Real Estate Brokerage Experience:
Hudson Company 2001-2018 (Broker Owner)
Bradbury Romey Egan & Partners 1991-2001
Erdenberg Otten Real Estate, Chicago, IL 1989-1990
Previous Work Experience:
First Chicago 1983-1990, Private Banker
First Job , age 14: Detasseling Corn, Fort Dodge Iowa and surrounding farms
University of Iowa BBA
Fort Dodge Senior High School, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Christ Church Christmas Angels
Christ Church Bell Choir
Rush Medical Center, Exclusive Real Estate Auxiliary Board Cooks' Tour
Winnetka Park District, Bike Winnetka
Winnetka Parks Foundation, Party on the Pier
Wilmette Chamber Member and Event -Summerfest, Wilmette Holiday Parade
Winnetka Chamber Member
Hubbard Woods Annual Mayfest
Northfield Park District
New Trier Hockey Program
Loyola Hockey Program
Alliance for Early Childhood Development
Winnetka Historical Society Organizational and Event
National Alzheimer's Association
Widely recognized as a leading broker and respected business owner, Joanne is a sought-after real estate expert who understands the nuances of the North Shore market and puts her clients’ interests first. With her husband, Steve, she co-owned The Hudson Company, which was ranked Number One in all of Chicagoland for having the highest percentage of luxury home sales in 2015 and the highest sales per agent in the Chicagoland market more than a decade. In its 18 years of operation, The Hudson Company also won multiple marketing and production awards from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
As both a broker and a business owner, Joanne has developed a reputation for her exceptional analytical skills and her outstanding professionalism. With sales consistently in the top 1% of brokers nationwide, she has an impressive track record across all price segments. She takes every sale seriously and gets as much joy helping a young couple buy a starter home as she does selling a lakefront mansion.
An active listener who builds rapport with sellers, buyers, developers and fellow brokers, Joanne has keen negotiating skills and precise timing that have proven to be tremendous assets for her clients. Her work as a private banker at First Chicago (Chase) gives her both a valuable financial background and a track record of discreet service to her clients.
Joanne also understands how to harness technology to benefit her clients. Whether through digital pre-marketing, social marketing videos, drone photography, or virtual staging, Joanne maximizes her sellers’ exposure and positions their properties to attract buyers. In addition to understanding the North Shore market, Joanne and her husband have also built and renovated a variety of houses in Chicago and the North Shore, so she brings an insider’s perspective to all aspects of the real estate continuum.
Joanne recognizes that purchasing or selling real estate is not only a financial investment but also an investment in a community. With deep roots in the North Shore, she can help guide her clients to find the best fit in properties. From her experience on the board of the Winnetka Public School Nursery to her work as a New Trier Parent Advisor, Joanne has been active in the community and uses this knowledge to help her clients achieve their real estate objectives.
Guided by a commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards, Joanne is an empathic professional who loves helping her clients realize their dreams.
"We had the pleasure of working with Joanne Hudson. Like many buyers making the move from the city, we were very reluctant to find something that would suit our urban lifestyle. Joanne was amazingly patient with us and did a nice job of highlighting the positives and negatives of the homes we viewed. Her knowledge of the local community and the North Shore was impressive! One of Joanne's most admirable traits was her transparency. She was always upfront about location, price and any other information that was crucial in our homebuying process. She worked within our price range and never tried to steer us in any direction we weren't comfortable with during our home search. Last, but not least, her negotiation skills were first-rate. We would highly recommend Joanne to our friends, families and acquaintances! " -Brandon H.
"Selling a home is always fraught with emotions — even more so when it’s a place associated with the most cherished of family memories. That’s why my wife and I are so glad that we chose Joanne Hudson to handle the sale of our Winnetka home. A rare breed, she embodies the ethics of someone raised in Iowa by parents who valued hard work and education, yet she also has the sharp analytical mind of big city banker. Joanne exudes a warmth and optimism that kept us calm, yet she also demonstrated an aggressive commitment to selling our home quickly and negotiating a strong deal.
We have bought and sold numerous homes and used many good real estate agents, but no one has been a better listener than Joanne. She took time to understand our priorities and also listened well during negotiations, which translated into value for us. Even though there were many comparable homes on the market, Joanne sold our house in only two weeks.
From her seasoned understanding of staging to her extensive knowledge of the North Shore community and real estate market, she has a comprehensive range of skills that made her the natural choice to help us. When buying or selling on the North Shore, we know that Joanne is the only real estate agent we’ll ever use!
" -John C.
"We have been repeat clients of Joanne's over the past 25 years for two simple reasons: she gets it and she cares. Joanne and her team know the North Shore market and its neighborhoods better than any others. As a result, she is able to match buyers and sellers efficiently and for the best value. She also strikes the right balance of professionalism and personal touch, making her a pleasure to work with. We have referred many friends and family members to Joanne and everyone has had the same experience we have had with Joanne. In an era of transactional driven service firms, it's refreshing to find a broker like Joanne who still believes in the powerful combination of trust-based relationships and a professional approach." -Mary F.