Massachusetts Realtor of the Year, 2013

Ask Joan Witter what she enjoys most about Cape Cod and her answer is simple. Besides family and friends, it's the natural beauty, lifestyle and the Cape's amazing ability to hold onto its small town atmosphere and sense of community. Joan ought to know since she's lived there for 30 years.

As a top-producing agent for over 17 years, Joan has specialized in waterfront and high-end village properties with Cotton Real Estate, Inc. The firm was acquired by Sotheby's International Realty in 2005.

Her extensive knowledge of the area as a resident, realtor and retailer is valued by her clients. She has leveraged her customer service and sales skills, negotiating prowess and marketing expertise, well honed during more than 14 years as the owner and operator of a clothing store in Osterville, to the benefit of both buyers and sellers.

Her professional expertise in combination with the personal experience of living on Cape Cod is clearly appreciated by her clients. Satisfied client referrals now account for more than 70 percent of Joan's clientele.

Having raised two children in Osterville, Joan is adept at analyzing the relative merits of the Cape Cod public school system and is equally informative on private schools throughout the area.

Professionally, Joan is a member of the National Association of Realtors and has earned its Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designations. She is also a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS). Joan belongs to the Cape Cod & Islands Board of Realtors, is a Director of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and is the 2012 President of the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service.

Giving back to the community she so enjoys is important to Joan. She is a member of the Osterville Business and Professional Steering Committee and has received the Sotheby's International Realty Community Service Award for the past two years.