Joan Swift

Prudential Douglas Elliman
Highlight: Excellent listener with a focus on Upper East Side luxury apartments



Contact Information (646) 200-5824

Vital statistics

Representing Sellers 30%
Representing Buyers 70%

Upper East Side, West Village

Price range:
$1m to $3m, $3m to $10m

Lifetime deals: 20

Sales 2006: N/A

Sales 2007: $6 million

Sales 2008: $10 million


Queens College, City University of New York, BA; Fordham University School of Social Service, MSW

Second languages: None

Professional memberships:
Real Estate Board of New York

Active Agent since: 2004

Designations: Senior Vice President; Associate Broker


PDE Chairman's Circle Gold, 2008


Generalists »

My solid track record in real estate can be attributed to the excellent relationships I develop with my customers and my deep passion for providing my discerning clientele with the perfect home or the highest price sale. Though I work throughout the city, with all price points, my focus is on high-end properties above $2 million on the Upper East Side. I am committed to helping first time or seasoned buyers, investors, and high-profile clients find properties that meet their lifestyle, needs, and desires. I am known for, and take great joy in, offering my clients reliable, discreet service, and a calm yet persistent approach.

Buyers moving to NYC »

New York is a dynamic, sophisticated city that many people dream of moving to. However, finding a place to live in Manhattan’s unique marketplace can be quite daunting. This is why I guide suburban, out-of-state, and international buyers every step of the way through the Manhattan real estate process in order to secure a successful home purchase or sale. As a proud native New Yorker, I am familiar not only with the city’s appeal and opportunities, but also with how to educate buyers about the diverse neighborhoods and complex world of Manhattan co-ops, condos, townhouses, and new developments. Purchasing or selling real estate in Manhattan is a huge undertaking, investment, and commitment, and I work relentlessly on my clients’ behalf to ensure a smooth transition to this exciting city.

Pied-a-terre specialists »

For those clients who love Manhattan and visit frequently, but cannot live here full time, a Pied-a-Terre is the perfect solution. With every client, I listen attentively to their specific needs in order to expedite the search to find their home away from home. I work tenaciously and enthusiastically to provide my clients with a swift transaction that secures the perfect getaway apartment for the best possible price.

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Agent's personal statement

My greatest joy and success in real estate stems from my having a deep passion for my work and for providing my diverse clientele with the guidance, resources, and support they need to find the perfect property that meets their needs, and often exceeds their expectations.


As a proud native New Yorker, I am familiar not only with the city’s appeal and what it has to offer, but also with how to educate buyers about the diverse neighborhoods and the complex world of Manhattan co-ops, condos, townhouses, and new developments. Purchasing or selling real estate in Manhattan is a huge undertaking, investment, and commitment. I work relentlessly on my clients’ behalf and guide them to make sound, informed decisions.


My background as a therapist allows me to offer my clients similar professional qualities such as intent listening, insight, and discretion. It is second nature for me to be attentive and confidential when dealing with clients that rely on superior service and maintaining the privacy they deserve. As a result, I can quickly identify a customer’s needs and provide a course of action that greatly benefits and protects buyers and sellers.


My initial interest in real estate began while I managed an estate comprised of multiple upscale Manhattan residencies. After only a short time in the field, I was quickly appointed to the position of Vice President. I am currently a resident broker specialist for a Park Avenue co-op. I have a loyal following of discerning and high profile clientele who appreciate my honesty, accessibility, and my tenacity in helping a seller get the most exposure and highest price, or working closely with buyers to successfully secure the perfect property.

Recently sold

Address: Type: Bed: Sqft:
10 East 70th Street Co-op 2.0 1500
1155 Park Avenue Co-op 3.0 -
120 Riverside Boulevard Condo 2.0 1043
134 West 10th Street Condo 2.0 1540
150 East 77th Street Co-op 4.0 3300
201 East 79th Street Co-op 2.0 1350
215 East 80th Street Condo 1.0 660
225 East 74th Street Co-op 1.0 800
239 East 79th Street Co-op 1.0 850
245 East 87th Street Co-op 2.0 1300
300 East 85th Street Cond-op 1.0 695
315 East 72nd Street Co-op 3.0 1500
345 East 93rd Street Co-op 1.0 800
401 East 84th Street Condo 2.0 1322
5 Tudor City Place Co-op 1.0 -
631 East 9th Street Condo 1.0 1378
70 Little West Street Condo 2.0 1311

Our summary of
Joan Swift

"Since she's a native New Yorker, Joan knows the city like the back of her hand. She's able to communicate the nuances of different neighborhoods to her clients. Having been in the business for six years, Joan is recognized as a rising star. In 2008, she was a member of Prudential Douglas Elliman's Gold Circle. She's an intent listener and extremely patient (we believe she developed these skills in her previous profession as a therapist)."

TopAgentGuide™ editors


Verified reviews (5)

“Sold our Park Avenue co-op in a difficult market. Got us everything we wanted.”


Posted August 7, 2009. Verified August 10, 2009.

I worked with Joan to sell my Park Avenue co-op in the Upper East Side in the Fall of 2007 as my family was relocating away from New York City. Joan did an excellent job in a very difficult market and she got us everything we wanted. What set Joan apart was our working relationship. We got along very well and she understood exactly what we were looking for. I would recommend her to a friend or family member.
“Joan helped me buy an UES co-op as my second home. I would definitely recommend her.”

Steven S.

Posted August 11, 2009. Verified October 5, 2009.

Joan helped me to buy a second home (a co-op) in the Upper East Side. I had an excellent experience working with her. She has a strong knowledge of the market, and she is also very friendly. I would recommend her to a friend or family member without any hesitation.
“Joan is respectful and forthright. She always respected our personal space.”

Suzette M.

Posted August 21, 2009. Verified September 16, 2009.

Joan helped me to buy a co-op apartment on the Upper East Side. I enjoyed working with Joan because she wasn’t overly pushy and she respected our personal space, but she was also forthright when she needed to be. Joan provided a good balance. Joan was very good at understanding our needs as clients. Once we specified our desires, she was able to show us homes in line with what we were looking for. I would absolutely recommend her to a friend or family member.

Randy K.

Posted August 19, 2009. Verified September 22, 2009.

I recently bought a Penthouse condo in the West Village through Joan. Joan is great all-around; she is professional, but she also has a great personality. She understands that buying a home is an important and personal decision. As such, she is extremely responsive and she constantly kept me informed about what was available in the market. Her timing is also impeccable. The most recent apartment I purchased was owned by a celebrity. I was the first to see it and I wanted it right away. If I had seen the apartment just two weeks later, it would have already been sold. There was competition for this home, but Joan had the skills to make sure I got the place I wanted. I used to be a broker myself, and I know that Joan is as good as it gets. I would recommend Joan without hesitation. She is great broker, and a pleasure to be around. She made looking for a home an enjoyable experience.
“Joan is lovely. She is smart, pleasant and savvy.”


Posted August 17, 2009. Verified September 16, 2009.

My experience with Joan was always lovely. She extensively showed me homes on the Upper East Side and she helped sell my home after my divorce. Joan is easy to work with because she is pleasant, professional, smart, and savvy about the market. I do not have any complaints and I would recommend Joan with the highest confidence.