical that an agent understand financing options and basic tax law as it pertains to real estate. As the financial markets have changed the ability to borrow money has become more challenging for some buyers. Working with a reputable lender is a critical part of the purchase transaction. I work with several reputable lenders who can help most people with verifiable income and good credit.

I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Northern Virginia. I have lived in DC, Maryland and Virginia and know the Metro area very well. I am licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Licensed In

  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • Maryland


  • English

" Joan is outstanding. She’s smart, strategic and savvy. She’s top notch and consistently delivers for her clients. She’s someone you can count on. We sure did. Joan was solutions driven and focused on addressing our priorities in the sale of our old house and the purchase of our new house. She also invested in building relationships with the other agents involved in the deals which no doubt helped in closing both deals."

– Jennifer

" Ms. Cromwell made the whole process very easy to negotiate, explained everything in advance in detail. She was extremely patient with a couple of extremely picky people."

– Scott

" We were so pleased with the excellent service Joan provided! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, organized, and fun to work with. We had an unexpected opportunity to sell our rental property when our tenants moved out. Joan was ready to assist us and provided sound guidance on every aspect of the process. We were so busy with our newborn and toddler and were grateful to have Joan helping us! The property looked amazing when it went to market and we were thrilled that Joan worked hard to ensure everything was perfect. She was flawlessly organized and brought everything together on a short timeline. This is our second time working with Joan (she helped us purchase our current home). She’s amazing!"

– Sarah

" Joan always goes above and beyond! She really gets to know her clients and their priorities. We felt like we were in good hands the whole time. "

– Kristin

" Joan Cromwell is awesome. [She even] oversaw the replacement of the roof while we were living in Denver. Simply amazing!"

– Michael

" Joan advised us on how to prepare the property for sale, referred us to appropriate vendors for repairs, and then oversaw the work while we were out of town. She then staged it, promoted it, held an open house, and within days we had multiple offers above our asking price from which to choose. The process couldn't have been easier or more successful."

– William & Paula

" Joan does whatever it takes to make sure buying and selling are pain-free. She consistently amazes me with her commitment. She gets her hands dirty - literally - by making sure every detail down to the flower beds, is perfect. Joan is a superstar. This was our fifth transaction with her in the past two years and each experience was excellent. She is a true professional and we enjoy working with her."

– Emily

" Joan was awesome! I was very impressed with Joan's ability to convince the selling agent to take the house off the market with only one bid (ours) very early in the process, thus avoiding us the stress of a potential bidding war, and allowing us to pay only very slightly above the asking price."

– Erica Blom

" We love Joan. She is absolutely wonderful and helpful and committed. I felt that she had our backs 200%. Joan went way above and beyond, holding our hands through the buying process and also offering interior design assistance and renovation counseling! "

– Liza

" Joan Cromwell is the best agent ever. I already recommended her to a number of people over 13 years, and I will keep recommending her."

– Katarina

" Joan, We just wanted to thank you again for all your help (and the help I know you'll continue to give us). We also appreciated your availability, approachability and expertise before, during and after our sale. We felt very much in good hands. Thanks for making the process less stressful and more enjoyable for us. We're looking forward to having you over for dinner in our new home. Laura and Dan "

– Dan & Laura

" We recently sold our house on Nebraska Ave with Joan Cromwell and I wanted to just let you all know about the great job that she did for us. When we interviewed realtors this fall, each one we spoke to told me the things that I could do to get my house ready for market. Joan was the only one who told me what SHE would do to get my house ready. She supervised painters who had the large job of covering all traces of my 3 boys. She swapped out my dingy rugs for her fresh ones. She brought in mirrors and plants. She brought in fresh white towels. She even had my father cut down a huge bush that had been blocking our front walkway for years. Even though we were on the market at a bad time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, she got the job done and provided the type of hands-on service that is rarely seen these days. I would obviously recommend her very highly to anyone looking for a realtor. Danielle Cannata "

– Danielle

" Joan Caton Cromwell is terrific. She guided us through the process in selling our house on Capitol Hill -- giving great advice on how to stage the house, when to put it on the market, and what we should and should not do to show the property. We got a winning offer at the first open house. Joan was also invaluable to us in landing our new home in Chevy Case DC. She understood our preferences and priorities, gently directing us away from bad decisions and helping us make informed decisions about the properties we liked. We felt the whole time that Joan was protecting our interests, but also being fair with our buyer and seller. We would highly recommend working with her. ~ Jason Hafemeister & Darci Vetter "

– Jason & Darci

" I do not often post to the local listserv re excellent service, but this time I would like to make an unsolicited recommendation as this is probably the most important service that any of us will need--help in selling a house. Joan Cromwell became our real estate agent early in January for the condo we were going to put on the market. It needed a complete re-do of bath and kitchen, paint, appliances, etc. Joan and I started from scratch--she organized all the contract work, oversaw it while we were away for March (which was most of the work), had it ready to put on the market by the late March, and it sold the first day it was on the market with multiple contracts. We closed with a very satisfied buyer last week. First, she recommended contractors who performed on time and did excellent work throughout. Second, she shepherded the appliance and granite people through their work while we were away. Third, she knew the market as well as we did and set the appropriate price. Finally, she "staged" the condo (ie. had a stager furnish the condo) for door appeal. Her energy,contacts,and eye for those little details that buyers notice made all this happen painlessly It was a completely great and non-nail biting experience from start to finish. "

– Diane & Roger

" “We were lucky enough to have been put in touch with Joan as we were contemplating a move to DC from Chicago and she has been a driving force in our transition to Washington ever since. Her knowledge of the world of real estate in the Washington area is unmatched. She knows the ins and outs and will provide sage counsel as you consider potential properties. Once an offer is to be made, Joan is tenacious in representing the interests of her clients. She will doggedly go for the best deal for her client while at the same time keeping the client strongly focused on the reality of the situation facing them. Thanks to Joan we are happily in a home of our dreams and we still call upon her as we wade through the waters of adjusting to our new home city. It’s great to have a REALTOR® -- and a new friend -- who is so well connected. Joan knows how to get things done and she has shown this to be true over and over again.” ~ David Wheadon, MD "

– David

" If anyone is interested in buying or selling a home in DC, I would strongly recommend talking to Joan Cromwell and using her as your agent. We just sold our Nebraska Ave. townhouse and were very pleased with the results. We selected Joan among several agents after seeing several of her listings go under contract within days. Just like the other houses, ours was staged beautifully before it went on the market and sold quickly. Not only did she make excellent recommendations for getting the house ready, she spent quite a bit of time helping us in preparations. We also appreciated her knowledge and advice while finalizing the contract and completing the closing.” Delia Welsh"

– Delia