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The Story of an Extraordinary Brand
In the heart of London on New Bond Street in 1744, an exceptional auction house was born. That house built a revered tradition of uniting collectors with world-class works of art and marketing the world’s most cherished possessions - a tradition that, now over two centuries old, provides authentic knowledge comparable to none.

Sotheby's Auction House

Founded on the same commitment to exceptional service that characterized the Sotheby’s Auction House for more than two centuries, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was created in 1976 and became known around the world for the distinctive properties it represented. In 2004 Sotheby’s entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty® name. The brand began offering membership in its franchise system to select real estate brokerage companies. In 2012 the brand debuted its iPad® app, SIR Mobile, the only luxury real estate mobile app that works anywhere and searches globally. By 2014 the brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the seventh year in a row. Today, the network totals 1,000 offices worldwide and more than 24,000 sales associates. The network encompasses 75 countries and territories worldwide, with over 300,000 subscribers on both YouTube and Instagram.

About Elite Sotheby's International Realty

The Pepper Pike office of Elite Sotheby's International Realty is positioned centrally on the east side of Cleveland in the heart of Cleveland's affluent communities. The culture of our real estate professionals is one of high integrity, being the best and representing home sellers and home buyers at all price points in Northeast Ohio utilizing the global reach and resources attributable to the affiliation with Sotheby's International Realty®.

Elite Sotheby's International Realty

Profile of Joanne Zettl

After graduating from John Carroll University, Joanne was introduced to the world of real estate while working at a title company and in an architect’s office. She started buying investment properties and soon discovered this was not just an interest - but a passion, and obtained her real estate license. Her attention to detail and an unprecedented commitment to customer service quickly resulted in numerous sales awards, industry accolades and enabled her to manage real estate offices in Chagrin Falls and Shaker Heights - covering some of the most desirable markets in Northeast Ohio.


Through the years, Joanne has established a reputation of going above and beyond for her clients - building relationships based on mutual respect and understanding, a conscientious work ethic that permeates every aspect of a transaction and strong negotiation skills that always put her clients first.


A strong supporter within her industry and community, she has volunteered by serving at the local, state and national levels in various positions on numerous committees. Some notable achievements are 2013 President of the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS®, the 2020 Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Research Committee and a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and Ohio REALTORS® Board of Directors.  Additionally, she continues to be a part of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce; having served as their president for three terms and currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Committee as well as gives of her time to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and The Chagrin Little Theatre serving as Board Member to each organization.


Joanne’s extensive experience and knowledge of the highly desirable neighborhoods and quaint towns that surround the greater Cleveland area offer her clients an insight into what the beautiful Ohio lifestyle has to offer. Whether it’s the most picturesque trails for walking, hiking and biking, the perfect place to golf, play tennis or horseback ride, wonderful dining, boutique shopping or unique special events, Joanne understands that Northeast Ohio has something for everyone. 


Pairing with Elite Sotheby’s International Realty is a perfect fit. Recognized worldwide as a leading iconic luxury real estate brand, they are a powerhouse with exclusive brand marketing tools and products, media partnerships with cutting-edge innovation, strategic positioning and international impact which enables the power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to successfully connect with consumers and use resources to boost exposure locally, nationally and globally. Their legacy of quality service and expertise is unmatched and sets them apart as a leader in the industry and perfectly aligns with Joanne’s vision for Northeast Ohio. She furthermore finds it immensely rewarding and gratifying to work with her talented sales team; helping them to achieve their goals and attain growth in the field of real estate.  


Armed with dedication, experience and the power of Elite Sotheby’s International Realty behind her, let Joanne assist you with selling or buying your home, waterfront residence or luxury estate and discover the unique lifestyle, natural beauty and delightful climate that Ohio has to offer. 


“I enjoy helping others find the community and house that makes them happy and provide an experience that will move you.”

Designations: Certified Residential Specialist, e-Pro Internet Professional, Seller Representative Specialist, Broker, NAR Realtor Pricing Strategy Advisor PSA


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